What Not To Say To A Fat Friend

Jumpstart photo

I know, I know. Where’ve I been? Working (The Mary Sue keeps me too busy to blog during most of the day), Incredible Girl-ing, applying for this year’s writing fellowships with Adam (and revising the scripts needed to do so), and for the past week, I’ve been trying to pay closer attention to my health by participating in the Fit Girls’ Guide 28-Day Jumpstart Challenge, a program I heard about through a friend that’s designed to get you eating cleaner by cooking healthier food, and doing regular exercise. The battle for health and fitness has always been a difficult one for me, but here I am, trying again, because I know how important it is not only for my health, but in order for me to live the kind of life I want to live. Also, I need an excuse to try and cook more, because I’ve always wanted to, but I’ve also always been lazy. 🙂

My schedule during Week One last week was uncharacteristically busy, which meant that I was waking up, working, and had some sort of meeting or obligation in the evening that I’d come home late from and have to get to bed right after – meaning that I had no time to make any of Nerdstrong‘s classes, or do the prescribed FitGirls 30-minute workout on every day save one. Still, my food game was pretty much on point, and even though I ate things that weren’t on program, because I was eating out at these meetings/obligations, I made healthier choices for the most part, and I was proud of myself. The Jumpstart is a group challenge, meaning that you’re part of a community sharing with and encouraging each other on Instagram. You’re supposed to take pictures every day – of your meals, of your workouts, etc – to hold yourself accountable and to allow from encouragement from the group, and because I’m me and like to share, I also shared the photos and progress on my Facebook and Twitter in addition to Instagram, because why not?

Well, here’s why not.


Me after my one and only workout last week. SWEAT!

Not a week into the program, I had a couple of well-meaning friends, acquaintances, and family members commenting on how I could improve. They were supportive of my efforts and want to see me achieve my goals, of that there’s no question…but not a week in, and people were already giving me suggestions as to how I could be doing things “better.” And as we live in a society that encourages people to constantly be dieting, everyone has their own “thing that works,” their own tips and tricks that they swear by. Never mind that everyone is different and has different metabolisms, body types, personalities, schedules, issues with food, etc. So many people felt comfortable giving their two cents in an attempt to “help.” The thing is: I never asked. It’d be one thing if I were crowdsourcing weight loss advice online, or if I’d gone to any of these people directly and said “Hey, I see you’ve done something that really works for you, can you tell me about it?” But here I was – already doing a thing – and even that wasn’t enough to deflect commentary on what I “should” be doing, or “could be doing better.” This has happened before, during other attempts of mine to get healthier, but it wasn’t until now that I really noticed how negatively it affected me.

After a couple of those moments of unsolicited advice, I started to feel down and say “Fuck it” in my head. I decided to stop sharing my progress on Facebook and Twitter (limiting it to Instagram), and over the weekend, while I didn’t overeat, I also wasn’t particularly concerned about what my meals looked like or how “clean” they were.

Could I just ignore people’s unsolicited advice? Sure, I guess. But here’s what people really need to understand about people dealing with being overweight. As I’ve written about before, people are overweight for any number of reasons. Sometimes it’s genetic. Sometimes, it’s just sheer lack of mindfulness coupled with our society’s tendency to deliver us food fast, and with the most amount of calories for the least amount of money. And sometimes, people overeat because they have an eating disorder.

As I’ve written about before, compulsive overeating, or binge eating, is a disorder the same way that anorexia or bulimia are.  And so it’s not just a matter of “eat less, exercise more.” There’s other stuff going on, and one’s relationship with food is very different than it is for those who don’t deal with that. Yet, just as well-meaning people make the mistake of telling someone with anorexia to “just eat something,” while ignoring the myriad psychological things that are going on, people feel free to tell people who binge eat either what to eat, or when to eat, or when not to eat, without taking into account that individual person’s needs, wants, or issues.

For me, binge eating has a lot to do with control. I’ve noticed that the times in my life where I’ve eaten the most are the times when I feel like my life is the most out of whack, and food is one of the few things I have any power over. So, whenever anyone tells me what I should eat or not eat (and I didn’t ask them, and they’re not a medical professional), my reflex response is to eat whatever I damn well please. My response in these instances has gotten better. I don’t sneak food the way I used to, and when I eat “whatever I damn well please,” I’m better equipped to stop mid-stream or to make choices that are only partially unhealthy (ordering fried food at a diner) and not completely unhealthy (going to 7-11 and buying a pint of ice cream, cookies, and a package of cupcakes to eat on the walk home).  Still, the impulse is there. I don’t know that it’ll ever not be there. All I can do is figure out how best to handle those moments when they crop up.

However, there’s something all of you can do. If you really want to support someone who’s trying to get healthier with regard to food – KEEP YOUR SUGGESTIONS AND OPINIONS TO YOURSELF UNTIL YOU’RE ASKED. By all means, cheer people on – I have amazing friends and family who are constantly rooting for me, and even the folks who’ve given me the unsolicited advice have cheered me on, and I’m so grateful for that. A kind word goes a long way, and the phrase “you can do it!” never gets old. But keep your suggestions on how they can improve, or what they should or shouldn’t be eating to yourself unless you’re asked for your opinion. You’re not a doctor. I don’t care how many diets you’ve been on, or how much weight you’ve lost, or how much research you’ve done on the internet. All that shows anyone is what worked for you. Everyone is different physically, and everyone’s specific food issues are different.

Me? I can overeat ANYTHING. If all I have is salad stuff in the house, I’ve been capable of making 3-4 salads in a row, piled with ingredients and dressing. I’ve been able to have several bananas in a row. I can pound back yogurt like it’s nobody’s business. So, what I’m trying to work on is repairing my relationship with food – all food. Which means that it’s unhealthy for me to categorize foods into “good foods” and “bad foods,” because anything can be a bad food for me. So while yes, I’m trying to get into the habit of cooking healthier food, it’s not so much about eating “good foods” so much as it’s about rewiring my brain to recognize that I have even more food options than I’ve ever given myself, and that I should explore them. It’s not about a deprivation mentality, it’s about having all the options in the world and then choosing what makes your body feel better. And yes, my body feels better when it has more nutrition and less ice cream. But that doesn’t mean that ice cream is completely off the table. It just means that ice cream can’t be THE SOLE REASON I LIVE AND BREATHE. (BTW – I haven’t had ice cream in a good long while) It’s less about telling myself what I “can’t have” and more about just being more mindful of what I eat, and making every choice a purposeful one. Am I actually hungry right now? What will actually satisfy me as opposed to just being a temporary food Band-Aid. And also, it’s OK to like food. Food isn’t “just fuel.” It’s not. It has cultural significance, it’s comforting, it’s a part of all of our celebrations and observances, and that’s okay. The thing is, there are people who can have it be that, and are capable of stopping eating when they’re full, or who don’t constantly think about the next time they’re going to get to eat, or who don’t feel the need to secretly stuff themselves with baked goods when no one is watching. And there are people who do exactly those things.

I’m one of them. Or rather, I used to do those things, and I now do them less and less as I find different ways to cope with things and actively pursue things that make me happier than any food ever could. And I’m not trying to blame the people who give unsolicited advice. After all, I had these problems long before you told me I should lay off carbs, or how many fruits I should eat. All I’m asking is that you understand that I’m simply working on trying to have a normal relationship with food. With all food. I’m trying to eat in a balanced way as a habit, and I’m taking steps to learn what balanced means. I ask you to understand that your well-meaning advice could be the very thing that triggers another binge for me. And I ask you to understand and trust that if I need help, I will ask for it, difficult though that is.

And, I wanna thank all my wonderful friends and family for all their support! I want you to know that even if you’re one of the people I’m talking about, I know you have my best interests at heart, and I’m so grateful that you care! 🙂 And to those of you who’ve been non-stop fonts of encouragement, THANK YOU, TOO! Knowing that I have people in my life who love and care for me is actually one of the things I focus on to remind me that I don’t need to eat to feel full. 🙂



POUND BY POUND: Day 2 – DailyBurn and Black Beauty (and Katya)

Huffing and Puffing after Day 2 of True Beginner - Core 1.

Huffing and Puffing after Day 2 of True Beginner – Core 1.

I’m writing this post late, because I spent today going to the dentist (four more cavities filled! Any more fillings, and I’ll look like Flava Flav!), running errands, and spending time with my friends Heather and Alex trying to be comforting after they had to put Heather’s beloved dog, Katya, to sleep yesterday.

Katya, I was there when your Mommy brought you home as a little puppy, and through the years, you’ve never ceased to put a smile on my face every time you jumped up to say hello or impressed me with your ballerina tricks. I was lucky enough to be able to live with you and take care of you for a few months when I first moved to L.A, and you were very gracious in sharing your home with me (as long as I was on time with your feedings!). RIP, Katya. You were a good girl. Tell my Scarlett I say hello. 

Katya all spruced up for Christmas, 2011.

Katya all spruced up for Christmas, 2011.

However, BEFORE the dentist, the errand-running, and the friends, I got my exercise in for the day in TWO ways. First, I did Day 2 of the True Beginner series at DailyBurn, Core 1. Once again, it was much easier than when I did the program the first go-round, but it still worked me out.

Happy to be back in the exercise groove!

Happy to be back in the exercise groove!

After that. I rode my bike – which I refer to as Black Beauty in my head, because she’s my trusty steed that gets me around – to my dentist appointment (1.4 miles) then to the nearest Citibank to me to get a new debit card (2.3 miles) and meet Heather at the salon across the street where she was getting her hurr did. So, I rode Black Beauty a total of 3.7 miles today before putting her in the back of Heather’s SUV to go get lunch. There was a point today at which the lower half of my mouth was completely numb, and my legs felt like jelly. It was a bad scene. 🙂

Black Beauty in front of my apartment.

Black Beauty in front of my apartment.

Lastly, today is the 12th, and as I’ve taken to doing on the 12th of every month, I did my monthly weigh-in and measurements. I started taking my measurements monthly on May 12th of this year, but since I’ve only been posting them in my Facebook groups, I figured I’d post them all here for my blog readers’ reference (for all twelve of you keeping track):

Teresa May Stats (5/12/14):
Weight: 277.2 lbs
Upper arm: 20 1/2 in.
Bust: 50 1/4 in.
Waist: 46 in.
Hips: 54 1/4 in.
Upper thigh: 33 5/8

Teresa June Stats (6/12/14):
Weight: 269.2 (- 8lbs!)
Upper arm: 19 1/2″ (- 1″)
Bust: 50″ (-1/4″)
Waist: 45″ (- 1″)
Hips: 55″ (+ 3/4″) – I suspect that I measured wrong the first time. Either that, or added muscle in my hip????
Upper thigh: 33 2/8″ (- 3/8″)

Teresa July Stats (7/12/14):
Weight: 272.2 (+3lbs from last month / -5lbs since start)
Upper arm: 19 1/2″ (same / -1″ since start)
Bust: 51 (+ 3/4 from last month / +1 1/4″ since start)
Waist: 45″ (same / -1″ since beginning)
Hips: 53 1/2″ (- 1 1/2″ from last month / – 3/4″ since start)
Upper thigh: 29″ (-4 2/8″ from last month / -4 5/8″ since start)

And here’s how I did today:

Teresa August Stats (8/12/14):
Weight: 273.2lbs (+1lb from last month / -4lbs since start)
Upper arm: 19″ (- 1/2″ from last month / -1 1/2″ since start)
Bust: 50″ (-1″ from last month / – 1/4″ since start)
Waist: 45 1/4″ (+ 1/4″ from last month / + 3/4″ since start)
Hips: 54 5/8″ (+ 1 1/8″ from last month / + 3/8″ since start)
Thighs: 33 3/4″ (+4 3/4″ from last month / +1/8″ since start)

My DailyBurn Finish Screen for today.

My DailyBurn Finish Screen for today.

As I said yesterday, I took a chunk of July off and it shows in that I didn’t seem to lose weight, and the weight that I gained all went to my bottom half. While I’m glad that I only gained a pound, the fact is that I’d much prefer a downward trajectory in this case, rather than an upward one. Hence the exercise every day. I just have to do something every day. There’s no two ways about it. Skipping one day = skipping many days, and I can’t afford to do that. Not until I’m in the shape I want to be in.

Well, that’s it for tonight! Tomorrow, more DailyBurn, and I’m trying out Orangetheory Fitness with Jen Levin. Fun! 🙂


Pound By Pound: True Beginner Day 1 (Again!)

Back in the workout game. August 11, 2014.

Back in the workout game. August 11, 2014.

After taking a large part of July off after my birthday and through Comic-Con (and beyond!), Workout Teresa is BACK! And she’s going to be sharing her daily progress with you here at The Experience!

I’ve been doing daily updates at two awesome Facebook Groups I’m a part of. Both are closed/secret groups, so I’m not sharing the links, but I can’t even begin to tell you how helpful they’ve both been in keeping me accountable and giving me a reason to “report in” every day. Now, I’m extending that here.

So, I’ve already completed the 28-day True Beginner program at DailyBurn once, but since I’ve taken so much time off from doing much in the way of being active, I’ve decided to start it again to get myself back in the workout groove. And unlike the first time I did the first True Beginner video, Stability and Mobility 1, this time, I got all the way through it! I did every single move. Some of it was still a challenge, and I worked up a quality sweat as you can see in the photo above, but it’s amazing to see how much stronger I’ve gotten in the past few months, despite having been lazy for a couple of weeks.

Here’s my Finish Screen today:

True Beginner: Stability and Mobility - Day 1

True Beginner: Stability and Mobility – Day 1

This week, I’ll be continuing this, as well as riding my bike to work today, and joining the fabulous Jen Levin during one of her workouts at Orangetheory Fitness on Wednesday! It feels good to be back in the saddle again!

Making Things Happen

Packet in the mail!

Forward momentum is good. Awesome in fact.

It’s been an amazing couple of weeks, filled with the knowledge that everything that I’ve been doing has not only been productive, but in my best interests and conducive to my well-being.

Would you believe that there was a long time there where I wasn’t doing things in my best interest? Where I was self-sabotaging for Lord knows what reason?


But lately, I’ve been punching Self-Sabotagey me in the face, and it’s been paying off!

After one of my morning jog/walks as part of Couch to 5K.

After one of my morning jog/walks as part of Couch to 5K.

1) Today was my monthly weigh-in/measurement check in, which I was actually LOOKING FORWARD TO (can you believe it?), because I knew I was both working hard in the exercise department (I’ve done some form of exercise every single day for the past month and a day) and, more recently, focusing on eating the right foods. The Boy’s mom, a nutritionist who works for the gubment, encouraged me to keep a food diary to figure out what I was eating and what this taught me is that I’d pretty much been eating nothing but bread products and pasta. In the week I kept a food diary back in May, I had maybe three fruits all week, zero vegetables, and nothing but bread (waffles, toast, lasagne, pasta & sauce, pie, pot pie, sandwiches…). It was quite a thing to see it on paper. So, this past week, once I finished the 28-day exercise series I was doing over at Daily Burn (it was the True Beginner series, which I’d highly recommend for anyone who is just starting to work out) and exercise became a habit, I decided to focus on my food. When I went shopping last weekend, I stocked up on veggies, fruits, and protein while staying away from breadstuffs. That meant no sliced bread, no cereal, no breaded stuff…

And believe it or not….THERE’S OTHER STUFF TO EAT. 🙂 I’ve also not had much sugar (I’ve only put one spoon of sugar in my coffee a couple of times this week. Most of the time I try to drink it just with milk), and I haven’t had much cheese or milk (been using almond milk for coffee instead, and I’ve only put a drop of regular milk into my scrambled eggs twice).

Anyway, the last time I weighed/measured myself was on 5/12, so I was curious to see what my results would be today. Here they are:

Weight: 269.2 (- 8lbs!)
Upper arm: 19 1/2″ (- 1″)
Bust: 50″ (-1/4″)
Waist: 45″ (- 1″)
Hips: 55″ (+ 3/4″) – I suspect that I measured wrong the first time. Either that, or added muscle in my hip????
Upper thigh: 33 2/8″ (- 3/8″)

So, the hard work in the food/fitness department is paying off, as I’m losing both weight and inches. Woot!

Next week, I’ll be starting (and telling you all about) Daily Burn’s 21-Day “Ignite” nutrition program!

Adam and my Disney/ABC application packet.

Adam and my Disney/ABC application packet.

2) As I’ve written about before, Adam and I have been entering several of the network writing fellowships, and today I just mailed off the last of our applications for this year – the one to the Disney/ABC Writing Program. Now, we play the Waiting Game, and in September or October, we’ll know if we’ll be moving further along in the process, or whether we’ll be focusing our attentions elsewhere.

In the meantime, this summer is all about WRITING MORE SHIT. I’m so excited that Adam is coming out to L.A. next week for a two week long writing pow-wow, during which we’ll be breaking both a new spec of an existing show and a new original pilot that we’ve been discussing. I’m super-excited.

In addition to that, I’m putting the final finishing touches on Incredible Girl, after which Aurora, Sabrina and I will be discussing next steps re: budgets, crowdfunding, and sponsors.

Lastly, I hope to be starting some new writing of my own soon at the end of the month. Haven’t decided whether I want to work on my prose fiction project, or on the anthology webseries I’ve been thinking about forever. Also, a solo spec of an existing show.

I’m working to make things happen out here! 🙂 Thanks for coming along for the ride!


Me, just after one of my Couch to 5K runs.

Me, just after one of my Couch to 5K runs.

Something happened once I returned to L.A. from New York a couple of weeks ago. I hit the ground running on getting myself and my life In Check. It was less about my career (that was already on the right track) and more about the rest of me. My finances, my health, my organization…whatever it is that always stops me when I’m thisclose to kicking it up to the next level, I want to kick it in the face. I want to either remove it from my life entirely, or figure out how to manage it better so that it doesn’t take over the way it has in the past.

So far, so good. I’ve exercised every single day since May 12th. That’s 10 days in a row, including my workout this morning. I’m really, really proud of that. I don’t think I’ve ever done anything that consistently before. 🙂 I’m doing the Couch to 5K running plan 3 days a week (repeating each week of the program once) and doing the True Beginner workout video series on Daily Burn, which I highly recommend subscribing to if you want an inexpensive way to have variety in your exercise routine without having to go to a gym.

Interestingly enough, what’s helped me stick with it has been reporting on my progress on Facebook. 🙂 I’ve joined two separate fitness groups – both of which I was invited to by friends – that encourage sharing progress and posting photos. So, sharing with those pages (and my personal FB feed) after my workouts every day has become a ritual for me, which makes me not want to miss a day. I get so much encouragement from people (who seem to have started to expect me to post!) that I don’t want to miss a day. It’s invigorating – especially on days like today when I REALLY didn’t feel like working out at ALL, but did it anyway, and have gotten praised to the skies for it!

Me after one of my less pleasant Daily Burn workouts.

Me after one of my less pleasant Daily Burn workouts.

While I’m focusing primarily on staying active for right now, I’m also trying to manage what I eat. Last week, I kept a food journal of everything I put in my mouth. PS – there’s an unsurprisingly low number of fruits and vegetables. I know a nutritionist who has offered to have a look and suggest how I might better manage my nutrition, both for weight loss and for general health.

And then there’s the finance stuff, which has involved reading Money: A Love Story, asking for a pay upgrade at a current job, and taking on other short-term/part-time work. One of the exercises in Money: A Love Story is to take a negative thought that you have about money and turn it into a positive one. So…

My original, negative thought: I work really hard for what seems to be no financial result, needing several jobs to make up one salary. I don’t have enough income to pay off my debt AND survive day-to-day. 

That turned into: I have enough to pay my debts AND survive day-to-day. 

Which finally became the simple Money Mantra: I ALWAYS RECEIVE AND FIND WHAT I NEED.

Which I do. All the time. And the thing I’m trying to consistently remember so that I don’t backslide into a “fuck it” attitude about money is that no matter how things have gotten, I’ve always come through to the other side, because I was willing to ask. Sometimes, I’ve had to ask for help. Other times, I’ve asked for more money on jobs I’ve done. Other-other times, I’ve asked for the thing I’ve needed in exchange for something not monetary (like coverage on this blog, for instance). But I’ve always been able to have what I need. I’ve always had a job. I’ve always had an apartment. I’ve always had clothes and food. I’ve always had amazing people in my life. And I’m grateful.

Taking care of myself. One day at a time.

Taking care of myself. One day at a time.

The last thing I’ve been trying to do lately is center myself. When I first went to see my therapist, she noticed that my brain has a tendency to be all over the place (That’s not a hard thing to notice). 🙂 She suggested meditation as a way to just bring all the buzzing in my head down a bit. So, I’ve been meditating just about every day using guided meditations I’ve found online. It’s been helping me a lot with staying focused. Not only that, but I very much believe that meditating on a thought or desire puts a certain energy out into the world that finds its way back to you. For example, things have been uncertain lately at one of my day jobs. They weren’t doing great, and there has been worry lately that my bosses might have to close their business, which sucks for all of us. Two days ago, I did that exercise I talk about above, where I meditated on the fact that I ALWAYS RECEIVE AND FIND WHAT I NEED. Yesterday, the other woman who works at that day job quit, leaving more hours and possibly a raise in pay for me to pick up, my bosses had a meeting with a company they may be working with that will turn their whole business around, AND a friend of mine offered me a babysitting gig for her new baby for several weeks in June.

I should meditate more often! 😉

I actually started a prayer circle with some long-distance friends of mine. Every week, we text each other what we want help with that week, and then we all ask God/The Universe/whatever (we all have different beliefs) to help our friends with what they need. This week, I asked for Perseverance. I got through exercising every day last week, and I don’t want to fall into a Sophomore Slump this week. I’m asking for the perseverance to get through this week too. It’s Wednesday, and so far so good! Knowing that I’m getting an extra spiritual bump from friends helps. Knowing I have people encouraging me on my Facebook groups helps. But most of all, knowing that I can helps. I’ve done one week, which means I can finish another, then do another. I know I’m capable.

So now, I just have to KEEP DOING.


I love this little rhino! From now on, he shall be my Fitness Goals mascot and grace all these posts.


So, I gained 1.6lbs this week.

I’m not going to let myself get down about it, though. Thing is, I figured I would. My compulsive eating got the better of me two times this week. However, I tracked my food anyway, so I know exactly where I went wrong. I’m using this slip-up as an opportunity to examine my behavior and figure out the tools I need to choose other behaviors rather than slip up again.

Where I slipped:

  • I seem to be programmed to always be eating something while I watch television. This week, as I was catching up on TV on two separate days, I did it with random extra cold cuts from the fridge. I know, right? But there you have it. I kept track of how much I ate, and tracked the points…but in my head, I was all “I can eat what I want!” I totally have control issues around food. It’s good to see it and make note of it.
  • Thai food with The Boy. What I SHOULD have done was split my pad thai into two portions. What I DID was eat the entire plate. Ethnic food is dangerous.
  • I went out to eat with The Boy and his visiting dad and stepmom. We went to a restaurant in NoHo called Mofongo’s. Really good Puerto Rican food (even if the atmosphere is a bit lacking), and I had pernil, rice and beans, maduros, and some yucca fries. What I SHOULD have done was have half of what I was served and box the rest. What I DID was eat SO MUCH PERNIL. Again, dangerous ethnic food.

So, I slipped up re: food. HOWEVER, there’s one area where I did pretty well. I did the three days of Couch to 5K to which I committed! I completed Week 2 of the program – for the second time! – and I’m ready to move on to Week 3 this week!

How I hope to keep from slipping again:

  • This week, when I’m catching up on TV, I’m going to do exercise during the commercials, rather than fast-forward through them. My mini-workout should do the trick. Or I’ll pick one thing to do (like crunches, or squats) for the entire commercial break. Whatever. I’m just doing something for those 2-3 minutes. 🙂
  • If I go out to eat, I’m going to plan what I’m going to have (and how I’m going to portion it) before I get there.
  • I’m going to not be lazy about blogging!

That last one might seem weird – but I realized that I didn’t do a My Fitness Goals For the Week post this week, and I think that subconsciously it made me lazier than I might have been had I written it up. I wasn’t accountable for anything, because I didn’t put anything into writing, and that definitely affected me. So this is me putting my goals in writing. My one MAIN goal for the week?

I’m going to lose that 1.6 lbs I gained WITH INTEREST. If it’s only 0.4lbs or something, that’s fine. But I’m determined that, when I weigh-in at Weight Watchers next Sunday, I’m going to be ahead of the game. I’m going to lose what I gained this week, and a little more. So there. 🙂

Wish me luck! 🙂 And don’t forget to pledge to the Pound By Pound Pledge Drive! Those pledges really, really keep me motivated, and they’ve gotten stagnant lately. Please inject some new blood into the campaign! And share the link far and wide!

Thank you!


I love this little rhino! From now on, he shall be my Fitness Goals mascot and grace all these posts.

I love this little rhino! From now on, he shall be my Fitness Goals mascot and grace all these posts.

Once again, this past week in fitness goals had strong points and weak points, and I didn’t follow it entirely.

The thing of which I’m the most proud? I re-did Week One of the Couch to 5K program and completed every day in full! Huzzah! It helped that, on one day, I was accompanied by my friend, Mairghread. Time goes a lot faster when you’re jogging and chatting with a friend. She’s going to be joining me this week, too!

So, what didn’t I do? My mini-workout on the days I wasn’t running, which is ridiculous, as it only takes five minutes to do. Now, to be fair, on my off-running days this week, I either had The Boy staying over at my place, or I was at The Boy’s, but he knows I’m trying to lose weight, and he’s super-supportive. Why wouldn’t I stick to my mini-workout even with him around?

Exactly. There’s no excuse. I’ve always felt weird about people watching me work out, especially when I’m not in a workout environment (ie: like when I’m at home. I’ve always been self-conscious about exercising around roommates, and now, around The Boy), but I need to get over it. Especially where The Boy is concerned. Just because I plan on keeping The Boy around doesn’t mean I’m not gonna be living the rest of my life around him. 🙂 Also, what am I embarrassed about, period? There’s no good answer to that question, so DO YOUR MINI-WORKOUT IN THE MORNING NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE OR WITH WHOM YOU’RE SPENDING IT, TERESA! 🙂

As far as eating, I stayed within my allotted Weight Watchers points for the week (woot), and I had at least a couple of meals where I was either talking with The Boy (and not watching anything on TV), or where I was sitting quietly or eating more mindfully than usual.

Lastly, I cancelled Teresa’s Hike & Brunch today, because I didn’t want to compete w/anyone needing to spend time with their mothers on Mother’s Day. 🙂 My two “official” May hikes are now on the 19th and the 26th. HOWEVER, that didn’t stop me and my friend, Heather, from hiking for two hours at Griffith Park today anyway! 😉 You know, ’cause that’s how we roll now.


  • Complete WEEK TWO of the Couch to 5K program (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)
  • Do my mini-workout on Wednesday and Friday mornings
  • Use the stairs every single time I take the train to and from work
  • Use only 29 of my allotted 49 weekly Weight Watchers points (these are the points you’re allowed IN ADDITION TO your daily points) – last week I only used 23, so this is doable.

Wish me luck this week, and make sure you check out (and pledge to!) the POUND BY POUND PLEDGE DRIVE, which is the reason I’m doing all this! THANK YOU! 🙂