Saturday, August 28, 2010
I've had a good day. Got up early, was at the grocery store at 7:30am, bought a week's worth of groceries for $45 - Whoop!
I texted a couple of my sisters that I was so excited about my thriftyness, one of them told me - "I love you, but you NEEED A LIFE!"
Came home, cut up two chickens, boiled and shredded. Made gumbo with 1/2 of one for tonight's supper. Put the rest in zip lock storage for the freezer. I love having pre-cooked chicken to pull out and throw something together for a quick dinner.
Made tuna fish salad for lunch. Made a gallon of sweet tea for my son & husband. Picked thru some beans and put them on to soak, will cook tomorrow. I've chopped the onion garlic and bell pepper for the beans, it's in the fridge ready to go. I boiled some extra eggs when I made the tuna for a quick breakfast or snack this week.
I did 3 loads of laundry, talked to my daughter, visited for an hour & 1/2 with my oldest sister who stopped by on her way home from a cruise vacation.
I felt very productive today. Got lots of walking in the grocery store, and lots of extra steps in the kitchen, cooking, chopping and cleaning.
I am not where I want to be or where I need to be, other than the pool I can't exercise for 30 minutes at a time YET - but THANK GOD, I am not where I was!
When I started this journey, I couldn't grocery shop alone. I had to use the cart to stand up and steady myself. There's no way I could have done the shopping, loaded the groceries in my car, unloaded them at home & put them all away by myself.
I also couldn't STAND at the kitchen counter and sink cutting up chicken, chopping vegetables and cooking. That was all done from a seated position at the table.
I've come a long way and I can't wait to lose this next 100 pounds and see the impact that it makes on my life.
This is a lifestyle change, not a race or a diet. I am proud to say that although I still weigh 400#, I have changed my life. I can see the benefits and feel those changes. When I started, I couldn't walk from my front door, down the sidewalk and across the driveway without the use of a cane and I would be out of breath.
This morning after being in the grocery store at a pretty good pace for 30 minutes, loading my own groceries and then driving home, unloading them all - by myself - in two trips from the car, I set them down and went to the restroom. I was breathing hard, but I wasn't dizzy and shaky and I was able to put them away and start immediately on cooking. That wouldn't have been possible at the beginning of this journey.
I'm pleased with my productive day and encouraged by the changes that I've made and motivated to continue to move forward.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Ok, so last week we started our Fall Focus challenge and I committed to losing 2.5 pounds a week for 22 weeks. I had to buy a new scale for weigh in and came to terms with the starting #407.6 UGH!
I did really well with eating last week, not so well with exercise and sleep. I weighed in this am to 406.2 soooo - I've lost 1.4# I didn't meet my goal of 2.5 for the week, but I'm ok with it. There could be many reasons why.
It could be fluid retention, it could be because my menstrual cycle is weirding out on me this month, it could be many other things.
So I guess what I am trying to say is this - my weight is a number, It does not define me! This time I took my measurements and "before photos" so I know that I can track progress in more ways than just the scale.
I am glad that i had a 1.4 loss this week over any tpe of gain. I'll take it, week 2 starts a smaller number than week 1, just not as small as I wanted. That doesn't mean my challenge has not been successfull, it only means I have 21 weeks left to meet my goal and I have to learn NOW, that it's ok. I am not going to lose 2.5 EVERY week, but it doesn't mean I have to change my goal or alter my FOCUS!
I am going to FOCUS this challenge to the END! So what mr scale, you didn't give me the number I wanted this week - I have one thing to say to you - You're NOT the BOSS of me! So nana nana boo boo - see ya next week scale!
Monday, August 09, 2010
Well Week 1 of the Fall Focus Challenge is behind me. I did ok on my focus points - just need to work on breakfast and exercise. I'm back to basics again for week 2. My plan is this:
1. Breakfast - concentrate on fiber & protein
2. Water - get in 8 glasses minimum.
3. Track my food and keep calories in range.
4. Move it - get in exercise!
5. Blog, post or journal my progress
6. Work on home organization each day, at least 15 minutes
The challenge is 22 weeks - thru the end of the year and I have committed to losing 55 pounds in that time frame - 2.5 each week. I can do this! I've done it before and I can do it again.
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