Sunday, June 27, 2010

Another Fresh Start

Boy, it has been a while! Let me explain. In the last few weeks, my dad had to have emergency surgery to remove a flesh-eating virus and the tissue it managed to destroy in the time it was in his body. I've also moved home and changed jobs. My life is completely different from what it was last month. It's been a bit hard to adjust to, not going home to the same bed, not seeing my boyfriend every day, living in a different city, seeing different faces at work (in a high-volume store where there isn't as much time to get to know your co-workers), and having a completely different work schedule (opposite of my boyfriend's). I would have been blogging about the whole thing, but I left my charger at my apartment, so I haven't really been on the computer at all until now.

I've been through a lot of changes this past month, but I'm going to restart my weight loss journey and keep the changes coming. Now I'm going to start making a work-out schedule for myself. Not just an "oh, I'll work out when I have time" kind of schedule. I real schedule. The days I work a later shift (until 5, 6, or 7) I will work out at 8 am, either taking a walk/run or doing some lifting exercises. On the days I work in the morning and get off between 2 and 4, I'll work out after I get home and eat a healthy dinner.

It's weird, because I'm not just shopping for myself, now. When I go to the grocery store, I will have a list for my mom, too. But I am thinking about trying to cook some meals in advance and keep them refrigerated for us. Homemade soups, pasta with shrimp or chicken, some healthy beef and pork dishes... At least for dinner. A lot of days when I work, I have only a 15 minute break, so a full meal is hard to get in. But I think if I spend a morning cooking up some meals for the week, it will help me avoid buying something quick and fatty.

So I've got a plan for exercising, a plan for working out, and now I just need a plan for remembering to take all of my medication and vitamins so I can start feeling healthy and being healthy. I'm on two prescription medications for my PCOS, and I take a multivitamin, but I think I might start taking Acai again. We'll see.

I'm enjoying moving around my room and finally making it a place I can call MY room. I used to live in the basement in my house, but I didn't have the whole floor to myself. One half is our laundry and storage room, and half of my half was the computer room. So I really only had a small corner of the downstairs. Now, I've got the whole top level, which used to be my sister's room before she got married. Part of the remodeling we'll be doing is moving all of the exercise equipment into one room where we can all exercise whenever we want to. (The original plan was to leave it in my room, which would be inconvenient for everyone.)

Right now, my mom and I are trying to get ready for my dad to come home from the hospital, and it's helping us get a lot more done than we usually would. My boyfriend and I mowed the lawn and cleaned off our patio yesterday, and I think I'm going to try to make everything perfect in the patio area, so we can possibly have some people over in the future. We've never been a party-hosting family. I can't remember the last time we had company. Hopefully, we can change that.

Well, I'm going to leave it at that for now. I am anxious to go visit my boyfriend. I am happy to be back at the blog. I hope you're happy to have me back.

Help me rename my posts. I don't think I should start over with Day 1, but I don't think I should keep up the count. What do you think?


  1. Sounds like you're doing a lot to be part of a team effort. Once all of you are home and working toward simplifying healthy, interesting meal options, you'll all do great. Focus on protein. Longer-lasting energy will help avoid snacking urges and build lean muscle tissue. Using the resistance weights will turn your body into a 24-hour fat burning machine. Day numbers don't matter as long as you keep pointing toward the goal and doing .things to get there

  2. What an exciting time! Happy to hear your Dad's okay. It sounds like you were able to re-group and are looking forward to getting healthy again. You have a lot going on right now, but it sounds like everything's going in the right direction! Good luck!

  3. We got a seal a meal and when we make a giant pot of something: spaghetti, pot roast, soup (well soup needs some extra supplies because you just suck all the broth out with the air otherwise) we just seal the rest in pre measured single serve portions that can be frozen and reheated in the microwave or boiled in the bag. I also use it to buy a bulk pack of lunchmeat (or whatever)and freeze so I'm not having to weigh and measure each time.
    Glad you're back on track. I look forward to reading your posts. Go ahead and start back at Day 1 or just use dates. The format isn't as important as the content.
    You didn't mention how you did in the crazy busy time. Did you maintain?

  4. Its NEW YEARS part two... I am doing the same thing... re-starting! It's a great way to feel re-energized.

    Good luck and keep at it!

  5. Hi, I found your blog via another weight loss blog that I read. I know it's very difficult when you have a great deal of weight to lose. I've lost 77 pounds so far and I do still have a lot more to lose but it's gotten easier to lose the weight as I've progressed. I have a weight loss blog too, my name will be linked to it in the comments. By the way, I just noticed the date for this entry was almost a month ago. I hope you're doing well and losing weight. Good luck!

  6. Its been a while since you've posted... how's it going? Don't give up if you've had some slack months. Focus on what you CAN do. Keep it up!