Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Slowly I am beginning to notice some good changes with the sloooow weight loss I am having. I was about to type on my computer this morning when I saw.... wrists! Never knew I had them before because they had no definition. Now they are beginning to show themselves. The first big changes I noticed were that my triple chins turned to doubles then to a single. Then my love handles finally went away. I am starting to see the beginnings of a waistline. The worse area for me is my beer belly; I could put men to shame in a beer belly contest. And I don't even drink beer; it is simply where all my fat ends up no matter how many crunches and planks I do. Boo hoo!!!
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I am so proud of myself for completing the virtual 5k yesterday; was not sure I could do this distance after going so long without distance training. I guess there was some transfer from my usual spinning and elliptical work. I do treadmill work every week too, but mostly only 20 minute sessions with jog/run or walk/sprint intervals. Not really the same as training for a 5k. I am very worried about wrecking my old, crunchy knees so I went at a very easy pace for the 5k. I am in no hurry to improve my 43 minute time; I will see how my knees do. I expected my calves to be all crampy this morning, but so far no problem! A funny thing happened last night- I reclined on my couch to watch Hell's Kitchen, one of my favorite shows, and when I got up I could barely walk from what felt like fluids pooling in my whole body from the 5k! That went away quickly after I started walking around again. I feel better than great this morning. I am aiming for a light gym day; focus on core work with stability ball, planks, pushups, and elliptical trainer workout.
Friday, June 29, 2012
I read the featured blog entry from the member who strayed from her eating goals, and it made me reflect on some positive changes I have noticed in my eating habits. These are huge changes for an almost lifetime binge eater like me. In the past, every time I strayed from my planned eating I would revert to unregulated overeating. I would feel guilty and think what the heck, I will wait until things are "better" to get back on track. Of course that resulted in my old binge eating, lots of unhappiness, and big weight gains. This time I have decided to not feel guilty about going off track; just get back as soon as possible without guilt and beating myself up. It works! I thoroughly enjoyed eating all my nostalgic favorites when I went back home to family recently, and had the added challenge of it not being a happy visit because it had to do with the death of my parents. Eating my family favorites was comforting to me, and with my new guilt-free attitude I actually was able to limit my portions a lot better than in the past. I feel liberated and optimistic. It will not be easy to reach my goal weight, but I truly feel I will do it this time.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Back from nine days of stressful travel- everything was high stress from the fully packed planes to the sad family events. I don't go home to where my family is very often, so I loaded up when there on nostalgic favorites- cream pies, donuts, club sandwich, gourmet cupcake, lots of white carbs. I still ate far less than I used to, so when I got back home I did not register a gain although I certainly did not keep on track with my goals. Before leaving to return home, I discovered a coin operated scale in a mall restroom. Best quarter I ever spent; it reminded me to get right back to healthy eating. I did not have much computer access (my laptop died the moment I got there!) and instead of resorting to paper and pen food journaling I just relied on my conscience lol! The hotel I stayed at had a gym so I worked out every day. I am sure that saved me from a very unhappy weigh in today. I used the exercise ball, free weights, treadmill, and elliptical trainer. I went on a steep hike that burned my quads; that motivated me to start using the step machine at my gym now that I am back. I am happy to be back home and am looking forward to a little rest and healthy eating. Have a mountain of bills waiting for me to pay! I feel triumphant about the portions I ate of the high calorie, low nutrition foods. It used to be half a cream pie, 2-6 donuts, 2-3 cupcakes... etc. etc. but now I had single slices of pie, one donut, one cupcake... for me a HUGE change.
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