Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Story So Far...

Ever since we moved from Massachusetts to Washington, I've been wanting to get a few chickens. I thought they would be fun to raise and to have, and the free eggs are healthy and yummy. Plus, they're trendy. No, wait, that's not a good reason. They'll eat my slugs. They'll eat my lettuce when it bolts (and it has). They provide free fertilizer. I can even feed them weeds.

When we started looking for a new house, I made sure we didn't choose one in a neighborhood that had an HOA, because all the ones I read about banned chickens. (There was also no way I was going to let an HOA dictate to me how to garden).

It was a bit of a hard sell with Nigel, my husband. I could tell he wasn't exactly sold on the idea, and he didn't want to annoy our neighbors. But he knew I needed (and wanted) to lose weight, and was having a hard time getting motivated. So he decided that the best reward for me was to get chickens when I lose weight.

When I lose 40 pounds, I can get chickens.

I've been eating better. Lots of fruits and vegetables, salads, cheese, and lean protein (fish, chicken, eggs, pork). Some nuts once in a while, and once a day, just so I won't feel completely deprived, a single ounce of dark chocolate. No bread or other baked goods, no pasta, no potatoes, no refined grains, no sweets.

I've also been walking, almost every day, about one and a half miles. That first day was h.a.r.d. Boy was it hard! But it got easier, every day. My goal is to walk four miles a day. About 15 years ago, I weighed about 50 pounds less than I do now, and I used to walk 4 miles a day. It's 2 miles to a nearby lake, and it's my goal to get there and back. Some days my feet and my legs ache. That's no fun. But I'm still walking.

I even brought my camera along one day to take some pictures. I'm looking forward to the day I get to take a picture of the lake. It will be a much nicer picture than what I see when I get to the spot now where I turn around.

It's .8 mile from my house to this stop sign, 1.6 miles round trip.

I started this blog to share my journey.


  1. Alison, I wish we lived closer, I'd love to walk with you and I could share a few chickens, too! I have more weight to lose than you do...about 56 pounds...shhhh, don't tell anyone, lol. I try to walk five miles a day but as you may remember, my doctor would like to see 10-15. (Yeah, right.) I've been counting calories for the last few weeks, keeping a food journal. I love just the little bit of dark chocolate you are allowing yourself because I can't go completely cold turkey (yum) without a little something sweet. I'm going to be rooting for you here, I just know you will be successful!

  2. I'll definitely be rooting for you. I know you can do it and can't wait to be reading about your new chickens. Good luck!

  3. I love this, Alison. I'm here, to egg you on, but I know I'm going to be egged on by your progress, too. Wonderful introduction giving the background to your plan for those who are new to your blog...for us, it has just made for a really nice opener :)

    You seem to be doing very well already...sticking to healthy meal choices, the daily titbit of chocolate for the soul and not eating any, walking! That's a GREAT beginning and, if you keep it up...YOU WILL GET YOUR CHICKS...because if you continue the way you've set out, those unwanted pounds will slough off!

  4. So happy to have found your blog! My friend and I just started raising chickens. Wow, what an adventure =) My goal was to lose 50lbs in 50 weeks...boy have I blown it. You have motivated me to start over.

    Off to the treadmill!

  5. Alison, if you lived closer I'd be so happy to walk with you daily! Although I don't have as challenging a goal as your 40 pounds, I need to walk daily for health. I've been wishing I had a walk partner and you would be perfect!

    Will you post your walk distances here on a daily basis? Maybe we can motivate each other through your posts and our responses. I think your motivation and food choices will see you through this challenge. Can't wait to see the chicks!!!

  6. Good for you! I set a goal to lose a pound a month. Did that last year and it worked like a charm. Not such a huge sacrifice and I think that helped mentally. Am doing it again this year and am really loving the fact that I have my body back again. I'm proud of you. It is very hard to stick with such things. I know you'll get those chicks.

    And, when you do... will you name them all Dixie? I'm just dying to find a chicken lover who proudly claims she owns the Dixie chicks!!!!

  7. I am so grateful to all of you for your comments and support! I wish we all lived closer, so we could walk together, that would be such a kick!

    I'm planning to post more photos of what I see on my walks (mostly other people's front gardens). Also, I've been taking pictures of my meals to post. I hope that doesn't sound too weird. I thought people might be interested in what I'm eating.

    I'm going to extend my walking distance every week, and probably do a post about that.

    Hehe, Dixie chicks! My husband wants to name one of them Fricasee. And I'm thinking I might let my readers name one.

  8. Alright I've added you into my blogroll! I love the new blog idea :)

  9. Alison, that is a great goal, one that inspires me too! I look forward to reading more on your journey to chicken acquisition!


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