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Monday, December 31, 2007

Breaking the 11 Day Dry Posting Spell
With a New Weight Loss Challenge

I've been battling a bout of depression--the Blue Ghoulies. I can sense when it's coming, cause my feelings flatten out, and I just want to sleep, and when I'm not sleeping, eat. I even told my hubby last week, "Oh-oh, you need to pray. I feel the black cloud coming back."

I've had periodic blues since I was 9. Eating well, resting well, controlling stress, praying, and singing usually help a lot. But when I get into a stressful time or miss sleep or whatever, I'm more vulnerable. And it will come without warning, for no reason (ie, life is going just fine and dandy). Anyway, I'm still beating it off, and trying to win this round. (Yes, I was prescribed Cymbalta, but I'm terrified of side effects, so I've stayed away from antidepressants as much as I can and just wait for it to pass. Inevitably, it does, though the bout I got when my mom was dying lasted more than a year and really, I think I was close to a heart attack or something, it was pretty bad and I was gaining weight at a scary pace, medicating with food.)

So, I'm starting the New Year on a cusp--waiting to see if it will be sunny or cloudy internally, and hoping for sun, of course. :) I haven't fully slipped over the edge to the gloom, and I think that's partly because of family gatherings and the season itself, which compels a certain amount of joy from one's soul.

But...this is a diet blog, not a Princess Blues blog, so on to the diet stuff:

I totally crapped out of the old challenge toward the end. (Granted, ended it lighter than I began, but fizzled all the same.) But I'm 15 pounds lighter than I was when I started this blog in May. So, this blog has helped me lose, as has the encouragement, inspiration, and support of you fatfighting bloggers out there. Thanks, y'all.

For me, a new challenge is always a good thing, because it makes you accountable, no matter how lightly, sporadically, or iffily. I need that accountability.

Thanks to the TALES FROM THE SCALES crew for their challenge. On to Shannon's Easter Challenge.

Here's the deal. The starting weigh-in is today.

I got on the scale after NOT doing so for a couple of days, and, voila:


I kind of like that I'm starting on a Point Zero weigh-in. I don't like that I'm up from my previous low. But, considering the holiday excesses and the empanadilla feast yesterday (one and a half large meat pastries sopping with grease and two handfuls of barbecued potato chips. Two cups of sangria. Two amaretto sours (very unlike me to have more than a glass of wine at an occasion, but dang those were tasty.) The only healthful thing I had was the Vitalicious cake slice. hah. Sad.

So, I was up almost two pounds from my low.

Time to stop with the holiday gorging on fried or gravied delights and back to veggies, fruits, and healthful meals.

This challenge takes us nearly to Easter.

December 31st – 274.0
January 7th – Week 1 WI
January 14th – Week 2 WI
January 21st – Week 3 WI
January 28th – Week 4 WI
February 4th – Week 5 WI
February 11th – Week 6 WI
February 18th – Week 7 WI
February 25th – Week 8 WI
March 3rd – Week 9 WI
March 10th – Week 10 WI
March 17th – Week 11 WI
March 23rd – EASTER--Goal of being at 250 (or less) by this day

It's an 11 (or 12 week challenge if you want to weigh-in on Easter Sunday), and calculating a 2 lb weight loss per week, then my goal is to be 24 lbs lighter by Easter (yep, let's consider it a 12 week challenge.) It would be very nice to fit into a smaller size Easter Dress. (Though we don't really call it Easter, but Resurrection Day around my house, or Dia de la Resureccion, but I'll go with EAster since it's Shannon's challenge and that's what she calls it.)

The hardest part for me, without question, will be the exercise portion. To exercise 4 x a week at 30 mins. Sigh. It's really hard to move at my size--with knees complaining, ankles creaking, back spasming. But, I will be talking positive to myself every day. Even if I have to break it up into 3 10 minutes sessions, I do believe it's doable, so I need to "Just do it!"

Let me know if you're doing this challenge, too.

And here's The Princess wishing you all...


honib1 said...

and a rockin' happy new year to u to my friend.. I think we all are at the same place... I get the blues too.. right now my issue is hormone ( or horriblemoan as I lovingly call them) induced... I ran a six month course of my BC pill usually I do 3 months break a week and have a cycle.. usually that week is my blue week... then Sunday night I am back on the pill and slowly start feeling better.. well this time I did a six month round because of the wedding and I am off hormones this week as of Saturday.. and let me tell you sister.. I am not a happy camper.. if you have seen the movie I am Legend.. well pretty much picture me one of those folks in the dark.. and that might give you an idea how I am feeling.. torn between sad and angry... My mom is staying with us tonight and then I have to take her to the airport so she can go visit my cousins.. I have to take her early in the a.m. I really wanted this New Years eve to be with my husband this is our first N. E. as a married couple.. but alas that did not happen... and trust me when my mom is involved things always happen.. I suppose I should have unlimited patience with her.. but I DO NOT.. she has a very quick way to make me angry very easily.. and so far this N.E. has been bumpy.. but I am home now and frankly thats all I care about... anyways enough rambling.. wising you and yours a very sweet new year.. Here is too all of us as we make our healthy changes...

Kat said...

Happy 2008 All...Don't become a stastic of the Kimkins Diet Scam in 2008. I have faith in people and I know that there are a lot of people out there that will do the research and find the horrors of the Kimkins diet, the bannings of "lifetime" members for no reason other than to take their money from them, the no feedback from Kimmer herself on the site as promised and the dangers of the starvation diet that Kimmer (Heidi K. Diaz), who never even lost the weight herself, promotes. Ban Kimkins in 2008 and find a free and safe diet site to support your weight loss efforts in 2008. The year you will succeed WITHOUT Kimkins starvation diet!

Kathy said...

I hope your mood brightens...that can be tough...especially when you're trying to make changes in eating habits. I'm not joining the Challenge since I don't do well with concentrating on only the weight aspect of healthier eating, but I'll be following the progress of everyone who has joined and wish you all well. Shannon is awesome and it was a great idea to get everyone off to a challenge right away.
Good luck with the exercise!

Lady T said...

ahhh yes. i feel you....i should join myself a challenge too....hmmmm...which one?

thanks for the Congrats! i am indeed floating!


Heather said...

hey I think your goals are fantastic and I know the challenge will help you. and dont worry, I also gained these past 2 weeks and hate it too, but at least we have a starting point and we can make it down rather than up in the months to come.