Alyssa Got Her Groove Back

Heeeey! *Dusts off a few spider webs, then sits down next to you*

How’s it going? I know I’ve been gone for awhile, but I’m back! I’ve been super busy the past few weeks traveling around the country for work, helping kick cancer’s butt with the 3-Day. I’m lucky that I find the work I do immensely fulfilling, and I spent many long weekends hearing and telling people’s stories. Love, love, love it!

Being on the road when you’re in a perpetual state of trying to lose weight can be challenging. In addition to working long hours, there’s the fact that you have a per diem, and sometimes, the only food around you in the area in which you’re traveling is fast food like Popeyes. (And I’m not going to lie – I do find a buttery Popeyes biscuit quite delicious.) While I was in Michigan and Minnesota for work, I tried to just tell myself that I could make an unhealthy decision if there didn’t seem to be any other options, but that I needed to make up for it with exercise. And exercise, I did! My job while out on the road is very active: as I’m documenting people doing the 60-mile walk, I also get a fair amount of walking in. At one point, I walked 11.25 miles in one day! I tried to stay away from too many of the delicious snacky items like potato chips, and tried to nom on fruit whenever possible.

Happily, my efforts weren’t in vain, because when I got back from my last trip, I had an endocrinology appointment to see how everything was going. I hadn’t weighed since a month prior, and I’m happy to report I’m down another six pounds! This is roughly 22 – 25 pounds since the beginning of this year, and while it’s slow progress (sometimes only two pounds lost per month), this is PROGRESS. As I’ve written about before, weight loss is challenging as is, and then add a double dose of PCOS and thryoid crap, and you’ve got a perfect storm for frustration after lots of good effort. However, I’ll take it. I feel like I’m finally in a groove again with weight loss, realizing that if something doesn’t taste worth it, I don’t need to eat it, AND, that if I stick to my PCOS medication regularly, that will help keep me on track. I sometimes avoid it because it makes me nauseous, but I’m starting to see that it’s an important ally for me in the weight loss war.

I’ll be taking some new progress pictures hopefully sometime this week, but when the nurse at the doc’s office told me my weight, I had a sudden burst of victorious glee. I know that I still have a long, long, long way to go, but every day and every choice that I make can help put me just one tiny step closer to the person and place I want to be 🙂


Wednesday Updates – Food, DietBet and Ch-ch-ch-chaaaaanges

Happy Wednesday, readers! I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Today I have a couple updates for you that will influence a lot of what you read the next few weeks- lots of exciting things are happening!

Diet to Go Waldorf Chicken Salad with yummy crunchy chickpea sncks and cucumber slices!

Diet to Go Waldorf Chicken Salad with yummy crunchy chickpea sncks and cucumber slices!

1) I am now a Diet to Go member! My meals are being provided in exchange for review, and I’m truly excited to give this yummy plan a try. I’ve often wondered about Pre-portioned meal plans, but was too scared to take that step. You all know I love to cook, so at first I was like “eeek! I won’t be able to cook!”, but I’m doing Diet to Go five days a week and plan on cooking healthy meals on the weekends. I’m really excited to see how diet to go works out for me. My first meal was a Waldorf chicken salad- with juicy chunks of chicken breast, real cherries and fruit in it- a can of v8, and some yummy crunchy chickpea snacks. It was important to me that the food I eat be as wholesome as possible, and so far I’ve been impressed with all of the meals I’ve seen. There’s no scary chemicals in the ingredients list, no freezedried blobs, and lots of fresh fruits and veggies. No frankenfood here! So that’s what’s happening with my food – stay tuned here for weekly updates.

I'm losing 4% of my weight and contributing my DietBet winnings to No Hungry Kid.

I’m losing 4% of my weight and contributing my DietBet winnings to No Hungry Kid.

2) I’ve joined kjpugs DietBet! Have you heard of DietBet? It’s a social dieting website where each person contributes to a pot, and those who lose 4% of their total weight in a month score a portion of the pot! I’m going to be hardcore about this for the month, because I’m playing for charity! My winnings will go to No Hungry Kid. The starting period is over for this DietBet, but April and I would like to host a DietBet in February, so stay tuned for our weekly updates here!

3) I am absolutely thrilled with the opportunitScreen Shot 2013-01-09 at 8.34.38 AMies that my Double Chin Diary has provided me, and this year, I’m taking it to the next level! You’ll start noticing some changes in the design and layout of this blog over the next few months- but don’t worry, it’s all for a better reading experience 🙂 Soon, I’ll be conducting a survey about this blog and would love for you to chime in about what you’d like to see (other than me losing the weight- that’s a given this year!).

So there are my updates! After an amazing vacation with a few eye-opening experiences, I am more motivated than ever to lose weight and get healthy. I only have one life to live, and the time is now- not tomorrow, not next year, not in an hour. It’s NOW. I hope you have a wonderful and productive day.

PS – Don’t forget to enter the Chike Protein Powder giveaway! This stuff is way yummy and the perfect way to amp up your weight loss and fitness efforts this new year!