Lessons In Moderation

Practice Makes Perfect….For Your Posture
April 6, 2011, 8:35 pm
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I will be the first to admit I have terrible posture.  Sometimes I catch a peak at my profile if I’m walking by a mirror or any other reflective surface and I’m always shocked at how hunched over I am.  Lately I have been trying to be more conscious of my posture for a few reasons.

1. At barely 5’2″, I need all the extra height I can get

2. Standing up straight really does make you look thinner.  Throw the shoulders back, suck the stomach in and fake it til you make it.

3. There is no third reason…..I just felt it wasn’t worthy of a bulleted list with only two bullets 🙂

Do you guys have any tips for keeping the spine straight?  I start off the day with the best intentions but by 2:00 p.m. I’m slouched over my computer screen and by the time I get in my car to drive home?  Forget about it.  Just call me the Hunch Back of Notre Dame.   I’m interested to hear of any tips and tricks you guys have for standing or sitting up straight.  The biggest challenge I have is sitting at a desk all day.  If I was standing up I think I notice it more, but when I’m at my desk I’m a mess.


Here we go again…..
March 31, 2011, 2:22 pm
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After getting a stern talking to from Nicole from http://www.cookingwithcoley.com, she encouraged me to stop being lazy and stop blogging again.  Thanks to all of you who have continued to check in on a regular basis during my hiatus. You guys are awesome!

Here is a brief update on the last few months.  I am still struggling with the same 10-15 pounds but I will get to my goal weight by the end of the year if it kills me.  I have to nip this in the bud before I turn 30 (not until Oct 2012 so I have time).    My husband surprised me with the cutest puppy ever on Christmas Eve so now that warmer weather is heading my way, I’m really looking forward to taking her for long walks/runs.  I’m trying to train her to run right next to me so I can just attach the leash to my waist and hit the road.

So, I’m sure all of you are completely bored with my weight loss struggle (I know I am) but I really need to turn this into a success story this year so I welcome any tips, insight or stories you want to share with me.  My other goal is to get back into running this year, nothing crazy, just try to get 2-3 miles a day in most days a week and I desperately need new sneakers.  Anyone have any suggestions?  I don’t want to spend a ton of money.  I’m thinking $80 – $100 max.

So thanks again to all the regulars….and look forward to more frequent posts.  I tried a few great restaurants lately so I’ll share some reviews soon.

What’s been up with you guys over the past few months?

P90X…..Will it Work?
August 26, 2010, 1:12 pm
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I am happy (?) to announce that I started doing P90X about 3 weeks ago.  A group of people at my work get together and do it at the on-site gym.  We aren’t following the formal program yet, we are just alternating videos so we get a good mix.  I have been doing this for 4 days a week for two solid weeks and my first week I eased in with two days.


I think I like it.  I definitely get that “good sore” feeling in my muscles after the work out and I really really love the 15 minute Ab Ripper X.

I have gained 1.6 pounds in the past 3 weeks.  Keep in mind that I am still counting Weight Watcher points even though I’m not going to the meeting and I thought I have been doing pretty good on the healthy eating front.  Some splurges here and there but I would say I’m following an 80% healthy 20% treat plan. 

So the bottom line is that I’m going to keep doing the P90X and counting points because I have a vacation coming up in November and I WILL be 10 pounds lighter by then.  10 pounds in two months is doable right (even though it’s been over a year and I still haven’t been able to lose 10 pounds.)?

Have any of you tried P90X and had good results?

I lost 5%!
August 6, 2010, 4:09 pm
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First of all thanks for all of you loyal readers who keep visiting my blog despite my erratic posting schedule.  I promise I will get better.

Second, my Weight Watchers session is coming to an end and I lost 5% of my body weight in 13 weeks.  I didn’t hit my goal but I learned a lot.  Here are somethings that I figured out that may help you.

1.  All calories are not created equal – This seems obvious but I noticed on weeks when I stayed within my points but ate a lot of processed stuff I either stayed the same or gained a bit of weight.  I also noticed that my clothes felt a little snug (must be all the sodium).  On weeks where I ate the same amount of points and even exceed my alloted points with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein etc… I noticed a big difference either on the scale in my clothes or both.   I know you may be thinking…”Thank you Captain Obvious” but this was a big discovery for me.  Cleary I knew I was getting way more nutritional value from the good stuff, but for weight loss I didn’t think it mattered as long as I was taking in the correct amount of calories.

2.  Don’t beat yourself  up – Sometimes I  would feel a little bad about myself because I don’t consider myself a healthy eater or a runner/athlete by nature.  I will be honest and say if I could eat what I want without gaining weight it would be mac n cheese and nachos as far as the eye could see. 🙂 Sometimes when I read other health bloggers it seems like they make these choices effortlessly or their background is that they have always enjoyed healthy eating blah blah blah.   That’s great for them but what about the junk food junkies?  I say…embrace it.  Don’t always indulge it but embrace it.  Live is for living and nachos are for eating so when you do indulge yourself, savor every bite and pity those grilled chicken and veggie eaters.  How is that for a lesson in moderation?

3.  Don’t be afraid to take the easy way out – I love Real Simple magazine but sometimes I find the recipes to be a little challenging or time-consuming (side note: I usually have this problem with all recipes so it’s nothing against Real Simple).   So to get over my intimidation and general dislike of cooking I just fake it. Sure they want you to use fresh veggies, I use frozen…big whoop.  So what if they want this stupid spice or veggie that you can’t find in the store…just use what you have and figure it out.  If it’s a new recipe you don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like and all recipes can be saved with a little hot sauce.

4.  Frank’s Red Hot – I really do put that shit on everything.  It can make the good stuff taste even better and it can make a recipe gone wrong edible.

So, if you are struggling maybe these tips will help?  Like I said, I’m done with Weight Watchers for now.  It’s always good for a reality check and I’m still going to keep counting points while I get the rest of my weight off but I’m ditching the meetings because I don’t feel like paying for another session because it’s that time of year for me to buy back to school clothes!!!

p.s.  I’m not going back to school, but I just love this time of the year in the stores where all the fall stuff is out. It always reminds me of back to school shopping when I was younger.

Weight Watchers Take Two
May 18, 2010, 1:26 pm
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So I’m off on the Weight Watchers journey again.  Last year when I started Weight Watchers I lost almost 10 pounds total, and although I haven’t weighed myself recently, I think I have managed to keep a solid 7 of those pounds off.  If you remember, I quit Weight Watchers when I started doing bootcamp classes because I kept gaining “weight” even though I was hoping it was muscle, and it the constant gaining made me feel bad.

There will be a slight bootcamp/WW overlap because my first WW meeting is Thursday and I still have two more weeks left of bootcamp, but hopefully that doesn’t make too much of a difference.  I am looking forward to a little refresher on portion sizes etc… Plus the meetings are held right in my office! You can’t go wrong. 

Now the question is… should I eat a ton right before the meeting so I’m “heavier” and then I will most likely be legitimately lighter and fake lighter because I won’t eat heavy before I step on the scale.  That would give me motivation. What should I do?

Stop Comparing… But How?
April 20, 2010, 3:32 pm
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I have a lot of bad habits, but I just noticed a particularly toxic habit the other day.  I’m constantly comparing my weight to other people and asking my husband “Am I as fat as her,” or something like that.  Just look at the wording of these questions…It’s totally toxic! And I’m tunnel vision on the weight. I don’t think about the clothes, the make up, the hair, is she prettier than me, type stuff…It always has the word fat. 

I was waiting for a train yesterday and had a chance to do some people watching and I think that question popped up at least 5 times. I’m sure that negativity and “fat language” is effecting me in some way, so now I’m making a conscious effort to stop doing that, but it will be so hard! It’s almost a way of life now…I think the first step will be to stop verbalizing the question and then maybe I will stop mentally comparing my weight to others all the time.

On the plus side I’m down 2.2 pounds in the past two weeks.  I should fully disclose that the minus 2.2 pounds is from a PLUS 6!!! that I discovered a few weeks ago.  That blew my mind because I really didn’t feel like I gained 6 pounds (and I know it wasn’t 6 pounds of muscle) so I think I have some sort of metabolism issue happening.  The vitamin D is not helping me lose weight but I am feeling less exhausted.  I have to be in a wedding at the end of July and I’m going on a cruise in November so I want to be 10 pounds lighter for the wedding and hopefully 15 – 18 pounds lighter by November and back into my normal jeans.

Do you constantly compare you weight (or anything) to others?  Did you do it and quit?  If so how did you get rid of this obnoxious habit?

Vitamin D Deficiency and Me

I’m not sure if I have shared this in my blog yet, but I have hypothyroidism, which means my thyroid is functioning much slower which can cause extreme exhaustion, weight gain, joint and muscle pain.  I was diagnosed with this about 3 years ago, with my main symptom being overwhelming exhaustion.  I never had any unexplained weight gain. 

The doctor who diagnosed me is a complete moron and she didn’t want to hear that although I was on medication for my thyroid issues and my blood tests were normal, I still felt pretty bad.  In the past year or so my exhaustion seemed to be getting worse, and we all know about my weight gain.  Some of that weight gain was explainable but the fact that I can’t seem to shed a pound now is annoying.  

Since I knew my old stupid doctor wasn’t going to help me at all, I made an appointment with a new wonderful doctor who listened to me, ran a lot of tests and found out that I have a severe vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to many of the same symptoms as a under active thyroid.   I’m now on 50,000 units of Vitamin D per week and after 8 weeks hopefully my levels are normal and I start to feel better.  The vain side of me is hoping that the combination of me eating healthy, working out regularly and the correct medicine for my thyroid problem and vitamin D deficiency will give me that push to lose this extra weight.

Here is the moral of the story:

As you get older it is harder to drop pounds but not impossible.  If you are being honest with yourself and doing everything right, talk to your doctor about it to find out if there is a medical reason.

Don’t tolerate a sucky doctor.  I feel really sad and angry at myself for just accepting what that moron doctor said and spending the last 3 years of my life feeling blah.  It was my “new” normal…I could function but I never felt good and I never felt rested even after a full night sleep.  Now I’m hoping that I can feel good again because I still kind of remember what life was like before I was exhausted all the time.

Has anyone else ever had issues with thyroid or vitamin D deficiency? Any tips or tricks that helped you deal?