Friday, October 09, 2009
I posted the following blog (as TESSFROMWA) just over 2 years ago. I'm 6 lbs heavier than I was then...and have fluctuated down by 15 lbs or so and then back up during the past 2 years. It's kind of depressing that I'm in pretty much the exact same place that I was in then. I have got to figure out how to change this once and for all.
Monday, September 24, 2007
I put the weight tracker back to being visible. Yes, I'm embarrassed that I got so huge, but it seems like everyone here has the same struggles and is on the same journey, whether they have 5 lbs to lose or 150 lbs to lose.
SO TAKE A LOOK EVERYONE, I started at 258 on Sept 4, 2007. But I will never, EVER, EVER see that number on my scale again, and my tracker will steadily go down-down-down.
So what that my thyroid is underactive. So what that I'm perimenopausal. So what that for the last 45 years I stuffed my feelings with food. So what that I've been overweight since I was 16. So what that I REALLY love to eat, the more the better. SO WHAT?!?!
The quote on my posts says: “There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”
NO EXCUSES. I will only accept results, because this time I am not just interested in being fit and at a healthy weight, I am COMMITTED. I don't care how long it takes me, because I am not "on a diet". I am on a quest that will last the rest of my life...a quest for a healthy and fit body!
It's not convenient to get up at the butt-crack of dawn every day and work out at the gym before I go to work. So what?! I don't care if it's convenient, because I am committed to this.
How interesting that nothing has really changed in the past 2 years. Not my level of committment, not my weight (significantly, anyway), not my lack of self-discipline.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I am within just a couple pounds of my all time high. My clothes don't fit, my mobility is affected, I'm tired and achy all the time and I am SOOOOO sick of it! I don't want to be skinny, I just want to be healthy and fit. And right now, I am so NOT!
In a desperate attempt to find some motivation, I joined the Biggest Loser Club online. I'm hoping that something new will give me the kick in the arse that I so sorely need. Also, since I'm such a biggest loser fan, it is nice to be working this with so many like-minded people.
Anyway, I joined a group of 20 people for the "5 in 10" challenge...basically, we follow our plan and try to lose 5 lbs in 10 days. I KNOW I can do that if I follow these 4 simple rules:
1) WATER - at least 100 oz per day
2) FRUITS & VEGGIES - at least 6 servings per day
3) ON-PURPOSE EXERCISE - at least 30 minutes per day
4) NO JUNK FOOD including chips, cookies, cake, etc.
The half-way check in is on Saturday...I'll weigh then and see where I'm at!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
...and this is what Tess looks like when she spends all day walking around a track in full sun. ouch. Why do I not bother with the sunscreen until it's too late? LOL! So not only am I foot-sore and stiff...I'm also BURNT!
The Relay went fabulously! Everything came together great for this first-time captain and first-time team, though next year we are definitely packing MUCH lighter. Most of the edible stuff we brought in to sell was not sold and we ended up giving much of it away. The hot chocolate was a HUGE hit, we sold probably over 100 packets overnight. Of course, it was so freaking COLD that people were probably buying it just so they could hold it in their hands.
I wanted to reach $1000 in donations so I could get this beautiful lined windbreaker jacket with the Relay logo on it...but I didn't hit that threshold, though I had so many very generous donations. I came back to the site after a lap or two, was chatting with one of my teammates (she's going to be my co-captain next year) when she casually asked me, "Did you reach your fundraising goal?" She knew what I was wanting. I told her no, but it was all good, then she whips out the JACKET!!! She had won the 1 am funniest hat contest and her prize was the JACKET and she gave it to ME! I almost pooped my pants!
This morning I was talking to a couple of the event organizers, and they said SUCH nice things about my team...how positive and upbeat and friendly we all were and how well we'd done, in spite of it being our first year...it made me feel so good! We've already filled out the form to come back next year...better than ever!
Here's a team picture - SIX of us were there whole whole 24 hours. The gorgeous brunette immediately on the left of me is Roberta, who gave me the jacket, and the beautiful blonde on the end is Amilee, who is doing the WOW weekend with me and Shelia! She turned me on to it (she works for Fish and Wildlife and has been on a couple of the weekends). She's looking forward to meeting you, Shelia...and she's a MAJOR outdoors woman like you! Wow! She had her tent up in record time, and was just unbelievably hard-working the whole time around our site, PLUS she logged 24 miles. If I ever get lost in woods I want her with me.
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