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A Bit Off

9 Apr

I should’ve known better than to post about how great I was feeling after a bad splurge on fast food while on a road trip.  Things have been a bit off ever since.

I haven’t counted points on my Weight Watchers tracker in two weeks.  Awful.

I haven’t exercised in at least three weeks.  Awful.

While I’ve been mostly good with what I eat (just not tracking) – I did cave and had Burger King the other night.  Awful.

I’ve been under the weather since my last post and I’ve always sought comfort when I don’t feel good in eating food that isn’t good for me.  I’m surprised it took me so long to cave and eat BK, actually.

The insane thing is I lost 3 pounds two weeks ago and another 2.6 pounds this past week.  WHAT?

I’m not applauding my bad weight loss journey behavior … but how odd to still be losing.

If anything – it’s a reminder that I need to hop back on the wagon before my body figures out what’s going on and the numbers on the scale start going the other way.

One good thing I have taken away from this two week break is that unlike other times, this hasn’t stopped my journey.

We all fall off the wagon sometimes.  We all have bad days, bad weeks … heck, I’m sure I’ll have a bad month at some point.

But the important thing is we get back on the road.  We get back to the task at hand which is getting healthy.

So here’s to getting back on the road!



Why I Have a Girl Crush on Whitney Thore

10 Feb

Image (c) Huffington Post

Have you heard of Whitney Thore? If you’re not a reality TV fan – you may have missed her.  She’s the star of the hit TLC show “My Big Fat Fabulous Life.”  She’s an incredible dancer.  And oh yeah — she weighs 380 pounds.

To me, Whitney has become the face of body-positive movement.  She owns her obesity and doesn’t make excuses for it.  But she’s also DAMN proud of who she is, what she is, and how she looks.  And that is what makes her amazing.

Look – I’m not defending obesity (nor is Whitney).  I am on my weight loss journey because I know I need to be healthier (not skinnier).  We all need to lead healthy lives – but does that mean a size two? Not necessarily.

But as we work to become healthier versions of ourselves – we can’t let our obesity prevent us from doing the things we want to do in our lives.  For Whitney, she is passionate about dancing.  And nothing – no amount of weight – is going to stop her from doing what she loves.

We have to have confidence with WHO we are.  We are beautiful not only on the inside but on the outside too – regardless of the expectations society puts on us.

In a recent interview with People Magazine, Whitney had this to say:

For me, confidence is a product of action. It’s not like you have a certain amount that you’re born with, it’s something you have to work on every single day. People have it backwards. They think, ‘I’ve got to have the confidence to do it,’ whatever ‘it’ is. But I don’t think that. I think, just go do it, and then it’s okay. I mean, how often do we do something and think, ‘Why didn’t I do that 10 years ago?’

She couldn’t have said it any more perfect!  It gives me the inspiration to get out there and face the world!

I’m in Love … With My Garmin Vivofit

7 Jul

vivofitI’ve been looking into fitness bands for months.  I loved the idea of something permanently stuck on my wrist that could help keep me motivated.  I heard a great deal about the fitbit and a few others, but after extensive research I went ahead with the Garmin Vivofit.  I own one of their sports GPS units and had always been impressed by their product.  The Vivofit is no different.

What I Love

  • It motivates me.  I run a business out of my home, so I don’t get out much.  If I’ve been sitting on my tush too long, I make a point to get up and move.  If I’m taking the dogs out, I’ll do some laps outside to get some steps in.
  • If I’m not moving, a red line appears at the top telling me to get moving.  I *hate* that red line – another motivator!
  • It tracks my sleep.  It has been fascinating to see what a restless sleeper I am.  Need to figure out how to sleep better!
  • Their mobile app is incredibly easy to use.  And it syncs via bluetooth in just a minute or two.
  • They’ve just teamed up with MyFitnessPal so that you can track your calories in the Vivofit.  Love it!

What I Dislike

  • I am not a person who typically wears a watch, bracelet, etc.  So having something permanently stuck on my arm sometimes makes me want to rip it off and never wear it.  Luckily that discomfort doesn’t last long.
  • Sometimes the counter seemingly stops.  I’ve noticed this in stores, especially.  Maybe a Wifi connection blocks the tracking?
  • It doesn’t track when I’m cutting the grass.  Which is a huge disappointment!  I assume the swinging motion of your arms when you walk is how this tracks steps.  Right?  When you’re cutting the grass, you have both hands firmly placed on the mower.  I’ve got a big yard, so the lack of tracking leaves me at least 1500 steps low for the day.

Do you have a fitness band?  What do you think of yours?

If you’d like to learn more about the Garmin Vivofit, here’s their site.

Another Weigh In, Another Decrease & Cheat Days

20 Jan

cheatdayToday I weighed in and was excited to see more weight lost!  This week I was down 1.8 pounds … and I’ll take it!  I’ve still been really good with my points, and despite being a wee bit too indulgent on cheat day, I feel like I have things under control.

So what do you think of cheat days?

I LOVE THEM.  I learned during Weight Watchers attempt #1 that I had to have a cheat day or I’d go absolutely bonkers.  The only downside to the Weight Watchers program is the constant math.  Don’t get me wrong – I have no issue counting points.  But when you’ve made a home cooked meal – and having to do all the math so you can figure out how many points a serving is?  Oh yes, it drives me crazy.  Sometimes I need a break from that.

Why do I love cheat days?  I want to be able to eat out and not count each and every point.  I don’t go crazy – but it’s just nice to have a day where I don’t track.

The other benefit, especially because so many restaurant foods are now stored in the tracker (which means zero research), is that you just want to eat something that you just know is sinfully good.  And if you did look up the points, you’d have a heart attack – because that one meal out is probably your entire points for the day.

Sometimes we HAVE to live a little.  I’m not talking fast food (my Achilles heel) – but sometimes you just have to splurge.  I only do it once a week.

If I don’t do this – I find myself really resenting Weight Watchers and wanting to drop it.  Six days on … one day off.  It works for me.  I can eat without the guilt.  But I also have that little Weight Watchers voice in my head that keeps me in check.




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