Monthly Archives: June 2014

Back to Basics

At one point this week (I sneaked a peek), I was down three pounds.
Today, my official weigh-in day, I’m down nothing.  NOTHING!  What a bummer.

I haven’t been counting calories, or carbs.  What I have been doing is working out, mostly staying away from flour and sugar, and eating fruits and vegetables.  For example, last night my hub grilled swordfish and made a delicious mango, tomato and basil salad with red onion and feta.  It was delicious!  Totally satisfying and healthy.  I also had a great workout.  I have to believe that if I stick to these whole foods and exercise, that the weight will come off.  It used to be that I could drop five pounds in a couple of days.  Clearly, I’m not so lucky, anymore.

I started reading, The Science of Skinny, by Dee McCaffrey.  It’s about understanding body chemistry and how our bodies process the foods we eat.  The farther away we get from eating foods in their natural state, the less healthy they are for us.  Makes sense.  This isn’t the first time I’ve been down this road.  I get so enthusiastic about eating well and exercising.  What I haven’t figured out yet, is why can’t I maintain it?  I am nowhere near giving up, despite a zero balance in my weight account, I just wish the skinny gods could have helped me out a little more this week.



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“When communication comes from your core self—your pure voice—it is simple, kind, understanding, and appreciative. In this flow of expression, you are able to share your true self with the world in thought, speech, and action.”  -Deepak Chopra

Blogging has been on my mind for a while now.  And I’ve been thinking about why in the world I would want to do such a thing.  There are a couple of very good reasons for me steer clear of this endeavor.

First of all, I hate really dislike writing.  It’s one of the biggest stumbling blocks for me and continuing my education.  I just cannot fathom writing a dissertation.

Secondly, I’m a rather private person.  Not because I’m up to anything interesting.  I think I’m just too wary of others judging me–especially since I’m a public educator.  I would, however,  like it to matter much less (what others think of me) than it does.

On the other hand, author and artist, Austin Kleon, just wrote a book entitled, Show Your Work.  I happened to watch a talk he gave this year at SxSW about the importance of putting yourself out there; your work, your ideas.  What happens as a result is that you attract like-minded individuals.  This really resonated with me.  As I explore new territory, I like the idea of connecting to and attracting like-minded people.  You can check out Austin’s blog and his talk here.

Yesterday morning I randomly tuned into a short meditation about the 5th chakra of expression (visualize light blue).  It was about the importance of expressing your true self and letting it be known. It seemed synchronistic that I would be hearing this message within twenty-four hours of starting my blog–a message to me from the universe.

I suppose that’s as good a reason as any to blog.





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The Time is Now

I’m turning fifty (fifty!) in a year.
I feel like an adolescent again.  “Who am I?  What do I want to do with the rest of my life?”  I’m moody, fatigued and fat.
So is my family.
It’s time to make a change.
The time is now.

We’re going whole foods (mostly) and exercise.
My son (Little D) is fourteen and overweight.  He loves hockey, so I’ve got him signed up for an intense conditioning program, three days/week which he seems to love so far.  While he’s doing that, I’ll be working out.  My hub (Big D) is on board as well.

In my weight loss career (all my life) I have probably lost and gained hundreds of pounds. The last time I dropped weight I thought I was set for life.  Kept it off for nearly two years.  And then, I quit smoking.  40 pounds later, here I am.  Still not smoking, but all puffed up.

I have some goals.
I want to be under 200 lbs. by the first day of school (I’m a teacher).
And under 150 lbs. by my 50th birthday next July.
There~I’ve said it, written it and published it.


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