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Too Busy for Weightloss. (w/pics!)

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Friday, April 13, 2012

I have a confession:
I can't even remember the last time I counted my calories.
I haven't worn my heart rate monitor or tracked my calories burned in months.

I'm way too busy to lose weight.

This week alone I went to the circus, a concert by one of my favorite bands, met my parents for lunch, celebrated Easter, twice, did my first full 16 mile training ride for my triathlon, broke my record and did 32 burpees during just 1 song, cleaned both my bathrooms, zumba'd my butt off, am throwing a huge party tomorrow, and decided to try out for roller derby on Sunday after I disc golf and maybe go to bottomless mimosas a movie.

Do you realize how much time goes into picking out a roller derby name?
Never mind that I haven't even been on skates since I was 9. When I DO get out there this Sunday, I intend to have the best derby name in all the land! I haven't decided exactly what that will be yet, but I have some ideas...

So "working out," and counting calories, and stressing incessantly about everything I do or eat or drink... I simply don't have room for it in my schedule, thank you very much!!!

I know what you're thinking, "but you just talked about burpees and triathlon training, obviously you have time to work out."

And to that I say: Nuh uh.
"Working out" implies that there was, like, forced labor and general drudgery involved.

Do you know how pretty it is on the bike trail here?!?!

I'll show you how pretty:

With a view like that, no matter how hard it was to pedal up that hill, I don't think it qualifies as "working out" so much as enjoying my beautiful coastline on top of a bicycle in a slightly sweaty fashion.

And all those burpees in ripped class... Well... ripped class is FUN!! Sure, I get super sweaty and occasionally feel like I might barf, but there are all kinds of nice people in there to say hi to and the music is fun and I always feel like a super buff ninja badass after conquering it! So while I suppose I technically put work in, I don't feel so much like it's a "work out."

And if you think of zumba as working out rather than something active and fun, either you haven't tried it, you're going to a boring class, or you don't like music.

And who wants to count calories instead of trying out a place called "extreme pizza" on a whim because the name was funny and have a beer as you wait for your favorite band to take the stage?
Well certainly not me.
My pizza was extreme indeed, incase you were wondering, though my portions weren't, and that beer was delicious!

So, with all of this going on, the scale hasn't moved, but I'm wearing smaller clothes and if the scale says the same thing for my "official" weigh in day as it said when I peeked this morning, I'll be down a pound.

And if it doesn't?

I won't care.

I've spent so much time concentrating on making my weightloss part of a lifestyle change that before I knew it, my life changed!

I've been out with friends on the disc golf course or out "riding like the wind" (as I like to call it) on my bike or seeing shows or doing cool new things at work and just kind of forgot to care enough about losing weight to focus on it.

I'm not worried about it right now.
I've changed enough that it'll happen all by itself in its own due time.

Sure, I could count calories and stop eating out with friends so much and skip bottomless mimosas after disc golf on Sunday and lose more weight faster.

I could do some diet and exercise regime and lose weight even faster than that.

I might even change my mind tomorrow or next week or 3 months from now and get in a hurry and start tracking all my calories and setting goal ranges again, and that's okay too.

But right now I'm just living, and it's amazing.
I'm not stuffing myself down or hiding my blobby double chin in my apartment anymore.

I'd rather ride like the wind and drink a good beer with good friends!

If you want to share this or any of my blogs outside of sparkpeople, I'm honored! But, please do it from my blogger page. I put some fairly personal things here on my sparkpage, and it's a little weird to think of non-sparkers reading it, but this has just the funny stuff!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TIGRKITTN 6/21/2012 9:37PM

    THIS. THIS is what I aspire to. Right now I'm still in the "counting calories and struggling on the stationary bike" stage, but it's something to shoot for!


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NANHBH 6/21/2012 5:13PM

    I like your philosophy, Lulu. Gonna have to adopt it.

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AUSSIEFLOSS 6/10/2012 7:09PM

    You must live on the CA coast. I used to live in the S.F. bay area, and we visited the beaches along the coast quite a bit. Looks like Monterey. I miss the beach. If I had a great trail like that, I would have fun too!! Ride the Wind Girl! You go!
You just perked me up enough to do my cardio today. thanks Oh. And I went roller skating a couple weeks ago, for the first time in oh...about 20 years, and oh my God, it was so scary and fun! I started out feeling like if I fell I would just die. I held on to the rail for about two times around the rink. Then I got braver, and faster, until I could go around the rink without too much fear. I wasn't as fast as other people, but I felt like I was riding the wind as well! So much fun. It's true what they say about never fogetting how to ride a bike. It's true that it took me a few minutes to remember how to skate, but my body did! I think learning to roller skate as a kid taught me a lot about balance and all my life, whenever I slip, I never fall. I learned how to not fall, while skating. That day I roller skated, and got over fear of looking like an old person trying to be young, and just having fun in my own abilities, I didn't fall ONCE! (well I knew if I did i would probably break something)

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DMANN104 5/26/2012 5:23PM

    Love the coastal picture - I too agree that with scenery like that, it's hard to call it exercise!

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KAREN_NY 5/24/2012 1:12PM

    OMG -that coastline makes me want to move, lol! Cheers to you and your fabulous day!!!!

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CHEFMOM1199 5/7/2012 8:20AM

  I am so glad I found your page! Your enthusiasm is contagious!!!! FANTASTIC! emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 5/5/2012 4:16PM


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HEALTHIERGIRL67 5/5/2012 3:49PM

    I am so glad I found your page! You are inspiring.. and the things you say are like what comes out of my mouth! emoticon Keep up your amazing discoveries of life.. I am so jealous of the coast line..omg its beautiful there! You have inspired me to try some new things!

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SAFETYSUE 5/4/2012 11:23PM

    Great blog as always! You are such a breath of fresh air! I am always inspired by your great blogs and your illustrations are amazing! Keep up the great job!!
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MAJIKAL1 5/3/2012 2:43PM

    I think I burned a couple of extra calories just from reading your blog! (lol) I will be zumba-ing myself this evening and I have a new found appreciation for JLo and Pitbull for sure (not kidding, check my iHeart Radio App!) Sounds like you are having a blast!

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NATARSHAD 5/2/2012 10:52AM


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CHATTIEGIRL 5/1/2012 1:33PM

    Hi LuLu;

Who said exercise was suppose to be drudgery because as far as I am concern you are doing more than most of us. Your clothes are fitting looser and you feel better and more alive than keep doing what you are doing. Love life and have fun your weight is turning to muscle so great for you. God bless you always.

Smile Joyce

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GOOSIEMOON 4/21/2012 9:24AM

    I love your energy! Thanks for the post!

Keep up the good work!

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DENNETJ 4/20/2012 2:31PM

    Awesome as usual!

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ALIDOSHA 4/19/2012 4:56PM

    Great indeed.

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IGSBETH 4/18/2012 9:19PM

    It sounds like you've built a happy, active lifestyle, and that is what counts!

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SERENAJL 4/18/2012 3:44PM

    Well said!

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MEA6785 4/18/2012 8:13AM

    Ohh.. You never cease to amaze me!
Keep us posted on how roller derby goes! I've always been interested in it. But, I too haven't been on skates since I was 9 and I'm super un-coordinated. I shouldn't make excuses though. I should just go DO it... like you!

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SIGMA1208 4/18/2012 12:08AM

    Great blog

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SERASARA 4/17/2012 9:05PM

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SKINNITA 4/17/2012 3:26PM

    If healthy choices become part of your lifestyle, you've won the battle! It's not about the weight on the scale, it's about being healthy and happy. You certainly sound that! Thanks for inspiring me, although I still need to track and weigh for a while before I'm at your stage!

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LNELSON56 4/17/2012 3:17PM

    This is what I needed to hear....Thank you very much for sharing it. emoticon

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MISSFORTE 4/17/2012 2:52PM

    AWESOME! emoticon

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ANNASEA 4/17/2012 12:04PM

  I relate to the "what on earth have I shared on [pink posse...etc] that I will inadvertently send out to the universe via a casual "share on FB?" link. LOL

If it's meant to be shared... I like to think even my whiney ego-filled posts have value, if only as an example of

a)how NOT to be
b)how far I've come since then,

so... no... I agree... no counting calories for me. I do not own a scale. I know I carry more weight than is healthy. I don't need charts and fat ratios to tell me in exquisitely painful detail how much closer to DEATH every chomp of a cookie is bringing me. LOL.

If the cookie is eaten with friends outdoors watching a beautiful dance of the sky walking Dakinis, well, that sort of balances out spiritually, no?

Love yourself HERE and NOW. Unconditionally. Fat or thin. Do not aspire to be thin so you can love yourself. LOVE YOURSELF. Silly. That's the secret. It's not ego, it's not arrogance. It's gentle compassion for your own silliness that keeps you stuck in that cage even though the key has been in your pocket all along.

Great blog...inspiring... I have a blogger blog if y'all are interested. A work in progress. My current spirit guide is the spider, who is the writer. I feel guided to collect like-minded peeps... I don't have a plan but when something clicks...

Thanks for clicking...LOL

Love 2 all sentient beings emoticon

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BUTTERFLYFX 4/17/2012 11:32AM

    I am waiting to get to the point where getting on the bike or running or doing any other from of exercise is less of a chore and more of an I need this or this is fun. Right now i am just getting back into it and have to remind myself that I need to do this. But reading this makes me realize some day it won't be such a chore to go out and do it. emoticon

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HHB4181 4/17/2012 11:28AM

    Good for you!! great blog!

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CALI1156 4/17/2012 11:05AM

    That is exactly how I want my exercise to metaphorph! BEING more active everyday, rather than scheduling a "workout".

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POOPSEYTCLOWN 4/17/2012 10:44AM

    just love it! Great attitude to have, thank you for sharing! emoticon

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JAYDEE16 4/17/2012 10:24AM

    Thanks for posting this . . . I'm struggling with this "letting go" thing right now! Part of me is stomping my feet, crossing my arms, and stubbornly refusing to stop doing fun stuff . . . the other part is in a really big hurry and wants to hyper- control everything.

Sounds like you're in a "best of both worlds" place right now, which is great! Um, I'm just going to live vicariously through you for now, because I don't live in California, and I'm jealous. :) That is a gorgeous view!!!

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BIOMOM 4/17/2012 9:58AM

    Love this. Love the art. Love the mentality of it all! Such a better way to LIVE!

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LORI815 4/17/2012 7:53AM

    This was a great blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

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KELLYGIRL1977 4/17/2012 12:40AM

    Love that you're "living"!! Isn't that what it's all about? Love your blogs~they make me smile!


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GREBJACK 4/16/2012 9:44PM

    super buff ninja badass! I LOVE it! I'm going to write that phrase on my bathroom mirror - it'll be a good thing to wake up to every day!

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DIET-DELIGHT 4/16/2012 7:46PM

    Have you looked at the roller derby name roster?

There are quite a few LuLus in there if you do a search (CTRL+F)

How about
Legumerator Lulu or Lulu Legumerator? That's unique.


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SUE5007 4/16/2012 5:36PM

    Glad you are enjoying your new lifestyle. Sometimes we work so hard we forget to smell the roses. Soak it in, you deserve it! emoticon

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BMCKEOW1 4/16/2012 4:33PM

    You're right it's not working out if you love it. It's not working out with a view like yours. It might be hard work to get to the top of that hill, but wow what a view once you're there. Keep living it up.

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2ABBYNORMAL 4/16/2012 4:27PM

    Awesome, I totally agree with you. Just like you say, move, move, move. I love the view of the bike ride - I wish I had that. emoticon

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GABRIELLEVA 4/16/2012 2:29PM

    Very cute!

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MRS_EVA_K 4/16/2012 2:17PM

    Who gives a crap you are taking up less space while you are having fun. My definition of success is really "if you occupy less space and that is your goal then you are headed in the right direction. Go LULU!

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VICTORIA19651 4/16/2012 1:23PM

    You're so right. Its about life and enjoying it, not hurrying up and losing weight so that we can enjoy it.

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ANIMAL_L0VER 4/16/2012 12:04PM

    You are amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

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OPTIMIST1948 4/16/2012 11:16AM

    Love it!

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SJKENT1 4/16/2012 11:12AM

    Yee Haw!!! On to living...

Isn't there a saying like, Life is what happens between fussing about the past and worrying about the future. If not there should be... and I want credit for it! emoticon

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ANONSI 4/16/2012 11:10AM

    If I had views like that on my bike trail I would probably go biking more!! What gorgeous scenery. Glad to hear you're having fun with exercising. :)

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WILEE323 4/16/2012 10:46AM

    Thanks for this! Life is for living and I want to live mine with pizza and beer!!

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