Perfect Day

I want to today to be Perfect, dammit. I am still using Weight Loss Resources to plan and track my food, and it tells me at 87.5 kilos wanting to lose at the rate of 0.75kg per week, I need to eat 1537 calories per day.

This didn’t happen yesterday, even though I ate exactly what I’d planned in the Food Planner. Except I added some leftover sandwiches at work, some globs of my homemade hummus and carrots, numerous nibbles while cooking tea and a huge bite of SC’s chocolate chip biscuit. That all adds up pretty quick.

So today I am publicly declaring my intention to have a Perfect Day and stick to my plan. Maybe this way I won’t have sneaky calories that may fool the world but not my hefty arse. As of lunch I’ve had 795, leaving 742 for the rest of the day. This is plenty for some fruit, a pre-run snack and my Mushroom Burger dinner. There is really no need for me to eat anything more than that. Ooh how nice it would be to say I actually stuck to the plan. I am determined, woo!

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Tales from the Scale is now on Sale! (How Dr Suess is that sentence?)

It’s a real live book! It’s not in the UK til June, no idea about Australia; but in the States (and Canada, I believe) you’ll find it in all good bookshops and on Amazon. In case you missed me crapping on about this before, Tales is the creation of fitness blogging supremo, Erin Shea. Apart from her own delicious writing, the book also has contributions from a whole bunch of groovy blogging types, such as Mopie and Robyn. Robyn was the very first weight loss journal I’d ever read, way back in 2000. It was through her hilarious and insightful writing I finally began to believe it was possible to lose a megaload of weight. Needless to say I’m dead chuffed to be in such good company. I really enjoyed the read – the stories will make you laugh and cry and think and realise you’re not alone in this lard-busting caper.

I finally got hold of a copy last week and all I can say is… wheeeeeeeeeee! Seeing my name above my chapters in a real live book was the biggest thrill. I was trying to act all cool and nonchalant with SC, saying how I was just a few pages in amongst a whole lot of other pages in Erin’s book… but then the glee won out and I had to jump up and down for awhile. This is something I’ve dreamed of my whole freaking life. I remember being six years old when all my wee friends wanted to be firemen or teachers or astronauts, I’d always say "I want to be an author". I dunno where I heard the word but I liked the way it sounded; if you can imagine a tiny Aussie accent: OR-THA!. All I ever did was write and write and write. I’d go into my own little world and I was so happy there. I always had several plays and "novels" on the go, always stapling the pages together to "publish" them. The highlight of my year was summer holidays when Mum would bring home one of the computers from her school so I could write all day long and pretend I was a real Ortha.

Somehow in high school I lost that innocent love for writing; I was so sidetracked by homework and teen angst. It wasn’t until after university when I discovered blogs that I remembered how much writing used to thrill me, how it feels so natural and essential and right to me like water or chocolate. I know I must sound so terribly immodest but I just had to say how exciting it was to see that book. A dream come true. I feel teary now just thinking about it. Best of all my Mum doesn’t know anything about it yet – I sent her the book in the post for her birthday so it should be a great surprise for her.

So thank you Erin for letting me be part of the project amongst such esteemed company. Now you lot, why not go forth and buy the book? You won’t regret it.

Bon weekend!

16 thoughts on “Perfect Day

  1. Yay! I got my copy of [i]Tales from the Scale[/i] just the other day and I’ve read nearly half of it this morning on the bus. (maybe not the best place as my eyes teared up a few times as I saw myself in the pages.

    Congratulations to you and Erin and all the others featured in the book. What a great accomplishment!

    and a comment on your running – – I’m psyched for you – when’s your event, again? It DOES get easier over time – I’ve got my first half marathon in about 4 weeks and we cut our long runs back to 12k a few weeks ago and I sailed through. I remember 10k, just last year, feeling SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO long. All goes to show – keep at it!!

  2. I just started reading Tales from the Scale last night, and your line about Betsy assuming everyone else knows better ’cause they’re skinny absolutely resonated with me.

    I think we should get our Inner Fat Girls together; maybe they’d kill each other, and we’d be free! πŸ™‚

    Even if I wasn’t involved with Tales from the Scale at all, I’d have to say that it’s a really really good book. I love that there are so many different points of view and experiences in it. And I’m proud to be in such fine company. πŸ™‚

  3. Got my copy a week ago and already finished it. Felt like I was with old friends to relive Robyn and Shauna’s tales. When Shauna mentioned her gold shirt with the black roses, I thought — “Hmmm, I know that shirt!” And sure enough, there is was in the first BEFORE photo.

    Love ya.

  4. Hi, DG – your desire for today reminded me of a poem I ran across while doing WW. I think it’s actually from AA – or who knows, even Ann Landers – but it’s inspirational, I think, for your frame of mind. Sorry in advance if you find this too long for your comments – but I thought it may help.

    JUST FOR TODAY I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

    JUST FOR TODAY I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

    JUST FOR TODAY I will adjust myself to what it is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my “luck” as it comes, and fit myself to it.

    JUST FOR TODAY I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

    JUST FOR TODAY I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out: if anybody knows of it, it will not count. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do- just for exercise. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt, but today I will not show it.

    JUST FOR TODAY I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, keep my voice low, be courteous, criticize not one bit. I won’t find fault with anything, nor try to improve or regulate anybody but myself.

    JUST FOR TODAY I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

    JUST FOR TODAY I will have a quiet half hour all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.

    JUST FOR TODAY I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.

  5. I’ve ordered my copy from one of the (few) local independent bookstores. I think it will be in sometime next week. CAN’T WAIT!

    Jump up and down — you should! Can’t wait to hear about your Mum’s reaction, too.

  6. What a fabulous blog. I too am on a journey to release fat and wanted to find some inspiring blogs to read along the way. Yours is great. However, living in San Diego, CA I am very jealous of all the great veggie burgers you had linked. I am vegetarian and I can tell you we don’t have those here. I can’t wait to buy the book. Thanks for sharing and creating inspiration for others!


  7. Well I’m in ORSTRALIA and I got my copy yesterday (from Amazon). I was so excited and i’m halfway through already.
    I started reading your blog about 2 months ago and have become addicted to this and other ones. I’m trying to start the new habit of exercise and when I don’t feel like doing it I think “what would dietgirl do?”. I did read your blog about 2 years ago but went off the weight loss path for a while.
    Good on you and congratulations for getting your writing printed.

  8. I’ve been reading about Tales from the Scale for months now, and I’m super excited to go out and buy my copy–so many of my favorite online weight-loss heros (yourself included) are in there. How cool that I can have that inspiration on my nightstand as well as on my computer. πŸ™‚

    Anyway, be as immodest as you know how and brag, baby, because it’s awesome to be published in a real book.

  9. I can just see it now.. DG doing the morning TV rounds (Sunrise, Kerri Ann, Bert Newton) promoting the book while visiting in Australia in October.

    Awesome work anyway babe. I will go forth and buy the book (spending more on shipping than the actual thing) just for you.

  10. I really want to check it out. Congratulations, being in a book is worth being immodest about (not that you are).

  11. DG, I love your blog, you are an inspiration and have helped me so much with my weight loss journey, thank you!!!!

  12. hey thanks for that resources page, it is handy knowing how many calories i need to have to lose at a certain rate and it gives a predicted timeline too…very helpful guidlines andmotivation!!! thanks chicky xox

  13. the book is on my wishlist, cant wait to read it! congratulations on having one of your greatest dreams come true πŸ™‚

  14. Congratulations, a real life ortha in our midst! Soon as I’ve paid off the credit card, I’ll have to do the clicky click online ordering thing!

  15. So “Tales from the Scale” is coming out in the UK! Cool. I’ve been wondering, as I’m Ludditeishly uncomfortable with ordering physical items over the net, as I never believe they’ll arrive (I’m OK buying tickets that way).

    But congrats on your Ortha-ship. I’ve always wanted to be a writer too, but you actually are one! Words cannot express how much I think that rocks.

    Cauldron Foods are excellent. I like the lentil and tomato bake, but the mushroom burgers are nice too.

    I wonder how many calories are in a vanilla slice? Probably about 500… I think I’m going to do a Perfect Day pledge too.

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