June 14, 2017

WOW: Walk Off Weight

Let’s talk about weight.  Mine, not yours.  After having three babies I’m struggling with shedding the baby weight.  I’m laughing to myself as I write this. Let me be honest.  My weight has been something I’ve battled since I was very young.

Years of negative comments have affected my confidence and I’ve never felt good enough to be thin.  I always assumed that it was my lot in life to be heavy. I could blame heredity, genetics.  I could blame my PCOS diagnosis.  I could also blame the fact that I like food.  Love it, really. There are many factors that have contributed to my weight issues.  The truth is I’ve never really addressed them and it’s something I’ve resolved to work on this year.

I have yo-yo dieted for decades. I’ve had good intentions, New Year’s resolutions, and months of healthy habits followed by binges.  I’ve tried Atkins, South Beach, Clean Eating, Paleo, Whole 30, Weight Watchers, detoxes, the 400 Calorie Diet, and others.  Nothing has really stuck because my commitment has wavered.  Sometimes, I even looked for reasons to fail.  That little voice in my head is evil. She tells me I’m weak, to just quit, it’s too hard, I’ll never succeed.  I finally told her to shut the hell up.

In the last few weeks I’ve been walking almost daily.  I’ve given up most of the delicious but unhealthy foods I’ve loved.  I still have the occasional soda when I’m battling PMS, but I’ve learned that complete deprivation will cause me to fail miserably.

While I’d love to get back into running (which is how I lost most of the weight from pregnancy #2), I’m not quite ready. Walking has been great in reducing stress and boosting my mood.  I go in the evening, after dinner, when the summer sun isn’t so hot.  I know the experts say not to exercise before bedtime, but it actually helps center me and makes me tired.  I sleep so much better when I walk, shower and go to bed.

The kids have been tagging along, too. I have had wonderful conversations with my oldest about school and his plans for summer. My middle son loves to ask questions the entire walk and I love how inquisitive he is.  The youngest sits quietly in his stroller, occasionally pointing out trees, the moon and scurrying animals he sees.  I love these moments.

I’ve also been reading this book to really step things up. Walk Off Weight, also known as the WOW Plan has really opened my eyes to the benefits of a walking program.  My friend and former personal trainer has always said slow and steady is the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off. I like that walking gives me the results I’m seeking.  I’ve lost 7 pounds in two weeks, and I’ve upped my water intake, too. The biggest change is how much better I feel.  My clothes are fitting better, I’m not as insecure about how I look and I feel more confident.

Over the next six weeks of the WOW plan, I’m also going to work on getting to the gym for some strength training. Cardio is not enough to burn fat.  I love walking because I can do it anywhere, but I know I need to add some weights to my program.  Getting to the gym is going to be a challenge for me.  There’s never enough time in the day it seems.

What are your tips and tricks to shed the pounds?

Posted by Dana 8:56 AMHealth and WellnessNo comments  

June 13, 2017

The Dana Files 2.0: Back to Basics

This blog needs an overhaul.  It came to my attention when my oldest son “discovered” my blog.  He’s known about it for awhile but never actually read any posts.  I haven’t shared the link with him either.  He just graduated sixth grade and his friends have entered the Google age.  They Google everything.  My 12-year-old came home upset because they Googled his name and found embarrassing posts about how much his mother loves him, my nickname for him, and more.

I felt sad that he was upset because I never intended to cause him embarrassment.  The decision was made to make all previous posts private until I have the time to go through them and remove names and other identifying information. However, my name is still public and anyone with basic investigation skills can probably figure out who I’m writing about. I have decided to start from scratch with this little blog.

Blogging is a creative outlet for me, a way to share my thoughts and feelings, and to dissect much of what I read about politics and news.  I like to think that I’ve been doing this long enough to know what makes for a good blog, but over the last eleven years, I’ve lost my focus.  This has a lot to do with being a mother of three, working full time and not having spare time to write.  I’ve been keeping a diary of more personal details, written by hand, and it’s very cathartic. There are many facets of my life and I hope to document what I’m experiencing.

So, here’s to reinvention!

Posted by Dana 10:54 AMBloggingNo comments  

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