Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Jan 1 2008- nice to meet you

This is my post for getting started at the Healthy You Challenge....

My name is Carleen, I live in British Columbia Canada with my husband and dog and cat.

My main goals for the healthy you challenge are:
  • Lose and maintain 75 pounds
  • Exercise 4 days a week
  • Exercise for min of 20 mins each time- increasing to 40mins by Dec.
  • Learn not to "romanticize" food. My husband often tells me its all I think about- landmark locations by resataurants, reminese about trips by the food we ate. etc
  • Celebrate the little things/enjoy the journey(started this already- set up a secondary blog for my Non-Scale Victories in life- you'll see the link off my main page)
  • Stick to my new years resolutions that impact my whole life- not just weight loss

Just an note- I'm doing WW meetings as my method to lose, and I've almost got my husband interested in joining!!!Take Care look forward to hearing about you all!

in other news:
new day new year....I'm had alot of time on my hands the past couple days (my office has closed since the 21)....so i've browsed lots of blogs, snooped lots of boards and in all been gathering many motivating peices of advice.... one that stuck espeically in my head was "i didn't get a chance to eat any sweets but thats ok- it just means I have less weight to loose then" or something like that.... so I'm going to try and approach all my food intake like that- you can have one to taste- then fill up on something good for you- then if you want have another taste- but you don't need to fill up on the superhigh calorie treat everything that goes in, has to be worked off....(that concept may be obvious to some- however it just really made sense to me last night) So yesterday I didn't get as much time to organize as I would have liked so that is today...started my day with a 2 REALLY big glasses of water...(kinda pigged out last night- need the clense)

and i'm off to clean my house?!? fun fun


Felicia said...

Stopping by from the Healthy Challenge page and wanted to wish you the very best of luck this year with reaching all your goals.

Have a SUPER day!!

Felicia =0)

Linda said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog and I too am pleased to meet you!

I think this challenge is going to bring a lot of us together, just what we need, to help each other along.

Enjoy your cleaning, earns loads of bonus points. Put the music on to make the cleaning more enjoyable.

I'll be back to visit you tomorrow.

Hugs to ya xx

Scale Junkie said...

another point in your post jumped out at me about the not eating the sweets and its okay comment you found. My husband is one of those naturally thin people and I see how he reacts to foods when he is faced with an overwhelming amount of choices. He only picks the things he hasn't tasted before along with his healthy choices. I offered him a brownie and he said "no thanks, I already know what they taste like" I think if I can remember that I already know what most foods out there taste like and that I've had enough of them in my life...I can just stay focused on the healthy choices and stop romanticizing food as you called it.

Trisaratops said...

Romanticizing food. I do the same thing. I love going to eat - I love trying new restaurants - and I can make serious memories out of meals. I think our society encourages that. Happy birthday - have a cake! It's our anniversary - let's go to dinner. First date? Let's go for coffee and dessert. I struggle with that balance of trying to still enjoy food, and to not think of it as poison - I don't want to live in fear and only eat brown rice and carrots for the rest of my life. So glad you're on the challenge! I want to lose 75 this year as well - so let's encourage each other!

Fat Prison- seen on a couple different websites-

I want to tell you about a very unusual sort of prison. It's called Fat Prison. Why is it so unusual? Because it's completely voluntary.
No one sends us to Fat Prison, we send ourselves!

What's it like to be a fat prisoner? The rules are very strict. To begin with, each prisoner must wear regulation uniform. This consists of a baggy skirt or elasticated pants. Most prisoners pretend they don't mind walking around in this shapeless uniform, but secretly they hate it. They'd much rather walk down the street in a slim pair of jeans.
Exercise is strictly controlled Swimming or playing with children is forbidden. And no prisoner may walk more than a few yards at a time. The penalties for breaking this rule include sweating, shortness of breath, soreness and fatigue. After a few years without any sort of proper exercise, prisoners become so soft that the very idea of movement terrifies them. If you don't believe me, go up to a fat prisoner and suggest a nice long walk in the fresh air!
Everyday life The main feature of everyday life inside Fat Prison is tiredness. Prisoners carry lots of extra weight around on their bodies, so not surprisingly they suffer from chronic fatigue. Result? After doing their daily chores, most of them slump down exhausted in front of the TV.
Even when they allow themselves a night out, many prisoners find it difficult to enjoy themselves. They feel awkward about their shape so instead of mixing with other people they tend to sit in the corner with other fat prisoners.
Prison Mentality After many years of locking themselves away inside their Fat Prison, many prisoners develop a prison mentality. They lose confidence in themselves and their ability to "go straight". They look at slim people and think: "I'm never going to be like them!" They think they are doomed to stay in Fat Prison, forever. Result? They let themselves go completely.
Bad for Health Fat Prison is very bad for prisoners health. Don't forget, the greater our weight, the greater the strain on our joints and spine. And the fatter we grow, the harder our heart has to work to keep us going. No wonder so many fat prisoners get ill!
Depressing Fat Prison is a depressing experience, not only for the prisoners but also for their families. In fact, the children of fat prisoners often grow up to become prisoners themselves. It's a vicious cycle.
Question So why do so many people end up in Fat Prison? And even more important, why don't they leave once they discover how awful it is?
Answer Because they prefer to eat cookies, chocolate, potato chips, popcorn, doughnuts, fatty meat and creamy desserts. They know that this stuff makes them fat but they don't care. They'd rather go to prison than give up their regular mouthful of fat. *Some may have other reasons
Are you a fat prisoner? Have you locked yourself up in your own private Fat Prison? If so, here's some advice. Don't waste another day of your life in jail. Get out now!
All you have to do is stop eating junk and start eating properly and you can walk free tomorrow.
It may take a few months before your weight returns to normal, but your tiredness will lift immediately and within a week you'll feel ten times better. So what are you waiting for?Get out of your Fat Prison today and start really living!