Friday, February 07, 2014
February 2014 is already here!
I have lost 2.7 pounds this month! LoL, but seriously it is still in the right direction, so I am going to focus on that! I am still struggling against the need to hibernate in these frigid temperatures.
I worked at the office last night until past midnight, but I told my boss I had to go work out first. I left the office a little early, around 4:30, but was back by 6:00 to get back to work. Glad I got in my routine at Planet Fitness. It was just 31 minutes, but that is better than no minutes!!!
That is one of my new strategies - I joined Planet Fitness. At only $10.93 (with tax) per month, even I can afford it. So far, I am concentrating on 3 things while I am there. I do the treadmill, the elliptical, and the recumbent bike. However, I saw a young man do something that I may try. He was lying on a bench, and he held onto the end of it above his head (I think it was a metal end piece). He lifted his legs toward his upper body. You see with my "trick" neck and back I can't do traditional sit-ups or crunches. I have to keep my upper body as stationary as possible. But what I saw him doing by holding on to the end above his head is exactly what I have to do. At home, I usually hold on the underside of a chair or couch. I may try what he did, although I won't look nearly as elegant as this young man did. He was slightly built with enough youth and muscle to make it look easy and smooth.
I am hoping to suddenly drop another 4 pounds this week. It could happen!!
To reiterate what I said last month . . .
I have lost a lot of weight since 2009, so the 37 more pounds that I want to lose is a cinch, and I fully believe that it is going to happen this year!
(Yes, I changed the goal from 34 to 37 pounds, in case, anyone was paying attention to the last entry - had to get honest)
Saturday, January 04, 2014
New Year Mantra = " . . . I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead . . . " ~Phil 3:13 (New English Translation)
2013 was a strange and at times hard year for me, but I am SO LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014!!
I taught high school math during the 2012-2013 school year, but it was one of the worst employment situations that I have ever had in my life. Fifteen year olds fighting me for their phone chargers while informing me that they could charge their phone anytime they wanted to (even in the middle of my Geometry class); and the administrator's response as she shrugged her shoulders: "It goes on."
Anyhoo, I am now working for an engineering group that does retrofits for power plants to meet environmental compliance regulations to cut down on emissions. I am making a little less money, but receive far more respect, and I don't have to work overtime for free!
My teaching degree is still too generic for me to be a specialist, but over time I am going to work on that. I am tutoring students in both paid and volunteer capacities. I tutor math at my church for free twice a week.
As far as my weight goes - well it does reflect the stress that I have been under for the last year and a half, but that is okay.
I have to relose 15 pounds and continue on to my ultimate weight loss goals. The picture I just posted is from Christmas Day 2013.
I have had a hard time fighting my impulses to hibernate in the warmth of my bed instead of exercising lately. RESOURCEFUL I am if nothing else (some would even call it creative). I added "stretchy band arm exercises" to my official spreadsheet of exercises. The beauty is that I can do them from my warm cozy bed!!!
I have lost a lot of weight since 2009, so the 34 more pounds that I want to lose is a cinch, and I fully believe that it is going to happen this year!
Happy New Year to us all!
Monday, January 02, 2012
Believe it or not, I was down another pound on January 1!!! I have officially lost all of the 20 pounds I gained last school year, and now I am ready to proceed with the next 40 pounds. My goal is to lose 40 pounds by my May graduation date. I student teach this semester, about which I am very excited, and I will be continuing my early morning workouts this semester.
When I lose another 10 pounds I will be at a weight I have not seen since I was pregnant 20 years ago. The 40 pounds that I want to lose by May represents all of the pregnancy weight I gained all those years ago plus an extra 5 pounds. You see, I gained a total of 70 pounds during my pregnancy, and I have the most beautiful 19 year old son to show for it. But it is high time for me to lose the weight.
I will set a new goal in May. Technically, my BMI will still be in the overweight category, so I plan to lose an additional 8 pounds after the May deadline to reach the normal BMI range. After that I want to lose another 12 pounds.
I will enjoy being at that weight in a way that I was not able to enjoy all those years ago. I would not have my picture made back then, because I always thought I was too fat, but I was not. I am going to be mature this time around. I am going to be happy with myself. I am going to enjoy being alive. I am going to enjoy wearing the clothes I want to wear. I am going to live in this new reality that I am creating for myself.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Okay, so I am going to tell you the good news before I apologize for being a posting loser. I finished another semester of school, and I am only 5 months from graduation. I managed to lose 10 pounds this semester, and I survived the dreaded Halloween to end of semester Valley of stressful Death period without gaining any permanent weight. I bobbled up and down a bit, but was the same in the final analysis.
I am still exercising, but it has been hard to be as consistent as I want to be. I was sick from mid Oct to mid Nov, so the exercise slowed down a bit in Nov. But I got back on the horse. Then I hit end of the semester stress and started another part time job (that makes 3 part time jobs), so the exercise took a back seat for a couple of weeks again.
The good report is that I exercised 36 min this morning and took a 45 min walk this evening for a total of 81 fitness minutes today.
I am still doing my 3-pronged circuit routine that I can do at home.
1 - Lateral thigh trainer
2 - Dumbbell dancing
3 - Floor exercises
I had to adjust my goal of 420 min per week to an average of 300 min per week. This goal is doable and attainable. Attainability is one of the markers of a good goal.
I used the community college gym some at the beginning of the semester; however, I had to drop that because I only had class on campus 2 days a week and could not afford to drive there on the other days; then our schedule changed to only 1 day on campus, so it was not working for me.
I do apologize for not checking in regularly, but then I think again about goal-setting and how it has to be attainable; otherwise, for me, it is not a good goal. So I am going to set the goal of posting something here once a month.
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