Sunday, January 24, 2010

Swedish Women are Evil

As I mentioned in my last post, on a whim I purchased a Boot Camp DVD set. I was excited because it came with a stabilizer disk, a weight ball and dyna bands. "This workout won't be boring...." I thought to myself. I was right, it wasn't boring. My boot camp torture session went by very quickly.

The "host" is a Swedish woman named Tanya...a very perky woman with a six pack and a very even tan. I remembered Jen P's advice, and decided to curse at liberty, should the spirit move me to do so. And it did. In fact, Tanya was so perky that the spirit outright demanded I curse at this smiling hell spawn, and curse I did. Not only did it make me feel better, but cussing out Tanya and the parents that unleashed this force of evil on the world made me forget, for a brief shining moment, that I couldn't feel my shoulders.

Now please don't think that the above rant is describing my first and only experience with Tanya. On the contrary, I think this workout will be very good for me. In fact, the only reason I didn't do it more than once this week was because my middle names are actually "wimpy wussy pants" and it took me all week to psych myself up. Tomorrow Tanya and I will meet again, and I have been making a mental list of some of cuss words I haven't been able to say out loud since my eldest learned to talk. So thank you Tanya, for trying shrinking my ass and giving me the freedom to be vulgar again.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Weigh In - Week One

I must admit, I was a little nervous stepping on the scale today. I just really wanted some sort of justification for my decision, and I got it. This week I am down 5 pounds! I know that this is not going to be the norm, but damn, it feels good this week.

My goal for this coming week is to add in two sessions with a boot camp DVD I have purchased, along with walking Rowdy. The boot camp thing was an impulse purchase, and I really hope it doesn't kill me.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

What!! I have a blog? You don't say....

Yeah, I've been missing in action for a little over a month, but I have been busy. You know, with the Christmas, and the eating, and the baking and the eating and the wrapping and....well, you get the point. The fact remains that since my last post I have continued to have motivation issues. I decided that I really needed to think, and figure out what I needed to get going, to move and to continue on my quest to make a healthy lifestyle a habit, a reality.

Sooo.....I put my Weight Watchers membership on hold. I know, I know, this seems counter-intuitive, but I think this is exactly what I need. You see, although there are many things I love about Weight Watchers, there is one huge issue I disagree with them on, and that is their view of food. WW believes that food should be only calories, that if you remain within a certain number of calories you will lose weight, and they are correct, to a point, but.....

I believe food is so much more than the number of calories it contains. I have been doing some reading on food, and what our body recognizes and what it needs, and I had begun to change how our family eats. We make our own butter (which is evil, but scrumptious) and bread. I try not to buy processed foods, or foods that have lots of preservatives, colours and other weird stuff. This summer I plan to make seasonal preserves and one of my goals is to start making my own cheese. I believe that food should be natural, sans all that crap manufactures put in it so it has a shelf life. I believe fat free cheese is an abomination (it doesn't even melt) and one should never, ever, make guacamole with over cooked asparagus. I realized last week that although WW had worked very well for me in the past, maybe it was time to take a break, to see if I could work without WW.

So here I am, almost done my first week on my own and I feel pretty good. I am still journaling, and drinking my water, and even measuring out high fat ingredients. I am walking Rowdy every day and he and I are both happier for it. I think that I have grown up a bit, that this time around I don't need a stranger looking at the scale for me to motivate me and make me accountable. This time I think being accountable to myself will actually be enough.