Thursday, September 15, 2011
So, I lost three pounds this week, bringing the total lost in the last three and a half months up to 42 pounds gone. Gone. Gone. Gone. Unfortunately, my muscle/fat percentages are going in the wrong direction, but I have been completely inconsistent with strength training for the last month so it is not unexpected. The really cool bit is that my BMI is now under 40. It is still over 39, but it hasn't been this low in years (a lot of 'em)! I have only walked a little over two miles so far today, but I am going out before dinner to walk 2.5 miles with the dog. It is supposed to be a training day with that 2.5, but I can't walk all that fast with the pooch, so my time will probably suck today. Oh well, I will still have walked, which is the important part. I am averaging a loss of about 12 pounds a month. That is so cool!
I went out to lunch with friends today, and had second thoughts about finishing the half-sized salad I ordered. Two months ago I ordered the same thing and still had a slight edge of hunger when the plate was empty, so the changes are there, and they are noticeable. My father was very pleased when we talked this afternoon. He objects to the term "obese", as I am very active these days, but according to that little chart at the doctor's office that is what I am... for now. It's going to change too!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I intended to do almost three miles this evening, but due to circumstances my 6 year old niece needed to go with us. So, I took Cooper and let the two of them run. They ran for about a mile, but then they were worn out and slowed way down. We still managed to do two miles, even with the kid and the dog. It took a while longer, but it was highly entertaining! I have been walking the dog about 5 miles each day, plus whatever training I do for the virtual 5k.
I finished off the fresh onions today, in sauteed veggies for dinner. Tomorrow is grocery shopping day, and my mom is sending along some low fat, organic ground beef. She is also replenishing my tomatoes, onions and blueberries from their garden.
This weekend is a friend's 21st birthday. i won't be going out drinking with her, but I did offer to take her out to dinner. She wants to go for Mexican. I have to think about what I can order to eat that still sticks fairly close to my plan. Any ideas?
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
So today was light on the exercise... compared to the last few weeks. I had to go to Rochester (NY) for a meeting today. Two hours there (since we got pulled over for speeding- glad I wasn't driving!), three hours in a meeting, and a two hour drive back (I did the driving on the way back- no speeding). I did a quick walk with the dog this morning before dropping him off with my sister in law and youngest niece. On the way back into town I stopped and voted in the Primary, even though there was only one position for members of my party to vote on. So, I went and picked up my dog, who had a fun, eventful day with my niece (lots of running!), my sister in law (who says my dog is "charismatic" and a "gentleman"), and my sister in law's mother. We walked back to my place, where the dog promptly took a nap... unlike me, even though I wanted one. Right before dinner I stuck him in his crate and did a 40 minute brisk walk, as that was on the schedule for training for the Halloween virtual 5k here on SP. I only went a tad over two miles, but my legs were stiff from so much sitting all day, and it took a while to loosen up. After dinner the dog and I took a twenty minute walk around town.
Foodwise, I think today was my worst day in two months. I forgot to pack a brown bag lunch, so I had to make do with the lunch provided. Lunch wasn't awful, but it was the first time I have eaten white bread in four months. I hadn't realized how much I dislike that pasty texture, especially when combined with tasteless iceberg lettuce, american cheese and bland tomato slices. I skipped the snack bars, ate some sweet pepper slices and a piece of fruit. I had a lovely dinner though, which more than made up for the blah lunch. Dinner included fresh locally grown onions, tomatoes and garlic, mixed in with spinach (and I splurged this month and bought the organic olive oil, even though it is expensive). I met my water goal for the day already, which is great, and I have nice light snacks planned for later.
So, despite the stressful day (he kept tailgating semis!), poor food options, and less exercise than I have gotten used to, it was a good day. In fact, it was kind of a rest day for me exercise-wise. That is something I have been trying to convince myself to do every few days, but I usually end up walking for miles and miles anyway, just because. Tomorrow I will be back to my regular routine, and we will see how many miles Cooper and I walk!
Monday, September 12, 2011
Yesterday I said I would post a before picture and some "in progress" pictures. Tonight, after our walk, my walking buddy took the new pictures of me. So, here they are. Starting off we have the picture that triggered the desire to change.
Here I am at 318 pounds, unhappy, unhealthy, and not at all active.
Next is my niece's birthday at the beginning of August. A little progress had been made. I had walked a lot, and had just gotten my dog, so I was really picking up on the walking.
And finally, tonight's pictures. Here I am at 279 pounds (maybe a little less).
I am sitting outside my apartment building in the twilight, because we just finished a fast two miles (with hills!).
And here i am with Cooper!
I can see a big difference, and if technology is my friend this evening and the pictures show up, i am sure all of you can too!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
It's weird, but I am in a better mood today. The dog and I went down to the creek again today. We did about a mile this morning, and I did 2.25 miles (sans dog) this afternoon, before I came back and got Cooper. My left ankle is bugging me again. It isn't as bad as when I was using the treadmill more often, but after about 45 minutes of walking I get twinges. My father says there must be a touch of inflammation, and I suppose he is right. I just don't want it to interfere with my training schedule.
I wanted to take my nieces down to the creek with us this afternoon, but the family was going to a University picnic. Since it is a work function of sorts for my brother they had to go. I don't mind. I just wish that when they change plans that they would call me, so I know whether to just go on without any of them. Oh well. It is a family trait not to communicate plans or changes in plans. I stick out in my family because I am so organized and plan things in such detail.
I think this week I will get someone to take a current picture so I can post on my blog the picture that triggered this lifestyle change and compare how I looked then with how I am doing today. My friend, Jen, says there is a definite change in my appearance. I don't own a full length mirror, so I have to accept her word for now. So, look for the pics later in the week.
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