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Starting over (or not)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back in 2013, I wrote my one and only Popular Blog Post. The blog took on the phrase "on the wagon" and concluded that, because a true lifestyle change is permanent and on-going, "there is no wagon." It is all part of the same continuum -- just a series of days that make up our lives, no stops, no starts, just life.

I still believe that but I have the distinct feeling of "starting over" at the moment. And I can't say that's a bad thing. This healthy lifestyle is just like riding a bike. I eat fruits and vegetables! I walk! I work out! It's easy!

And on some level, it is that easy. But am I starting over? Or just finally treating my body the way it deserves to be treated? Do I need a grand "starting over" narrative? Or is it enough to "just do it"?

Narratives are tempting. I like stories with structure, a beginning, middle and end. But the problem with the starting over narrative is that it gives a concrete "beginning" to your healthy journey. Generally, things that begin will one day end. That's not what we want for our healthy lifestyle.

So, I'm not starting over. Instead, I'll say this: I've struggled with my weight my whole life. I accept and embrace the fact that the struggle will always be there. Health, fitness and nutrition will always be primary concerns for me. That isn't the case for everyone -- but it will always be the case for me. Today, I'm putting my health first. Today, I'm doing what needs to be done. Tomorrow, I will do the same.

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EMSSBEARS 7/31/2014 12:55AM

    Good luck you can do it.

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MSHEL7 7/31/2014 12:54AM

    Great blog. This is exactly how I feel most of the time. On going. Sometimes I slack off, others I'm all gung ho, but honestly it really isn't starting over, it is just on going.

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LINDA! 7/31/2014 12:47AM


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I took 19,475 steps yesterday! The best part is that I didn't do anything extraordinary -- just back to my old routine! I took a short walk on my lunch break (plan to do the same today). In the evening, I walked to my ShimmyPop class, danced my heart out and I walked back! That was it!

When I was living in the East Bay last year, THAT WAS JUST A NORMAL DAY. I knew that I was being less active when I was living in Mountain View, but I couldn't easily quantify it because I never used an activity tracker before I moved there. Now, I can easily see my East Bay life is 2-3x more active ON A DAILY BASIS then my South Bay life was. Again, I knew I was getting less activity, being more sedentary but I didn't realize how HUGE the difference was. Actually, on some level I realized it but I didn't know how to fix it.

My goal is recreate a seamlessly active life. I had that in Berkeley -- walking to work, walking to my classes, walking to the store, etc. I easily racked up 5+ miles just getting through my day. All the formal workouts were just hot fudge on my active life sundae!!

Now that I'm living in Oakland, with everything I need in walking distance, it should be easy for me to recreate this lifestyle!

I will say one thing though -- at the end of yesterday, I was tired and sore!! I feel fine today, but it is obvious that my level of fitness has dropped in the last year. I aim to fix that!!

Walking is a major aspect of my life. I love it, I need it -- it's a non-negotiable. When I walk, I clear my mind, get my heart rate up, click through my to-do list. It is my "me time!!" And I was so sad without it. I will never attempt to to do "car culture" again.

Regarding my weight loss goal, all I want right now is to remove the regain. I will consider other goals when I have successfully done so! And if yesterday is any indication, I'm already on my way!!

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STEVENK87 7/31/2014 12:47AM


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TRAVELGRRL 7/30/2014 3:39PM

    You are lucky to live in an area where you can walk everywhere! Great job with the 19,000 steps!

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JADED_CHICK19 7/30/2014 12:31PM


So happy to hear how happy you are and how much more active your new life in Oakland is becoming! Keep up the great work and that regain will be gone soon!

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August Goals

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I've spent today ruminating on my goals for the month of August. Here is what I have come up with so far:

1) No processed foods or alcohol with the exception of the following predesignated events: (8/2, 8/7, 8/8, 8/9, 8/10 -- 3 of those are the Outside Lands Music Festival!)

2) At least 3 Hipline classes per week (back to my old dance studio -- I can't wait!)

3) Walk/run/bike at least 10 miles per week (walking or running the lake, walking as transportation, biking to the harbor, etc.)

Now, I may be sent to Raleigh for a few weeks for work. If so, I'll have to come up with a new plan. But there will be a plan! I'm determined to let August be the time for me to reclaim my success.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/30/2014 10:26AM

    These goals sound great - doable, but have to make effort! Perfect! I know that if you have to go out of town, you will take advantage of whatever fitness options are offered. Sometimes that works out well - no commute to speak of, so you can spend time in the hotel gym or go walking.

And congrats on the new home! that is so wonderful! What a feeling it is to know it is yours! Woo Hoo!!!!

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_RACHEL 7/30/2014 1:31AM

    You go girl...August is around the corner and emoticon Do you generally do upcoming monthly goals? This is a good idea. Something I should consider.

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HOUNDOGLOVER76 7/29/2014 7:43PM

    Good goals, I need to do this! I also need to pre designate dates for alcohol...

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Because I'm Happy!: A Nod to the Mental Game

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I'm so, so happy this week! We finally moved into our new home this weekend. We're homeowners! We love the condo, it is gorgeous and has so much space. But what's better -- way, way better! -- is the neighborhood! Yes, we are lakeside, with beautiful views, tons of fun shops and restaurants and plenty of gently rolling hills to burn a few calories on. My goal is going to be to get in at least a little walking time every day. I may go for a miles goal, or a steps goal -- I haven't decided yet. But I will be easily, wonderfully, seamlessly active yet again! My active, happy-go-lucky self is returning!

Sure, the commute from my new place to my job is long (45 minutes to an hour) but that seems a small price to pay in exchange for truly being some place that makes me happy to wake-up in the morning and happy to come home at night!!!

Feeling happy motivates me to get my health in order. Depression is not motivating, self-loathing is not motivating. On the contrary, I've spent the past year feeling like a lump, with nothing to do but stare at the television and dream of another life. Well, that life is here!!!! And I can't wait to head outside, walk the lake, get back to my cardio dance classes, join up with my CSA, etc.

Life is good -- and getting better by the day!!!

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SGTSUNNY 7/29/2014 6:05PM

    Wonderful news! I love the title too!

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WIFE48 7/29/2014 5:55PM

    Congrats on the new home ownership. emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 7/29/2014 5:10PM

    You have been so busy and had so many changes in your life during the past year that you deserve all of the happiness you can get. Good for YOU ! ! !

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TEMPEST272002 7/29/2014 4:51PM

    It makes such a difference when you enjoy your home & neighbourhood. Lovely that you have a lake nearby.

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SUNSET09 7/29/2014 4:36PM

  emoticon and emoticon! So good to hear that you're as it's a great place to be. the commute will also allow you time to clear your mind before you arrive at home and at the job. Believe me, I've been there and at times, if you allow it, it can become stressful being in traffic for so long. We are conquerors and the weekends at home will be great! emoticon emoticon

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A Good Weekend!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Huzzah! I actually managed to have a pretty good weekend. I did not eat as few calories as I would have hoped but I kept it under 1800, made both of my workouts and continued tracking and getting my water. All this even though I went out with a friend for lunch yesterday, and got Thai take-out last night. So I finally proved to myself that it is possible to enjoy the weekend while still remaining true to my mission and making progress. So proud! I'm going to write down the steps I took for this successful weekend in hopes that I am able to repeat it next weekend!!

1) Track food
2) Workout
3) Look for healthy alternatives -- I chose the restaurant we went to with our friend and I selected it for its healthy options. When we got frozen yogurt, we got one and split it three ways.
4) Snack on fruit!
5) Eat most meals at home -- we ate one meal out and take-out once but the other meals we prepared ourselves.

I spent today packing up my apartment. Good news -- there is a bellydance studio in walking distance to my new home! I LOVE belly dance, and took it until my old studio stopped offering it. I never found a bellydance studio on the Peninsula so I gave it up -- but now I will definitely go at least once a week! So excited -- I can really feel that this move will be great for me.

Making chicken, broccoli and cauliflower right now. I am much more successful when I use Sunday as a launchpad for the week -- prepping food, doing laundry, etc. Can't wait for another successful week! Stringing two together will be a big deal!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/16/2014 2:07PM

    Good Job!!! I know that you are under a lot of stress, for sure. Even though you are looking forward to the move, it is still stressful! But having already lined up a great fitness option helps! You are doing this! WOO HOO!!!

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BECOMEFEARLESS 7/13/2014 11:08PM

    Best of luck on your goals this week. Love belly dancing!

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EMMACORY 7/13/2014 9:15PM

    emoticon on a successful weekend. I think many of us struggle with staying the course on the weekend. Thanks for the good example! Have a healthy week! emoticon

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