Monday, June 18, 2012
After hearing a good friend's testimonial while at a mutual friend's wedding this past weekend, I've tentatively decided to get myself a Fitbit. It's kind of pricey at $100, but I can afford it, and if it will help me be more accountable and provide more motivation to get moving, I think it will be well worth it. I'm trying to make deals with myself this summer so I can make the most of my time away from work and take some weight off as well. It would be so incredibly satisfying to go back to school a size or two smaller than I am now. I just need that major kick in the pants to get going.
So, unless I hear outrageously awful things about it, or get wind of an even better/cheaper product (that's still wireless, tracks sleep, and allows friendly rivalry via websites), I think I'll be ordering one by Friday.
Friday, June 01, 2012
So, I'm back in my mother's house for the summer, but I'm doing what I can to make sure being here has the opposite impact it had last summer (where I gained back about 20-30 pounds of my 60 pounds lost). So far I'm doing pretty well on food intake, and really just focusing on taking it a day at a time. Exercise has also been pretty good, though a little more sporadic than I'd like. My exercise bike is a little worse for wear, with the console screen cracked and the left pedal squeaking heinously, and my knee has been pretty painful, so I'm trying to keep things low-impact while I look around for a doctor to fix me up.
Looking forward to checking out a farmer's market not too far from me, hoping if I stock up on the freshies I'll be forced to snack on them instead of processed foods, as I hate wasting money, and they won't last forever. Again, I think my biggest hurdle is getting into a good/whole foods routine and avoiding those processed foods that are a huge weakness of mine. I guess just like my body, my resolve needs to be exercised and made stronger.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I've had a momentously bad week. Monday was the anniversary of my father's passing, which always hits me pretty hard. It was also our last week of school, which is extremely busy for teachers trying to get everything in and done, with graduation on Tuesday. Wednesday my grandpa was taken off of his machines, resulting in his passing away Thursday morning, which was also when I found out I was losing about $1,500 on the sale of my snow mobile, and my Flip camera was stolen. Today I was treated poorly by my neighbors demanding (not asking) me to move my snow mobile (not the one I sold) because it was blocking the path their fourwheeler was going to take to move things to their new house (which I originally was going to move into, but gave to them because I am far too nice). Tomorrow I will fly out of this village and into Anchorage, where I will drink heavily and say to hell with the calories. Sunday I will recover from that, and Monday I will recharge and start fresh, eating good, fresh food, walking a lot, and laughing with friends I haven't seen all year.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Rough day at school today. We're down to the last 3 weeks (13 more days), and Mondays are always just a pit of despair. I live in a community where people just don't control their kids, which puts any and all of them, at all ages, out until midnight, or, more often than not, much later. Also, due to us being in NW Alaska, the sun doesn't set until around 10:30/11, and it doesn't get really dark until 1 or 2. Soon it won't get very dark at all, but be in a state of perpetual twilight. So the kids' internal clocks are all messed up, and parents aren't around to tell them to get to bed, but are there to toss them out of the house the next morning to go to school, where they become our problem. That's what's killing us out here, the parents don't care, they just want to put their kids on someone else for a few hours.
Sorry, I know this has nothing to do with weightloss, I just had to vent before my brain blows up.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
It's been almost a year since I posted last, and pretty much just as long since I thought seriously about my weightloss. Unfortunately I backtracked a bit this year, but only about 20 pounds, so I'm glad I caught myself before I slipped any further.
Looking back at my previous success, I know one of the greatest factors in getting myself healthier was accounting for what I was eating. Really understanding what I was putting in my body. For a long time I've ignored that nagging voice and just eaten whatever I wanted and as much as I wanted. I also live in a small community, where we often share meals, and everyone has a penchant for dessert. And as anyone knows, it's hard to say know while everyone around you is enjoying something delicious. I know I'm going to have get over that hurdle one day, but for now, it's a thorn in my side.
Something I am planning on doing is logging everything I eat, regardless of how it will look on my page; I need that reality check. Where I live I can't go to the store and pick up ingredients or fresh foods, so I'll have to make do with what I have stocked away for the next 3 weeks. Fortunately there is not a lot of chocolate or processed goods around (anymore), so I should be able to focus on making better choices without too much temptation.
Also, of course, getting back into working out regularly. I actually really like working out (Zumba, Just Dance and Dance Central with the Kinect mostly), it just gets hard to motivate myself to do it after a long workday and a difficult walk back to my house (I walk about 2/3 of a mile in the unstable snow). But that's something I'm just going to have to get over, because in 3 weeks I won't have a daily walk, and need to set up a habit of exercise.
If anyone knows how to properly, effectively, and efficiently get back on track after a to-long hiatus, let me know!
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