Apr 21, 2012

500th Post–EAYGC Challenge and Other Miscellany

Blogger tells me this is my 500th post. I feel like I should write something auspicious or serious or interesting or inspiring or…….something other than a normal weekly update.

But as I thought about that more and more, I thought 500 is just a number and not any more special than any other number. It’s not like the posts that come after this or the 499 before this are any less important.

And then…I’m so brilliant I amaze myself sometimes Winking smile

Isn’t that just like weight loss. We work really hard to get a certain number and when we start to struggle we are so quick to dismiss all the work that went into the numbers to date. When we do reach that magic number, we seem to forget that all the days coming after are just important as the ones that went before, in many ways even more so because regaining weight is so much easier than losing.

I’ve been really focusing on one day at a time lately and trying to make sure each day is 100% effort. Notice I didn’t say 100% perfect. Every day I have to put in the 100% effort to get the results I want. You do a half assed job, you get half assed results….(see now I’m thinking but half my ass (size) is exactly what  I do want….maybe that’s not a good analogy…) Anyway you get my point.

Every day is important. Every day has to count.

So on that note, my weigh in this week was 197.4 which means I’ve basically been maintaining for the last 4 weeks.

I am pretty sure I need to lower my carb intake back to under 50 to see any more movement on the scale. The difficulty I have is that I just don’t like meat, never have and probably never will. I don’t like the texture of any meat. I can manage to eat 3-4 meat meals a week because I’ve forced myself to do so for so many years, but any more than that I honestly feel like I’m going to gag and I feel like it’s lead sitting in my stomach.  Somehow I have to move past that. I don’t know how yet.

My calories are around 1200-1300 a day and I drink about 120 oz of water a day plus other fluids. I exercise for at least 30 minutes, 6 days a week. So..I need to change some stuff up.

In other news, I’m having some car issues and although I had a short term plan to get rid of my car to save expenses for about year, I hadn’t planned to get rid of it TODAY and am not really prepared for managing without it right now, so I’m in a quandary. Fix it and keep it for a while longer or write it off and put my future plan into the present tense and deal with it?

As of right now, it is not drivable so I need to come up with a plan pretty quick.

Mostly I want thank you all for giving me the inspiration and motivation for sticking it out for 500 posts. My very first follower was Rachael at Scientific Nature of the Whammy. For a very, very long time, she was the only one that commented and cheered me on and I have to say Thank You because without her I don’t think I would have continued. Along the way, 500 posts and over three years later, I have come to appreciate you all and get to know some of you as more than anonymous faces on my screen. This is the best part of blogging!

Our run Friday night was good. Not “wings on my feet” amazing, but good. It was very challenging and we did 4 sets of 6/1 for the first time, we did a longer loop of a route we’ve done before and the new part of the route was uphill so it definitely worked some muscles.



  1. Insightful post:) 500! Wow. Congratulations!!!! I heard through the grapevine (or on FB, to be less dramatic) that there is a vegetarian version of the diet I'm on. Apparently you have to ask the receptionist for it. The next time I go to Peterborough, I'll stop by Pickering to see if I can snag a copy for you. The car issue SUCKS! Maintaining or losing, your still doing awesome:)

  2. Happy 500 posts to you! Wow! Just excellent!

    If you don't like meat, don't eat it! Many of us rarely/never eat meat anymore. I eat meat about 3 times per month. You can get protein from other sources. I make vegetarian chili with my absolutely favorite combo of seasonings nearly every week, and eat a bowl each day for the next 5 days. I eat boiled eggs with the yolks popped out. Milk and yogurt are protein sources. You do not have to eat meat--and it really isn't good for your arteries either.

    And, you can still be very strong without the meat. I'm a weightlifter so I know. :D

    :-) Marion

  3. Happy 500 posts ! Sometimes the journey- any journey- feels like an endless, mindless, one foot in front of another kind of thing and we begin to think it is just one shade of gray on top another. Hope you can resolve the car situation-nothing can cramp our style quite like having those very counted on things go out. It kind of makes us appreciate their shades of grey - when they work , we depend on them and kind of take them for granted !

  4. Happy 500!

    Your half assed paragraph made me laugh so hard... I think that way a lot. But yeah. It's what I needed to hear this week. I need 100% effort this week. I do. I do. Thanks!

  5. You'll have half your ass in no time ;)

    I like your attitude. 100% effort and not 100% perfect.

    You're totally right about the numbers. Everything we do matters more than the numbers. Which is not to say we should completely lose sight of them but they are only one small part of this journey.

    Happy 500th post! Congratulations.

  6. Happy Anniversary on the 500th post!~

  7. WOW, 500 posts, you have stuck to this for a long time, Happy Anniversary! I hope this week is a great one for you!

  8. Congratulations on 500 posts! Woohoooo! Love that you get the part about not being stuck on the numbers.

    Right now, the only number I am stuck on is my carb number, not my weight, not how much I lost, not how much I want to lose by when...and I love it!

    I think you know how I feel about meat...it makes up the majority of my diet, but of course, it is not for everyone.

    Do you enjoy protein shakes? I have one for breakfast most weekdays and one for dinner on Friday nights after yoga. Lots of protein, and very low in carbs. The shake I make is 4 carbs...I use coconut milk which is very low carb.

  9. 500 posts - congrats!

    Good luck finding a way to reduce your carbs without eating more meat - I knwo I too do better when I eat fewer carbs, but I often replace them with meat because I like it. I don't know what I'd do if I were in your shoes! Hope you find a solution.

  10. Happy 500!! I know what you mean about the support - blogging is good for getting our feelings out there and letting us be a little creative about the dieting, but it helps soooo much to know that there are people supporting you too!

  11. Keep it going...blogging can be a great outlet. I know that it is useful for me!

    Just a blip today, another blip will be here before you know it.


  12. Happy 500th post! Hopefully your car issues got sorted out. :)

  13. Here's to another 500!

    "Every day is important. Every day has to count. "
    This is the truth, and I try so hard to live by it!

  14. wow 500 :0) definitely a commitment to be proud of. You're a real gem Enz... thank goodness you've stuck around for this long because now often times its you that inspire us to stick around! ♥

  15. Hey Hunnie,

    Just to let you know I am running a competition to win a copy of Jillian Michaels new "Kickbox Fast Fix" over on my blog at: http://becciweightloss.blogspot.co.uk/p/competition.html if you could please let your readers know about it that would be great! Thank you :) Becci xx