Monday, December 17, 2012

Weekly Weigh In: 238.4

Weekly Weigh In
Current Weight: 238.4
This week’s weight loss: 0.2
Total weight loss: 0.2

My minimal weight loss is not surprising.  I have not made as much of an effort as I should have to go to bed early so I can wake up early and exercise.  Nor have I tracked as much as I should.  Plus there was that holiday dinner with rich, delicious foods that I ate excessively. 

But there also was SOME weight loss and I did track – and make decisions about food, based on tracking.  There’s a lot of room for improvement and I’m grateful the number didn’t go up. 

I set up my Dance Dance Revolution pad and Wii this weekend and started playing again.  I want to make this week better and work out five days this week.  

Monday, December 10, 2012

Welcome back!

Weekly Weigh In
Current Weight: 238.6

It’s been so long and it’s been a joyous few years, but I’m ready to recommit to myself and my health. My body feels cumbersome and I can’t accomplish as much as I want to, physically speaking. I don’t want to live this way, nor do I want to (eventually) raise a child this way.

But it’s sure been fun to put on this weight. A wedding, two moves, a beautiful new house, and lots of nachas. I’m feeling very blessed, and excited to continue this journey onto healthy living.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hello, again

Re-starting weight: 234.0

I don't really know what to say right now, but I'll start by saying this: I consist on carbs and fats and this must stop to help create a strong body.  I feel so weak right now, and I hate it.  My goal for this week is to eat at least three servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  So far I've gotten a banana.  I have some more work to go...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Where'd I go?

I get depressed sometimes.  My knowledge that I am totally and completely awesome battles the part of myself that knows I could do better.  Overwhelmed and unwilling to let the depressed part of me win, I got lost in the woodwork.  I am still lost in the woodwork, if I'm being honest, but I'm tired of feeling defeated, ugly, and frustrated.

But I'm still here, and inspired by Roni's tips.  I'm going to share them verbatim here, but you should check out her blog.

5 Back to Basic Weight Loss Tips
I know many of you are waiting for me the "Rules" I mentioned a few posts ago. I’ve been thinking of them for sometime but so much of what I do is intuitive now it’s hard for me to collect my overall approach. That being said these are my 5 back to basics tips. I plan on getting more into details about my specific food choices but in my experience most people know what to eat (or what not to,) it’s just a matter of making the right choices on a consistent basis. These tips may help.
1. Food Journal the WHY
Nothing goes in the mouth you aren’t willing to write in the journal, And you better know why you are eating it! That’s the philosophy. When you are actively trying to lose weight food journaling is invaluable. It helps me pause before finishing food from the toddlers plate or grabbing a handful of Dorritos from the husbands bag because if I do, I’m going to have to write it. And if I write it what will I put in the "why" column? "Because it was there" is not a good enough reason to sabotage my goals.
2. Breakfast. Always!
Breakfast sets the tone for the day. I’m not going to tell you it revs your metabolism or quote some study about how important it is. That’s not what it’s about for me. Eating breakfast is symbolic. It’s about taking a moment to remind myself that I’m worth an extra 10 minutes to make an egg or warm a bowl of oatmeal. Life is so go go go, take time in the morning to breath and nourish yourself before all the craziness starts. It helps to have go-tos. For me it’s eggs, oatmeal or a smoothie. Of course every now and then I get creative but having consistent go-tos takes the guess work out of it.
3. No Snacks out of a Box or Bag
That’s pretty broad but it’s my way of saying "avoid processed foods." My pantry is a death trap. With a husband and 2 boys I have lots of grab-able temptations that seduce me when hungry, but when I’m activity trying to lose weight I skip the pantry and go for fruit, carrots sticks, yogurt, leftovers or make something like english muffin pizza. I’ve learned the act of preparing or making something is ultimately more satisfying then grabbing a quick processed snack every time.
4. Go To Bed Hungry
I may get some flak on this one but it works for me. When I go to bed on an empty stomach I feel great the next day. Light, energetic, ready to "break my fast" with one of my healthy go-tos. Alternatively, the morning after a binge or late night mindless munch I feel bloated, sluggish and really hungry the next morning which usually results in me eating something I regret or skipping breakfast all together. Starting the negative cycle all over again. It comes down to momentum and one night of snack skipping tips the scales in a positive (or do I mean negative?) direction.
5. Make Moving a Conscious Decision Daily
It’s not how many miles you run or how many hours you spend at the gym. It’s about making the conscious decision every day to do SOMETHING active. That may mean a walk today and a game of touch football tomorrow. It may be a run in the morning or a hike on the weekend. How about a day with the kids at a skating rink or a swim at the local pool. Every day find some way to move. Make it a non-negotiable and you may be surprised where it takes you.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Las Vegas

Just returned - sick - from Las Vegas.  Blogging will resume shortly.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


I want noodles and tortillas and salad with blue cheese and cranberries.  Looking at Pintrest isn't helping.  But my goals are.  I want to have a 750 calorie deficit every day to lose a pound and a half a week.  Today I have a deficit of 560 calories.  Not great, but good enough for today.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekly Weigh-In: 223.8

Weight: 223.8
Loss from last week: +.2
Total weight loss: 1.6

It's been a long week and weekend.  I'm happy to be home and with my dogs.  Went for a walk this evening with my wife and it was lovely.  Now to cleaning the messy house!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Same-sex marriage

On Wednesday I had a live interview on TV talking about Obama's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage.  VERY EXCITING!  You can see the clip here:

Others celebrated it in a different way.  My friend took this picture from the Castro, and it made me cry.  But I cry for almost all of humanity.  I think it's why I'm a religious person...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Snakes and Ladders

As Lee said over at Fitville, the 30 Day Challenge is kind of like Snakes and Ladders, where a slip up will send you down to Day 1.  Well, I fell down a ladder and I'm now on Day 3 of exercising every day for 10 minutes.

I have never been able to maintain any health related practice for more than a week, much less a month.  This Challenge is a way to say I believe in myself.  My own abilities and willpower are enough to sustain me.

Day 3 is already completed.  I'm almost halfway to the end of the week.

It's amazing how hard it is to sustain something for myself sometimes...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Saying you can do it

Saw this video numerous places.  Inspirational.  Sometimes all you need is believing you can do it.

Sore arms

My walk yesterday included a work out in the park.  I have very weak upper body strength, and I'd like to change that.  I did a few of the exercises that they have on some stations they have at the park, and I can't believe it - but I'm sore today!  Who knew a 5 minute work out would leave my shoulders and arms so sore?  I'm impressed!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Workout: At the office

The key to my 50 pound weight loss almost three years ago was a daily work out before work. I hurt my foot and had to stop, and once it was healed enough, it was hard to start again. I now work longer hours and going to the gym that early has not worked for me.

Thankfully I work in a laid back office and can walk to my appointments and during my lunch break. I try to walk an average of a mile a day - easy when I get to walk to appointments, hard when I skip my lunch. But walking doesn't burn the calories I need to lose weight.

Sure, I need to change my eating habits too, but those morning work outs were more than about burning calories. It was a time to myself that I used to think. Plus, those heart healthy work outs just made me feel good - strong, and ready to conquer the world.

So, a balance. I bought an elliptical cheap off craigslist and trying to balance walking with the elliptical - all the while still with a bum foot. Hopefully this will be the good balance I need. And even if it isn't, the walks I've been taking are beautiful. But goodness it's hot in Sacramento...

Monday, May 7, 2012

Weekly Weigh-In: 223.6

Weight: 223.6
Loss from last week: +.6
Total weight loss: 1.8

This was a crazy week, both weight wise and activity wise.  I'm excited for today to begin a new week with more adventures, and hopefully more successful weight loss.  In the meantime, I'm just exhausted.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

House guests

I have had the most wonderful time with an old friend and her boyfriend at our house the last few days.  Unfortunately, that's also related to the pound of macaroni and cheese I ate last night.  I'm glad today's a new day...

Thursday, May 3, 2012


I ate too much yesterday.  I was a little anxious about my Spanish presentation and our house guests.  But what I noticed last night was that my stomach hurt more than any negative self-talk.  I don't know why, but suddenly I feel really great about myself and in tune with how my body feels.

But I'm still feeling really lethargic.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Workout: Walk the dog

Today's the first day of the 30 Day Challenge to exercise every day.  And I felt lazy ALL DAY.  But my dog was bouncing off the walls, and sitting on my butt would be a pretty sour way to start a challenge.  She appreciated the walk, and so did I.  It's beautiful tonight in Sacramento!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekly Weigh-In: 223.0

Weight: 223.0
Loss from last week: -1.8
Total weight loss: 2.4

Wow.  1.8 pounds down in a week!  I'm so excited to be able to say that.  I also love the weekly reflection that allows me to simultaneously start new and consider my past successes/mistakes.  

Yesterday I was without a car and biked 5 miles to get to the places I wanted to go.  After getting off the bike, my legs still wobbling a little and sweat dripped down my face and back and I felt beautiful.  I was so grateful for my body's ability to transport me from home to my destination and back again, for the muscles ready for the next step.  I kept my body hydrated in the warm summer weather, and it rewarded me with energy and brilliance.  

I want my body to be in tune with the brilliance I felt yesterday - a beautiful creation that needs sustenance to thrive spiritually, mentally, and physically.  I want to be healthy and incorporate good eating practices and exercise so that I can always feel like I'm shining.

I don't need to be thin to feel those things, but I do want to be thinner so that brilliance comes easier.  Weighing less is a by-product of that brilliance, and it also happens to come with cuter clothes.  

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Local produce

Yesterday we had cheese and homemade hummus sandwiches for lunch because I won't eat the rice I made four days ago - it's too dry.  I'm a bit of a food snob/environmental hippie, and won't eat produce out of season and am eagerly awaiting summer's produce.  I'm excited that tomatoes will soon be bountiful, and I can have yummy tomato, bean, and corn salads again.  Those are the best.

In the meantime I'm trying to muddle my way through the end of the season.  I'm glad that fewer and fewer greens are coming in our weekly Farm Fresh to You vegetable box.  I like the idea of eating local produce, but I still don't know what to do with this week's cabbage and radishes...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Workout: Get Moving

I have signed up for Erin's challenge: Get Moving.  As Erin says:
I'm launching a 30 day challenge, to begin on Tuesday, May 1. During those 30 days, I am going to exercise every single day. The only rule is that I have to exercise for at least 10 minutes each day. I can certainly do more than 10 minutes, but not less. And here's the real kicker: if I miss a day, I have to start the whole challenge over again. So if I'm on day 8 and decide to be lazy and not exercise, the next day becomes day 1. That's all there is to it!
Tuesday happens to co-inside with the first day I'm allowed to be more active.  I'm normally pretty active most days, but when I'm lazy I'm SUPER lazy.  It sounds like a fun way avoid the Super Lazy impulse. Want to join us?

Workout: Gardening

Rare April showers have been hitting Sacramento, and now our front yard is a mess with weeds growing everywhere.  Sacramento is known for some killer heat, and it's supposed to hit 84 degrees today.  It's thankfully a dry heat in Sacramento, but I quickly have sweat rolling down my face if I'm out there too long.

Thankfully it wasn't too hot this morning as I my dirt-covered body twisted the tall weed's root systems out of the wood chips and dirt.  Listening to podcasts keep me entertained during the cathartic process of pulling weeds, but after about an hour my body was exhausted from the twists and turns.  Already I feel my side muscles, and tomorrow I'm sure that my legs will be complaining.

It's good to be active again, after a week of taking it easy.  But now I'm starved!  I'm having some homemade iced tea now (thank you old spaghetti sauce!) and lunch must come soon!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Self medicate

I don't know why Sears got to me today, but after holding for 45 minutes I was DONE and I was grumpy. I went to the back of our office and ate one of the bagels I had heroically been avoiding all day. Before I ate another one, I stepped outside and took a break.

My co-worker also works for Pepsi and gave me a can of Pepsi Next earlier in the day. I took the soda treat and sat in the grass. I don't drink much soda normally, so it was a nice treat along with the beautiful day and accordion player practicing his great music in the park.

I am glad I identified my self medicating with food and left the scene of the crime. I hope this bad mood won't translate into complete food abandonment at dinner later tonight, though. I guess since the goal of this blog is to hope less and do more, I'll say that I'll be physically and emotionally happier not being stuffed with food. And it's so amazing a miracle that food can sustain us and give us the energy to live.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

That's beautiful

I love to listen to This American Life.  I just listened to episode 220, and feel totally inspired by a man who felt detached from the world, stripped of emotions, but able to see the world as beautiful.  The usefulness of our bodies - beautiful.  The weed - beautiful.  Everything is beautiful.

Sometimes it amazes me what our bodies can do.  They stretch, they walk, they fall.  They're put together so intricately.  It's beautiful.

Monday, April 23, 2012


Today I got to feel like a rich American - I chose drugs over the less-expensive foot brace because I don't want my year-long foot injury to slow me down. I declined the MRI, though.

Over a year ago, I injured my foot on the elliptical.  It's mostly healed, but the pain has never completely subsided.  Today my option was foot brace or drugs.  I chose drugs, and my foot is still numb.

I have to stay off my foot for 7-10 days.  No playing on my new elliptical, no walking, and no crazy new thing like rock climbing.  Kate will actually make sure I follow this strict routine - I'm not sure if that's "fortunately" or "unfortunately".  I'm sure tired of the injury, but I'm already anxious to get up and MOVE. 

Hopefully at the end of the week, I'll be pain-free for the first time in more than a year!  I can't wait to hike without limping for days afterwards.  Until then, though, I'll have to be extra careful about what I eat.  

Weekly Weigh: 224.8

Weight: 224.8
Loss from last week: -0.4
Total weight loss: 0.6

I showed up.  I'm in the game.  Sure, a half pound loss isn't exactly spectacular, but it's a loss and I'm thankful for that.  I think I'll be more excited when I am out of the 220s and can begin to believe that I'm living on the path that I love, rather than fluctuating between 224.6 to 225.4.  I'm tired of that place I've been for the last four or five months and I'm ready to feel healthy again.

Skipped my morning work out today.  After such a busy weekend, I wanted some sort of luxury, and sleeping in with my wife felt luxurious.

I've been having trouble coming up with vegetarian calorie-friendly meals that leave me full.  But I have lunch and dinner made for today, and I'm excited to start moving full-speed ahead this week.  Today is rice with peanut satay sauce with roasted onions and sweat potatoes, and a banana for a snack.  Tonight is a fresh and local salad with asparagus, avocado, tomato, and cucumber.  I'll probably add in some other snack after class because - to be honest - I doubt that'll keep me full for long.  Too bad I didn't marinade some tofu!

Saturday, April 21, 2012


I'm a Nor Cal girl. I'm used to local food, public transit, and beautiful Spring colors. On Thursday night I left my state of abundance to go to my cousin's Bat Mitzvah in Boston's suburbs. We stayed in a hotel with huge rooms, abundant parking, trees everywhere you look, lots of history, Styrofoam plates, and a buffet breakfast. It's a nice change of pace, though I'm glad I bought my own coffee cup so I can save a little bit of Styrofoam from the trash.

Maybe it's the nature of traveling, but I was awed by the plate sizes during this trip. Our meals offered two to four times my normal meal size of rich, delicious food.

I tried to portion my food correctly and only eat when I was hungry. I even left food on my plate most meals! As a devoted follower of the clean plate club, this was a very big deal for me.  I'm not sure if I ate within my calorie range, but I was impressed with how thoughtful I was during this trip around food.  We'll see what the scale says on Monday.

I exercised when I could - once in the hotel's gym and once by taking a walk through Massachusetts' beautiful trees. I was exhausted most of this weekend because we flew in on a red eye, and I did not want to move Saturday during our down time. But my family got up and went on a walk through a beautiful state park. It was so nice to be with my family, and even better to be with them while on a nature walk. Moving my body always wakes me up, and the walk was the perfect pick me up.

My family's small and spread out, and we rarely get to see one another. It was such a treat to be with everyone, even if we only could fly in for the Bat Mitzvah.

And, in case you were wondering, the Bat Mitzvah was beautiful. I cried at multiple times during the service. It's such a beautiful event when a child can take on the spiritual responsibilities and ritual pose needed to lead a service for the first time. She beautifully sang the hymns her parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and ancestors before have sung for centuries in a language she's not familiar. What an accomplishment! And what a proud moment for her family!

I feel blessed to be able to be apart of this weekend and wish I could stay longer, but am also so excited to be back home.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Two years

Two years ago today, Kate got drunk enough to not think for a moment so she could realize that she did - in fact - like me.  Ever since, I've been an extremely lucky woman to have her by my side.

Tonight we celebrated with some delicious food.  Spinoccoli pizza from Zelda's followed by a shared Oreo ice cream sundae from Gunther's Ice Cream, two Sacramento institutions.

And despite this amazing food wonderfulness, I still stayed under my calorie allowance for the day.  It feels to be able to eat what I want in a quantity that doesn't make me feel stuffed afterwards.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

After dinner snack

Small honey latte instead of a fro yo sundae. Tastes like dessert with half the calories. Thanks Broad Acre Cafe!

Starting, for reals this time

Starting is the hardest part. I say I'll start, and then fail before the day is out. Once I've established a routine, it's easy for me. Which is probably why I've gained all this weight back. There is no routine in love. There's flexibility, compromise, and date nights. And there's happiness. This is the happiest I have ever been in my life, and why change what makes you happy?

But I am fat. And getting fatter.* Getting so fat, that I suddenly feel compromised. My sense of adventure is muted because I don't know if my body can endure the excitement my mind has plotted. My foot is a constant ache, and I'm sure not healing because of my weight. I feel stunted in a way I never have before, despite the fact that I've been fat my whole life, that I am not currently at my heaviest weight ever.

I am tired of this and need to start, to really start. I need to remember how to say no to food, and how much happier that restraint makes me. (Yes, that was an Omer reference.)

Simple math that I control. Calories in, calories burned. Let's go!

*I use fat not as a pejorative, but as a fact - I am overweight.  Right now it I feel out of control.  Being fat does not make you out of control, but being out of control has made me fat.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A New Narrative

I once read that people who used the word "should" constantly are more depressed than people who use it less frequently.  Should implied obligation and desired outcomes that weren't being met.

Well, I'm tired of should.  I'm tired of feeling weak, of feeling fat, of feeling like I can do more.  Because - frankly - I can do more, and I don't.  This is the problem with satisfaction and being happily married.  I get stuck in my satisfaction and forget about excellence.

There's a spark inside me that's fizzled since become married.  My raunchy independence and beating to my own drum has been partly replaced by being content with my wife at home.  I've stop doing things by myself or for myself, not because Kate wants me to, but because I prefer her company to anyone else's.  But my mind requires alone time, and I miss working out and I miss doing things for myself.

So, I'm bringing the spark back and moving it forward to a new narrative, a life that begins with "can" and ends with "fucking awesome".