Yesterday was a reward day and I ended up taking in a movie I wanted to see. My planning wasn't the best because we have to drive 40 miles to the theater in Richmond and it involves 2 hours of driving as well as the movie and whatever. At any rate I got home late and the treadmill is in the bedroom and some folks go to bed early so that was that. It really was poor planning on my part as I should have grabbed the treadmill earlier in the day. I have to grab it when I can now so I will start earlier in the day.
At any rate, today I made sure to get a really good work out in. I ended up doing 2 miles and ramped up the incline to a 5. Altogether I did 50 minutes and it felt good. I did a Walmart grocery run and put things away and did some work on my gluten free cookbook. So it was a productive day.
Tomorrow I will start with the cardio early and get it out of the way. I am going for the burn this week to get under 150 and never see it again. So the goal for the week is 149. It is so hard to lose a pound and requires some intense cardio. My original goal was to lose 5 pounds this month and I have lost 3, so on that score 2 to go. But right not my focus is to see 149 on that scale -- and I am really determined to do so. I haven't been in the 140's for a LONG LONG TIME. It's about time for this girl to get it done!
Today has been a much better day than the rest of the week. I got up and got a few things done that I needed to do in the morning and after lunch I got a good workout in which always makes me feel good about myself. I can't believe it has been 77 days since I found this site! Thank God I did because it has changed my life. I feel more energetic, stronger, and a bit slimmer as I have lost 10 lbs. since I started. I also feel that I am back in control of myself. When I was gaining and not taking care of myself it lowered my self esteem and I felt out of control -- not a fun feeling.
Today with all that I have learned from the site and from so many of you -- I know exactly what I can eat and still lose weight and how much I need to move my body. I have so much more energy and the past couple of days I have noticed that I just feel lighter moving around -- kind of a nice feeling! I like this lifestyle; it agrees with me and I intend to keep it! I enjoy my food (I spice things up) and I even enjoy moving my body! I can't wait to lose the rest of the weight because I know I will feel even better -- and I'm looking forward to those size 10 jeans!
I finally reached 150 lbs. and it does feel like a good accomplishment. I've lost 3 lbs. this month so far. Today I only exercised for about 15 minutes. Needed a slower day and will put on the burn again tomorrow. My next goal is 145 and I have promised myself that I will not be above 150 ever again. I am looking forward to being in the 140's again.
Well, the repair man came out today and ascertained that we need a new part for the oven, but said it is not available anymore. So we managed to go online and find one for him. I don't think he looked too hard. The part is on the way and for now my stove top works again. At least I can cook again without bells and whistles going off.
I had a kind of low day today and didn't really accomplish anything much -- but I finished a book and rested so that is something. Tomorrow I really will start putting items on ebay. Once I get going it is easier to stay in the groove of listing things.
I have also been working at going to bed earlier so I need to head in that direction now. I have been working on leaving the electronics downstairs so I don't stay up playing games, etc. I have done fairly well at it for this week.
Have a great day tomorrow and find one thing you have been putting off and go do it. That's what I'm going to do.
Before I begin I want to thank everyone for their suggestions for rewards for goals achieved. I have decided to use several of your ideas and will start with the first one being a movie as I love them dearly! Secondly for the next 5 lb. goal (145) I will get an iPod as I would like to get outside when it gets cooler and will need some music to help me move! I will have to sell some things on ebay to make it happen, but I will do that as well. I will be using other ideas you have been submitting as there were so many. I love you guys for sharing, especially as today has been the pits.
So here's where it started. We woke up in the night a couple of nights ago with some loud beeping going on in the kitchen. It was our oven and sounded like one of those pieces of heavy equipment when they back up. The beeping stopped only after my DH flipped the circuit breaker. He didn't mention that to me so while I knew the oven had a problem I didn't know what it was. This was two nights ago. So yesterday evening I went to fix chicken Curry and the drop in stove top didn't work. He then says to me "well of course because I had to turn the circuit off and that was on it. " not to belabor the issue suffice it to say we still don't have cooking capability and I may be on a salad diet for a while. I feel so out of control and frustrated with my life as I have no say in any issue.
So I have decided try to turn this to a positive. For the moment I can control what goes into my mouth and how much I can move my body and I have decided to keep on controlling those things until I reach my goal of 135. I think the best response is a healthy thinner me! Before I would have done some serious emotional eating but that is out of control stuff and it only adds to my feelings of being out of control. Maintaining my good healthy habits is giving me a feeling of being in control of me --perhaps I will even think of further positive steps I can do to increase my feeling of being in control!
Exercising is definitely getting easier and so I am kicking it up a notch. I get the incline up on the old treadmill and go for it. Today I lost another pound so I am thrilled as I am 1 away from the 150 mark, which is an intermediate goal for me. I have been eating healthy at the low end of my calorie range and really working hard on the treadmill and doing the 20 minute resistance band workout 3 days a week. Its a nice workout that I enjoy. Anyway when I hit those intermediate goals (every 5 lbs.) I'd like to reward myself but need some ideas what to choose ???
One thing I am not good at is rewarding myself. My pants are getting looser but I still am not dropping a size yet to get any new clothing item. I don't have a lot of money to spend, and Spark Coach says not to use food as a reward -- and I tend to agree with that philosophy. So I just don't know. I am opening this up for suggestions if anyone has any I maybe could see if there's anything that would be motivating. I know some of you have been at this a while and I thought this is an area where I could learn from you.