Monday, January 5, 2009

A good start on some new habits

Finally, the holidays are behind me and I can get back to my routine...even though it's going to be nothing like my old routine! I only put on 3 pounds over the holidays which is less than I was expecting but at this weight 3 pounds doesn't matter much. I can probably lose that this week. Other than my boss being a complete jackass, I'm off to a good start.

I got up at 6 this morning and did 30 minutes on the elliptical, had a scrambled egg, a piece of Canadian bacon and a V8. 2 things I never do in the morning. Workout and eat breakfast. I did both and I'm very proud of myself.

I packed a good lunch for both of us and dinner, which is mini turkey meatloaf muffins, is ready to go in the oven. I found a great recipe in Eating Well that uses whole wheat couscous instead of breadcrumbs and it sounds delicious.

My plan going forward really consists of 2 parts.

Being prepared. Planning and prepping meals on Sunday for the whole week.
*Note to self: this includes work travel days and the weekends which are indeed part of the

New Habits. I'm planning on it taking me about a month to make getting up early and exercising a habit. I've also been working on a "do something else" strategy when I'm having weak moments. I just have to distract myself by reading a book or doing my toes or something other than snacking and watching TV.

My husband was really quiet and sad on Saturday night and I asked him what was wrong. He said his friend had just posted some pictures on the website from a party we were at earlier in the day and that they were very unflattering pictures of both of us. I didn't even want to look. I blame myself for the both of us gaining so much weight and I have the power to change that.

I feel like I have a different attitude now. If I don't do this this year I never will. If WE don't do this now, one of us will be dead before we're 50. The new year has once again reminded me of how quickly time passes and we haven't gotten any younger in the mean time.

I hope everyone is off to a great start in 2009!


  1. go YOU on the amazing start to your day today.
    the clean food the workout the attitude.

    blame schmame.

    I hear what you are saying (and know *I* would feel horrible were it my husband who were sad) but agree with where you ended up.

    focus ahead.

    it's a new year.

  2. Totally love your goals!
    Being prepared is something that I find myself having to ensure too!

    Here is to a wonderful year! Cheers!

  3. Good for you. The new habits will pay off big time.

  4. Hi Tina, welcome back and happy New Year!!!

    Urgh photos ... we can all identify, keep focused and with the planning you are doing now the 2009 Holiday season will look way different for you and hubby :)

  5. So I just found your blog this morning and I have read from the beginning up to this point and I wanted to are in inspiration. You have your ups & downs, but you remain positive and keep plugging forward. I think that is amazing. Please keep blogging. I'll catch up to your current posts and I love to leave comments so look for my posts.

    My husband who will be turning 40 in October this year had a minor heart attack at the end of April '09. That was the motivation he and I both needed to get our behinds in gear. I won't say how much I weigh, as I'm ashamed to admit, but I will say that after a couple of doctor's visits to get things headed in the right direction my husband has lost 32 lbs and over 12 inches and I have lost 35 lbs and 18 inches.

    Also, your blog has given me the idea to chart my losses/gains (hopefully not too may/any of those) on my blog. I started one at the beginning of the year and it's sporatic because I'm never quite sure what to write. So, I think I may take a page from your book and jot some of my thoughts during this adventure.

    Thanks for blogging!
    Yes, my nickname is Headshot Heather, real name is Heather...husband and I are HUGE zombie fans. LOL