Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Well, I am happy to report that after being stuck for about 3 weeks, I am down 4 pounds! YAY! Plateaus are so frustrating, but I know that won't be my last one, unfortunately. I think what gets me through this process the most is the interaction with so many wonderful people on SparkPeople. It just makes my day to get a comment on my page or blog. I hope I can help all of you in some way as well. :)
I have decided to take a break from the gym today. I need to wait for a package that is supposed to come for my husband today. Who knows when it will arrive. Plus, I wasn't feeling very well this morning. But I am feeling better now, so maybe I will still go to the gym this evening. It feels great to be at the point of actually looking forward to going to the gym every day. Now I feel like there is something missing in my day if I do not go.
My latest goal is to have a more positive outlook on life in general. I just want to surround myself with positivity. This week I joined the "Positive Sparkers" team. And I have also decided that every time I write in this blog, I will mention four things I am thankful for, or four positive things in my life -- no matter how big or small. So here goes:
1. It is a gorgeous summer day. I am grateful that it is still summer.
2. My husband was put on a project about 10 minutes away from our house, so that means he does not have to commute 2 hours to work anymore.
3. I got to spend the day watching a friend's adorable 9-week-old puppy last week.
4. I am grateful for everything SparkPeople has to offer.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Today I'm feeling kind of "blah." Maybe it's the rainy weather -- though it is a welcome relief. The air felt so cool for my walk to the gym this a.m. Scale still hasn't budged. I know I must not be trying very hard. Lately I am finding it difficult to stay within my allotted calories. I have just been very hungry -- hungrier than usual -- lately. Eating junk that I know I don't need, albeit in small portions. I have stepped up the speed and incline on the treadmill. But I am also going to try to eat on the low end of my daily calorie allotment to see if anything changes for my weigh-in next Monday. I have already sort of screwed up today, but I have the rest of the week to redeem myself.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Ok, today I am starting to feel like I am losing my resolve. I know this has to happen to everyone who ever tries to lose weight. For me, this feeling is not yet strong enough to be a problem, but it just took a little bit more self-nudging to get to the gym this morning. Once there, it seemed harder to stay on the treadmill my usual time -- I kept wanting to get off early and not finish my workout. Overall, I was not having as much fun at the gym as I usually do.
Maybe it's the weather. It's been in the 90s here every day for the past month or two. Also, when I weighed myself yesterday afternoon, it said I gained three pounds. Then this morning when I weighed myself, those three pounds were gone. Does weight fluctuate that much in one day's time, or does it matter what time of day I weigh myself? I will have to pose that question to the SP experts. I usually weigh myself on Monday mornings before I eat anything. Yesterday I weighed myself in the afternoon after I've had a meal.
I think to be safe, I will continue to weigh myself in the morning, once a week, and on the same day each week.
I know that I will have ups and downs. Giving up is NOT an option. I do feel proud of myself for the weight I have lost so far. I feel better, more energetic, healthier. My skin even looks better. But I am just impatient. I want the weight to come off faster. I am also worried that once I start working again, I won't have this much time to devote to fitness and that will set me back.
Well, right now I will just take things one day at a time. I am crossing my fingers that next week the scale will show a few more pounds lost. My initial goal was to reach my GW by the end of October. However, I got off to a slow start and now December or January seems more realistic at the rate things are going now.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Well I did my weekly weigh-in today and the scale is being stubborn. Zero pounds lost but no pounds gained either, so that's good. I guess I am just becoming impatient. I want to lose weight FASTER!
I have decided that this week I will kick up my treadmill routine a notch. I always have to watch Tv on the treadmill to help pass the time, so I decided to run during the commercials and walk during the show. I am not much of a runner, so it is more of a jog. But we'll see if that helps get the scale to budge a little. Also, I am going to start taking a body pump class once a week. I went to my first one last Thursday and it kicked my a** but it was very, very fun! I REALLY need to start building up my strength ... I can't even do a pushup!
Monday, July 30, 2007
I finally feel like I am getting the hang of this new healthy lifestyle. I'm losing weight and it feels great!! Until I joined SP, I never gave much thought to the enormous amounts of calories I was consuming with my poor habits. Not going out to eat as much as I nhave been in the past has been a tough habit to break, but SO worth it for my health and my wallet. I remember going to Don Pablo's (one of my favorite restaurants) soon after I joined SP. When I looked at the menu, REALLY looked at it, I realized how one meal there can add up to an entire day's worth of calories and fat on the Nutrition Tracker. I looked around the place, and, I'm not kidding -- at least 80 percent of the diners (including me) were overweight. No wonder! Now, I don't even want to set foot in Don Pablo's, although I know there will be days that I miss it and will go to treat myself. But that will not be often. It feels GREAT to break bad habits! Onward!
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