Monday Update: Some Blog Changes and other things!

September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hey Everyone!! So I am determined once again to breathe some regular life into this blog.  Every time I say I’m going to start updating regularly it seems to fall flat.  You could probably almost always know how I’m doing by how often I’m updating my blog.  When you aren’t hearing from me it’s probably because I am struggling in some area!  Yet it is usually in writing that I work my way out of those moods.  So once again I am going to try to get back to regular blogging.  In an effort to do that, I think I’m going to experiment with dividing my days into topics.  I may or may not actually manage to hit the goal of regular blogging but at least I will aim for it!   So as an experiment I am going to try dividing this week into the following topics.   If it goes well then maybe I’ll attempt to continue that pattern.  So here is the plan:

Monday—Week/Weekend Update—Just a general overview of what the kids and I have been up to over the past week.

Tuesday–Food Update (What I’ve been eating and what I’m making the kids)

Wednesday—Exercise Update (My progress with exercise)

Thursday—Psychobabble (These are the posts that I am probably most known for and no doubt make up 90% of my blog! It’s me psychoanalyzing myself or pouring out emotions from every end onto the blog.  These are the posts that tend to take me the longest to write and when that is all I write it tends to make it hard for me to update regularly. So I will try to limit this to just one day a week.  )

Friday—Grad School Musings (I started working on my Masters degree in Counseling about 6 months ago.  I am going to share things I am learning about in these posts.  Articles I’ve read and research studies etc.  I try to make everything I am learning apply in some way to the personal issues that I struggle with and the ones I want to help others with if possible.  These issues generally revolve around the following things: obesity issues, food addiction, addiction of all kinds, eating disorders, anxiety, stress, depression)

Saturday–People I Like—Blogs I’m reading this week or people I’m following and learning from (links to others)

Sunday—Inspiration (Things I am learning in my own personal Bible Study and/or the things God and I are working on :)))

So this is my game plan.  Let’s see if it works!   So now onto today’s topic—the general update on what we have been up to over the past week!

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As you may recall, I moved to Virginia in June.  One of the things that I had to do was fill out a lot of paperwork for the school system and turn it in.  For my middle school daughter, I had to fill in some specific paperwork and take it to this one particular person in an administrative building located in an out of the way location.  I had a really difficult time locating this person’s office.  There were several buildings and I had no idea which one housed this particular office.  It felt a bit like a ghost town.  No signs and no one to ask.  So I just had to walk from building to building hoping that I found the right one.  I didn’t!  In fact it was the last building left where I finally located it. Before I found it, though, I had to spend almost 20-30 minutes walking all over creation.  There were lots of stairs (steep stairs!) and plenty of long walkways.  Even when I found the building, I had to walk down the longest hallway ever to find the waiting area where I was met with a chair with…you guessed it…ARMS!

Now I say all of this because at 417 pounds this would have been an impossible feat.  The nightmare of having to walk down these long walkways and up these steep stairs would have been incredibly difficult.  Even if I had managed to make it, I would have been met at the end with a chair I could not sit in due to the arms.  No matter how much weight I lose I will forever hate chairs with arms!  If I could I would open a business that did nothing but make chairs with no arms!  That is how much I despise them.  When I see chairs with arms I just see a chair that says “You are allowed to be THIS big and not an inch more!!“.  I am always ecstatic that I can fit in these chairs now but at the same time I still wish they would take into account people of ALL sizes when they decide on what chairs to place in offices and waiting rooms! OK rant over….:))

 

This set of stairs is actually just the 1st set among 3 I had to walk up to get to the door.  There was another set of stairs at another building 10 times as steep with 10 times more stairs.  I got a picture of them but in that picture was the back of someone’s car with their license plate in full view.  I decided they might not appreciate me putting that on the blog so I don’t have a picture of those stairs but trust me…they would have been a total nightmare before I lost weight!

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Just a section of an endless sidewalk with an incline that I had to walk up in hopes of finding the building

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Walking back down the sidewalk.  At least we were going downhill this time!

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To get to a second building I had to walk through this entire parking lot

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Finally I located the building and had to walk down this very long hallway!

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And finally the chair with arms! Seeing THIS chair (and it’s judgmental arms) as the ONLY place I could  sit down at the end of that nightmarish long journey would have brought me to tears. By this time my feet would have been exploding in pain.  My knees would have been on the verge of buckling.  My back would have been breaking.   If I wasn’t already crying,I would be after seeing this chair!  My only hope of some relief was this chair and it would be gone.  I would be forced to stand and wait for the person I needed to see to come out.

 

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Needless to say this was a totally different situation now that I’ve lost significant weight.   While it was highly irritating that I couldn’t find the building—that is the extent of it.  Just emotional agitation which is entirely different from the physical nightmare it would have been before.  I would actually have had to leave and go home if this had been a few years ago.  My next game plan would have been to go back with my children sending them out on mini missions to run into buildings and find the office.  Once the office was actually located THEN I would have gotten out of the car and made the trek inside.  Scouting places out in advance was normal for my life back then.  I never just “showed up” somewhere on the fly without complete research being done well in advance.  Research was necessary to avoid things like this happening!   It is nice to be able to actually go places on my own without having to do all the detective work in advance!  As a matter of fact, not being able to find this building didn’t even bother me that much.  It was nice weather and it gave me some exercise.  Since I am a few hundred pounds lighter now, it actually felt GOOD to walk around.  Yes I was a bit annoyed that I couldn’t find the building but at the same time events like this always provide me with the opportunity to be grateful for the freedom that weight loss has brought me.

 

 

We also went to a football game this week.  Amanda’s daughter plays in the band and this was my first time getting to watch her.  I don’t think I even have to begin to tell you what a NIGHTMARE football games are if you are a large person.  Nightmare isn’t even a strong enough word.  I didn’t get a picture of the ENORMOUS hill that I had to walk down on the way into the game (I will get it next time!)  On top of that you have crowds, tight spaces, stairs and bleachers.  All a horrible traumatic experience for someone that weighs over 400 pounds.  It is just so amazing to go places like this and have no issues at all.  Once again I often feel like someone who has been zapped into another person’s body and now walks around free!

Here is a picture of me and CJ at the game.
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On a side note, I am wearing a crossover bag in this picture.  I could never EVER have found one that I could fit around my body before losing weight.  I love that I can do that now.  It really is the little things!  This was something I had been thinking about getting for awhile and I found one at TJ Maxx the other day.  Since I basically have all kinds of issues with losing EVERYTHING in my purse, I decided to minimize and get a bag that can easily store my phone and cards but that I can carry around easily. This is similar to the one I found.  It’s called a Baggalini and it’s waterproof which makes it great for carrying a water bottle.

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So the game was a lot of fun.  The kids had a blast.  This guy rides his motorcycle out every time apparently when the football team goes out on the field.

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Here’s a pic of Amanda and I with the kids

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And last I give you my best TJ Maxx find ever!

I have been wanting the Ralph Lauren Mandarin Blue China for the longest time.    Of course it’s super expensive so it was just on the wish list.  The other day while I was at TJ Maxx there it was! You know those books that start with “and she spotted him from across the crowded room….”

Well that was ME but with this china!!

It took me about 30 minutes to dig around the entire store because these pieces were spread out all over the place.  A cup here…a plate there.  Finally,  I found almost 4 full place settings for well over 50% off the regular price tag.   I mention the amount of hunting I had to do to find all the pieces because once again these are things I could not have done at over 400 pounds.  Shopping in general at that weight is extremely difficult and certainly not enjoyable. You try to purchase all things online if you can.  There is nothing fun about walking around a store at that weight.  Your back and knees are killing you.  All the fun is gone.   But now I can do these things.  I can hunt around for good deals.  I can bend down to shift things on the bottom shelf and see what is back there.  Another plus to losing weight!

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That is my update!!!!   I hope you are all doing well!

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Pam Holmes September 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Loved reading about all the walking you did and how you remember that “before” it would have been impossible. I hear you! I could not have done that back in the day, and I think that is the best part about weight loss, the freedom to go anywhere, and FIT anywhere (even in those darned chairs with arms).
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Wendy September 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Loved reading your post Holly! I’m in the middle of doing the same thing with my blog, and seeing how that works. And looking forward to seeing more from you … you’ve been such a big inspiration.

How free your little school journey sounded!! Isn’t it funny how so many of the little things are some of the biggest accomplishments?? Looking forward to those freedoms. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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Adelyn September 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm

The judgemental arms of the chairs cracked me up…but it is really not funny. It is soooo true. I thought about that at the state fair when they were shoving us into rides. So much more comfortable now!
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tess September 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Great post, very up-beat! 🙂 And good job on walking all over creation finding that office, I’d count that as exercise!! Pretty place settings, too, good deal! You made me smile today, thanks!

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down September 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Thanks Tess!!

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Holly September 15, 2014 at 10:17 pm

I am looking forward to your daily updates! I have a blog I’m having a hard time getting updated regularly too, so I feel your pain on that front. Also, I have lost 40 pounds and can fit into more chairs with arms than I could before, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get to like them either!!
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Karen P September 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Thanks for the scoop on your updates! Looks good.

Love those purses. I’ve been using those or “The Sack” as a cross over.

I walk a lot (5-6 miles/day) for weight maintenance. If you instagram, I use #onmywalk and #walkingforweightmaintenance I don’t do the same walk twice for many months, so I’m careful about posting.

Take care Holly.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down September 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Thanks Karen! You are a constant source of inspiration to me. You are doing amazing with the walking. I will check out that hashtag on instagram! Do you walk outside and how do you keep from getting bored doing up to 5-6 miles? Or am I the only one that gets bored too easily!

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Karen P September 18, 2014 at 1:21 am

Thanks Holly! I listen to podcasts (one ear bud in, one out for safety). My favorites are mostly Paleo- but look on my “other favorites list”
http://gardengirlkp.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-favorite-paleo-primal-resources.html

Also, I take my camera with me wherever I go. (photography is a hobby) I post photos (I always post a few days after my walk for safety) on instagram (http://instagram.com/gardengirl_kp) using the hash tags #onmywalk and #walkingforweightmaintenance

Good luck and keep motivated.
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Steelers6 September 16, 2014 at 5:33 am

Well that sounds like a good idea, your blog planning.
Wow, lots of office searching! Since I’ve started my WL journey, I try to view such things like you did. I still like me a close parking spot if it’s *raining*, though.
I always find your “before” stories interesting. I never thought about it that you wouldn’t have been able to wear a cross body bag.

That’s wonderful that you’re working on your Masters.

Beautiful dishes!! Yahoo!
Chrissy

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down September 16, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Thank you Chrissy!! I also really appreciate that you’ve been following and encouraging me since the start!

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Kathy September 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Thank you for your blog and your posts. I love reading them!!

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down September 16, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Thanks Kathy!

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John (Daddy Runs a Lot) September 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I find that, when I blog regularly — multiple posts a week, it’s just a signal that I’m about to see blogging as “a chore” and, therefore, disappearing from my blog for a long time. I admire the commitment — but know that some of us will read whenever you post, be that as it may.

Lately, I’ve been in a state where I’m….getting tired of the very slow changes in my body. It’s truly difficult for me to stop & realize that “oh yeah, a few years (75+ pounds) ago, I’d have been completely out of breath halfway up those stairs that I just climbed without a second thought,” I just get so caught up with the present . . . and it’s great to live in the present, good on you for being able to think back to where you were & how, despite the frustrations of having no idea where you might be going in a new place, you can do it now.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down September 16, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Hey John. Thanks for commenting. I totally hear you on making blogging a chore. Usually I tend to set goals that are too intense and then I get irritated with missing the mark. No doubt I have done that again!!! LOL I will rethink it! Also, I totally relate to slow changes being frustrating. Focusing on the present and what we can do now is so important. I agree!

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Gary from weightpsychology.com September 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Keep those posts coming.

Re: the chairs. Unfortunately, I think unless the people in charge of the purchasing decision have someone close to them who can help them understand the problems that arms on chairs create for larger people, it never shows up on their radar screen. I have found that when I have raised this issue, more often than not, people are understanding and receptive (with the unfortunate occasional exception, of course). Chairs without arms have even shown up later in a few instances!

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down September 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Thanks for your comment. I went to your website and it looks really interesting. I signed up to get your free e-book and I will definitely look it over when I have time. From what I read briefly, I totally agree that the weight loss industry is failing miserably to address the psychological issues that surround weight issues. So many times diets only address nutrition and exercise—two key components to weight loss BUT not at all the complete picture. I look forward to reading more of what you have written.

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Gary from weightpsychology.com September 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Well, I am honored to have you as a member, Holly. I hope you find something of value in the book and on my site. I’ll be interested in any feedback that you have after you’ve had time to do some reading.

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