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Motivation in the Mail: Healthy Living Postcard Exchange

I’ve had an idea percolating for a while. I actually addressed it in a minimal format LONG ago (as in prior to this version of Stellar Path, although a few of you from back then may still remember it), but I’ve decided that 2012 is the year to implement this. However, I cannot do this alone, so I need your help. But here’s the thing – it should benefit you as much as it will me.

And no, it’s not a Ponzi scheme.

Right now, I’m calling it the Healthy Living Postcard Exchange.

Here is how it works.

You are matched up, randomly, with some person. It may be a blogger; it may be someone without a blog; it may be someone you know well; it may be someone you have never heard of.

You send them a postcard from your area of the world. On said postcard, you will write some note of encouragement. From the generic “You can do it!” to a more detailed I-clearly-stalked-you-on-the-internet “I know you are struggling, but just remember the success you had last year in March. I’m pulling for you and you can do it again!” And then, you have something to put on your fridge (or bathroom mirror, or wherever is motivational to you) and maybe, it’ll help you stay on track.

Obviously, this will require you to share your mailing address with someone. All you’ll need to let me know is that you want to participate. Since we are just talking about mailing postcards, I see no reason that this couldn’t be opened up worldwide. Obviously, if you live in the U.S., it will cost slightly more to mail a postcard to the other side of the world than to the other side of the U.S., but since it is JUST a postcard, the cost is still typically less than $2.00.

If you want to participate, please email me the following information by January 8th to

1. Your email address
2. If you are a US reader, if you are willing to send a postcard internationally. (You can still participate if you only want to send domestic.)

I initially thought I was going to match up mailing addresses and so forth, but instead, I’ll email out a list saying who is matched up to whom, and you will send your person your mailing address.

If enough people participate, I’m planning to arrange it each month so that the person you send your postcard to will not be the person you receive your postcard from.

I know that a lot of us already “know” each other through the internet (and a few lucky folks out there know each other in person through Fitbloggin and other local meet-ups), but this seems to me it could be a great way to bring some of us closer together and motivate each other.

Right now, I’m thinking we’ll do this once a month, so if you want to bow out a month for whatever reason, no problem. But still… I think it would be pretty neat to think that at the end of 2012, you could have twelve postcards from (hopefully) twelve different people [if enough sign up, so please sign up!], all motivating you on your goals, weight loss, healthy living, healthy eating, working out, or WHATEVER.

So at this point, I just shamelessly beg. Obviously, I need people to participate. I’ll do the matching. All you need to do is email me the information above.

Anyone up for participating?

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Power Rangers: Teamwork

June 9, 2011
366.6 pounds
Change from June 1st = -8.7 pounds
Change from highest = -36.2 pounds

I am now weighing in every day. I may not do this forever, but I’m doing it now for a big reason. I think it is an integral part of the mental health process for me to strip the scale of its power. Weight fluctuates, daily. You can do everything right and see a slight increase on the scale from the day before. Many weight loss experts say you should avoid the scale daily for this very reason, as it can cause undue stress.

Well, I can’t necessarily control temporary water gain and fluctuations of a few pounds. But I can control my stress over it. That’s what I’m doing now. Yesterday, my weight went up a bit over a pound. No worries; I knew it would drop. Today it dropped, almost three pounds. What will it do tomorrow?

It doesn’t even matter, so long as the overall trend for June is downward. I may start using PhysicsDiet again, just to see that downward trend.

Again, do understand that this is a work in progress for me. I’m sure some day my weight will spike, I’ll be confused by it, and I’ll have to struggle not to binge. Ignoring the problem, however, will not make it go away. I can only fix this by addressing it head on, which is what I am currently doing.

After today’s episode of Power Rangers, I’m going to take a brief break from Angel Grove and head to Camp Anawana and Salute Your Shorts! Oh, and in case you don’t know where to find these nostalgic videos, I’m getting the mall from YouTube. It’s like someone took my childhood and put it online!

First aired September 8, 1993


Kim and Trini are trying to get signatures on a petition to shut down a dumpsite.

Little do they know, the dump is actually a trap created by Rita Repulsa. When they go to the dump site to deliver their petition, they are attacked by Putties. In addition, Rita also sends her newest creation, the Minotaur, to fight the Ranngers.

While the girls finish fighting the putties, the boys attack the Minotaur. Zordon has the team unite, because it is only as a whole team that they can defeat Rita’s monsters. This is the toughest battle the Rangers have had to face yet, so Zordon gives the team their Power Weapons.

Even more impressively, their weapons can combine to make the Power Blaster, and with this weapon, Rita’s Minotaur is history.

At the end of the day, the Rangers have learned they are best and strongest when functioning as a team.

Weight Loss Analogy

Zordon gave the Rangers their Power Weapons, which was just the edge they needed to defeat the monster.

We all should have our own secret weapons in our battle, too.

We all know what to do. We know how to count calories or points, work out, eat properly… all that is a given. So why aren’t we all thin? Things come up. Bad choices are easier to make.

However, if we properly equip ourselves, then it will be easier to make the good choices.

One of my Power Weapons is fruit. Aside from the fact that fruit is a zero point food on Weight Watchers, it tastes good, it is good for me, and it is filling. If I am craving something sweet, then fruit often does the trick. It’s currently summer (or at least close enough), and there are more fruits available than ever before. Right now, I have apples, peaches, cherries, watermelon, and cantaloupe in my fridge, with even more (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries) in my freezer. I’m eating several servings of fruit a day. It makes me feel amazing. I know I am fueling my body with something it needs, and it keeps me from eating things I do not need.

What are your Power Weapons on your weight loss quest?

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Celebrating with Food

Tomorrow is a big day. It’s going to be a good day, but it’s a big day. I can’t really discuss it yet (it has nothing to do with the blog, so don’t think I’m trying to build anticipation). As soon as all associated with it is over (probably a few weeks – maybe longer), I’ll be sure to mention it here. Just know this – all is good.

And that’s what kind of leads me to this relatively short post.

When things are going good, I want to celebrate.

That’s great, right? Celebrations are awesome.

Well, not for me. I always want to celebrate with food.

If I did well on a test when I was in college, I’d stop by Wendy’s and buy six Junior Bacon Cheeseburgers and eat them on the way home.

That’s no longer my weakness. Know what my weakness is now?

Chinese buffets.

I think these are the greatest thing EVER. I realize that this is not real Chinese food, and I also realize that it is possible to eat healthy at them. I would like to mention that I do not. I always get at least one plate piled high with nothing but fried food.

In the past, celebrations always resulted in some type of food reward. Even now, there is a little part of my brain that wants me to celebrate tomorrow after work by going to the Chinese buffet and just loading up calories and promising myself that tomorrow will be a fresh start.

Not going to do it. I may celebrate, but I will not be celebrating with food this time.

What will tomorrow look like?

I’m going to workout before work. After work, I’ll come home, fix a healthy dinner, and watch TV with Tina. No Chinese buffet. I’m not swearing them off forever, but they certainly aren’t needed for every celebration.

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A Picture to Represent My Thoughts

This is a really short post today. If I hadn’t sworn to myself I’d post once a day in the month of February, I wouldn’t even post this, but I don’t want to break my streak.

I’m weighing in tomorrow. I’ll talk more about that then.

For today, I’m posting a picture to represent my thoughts about the entire weight loss journey.

Tomorrow, I’ll explain what I mean.

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Severe Lack of Motivation

How do I get motivated again?

I have a weigh-in tomorrow. I’m pretty sure I’ll even post a loss, if for no other reason than that coming back from vacation does necessitate some return to normal eating.

I’m probably more worried right now than I have been in a while, because I have ZERO motivation.

Logically, I can make a list of reasons to be motivated to lose weight and become healthy.

1. I want to be a dad someday, and I don’t want to be a fat dad.
2. I want to be a healthy husband so I can live a long life with Tina.
3. I want to be able to buy clothing off the rack.
4. I want to not have trouble tucking in a shirt.
5. I want to not worry if I’ll fit in a chair with arms.

There are a lot more than five reasons.

But I’m just finding myself unmotivated. I have little desire to go to the gym. I could care less what I eat.

This isn’t a post to literally ask for advice on how to get motivated. I know what I would say to someone else if they posed that question to me. I know all the platitudes. (I will still happily take advice, by the way.)

This is something I have to figure out for myself. I need to go Dr. Phil on myself.

Because honestly, it isn’t working for me right now.

Do I count calories? Do I follow WW again? Intuitive eating?

Or should I just do what I apparently want and eat myself into an early grave?

Here is what I know about me.

Cold turkey anything does not work for me.
WW worked phenomenally in the past. (The program itself more than meetings.)
I love to work out when I do it regularly.

I don’t have a game plan yet. I’m still weighing in tomorrow. And I’m definitely going to do some deep soul searching today.

This is for life. Why aren’t I more invested?

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