Thursday, January 24, 2013

An Ode to Sportbrain

We have discussed my joy for all things tech....pardon the pun...

It all started with this little baby...version one circa year 2001...

Version 2 followed and added a step count on the face...

They were technical pioneers "back in the day", bundled communities into a portal, challenges and a day "Sportfolio" that gave you total insight into your day.

Just posting this makes me miss it was my crack.  It changed my life, seriously.  I was heartbroken when they suffered and died in the economic downturn.  I literally started gaining weight within a month or so after I lost this magical defense against fatness!!  The combination of challenges, early social media and tracking are the keys to the kingdom for realz.

If I would have had the money, I would have bought them myself - thats how much I believed in them and their vision.

Zoom ahead - YEARS later....enter patent infringement lawsuit!! 

Here's to hoping they win something for their innovation and come back to market.  I will then throw my fit self at their feet and beg them to hire me!

Challenges of Building a Routine

Is it just me or is the universe working against you to change your routine/habits?  Seems every time I am CRUSHING it, something happens!  My something this week was finding out I have to get my two upper wisdom teeth extracted...on Monday.

Unnecessary bs background...I have been SO neglectful about taking care of myself, behind on, GYN, eyes...EVERYTHING.  I made a promise to myself that by the end of January - I would have all of that off my "To Do's" for me....very sore gums today and a dentist on a hell bent mission to get my wisdom teeth out.  Awesome. In the wise words of Sweet Brown - Ain't nobody got time for dat!

You are welcome.

On a side note, I have been getting in 30-35mins every day on the elliptical and staying pretty clean on my eating.  Down 5.6 since January 5th.  Not mock speed but I am happy...set a mini goal of 15 el bees so I am off to a bitchin start!  Go me go!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hey - it's late but better late than never

I will just tell myself that this is not a New Years resolution since it is nearing the end of the month! 

I got on the elliptical for 15 mins yesterday - felt so good I did another 15!  I have a wonderful home gym that I built when I was working out nonstop that has been gathering dust.  Feeling a bit sore today but contemplating getting on the treadmill.  I always love to see the calorie burn - heck, If I am going to spend the time might as well make it worth it. 

I read an article in Shape Mag this morning about a girl who lost 30 of the 50 lbs she wanted to lose in 40 days!  Dang - that seems really quick to me but really got  me thinking...

I got my new Link Armband from  I am really obsessed with technology gadgets so I am going to be happy to see how it works for me.  I am thinking about starting the 10,000 steps again but I am SHOCKED and saddenned truth be told at how inactive I am.  Working from home it is A LOT harder, ya'll.  Whiny, aren't I?  I just slammed myself on the back of the head and said "Get it together!"

I am planning my meals for the week - it makes it sooooo much easier if I have good, tasty food that I don't have to think about it.  Here is what is on the agenda....

Shrimp Cocktail with Guacamole
Skinny Chicken Pesto Bake - seriously YUMM-OOO  I make this basil pesto and it delish...
Greek Turkey Meatballs
Crock Pot Picadillo

Here's to a great day!

Just how the heck did I get here??

Lawd, lawd...weekends are BRUTAL for me.  The lack of structure and my intense to reward myself for some unknown victory (you know...."I deserve it").  Blow everything I worked hard for for days.

But alas, I digress. I was on the elliptical (my ultimate frienimy) and jamming on some Jordan Sparks (dont judge, I love her 1st album) and some bits of wisdom eeked through:

Gotta let my spirit be free,To admit that I'm wrong, And then change my mind

Sorry but I have to move on,  And leave you behind (Perhaps an new potential for ode to my chubby persona??)

I can't waste time so give it a moment, I realize nothing's broken, No need to worry about everything I've done,  Live every second like it was my last one

Don't look back, got a new direction, I loved you once, needed protection, You're still a part of everything I do, You're on my heart just like a tattoo, Just like a tattoo, I'll always have you

I'm sick of playing all of these games, It's not about taking sides, When I looked in the mirror didn't deliver, It hurt enough to think that I could

Thats kinda how I feel when I look in the mirror these days...didnt deliver on my promises to myself.  But am getting myself up and brushing myself up and starting again.

Short history lesson - no one is reading this so it will be a good refresher for me! 

I was always thin - put on a few when I got married (and I mean like 15-ish).  I joined weight watchers and took it off without a problem. Got pregnant, ate everything in sight and came home with 30 lbs to lose.  I rejoined weight watchers and took aerobics twice a week at a local church.  Got down to high school weight and stayed around there until over a few years until I found myself getting chubby once again.  I have no idea for the life of me why but over NY 2000, I just flat out made what I thought would be a lifetime decision to get my shizz together and get healthy (not just thin).  I am a true gadget girl and there was a 1st generation pedometer called Sportbrain (which I miss almost every day).  It challenged me to get in 10,000 EVERY SINGLE day.  It would give you a little calendar and seeing green for every day really motivated me for some unknown reason.  I got back down to what I weighed when I graduated high school.  I then joined a gym and hired a trainer and for the 1st time in my list I turned into what I would call....athletic!  I ran a few 5K's and ran the Peachtree Road Race 10K two years - once with my son who was about 9 at the time.  I was the most fit and felt better than I ever had.  I worked full time and spent virtually every evening working out.  Incredibly wearing a size 0 or 2 - my constant complaint was finding clothes that would fit.  I kept at a reasonable weight until only son left for college and left a huge hole in my heart.  I put on a little more weight in 2010 and 2011.  I took a new job in 2011 which caused me to travel nonstop...welcome another 15 lbs.  Last summer, I was let go from said new job (which hindsight was a blessing since I hated it).  I had the summer off and HATED it.  I finally found a new job that I am really REALLY enjoying.  I have all the time in the world to work out and am in the worst shape I have ever been in.  I sometimes hate to leave the house.  Being heavy prevents me from doing so much.  I guess I'd rather hide in my house, with a nice glass of wine (or 2 or 3) and watch tv.  Until - over the last few months, I just dont want to do that anymore.  I want to go places, see people and actually start living again.  I want to look in the mirror and go "Dang - Smokin Hot! I want to shop and complain about nothing fitting.  I want to be happy and have my family be proud of me and what I have accomplished.

So - here I am. I want to lose 40 lbs.  But more importantly - I want me back.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Year - New Me?

I'm new to blogging - not to reading them because I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading blogs from such amazing people - but this is my first blog post. Ta Da!

I was so excited for 2013 - 2011 and 2012 have been really challenging and I am really feeling like making some positive changes and being happier, healthier and just a better version of me.

So, mostly the blog is for me!  To be accountable, to revisit my goal of a new year and a new me.  I have a mini goal to lose 15 lbs....I have been stuck on a cycle of losing 8-9lbs then gaining absolutely every bit of it back.  Probably, of let's say...20 times.  For shizz...I eat the wrong things, drink WAY too much wine and am not at all active.

I slow rolled into 2013 with a goal to get my health, happiness and joyful spirit back in 2013....

For today - I got on the treadmill and want so much to get into a new routine.  More about me tommorow....I will try to write every day or so...