Sunday, August 10, 2008
So I'm doing this 4 week challenge thing, and one of the members posted these 4 questions to answer, and I really liked it so I thought I'd post it here too. Partially for my own benefit, because really thinking about these answers made me realize how important this whole thing really is to me, and also, maybe some of my "readers" would benefit from it :)
1.Why I am over weight?
Honestly? I'm lazy and I love food. Or rather, I WAS lazy. I am not as lazy now as I was, but I do still LOVE food. I grew up in a house where we lived to eat, rather than ate to live. My dad loves to cook, we had lots of pasta and pizza and burgers. Growing up like that kind of made me a hoarder, so I'd keep eating and eating cause it tasted so good and ignore the fact that I was full. That combined with a rather sedentary lifestyle made me overweight.
2.Why do I want to lose weight?
I just want to be healthier. My father is EXTREMELY overweight, and my mom just lost about 90 pounds. She looks and feels great, she's a totally new person, while my dad is still struggling to walk more than a few hundred feet. I really didn't want to raise my kids in a house that centered around food, and especially now that I'm getting to the point in my life where my husband and I would like to expand our family, I want to start it off on the right foot and lose as much weight as I can before we begin that journey.
3.Why have I been unable to maintain?
I lost weight a long time ago on weight watchers, then I went back to college and that ugly food beast reared its ugly head. Having no one around me who was in the same predicament, I caved. After that, I'd keep trying, be good for about a week, and then succumb to the temptation because other people around me were eating all of the things that I wanted to eat. This time its different, though. I don't really know what sparked the change, but I have lasted longer than I have in the past and I'm losing more and feeling better and really not missing anything.
4.What will I do to correct my weight problem?
Reach out before giving in! I have this wonderful resource here and I've met some incredible people, and I want to take full advantage of that. There is this great network here full of people who WANT me to succeed, even if there are times that I don't think that I want to succeed. They go above and beyond to make sure that I'm meeting my own goals, and I hope to return the favor :)
Sunday, August 10, 2008
So, I decided to weigh today, with it being my ACTUAL weigh in day and all. I wasn't expecting to lose anything because I'd already lost 1.4 by Wednesday, and I can't remember the last time I lost that much in one week.
I was down to 174.4 today! Thats another .6 lbs down, which brings my total for the week to an even 2 lbs! THAT NEVER HAPPENS!!
It has solidified my belief that strength training really does make a difference in weight loss. I need to remember this so I don't slack off anymore.
I'm starting to get excited about going back to school. Not really the school part, but the wearing pants (because our school is freezing) and the exercise classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights, anyway. I'm excited that now I've lost almost 13 pounds since most of the teachers last saw me, and as SURFACING pointed out, thats something to be proud of. And I am.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Today is the last Friday of my summer vacation. Teachers go back to school on Tuesday.
I'm trying to change my whole outlook on the thing, hoping to convince myself that I WANT to go back to school and have a purpose in life. But so far it hasn't really sunk in.
There are some good things about school starting, though. Fall. Fall is my favorite season. From about September 15th all the way through January 2nd, that's just the pinnacle of the year for me. Sweaters and jeans. Falling leaves. Beautiful colors. Crisp air. Few things in this world bring me the simple pleasure I get from those things. I actually get heart flutters thinking about it. I am definitely excited for fall.
Also, being on a routine. I tend to lose more when I'm on somewhat of a routine. And as much as I tried to adhere to a sort of routine over the summer, my eating schedule ended up being different almost every day, there was much more time for snacking, and of course, sitting on SP :)
Knowing that I don't have the freedom to exercise whenever I want while in school, I've decreased my calorie burnage per week from 2400 calories down to 1800. That might change once the weekly YMCA classes come back, though.
I didn't lose quite as much as I'd hoped to lose over the summer. I REALLY wanted to kick my own butt and get down to 160, but that didn't happen. With travels and plateaus and vacations (oh my!) I only ended up losing about 12 pounds. But I did lose 3 inches from my waist and 4 from my hips. So that's gotta mean I'm doing SOMETHING right!!
Overall, though, summer was good. Too short, like always, but good. It really taught me that I'm in this. I can do it with our without help. It helped to solidify that whole "lifestyle change" mindset, because there were tons of times this summer where I HAD to do it on my own, just for me. Without the people around me having anything to do with a "diet." And I still did well, and never once felt deprived.
In other news, husband and I are (again) entertaining the idea of moving home. After having Erik and Amethyst here, and deciding that we want to start a family soon, moving home just makes so much sense to us. We do love it here. If we could just transplant this house to WI we'd be golden. I've met a ton of awesome people, I love my job, and I love where we live. But straight up, I want to raise my family in Wisconsin. I want my kids to know their grandparents and see them more than a few times per year (like I did with one of my sets of grandparents). I want them to be in an area where they can play outside and I don't have to worry about someone driving by too fast and hitting them (as they would at our current house). Our whole relationship has had quite a lot of divine intervention, and there are so many signs pointing to this as the avenue to take. I'm ecstatic at this, because no matter where I am, Wisconsin will always be home to me.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
So, I decided to do a mid week weigh in. Since breaking my plateau a few weeks ago, I've been my lowest on Wednesday mornings, so I had to try.
Goal met! Down 1.4 lbs from Sunday morning!
Feeling really good! I don't know if mid week weigh ins will continue once school has started, but I kind of hope so. We'll see!!
OH. And this morning, when I woke up, even after eating PB toast, brushing, flossing, AND listerine-ing, I STILL woke up with garlic lawn breath. How is that possible???
Found out from a friend of a chef, that its the stems of the asparagus that taste like grass. The recipe never said to only use tips, but if that's what the Brits think taste good, I don't know if I could live in England (where the recipe was from). So, I don't know if I'll ever try the recipe again, but if I do, asparagus tips only!
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Dinner really wasn't as good as it sounded. I was so pumped, excited to try a new recipe, thinking it was going to be pesto-ish and fancy, I even got out the WINE to go with it!
Kinda tasted like...freshly cut grass. With pepper.
Johnny, bless his heart, liked it. Or at least said he did.
Even the wine didn't take the fresh lawn taste out of my mouth. I need to find a remedy for that.
While my efforts were rather wasted, the part that I'm most disappointed about was having to throw away all of the ravioli. We thought about just washing it off and throwing some marinara on it, but that didn't bode well, either.
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