Coming Out of Hibernation

Well, it’s been three months since I broke my ankle. Three months of very little activity but the added benefit of being reliant upon Mom (mostly) to fix my meals for me. And we did try to keep it somewhat healthy/low-carb. Since I’ve been home, I’ve been indulging just a bit, but after stepping on the scale this afternoon (a couple of hours after eating a very large breakfast), I may have found the motivation I need to get back on the healthy-eating track.

Previous Weight (10/13/10):

Today’s Weight:

-6.5 pounds

Granted, I’m nowhere near where I wanted to be just three months out from my fortieth birthday—I’d hoped to be down in the low 200s if not the high 100s by now. But between self-sabotage and lack of willpower and motivation, I’m still working to get back down to the lowest I’ve been in fifteen to eighteen years (which I reached about a year and a half ago, in the 260s). However, even though I’m not going to hit my goal weight by the date on which I turn forty years old, that isn’t going to keep me from being fabulous by forty—by being on the path to a healthier, happier me!

The next step is to set a realistic short-term goal for myself—on step of which will include rejoining Weight Watchers for the accountability and moral support (hopefully this Sunday). Next week, I go back to the doctor for my three-month post-surgical follow-up and to find out if I can start going to the gym and walking on the treadmill, even just for a few minutes at a low speed. So, once I clear that hurdle, I’ll be able to set both weight loss and fitness goals.

What about you? What are your fitness/health goals for 2011?


About Kaye Dacus

Kaye Dacus Academic Editor (at NCU). Published Author (11 novels, dozens of articles, essays, poems). Prolific Procrastinator.
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6 Responses to Coming Out of Hibernation

  1. Sherrinda says:

    I went to WW two years ago and lost 45 pounds, but have put it all back on and then some. I’m a little over 200 pounds now. I have no motivation, but I need to. My mother is diabetic and I have a terrible sweet tooth. I really need to get it under control. I’m trying to cut back, but haven’t really invested in buying healthier foods. (It is expensive to eat healthy!) 🙂
    Maybe you can inspire me!


    • Kaye Dacus says:

      You’re right. It is expensive to eat healthy. Which is why, for most of the year last year, I survived on $1 frozen pizzas, Ramen noodles (pack of 6 for $1.97), and white potatoes (5 lb bag for $2-$3). And why I didn’t lose any weight—because as soon as I had a little bit of money in my pocket, I ran to McDonald’s or Sonic for “real” food (because those were the only places I could afford to eat out at). I’m hoping that better budgeting and better career planning this year will help not only with my overall finances, but with my ability to eat healthy foods.

      I love it when Kroger puts their frozen veggies on 10 for $10—because they don’t actually require you to purchase 10 items to get the individual packages for $1 each. Frozen veggies are the absolute best things to have an abundance of!


  2. I know Kaye’s probably going crazy from hearing me talk about couponing :0) but it really can be cheaper to eat healthy than you might think. Check out this gal’s couponing blog ( She’s in TN (N’ville, I think), so all her info. is local to you. If you’ll notice across the top, she has a bunch of stores listed, including Kroger. Every week, she’ll post what they have on sale that week, and if there’s a coupon to match an item that’s on sale (for even bigger savings) she’ll tell you where to find it or print it out. It’s easy– she does all the legwork for you. When you can get something for dirt cheap, stock up on it so you won’t run out and have to buy more when it’s NOT on sale.

    Oh look– frozen veggies are on sale for $.88 this week at Kroger! :0)


  3. Sherrinda says:

    Oh, I need to find a coupon blogger in MY area! 🙂 I think it would take some time and discipline to keep up with all the sales. But I suppose we make time for what is really important to us, don’t we?


    • Sherrinda- With all the couponing going on right now, there’s bound to be a blog that’s local to you, especially if you live near a major metro area. Try, and click on “cities” on the top toolbar (all the way to the right). If your city isn’t there, try Googling “couponing blog” plus the name of your city. You might also check around (maybe at your public library or nearby churches) to see if a couponing workshop is being offered any time soon.

      It can seem a little overwhelming at first, but once you get a system down that you’re comfortable with, it doesn’t take much time. I usually recommend that people start by following the deals at just one store for a while before trying to follow all the deals. Good luck!


  4. Carla Gade says:

    I respect you for keeping on, despite the interuption in your plans. And good for you for losing some more pounds. I don’t know if I’ll be fabulous by 50 (Nov), but it would be nice to lose some pounds before I have my professional photos taken in June. I’m not being very proactive in my quest, however. 😦

    By the way, Kaye, you are already fabulous!!


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