Friday, June 01, 2018


I knew what works. Right now for me I know what works. So why in the world do I not do it?

What am I talking about? Tracking! In the last couple weeks I have set up a different plan for myself. When I work the plan The plan works for me. But when I deviate, the plan doesn’t work.

Tracking for me is quite instrumental to my success. I tracked last week and I lost 2.2 pounds. But then I stopped tracking… And I stopped losing.

I know tracking isn’t everything, it’s my eating habits. But tracking is what helps keep me in line and in check. Quite honestly, I have no clue what my calorie intake was for this work week… At all! 

So why do I not track? First and foremost, I think I forget about it… It’s not an ingrained habit yet. Secondly, I think to some regard I show some success and I start to feel confident. I think hey I don’t need to track I did really good last week! Regardless of the reason, I know for me it’s important to do!

So how do I remind myself to do this? Should I set myself an alarm on my phone? Leave notes for myself beside my bed? Find an accountability partner? I’m not sure… I’m not sure which one would 
work for me but I know I have to be serious about this. 

Two things happened recently that it made me really start to think about what I’m doing here. 

1.  Lately we have been watching a lot of YouTube videos on mountain biking. These are guys that were and are ordinary people. They are not experts but they have reached an incredible amount of people to help promote mountain biking simply through their love of the sport. Even though I’m struggling right now, I’m passionate about my journey and experiences as I’ve worked to become healthier.  So should I be doing something more with that passion? I know when I had lost the weight the first time I really felt drawn to try to help others… But then life went belly up and I regained and while I still had the passion I just let it sit idle.

2. With the nice warm weather returning, I started walking again at work on my lunch and my two breaks. I did walk last year but I was a new hire and didn’t really know anyone.. This year people recognize me and I’ve had a few  comments made to me in the last week or two. I have been asked numerous times how long it takes to get around the lake. People want to know if it’s doable on a 30 minute lunch break. Why yes it is doable! I got to work early one day last year and timed it out to make sure. I have also had a handful of people tell me that I was their inspiration and they walked on their lunch break or their 15 minute break simply because they saw me walking. Me? And inspiration? No that can’t be true… But it was.

So with all that happening, it comes as no surprise that I have been mulling over my little corner of the Internet. The ideas are flowing. I’m excited about some of the things that I want to add and do. Are they groundbreaking? No probably not… Would it be my unique take on the subject matter? Absolutely!  Some aspects of this possible change scare me to death… Do I move my blog? That is the biggest issue I have.  I honestly I have no problem creating a website of some sort, it’s daunting but I can manage (using a website builder tool)… I’m just worried about my blog.  I know that I would like my blog to carry with me with to whatever I do, (versus have my blog on blogger and a separate website).  I think this is important because the longevity of my blog lends me a bit of credence to my personal experience.   Did I mention that moving the blog end my close to 2000 (1987 including this post). posts scares me? Honestly, it’s something I should have done many many years ago… But I was scared then also!    So here I am taking a deep breath and doing my research, even as my hands shake at the prospect!


mxtodis123 said...

First I wanted to thank you. You have truly motivated me. I'd struggled for two years to reach goal and lost 53 pounds. And then what do I do? I become complacent. I agree with you about tracking. I just can't seem to make it a habit. I am good for a week or two, and then I drop it. Cant put my finger on it, but I know it's got to change. Thank you again. I'm now going to go on the site and track my food. We got this.

jesseybell said...

I would love being an accountability partner! Texting/IMing would be so helpful! But I also need to keep blogging. Lots of posts = success. No posts = I'm struggling.

Happy Friday! Hope you guys have a great weekend!

Shelley said...

I love that your coworkers have noticed your walks and are looking to you for inspiration - maybe you will end up with a group walk with them! My son and his coworkers do that every day at 3:00.

MaryFran said...

I am so glad that my words about getting back on track in this healthy journey spoke to you! You are right! We have this!!!!

MaryFran said...

You are right...blogging for me is the first line of defense in accountability for me!

MaryFran said... truly was a shock to hear those comments! And just yesterday after I published my post I passed one of the ‘comment makers’ out walking. Huge hellos and smiles as we passed!

Lynn said...

Post what you find out. I need to start some sort of social media site for my personal training stuff and some products I'm an independent rep for. But I don't really want to make my blog a place for selling stuff or change it that much. So I'm not sure what to do. Have you posted a picture of the lake you walk around? It sounds nice.

MaryFran said...

I will definitely let you know what I find! And a picture of the lake will be coming up next week!!!

Sarah said...

You are definitely an inspiration! I don't want you to move your blog, but I'd still follow you wherever you go LOL.