Monday, February 23, 2009
...and I'm having a good time playing with it. If there was an app where I could synch my planner here, I'd be all set! :)
Went to the gym last night and really pushed myself. Tonight, I'm going and seeing how I like their yoga classes. Flexibility is a missing ingredient for me. I don't think yoga burns up that many calories, but I need to get more flexible and stronger that way, so...
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I admit to being really slack about journaling, and I need to keep better track of that. In my defense, insanely busy does not begin to cover it. Now that the convention is over, I can start to track things again. Also in my defense, things continue to progress. Insanely busy or not, I've been good about the gym and my food intake. I just haven't had time to record it.
Recorded or not, the numbers aren't lying. Nor are my knees. They hurt much less than even six weeks ago, and there's good reason for that. On the 16th of December, when I weighed myself for the first time in well over a year, I weighed in at 280. On the 17th of February, the number is 252.
You know what that means? Yes! It means I am down ten percent of my starting weight! At the 25-pound mark, I did treat myself to a facial. Now I've promised myself a massage, maybe with hot rocks. Timing is going to probably be such that it'll be around the 30-35 pound down mark, though.
I am eight pounds "ahead of schedule," with tons of energy and much less physical pain. I am definitely eating, too! (I have discovered an almost unseemly love for almonds as a snack. One ounce, no more cravings. Yum.)
Starting at my current weight, and assuming a healthy two-pound-per-week shrinking:
The "my body likes this place" 240 mark: end of March
Next ten percent mark: Mid/late May
Smallest-I've-Been-Since-College mark: Early/mid June
Third ten percent mark: MidAugust
Under 200: Around my birthday (4-SEP)
Fourth ten percent mark: by Halloween
Fifth ten percent mark: Before New Year's
Goal: Shortly after New Year's.
Yes, I know none of this is set in stone. My body could yelp and freeze at any point. But good grief, I had one meal that was pizza and fried mushrooms this weekend, and still dropped three pounds! I'm usually coming in at or 200kCal above my plan. All of my clothes fit better again. I mentioned the knees.
So yeah. Not so good on the tracking, but everything else is going very well! :)
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I wasn't sure how easy it would be to stay on track with my boyfriend visiting. I think it would actually have been easier had he not been sick about half the trip, poor guy! :( Note up front here that I am NOT blaming him. But he didn't physically feel like going to the gym with me, and I didn't want to be away from him when we only have limited time together.
At the same time, we were moving and I had a birthday party in there! So a couple of days, I did "blow it" by a couple of hundred kCal. All but one of those days were accompanied by an increased level of physical activity, though, so I didn't feel bad. And birthdays are a very important exception, so long as everything is done in moderation.
A few fun progress notes: Since December, I'm down about 20 pounds. A good portion of that was water, but I truly feel that my body is just desperate to get back to its "set point" at around 240. That's the weight I'd been for the best part of two decades. And in seven pounds, I'll be down 10% of my starting weight. If I slow down to a healthy two pounds a week, I'll be at my previous low weight in mid-June, and will be at around 214 July 4th weekend. On my birthday weekend, I will be below 200. At Yule, I will be around 5 pounds away from goal. At this time next year, I will be evaluating my health and deciding what to do from there.
I am eating well and seldom feel hungry. I have energy, although I really want to sleep right now since I have a demon mutant cold and my body is sucking all that spare energy to fight it. I am noticing that my nails are a *bit* brittle, which probably means I need to step up the vitamins a bit. My hair still looks great, though. And I'm falling within-range on all of my targets on SP's nutrition tracker.
Arthritis: Exercising and naproxen are helping. No heartburn or anything like that so far, which is good.
If I plateau, I expect it to be around 235-245. That's my body's "set point," as I said, and that's where I had trouble two years ago. But I'll take that if it comes. This program is working for me, and I intend to keep working it!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I don't know why this bugs me as much as it does, but it is: yesterday I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees.
In practical terms, this changes a whole lotta nothin'. I'm still going to the gym, there are no exercises that are offlimits for me, I'm still primarily doing water exercise, I still shouldn't really wear dress shoes, and I still need to get smaller. The only real thing that's added is 500mg of Aleve twice a day. Big deal, right?
But it still sucks to be told that "yeah, guess what, you've screwed around so long you messed things up permanently. Congrats, idiot."
Maybe that's it. I feel like an idiot. Once you're past your teen years, you're supposed to grasp the fact that you're not immortal, that things degrade. But I don't think I really had until now.
**sigh** Not so bright.
Friday, January 09, 2009
1. My tooth is not hurting nearly as badly today. I think the nerves are starting to heal. I was able to take a different medicine last night to get sleep.
2. I did go to the gym last night, and did everything on my list of strength exercises. Then I water walked and jogged (20 minutes each). Then I hot tubbed. Me=Sore! But happy I pushed through it.
3. Cross-stitching continues apace. I'm making real progress on a couple of UFOs (UnFinished Objects, for those not familiar with the jargon).
4. Tomorrow I get to record!
5. I have told three different staffers at my gym that I'm going to be on their wall of achievement. One bounced right back "I'm takin' the picture!"
6. Gym tonight is cardio. Thank gods for waterproof mp3! I am going to put on one of my new suits and go for it!
And to close out...
What's on my workout mp3 player:
"New Song," Howard Jones
"Dominion/Mother Russia" and "This Corrosion," Sisters of Mercy
"Maximum Big Surprise Live" and "Reach Up," Duran Duran
"Hope," "Leave That Thing Alone," and "The Weapon," Rush
"Tor-Cheney-Nahana," "Gitchee Manidoo," and "Celebrate the Wild Rice," Sacred Spirits
"Walking Down Your Street" and "Walk Like An Egyptian," The Bangles
"Peter Gunn" and "Paranoimia," Art of Noise
"Mammagammamma," Alan Parsons Project
"Train of Thought" remix and "Take On Me," a-ha
"Keep On Rolling," REO Speedwagon
"Christmas Sarajevo," Trans-Siberian Orchestra
"One Step," Pink Floyd
"One Night in Bangkok," Chess soundtrack
"Love Song," The Cure
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