Posted by Michelle Butler Jan 1 2014, 4:46 pm in eating healthy, exercise, Holidays, Michelle Butler
I had a wonderful 2013. Ten, twenty, thirty years from now, I will remember 2013 as the year I became engaged to a wonderful man one wintry day and married him on a beautiful, fall day in Florida. I might remember that it was the first year of a new job that I might still consider a good career move. I may not remember it for what is bringing me down today. On the last day of 2013, I saw the largest number on a scale I have ever seen when weighing myself.
Yes, I am not feeling very healthy or writerly on the first day of 2014. I’m feeling pretty fat. A negative voice wants to take over my head, and the fat feeling could take over everything if I let it. That’s pretty stupid. See the first three sentences of paragraph one.
But, I do need to find some motivation or energy to try once again to get healthy and fit. Getting into the healthy weight zone seems impossible right now, but I know I feel better (and look better) when I am overweight as opposed to obese. My fabulous husband and I look forward to a long, happy life together. and getting healthy and fit will make that likelier.
The DH (dear husband) is filled with a lot more determination, optimism and hope about starting a good Weight Watchers run than I am right now. I don’t want to bring him down, and I do see the need to change some ways. The new(ish) job referred to in paragraph one is still pretty stressful at times, and I need to do better stress management in 2014 than 2013. I’m contemplating trying to workout some mornings during the work week. This means getting up earlier, and that is not appealing. That said, my preference for going to fun gym classes after work did not work for me last year. I have to find a way to make sure I work out more.
The summer heat of 2013 stopped my typical walks during my lunch hour, and I need to do that more often. The DH gave me a fitbit, to replace the one I lost when I was wedding dress shopping, for Christmas, and I need to set that up. Having the fitbit show that I was pretty close to 10,000 steps for the day could inspire me to walk around at night until I made that goal.
The DH and I do eat out way too much. In addition to the added expense, I know it greatly increases our calorie intake for the day. We must be better about that this year. I’m halfway through deciding what dishes to make in my next cooking marathon. I’m going to have to come up with a Kessler rule about eating out for the next few months at least. Perhaps I should limit myself to eating out only once or twice a week.
The DH and I have agreed that we must make getting back on a health and fitness kick our priority in January. This even included the both of us making doctor’s appointments. I shouldn’t admit this, but I haven’t seen a doctor in at least 10 years, and that was in a walk-in clinic. I think my last physical was in 2000. I know I’m not the only one who can say something like that, but yes, I’m due. I know that my biggest health issue is my weight, and I just kept saying I’d go to a doctor when I conquered that. Even at my lowest less than two years ago, I kept putting it off for a skinnier day. Madness.
If anyone still comes to this blog, they might notice I haven’t posted since Labor Day. I do think this blog has helped me a lot in the past, and I want to see if it can do that again.
Here’s to a healthier 2014! 2013 was a tremendously happy year, and that is even more important than healthy. But, it is time to prioritize getting healthy again. Happy New Year!
Posted by Michelle Butler Aug 19 2013, 6:17 pm in eating healthy, exercise, Michelle Butler, Michelle Mondays, motivation
This Sunday the fabulous fiance and I were having another conversation about how we should eat better, exercise more, etc. We’ve both had some accomplishments with the latter this summer, but it is so easy to fall off the wagon especially when you throw in some work travel. So, in the midst of the chat, […]
Posted by Michelle Butler Jul 21 2013, 6:56 pm in eating healthy, exercise, food, Michelle Butler, Michelle Mondays, weight loss
I am partway through my fourth week of going to the gym regularly. The inches are flying off but the pounds aren’t. I weigh the same this week as I did last week. Now you could argue this could be because muscle weighs more than fat, but I think I’m lucky to weigh the same […]
Posted by Trish Milburn Jun 19 2013, 1:58 am in eating healthy, exercise, Inspiration Sunday, Trish Milburn, weight loss, Writing
Four years ago, I started the Healthy Writer blog to document my own journey to becoming a healthier person. Writing is a sedentary career by its very nature, so it’s easy for the pounds to creep on before we realize it if we don’t take care with what we eat and exercise regularly. I’ve been […]
Posted by Trish Milburn May 29 2013, 12:01 am in calories, eating healthy, exercise, food diary, progress, Trish Milburn, weight loss
Today is my birthday, and on many birthdays past I’ve celebrated with cake and other foods that have added to my waistline. But this year I’m celebrating with healthier foods. I think today I’ll have a yummy grilled chicken salad for lunch. And I’ll go walking, quite possibly with my husband who is able to […]
Posted by Michelle Butler May 20 2013, 1:20 am in cookbooks, cooking, eating healthy, food, Michelle Butler, Michelle Mondays, recipes
I like to try new recipes. I found a yummy, healthy, easy vegetarian (vegan?) recipe in the Cooking Light dinner’s ready! cookbook. I definitely recommend it. You will not be surprised to now I made a few changes. I made it on the stove top instead of in a slow cooker, and I served it […]
Posted by Michelle Butler May 12 2013, 9:17 pm in clothing, eating healthy, exercise, inspiration, Michelle Butler, Michelle Mondays, portion control, weight loss
I’m getting married in five months. I’m very excited about it, but sometimes I still can hardly believe it. This past Saturday, dear friends of my fabulous fiance held an engagement party for us. Many of our local friends were able to attend, and a fun time was held by all. My fiance and I […]
Posted by Michelle Butler Mar 24 2013, 9:31 pm in eating healthy, food, Holidays, Michelle Butler, Michelle Mondays
It’s the last week of Lent. One of the things Lent always gets me thinking about is meals without meat. Often during Lent, I try not to eat meat on Fridays and Ash Wednesday. Some years, I do that the whole time, some years I completely blow it off, and some years I fast on […]
Posted by Michelle Butler Mar 17 2013, 9:06 pm in cookbooks, cooking, eating healthy, Michelle Butler, Michelle Mondays, motivation, weight loss
Last Thursday one of my colleagues came into my office to tell me about this cool new app she had on her phone – My Fitness Pal. That got us stated on one of those conversations about how hard it is to get motivated to do the work we know we need to do to […]
Posted by Michelle Butler Mar 3 2013, 7:18 pm in eating healthy, exercise, Michelle Butler, Michelle Mondays, motivation, portion control, weight loss
So, I just took an unplanned, month plus sabbatical from the Healthy Writer blog. It’s been so long I can’t quite remember why I skipped my last post in January. I think it was because I wasn’t feeling particularly healthy or writerly at the time and just couldn’t force myself to post something. I may […]