Friday, January 01, 2010
. . . it's about what I've gained.
I'm a slow loser. I lost 20 lbs the first year, I think 10 lbs this past year. I guess maybe only 9, since I still haven't quite hit that 30 lb gone mark. Of course, being petite, 30 lbs off me is like 40 lbs or so off a normal person. That's what the trainer on "DietTribe" said, anyway!
But I got to thinking the other day about all the things I've gained over the last year:
1. Collarbones. A good visual reminder of how far I've come. At good physical reminder sometimes, too!
2. More energy. You might not have known that last night -- I used shoveling the driveway (it's a darn big one) as my ST yesterday. Must've worked, I got my 10,000 steps in. I was in bed long before midnight . . . but I'm up & at em at my regular time this morning.
3. Clothes shopping is sooooooo much easier -- and more fun! Sometimes that's a dangerous thing.
4. More self confidence.
5. Knowing that I can take off the weight I gain on vacation quickly by returning to normal eating. Doesn't mean that I plan to gain weight, and I'll keep working on that!
6. Weekly WW meetings work for me. Forever. I'm a lifer! And this year I want to be a lifer who doesn't have to pay.
7. My taste buds have really changed.
8. People notice me more now.
9. Happiness is definitely a choice. Even if you're living somewhere you'd rather not live. Even when things that are promised to be delivered aren't (no new DVR like promised yesterday, and no new coats for the dogs yet, either) and your computer is frozen.
10. The best weight loss secret weapon is definitely SP!!
What have you gained this past year, and what are you looking forward to doing this year?
Thursday, December 31, 2009
I took a little time yesterday afternoon and sat down and thought about what I want out of next year, what I've learned from this year, and what I'm grateful for. One of my spark buddies talked about doing a gratitude list and a list of things she wants to let go of. I was going to do that, too, originally, but decided I wanted to focus on the positive.
I already met one of my goals: to put me into my profile. I've hidden behind the animals long enough! There are so many people who are so pretty even when they're carrying a lot of weight. I am not one of them. Trust me, I'm not being down on myself, it's just that extra weight just makes my face look doughy. I still take some bad photos, of course, but now at least I have some that I'm happy with.
What I'm grateful for in 2009:
1. Everyone survived the move. There were definitely a few times when there was a bit of doubt on whether I'd kill Simba or DH . . .
2. A 2 week vacation in Europe.
3. Finding great pet sitters & a new vet here. I was worried!
4. Living in such a nice neighborhood. Everyone we've met so far has been very nice; it's defnitely a step up (even if the house is just ok).
5. Nothing important to us broke or was damaged in the move -- a first!
6. Our house sold so quickly, and for our asking price.
7. A plethora of good sushi restaurants nearby.
8. Finding a great new WW meeting with a leader as good as my old one (again, I worried about it!).
9. Online library systems. Just why did I wait so long to use a library?
10. We are all healthy! Well, one of my cats has been a bit off, I must admit, and I'm still watching him. Hoping that maybe it can wait a little longer (like til it gets warmer).
My goals for 2010:
1. Run a 5k.
2. Start painting again.
3. Sell something on Etsy.
4. Reach my GW -- and maintain it!!
5. Go on a cruise. This is most likely a given, it's our 25th anniversary this year and that's the plan. Just have to corner DH to make some decisions. We went on a cruise for our honeymoon, didn't go on another for 10 years, but it's been speeding up since then.
6. Limit my time on the computer more. I spend more time on it than I'd like, even if a lot of that is helpful to me, it's not helping me to reach some of my other goals (like painting).
7. Start a food blog. I thought I'd be tackling that this week, but I need my own computer healthy for that, once again.
8. Attend a knitting and/or a painting group. At least once.
9. Set up "my" room. We've been here 8 months, and you still can barely walk into it. Nuff said.
10. Finish our kitchen rennovation.
My husband does let me use his computer, but my time is more limited at the moment because he's been home so much lately. I don't really want to work on my computer when his is on, because I'm afraid of infecting his computer, too.
So if you comment and don't hear from me or give me a Goodie, please know that I am very grateful & appreciate every comment & every goodie!
Tomorrow will be some more reflections on the past year. Maybe a before/after photo -- I kept waiting for that magical 30 lb mark, but I haven't quite made it yet. Despite my overhungry day on Tuesday, I was down a bit this week. Not enough to break the plateau. TOM is still on the horizon, but it WILL happen.
Here's to a wonderful 2010! Stay safe & celebrate wisely tonight.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Nothing was particularly bad about yesterday, other than the weather. I was not able to get out to walk -- too cold. Not only did the temps fail to rise out of the single digits, there was a fierce wind on top of that. Yesterday was the first day in a long, long time that the dogs didn't get a walk.
I walked with Leslie instead, for an hour. And did a 20 minute yoga DVD (loving Sarah Ivanhoe's Totaly Body makeover, which is 6 20 minute workouts; usually I do a couple at a time, but I was out of time yesterday). That still wasn't enough to get me my 10,000 steps, altho I did come close. It's also the first time a long, long time that I haven't had a 10,000 step day during the week.
I ate well. Plenty of protein, plenty of water, plenty of fruits and veggies. The problem was the quantity I ate. Nothing filled me up. I just hate days like that. No matter what I eat, no matter what I drink, no matter how healthy I eat, nothing is enough. It's pre-TOM, but I still hate it. And can't figure out why some months I sail thru it without any problems whatsoever, and others it's like someone woke a sleeping monster.
I was really hoping that this week might break my plateau. I knew I could do it if I just kept focused enough. Now I'm just hoping I don't gain too much.
It is, as they say, just one day. One day won't make or break me. It's defnitely no excuse to continue to give my appetite full reign. Today is a new day, with new choices, and that is the beauty of life.
Today is supposed to be warmer, and I believe less windy. It won't be warm by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm pretty sure I'll be out walking the dogs today as usual.
I didn't get much computer time again yesterday, since DH decided to work from home and obviously needed his computer (altho he also has a work laptop). I did get a lot of chores done, some things I'd delayed from last week when he was on vacation.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I did my grocery shopping yesterday. Hate to do it right before a holiday, when the stores are jam packed. And I realized as I finished up, that it never even really occurred to me to get something special for New Year's.
By special, I mean fat laden treats. New Year's used to be the time when I might buy some peanut butter M&Ms (have some languishing in the pantry, actually, they've been there for months), potato chips & dips, maybe some of those little cocktail franks. The stuff I normally wouldn't eat.
Don't get me wrong, we do plan a special meal. Actually, DH has the assignment to bring home sushi. We'll see what happens. We actually did go out for sushi twice last week, he surprised me on his last day off by saying he wanted to go out to dinner again! And I bought a rib roast that I'll make for New Year's Day eve.
But the little snackies? It quite honestly didn't occur to me to even go in search of them. Just not the sort of thing I crave anymore. DH has his own potato chips he bought, and if I'm in the mood, maybe I'll make some popcorn. I'll probably make a nice healthy raw dessert.
I've come a long way in my eating habits in the last decade!
I didn't get much time to tackle my computer problems yesterday. I didn't have a moment to sit down til about 1 pm. Apparently I had some bad electrical aura around me yesterday -- we've been having some weird problems with our DVR (like a Tivo), and it's been getting progressively worse. Long story short is that after about an hour on the phone, they're sending out a new one. Then somehow the washing machine got locked.
I am very grateful that I have my husband's computer to fall back on, but I do want my own back! Especially since he has a short work week, and will probably be coming home early most of the week.
Today I have no plans to go out except to walk the dogs, altho I do have a lot of chores to get done. But hopefully I'll have some time to at least hunt for some of the stuff I need to troubleshoot further.
Monday, December 28, 2009
I was pondering why it can be so hard to come by motivation during the winter. And I had a thought that had never occurred to me before. One of the most motivating things about losing weight is noticing the changes in our bodies, AND showing off those changes.
It's so much harder to notice OR show off those changes during the winter, because we're cocooned in so many extra layers of clothes. I get cold easily, so I am often swathed in at least 2 layers inside, often 3 (if we're not counting that big ole down jacket) outside. I feel like the little mummified kid who can barely move. All those clothes seem to literally weigh me down.
It's harder to feel good about myself. Well, I'm sure it would be easier if the scale were moving -- THAT's sure motivation. I am in awe of all the people who have continued to lose weight throughout the holidays, and if you are one of them, you deserve a big pat on the back.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not depressed, and exercise is my constant companion. It's just harder to see all the changes I've wrought.
What do you do to stay motivated through the winter?
On a side note, as noted in my friend feed, I'm having computer problems. I'm writing this on my husband's computer. Mine just locks up. It's a virus, I'm pretty sure, but I don't know WHICH virus. I've been trying to boot into safe mode, but so far I haven't been able to, and that is pretty much killing all my troubleshooting ideas. There isn't much troubleshooting that can be done when your computer is frozen!
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