Can’t Complain

I decided today I can’t hate/complain/be annoyed/unimpressed/disappointed with myself for being overweight if I’m not putting the required effort in to change it. Because complaining I’m fat and wishing for a change doesn’t create one.

Liz is another blogger I’ve been following over at http://one-twenty-five.tumblr.com/ for inspiration. She’s come a long way, has done some amazing things, but being healthy is something she still has to work on all the time. 

Her post reminds me wishing for change doesn’t make it happen. I have not right to hate my current situation if I’m not making a concerted effort to change it. Kind of like if you don’t vote in the Presidential Election, you can’t complain about who wins. 

This also makes me thing ahead to the future. WHEN I DO REACH MY GOAL, I’ll still have to put in alot of effort to maintain. I won’t just magically be able to eat whatever the hell I want and hang on the couch and expect my new awesome body to hang around. 

Becoming healthy means getting healthy and staying healthy.

Brave new world!

So sorry for the extended absence but new things have been brewing. I spent a good chunk of January pulling double duty and laying the groundwork for an exciting new venture.

Starting today (officially) I am the new Associate Director of Nomad Group (currently Nomad Geomatics). I have gone into business with my friend Nick and joined is small, but blossoming, environmental consulting company. We have agreed that my title means that I do everything that he doesn’t, or everything when he isn’t around, since it’s just the two of us and some interns.

So what does this mean for my health? Great things! My schedule is flexible. I can make time to go to gym. There is a branch of my gym near home and near the office. I can make my meals at home, because I have the option of working from home sometimes. I don’t have to sit in traffic. I have time to be creative.

Better job + better diet +exercise – stress = Better me!

On the creative side, I think I’m going to be moving my nail art to a Tumblr. I’ll edit this post with a link when that happens.

A Social Diet

This 17 Day Diet thing has become a social experiment, which I think is making it so much better.

It’s started when Ann suggested it to Mer, who gave me the book, then I got my husband on board, made some notes, and shared them with Katie.

Sometimes Mer stops at Ann’s on her way to class so they can share food. Even better is Mer, Katie and I (ok, my husband) take turns cooking one night a week. We are in the middle of our first week and it’s going well.

We are also taking to passing around an email to stay accountable about what it is that we are eating, what we are craving, giving out little reminders, and pointing out the asshole that went and brought cookies to the office after the holidays. Who does that?

So, in case you are keeping tabs, we are in Cycle 1. We are still having some cravings, but it’s getting better. For the most part we all have more energy and are getting acquainted with consuming regular amounts of green tea and water. The dietary restrictions really aren’t that bad. Not being able to have carbs right now makes it exactly the thing that we do want.

It’s also making us realize certain things about ourselves. like maybe we aren’t eating as healthy as we thought. Or that maybe my perpetual tiredness was due to dehydration. Not giving into an immediate craving can make you appreciate that thing more later.

Over all though, I’m really enjoying the sociableness of it. Like our own little dinner club. Maybe in the future when we are all svelte and enviable we can parlay this into a book club.

Power to the She

I saw that phrase in the title of an email I got and I was like “Huh? What kind of new agey crap is this” Turns out it was from Athleta, an affiliate of Old Navy. Then I opened it and saw this…

And then I was like “Damn right!” What a cool add. I wanted to put it everywhere! Where can I post this! Well, I could post on Facebook but then I can’t pin it on Pinterest, so I put it here. So, please share, and note that it’s from Athleta.

How is the 17 Day Diet really 68 Days?

Because of math, duh.

A friend asked me to try the 17 Day Diet  with her to start 2012. My husband said he would be on board too.

Now before you get your panties in a twist about me breaking promises about crazy diets, let’s look at the facts first. The “diet” is a method of encouraging healthy eating, promotes the consumption of lean proteins and veggies, helps wean you off caffeine and sugars, and incorporating daily exercise. Um, I don’t see anything wrong with this.

It even comes with a workbook to help keep you on track! Hmm, sounds an awful lot like a food diary. Again, nothing wrong with that.

So what’s with the 17? The diet is broken down in to four 17 day cycles. (4×17=68. oh, math, right) The first cycle is more restrictive to help detox and wean  you off sugar and caffeine. Each cycle reintroduces foods to your diet and includes “cheat days”. The last cycle is for maintenance. Sort of eating for a way of life.

On average people lose about 10 lbs in the first cycle and about 5lbs during the second cycle. As an average, that sounds pretty reasonable.

Let’s do this thing. Starting now! Wait, it’s still 2011? Gufaw! Ok. Next week.

Let’d do this thing. Prep now.

Hello, my name is Heather, and I’m a Pinterest addict.

In today’s earlier post I forgot to mention I discovered Pinterest. It’s like an online bulletin board where you can post pictures, books, recipes, links to crafts, DIY, etc. I spend far too much time on this site. But you know what, it makes me happy. And I’m creating quite the little motivation board. Most of the the pins come from other weightloss or fitspo sites. I’ll be sure to share some juicy tidbits on here.

Bottom line, a Pinterest addiction is better than a food addiction.

Back in the saddle again…

….because I’d rather hold the reins than just ride along in the wagon. Boom! Original quote. Write that down.

So where the hell have I been this past month? Um, losing my mind. No matter how hard I try I end up being a stressed out zombie from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

I have continued going on walks with Heather and during lunch.

I made about half my Christmas gifts this year and bought the rest.

Made a birthday cake and cupcakes. I’ll post some pics under the Art section.

Worked quite a bit of overtime amidst the end of year craziness. Cha-ching!

Discovered and fell in love with Jenna Marbles. http://jennamarblesblog.com/

Failed at being Martha Stewart bc I made no cookies this year or a bunch of fruitcake, then two weeks later decided I was cool with that.

Did some awesome seasonal nail art.

Volunteered at World’s Toughest Mudder. So awe inspiring. Those are like the 1% of the crazy 5% that do Mudder to begin with.

And wrapped it all up by eating a truck ton of food this past week between parties, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

This week I’ll be getting back to normal and allowing my stomach to shrink back to a normal size. Next week it’s time for resolutions and to step up the pace. T-minus 10 months.