Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Opportunity dances with those who are ready on the dance floor.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Ah, isn't this quote a good way to start off the new year? It's very true. You have to be ready to do something in order to have the opportunity to do it. Weight Loss is really that way. You can have heartedly try many times, but if your not ready, if your not there and really wanting to do it, the opportunity will pass us by. So what do you say guys? Are we ready for the new year? Are we ready to lose the fat this year?

My new years has started off wonderfully. First off, I awoke to about 10 inches of new snow yesterday, and that's always fun (plus when your in the collision repair business...that means business...bad I know!). So I realized I broke my snow shovel during the last snow, and never replaced it, so alas, I needed a snow shovel. So I went out to get one, and while I was out I stopped in and got my first workout of '08 in. I figured it would be a good day to do it, because I figured tonight would be a madhouse at the gym because of the new year resolutionaries. So I got in my workout and went home shoveled a bit, snow blowed the driveway, and did some stuff around the house.

Later I had dinner at my parents, which was a major NSV. There is this meal of pork ribs and potatoes my mom makes and it is by far my most favorite meal. And I went over there, armed with my scale, weighed my dinner all out, and stayed on I avoided all the little goodies she leaves lying around. So yesterday was a great day on plan. And a great great way to start the new year off on the right foot.

Today has also been good. I've been keeping track of what I am eating on Sparkpeople as well as with weight watchers, as I want to try to balance my diet a little more. I know I was eating way to many zero point foods, especially carbs (hello my name is Kate, and I am a carb addict). So I've been doing a little better. My carbs are still on the high side, but the majority of them are coming from whole grains, fruits and veggies, and I'm not going to cut out fruits and veggies.

Also, I've started weighing everything, include my kashi cereal and what not. I realized how my portions got out of control, even using the measuring cups. I once weighed the 1/2 cup of kashi I was eating, and it came out to 2 points instead of the one I was counting....all 1/2 cups aren't created equal. I lost weight at first just using measuring cups, but I think in order to get to my goal I need to be a little more strict, so that I what I am going to do. I really want to get to my goal weight by summer, so I've got to shape up.

As far as my January Goals:

1. Try to get to the gym three times per week. That means 14 times this month. I can do it. Cardio and Fat burning are my focus.

2. Lose 5lbs. I think it's doable, I was on track to do that in December before the wagon tipped over and fell on me.

3. Use Spark to track my Carbs, Fat and Protein for the month. I don't expect to do this for every month, but I think every so often I need to have a month of it. This will be one of those.

4. In conjunction with #3, appropriately balance my macros. I have a tendency to eat very carb heavy (perhaps preventing weight loss?).

So there we have it, my goals for January 2008!

It's so nice to open up my Google Reader and see a ton of blog posts, see everyone renewed interest in their health. I love having blogs to read, and hearing about people's journeys. Makes me not feel so alone in the battle of this , seems we all go through the same ups and downs. So welcome back to so many people!

I do hate this time of year for one reason. I go to the gym, and I basically have to wait in line to get on the treadmill. Makes me ticked when I just want to get in, get out, and there is someone camped on the treadmill for 90 minutes. Plus when I'm there running my butt off, there is always someone giving me dirty looks cause they want my machine....ugh! At least it's nice to know that by mid-February my quiet little gym will return to being that way!

Alrighty, I've babbled enough, but good luck to everyone with their goals, I'm looking forward to making the journey through 2008 with each and every one of you!


Steph said...

Ohhhh - I love your saying today - I soooooooo needed to hear that!

I also "need" a chicken tortilla soup recipe??? Any hints??

Hugs to ya and thanks for being insane with me!

Kathy said...

I loved the quote too. And I was so lonely over the holidays...just searching for anyone who was blogging regularly. lol
I try to measure serving sizes and see where they come to in the bowls I normally eat from. I also decreased the size of the bowls I use for soup and cereals and use the larger ones for salads.

Anonymous said...

good job getting your first workout of the year in already, i got mine in yesterday too!

thanks for the pumpkin pie recipe, too, sounds soooo delicious! i'm also gonna try roni's apple pie oatmeal, it sounds so good too!

Tina said...

I was hee-heeing my way to your comment page when I saw the other two saying something about your quote and I had to go back and read it. I get a big fat F in retention. :)) I loved the quote but I loved more that you are a carb-o-holic LIKE ME. Yay! You also reminded me that when I was really really successful on WW and lost like 40 plus pounds, I used my scales for everything. You are great for doing that at dinner because if your mom cooks anything like my mom, lordy, lordy. Willpower OUT the window. :)) Thanks for your comment. I literally AWWW-ed out loud. I'm a big cheezhead but I look forward to getting to know you too in 2008!

Saweetie-Carleen said...

great god with the mom's house NSV...don't worry about the gym lineup- unfortunatly those people will clear out soon- and that will be smooth sailing for you!!!

Here's to a great year!

CaRoLyN said...

I know what you mean about the gym. It's crazy!! I am going to try to take more fitness classes this month until the cardio machines die down a little bit.

I think your goals are great! I think you've really pinpointed your trouble areas! (Carbs! I'm with ya)

Here's to a great 2008!

noelle said...

carb addict here, too.

So glad you had a great OP day. Your enthusiam is contagious.