Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Time is going so fast!

I have 19 days before my new job starts. I've got a countdown on my iGoogle home page just to keep the pressure up. This means I may not be thinking about The Great Slim Down for a couple of weeks, but I don't want to completely lose sight of my goal with this.

I did weigh today. I am now at an honest, complete 15 pounds off.

Part of the change coming with my move is the intention of becoming less dependent on my car. Even if I drive everywhere, my car use will plummet dramatically in the small town I'm going to.

However, I am focusing my attention on finding a house within a reasonable walking distance from my office. I also intend to get a bicycle with baskets front and back. I'll use the car as necessary, but will be looking at my definition of "necessary."

I'll be returning to the town I grew up in. During my growing-up years, we walked everywhere, even to the grocery store. It took my mother, brother and me to do it, but we did it. It was a rare Saturday when Dad would drive us to the store for a big grocery trip that was more than the three of us could carry during the week. That's what I'm looking to reclaim, a simpler lifestyle where I buy only what I need and what I can carry. Think "shopping at Braums" if you're familiar with the dairy and ice cream store chain. They now sell produce, meat and grocery items, but it's a limited line. None of the impulse shopping items or household needs, just high-quality essentials. I can see biking there for bread, milk and fruit easily. I'll use my own canvas bags with velcro closings so I won't be tempted to buy more than will fit in the baskets.

I'll let you know how this works out! Wish me luck and good intentions!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Looks like we've all been busy.

I popped in and noticed that no one has posted for a couple of weeks. Thought I'd catch you all up on what I've been doing. Basically, I'm still walking. Staying pretty much the same in terms of my weight, which is a good thing. I'd not complain if my summer eating habits resulted in another weight loss, but I'm not complaining if it doesn't, either. As long as I don't regain it, I'm happy.

How are the rest of you doing?