Posted by: fatbegonegirls | February 10, 2011

D is for Decide

Yes.  I wrote a post about being consistent and then went totally off the map.  Not very consistent.   Not what I wanted this series of posts to be like.  But hey, life happens and I’ve been dealing with a lot lately.  Which brings me to our friend “D” is for Decision.

I’ve been mulling this over for a few days while I’ve also been mulling over some decisions that I need to make.  In doing so I came across three quote that speak well to my thoughts on why making an actual decision is important.  They are:

Indecision is the thief of opportunity–Jim Rohn

Indecision is often worse than wrong action.–Henry Ford

The indispensable first step to getting everything you want out of life is this:  decide what you want.–Ben Stein

I’m a dreamer.  I think about what I want all the time.  I picture different scenarios in my mind and think about different options.  I even play out various outcomes in my mind–complete with interactions and dialogues.  Don’t get me wrong, dreaming is important.  Dreaming helps us figure out what it is we want.  I get stuck, however, in the place between the dream and the reality far too often.

Decision is the catalyst that moves us to action.  I can want to be fit and healthy until the cows come home (I think they are close–I smelled them last night–or perhaps that was just the dairy down the street) but until I make an actual decision about how I’m going to act, what I’m going to do, what my attitude will be–nothing will ever change.

I have decided that even though I’m not feeling well right now (doctors, tests, and long stories here that I’ve decided I just don’t want to get into here) there are things I can do to make my situation better.  I have decided to:

  • get up every morning, put a smile on my face, and have a FANTASTIC day
  • exercise regularly (I even got up at 6 a.m. this morning to exercise and I feel GREAT)
  • eat healthy things, not too much of them, and LEAVE THE CRAP ALONE (nuff said)
  • be honest with myself and give myself a break when it is really warranted, but stop giving myself an easy ride down the path of least resistence
  • put my health first

So far (and I realize it’s been a mere 14 hours since this decision was made) I feel like a new person.  Making those few decisions listed above has freed me from the bad space I’ve been in lately.  Do I still feel like I was run over by a truck?  Yes.  But somehow, it doesn’t seem so bad today.  Am I hungry and wanting to reach out to food for comfort? Yes, but I have a bag load of good nutritious things to eat in the fridge and I’m sticking with that plan.

I’m no longer willing to let my inaction, my lack of commitment, and my presumed inability to decide what is best for me rob me of the person I am supposed to be.


Posted by: fatbegonegirls | February 4, 2011

C is for Consistency

I’m learning that sometimes the things that help us the most–that we need-are the things that seem so small and insignificant.  Yes.  It would be grand to focus our time and efforts only on the things that are larger than life and amazing and noticed by everyone around.  But….it’s hard to maintain any kind of momentum for the long-term focusing only on the fireworks and neglecting rest.

I see this a lot in my life, and not just in the area surrounding my health and fitness.  Perhaps it is just the way I’m wired, but I get bored easily.  I want things now. While that mindset allows me to jump right in to new projects and things that might seem overwhelming to others, it often leads me to leap from one thing to another, one plan to another, one schedule to another (picture a dog chasing its tail) with the only outcome being frustration.

This was brought home to me this week.  I’ve been working with a former (and now current) trainer since the first of the year utilizing his online personal training service.  Say hi to Blake (hi Blake).  (I have a whole other post brewing going into detail about what he has me doing, etc. so I’ll save that for another day.)  Earlier this week, I was reporting my food to him and made the comment that I had eaten the same old vegetarian chili as other days–that I was boring.  His response was just what I needed to hear.  He said, “Boring is good because it’s consistent. Some people think that healthy eating has to be elaborate…I disagree. I have my staple healthy foods that I eat day in and day out which I love! It’s good to get creative on occasion but consistency is WAY more important.”

Consistency is way more important than flash. I need to quit making things harder than they need to be and just get into  a routine that utilizes a few simple things, both with eating and exercise, that I know work for me.

I’ve already shown that I can do it.  After all, my poor eating habits and lack of exercise are the result of consistently doing the wrong things. Habits.  Consistently doing the same things.  That is what got me here.  That is what will get me to where I want to be.

Posted by: fatbegonegirls | February 3, 2011

B is for Bountiful Baskets

Bountiful Baskets.  The mere mention of the name fills my heart with the same hope and excitement as a child on Christmas morning.

A little over a year ago I was introduced to this wonderful food coop.   In essence, I have the opportunity at the beginning of every week to throw my $15 into the collective buying pool with lots of other people looking for a good buy on produce.  Then on Saturday morning, I get to go to the local pick-up site(volunteer when I am able) and come home with treasures like these:

All for a measly $15.

Every Saturday morning is like Christmas.  You never know for sure what you will be getting.  Sometimes you even get things that you aren’t familiar with and don’t know how to use.  I am ALWAYS amazed at how much I get for my $15 and I’ve had very few issues with things going bad too quickly.  Being a single person, it is difficult for me to get through an entire basket by myself in one week, so I’ve gotten into the routine of ordering every other week.

Some weeks they will have interesting add-on’s that can be purchased.  My favorites are the Mexican pack which usually has cilantro, Mexican grey squash, limes, tomatillos, avocados, a variety of peppers, onions, garlic, etc.  I try to get one of those whenever they come up.  I know I will have enough to make a good vegetarian chili to keep in the freezer.  It’s my favorite go-to lunch or dinner when nothing else sounds good or I’m too busy to cook.  My new fast food.  I also love the Italian Packs and the Asian Packs.  So Yummy!

And, I’ve tried things that I would likely never have purchased on my own.  Asian pears are a new favorite—particularly when made into a wonderfully spicy Asian Pear Slaw.  I had only one experience with artichokes previously, and while not my very favorite, have learned to love them as well.

I know Charlotte uses Bountiful Baskets because I’ve seen her and her cute Heather at pick up before.  It’s great, isn’t it Charlotte?  Do any of the rest of you use Bountiful Baskets or another similar opportunity?

In the long run, I want to move my diet into being mostly plant-based and BB is helping me force the issue.  I LOVE IT!

A couple of sites that I like to follow that give me great ideas on what to do with the contents of my basket are Basket411 and Inspired RD.

What are your favorite vegetable-centric recipes?

Posted by: fatbegonegirls | February 3, 2011

Check In

Wow, I have some serious catching up to do. I had no idea Teresa was being so prolific with her blog posts of late. That along with Chelle wondering where I am on the internetz means that I need to start talking again.

I have made little progress the last few months. I’ve kinda been a hunkering in and getting through this period of time. However, I’m feeling better (thanks celexa!) and coping better with the world so it’s time to tackle the health issues again.

I’m going to begin swimming again thanks to my aqua-pal Sarah and I’ve been thinking a lot about nutrition. I going to order a book called “The MS Recovery Diet” which talks about common food triggers of MS and eating a diet to strengthen the immune system. I’m anxious to start reading and implementing changes that will help my body heal itself better.

Well, I’m short on time today but I plan to talk about my psudo-resolutions for the new year and specifically the successes and “needs improvement” areas I’ve achieved thus far. Thanks to those of you still reading and who are even slightly interested in what I say/do/accomplish. It’s nice to have a cheering section who is encouraging & sympathetic.

Posted by: fatbegonegirls | February 2, 2011

A is for Anxiety

Did anyone guess that A would be for Anxiety?  Hmmm…   It was in a pretty stiff competition with Accountability and Attitude, but for some reason I felt that Anxiety is what I need to talk about tonight.

Hi.  I’m Teresa and I’m a Nervous Nellie.  Yes, sometimes I feel like I need a support group for this particular neurosis.  I’m not anxious all the time.  However, it frequently sneaks up on me when I’m not paying attention and before I know it everything I do is overshadowed by that nail-biting nincompoop.

You may be wondering how anxiety fits into the ABC’s of my health and fitness.  Well, let me tell you. When I’m anxious I eat.  Even when I’m not hungry.  Even if I just ate two minutes ago.  And….the less healthy, the better it seems to sooth my nerves.  Why is that?

One of the difficult things about treating my anxiety with food is that I’m almost oblivious to the fact that I’m doing it.  I have to be very deliberate about the food I have available or I just go nuts.

I know that I could find much better ways to cope with anxiety.  Meditation.  Exercise.  Talking to someone about what is causing me worry.  The goal for the next few weeks is to recognize when I’m being driven to food by nerves and identify an alternative way to deal with the anxiety–preferably one that will further my health and fitness goals rather than detract from it.

Do any of you deal with anxiety?

What are your coping methods?

Posted by: fatbegonegirls | February 1, 2011

The A.B.C.’s of February

Blogging.   It’s a strange beast.  Some weeks I feel like posting every single thought that runs through my cluttered brain.  Other weeks the last thing I want to do is let the rest of the world in to my struggle.  Sometimes I wonder why I do this.  It’s definitely not because I think I have a wealth of knowledge about health and weight loss to share with the world.  If that were the case, I would be healthy and weigh less. 🙂  It’s not because I need validation, although that is a nice side perk on occasion.

When it comes right down to it, I write here for accountability.  My posts have been hit-and-miss lately, and quite honestly a lot more negative than I’d like.  So, in an attempt to get myself to post more regularly, and therefore be more accountable for what I am doing day-to-day, I will be posting the ABC’s of February (as in A is for Apple, B is for Boy, etc.).

February and it’s 28 days lends itself well to a countdown like this.  Day 1–introduction.  Day 2-27–each letter of the alphabet.  Day 28–summary, conclusion, and what not.

So, don’t get too excited, but there will be a little something from me posted every day for the next month.

🙂   Can anyone guess what A is for??????   🙂

Posted by: fatbegonegirls | January 28, 2011

Help a Sister Out?

Ok peeps!  I’ve been learning a lot about my food consumption habits this past month.  I need your help.  I frequently allow myself to get too hungry and leave myself vulnerable to really horrible things like pop tarts, Twinkies, cookies, cookies, cookies (did I mention cookies?).

At the suggestion of my good friend and trainer, Blake, I’m taking the time to stock up this weekend on healthy snacks–you know, the things I can keep on hand in my bag, at work, in the car, so that when I’m hungry and there’s not time to fix a meal or eat something that takes time/effort I’ll have some good alternatives.

Here’s where you come in… you have any great ideas?  Aside from a protein bar, string cheese, nuts, and whole fruit, I’m at a loss.  Please, help a sister out! I want February to be a pop tarts, Twinkies, cookies, cookies, cookies (did I mention cookies?) free month!


Posted by: fatbegonegirls | January 27, 2011

Choice and Accountability

Since I was a child I’ve been taught about the importance of choice and accountability.  My parents, church leaders, and teachers frequently spoke of the importance of making good choices, the responsibilities that accompany the right to choose and the consequences that we must live with once a choice is made.

For those of you who may not know, I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon).  Our Prophet, President Monson, recently spoke the priesthood holders of our church regarding the Three  R’s of Responsibility —outlining that we essentially have the right to choose, which comes with the responsibility to choose wisely, and ultimately we must live with the results of our choices.

This talk has been the impetus for a lot of thought on my part lately as it relates to the choices that I make in the arena of my own health and physical well being.  When you think about it, it really does come down to choice.  Yes, there are some things that are out of our control that we have no choice about.  Sometimes an illness is present and we need to learn to deal with the challenges it presents.  We don’t have a choice as to whether we have the illness or not in many cases, but we do have choices within those circumstances.  We may have work or civic responsibilities that, out of necessity,  must factor into our lives and will affect the choices available to us.  However, within that circumstance we have the opportunity to make choices every day that will either help us or hinder us—whatever area of our lives we are struggling with.

The realization for me is that I have choices every day—perhaps even millions of them—that can affect my life positively or negatively.  What a blessing that is.  I have the right to make decisions that will propel me down the path of my own life.  I get to make those choices for myself.   In large part, I determine what my life will be and I am grateful for that!

Along with that realization comes the reality that I have not always taken appropriate responsibility for making those choices.  It is up to me to weigh my options and make the very best choice possible—the one that will help me be the person I am meant to be.  I’m not just talking about big choices here either.  I think this is where I’ve gone wrong many times before.  Even the little choices matter.  What I choose to eat today (and tomorrow and the next day) may seem like insignificant choices at the time, but they become significant when the right or the wrong choice is made time after time after time.  Small choices become the equivalent of those big, life changing choices when they amass over time.

Regardless of the choice made there will be a consequence.  As it is with the choice, the consequences amass over time too.  When I consider where I am today with my health and fitness I realize, with much regret, that I am living with the consequences of poor choices.  I can look back now and see that those seemingly insignificant choices I made about what I eat, how much I move, how well I sleep, have combined to provide the circumstance I find myself in now.

The beauty of this thought process and principle is much like the beauty of the gospel.  I can change.  I can learn from my mistakes and move on.  I can start making better choices right now.  I have the right and the responsibility to start with my next meal and how much I move today and the result of good choices will provide results.  Just as the poor choices amassed to bring a result that is difficult, good choices I make from here on out will also combine to my benefit and this fills my heart with hope!

I don’t anticipate that I’ll be perfect from this point on, but I’m definitely going to be looking for those millions of little times each day where I have the opportunity to chose to make my life what I want it to be and I plan to live up to my responsibility to make the best choice possible so that I can have results that will make me healthy and happy for the rest of my life.

Posted by: fatbegonegirls | January 26, 2011

Time To Clean House

My friend Brandy (Hi Brandy) posted the following as her facebook status the other day:

“The place.. for what you want the most… is already filled… with what you’re settling for…”

My thoughts have returned to this statement several times since she posted it.

Am I missing out on what I want most because I’ve already filled it with what I’m settling for?

What am I willing to give up in order to have the life I really deserve?

Hmmmm…….. definitely some delicious food for thought.

Any thoughts or fabulous insights to share?

*Note:  I’ve been thinking a lot about the word “deserve” lately and how I’ve subconsciously used that to sabotage myself and bring some of the negative thoughts I have about myself into my reality.  I’ll be writing on that later in the week.  Give it some thought.

Posted by: fatbegonegirls | January 24, 2011

Checking In

I have a bazillion things running around in my mind that I want to post about, but I can’t seem to collect any of them into a coherent enough thought to post it.  So, I’m just stopping by to say hi, let you know I’m still here, and tell you that I’ll be posting something soon.  Some of the things on my mind:

* How the new year goals are going and what has been changed

*My new work-out/eating plan, my new e-training program & support

*My epiphany about prioritizing and what I need to change

* Settling

* Health (the good, the bad, and the plan)

* Bountiful Baskets and my deep and undying love for them.

* My favorite work out gadgets

And it goes on and on and on (now I’m singing a song in my head).

Sorry for all this randomness.  🙂

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