Tuesday, July 17, 2012
WooHoo, some success!!
Today was weigh-in day, and I was down 1.8 pounds, for a total of 20.4. I am so stoked to get to 20. I still have A LOT to go, but I had a gain last week, so this loss was good news indeed.
The walking and jogging are definitely helping. I hope to add some weight work, maybe in a couple of weeks. I want to ease into things a piece at a time so I get into a routine that I can stick with. I do not see myself going to a gym, at least for now. I really prefer to do this stuff at home where no one can see me and where I'm most comfortable. Maybe that will change as I go along, but I think it's important to be realistic about it so I don't backslide.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
No news on what's wrong with my dad. They did some exploratory procedure earlier in the week and won't have the results for a while. They do NOT think it's cancer, but he definitely has some obstruction in a kidney.
In other news, I gained about .4 pounds this week. I am not that upset about it because I think I am having a non scale victory. I have had thunder thighs for as long as I can remember, even when I was skinny. Anyway, all of the walking and running I've been doing seem to be making a difference! Perhaps it is just wishful thinking, but I definitely feel like I'm doing better in the thigh area. Even more important than that, though, is that I really look forward to doing my silly-looking exercises. I have been doing over 11,000 steps for the last few days. I think that this little sign of encouragement is giving me a ton of motivation to not just continue, but to do more. When you can see some kind of positive result, it really makes a big difference, even if the scale is not moving.
Meanwhile, my Medifast friend has lost almost 40 pounds! She is feeling terrific. She hasn't bought any new clothes yet, so the loss is not obvious to many people, although her face is definitely much thinner. I think people will be in for a WOW moment when she purchases some new much smaller clothes.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
First of all, I am so grateful for all the kind words on my last blog about my dad's illness. It is such a comfort to know that people take the time to respond like that. Spark People are the best!!!! I have no news on that front, but my mom is keeping me posted.
My weight-loss buddy is on vacation this week, so I haven't heard from her about her progress. Despite the events of last week, which included raspberry pie and a butterfinger ice cream flurry among other things, I managed to lost 1.8 pounds since my last weigh-in, which was 2 weeks ago. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I got my hair cut yesterday and also shaved my legs, so that might have helped a little ;-) So, I'm up to 19.4 pounds total. This is great, although, in the vein of never being satisfied, it would have been nice to hit the 20 pound marker this week. So, that is my goal for next week.
One thing that I have been trying very hard to do is get at least 8,000 steps in every day. I have gotten a little sick of the walking dvds, but I can do the moves on my own, so I don't really need Leslie Sansone that much, although I do use them sometimes. I got pretty sick of all the chatter on the dvds, and there is one girl on one of the tapes, which happens to be my favorite, who is so annoying. I wish she wasn't on camera so much. I'm sure I look incredibly goofy doing some of this stuff, but who cares? It makes me feel good.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
I have to consider this a "lost" week as far as Spark People is concerned, but it also served as a scary forecast into my future if I don't get myself together pronto!!
I had to leave work early last Monday and drive like a maniac to Albany because my dad was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He has a serious health issue that is still not resolved. He was in the hospital all week and they let him leave on Friday, but he needs to have an outpatient procedure which will hopefully tell them what is wrong. (It could be bladder cancer, but we are praying it isn't.)
My parents live in the middle of the country -- no public transportation AT ALL. So, they have to drive everywhere. My mother has a license and she is a good driver, but my dad bought a new SUV last year and she never had a chance to drive it because he wouldn't let her. She also does not know how to pump gas. Anyway, I drove my mom around, but I finally got her to give driving the SUV a shot and she did great! All she needed was a cheerleader (and for my dad not to be backseat driving)! But I digress...
The thing that was a wake-up call for me, though, was my mom's health problems. She can hardly walk because she has foot problems and knee problems and back problems, etc. She has been overweight for as long as I can remember. She and my dad actually eat pretty well. They don't have big portions, but they eat often. My dad is very physically active, but my mom has never done any exercise at all. Nada. I do not think I have ever seen her do anything physical. She had a lot of health problems beginning when my sister and I were little, so she never really played with us. She would read and sew with us, but she never did anything physical with us. I really think that no matter what her health problems were/are, it is unfortunate that she could not find something that she could do to get in shape. Whatever, she is really paying the price right now and I feel so bad for her. Since I take after her in so many ways, I can easily see myself having those same problems. Already my knees hurt, but I am hoping I am not too late to do something about it. I have made some progress, although I have a long way to go.
I have no idea how I did weight-wise this week because of all the stress and lack of access to my usual foods, but it does not matter. I have to flex my willpower muscle and take control of whatever situation I find myself in.
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