Sunday, April 18, 2010

week 8, 32 more to go!

Two months! two months! we've been doing this for ...two months! 8 weeks, 56 days, 1344 hours! (yes, the math gene goober rears its head!)

Two years ago, I failed miserably at a panel interview for a Reading Teacher position.  I decided this year I would go ahead and put myself through the panel interview again.  One of the reasons I decided to try again is I didn't want to look back 5-10 years down the road and wish I had given it another shot.  I hate the "what if" game.  So, I have my interview set up for next Tuesday, the 20th.  Gulp!  I have my 3x5 cards with the buzz words that stand for what I actually do in the classroom so that I can be more ar-ti-cu-late at my interview.  What does this have to do with the Cinderella Pact you ask? Once again I'll give you the long answer, because's my blog!

Rhonda Britten wrote a self help book called Fearless Living.  (Which I read part of...I know if you are going to get a self help book you might as well read the whole thing right? some day I'll finish it.)  In it she asks the question, "What or how would you live your life if you were fearless?" My own opinion is that fear stops us from doing things or sets up strange behaviors so that we don't live.  Case in point, I need a shirt for my interview, after 3 shops I wanted to dig into a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream for solace.  Joe, brave man that he is, talked me down of the tight rope of that harry situation.  Last month when it was time to start the process to be considered for the panel interview I drug my feet and got my paper work in THE VERY LAST day.  Once again, fear was holding me back.  When I finally realized that fear was holding me back I strapped on my big girl panties and got all of my stuff done.  Again, you might be asking what does this have to do with our CP?  Fear is often why I turn to food, I'm unsure, I'm stressed because I don't know all the outcomes, I'm afraid of loss, rejection, change, etc.  My goal this week is to confront one of those fears....the dreaded 5 person panel interview....and not loose myself in Ben & Jerry's. 

How is fear holding you back? And what would you do if you were fearless?

I did make my bet and I am 1.5 pounds away having lost 20 pounds total.  Next week I could definitely break the 20 pounds if I can keep from letting the interview get me down!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mid-Interval Check in

What have you done this week that you are proud of?
  • I managed to get my 1 mile walk/run down to under 22 minutes, last week it took me 26
  • I'm down to the tenner spot.  (A tenner is slang for a ten pound note in England.  So, I thought why not use it as a way to define when you are the 0 point of one group of numbers and ready to move to the next.  If you were at 170 and ready to move into the 160's you could say you've reached the tenner spot!) Yes, I am a goober!
  • I didn't eat any Easter Candy! However the Harry and David catalog came this week and on the cover they have peanut butter cookies with chocolate icing and then to add insult to injury they have peanut butter chips to top it off!....I am in cookie he[[!
This little Cinderella Pact is going into its' seventh week! Seventh week people! and I'm still energized!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter – 34 weeks to go!

I hope this post finds everyone slightly smaller!

I made my goal of 2 pounds last week and then being off for Easter break seemed to slow me down. I had lost 3 last week and then this week watched the scale creep back up. I can see that I definitely do better on a schedule, so summer will be interesting when I am not teaching.

How did everyone deal with the big Easter Dinner? Did you control everything via making everything? Or did you watch your portions and just have smaller? Did you say, “ah heck with it! I’m going to eat whatever I want!”? I actually made everything and since I was cooking I chose what we were going to eat and I ate all the asparagus I wanted! So I guess I did more than one of the previous.

Six weeks into the exercise bet: and still going strong. In fact, I was on the wii yesterday and it had a question on ‘everybody votes’ that went something like this: “Have you fulfilled one of your life goals?” My answer was YES but then I thought how sad would it be if someone had never fulfilled any, then my wandering brain thought, ‘well, what else have you wanted to do and haven’t done it yet?’ that question was had an easy answer: run a marathon. I have a reason; hang with me on the long explanation. A friend of my mother’s, who was extremely overweight, once posed a question to my mother; what would you do if the fat fairy came along and zap you were thin again? I am not sure what my mother’s answer was and I know I didn’t have one for her but her answer was: I would love to be able to run and skip, that’s it run and skip. I thought to myself, wow, that’s it? Run and skip? Me…I’d want to run a marathon! Fast forward to Friday, and I’m thinking back to that day and I started to think how I could get myself up to running a marathon. Now, sometimes I believe in providence and sometimes I don’t but that day when I went to the commissary on the marquee was an advertisement for a 5K run for Earth Day! And then it quickly scrolled other 5K runs. I thought, ‘woohoo that is a baby step towards a marathon. At first I thought I’d give myself a year to get ready but then I saw that there is a 5K run in November which is 2 weeks before this Cinderella Pact is over and I think it would be a fabulous way to end out 40 weeks of weight loss. Saturday I started training, I ran/walked (emphasis on walk) a mile in 24 minutes and let me tell you wii miles are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay different than actual miles! :) Today I ran/walked (more running this time) and did it in less than 23 minutes! Baby steps! Baby steps!

What would your wish be if the fat fairy visited you?