Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

A Day in the Life and Progress in Various Ways

I have many facets of me.  I'm a mom, a writer, a blogger, a bookworm with a growing TBR list, a fan of countless authors and a full-time cuber (worker stuffed in a hayworth cubicle).

The beautiful Sophia Chang has given me a chance to share a day in my life posted at her blog, Sophia The Writer.  Come check it out here.  Try not to laugh too hard :-)

Now, I can't speak for others, but I haven't done the best job of taking care of me.  Actually, I've been rather pathetic.  Guess that comes as part of that whole sacrificial bit of putting kids first or something.  But as part of my main goal of "finding balance in my life" in 2012, I slipped something important into the mix.  Take better care of myself.
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Toward this end, I've started making better eating choices.  I no longer squee with zealous joy at finding whatever chocolate, deep fried, smothered concoction I got my hands on.  Paying attention to portion size has been a huge help.  And I've been very realistic about my results.  My waistline hasn't always been a jolly replica of the Buddha belly.  It took some time to get to this point.  And the tasty food along the way has been scrumptious.

As with my writing, I'm making slow but steady progress in the weight loss area, having dropped fifteen pounds since the beginning of the year.  What are some other facets of YOU that may need a little more attention?

34 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

But are you giving up alcohol? Cuz yanno, that's like an important food group. LOL.

I will trade chocolate for plum wine any day. :)

Angela Brown said...

LOL!!! The alcohol stays. Just have to watch my portion amount...like instead of 3 glasses that make me tipsy, giggly and tickled at the slightest thing, just two glasses. Fu-ki plum wine all the way!

Angela Cothran said...

I think it's huge just to stop for a moment and realize you are worth your own attention. Bravo!!!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks Angela. It only took me several years to remember that if I don't take care of me, I may not be around long enough to spoil my grandkids rotten then send them back to their mom :-)

Cynthia Lee said...

You do have to take care of yourself. You'll be of more assistance to the important people in your life if you're feeling well and whole and good. This is something that working moms, in particular, tend to forget.

So, yay for you!!

Angela Brown said...

Cynthia, you are so right about that. I can remember to do lots of things for my Chipmunk. But if it had to do with me, yeah, takes a moment to get on top of it.

David P. King said...

Excellent. I'll have to check out that link. And do take care of yourself. The blogosphere just wouldn't be the same if something were to happen to you. :)

Krispy said...

That's absolutely fantastic, Angela! Congrats! I'm trying to actually, you know, exercise once in a while. The other thing I'm trying to do is to get more sleep! (Loved your post at Sophia's, btw. Makes me feel like a slacker!)

Barbara Ann Wright said...

Good on you! I need to freakin' relax more. Sometimes I let things get to me to the point where I don't sleep, and that ain't cool.

Cherie Colyer said...

Congrats on taking care of you! It is very easy to forget to do, especially for moms. :)

Charlie Holmberg said...

15 pounds! Way to go!

M Pax said...

The health thing is important for us writers to incorporate with all the sitting we do. Congrats on the weight loss. That's a tough challenge.

Angela Brown said...

Awwww. Thanks David. It's a daily challenge but I'm getting into better habits, and glad for it.

Angela Brown said...

:-)

You are so not a slacker. I just need three or four more hours in the day lol!!!

Angela Brown said...

Right on point, Barbara. More relaxation. More sleep. We can both work on that :-)

Angela Brown said...

There must some sort of maternal switch that moms accidentally elbow that makes us put everyone else's betterment before our own.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Charlie. I tend to shy away from the scale but I'm glad I checked. It's helpful knowing that what I'm doing is making slow and steady progress for me.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, M Pax. This is has been my most difficult challenge yet.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations - you've taken the first step to eating healthy! And portion size is a big part of the battle.

Angela Brown said...

You know, reading about it and actually seeing the difference when it comes to portion size is a big deal - pun intended :-)

And with french fries being like manna from heaven to me, I really had to work on NOT ordering supersize everything.

Shelley Munro said...

Good for you, Angela. Have you come across My Fitness Pal. I use it for counting calories and find it really good. It helps me keep on track. If you're interested a google search will find it for you. It's free :)

Emily R. King said...

Good for you for making dietary changes. Portion control helps a lot, so does a food journal. Every time I keep one I'm amazed by what I put in my mouth. Amazed AND horrified.

Sophia Chang said...

YAY! 15 pounds is HUGE Angela - major accomplishment.

Thanks so much for being the brave first on my blog - people are really loving it and giving you props. Maybe I should have started with someone who slept more or did less cuz now everyone's scared to go lol.

Cate Masters said...

Wow 15 pounds is fantastic. I need to get in shape. I once asked my hubby to rig my laptop to the treadmill, lol. Writing can be hazardous to your health! Well, the sedentary part.

Leslie Rose said...

15 Pounds - 15 Pounds. Isn't it awesome to go clothes shopping now? I have been trying not to answer the siren call of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Good on you, taking better care of yourself! And congrats on the 15 pounds - that's not small at all!

ali cross said...

Congratulations on the weight loss! I think taking care of ourselves first SHOULD be our number one goal because if our wells aren't full, how can we care for everyone else?

Great post Angela! I'm so happy for you!

Deana said...

That is so awesome about your weight loss! And more importantly your decision to be healthy. I think when we decide to make an effort to do that other things become easier. Good luck and I can't wait to hear how you keep dropping those LBs:)

Lydia Kang said...

I'm so glad you're taking better care of yourself. I want all my bloggy friends to stick around for a long, long time so they can have long careers and happy lives. :)

Catherine A. Winn said...

Good decision! I wish you every success, now I'm heading over to the other blog. Keep eating healthy!

J. A. Bennett said...

What an awesome goal! One thing I'm doing that has really helped me is only eating at certian times of the day. I have serious snacking issues in-between meals! (but I do allow myself an afternoon snack ^_^)

Ellie Garratt said...

Congratulations on the weight loss and new eating regime. I guess for me, it would be not eating a balanced diet. Too many ready-meals and pizzas, and not enough vegetables!

PJ Hoover said...

Way to go! This is fantastic news and makes every part of your life better. Right? That's what I've found.
As for me, I'm trying to stay more on top of things around the house. Folding laundry. Grocery shopping. Little things that seems to slip. Yardwork is next. Oy.

Medeia Sharif said...

I'm glad to hear that you're taking care of yourself. Awesome progress. I'll check out the link. :)

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