Sunday, December 26, 2010
I decided to start the 28 day program today. I should have done it when I first started on SP laste last January, but I was so overwhelmed at the time that I didn't even learn about the plan for months...
I want to get below 160 by 1/31/11. That means I need to average a loss of just over a pound every week until then. Today, I decided I would start walking 20 minutes a day and ramp it up each week. I drove to a shopping center and walked around the perimeter. I thought I would have to do it about twice to get the time in. As it turned out, it took 28 minutes to go around the entire thing. I then left the car where I parked it and walked all over the mall. I ended up walking for over an hour and more than 3 miles. Boy, do I feel it. As the evening wears on, I feel pretty stiff. The mall is on the way home, so I could walk the perimeter every day and challenge myself to walk it in less time each time.
While at the mall, I stopped in at Ross. I was looking for a purse. They did not have one I wanted, but they did have several different Fit & Fresh container sets. I bought a big cooler and several of the container sets. I have had food taken at work and, now, this won't happen. The sets will also help me stay on track with my measured food. Something of a splurge, but definitely something that will help me succeed. I am determined to get in shape!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Christmas dawned early. I could not sleep. I got up early, weighed and jumped onto the SP site, accruing most of today's points before breakfast. I reported last week that the site showed a loss when I had actually gained a pound. Today, I weighed 2 pounds less, but the site reports one. I have not lost 2 pounds in one week for a while. I haven't figured out exactly what I did right last week. I know what I did not do, but that's it. I skipped almost all of the treats at work and I did some walking every day, but nothing outstanding.
The promised rain has finally arrived. It is a "hybernation" kind of day and I am glad for it. My lower back is still hurting, so no movement today. That was probably what kept me waking up.
I have a lot of things to do, but no energy today. Tomorrow...
Friday, December 24, 2010
Nonie_C posted a blog yesterday about giving yourself 5 self-care presents. She said write them down, wrap them up as 5 presents under the tree and unwrap them for Christmas. Then, take that wrapping paper and cut it in smaller pieces of paper. Write down things such as "drink water", "go for a walk" and then hang them up as if they are ornaments, post them somewhere visible or stick them in your pocket. Then do one of those steps every hour.
I don't have a tree (cats and no room and allergies/dislike of artificial), so I will have to do this in a different way. I'm not sure what my five gifts will be, so I might have to work backwards from my goal for 2011. I am not even sure what my goal is in terms of pounds lost. Should I shoot for the entire 55 I need to lose or, because I may hit the same excruciatingly long series of plateaus as I did this year should I shoot for something closer to the 25 I lost this year?
The number is not the be all and end all. I will do things this next year that bring me closer to the healthy life I want.
One gift: strong bones (vehicle: strength training)
A second gift: Healthy body (vehicle: healthy eating)
A third gift: healthy heart (vehicle: cardio)
A fourth gift: intellectual growth (vehicle: education where and how I can find it!)
A fifth gift: (This one is real!). Two pair of New Balance walking shoes!
I went for a walk today which I have not done consistently when I have a day off. When I started, my hip started bugging me and I almost turned around. I kept going and it worked out. I walked to the small shopping center near home. My foot started hurting and I walked into Sports Authority. I have very short wide feet that are different widths and different lengths. I have to buy for the width and just deal with shoes that are slightly too long. I went to the clearance aisles and did not find anything. Then I went back to the womens section and found two pair of New Balance shoes on closeout. One pair is called a trainer and the other pair is for walking. I will keep one at work. I wore the other ones home.
At work, they are raising the cost of the yoga classes. I could not afford them at this year's price, so I see this shoe investment as if I were buying 10 weeks of yoga class. I need the walk as often as I can.
My brother gave me an Amazon gift card so I may use that to get some yoga dvds or something. Not that I know much about yoga, but I know I need the flexibility, balance and strength it can give me. I also have some too-little-used Pilates DVDs.
The last gift I give myself is enough "selfishness" to put exercise and other self-care elements in my daily routine.
In so doing, perhaps I come a bit closer to becoming the temple of the Spirit that my body is meant to be.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I was 13 when I met my dad and I met the rest of that side of the family slowly over the next few years. Their holiday traditions were different from those of my stepfather and his family and it took me a while to understand the beauty of both traditions.
"Little" Christmas Eve is one of those traditions. On "Little" Christmas Eve, we were allowed to open one present from a friend (not a family member). Only late in Dad's life did he share why he thinks the tradition exists. I always thought it was one of those remote Norwegian habits just as Santa Lucia Day is. Bestefar emigrated from Norway when he was a young man. I met him very late in his life when he had forgotten his English and I did not know enough Norwegian to bridge the gap. But that did not harm the genuine affection between us - but I digress.
Dad thinks his father invented the tradition when my two aunts and dad were little so that it would take some of the pressure cooker steam of Christmas anticipation off and buy the parents some peace. I don't care what the reason is. Observing the Eve makes me feel closer to my grandfather, a man larger than life. With both Bestefar and Dad gone, it makes me feel closer to both of them and I feel their approval.
It's a warm feeling!
My back is feeling some better and the nausea is almost completely gone. Finally!
Today was the last day of work for the year. I ended up working late covering Yvonne's desk. Some contracts had to be dated this year and she left when everyone else left at 2:00. She had a doctor appointment that had been scheduled in anticipation of us being cut loose early.
After I got those rush deals out, I did some straightening in my office. It needs more, but I am tired and will be headed home as soon as I post this. On my own time, now. I would never do this on company time!
I have books to read, exercise to do, planning to do for the first part of the year. I need to get ready for my Toastmaster mentorship experience. It starts on the 3rd! That first day of work is going to be hectic. I also need to start my online certification course.
I read an SP article today about setting goals that, on their face, seem unattainable. I'm not sure what I think about that. This 11 month journey has been amazing and frustrating and life-changing. I know I will continue to learn and grow but the question is will I continue to lose weight? And how will that go? Facing my fear. I hit the longest plateau of my life last spring and a couple shorter ones after that. Couple that with the fact that I do not have a loving relationship with exercise and I am looking at my 25 loss for these 11 months.
Yes, I know all the truisms, that slower is better. And, yes, in my head, I agree. But I want more! I really would LOVE to lose the other 55 pounds by this time next year. Is that doable?
For a lot of you, yes, you have done it. Me? Not sure. It would mean a HUGE lifestyle change in terms of cardio and time commitment. I cannot coast as I have sometimes this year. I really need to commit, but it might be wiser to commit to an incremental increase in activity. I am still thinking about this.
I have not even done the 28 day plan yet! Maybe I will read that part of the book and start the day after Christmas. More thought.
I did spread the Spark today. They're thinking about starting a WW at work club here, but they may not have enough participants. I was talking to one of the prospective members and told her what I am doing. We've talked in the past, but not recently. I know she wants to lose the weight, but I don't think she's ready to work at it. I told her I will bug her for a walk when we come back in January.
The company is lowering their subsidy for the yoga classes so the cost will go up next year. I could not afford them at the current rate, so that tells me I need to figure out other avenues of exercise. Yes, I know there are a lot. More thought.
The day is not over, but my home internet connection is not reliable, so.....I'm signing off here.
If you are not seeing responses from me, it's the lack of connectivity through the internet, not because I am ignoring you or don't care.
What are your unique holiday traditions? Please share!
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