Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Thanks to Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync, who must be an incredibly good sport (that's his voice on the video).
Anyway, I'm off to the dentist today, but not before I give a little perspective about how things have gone so far. May 19th was actually my four-month anniversary on alli but I was caught up with getting back into the swing of things after vacation. But I'm here now.
It's been four months (120 days) since I started alli, 130 days since portion control started and 140 (!) days since I started exercising every day. There's a long way to go, to be sure, but a lot of great accomplishments.
Weight and Measurements
Current weight: 296.8. DOWN 49.2 LBS I am close to 1/4 of the way there
Bicep: 15.75" DOWN 3 1/4"
Bust: 50.5" DOWN 4 1/4"
Band: 44.5" DOWN 3"
Waist: 44.25" DOWN 4 1/4"
Belly: 57.5" DOWN 2"
Hips: 51.5" UP 1/2"
Rear: 50.5" DOWN 12 1/2"
Thigh: 29" DOWN 3 1/4"
The hips being up and the rear being down so much may just be a factor of how I do measurements. Those areas are tougher for me to get right. In any event, I doubt that I actually gained any inches anywhere, plus the loss in the rear is so dramatic that it's more likely that it's an inch or two in the hips and closer to 10" in the rear. Overall, my average loss in all eight areas is about 4.19"
I started at a 26/28. Now, all of my 28s are gone, as are some of my 26s. I'm pretty close to being a 24 up top but the issue is that my hips and rear (despite all of that loss) are still large, so while I am generally a 22/24 up top I am a 26 from hip level down so I'm forced into not only skirts and pants in size 26 but also blazers and longer tops.
I went from maybe 2 or 3 reps in a day to 50. My resistance bands went from 0 reps to 120. Walking went from 2.5 mph to 3.5 mph. Weekend walking is getting to be more of a habit. We generally do one day/weekend; should do two but one is still good. Walking is also more than just the one block; we now do more like eight blocks, including some uphill. Calf stretches are up to 100 - 200/day from 0. Weekday walking exists and is done about three days per week but admittedly I've been dogging it lately as I've had to concentrate more on job hunting.
My arms are mainly toned except for the triceps. Thighs are getting toned. Belly (on the sides) is showing signs of cuts and toning. My rear is definitely firming up.
Food and hunger
The weekday routine is pretty easy. Water intake is 64 oz/day every day. Weekend eating is harder but manageable. All junk is out of the house. Vacation was handled well. Hunger is okay except for PMS week.
Issues and Disappointments
I had hoped that I would be down another size by now. It's frustrating being stuck at a 26 even though I have lost so much weight. I recognize that it will come and that I have to be patient, plus there's no such thing as spot-reducing. However, it is annoying to be 1/4 of the way there and only down one size. At this rate, I would be down only three more sizes by the time I hit my ultimate goal, or a size 18! That's absurd as I would be at the high end of normal BMI then. I should (and I've been that weight before as an adult, so I know from whence I speak) end up a size 8 or 10! While it's possible that I could push and prod myself into smaller sizes, the blazers in particular do not lie. If I can't button them at the hip level, I can't wear them to job interviews. Equally frustrating is that I'm the same size that I was last month when I did a milestones post like this one.
Another issue -- and I suppose this is true for most -- is a lack of spontaneity. Everything has to be planned. Restaurants have to be researched, etc. Over the weekend, we (or, rather, I) could not just pull over and stop for ice cream, because it hadn't been accounted for. I understand that I am hypervigilant and that inevitably I just won't be this way, plus it can't be sustained during maintenance, but there is a very tiny (and I mean tiny) part of me that mourns that just a bit. I know that there's plenty of spontaneity to be had in the world, and it's not like I'm totally in lock step. If melon isn't available, I'll eat an orange. If salad isn't available, I get mixed vegetables without sauce.
I can be flexible, but not too much.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Heh, what an odd video I've linked to. The song, well, I know the song; I chose it because I'm back from vacation and really getting back into the swing of things. But the images are from the video game Final Fantasy. Let's just say that's not my fantasy, final or otherwise. Then again, neither is Steve Tyler.
But I digress, and I haven't even started. Vacation was excellent. The weather was far better than anyone had predicted and since we were pretty much the only people at the motel, we had the hot tub to ourselves. And it was fabulous.
We went walking only one of the days (my husband actually went running every day, plus that one walk). The walk was 35 minutes and almost 1.2 miles. Last year, I was incapable of even doing 1/4 of that -- had to stop and turn back. This year, no problem, and we also did another 10 minutes later that day.
Otherwise, the days were pretty lazy but I did bring weights and resistance bands and made sure to use them every day. We also brought breakfasts, lunches (my husband got himself a small pizza) and snacks (fruit and rice cakes). I also made sure to drink the water every day. The only thing I had to worry about were dinners.
Dinner the first night was actually pad thai. It was a tiny portion which was fine. The second night was sushi as planned. The third night was broiled swordfish. Everything was fantastic and I did not have any treatment effects, so I know it was all within the proper fat ranges. As for calorie ranges, probably not. I was not super-careful with the dinners. But that's fine.
I figure the areas where I was not stellar (0:-D) were calorie-counting and probably sodium. In the end, I had gained a pound, but by the time I weighed myself yesterday, I had already had a meal plus nearly half of my water and it was about 6 hours after I normally weigh in.
By this morning, the pound -- and more -- was gone. I'm actually coming up on my next goal. Once I hit it, I'll be down 15% of my starting weight.
In the meantime, I'm waiting to hear on some job stuff and am also getting back into that swing of things. I've made up my mind to be pickier, even when it comes to going to interviews. If I'm not going to take a job or if I don't want to go to the town then why waste everyone's time?
And so I wait, on the new #1, the old #1, the place in the sticks and my potential other place (no interview scheduled yet but allegedly they want me to come in). I'm grateful for what may turn out to be a quiet week. I could use one, to keep the vacation feeling alive.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Annoyingly enough, I just lost the entry I made for today.
Anyway, I'm off to Cape Cod for a few days. It comes at the perfect time as the relentless rounds of interviewing are really tuckering me out.
Yesterday went all right but I am concerned about there potentially being too much travel. I used to be a road warrior and would be out about 80% of the time. Here they assure me it's more like 20 - 40% but who knows? But I do have a good idea for how they can grow their business (and of course they would just have to have someone just like me on staff!) so that might be another angle. My recruiter thinks so, too. I'll hear early next week whether I've made it to the second round.
I also heard from yet another company that they want to interview me. I also was in touch with my old #1 choice and I'm still in the running there, too.
So here's how it all stands.
* Current #1, waiting to hear if I've made it to second round
* Old #1, waiting to hear if I've made it to second round
* Place in the sticks, waiting to hear if I got it and for how much
* New place, interview to be scheduled; I'll see if I can get Tuesday
No wonder I need a break.
I'll be back on Monday, but possibly too late to go online at all.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Of course it's not the only thing in the world, but it is helpful (particularly because the microwave decided to die yesterday). Anyway, today is a mixed day. I apply for Unemployment but also interview for my new #1 choice.
And, I'm going to call my old #1 choice. Essentially I will call everyone there who I have a number for until I get a warm body who can at least tell me something. Or at least from whom (Is that good grammar or not? I can't tell) I can extract a promise to get some sort of information out of them about my status. I'm about 99% sure that I didn't get the old #1 choice but I would like to actually hear that from someone who's semi-official.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I've got an all-day databases class today, so I won't be on much. In the meantime, enjoy Rockpile.
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