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Back with the New Year....

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Okay, yes, I went MIA for a few months. There was a lot going on and I just fell out of the habit of blogging and logging in and everything. Fortunately, some of those habits apparently stuck, since I managed to lose another 8 pounds in the interim anyway - even with the holidays. I'm shocked. I had actually decided I needed to get focused again a couple of weeks ago, but decided to wait until after Christmas and start fresh in the New Year. Frankly - I just didn't want to spend Christmas or New Year's Eve thinking about what I was eating and drinking. A little over indulgence now and then is not the end of the world - I just had to stop doing it all the time and I think the last couple of months have shown that I have gained control for the most part. So I feel confident that I can keep this up. I've lost a total of 63 pounds so far and am already at the lowest weight I've been in a long time, but that's still only about half way to what I weighed in college - and I wasn't even exactly thin then. That's my ultimate goal though - I think I looked good at that weight. I'll decide once I get there if I want to lose more at that point. For the short term, I try to think about 10 pounds at a time. It's too stressful to think about that larger goal all the time.

  
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CNUDRAGON 2/26/2013 8:02AM

    Way to go! I am doing the same think...10 pounds at a time and am almost at my 20 pound mark...thinking my total goal will be 30 or 40...like you, I'm going to decide once I get there. :)

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BOOKWORM27S 1/1/2013 11:58AM

    Congrats on your weight loss through the holidays!
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Better Day Today

Saturday, September 08, 2012

The apathy seems to have broken a little today. I've tracked all my food and water and even got plenty of exercise cleaning the house. It needed it badly, as my recent sluggishness had extend in that direction too. I'm still not feeling a truly positive outlook on things, but it's a good sign that I was able to motivate myself to at least make an effort. And while I still don't have much hope regarding my old circle of friends, I have had reassurance that some of the people I've met more recently do care. One even invited me to come celebrate his birthday with him. I don't know if I'll have the money to go yet, since it's at a restaurant. Or if I'll have the courage to go, since I won't know the majority of the other people that will be there. But I'm going to try. Old friends or new, it's not going to work without effort on my part.

  
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CAROLIAN 9/10/2012 3:57AM

    emoticon g;ad you are a litttle more positive small steps lead to longer strides.Glad you are makig new friends.Keep looking forward emoticon

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Still Struggling

Thursday, September 06, 2012

I'm still having trouble getting back into my rhythm lately. I haven't been that bad - no binges, mostly healthy foods, etc. - but I haven't been tracking or exercising enough and I can tell. Not in weight gain, in fact I may still have lost some, we'll see for sure tomorrow, but in how I feel. I've just been such a slug lately - I admit it. Stress has probably been a factor. There's still a lot going on - trouble with the van, related stress over money, job anxiety and not a little bit of depression - and I'm just having trouble getting a handle on all of it. This is not an excuse - I'm not excusing my behavior - but it is a reason. I know I've just got to put on my big girl panties and deal with these things, but some of them are hard to face - well, one anyway. The van is back from the mechanic - and seems to be running fine now. It's been paid for, the rent is paid and somehow I'll manage to cover the rest of the bills, one way or another - that's not the end of the world. And for as many days as I hate my job, there are others that I love it. It may not be "awesome" but it has its perks - like my sweet, free new cell phone. It's the depression, and it's source, that's the tough part. It doesn't make me binge like it does for some, but it makes me not care about things like logging in every day, tracking my food, or getting off my ass to exercise. You see, over the last week, during the crisis with the van I realized that the many people I've called my friends for the last 10+ years couldn't even be bothered to give me even a "gee, that sucks" response to my predicament, let alone to offer any assistance or advice. It seems that our financial and medical setbacks that have made it so that we couldn't get out and socialize much over the last year or so have done a bit more than take us off the "invite list". I've apparently become little more than an acquaintance. It's a depressing thought, and one I'm not handling well. It's not really that my existing friends and I have grown apart that bothers me so much though. It happens. It's the daunting task of making new friends. It's not something I'm good at. I'm shy, an introvert. So it's a scary thing to go out and meet new people. I'm fine here online, hiding behind my computer, but out there in the real world I tend to fade into the scenery unless I force myself to be social. I get freaked out sometimes in large crowds. So I guess that the bottom line is that I'm feeling a bit lost. If I didn't have my wonderful fiance, I feel like I wouldn't have anyone anymore.

Okay, I'm done being maudlin and depressing for now. Sometimes just getting it out like this helps, at least that's what I'm hoping for. I'll find my way somehow. I always do.

  
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YENDUCHAKA 9/7/2012 10:54AM

    I don't think you're being depressing and maudlin. I think you're taking a close look at what is working out well, what isn't, and why. I hope that honestly stating your feelings and your problems has given you some peace. You certainly seem to have things in perspective, and have a great attitude about all the difficulties you're facing! Keep up the good work!

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VLKSHA 9/7/2012 10:26AM

    emoticon Sorry to say I don't have a solution, but I still want to cheer you on and offer support. I have plenty of issues with friendship/people, I refuse to trust or depend on them. I liked it when my husband stated, "everyone is crazy, find the crazy you can live with." Remember to forgive your friends for the time that has passed or the distance in empathy, except any time or support you can get from them as a new beginning and an opportunity for you to do the same for them.

Keep finding those healthy opportunities!

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DAARTNEY 9/6/2012 9:54PM

    I know that apathy and it is hard to come out of. Isolation does not help with the depression or making friends. I've suffered with depression myself. I still tend to isolate and I am also shy and have a hard time making friends.

Sorry about your van issues and the medical issues you mentioned. The added stress makes things harder.

Keep eating healthy and taking one day at a time. Reach out to someone. I did have someone who reached out to me and we get together 2-3 times a month when that works out. She did it for my children so they'd get out of the house more since we homeschool and getting out to do things can be so hard. I hope you can find someone like that.

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A Slow Process

Sunday, August 26, 2012

It's been really tough getting back into the groove this past week. There's been a lot going on and I've just been having trouble reconciling my routine through it all, particularly with exercise. Business is picking up at work, and I'm having trouble getting the two 10 minute exercise breaks a day there worked in. I'll figure it out, because we really need the business and I really need the exercise - so somehow they have to mesh, but it's been frustrating me so far. Everything has been in upheaval at home too this week. Our hot water heater went out on Tuesday night and we're still waiting for the landlord to finish fixing it (supposedly tomorrow) so no hot showers and the possible arrival of the repair man at any time cramping my style. That's only temporary though. If it's not fixed tomorrow and we get to that full week mark I'm siccing my boss and the general statutes regarding landlord responsibilities on him.

There were some high points this week in all the chaos though. We got our alarm system installed so we can feel safe at night and comfortable with leaving the house again. And I'm pretty sure that one of the stars of the show I'm writing about now (Wilfred) actually read my review this week. Plus my review from the previous week made the top 20 (#11) articles on the site for the week. I've started an account on Tumblr, not just to promote my reviews for thetwocents.com but also to add reviews of other things: books, movies, games, music. I've called it Random Opinions. Maybe my niche as a writer is as a blogger/reviewer?

  
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VLKSHA 8/27/2012 7:08AM

    There was a time when I would stay the 10-15 minutes after work to get in the break workout missed. Just remember you deserve the break and it will actually make you work better if you remember to take it during the day. Keep pushing, you can do it!

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Did I Miss Anything?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Okay, so I've been MIA for a week or so....

I'm not going to make excuses, I got into a funk and just didn't care. It happens. Apparently some of my better habits stuck anyway though, since I didn't gain anything.

Trying to get back into the groove today - I'm in a good mood, I feel relatively energetic and I've refused to continue dwelling on the stupid fears and doubts that like to wander around in my head when I let them.

I do need to find a way to get out more though. When you've gone so long without going out with friends (for various reasons) that they've stopped inviting you how do you get back on their radar? Or do I just need to make new friends?

  
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VLKSHA 8/22/2012 4:04PM

    It is hard to make it back into the invited circle, but a few appearances in a row or calling and inviting them to do something may be enough. Glad your in a good mood! Keep Shining!

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