Friday, November 18, 2011

Celebrating Life - All of It!

Frankly life gets in the way sometimes.  I meant to post here everyday when I first started my year-long- journey to become more healthy - to eat more wisely and to exercise more.  Then like always, I got off track.  Not with my eating so much, but with recording what I'm doing by journaling.

Relationships are critical to me and I know that.  Even though I may not know you personally, your input and words of encouragement are like gasoline on a fire to me.  That's how important you and this blog can be to me and my endeavour.   Imagine that.

Two things have happened.  First, I tore my miniscus (knee) and had to have minor knee surgery.  Because of that, I have  not been allowed to exercise (at least anything that moves my knee) and not even ride my horse.  Basically, I haven't been moving much.  Not moving is not a common thing for me.  I never stop...unless I'm forced to by an injury. That's happened a couple times before.

Keith Oliver didn't give up on me.  He has been so inspirational that I've begun to believe in myself and the ability I have to control how I feel and of course how I look.  During Keith's weekly visits we talk.  I've come to value failure and am beginning to use it as a learning tool.  That almost blows my mind.  I value failure????  Who does that?

My biggest failure has been in not writing down what I eat.  That's been a problem for me every single time I've tried to keep track of what I'm doing.  Keith pointed out to me that I also close my eyes when lifting weights and doing sit-ups. So, I close my eyes while exercising and stop writing down what I'm eating after a short period of time.  What does that mean?  I'm still working on the answer.

The other cool thing that's come to my mind is that I'm going to give up using my age as an excuse for having trouble losing weight.  Why?  Because even in the midst of all this down time that I've had, I didn't gain a pound. I may not lose weight as quickly as I did in my 20's and 30's and yes, even 40's but calories are calories. 

I am celebrating losing five pounds when I could have gained twenty.  I am celebrating eating mindfully and protein drinks.  In fact, there's not much I'm not celebrating right now.  Thank you God!!

I'm glad you stopped by to read my post.  Please leave your words of wisdom before you leave!


  1. So good to hear from you! Hope that knee is healing!

  2. Well done on losing the weight, Jan. You would think it would have been harder if you couldn't exercise!

    As someone who can't eat gluten and only a little dairy, you would think that I would be like a rake, but no! But I have found that protein is better than carbs, especially in the morning and vegetables at night. Oh and rice with everything :) x

  3. So glad to hear from all of you!!!!!

  4. congrats on the posts and your achievments. Eating can become something we do out of boredom or because that is just what we do and create every excuse we can to be unhealthy because of our age. I am learning to eat healthy aswell and am getting the exercise I thought I didnt have time for. If you want it bad enough you will find time for it, no matter what it is. Again, you are on a path of success not failure because you are making a priority. Failures are where we gain our strength in life but our success' help us move on to the next level. Love to you and yours from Florida

  5. hey there Jan
    we are back to cheer you on!

  6. Keith posts: Glad to see we are still keeping up with this blog. I dont think that its quite interactive enough though. I was wondering what anyone would think about moving it to facebook? We can like others comments there, so even if we didnt have anything to add we could show our participation. We could also share pictures for our comments. Jan is doing gr8. even though things are going slow, she is heading down the right path. I am grateful to be a part of your transformation jan. Your reasoning will get you where you want to be. LIVE INSPIRED!

  7. Hope to see you blogging more again. Thought I'd pop round, haven't been to this blog in a while. I hold my breathe apparently when I exercise...people often tell me to remember to breathe. Why? No clue, but I do catch myself doing it pretty regularly. lol

    Thanks for the visit and comfort, both are appreciated.

  8. Just passing :-) Oh, knee stuff.. it passes and heals but is a complete pain in the bum... after the first photo I ever saw of you :-) THEN, another sitting on that horse of yours was a wonder to see. Hey, I like horses, but haven't sat on one since I was eight years old ... TOO BIG FOR ME :-)Sorry about your ruby by the way...... I noticed her too :-) Ah...
    I never have weighing scales :-) ANYMORE. I eat when I am hungry and when I have to give in to a craving, I do.. but not often :-) Your knee will thank you for the lose of weight. But you can be too thin too :-) I think I must have been dreaming when I was once a stick :-) TAKE CARE :-) x x x

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