Friday, July 1, 2011

Twitter and Opportunities.....

I know many people scoff at me for embracing Twitter, but let me tell you, I've had some amazing results from following people or organizations I'm interested in. Also, I'm in awe of people that can be both clever and informative in 140 characters.

At the end of May, a famous women's publication (they've asked me not to release their name) twitted about needing 25 women in the NYC area to participate in a 2 month pre-diabetes study. I was all over it and after several email exchanges I was selected to be one of the 25 people.

I went into the city, got weighed, measured and had blood work done to determine my sugar and cholesterol levels. Some results I was pleasantly surprised, some, surprised and happy I know about it so I can take care of the potential situation.

We also met with a nutritionist and trainer who went through the program, showed us the resistance exercises and set up a private facebook page for us to share concerns and helpful information with one another. She's amazing at answering our questions/concerns and has given me some helpful advice.

For me, this has been a very difficult and trying week (I'll probably write a separate post about it as its been a valuable life lesson for me) and commented on how I've been struggling with getting the right amount of fiber in, exercise, resistance training, calorie count, etc.. She suggested I go for long, slow walks to release my anxiety and frustration. So, that's what I'm going to do. For this week, I'm focusing on long walks and meditation. I need to clear my head.

One of the messages of the study I'm beginning to learn is that you should never give up if you don't have a perfect day, just get back on the horse at the next available opportunity. I'm a perfectionist and have a tendency to follow the all-or-nothing way of thinking. Letting go of the idea of perfection is EXTREMELY difficult, but am slowly learning that although I may not achieve 100% perfection, 10% is better than 0%.

I have my first weigh-in on July 11th; another on August 8th. I may be part of their article they plan to publish and become UBER famous (LOL).

I'll keep you updated along the way and let you know what my results are. Now, time to get my 10,000 steps (did I mention, I'm wearing a pedometer?)...


Melanie's Randomness said...

Well good for you! I've gotten alot of coupons off of twitter and found out about sales. That's really pretty cool that you got selected and I think I'm going to take your advice on the long walks to release frustration. Good luck with the study!!!

Brian Miller said...

woot good stuff...i will be honest...tweeting is not my fav thing to do....

The Bumbles said...

Awesome! Letting go is key to everything - whether it be perfectionism or anger or anything else. So proud of your efforts and glad that Twitter led you to this great opportunity.

Spot said...

Why are we not following each other on twitter??

Good for you! I will be very excited to hear about your results. A nutritionist and a personal trainer would be very helpful. I'm the same way. If I slip up on a diet or don't get the results I want, I'm apt to give up.


Matty said...

I enjoy Twitter too. I've been introduced to good blogs through it that I otherwise would never have known about.

Both my parents have diabetes, so I applaud you for your efforts.

Mandy_Fish said...

That's amazing! I should pay more attention on Twitter. The trouble is, when I first signed on I followed everyone and their mother. So there's just too much information on it. I need to weed it out.

Can't wait to follow your progress.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Melanie - Thanks! The long walks have really helped and on nice days, I've met some nice people along the way.

Brian - I'm a horrible tweeter, but like to read other tweets

Bumbles - Letting go is incredibly hard and unfortunately I'm having to learn to let go of a lot of things I wish I didn't have to.

Spot - I don't know why? Now, I'm going to have to track you down.

Matty - it is fun. I also follow agents, authors and chefs.

Mandy - I did the same. I weed out, add new people & some people don't post a lot. Some too much.... I guess it's like going to a tag sale, sometimes you have to dig through some tweets to find the gem!

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