The Double Life of Elle

The Secret Confessions of an Extra Lusty Broad in a Stick Figure World.

All of My Planning… March 4, 2009

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…and I forgot about two things:

1. Girl Scout Cookie season.

2. Getting sick.

I ate a whole box of thin mints this past weekend.  Obviously, not good for my diet.  Plus I am horribly sick (some cold/flu bug).  I go between feeling nauseated just thinking about food and eating everything I can stuff into my mouth.  Again, not great for my diet.  Also this illness is not great for the Lenten Challenge.  But FANTASTIC for my efforts to quit smoking.  Who wants to smoke filthy cigarettes when you can barely breathe to begin with?  Anyway, I think I will be starting fresh with the Lenten Challenge when this bug goes away.  I know it’s cheating, but I am not interested in having a coughing fit while I try and lift my ass up and down an aerobic step.

I have eaten my last girl scout cookie and I hope to implement a fail safe “when I get sick” food plan. 

I think I’ll crawl back into bed now.

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Weigh-In and Updates March 2, 2009

So I didn’t get a chance to post last Friday.  SH and I both had the day off and we were out most of the day.  I did weigh in on Thursday though, and I only gained 0.2 lbs.  Am I disappointed that I gained?  Slightly, but I was expecting it.  I’m thrilled that I only gained a very small amount though. 

The Lenten challenge is going OK.  I have been shit about waking up early to work out.  If I manage to squeeze in a workout before bedtime, I’m lucky.  I have been doing yoga and pilates, nothing super strenuous.  I don’t want to burn out on this challenge!  I’ll be upping the ante in a few days by dusting off my Firm DVDs.  I loooooove the Firm.  It absolutely kicks my ass.  I also want to get Jillian’s 30 day shred.  I suppose I’m slightly masochistic when it comes to exercise.   

And the smoking…well, this week I’m supposed to smoke 8 cigs or less per day.  This has been pretty easy to stick to…except for yesterday when I had to work 10 hours.   I smoked about 12 cigs yesterday.  This morning I woke up coughing and with a sore throat.  I’m not sure if I’m getting sick or if I just puffed too much yesterday. 

My diet has been shit.  I have been so busy that I’ve neglected going to the market and my pantry needs a good restocking.  I had pizza at work yesterday and Chinese takeout on Friday. This tends to happen when I don’t have food at home to prepare. 

My goals for the week:

-Plan out my meals for the week and shop accordingly.

-Start using my Firm DVDs.

-Purchase 30 Day Shred

-Purchase some nicotine gum to help cut the smoking to 5 cigs this week.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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Great Expectations January 14, 2009

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I bought a brand new scale today.  A fancy-schmancy one.  I had planned on not using it until D-Day (Jan. 15), but once I had it out of the box and fitted with new batteries I, of course, stepped on it.  Honestly, I wasn’t completely disappointed with the number.  I wouldn’t say I was thrilled to pieces, but I had been expecting worse.  Basically, I haven’t gained since my last failed attempt at dieting last spring.  That small victory has actually given me a teeny tiny bit of happiness…an extra 20-30lbs that I don’t have to lose.  I will post my stats Thursday after my first official weigh-in. 

My weight loss plan includes using Weight Watchers Online.  I once tried going to the meetings the year I got married and I lost about 15lbs.  But I didn’t go for very long.  I stopped going mostly because the meetings were excruciating.  I was paying nearly $50 a month to stand in line for an hour, get weighed, and listen to people bitch and moan about “falling off the wagon” and eating gallon tubs of ice cream and boxes and boxes of devil dogs.  The only meeting times I could make were ones that were overflowing and everyone had something to say and the leader barely got a chance to speak.  The meetings work for some, but they just ain’t my bag.  WWonline is way more affordable and I can log on 24/7 to find support, inspiration, recipes, points values, etc instead of waiting for the weekly “cattle drive.”  Maybe the money I’m saving on WW membership can be put toward a gym membership in the near future. 

This time around, I want to focus on eliminating most of the processed junk from my diet.  It’s going to take extra effort on my part and quite a bit of meal planning, but this is me changing my lifestyle not just me going on a “diet.”  And I love food…I mean I looooooove food.  I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like.  I love fresh fruit, whole grain bread, brown rice.   I was a vegetarian for 10 years.   But the problem is, I love junk food too and I have zero portion control.  And going on a “diet” and eating most of my meals out of a box stamped with the “low fat” label isn’t going to cut it with me.  All of that processed shit stacked on the shelves in every grocery store is not going to help me achieve a healthy lifestyle no matter how low fat/low calorie/low in points it is.  I’m 28 years old and what I do now is an investment into the quality of life I will have when I’m much older—good or bad.

I don’t expect to come out of the other side of this with a brand new wardrobe full of size 4 clothes.  I’m a tall broad with a fairly large frame.  I want to be healthy and within my healthy weight range (about 126-167lbs).  I know I’m probably never going to weigh 126lbs but I’m shooting for at least the top of the range. 

I really think I can do this.  My expectations aren’t unreasonable, but I am expecting great things from myself.