Thursday, December 30, 2010

Trash Talk

The awesomest thing happened to me on Tuesday.

I pitched to my Facebook family that I was considering drinking only water for an entire year. And only one person gave me the thumbs up. Everyone else acted as if I had said I was going to sleep upside-down in a coffin until December of 2011.

Which, actually, gave me all the motivation I needed to TOTALLY DO THIS.

Screw you, haters. Bring it on, non-believers.

Because it's been two days of solid non-soda and non-alcohol drinking.

Seriously. I even WENT OUT TO PIZZA at our favorite pizza restaurant and drank only water. The servers didn't know what to do with me. My sons asked me if I was sick. My husband was quite proud.

Tomorrow night (New Years' Eve) I will have a couple of cocktails to end the year and say goodbye to old habits. Then, I'll be getting on with my goals.

But remember, it's not just about the water.

"I will look fabulous. Feel fabulous. Be a fabulous wife and mom. And a fabulous CEO of my own house and finances."

But, drinking water is a major part of that goal. As Mike Adams wrote:
"Water is one of the most powerful healing substances available to each and every consumer in the United States and around the world. It's virtually free; all you need to do is keep drinking it, and don't wait for your thirst perception to tell you when to drink more. You have to make a commitment to hydrate yourself throughout the day on a regular basis. At the same time you have to make a commitment to avoid drinking beverages that result in dehydration, such as soft drinks, sport drinks or any beverage with caffeine or added sugars. That means avoiding cow's milk, fruit juices, beer and alcohol, fruit punches or any other drinks that simply don't substitute for the healing power of pure water."
The more I read, the easier this decision becomes.

Anyone want to join me?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

So, Let's Call it a "Practice Week," Shall We?

Or, maybe even a "Dress Rehearsal."

I knew that going to work today would pose some major challenges for me, the biggest being that I work for Pepsi, and have free access to fountain soda all day. (I know, right?)

I once heard soda referred to as "Liquid Satan," but I can't go so far as to call it that. I love LOVE Pepsi. But I have to give it up.

Lucky for me, Pepsi also bottles and distributes Aquafina! I drank plenty of that today, but when it came time to have lunch, I broke down and drank 16oz of Pepsi. Which, actually, is a major improvement considering I usually drink 64+ ounces of Pepsi a day. Baby steps!

So this week will be a good trial week for me. I will keep track of when I get hungry and pack my lunch bag accordingly with lots of healthy snacks. My grazing habit keeps me looking for food ALL DAY. So, I have a feeling I'll be eating lots of carrots, apples, and any other one-point Weight Watchers snacks! :)

I also recorded another video today on my way home from work. I really need to sit down and plan my day so that I can fit some sort of exercise in between the time I get up and the time I go to bed. I go to work at 6:00am, so I technically wake up the roosters. I may have to get up as early as 3:30am to get exercise in before work. ACK!

Tomorrow I'll begin my search for a good workout DVD. Maybe you can help me choose, since my husband wants to bust out the "P90X" and I'd rather not go there. I'm not sure if I'll make it through 10 minutes of that, so I need to find something that will help me transition from "Plus-Size Sedentary" to "Plus-Size Semi-Mobile"!

OH -- one more thing . . . Tomorrow is "picture day." Ugh. I'll spare you the "Biggest Loser" half-naked high-def imagery and go with a t-shirt and shorts. (At least for the blog. I'll keep the half-naked picture handy for reference, since I hope to be able to run through the neighborhood in just a sport tank and runner's shorts by the end of 2011!!)

Monday, December 27, 2010

First Video -- Day One (Sort of)

Today I decided that I'd incorporate some video blogging into the website.

One thing I'd like to put out there -- I discuss in the video that I have a goal to drink only water (and nothing else) for the upcoming year. The only exception to this rule is that I am allowing myself milk in cereal and oatmeal.

I know that this has been tried and done before. However, I am hard pressed to find someone who has stuck with regular posting and updates for an entire year. My goal is to make it through 12/31/2011 drinking only water for thirst. Then, on that New Year's Eve, I'm going to have one giant fricking cocktail.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wake Up Call

We all get one.

A wake up call.

You know -- that something that brings your attention to the one task (or for me, a list of tasks) that you need to get done in order to avoid DEATH.

Okay, so maybe not all of the tasks I've got to get done will help me avoid death. But the first one is sure to keep death away. And diabetes. And heart disease. And cancer.

I'm 38 years old. I've got two children and a wonderful husband. And if I don't lose weight soon, I may not live to see 40.

I've always had a weight problem. The only time in my life when I was not obese was high school, and the one year immediately following.

Between then and now, I've lost weight, gained it back plus more, and so on and so on, at least 8 times.

I've tried weight loss programs, weight loss "strips," and read tons of weight management books.

Yet, here I am, nearly 135 pounds overweight.

And at my age, losing that kind of weight is not easy.

I had definitely planned on "getting back into shape" after the new year. But something happened today that made me get my ass off the couch and put a plan into action.

We bought our kids a new Wii game for Christmas -- "Kids Dance Party" to be exact.

And I could barely finish ONE SONG before feeling light headed and winded.

One song.


And if that wasn't bad enough, I decided to bust out the Wii Fit board and weigh myself for the first time in months.

Weight: 294 pounds


It's the most I've EVER WEIGHED. Ever.

No wonder I always feel like crap. And my clothes don't fit. And I can't sleep.

So here I am, at the very beginning of a long journey. It became so important to me that I couldn't wait until January 1 to begin. I had to start NOW.

I've spent the first half of my life being stupid. Period. There is no other way to describe it.

I eat like a pig. I drink like a sailor. And I spend money when I shouldn't.

The second half of my life will be better.

I will look fabulous. Feel fabulous. Be a fabulous wife and mom. And a fabulous CEO of my own house and finances.

This is the first of many posts. I've started this blog because I need it for accountability and a point of reference. I also needed a way to share my experiences with other people who have started or need to start the same journey as me.

One more thing: You wouldn't go somewhere you've never been before with out a map, right? Well, I've never been HERE before. (I've been at the start of a weight loss goal, but NEVER at this weight, and it's never been more important than now. So technically, this is a "different" journey. A new trip.) So, I mapped out a plan and put it on THIS PAGE.

I've also set up a page that tracks progress. First, it will track progress of my weight loss goal. From there, I will also track progress of the other tasks on my "List" page. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will this blog. It will always be evolving and expanding!

That's it for today.

Tomorrow will be better.