Friday, September 16, 2011
I joined the Fall 5% challenge because I thought I could meet the challenge and succeed. To accomplish this I am going to continue to do at least thirty minutes of cardio a day, but I will also resume doing strength training consistently three times a week. I have been slacking off on strength training this past month. I will also continue to train for the Halloween virtual 5k here on SP. My measuring cups and spoons are available and hanging in plain sight, and my food scale came in the mail this week, so I am set for being accurate with portion sizes. My cupboards are bare of junk (though they could use some reorganization), and full of healthy options. Also, my parents' garden is coming in with Fall crops so I can pick up yummy, healthy, organic veggies as needed. I am also considering cutting out chicken for the month of October. I would still eat fish, and of course there are beans of many varieties for protein.
I am fairly diligent about posting on threads on my other teams, so I see no problems expanding to another team's threads and discussions. I also will support and encourage my team members to do their best, by doing my best. I will be a friend where I can and encourage where I can. Good luck to all of us in the challenge! We can do it!
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!
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