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On January 31, I wrote a friends-locked post titled Here's the Thing: I Have One Fat Ass. Out of that post came my community fitfriends, which is now in it's 15th week. After two months, we started over again from the beginning.

This is what I looked like at Christmas, a month before I started fitfriends:

This is what I looked like yesterday, which pissed me off when I saw it:

Not so good.

I've made some very healthy changes. I drink at least two big glasses of water every day now, and I'm clearing up my sinuses with the help of a neti pot, and I'm getting out of bed most days and doing something around the house or yard.

But I'm still snacking too much, and drinking way too much (which is a huge part of the problem, I believe). I still have awful trouble with my depression, which leaves me unmotivated and I tend to wallow and eat on my all-too-often “off days”.

Luckily for me, I've started getting back on track this past week and a half or so. Even when I can't find my motivation or energy, I set the timer and do something. Most of this has been focused on getting my house back in order. Now it's time to buckle down and really get me back in order. Flylady really helps me in so many ways, and it's working out just right now. My house is more tolerable, and Flylady has declared the May habit-of-the-month to be “Moving in May.” In April, I've made my bed everyday – and Josh has gotten up and covered it on many an off-day. I can really tell what a difference it's made in both of our attitudes after just a couple weeks. Well, for May I resolve to finally get myself together and, like thousands of other flybabies everywhere, I'll dedicate at least fifteen minutes a day to moving and getting healthier.

I've been stretching more, and occasionally working in the garden or taking a family hike. Well the weather is definitely nicer now, and there's no excuse to be glooming around the house all day. And I have to say, that tv show “Biggest Loser: Couples” has really been helping motivate me to do something about my predicament. Looking at their before and after pictures of their last sixteen weeks – they look freaking awesome, and here I can't stop gaining! But yes I can. I will. The very least I can do is work out for fifteen minutes every day and see if that helps my energy and mental/spiritual levels.

I've been looking at this site, Cool Running: The Couch-to-5k Running Plan, which is a two-month commitment. I like walking, and I always wished I could run (isn't that great?). I hate working out in front of people, but going for a walk/run will be good for me – and Achaiah, if I take her chubby butt along. I also have been trying to get back to being able to do push ups and sit ups. It's heartbreaking that I can't anymore. So in addition to walking actively again, I'm going to get in “drop and give me 20” shape again. My arms start buckling around four these days. That's sad.

I thought I was dedicated before. Well I'm really dedicated now. I've bitten the bullet and posted before-fat-ass-pics. I promise to move every day in May, even my bad days. I will make real weekly goals that challenge me.

Feel free to make this jump with me! Can you dedicate yourself to fifteen minutes of healthy movement every day for one month? If you want, come over to fitfriends, where I'm so lucky to get a lot of feedback and support. Feel free to check in on me. I owe you a picture on May 31.


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May. 1st, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
eeew neti pot.

and good luck!
May. 1st, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've struggled with my sinuses my whole life, and I have to say, I'm already seeing a difference. It's really helped!
May. 1st, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
My goal for 2009 is just to get healthy & lose 5% of my body weight which is a modest 12-13 pounds. I'm not sure I can manage the weight loss because of medications but I'm on the road to health. I'll check out your group in a moment!
May. 1st, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you can do it! Making a healthy change is a big first step anyway. I'll be glad to cheer you along. :)
May. 1st, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
If you can, even if it's through a window, 10 minutes of sunshine a day gives you your daily allotment of vit D, which is huge in mood stability. And a good B complex would help too. I know no amount of sunshine or supplements can turn depression around, but they've really helped me, and I always like to pass it on :)

Good luck with the weight loss!! :D
May. 1st, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for both the info and encouragement! I bought some sort of supplement to take and I can't remember what or where it is. I'll have to go find it. I've definitely been trying to get more sun time. I can tell it perks me up.
May. 1st, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
hooray for positive changes!

and hey, no fair using a pretty Christmas Day shot for before and then a not dressed up picture for after. get dolled up for your shots and that will make a big difference i think. i always feel better when i'm in my ruffles :-)

and NOT that you need another website, but i started using Calorie Counter this week to try and motivate myself to get back on the good track wagon. http://caloriecount.about.com/ it keeps me honest about my nightly binges, which keeps me in check a bit more, knowing i have to write down the extra helpings and such.

and can i say ... drinking? and depression? there's a big ole link. not sure what i can say to help here, but just wanted to point it out in case you didn't know of the connection.

much love and positive energy to you. i know you can do it - you are stronger than you think. :-)

can't wait to see the gorgeous you on May 31st!
May. 1st, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that link! I've always avoided calorie counting, but maybe I should start paying attention.

And yeah, I'm quite aware of the link with the depression and drinking. Both have been steadily increasing since mom died. I'm working on it. :(

Anyways, thanks for the encouragement!
May. 1st, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
I went ahead and signed up! Maybe it will help me some. Feel free to add me as a friend (same sn). Thanks again!
May. 1st, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
I can vouch first hand for the link between drinking and depression. After I got help and started on medication my drinking cut down by like 90%. And I didn't even try to.

I sort of miss it. ;) JUST KIDDING!!!! :)
May. 5th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
I've been the same way with my fitness goals that I set at the beginning of this year. I recently started over to try to get back n track. Good luck! I know you can do it.
May. 5th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you're able to get back on track with your goals too! Feel free to join up with us in fitfriends, if you want. I think having active support has really helped me.
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