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It’s Wednesday! Today’s post is by Nichol.

I am conducting an experiment.

I am scheduling every aspect of my life. Homework, studying, sleeping, working out, social engagements, eating… I’m talking everything but the bathroom.

As of now, my last three days have been scheduled, down to the 15 minute increment, nine if you count snooze button time in the mornings, and it’s not terrible. It’s a little harder at work just because I work in a mental health outpatient clinic and things happen. Big things. Weird things. Crazy things. Literally.

This post isn’t as long as it could be and that’s because I didn’t really schedule any time to write it. Haha.

On the healthy person front, I’m back on the wagon. Doing my thing and it’s okay. The plan is to do this tri and not worry how hardcore I embarrass myself.

And remember a while back when I talked about online dating? Yeah, well I joined. Unexpected side effect? Diminished self-esteem when I look at the “who viewed you” list and realize that not one of those people are interested in me. :( Just saving the best for later I am assuming.

Stay happy peeps! And see you next week.

It’s my birfday!

I was fully prepared to rant and rave about food and the FDA this week. Guess what? I don’t really feel like it. I’m in too good a mood to start riling myself up over soybeans.

So my birthday is Monday. I’m going to be 32. Let’s reflect on my current position in life. Childless. Husband/boyfriend/dateless. Live with parents and adult sisters. Make slightly more than I made when I worked retail.

And I have never been happier. Seriously.

Now bear with me while I get all gushy for a second. I feel like in the past year I have gone from this grumpy, always irritated fat lady to what I really am. A healthy, happy plump lady (plump will be gone at some point, replaced by skinny) who is a responsible adult with a 12 year old boys mentality. (It’s true, convinced my mom to pay for half an xbox as a present.)

I feel like I have started over and I’m finally becoming this person I always wanted to be, and I probably always was inside, but she couldn’t come out and play. All because I hated my job. I hated my body. I hated how I ate. That was no way to live.

I think that now I am finally allowing my life to start because I’m ready to go places and meet people. I’m infinitely more confident and I’m infinitely happier. Now, I just need to find an apartment because as much as I love my sisters and my parents, I have to have my own bathroom again or I’ll wind up being one of three daughters, instead of one of four. (LISA! It’s your turn to clean the freaking bathroom.)

That’s all. I’m off to get my xbox and play LA Noire and not do homework this weekend.

Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray Review

At the same time that I bought the popsicle molds, I bought a stainless steel ice cube tray. I had read mixed reviews about it and as such was a bit nervous about dropping that much money. But I had a little bit of credit in my amazon account and I wanted to make ice without plastic, so I bought one.

It’s great!

The ice cubes are maybe slightly smaller than your average ice cubes, but contrary to some reviews, they’re not tiny. I don’t think if I served them up to a guest they would wonder about the inferior, tiny ice cubes.

I had no trouble getting the cubes out of the tray. I ran it under water for a few seconds, upside down, then turned it over, pulled up the handle, and took out the ice. The ice cubes came out intact.

My only (very minor) complaint is that since it needs to be run under water to loosen the cubes, it can’t be put back in the freezer right away. (Or maybe I should be complaining that my dish towels aren’t absorbent enough?)

As of now, I am very happy with my purchase and am hoping that items like these become popular enough that they get less expensive.

One Year

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started this journey. Well, by the time you all read this it’s been over a year, but for the sake of this posting, we will call it 365 days.

I’m not a reflective person, I usually do all my reflecting at once (last 5 minutes of yoga) because my brain (and my mouth) never stop. So really, instead of re-reviewing all of my accomplishments (lost 23% body weight, can run 5-7 minutes without stopping, eats veggies, blah blah blah), I will instead thank the people who helped me achieve goals, whether by force or gentle encouragement. These go in no particular order.

My parents: John and Elaine have welcomed their 31 (soon to be 32) year old daughter back into the nest based on the idea that I was going to throw away my teaching contract, née entire teaching career, be voluntarily jobless in a downturn economy, and find my real passion. They charge me minimal rent (which I’m not always on time with) and endured my complaints about sharing a bathroom with Lisa and having to do the dishes. They allow me to grocery shop and develop my cooking skills, and only give me crap once or twice a day about living at home in my 30s. (Which I am no longer embarrassed about because I have a nice pool and free wi-fi.) They also randomly throw me compliments on how incredibly irresistibly hot I am and to keep up the good work. (Exaggeration on how hot I am done solely for my own benefit.)

My sisters: Sarah goes on bike rides with me. Rachel helped me through getting ready for a 5K, and Lisa occasionally cleans the bathroom. They always piss me off and they always make me laugh. I could not love 3 people more. They never let me get discouraged and remind me that I am more than just a fat girl. I probably never would have gotten this far without their support.

My best friend: Janna has listened to me piss and moan my way through this whole thing. She has been my best friend and favorite Harry Potter reading buddy since 9th grade. Anyone doing the math will realize that we have been friends for 18 years, we’ve known each other for 20. That’s a LOOOONG time. Janna is on her own life changing journey right now, and I think more than anything, that motivates me to do more. We are regular Zumba and Yoga attendees now.

Family and friends: all the support and love and encouragement. Sometimes more than I deserve. Cousins (such as Hilary, who knows the struggle), gram (who always makes me feel like I might get too skinny), Mike who always has good advice and Tracy who I am doing my first tri with. And Kathy – who makes me eat bizarre things or orders bizarre things that make me gag until I eat them off her plate and then I love them too. (octopus)

And then there is Heather. Her amazing journey, even pre-friendship via The Place That Shall Not Be Named amazes me and she continues to amaze. (She is custom building a child in her body! Amazing!) I’m just going to be lazy here and cut/paste something I wrote a while ago, which says everything I need to say and was written in a fit of emotion (modified as I see fit).
“I just want to say that without your help and motivation, I would never have dreamed I would take it this far. I had kind of given myself up as hopeless and was resigned to the idea of being overweight (read: fat) forever. I’m doing things and considering doing things I never even thought of doing myself. So thanks. You’re helping me save my life.” Every word is still true today.

When I wrote that, I was toying with the idea of a tri. Now, I am doing one. Eek.

New Features

I wanted to take a minute to point out a few features that WordPress has developed.

On each post, you have the option to share it via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg, or Reddit. You also have the option to “like” the post.

In the comments section of each post, you have new options of how to identify yourself.

  • guest: enter your email (not displayed on your comment) and the name you would like displayed on your comment. If you have a website or blog, enter it in the appropriate box and your name will become a link to it.
  • WordPress: if you have a WP account, you can use that to identify yourself.
  • Facebook log in: you can connect WordPress to your Facebook account. Your full name will be displayed on the comment.
  • Twitter log in: you can connect WordPress to your Twitter account. Your handle will be displayed.

If you have questions about these, please ask!

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Back to our regularly scheduled programming!


Blog is successfully moved. Not sure the technical ramifications yet. RSS, can you hear me now? E-mailers, hello? Let me know…

CIP is moving…

OK, the technical issues have been worked out, I think, and later this evening, Change Is Possible will be moving.

If you subscribe via RSS, you might need to resubscribe — I’m not sure.

If you subscribe via e-mail, there should be no change.

If you come to the website, this address should redirect.

The new address will be

I will put up another short post when it’s all done (or when we’ve determined that it’s not working again…). If you are expecting that delivered and don’t have it in the next few hours, something isn’t working.

Please let me know of any glitches: heather at secondchancefit dot com.


…But Change Is Not Guaranteed…

OK, the changeover didn’t happen — there were technical issues.

If all goes according to the new plan, we’ll be trying again in a few days. I’ll warn you ahead of time :)

Change Is Coming…

This is just a quick post to let you know that the blog is being moved over to my website this afternoon at 3 p.m. MST. The process should take an hour or less.

If all goes according to plan, there won’t be any interruptions.

However, if you subscribe via RSS, you might need to resubscribe. (I’ll know more later.) Email subscribers should not be affected.

Once everything is taken care of, I will put up another quick post letting you know it’s all done.

If you could comment on that post (once it’s up), letting me know how you find me and if it’s still working, that would be a great help.


a week off, and a job for you

I am heading out for a trip to New Orleans this week (woo-hoo!).  I blogged through my last vacation and have decided I don’t want to do that again.  So the next time you’ll hear from me here is next week on Monday.

In the mean time, I have questions for you!

There are two polls below, one for each of the weekend features.  Please click to let me know your opinion.  If you are in a reader, you will need to click through to access the polls.

Also, please leave a comment or e-mail me at heather at secondchancefit dot com for comments on content: What would you like to see more of?  Less of?  What questions do you have that you’d like answered?  I have a request for healthy, easy snacks, and I will be on that upon my return.  Anything else?

Have a great week!

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