Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sarcasman and I decided to take a long weekend trip to the Emerald Coast. We are staying at a nice resort and enjoying the beach despite to cold front that came through the night we arrived. I had to buy a hoodie at the gift shop since I only brought shorts, t-shirts, and sandals with me. But despite the 50 degree weather, we are enjoying ourselves.
As with most holidays though, we are eating too much. This morning we tried to go to The Doughnut Hole ( as Kiki suggested) to get breakfast this morning but, after seeing the line going out the door and around the corner, we decided to go to Golden Corral instead.
Why? Why?!?! Seriously. Sub-par food, every kind you can imagine, as much as you want, buffet style trap of obesity doom. When Sarcasman suggested it I should have said no. But I was hungry. And kind of excited to know I could get breakfast and desert cause that’s how they do it at Golden Corral. And that is why I’m fat.
So I engaged in eating massive amounts of food. Sugary, carb-loaded, fried, salty, fat-laden food. Immediately after I felt sick. And regretful.
The feeling lasted all day. A whole day at the beach, on vacation, feeling slow and hazy. It wasn’t a wasted day but to even be weighed down in the slightest bit- literally and figuratively- by an eating bender that morning was a shame. I felt like the puffer fish at the restruant we ate at tonight looked. Slow. Lumbering. Gasping for air. Not swimming with a purpose. Not even floating. Sinking.
I’m too young. I can’t be sinking yet, can I? I need to find my fight and swim.
“You gotta swim,
Swim for your life,
Don’t let yourself sink,
Just find the horizon,
I promise you it’s not as far as you think…”
- Jack’s Mannequin
Friday, October 09, 2009
I love quotes. Love them. I can rattle off inspirational quotes as if I was a copy writer for those companies that makes inspirational posters featuring pictures of bald eagles and a guy hanging onto a mountain with an ice pick. There is just something about being able to get energy from reading something quickly that’s poignant.
So I’m sitting on my couch, looking up quotes about choice and haphazardly watching So You Think You Can Dance when my friend Emmy messaged me.
“Whhhattt you doooiinnn?” she asked.
“Vegging. Browsing the internet.” I replied.
“Want to go for a walk?” she asked.
Honestly, I didn’t. I wanted to sit on the couch, work on my blog, read unread items stacked up in my Google Reader, and watch crappy TV. If I got up it would just be to take my bra off, put on pajamas, and grab a diet coke. But what was I going to reply “thanks but I’d rather write an entry for my healthy living blog than walk. Yea, it’s about choice. How we are the result of our choices over time.” Nooo… no irony there, huh?
I looked at my open word document and the following stared back at me:
“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes … and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Damn you Eleanor Roosevelt. Damn you and your inspirational getyourassoffthecouchandimproveyourhealthi
“Sure… let’s walk.”
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Thursday, October 08, 2009
I’m back from the Keys. Saturday morning I had a natural swim with the dolphins. It was an amazing way to end my month long internship. During a natural swim dolphins interact with you at their will. There is no trainer directing their behavior, they swim around you and with you as they wish. Luckily I had a really, really good swim. I was surrounded by dolphins almost the entire time. It was as if I was part of their pod. Amazing. You can see the videos here.
My weight during the trip didn’t budge. Didn’t go up, didn’t go down. Even if you’re in a new place, with new people, doing new things, living a “new” life the bad habits you’ve developed over decades don’t shed miraculously. I don’t know why I thought I would be able to physically leave my negative eating behaviors and ticks in Tallahassee; they are part of me and they will travel. It’s going to take more than an up and move to lose them.
Read the rest and see pictures at choosinglosing.wordpress.com/ !
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Instead of setting way too many New Year’s resolutions and failing at executing them all within the first two weeks, I’m deciding to take a new approach this year. I’m setting 12 life-lutions: goals that I will fully commit to for one month a piece. At the beginning of each month I’ll provide information on the goal, the science behind it, and tips for others who want to commit with me!
Just_Kelly’s 2009 Life-lutions
All Year Long
Mentally be Prepared to Lose and Maintain Weight
Control What I Eat
Get Enough Sleep
Increase Incidental Exercise
Reduce Couch Time
Get Health Check-Ups
Evaluate Friendships and Invest in them
Get Moving! Try New Workouts
Eat two servings of fish per week
Taking Up Resistance Training
I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends
Why 12 mini-goals? Because there are just that many areas of my life (and probably more!) that could use improvement! Also research shows it takes between 21-30 days to develop a new habit so following the “habit a month” format is perfect.
Why take them one at a time? Because I think any more than one at a time and I would become overwhelmed, stressed, and then “over-it”. I don’t want to burn myself out. I also know Rome wasn’t built in a day and the lifestyle changes I want to make would probably be best to approach incrementally.
Why are you labeling them with L.E.A.R.N. categories? I decided, to achieve balance, I’d try to evenly distribute my goals among the L.E.A.R.N. categories: Nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, relationships. Attitude will be worked on continually throughout the year. I like the holistic nature of L.E.A.R.N. and think a well-rounded approach is necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss.
How did you decide what to work on when? Some of it was intuitive. For example, I know that without my eating habits falling into place I am doomed to failure so I decided to address that first. Some were for convenience. I made my goals in June and July a little easier (in my mind at least) because I know I’ll be stressed and short on free time those months due to completing my thesis and the launch of a 40 million dollar project at work. I also tried altering goals I thought would be hard with those that would be easier. Others were just fun to map out, such as eating more fish the month I’ll be in the Florida Keys completing an internship at Island Dolphin Care. What better time than that to increase my fish intake?
How did you choose these goals? First by looking at my “Me” reflection week inventory and looking for obvious things that needed addressing. The rest I chose based off of repeatedly being exposed to the concept (via blogs, magazines, etc) and by doing random Google searches for “healthy living habits”, “habits to maintain weight loss”, etc.
How will you maintain accountability? Clicky click click! I love Google Docs!
I’ll be reviewing tons of health and fitness goodies here at ChoosingLosing! in 2009. What gadgets are worth their weight in gold? What would you not want to touch with a ten foot pole, nevertheless spend money on? What will get integrated into my daily regime and what will have been a fun fling?
So far I have product reviews lined up:
Simple Leaf Honeybee Tea. The tea I’ve raved about randomly will be getting a full review and the kind people at Simple Leaf have donated some put together a prize pack for a giveaway!
Fitbit. Did I get enough exercise today? How many calories did I burn? Am I getting good quality sleep? How many steps and miles did I walk today? The Fitbit Tracker claims to help you answer these questions. I’ll be testing it and let you know if it’s a worthwhile investment.
Yogatoes Skidless Towel. I’m a proficient sparkler (aka- sweater). Sometime this affects my hand grip during downward dog and otherconvolutedposesicantreallydobutattemp
tanyways. I’ll be testing how well Yogatoes Skidless Towel prevents me from slipping and sliding during some hardcore hot yoga classes.
iPosture. The iPosture is an intuitive electronic device designed to improve posture. Just over one inch in diameter, the iPosture automatically senses when the body slouches, and it alerts the user with brief vibrations to correct it. Can this get me to stop succumbing to the weight of my girls? I’m wanting to prevent getting that “lovely (old) lady lump”: the Dowager’s Hump. Will the iPosture be the answer?
I’ll also be reading a lot. Knowledge is power people! I’m planning on reading many books related to healthy living/weight loss and gleaning whatever information they have that I can apply to my life. Currently slated for review are:
Stress Eater Diet: A Simple Guide for Women Who Want to Stress Less, Lose More and Look Fabulous!
The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person
Beauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep
The Fit Traveler: Take Your Workout With You
Does This Book Make Me Look Fat?
L.E.A.R.N. Class Notes
I’ll keep my pencil sharp and remain alert to bring you the best informational gems from my weekly L.E.A.R.N. Classes. Have a question you want to ask a registered dietitian and behavioral physician? E-mail me it and I’ll ask it during or after class.
Continual Documentation of “The Messy Middle”
I love Stephanie over at BackInSkinnyJeans term “the messy middle“. It refers to that point of time between the before photo and the after photo. It covers the anger, frustration, sadness, triumphs and determination necessary to achieve real change. It’s not always pretty. And “the messy middle” is what this blog is here for: to document my journey to a healthier me. Not dressed up and tied with a pretty bow but raw, dirty, and unflinchingly honest. Though sometimes I do dress up and wear bows. Just sayin’…
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