Upcoming Features

I love journaling about my weight loss experience at a general level, but there are many aspects that I’d love to delve deeper into. While “working out”, “eating right”, and having a “positive attitude” are the key aspects to my current success, each of those is fueled by myriad components.

Sustaining my efforts is a daily sourcing project. I spend time reading other weight loss-oriented blogs, reading articles and books oriented towards weight loss or the psychological issues surrounding perseverance, searching out success stories on all mediums (YouTube, web articles), looking up healthy recipes and cooking techniques (“how to use a food processor” is one of my recent Bing search field entries), and drooling over the latest fitness-oriented gadgets and downloading new apps for my smartphone. It’s like a full-time job!

I certainly run into a lot of junk, there’s A LOT of obnoxious pseudoscience to weed through! But occasionally I stumble across material that really feeds my initiative. A blogger who inspires me on some deeper level, writing that opens up a whole new way of thinking about things, or an app or piece of gear that makes working out or logging my meals a data-nerd’s dream. And now I’d like to spend more time sharing these finds here on the site.

I have a few features in mind that I’d like to announce. First is a series on a book that just keeps blowing me away. Even though I haven’t read it all the way through (though I’ve watched a lot of the available lectures online covering the material), it has opened my eyes to the tools to turn me into something I never thought I could be: a willpower machine! I’m talking about Kelly McGonigal’s The Willpower Instinct, which I’ve mentioned here before. Presently I’m just reading it through for the first time, but it’s also designed to be taken chapter by chapter and turned into experiments and projects to help one towards some goal. Once I get through it, I’d like to start at the beginning and share my experiences working through the chapters as relates to my weight loss experience in some way.

Another feature I’d like to explore pertains to tools – particularly websites and smartphone applications that aide my efforts. I’m a bona-fide gadget freak and have always been stimulated by various apps to increase my activity. It may have gone all the way back to using the Weight Watchers eTools online back in the day, but when I got my Fitbit things really took off. Since then I’ve probably downloaded and tried at least 20 different apps – some not-so-great, some FANTASTIC – and I’d love to share my “Appsperience” with readers. Heh. Maybe I just came up with a feature name!

And lastly, I’d love to promote bloggers (and vloggers) whose stories and sites motivate and inspire me. I know weight loss or healthy living blogs are a dime a dozen, but there are some online peeps who KNOCK IT OUTTA THE PARK on a regular basis. I’d like to share these select sites and highlight just HOW awesome they are. And of course if you have a site you think I should have a look at, you can always drop me a line!

So stay tuned for these few new features. I hope you find them interesting and informative. Now that I’ve mentioned them I’ll be more motivated to actually produce the content, so feel free to call me out if you don’t see something in the coming weeks! Take care!

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Video Update: Sunny Weather = Happy Julie

I know what you’re thinking: TWO VIDEOS within two days?!? I KNOW! I’m just feeling good and wanted to Memorex the moment, so to speak. In this installment, I discuss my big day out in the sun with my dog, Benny. I also announce a new book I’m reading, The Willpower Instinct by health psychologist and Stanford lecturer Kelly McGonigal. Stay tuned for more feedback on what should be a pretty interesting read. And lastly, I discuss my fear of dining out, and what I’m doing to break past it.

Also, I didn’t mention this in my video, but part of my good vibes today may be attributed to the fact that I was able to put on a pair of pants that I haven’t been able to wear IN YEARS. It’s a size 22 – a TINY size 22, if you know what I mean. These pants were the first things I grew out of several years back, so I’m excited to be able to wear them again. It’s a blessing and a curse – they’re the only pair of non-yoga pants that I’m not swimming in!

Now, for your viewing pleasure, today’s installment: