Friday, July 08, 2011
I've had two good days in a row, where I didn't blow my calories, not even a little bit, and I did some exercise. The not even a little bit is pretty critical for me. I'm finding SP's "calorie range" kind-of gets me into trouble, since I know the high end (1800) is really too high, but I'll still tell myself, "Well, I'm within limits, so I guess I'll have this cookie!" DURH. I mean, I do try to stick to the low end (1535) but.... well, you know.
Yesterday I took the kids to the pool after work. They keep me busy, catching them when they jump in and swimming back and forth from me to the steps, but in between I was really trying to tread water and I did a few laps when I had a minute free. I felt like I definitely spent 30 minutes MOVING, and that was awesome. I LOVE swimming for exercise, and I wish I could figure out a way to do it year-round. It's not really a "quick" workout plan, since there's all the changing clothes and drying hair and I can't just do it at my own home, so it really may not work with my regular lifestyle. BUT in the summer I love it.
Okay, so here's the challenging news: this weekend we have all the grandparents visiting, AND it's my son's birthday, so there will be pizza, and cookie-cake, and meals out. OHHhhh, I WANT TO GET THROUGH IT SUCCESSFULLY. I really do. I'm hopeful I can resist all the stupid behaviors that usually tempt me during celebrations.
Can you believe I've spent this whole week thinking it was my monthly visitor week, when it's not, it's NEXT WEEK? So I've avoided the scale all week. And now I'll have to avoid it again next week. So, no weigh-in for me until Wednesday, the 20th, (because Wednesday is lucky). Maybe that's a good thing -- give me more time and maybe I will see an actual loss!
I have felt SO good about these last two days, and I hope I can use the momentum to get me through to Monday when company leaves. Also to boost me to maybe exercise during the weekend! Wish me luck!
Thursday, July 07, 2011
I ate just enough calories yesterday to be within range, on the low end, and I did my 10 minutes of cardio (stair-climbing) which got my heart going. Hooray for a small success!
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Today I am going to drink 8 glasses of water.
Today I am going to eat reasonable meals.
Today I am going to stretch my muscles once in the morning, and once in the evening.
Today I am going to breathe deeply.
Today I am going to focus on my work.
Today I am going to think about my son, whose birthday is coming up.
Today I am going to love my family with everything in me.
Today I am going to love myself by not giving in to guilt or negativity.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I shouldn't feel like I'm starting over--because it's a "lifestyle, not a diet!" --but I do. I had a great vacation and came home 2 pounds up, of course. Those stupid 2 pounds! Since I started here in February I've lost and regained them at least 3 times.
And I'm really struggling to find time to exercise lately. Now that Georgia's summer heat and humidity are in full force, I don't want to walk outside during my lunch hour anymore. That was a wonderful routine I got into during Feb-Mar-April. I have been swimming with the kids -- during our vacation, and 2-ish times a week before that -- but it's not focused-on-me time, swimming laps or treading water for long stretches. On non-swimming days, I got nothin'. I haven't managed to find a time at our office gym that's guaranteed available machines (we have ONE treadmill, ONE eliptical and ONE bike - and I'm not a bike person - so if I get down there and someone's already there, I'm sunk).
I guess it's all excuses and if I'd just bring my shoes to work, I would figure it out.
Getting up at 5:00 am or before is still pretty much out of the question, despite my original SP plan! It's got to be lunch hour. I'm just not very excited about that.
Bleh. That's the basic summary.
Monday, June 06, 2011
My birthday was Saturday. It was a great day, starting with my husband going out to get me coffee from S'bux in the morning. (fat-free, obvs, and no pastry!)
He also gave me a very sweet present: tickets to see a musical later this summer. I adore musicals and he does not, so this was very generous of him (because he's going to have to go with me)!
We went to dinner at Macaroni Grill and I enjoyed every delicious bite. We had a tiny ice cream cake at home and THAT was yummy, too.
And then we went swimming again on Sunday.
I changed my weight loss goal on my SP profile, since I obviously didn't meet it. Now it says 137 pounds by July 15, and if I make that I will be thrilled. I realize I'm lucky, because I really only have 10 to lose, but I do want to lose them and reduce my health risks significantly (or so they say). It's so hard to lose a measly 10 pounds. In a way I feel like it'd be easier if I had 50 pounds to lose, or if I already had bad habits like Full-sugar Coke, that I could simply eliminate and get a good result.
On the other hand, I'm still really thinking about LIVING life, mindfully, intelligently, and not fearing the number on the scale so much, not feeling like a failure if it doesn't move. It's not a failure. So I'm 143 pounds. Who cares. I'm not a bad, or a disgusting person. None of us is. We're simply not. God loves us, big or small. I've just really had this on my mind lately.
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