Saturday, April 28, 2012
Rainy, chilly day today in Northern Indiana. I was hoping to get out and do some walking today. Generally Saturday is my "fun walking" day and I look forward to it all week. During the week when I go for walks it's around the block, or down the street and back. On Saturday's I GO somewhere; to the library, the farmers market, the 7-11 for a can of Arizona Green Tea, or sometimes even the zoo.
Wanted to do some garage sale-ing today but 45 degrees and rain isn't exactly optimum weather. I guess there is still plenty of weekends left for garage sales, I'm just anxious for summer to get here I guess. I'm looking for a good used elliptical to buy so that I don't have to rely on the weather to cooperate. I'm sure this isn't the last rainy day there will be; and this summer there is bound to be super hot days when I don't want to be outside. There have been several on Craigslist, but they were all just a bit too expensive for me. Found one at a garage sale that would have been perfect, but I got there about 2 minutes too late. Someone had already bought it.
Last week at the library I checked out a Leslie Sansone video. It isn't one of her Walk Away the Pounds videos, that's what I was looking for but couldn't find. It's called Walk Slim. It's a toning video. 40 minutes long. I think I'll give that try today. I only need 15 more minutes of exercise to make my goal for this week, but I'm going to try to stick it out for the whole 40 if I can.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
I just realized that I have been using SP for 3 months now (actively, that is. I actually joined in early December but spent the next 7 weeks going "yeah, I really should do something!" LOL) It seems a lot longer than that. I feel like I have changed so much in those three months. Some physically, but mostly mentally. I could go on and on about how I don't dread exercise anymore, how I love fitting into clothes that used to be too tight, how I have tried foods that I had never even considered eating before; but all of those changes equal one big change. I am happier. I've always been a "half-glass full kind of person", and not one to complain or nag, but I am decidedly happier now. I carry myself taller instead of slopping my way around. I smile more. I look people in the eye when I'm talking to them.
It may be unbelievable that losing almost 30 lbs could have that effect, but it has. I could get all philosophical and blame society for making us all value ourselves based on a number on a scale but I won't. The fact of the matter is, I felt like a sluggish blob before and now I don't. Now I feel like I can do anything. And even if I can't do it, I'll give it one hell of a try.
Yes, my life has definitely changed in the past three months and I am so thankful that is has.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Weigh in day is here. I didn't really lose any weight this week (well .2 of a lb....) but I didn't gain any either. Although I did well at keeping within my calorie range this week, my food choices were less than stellar. Sure I can have a cookie for the same number of calories as a banana, but I still need to choose the banana! This is something I have struggled with in past attempts at losing weight. All calories are not created equal and I need to stop treating them like they are.
It is no problem for me to get a couple fruit servings in a day, but I seriously struggle with the veggies. There are so few I like, and no one in my family will eat them (my hubby will eat corn and that's it). I keep the little single serving frozen trays that Green Giant makes and microwave one every night with my dinner. Some nights I eat a salad while I'm cooking dinner. But that's still only maybe three veggie servings each day. Add to that the 2 or 3 fruits I eat and it still seems lacking.
I struggle with protein too. And a lot of days I don't get enough fat, but I don't worry too much about that one! Carbs are never a problem and probably the reason my blood sugar level is in the pre-diabetic range. That seems to be the most difficult thing for me to curtail. If there is any food I crave, it's carbs. I always jokingly say "I never met a potato I didn't like." but it's truer than I'd like admit.
So that is what I am working on this week; not only getting the right number of calories but also in the right balance.
Today is the last day of league bowling and I couldn't be happier! It will be so nice to have my Sunday's free again. I like the extra exercise, but let's face it; bowling isn't what you would call a real "work out"! My team is in first place which is pretty cool, but it certainly isn't because of me! They only keep me around for my handicap... LOL
Sunday's are always a hassle trying to schedule meal times. We bowl at 5 pm which means I need to leave here at 4:30. We get home around 8 pm. What I try to do is cook before we go and maybe eat a little bit so I'm not starving at the bowling alley. (there is absolutely nothing edible at the bowling alley. If you don't want battered and fried you are out of luck!) And then when I get home I eat a little bit more. We have a bunch of leftover chicken that DH grilled yesterday, so I think I'm going to cut some of that up and throw it on a bed of lettuce to eat before I leave. Then, when I get home I have a little bit of fettucini alfredo DH made (not my idea, but also not a favorite of mine so I'll be able to resist over indulging) and also some leftover brussels sprouts from last night. I will be happy not to have to eat my meal in segments after this week.
Well, I have three baskets of laundry to fold and a yard to mow before bowling. Guess I'd better get to it!
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