Monday, July 16, 2012
A little more weight lost. It's homestretch in a race I am barely running. I am 2.8 pounds away from the goal I wanted to reach before we went on vacation, which is one week from now. That's 2.8 pounds away from me being able to say I have lost an even 30 pounds since I started repaying attention to my physical health. Seeing that number made me think I CAN give this super focus for one week and lose at least 1 more pound, if not the full 2.8. I know it's possible for me to lose 2 pounds in a week, but it may require more than I am willing to give at the moment. I am willing to exercise twice a day and continue eating the best I can and drinking all my water so that is what I will do and we'll see where I am this time next week. It's a short burst with a vacation as a reward so it should be easy enough to do.
You know where my frustrations lie right now? My middle! I only just now realized this and maybe it's only just now happening, but it is looking like no matter how much I lose, what I am not shaking easily is my stomach and it can't just be because I have kids. It's got to be that over-40 thing now too because I did this twice before after kids (but under 40) and I don't recall my stomach getting in the way as much. Now? I swear it's not really budging yet I'm losing all around it. I've heard this before from other people and I think it's happening to me! One of the SparkPeople emails had an article/video for a yoga move where you are in the position of pushups except you are on your elbows and trying to hold that position for a minute. I'm up to 10 seconds right now. lol! But that is what I am looking into now, those kinds of exercise to shake my stomach into submission. Fun stuff.
Speaking of 40, after I get to my goal of an even 30 pounds lost, my next goal? To lose at least 12 more pounds by December 18th, my birthday. Just so I can say I lost 42 pounds by my 42nd birthday. (Numbers do this to me. I'm weird. Ignore it.) Of course if I lose more, I won't be complaining. When I did the math, that's only 3 pounds a month if I start in mid-August after I get back from vacation. Totally doable and what I want to see. But first, gotta get to that 30!
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I've been busy. Aren't we all? But the changes at my job continue to fluctuate and it is mentally exhausting me just trying NOT to make waves right now while waiting on things to settle. None of this is to the point of sabotaging myself, mind you, but it's amazing just how tired this is making me. I could actually go to bed at 9 p.m. if it weren't against every fiber of my being to revert to some childhood bedtime! lol! But that's how tired I am. So I haven't been diligent about the tracking for a few weeks now. Exercise tracking, yes. Because I just like seeing myself meet that weekly exercise goal. But tracking everything I eat and drink? Not right now. For the first week of these changes, it was all I could do just to eat regularly! My appetite went down, but it's back to normal now. Still don't feel like tracking though. I'll get back there again. I'm not worried about it.
In the meanwhile, I am down to needing to lose just 4 more pounds before I make my goal for this month. Problem is I think I am in maintenance mode and I didn't intend to be right now. But with my mind on everything else - work, doing stuff in my house - I am clearly happy just to maintain and not gain because this is clearly what I am already doing. And it's ok. Because I said this was going to be a slow weight loss trip and so far I haven't proven myself wrong about that. It's just simply how I do things. Anyone watch Tia & Tamera? "Focus, focus, focus, look away, focus." Ha! Tamera's husband couldn't be more right on that one. So I guess I am looking away at the moment.
My vacation is approaching and I'd be surprised if I track anything in that time period. Still, I would like to see myself lose those 4 pounds before we go, so it's a daily challenge to find that focus. I will try, darn it, I will.....oooooo something shiny!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Isn't it amazing how every pound lost can make you feel? What's even weirder is that generally when I think I have lost weight, I either haven't or I gained. When I think I am status quo, I find I have lost. You'd think my body and I would know each other better by now! Maybe it didn't want to tell me. Maybe it wanted to surprise me. Whatever. I will take it!
So now I have 6 more pounds to go before I get to my next milestone where I may stop to smell the roses. Not sure yet, though. It depends on how long it takes me to lose those 6, but when I go on my two-week vacation in July, I am not even going to pretend like I'm going to be watching as closely as I am right now. I know I will watch, just not as rigorously. I'll likely track, just to keep from going insane, but I won't be denying myself too much. Then when I get home, back on the wagon I will go, probably having to relose about 3 pounds before I am back on track. I've been here and done this before so I have an idea of how it will go. All part of my take-it-slow way of life right now.
Seeing those 2 pounds down certainly gave my rainy day a boost and made me all the more resolved to do what I do. The SP calorie goal? Bump that. It will be my top number, absolutely. But if I don't eat the MINIMUM calories in that day, I'm not going to stress it. I wasn't trying to eat a certain number before I got here and managed to lose 20 on my own, so I'm not going to let that calorie goal get in the way now. Sometimes, i just don't want to eat! So I won't. This past week I was under that minimum goal just as much as I was on target and I didn't feel deprived so I'm staying the course. Works for me.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Well, I suppose I should say it wasn't so good, but I'm not sure yet if there was a positive result on the scale or not. Last week was my first full week in my new position and, as expected, it took a lot out of me. It also proved that I do enjoy the busyness of it, so this week should be interesting as I try yet again to balance out the job with my personal weight efforts.
Last week was more eating not-so-healthy foods than I normally would have done with that Mother's Day feast on Sunday, the 6th grade trip on Wednesday and then the Girl Scout Jubilee on Saturday after which we went to Sonic because it was in the area and is the only one in our entire state. I opted for the chicken sandwich though and medium fries and, yes, I stayed within my fat range, though I was actually below my calorie goal by the end of the day. Last week was also just me trying to get organized in the job and having my brain going when I'd rather be sleeping, but I am sure that will even out in time.
So did I meet my 2.5 challenge of eating within calorie range? Not really. I was over on Sunday, then I think 2 or 3 days I was within, and the rest of the time I was under. I didn't feel all that hungry, I don't think, so I hope it's all good. I think I was too busy thinking to be hungry. :-)
Did I meet my primary challenge of staying on point with my weight loss and exercise efforts? My lovely "friend" visited this past week and that just about always drains me so, not really, I guess. I hit the treadmill the times I wanted to, but I didn't do my newly acquired weight training plan. I ate, but maybe not enough.
Eh. It's a new week. My "friend" is gone and my energy renewed as far as doing it ALL this week. Time to go see what my now-former boss has to share with me. More things to go on my to-do list, I am sure!
Monday, May 14, 2012
My 2nd challenge in my weight-loss efforts was brought on recently by life events.
I work at a really small company, about 30 people or so, so no one does just their job. We all have many hats we wear. There have been lots of changes, people leaving - including my wonderful boss of nearly 7 years - and with that came a promotion for me. I was already really busy. I'm pretty sure I'm about to find out what busy REALLY means! Thankfully, I thrive on chaos. I have a need to be busy. But this is the sort of situation that can cause me to neglect my health and my challenge now is not to let that happen. No easy, fast-food choices just because I am on the run or tired. The plan is to maintain the mindset of being as thoughtful about what I am doing as I can be - but as always not to beat myself up when I just want a Milk Way, darn it!
And maybe I have a challenge 2.5 as well?
I am trying to think about the food and it's good to have the trackers to at least pop in what I am eating or planning to eat so I can see how the numbers play out. This weekend was a HUGE challenge for that! First was Friday night into Saturday when my daughter's Girl Scout troop slept over at the local aquarium. We were told not to bring extra food in (I should have ignored that) and when we did get to eat (pizza and salad), it was late and by the time I was ready for a 2nd slice of pizza, the gate was closed and they were done! I couldn't even meet my calorie goal for the day and yeah, I was hungry enough to have eaten. So, now I know. Just like I do with the movie theaters, I will ignore the people telling me not to bring in my own food. The upside? It was really easy to track all that.
Mother's Day we went to eat at a Chinese-American buffet. Wow. That was a hard one to track. I made wild guesses with that one and I went way over my calorie goal, though it's a guess since I wasn't able to track exactly. But I'm not sweatin' that. It was Mother's Day and we don't eat there regularly. But I will do some research to see if I can find any sort of nutritional info on that food to give myself a shot at eating better next time - maybe. I do love that food!:-)
Today it was lunch with my interim-boss I guess I should call him. Just grilled chicken salad but again, not easy to track since I had to do it by breaking down the ingredients and overestimating how much I had of each.
Tracking challenges all around for the past few days! But I think I'm back to normal now so it will all balance out. Still, gotta stay the course with the job having the potential to disrupt things and when I eat out. Those are the challenges.
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