Fat to Fit at 59

My quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. (Now that you know about it, I'm committed.)

Day 76—Half-Way Weigh-In January 30, 2010

It's drum roll day—again.

I’m amazed that I’ve already reached the half-way mark in my 150-day quest to lose 50 pounds. And it’s evident from the chart below that unless I do something drastic (does The Biggest Loser have an opening??),  I’m not going to be achieving that goal.

And yet, I’ve achieved other goals:

1. To be more aware of my health and fitness, and do more to be better to myself

2. To form a community of sorts to help and support each other

3. To give myself a daily writing fix

4. (I hope) to stir a chuckle or some other pleasant emotion in you

So thanks for reading, thanks for contributing and thanks for helping ME out. I’m not giving up (6.6 pounds is less than I’d hoped for, but it’s still loss)! Start that drum roll…

Weigh-in history:

Date    Weight    BodyFat  BodyH2O

Today       193         29.5      44

1/18/10     193        30.0%   43.0%

1/4/10     194        29.5%   43.5%

12/15      195.2      27.5     44.0

12/7        196.6     30.5     43.0

12/1        197.6      30        43.0

11/23      196.2      29        43.5

11/16      199.6       31        42.5


Day 57—Potluck? Good Luck January 11, 2010

What tips can you add to the list below?

I attended a monthly potluck yesterday. Naturally, the thought occurred to me, How do I keep on track when there are sooooo many scrumptious offerings to choose from?

Here are 6 strategies for avoiding potluck remorse:

1. Pre-eat. Before you go, eat a small amount so you’re not ravenous as you walk the potluck line.

2. Be the Goody Two Shoes. Take a healthy dish. Vegetables and healthy side dishes are always in short supply at potlucks—but much appreciated by those of us who are watching our weight.

3. Avoid the choose blues. Select the healthy versions: a whole wheat roll instead of white; the brown rice dish instead of the white… You do have options. Exercise them.

4. Exercise portion control. When so many options clamor to be sampled, try taking smaller (start with half a spoonful) samplings. You can always go back for a larger helping of a favorite.

5. Take your time. Savor the conversation and eat your meal slowly so your brain can keep up with your belly and register “FULL” before you’ve consumed everything on your plate.

6. Un-friend the Clean Plate Club. Once and for all, admit to yourself that the starving children will not be saved if you finish everything you’ve taken. But you might be saved if you don’t.

Until tomorrow, stay confident and resolute! We can do this! And if you have tips to add, be sure to comment!  😉


Day 45—The Value Of Projects December 30, 2009

I'm giving this dog-eared book a long-overdue makeover.

The thing about projects is that they absorb your attention and keep you from thinking about …oh, I don’t know,  food??

Months ago, I got supplies (a binder and page protectors) to re-do my family-favorites recipe file. Initially, I’d typed them all out years ago for my kids as they left home and kept calling for this recipe or that. But I’d made the mistake of typing them into a recipe template that became obsolete when I replaced the computer it was on.

Anyhow, with all the honey-do tasks I’ve compiled (the honey, in this case, being me!), my recipe re-do sat untouched until yesterday. That’s when my friend and fellow writer/editor Juli sent me a recipe for my try-it-out list. (Do you detect a list-making tendency here??)

So yesterday, I got from Appetizers through Beverages, Breads, Breakfast Foods, Brownies, Cakes, Candies, Canning & Freezing, Casseroles and Cookies. I can guarantee you that even though I’m still in the book’s initial alphabetical categories, these are the most jam-packed categories in my book.  😉

What a mine field of enticement! And yet, I was so engrossed in the task that I didn’t even think about the sweet treats.

Does your to-do list contain a project that can distract you from your treat temptations?

Until tomorrow, stay confident and resolute!


Day 26—Mix It Up December 11, 2009

Healthy mixes make great gifts!

Are you makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice—and realizing that giving calorie- and fat-laden treats to your weight-watching friends may not be very nice?

Here are six mixes to please anyone on your gift list:

1. Ho-ho-oats—containers (cellophane bags, plastic tubs, glass jars…) of oatmeal, raisins, dried cranberries, almonds, walnuts, and any other goodies that your recipients can mix as desired in their oatmeal. Optional: cinnamon.

2. ” ‘At’s Italian” seasoning—mix 1 Tbsp each: oregano, basil and sage, and 1 tsp each: rosemary and red pepper flakes. Great for spicing up the marinara sauce!

3. Tasty taco seasoning—mix 3 tsp chili powder and 1 tsp each: cumin and red pepper flakes. Now that’s a tasty taco!

4. Pumpkin pie spice—mix 1 Tbsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp each: mace, cloves, allspice and nutmeg. Simplify the season!

5. Hail to the trail mix—mix nuts, dried fruit, sunflower seeds…be creative! (Maybe even sneak in a few M&Ms to satisfy that pesky sweet tooth!)

6. Musical mix—burn a CD of great tunes that you can’t help but groove to. Your recipients can download them to their MP3s for rockin’ workouts!

Do you have any more mixes to share? (That’s what that little “comments” box below is for!)  😉


Day 19—Gratitude helped my attitude December 4, 2009

Freezing temperatures didn't cool the warmth in my heart for the young men and their leaders who chopped and split my firewood.

Since you already know my age, I can tell you that when I was in high school, the style was penny loafers without socks. And in those days, girls couldn’t wear pants to school. It was dresses and skirts. Even though we were freezing, we were stylin’ so the cold was worth it. We were cool. Really cool.  😉

So it didn’t surprise me when my church’s young men came over Wednesday night to help chop and split my huge pile of boulder-sized tree-trunk logs. Some wore shorts. Some came coatless. They sure worked up a sweat, so maybe they really were warm. But I can tell you the thermometer outside my kitchen window was well below 32 degrees.

I so appreciated their generosity and service, especially on a day when I was feeling kinda sad about putting my house—which I’ve loved and nurtured for the past 7 years—on the market. These guys warmed my heart, and the wood they chopped will warm my home for quite some time to come. Thanks, guys! You rock! (Or should I say: You swing an awesome axe! ?)


Day 18—Havin’ fun December 3, 2009

My fun times with Sandi sometimes include stamping projects. This is one of hers.

Today I’m taking the day off to go to my friend Sandi’s work Christmas party (us Single Adults are used to being each other’s “dates”).   🙂

Sandi is such an upbeat and cheerful person; she’s a joy to be around and I always have a great time with her—even when we’re commiserating about one thing or another (read: havin’ a pity party).

We both love stamping and occasionally get together to make cards. She’s so talented and makes the cutest cards! I always keep them when she gives me one—they’re frequently the inspiration for my own creations.

It’s important for us to have some fun once in a while. And with all our commitments, it can be so hard to fit in. But be sure to make time for fun!

‘Til tomorrow—you know the drill—stay confident and resolute!