Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I like to break big goals into little ones. Then I can figure out how far along I am. I've always done this, especially when I'm trying to pay a debt off. So I figured why not try it with my weight-loss goal? So, this is what I came up with. Each picture is a 5 pound bag of flour and I put a "no" sign over each 5 pounds I've lost. So, at this point I'm over 29 percent there! Ahh... the games we play.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I haven't written in a while because I haven't had a lot of things going on. The winter has been long and cold and VERY snowy, but my plan seems to be working pretty well. I hit a small wall a couple of weeks ago, but I seem to be back on track now. I'm just doing my thing. Someone else noticed that I had lost weight. Like before, it was someone who hadn't seen my in a long time. None of the people I work with every day has said anything. That's actually pretty good because I really don't like to get attention.
We ordered Girl Scout cookies a while ago. I didn't really want to get any, but it was for the cute little daughter of someone my husband works with so what can you do? Anyway, I decided to go for the new cranberry ones. My husband went for the Samoas and Thin Mints. They were delivered last night. The cranberry ones are a pretty good snack and a serving size is 2 cookies for 120 calories.
My no nail-biting streak is up to 65 days! I am very excited about this and I hope to reward myself with a professional manicure soon. (Maybe for my birthday!)
I am having dinner with my sister-in-law this week. She runs a lot and she's even done a few marathons. I am going to talk to her about taking up running and get her advice. I think I need to lose more weight and get in better shape before I do it, but I'm hoping that she can tell me what kinds of things I should do to get ready. I love walking, but I think I want to kick it up a notch. She wants to go to the Olive Garden, so if anybody has any advice on what I can eat there that won't completely ruin my food plan I would love to hear it!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Back on January 9, 2011 I decided to start a Spark Streak to help me stop biting my fingernails. Well, it's been 45 days and so far my streak is still going!
I wouldn't say that I have been completely reformed because I've quit for longer than this before, but I'm pretty encouraged. I'm not ready for a manicure yet, but getting there. I have never had a manicure in my life. I'll turn 55 next month, so maybe that would be a good present to give myself!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
I went to a lecture yesterday at lunchtime and one of the attendees came in a little late. She is a dietitian and I work with her classes sometimes. Anyway, after the lecture she came up to me and told me I looked great. She said I looked like I had lost a lot of weight and she said if she had to guess she would say I lost 22 pounds or so. She completely nailed it! I have lost exactly 22 pounds! This was so exciting because nobody else has noticed anything. I haven't seen her in a while, so that probably had a lot to do with it.
I actually hadn't minded that nobody noticed. In a way I was keeping it all undercover. Everyone is so bundled up around here in the winter, so I was hoping for some dramatic "ta-da moment" when I showed up at a meeting without a bulky sweater and tons of layers.
So this was great and this person is someone I really respect and like a lot, so it's extra special!
Today is Day #1 of my second Spark Challenge. I am off to a pretty good start. I generally jog through one half of S.U. basketball games when they're on TV (which is every game), and I chose the second half today. Well, the game went into overtime, so I got over an hour of jogging in today. Plus S.U. won. Cool!
I'm on a new team this time (the Butterflies), so I'll have lots of chances to make new Spark Friends along the way too.
My strategy is pretty much the same as my last challenge. I have become addicted to my pedometer and I am committed to at least 6,000 steps per day. I also want to add some strength training this time. I will faithfully track EVERYTHING I eat!
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