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Who Knew The IT World Would Inspire Weight Loss?

Friday, September 30, 2011

This quote came through my inbox this morning in a message from my Art&Design group on LinkedIn, "SLA Metrics: You Canít Manage What You Donít Measure".

The article (by Nicholas Colisto & linked to, below) started with, "Many IT departments pay lip service to establishing metrics used to measure support services. When they do create the metrics, they often just describe services without providing any methods of measurement. "

Now I'll be the first to admit that my eyes began to glaze over at the words "SLR Metrics", because I didn't have a clue what they meant. My caffeine levels were very near empty, and I considered hitting "Delete", but that quote in the title caught my attention so I kept skimming the article to see just how the IT world could possibly be linked on such a fundamental level to the weight-loss world.

The next string of words to stand out were, " It's worth taking the time to establish a comprehensive Service Level Agreement (SLA) that states the expected levels of service, how services will be measured, and how IT will communicate actual results."

I stopped weighing myself during my "break" because the scale and I had developed a VERY unhealthy relationship, but this article about IT business practices reminded me of the basic common sense of weight loss... "You can't manage what you don't measure".... Without weighing myself with any regularity, I pretty much made it inevitable that I would gain so much weight back because it allowed me to keep living in Obliviousland with my head stuck happily in the sand.

My bathroom brain lies to me... I HATE the way I look in most photos of me but when I'm getting ready in front of the mirror, I don't usually see with honest eyes all the weight on my face. It's sort of like reality TV vs. reality... Just like you can't believe everything you see on reality TV (edited for ratings), I cannot believe everything (good or bad) I see in the mirror (also edited for ratings)... So as much as I hate the idea of it - as much as it frightens me to re-introduce myself to the scale and regular weigh-in days, I realize it is a necessity.

What I need is to write up my own personal comprehensive Service Level Agreement (SLA) a sort of contract with myself that states MY expected levels of service to myself, how services will be measured, and how I will interpret and communicate the actual results.

So here is my personal Service Level Agreement:

Mission Statement:
I will focus on activities that lead to success rather than be consumed by the tools of measurement.

Management Responsibilities:
- I will weigh in every Monday & log for management
- I will ONLY weigh in once per week
- I will take my measurements once a month & log for management
- I will walk a minimum of 3x week (45 min. each) & log for management
- I will measure all servings
- I will monitor my water intake and increase it to a minimum of 6 cups/day.

Communication Responsibilities:
- I will blog on Sparkpeople at least once per week.
- I will not let my self confidence (or mood) be dictated BY the scale
- I will applaud every # lost
- I will applaud every # not gained

I'm sure I will be adding to this as I go on, but for now I think it's a good start



www.ciotalkradio.com/Blog/Entry/sla-
metrics-you-cant-manage-what-you-dont-
measure.html

  
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KARRILEE 9/30/2011 1:41PM

    AWESOME!!! I have recommited my check in with the scale as well! I simply got tired of seeing the same number for so long... somehow thought it would magically never change. Well - it did not magically go DOWN that is for sure!!! I am weighing in twice a week myself - (before and after my weekends - which tend to be when the most temptation to be less aware of my food intake hits!)

Off to workout now... we can do this!
Love you sis!
~Karrilee~

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Time is a sneaky little trickster

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Has it really been more than a YEAR since my last blog post? My granddaughter is now take taking her first steps and I haven't blogged since she was born. A lot has happened since then - We've been traveling or having company at least every few months or so in an effort to see BabyKates more often, and I've kept pretty busy with my art business but not SO busy to excuse a year-long silence!

I'm still struggling to re-make the changes that lead to successful weight loss, gained strength and happiness back in 2008. I now realize part of my falling off the wagon, so to speak, was that I was so discouraged by the year+ plateau that I stopped visiting with Sparkers and I'm certain the final straw that took me from maintaining to gaining weight back was that I stopped logging and measuring my food and water intake. I was just really burned out on it all and without regular check-ins with Spark-friends, my "break" quickly became a way of life again.

I came across this quote on the SINGLE DAD LAUGHING blog today and thought it was a great one to share here too...

ďThe thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.Ē ~Anna Quindlen

~ Kim

  
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DANCINGGRAM 10/8/2011 11:35AM

    I hear you! I have no get up and go and the days just go.

Hope you catch your weekly blogs.

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KARRILEE 9/28/2011 5:59PM

    Yay! We can do this Sis!!! Great to have you (and me!) back!
Love ya!
~Kar~

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F8CONE8 9/28/2011 5:31PM

    I'll look forward to reading your weekly blog! Glad to have you back.

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I'm a Grandma!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A fresh new reason to get/live/stay healthy... Little Katielynn...

  
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GETFITTER7 9/29/2010 10:48PM

    Beautiful! Congratulations! I wouldn't trade being a grandma for the world. They are such a joy and fill the day with pleasure. Enjoy!!

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BECKYANNE1 9/27/2010 8:03AM

    She is so cute! Congratulations!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 9/26/2010 4:34PM

    She is beautiful and is a wonderful reason to be healthy. Is she your first? If so, welcome to the wonderful world of grandmas. I became one in April and the feel is indescribable.
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GINNY1215 9/26/2010 4:25PM

    CONGRATULATIONS, GRANDMA....SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL REASON TO GET/LIVE/STAY HEALTHY.

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KATHYJO56 9/26/2010 4:17PM

    She's a real live baby doll. You have a lot of reason to be proud and a new lease on life.

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MCJULIEO 9/26/2010 4:14PM

    Congratulations! This is when it gets really FUN!

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NANCYMT6151 9/26/2010 4:02PM

    How adorable. Is she your first? You will love being a grammie. I see that you are from Whidbey. I am in Everett. My aunt lives in Coupeville. Small world.

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Now it's MY turn again

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Okay, no more reasons - no more excuses... I made the move to Whidbey Island, I enjoyed myself at my son's wedding, and the taxes are paid... Now it's officially my turn again to put the focus back on what I NEED to do for ME.

I remember back to what the big motivator was for me in 2008 - I HATED the photos of me at my niece's 2007 wedding - I somehow had not noticed the reality of just how much weight I'd put on. Now I have photos of me at my son's wedding from this month, 3 years and 54 lbs lighter... and yet, I believe these new wedding photos will be my motivator for the 2nd half of the journey to my goal...



I'm taking stage-one baby-steps again to focus on re-establishing the little habits I know make a big difference (moving, drinking lots of water, and being mindful of the calories and value of what I'm putting into my body).

I've lost 61 lbs so far and yes, I've gained a few lbs back... I am finally feeling "adjusted" enough to the smaller size that it NO-longer feels small enough (which is fine considering I'm still considered "obese" by medical standards and as of today, I still have about 48 lbs I'd like to lose).

So onward and upward -- scratch that -- DOWNward we go!

  
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ARTGIRLJENN 6/13/2010 9:28PM

    Kim, that is AMAZING!!! I just know that you CAN do anything you set your mind to!
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GETFITTER7 4/18/2010 11:58PM

    Well...just think you are MORE than half way there!! You have done this before and I know you can do this again. With all the distractions aside you will be able to focus on this. For you, it is ME time now, getting back on track. So...here you go on the downward scale.....Weeeeeeee will get there with a little time and effort! emoticon emoticon

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KARRILEE 4/18/2010 9:36PM

    Awesome Post Sis!!! You are doing amazing - and with all the changes and move and 'distractions' as wonderful as they may be - you maintained great... glad to see your resolve has returned and you have remembered the importance of putting you first!

I am with ya... determined to see this to the end goal and maintain from there! We will do this together - even with miles separating us!

Love you and I am so proud of you! It's tough work... it takes focus and determination and that dreaded word - consistency... but we know we can do it, and we're over 1/2 way there already!

Spark On!
~Kar~

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PMFISH 4/18/2010 3:01PM

    Congrats on your weight loss. It really shows in your picture, it is hard to believe you are old enough to have a grown child and that you still weight that much. As much as you have enjoyed being in the 180's, when you hit the 140's you will be amazed how much easier life is. Especially as you get older you will thank yourself for getting serious with this. Best of luck in the future, but you have shown you can do it.

Pat

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Thoughts to Destiny

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive, because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny."

~ Mahatma Gandhi

  
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KARRILEE 1/13/2010 12:01PM

    I LOVE this quote... have read it many times before... good timing to start PRACTICING it again... THAT should help bring a breakthrough, right!?

Team Lunch today...
Love you!
~K~

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