Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Wow! Can't believe all of the changes that have happened in the last couple of months. Where do I even start...
Well I am down 20lbs from my start weight and I am having to buy some new clothes - actually goodwill since I don't plan on being in these too long. :) I still have 41 more lbs to go to reach goal.
I am so happy with myself. Yesterday I turned down donuts that my boss bought. Before I would have "had to look" and then find a "small" one, like there really is that option. Also, this last weekend I was to a restaurant that had a buffet set-up and I only took small portions and didn't go back for seconds. I kept thinking I had to get my money's worth and it took some effort to get that out of my mind and tell myself that I was satisfied with what I had and that was good enough. I am not a garbage can and that's exactly how I would have been treating my body had I kept eating to get my money's worth!
So where am I at today:
My doctor was very pleased with my progress - I believe he said "the angels were singing". I am off my insulin and should be off another of my diabetic pills within the next 2-4 weeks. I am still on one other diabetic pill, but he also has plans to wean me off that as well as the weight comes off. He also cut my blood pressure pill in half. My BP jumped up slightly 110/70's, which was a little disconcerting since I am used to it being about 100/60's. But then I realized that once it gets back down to 100/60, I will be able to cut my dosage even more if not all together. This is so awesome, from taking a handful of pills plus shots to just 2 or 3. I can handle that....so can my pocketbook!
I just increased my cardio from 30 minutes a day to 45 minutes. I do 30 minutes in the morning and the weather has been so beautiful that I have been taking my dog, Molly, for a walk every day, instead of getting on the treadmill (I have all winter for that). I think the vet will appreciate these morning walks for Molly too, she has appt today and I am anxious to see how she is doing. I also do 15 minutes of cardio in the evening to help with my next morning blood sugar and I try to mix it up between biking, stationary bike, walking and hopefully jump rope soon!
I do six days of strength training. I was doing three, but it was taking too long, so I divided it up to Legs/Abs three days and Arms/Chest the other three days with Mondays off and that seems to be working a lot better - only 15-20 minutes a day instead of 30-40 and the different muscle groups do get their rest days between workouts. Also, doing ST six days helps with consistency, which I find is the key to weight loss and the amount of calories to eat.
I am also seeing a difference in my boyfriend, as he sees my success, he is also succeeding - even though he won't sign up! He is the cook in the family and he is really trying to make things healthy for me and therefore for himself. I am eating more balanced meals. He still has to work on breakfast and lunch, but at least he recognizes that he needs to improve on these areas.
Current challenges are: Biggest Loser Challenge Part 2 - Go Green! & Women on a Mission Challenge, which has been a big help giving us points for staying within calorie range, drinking our water, cardio, ST and a personal goal! Both challenges are keeping me accountable! I am also doing the Tolkien Walk and I am at 270 miles or so on a 458 mile journey and that encourages to walk just a little bit more or get on the bike for just a few minutes since every mile will get me that much closer to Rivendell!
I started Stage 3 last week and am looking forward to the next 8 weeks to see what they bring.