Sunday, April 25, 2010
SP SW: 416.2
Goal for this week: 414.2
Actual for this Week: 406.6
Weight Lost this Week: 9.6
Total Weight lost: 9.6 (60)
This week went really, really well. I let myself enjoy my husband's birthday with a couple bites of his Strawberry Shortcake cake, instead of an entire piece (or two or three). I let myself have a Blizzard, but picked the one with the lowest calories on their nutrition menu (they don't list them all and I feel there may have been a "better" choice but I went with what I knew instead of what I could "guesstimate"). I made sure that when I had these things, I was strictly following the calorie count ahead of time. I used small plates at every meal because it is helping my mind get around the concept of smaller portions doesn't necessarily mean a tiny bit of food.
My husband looks at me with pride. "She eats 1 cup of everything," he told his mother yesterday and it made me smile. He notices that I'm watching and measuring. He notices that I do my exercises, even when I don't want to because I'm tired. My kids have even gotten on board and now I see them eating apples and grapes instead of chips and snack cakes for their snacks, and that makes me feel amazing...because not only am I helping myself live longer, but I'm helping them make healthier choices as well.
I lost nearly 10 pounds this week, simply by following the plan, listening to my body, and refusing to beat myself up for little slip-ups. I wasn't depriving myself of food (in fact, sometimes I was worried because I was full and my calorie count was too low for the day...but I just let it go as long as I felt comfortable with what I had done that day). I did have those set-back moments of "This is going to take FOREVER!" and seeing pictures of myself in which I look enormous. But I pushed through them. I told myself that in a few months, those pictures will serve well as before shots and people will start to notice how far I've come.
One thing I did add to my count up there is a reminder that this is not my first time on this journey. A couple years ago I weighed in at 466.6 and I was barely mobile. I lost 100 lbs. and then I leveled myself off and let myself off the hook for awhile. Whether I should've kept going or not at that time, I don't know...but I'm not focusing on that now. Maybe it was good that I showed myself that I could maintain with only minor fluctuations for a couple years, and when I recognized that I had risen to where my pants were getting tight again, I made the decision to start this journey again.
My final goal right now is 266.6, because it will mean I have lost a total of 200 lbs. since that awful day on the scale. I also chose this number because the daunting task of reaching a final healthy goal weight of 140 seems too daunting to imagine. Even if I reach 266, I will be under what I was at my high school graduation 11 years ago...and right now that sounds marvelous! I'm not going to bog myself down with the reminder that even when I reach this goal, I will have another journey ahead of me.
My goals for next week are as follows:
* Lose another 2 lbs. (although I secretly wish I could lose all 6 and see the 300s again, I know that week 2 is rarely as successful as week 1)
* Work out 3 times a week
* Start making healthy home-cooked meals
* Set a better mindset and keep it running throughout the week by reminding myself that I may have struggled this week, but I did it!
* Find new exercises that I can do. (My son is currently pulling out the DDR and I'm reminded that there are other ways to burn calories that are both fun and successful.)
* Even out the food distribution for calorie/carb count so that I'm not trying to make it all up at dinner.
* Get more sleep.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Had my first "down" day today. Just a lot going on. Hubby's birthday tomorrow. Surrounded by skinny people who don't understand. It's been VERY difficult to get through without throwing in the towel. But I did my 30 minute walk. I did my strength training exercises. I kept watch on my calories. I got through it knowing I'd have to face all of you, and more importantly, myself at the end of the day and ask myself what I did this day to make the future better. I would have to ask myself if I did all I could to fight the battle and change my life for the better. I had that moment of, "This is going to take FOREVER!" and I reminded myself that I've been here before and I got through it moment by moment. I took a moment and it hasn't quite passed. Still, I'm hoping for a brighter day tomorrow.
Friday, April 23, 2010
I finally remember what it's like to push through the pain and reach that place on the other side. That place where you feel like your legs are moving and you're just along for the ride. That place where you feel an invisible hand pushing you from behind, a voice in your ear whispering "better, faster, stronger, harder." That place where you feel 20 pounds lighter, the wind at your back, the troubles of muscles stretching and pain melt away. That place where you know that in 10-20 minutes reality will snap you back and remind you that your legs are sore, your left middle toe is numb, your breathing is strained, and there is a small fire building in the lower half of your body. And you know that moment is upon you, but you don't care because all that exists in that place is that moment...the feeling of weightlessness and ease...the feeling that you can and will do anything today. It's all about that moment in that special place.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Not completely done with today, but I found a way to reward myself for my good deeds - Sobe lifewater! I love the stuff, but I refuse to drink it all the time because I think regular water keeps me on track better. However, now and again, it's nice to know that I can reward myself with this little (naturally) sweet treat and still feel like I'm following the plan! (Much better than the peanut butter cup that was staring me down all day!! I threw it across the room to the other side of my desk - fyi!)
I'm still having that lull feeling during midday, but it was later today - around 4pm or so, so I think I'm on the right track. Can't wait to plan next week's menu and finally do my first shopping trip for this new lifestyle! When I started this week, I kinda just had to find what I could in the fridge and pantry because we'd already been shopping. This week is different. I know what I should be eating and I should be able to find things that will accommodate a lot better!
Might squeeze in that 20 minutes of exercise I missed from yesterday...but only if I can get my work done in enough time (had to bring some home or I'd still be at that desk). This assignment is due tomorrow so I have to make sure it's completed (or at least 90% done) before I head to work tomorrow.
All in all, another good day of learning and feeling good! (My digestion problems are starting to get better as well...SCORE! I knew they would once I started eating the right things...I just had to make myself take the time to do it.)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I interrupt this program to bring you a special announcement.
Alright, I admit it...I sneaked a peek at the scale tonight. Truth is I'm exhausted (and full) and was getting a little anxious waiting around for Sunday...so I hopped on, knowing I probably shouldn't because it could be really discouraging. Well, the scale says I'm down almost 5 lbs already! I'm not counting all these chicken eggs as chickens yet...I swear I'm not. I'm just hopeful that I'll add a pound before the end of the week, or at least stay at this weight so I can have a little celebration (sans food) on Sunday when my OFFICIAL weigh in day rolls around.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
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