First, thank you so much for the sweet comments! I figured that after almost a year out many people would've moved on already. I'm so glad to see that I still have a few friends out there. :)
Also, thanks for the comment about Feedly! I'll definitely check that out in short order.
At the tail end of last week, I stopped by the store and bought a bunch of fresh veggies, fruits, and things that were healthier than what I have been eating recently. I do find that when I'm more mindful of what I'm eating, I do better about stopping sooner (as in when I'm no longer hungry) and actually eating things that are good for me. I also find that when I track my food intake, I eat healthier.
I've also bought and used a fitbit. These little puppies are pedometers and motivators - all in one.
I have a fitbit zip and I bought it on Amazon as it was a bit cheaper than other places I saw it. This is what mine looks like (if it were in bright light and not slightly scratched from wear and tear):
First, they link to my myfitnesspal.com account (I'm happyfunpants) and second, they allow you to connect with other fitness people. So I'm just putting this out there...if you're on either and would like a "friend," let me know. As a side note, myfitnesspal.com is free and has a whole host of calorie/nutritional databases. It's like Weight Watchers only with calories.
I try to challenge myself to do at least 6000 steps a day, with a few days a week at over 10000 steps. I'm not always successful but it does encourage me to take the stairs more often than not and I've even started walking around my building when I'm on conference calls to up my steps. It may sound silly that I'm so motivated by a digital number, but I figure this is a healthier encouragement than being obsessed with the number on the scale.
Sometimes I get caught up and frustrated because I remember that I was a person who ran a few miles every day - and now just walking to get to 10,000 steps per day is a source of pride. I do miss running - and I'll get there again eventually. But for now, I know that I need to do the smart thing and take it easy on my knees and just walk.
I'm not sure if it's because I'm in a better place or if it's just more realistic, but I'm realizing that I have a lot less pressure on myself to be perfect.
Besides, it's an unattainable goal anyway. :)