This is my 100th post! How time flew:)
There seems to be a blogging tradition of listing 100 things about yourself on this occasion. I cannot imagine coming up with that many things to share that anyone would find remotely interesting. But I would love to know more about YOU! So here is the game if you want to play along: I will share 100 things and if you want, you can share anything about yourself that fits into one of the categories. Or all the categories. Or anything else you’d like to add. So here goes…
10 things I have changed since beginning my last-ever-diet-healthy-lifestyle-makeover:
- Eating homemade “refried” beans (almost) every day for breakfast.
- Avoiding grains and fruits until late in the day.
- Drinking lots and lots and lots of flavored tea.
- Increasing my exercise (which, before my shoulder injury, included more time doing cardio and the addition of yoga and pilates).
- Incorporating more vegetables in my diet and discovering I really, really like Green Bean Fries.
- Limiting activities that trigger eating: TV watching and reading.
- Joined the world’s greatest online diet forum and visit often for motivation and support and friendship:)
- Cut out junk food and refined grains; snack a whole lot less.
- Pre-planned most of my meals.
- Committed to the idea that this is not a diet that ends, but a lifestyle change that lasts forever.
10 things I love about blogging:
- My readers!
- All the other great blogs I have discovered.
- The amazing support and sense of community.
- My new blogging friends who make me smile and inspire me.
- The creative outlet and catharsis.
- That it provides a great distraction from eating.
- The motivation and accountability I have found.
- That every day I am reminded that I am not alone on this journey and that even though our stories are different, we have so much in common.
- That I can be more optimistic in print than I ever would be in my non-blogging persona.
10 things about my life you might find interesting to know:
- My husband and I have been married for 22 years and met in grad school.
- Neither of us works outside the house.
- I have two sons (20 and a college sophomore; 17 and a high school junior).
- I consider being their mom to be my greatest accomplishment.
- I live in Kansas. (I have never met Dorothy or personally experienced a tornado but I have sat out a warning in my basement.)
- I grew up outside Boston and attended college on the East Coast.
- I am 5 foot 2.5 inches tall; I have shrunk a quarter inch already.
- I am 46 years old (for just over another month).
- I am a morning person. I won’t admit to how early I go to bed:)
- I used to work in Human Resources, a lifetime ago.
10 things about my life you probably don’t care to know but I will tell you anyways:
- I am a natural redhead (although now nature is getting some assistance from a bottle) with lots of freckles to go with it.
- I can touch my tongue to my nose but not my palms to the floor.
- I am over organized, an uber-planner, and a bit of a control freak.
- I cannot stand clutter but live with 3 men who are the opposite.
- I hate camping. (Sorry hubby.)
- I was in a sorority in college despite being very unlike your stereotypical sorority girl.
- I am a bit of a germophobe.
- I have had three skin cancer surgeries and will preach to you about sunscreen some day soon.
- I am the poster child for health care reform since no company wants to give me medical insurance. Thank goodness for my state’s “high risk pool.”
- My dream house has a screened-in porch and overlooks water.
10 things I like to do in my spare time:
- Spend it in the blogosphere.
- Read a good novel.
- Ride my bike outside with my husband.
- Jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles but nothing too mentally challenging.
- Spend time with my boys if they’ll have me.
- Exercise. Well, I don’t really enjoy it while I am doing it, but I love that I DID it. So I think it counts.
- Watch my favorite TV shows.
- Catch up with friends and family on facebook.
10 facts about me and exercise:
- I never exercised growing up.
- I am uncoordinated.
- I don’t like kickboxing or tai chi.
- I tore my calf muscle, twice.
- I usually exercise every day.
- I am more motivated to work out with someone else.
- Many of my favorite exercise experiences have been shared with my mom. More on this another day.
- I used to love step aerobics but quit after the high impact caused damage to my feet.
- I really only started working out after being diagnosed with high cholesterol and think exercise has directly raised my HDL (good cholesterol).
- Much as I like that I exercise, most days it is a motivational challenge to get started.
10 things I wish:
- To win the lottery.
- That my blog had no glitches.
- That I could eat anything I wanted without gaining weight. And that I only “wanted” healthy food.
- Health and happiness for my family and friends.
- That my shoulder would heal quickly and fully.
- To not sweat the small stuff.
- That I was more patient and tolerant and laid-back.
- To travel to every continent.
- To go to bed every night with no regrets and wake up every day looking forward to what comes.
- To go to the Oprah show.
10 other things:
- I am not a good cook and I don’t like to cook. I could happily never cook.
- I love dark chocolate covered strawberries and apple pie a la mode.
- My memory is getting worse and it drives me crazy.
- Canyon Ranch spa is one of my favorite places on earth. Some time I will tell you about it.
- I never wear shoes around the house.
- I like quiet. I don’t even listen to the radio in the car if I am alone.
- I am shy.
- I like purple and dislike pink, orange, burgundy…
- Sometimes something very funny will make me snort when I laugh.
- Murphy’s Law is alive and well and taken up residence with me.
10 things I’ve gained on this journey thanks to my new and improved lifestyle:
- I am happier.
- I like myself more.
- I wake up in the morning ready for another day rather than feeling guilt over what I ate the day before or dread over facing the scale.
- I don’t nap as much as I used to or feel tired all the time. I guess that means I have more energy:)
- I feel physically fitter and stronger (shoulder injury aside)
- I discovered that exercise really does help with my stress.
- I am thinner. It sounds basic, but there it is.
- I am eating healthier and not eating things that are not healthy and I am sure my body is appreciative.
- That some days I cruise along and some days I still struggle, but that through it all I really think I can do this.
10 things I need to work on:
- Incorporating moderation into my way of eating. And understanding what that will mean for me long-term.
- Eating fewer Triscuits. Or no Triscuits.
- Chewing less gum.
- Working out harder and longer. Pushing myself.
- Getting in my full South Beach 4.5 cups of veggies every day.
- Drinking more water.
- Being able to watch TV and read without wanting to snack. Or at least without giving in to the urge. Or even the whole concept of not wanting to snack when I am not actually physically hungry. Hmm.
- Measuring my peanut butter.
- Being comfortable in my own skin.
- Not letting the number on the scale impact my mood.