"Change, when it comes, cracks everything open."
Dorothy Allen

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Healthy Update

I realize with the Blog Challenge going on, I haven't really posted about my healthy living choices and how all that has been going lately.

If you recall, in our last episode, Anita had decided to reset back to zero.  She was getting complacent and was getting sloppy in her eating and exercise.  The cliff hanger ending was- would she be able to get on track and continue to lose weight?  Or was she back on the gravy train to the land of FatAss?

Well, friends and neighbours, I am happy to announce that I am doing just fine.  I have lost almost 10 lbs since my rededication (so about 67 lbs total, if you keep track of those kinds of things).  I completed Phase 3 of Pink for the 2nd time, introducing both Couch to 5 K running and Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred.  I am taking a week long reset, to try and jump start my metabolism, and as of Saturday, I start working out again.

I did get to a point where I was very, very tired.  I had stopped making sleep a priority.  That always seems to go hand in hand with overtime for me.  I wait until the kids go to bed to work and work out, so by the time I am ready for bed, it is sometimes 1 or 130 in the morning.  I don't fall asleep until 2, then I am up when Sebastian wakes me up at 6am.  This doesn't make for a happy Anita, but for an Anita that wants to eat brownies and white bread.

This past week I have finally tried to get back on track for sleep.  It sounds incredibly selfish, but it is something that I have learned that I need, if I am going to be effective and good for myself and my family.  I need to get 7 hours of sleep or more.  Last night I went to bed at 10pm and didn't get up this morning until 8.  That was 10 hours.  And I felt ok today.  And I dreamt last night, which is a good sign.  My naturopath said that not dreaming is a sign of sleep deprivation.  I went for a 3 year span without dreaming.  What's that tell you?

I am trying to get back on track with healthy eating for the family.  We have all succumbed to the summer time curse of BBQ and snack food.  I am trying to keep healthy food in the house.  Geoff, with his excitement over the comic book store has pretty much vacated the premises, so the kids and I have been on our own for dinner.  I realized that this is likely the new state of affairs for us now, so I will own dinner and find things to make for us, that are good and healthy and fit into my diet plan.  I plan on baking GFCF bread tomorrow for Sebastian and I.  Tomorrow is payday, so maybe I can get some shopping done, before Geoff leaves for the night.

So, like I said, I am doing ok.  I am still more lax than I should be, but since the scale is moving in the right direction, I cut myself some slack.  I ate cake tonight, that I made with Sawyer.  Oh well.  Life goes on.

But I have collar bones now.  I bought a size clothes that didn't have an X in it (that's a biggie for me!)  I can almost see that indent in my wrist at the base of my thumb.  I have weird boniness in my shoulders, where it was once soft.  My flip flops are too big on my feet.  My underwear fall down sometimes.

These are all good things.  Motivating things. Things that I appreciate so much, because I didn't have them before.

Keep the good things coming.

Rosie. N. Grey
The N stands for "next up, 75 lbs.  Fingers crossed".


  1. Great job Anita!! You looked amazing when I saw you last week, very motivating for others like myself that want to get healthy as well!! :)

    1. Thanks Melinda. I have learned it is very much a "one day at a time" kind of mentality. Forgive yourself the mistakes you make and be proud of every bit of progress.

  2. Way to go! I've been struggling to loose my weight for a long time now so seeing posts like this give me hope and motivation.

  3. Thanks for the comment. I have been trying to lose weight for YEARS! I would manage to do 5, 10 or even 20 lbs, but then would fall off the wagon and that was that. But this latest diet (I don't like that word, but whatever!) seemed to click with me. And it works! It's been about 5 and a half months, and I am still doing it. It's called PINK Method, if you want to check it out. Good luck to you!