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Starting Out

I've been a member here for about a month now.  From diet alone I have lost  8 pounds, so I have a ways to go.  I have done about every diet plan out there from Bob Green to Southbeach.  Excercise is always my finishing point.  Once I encorporat excercise into my routine, I don't want to do it or its hard or I burn out then I feel like a failure and give up on all of it.

Not this time.  This time I've been going through the Shape website and looking at various excercises that look like I could do without being to hard (but not too easy either) and I plan to start out only at 10-15 min a day and building on that by adding more sets and "harder" routines as I get used to it instead of jumping in head over feet.

I've never blogged before, but I hope this keeps me accountable.

I have a very stressful, very sedentary life.  I work in the healthcare field, which requires a lot of abuse.  I'm the one people talk to when they have a problem with the way they feel they are being treated or the service that a loved one has received.  Let me tell you, people do not hold back when they think their health isn't being taken seriously enough.  I've been called every name in the book, threatened and screamed at until I'm physically shaking.  It is also my job to try and resolve any issues when people don't want to pay their bills.  So I also have to make sure that a office full of 4 physicians + staff gets along well and resolve any interoffice issues and maintain all federal compliance issues (HIPAA, OSHA, etc.)

Then I come home to my amazing husband and 4 year old, whom I love with all my heart.  But some days its hard to leave work at work and I'm already frazzled and emotional when I walk in the door.

I do eat when I'm upset.  I always have.  Breaking that habit is my biggest challenge.  So far no excercise I've ever done feels as good as 1/2 a box of chocolate chip cookies at the end of a horrible day!

The past four weeks have already taught me that there are consequenses for my actions.  On bad days when I "self medicate" with junk food the scale is either up Monday morning or the same.  It doesn't go down that week.  After a really good week even though Saturday is my "cheat day", that following Monday morning I had still lost 3 pounds!

That knowledge really showed me that even though diets really don't work long term; it comes down to the basics:  you have to put in less that you put out.  This time is different!


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