Friday, July 10, 2009
I have a pair of black pants that I love and call my fat pants because they are the biggest and most comfortable bottoms I own and they were always loose on me even at my heaviest weight (286 pounds). Well, now 20 pounds slimmer, (13 since joining Sparkpeople)today the fat pants are retired from public viewing!
I wore them today only to realize that they were literally hanging off me and were in danger of exposing my assets. I felt like I was in one of those weight loss commercials with the lady stretching out her now enormous pants in triumph! This, of course, was wonderful as I visited my dad and my grandma and they finally realized that I had lost some weight and actually started to believe that I was training for a 5K!
This weekend, I'll be offline again with another tech-free beach retreat, and I'm going to do better than last weekend, I promise myself. While I won't track online, I will practice conscious eating and triumph again!
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
I'll start with the good. Here's what I've accomplished in June:
- I lost 12 pounds total.
- I have become more aware of what goes into my body.
- I have topped 1,000 fitness minutes and I'm walking an average of 10,438 steps per day.
- I've completed 2 weeks of the C25K program.
- I started yoga for flexibility and strength.
- I have more energy than I did in May.
- I've fallen "off the wagon" but didn't beat myself up about it and continued on.
- I've learned to "save" for special meals or nights out and still meet nutrition goals.
I'm quite excited about this! Go me!
I still need to improve in several areas though. For me, weight loss and healthiness won't happen unless I'm active every single day, and I am affected when my husband and friends go out to eat and order fries, pizza, beer, and loads of crap. Temptation is a toughie for me. When I'm home, I usually have no problem eating healthy, but I CANNOT let nights out become an excuse for cheating and thwarting my progress.
The July 4th weekend was good in some sense because I learned that I can go off-track for a few days and still come back with a healthy mindset. I didn't lose any weight since then, but I didn't gain either, and there were times when I could have gone off the deep end and completely gorged myself like my cohorts, but I didn't.
So for July? It's a toughie because I'm stressed out with studying and starting my new business, but I want to have some goals written down...
-Continue the C25K program three times a week and steps toward training for my 5K.
-Continue tracking nutrition and try to eat more those days when I am exercising.
-Do something active every single day, NO EXCUSES. It's summer, and I should at least be getting in a good walk outside even those days when I'm not training.
-Keep up with yoga and try Zumba and other group classes.
-Tennis once or twice a week.
-Reduce my sodium intake.
-Drink more water and more conscious (not boredom) eating.
-Take breaks from work to stretch and do Quickfire.
-Save money and limit going out to once or twice a week at most.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
This weekend marked my ONE MONTH SPARK ANNIVERSARY!
Of course, this weekend also meant I was up at the beach house and away from technology. It also marked my sis-in-law's arrival and extreme willingness to try really naughty food, so I've been struggling, but not going too overboard, I guess. But I haven't logged my food since Thursday, and I've eated crap like chicken wings and fries and cake and fruity alcoholic punch, but I haven't gorged myself at least like I would have done in the past.
Thankfully, we also walked and ran around a fair bit, so I don't feel too bad, but I gotta get back on track and get back to C25K. I might have to repeat a couple of days of W2 to get back on the program, but I should be okay. Hopefully I didn't gain too much weight and thwart my progress, but I am still pretty motivated, so...
Monday, June 29, 2009
Day 26, and these little victories are really adding up! This weekend was the annual Greek festival, and if any of you have been to an ethnic festival, you know that it really should be called a food festival, because that's all there is there... tons and tons of fattening food. And since I was working in the kids' game room, the kitchen staff was bringing up all kinds of treats for us!
But for the first time, I made up my mind to treat myself to the things I love and budget for them accordingly, and it worked! I ate at the higher end of my range, but it's all good: I've got plenty of cardio to do this week!
I'm so happy that for the first time, dieting hasn't been about torture and and deprivation, but just a healthier, more conscious lifestyle. It never really clicked before, but finally it is, and I hope I have the strength and willpower to make this a long-term change.
My next challenge is that my sister-in-law is visiting from abroad and she's going to want to eat all the things that America (and New England) is famous for: rich seafood, burgers, nachos, BBQ... I just need to stick to it, and my exercise routine (Week 2, Day 2 of C25K today!) and I think I'll be okay!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Oh my god. Who could have thought fat-free ice cream could taste so good? It's absolute bliss! 90 calories and NO FAT for a half cup and you couldn't tell! It's so delicious and the perfect afternoon pick-me-up!
They have Vanilla and Chocolate too...
Just me celebrating a bit. I couldn't resist a step on the scale even though yesterday was my weigh day, and I was down another pound! It's the running and all of the exercise this time that's making the difference, I know it. I don't feel deprived at all!
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