Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Help Yo 'Self

I'm aware this sounds really cheesy, but I like Self Help books.  Not all of them, mind you.  In fact, the diet-y ones are the worst!  But the ones about being positive and taking charge of your life-- those are very motivating for me!

I just finished listening to this one...

It's free on the Hoopla app if your local library participates in Hoopla.

While it's not diet related, the tips that hit home the hardest with me are the ones related to my own self control.  I don't remember all 13 things she listed, but here's what I needed to hear:

1) Stop feeling sorry for yourself.  It's a waste of time.
2) Don't make the same mistakes over and over.
3) Don't give up the first time you fail.
4) Don't expect immediate results.

None of these really need an explanation and they can be related to any facet of life-- money, jobs, relationships, diet and exercise, etc.

One little piece of advice that stood out was about meditation.  She said that people who meditate regularly report better self control, and people with better self control report being more satisfied with life.  I know this all might sound cheesy to some people, but I believe it! 

If we all had better self control, we wouldn't be overweight, we wouldn't overspend and maybe, just maybe we wouldn't let our houses get so messy.  That would make ME more satisfied for sure.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Regrets, I've had a few

In true Fat Girl Fashion, I went hog wild on Thanksgiving day.  Then on Friday I only went piglet wild, but still ate too much.  I did drag the husband on a bit of a nature walk so I got lots of steps in on Friday.

Today is Saturday and I solemnly swear to get back on track.  You see, I stepped on the scale this morning and had to fight back tears.  I'm only 3 pounds away from 2017's highest weight.  Hopefully part of that is just bloat from 2 days of overeating.  I don't want to start December off on such a high note.

How satisfying is it to know that January 1st is on a Monday?  That's like a dieter's dream.  The stars have aligned for the first day of the month/year/work week to start all at once.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Netflix addict

I've been a bachelorette for a couple of days.  While I miss my husband, it's amazing how clean the house stays when I'm the only one here. He's not THAT messy, but he uses towels and plates and likes to leave empty coffee cups sitting around.  I totally don't notice it until he's gone for a few days.  hahaha

I've now watched 7 Christmas movies in the last 2 weeks.  My Netflix queue is filled with cheesy Christmas movies and I LOVE IT!

I'm also watching Stranger Things 2.  This season is taking me a little longer to get through it.  Maybe it's because it's sci-fi heavy?

I did a really intense workout on Friday and a slightly less intense one on Saturday.  My thighs have been on fire for 2 days now and it's such an amazing feeling. 

The scale hasn't been budging, dammit. Maybe if I'd stay away from the tacos, eh?

Saturday, November 4, 2017


The Rock N Roll marathon was in town today and I woke up before 5 a.m. to volunteer.  I'm not gonna lie, it was kind of fun to be out on the deserted highway in the dark.  It felt completely safe because cops were everywhere blocking roads and we had a large group of volunteers.

That picture of the moon was taken from the guardrail of a highway that's usually really busy.  But it was so serene early this morning.

We set up 8 tables on each side of the highway and stacked cups 3 layers high.  

We were out there 2.5 hours before the first runners came by.  I didn't get any pictures of runners because we were so busy handing out water, cheering them on, and cleaning up the empty cups on the ground.

I'm trying to post a picture of the Course Map, but I can't post a PDF?  WTF?

Anyway, my water station was between mile 12 and 13 on the front half.  Then the runners doubled back and I was around the 24 mile marker on the second half

I have never seen so many bloody nipples in my life.  YIKES.  One man was not just bleeding through his shirt, but it was streaming down.  Like two red eyes crying on his gray shirt.  I'm sure he cried later.

Three different men scared me when they were near the end.  One started to act disoriented and didn't run in a straight line, but he refused help.  The second one that scared me was trying to take a drink and he was shaking so hard that he couldn't get the cup to his mouth.  The third man that stressed me out grabbed his chest right by his heart as he passed by, but he barely slowed down.

None of them appeared particularly old and the second two appeared to be very physically fit.  I'm hoping everybody is ok. 

So this was all very motivating for me to attempt running again.  I'm very impressed with everybody who got out there and did it!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy November 1st

Last weigh in: 227
Today's weight: 226.5

So my only goal was to end October lighter than I started it.  AND OMG I DID IT.  It was only half of a pound, but it was half of a pound lighter!  hahahaha

Like, really, this time of year, I'm just happy to not be in a constant food coma.  Work has been nothing but candy baskets lately.  Plus I took my niece and nephew trick or treating, which means I had to do some quality control on their candy. 

Anyway, maybe November's goal will be the same.  I aim to be less than 226.5 by the end of the month!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Out with the old

In an attempt to find a little bit of cash, my husband is trying to sell some stuff on craigslist and in a yard sale.  I remembered there was an old box of my skinny clothes in the attic so he got it down for me to go through today. Look what I had written on it.

"Open only be people who weigh 160 lbs or less"


We totally disobeyed the writing and opened the box so that some of those clothes can be sold.  To be honest, I've aged since my skinny days and I have a different fashion sense now.  I don't think my old clothes are ugly, I just wouldn't wear them now.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Work work work work work

Work has been so stressful lately that it's waking me up in the middle of the night.  Admittedly, I made a fairly big mistake that is 100% my fault so, you know, I created my own stress in that situation.  But owning up to your mistakes doesn't make the stress go away.  Ughhhhh.

My husband still doesn't have a steady income so if I lost my job, we'd be up the creek without a paddle.  THAT'S stressful to think about.

It's definitely candy season at work.  I put an effort  in to pack healthy lunches, but just a glimpse of a fun size Snickers bar will send me off the rails.

I went to the doctor last week (or was it 2 weeks ago now?) and had a perfect BP reading of 110/80.  She said that having a very tight cuff can give a false reading that's too high.  Sure enough, when I took my blood pressure that day that said it was 132/93, I used a regular size cuff and it was painful.  I'm a big girl with a big arm, I need a large cuff.

She also said that my hemoglobin was 10.1 and she recommends I start taking an iron supplement, which I haven't started yet.  Maybe it'll increase my energy levels!!!

Went to the park today and only did 1.5 laps.  Guess that's better than nothing, but I sure miss the days of doing 4 laps and having seemingly endless energy.  Anyway, exercising in the morning makes me want to eat all day long.  I prefer evening workouts.

Ok, enough rambling.  Hope everybody has a good week!