On December 28th I started a new health plan.  I am now on Day 25…

I have to-date lost 8 lbs and I should feel fantastic right! PFFFH… I’ve come across some nasty glitches to this “I am gonna get thinner version of myself.”

First of all I’m getting extremely moody either from lack of eating, lack of drinking beer or lack of sex.  Either one of those “lacking” is creating a very irritable Gail, that is why I called this post Frustration and Capitalized the Ration part of the word.  Less food, less fun and less pounds doesn’t necessarily morph into a happy Gail.

This is the point where it gets more difficult, not easier to manage changes to diet and lifestyle.  It is honestly also at this point where many folks call it quits. I can’t say I really blame them.

Do you know the #1 thing to do when this moodiness surfaces?  Play your jams and connect with your fun side.  Music is a powerful tool against irritability.

Here are my two “I’m gonna make it through” jams.


Meghan Trainor should be a motivational Trainer, her tunes are positive, light spirited and fun wooo!

Here is a great article about how low carb diets can make you feel irritable

I have cut out beer, all juices and pops, all junk food, potatoes, breads, pastas, preserved foods, rice and of course no chicken and eggs due to allergies.    That does not leave many options and it can get pretty boring.

here is a great article on avoiding some pitfalls including repetitiveness

This moodiness is temporary and I know it is but boy I sure could go for a stiff one right now….and no I won’t be correcting that, I’m just gonna let you think what you want to think :))

Another great thing is laughter, a good laugh does wonders to improve your mood.  This is not just a health plan, I am working on some other things as well.

There comes a time when you have to take control and go for what you want in life, you will hear from friends and family how you are making it all about you….YUP, as I creep closer to 48 you darn right its about me.

The times of guilt are gone, all I can say is if you don’t like me now you probably won’t like me later.

The most important thing is supporting yourself on this journey, not everyone is on board.  The reality is your diet or lifestyle change is nobody’s business but yours.  They won’t reap the benefits or suffer the consequences, only you will.

A good friend reminded me that my purpose in life is to be a role model: True role models are those who possess the qualities that we would like to have, they advocate for themselves and their goals and take leadership on issues they believe in.

I believe in myself.  Part of the angry drive I have right now is about pushing past fears, insecurities, trust issues, guilt & shame and not looking back.

As a co-worker pointed out, I do not need to be fixed.  I simply need to bring out the shine.  I will leave you with a great article about getting rid of guilt.

This is where I am at right now, fixing it :))  Guilt is the place that you are stuck. No matter what you do, you feel bad. It is a losing battle, an inner conflict where you lose no matter what you do!
It is easy to see that this no win situation is crazy and guilt need not guide any decision you make in your life. Never, yes, never trust guilt! If you have done something you really regret, apologize and stop doing it, otherwise dispense with guilt. Do not let guilt ruin your life.

Live a guilt free life:


  1. Kid if’n it was easy everyone would do it! (by the way heard “All about the Bass” for the first time this weekend and been humming ever since, Michelle Laughs at me each time! ) I saw on the last picture you posted a change. It is working, but its hard. I am DAMN proud of you, and when you get where you want to be the first “stiff” one (you choose!) will be amazing!

    Go get em!!


  2. Congratulations Gail… I’m 23 days in… it’s NOT easy and you are darned right it’s about us… I don’t care what anyone thinks. I’m losing it and I’m going to maintain it… so will you. I quit smoking too so you can imagine how cranky I have been too.

    I had to quit if I wanted to exercise… which I have done 22 of 23 days. I’m feeling good except I’m tired and I can’t sleep.

    I believe in you, I know you can do it… keep going and push through ♡


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