Get Back On

I was falling off the wagon, but I'm back.

Forgive me, South Cobb. I promised I would regularly update you on my weight loss journey every Wednesday, and I promised myself that I would lose the toddler.

Since my last column, I walked about a mile with Mableton Improvement Coalition; I visited the weekly salsa dancing lessons at Mexico Lindo; I took my dog, Noah on the Silver Comet Trail and got in about 3.5 miles.

As I’ve gotten back in the groove after the New Year excitement, I’ve started hustling again to deliver news about South Cobb to you all and that means bouncing from interview to meeting to some place with wi-fi to get it all up on the site to home to eat and work a little more, where I usually fall asleep on the couch with my laptop.

In fact, right now, I’m sitting in a restaurant after finishing with an Austell Community Taskforce Partnership meeting followed by a Patch regional meeting. Tonight, I’ll be at the Six Flags LCI meeting.  I have to say, I get a little tired and frustrated, South Cobb.

Yes, South Cobb, I began falling off the wagon. I felt myself falling and pulled myself back. Oh, and I’m not doing badly on the weight loss front, but I’m certainly not where I planned to be. My weight wavers between five to seven pounds lost.

If you knew me, you would know that I am incredibly tenacious– a great trait for a journalist. So, please know, I am not giving up, but I do need your help. I would love to see you guys out at the events when I go or to see comments on our Facebook page about your own weight loss journey.

So give me your feedback:

Have you ever gotten off track when making a lifestyle change? What happened? How did you renew your commitment for good?

Where should I go this week? I’m going to try Zumba again at Lailah’s Studio and I’ve downloaded a seven-day free pass to Gold’s Gym and I am vowing before all of you to use it every day starting Saturday until Feb. 11.

Also, if you want to write a column about your health journey or even about your struggles, please feel free to send that to kiri.walton@patch.com. I will definitely publish it, and I know it will help others like me.


Thanks for reading and keeping me going, South Cobb!

Keep it movin’!

Deborah Flanagan February 03, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Kiri you are doing a great job. I am very excited about what your doing. When it arms up I may join you. It is awesome to see you share.
Shelia Edwards February 03, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Thank you for highlighting this important issue that will have such a negative impact on our community if passed by the Cobb County Commissioners. Bankhead "TRASH" Transfer Station has conveniently forgotten to tell the county that residential communities are next door to them Please continue to follow this issue.
Dominique Huff February 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
It's easy to fall off the wagon. I have done it several times myself. I get crunked up about starting a new fitness regime, vowing to stay on it and then life happens. As we talked about yesterday on the Silver Comet, there has to be lifestyle changes incorporated throughout. I'll share mines. I started phasing out sodas in 2007 and opting to replace it with 100 percent juices and water. It worked and in 2009, I completely let the sodas go. I opt for a glass of sweet tea when I am out but keep the fridge full of juice and waters. My roommates and his colleagues laugh at how there is 'no real drinks' in the house. Being a person of high blood pressure, I had to cut my sodium intake. Being an entrepreneur who works like crazy, I had to look at ways to cut the salt. When I eat french fries, I always tell them no salt. When I have to use canned veggies, I look for no salt, no sugar on the labels (you'll be surprised at the stuff that's in our foods). I stay away from fast foods, cut that off in 2006. I may have my Zaxby's and Chick-fil-A but hell no to other places. Being on CCT alot, you have to do alot of walking and many times, I opt to walk to the store or other places just to 'get it in'. Going cold turkey is going to make you crash and burn. Just phase it in and you notice the results. Another editor and myself want to get toned and we are going to place our untoned photos up as we begin our weight training as way to get encouraged and to do it.


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