Fat as Hell…

and not going to take it anymore!

I Heart Tables Redux

I just wanted to let everyone know that in response to my unbridled love of all things html and my extreme neediness, the lovely and fabulous Paola created an online form in which you can simply type in your food intake + calories (or theoretically, you could probably even put in “points” if you’re following the WW not-a-diet plan) and just like magic *poof* it not only adds them all up for you, but it also generates the html that you’ll need in order to import the table into your blog.

Amazing!

(Here’s the link, one more time, just in case you missed it!)

I’ve been using it for about a week now, and although I’m sure she’ll deny it, I’m fairly convinced that this new gadget has somehow contributed to my recent ability to stay within all my caloric goals. I’m not sure how she does it… but that Paola’s magic.

*wink*

And finally, in the “better late than never” department… a week or so ago, Felicia posted another entry in the “fun photo challenge.” In this installment, we were all challenged to show where we lived. As I said, I’m a little late out of the gate, but none the less, here’s my digs. (Sorry the picture is so blurry… but it’s the only one I had that showed both the house and the pond/lake across the street which, trust me, makes everything look far more glamorous than it really is). Anyway…

PS: At the risk of repeating myself, thanks so much to all of you who took the time to either leave me some kind words in response to my last post or for simply sending some gentle thoughts my way. There are times in life when we really need reminding of how much goodness there actually is in the world and I’m so grateful to all of you for helping me remember. *mwah!*

Happy Thursday, everyone!

April 16, 2008 Posted by | weight loss news | , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Plan of Attack: April

Goodbye, March.
Hello, April.

Let’s start things off on the right foot, shall we?

Goals:
1. To restart (and keep up with) my stats calendar.
2. To make (and keep) weekly exercise goals.
3. To make (and keep) weekly caloric goals.
3a. To keep track of and record (if not publically) my calorie intake each day.
(I think I may start using thedailyplate.com — I’ll keep you posted).
4. To keep track of and record my blood pressure (if not daily) than at least 4 times a week until my Doc’s appt at the end of the month.

(April) Week 1 Exercise Goals:
Monday: 30 minutes cardio
Tuesday: 30 minutes strength training
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: 30 minutes cardio + 30 minutes strength training
Friday: rest
Saturday: 30 minutes cardio + 30 minutes strength training
Saturday: 30 minutes of either (depending on my mood)

Note: These are all minimums and, I think, based on my previous exercising regiment, entirely doable. In fact, I think I am capable of more, but I want to see how this first week goes before raising the stakes.

Gosh… just setting these goals feels so productive.

The truth is, I think I am constantly setting and renegotiating goals in my mind. Each morning (especially in the shower) I make deals with myself about what I will and won’t do that day. Many times the goals I sent in the morning while trying to ready myself for the day are unrealistic… and because they only exist in my mind, it’s easy to toss them aside when the going gets rough. This is different. Not only does writing them down make them feel more official, but you know, it’s that whole accountability thing. Knowing that all of you *know* about them and that you will (ever so gently) hold my feet to the fire if I don’t follow through, makes it more difficult for me to just throw in the towel.

Knowing that I have a doctor’s appointment at the end of the month helps too. For some reason, I am always so motivated to take off as much weight as possible in the weeks before going to the doctor. I can remember when I first started seeing this doctor and how I could tell, even though he was encouraging, that he didn’t really believe me when I said that I was going to lose weight. And, after all, who could blame him? I mean, I’m sure he’s seen hundreds of patients who need to take off the pounds and who claim they are going to, but who just aren’t able to make it happen. I’ve been there. And, believe me, I failed dozens and dozens of times before I ever experienced any kind of success. What’s more, I’m sure that my vow, albeit good intentioned, probably seemed like a long shot… after all, all told, I probably had a good 180lbs to lose — and that’s no small feat.

Little did he know how stubborn I am. What he didn’t realize (or maybe he did) is that I would find his well founded skepticism regarding my ability to shed over half my bodyweight to be something of a challenge. As ridiculous as it sounds, when it comes to my doctor, I’ve got a definite case of the “hmmpft! I’ll show him!’s” I realize, of course, that this isn’t the healthiest motivation, but at this point, I’ll take whatever motivation I can get.

Anyway… tonight I’m gonna party like it’s my birthday — because it *is* my birthday!

And then I’m gonna grab April by the balls.
This is going to be my best month yet.

Happy Monday, everyone!

PS: I’m counting this post as my HYC update for this week! :)

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March 31, 2008 Posted by | healthy you challenge, losing weight, motivation, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments