Hey there, it’s nice to see some old friends again. I can’t believe how long it’s been since we last caught up. I’ll make sure to not be as much of a stranger in the future.

How was your summer? Mine was some up, some down. Let’s see, I:

  • Taught 3 summer courses and re-designed two of them. One of those is still in process.
  • Did a bunch of trainings for agencies in and around NOVA.
  • Hung out with friends in an appropriately socially distant manner.
  • Got my Spin Instructor Certificate from the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
  • Got a weight management specialty certificate from the American Council on Exercise
  • Began a contract as a Program Manager for Team ABA, who integrate ABA into health and wellness

Oh, and I got a puppy. Her name is Benigna von Zinzendorf, Beni for short. She is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and is testing every one of our behavior analytic nerves. But she is also a snuggle bunny and extremely adorable!

Aren’t I cute? I’m twice as big now!

One thing that has been bugging me is that I have not been “in size.” What do I mean by that? I feel like my body is not the right size for me right now. I think we all have an appropriate size. Some are more fluffy, some are more lean. I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all, ideal body. However, sometimes we end up being either too big or too small than what we should be. It’s kind of like clothing that doesn’t fit. I’m feeling like my body doesn’t fit me right now.

Given that I had a smattering of the 60s, 70s, and 80s ideals of what a person should look like, with a side portion of unhealthy habits, I’ve needed to work through this ideal thing. This is when I stumbled upon Precision Nutrition. From what I’ve seen so far, it seems to be an individualized, evidence-based program that really promotes health and wellness over some sort of ideal. Of course, there are the measurements and the weighing and so on. But what I find different about this program is that it has solid behavior analytic roots. Set small, achievable goals. Doing a little each day is better than trying to go full out and falling off the wagon. Consistency beats perfection each time. They are also big on staying within your scope of practice, which I appreciate greatly. (Note: This is not an advertisement or an official endorsement, and I get no monetary gain for my statements. Unless you sign up for coaching from me. The program is not a substitute for consultation with your physician, Registered Dietician, or any other healthcare providers.) I must also note that I am currently pursuing coach certification.

So, here is my idea. I will document each week how things are going in my quest to get healthy. Not just weight loss, but feeling better. Given that I’m on a medication that is notorious for weight gain, this might be an uphill battle. But I’m switching off of that medication so maybe that will help me be a little better.

The way I’m going to go about it, though, will be different. Going with my philosophy that there is “health at every size,” I’m not going to post my weight or measurements. Rather, I will graph the changes in my stats (that is, I’ll graph I lost 2lbs or .5% bodyfat). I’ll also be tracking other indices of wellness – some ACT measures, resting heart rate, stress measurements from Garmin, etc… That way, I’m practicing what I preach.

Hopefully, this way of doing things will work for me, and maybe it will help you, too. More about my goals for this week and next in a later blog!

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