The Biggest Loser

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A small group of co-workers at the hospital I work at have decided to do The Biggest Loser. For those of you who may not know, The Biggest Loser is a weight-loss competition, based on the TV show of the same name. Basically, for us, we have decided to do it for 8 weeks. Everyone (I think it is 5-6 people) puts $25 into the pot and then also has to pay $1 for each pound that is gained during the competition. The pot is won by the individual who at the end of the 8 weeks has lost the highest percentage of weight. So I think the pot will be approximately $125-$150 or more.

I’m really glad that we are doing this because it has motivated me to lose the weight that I wanted to for some time. Since I’m a Capricorn, I tend to be a little competitive, so knowing that I’m weighing in each week and I may win some money, I feel extra motivated. I have a few goals of my own–I want to try to lose 10% of my body weight by the end of the 8 weeks–I know this may not be possible, as this would be more than 2 pounds per week, but I do have quite a bit to lose so I may lose a good amount initially in the first few weeks. We shall see. I also have the goal of increasing my water intake, decreasing my sodium intake, and increasing my physical activity (basically I would like to try to go to the gym–the gym that I pay for EVERY month and haven’t gone for over a year!–every day that I’m not working–which would be 4 times a week). I’m not trying to meet all the goals in the first week. I’m allowing myself the full 8 weeks to incorporate all of them so it’s not too overwhelming.

This first week I have been concentrating on my diet. I’m using SparkPeople, a website that helps with logging daily food intake, keeps track of nutrients (like fat, carbs, protein, fiber, sodium, etc), and keeps track of weekly weigh-ins. It even has ways to track fitness and other goals (like number of hours of sleep or cups of water drank) per day. It also has daily articles to read, a recipe collection, and community message boards for online support. It sends me daily recipes and motivational readings in my e-mail. It is extremely similar to the Weight Watchers online I used to belong to. The only difference, and the BEST part of all, is that it is FREE!! So, if you as well, are trying to “healthy” up your life, I would encourage you to check it out.

I’ll be updating on my weekly weight progress as another motivation to keep up the healthy changes. At this point, I have to say I’m still getting used to the change in diet. I should actually say Kimm and I–since I have started this, she also has started a personal weight loss challenge. It’s a huge support, knowing that we are both doing the same thing and can offer encouragement and can complain when we are hungry (which has happened almost every day so far!). We both know that in the long run we will feel so much better about our bodies, and hopefully our stomachs will shrink a little bit so that we get used to having less food!

It’s a daily challenge, but then that’s all we have to focus on…ONE DAY AT A TIME. Wish me luck so that I may be healthier (and hopefully a bit more wealthy!) at the end of these 8 weeks.

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California…Last Day

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It’s a little sad that it has taken me almost three weeks to complete my blogging about my trip to California.  But, that’s what happens when you work 12 hour days.   For the most part, I don’t do anything but sleep, eat, and get ready for work on the days I work.  So, here is the end of my saga, better late than never!

Our final day in California was Thursday.  I still remember feeling a mix of emotions that day.  I couldn’t believe how FAST that week had gone.  It seemed like the plane had just touched down, and I was being surrounded in a big bear hug by Frank.  I don’t think I’ll ever forget that wonderful feeling.  And then all of the beautiful sights, the tasty meals, the blissful relaxation, the interesting conversations…everything was so great.  But yet I missed my babies, my cats…I missed my friends…I missed the comfortableness of my own apartment.  So even though I had a memorable time, I still was looking forward to being home again as well.  I guess I’ve always known this, but I really am a homebody.  I LOVE staying in and just relaxing in my own place, surrounded by the familiarity of my own stuff.  It’s always nice to visit, but it’s just so comforting to be home.

The really bummer of our last day in California was that Frank had to be at the hospital early in the day and our flight was a red-eye.  We had thought (based on information that Frank received from the hospital) that he would be going to the hospital at 10 am.  However, when we awoke, we found out, to our dismay, that he was asked to be there by 9 am.  So we basically got a quick hug before he had to leave.  It was not the goodbye I think either of us wanted.  It turned out to be frustrating as well because later in the day as we heard from Frank, it turns out that he didn’t even get into his room until later in the morning and there were no doctors orders written so he never even started his next round of chemo until late in the afternoon.

So we spent the day packing and enjoying our last afternoon on the front porch, reading and relaxing.  We had dinner and then Frank’s partner drove us to the airport.  Our flight was scheduled to leave at 10:30 pm, but actually took off an hour late.  It was very tiring.  We arrived in Hartford the next morning at 9:45 am.  By the time we got our luggage and the car and drove home it was close to 11 am.  The WORST part was dragging 50 pound suitcases up 4 flights of stairs!  Not fun!  Since I had to work that night, I immediately went to bed for a nap.

After that the vacation seemed like a dream.  I worked the next three days in a row, had one night off, then worked two more.  By then I was EXHAUSTED!  I think finally now, after three weeks, I’m finally not as tired.  I’m back in my old routine.

As of now, Frank has completed his first round of chemo (which was two separate cycles).  He’s had some complications as far as low blood counts and another hospitalization, but has had lots of support in the form of his family and additional friends staying with him.  I’m just incredibly glad that I was able, even with my crazy schedule, to see him after so long.  Now I can’t wait to go back!

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