Monday, September 10, 2012
One of the conference tables in our office has some strange chairs. The legs extend straight up above the seat and then turn outward for a few inches and then make another turn to form the arms of the chair. The result is that there is plenty of room in the chairs for big hips, but not for big thighs. Normally when I sit in these chairs, I need to sit all the way back so that my legs can fit snugly (not comfortably!). I am short, so sitting all the way back leaves just my toes touching the floor and the overall experience is just rather unpleasant the whole meeting long. Needless to say, I rarely schedule meetings for that conference room!
Today I had to attend a meeting at this conference table, and about 10 minutes into the meeting I noticed that I was sitting comfortably. My back was away from the back of the chair and my feet were flat on the floor. I actually looked to see if someone had changed out the chairs, but they were the same old chairs!!
I have not been measuring my legs, but between the two they have lost enough inches that I can slide forward in the chair and sit comfortably!! A very happy discovery for me, and one that leaves me feeling better about the slow, creeping movement on the scale!!
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Enjoyed long walks two days in a row!! 2 hours yesterday, one hour today (but a quicker pace and a hilly route!)
It was great to be able to enjoy the nice weather -- It is even worth the sunburn and bug bites to show as evidence of my excursions!!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!
Friday, September 07, 2012
A recap of my Sept goals:
1. To weigh 230 by Oct. 3 (I am doing Wed. weigh-ins, but I did not get a very accurate weigh-in this week due to bloating, etc. so if this ends up being more than the ~9 lb that I expect, I may modify this by adding an extra week.)
*** it is 10 lb to go, but I am going to stick with the original goal date here...
2. To walk at least 6 miles outside each week, and at least 9 with the WATP videos, for at least 15 miles total each week.
*** I am a wimp that can't handle heat and humidity - made it 3 miles outsides and 8 with the WATP videos for a total of 11 miles - definitely need to improve this one next week!!!
3. To do at least 10 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of body-weight exercises before my first cup of coffee at least 4 days/week.
*** Accomplished 3 of the 4 days that I planned here - again room for improvement for next week!!
4. 100% attendance to Sparkpeople for the month of September. Earn at least 2500 SparkPoints for the month.
*** logged into spark 7 for 7 this week - 741 SparkPoints as of right now for Sept.
5. Track my food eaten daily, and stay within the recommended ranges for total calories, carbs, fat, protein, all nutrients.
*** Tracked every day - went over on total calories 2 days, over on total fat 3 days, over on total carbs 1 day, under on protein 1 day.
6. Progress report in my blog every Friday.
*** Progress report #1 is done!!
Week 2 here I come - and I plan to make it a good one!! (no holiday should help)
Thursday, September 06, 2012
The day started off fine. I woke up, exercised, and I was feeling great! But then I went over to the scale. I was very optimistic about the weigh in this morning because yesterday the skirt I was wearing fit so nicely - I hadn't put it on since the spring, and it definitely didn't feel like it fit this well then!! After feeling smaller yesterday, I had high hope for finally seeing a 23_ number, but no, the crazy scale said 240! Actually I am quite confident that the scale was laughing at me. It knew that it had burst my bubble.
On the way to work, I had to remind myself to lighten up! I was in a good mood until I stepped on the scale, and there was no reason for that to change. I laughed out loud when I got to work and saw my Peanuts calendar for today - the comic strip shows Linus trying to kick a football and falling down. In the last frame he is looking down at the football (which is lying with its laces showing) and says "Stop grinning at me!" Linus, I can relate!!
I am very grateful for the gift of being able to recognize when I am being ridiculous and laugh at myself.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
I did it!! I managed to leave food on my plate and walk away peacefully!!
At my lunch meeting today, I ate most of the salad, all of the Brussels sprouts (about the only veggie that I don't love) and left more than half of the beef strogonoff and noodles! My first thought when the plate was put in front of me was that the presentation left something to be desired - it was a drab and colorless plate and didn't look at all attractive to me! The fact that it didn't look good to me probably helped in keeping my resolve to not eat it all. When the half-full plate was sitting in front of me, I could imagine my mom and my grandmother not letting me leave the table until the plate was empty but I reminded myself of the great advice and support of my sparkfriends, and was very peaceful about seeing the server take the plate and extra food away.
When it came to dessert, I followed the same rule and ate half of a gooey caramel brownie. Maybe I shouldn't have eaten any of it, but that was definitely attractive ; ) and I am pretty proud of the fact that I only ate half!!
I stuck with a light supper of homemade veggie soup and an apple, so I stayed within my ranges today, despite my heavy lunch! I will be happy to have my brown-bag lunch tomorrow!
Thanks for reading and thanks again to all of you who gave me support and advice!!
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