Monday, September 05, 2011
Okay, I lost 1 pound again this week, but am losing inches. I really need to measure myself because I know I'm losing inches. I tried on a pair of jeans that I could not even fasten no matter how hard I tried 2 weeks ago. It's cold and rainy today and I wanted to put on jeans, so hoping against hope I tried the jeans on again this morning. They slipped right up and I got them fastened without too much trouble, I didn't have to lay on the bed to get them on. They were still too tight to be comfortable, but that's not the point. The point is, I got them on!!!
I ended up putting my stretch shorts back on because I still don't have anything that fits. I need to get into these jeans and soon Winter is on the way, but I refuse to buy jeans that I am only going to be able to wear for a month or so.
My weekend has been going well. I haven't gone over on my calories, but did go over on carbs and sodium, but I can live with that. I went to the gym on Saturday, but didn't go yesterday or today. Tomorrow I will get back on track and will be glad to get back to "normal".
Hope everyone had a great weekend.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
I started out my weekend by cooking egg beater omletts for me and hubby, also had whole wheat toast, coffee and orange juice. Then I went to the gym and worked out for 90 minutes. Now while I do my SP stuff hubby is out trimming the hedges. As soon as we both get done we are going for a ride on the 4 wheeler.
I decided that just because it's a 3 day weekend here, I wasn't going to sluff off on my workouts and healthy eating, but I will have to make some adjustments for tomorrow. We have been invited to a cookout tomorrow and I already know there will be the usual hamburgers, hot dogs and of course holiday kielbasa from the local butcher, I know about the kielbasa because hubby bought it this morning. Now, the hamburgers and hot dogs I can live without, but the holiday kielbasa only gets made like 6 times a year and it is soooooo good. It's really quite lean for kielbasa and filled with extra garlic and wonderful spices, then smoked. It is absolutely awesome!!
I have to plan my meals accordingly tomorrow so that I can indulge in the kielbasa, of course I will be taking salads to and assorted veggies to share and those will make up the bulk of my plate tomorrow and I'm going to bring fresh fruit for dessert, like watermelon and/or cantaloupe.
If you put your mind to it and plan ahead a little you can have a healthy weekend without killing your nutritional program. It's still okay to indulge if you really have little or no choice, but most times we have enough time to plan ahead and make healthy decisions about our food choices. If you know there will be a lot of tempting foods, that you really don't want to indulge in, then bring your own, and if possible bring enough to share, like fresh veggies and fresh fruit. Everybody likes watermelon and vegetable trays, don't they?
Well, I haven't heard the trimmers for a few minutes, that must mean hubby is done. So I have to go for now and get ready to go 4 wheeling. Even for this, I pack water and healthy snacks for when we get hungry.
Once again have a safe, happy and healthy holiday weekend.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
This morning I decided to try something different. I get up at 5:00 am. to fix hubbys lunch and get him off to work. This morning I decided to have him drop me off at the gym on his way to work. That got me there at 5:45 instead of after 8:00, which is when I usually get there because of the bus schedule.
Guess what? I like going at 5:45, I was on the treadmill watching the sun come up and after I had finished a 2 hour workout I felt great. I was home before 9:00 and actually got some house work done without rushing around and only getting it half done. I think I'm going to have hubby drop me off every morning, it actually made my day less stressful.
If I take the bus I get there around 8:00, the gym is only 3.5 miles from my house but because of the way the bus route runs I have to take one bus downtown then catch another one to get to the gym and it takes an hour to get there. And of course it take an hour to get back home. I would walk to the gym, it would be a great workout, but I would probably get run over since it's a twisty road with no shoulder and no sidewalk to get there. And that would just ruin my day!
Well, the kitten (Squeak) is calling, she wants to play. I play with her a lot, but put her in a crate when I'm doing housework because I don't want to step on her, she is so tiny.
Have a great day and a better tomorrow.
Monday, August 29, 2011
I must have been having a senior moment yesterday when I posted my blog. I only wish I weighed 150 pounds, 250 is the correct number. The rest of the blog is correct though.
I guess by posting my weight at 150 pounds was an affirmation that I will succeed. I will reach my goal weight of around 140. I do get frustrated when the scale doesn't move as much as I think it should. I really do work hard at losing weight.
My mom and I talked about this last week, she said when I was a kid all I had to do was smell food and I would gain weight. I remember being on a diet in grade school and then for the rest of my life up to now. I guess I'm not really on a diet today but more of a healthy way of living change.
I have always tried to eat healthier foods, and not a lot of junk food, but even too much of a good thing can be bad for you. I remember being a professional farm manager and working just as hard as my employees. Walking 5 miles a day was normal and even more than that some days, and I'm not talking about a leisurely stroll in the park , but a hurry up and get to where you are going and get done what needs to be done, then hurry back. I lost a good deal of weight and gained some muscle, but when I quit doing farm work I gained 100 pounds in just a few years.
The more weight I gained, the more I disliked myself. The more I disliked myself the more weight I gained. It has been a vicious cycle and I'm so ready to get off this ride. After a lot of research and quite a bit of lurking around SparkPeople, I came to realize that this was a program that was made just for me. SparkPeople has given me the strength, tools and motivation to reach my goals. I know that with the support of the members of SparkPeople and the blogs and stories of people who have and are achieving their dreams I can do this too. I can change my life and live the rest of my days longer and healthier. I really messed up the first 50, now it's time to really live the last 50 or more in a way that is healthy and more active.
One of my goals is to be able to rock climb next Summer. My husband already does and is able to teach me how to do it. I just need to lose a lot of weight and get myself fit enough to be able to climb. It takes a lot of leg, arm and hand strength and the less you weigh, the less stress there is on your body. I have bad knees, which could be a problem, but I figure if I lose the 100+ pounds and really work on building up the muscles in my legs and especially the muscles that support the knees, I shouldn't have a problem.
I just found out this morning that my trainer at the gym also climbs. So he knows what muscles I need to work to strengthen my legs and knees. He knows I'm committed to this journey and is willing to help me in any way that he can. He pushes me just enough to benefit, but not so far as to injure my knees anymore than they already are. It's just like food, too much of a good thing can be bad.
Last Friday I pushed myself too hard on the treadmill and pulled a tendon in my left knee. I had injured this knee a few weeks ago when I tripped over my own two feet doing Lesli Sansones Walk Away The Pounds. I am not very graceful and the double sidesteps sent me crashing into my sofa. I thought I was healed, but obviously not, so today we didn't work on any leg strength training. Although I did still do 30 minutes of treadmill, just not at too fast a pace. I managed to work up to an 8% grade at 3.2 for 3 minutes and then worked back down. It was a good workout. I did the same thing last Friday, but at a 3.5 clip and I think it was just a little too fast.
I just wanted to let everyone know about my Freudian slip with the 150 pounds. But I will be there some day. My goal is to reach it by next Summer, but if it takes me until the Summer after, or the Summer after that, then so be it. I will reach my goal and I don't care how long it takes. With the help of my SparkFriends and the tools here at SparkPeople I can do it, and so can you.
Have a great day and a better tomorrow.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Well, I hit 150 this week. I know, it's only 5 pounds for the month, but it's 5 pounds less than what I weighed a month ago and that's a good thing.
Losing weight slowly is the way to go and I know that, but I really wish it would start coming off a little faster. I will continue to keep plugging along no matter how slow it comes off, but I'm working so hard at it that I guess I'm just a little disappointed.
I will keep my chin up and keep working toward my goal, only 107 pounds to go. Maybe this month I will hit that 10 pound mark. If not I'll still keep going.
Our new addition is doing very well, we can't find the other kittens though. The momma kitty moved them again.
Hubby is on stand-by for emergency storm work for the electric companies affected by hurricane Irene. He's a utility arborist, he does the tree work so the utility companies can put lines back up. Please keep all the emergency workers and volunteers in your prayers as they begin restoration and cleanup.
Have a great day and a better tomorrow.
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