Thursday, November 12, 2009
So the local high school swim team has started swim practice at the Y at 7:00. Twice a week, I usually go swimming at the Y at 6:30. This is annoying for two reasons.
#1) Swim lanes for Y members before swim practice - lanes 5 and 6; Swim lanes for Y members during swim practice - lanes 1 and 2. Which means just before 7:00, after the water aerobics class is out of the pool, I have to switch lanes. This causes me to anxiously check the clock for about 15 minutes until I make the switch and therefor makes it impossible to find that meditative state in which I enjoy swimming.
#2) Teenagers! Lots and lots of teenagers. They arrive in droves from 6:30 - 7:00, huddling on the bleachers, giggling, gossiping, flirting. I am 32 years old and too old for such silliness, I know, but they intimidate me. I was the girl picked on in high school, who ate lunch alone in the library because I couldn't brave the lunchroom crowd. Teenagers in packs bring back a lot of bad memories.
So I find myself thinking this morning about what I will do for my nightly workout. A potentially uncomfortable swim at 6:30 or try the Cardio Kickboxing class at 7:30 for the first time. I hear its quite a workout and I really need a good one tonight. My hip hop instructor was out last night. Her fill-in was a Zumba instructor and not even my usual one. I barely broke a sweat and I was TRYING! I wish it didn't get dark at 5:00 these days and that it wasn't raining; I would love to go for a run but the treadmill bores me to tears. I am thinking - Cardio Kickboxing tonight, Zumba tomorrow, run on Saturday. What to you think?
In the next 8 weeks, I know I can lose up to 20 pounds. I am not looking to increase that number since any greater loss wouldn't be healthy or sustainable, but would love to get ideas on how to change up my workout to maximize INCHES I can lose over this same time period. My normal routine:
Tuesday-Swimming (maybe kickboxing from now on)
Twice a week I typically fit in a 20 minute yoga routine.
I usually work out for an hour at a time and am open to changing up my routine on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. It is time to start strength training? Since the kickboxing class is at 7:30, I could fit in a half hour before class...
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Wow it's been a long time since my last blog. I haven't felt very motivational to tell you the truth. I haven't lost a single pound in two weeks and I am frustrated with myself for that because I am on a deadline here. I have surgery in 18 weeks and need to lose another 40 pounds before then. It's not like I slacked up intentionally. I did the best I could do on my business travels but still only managed one solid workout (a girl's got to sleep) and though I made highly sensible choices in every one of my half dozen team dinners/lunches, no restaurant option is going to stack up to my carefully measured/tracked kitchen menu at home.
Then I came down with the flu as soon as I got home - yes THAT flu. So this week I haven't been able to work out at all and have been mainlining chicken soup. I suspect I just broke even on my calorie intake but I know my sodium was thru the roof which means I am lucky I didn't GAIN weight. But I didn't...I maintained...so I am hoping after a weekend of eating normally and hopefully light exercise (if I am up to it) I will see a loss by Monday. I am still less than 1 pound away from the 230s and would love to get there this weekend!
Ok that I had my pity party, I have one pretty cool thing to report. First a little background...early this year I was faced with a last minute business trip to New York . Having it just turned spring, it was warming up nicely in the South, but New York was calling for snow and I had no "better" clothes to wear...so I took advantage of the end of season sale at LB and came home with a whole new winter wardrobe. A few months later I embarked on my lifestyle change and now that winter has come again...I have a closet full of barely worn clothes that I cannot wear.
Now I have taken a LOT of clothes to Goodwill over the past six months, but I have had this idea in my head of finding one person for my "work" wardrobe who could really use it. So I posted an ad to see if there was anyone in my community who may be just starting a new job and in need of business appropriate attire. I know times are tough these days and I remember how much trouble I had finding plus sized clothes at thrift store prices when I got my first office job. Within an hour of posting the ad, I found her. Sweet as can be, totally deserving, and she starts a new secretary job on Monday. She hasn't bought herself a new blouse in over a year, and had no idea how she was going to get the wardrobe she needs. We talked a bit over email last night and I am off to meet her to hand over her new duds in the next hour or so. I have a feeling I may just make a new friend out of the deal!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Ok, feeling a little guilty that I have been letting my sparking slide a bit. I have guests in town, so bear with me. I will be back in force in a few days. the hubby and I have been without a personal computer for WEEKS while it has been at the manufacturer for warranty work, so I have been making due with my office computer. We just got a call that ours is ready to pick up, I will be able to catch up in a few days. Until then, I will be on Spark lite.
I will be posting new pics at the end of the month. I just just got tagged in a photo on Facebook that is a really good (bad?) before photo of me with two of my really close friends. I will be retaking this photo during my San Francisco trip in two weeks. Put it this way...if I was not as far along as I am in my progress right now, this photo would have really depressed me. I am looking forward to seeing the progress shot side by side!
Also I got my royal blue racerback bamboo tank top in the mail today from SP. I wish I had a dozen. It is so soft, fits like a glove and looks great. I will have to get a photo the next time I wear it!
Anyway, hope everyone is doing well and I will be catching up soon.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
So I am at that point in my weight loss when I can no longer make do with the clothes in my closet. I unpacked my fall/winter wardrobe a few weeks ago...then proceeded to pack it right back up again to donate. The slacks that I had tailored at the beginning of September are once again too baggy to be worn and I am not sure are worth re-tailoring. Even my "girls" are inadequately housed in bras too big for them, despite the fact that they are too cute and practically brand new (I bought them about 20 pounds ago to replace the ragged numbers I had been wearing when I didn't care about my appearance). I have to have a new wardrobe...and in another few months it will be time to do it all over again.
While this is a good problem to have, it is also an expensive one:(
So the hubby and I decided this weekend to hit our area thrift stores to replace some of our wardrobe staples. The first armload of clothes I took into the dressing room to try on proved that I still see my body as much bigger than it really is. Every shirt was WAY too big. When I found the clothes that actually fit, I was amazed at how small they looked on the hangers.
So I am an XL in sweaters/knits. Do you know how long it has been since I have had clothing with only one X before that L?! I noticed also that the clothes I bought were brands that I can buy at regular stores! I still have to be selective with button up tops and bottoms since not all stores carry 18s and not all 18s are created equally. I know a Lane Bryant 18 is not the same as NY&C 18. But I did buy a pair of Old Navy size 18 jeans that fit great, my first jeans in about six years not from Lane Bryant!!
And I bought a pair of really hot NY&C size 18 jeans that I can technically button, but would not be able to breath and wear at the same time. These I have hung in my closet next to a Lane Bryant 14/16 blouse and cord blazer that are my next "goal" outfit. I actually tried the Lane Bryant items on in my current size a few weeks back and thought they were awesome, but decided I would not be able to wear them until Winter and by then they would be too big. So I bought them in the next size down. I am aiming to wear these for Thanksgiving dinner next month:)
So I spent under $50 and came home with 1 brand new t-shirt, three name brand sweaters, one button up blouse, two pairs of jeans, five moisture wicking tank tops from Reebok with tags still on (ok, so they are all pink), two pairs of yoga pants and two t shirts for the hubby. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for additional bargains at the two thrift stores I liked best, though I think I will have to make another trip to LB in a couple of weeks for bras and dress slacks.
It was a fun shopping weekend! Looking forward to more to come
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