Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ask and you shall receive!

I just asked how I can ease up on the sweets in my last post and lo and behold, here's a tip!
My dear friend Autumn of Space for Living, shared this video with me.

Jorge Cruise of the belly fat cure diet shares a tip from Dr. Oz that is totally do-able!
And if you're inspired to hear more about the Belly Fat Cure after watching this video; Jorge Cruise is sharing tons o' tips on his website.

P.S. Guess what? This is my 100th post! Hooray!!! And in honor of that, let's open this up. It's meant so much to share this journey with you all and since I'm feeling a dose of brave...I'm down to keep on sharing.

Ho ho how can I stop eating these delicious holiday treats?

While I ponder that question, I wanted to drop a quick hello. So many updates (as usual) including the big news that I'm going to go public with my blog! So stay tuned for some updates and more regular posting (fingers crossed).

Thursday, December 9, 2010

An evening with Oprah

I spent a totally cozy and lovely evening with the Barbara Walters special featuring Oprah. Oh Oprah, you continue to inspire me on a daily basis.

Tonight she spoke candidly about her relationship with her friends (her contemplating captured in the pic below); with her partner and with her show. It was truly inspiring. She also spoke about her relationship with food and with her weight.
I loved this. She said, overeating is about, "being out of balance and about being disconnected."
She says she will never diet again. She talks about her relationship with herself and knowing that "herself" is more than the size of her thighs.
So inspired by that reminder. Overeating is about being out of balance and disconnected. Out of balance... and disconnected....
I'm going to keep mulling that over. And continuing to seek balance and connection.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Creating space

My dear friend Autumn has launched a blog called Space for Living.

I'm honored and delighted to be a guest poster this week. I shared part of my de-cluttering adventures, specifically the area where I keep my inbox and active files.
It had gotten out of control and since this shelf is in my bedroom, it meant waking up to clutter!
But after a quick clearing the deck it became a totally workable space.

Head on over and check out her blog and even submit some of your own works in progress!

...Gaining self

As the Tagline for this blog says, B getting hot! is about Losing Weight and Gaining Self.

For me it's not a fitness blog. There are plenty of those. And it's certainly not a diet blog. (Still avoiding that word with a vengeance). This is more of a space to share the journey of literally losing weight: the pound kind, the clutter kind, the negative emotion kind, the worry kind. And gaining self: being present with a healthy, strong, more confident, safe, loving me!

That's going to take all sorts of steps, not just the kind recordable on a pedometer either. So in case you were wondering why one day I might post about my attempts at healthier eats and another day post a poem or quote I love, that's why. The journey to get healthier is never one track and anytime I've forgotten that and solely focused on my food or exercise I've not made the meaningful changes that I truly want.

Thanks for being a part of the journey!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ready to dance?

It's Monday morning! Are you ready to boogie?
Here is your mission if you choose to accept it.

Turn up the volume on your computer, click link below and boogie down in your living room like it's Friday night on a crowded dance floor.

I totally forgot about this song but I heard it this morning and it is going to be added to my workout mega mix immediately!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


I want this hanging by my bedside table.

It says “Because everything is relative, choose joy.”

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Baby steps

I have no idea how pedometers work. (I mean the actual technical nitty gritty behind how this little device can tell I've just taken a step).
No matter, because I am officially obsessed with this little gadget.
I've been averaging about 7,000 steps a day (a few thousand less on days when my longest walks are from my bedroom to the kitchen and back).
But since the "goal" (set by whom?) is 10,000 steps per day; I decided to give it a go. I wanted to see if I could incorporate 10,000 steps throughout a day and do it consistently for a week.

So on Monday I decided to make sure I remembered to wear my pedometer all day long. I took a few walks around my neighborhood throughout the day, getting the mail, moving my car, etc and sure enough by the end of the day I had 10,199 steps! Whoo!

On Tuesday I was out walking the pooches and so I got to 10,000 and then some!

I continued the trend for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday! I love it!
The beginning of the week I was running more errands and being more active, but I found that at the end of the week I definitely had to work harder at getting to the 10,000 mark. I took an extra lap around the block, went for a mini walk while I was on the telephone, and I also took the doggies on an extra long walk (which they certainly appreciated).
On Thursday I was walking with a friend and she got into it too. As our walk wound down she asked what number I'd reached. I was at about 7,000 and she said, okay, let's keep walking then! She even cheered for me when I hit 10,000!

Even though it's not a substitute for the focused exercise sessions I'm hoping to incorporate into my day; I have to believe that these steps add up and they definitely count!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jane Fonda telling it like it is

If you could tell your 25-year-old self one thing, what would it be?
Oh, geez, when I was 45, I was going through a 20-year battle with anorexia and bulimia. I've hit bottom. Food addiction and eating disorders are terrible. You can get booze out of the house. You can get drugs out of the house. But you can't get food out of the house. I suffered from it until I was about 43 or 44 years old.
So, what I would say to my 25-year-old self is: "Jane, sweet, dear, sad girl, can't you see that what you're doing by binging and purging, that you're in search of something? You think you're finding your answer in food but that's not where it is. You have to learn, and open yourself to something beyond yourself." A great Jungian psychologist named Marion Woodman said, "Human beings are like chalices -- if we're empty, we're going to fill the emptiness with addictions." If we can fill the emptiness with spirit, humility and understanding what we're really lacking, then we will no longer be addicts. It happened to me, and it took me a lot longer than 25. But for me, it was exercise.

You can find the rest of the article here.

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Lunch with my friend.
Wanted this...

And this...

Chose this....

Gotta appreciate the Target Cafe (not where I had intended to have lunch) had some really healthy options. Complete with calorie count.
I am NOT on a diet. The mere word summons so many feelings of anxiety that I take great care to avoid it. But I am trying to make some healthier choices. And for me that meant no yummy, gooey, greasy pizza and instead having a turkey sandwich that wound up being filling and a better option for me in the moment.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

To broadcast or not to broadcast....

Autumn said...

Ooh I can't wait to check out all the sugars. It is sickening but cute. I love the app too. I'm going to add it to my app review and credit you.

p.s. I think you should go public.

It was the p.s. that gave me little butterflies.... Should I?
I mean... I think the reasons I would open up the blog are:
1) I want to share this journey of getting healthy that so many people are also struggling with/ trying to figure out.
2) It'd be great to share ideas with others and also find out whats working for them. I know I love your comments and all of the suggestions you've shared.
3) I know how much I appreciated the bloggers who have so bravely shared their journey.

Reasons why I wouldn't go public:
1) Eeeeek! How scary? I know how vulnerable I felt when I first posted with you all and you're my dear dear friends.

Advice please!!

Getting back on track

I typically avoid the shiny, flashy blogs with blinking ads and popups. Although the content might be spectacular, I'm too easily distracted and often just feel overwhelmed with trying to even find the post amidst all of the ads. I'm recently making an exception though for this blog called
It's part of this whole "blogging empire" where everything is "sugar". Casasugar for house blog, Savvysugar for money blog.... sickeningly sweet right?

But underneath all the bells and whistles, fitsugar offers some pretty solid ideas in picture-filled, easily digestible posts. Though warning, I have yet to find a picture of anyone over a size 2 on the blog.

I bookmarked this post, Eight Ways to Get Back into Your Fitness Routine on Monday. It's pretty common sense: wash your workout clothes, schedule in your exercise, etc. But I still loved it!

I also found this iPhone Shake a Snack app through the blog (free til Dec. 12th!)

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Happy 1st day of December

Hi friends!
It's been a minute-- actually a month since I last chatted with you here.
My blogging adventure of daily Pilates and blogging was sadly postponed. I had to hold off for a week because I went down south to visit with my family when my Uncle was in the hospital. And then a week later overdid some lifting and tweaked my back. Yowsa! I'm feeling okay about the holding off though because as much as I love the idea of the daily workouts and blogging, I'm really out of shape and I don't want to injure myself even more and be out of commission for longer. So, that means for now I just get to direct my blogging energy right here with you!
Thanks for your encouragement and love!