Lazy Mouse vs. Baby Steps

Baby stepping onto the elevator...

Is this some radical new therapy? Nope. Just baby stepping.

After being away for 7 weeks, I’m finally back home in Virginia. So of course, my wellness plan gets kicked into high gear, right? No more excuses: Daily walks. Track and measure food. Avoid carbs. Blog everyday. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!


Turns out reality didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Since my glorious return to The Old Dominion, I’ve averaged 2-3 naps a day. Hey, if I’m napping, I’m not eating.

But I’m also not exercising. All the driving across country took a lot more out of me than expected. I just felt exhausted. It doesn’t help that my insomnia is back (hence the naps) the last few days. Last night I was up until 4 a.m. Not a good sign.

For whatever reason, I really thought jumping right back into my wellness regime would be simple. The problem is I lost momentum. And it is amazing how hard it is to get it back. For the first few days back in town, I became lazy mouse.

A few of my good habits I developed over the last year fell by the wayside while in Arizona. My food tracking was almost nonexistent. Limited alcohol intake? Heh. And while I did walk during my first 2 weeks of my stay, once the temps hit 110, I was lucky to go 10 feet without bursting into flames.

It was easy for the lazy mouse in me to take hold.

Well this weekend I went back to square one. But I had a strategy – Baby Steps. If you’ve seen What About Bob you know what I’m talking about.

Yes. Baby Steps.

So Wednesday night, I mapped out my baby steps for success.

Baby Step #1: Tracking and measuring what I eat, and drinking plenty of high quality H2O.
I started baby stepping my tracking last Thursday. I didn’t worry about exercising. It just doesn’t matter how much I exercise if I’m chowing on pizza and drinking beer. Eating smart is the key to weight loss.

Baby Step #2: Power walking 30 minutes 4 times this week.
I haven’t walked the last 6 weeks. I’m not looking to set any world records. Easing my way back into daily walks is key to avoiding injuries.

Baby Step #3: Weekly Weigh In.
I gained about 6 lbs while in Arizona. My weekly weigh in start back up Saturday.

I’m baby kicking lazy mouse to the curb. Momentum will be mine once again!

Do You Have The Weather Gauge?

Wow, I completely missed it. March 23 was the one year anniversary of me walking away from a job. That’s right, I stopped working for The Man.

After 10 long years at a trade association, I had had enough of office drama, 16 hour days, and putting out one fire after another rather than doing my job. It got to the point where work felt like a hungry parasite sucking out my soul.

I always fantasized about quitting my job and getting into shape. Just focus on me. But the truth was I was afraid to walk away from the paycheck.

“Just quit, take a year off and get in shape. We’ll be fine.”
In 2008, we got our financial house in order. Thanks to Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps, we are debt free and have a 6 month emergency fund. We could more than survive on one salary. I just didn’t have enough pluck to say enough.

Enter the most awesome husband…evah! He assured me we had the weather gauge. Our finances gave us more freedom so why should I be miserable. If this was something I really wanted to do, then I should. He offered a deal – quit and focus on my health and after 12 months, rejoin the rat race. Sold!

The next day I resigned. It felt great. My health was now a priority. It was the first time in a long time I felt happy. If I had to pick one word to describe how I felt my last day on the job, it would be jubilation. I was in control. I had the weather gauge.

It’s been a great year. I’ve lost 20% of my body weight so far. I’m feeling healthier, more relaxed and stronger. My insomnia has all but disappeared and my stress levels have pretty much bottomed out. I already have a cool new job lined up that I’m very excited about (no commute!).

Never surrender the weather gauge.