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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Betty Takes It Off...again

Recently, I started taking charge of my body (once again, don't laugh!) and I started to look for some other blogs that were written by women like me...working moms who don't have enough time but are doing the exercise and healthy eating thing the best they can anyway.  I'm still looking for the blogs, but then thought, I'll keep my own blog!  And since I already have a blog, (with a cute little section called "Betty Takes It Off") I'll just use that!

So, here I go.  Betty has been working at taking it off.  The weight that is.  I've been working at it seriously for a little over a month now.  I've lost 10 pounds.  I want to lose 30 pounds, so I am a third of the way there.  I am definitely feeling better in many ways.  I feel slimmer and healthier.  It doesn't make me short of breath to walk up the stairs now as I have been exercising every day for the most part.

What have I been doing?  Well, it's pretty boring really.  I downloaded an app onto my phone called "MyFitnessPal" and, with that, I keep track of everything I eat, every day.  My goal is to eat 1200 calories a day.  I also bought, and am using, a Fit Bit.  I highly recommend this tiny little motivator!  It keeps track of things like steps taken and calories burned, as well as sleep.  I find that knowing this stuff motivates me to want to reach goals and go beyond them.  It's all pretty basic, really.  Calories in, Calories out. 

The 10 pounds I have lost, this time, look different than other times.  I've had to work hard for those 10 pounds.  There have been days and weeks when I didn't lose anything at all.  I have been sticking with the exercise and reasonably healthy eating anyway and it's all coming together.  It's not easy, but I'm not really struggling with it.  I really want to be healthier and slimmer.  I'm tired of feeling like nothing looks good on me.  I'm tired of feeling self-conscious in my skin.  I'm ready for a change. 

What I'd like to do is to keep track of how I am feeling and the struggles and challenges right here.  Feel free to join me if you like. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hey! Are you still there? My blog is not dead!!

Hey there to whomever is left of the people who once used to read this little blog!  I know it's been a long time and it seemed like I disappeared into blog oblivion, but here I am.  I'm still overwhelmed with trying to keep up with life, just like every other working mom I know and I'm not doing a great job at it, either, but I'm still trying.

I've come back because I am finally feeling the need to write again.  It's funny.  Since I went back to work, I've reconnected with one or two old friends and was able to catch up and just talk. You know? When I started this blog, I was feeling a little lonely in the friend department. I decided to start writing and suddenly, I had a bunch of online girlfriends to chat with.  That was so great!  I really met some wonderful people and didn't feel lonely anymore.  Once I had the other people back in my life, I started talking to them and then didn't feel the need to come here anymore.

Since I last checked in, I was promoted to Detective.  That has been a good and satisfying change, for the most part.  Working where I do, this detective job is somewhat different than it was in my old police department.  In a school district as large as this one, and with over 20,000 employees working here, a lot of the things I work on are related to personnel cases, as in, "the teacher grabbed my son's arm and I don't think anyone should touch my precious child so I want to press charges!"  Can you imagine?  I have a hard time processing the fact that many parents out there feel like teachers don't have a right to discipline their child (making them behave and follow rules) much less touch them.  I won't go into the difference when I was in school, which was a looooonnnng time ago, but suffice it to say, I was very acquainted with the "board of education" if you know what I mean!

Also, like before, my youngest, Jack, is still involved in travel baseball and that keeps me very busy running around evenings and weekends.  Kurt has gone back to school to get his masters degree in psychology and leadership.  Between work, sports, laundry and sleep, I have little personal time.  Prior to having babies, I used to indulge in things like regular massages (from a professional masseuse!) facials, hair cuts and colors,and vacations.  Those treats are relics of the past.  Now, I consider myself blessed to have time to take a bath and shave my legs.  Pathetic.

So, why am I back?  Bottom line, I want to start taking better care of myself.  I am now in the maintenance phase of my life.  At 49, I've realized I better start improving my health or I'm going to have some serious issues.  This past year (starting at the beginning of last school year) I began to have some aches, pains and mysterious swelling of ankles and feet.  I have never had to deal with this stuff before and think it may be an age and out-of-shape related issue.  I have found my new detective job is quite sedentary.  My hips have started to hurt after sitting in my chair typing at my computer for hours every day.  After several false starts, I think I've hit my stride in the diet and exercise thing. I'm going to start blogging about my personal struggle to get back into shape and enjoy my life more.  I'll talk more about that in my next post. I really just wanted to get back in here and say hi.  I'm back.  Hopefully, I'll stick around for a while.  I'm officially reviving my "Betty Takes It Off" segment.  My initial goal is to drop 30 pounds.

Let me know if you're still out there.