Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fitbit Challenge

I've posted about my Fitbit before. It's the activity tracker you wear on your wrist. It's a neat little item. I have the cheap one-- all it tracks is distance walked. You can get high-end models that show your heart rate, time, and maybe you can even find a few that wash the dishes for you...just kidding....they'll have robots for that. Be patient, they're coming. 

One of the great things about the Fitbit is that you can join the Fitbit community and link your progress with your friends...mine are linked with my email contacts and Facebook friends. 

Sure, it can be embarrassing. Note how I am way under my friend's step counts? That's a reminder that those skinny bitches cheat fine ladies work harder than I do. Sure, the competitive soul in me wants to win at all costs, maybe attach my band to the ceiling fan or wrap it around my dog's paw and set a hamster loose in the house.... 

But I fight that dark side. The truth is, this sort of feedback is black and white proof  that I am chunky because of my own habits, not because God cursed me with a slow metabolism. I'm a writer and half of everything I do is done sitting on my derriere. But if I want to stay healthy and be able to climb steps better than a 90-year-old with asthma, I have to move more.

It's also a reminder to me that I need to worry less about the numbers on the scale going down, and worry more about these numbers going up. I need to challenge myself. 

How about you? Are you challenging yourself or just shaking a fist at the scale? 

*Oh, and if you are shaking a fist at the scale, do it with your Fitbit clad  hand.  ;)


Monday, September 26, 2016

Hazy Headlights? Quick Fix

Last week, my husband and I picked up a "new to us" car for our sons at college.

Prior to this picture, "Great Deal, 30 day warranty" was written on the windows in white car-dealer paint. We weren't overly excited about driving down the road with the sale details written across the windows, so we were going to wipe it off with the numerous napkins we had left over from McDonald's.

The car dealer came out with a quicker, much simpler solution-- one that honestly, had I not seen it with my own eyes, I'd have not believed it.

Bug spray!!

He sprayed the paint with Cutter Bug spray (not sure if it has to be Cutter or if any bug spray will do) and wiped it off. Cleaned it off in a jif-- without leaving any residue!

Then he showed us how the same bug spray clears away foggy headlight film. There was an older model car on the lot with hazy headlights. He sprayed on some Cutter, then wiped it off. Clean and shiny!

I do love new, easy tricks!

*I do not know what the long term effects would be to finishes and paint, so I would use caution or tape off the painted area. I mean, it is bug spray...

Friday, September 23, 2016

She likes to... MOVE IT!

Exercise. We all hear about how we should do more of it.

But what if you hate exercising?

Then I suggest that you take a serious look at what you're doing. If you don't like that particular thing, do something else.

I used to have problems with my feet (plantar fasciitis). It got so bad I'd cry if I couldn't find a parking place close to the grocery store door, and I had to ride one of those grocery store go-carts.

Do you have any idea how dangerous people with regular shopping carts are?

I found riding a stationary bike and deep-water aerobics a good option. Here's an example of the latter.

Three foot surgeries later, and I got a treadmill. More on that later.

If you try things and don't like them. Try something else. And don't be afraid of being too old!

I started studying karate the month I turned 50. I joined because my boys were studying it, and I wanted to do that with them.

They quit. I stayed and got my Black Belt.

Me, my sensei, and hubby
Then I started writing and got busier than ever (I work full time). I found myself having to choose between writing and exercising.

This is solution.

Yes, that is the kid from the Harvest Moon game peeking over the side there.
I had hubby find me a board that could put across the treadmill handles. It holds my laptop. That 30-40 minutes has never flown by so fast! I also have a weight bench and watch movies while I lift weights.

And having my kids paint the walls with their favorite video game characters didn't hurt either.

Harry Potter was one of my requests.
The detail on Cloud from Final Fantasy Tactics is exquisite. You should see it in person.

So what's my point in all this? 


Find something you like to do and do it

Make it fun. 

Make it work.

Donna K. Weaver is an award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Keeping the weight off

I’m going to do a brave thing with this post. I’m going to talk about my weight.

I’ve been metabolically challenged since I was about ten. Over the years, I’ve probably done about 80% of all the eating programs out there, with varying degrees of success—usually slow with such plans as Weight Watchers. 

I’ve been quite successful with some programs—How to Lower Your Fat Thermostat (Neuropsychology of Weight Control), South Beach, The Fast Metabolism Diet, and most recently Take Shape for Life.

The odds are not in our favor as far as keeping weight off. I've lost enough weight in big batches to build a large adult male. If I added up all my smaller stints, I'll bet it's equivalent to a small woman.

What makes it come back?

It can be temptations (we eat what we eat because we like the food), or lack of support at home (sabotage by loved ones). Sometimes our bodies even fight us. For example, have you read that New York Times article about the weight regain by The Biggest Loser contestants?

It’s not just discouraging, it’s plain depressing. I have wondered many time why I keep trying. I’m active. I work out. I try to eat right. Why can't I be smaller?

So, I decided to take the plunge and try Take Shape for Life. The thing that encourages me that this time could be THE time is that I have a health coach. She and her husband (a fellow writer), together, lost about 200 pounds on this program, and they’re keeping it off.

The key is the support. I’ve never had much with other programs I’ve tried.

*takes a deep breath*

Last April 20th, I weighed 241.8 pounds (I’m 5’9”). *cringes* And that's not the most I've ever weighed--that was 249 pounds (without being pregnant). 

As of last Monday, I weighed 191.6. 

**begins rant** Can you believe my stupid body wouldn’t give up that lousy .2 pounds so I could say I’d lost 50!!??! **endrant**

Here’s my before picture next to my current picture.

And believe it or not, I was sucking that gut in on the left.
I wish the one on the right showed my waist (which is smaller than my abdomen--much smaller).
Do I worry that people who know me say are thinking things like:
There goes Donna again. How long will she keep it off this time?
 Heck, I have my own little demon sitting on my shoulder asking me this very question. So, do I fret?

Oh, yeah.

Am I hopeful?

Heck yes! My freaking slip fell off walking to my office last week!

I want good health. I want to be here for my grandkids for a long time. 

Dang it, I’ve got a lot more books to write.

Donna K. Weaver is an award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy - Argh - Pirate - Argh - Monday - Argh!

The Really Real Housewives are proud to present DONNA K WEAVER as our guest this week! And starting on her birthday, no less!

Today is my birthday! I’m too old to take pleasure anymore in the increasing numbers, but I do have a couple of things I like to celebrate.


It’s Hermione Granger’s birthday too (if she’d really been born).  *shouts*

Happy Birthday, Hermione!



This is a day of awesomeness. Did you know:
  • If you live near a Krispy Kreme, you can get a free donut by talking like a pirate today and a DOZEN donuts by dressing up like one when you come.
  • Facebook has a language option of Pirate (It’s actually called English, Pirate), so all your headings are in pirate. (Click here for instructions)
Here's what my header looks like in Pirate.
  • Google also has a search page just for Pirate talk. Click here.
  • There are language translators to help you if your pirate speech doesn’t flow easily. Here are a couple to try:

To conclude, enjoy this humorous “how to video” on celebrating the day.

Donna K. Weaver is an award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer.

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