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The end of the first week

Sunday, September 30, 2012

It's Sunday night. For me that means that it's the end of the week. But this is a special week. It's the end of my first week of eating right and exercising. Tomorrow morning I get on the scale and see how I did.

I'm nervous. I feel like, no matter what it says, it won't be the right thing. I mean, if I lose a pound or two then it won't be enough. But if I lose more then I'll think it's just water weight and will come right back on again. Have you ever felt that way?

Regardless, I'm proud of me. No potato chips or cookies or other junk food were eaten this week-end. I managed to avoid the chocolate covered pretzels my husband and daughter bought. I had squash and eggs for dinner tonight. All good. So, I know that regardless of what the scale says tomorrow, I just need to keep on what I'm doing.

I'll be sure to let you know the result tomorrow.

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KFQUILTER 9/30/2012 8:58PM

    You did great this week. Don't stress about the scale. It will say what you need. Less than what you want and you will focus more next week. If you did good, repeat your week to do it again. Good luck.

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gluten = tiredness?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Maybe it was that I didn't sleep well last night. Actually, I was hungry. After a while, when it started to really affect my sleep, I got up, went downstairs, and got myself a bowl of cereal. That usually puts me to sleep. I also had a piece of bread. I haven't eaten bread all week.

Interestingly, when I went out for a morning run, I had no energy. Was it the poor sleep? The bread/wheat? Both? I guess we'll find out as we go along this journey.


My former self

Saturday, September 29, 2012

I met a woman that reminds me of my former self. I met her a few weeks ago when I started taking my oldest son to his orchestra rehearsals. He meets on Saturday mornings for 1.5 hours. That's plenty of time for me to get in some really good exercise.

I met her as I was running around a popular running spot. She was walking her dog - going in the opposite direction. Her dog was a pitbull mix. She was thin and very stylishly dressed. As I noticed her, I wished I could still wear clothes like hers. I dug a little deeper in my run in the hopes of losing a few more calories - a little faster. After the third time around, I stopped and asked her if she knew the distance around the loop. It seemed to me like, perhaps, she was a regular. She did.

Much to both of our surprises, we ran into each other in the orchestra rehearsal room when we picked up our children. And now we're friends and talk with each other every Saturday morning.

She's about ten years younger than I am and has only one child. She runs 5 miles and has the body of a runner. I'm guessing she runs those miles about 9 minutes/mile. That's what I used to do when I was her age. I think my body was similar to hers when I was her age. I look at her and think of me - the way I used to be - ten years ago.

But it's not just age. I think I can get back to that body. Or maybe I'm just fooling myself. Maybe I can't. But I think I can get back to running 5 miles at a time. And maybe that's my goal. And maybe the pounds will go away. And maybe one day I'll look like my former self again. Maybe that's my goal.

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DUKEFAN86 9/30/2012 9:15AM

    How cool that you've made a new friend! Small world! Sounds like she's a bit of an inspiration, too.

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SAINTBETH 9/29/2012 11:34AM

    You can do it!

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

So yesterday I learned something new.

Yesterday, my middle child came to work with me in the afternoon. On a normal day, I have a snack of apple and peanut butter at around 3. That snack helps me get through the rest of the afternoon so that I don't eat all the junk food in the house as soon as I get home. I couldn't have that snack yesterday - my son is allergic to peanut butter and apples - so I ate potato chips and frites corn chips when I got home. I'm proud of myself for limiting their quantities but surprised at the next thing. I was absolutely exhausted after eating the chips! I had to go straight to bed at 7 pm - I could barely function.

The exhaustion felt familiar. I felt like this every day - ironically when I was eating chips every day. How strange that eating chips could bring on exhaustion! I wonder why that happens. I mean, eating potatoes baked doesn't do that (I think).

Anyway, I learned another reason to keep away from the chips.

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GHOSTFLAMES 9/29/2012 7:42AM


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AZMOMXTWO 9/29/2012 7:35AM

  it is good that you were able to limit them
and another reason to find an alt snack for times like this

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Day Three

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I'm cautiously optimistic. It's day three. That means that for the past three days I've been eating and exercising right. I've been trying to lose weight for two years now (!) only to actually gain weight. I've been at day three before. But this time is different. I've been exercising for the past few months. I've been planning my food and figuring out how to eat. I put them together once before for a week - and lost two pounds! But then life intervened and I gained back the two pounds. Plus another two.

But this time it's different. I've been practicing. I'm more motivated. I'm going to do it this time. The journey starts with a single step. And I'm already three steps in. I'm just going to keep on going, keep on figuring this thing out until I've got it down. Until I've lost the weight.

I'm six pounds less than obese. I can't even believe I write these words. Six pounds short of being obese. But here I am. Fourteen pounds over the maximum of healthy weight. My first goal is eight pounds. Let's see if I can get there!

Today is day three.

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CORYOMA 9/27/2012 8:52PM

    Day three for me too...let's encourage one another...we can do it a day at a time one pound at a time...yesterday I got sick but I pushed myself today to stay focused. My body is already hurting no desire to workout but tomorrow I will go for a walk

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