Posts Tagged ‘success’

Umpteenth time is a charm?

2 January 2012

I am not even sure off the top of my head when the last time I wrote a post was…a long time ago, I know that. I’ve had a lot of personal stuff going on the last few months and that derailed my plans and intentions for a number of different things over the last 7 months. :-/ However, I find writing my blog posts to be therapeutic and fun, so I am going to try to revive the blogger in me.

I will be posting about all sorts of different things, but as my life seems to be pretty much focused on grad school/career and trying to get fit/eating healthfully, I will more than likely focus the greater number of my posts on those things.

I don’t know how often I’ll get a chance to post – I’m going to aim for about every other day, but will have to wait and see how life is going once the new semester starts up. πŸ™‚



6 June 2010
I’m pretty disappointed with myself overall in the last few weeks. I want to blame the heat. My brother being in the hospital. Anything but myself, really. But, I know that I am the only one who can be blamed for my actions and attitude of late.

I haven’t been to the gym in ages. I haven’t been physically active in ages, either. I know that’s why I have had such small losses, and that combined with my NOT tracking at all last week contributed to my 1 pound gain at WI yesterday.

I’d determined at WI yesterday that I was gonna change my ‘tude – cos nothing was gonna go my way with the one I was sporting.

Today was the Walk-It Challenge and I was gonna be up at English Landing Park at 7am with the other KC area WWers and Walk It! That didn’t happen.

My brother plays for the MO Mustangs, a team in the Central Plains Football League, and they were playing in the semi-finals last night. Husband and I went to the 5 o’clock game – and didn’t get home until almost 11pm!

The game was nearly 4.5 hours long – and we had some tire issues to check on and a grocery store run to make.

By the time we were home, dinner eaten, and chillaxed a little bit so I could sleep, it was 1am. I went ahead and set my alarm for 6am (I live REALLY close to the park) and got my things together to head up to the Walk It Challenge. It took FOREVER for me to fall asleep – it wasn’t until well after 2am when I did finally fall asleep.

When the alarm went off at 6, I knew that there was no way I was gonna make it to the park.

I’d decided to hit the gym this evening, after I attended my nephew’s 12th birthday party. By the time the party was done and I was leaving, I was shattered and couldn’t imagine facing the gym – so I copped out and went home.

At this point, I want to blame my friend whom I tried to get to meet me there and pointedly ignored me. but I can’t since I could’ve gone alone.

I’ve done NOTHING since coming home other than veg out on the couch and watch a movie and did some computer work. I should’ve worked out.

I am constantly tired…partly to do with my inactivity, partly to do with not taking my meds like I should. I know exercise would help, but I just can’t seem to get off my duff to do it.

tomorrow’s another day…just cos i messed up today doesn’t mean I can’t have a great day tomorrow.

Winners never Quit

26 May 2010

Confession: I have body image issues. I’ve had them almost as long as I can remember.

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Does this measuring tape make me look fat?

Is that a big surprise? The majority of women in industrialized countries share my plight – whether they are thick, thin, obese, healthy, skinny, sick… In my opinion, there’s a huge problem with that, but that’s a topic for Β a better thought out post in the future. This post is to clear my head and document my success.

So, what do I do in order to tackle the body-image monster? I meet it head on. Two weeks ago today, I re-joinedΒ Weight Watchers. I’ve been a member of Weight Watchers on-and-off since 2004 – with varying degrees of success. I have heard, observed and learned first-hand that the degree of success one achieves as a Weight Watcher (WWer) is in direct correlation to the degree of dedication that WWer has to meet goal. To quote a popular WWer mantra, “The Program works IF you work the Program.”


It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated when starting to revamp your lifestyle, but if you take it in small bites it becomes much more manageable. Well, at least for me, it is. πŸ™‚ I think that my all-or-nothing mentality has been a detriment to my work toward the total revamping of my diet and overall lifestyle – I kept getting bogged down in the details and losing sight of the finish line.

No more: I will no longer allow myself to get lost in the overwhelming ball-pit of details. I will build up my healthy lifestyle block by block, rather than trying to do it all at once – and I will make myself accept responsibility and ownership for my decisions. I will hold myself accountable instead of trying to find things to blame my failure on; I want to blame myself for my success. πŸ˜›

The first week back On Program (OP), I wasn’t doing so hot. I’m not sure what my mindset was, but it was not success. I took stock in my decision to re-join Weight Watchers, and decided that I wasn’t going to allow myself to fail.

My first test was going out for dinner and drinks with friends at a locally owned Irish-style pub. I looked up the menu to plan my meal – but – gasp! – no nutritional information was available. I looked up similar foods so that I could estimate points values and limited my choices down to 2-3. I chose a Rosemary Oven-Roasted Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus. I had a glass of wine with dinner. I even had dessert – which I shared. I thought I was going to use up the majority of my flex points – but I didn’t. πŸ˜€ I did use a few, but not many at all. That was victory #1.

My second victory came today. I had waited far too long to eat and I was getting light headed, it was time for me to prepare dinner, but I knew that I wouldn’t make it even that long. We have some tortilla chips in the pantry, as well as cereals, nuts, and chocolate chips. Normally, I would have chosen something chock full of carbs or (refined) sugar – I was drawn to the fruit bowl instead. As I got out what I needed in order to prepare dinner, I ate a banana, which held me over perfectly.

Am I too early in my journey to congratulate myself for a job well-done? I don’t think so. I have never before
taken the time to really think about my choices – a habit I’ve been wanting to change for a long, long time. I need to take stock of all of the great decisions I make so that when I might make a bad decision, I won’t beat myself up about it. So what if I go over my points one day, that’s what flex points are for. So what if I eat a piece of cake at a birthday party, I’ve budgeted it and will be making smart choices the rest of the day. If I beat myself up for every little thing, I’ll become dejected and ultimately quit. I’m a winner – and winners never quit. πŸ˜€

Simon Howden

I'm a Winner!

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