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Eat less and move more

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Happy to be down 11 pounds since I began weight loss on July 7. I suppose today is my two-month anniversary for changing my eating habits.

As I mentioned in an earlier post that I'm getting excited about clothes again. And I find that as I pay more attention to dressing in an attractive way that I'm more motivated to lose more. I can now wear some of my pants from a year ago without a muffin top! Losing 11 pounds has made a difference! Also, I read online that my "apple" tummy was causing me to camouflage with shapeless tops. I learned that there are better ways to dress--try ruched wrap tops if you have an apple shape like me.

Finally, I've joined an "Eat less, move more" group that our campus is offering employees. The first session begins this Thursday. I'm doing well with the "eat less" part; however, I need help with the "more more" part.

  
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Slow and steady wins the race

Monday, September 01, 2014

Another pound came off this week. That means I've met my first ten pound of weight loss.

I still need to do better with incorporating exercise into my routine; however, I'm doing better with being active in general--taking stairs instead of elevators...

I'm moving in the right direction. Next goal--keep up my will power so that I can take off another ten!

  
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Doing better with exercise

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I got back into SparkPeople last Monday. I've been working to take some weight off (notice that I didn't say "dieting") for about a month and a half. I didn't lose any additional weight this week, but I did improve my exercising. It's not particularly rigorous, but I did join the "10-minute challenge" to make sure I'm exercising at least 10 minutes every day. Some days I did some of Coach Nicole's strength-training; three other days I walked dogs at our local animal shelter as a volunteer.

I begin teaching tomorrow--so I'll be limited to Saturday mornings for walking dogs moving forward. That means I need to stay motivated regarding both eating for my health and getting at least some daily exercise as I get back into my hectic work routine.

In the meantime, my husband has lost over 30 pounds this summer and dropped a pants size. So our joint commitment is showing great results for him--I seem to lose weight very slowly....

  
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KLMEIRING 9/7/2014 8:58AM

    I definitely need to do the closet rearranging that you described in the comments! Thanks for the inspiration!

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CANNONSMC 8/24/2014 6:22PM

    Not a bad week. Another pound came off earlier in the week. Slow and steady loss. We had family come through for an overnight visit on Friday. I taught all week--and while I didn't officially log in exercise everyday, I did stay active. I'm walking and on my feet most days in the classroom--and I'm avoiding elevators at work. I walked dogs again yesterday morning at the shelter. Friday involved some housework to get ready for guests. Yesterday and I today I shopped and ran errands.

Not delaying happiness about how I look: I find that the 9 pounds I've lost since I started trying to lose weight in early July has been enough to get me excited again about wearing clothes. I had resisted buying new clothes when I put on weight this year--so lots didn't fit. And I had the dreaded muffin top on the pants I could still wear. Last weekend, I tried on what I had in my closet. That closet cleaning resulted in taking some clothes to Goodwill, moving the clothes I want to wear again but can't to another closet in the house, and keeping what I could wear now in my closet. I bought a few extra pieces of new clothes this weekend and figured out which of my existing clothes are the most flattering with my year's weight gain. I figure that if I can feel good about how I look now, it will help keep my spirits up while I try to take off another 9 pounds.

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/17/2014 10:45AM

    Wow - good for both of you

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PUNKGIRL5003 8/17/2014 9:17AM

    Youll be moving a lot as a teacher. Best wishes on your journey

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/17/2014 8:36AM

  Losing weight slowly is usually a sign it will stay off, believe it or not! Never give up!

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HMBROWN1 8/17/2014 8:33AM

    I imagine that you will be on your feet and moving quite a lot as a teacher! Best wishes!

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JAROL7 8/17/2014 8:23AM

    Exercise is important ... but tracking the calories that pass by your lips is far more important. Good luck on your plan.

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Time to shape up

Monday, August 11, 2014

I made a not so successful try at getting back in shape in January of this year. Once my classes began again I stopped eating well and exercising. I gained back the four pounds I lost that month and even gained two more. Five weeks ago, I convinced my husband to lose weight with me. He needs to take off weight more than I do. I've lost eight pounds, and he's lost 27. I didn't blog about it because I hate saying I'll do something and then not follow through. It really helps that we're losing weight together. We don't have the snacks in the pantry, and I can buy food that enables me to cook healthy meals. I can honestly say we've had five or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day since we began in early July, and we've had very little processed food and desserts. The good news is that I now weigh two pounds less than when I stopped in January. Lately, I've been losing about a pound a week--not dramatic but definitely in the right direction and at a healthy rate.

I'm blogging because I'm a week away from starting my teaching again--when my schedule gets demanding, I can lose sight of my goals and begin "stress" eating. The other thing that needs to change is exercise. The only thing I've done differently since I began losing weight last month is that I've had a few light walks, and I've stopped using the elevator at work (I take the stairs). The sad thing is that I've had the time to exercise--just not the motivation. I received an email last Friday that my University is offering a once-a-week meeting (15 meetings total) to encourage exercise and healthy eating during the fall semester. I signed up for this program that begins in September. I can use the support to keep going. I'm also signing up for a SparkPeople challenge to get myself exercising again.

  
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KLMEIRING 9/7/2014 9:00AM

    A good reminder to me that I need to focus on healthy eating - 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day.

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SPARKYFLOWER 8/11/2014 8:29AM

    I wish you luck with your balancing act. You can do it but it will just take time and patience until it is like drinking water. No thoughts needed. emoticon

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Half Empty or Half Full

Monday, January 27, 2014

I'm doing the 28-day Bootcamp Challenge that I've successfully completed in the past. First two weeks went great; last week was marginal. I continued to track food and I did exercise but did fall short of the Challenge goals for the week. I didn't actually exercise at all on three days last week. I tried to make up for some of the loss yesterday and am caught up and back on track with the videos. I'm still behind on what I wanted to do with cardio. No weight loss--but also no weight gain.

So I'm trying to get into Spark spirit and focus on the half-full part: I'm exercising again, taming my sweet tooth, eating healthier, tracking food and exercise, and not gaining. It's too easy to give up when you don't accomplish what you intended. I am in a busy, busy time at work teaching more than I usually do, so I feel reluctant to exercise when I have so work to do. I'm also playing too much of a video game on my iPhone--time that could go towards exercise! I haven't been ready to take that game off my phone...maybe soon.

  


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