Wednesday, December 19, 2007

long overdue update

I'm not sure anyone is still reading my semi-abandoned blog, but I thought it would be nice to post an update anyway. I have gone through what feels like dozens of major life changes lately: new house in a new town, new job, graduation (woo hoo!)... luckily these are all good things, but that much change is pretty exhausting, even if it is happy change. Plus, we have spent what seems like billions of dollars on new furniture and appliances for our new place. And no, we haven't sold the old one yet. It's a little scary, especially since I still have lots of Christmas shopping to do. After the holidays it's back to living a little more simply (and less expensively) until we get a few things paid off.

I also know I've put on a few pounds because all my clothes feel a little snug. Probably 5-10 pounds. I'm a little afraid weigh in to see for sure. Our office lately has been full of goodies, plus I'm not getting much exercise. Being in the car all the time is a killer. I think after the holidays are over, it's back to Weight Watchers meetings for me.

I watched "The Biggest Loser" last night and was thrilled to see that it was a Jillian Michaels sweep! Go Jillian! (Remember, the two of us are pals). Not only did her team have a lock on the final four (and therefore, the actual Biggest Loser), but even the two of her original contestants (and her one adopted one) who were sent home did great on their own. I won't give away any spoilers, but I loved how things turned out. I definitely had some hits and misses in my predictions. Lori told me that Jillian has a radio show that can be downloaded as podcasts, and since I have a shiny new iPod nano that I got for my birthday, I downloaded a bunch of them. I asked for a car adapter for Christmas so that I can listen to podcasts in the car, including these.

I have to admit, with everything going on I've been able to tell myself that all this weight business is superficial and silly and not worth spending a lot of time and thought on. But there's really nothing fun about overeating, feeling stuffed and bloated, and not fitting into my clothes.

I hope that everyone out there, especially my fellow Angry Fat Girlz, has a wonderful and relaxing holiday. I'm trying to work on a way to have more time at home... if so, watch this spot for more frequent updates, and hopefully, some weigh-ins showing my progress from Chubby Commuter back to Goal again.


  1. So good to hear from you and get an update on things. You've indeed been through amazing transitions in the last few months and I know the long commute has been hard physically as well as on your time. The new house with all the smashing new furniture and stuff - and shorter commute - will be wonderful, more so when the other cute house sells to the right person.

    The weight business isn't superficial or silly. You worked really hard on getting it under control and you deserve keeping it there. It takes a lot of energy that you just haven't had to spend on it. Hopefully with the move, it will be easier. And once we hit January, everyone is supportive of eating more carefully!

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Love ya!

  2. Congrats on so many wonderful things in your life! Yes, it is easy to tell ourselves that all this weight stuff doesn't REALLY matter, after all, it's ONLY a few pounds and it's not like we're OBESE or something. Then one day, just when you least expect it, you're 30 pounds over weight and on the "short side" of 50. Crap, how did that happen? Good luck on everything!!

  3. I still check your blog about once a week! I'm so glad to see an update. Yes indeed, all those happy changes are just as stressful as unhappy changes. It's all good, though--you'll come out the other side just fine. Keep on keepin' on, and all that jazz. =)

    You'll get those pounds of next year, I am sure. You know how, it's just a matter of putting your skills to work and having the energy to spend on yourself.

    Good luck selling the house.

    And Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  4. I assume the graduation means that you are now Dr. Jen - congrats!

    Have a very happy holiday season!

  5. lovely to hear from you and have a great christmas! looking forward to kickarse 2008 :)

  6. Hey Dr. Jen,

    It's been a crazy (but good) year for you. So just enjoy everything and be good to yourself.

    Merry Christmas!! (Glad you could find the Jillian podcasts. I've started back to listening to them again today.)

  7. Happy Holidays! Staying on track is difficult, but at least you know what works best for you. Stick with the Weight Watchers meetings and all will go well. To help me figure out what's best for me, I want to read Dr. Dean Ornish's new book the "Spectrum". He provides you tools to customize a way of eating, managing stress, and exercising that is based on your own desires, needs, and genetic predispositions. Hopefully this will help me figure out what's best for me... Here's a link to an interesting discussion about it:

  8. Hello, This is Mary

    I am 36 years old with 2 toddlers. My youngest just started day care last week- which still feels a little strange. I haven't had this much time to myself in years. First thing I want to do is lose the extra pounds I put on during the last pregnancy. One of the girls next door has suggested I join her walking group two days a week. After my first pregnancy I lost around 35 pounds using the Herbalife products, but when I called the man that sold them to me three years ago he told me this week he doesn't sell them anymore. He told me to look on the internet. It's disappointing because he was really nice and he called me regularly to make sure I was using their products correctly. It was nice to have someone checking in with me every week to see how I was and it kept me motivated.

    I searched on the internet for someone that sells Herbalife in New Jersey. I found many websites but I don't want
    just to buy the products, I want to find someone trustworthy that sells the products so I can also meet them and get started again.

    Could anybody here recommend someone in New Brunswick?

    Thanks, Mary


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07