Saturday, November 21, 2009
~ If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.
~ Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
~ The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
~ Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.
~ A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn't that handy?
~ If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer.
~ But if you can't eat all your chocolate, what's wrong with you?
~ If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.
~ If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet? Don't they actually counteract each other?
~ Money talks. Chocolate sings.
~ Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.
~ Q. Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous?
A. Because no one wants to quit.
~ Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.
~If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated. You can't let that happen, can you?
Friday, November 20, 2009
Okay, my pity party from yesterday is over. I feel sluggish and don't really want to run today. I have already come up with all sorts of excuses not to, including the fact the scale is STILL UP. I have never had so much trouble with a scale. In the past, if I even put in a half a$$ed effort, the scale would show some improvement for me. No so much lately. It has me really discouraged.
I have to admit, I need to find other reasons to keep running today. I am worth it. The scale will not dictate to me. I am stronger than that scale. I will physically and emotionally feel great for having kept up my resolve to continue on my journey at this point. I have already had 4 successful days. Yes I am counting yesterday. I got out and danced my butt off for the evening- there for a total of 5 hours, and dancing over 80% of the time.
Today is a 40 minute easy run. I ran 30 minutes two days ago without any problems. Did have to stop - pick up after the dog, then a red light. Other than that, I made it with just a little bit of pushing. I know I can do this. Heck, I can do it in my vibrams even.
I should get dressed and get out there now, so I have time to do some running around after. I want to go to the Xcess Cargo place to see about a computer desk - they have some nice ones for $30. They also have scales. I might have a look at one. I know. Fully clothed and with shoes, but if it comes up with a lower number there than my one at home, I will pick it up. Part of me is wondering if the scale is not broken. I guess it's just me grasping at straws, but I am so frustrated right now.
You can do this. The getting dressed and out the door is the hardest part. I know how that sounds, but once I get going, part of my internal motivation kicks in. I want to prove to myself I can carry through with something I commit to. Especially if it's a commitment to me. I deserve to carry through with it. I deserve to see the results. If I want to see the end of my weight loss journey around my birthday, today is the day to kick it out of the park. Especially if the scale is actually not moving at all for me right now. That has the potential to make my journey even longer if I let it. I can do this. I am not asking my body to do 8 solid hours in the gym. I am not asking my body to suffer through aches and pains. I am asking it to get up and burn some calories. Today, any calories I burn on my run will be good enough for me.
Next week, I will start to push myself to burn more and more calories. Not today. That feels like too overwhelming a task right now. Instead, today I will just push to stay on track. To pull myself up out of my pity party, and get going. I can do this. Heck, I already finshed 4 days out of my next 84 (12 weeks).
Hey, I just figured out that 12 weeks will take me right up to a few days before my birthday. I didn't plan it that way. I just decided on 12 weeks one day. Then I decided to look at where I could be if I could work on loosing 2lbs a week and that takes me to my goal weight at just before my birthday. Nice the way that all worked out like that. Now I'm even more determined to finish my 12 week push.
See you all later. I can't wait to get my exercise in for today!
Back from my run. I am not sure about my scale. I did buy a new one - a weight watchers one. I will be comparing the two scales over the next couple of days. I can't really count this afternoon trying it - my usual weigh in time is in the morning before breakfast.
The run went great. I was able to run the full 40 minutes. Didn't even really struggle with it. yes, I pushed a little, but nothing major. Even when I crested the tops of the few hills on my running route. I feel great for having accomplished it. I can't wait for tomorrows challenge. Yeah for being over halfway through day 5!
The scales are weighing me differently. My old one has me almost 3lbs heavier than the new one. I will keep watching over the next few days.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
My feet ache today. So do my calves. Or is it calfs? Who knows. Anyhow, I am leaning towards a day off for rest today.
Not only am I physically worn out - I am emotionally worn out too. The TV was cut off last night. Today the phones. I am expecting the internet connection to go soon too unfortunately. Someone who always pays on time has not been doing so well lately. I have decided to leave the TV off indefinitely. The phones may need to be changed to less expensive plans. I already am getting a new internet service provider to provide me with the same services for about 60% of the cost of what it is now. Telus keeps agreeing to cut the costs of their service since I can get it cheaper elsewhere, then I see the bills and there are no discounts at all. I am just tired of it all.
Top this all off with the scale refusing to move. I have been working hard for the past 3 days. Today would have been day 4, but so far it's off track. I had some cookies, which in themselves are not too bad - I can work them into my calories. However, I am sitting here with a bag of GF pretzles beside me. As I am typing this, I have decided the pretzles are not worth loosing my winning streak. I will close the bag and put them away only having had about 10 (they are small ones, so that's not so bad).
I will not be running today. I have gone 3 days in a row, with dance lessons each night of at least 2 hours - 3 last night. However, I am considering going social dancing tonight. Something to get out of the house and enjoy myself. A way to get away from all this stress around the house today. I just don't want to go and be a drag on everyone around me. I need to find the part of me that can put away this stressful stuff, and just go out and enjoy an evening with friends. That way, if I actually am active tonight and dance a lot, I can count it as some exercise. I will wear my hrm, and keep an eye on how active I am, so no cheating.
Worst case senario, I don't go out tonight. I just call it a day, and stay in bed. My eating won't have been 100%, but I have not completely lost it. I am resting my body physically. I could count it as my rest day for this week. That means no more taking it easy. I will need to push myself hard for at least the next 3 days. I can do it. I just am worried about getting stuck here in activity again.
So I guess, in total, there is no kick in the butt today. Actually, maybe I do need a kick. I should take some extra time and journal about all this stuff that is weighing me down today. Make today an emotional workout. I can do that. I can even feel good about for today. Even if I don't go out tonight. I will count today as a success. All I need to do is journal, and really watch my nutrition. The pretzles are wrapped up. I should put them away and get a big bowl of salad.
Okay, pitty party over. I am still taking today off of running. My physical pains already feel so much better for taking today off. I am sure I will be back in shape in the morning to kick my own butt again.
As for the financials, while blogging, I found a solution to keep my internet connected. Knowing I will not loose my connection to SP is a saving grace. I am taking steps in the right directions. I can do this. I know I can. I am looking forward to getting out tonight, taking care of things, and going dancing for a while. Thanks so much for listening to my ranting.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I was looking through some of my old blogs, and found My Weight Loss Goals - AKA my mountain. I realized just how off track I got on that one. I tried redefining it in August, but I again didn't really stick to it.
However, this time I am already ahead of the game. I just finished my 3rd day of clean eating and exercise. I am focusing on another 12 weeks of pushing to loose weight every day. Keeping in mind I need rest days, I am going to do my best every day for at least 12 weeks. I am focusing on every day redefining my motivation and deciding what I can do that day to reach my goals.
Anyhow, this blog will oversee the culmination of those days, and the small stones I define each week. Hopefully it will help me keep on track. 12 weeks. I can do this.
Nov 15 weight - 206.
This week I am still at 206. The scale does not seem to be moving. I will give myself a little leeway this week, to prevent setting myself up for a let down right off the start.
Nov 20 - 206 - I am down to 204 today. Yipee. Ahead of the game. FINALLY
Nov 27 - 204 - down to just over 202 today. Not sure how, but I'll take it.
Dec 4 - 202 - actually at 203 today. I just don' t get it.
Dec 11 - 200 -
Dec 18 - 198 - Actually at 204.6. Been stuck here a while.
Dec 25 - 203 - at 202 Dec 28
Jan 1 - 201 - down to 199.8. Ahead of the game. Yippee!
Jan 8 - 199
Jan 15 - 197
Jan 22 - 195
Jan 29 - 193
Feb 5 - 191
Feb 12 - 189
Feb 19 - 187
Feb 26 - 185 - Goal met after my Bday now.
Well, look at that, I can actually reach my goal before my birthday if I focus. It will be hard - Christmas and New Years are right in the middle. If I really focus and push myself each and every day, I might be able to relax a little for one or two days during the holidays - even if they are just Christmas and New Years.
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