Happy 100!

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It’s the end of 2013 which is a good time to reflect on what has happened and where I’m going. First off, this is my 100th blog. I never thought I had 100 blogs in me let alone people who continue to follow. So, thank you to all of you who read my blog! I love reading your comments and especially the messages of encouragement.

With that said, I am somewhat of a marketing nerd and want to please the masses so I do look at the analytics/trends of my blog. I’ve found it most interesting that the most read blogs are those having to do with sad topics and online dating (which in itself is sad!). If there is anything you want me to talk about, let me know. I’m fairly open and willing to share my experiences with you!

Here are some stats:

  • Most read blog: “Do I Have the Strength To Go On” with over 200 readers
  • My blog has been viewed 8,000 times since March 2013
  • 88 Subscribers
  • Lbs. lost since March: 25
  • Sizes Down: 2

What I’ve learned in 2013:

  • Focusing on my goals and achieving them quiets the noise of disappointment
  • You can accomplish way more than you think you can
  • Eating healthy doesn’t always taste good but the feeling is worth it
  • Expect to fail because that’s when we learn the most
  • Have fun or it’s not worth it

My goals for 2014:

  • Completing the Bolder Boulder 10K in Boulder, CO
  • Getting back to Sunday meal prep.  For tips, Google it or check out Pinterest!
  • Continue to make my overall health a priority.
  • Remember what I learned in 2013!

I hope you continue this journey with me but most importantly, have fun!

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May The Force Be With You

This year’s Christmas with the family was extra special.  In year’s past I just went along with the family events feeling bad about myself but this year I enjoyed every moment.  Opening gifts with the family, hosting Christmas Eve and seeing extended family has been so enjoyable.  I’m not sure if it’s my age or just feeling better all around.

One gift I wanted to share with you is the new FitBit Force.  I like to refer to it as my smart bracelet that monitors what I do 24 hours a day for steps taken, calories burned, miles traveled and even my sleep patterns.  It’s easy to wear and light enough to not even notice I’m wearing it.  Most importantly it’s a good reminder to hit 10,000 steps a day.

The FitBit Force can sync up with your computer and/or with your Smartphone.  Download in your App Store and get your stats on the go.  One stat in particular that’s cool is my sleep patterns.  Set you FitBit when you are in bed and then shut it off when you wake up.  Your results will quickly sync up to your App to view the results.  Here are two of mine:

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As the nights go on I’ll see more results and will be able to compare.  So far I’ve discovered my sleep is less restless if I drink!

 

Happy Love Handles…I Mean Holidays

It’s the holidays and along with it comes outings with friends, family gatherings, shopping and decorating which leaves little time for working out.  Then there’s the food.  Food seems to be everywhere: cookies, cakes, cupcakes, sandwiches and candy. Or, in other words, The Elf’s major food groups.

The cold weather isn’t helping much either.  My body wants to keep warm and craves warm meals.  I don’t want salads, fruit or raw veggies.

I am so guilty of all of the above and as a result have gained 5 lbs.  What can I say?  I love going out, being social, having cocktails and cookies.

Now that I recognize my habits it’s time to fix it.  I’m not beating myself up over the 5 lbs. because it’s bound to happen at some point but I can’t keep going down this path.  It’s not going to lose itself!  So, here’s the plan…

Make It Count

I try to get to the gym when I can and not force myself.  If I don’t want to go, I don’t go.  If it becomes a chore I will give up.  While I’m at the gym I make sure I work out every part of my body equally.  This way I will get a total body workout within the time I am there.

Watch What You Put In Your Mouth

Yes, I’ve had more drinks lately than normal.  Yes, I had a Magnolia cupcake when I was in the city last week.  Yes, I made cookies and ate them.  If you can have smaller bites and eat well in between you’ll be ok.  I need to remind myself of this.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Gaining a few pounds is going to happen.  Don’t punish yourself but make sure you get back on track otherwise it’ll get worse and you’ll then hate yourself.  Avoid hating yourself…you’re too good for that.

Here’s To Your Health

About a month ago I had written a blog about some health concerns I was having with vertigo (https://changingliz.com/2013/11/12/just-when-you-think/).  Since then I have seen about four doctors (my primary twice, the cardiologist, the neurologist and the ENT).  I have gone through tests I thought I would never go through at my age like cuddling with a heart monitor, wearing a ridiculous goggles and getting a lot of blood taken.

The Heart Monitor

The Heart Monitor

The ENT Test

The ENT Test

You know you’re in for a good time when you walk into a lab and the Phlebotomist gasps at how much blood your doctor wants.  Luckily, he did a great job and gave me a t-shirt souvenir in my bandage!

T-Shirt Bandage

T-Shirt Bandage

Thankfully my heart is fine.  The ENT test came back fine (basically they try to induce vertigo and record your eye movements with the fancy goggles).  My neurologist did not order an MRI, thank God, but she believes I have Vestibular Migraines.  A few good things came out of this:

  • After years of sounding like a b*tch b/c I HAD to sit in the front seat on family drives to PA is finally proven that I do get car sick.
  • I do not require any medication to prevent the vertigo because it only happens a couple of times a year so I remain MEDICATION FREE!
  • Even though all the poking, prodding and weird contraptions lead to nothing traumatic I did get a physical which we should all get on a yearly basis.
  • I can recommend a few specialists!

I also have PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which is not news.  I’ve had it for years and will be seeing my endocrinologist for a check up in the new year.  In summary, it resists insulin which can cause diabetes down the road, makes it difficult to lose weight, but the worst of all is possible infertility.  Luckily, I have made positive changes in my lifestyle so I’m hopeful it will help.

 

Facts About Purging…The Closet

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Last week I was sucked into Cyber Monday and played the “one for you” and “one for me” game.  My “one for me’s” were delivered last night.  As I tried on each piece to make sure it fit, it dawned on me that my closet is full and more importantly I am out of hangers!  This can only mean one thing, I must purge the closet.

Up to this point it never occurred to me that I should get rid of clothes that no longer fit me.  In dire need of some hangers I decided to start my mission.  I took out some items I knew were too big and some I was unsure of the style altogether, put them in bags and lined them up by the door for donating.

Then the fear set in.  What if I gain the weight back and I don’t fit in my current clothes?  What if I need them?  But, what if I don’t?

Then I remember I had just tried on clothes that are two sizes smaller!  This feels way better than THAT felt!  My largest size I wore was a 2X.  I used to shop at what I lovingly called “Lazy Bitches” (Lane Bryant).  Now I wear a size XL and sometimes could probably get into a large.

I’ve accomplished three goals here:  1) purging the old clothes to make room for new and smaller ones, 2) reminded myself to stop the negative talk, 3) donating clothes to those in need.

Mission accomplished!

*that pic is not my closet

Unmotivated and Feeling Plump

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Having taken a break from my boot camp due to my stress fracture has left me unmotivated and feeling plump.  I remember being so bummed when the doctor told me to take a four week break.   Now  that two weeks have passed and running hasn’t caused me any pain, I just don’t want to go.

Maybe fear is starting to set in or maybe I’d rather grab pizza with friends.  I’m feeling in a slump and not sure how to get back on track.