Thursday, January 15, 2009

Weekly post about shrinkage

These posts are about losing weight and gaining strength.

I am bringing some friends along the way:

James and Pissy (so far).

Click on thier names to see their posts (They have fabulous blogs too btw). And afterwards, if you want to join the little health circle we got going here, just let me know in the comments.

Also, I will be discussing the Biggest Loser (couples addition) show.

Which is getting easier to watch.

And go!

Let's review:

A. Last week's health goals included drinking more water, getting more sleep and working on food, I think.

1. I did buy one of those big plastic jugs of filtered water for my office. Cost of $2.42 at the supermarket. I can now turn my chair around and fill my mug with water any time. I am up to two mugs a day. Which is a slight improvement over none. I also started to bring 3 pieces of fruit and raisins to work. These are tasty and sweet.

2. The sleep is a bit of an issue. I have no internal control or discipline for my sleep hygiene. But, I moved my work schedule around to force me to getup at 6.30 am. All of the sudden goofing off until 1.00 am is not possible without yawning in front of patients. So, dang, it feels good being tired at night versus butt exhausted. External controls on behavior work. Really, they work well.

3. I also took charge of food. I have been thinking and tasting different foods in my mind. Breaking dishes down to the basic elements and chasing what tickles my fancy. I bought a Weight Watchers cookbook for 1 dollar at goodwill, choose four recipes and went shopping. This way, I don't have to fight with my parent's effing scalloped ham potatoes and beefy meatloaf. They make this every Tuesday.


I haven't been fighting it because I have been too exhausted. I don't even like how it tastes. The scalloped potatoes are from a box people. This is the crap I was raised on. So, tonight we made delicious stuffed peppers. And it sooo yummy. I felt full and not burpy and disgusting afterward. This is healing people, can you feel it?

B. Biggest Loser couples edition: the contestants were separated from their parteners last week, as their partners were sent home to see if weight loss can be achieved at home.

"The hardest part about doing this at home is that there is no accountability; no
one is going to do this for me."

"Life is hard, but our marriage makes everything easier."

"I don't like a lot of healthy food, I guess I am just going to have to work harder to find stuff to eat. "

the producers did this temptation thing with cash, saying to the contestants, " drop out and you will get 5 thousand, 10 thousand, 25 thousand dollars" and NOONE took it.

"I can get stronger here every day."

"When you start to feel that fear, welcome it, put your hands up and welcome it! "

"Let's be honest, I am the best, I am absolutely the fucking best." (this was one of the trainers, Jillian, she's kind of a bitch. She has an awesome set of girly guns though)

And the absolute best line of the show:

"This is my life now

And I'm taking it back."

Said by Tara

(click here for the profile)

Goals for next week:
Keep drinking the water
Do some sort of work out twice a week
Breathe, breathe, breathe
Start my day with some basic yoga stretches

And embrace the uncomfortable, the fear, the struggle.

8 Left a message at the beep:

James said...

You did better than me Holly. The inner me is gonna have to be dragged out kicking and screaming.
I@m off to read Pissy's now.

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

I started eating mainly raw foods. Feel better and the weight is leaving me like a bunch of lemmings running to a cliff.

Kate said...

Cheering you all on! Woot!

I work in the produce department in a small food market. We have a large percentage of overweight people in Maine. I try not to get insulted when a customer comes up to me, the produce girl, and asks where to find the boxed potatoes. I have never eaten potatoes out of a box before. shrug.

You know the old secret to food shopping, right? Shop the outside walls of the store, where they keep all the perishable foods, and stay away from the processed foods in the center aisles. Oh, and spend most of your time and money in the produce section. ;)

Last week's vote out was a tough one on BL, but I was so happy to see the young boy stay. He's so determined! It's awesome.

Anonymous said...

We also watch the Biggest Loser.

Jillian is sadistic, but she is one hell of a motivator!!

I have been a vegetarian for 16 whole days now! I am really enjoying eating healthier foods. I did get thisclose to eating one of my hubby's delicious burgers, but made myself a PB sammich instead.

These shrinkage posts are great, way to inspire some change, both at home & abroad, Mrs!!

P.S. We are just living balls-to-the-wall right now. I learned yesterday via NBC news that 'balls to the wall' is not obscene, but airplane terminology, so I have been abusing the newfound privilege of using it. There is sooo much going on...

Mrs. Hall said...

James: Well, at least you say it out loud, what your struggle is. That's teh first step anyway.

Ole Blue: Yes, veggies. Um, ok, next week I will make it a goal to figure out how to incorporate those types of things in my diet. :)

Kate! Yeah for commenting!! um, yeah. Turns out when you use the Weight Watchers, 3/4 of the stuff you buy is from the produce department. Perhaps you could share some of your favorite veggies ;)

And yes, last week's BL was tough. I am glad the kid stayed in the end, but I did have deeply mixed feelings at first.

Cam: Yeah for vetagarian!! Hope that calms the inner you so you can conquer the outer chaos :)

I miss commenting on your blog as much, been so busy too . . . :)

Big Pissy said...

I did Weight Watchers several years ago and lost 20 pounds. It's a great program. I should have kept it up! :)

You made some good strides this week!

Keep it up! :)

Anonymous said...

Ahh... you are so good to me! I'm really not writing anything right now. Just laying low until the specifics work themselves out. Hopefully soon I can reclaim that blog of mine and get back to my roots.

Ya know, stories about acid, Ozzfest, & Dj's. Also known as the good ole' days.

Bruce Johnson said...

Yes, by all means....please keep breathing......

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