There is a demanding little creature in my pants. I'm talking about my fitbit, people. And it won't let me rest until I've achieved my 10,000 steps each day. So how do I satisfy that little creature? First, I turn on music and dance while washin... Read more
Checking in: week 6. 32 days to go!
Aieeeee! I've been a bit out of it the last few weeks: not tracking food because I'm eating chocolate during the day, since it is here, and then I feel ashamed and either a) don't want to tell Gareth because it is tantamount to confessing to the... Read more
Week 4: Let go and let Gareth
Here I am in the fourth week of working out with a trainer. Okay, the first two weeks were really about getting organized and getting our plan laid in, but I have to admit that I haven't been using this as motivation to be more diligent about my... Read more
Checking in--week 3
I did it, I got my orange belt in karate last Friday. So that's kind of awesome, given that the same day last year I was still recovering from surgery.
Annoying for the first thought that crossed my mind looking at the pictures of myself was ... Read more
Checking in--week 1 with trainer
Amusing reason to work out #1: because my trainer is so gosh darned enthusiastic and thinks this will work for me! He's so optimistic. All right, I wouldn't want his efforts go to waste or for him to be disappointed. Okay, so I guess I'll try.
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Sensei told me this week (via Facebook, how modern) that I am up for promotion to orange belt next week. I panicked in class because I feel like I still don't know my kata, the series of moves I am supposed to do to demonstrate I am ready to mov... Read more
Positive outcomes and sour mash
After more than 30 days without a beer, I was happy to have a date to go out with my best friend from university during which I planned to break my streak. My friend has recently moved to hipster central The Junction, and it's an area about whic... Read more
Stuff I am doing right
1. Packing up a bunch of these cookies and sending them to the hospital with my partner. Go, cookies, and make some nurses and respiratory docs happy.
2. Tracking even when I am ashamed of eating five of the aforementioned cookies during the a... Read more
Ode to a fallen Fitbit
I'm not sure what constitutes an ode, exactly. Are there rules for odes like there are for haiku or limericks? Well, it would go something like this: You measured my every step, and if sometimes I felt like I didn't measure up, it was no one's f... Read more
Listening to myself
I have now been listening to my internal voice for maybe two weeks, and I am amazed at the difference. I listen to myself when the cookies are available but it's not even ten a.m. yet. I listen to myself when my kids left French fries on their p... Read more
What are you afraid of?
At an intake session with a psychologist this week (yes, I love to talk about myself with complete strangers), she asked me about my motivation for making the changes I would like to see in my life. Somehow, very quickly, my response went from t... Read more
Not feeling it today
It's been such a long time since I have felt successful at weight loss. I am afraid to step on a scale to see how far I have backslid. Ick.... Read more
Back at it
On the road, at the last conference of the season in beautiful British Columbia. Except that rather than enjoying the city proper, we're way out here in Burnaby and I have a lovely view of a mall parking garage that is under construction. Oh wel... Read more
Gettin' 'er done
If you have to read the title of this blog out loud to understand what it is called, you may not already be in the proper mind frame with me...however, there may be some who instinctively get it. To wit:
My evil little fitbit that won't let... Read more
Angelina Jolie reminded me why I started...
Of all the unusual ways to be brought to earth: Angelina Jolie's announcement about her double mastectomy reminded me of the reason why I chose to try to lead a healthier lifestyle and to shed some of these pounds that I have been carrying. I kn... Read more