Losing to LIVE…

my journey to a healthy life.

Vacation January 19, 2012

Filed under: Random Thoughts — ladybug20 @ 4:53 pm

So this week I’m on vacation. I haven’t been doing really bad but I haven’t been good either. I was happy that this vacation came almost right after Hilary and I started on this path again. This way if I am not undoing all of my hard work or feeling like I can’t have fun on vacation. I am spending the week with my best friend and her 2 kids while her husband is away for work. We have been having fun just staying home and hanging out. That has been good for my wallet as well as my waistline. We have been cooking every night and I have been doing good with my portion size. I have also been thinking a lot about how I want to go about things when I get home. Hilary has been counting calories and I think that is the way I am going to go as well. I just need to figure out what is the best way for me to do it. I think that I will try the same way Hilary does with not writing everything down but instead try to hit a calorie intake amount for each meal with a little left over for a couple of snacks. Now I just have to find out what those calorie amounts should be.


The Plan. January 7, 2012

Filed under: Random Thoughts — ladybug20 @ 6:51 pm

Right now just doesn’t seem like the right time for Hilary (my sister) and I to do Weight Watchers again. The thought of counting points just seems like to much and I don’t want to start something that I am almost sure I would stop in a week or two because I was annoyed. So we came up with our own plan that we are hoping will work for us. We broke it down into food and exercise. We are still trying to figure out what is going to work the best for us as far as food goes. We have decided that for the beginning we are going to just try to eat better. For us this means watching portions, eating whole grains and adding more fruit and veggies. We also made the commitment to cook at least 5 nights a week and I am packing my lunch for work instead of eating in the hospital cafeteria. We are thinking about counting calories and are doing some research into what all that entails. Any suggestions would be welcome as neither of use really know what we are doing.  As far as exercise is concerned we broke that down unto phases. We started by signing up at our local gym. A membership that we get for free BTW through the apt complex our townhouse is in. Why it took us 3 months to sign up is beyond me, I mean its totally free! For January our goal is to work out 3 times a week, at least. Once at the gym, once together before work (yuck) and one other time of our choosing. In February we are going to increase it by a day and add that it needs to be for at least 20min. March will add another day and longer times. I am hoping that even in January I can motivate myself enough to do more but we want to start with small steps so that we don’t overwhelm ourselves. It seems like sometimes we make all of these big plans and then when we can do it all right away we get frustrated and stop. So I think this is a good way to start.


Here we go again…..

Filed under: Random Thoughts — ladybug20 @ 6:22 pm

So it’s been about 2 years since the last time I was on this blog. When I started thinking about blogging again about dieting, exercise and life in general I really thought about just starting a new blog and not coming back to this one. While reading some back entries I got discouraged about the number of times the entry was about starting over. It seemed like that is all I ever wrote about. My sister, who is on this roller coaster journey with me, reminded me that even though it seemed like we quit or gave up a lot these posts showed that we always started again. So I am going to continue with this same journey and keep telling myself that no matter how many times you fall the only thing that matters is that you get up. So this is me getting up and fighting for myself.

So here’s what you missed in the last couple years of my life. Abbreviated version 🙂
I stopped sitting on my hands and got re-certified as a Pharmacy Technician. Then I was able to get a job at the inpatient pharmacy at one of the largest Hospitals in Michigan. I love my job and it is something I can see myself doing for a long time. I have never had a job in the past where the idea of staying longer than a few years didn’t make me want to die. My sister and I moved out of our small dark apartment and into a townhouse. It definitely feels more like home. We were able to paint and that helped a ton. We also have a washer and dryer now and after 10 years of going to the laundry mat or my Moms that was one of the biggest reasons for the move. Well that and getting out of an apartment that felt more like a dungeon. I don’t know how we lasted there for 6 years. We have been yo-yo dieting usually going between Weight Watchers and nothing. So now I have gained almost all of the weight I had lost, in the year we were really committed, back.

So here is to a new leg of this continuing journey.