Tuesday, October 11, 2011
11 Weeks and 78 days as of today!
Each and every day I get through this I feel stronger and stronger, I feel more confident in myself. I have more energy now that Iím working exercise into my routines and just feel way better about myself overall. I feel as though this black cloud has finally cleared and sunny days are ahead, knowing that thunder storms may pop in sometimes but the rainbows always shine.
This past Saturday, we had our TOPS Area Recognition Days Rally in Canby, Oregon. We have different chapters east of the mountains come together and it is always nice to see people from old chapters that you have formed friendships with because of some previous event. This year my girlfriends from our TOP Chapter and I did a skit, we call ourselves the Women of TOPS and it is always center around something weight loss related. This skit happened to be the very first one we ever did. It was called the Secret. We added humor to it and it turned out to be a blast. Setting a TOPS meeting, everyone is congratulating each other for having a losing week, then in the background you hear ARE YOU SURE THAT IS RIGHT? Out comes the TOPS member who is ready to quit because she had another gain. TOPS members ask her to stay for the meeting even though she is reluctant. So one of the girls just went to a nutritionist and was told the secrets of weight loss. Everyone is interestedÖ so the first secret is eating breakfast. The gainer says I do that I stop at Mickey Dís and get and egg mcmuffin with cheese and sausage and hash brown and 32 oz OJ, the girls say hash brown, gainer says what itís a vegetable a potato is a veggie, no not so much and give her the actual OJ serving size of 4 oz and that she is better off then the next secret is drink water gainer brings out her 2 liter pop and calls it carbonated water ;) the ladies tell her sugar water and 800 calories in the bottle. Then the next item is portion control and they show her a the plate method she pulls out a huge bowl and tell them she hasnít eaten because it was weigh in day but that she would show them her lunch salad, she proceeds to pile it high and add ALL the fixings!! She discovers her salad is a dayís worth of calories. Then they says journaling and exercising are the last two secrets. Gainer says exercise can be dangerous as she sprained her ankle last time she tried walking and is dumbfounded. The ladies of TOPS remind her that all this information is in the TOPS Choice is mine book and she should read it, she says oh wow Iíve been using that as a door stop. So in conclusion they wrap up their chat as their regular meeting is ready to start and gainer realizes she has to attend the meetings, cut her portions, drink water, eat sensibly, exercise and journal her food in order to lose. We got a lot of compliments had people laughing but everyone could see a part of gainer in themselves.
We will be hosting State Recognition Days in Portland, so all of the area chapters were asked for volunteers. I found that since I have taken the leadership role in my chapter as co leader my attitude has changed and I hold myself more accountable as I want to be a good role model. I am going to volunteer I think it will be good for me to continue to give into the very organization that is helping and supporting my weight loss journey.
This weekend the Ladies of Tops are going to the Mountain for a weekend retreat we decided to do for ourselves. We will be cooking and grilling at the Condo and will have one go out night. We practice our eating out skills and making good choices. We will be doing a lot of hiking as there are several local trails and lakes to explore! It is so much easier when we have support!
My goal for this week was meet I stepped up my exercise and now this week starting tomorrow am I will do the following even while on vacation:
Wednesday 5 am Walk 30 mins and then at 5:40 pm my exercise class (dance/kickboxing) 60 mins.
Thursday 5 am Walk 30 mins and then at 5:40pm my exercise class (dance/kickboxing/weights) 60 mins.
Friday 6:30 am Exercise class (60 mins) Day we leave to go to the Mt, still exercising plus hoping we go for a pm hike and or walk for at least 30 mins.
Saturday 6 am Walk same hike or walk later in the day.
Sunday same as above
Monday same as above then a pm exercise class!
Tuesday 5am Walk 30 mins.
Then repeat the cycle more or less adjusting to fit work back in on days that I was getting up at 6am back to 5 pm and then Saturdays will go back to walking at 6am then 8;30 am exercise class. If I knew I could handle walking to class and back and doing the workout I would do it but I donít think I can do it just yet. I will have to figure out the mileage on it out.
I know these goals sound like they might be much but in order for me to break this plateau I will need to step up the exercise and eat healthy.
I just know I have to do this in order to get it all working together, continue to follow my lo-carb diet, and that consists of lean meats, veggies, fruits and high fiber starches ;)
I feel like I can do this that I have it in me no matter how hard it is some days I have it in me to do it.
I will not sit by and let things happen! Iwill make things happen!