Thursday, April 02, 2009
Well I decided it's time to start focusing on myself again. I am moved into my new house, we have internet and I have room and time to exercise. I don't know if I will be as active on the site as I was before, but I will definitely be using it to help me because it has such great tools!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I have been away for a long time. I still don't have internet, but that's okay because I have had plenty of stuff to occupy my time. I did housekeeping all winter for condos that get rented to skiers. It kept me super busy and I got down from 225 to 210! It seemed like every month I needed new pants because the old ones wouldn't stay up. Some of the condos were more like mansions if you ask me and I was running up and down stairs carrying bags of towels and sheets. At first it nearly killed me to get up the stairs, but now I can run up and down them with no problems. It also kept me from eating all day long. I had to be really prepared with my food if I wanted to eat at all, so that kept me on track as well. Now ski season is over and I have the challenge of being home more (at least for the next 2 months). I love being at home but I am realizing how often I want to turn to food because of boredom or stress or happiness or whatever. I am trying to decide what kind of exercise program I am going to do for the summer, because I really don't want to gain back all the weight! We are starting to work on our house again now that the snow is melting, so that will give me some activity, although I'm not sure it will be enough after all I did this winter! I will try and check in occasionally here when I have time. Good luck to everyone else who is on this journey!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I no longer have internet at home, so I am going to have a harder time with daily check ins and such. Also with my house, cub scouts, working and family, I am just overwhelmed right now. I will be checking in periodically though, and I hope you are all doing well!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I have been thinking a lot about how easily old habits come back. When I started this I was really serious and slowly worked on getting some really bad habits out of my life. I started with water instead of soda, that alone started me losing weight. I moved on to adding ten minutes of exercise, and then portion sizes, more exercise, strength training, etc. I got to the point that I was doing 60 minutes of cardio 5-6 times a week, strength training 3 times a week and staying within my calories, drinking all my water. I was never perfect, but I really worked hard. It was very important to me not to think of this as a diet, but more of a lifestyle change. I didn't feel deprived and I ended up losing 50 pounds.
I haven't gained the 50 back, but I have been noticing some things that will become problems if not taken care of. I started feeling like I had been exercising a lot and could take it easy. At the time I was housekeeping and that is some intense work, so I stopped the heavy extra cardio and was still losing weight. Now we have had a couple slow months and I just barely started adding the cardio back in. I need to get serious about it and get it consistent again before that becomes a problem. Also, after drinking all the water I decided it wouldn't hurt to have a diet dr. pepper now and again. Maybe not, but the problem is I like that so much better that for a while the water drinking went away completely. I know that even though I don't get extra calories from the diet soda, I do not feel as good nor do I lose weight as fast when I am drinking it. I started a water streak last week, it lasted four days and I went back to the soda. I am starting again though, determined to get back to the water. Food is the same. I am still eating smaller portions and getting full on much less food, but I have been less diligent in tracking and not all my choices have been good. I have been hovering around 224-228 for the last couple of weeks, so now it's time to get the scale moving.
I got this picture from our trip to Las Vegas, and although I realize I am wearing smaller clothes, this picture snapped me back to the reality that I still have work to do.
I think I feel good and invincible and then I think I can handle myself and start relaxing on my good new habits. It's time to get serious again and see if I can get the scale moving again.
1. I need to drink water and lots of it. I will begin again to drink it everyday. I have started this streak and will continue it.
2. I will work again on staying in calorie range. I will stay in calorie range and make the calories I take in good ones.
3. I will set up an exercise schedule again that is realistic and that I can follow. It will include cardio and strength training. I will also continue my more active lifestyle and stay in the habit of being up and moving, not sitting in front of the tv all day.
I am resetting the dates on my goals since one of them has passed over two months ago and start where I am right now.
Monday, July 16, 2007
I did well the first week of the challenge. I lost 2 pounds, which puts me at 233. I am excited. I had company over and didn't eat the best during the weekend, but I did get a lot of exercise, so I think it balanced out. Maybe if I had a regular week I could have lost a little more, but I rarely lose more than 1 pound a week, so I'm happy.
Our challenges were to eat good breakfasts all week and to pick something that was a challenge for us and work on it. I did good on breakfast, except for Sunday when I had a piece of French toast. My challenge was to have no excuses for exercise and I feel that I did well on that.
All in all I feel that my lifestyle is getting more active. That's a step in the right direction, I just have to keep it up once the weather gets colder.
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