Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Today I got the nicest compliment. I bumped into a lady at work that I haven't seen in about a month. She told me that I've lost weight and look great. Then she asked me how much I've lost. When I told her it was about 15 pounds she didn't believe me - because it looks like much more!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Two weeks ago I met none of my goals, barely exercised, and totally overate. Last week I met all my goals, ate very well, and exercised a lot. Two weeks ago I lost 1.8 pounds. This week I gained 0.1 pound. Ugh. Frustrating!
But whatever. I'm going to keep chugging. My clothes are looser - including the pants that I just bought - and I had to buy new bras yesterday. So I am losing weight, whatever the scale says. Take that, scale!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
In last Sunday's blog (also my last blog), I laid out a plan of how I hope to get through the next two months - which will be absolutely insane at work, it being summer - while continuing with SP. I laid out four simple goals: Good nutrition, drink my water, exercise, and get enough sleep. So to keep going on this I am going to do a weekly check in and examine how I'm doing with each of these goals.
So, here's the lowdown on Week 1.
Nutrition: Bad. Wait, make that REALLY bad. I was over on my calories every day and was so far over on some days that I stopped tracking. Ugh. Yes, last week was completely out of control at work. And yes, it was TOM. Still, those are not good enough reasons for going completely nuts and then not even being honest about it. There's just no excusing that kind of behavior if I want to keep going on this path. And I do. Soooo, must needs make plan and smaller goals for this week.
This week's goal: Track everything I eat every day. No excuses, no skipping, nada. If it passes my lips, it goes into the tracker. Punto. Also, try to stay within my calories at least three days this week. (Baby steps, baby steps.)
Drink my water: Awesome. I drank more than 8 glasses every day. Like I said last week, this is an easy one for me. I've done this for at least 10 years, waaay before I joined SP.
Weekly goal: Keep up the good work!
Exercise: So-so. I only exercised 4 days this week and did not do a single hard workout. But I made time half the days I worked this week. If this were a pass/fail test, I'd barely give myself a pass, lol.
Weekly goal: Do one gym workout and one yoga session during the week. Do something active - like walking or Wii fit - for at least 10 minutes every day this week.
Sleep: Pretty good. I logged just under 8 hours (7.5ish or so) every day I worked this week then slept a lot over the weekend. Still, the fatigue really weighed on me and definitely contributed to my poor eating. I usually need closer to 9 hours a night during TOM and when work is as insane as it has been. So a small deficit made a big difference this week. Lesson learned.
Weekly goal: Get 8 hours of sleep every night. That should be much easier to achieve this week since I don't have to leave the house as early to get to meetings first thing in the morning. (That's what really killed me this week.) Still, getting my happy butt to bed at 10 every night is going to be key. Yeah, I can do that.
Overall: Bad week. Must do better.
Weekly goal: Listen to , not . But that's why this is a journey, right? Setbacks are just part of it. The trick is to fall 7 times, get up 8 and then take 2 steps forward.
Also, I set an overall goal and reward for achieving it. If I finish all four of my major projects at work (one down, three to go!) and stay on the SparkWagon, with or without a weight loss, until August 1 I get to take a whole week off from work and spend some quality Jen time with myself. Each pound I lose earns an extra reward for my week of Jen time. I haven't decided yet what they will be, but probably along the lines of a spa day, massage, or new shoes/clothes. I'll choose those later - it'll give me something extra to look forward to and motivate me even more.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
I have been actively Sparking for about six months now, so I figure it's a great time to stand back and take stock. Unlike most Sparkers, I didn't set goals other than the big weight loss goal and I have not set a time line. I travel too much for that to be realistic. So I decided not to stress myself out by even worrying about it. Instead I decided to focus on the process, not the product. I'm a process person in general, so this approach has worked very well for me.
Here are my stats:
weight - down almost 15 pounds
chest - down 5 inches
waist - down 2.5 inches
hips - down 6 inches
thigh - down 4.5 inches
upper arm - down 1.25 inches
Although I would have liked to have lost more weight, the inches more than make up for it. I have dropped a clothes size and a bra size. The clothes size feels awesome - I actually feel sexy again. But dropping a bra size can only be described as sheer relief. My boobs are under control for the first time in three years.
I think that I have fully integrated 4 basic healthy habits into day-to-day life: eat right (balanced diet within my calorie range), drink 8 glasses of water a day, exercise daily, and sleep 8 hours every night. My SparkStreaks back this up. But I no longer really have to think about any of it. Junk food no longer appeals to me. I keep 2 Nalgene bottles on my desk at work and see to it that they are both full in the morning and empty before I go home. Exercise can be hard to fit into my workday but my company gives employees three hours on the clock to exercise every week and I insist on taking them. I add exercise to my daily to-do list every day and consider it as unbreakable a commitment as everything else on the list. I've always been one of those people that needs a lot of sleep, so SP actually helps me prioritize and justify getting enough. This one is also relatively easy for me. So, yeah, I chalk up "lifestyle change" as a major win.
Still, this isn't the best part. The best part is how I feel. I feel strong and healthy. I handle stress about 1,000% better, according to DH's estimate. I can focus on what needs to be done in the current moment instead of stressing out over my never-ending to do list. (I'm sure a lot of you can sympathize with this. Never-ending to-do lists seem to be the bane of the modern American woman.) My energy levels are high during the day, even during that dreaded mid-afternoon time when I used to slump HARD, and I still have enough juice at the end of the day to enjoy cooking and hanging out with DH.
The weight will continue to come off slowly but surely. (Hooray for the Slowest Loser team!) This lifestyle is here to stay. And I love it!
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