Friday, January 2, 2009

re-dedication 2009

When I first started this blog, I had a couple of months under my belt of Health Quest 2007. In the preceding months, my father had died of diabetes complications, I'd discovered Michael Pollan and Heidi Swanson, and I was afire with dedicating myself to get my health and weight under control. And, I did really, really well for six or seven months, and then I started gradually adding back in sweets and processed foods until I'd gained back all I'd lost (plus four extra pounds), and found myself in the doctor's office with a mysterious rash that was explained as a pre-Diabetes warning sign. And, then a few days later I saw a picture of myself, looking not unlike Jabba the Hutt, shoving a forkful of food into my mouth. Yuck.

So, this is my re-dedication to Health Quest 2009. I'm going to start blogging more regularly because it helps to have to be accountable. And, I'm starting fresh. Making sure I am drinking my 8 cups of water (at least). Cutting out all the processed crap that eked back into my diet over the past year and a half. Keeping an eye on my nutritional intake. Exercising.

And, all the while trying not to get so obsessive with it that I give it all up when I have one misstep.

I fired up my old www.sparkpeople.com account to track my food and exercise. I like data. It helps me stay focused. And, it's a free site. If you're trying to lose weight and get healthy, you should check it out. It works much like a Weight Watchers-style plan.

If anyone has some supportive words of encouragement, a personal story, or any such thing, please post it in the comments!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving, Xmas/Chanukah/Kwanza and New Year!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm right with you. Getting there is easier than staying there. It's definitely a "head" thing.

Big fan of yours.

Sue said...

Ehrrin,

Welcome back. I've missed reading your blog. And thanks for the link suggestion. I was tagged on a Facebook photo eating a muffin and it was not a delicious moment. I hope the pre-Diabetes warning is just that.

Thanks for passing along info about the rally, too.

Courtney said...

I look forward to reading about your journey! My goal for the year is to synthesize all I know about healthy eating, exercise, smoking cessation, etc and bring it together for the happiest and healthiest year yet.

Erika said...

I found recording any/all exercise feats on the fridge calendar surprisingly helpful when I vowed to get in shape. Best of luck to you, E. -Erika

Jessica said...

Hi Ehrrin,

I too have decided to start a new style of living after seeing way too many pictures of myself and saying "eek!". I am following the Weight Watchers type of plan and I think that this one will work. I wish you well on your journey. I enjoy looking at your blog because it is very encouraging! Keep on keep on woman!