Fit Bitch is retiring

Yesterday, I declared Slacker Fattie dead.  As I was writing the post I thought about Fit Bitch (formerly Skinny Bitch) and realized having one without the other just didn’t seem right.

So, I’ve decided to retire Fit Bitch.  No big fanfare needed.  No pictures to steal from Google Images.  She’s packing up her desk in a simple cardboard box and headed back to the abyss she evolved from.

The two were created to explain the inner push and pull many of us have in our struggle to become fit and healthy.  Sometimes I felt a little schizophrenic when writing about them but it was just the Gemini in me.  For me, that struggle is over.  I’m confident that Real Fit Mom will no longer need a devil and angel.

It feels good to close that chapter of my fit life.  Now I’m focusing simply on being real, being fit and being a mom (and wife…and person).

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Self confidence, losing weight and finding me

Wow it’s been a while since I posted.  A LOT has been going on!

I’ve never had much confidence since I hit the dreadful junior high years. It’s something I’m trying to change….at 42. I have a lot of upcoming goals for myself.  Before the Hot For Halloween challenge, I had my 18 year old take before pictures of me in shorts and a tank top and even in a bathing suit.  I sucked it up and posted the one of me in the shorts on my Facebook. 70 likes and over 25 comments.  I was shocked and humbled.

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Two years ago, after being rear ended, I hit an all time high weight for my small frame- 153 lbs (before kids I was 103, after kids, high teens low 20’s…although I’d reached 143 at one point). With the support and encouragement of my husband and best friend, I changed my main goal of looking hot to being healthy (okay, and looking hot but health came first). I could have hit my end goal a year ago. 6 months ago. 3 months ago. But I’m not easily motivated. I slowly changed my eating and worked out a little. Seeing the scale flash “149” was a big relief. Several months later I saw it flash “139” and I knew I was on my way.  Slow and steady wins the race.

During our last fitness challenge on Tampa Bay Moms Group, the pounds were slowly creeping off. See my Spa 20 review– it helped get me off my butt. I still wasn’t working out much but was working harder on my food issue. In the middle of this 6 week challenge, I was hit with a mild but painful health issue so couldn’t work out. I was also dealing with a couple of personal issues and instead of my usual emotional eating- eating everything in site thinking it would make me feel better- I did the opposite. Still not healthy but I dropped 10 lbs in 2 weeks. At the end of the challenge, I was down 11.5 in and 10.9 lbs. I was down a total of 24 lbs.  I was thrilled!  Not about doing it by not eating but for me, pounds lost were pounds lost.

One of my many goals is to take more pictures of myself. Some of the moms in my fitness challenges, myself included, have self esteem issues. It’s something we will be addressing during our next challenge, Relentless, which starts on November 15th.  Yesterday, Hubby and I went to see a play.  I put on a dress that didn’t fit 3 months ago and my new sparkly shoes.  I curled my hair and carefully applied my make up.  When I got home, I handed my phone to my 18 year old and asked her to take a picture.  I sucked it up and posted it on Facebook- then walked away.  I admit, I squinted at the comments with one eye a couple of times.  This morning, almost 70 friends had liked my picture and several left comments.  I have to admit, it felt good.  It’s also inspiring and motivating.

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Last week, I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a couple of months.  She said right away that my face looked thinner.  I can’t tell you how good it feels when people notice you’ve lost weight.  It’s motivating.  It inspires me to keep searching for me.  I didn’t feel like me surrounded by the fat I wasn’t used to.  I’ve been fighting with Slacker Fattie since 2009.  She’s unhealthy and lazy.  I was so glad to rename “Skinny Bitch” to “Fit Bitch” and should probably rename her “Healthy Bitch.”  She is slowly but surely conquering Slacker Fattie.  OMG, just reread the last few lines and I sound like a crazy bitch.  LOL  I’m excited!  I’m anxious to get off of here and dust off my DVDs and get back to working out.

You’ll be hearing from this no-more-Slacker-Fattie-almost-skinny-getting-fit-and-healthy-bitch very soon!!!

Exercising with ADD

I’m in ADD mode this morning for some reason.  I think I’m at that irritated point again where all the “oh look!  Squirrel!” jokes have caught up to me.  People think that because I make fun of myself and my ADD moments that it’s ok for them to make fun of me, too.  If I had anorexia would you make jokes?  What about OCD?  Or Development Disorders?  Didn’t think so.

I love this picture that I found on the ADDitude Facebook page- pretty much sums up what a lot of us go through:

I scrolled through a few more things and found this-

Ooh, good question. Flora asks: “Anyone know of any fun exercise regimens for people with ADHD/ADD? I’d rather not pay for a gym membership, but if I have to, I will.” How are you adult ADHDers making exercise work for you?

Yay!  I’m not the only person with this issue!  Whew!  I had to laugh though because in true ADD fashion the next 30 responses were Dance!  Swimming!  Walking!  Wii and XBox dance games!  Zumba!

But what about the second question?

Then one lone person actually answered that second question (she probably remembered to take her Adderall).

I might have misunderstood this, but it seems you are asking how to make it WORK. I know I personally will get into a regimen really strong for a while, then I slowly start forgetting or making excuses and eventually I stop. I WANT to work out in such a big way. I want to become “ADD-icted” to exercise, but inevitably I drop. So far, my best way of making it work for me is having a workout partner who (1) understands my weaknesses [quitting] and doesn’t let me do it and (2) understands that most of the time we are just together for companionship of presence and I need to escape into my music.
If my friend allows me to make excuses and doesn’t push me, then once again, I’ll be doomed to fail. But her commitment is strong. I think we should try to get more friends because the more people depending on me, the more likely I will be there.
Maybe finding someone to be there would be your beat help.

BINGO!!!  I suddenly understand my relationship with exercising.  How many times have I said on this blog “I WANT to work out!”?  Now I know why it’s so hard for me.  But now comes the problem solving part.  I’ve asked friends to hold me accountable but they eventually forget.  Even Josh quit because I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain.  But what I need is someone to stick with me through my quit times.  Grapes, Gripes and Gratitude has helped a LOT- so much that I’m afraid to give her my phone number because she understands me so well that I know she’ll blow up my phone every day until I send her a video of me working out holding up a newspaper with today’s date in front of CNN with the current time.

All this time I thought I was just a failure.  But here’s another thing- I hate blaming everything on ADD.  I know it’s some medical issue where brain functions, waves, cells, whatever don’t meet up with some big long medical term I’ll never understand or whatever the boring term stuff, blah blah blah.  I just want to be normal.  Ugh, stupid statement.  I need to embrace my ADD even though I don’t wanna!!!!  I will keep trying new things until I find something that works.  I will keep yo yo-ing until I find someone committed to my commitment.  I will now go back to bed and wallow in my misery. Ummm, I mean go paint my son’s room then workout while it dries.  I have so many projects started and I decided two days ago it’s time to get them finished.  With the oldest off to college the other 3 are moving around which is taking way longer than I thought but we’ll save that for another post.

At any rate, today I start over again.  Slacker Fattie might have finally met her match with Fit Bitch- especially since Fit Bitch has figured out why Slacker Fattie has been so bad with working out.  On the plus side, I’m blogging more!!!  🙂

I killed Skinny Bitch

You read that correctly. I killed Skinny Bitch. It occurred to me a few days ago while I was thinking about my Mommy Fitness Challenge that I didn’t like what Skinny Bitch represented. So that night I decided it was time for her to go.

I tell my mommies that this challenge isn’t about being skinny- it’s about being fit and healthy and happy with yourself.

So RIP Skinny Bitch. You put up a good fight against Slacker Fattie but she kicked your ass to the curb.

Let’s take a walk, shall we?

Last night, after half of a 32 oz Screwdriver (need I remind you I’m a mom of four including two teenage girls one who just left for college a week ago today?) I decided it would be a good time to update my Facebook status to “Why yes, I am fabulous!” What can I say? I was in a good mood.

Today I’m still feeling fabulous and stealing my neighbor’s Internet (just kidding, love WiFi) while walking. Yup, that’s right, I’m off my lazy ass and walking. And do you know what’s even better? Y’all are walking (ppllbblah! Just walked through a spider web) with me!

Let’s see what wonderful things are in my neighborhood (omg, and apparently we’ll be smelling things, too- just walked by middle school boys waiting for the bus stop, little too much cologne boys!).

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It’s hard to see them but they’re there.  I didn’t want to look like a female creeper taking a picture of a bunch of kids.

I feel like Mr. Rogers.  These are the people in my neighborhood……

Da plane! Da plane!

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Some of you are too young to get that joke.

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Shhhhhh!!! It’s a hawk! Hang on while I trespass on someone’s lawn to get a closer picture.

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Whoopsie! I spooked it.

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Morning Mr. Cow!

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Watch out, this bridge is super slippery…..

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So is this one but we have to be extra careful since the middle school bus is driving by. We don’t want to end up on YouTube.

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Hang on, Echo’s calling……..lol she butt dialed me.  Blah, blah, blah, shut up Echo…..jk.  It’s an inside joke.  Totally love her and she’s lost a TON of weight in the last few years.

Don’t step on the fuzzy caterpillar.

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Watch out, duck poop.

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Oh, there are the ducks. Hi duckies!

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Shhhh, eavesdropping on the lawn guy’s conversation with a homeowner- just got loud and one dropped the f-bomb. Ok, they were just gossiping. Men- sheesh!

Be careful with the sidewalk.  Mother Nature apparently didn’t like the tree there.

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Pretty flower.

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Great, a car is coming and we have to walk on the road to avoid this guy’s lake puddle.

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Wow, that’s a tall lady…..morning! Ohhhh, not a lady. Cute dress though!! Sorry, no pic, I was already looking weird enough taking pictures while walking.

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We’re in the final stretch and my back is killing me. Do you think Hubby will come pick me up????  Don’t trip while you’re doubled over laughing.

Home sweet home!!

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Thanks so much for taking a walk with me today. Time for some Cheerios!!

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Screech likes to drink the leftover milk.

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A fitness challenge within a challenge

Guess who’s back?????  I had an incredibly uplifting phone call from my friend Michelle who has been a loyal RFM follower for a while.  She called to ask me a few questions and the more we talked the more I was inspired and motivated by her even though she told me that I was motivating and inspiring her!  She told me about a time three years ago when she saw me for the first time at a Moms Night Out event and pointed out to our friend Sabrina that she liked my outfit.  Sabrina told her I’d recently lost some weight and won a weight loss contest and said, “…doesn’t she look great?”  <insert proud smile here>  Michelle started losing weight back in November and posted on her Facebook yesterday that she’d lost almost 40 pounds!!!! She’s suffered through some family losses, had two children and deals with some medical issues.  She finally hit her breaking point and decided to get up and do something about her weight.  I shared her story with Hubby last night and told him that I felt bad because she followed my blog  and I haven’t done a very good job at keeping up with it or exercising.  He nodded his head in that annoying “Mmmmhhhmmm, told you so!” kind of way (He told me once that I can’t write a fitness blog if I never work out.  I challenged him by saying, “Can too!  I write about how hard it is to try to work out!”)

Michelle and a group of other moms joined a Fit and Healthy by Summer challenge that I started on Tampa Bay Moms Group.  Moms have 30 days to get fit and healthy.  We took measurements at the beginning and check in weekly to share our progress, tips, and of course bad days and wagon crashes (we all have them!).  I think we’ve lost some moms along the way but I’m hoping they’ll pop back in for the last six weeks.  One mom has lost 10 pounds and another is almost under 150 pounds!

This is the motivational picture I posted with their weekly check in:

Me and my ADD brain don’t do well with long goals.  I realized today that I need to break it down into smaller goals (duh).  So I’ve decided to make a small goal of one week.  Starting today I’m drinking my Body by Vi shakes and EXERCISING!!!!!!!  I had a yummy Orange Creamsicle shake this morning, did P90x Cardio X then ate German noodles with not so healthy gravy on it but it was a small serving!

I took a picture of my muffin top for my Visalus Tuesday Challenge and we’ll see what it looks like by Tuesday of next week.  I’ll take some other full body ones but I’m sure they’ll look like all my other “before” pictures.  I really want to change my lifestyle and make sure I’m exercising at least three times a week once I get down to where I want to be.  I’m tired of being a yo yo.  Bye bye belly!!!

Slacker Fattie is about to be trumped by Skinny Bitch again!!!

Ack! I’ve kept you all in suspense!

I just realized I never posted my “after” pictures for my 3 month long weight loss challenge with Erica (which ended 3 months ago- whoopsie!).  I posted them on my Facebook and thought I’d put them here, too, but when I went to look for them……they weren’t there!

I’m so sorry!

Ok, so here is my before and middle picture (Slacker Fattie’s not looking so hot):

The one on the left was taken on 9/25/11 and the one on the right was taken on 10/10/11.  Pretty good, huh?

Here’s my after picture taken on 11/23/11:

The return of Skinny Bitch! Muahahahahaha!  I was very proud of myself! 🙂

Unfortunately I’ve gained some of the weight back (which is typical for most normal women) but I’m gearing up for the Tough Mudder in December and my 20th high school reunion in June so have a lot of work to do.  I’ve been sick the past two weeks and am looking forward to setting some new goals as soon as I’m back to feeling 100%.

I’m not completely shallow, my main focus is to feel and be healthier more so than looking hot (although the looking hot part will be a nice bonus LOL).  I know this next journey will be filled with all the regular ups and downs that go along with me and my lovely goals but I will continue this fight as long as I’m alive- and I’ll do it with great joy and passion!  Yes, I know that sounded incredibly corny but it’s true.   Here we go again!