Thursday, August 30, 2012
So after a not very healthy dinner last night (gouda, peppercorn salami, wheat crackers, wine, and cinnamon gummy bears) I weighed in this morning down 4 pounds from my last weigh in. So I don't know what's up, but I'll take it!
I do know that my waist looks better, less lumpy, my belly is less rotund, and my clothes are fitting better. The other thing that I'm really excited about is that I'm only 3 pounds away from my next reward. I WANT THAT REWARD! I am lqtm (laughing quietly to myself - as opposed to lol) because I really want that reward.
When I entered my new weight on spark, it prompted to me to re-assess my calorie needs. It revised me downward, which makes sense, but it's a little scary at the same time because it means there is less room for being less than perfect. But I will keep trying to do my best. I have to forgive myself for my imperfections or I get into a self-hatred spiral, and that never ends well...
Thinking about what I've been doing differently the last week and a half or so to compel the 4 pound weigh loss: the only real thing that I was doing differently was walking the dog every night. It's about a 15-20 minute walk around our nicely landscaped condo complex. He (the dog) loves it, I love it, we just march along at a clip, he acts like he's on parade or something. And it's really relaxing and I feel very proud of myself afterward, even though it's not hard or sweaty exercise. But I guess every little bit does count.
I'm hoping to be down another 8 pounds or so when my dad comes out from the east coast to visit in October. He probably won't even notice anything, but I'd just like to look healthy and strong, so that he doesn't worry about me. Anyway...
Here's to a wonderful day! Keep up the good work, sparkies! (Just being here, just participating, is good work itself!)
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Over the weekend I weighed in at my first goal, 172. I had been hovering between 1.5 and 2 pounds just above this for about two weeks, so I was really excited. Then official weigh-in day comes and...174?!?!? Frustrating. I know that I have been half-a**ing it, but at the same time, I haven't completely been blowing it either. So, I'm making some resolutions for the coming week. I want to get serious and start moving that scale down again and getting back into my old clothes.
All week: stay strictly in my calorie range. Track all foods religiously.
Exercise: Today - Biggest Loser DVD, dog walk. Tomorrow - dog walk. Friday - pool exercise, dog walk. Saturday - hike, dog walk. Sunday - ballet class and beach (and dog walk)!
There. I've written it in "blog stone."
Here's hoping that next week we'll see some progress. Next week it will be just over a month since the boyfriend and I joined sparkpeople, and it will be time to update measurements.
Speaking of boyfriend, the start of the fall semester was on Monday, and while he's excited and happy, I see him winding up stress-wise because he wants to do well (he made the Dean's list last semester!). So I'm worrying a little - about him, about how school will impact the flow/routine around the house, what I will need to pick up duty-wise to help him minimize his stress and be successful... He takes care of a lot of stuff when he's not in school and I know I take at least some of it for granted, so I'm just wondering what I didn't think of that's going to pop up and take me by surprise. I think we'll be fine though. I just like to be prepared, it eases my anxiety! lol.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A recurring theme around these pages: dragging oneself (or for the more sprightly among us, hopping) back on the wagon. Boyfriend's birthday is over, time to get back on track. He's going back to school this week so getting back in to a routine with that will present enough of a challenge by itself. I am going to focus on being very accurate with my food tracking, no alcohol during the week, careful with snacks, and getting at least walking exercise in during the week. Good luck to me and to all of us sparkers!
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Why do I have the urge to eat/drink when I'm tired? Is it because the motion of chewing or sipping something keeps me awake? Does my body think the calories will give me the energy my lack of sleep has me missing?
I have some neck problems and last night was really bad and caused some serious interference with my sleep. The most comfortable position was on my right side, while I normally sleep on my back because sleeping on my side usually makes my shoulders and hips hurt and my bottom arm fall asleep. I have prescription muscle relaxers which do help, but they make me so groggy, and consequently I only take them at night when I don't have to drive or if the pain is so bad I'm desperate (like today). I should add I am seeing a chiropractor regularly, and my neck had been feeling better which is partly why this sudden bout of pain is so frustrating.
I think I am going to have to give in and get an iced coffee (black with sugar). I've already had my hot coffee (black, nothing in it at all!) and have been drinking water in hopes that would do it for me, but it's not. In addition my throat is scratchy because I've been off my allegra and I think that's catching up with me.
Sorry for complaining. I am really curious about why I want to consume something when I am tired, so any answers/thoughts would be appreciated. Knowledge is power!
Have a great, energetic day, fellow sparkers!
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