Friday, January 11, 2013
Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, I can't say that the year 2013 has started off quietly!
Work has been insane for the last two weeks. I can count on one hand the number of days that have been plain old eight-hour and not ten-eleven-twelve hour days. We have had a lot of reports due and new last minute task requests from clients. It's good for the business and my own personal utilization targets; but, it makes it hard for me to get all the exercise in that I want to.
Speaking of which, I'm going to the YMCA today and cancelling my membership. I don't need them. Well, I don't need to pay them $55 a month when I'm only in once or twice a week (If that.) I just prefer to run outside - and unless it's TRULY disgusting out I just won't go there.
In terms of my weight loss I'm half a pound under where I was before the holidays. Let me put this in perspective. My low weight before the holidays was 188.8 - which was AMAZING. Holidays happened, I saw my scale reach 192 and I had to battle my way back down. So, in two weeks I've lost four pounds. BAM. This morning the scale happily sat at 188 (in spite of it being a no-count week!) and I can't be happier.
Really, this is just a progress report as I don't have much to rant about at the moment.
I did, however, see a friend of mine on Facebook who announced her own weight-loss goals quite publicly. In short, she is turning 30 in April and wants to lose 55 pounds by then. I'm so on the fence on this one. I feel like I -know- what's going to happen. Due to her unrealistic time frame she's going to 1) be amazed when she feels like she's on target for the first week and loses 3-4 pounds. Then, week two it's down to 2-3. By March she's given up because 1) the weight isn't coming off as quickly anymore and/or 2) her goal looks impossible and/or 3) she's hurt/burned herself out on exercise.
The reason that her story hit me so hard is that 1) I weighed 230 pounds when I turned 30 and that's what got me moving and 2) I've done and said everything she is done and saying.
What do you guys do or say when this happens to you? I am unapologetically proud of the progress I've made. No joke. I am not ashamed to brag that to date I have lost 42 pounds. I've done it slowly (we're coming up on a year in March, and by then I hope to be down 50) and I intend to maintain it for life. I haven't done it through 'dieting.' In fact, when people ask what my 'diet' is I tell them that I'm not on one. I don't eat anything specific. I don't not-eat anything specific. I eat. In fact, my calorie range is so broad at this point that I'm even hesitant to say I have one. (1200-1600, maybe?) What have I done? I've increased the amount of general movement in my life. I walk more. I found an activity (running) that I find fulfilling. I've found a community of people who support me and been delighted with family and friends and coworkers who have been kind enough to do the same. Oh, and I stopped hiding from the scale.
What can I say, that's what's worked for me. I think, honestly, it's what would work for most people.
Monday, January 07, 2013
It's been busy over here!
Work keeps on exploding; though, I'm hoping that this week settles down some in comparison to last week. We want to have a lot of things completed in the next couple of days so I know today and tomorrow will be a little hectic; but, not completely unmanageable.
So, Friday was my first naked day.
I was on my way out the door - realizing that I'm running about 20 minutes late. drive down the block and I make it to the first turn when I realize that I didn't have my display on. More than that, I didn't have my BodyMedia armband on. It'd been about three weeks with it and already I left it at home.
Was I more active? Less active?
Frankly, I don't know.
I was just taken aback by 2 things: First, how off balance I felt without it on my arm. Second, how much I was disappointed when I didn't have any feedback at the end of the day. Sure, it still estimated my calories; but, it wasn't the -same-.
I do, honestly, feel like the armband has given me a greater degree of accountability and motivation. I like it. Although, I have to admit, the scale hasn't moved much.
Saturday is the Frigid 5 miler - which many people on the running club's website were complaining about. They kept calling the hill 'too hard' and stuff. Well, as I told them, I have every intention of punching that hill in the face and eating pancakes on top of it's corpse in celebration. That's right, will run for PANCAKES!
Alright, time to get some work done... KEEP SPARKING!
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
As I can imagine, all of you can sympathize with being completely consumed by the holidays!
So, I got totally consumed by the glutton-monster and wound up putting on a few holiday pounds. I hit my lowest point in December at 188.8 pounds and have since climbed as high as 195 and currently sit at 190.6 this morning.
Well, I ran my stats this morning. After some holiday carnage I wound up officially 40lbs down from where I was in March. I now have 30lbs to go until I reach my goal weight. On Monday I ran my last 5K of the year and pushed my total (tracked) mileage to 446 for the year. I ran six races in three months and improved my PR on the 5K from 37:11 to 36:55 on a challenging, hilly race. Yep, I've got lots to brag about and I intend to continue bragging!
Today, the day after New Year's day, is the test for all of us. Everyone who set a goal, today is the first 'real' accountability day.
So, I'll be at the gym after work, pounding out some calories on the Eliptical (Or, if I'm feeling crazy, I may actually try one of those scary ass tread mills..)
I wanted to write more; but, I do have some work to do. I hope you guys are primed and ready to accomplish everything you've set your big, wonderful hearts on.
Let's go get this!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Good morning Sparklers! Today's blog is actually going to be about a phrase I've come to hate.
We all use it. "I'm so far off track!" "I'm off track but I'll get back on!" "I'm so far away from the track I can't even remember what it looked like!"
So, the holidays were very kind to me. I had Christmas with my parents and brother. I got everything I wanted for Christmas and more. (Hellllooooo Garmin FR410!) And I've been blessed with good health and perspective.
I also gained three pounds.
It all started Saturday which I declared "Pajamas Day." AKA "Stay in the house, drink tea, and watch American Horror Story in your Pajamas all day - Day." It was glorious. I also slept for about a million hours that day. I needed the rest. Work has been insane to the point that I feel like all I do is work, go home, and run. It was nice to just unplug.
Sunday was a black hole of nothing. I'm sure I did -something-; but, what it was eludes me.
Saturday I went for a morning run and had Christmas dinner at my parent's house. It was nice. We had family over and just enjoyed one another's company. Sunday was Christmas. All I did was eat.
I mean, I was gluttonous. I literally picked up a sweet potato between my fingers and ate it. It was so delicious.
This is the point where I should be saying "I'm so far off track! I need to get on!"
Ladies, Gentlemen - I never got off the track.
I knew what choices I was making. I knew I was probably going to gain a couple of pounds back. Sure, I have five days to lose one pound to get back into the 180's; but, I'm not stressed about it.
Check it out - I went for a run on Christmas Eve. I enjoyed food with my family without a feeling of guilt. I feel whole. Am I going to eat like it's Christmas every day from now on? No way! Am I going to declare every Saturday Pajama Day? Forget that. No, it was a holiday, it comes once a year and I enjoyed it.
I hope that all of you who are stressing out over weight gained or expectations dashed can find this same perspective: You now get to stay on your track as if you never left it. We all just went up the hill and now we get to come back down the other side.
Now we're on to New Years.
I'm resolving to:
1.) Complete the PIttsburgh Half Marathon and Complete the Air Force Half Marathon
2.) Be the most KICK ASS Wonder Woman EVAR! at DragonCon this year
3.) Reach a healthy BMI in 2013.
Shout 'em at me, guys; what do you want to do in 2013?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Well ladies and gents - I can proudly say I have reached my December goal. I wanted to be in the 180's for the end of the year - and at 188.6 I have done it. To celebrate I have reset all of my goal oriented stuff on the site - changing my starting weight to 188.6 and setting my goal weight to what the study has it at - 142. It doesn't seem all that impossible. Nothing does - not when I think that I weighed in at 230 pounds a little over six months ago.
Today I had to forcefully decline invitations to a holiday brunch. Firstly, I'm dying here at work. Secondly, that buffet table is going to be full of things I have no way to track. So, no, I'll live without the calorie-laden free food, thanks.
Free food, it seems, is no longer a perk. I remember when there wasn't much I wouldn't do for free food. For example, consuming an entire rack of ribs in order to get a free dessert. Or, how about a boring lecture atttended for the delicious pizza at the end? I have to be smarter than the free-food and realize that food is not a form of payment.
In other news, I'm considering dumping my bus pass in favor of driving in to work. Right now I only walk about five, six minutes to the bus stop in the morning. When I drive in I not only get to work earlier, but I walk about 20 minutes to fetch my coffee. So, I think it might be worth it. Bus passes are $100 a month and to park would run about $120. With gas I'd be spending about $200. In honesty, I also just really hate the bus.
Alright, back to work. I hope all of you guys all have something to Woo-Hoo about in the near future, too!
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