Thursday, December 31, 2009

I'm back

Hey guys! Happy New Year! The holidays are almost over and since I'm starting a new stint of the hcg diet, I thought I'd keep you posted on my progress. I'm doing a short one this time as 40 days was just too long for me.

I gave myself the first shot this morning and let me just say . . . scary! I'm out of practice. It also stung a little and bled. Oh well. It was over quick. I'll keep you up to date on how things go. These first two days are considered "load" days where I'm supposed to eat as much fat as I can stuff inside myself! WOO HOO! My dear friend is starting with me. I plan on eating at Olive Garden for lunch and donuts for dinner! =) And everything else in between!

I'll be checking in. May all your clothes feel baggy!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's All a Conspiracy ...

Have you ever had one of those days ... er, weeks ... or months ... or, let's face it. Lives where it seems like everything's out to get you?

Yeah. That would be how I'm feeling right now.

I've struggled to find a way to exercise that doesn't hurt my feet. I've told you the feet story, haven't I? It's pretty pathetic. Anyway, so I happened upon the Wii Fit. Love the Wii Fit. Plan on getting the upgrade soon. I've mastered the Advanced Step for aerobics and I'm a Yoga Master, so I'm ready for more challenges. The Wii is my friend. I love the Wii.

My husband vacuumed the Wii sensor bar cable and broke it.

Yeah. That was fun.

However, I did find a replacement online. It was $14.95, which is pretty good, with free shipping, which is excellent, and is wireless. Priceless.

We're now waiting for it to arrive, and we'll see if it works. That's always the challenge ... will it work.

Keep your fingers crossed for a resurrection of our Wii ...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Working Out Again

I ran on Saturday and did an upper body workout on Monday. Now, the real test is going to be whether I can get my buttox to the gym on Tuesday to swim. *gulp*

The amazing thing is that healthy food looked good to me at the store today, and junk food looked like junk. I can't say it'll last forever, but I love little moments like that when I feel like I'm making progress. :o)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Still Steady

Okay, I haven't been trying to lose weight in a while. I mean, not really, although I've tried to somewhat watch what I eat. I also go on vacation on Christmas day to San Diego for ten days so eating habits will definitely be different.

For me, January fifth will be when I hit everything hardcore again. However, there is good news. I haven't gained. Those ten pounds I lost SO long ago? They're still lost. And I'm going to keep them lost even through this vacation. And maybe I'll take some long walks on the beach and get some good exercise in!!

So there you go. Oh and I really do think I'm going to try to do the Acai berry thing and see what happens. Just for a month. It'd be great if my body could get kick-started into some weight loss. AND the acai berry thing is supposed to improve energy levels . . . and I've NEVER had energy. I mean, NEVER. Just ask my husband.

I'll let you know what happens as I try it. Most likely nothing . . . but it won't hurt me either so who cares?

I probably won't be posting here for the next couple of weeks--I won't have access to my scales, so have fun . . . and remember. Just because it's Christmas doesn't mean you can't lose or just maintain.

Good luck everyone!

Friday, December 18, 2009


I'm weak. Weaker than I ever thought I was. I eat and eat and eat. And not good things either. Junk. Just junk. If breakfast doesn't start off healthy then I apparently let the rest of the day's food go to waste (waist) as well.

I also haven't been exercising. I set up an exercise group with some girls from Church. Only one comes. I had six girls tell me they were really interested and wanted to come. Only one comes. And now that it's Christmas time and we have trees up, she has decided it's not a good time to exercise because kids might touch the trees. What?

My kids know not to touch our Christmas tree, they aren't going to go up to hers and start pulling off all her ornaments. If she's worried about my tree, she shouldn't be.

So now that I have no one to exercise with, I'm not.

I had a girl offer me her gym membership and I told her I'd buy it off her. She has yet to contact the gym. I've reminded her twice. Still nothing. Maybe when she gets next month's bill she'll think to call. I think the gym has a daycare, so I could drop my kids off and not be governed by my husband's school schedule, only the kids' school schedules. That would be nice. If she'd just sell me the dang membership!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I've Committed Myself

Not to the loony bin. Yet.

I committed to run a triathlon in May. I even bet money on the fact that I can finish. The entrance fee is actually kind of beastly. But you do get a shirt and chocolate and stuff at the end. I wanted something that could scare me into exercising and dieting again. And the thought of myself collapsing on the ground in a heap halfway through the race is pretty scary. :-D

So, now, I have to do it. At least it's only sprint-distance. (ONLY! HA!) And it's at the /end/ of May. I have a whole 5 months to go from "I'm a lazy, fat slob" to "I'm in the best shape of my life!"

Yeah. I wouldn't bet on me winning any prizes, either, if I were you.

Here's the thing, though. I KNOW I can do it. I /KNOW/ I can! I've gotten in pretty good triathlete shape before. Less than a year ago. I couldn't have done very well on time, but I could have finished. Probably. :-P

And one nice thing about the race I'm doing is that everyone starts at different times and you all get a timing chip. So when you're plodding along and there are people way in front of you, it doesn't matter. Because for all the crowd knows, they started way before you. Except for the fact that they're going 3 times your speed. But, still . . . :-D

Now, I promised Tristi I'd blog about successful dieting throughout the holidays. But I wanted to get on track first before I wrote the blog. And since that never happened, well, you know. But here it is in a nutshell:

I did BFL throughout the month of December last year. I started on December 8th. Everyone said, "Why not just wait until Christmas is over and start in January?"

Here's why: I was motivated RIGHT THEN! Why wait a month? My willpower has the attention span of a humming bird. I have to catch it while it's paying attention!

Also, I figured I'd weigh less at the end of December if I was at least TRYING to diet and exercise than if I wasn't. Right?? Apparently, the answer is YES because I ACTUALLY LOST 8 POUNDS BETWEEN DECEMBER 8TH AND DECEMBER 31ST LAST YEAR!!! And that was even counting the fact that I took 8 free days in a row right around Christmas time.

So, people, you don't have to pig out and let yourself go just because it's Christmas. And you don't have to give up and eat chocolate every night just because I am! :o) Give it a go. Try to do something to improve yourself today. Anything. Any little thing. Really. :o)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tristi Rambles ... Again

It's my belief that none of our bloggers have died, because I'm pretty sure someone would have told me. So, moving forward on the premise that no one died, where the heck is everyone?

I've been in hiding, because I've done nothing I set out to do. Nothing, zip, nada. But I did have some insights. Will the insights equal weight loss? Will they be instrumental in my journey? Will I finally find the time to exercise and eat right? Will Lola learn that she's really the illegitimate daughter of the Count of Grunden and her brother is next in line but plans to kill her in case she decides to challenge that claim? Only time will tell.

1. Insight the First: we tend to start diets when we're angry. We get fed up with how we look or how we feel, we set goals that may or may not be realistic, and we go into the weight loss process disliking ourselves. That's counterproductive. We need to set our goals when we're calm and when we can look at ourselves objectively, and use words that will outline the situation without degrading ourselves. Rather than saying, "I'm such a fat slob. I need to lose a hundred pounds to even feel like a human," we need to be able to say, "I'm a hundred pounds overweight. I'm ready to make some choices that will help me lose that weight." Decisions made in anger are rarely good ones, so why do we make decisions about our health while we're angry with ourselves?

2. Insight the Second: this one is actually kind of a long story. But you're used to that from me. And since it's so dang quiet over here, I imagine you won't mind.

Last year, I started drinking Coke with my headache medicine because the medicine just wasn't strong enough any more and I didn't want to take a stronger medicine. Been there, done that, it wasn't pretty. So I started drinking Coke, and I noticed that I felt better overall drinking it. Well, for this last year, I've been feeling like a very bad Mormon and have tried to get off it a ton of times, only to find that I feel like garbage whenever I do. Logically, one would assume that I'm addicted to it and that I need to just cleanse it out of my body. Well, I've tried cleansing it out of my body a ton of times, and I still feel like garbage a month after going off. I have no energy, getting out of bed is just too hard, I can't think ... it's just not a good thing. So I sort of threw my hands in the air, confessed that I'm a Coke addict, and moved on.

Two weeks ago I went through another "trying-to-get-off-it" cycle. Didn't make it. Could barely function. I was going grocery shopping and my mom tagged along. I had announced my intention to go off the Coke, so I took back that announcement and told her that I was going to buy some. I had come to the realization that my adrenals hadn't been working, and so until I could figure that out, I was just going to drink the Coke.

"That makes sense," she said.

"Huh?" I said.

"You were diagnosed with poor adrenal function when you were three," she told me.

Um ... call me crazy, but that would have been way cool to know a long time ago.

Turns out they discovered it, no one knew what to do about it (keep in mind, this was the 70's) and so they just let it go.

So for 33 years, I've felt absolutely terrible, and I attributed it all to my thyroid. So I'd get my thyroid levels checked, they'd be fine, but I'd still feel terrible. Now, if I'd known I had an adrenal weakness, then I could have had that checked and gone from there.

Now, I know that my mom has had four children and it's hard to remember which child has which ailment. But I think it would have been nice for me to know this.

So the next step is to find out what one does for an adrenal problem. My mom can't remember if my adrenals just need help, or if they aren't working at all, and they've probably changed a lot in the last 30 years anyway. But I'm excited to find all this out. If we can kick-start these puppies into action, maybe I'll feel like a human again, and maybe I can stop drinking the Coke, and then I'll feel like a good Mormon again. I mean, after I stop doing all the other bad stuff I do. :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I have a screw loose

Surgery in the morning to remove a screw from my foot. This screw has been causing pain and all kinds of other problems for about 3 years now. I have had it for 4 years. I, however, did not know that I did not need it for the last 3 1/2 years.

There is always the chance that he will not be able to take it out if it gets stuck, but he thinks, according to the x-ray, that it will go well.

The deal is this, I will not be able to run or jump for about 8 weeks. So the treadmill is going to be even more lonely than it has been for the last little bit. And right now is a bad time for that to happen, but I cannot take this pain any longer.

Maybe I'll talk myself into just walking at 2-3 mph so that I can indulge in a few goodies.

Any way, prayers would be nice for success tomorrow.

Phooey! (and Happy Holidays!)

I'm up 1 pound again this week. I know 1 pound is not the end of the world. But if I'm going back up, I have to get rid of the same stupid weight AGAIN, and it will take me longer to reach my goal. Time to buckle down again.

On a happier note, once again I have turned my regular blog (here) into a musical advent calendar. This is my Christmas card to family and friends, and it's absolutely calorie free, so I hope you like it.