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Fresh Starts…

I’ve been thinking today, aka procrastinating my homework, about how thankful I am that we live in a world where there are fresh starts.  As much as I mess up and fall off the neverending railroad track toward success, there’s always that little bit of hope glimmering in the distance… and it’s not lost forever just because I lose my way or fall down… it’s still mine if I want it bad enough.  I was thinking this way in regard to what this blog started out as… my journey to lose 5 people and a horse whilst finding myself along the way.  I had a pretty dang good method going for a few years and I understood what it took and I was focused on where I wanted to go and just how to get there, but then life happened… and things cropped up that took the place of the other things… and I lost my confidence and I got discouraged… and I found myself back at that place that I didn’t know how to get myself out of… back to that person of long ago… the one who just sat by and let things happen to her.  She didn’t control the steam engine and she didn’t know how to turn the key anymore.  It was stuck in the off position… or the idle position because there were times where I’d attempt to right myself.

The truth is… I miss that person… that go getter… the one who took the lard sauce by the horns and steered it in the right direction.  I MISS HER.  It’s overwhelming to me sometimes to think that I had it down… and then I somehow lost it… and forgot how to get it back.  If I could be any more vague in my wording of this post, I’d be crowned Miss Vague-y of the Decade… the lesser known sister of Miss America!

So, while I was thinking of all this stuff today, I got out a pen and a paper and I wrote down Whitney’s Rules For Re-Kicking the Patookus Into Gear… and then I got all gung ho and excited and was raring to go.  Cut to 3 hours later and I felt a sense of overwhelmed horror… I can’t do all of those things perfectly all at the same time… I might as well not do anything.  Been there.  Heard that before.  It’s not realistic to expect myself to hop onto the train tomorrow morning and become conductor, usher, candlestick maker, and baker all on the same day.  It doesn’t work like that.  I could post my list of 55 things I swear to all high heaven I’m going to do, but then I need to tackle them one at a time… adding a new item every week or two or three… because that’s more realistic if I want to be nice to myself along the way and gain that self-esteem that is supposed to be the end all be all of everything stress relief… because I checked… Wonder Bread doesn’t sell the self-esteem starter kits next to the Twinkie aisle anymore.

I’m going to write out my list here… a list of the things I need to get back to doing on a regular basis, but contrary to today’s earlier plans, I’m not going to start them all tomorrow.  I’m going to pick off one at a time like I did back when I owned it.  If anyone sees my train puttering down the track, wave but don’t call the mechanic… she’s just slowly working on loving herself again!

1 – Exercise:  Cardio: At LEAST 30 minutes 3 times a week.  Weightlifting:  Two times a week.
2 – Food logging:  MyFitnessPal.
3 – NO SCALE!!  First weigh-in tomorrow morning, but then focus on the way I feel rather the number on the scale.  Weigh-ins will only happen once a month to make sure I’m moving in the right direction.
4 – Cut down on sweets/sugar.
5 – Make a list of alternative things to do when I want to emotionally eat.  (i.e. use stress relieving techniques, chew gum, brush teeth, etc.)
6 – Make a menu and grocery list once a week.  If it’s not on the list, it doesn’t go in the cart!
7 – Make a list of acceptable healthy snack alternatives rather than go-to easy crap!
8 – Incorporate new veggies/foods into my regular stuff.
9 – Read positive quotes/stories/scripture at least once a day.

My plan is to use jars and pebbles to keep track of my successes.  For the days I exercise/log food properly, a pebble goes into the jar… when I fill up a jar with a certain amount of pebbles, I get a non-food reward, predtermined.

Ready.  Set.  Go…  You got this!

T

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Being Accountable…

Yep… FatMas folks know what time it is… all 2-1/2 of you left!  I figure the rest of you are still doing it in spirit and it’s the spirit that counts!  Wait… did I mess up my sayings?  Anywho…

Here’s a brief reminder of what the points entailed… and if you’re just walking into this thing and want to participate… check out this post.

Cardio –

3 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 3 days = 1 point per day

Weight Lifting –

2 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 2 days = 1 point per day

Food Logging – 

5 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 5 days = 1 point per day

Mental Health – 

First item from list = 5 points
Each additional item = 1 point each

Total Points This Week:
Total Points From Previous 4 Weeks:

TOTAL COMBINED POINTS:

1 – What are you most proud of accomplishing this week?
2 – What can you improve on this week?
3 –  What did you improve on from last week?
4 – Thoughts/Comments/Frustrations/Concerns/Funny Jokes?

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Total Points This Week:  20
Total Points From Previous 4 Weeks:  73  (I forgot to add my points on last week’s post).

TOTAL COMBINED POINTS:  93

1 – What are you most proud of accomplishing this week?  Making it through the week… does that count for anything?  No?  Stuff it, Simon Cowell.  

2 – What can you improve on this week?  Being less begrudging… yes… I’m a begrudging chiquita… and not the banana kind.

3 –  What did you improve on from last week?  I was the exact same as last week… except maybe a bit more begrudging and grinch-like.  I swear I looked in the mirror the other day and noticed some green-ness growing around my ears.  Either I’m completing my transformation into the green-frocked being or else I’m totally going to have a nasty case of the gangrene… not that it means you’re green when you have gangrene, but it sure does rhyme!

4 – Thoughts/Comments/Frustrations/Concerns/Funny Jokes?  BEGRUDGING!  Where’s my ball bat when I need it!?

 

****  As an aside… it’s FINALS week this week… holy shamoly too much to do BATCRAP!  And since I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed about which project to start first, I won’t be blogging for most of the week.  You may see another post from me nearer the end of the week, but I won’t be making any promises… except to promise to be less begrudging… but only if my gangrene clears up by then.

 

 

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Week 4 Accountability…

I’ve run out of title ideas… let’s call a horse what it is… a mammal with long legs and a big ole snout… errrr, I mean, a horse and move on to the other stuff.  Also, I will refrain from trying to say anything un-witty since I’m not in an un-witty mood, which would mean if you took that literally that I’d be in a witty mood… nope, that never happens unless you happen to be drunk or high… and let’s face it, Lindsay Lohan… no thank you!

Here’s a brief reminder of what the points entailed… and if you’re just walking into this thing and want to participate… check out this post.

Cardio –

3 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 3 days = 1 point per day

Weight Lifting –

2 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 2 days = 1 point per day

Food Logging – 

5 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 5 days = 1 point per day

Mental Health – 

First item from list = 5 points
Each additional item = 1 point each

Total Points This Week:
Total Points From Previous 3 Weeks (if you forgot, check the comments in this post):

TOTAL COMBINED POINTS:

1 – What are you most proud of accomplishing this week?
2 – What can you improve on this week?
3 –  What did you improve on from last week?
4 – Thoughts/Comments/Frustrations/Concerns/Funny Jokes?

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My answers:

Total Points This Week:  21
Total Points From Previous 3 Weeks (if you forgot, check the comments in this post):  38

TOTAL COMBINED POINTS:  59

1 – What are you most proud of accomplishing this week?  I did all the minimum requirements in all the different categories… throw a mediocre party… I will always be the queen of mediocrity!  I am most proud of getting in my cardio even if it was a busy week and I didn’t want to do it pretty much every day.  Push through it.  I also tried a new exercise (more on that later in the week, maybe).  Also, for the first 4 days of the week, I ate excellently, within calories, no crap… beautifully… the crap hit the fan come the weekend and visitors and out of my routine, but I will overcome said Mohamed Ali!  😛

2 – What can you improve on this week?  Being more extra credit-ified.  I get to the point sometimes where I’m all like, hit the mark there, don’t need to do anything more this week!  See… mediocrity is my specialty!

3 –  What did you improve on from last week?  Pretty much everything… especially eating (at least for the first 4 days…)  I want to have more good eating days this coming week… bring it on, munch mouth!

4 – Thoughts/Comments/Frustrations/Concerns/Funny Jokes?  Is anyone besides me floored that it’s already DECEMBER!?!?!  Seriously?  What happened to April through September?  I must have conked out during those months or some such nonsense.  Also, since the world is going to end in 19 days… (NOT)… I just want everyone to know that I’ve left you all in my Will… but since I don’t have anything it’s mostly a rusty old Buick and a half-eaten apple core.   In other words… thanks for nothing, Whit-Knit!

Your turn!

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Week 2 Accountability…

I’m having a hard time forming sentences that make sense for some reason tonight (stop right there with your when do they ever make sense jokes, y’all… I aim to whoop your buttocks!)  I suspect it has something to do with the fact that I spent 2 hours trying to register for classes and every other minute,  the website kept telling me it was unavailable… but I’m pretty sure I signed up for a class I didn’t want and now it won’t let me remove it because then I’d have to take a leave of absence because I’d have no classes on my schedule… but yet they wouldn’t let me sign up for any dagnabbed classes because their website was possessed by a group of technically-challenged alien beings.  It’s a whole stupid running in circles thing I’ll be glad to smack someone in the face for.  Too violently dramatic?  I rest my case!

Pssstttt… Week 2… DONE!  Are you proud or fouled?  Did you improve on last week?  Did you cook a cumquat?  I really have nothing to talk about in this here post…  Last week some of y’all forgot to add extra credit points where credit was due.  So, let me remind you that anything you do over the minimum requirement gives you extra credit of ONE point each day.

Here’s a brief reminder of what the points entailed… and if you’re just walking into this thing and want to participate… check out this post.

Cardio –

3 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 3 days = 1 point per day

Weight Lifting –

2 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 2 days = 1 point per day

Food Logging – 

5 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 5 days = 1 point per day

Mental Health – 

First item from list = 5 points
Each additional item = 1 point each

Total Points This Week:
Total Points Last Week:

TOTAL POINTS:

1 – What are you most proud of accomplishing this week?
2 – What can you improve on this week?
3 –  What did you improve on from last week?
4 – Thoughts/Comments/Frustrations/Concerns/Funny Jokes?

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My answers:

Total Points This Week:  17
Total Points Last Week:  21

TOTAL POINTS:  38

1 – What are you most proud of accomplishing this week?  I think I was more aware of my cardio this week.  When I went wogging I concentrated on getting in a bigger burn.  Or maybe I was moving so fast because I usually went around 5 just as the sun was setting with no coat and froze my patookus off the whole time.  Brrrrrrrr….

2 – What can you improve on this week?  I ain’t gonna lie… this week will be hard with Thanksgiving plopping itself in the middle of it, but I’m still going to aim to get in exercise and food logging… even if it’s a disgusting amount of calories.

3 –  What did you improve on from last week?  Nothing.  Sad but true!  Oooo… take that back.  The more aware of the cardio burn thing was an accomplishment on last week.  You best believe I’m counting it!

4 – Thoughts/Comments/Frustrations/Concerns/Funny Jokes?  Can I count mental health points when I’m smacking myself in the noggin?  I’m mentally helping myself remember things… what’s more healthful than that?

All I can say is… keep on moving and thinking and being, my favorite peeps!  As long as you’re doing that you’re getting somewhere… no matter how slow the progress may be!

Yep!  It’s the truth!

 

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Account Your Ability Here, Contestants…

Week One… whether you like it or not is done.  It’s in the books… slap a stamp on that sucker and send it to China (I think we owe them money or something…).  I’m going to let you all grown-up people keep track of your points… A.) because you’re grown-up people and 2.) because I’m lazy.  The only thing I ask is that we be honest with ourselves.  I really didn’t need to say that because I know all of you all are honest folk up in this joint!  Here’s a brief reminder of what the points entailed… and if you’re just walking into this thing and want to participate… check out this post.

Cardio –

3 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 3 days = 1 point per day

Weight Lifting –

2 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 2 days = 1 point per day

Food Logging – 

5 days this week = 5 points
More or less than 5 days = 1 point per day

Mental Health – 

First item from list = 5 points
Each additional item = 1 point each

After you put your point totals in the comments… answer the following questions:

1 – What are you most proud of accomplishing this week?
2 – What can you improve on this week?
3 – Thoughts/Comments/Frustrations/Concerns/Funny Jokes?

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My answers:

Point total:  21 points

1 – What are you most proud of accomplishing this week?  Getting back to fitting in exercise.  I only did 4 days, but that is a heckuva lot better than zero days because I think I have too much homework.  Get over yourself, Whitmeister!

2 – What can you improve on this week?   Most things.  I wasn’t so gung ho about the weight lifting.  I did my minimum 2 days, but not gung hoedly (that’s a word… ask my dictionary).  I also need to up the eating less crap quotient.  I know that wasn’t a requirement, but it is my requirement and this week I did not do swimmingly at that.  I am proud that I logged the food… even if it wasn’t stellar.   I also could do more extra credit in the mental health realm… and pretty much every other realm!

3 – Thoughts/Comments/Frustrations/Concerns/Jokes?  So, this chicken walks into a bar and is like give me a beer and the bartender’s like one beer is one bawk.  Bwahahahahaha… y’all…  what’s the address to the Laffy Taffy Joke division… I just got me a doozy of a winner!

Moving on to week 2!!  Onward and upward.  Bring it!

Side Note:  A few of you had expressed interest in throwing in some money to sweeten the end prize.  Again, this is NOT a requirement, just if you want to.  A few have already sent their money… THANK YOU.  If anyone else is interested, I guess I’m just having them send me the money, I’ll tally up the total and then buy the end gift card on whatever we have total!  If you need my mailing address, email me at whitney78@gmail.com (please put something about FatMas in the title… I get like 8 bajillion spam emails a day!)  Again… NOT A REQUIREMENT TO PARTICIPATE!!!!  Have I made that clear yet?  Okay, good!  😛 

PS – Veterans… THANK YOU!!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you!  And after that… thank your families too will ya’?  

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