Month: October 2013

Day 80 – I Have a Good Excuse, I Promise!

This has been such a busy week!  Between school, homework, exercise, and the optometrist I feel like I haven’t stopped all week.  However, I did have another monumental (there’s that word again) step forward in my transformation.

I scratched my glasses to the point of almost total destruction, forcing Cliff and I to go to the optometrist midweek (and anyone who knows me, knows how I feel about unscheduled midweek excursions).  Since our vision insurance is going to be changing, thus renewing, at the first of this year I took the opportunity to look into getting…drumroll please….contacts!

I was so nervous.

Like, had to give myself a pep talk nervous.

I almost decided to say forget it, but I kept thinking about how awesome it would be to not have these annoying objects perched on my nose anymore.  I’m soooooo glad I was able to get over it.  I absolutely love them!  They’ve been slightly annoying, but I can already tell that it will be second nature soon.

So, I know it’s a short post and I know I missed two days, but I’ll make it up this weekend.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to put some finishing touches on the design, edit the older posts, and make a few additions to the other categories to kind of spice things up a bit.

But for now, I’m off to bed.  I’ve been tired since I woke up this morning.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.  ~Barack Obama

Day 78 – 100th Day on My Fitness Pal

Today I hit a monumental moment (one of many!) in my weight loss journey.   This morning made the 100th consecutive day that I have logged into My Fitness Pal™.  This is, by far, my longest stretch on the program.  I must say that it has been one of the most instrumental tools I’ve ever used in all my years of “dieting.”  While I realize that this time around things are completely different (meaning that this has been a lifestyle change for us, not just a diet) I still contribute most of my success to this app.  It really does keep me honest.

I still plan to add all of My Fitness Pal ™ information into the blog at some point.  Right now I’m still hammering out all of the design detail. I would love to eventually code my own blog theme, but right now I’m enjoying the fact that I know how to navigate my way around the WordPress software.  So to anyone actually reading this blog, (yes all 3 or 4 of you out there!) please be patient with me while I strive to find a perfect layout.  Anyone who knows me knows that I won’t settle for “good enough.”

I also plan to start adding other fun little anecdotes from time to time, rather than just posting about my “oh so exciting life.”  Maybe a recipe here and a playlist there, here a tip, there a tip, everywhere a tip tip?  Do you see what lack of sleep and too many computer classes will do to a person?!

Anyway…I’m looking forward to sharing some other things that have been working for us on this amazing weight loss expedition that we’ve embarked on together.  I am, by no means, any sort of expert on weight loss, but I feel like “eat less, move more” is pretty much the gist.  However, you will never hear me say that something definitely does or does not work.  I can only comment on what has worked to me up to this point and hope that other people will see that, while it is no easy feat, it also isn’t the dreadful and hopeless endeavor that many people think it is.  If I can do it, anyone can do it.

Remember this one statement…I don’t like vegetables.  I’ve never liked vegetables.  If it can’t be mentioned in the starch family, then I’m not a fan.  Ask anyone.  I had a very low tolerance for anything green.  Burgers?  Plain.  Salad?  NO THANKS!  Kale?  WTF is that?

Until recently.

It all started with Madre (my mother in law) making a pot roast for Cliff and I.  It had carrots in it.  That’s ok, I can pick around them, right?  Right.  Except, I felt compelled to try a bite.  I had never had a carrot cooked that way.  I figured it was worth a shot.

Best. Food.Decision.Ever.

Since then (about 3 months ago) I’ve even managed to eat an entire salad from a salad bar.  I had finally discovered that I just didn’t like vegetables cooked a certain way.  I detest raw carrots.  I REFUSE to eat celery (I mean, come on, that’s just an abomination).  I won’t be ordering a side salad anytime soon.  But this doesn’t mean that I don’t like vegetables anymore.  It means that I only like them in certain ways.  Do I get my daily 4-100 servings (or however much a nutritionist tells you is correct) of veggies?  Absolutely not.

But it’s a start.  You can’t have a happy ever after if you don’t start somewhere.  That’s really all there is to it.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you.  Always.”  ~Oprah Winfrey

 

Day 76 – Homework, homework, and did I mention homework?

I know everyone keeps telling me that it’s all going to be worth it…but right now I just want to pull my hair out.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I thought that I would make a good computer programmer.

Most.difficult.thing.ever.

That’s supposed to make it even more worth it when I’m done, right? RIGHT?!

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”  ~Carol Burnett