Lessons from the Sidewalk

I’ve officially lost my mind.

You may have thought it’d already been lost, but now it’s official.

I signed up for Couch-to-5k yesterday.

I’ll give you a minute to stop laughing.



Now, I’ve never run IN MY LIFE. They tried to make me in PE and stuff when I was in school, but I always weaseled out of it. I could make it about halfway around the track and when I got to the other side, I would make running motions but really, I was walking.

If you’ve paid attention, you’ll know I’ve been seeing a rheumatologist for the last 6 months or so. My joints swell and hurt and in general, give me fits. I’m on some good medicine that helps with that but even just pretending I was going to start doing something that had any impact is startling to me.

I woke up yesterday and for some reason, I just signed up. Then I realized it was National Running Day so I’m pretending I knew that and was celebrating.

I downloaded the app and all that jazz. Talked to some folks who’ve done it and got some tips to be successful.

Henry went with me on Day 1. Really it’s day -2 because I’m starting Week 1 Day 1 on Monday. I figured I would do half of W1D1 twice before I started for real. I like to practice and all before I start something.


I learned a few lessons today and thought I would share them with you.

  1. I’m out of shape. This should come as a surprise to no one. I’ve gained weight and haven’t exercised in forever. It’s not a secret. Really, just saying “I’m out of shape” is a gross misinterpretation of the real facts. I’m COMPLETELY AND FRIGHTENINGLY out of shape. But whatever. That ends today.
  2. People are not kidding when they say “get shoes that have been fitted for you.” Why? Because sneakers that are 7 years old are crap. End of story. I’m going to get new ones (fitted for me) today.
  3. My toe is definitely broken. But I don’t care. I mean, what are they going to do for it? Nothing. So I’m not going in to see anybody. It’s no big deal. That’s what Advil was made for, right?
  4. Kids are born in shape. Seriously. I’ve realized that just like kids don’t know when it’s super hot or super cold, they’re also born in shape. Henry ran circles around me (literally) and didn’t even break a sweat. I was like, “Henry, I think I’m dying I have to walk for a minute” and he’s like “Hold my hand, I have super powers that will make you be able to jog.” Nope, son, you don’t. So people, keep your kids active. They’re born in shape and if they get used to jogging or something, maybe they’ll never stop doing it.
  5. Walking a mile (one way) to find Jim Cantore in 50mph winds on sand is waaaaaaay easier than walking/jogging on the sidewalk for 1.67 miles. I think the moral of this story is that Jim Cantore should always be at the end of my run so I can have something to look forward to.
  6. And last but not least, Starbucks tastes freaking AMAZING as a reward at the end of the walk/jog. Don’t worry, it was a non-fat chai so it’s all good. And we had to walk a half a mile home, so there’s that. I totally worked it all off anyway!

So the good news is that I’m still alive. I’m excited about starting this and have only set one real goal.

I want to be able to take a nice jog in Central Park when I’m in New York for BlogHer. That’s it. I don’t foresee any marathons or half marathons, but who knows? I do know to never say never.


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SOC Sunday: Quick Observation in NYC

SOC Sunday: Quick Observation in NYC

I’ve fallen off the SOC Sunday bandwagon for a few weeks… glad to be back with it! Here go my 5 minutes of unedited, raw writing.

I just spent 3 days in New York City. My favorite city in the world. I took my niece and we beat the town to death. By “the town”, I mean my joints.

I’ve put on 20ish pounds this year. I wrote about that a few weeks ago and about my weight loss goals. I’m proud to say I was down 10 when I left for NYC on Tuesday.

It’s very obvious, though, when you’re walking in NYC that there are very few overweight people there. I commented in my head about it as I have many times before but it was even more apparent this time for some reason. Maybe because I’m fighting my own battle with weight. I don’t know.

The abundance of fresh foods in the delis and corner stores is great. People grab fruit bowls on the go and the beverage section in stores is largely waters and fruit juices instead of carbonated beverages. It’s in interesting observation.

And the walking. So much walking and going up and down stairs in subway stations. A trip to the corner is exercise. A trip down the subway stairs is exercise. We know that in one day we walked at least 5 miles of the city. There is no sedentary lifestyle in The City.

For three days, I semi-abandoned the diet plan I’m on. I tried to choose smart foods when I was just grabbing something, but there were things that I was going to eat no matter how many millions of calories they contain. Like this Nutella and Banana French Toast.

I came home two more pounds lighter. I’m hoping that it kick started my body again and when I hit my plan back hard on Monday I’ll be moving down the scale even more!

Reckon I should ask for some new pants for Christmas since mine are falling off now!


This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes only.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post (on Fadra’s sidebar)
  • Link up your post on her SOC Sunday post.
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.


ps: If you want to know more about the plan I’m on, contact Bonnie at Simple Health and Nutrition at bonniefaske@att.net or via her Facebook Page.

Goals and Accountability

Goals and Accountability

I told y’all last week about the fact that my body has reached its tipping point and it’s time to do something about it. My friend Bonnie has worked up the most amazing meal plan that I’ve been following for a full week now. I haven’t even started the exercises she gave me yet (I know, whoops) and here’s what I’ve got:

Four Pounds Gone

Yup. You read that right. Four pounds gone in one week.

A lot of you will say, “oh, it’s just water weight” but no, it’s not. Well, I don’t think it is. A lot of people will drop 5 pounds just by replacing the dozen Cokes they have a day with water. I have been drinking at least 70-80oz of water a day for years. So there wasn’t that to lose. It’s real weight.

The changes were seemingly small, planning WHAT I eat at particular times of the day but not cutting out any category completely. Unless you count that little sliver on the food pyramid that’s the Snickers category. That’s been cut out, unfortunately.

So right here. Right now. Now that I know it’s working and will continue to work, I’m going to lay out a few goals.

*deep breath*

By December 6 when I go to NYC with my niece — 15 pounds (4 are gone already)

By January 15, knowing that the holidays will be harder for me –another 10 pounds

So yes, I have a 25 pound goal by January 15. Insane? Maybe. Attainable? Sure. If I really put my mind to it, which I plan to! If If I don’t reach them by those dates, it won’t be the end of the world. I’m doing something to change my body and the way I feel in my own skin.

In other news, I saw my doctor and have a referral to a rheumatologist. I’m not terribly excited about this, but I knew this was where I was heading. The swelling and pain in my ankles, knees, wrists, hands and elbows is really getting to me. It shouldn’t hurt to walk up and down your stairs at 35. I shouldn’t KNOW that my body isn’t doing what it should.

I didn’t show y’all the picture of my feet the other day, but I’ll share it here today. This is the difference between the swollen feet/ankles and not swollen feet/ankles. Enjoy! (don’t I have pretty feet in the not swollen picture? they’re my favorite feature.)

Anyway, there’s your update. I’m not turning this into a weight loss blog by any means, but by posting it here, I do have accountability. I NEED that accountability to succeed.

I’d also love prayers that the rheumatologists finds a reason for all of this. I’m ok with whatever is causing it, I just want to know.

Happy Saturday, y’all! I’m going to throw my feet up and watch Vandy try to beat Florida for the first time since WW2 and watch LSU beat Bama!

**For more information about Simple Nutrition and Health, see Bonnie’s Facebook page or contact her at bonniefaske@att.net. Tell her I sent you!

My Tipping Point

My Tipping Point

My body has decided that at the ripe old age of 35.9 (so close to 36) it’s going to desert me. It’s going to just up and quit and start acting like it hates me. Right now I weigh more than I ever have. It’s not fun. And it’s not pretty. And I’m not happy in my own skin.

I know it’s not completely to blame for the extra 25lbs I’ve got on me or the fact that my only real exercise is walking Henry to school, but it IS to blame for the insane swelling and joint pain. And for the random rashes on my lower legs. Oh, and the fact that my hormones are way out of whack. Yeah, Body, I’m talking to you.

Body, I’m putting you in your place.

Monday I see my doctor to try to figure out why I’m swelling like a puffer fish. Something is going on in my body and I’m determined to get to the bottom of it. My feet and hands and elbows and knees shouldn’t be as swollen as they are. And no, they’re not just fat. I can feel the difference.

I’m tackling the fat, too. All those extra rolls around the middle — UGH.

Starting today, my sweet friend Bonnie at Simple Nutrition and Health is putting me back on track to take my Body back. I’ll be very open and honest, though. My real plan won’t start hard core until Monday. (Tomorrow is Henry’s birthday party and all weekend we have Halloween stuff, so I’m out for one last – in moderation – hoorah!)

Anyway, Bonnie’s whipped me up a meal plan based on my body, what it’s doing, what it’s NOT doing, how I feel and what my end goals are. I have a simple, but powerful, workout plan that I can do at home without spending a fortune on a gym.

Her approach is great. From her website:

We want to make eating right as simple as can be, so you can enjoy your life without it revolving around your diet.

Simple Nutrition and Health’s entire purpose is to give you the knowledge and tools to be the healthiest, happiest you can be. Whether it’s taking control of your health or providing the best nutrition possible for your family, we want to help you!

I saw the words “simple” and “happiest” and that’s what sold me.

She can do this all via Skype, email and chat and is a dream to work with. I’ll be updating y’all on my progress. Monday will be my kickoff day, complete with a picture and all that!

Stay tuned!

ps: Go follow Bonnie at Simple Nutrition and Health on Facebook! She gives out great recipes. Also, contact her if you’re interested in her services. Her rates are great and the support is even better!

Disclaimer: All opinions here are mine, however, Bonnie is providing me with her services in exchange for my posting my results and generally pimping her business out! 

Challenge: #15byTypeA


Yup. I agreed to a challenge! I’ve officially lost my mind…


You’re probably wondering what Type A means.

Well, I made a decision back in the summer to make this blog “go” meaning I was going to give it, and my writing, my all. I’m successfully doing that. I’m writing consistently. People seem to like it. I’m doing some freelance writing (would love to do more) and really making things happen that I want.

I’ve said it before, but I feel like my blogger and Twitter friends are really and truly my, uh, FRIENDS. I would love nothing more than to meet them all in real life. But, alas, that’s not really possible!

But it is possible to meet some of them. I decided to treat myself to a conference. I’m driving to Asheville, NC in June for  Type A Conference. I’m beside myself with excitement. So excited, I even sprung for my own hotel room. Alone for FOUR NIGHTS! (take a minute to vent your jealousy)

I’ll get to go and represent myself and Band Back Together and make connections I wouldn’t be able to make from the comfort of my own sofa. But. That means I’ll have to get out of my yoga pants and t-shirt and look like a normal member of society.

And honestly, I’m not comfortable in my own skin right now, let alone my clothes.

I’ve got lots of hormone issues going on at the moment… thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, blah blah blah. They’re all being worked on to even them out, but in the meantime, I’m a swollen, puffy, *moody* mess. I’m so swollen, I had somebody ask me the other day if I was taking oral steroids for something. It looks like I’ve been on them for months. But I haven’t.

Those issues provide a valid excuse for part of the weight, but the other is just extra weight. And it must be removed.

Yesterday, some girls were chatting on Twitter about losing X amount of weight by Type A. I joined in. We chatted more. More people joined in. And here we are.

We have ourselves a challenge.

We’re going to empower and encourage each other along a road to losing (ideally) 15-20 pounds by the conference.

I’m not exactly sure what my plan of attack is but it may have to involve a surgeon to remove a limb or two personal trainer or something.

So whether you’re going to Type A or not, if you want to join us, please do. If you’re on Twitter, the hashtag is #15byTypeA and you can follow there. Or if you’re on myfitnesspal.com, add me as a friend — jana0926.

Good luck and YIKES!

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