Thursday, August 28, 2014
I had a pretty good week!
This morning I weighed in at 174 lb, down 1.4 lb from last week, and down 43 lb since the start of the year.
But it does feel like I've been in the 170s FOREVER...
Anyhow, this week is going to bring its share of challenges: it's 3-Day Novel Contest weekend!
I've been doing this for 10 years now, writing a short novel (I average about 25,000 words) over the Labour Day long weekend.
First and foremost, my goal is to have a good time and write a fun story.
But when you are basically just sitting on your butt for 3 days, there are other challenges as well.
Often, I overdo the food. I'm thinking of what will always be known as "The Year of the Key Lime Pie". To say nothing of "The Year of the Potato Salad". *shudders*
More often, I fail to exercise.
My plan is to continue tracking over the contest. I may have a few treats. I have already bought some diet pop...the horror!...and some dulce de leche latte K-Cups, and I may take a walk on Sunday for a near-victory doughnut. But I will write it all down. And I will exercise every day.
It IS a literary marathon, but I cannot just write for 72 hours. I need sleep and food and exercise, too. So I'm hoping for balance.
And to write a winning novel, of course!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Week 33??? Man, this year has really flown...
Anyhow, I weighed in at 175.4 lb this morning, down 0.6 lb from last week and 41.6 lb this year in total.
I could whine about it. I sort of want to, to be honest.
But then I realize what I've accomplished this year...that I have less than 36 lb left to lose before I reach my goal...that I'm now shopping for regular sizes for the first time in more than 20 years.
And that amazes me.
So I will keep on trucking. Maybe it's time to reexamine my calorie range, or adjust my strength training regime. But probably I just need to stop and enjoy it all.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
After cleaning out my closet a couple of weeks ago, I needed to go shopping. And it started yesterday.
I walked to the Eaton Centre, which is 4 km away, and began with some fortifying salmon and avocado sushi in the food court. Then I hit the stores. I feel like I went into ALL of them.
Normally at the Eaton Centre I am limited to 2 or 3 places that sell plus sizes. But I am just getting into normal sizes here, and I felt the need to see what other shops have.
It was overwhelming, to say the least. Walking into American Eagle, I felt out of place. I found some shirts in XL that looked like they would fit, but as soon as a salesperson approached, I panicked and fled. Yikes.
I wandered next door into Aerie, the AE lingerie shop. I was approached by another sales person who explained their bra sale. I explained my bra size (36 HH), she blushed, and I said not to worry...I was just there for underwear. And I picked out several really cute sexy pairs. Woohoo! I walked out feeling pretty happy.
I went into several stores I'd never heard of and a few I had. I discovered that H&M is for teenagers (I think) and that le chateau, the coolest place to shop 30 years ago, is now kind of boring and "mature" looking. I went into Sport Chek and did not feel foolish looking at the yoga gear or the Nike trainers.
Finally I ended up at Reitmans, which has a plus size section at the back. I did not even look in that direction. I stayed up front, trying on fall jackets, and ended up buying this one because it makes me look curvy and cool.
Also, I shamelessly went into Victoria's Secret...because why the heck not??!
I will continue to take baby steps in the world of straight sizes. If I lose another 15 pounds or so, there won't be many stores I cannot shop in!
Thursday, August 14, 2014
So...last night was another cheese night. It did not affect this morning's weigh-in, but I will feel it in a couple of days, like I did last week.
This morning I weighed in at 176 lb, down 0.8 lb from last week and down a total of 41 lb since the start of the year.
Which is good. But seriously, I need to get a grip on these little binges. Last night's was worse than last week's. I felt physically ill last night and had trouble sleeping. So now I am exhausted, out something like $15.00 worth of fine cheese that I wanted to take to a party on the weekend (luckily I did not eat ALL the cheese, just the Fontina and Toscano), went way over my calories yesterday and feel gross today.
I need to really think about how I am feeling at this moment, and how I used to feel this way all the time, and how I really never want this again.
What made it happen? I did not eat enough calories for breakfast and lunch yesterday, and I brought no snack to work as usual. It left me very vulnerable to grazing. It started at work with Veggie Straws, and by the time I got home, I had a bad headache and did not feel like cooking my actual dinner, so I got out the cheese and went to town. I did not track it...I left my original meal plan up, and now I feel like a fraud or something on top of it all.
Ugh ugh ugh.
I know that the solution right now is move beyond it. I also know that unlike in the past, I can have a good day today and feel totally back on track by the weekend. This is just a bump in the road. I just wish I hadn't hit the same darn bump as I did last week!
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Almost forgot to blog this today!
This morning I weighed in at 176.8 lb, down 1.2 lb this week for a total of 40.2 lb lost this year.
Wow...40 pounds gone this year!
It's been a good week, though last night I hit the cheese pretty hard, and I might feel that in a day or so. One of these weeks I will learn not to bring fancy cheese into my kitchen. This time it was pecorino fresco. Yum.
I am getting close to the last of my mini goals: to reach 169 lb and be out of the "obese" range on the BMI. It's pretty exciting to be just weeks away. After that, it's 140 all the way!
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