June 16, 2009

Better tUesday (and better late than never)

I would like some whine with my low-fat cheese, if you do not mind: Our AIR CONDITIONER DIED. Yes, died. In a Georgia June that decided on the day of the ACs demise to stop pretending it was May and start frontin’ like AUGUST. The kicker is, my friend Amy-Go comes in town today with her three boys, and I have a COOKOUT scheduled at my house---5 adults and ten children coming over to swelter and eat grilled meats and squashes. SUPER.

In BETTER news, I have I made my goals last week, and now I get a Land’s End Swim Suit. YAY. Also, as I mentioned before, the SLOW movement of the scale is bothering my motivation, so I put it away (mostly). It’s HARD to break up with your scale. I keep SNEAKING off to have illicit little TRYSTS with it. Even when I hide it way down in the garage. And then it says BAD things to me, so I slip it under my bathrobe and run it upstairs, firm in my belief that One True Scale only speaks truth when it is resting on the One True Bathroom Tile (one over from the sink, two back from the wall). OH! SCALE! I WISH I COULD QUIT YOU!

I was WHINING about my SLOW scale progress and my inability to stop peaking to my friend Amy. Not Amy-go. This is Amy-Boot-Camp. Amy-BC told me to MEASURE instead---I did so yesterday, and HELLO! I’ve lost more than in inch in my waist in the first 2 weeks pf Better U. BETTER WAIST! THAT makes me feel better about the stupid scale. Which can STAY in the garage. For now. Probably.

I am KEEPING my same goals (Veg/fruit FIRST with every meal/snack and 4 boot camps and 90 Elliptical minutes this week) and, per the advice of the Better Me Coaching Tool, this week I am going to TRACK. Those are my goals. If I eat it, or if I...bounce on it until my heartrate goes up, I will log it. By the way, that tool? It can start your 12 week program ANY WEEK you want, so even though we are on week three, you can get the tool and start your own program next week---you have NOT missed thew window. Better You Opportunities are like subway trains or the boyfriends of those Sex in the City chicks... Another will be along in juuuuuust a minute.

The AHA has a printable paper tracker you can use, and an online tool called MyStart! Online Tracker. If those do not float yer wagon train across the river, I googled “fitness food exercise online tracker” and got a good twenty options to pop up immediately.

I myself am going to SHELL OUT for Weight Watchers online, because I KNOW how to use their systems and can thus avoid having to LEARN anything. I don’t want to learn to use another tracking system when I already know how to work one. *burp* My brain is full. If I try to make my old, full brain learn a new system, I will NEVER be able to learn Japanese. That’s just logic.


Between the Lands End Swim Suit and joining WW to get that tracker, I need a CHEAP reward this week...How about this: IF I track track track all week like a good, good pack of hound dogs chasing criminal brownies, I will skip all the reading/work/crap I am SUPPOSED to do and give myself two or three hours on Sunday afternoon to crack open my hot, fresh copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that Scott got me as a present in San Antonio. It’s the Jane Austen classic, now infused with “ultraviolent zombie mayhem.”

I’m in.

Posted by joshilyn at June 16, 2009 7:42 AM

DON'T DO IT! Don't shell out for WW unless you really want to use the other stuff they have. If you just want a phenomenal tracking system for both food and exercise (and water consumption and whatever else you want), join SparkPeople.com. And friend me! It's totally free, the tools for tracking are really robust, it's got recipes and blogging and groups to join and forums to discuss on if you're into that sort of thing and articles about health and fitness. If you put in your weight/height/measurements and some weight loss goals, it will even suggest a calorie range, carb range, protein range, fat range, etc. to help you achieve those goals. And you can track other nutrients as well if you're concerned about that stuff, like I am - I track my Vit. D, Calcium, Sodium, Cholesterol and Iron intake as well. Did I mention IT'S FREE?! I'll totally help you figure the system out if you need help (though I doubt you will, it's really quite easy), and paying for WW is such a waste of money just to use the tracker.

Posted by: Jen A at June 16, 2009 8:21 AM

Enjoy the book! There is much zombie mayhem in P&P&Z. Watching the movie on TV last night I was struck by the complete lack of zombies and somewhat disappointed.

Posted by: Kim at June 16, 2009 9:18 AM

I can also highly reccomend myfooddiary.com. I love how it tells you how "if every day were like today you'd reach your goal wait by xxx" which is really motivating when you feel like it's YEARS away and then realize that hey, it's only a couple months if I keep it up. It also has lots of charts and graphs which I like (I'm a very visual person).
Congrats on reaching your goals this week!

Posted by: Emily at June 16, 2009 9:19 AM

WTG on the inch lost in your waist! I would take that ahead of the scale any day, since no one else will EVER see the scale numbers but people see your waist all the time.

Posted by: Jen G. at June 16, 2009 9:33 AM

Or join Calorie Count from About.com health. It's great--has a place to track calories (so far has had everything I've ever eaten in the database) and workouts and keeping a weight log, just like WW, but it's free!

Posted by: Marjorie at June 16, 2009 10:19 AM

I am doing much better with my fruits and veggies now, and I met my goals and lost another 1.5 pounds. Yay, me!

I am going to try the tracking this week, too, although I haven't yet figured out the BetterU tool, so I have to get on that. I downloaded it (I think) for Facebook, but have not yet played with it. I haven't figured out a reward yet. I need ideas. Cheap ideas.

You are going to love P&P&Z. I just finished it and giggled like a loon throughout.

Posted by: Aimee at June 16, 2009 10:50 AM

Congratulations, Joshilyn - I applaud your decision to banish the scale. I still step on mine, but mostly for the fun of jumping on and off and instantly gaining or losing 6 to 8 pounds. I've long since stopped thinking of it as a real measuring device. As far as actually keeping track of my weight is concerned, I've decided that a once-a-week visit to the scale at the gym is just fine. By the way, I did blog about my progress today.

Posted by: Sandra Leigh at June 16, 2009 10:53 AM

I am trying to eat healthy too, but my grandmother is here visiting me and is SO PICKY! I guess she's not used to healthy food. She enjoys fried things and potatoes are her favorite vegetable. I have been trying to tempt her with stuff but it is hard to keep it up. She is going home soon so maybe I won't feel guilty about serving grilled chicken and steamed broccoli for dinner. I should probably start tracking or something. I was going to do the Sonoma diet but I don't like that you can't have fruit for the first ten days. That is a long time to keep a Southern girl away from her watermelon!

Posted by: Haley at June 16, 2009 12:36 PM

Well, I've been doing OK (not great, and I didn't actually measure anything when I started because it was TOO DISGUSTING TO WRITE DOWN, so I don't know if my lack of weight loss is related to muscle gain or Dove bars, because I didn't say I wasn't going to have any), but I haven't been giving myself my promised rewards either! I got last week's manicure, but still don't have the socks from week 1! I keep forgetting. And wearing old socks.

I don't remember (I could check) what I said this week's reward would be, but it should totally be to go see UP, because it's showing right here in my town, and I hear it's very good. I can't remember the last time I saw a film in a theatre, but it, too, was probably a children's movie. An expression I continue to not know how to apostrophize, since the blog gives it a mean red line no matter what I try.

Posted by: Diane (TT) at June 16, 2009 4:55 PM

I have to agree with the Sparkpeople.com recommendation! It's got all that WW offers and more and it's free. It seemed like kind of a lot of work to me at first, but once I got going, it was very routine. I lost 70 lbs. and have kept it off for over 2 years now. Go, Joshilyn, go!!

Posted by: Becca at June 16, 2009 5:00 PM

I have used WW online but now am using FitDay.com - a freebie - and like it very much.

A trip to the beach last week (and seeing a picture of myself there) has been the inspiration I need to try to lose those fifteen pounds that hover around my midsection...

Posted by: pendy at June 16, 2009 8:28 PM

SOOOOOOO sorry about the air conditioner!!! I'm down the road apiece in Sandy Springs, just this side of 90 something degrees and 100% humidity and I don't know how you can take it. Remember, that lovely new car of yours has a lovely air conditioner. On the other hand, your house just turned into your very own live in sauna, think of the weight loss possibilities in that!

Congrats on the inch lost. That's more important than losing actual weight at this point cause it says you've gained muscle mass which will help you burn more calories in the future giving you a greater weight loss down the road!! Woo Hoo!!! I didn't measure the excesses in my body so I don't know about inches lost but I did manage 2 lbs, although some of that was water weight, phooey. Back to the treadmill... Thanks again for the good example.

Posted by: LaurieB at June 16, 2009 9:37 PM

A 10 pound sledge hammer will help you break up that scale right nicely. Oh, you said "break up with?" Oh well, it will do that too.

Posted by: Debra at June 16, 2009 9:39 PM

There is a (big) part of my that enjoys writing longhand, so I picked up a cute little spiral-bound journal with a pretty close-up pic of a rose on its little cover at "Big Lots" and am diligently recording my calorie and fat consumption, exercise, and progress.

I didn't earn my reward this week, despite having some success; I lost inches and pounds, and did in fact eat a healthier diet, but did NOT exercise every single day. I made it probably four or five out of seven, not counting the evening that I walked ALL OVER a big local hardware store TWICE looking for something...that ended up being right in front of me. The lowered fat intake is affecting the myelin sheaths in my nervous system, and slowing my mental processing, I tell you!

Well, the upcoming week's goals are going to be a little more realistic, I think. I am just not ready for "every single day" exercising. Rome--and my couch potato habit--wasn't built in a day, after all.


Posted by: JMixx at June 17, 2009 2:01 PM