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Crunching Numbers, Upside Down

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Friday, January 18, 2013

I'm not much of a numbers cruncher; I tend to measure most of my progress in non-scale victories. But occasionally, I take a look at the numbers. For someone who lives in WonkaLand most of the time, it can be a firm reality check. But you know what? As black and white as those numbers are, sometimes I still need to interpret them from different angles, even upside down. It helps me keep things in a healthy perspective, and there's value to that. That's what I did on my walk this morning, so I thought I'd share it with you, in case it was relevant to anyone else. "Once more, unto the breach, dear friends!"

Shakespeare makes everything classy

Side note: several people have asked how I'm able to film myself while walking and doing stuff. Well, I used to just hold out my camera or phone at arm's length and hope for the best. But I got an iStabilizer monopod for Christmas, so that's what I've been using lately. It holds my phone or GoPro, has a telescoping handle and is really well-balanced. I'm still getting the hang of it. It's still pretty shaky, there's still an element of "hope for the best," but it's a pretty handy gadget to have. Now you know. Mystery solved.

I can even slip it onto a belt loop. Batman would use this monopod. Batpod!

Bonus side note: Speaking of gadgets and gear, I have to tell you about a recent temptation I had. Some of you know that I edit video for a living. From time to time, I use plugins, which are little effects or tools that supplement editing software. One of my suppliers came out with a new one, called Skin Smoother. It's basically photoshop for video. You can take out the wrinkles, age spots, blemishes; you know the drill. Initially, I thought, "Hmm, some of my clients might appreciate that." Then I thought about how easy it'd be to use that in my own vlogs here. I have quite a few laugh lines (one of the hazards of living in WonkaLand) and new age spots seem to pop up every few months. Did I mention, I film in HD? So yeah, everything pretty much shows. And I'm often outside, under harsh light, wearing workout clothes and minimal makeup, if any. Not exactly supermodel conditions. This plugin was tempting. Then, I shook myself awake and realized what a crazy idea that was. Please. The point of my vlog is sharing my journey--my real-life, middle-aged, suburban housewife, work-from-home mom journey. That one. So, as tempting as it was, I said "no" to the plugin. My clients will just have to be real too. Lol. Spark on, brave Sparkers!

PS: (slightly different than a side note) Did you notice my hair being kinda blue in this video? That's because it is, or was. I made Steampunk Goggles last night and got blue paint in my hair. Hey, these things happen. Anyway, it washed out, just in time for me to get a haircut and fresh, purple highlights this afternoon. WonkaLand, heh heh, it's a great place to live.

I do NOT wear Steampunk Goggles on my walks.
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    way to go!
    1856 days ago
    Great perspective! Thanks hon. HUGS
    1856 days ago
    Love it! You are a joy!
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  • DONNA5281
    Love your blog.
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    1856 days ago
    I like to look at something tangible and compare it to my weight lost... A pineapple is 5 lbs and a small watermelon is around 12 lbs... So I say congrats on losing a small watermelon in 2012! (and a small grapefruit.)
    1856 days ago
    Love your blogs and your upbeat perspective. You managed to maintain a 34 lb loss PLUS lose an additional 13?! That is emoticon and I know you will reach your 10 lb goal this year. You're doing it slow and learning as you go...two indicators of a solid plan which will ensure continued success. emoticon
    1856 days ago
    I so love hearing your positive perspective on things Shelli.
    Thanks for sharing your realization with us.

    BTW - I just realized I'm on day 27 of my Mostmom1's inspired exercise streak. Thanks!

    P.S. What are you using the Steampunk Goggles for??? (I had to look up what they were...)
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    Comment edited on: 1/18/2013 7:58:08 PM
    right on!!
    keep moving it girl ..

    ah the poor snow
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    Comment edited on: 1/18/2013 7:47:25 PM
  • JACKIE542
    So love these blogs, slowly but surely has always been my motto.
    You are doing so well, so positive, so funny about the snow reindeer. emoticon emoticon
    1856 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome VBlog and Blog!!! Congratulations on the 13 Pound Weight Loss. Love going on the Walk with You too and the melted Snowman you made. You are doing Great and Keep Pushing Forward. God Bless You and Family. Have a Super Good Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!
    1856 days ago
    Thank you Shelli. Your right, I (we) need a different perspective at times. Need to keep in mind that there are two battles happening, the ones in front and behind. I needed to hear your vlog and take on things dear friend. Many hugs.
    Love your Steampunk googles, blue & purple hair. Purple is my fav!
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    Love the steampunk googles!!!!!
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  • LINDAK25
    Oh, deer!

    I like the way you look at the numbers! Just eating healthier and getting exercise everyday is fantastic. Losing weight, instead of gaining is AWESOME!

    Side note: Shakespeare looks way cool with shades on!
    1856 days ago
    For me, I lose the weight and then just quit and go back to the habits that caused me to put on the pounds. When I think of you, Shelli, I think of your daily exercise streak-that is terrific! I have to say, you are one of the chief motivators for me here at this site. It isn't about the number of pounds lost, at least for me it isn't, but it is about incorporating daily exercise into my life, something I haven't done...yet.

    I see photos of thin women in workout clothes and their "can do" attitude. I just want that attitude and to enjoy exercising so much, that I won't ever go back to being a couch potato. You aren't afraid that someone may be watching you, you get out there and have fun, that is what I think life is all about! It's what I want, but I don't have a buddy that wants to strive for that goal here locally. My dog, Princess, likes to play, and so we do. I love the way you think about your weight. I came here in 2010, lost 40 pounds, put it back on. Last year, I don't know what I lost, but when I started this year, I had regained any losses and was at my highest weight ever, 275 at 5' 2 1/4." I quit Sparking do to it messing up my computer. I almost need a tripod on wheels to prop my belly on and for support, lol! You have shown me that persistence pays. Woman, you rock! So does Audrey! How is she? I pray she is over whatever sickness had her down.
    1856 days ago
  • MCELLO58
    What a great attitude about the 13 pounds. Thanks for the perspective.

    I have to ask...what exactly are Steampunk goggles and what do you use them for?
    1856 days ago
    Terrific walk and beautiful scenery.
    1856 days ago
    Great perspective. And thinks for showing us the snow deer remnants!

    1856 days ago
    Love it!!! Leave it to you to think "outside the box"!

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    1856 days ago
    change your thoughts change your world love it you are amazing
    1856 days ago
    Sound thinking Shelli! I couldn't agree with you more! I yo-yo'd all my adult life until I just gave up. Then, I came back to working on being healthy! This time I reached goal by losing 1-1.5 pounds a month! Changing the way I live and choices along the way. Finding a way I could live with forever! I reached goal weight a little over 7 years ago; it took several years to get there! But, I'm still there and you KNOW life is good! emoticon
    1856 days ago
    Another way to crunch those number is you didn't gain 13 pounds. You wouldn't say oh, I only gained 13. You lost, you added to your numbers. You are rocking your weight loss. You are gonna reach wonder woman status before you know it. emoticon
    1856 days ago
    That IS a better way to look at it! Awesome job on both fronts emoticon
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