Month: April 2012

Motivation Monday: I Cheated and I Know It

I confess. I cheated on my diet.

For the first time since I started Medifast in January, I openly and blatantly cheated on the plan for Easter Sunday. It wasn’t because I couldn’t take it any longer. It wasn’t because the temptation was just too great for me to resist. I woke up and made the decision not to eat on Medifast just for one day. I woke up and decided that I wanted to eat the same meal as my family. I just wanted to eat foods that I enjoy.

Much like Easter represents, I wanted to renew my relationship with food and just press reset. It could have been worse, I suppose. I ate 3 of my 5 Medifast meals and had just small portions of ham, pasta salad and potatoes. I skipped the buns and had a serving of asparagus. I did have a 1/4 cup of ice cream for dessert and admittedly a few glorious pieces of chocolate.

I have ZERO regrets. Frankly, anyone who tells you they don’t miss “that stuff” (i.e. chocolate, potatoes, etc etc etc) is lying. My stomach is different now. I can’t eat nearly as much as I used to which will help when I step on that scale today but boy oh boy, did I enjoy it.

I’m supposed to have been at goal today and I didn’t even remotely make it. I have 10.5 to go and I am fairly certain it is going to be a tough road to get there (my .5 gain today is not helping the situation). My body is definitely not wanting to let go of these last pounds.

Despite my lashing for missing my water goals and my day of cheat, we are looking to the future. My weight loss counselor and I focused on the positive: I am just 10.5 pounds to my goal, I am getting compliments galore and let’s face it, I feel great. Nonetheless, goals must be set for the week to come:

  1. STAY ON PLAN. The program works, but I have to work the program. 
  2. Shake it up with my lean and green. I am actually going to try shrimp and mahi mahi this week. FYI: I have always disliked seafood so if this is good, it will be a victory. 
  3. WATER WATER WATER. 120oz (minimum) for the next few days and then I can drop back to my regular 60-80oz.

My Earth Day 5K race is NEXT FRIDAY. I can’t believe it is almost here and that it has been almost a year since my last race. While I plan to continue running, I promised my weight loss counselor that I would start bringing in other forms of cardio into my program to kind of “shake up” my routine in hopes that it will help shed these last stubborn pounds.

It goes without saying… I am very ready to be done with Medifast. Yes, it worked. I will tell the world how awesome it works. I have so much respect for those who are on it for 6 months or more. It takes so much self-motivation and persistence to remain loyal to the program. It gets old after awhile no matter how much you try to change it up. You start to miss having more “normal” meals like cereal or a low-fat Subway sandwich and especially yogurt. Not that I intend to fall off the wagon when this is over- I intend to make smart choices; however, I just want to get back to real life. Or, rather, I’m ready to get started with my new life.

What are YOUR goals for this week?

Poised For Leadership

It is no secret that I have had my future on my mind. I’m not going to talk about weight loss or how to be a perfect parent. Let’s have a little career talk today.

I have been a little hesitant with this blog post. I don’t often talk about my career and feel like I may just taboo myself by putting it out there. However, being the honest Mixed Bag that my blog is, I think it is a topic worth writing about and one that will help me put some clarity to a very tough decision.

I attended a seminar a couple weekends ago at my good old college, Concordia University, called “Poised For Leadership. Ignite Your Career.” It was a women’s leadership coaching seminar and I was BLOWN AWAY. Have you ever felt like someone was reading your very thoughts? That’s how I felt at this seminar. They touched on all the pieces in my career that have been nagging at me; most importantly, the question: How do I get the leadership experience without the job and how do I get the job without leadership experience? Our coach, Jo Miller, also brought to light the fact that I am the one allowing the stagnancy in my career to happen- it is nobody’s fault but my own.

This seminar truly ignited me. I have put a lot of thought into who I want to be and what I see myself doing. I know for sure that it is time to move forward in my career. It would be super easy to just keep the status quo and keep doing what I’m doing. I’m good at it; however, it is so second nature that I no longer feel like I am growing. Working for an extremely small company (43 employees), the promotional opportunities aren’t exactly available either. However, despite the lack of career opportunity within my current company, at least in the form of job title, that doesn’t mean I can’t step up and do great things. I can still be a thought leader without having the title.

Yes, I intend to start the search for a new opportunity. One thing I am learning this time around in my search, is how to recognize when a company or position isn’t a good fit. I am very fervent in my commitment to find something that really is perfect for me and I am not just going to settle for the first thing that lands in my lap (which is what I did 5 years ago). Importantly for me, there MUST be a work/life balance. My career path is important to me, but frankly, being a good parent must be a top priority. No, I do not expect to come and go as I please, but being able to work remotely at 10:00 at night after being with a sick kid all day would be a plus. Of course, being a working mother and all its intricacies is a post for another day. 

The Poised For Leadership seminar left me with some great takeaways:

  1. Dress for success: dress for the job you want. I have been dressing up quite a bit lately and it has given me a feeling of power and importance. You know what? I look pretty too. It’s fun to look pretty. It’s also fun to buy size 8 suits. 
  2. Network, Network, Network! Don’t fear reaching out to the people you know to ask for an opportunity no matter how awkward it feels.
  3. Just because you don’t have the title doesn’t mean you can’t do great things. 

I know the burning question is still out there: Do I still think about being a SAHM? Sure, I do. What mom doesn’t? I do feel that keeping my career allows me to continue to keep a huge part of who I am as a person. I want to be the best person I can be for my son.

And for those inquiring minds… I am looking for an opportunity in Marketing Communications Management. And yes, I am very good at what I do!