Sunday, March 03, 2013
I'm starting to feel like I might possibly be slender... which is a change as I usually have a heavy self-portrait in my head. I'm surprised to look down and see thighs that don't take up so much space!
An older church member told my husband and me at church today that he'd noticed I'd been losing weight. A girlfriend said that I was just going to disappear soon. (Not a chance, but it's really nice when someone takes the time to say something!)
Last time it took 20 pounds before anyone said a word to me. This time it's closer to 30 pounds gone. I am so glad someone else can see it (and is willing to mention it to me!) I'm within 2 pounds of my goal, and I don't expect people will keep commenting as I maintain, so this was a sweet, non-food treat!
Saturday, March 02, 2013
It's been a week of ups and downs:
Sunday I weighed in lower than any time in the last 3 years. I tried on my smallest remaining skirt. It fit and I wore it with glee! After Church, I had a lovely retirement celebration with friends from work. I have no REAL idea what the calorie count was, though I believe I chose the lightest meal on the menu and took part of it home. I estimated high, ate a VERY small dinner, walked an extra 2 miles, and found the scale hadn't moved up Monday. Emotional UP!
Tuesday and Wednesday, after exercising and eating reasonably (lower end of my calorie range) on Monday and Tuesday, the scale was up a pound. Argh! It looks like it's planning to dig in! DOWN!
Thursday, the scale had me up another .2 of a pound. ARGH! WRONG WAY!!! Now I didn't even want to exercise! It took me all day to force myself to do it. (Who do I think I'm punishing when I get like that?) I'm so emotional when I don't feel like there's a good REASON for what the scale is doing!!! FARTHER DOWN!
Friday, for no reason, because I was still eating well and exercising, the scale was down a whole pound. Vindication! UP!
Today, also for no reason, the scale was down another pound. Now, I'm glad it's down to my lowest point in 3 years, but I really would rather that the scale be an immediate reflection of what I've done right or wrong!! This is just confusing me...but I'll take it. UP!
I took my measurements today as it's my custom on the 1st Saturday of the month. I've lost 2.5 inches in just the bust, waist and hips. That's encouraging and explains why I now fit into my smallest skirt. From here on, there will need to be shopping. UP!
2 pounds left to get to goal. Then I can start shopping for the dress I'll wear to my daughter's June wedding. (How nice to have a big event still down the road as an extra incentive for maintenance!) UP!
I don't like roller coasters, either at amusement parks or in my emotions! I'm glad this week had a good ending for me, though. Thanks especially to my husband and sister who are so supportive. Thanks also to ITSMATT, from whom I nabbed the quote "the scale goes up and the scale goes down, but mostly it goes down." And thank you to you, my Sparkfriends, for your encouragement!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I'm pleased with the progress I've been making since November...
Lately I've preferred to walk outdoors to some purpose rather than use my elliptical for my cardio. (Even though the elliptical burns calories faster.) I've walked to the library, to the recycling center to recycle an armload of rigid plastics, and to the bank. I want to enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of outsisde. I want to feel like I'm "accomplishing" something. (I know, exercise DOES accomplish something, but try telling that to my type A brain!) I'm very happy with the way my body is feeling and responding these days.
I haven't really struggled with my food plan. I'm within 5 pounds of my goal and recently changed the rate at which I want to lose from 1 pound a week to 1/2 a pound. I think it will be an easier transition to maintenance from there.
My husband and I had a meeting to attend last night at which pizza was provided. I LIKE hawaiian pizza. I had eaten just enough during the day to leave me with extra calories for the evening. I had a glass of water and 1 slice of pizza. It was enough. I felt good. I didn't go over my calorie range and wasn't really tempted to get another piece. TRIUMPH!
I am enjoying the food I do eat much more since I know I can't eat unlimited amounts as I did previously. I savor the taste, texture, and presentation. Tomorrow I won't care if I didn't have an extra piece of something today.
I still have to learn to eat slower. Sometimes I leave the table, still wanting to eat, and go sit in my chair for 10 more minutes before I feel full. It happens all at once, and then I'm very happy I didn't keep eating.
Thanks for listening, encouraging and role-modeling for me!
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