Monday, June 30, 2014

Fitbloggin' - My Family, My People.

I got back last night from a whirlwind trip to Savannah and I have a million thoughts swimming in my head right now.

I had a blast though, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

I was with my people.  My family.   My extended network of support.

I laughed.  I hugged.  I lived in the moment.  And I shared.

I promise to post something more extended with tons and tons of pictures tomorrow.

For now, I'll leave you with these.

And the heart & sould behind it all.  She is so gracious.

Monday, June 23, 2014

In a Handbasket.

No sooner do I post last week, than I get an urgent call from my brother telling me to rush Mom to the ER because her primary care doctor diagnosed her with a hernia.

She had been fine until last Sunday night, when she started vomiting.  She couldn't hold any food down, and when she tried going to the bathroom, she strained too much, causing the hernia and blockage.  So when she made her way to the doctor, that is what was diagnosed.

Mom had surgery to repair it, but she's been in the hospital ever since because on top of everything else, her heart problems complicated matters.  Sigh.

Thank goodness for my siblings being there.  It's been a rough time, but I am hopeful she is back on the mend.  She is not home yet because she had bad chest pain yesterday.  So as of now, they were doing tests.

Oh, and to make everything golden, I went away to Boston this past weekend, and on Weds. I leave for Fitbloggin.

The timing is just awesome.  I've had these trips planned for months. I think the Universe is having way too much fun here, and it needs to cut it out.  Mom is in the best place possible for her ailments, and an aide is taking care of Dad during the day and part of the evening.

I have to remember to keep on rolling with the punches.  Life happens, but there's a support system in place (siblings) and what needs to be taken care of, is being taken care of.

That was where part of last week went.

I have pictures from my trip to Boston to visit Dani & Tori which I'll be posting before I leave.  If you follow me on Twitter & Facebook, then you've seen them already.  :-)

Trying to be positive, trying to keep my chin up.

Wrenches get thrown at you every now and then, and it is important to react accordingly, instead of being like me and trying not to freak out.

I'll update on Mom soon.  Please send her positive vibes and prayers - they're much appreciated!!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Food For Thought.

So the other day, I was at work, messing around on Facebook, when I saw this article that a friend had shared.

Interesting read, in my opinion.

Here's what I took away from it.

It's got nothing to do so much with Weight Watchers or any other big weight loss company, for that matter.


That's what I got from it.  They just happened to use WW as an example.  They could've used Jenny Craig or Nutri System, etc.

When you're on a weight loss journey, especially if it takes you years & years to get your weight off, you'll find that your food choices evolve naturally over time.  I used to drink orange juice every single day.  I used to eat brown rice or whole wheat pasta every single day.  Now, I don't.

I prefer to eat whole foods in their most natural form (as natural as I can find them.)  That doesn't mean that anyone else is doing it wrong or that vegans/vegetarians/gluten-free/moderation is all wrong.

This is just what works for me. 

I don't have Celiac's but I find that if & when I do sneak gluten/grains into my food intake, my skin breaks out.  Not just tiny little pimples, I'm talking the cystic acne kind.  And those are not fun at all.

Read the article, share with me your thoughts.

P.S.  I'm not knocking Weight Watchers, I'll never do that.  Everyone's allowed to have an opinion. Weight Watchers helped me eat better, and it helped me get my weight off, and it helped me take my life back.

And it introduced me to some really great people and blends along the way.  I'll always be grateful for that alone!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Weekend Update

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending Rachel's bridal shower in nearby Douglaston.  Rachel is my Bootcamp BFF, for those of you who don't know.  It was held at Il Toscano, a lovely little restaurant, and the same restaurant where she got engaged!

The bridal shower was thrown by her twin sister Andrea, and Rachel's best friend, Kate.  Kate, I still remember how you DJed my favorite GnR album on Pandora at Andrea's party that night!  :-)

The shower was so well put together, and I had so much fun!  Old me would've had major anxiety about knowing only 2 people at this shindig, but I didn't stress over it at all.  Andrea & Kate did such a great job organizing everything and putting everything together.  Rachel looked like she was having a blast, too.  It was a lovely bridal shower, truly.

With the bride to be and her twin sister.  Rachel on the left in white, Andrea to my right.  I worke a calf length maxi dress, which of course I didn't get a full body shot of.

I wish I had taken more pictures, but the lighting inside the restaurant made it nearly impossible to take any good, blogworthy ones.  Oh well.

As I was leaving, there was a small wedding ceremony being conducted on the sidewalk right outside the restaurant!  How romantic & appropos, I thought.   The weather was beautiful, and the bride and groom looked so happy.  :-)  Wedding fever is in the air, apparently.

I met so many nice ladies there, but there is no way I'll ever be able to remember everyone's names.  I sat next to the photographer, a friend of the twins, who told me we met previously at Andrea's party in the fall, and that she reads my blog.  (Hi Jess!)

Seriously, why didn't I take more pictures?  Boo. 

Anywho, my week so far has been pretty routine, which I'm not complaining about.   Lots of Bootcamp, lots of walking, lots of putting my Fitbit to good use!

Til next time.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Brain Over Binge.

I'm about 65 pages into this book so far, and I can tell you, I am just floored.

I don't know how else to describe it.  I'm feeling and thinking a whole combination of conflicting emotions all at once, and the only thing I can articulate properly is that reading this book has me feeling overwhelmed - but in a good way.

I have cried.  I have frowned.  I have been shocked. I have been more present than ever before.  I have reflected on my own weight loss and transformational journey.

I harbor no illusions that reading this book will solve all my eating and food issues, do not get me wrong.  But reading the book is certainly an awakening.  A catharsis, of sorts.

I find that I'm asking myself what or which voids in my life am I trying to fill with food?   Why am I doing that?  Why food, of all things?  I don't know the answers to those questions yet.  I wonder if they will ever be answered.  I wonder if searching for the answers to those questions is a life long process.

I know some of you have already bought the book and are in the process of reading it.  Some of you had never heard of it before.

Please read it and let me know your impressions so far.  If you've read it before, I want to know how it affected you on your journey.

P.S.  This is not a sponsored post.  I'm not getting anything in return for blogging about this book. The publishing company has never heard of me.  Ditto the author.  I am simply sharing what I think of it so far and how it is affecting me.  (Profoundly, apparently, but it's a good thing, I swear!)

Wow.  Just wow.

Thanks Sarah for the recommendation!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

We're Going to Have To Work Harder.

A friend of mine posted this article on Facebook the other day.

No. 3 touched me, because it said what I've known all along.  That people who have lost weight will have to work harder forever to keep it off.

Uh huh.

Please read, if you haven't already, and voice your opinions please.  I'm especially intrigued with the whole "fixing metabolism" theory, that over time, your body's metabolism can be repaired with regular work outs - in the maintenance phase.


Read the article, if you haven't already, and let me know what you think.