Friday, October 31, 2014
Some people say that today actually starts the "holiday season", meaning that there are several big occasions when food could trip us up, starting with today. We don't do Halloween, so there aren't bowls of candy around the house calling my name.
Thanksgiving will be the next "big" event around here, but you know what, it doesn't HAVE to mean a giant pig-out, food free for all just because it's Thanksgiving Day--or Christmas Day, or New Year's Eve.
I'm setting my "by the end of the year goal" now: I want to be 275 or below by New Year's Eve. THAT will really be something to celebrate.
How about you? What are you hoping to accomplish by the end of 2014?
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Yesterday I walked over 12,000 steps. It was my first time walking this much since I've had my Fitbit. I didn't think it would be possible to walk that much in a day when I'm still in the 280s, but I did.
It wasn't even by going for a purposeful walk either. It was mainly from grocery shopping. In the morning I went and bought groceries for us, and that added a lot of steps when you consider the store steps, then carrying in all the bags, and putting everything away.
Then that afternoon I went back to the store with hubby while he picked up groceries for his son who is recovering from a broken ankle. That added more steps.
Then there were several short walks with the dog, and whatever I was doing around the house.
By the time evening came, I was really stiff and tired, but feeling good about all the walking.
This just shows that even though I haven't lost a lot more weight yet, I must be improving my fitness because there's no way I could have walked that much earlier this spring after a sedentary winter.
I'm also down another pound. The 270s are getting very close again. I hit 279 once a few weeks ago, but wasn't able to stay there. I'm hoping to hit it and go past it soon.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I didn't realize it, but I've improved on my daily steps. I knew I was easily getting many more days of 7000 or 8000 steps, but didn't realize that my new "average steps" number is now in the 7000s. Earlier this spring it was only in the 5000s, so yay for that.
I always hate it when we start getting tons of snow and ice because then I don't have much of a place to walk outside until Spring, but I'm finding lately that even if I'm not walking outside a lot, I can still manage to be busy enough in the house and just by taking the dog out a few times to get a nice amount of steps, so I'm not going to worry about it this year. I'm just going to keep looking for ways to keep busy, busy, busy.
I've also gotten back into the habit of having a NutriBlast each day, sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for lunch. I feel so much better when I'm having those, and I think it helps me cut down some on mindless snacking--a little bit anyway, because they're very filling.
There are 99 days left before New Year's. I'm doing my best to "kick it up a notch", and am eager to see how much progress I can make by then.
I'm still hoping to be 275 or less by the end of 2014. I weighed 282 this morning, so that's probably a realistic number, even though I lose slower than SLOW.
We're having a stretch of sunny, almost summer-like weather here in Vermont this week, so every time I think of it, I try to grab the dog's leash and take her out for a quick "yard loop" or two with me. It helps both of us.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
My reminder to myself today is to keep moving. I've been working in front of my computer for too many hours lately, and I need to pick up the pace if I'm going to keep making progress with my weight loss.
The other thing I'm reminding myself of is how I want to be able to buy a new dress in a smaller size for my grandson's graduation which will be in June. September's half over now, and graduation will be in mid-June, so I have about nine months to work on this goal.
I don't want to be the 280-pound grandmother at graduation. I'd like to be the under-250-pound grandmother, so that means I have a LOT of work to do.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Do you ever get just plain sick and tired of hauling around your extra pounds?
I'm there right this minute, and it's giving me renewed impetus to reach my first 10% off. I've lost my first 5% off, which is good, but I don't notice much, if any, difference.
I really need, for health's sake, if nothing else, to get to that 10% off. I'm up a couple, so that means 16 pounds more to go to get there.
I don't have a time frame or a deadline; I just want to get there when I get there, but I need to work harder to do it, and I'd like to get there soon.
I've really been lolly-gagging around this week, and am at a standstill.
I was looking around on Spark for some inspiration, and found this article that talks about the health benefits of losing just 10% of our weight. I'm going to save it here in case I want to read it again: http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?p
You always read about how you have to be a little bit "selfish" and take care of yourself. I'm starting to see how that makes sense. I might get a little bit "selfish" and concentrate harder on making more progress with my weight loss, fitness, and health improvement.
I think getting to my 10% off will become my new mission for the Fall/Winter season.
What good differences did you notice when you got to your first 10% off?
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