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Why, hello there 'invisible calories'!

How am I doing? Quite well, thanks. I'm down a little more than 2 pounds from the last time I stepped on my home scale, which was the end of January. 

I'm tracking my food on My Fitness Pal, and today I decided to track ALL my food. What does that mean, you ask? 

In the past, I wouldn't bother with a squirt of ketchup, a couple slices of tomato, a tablespoon of psyllium powder, etc. I just now added up all those incidentals and -- whoosh! -- my daily calories went from 12 hundred something up to 1500. 

This was something that was nagging at me as I watched the scale stagnate while on Weight Watchers. What about all these "zeroes" -- aren't they counting for something? 

Now that I look at my food diary, I can see that they add up, which lightens my psyche. All those zeroes may have been tipping the precarious see-saw from weight loss to weight maintenance. 

What exactly did I tally today that I would have ignored?

Breakfast: 1 tablespoon psyllium husks - 15 calories

Dinner: 2 tablespoons ketchup - 40 calories; 3 big slices of tomato - 66 calories; 2 slices Vidalia onion - 32 calories

After dinner: another tablespoon of psyllium - 15 calories; 2 tablespoons aloe juice 2 calories.

(I know -- ridiculous. Who logs 2 calories? Bear with me; this is for SCIENCE.)

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I just wanted to see how many little bitty things add up to move the needle.

Project Earlybird begins ... NOW!

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The husband and I came up with a plan that's a win-win for everyone involved and it begins tomorrow morning.

His drives to work have become longer and longer (let's develop all of Miami and not improve the roads!) and he's not really fond of waking up at the buttcrack of dawn to workout before work, so he's going to leave for work earlier to beat the morning traffic and work out in his office's gym. 

That means I'll be taking the teenager to school every day, and for me that means I need to wake up at 6:40, which is a lot different than my waking up at "whenever" (one of the perks of working from home).

I've attempted the waking-up-earlier thing but it never stuck but now it has to or the kid doesn't get to school. (Outside influences work better for me than self-motivation.)

So no more midnights!

I just set my Fitbit to buzz me awake at 6:40, and that's an alarm that you can't ignore. Speaking of Fitbits, I'm hoping my new Charge HR is in the pipeline. I ordered it a couple months ago from Brookstone but the release was delayed. I then got an email saying that they were in stock, but only in black. I ordered plum and decided to wait for that color. I'm the most impatient person on the planet, so holding out for purple was a big deal.

I'm looking forward to the heart-rate monitoring on the Charge because I really want to step up the weight training again, and that exercise doesn't do much for regular activity monitors.

On the eating front, I'm also experimenting with eating all my food within a 12-hour window. I know some fans of intermittent fasting cram it all into an 8-hour period but 12 hours is better than what I was doing, especially late at night.

Oh, but the Pavlov's dogs are barking! I can't tell whether it's head hunger or gut hunger but man, am I hungry right now (9:15 p.m.). I've been pounding down water but I just yelled uncle and ate a pear. 

I think with my new, earlier schedule, my window will be 8ish to 8ish, which seems do-able. 

I'm looking forward to getting more done earlier in the day. I have a tendency to procrastinate, and knowing that my workout will be done before breakfast will go a long way to increasing productivity everywhere else.

My word for 2015: Better!

Better logo with urlI saw some friends on Facebook choosing words to mark the new year and I thought "Why not?" It's better than making some resolution that I make year after year that probably most of the planet makes -- you know, "lose weight."

I thought about it a bit and came up with the word better. All I want is to keep getting better -- like at everything. 

And, of course, I needed an exclamation point, because, duh!

Today is the perfect day to unveil my word because I started out the day feeling like absolute crap. I was jolted awake in the middle of the night by the need to puke. I actually wished I could have but I didn't, so I spent the rest of the night sleeping on two big pillows, coughing down, um, stuff.

Because I slept on the pillows I awoke with a raging neck tension headache. And after a couple Aleve, a can of regular Coke for breakfast (it works wonders) and some bland food (plain Greek yogurt, banana, ginger tea, etc.) I finally feel better enough to use my eyeballs and my computer.

My plan to wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed and hit the gym has to wait until tomorrow but now that I'm functioning again, I'm making a shopping list and a meal plan so I can have healthy meals and snacks at the ready. 

And the "out of sight out of mind" box of snack food strategy is working wonderfully -- I haven't wanted to touch that at all (BECAUSE IT'S NOT MY FOOD). 

I'm also starting the Fit Bottomed Girls' Fit Bottomed Challenge, which started today, so head on over there, print out the calendar and join up! Today's task is to choose a food resolution. Mine is to only eat real food -- and right now, I'm off to Whole Foods for supplies.

Are you ready to do better, eat better, feel better, be better? Join me!