New Blog

Hello! I just realized that some of you may be reading my blog through blogger or a feed and wanted to let you know I changed over to wordpress a few days ago. my address is still the same: www.myallnaturalweightloss.com, but that is where I can be found!

Thanks for reading!
The Token Fat Girl

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Thanks so much for indulging me yesterday and today with your thoughtful opinions! I've made a last minute decision to go to a figure drawing class this afternoon and I won't be home at 4 (est) to announce the winners. Instead, I will keep the comments open for the drawing until 4pm and announce the winners this evening when I get home! Good luck, I've really enjoyed reading these!

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A Chance to Win a FREE banner for your blog

I'm still floundering a bit with my blogging schedule.

I want this blog to be more about me, I want to actually provide interesting information, motivation, support and ideas about weight loss and healthy living. We are all in this together, and chances are if you're stopping by you're looking for something and I want to provide it.

Over the past two years you've watched me lose weight, gain weight, post daily food entries and non at all, I've done plus size fashion remixes, I've made new recipes, I've talked about exercise classes, I've had philosophical moments about why I'm fat, I've tried a lot of diets, and I've talked about all around self-improvement.

I am and will lose weight in 2009 and want to continue sharing my story. I have the ability to leave comments on your blogs (which I don't do enough of!) and i have time and freedom to provide a truly wonderful place to stop by everyday. I don't always deliver and I haven't always been consistent.

Now, how can you get a free banner? If you would like your very own customizable banner just leave a comment with your answers and thoughts about the following questions. If you do not want a banner, you can choose a $25 gift card to amazon instead. I will stop counting the comments tomorrow at 2pm (EST) and use a random comment generator to announce the winner tomorrow by 4pm!

Here are the questions:

If you are a long-time reader what keeps you coming back to my website?

What do you like about my blog?

What do you not like about my blog (aside from web ads)?

How often would you like to see new entries? (IE: daily, twice a day, every other day etc.)

Do healthy recipes and meal ideas interest you?

Would you like more plus size fashion ideas?

Are you looking for motivation when you read my blog?

And finally, what would you like to see more of around here? Weight loss, dieting tips, exercise ideas, product reviews, network of support, reader emails, interesting articles about healthful living, motivational tools etc.

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quite quick

Is it monday already? Please ignore strange ads on my blog, I'm on my way to wordpress and things might look a little weird and mixed up around here until I get there.

Anyhow, I've been wanting to talk more about the "hows" of weight loss. I've created a series of questions pinpointing why I didn't lose a lot of weight in 2008. What were those same habits that crept in continuing the cycle of fatdom? How can I break those same habits and achieve my goals this year?

I've had a sore throat every morning since Tuesday followed with dry coughing by night. Its getting really annoying and zapping precious energy that I don't have in excess to begin with. I mustered up enough energy to go to dinner (sushi) and movies (the curious case of benjamen button) on Saturday, but every morning like clockwork: sore throat, deep scratchy voice, coughing.

I'm going to the gym this morning anyway. I've got oatmeal, vitamin c and pain medicine in my system. Now, I just need a shower.

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new years mix up

Happy New Years! I hope you all had a really fun time last night! We stayed in and watched movies off and on and finished up some end of the year projects including Krissie's new customized blog banner which you can view here: Questions for Dessert. I had a lot of fun making this banner for her and happy that she is liking it so much!

This is my shameless plug for my etsy where you can buy one of my customizable blog banners :) : Inspiration to go.

So, its the first day of January and I know some of us are evaluating and making new goals for this year. Calling them resolutions or goals or achievements doesn't really matter, but I've joined forces with one of my best friends Ashley to create the2009project.net where you can find all of my goals for 2009.

My list is long and ambitious for me, but I'd rather try than not try anything at all. I've started working slowly on everything today and it feels good to have a clearer pathway. Josh has created his list of "quarter year" goals, which I really like and it has helped me to break down my year long goal into smaller chunks.

I got on the scale this morning 289.0. That is up from my last weigh-in of 286.5. Obviously from a lot of holiday eating with little exercise.

Today and yesterday my little goals were to clean out the junk. For the first time in a long time I went grocery shopping and did not buy one food item that is a trigger food for me. Even something seemingly innocent like white bread was off of the list. I could eat a whole loaf with tomatoes and mayonnaise in two days. I've been taking inventory of the food in the house and getting rid of or hiding in the back of the pantry closet anything that might not be a good idea to have around such as my baking supplies.

We also got a wii fit from my mom and dad for christmas and it is really fun. It is really diligent about keeping track of the days you use the machine, your weight and bmi scores. The workouts are challenging and it keeps track of how long you use the machine. According to wii fit my age is 35, ten years my senior.

This post is all over the place because I have a lot on my mind, but I also wanted to add that my sister had the lapband surgery on Monday and she is recovering really well. She did a lot of research before having the proceedure and I'm really proud of here for taking that step, its definantly not an easy decision. I look forward to celebrating her losses with her and hearing how her habits are changing.

Its also got me thinking about my own habits and making things more non-negotiable as far as weight loss goes. When you have a proceedure like that, overeating no longer becomes an option, and eating bad foods only makes you feel worse. I want to apply those same principles to my own weight loss efforts. I guess what I'm saying is, I would like to adopt some of her new habits by making my options limited as well. Making a healthier lifestyle non-negtiable. Does that make any sense?

Is it sad that sometimes I would like to create "food allergies" or pretend like I had the surgery to avoid food pressure from other people? There aren't people that pressure me to eat, but sometimes I get insecure about publicizing healthy habits because I feel like I've been trying to do this for so long that no one even believes I will stick to anything long-term.

Which brings me to a non-resolution resolution of talking about dieting in front of people. I have been really bad and annoying about this since I admitted to having a weight problem, which is why having a blog is really good for me. What I mean is, I am always broadcasting my new diet plan and if I've lost weight that I'm starting to realize that this is in bad taste. Or is it? What do you guys think, is it annoying when you're with people and they talk about what they are or aren't eating?

I've been to dinner with people who are on various diets and eating plans and sometimes I cringe when people proclaim "I'm not eating white bread", not because they aren't eating bread, but because they feel the need to tell everyone about. And I know I've done the same thing, and I realize how helpful it is to tell people about it. I was reading a book about "rules to live by" awhile ago and one of the rules was to never talk about dieting. So, again, good to publicily talk about dieting or bad?

Also, how do you guys feel about proclaiming you're working on losing weight to the same people you've talked about losing weight to a hundred times before? Do you ever feel self-conscious that they are thinking "yeah, something new and different for you, a diet!" *insert sarcasm*

And finally to this extremely long entry, I want to work on the "hows" to my weight loss. I want to lose 110 pounds this year. Period. But, that is easy to say. But how will I do it? Tomorrow I will be back with that answer.

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