What Motivates Me?
My motivational goals for the 2015 Winter 5% Challenge are slightly different than goals I've set for myself in the past. Maybe it is because I'm living the results of those goals now more than ever.
But, for the sake of a new challenge, an... Read more
A blank slate and a new outlook
Each day is a blank slate. Each year we start that blank slate with a new book of 365 blank pages. Today, my page 2 will be hitting the gym to conquer the elliptical (it is becoming my favorite machine). Then tonight I have cooking class and gro... Read more
Struggling to find balance
As I write this, I've lost 13 lbs and 10 1/2" since the beginning of November. I'm down from a size 16 to a size 14 and people are starting to take notice. But I'm struggling at finding a perfect balance to sustain this weightloss pattern.
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Sleep, they say?
Studies show that getting at least 6-8 hours of sound sleep a night helps promote not only a healthy attitude, but weight-loss, too.
Well, someone forgot to let my dogs know this. Generally, they leave me alone at night and allow me to slee... Read more
Of weight-loss frustrations and other things
I've been doing great these past two weeks, except that I had been sick during most of that time. I've lost very little weight this past week and with official weigh-in looming ahead before the big holiday, my scale has stopped moving.
Sur... Read more
A big win
Well, I just finished my first full week of Onion Camp. I learned quite a few lessons this week, including how much sugar and carb withdrawal can effect the mood (I'm bipolar). It was NOT pretty to say the least.
But I also learned after th... Read more
The anatomy of weight gain (Photos Included)
Today, I made an important step in attempting to shed the pounds I've been so frustrated with over the past 6 years. I joined a group called "The Onion Factory" in Anderson, Indiana. My "friend" suggested it after I had confided in him that I wa... Read more
I was reading an article about how we need to get mentally prepared for weight loss. This got me to thinking about where I am mentally when it comes to not only getting myself healthy, but in life in general.
I've been struggling with mood ... Read more
On a slow train to nowhere
I've been sparking for about 6 years now. One of the things that I've been proud of is losing 50 lbs in one year. However, the scale has started to creep upward, and I've gained back almost 20 lbs of that 50 back. I'm stuck in a rut and I don't ... Read more
106 flights of pain
Saturday morning, I met my coworkers for what was supposed to be a 3 1/2 hour 7 mile hike through the beautiful hills of southern Indiana. What we didn't expect was what our fitbits claimed to be 106 floors climbed in one day. Today, 3 days late... Read more
This is getting old
Gaining weight that is.
I started out the year at 191. Now I'm at 210. This is not the direction I wanted to go. This is definitely not what I wanted. But it is my fault. I've not been as diligent. But maybe not so much my fault. My docto... Read more
And so it begins...
Day 1, week 1. The challenge begins. So, what will become of this all important challenge? Will I lose 10 of the 15 I gained this summer? Will I finally win the battle? Will the 5% be my true goal? We shall see. But I'm already starting off on t... Read more
Renewing My Commitment - 2014 Fall 5% Challenge
With the 2014 Fall 5% Challenge looming in just a little over a week, I'm finding that I have a renewed spirit in regards to getting healthy once again. In the Summer of 2013, I reached ONEderland, but since then, I've gained back nearly 18 lbs.... Read more
Something that has been missing from my life these past few months, if not years, is peace. In fact, in recent weeks, the stress and anxiety have become so debilitating that I'm actually on an extended leave of absence from work. It scares me th... Read more
The Last Day - 2014 Spring 5% Challenge
Today is the last day of the 2014 Spring 5% Challenge, and while I had some successes, I am ending it right where I started weight wise. It is amazing that I have even been able to maintain considering the trials that I've been through this time... Read more
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