Blog Posts – JAN thru DEC 2017

Blog Posts – JAN thru DEC 2017 – To make it easier to catch up and read my posts from day one, I’ve put together 3-month Directories. Reading my posts in the order as written will help put my writing and my progress into perspective. I hope you find this Directory helpful and thank you for following my blog.

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JANUARY 2017 Posts (below)

Day 333 – 341 A New Year brings NEW Resolutions – Tuesday thru Monday, December 27, 2016 thru January 2, 2017. Yesterday, a friend sent me a list of her resolutions for the New Year. Perhaps, putting her resolutions in writing and sending them to me via text is her first step in holding herself accountable. I get where she is going because that is how I feel about writing this blog, Facing MY FAT.

Day 342 – Resolve to turn TIRED into TRIED – Tuesday, January 3, 2017. If only turning tired into tried was as easy as switching around two letters, “i” and “r”. Today was one of those days when I was tired.

Day 343 – Two Must Do Healthful Tips – Wednesday, January 4, 2017. I was an avid exerciser in my late 20’s, all my 30’s and now again for the past three years. What am I leaving out from this statement?

Day 344 – Proper Form and Exercise Tips – Thursday, January 5, 2017. Having attended hundreds of exercise classes in my lifetime, there are some things that I’ve observed and learned.

Day 345 – 348 – Why Lose Weight? Friday-Monday, January 6-9, 2017. As the New Year rolls into week two, I’ve noticed lots of activity around me.

Day 349 – Why Exercise? Tuesday, January 10, 2017. I’ve written a lot over the past year about exercise. Exercise goes hand in hand with losing weight. Most doctors will recommend exercise along with a healthy diet to lose weight.

Day 350 – Why Blog About Losing Weight? Wednesday, January 11, 2017. In case you haven’t figured it out, this has been a week of asking, “Why?” My resolutions this year all start with asking myself “Why do I do what I do?”

Day 351 – Finding My Why? Thursday, January 12, 2017. In case you haven’t figured it out, this has been a week of asking, “Why?” “Why lose weight? Why exercise? Why blog about losing weight?”

Why I Faced My Fat 1-Year Ago – It has been nearly one year since I started writing this blog, Facing MY FAT. Today, as I re-read my “About Me” page, I was reminded about my addiction to sugar.  One year later, I have learned to moderate my sugar consumption (more often, than not).  No longer do I bake something sweet every week and no longer do I crave ice cream or something sweet befor bedtime. Sweets treats are still a part of my life but sweet treats are NOT the focus of my life.

Days 352 – 365 ONE YEAR of Facing MY FAT 2017 – January 12 to January 25, 2017 – I’m back after a short break and ready to re-cap my progress over the past year.  As my first year wraps up,  my commitment to losing weight will continue throughout 2017. This year, I have a PLAN.

January 28, 2017 – Only EXERCISE the MUSCLES You Want to Keep – I went to the dentist this week for my 6-month check-up. On the counter was a small sign that read, “Only brush the teeth you want to keep.” I thought to myself, “Only exercise the muscles you want to keep!”

January 31, 2017 – 20 Helpful Tips for Camouflaging the Belly Bulge – If you missed my 1-Year Anniversary photo shoot, you also missed the many printed fabric tops that I wore for each photo. Ever since I’ve gained weight, I have chosen to wear printed tops more often than solid colors. I like to think that I am camouflaging my belly fat. But am I? Or, does wearing printed fabric draw more attention to the very areas that I am trying to hide?

February 2017 Posts

February 1, 2017 – 20-Minute Rules to Better Health – There are multiple ways to apply the 20-minute rule when it comes to encouraging better mental and physical health and eating habits.

February 7, 2017 – Exercising the Abdominal Muscles EVERY Day – When it comes to exercising, all of the articles I’ve reviewed advise us to exercise muscles groups every other day. For those who work out with free weights, experts recommend a 48-hour rest before working out again. Thus, one day we exercise the upper body: chest, arms, shoulders, biceps, triceps and the next day exercise the lower body: thighs, legs, calves.

February 9, 2017 – Quick Set Workout – When you are tired, you may not feel inspired to follow your normal exercise routine.  That’s the kind of day I’ve had. I am sick. I have a cold, runny nose and a tired body and it’s completely messing up my exercise routine. The best I could do is drag myself downstairs to my workout area and perform what I call a “Quick Set” routine.

February 15, 2017 – The Skinny on Skinny Fat – It sounds like an oxymoron to say the words “Skinny Fat.” How can one be skinny and fat at the same time? What does skinny fat mean?

February 16, 2017 – Thursday Tips and Tricks- It’s been awhile since I shared a few, short tips, tidbits and tricks. While the subject matter of each has no relationship to one another, I invite you to enjoy…

February 21, 2017 – Be the BEST FIT Version of You – I’ve been doing the Joyce Vedral, Ph.D. Bottoms Up! workout for almost six weeks now. I know that I will NEVER look like she does in her photos but I can become the BEST FIT version of myself.

February 23, 2017 – Muscle Memory PART ONE Motor Learning  – Perhaps, like me, you’ve heard the term Muscle Memory and wondered what it really means. I can barely keep up with my normal definition of memory, let alone worrying about muscle memory.

February 28, 2017 – Muscle Memory PART TWO Strength Training  –  Last week we talked about Muscle memory  as it pertains to motor learning and repetition. This week, I’ll share with you what I’ve learned about the technical aspect of muscle memory when it comes to strength training.

March 2017 Posts

March 2, 2017 – Overcoming muscle imbalance is important. Muscle imbalance occurs when two groups of muscles that are designed to work with or against each other enter a state where one muscles becomes stronger (or tighter) than its opposing muscle (becomes weaker or unstable).

March 7, 2017 – How to Curb the Craves – Now and then, I start craving something chocolate or something sweet. When I cave to the crave, I temporarily feel better. The downside to caving to the crave? Sometimes I set myself up for another crave soon to follow. To make sure my cravings do not get out of control, I turn to the tips below….

March 16, 2017 – When You Hit a Wall – For my second year of blogging about Facing MY FAT, I originally said that I was going to blog twice a week. Well, in case you missed it, I haven’t blogged for over a week. I’ve literally hit a wall ~ physically, mentally and emotionally.

MAY 2017 Posts

May 3, 2017 – Time has Tested my Weight Loss Resilience – First, old habits don’t just die-hard. Sometimes, old habits never go away and are just as predictable as the sunrise and sunset. The first habit that slipped in was “not” writing down my weight every day. The offense seemed minor at first but one day became a few days, a few days became a week, a week became a month.

JULY 2017 Posts

NO Mirror Mirror on the Wall – Monday, July 24, 2017 – This past week, I removed wallpaper from the main bath. It was a tedious process and the wallpaper “backing” did not cooperate as well as the actual layer of 1979 floral satin wallpaper. Part of the process of removing the wallpaper backing required removing the mirror above the small vanity.

SEPTEMBER 2017 Posts

Facing My Fat on my 59th Birthday – September 17, 2017 – As I am settling into our new home in Tennessee,  I still am Facing My Fat on my 59th Birthday. This photo was taken a few days ago and I am glad to say that I am only 1.5 pounds over my lowest weight of 155 pounds. Eating right and exercising enough has been challenging over the past several months during our relocation from Ohio to Tennessee.