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Mardi Gras, Weekly Weigh-In, and An Update On My Goals

I suck at living in New Orleans at this time of year. I’d rather eat my calories than drink them (especially in open containers on Bourbon Street,) and I live in the Central Business District (two blocks from the French Quarter on the clean side.) I didn’t grow up here, and while I have grown to love New Orleans, I cannot stand Mardi Gras. (My favorite Mardi Gras hashtag is one that I created, #GetOffMyLawn, which is funny because I don’t have a lawn.)


This is what the traffic looks like from my rooftop. It’s typically slow moving until after midnight when the parades clear out.

The traffic flowing through downtown makes it impossible to enter my parking garage without driving the wrong way down a side street, and people come here from around the world to act like drunken lunatics. I’m all for having a good time, but I draw the line before naked people enact sex scenes on my sidewalk. (Yes, that actually happens…every year.)


On a brighter note, it is easy to buy big hats, plastic swords, and over-sized beads while waiting to get home!

The revelry ends at midnight, at which time many of the locals begin observing Lent. (Did you know that the purpose of Mardi Gras is to get all of the partying out before the 40 days?) I’m not Catholic, but I have looked forward to the end of Mardi Gras every year since I moving here in 2012.

Many of my friends make goals and dedications during this time, and I think I can use this time frame to do something good for myself. My goal for the next 40 days is to exercise at least four times a week. For a long time that was something that I accomplished without much effort, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been consistent in my workouts.

I’ve seen positive results from taking control of what I consume. I have not had a doughnut since late September, and at this point I am no longer craving them. I quit drinking sodas almost six years ago, and throughout the last several years I have gone from no longer craving soft drinks to thinking they’re disgusting. It feels like doughnuts could become equally disgusting to me. I suppose time will tell. I also saw good results on the scale when I refrained from eating desserts for 21 days in January.

Now I’m expanding my focus to include breaking out of this cycle of lethargy that I’ve been in. I used to live for a good endorphin rush, but it took effort to get to that point. I’m ready to feel that way again.

I’m down another 2.2 pounds this week, which means that I’ve lost over 12 pounds since the beginning of the year. The losses aren’t huge, but if they stay consistent, I’ll be pleased with that.

Does anyone here dedicate anything for Lent? If so, what’s your plan?

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  • Reply
    February 19, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Hi Kenlie,

    I enjoy reading your blog. I wanted to be friend and tell you to stop beating yourself up over not working out consistently anymore. Change can be mentally exhausting. Why don’t you focus primarily on your diet only and once that becomes more a routine and less of a change then you can introduce exercise back into the mix? I have 50 pounds to loose and I have carried this weight for 6 years with no lasting success in loosing it. Exercise and changes to my eating always leave me discouraged and then I gain the weight back because I find it emotionally and mentally exhausting making so much change all at once. last year I walked 330 miles in 3 months with no change to eating and dropped 6 pounds, this year I’ve only changed my eating and have lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks. Here is one of the articles that helped me change my thinking and helped me to stop beating myself up.
    I also watched “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead”(the first and the sequel) – this movie explains with cartoons that our cells get sick tired when we feed them crap and they rejoice and do a little happy dance when they start to get the nutrients they need to stay well and fight off disease and another documentary “Vegucated” – this one made me think about making changes to a mainly plant based diet.

    Take care,

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    February 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Hello… I hate to admit, I was one of those people downtown during Mardi Gras this year. However, it was my first time… and its checked off my bucket list. The good news is I wasn’t drunk and I had my family (kids/hubby) with me.

    As for Lent… I thought about doing something, then I didn’t follow through already. Lol.

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