Monday, January 17, 2011

There's an App for That...

So, I may be just one vox clemantis in [this] deserto, but I've been making progress. I have always heard about people food journalling and I have tried it a few times in the past - usually weak, half-hearted attempts that last a day or two - but have (unsurprisingly) had little success with it. Turns out, I was just using the wrong tools.

See, I would seldom have my paper/notebook/steno pad that I was intending to use as a food journal handy whenever I actually ate. But once I got to it, I would have to start calculating calories and googling foods for nutritional information so I could estimate the calorie content. The result was that it seemed more trouble than it was worth.

I've now gone high-tech, however. I'm using an app on my phone now which I can use to track excercise, water intake, and foods. It automatically looks up nutritional information on what I've eaten and, if it's unable to find it, I can create a "custom entry" which, in two weeks, I've had to do only three times. It has most nutritional information from restaurants and packaged foods already entered, it's simple as pie to use, and - most importantly - since it's on my phone, it's always at hand.

I know it's old news to those of you who have journalled for years, but it's new to me and, awesomely, is working. It's making me more mindful of what I eat, giving me targeted calories for each day, and encouraging me to work out consistently. Mind you, it's early days yet, but in the 3 weeks that I've used it, I've lost a little over 5 lbs. and I'm feeling good about it. Needless to say, I feel like I'm starting 2011 off right. :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ummm...Hello? Anyone there?

(Test 1,2, Testing... is this thing on?)

Well hi there! It certainly has been awhile since I've seen you fabulous ladies, and just as long since I've seen this blog, but curiosity had me check in today, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that we didn't just crash at the beginning of 2009.

But what a lot of changes have taken place in the meantime! I know that there are some new babies that have been welcomed, and few new pounds that have been most unwelcomed, and everything else that comes with two years of living for such awesome women as those on this blog. For my part, I've added back the pounds that I lost with y'all the first time but haven't really gained any more. I'm still running, but I fell running last summer and pretty badly broke my wrist and it just hasn't been the same since. I've done 5 more marathons since my last post, none particularly well. I'm working too much, and am now decidedly no longer involved with my gentleman companion. But, that said, it sounds like I'm unhappy (or that I should be) - but I'm not. What I am is looking for inspiration.

So I'll just say it: if you're here, I'm here. I plan to lose the weight again, and I can either do it alone or walk the road with any of you incredible ladies who'd like the come along.

I've missed you guys!


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Ready to do Something

Ok, after months of "thinking" about it, I've finally taken the plunge to get my health back. I went to my "yearly" appt. yesterday and was told that I needed to lose weight. I was told that "If you don't lose weight, you're going to be diabetic." So, I came straight home and call Prism. I'm going to start the coorespondence course as I can't go to the Thursday meetings in Marysville.

I'm ready to be transformed. I should get my stuff by Monday to start.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wake up call?

I need you people...most of you who I do not know...I need to hear your stories, your struggles and your triumphs! I need to know that this weight loss thing is possible, chickadees!

So I'm going to try to post more often and I hope y'all will, too!

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Here's a little humor for you all, in honor of the fifteen times I lost my keys since I posted here last!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

It is August

Early enough in the month is a good time for me to start new habits. I am going to start drinking more water. I'm also going to check how acidic my output is. Sounds gross, but I want to get a jump-start on health and I seem to do better when I sync it up with the start of a month.

I can't let myself blame summer (and vacation) for poor eating any more. Its gonna be back to school, and that also means back to 'work' on my health.

I wanna live long and prosper. Can I get an 'amen'?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hi everyone

Well, here I am today searching blogs, the Prism website, etc searching for people that are currently doing Prism because I need to start it again but am so scared. Scared that I can't do it on my own, scared that I will fail and be tempted by non-healthy food again. Knowing that I can't go back to my old group because it's on Thursday nights (I work nights) and I can't make it to a meeting that night :0( Then I remembered this group and thought that I'd come here and find out what everyone's up to. To my great surprise, everyone's getting themselves back on track. God is great and leads you where you need to be lead. I'm trying to figure out whether I'll do Prism through the coorespondence group or on my own. I'm going to pray about it.


Friday, July 02, 2010

Working at working at it.

I think I have been on Prism for about 7 weeks, now. I have lost about 7 lbs. and it is going slow! I am trying to feel thankful and purposeful and all those other "fuls" that are beneficial. The truth is I am merely working at working at it. I have only had a few slip ups....a french fry....a piece of cheese cake....a breaded chicken strip...but I have been really faithful and really good at being conscience of every action and in-action. Thanks for your encouragement.