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I have decided to try my hand at running a fully hosted and (gasp) paid blog. In order to do that, I needed to buy a domain and get myself hosted.

After much deliberation and some creative photoshopping, I have set up my new site at IdLikeToSolveThePuzzle.com.

Please follow me to my new home and tell your friends!

A week ago, we officially entered Fall. Tomorrow, we officially enter October. Those are two official reasons for me to blog my love of pumpkin. The fruit is a great addition to autumn décor. The orange color adds spark to many a doorstep. The gourd also lends itself to one of my favorite Halloween traditions: carving a jack-o-lantern. But the best thing about pumpkin, in my opinion: eating it!
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Now that I am officially in training mode toward achieving one of my goals, I am more motivated than ever. It is incredibly important to me to be a role model in the leader position. And as a role model, I refuse to be a hypocrite. So, I need to always live the program and practice what I preach.

As a Weight Watchers member, I found that two things were instrumental in my success: accountability and candor. It took me three attempts at the program before I was honest with myself and admitted that I needed the regimented help of the meetings. I needed the accountability of getting on that scale. I believe in that power of that accountability and in the power of speaking candidly about challenges in order to overcome them.
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I wonder if anyone noticed that I went MIA for a little more than a month? Did anyone hear the crickets chirping when they visited this page?

The reason for my absence was me trying to figure out how to manage the reality of PCOS with the functionality of Weight Watchers. In early September, my doctor called and had me speak to a nutritionist about PCOS and what that means to my weight and my eating habits. In a nutshell, I was told that carbs are the devil. I’d heard that in passing before from other PCOS sufferers but coming from this nutritionist made it real. She told me, that in order to lose weight, I should keep my carb intake around 100 carbs per day.
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The scale isn’t being nice to me. After my first re-motivated week, I weighed myself and am somehow up three pounds! THREE pounds?! When my goal was to lose 6 pounds in 4 weeks, it doesn’t feel great to know after one week, I now have a new goal of losing 9 pounds in three weeks. What is going on here?

I’m pretty sure I’m stressing myself out. I’m putting pressure on myself to reach a certain number at a certain time. Like an angst-y teen being given a curfew, my body is rebelling.

I need relax and remember that the program works. Follow the rules and the weight will come off. It’s science, right?

While I’m ticked at the scale, I’m proud of myself. I had my first perfectly-on-plan weekend in ages this past weekend. I journaled everything I ate. I avoided some temptations and have flex points to spare this week. I am staying off of the scale until Friday and my fingers are crossed that it rewards me for following the plan.

Cross your fingers for me. I need to keep the bratty teenager within from getting out. She’s telling me that if I’m going to gain three pounds, I might as well eat and enjoy it. So far I’ve been able to tell that little b*tch to “talk to the hand” and stop trying to sabotage me.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

I love thee for your low calorie stats
My soul is pleased by your lack of fats
For lazy chefs like me, you save precious time.
I love thee for costing just barely a dime.
Your flavors are vast and give me variety.
I love thee for saving me from “what’s for dinner” anxiety.
I love thee most especially in onion herb and Cajun flavor.
When doused on chicken, my dinner I savor.
Oh, Sir. McCormick and Mrs. Dash,
I love thee for making my dinners a smash!
With my shakers of seasoning, I’m happy to proclaim
That last minute dinners are no longer lame!

As promised in my post yesterday, here are my current motivations for getting back to my goal weight:

  1. My health. The doctor says he wants to “guard and protect” my future fertility and losing weight is the first step do doing that.
  2. My dream. Since starting my journey on Weight Watchers many years ago I hoped to one day become a Weight Watcher leader. After reaching Lifetime status back in October of 2007, I was able to apply for the job. WW of Philadelphia only calls applicants on an as-needed basis and I finally got a call for an interview. If the interview/hiring/training works out I need to practice what I preach.
  3. My sanity (and my husband’s sanity). I am in a better mood, and am a nicer person when I feel good about my body and about my choices. I let the number on the scale dictate my disposition on any given day and getting that number under control will go a long way for my mental health. Read More…

Hot Sundae

Fictional girl singing group, Hot Sundae, sang "Put your mind to it, go for it, get down and break a sweat!"

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