Tuesday, October 11, 2011
When I changed my status to "CeeGee is really back this time," I had no idea what I was in for. Part of my new commitment was to join a gym. Saturday was my first appointment with a personal trainer. He is a really nice young man, previous college football player, and is still extremely fit! Saturday he showed me the type of workout I was going to be doing. All of the exercises are for my core. They didn't seem too difficult, but I was still stiff in a few unusual places on Sunday. Today, Monday, I was back for another personal training session. Oh my goodness, all those exercises that didn't seem too difficult, completely wiped me out. It was a bit embarrassing. I was sweating profusely. and I do mean profusely. My hair was drenched, from the top of my head to dripping off the ends. I honestly don't think I have ever sweat that much. I was rolling around on the floor, practically grunting as I struggled to do a few leg lifts. When I finally staggered into the locker room and looked in the mirror, I was really taken aback. My face was so red, it looked like I was about to explode. How humiliating. It all just goes to show me how badly out of shape I am. I am determined to keep this up and get stronger and more fit. It helps having a personal trainer there telling me what to do, correcting my posture, and not letting me give up. I bought a package of 8 personal training sessions. I know I won't be done at that point, so I hope that I will be able to afford more sessions.
It was a good feeling to exert myself to such an extent.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Today was such an up and down day. First of all, I stepped on the scale and it was UP by almost 2 pounds. That started the day off on the wrong foot. Then, we got a letter from the homeowners insurance saying that we needed to replace our roof in order to renew our insurance! That is something that I never expected! I didn't realize that that was even something that a homeowners insurance co. would get involved in. I can understand it, but have never heard of that happening to anyone else before. That threw me for a loop, as I have been trying so hard to pay off our debts, but these kinds of things are always happening. I had to go into town for a doctor's appt., so decided to look around for a dress to wear to my step-daughter's wedding. I actually found one! That was a very positive event. I didn't think I would ever find one that looked half way decent. It is actually pretty, and I don't think I look too chunky in it. I hope it will look good when I try it on at home. While I was in the under garments department looking for a body slimmer slip type of thing, my cell rang. Some man asked if it was Cathy, I said it was. He went on to say he was an old friend, one of my first friends and kept telling me stuff about how we knew each other, but I just couldn't think of who it was. He wanted me to guess. Finally he said he had a cat named Crazy Babies, then I new instantly who it was. We had become friends when I was 13, and had just moved here from North Dakota. He was 18. WOW! We are now 56 and 61! I haven't seen him or talked to him in 36 years! It was really bizarre, to be standing there looking at undergarments and talking for about 30 minutes. Then I finally get my stuff and go in the dressing room and my phone rings again! It is another old friend, who had just been called by the same guy who called me. So we had to talk for about 30 minutes also, while I am standing in the dressing room trying to compress my body into a slip the size of a preteen!
I set a record for the longest I had ever been in one department store. It was good talking to them, though a bit surreal! I was finally on my way home when my daughter called me and said she had been out to eat with her boyfriend, and now they can't get her car started. She said the air conditioning would not turn off, even when the car was totally turned off. I told her to call AAA, and I would be there in a few minutes. It was right on my way home. I stopped and tried pulling fuses, to no avail. I left her waiting for AAA. She came home about an hour after me. The air conditioning was STILL on. My husband and I tried everything we could think of, but could not get it to turn off. So we drove it to the mechanic, put the key in the door and left it out front, with the air conditioning running, and left. We did not know what else to do. I hope it will stop when the battery goes dead. I hope we didn't cause any worse harm. By the time we got back home it was 11:00 p.m. What a day! I am not too pleased with the progress I am making sticking to a low calorie plan. I mess up every night and have a bowl of cheerios with a banana. EVERY NIGHT! That's about 310 calories, and makes the difference between staying under my calorie intake level and going over. I just crave those carbs. Any suggestions on how to get beyond these cravings?
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I haven't posted a blog since school started this year. My caseload has been very consuming this year and, just like I quit exercising every year when school starts, I guess I quit blogging too. I was hoping that I would have grown beyond this fault of mine, but unfortunately that's not the case. Nevertheless, here I am. Spring has sprung and I am ready to work on my weight and fitness once again. My stepdaughter is having a big wedding at Lake Tahoe in June. So far every dress I try on looks horrendous on me. My thighs have expanded by about an inch each. It's awful. I am so disgusted with the way I look. And to make it even worse, the mother-in-law is fitness fanatic. She is older, like me, but is in tip top shape. She is a fitness trainer and eats hardly anything but salmon and salad. Then here comes me, same age, but a matronly, dimpled, out of shape mom. So, I want to try, in these last 2 months, to do the best I can to trim down even just a little. We are all, both families staying in this big house on the lake shore for 3 days and nights. The week before the wedding my twin daughters will be graduating from high school. It's going to be an emotional couple of weeks!
Today (I am writing this on Sat. night, even though it is posting on Sunday), the first day of spring break, I went for a 4 mile walk. The weather was perfect and the walk was enjoyable. Later in the afternoon, I worked in the garden for about an hour and 15 minutes. I kept my calories down, within range, so I am off to a good start. I spent most of the evening reading peoples blogs, logging in calories and fitness and now, writing this blog.
I really want to commit to the spark-plan . I want it to make a difference in the way I look and feel. I am going to use as many of the tools Sparkpeople has to offer and go for it!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Today was the student's first day back to school. The day seemed like a whirlwind of activity. I have 13 students with varying degrees of disability and 2 more students scheduled to come in the next couple of weeks. I've got a feeling that I'm going to have my hands quite full this year.
I finally took a walk this evening. I haven't walked in 4 days. This is the first day all week that I've gotten home before 6:30, and still had energy to do something besides chores. It felt SOOOO good. I walked my 3.78 loop in record time, 60 minutes. I was pretty impressed with myself, for feeling so strong and keeping the pace up the entire walk.
I've been staying within my calorie range, for the most part, all week. The good news about that is that the fat, carbs and protein levels are also all within range. Usually before I would be way over in carbs and fat and under in protein.
Unfortunately, no weight loss. I am still holding at the same darn weight that I've been for about 3 weeks. In my 7 weeks on spark (it seems like A LOT longer), I have lost approximately ONE pound. Well, at least I am going in the right direction. I just never thought it would be so slow going!
All in all, I'm feeling pretty good. The anxiety of the anticipation of school starting has subsided, now that it has actually started. I have also proved that I can exercise during the school year. Now, I just need to prove that I can lose weight during the school year. That is yet to be seen!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Today was a mixed bag of emotions. While I was walking this morning, I suddenly was gripped by this overwhelming sadness that my daughters will soon be leaving for college (they're seniors this year). I felt better by the time I finished my walk, but throughout the day, that little feeling would come over me again. My daughters were away at a retreat this weekend and the house was unnaturally quiet. The anticipation of being an empty nester is probably more difficult than the actual experience will be. People get through this all the time, and I will too.
On a happier note, my walking time is getting faster. I am starting to think of how I can incorporate some more mileage into my walk. I finished an audible book on today's walk and ordered up another one. I look forward to listening to my books while I walk.
On the nutrition front: Not such good news. I went over my calories today by a whopping 500 calories. It's hard to believe, considering I don't even feel that full. For some reason, I don't feel that bad about it. I am feeling like I just need one of these kind of days every once in a while. I'll be back on the wagon tomorrow. No doubt about that!
Well, goodnight all! Tomorrow is the big day. Back to work. Up at 5:00. Thank goodness I'm tired, it won't be hard to get to bed early tonight.
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