There’s a wellness program at my work that assesses our fitness on an annual basis.

I skipped taking the assessment for the last two years but this year (since I get paid to do it), I took the assessment.

Lo and behold, I am in WORSE shape than I was in 2012.

Le duh.

Just so you know, it takes a tremendous amount of strength and character to get your health measured when you know it’s pretty bad.

I found out that in seven years I’ve gained 55 pounds.


How does that happen?

Well, I’ll tell you how:

  1. Eating too much food and beverages (specifically alcoholic beverages)
  2. Not working out enough
  3. Skipping daily weigh ins
  4. Living a sedentary lifestyle.

As it turns out, I’m only too aware that I can’t continue on this path.

Therefore, I’ve begun a fitness regimen.

I’m weighing myself EVERY DAY and going for walks on a regular basis.

I’m working myself up to 10,000 steps a day.

If you ask me what has changed between this post and my last post on dieting, I can tell you this – I AM EXERCISING.

And that’s new for me.

Usually I try to lose weight with only dieting.

But I see the importance of working out regularly now and I’m committed to being a dedicated dieter and adding exercise into my daily routine.

Truth be told, my cousin Jennifer has also inspired me to get fit.

She herself modified her diet and added exercise into her daily routine and now she looks even more fabulous than she always has.

She gives me a success story I can relate to.

Hopefully, in a few months I’ll be well on my way to better health, leaving my days of sloth and gluttony behind me.

Just watch me!


I ran into a new problem on the playa.

One I hadn’t experienced in previous years.

What with drinking all that water to stay hydrated, and eating all that salt to keep my electrolytes in balance, I would up retaining a SHIT TON of water.

Yes, it’s true.

By the end of the burn, my feet were so swollen I was wildly uncomfortable sitting and standing.

I’d go to my bed and lay down and elevate my legs.

My sister, a nurse, checked me out after the burn and said that I had “pitting” lasting longer than a minute.

It was AWFUL!

Now, I’m not thrilled that I had this problem and I certainly don’t want to have this problem NEXT year.

And the only way to ensure that is to LOSE WEIGHT.

So far down 7 pounds in one week.

All water, I’m sure.

But I can FINALLY see my ankles again, not KANKLES.

In case you doubt the veracity of what I’m saying, here’s a picture by Tripod (aka Kevin Price) which shows how swollen I got:

There you go.  It’s a bit of a shock, even to me, but progress has already been made and will continue to be made.

I need to go places and do things, not rest in bed with elevated legs!