Who Are We and Why Are We Headed for Shamrock?

We met online in 2005 trying to--what else--lose weight. We've had our ups and downs along the way, but we're not where we want to be. This is our journey to get fit and healthy. We invite you to follow us as we "exercise" our way across the country--track our progress on the map to Shamrock below-- in an effort to each lose 50 pounds by the end of 2009 and adopt a healthier lifestyle along the road.

Where will we go once we reach our goals? The sky's the limit... but we're thinking Greece would be nice.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Amazing Adventures of.....Absent Girl!

Chewing faster than a locomotive. Able to eat tall platefuls in a single bite. It's...it's....ABSENT GIRL!!! What's she been up to? Why, championing the cause of freedom, that's what! Liberating Dove Bananas Foster chocolates from their foil prisons. Freeing phyllo dough from the deep dark recesses of the freezer and baking it up to help it live out it's buttery, cinnamon-sugary dreams. Helping carbs everywhere realize their full potential. Sacrificing her own health to accommodate calories from every food group. What would we do without her?

The answer to your question is Yes, I am full of crap.

I don't know what's going on with me. Rebellion? Boredom? Stress? Well, actually I do know that last one is for sure going on. I keep thinking that I'm just going through a phase and that the next day will be better. But it's not. It's been so hard for me to keep track of everything lately. Add into the equation that Baby Elvis is making night time not so fun anymore, which has made me so much more tired and cranky. Hey Elvis, what's up with this getting up several times a night to nurse? What happened to the sleeping all night long thing, that by the way, you HAD been doing since you were 7 weeks old? But I digress.

My point, and I'm not sure that I have one, is that I have reached some sort of motivational plateau. I'm tired of tracking every morsel of food. Tired of trying to work exercise into the day. Tired of everything. Tired. I can't go back to the type of detailed tracking I was doing before, not right now at least. But I don't trust myself enough to just "wing it" either, because I can feel that I'm gaining weight back. What's a not so super girl to do?

The only thing that I can think of is to simplify my gameplan. Same goals, modified plan. I don't have it completely outlined yet, but here are my rambled thoughts:
  • I need to try to sweat every day.
  • I need to get in a minimum of 64 ounces of water a day.
  • I need to eat 6 servings of fruit and veg each day.
  • I have to make sure that there are no major temptations in the house.
  • I think that recording what I eat is still important, but for now the calories and fat calculations are going to have to wait in the wings.
  • Eating slower would be helpful.
  • Also, some sort of cheat sheet reminder that shows me, in order of importance, what my daily priorities are.
Wow. Not too impressive is it? Well, it's better than nothing, which is about what I've been up to the last few days. I thought about not doing recording anymore, but my food behavior over the last several days has been...um....ahem....less than stellar.

Okay, so starting today, this very moment, I'm back. I'm probably not going to lose weight very fast, but it's a health commitment I'm supposed to be engaging in here, not just a weight loss commitment. Hopefully, persistance and determination will pay off in the long, long, long run. Absent Girl is officially retiring.

Now, if I can just get these stupid tights off.


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  2. Three cheers for Absent Girl! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hi...wait. Shouldn't I be cheering for Peggy Sue? Ok. Three cheers for Peggy Sue! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip... oh, never mind. I'm just glad you're back. It's a long and lonely journey without you.

    I'll leave you with a few words of wisdom that I've been living by: If at first you don't succeed, start, start again.