Sunday, April 22, 2007
Here lately it's been sort of difficult for me to motivate myself to actually do my cardio or strength training...I'm just so tired and I find myself not wanting to do it. I took a couple of days off and I think that made things worse. So I guess I'm just going to have to make myself do it and hope my motivation to exercise comes back. I dropped my calorie burn goal back a bit so I wouldn't feel like I have to kill myself out there...just get *something* in. I'm only 5 pounds away from goal #1, and goal #2 is going to be set to lose over the next year, so this is my last "sprint" and I hope I can make it!
On a more positive note, my heart rate with the same level of activity has suddenly taken a downturn...I guess I am finally becoming more physically fit! I can actually jog now for a few minutes without sending my heart rate up to 190. However, this also means my Walk Away the Pounds DVD isn't really doing much for me anymore. :( I have the 1 and 2 mile...I liked the 3 mile when I borrowed it from the library but overall I just found it too long to fit into my morning routine. So I guess now I'll have to depend on the great outdoors!
I went shopping yesterday at the Gap Clearance Center out by the airport and bought two pairs of jeans, two pairs of capris, and four shirts for $60. The jeans are an 8 and a 10, and the capris are both 10s but I could have taken an 8 in one of them if they'd had it. Gap's sizing chart runs about one size smaller than Lands' End so I guess that means I'm getting closer and closer to an 8 all the time! This store will be a good place to replenish my wardrobe, I'm thinking. I just wish they'd had more bras than they did...I don't relish the thought of spending $36 a pop on bras just so I can get some that fit and don't look granny-ish. I guess I'll keep watching on eBay.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Since some of my size 10 stretch jeans are starting to get too baggy once they've been worn a few hours, I have been trying to figure out what jeans I want to take on vacation this weekend, since I'll have lots of stuff in my pockets and that makes the bagginess worse. Today I remembered some jeans I stuck in the "Goodwill bag" back in January because they were too small, and decided to get them out. They had been my "skinny jeans" for quite some time and never really fit right from the moment I bought them...they're an 11/12 from Express. Today I pulled them out and put them on and they fit *perfectly* for the first time! So I am definitely taking them! I also pulled out some old American Eagle size 12 jeans to try them out, since they'd been too small for a while, and I've already shrunk right out of them! They're huge on me! *happy dance* I'm hoping to be solidly in an 8 in Lands' End clothing once I reach my goal of 135 lbs.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
For once I've gone out of town and come back and I've actually lost weight, not plateaued or gained water weight. When I'm forced to eat out a lot I tend to eat more sodium simply because it's hard *not* to...so many things are so sodium loaded. But today I came back and was down 1/2 pound from where I was 3 days ago when I left! Yay! I also noticed that two pairs of my month-old jeans are now getting too baggy in the butt and hips again...a good thing, but somewhat annoying since that's $50 worth of jeans that are now going to be too big. :P Oh well, I guess I'll stick them in a box of "clothes I am not going to wear again but that I might want to give to a friend since they're almost new." And I guess that means I must be getting close to an 8! I bought a fitted tee at Banana Republic, and that's the first time I've ever bought something clingy -- previously they never looked good on me, but this really did. And would have looked even better without the baggy jeans. :P My Boston souvenir T-shirt is a *small*, believe it or not...guess now I finally have reason to clean out my huge size-medium T-shirt collection! And I bought a new bra at Gap Body on clearance for $13...and it's a 34DD, which means I've moved down one band and one cup size since I started sparking. It seems like my progress is finally solidly moving again, and I can see my 135 goal getting closer and closer.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Today the scale finally moved again...down to 145, which means I am now working on the last 10 pounds to my short-term goal of 135 by May 10. Five and a half weeks to lose 10 pounds...hopefully I can keep the loss moving and avoid plateauing again, and keep right on trucking until I reach that goal. I've been pretty active today...30 minutes on the elliptical, then laundry, then a little bit of house-cleaning since they're showing my apartment to a potential tenant on Thursday and I don't want it to look like too much of a dump...haha. I ate good too, cutting down the sodium after two days of eating out for at least one meal a day. I know what I need to do now, the trick is just keeping it going until I banish those last 10 pounds for good!
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Today celebrates the end of my second month on SparkPeople, and 18 pounds total lost. I was getting frustrated with my current weight loss slowdown until I realized that I am still averaging about 2 pounds per week, which is what I needed to make my goal, so I guess I'm not doing too bad after all! I never dreamed I would be trying to decide whether to order a 10 in a pair of pants, or an 8, or would try both on in the dressing room multiple times trying to decide. I was a size 7 in middle school, so for me to be down to a "true" 8 would be really impressive. I can't wait to get rid of 2 more pounds so I can say it's an even 20 that I've lost, just through balanced diet and exercise. (Although it cracks me up when people ask me what I'm "using," as if I'm taking some sort of magic pill...nope, no magic pill, just good old-fashioned diet and exercise.) And I still eat pizza sometimes, I still eat out sometimes, and I'm still losing. I'm just hoping I can reach 135 pounds, or at least be really close, by May 10!
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