Monday, November 7, 2011


My husband has been so very supportive of my new be healthy project.  He's been on that path for quite some time now; he's lost 15 lbs and has improved all of his PRT stats.  That in and of itself is a great motivation, but added to that he's been very encouraging, and has given me a lot of helpful advice.  He's the one who brought home to me just how badly I've been treating my body, by letting me know that not only had he noticed, but that it worried him.  He's the one who told me to track not only my weight, but my waist and hip measurements as well, to help me get a clearer idea of my progress.  I text him everyday when I'm starting my workout, and he almost always texts me back with something funny and encouraging.  It's a small thing, but it really makes me feel good.

Elora is also a big help.  Most days, she does the beginning of my workout with me.  It is so stinking cute that I want to do it just to see her attempting jumping jacks.  And then there are the days that she sees me start in on the exercises with the girls in the video, and she says something like "Yay, Mama, you're doing it!"  or helps me count my reps.  She's my own personal cheerleader.

 And then there's Evie.  I've known her since forever; we grew up in the same church community and our mothers were involved in a lot of the same ministries.  She's a few years older than me, and smart and pretty and just one of the most genuinely good people I've ever met.  As a child, I always looked up to and admired her quite a lot.  Life carried us in different directions, and I lost track of her for a while, until I found her blog about year ago.  She posts mostly about her children, so I had no idea she was working to lose weight until I saw this post in August.  I was stunned and so impressed!  She lost 52 lbs, not by using some miracle diet pill, but though more than a year of hard work, and dedication to a permanent change in her diet.  Her goal is to be healthy, so she's made permanent life changes to make it happen, and she stuck with it. And darn it, if she can do it to lose more than 50 pounds, then I can do it to lose 10!

And finally, there's Pinterest.  It's like a Rolodex for all my favorite things on the internet, and it's my new addiction.  You'd think that something that tempts me to waste time on the computer would hinder me, but no.  I keep finding all these great motivational posters with quotes and pictures to keep me moving.  It sounds kind of silly when I write it out, but then, why would there be motivational posters if they weren't useful?  So I read through them periodically, and add to them when I find a new one that speaks to me. 

And right now, I'm needing all the motivation I can get.  I stalled out over the weekend... I missed my workout on Friday, because I was so preoccupied with cooking down and pureeing my pumpkin, and I missed Sunday because the girls and I have been sick and I just couldn't marshal the energy to make myself do it.  Even worse is that I've slid back into some of my bad snacking habits.

But today is a new day, and another opportunity to succeed.

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