A blog about my journey through the weight loss jungle, and the all the stuff that goes with it on the way to a healthier me.

Be Uncomfortable

Hi there

This is from a post I did on another blog – enjoy.

Over the last months I’ve read posts and heard people talking about getting out of your comfort zone.  So my question was WHY? for the longest time. Why can’t I stay comfortable and where I am?  The truth is I can. I can stay here with the same mindset, same routine, same pay, same issues and same complaints. I put myself where I am and if I am happy then there is no reason to get uncomfortable.

Here’s the problem, I’m not happy where I am. I want to have a different routine, different pay, a healthier lifestyle, etc. etc.  I need to get out of my comfort zone. I need to learn new ways of looking at finances, marketing and ways to bring in business.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to like it at first. I’ve started my training, its work & its uncomfortable because I don’t feel smart trying to grasp something new, but its really interesting.  I’m taking the action steps I need to move forward to my new goals.

I’d love to have people join me. Get uncomfortable and take the first step.

So, as you can tell I abandoned my blog. The last time I wrote in February I was in a rut. I did get out of the rut but I let go of my support system and fell back in. I haven’t gained any weight back, but I also stopped losing. I let life get in the way again, and I had let myself down, again – so I just gave up.

About 2 weeks ago I had a few quiet wake up calls. A benign mole with atypical cells, heart palpitations, and friends with much more severe issues than I will ever have, etc.  In return I decided to work my way back out of the rut and stop the pity party (again). They are my issues to solve. One way I’m doing it is to give back because I know if feels good to help, and I want to feel like I’ve accomplished something that makes life a little better.  I am participating with St. Baldrick’s Foundation for kid’s charity.  The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation coordinates worldwide signature head-shaving events where volunteers get bald to stand in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to support life-saving childhood cancer research.

Yes - I am a shavee.  I will be shaving my head at an event in NH on September 16th.  My goal is to raise $5,000.  Why?  I have been watching my friends helping to raise money for their excellent charities without being able to donate.  I wanted to do something fun, surprising and that gave back to kids in the best way.

The link to my website is here. I will be posting pictures of the day and hopefully video.  I hope you will help me with the journey with a donation, no matter how small, even $1 will help.  I’m not sure how often I’ll be writing but it will be sooner than 4 months.  If you know of any companies that might like some community involvement you can have them get in touch w/ me through this blog.

Thanks for reading & helping!

Ruts and Roadways

So, I think I’m in the rut.  You know the bumpy sloping dirt part next to the actual road.  I don’t think I’m “stuck” in the rut but I’m there. I know exactly what I need to do to move out of the rut. I need to move. I haven’t been able to find my motivation to actually move more than I have to. For now I’m moving slowly inside the rut, looking at the road that I want to be on. Excuses have been plentiful – I hate the cold, and its been cold so I don’t want to be outside. Work is really, really busy so I’ve been putting in extra hours. I can’t leave my kids alone at this age and there is a sitter shortage.  All good excuses, no?  No.

Exercise, good food choices, one day at a time, extra movement will all get me back on the road I want to travel. I had to take the Body Media Band off for a while. I wore it so often I ended up with a contact reaction on my skin, partly due to how dry it was over this winter.  I’ll be putting it back on this week. If you are wondering what the heck I’m talking about – see this post.

They say knowledge is power – I think action is power. You can have all the knowledge in the world but if you don’t do anything with it, there is no power to it.  My goal this week is to move for 15 min. more every day. I have a thousand things to pick from, I just need to pick one and then do it.  I’ll let you know which one.

So, let me know what kinds of ruts you’ve been stuck in and how you’ve gotten back on the road. Sheer willpower? A nudge from a friend, a shove from a best friend? :-)  I look forward to your comments.

I’m Baaaccckkk!!!

Wow, I cannot believe how long its been since I’ve posted anything.

Update: I’ve moved, got my cats back from the shelter, had Christmas, one daughter became a teenager, celebrated New Years, and work became extremely busy busy busy!
I went off track w/ my food but have only gained 2 lbs. Right now I’m starting to track my food again and I’m trying to cut out sugar. I will also post more often to help me stay on track (again).

So once again I’m behind on my posts. It seems like a bad habit I need to break.  Here is a quick follow-up.  The week before Thanksgiving I lost 1.8 lbs. and I tracked all my food on Thanksgiving (which was much better than last year, although still too much).  After that day I lost focus, got busy stopped tracking, and started picking like I used to do.  Fortunately I’ve been so busy packing, moving boxes and running around with my kids that my daily steps jumped by at least 2,000 each day.  This meant that instead of gaining back a bunch of weight I only went up .4 lbs. “whew!” For those following along, my total is 10.8 lbs.

I’m still in a kind of funk, but I do realize that if I don’t track all that I eat I will keep going up. You really have no idea how much you are putting in until you get precise about the food you eat.  Since I’m moving this weekend it will be very busy again, but I’ve already ordered food for the house that is healthy and will help keep me on track.

OK I’m at a loss for anything else because I’m so frazzled about moving, and my bed frame is broken, clothes aren’t packed, etc.   I’ll post again after the move!  Stay on track everyone!

Running behind – again!

Hello!

So I’m really overdue for a post here, sorry!  Between getting ready for a move, kids stuff, PTO stuff and just stuff I’ve let it slip.  Well here I am back again and 2.4 lbs lighter!  That is a total of 9.6 lbs down.  I’ve been on my own for weighing food and doing well.  It is hard, and it would be much easier if I could get on the ball and plan ahead better; but my life is full of last-minute events.

I said I would do a review of the BodyMedia arm band so here it is.  I really like it… OK I’m addicted to it.  I hate not being able to wear it and see how many calories I can burn.  Yes, you can wear it in bed, I hardly notice it. No you cannot wear it in the shower (really).  It tracks steps, how long you sleep – it even knows when you wake up during the night even if you don’t get out of bed. That is scary.  I guess I wake up a bunch at night for a minute & never remember. As long as you track your food on the system, it will tell you how many calories you consumed vs. how many you burned during the day.  Addictive!  I will expand on the activity tracking to say it even knows when you are doing moderate or vigorous activity!

BodyMedia Arm band w/ clip of the website

This image is of the armband, an image of the website and the display clip you can buy – I don’t have that display clip.  There is also and iPhone app on which I can record food and add new foods.  I would love the ability to sync wirelessly to the app but maybe in the future.

The only thing I don’t like about this system is the food menu.  There is not a lot of regular food or normal food on here.  The entire Jenny Craig menu is on here, but I had to add things like sugar snap peas and green peppers.  That’s what I get for not eating the Jenny food I guess.

The charge lasts a long time. Usually what I do is sync it while I’m in the shower and then I add my food each night.  Sometimes I add food during the day on the phone if I remember.

All in all I love it. Is it expensive? Yes. Was it worth it?  I really think it is.  It’s the mini me on my shoulder (or arm) telling me to get up and move.

Here is a link to the system, you can decide for yourself.  Click here to learn more.

Disclaimer – Neither BodyMedia or Jenny Craig has asked me to review the product and I haven’t been paid to review it.

More is Less!

Hi all,

As a follow-up to my last post which should have been a full post I’ve lost 1.8 lbs!  I asked my counselor to bump it to 2 but she laughed at me. :-)  I have finished all the Jenny Craig food as of last night but have already started counting calories on my own food since what I had left was just a meal or two.  It is not easy!  Counting the ounces etc. is easy, but how much cheese was melted on that chicken, did I really eat a cup of salad or was it two?  It is tedious, which is why the Jenny Craig food is so simple! By the way they have changed their name to “Jenny” and dropped the Craig and Mariah Carey is now the new spokesperson – not sure I can relate to her.

I watched the streaming video of the new announcement of Jenny with some great Doctors and Mariah. It was a good video but I still don’t really relate to having stars be the spokesperson.  She has the money to have people cook for her and train her to get back into shape. I’d really rather see regular people succeeding and put them on-screen.  Here is the link if you want to watch it.  http://www.jennycraig.com/jennylive

I have definitely gone over my calorie count on a day or two but I’m getting used to it. I’m trying to keep to 1200 calories a day.  I’m also moving more. I was up at 5:30 am the other day so I vacuumed instead of just sitting and drinking coffee.  I’ve been toying with the idea of cutting out chemicals from my diet.  That would be extremely hard. I mean going to food that are not processed, more natural nothing that had added chemicals, preservatives etc.  The one issue is that its much more expensive to eat that way. I’m just not sure I can really do it.

So, the goal this week is to move more – 5,000 steps a day and to really count absolutely everything that I put in my mouth and if I cannot find the nutrition information then I shouldn’t eat it – right?  I’d like to get to 8,000 steps a day like they said on the video – wish me luck!  I have a couple hours before I have meet my new potential landlord so I think I’ll go for walk.  Have a great day everyone!

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