Thursday, June 17, 2010
I've been a bit scatterbrained lately so here is a quick update on what I've been doing away from SP.
I started the C25K...again. And I will start it again next week. Last week I successfully went through all 3 of the W1 workouts even though it was hot and humid and gross outside. That being said I have not run at all this week, so I think I will try to do the W2 90 second run the first day, and the W1 60 second the other two days. Running (and any exercise) is not happening this week.
Why not you ask? Because Monday I went in to finish my root canal from a few months ago. Everything is now fully cleaned, packed and filled up. I was on vicodin the first day and in a fair amount of discomfort (about a 4) the second day. Now I still notice that it doesn't feel great, but it's mostly the cheek that hurts (from the dentists hand pushing on it during the operation). If I bend over it throbs a bit so that severly limits what I can do. I have been staying active around the house though and taking hikes around the neighborhood. Do you burn more calories if you talk while walking? If so I've been doing good ; )
And as such, today I feel incredibly skinny. I've been wearing my new clothes to work and getting many compliments which is a huge ego boost. I also found out my husband is exactly 20 pounds heavier than I am. This actually makes me quite happy, and his weight is only 5 pounds heavier than my starting weight! Holy crap, I almost weighed as much as my husband who is a quite muscular guy. So yay for that.
We also took the real Katie Whompus, my 10ish year old Catahoula (dog) to the vet yesterday. She has had mobility problems for quite some time due to her age and we finally decided to start her on pain meds (former vet highly recommended against it). She was revealed to be 99 pounds, which is a good 30 pounds over her breed average weight. Holy guacamole batman! She is now on a strict diet of 1.5 cups of food per day, and no treats period. We can't lose the weight through exercise due to her low mobility so cutting calories will be the way to go. She is also on Rimodyl (sp) for joint pain and a suppliment for her joints as well. Yesterday she was a bit out of it due to the vaccines, Rimodyl, and blood drawn but still had enough energy for a good wrestling match with Dh before bed. She may need the pain meds for the rest of her life, but other than her mobility she is a 100% healthy dog. That was a huge relief to hear. The vet said with the weight loss she should gain mobility, breath easier, and hopefully stop snoring at night!
So that's my last few weeks in a nutshell. Work is over in 4 days so I should be around more then :)
Friday, June 11, 2010
I swear, I have been eating like a pig lately. Yesterday I ate ok at work, then got home and it was like some horrible monster took over my body. I could not stop eating and was so hungry I practically yelled at the baked potato to hurry up and finish cooking so I could eat it already. 1 fillet of baked haddock and a baked potato later and I was still starving. I'm not talking about bored eating, or filling up the time eating, but pacing through my kitchen opening every cubboard to find something, anything that would make me feel full. I tried my trick of drinking water, but after consuming about 6 glasses in 1 hour was still insanely hungry.
I didn't have time to work out at all yesterday either, so it's not a post-workout hunger crash either. Unless it's a delayed hunger crash from the day before?
Today is more of the same. It's only 1:20 and I've consumed about 900 calories, mostly good wholesome calories, and I feel like eating my arm off! I've already had 3 bottles of water (16oz bottle) and I've got 2 hours to go before I can get home and get something into me.
This is bizarre, and I do-not-like-it!!!
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
"Yes dear, another program". These are the words said to my husband last night as I started talking to him about my latest program.
First there was SparkPeople. SP really is the best thing that could have happened to me at the end of last year. It was a wake up call, a way of holding myself accountable, but it was free and didn't have the fear of embarrassment. Sure I could have joined a Weight Watchers type program, but that would mean adding more activities to my busy schedule, taking more money I don't have, and the embarassment of not losing a pound would not motivate me, only make me quit early out of fear and anxiety.
That is why SP is perfect. It encourages, teaches, sometimes scolds, and offers all the goodness of weight loss without the feeling of harsh judgement. You don't have a person (or even a Wii) yelling at you when you slip, or when you gain a pound for no good reason. You don't look at the future with bleak despair, because every month you don't meet your target goal means another month of gym fee's or program fees.
All SP does is encourage, and teach, and make you feel better about yourself. It gives you a community of people who are truly going through what you are going through. It's easy for my gym teacher to say "just work out", because she has done it for 4 hours a day every day her whole life! It is so much better when you see the person's ticker, when you realize they too have struggled to get where they are, and when you share the ups and downs of every story.
Safe to say, I like SP. :)
And now I have a new program which is equally changing my life. FlyLady. You can find her program at www.flylady.com and it is a cleaning/organization program. FLY is "Finally Loving Yourself", something I think all SP members can identify with. I was always a clutterbug with messy tendencies and my vow to myself in our new house was that I would not make it a mess. I found her site at just the right time. Like SP she focuses on taking baby steps, changing habits one thing at a time, and forgiving yourself for mistakes. In the few weeks I've been getting her emails our house has improved by leaps and bounds. The bedroom is always clean, the kitchen is always clean, and laundry is always done. It's about doing things 15 minutes at a time (sound familiar?) and not burning yourself out.
It turns out 15 minutes at a time is a lot of time to clean, just as it is to get a quick cardio workout in! Now it takes me about 1 hour to super clean our entire house, while it used to take several hours to straighten up our small apartment.
The person who I am now, is definitely not the same person I was when I married my husband. I'm a million times better, and ready to fully embrace my future.
So Thank you SparkPeople and FlyLady, for everything you inspire me to do.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Well, we only have 3 more weeks of school and summer is very quickly approaching! Odd to think that I had been planning on having a baby now and was worried about missing the last few months of school due to an early due date. Well, so much for that plan!
My husband and I also were planning on not going to Maine, because he had no vacation time with his previous job and I would be working summer school and unable to get time off. As it turned out he quit that job, went back to his old job and has the vacation time. Now I was the buzz kill. But wait! My school district had huge budget cuts and guess what is no longer being run this summer?
So we are now going to Maine and I'm super excited. I love going up there for our summer vacation.
I also am presented with a new summer goal
By September 1st, I will either be in the 140's, or pregnant (see, I'm being flexible with my goals ;) )
I am currently at 153 so you would think I could lose 3 pounds in 3 months, but I hit a major wall from Feb-May where I didn't lose anything so I want to give myself plenty of time.
Let's go summer!!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I am so thrilled at life today!
I woke up around 10am, then said "Ok, I'm going to get as much done as I can in 2 hours with cleaning and then I'll stop." In 2 hours I managed to thoroughly clean all 3 bathrooms, put away the last box in the bedroom and clean that room, reorganize my closet, vacuum the upstairs level (dining room, living room, 3 bedrooms, hallway), run 3 loads of laundry, clean the kitchen and unpack 5 boxes downstairs. Hurray for getting things done!
Then Scott called and told me he has tomorrow of for Memorial Day, a first in a long long time. So I think we are going to turn tomorrow into a date day as well as get some yardwork done before the week starts.
My second victory was clothes shopping! My mom runs her own massage business and had a great weekend so she treated me to some new clothes. I went with the usual amount of trepidation and hatred towards the dreaded fitting room mirrors. I grabbed up a bunch of cute clothes and prepared myself for battle.
As usual, none of the pants fit. Not as usual...they were all too big! I have officially dropped about 1 1/2 sizes. I was wearing 13s. 12/13 is now thoroughly too big, 10/11 is slightly too big, but 8/9 are slightly too small. I got a new pair of work pants as well as a super comfy pair of summer slacks. I also tried on a pair of shorts just to humor my husband. I have always hated my legs, thus never ever EVER do I wear shorts. I put on a pair...and they looked ok...actually my butt looked really cute in them...ok I'll take them home too. I also got a new dress as well as about 5 shirts...all smalls! I even bought 2 that were petite smalls which made me feel so fantastic.
Hurrah for positive progess!
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