Tuesday, January 08, 2008
I went to the gym early this morning and pounded the treadmill. I went to bed upset after the Buckeyes' ugly loss last night, and so this morning I needed something to take my frustrations out on! LOL!
So despite everything, I was determined to make today a good day. It was a gorgeous morning to walk to the gym. Here in Baltimore today, it is in the 60s and feels like spring! Yesterday was the same.
As for the scale, it seems happy to stay at 137. I am trying very hard this week to jumpstart my body back into losing mode. I am hoping that by Sunday there will be some movement in the right direction. Fingers crossed.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Happy New Year! Thanks to SparkPeople, I have learned so much in 2007 -- about myself, about food, about fitness and about goal-setting.
A few things I've learned:
1. I CAN stick to a regular exercise routine (6 months and counting). It's true: Exercise treats depression. Endorphins rock!
2. Strength training is actually fun! I go to a weight-training fitness class every week and it is a blast.
3. Peanut butter (a food I never loved before) is amazing on and in so many things! I love it with apples, in oatmeal and on waffles -- Instead of syrup, I sometimes spread 1 TBSP of reduced fat PB on my Eggo and then top with blueberries or blackberries. I also love to put PB on banana slices and then top them with raisins.
4. Egg Beaters, Laughing Cow cheese wedges, Cool Whip lite, Fiber One Bars and cereal, oat cluster Cheerios, raisins, sliced almonds, Pink Lady apples, pomegranates and Fruitabu are my new best friends.
5. Guacamole, hummus and salsa all taste wonderful with sliced bell peppers and cucumbers instead of chips.
6. You can get a drink at Starbucks with half the amount of syrup they usually put in and it tastes the same or even better.
7. Starbucks has a size smaller than a "tall." It's called "short."
8. I can make good food choices at just about any restaurant or fast-food place.
9. I still love my skim milk, but unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze is wonderful in cereal. 1 cup is only 40 calories, but I usually only use 1/2 cup.
10. Hungry-girl.com is an awesome resource. Sign up for her e-mails.
11. My hip bones, collar bones and cheek bones will return if I invite them back.
12. I don't HAVE to have ice cream every day to be happy. And on days that I absolutely do need ice cream, Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom fudge bars rock at only 35 calories.
13. My wallet is fuller and my life is richer now that going out to eat is a treat, not a habit. I can't wait to start using my new cookbooks: Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious and Rachael Ray's new cookbook.
14. I am not alone in my struggles.
15. I can do this!
Oops, I forgot, there are 2 more!
1. Yes, definitely -- MUSIC is a huge motivator when working out (see previous blog)
2. I do NOT need sugar on my grapefruit or in my iced tea!
Friday, December 21, 2007
As of today, I have lost 40 pounds!! I can't believe it. I had to weigh myself twice just to make sure. I still have 23 pounds to go, but just knowing I can lose 40 pounds is an awesome feeling! I won't say it's been easy, but I can truthfully say it's been a lot of fun. I love all the ideas I get from this wonderful site - new foods to try, fun new workout ideas, recipes. It certainly hasn't been boring or painful losing this weight.
The other day, someone asked me what I am doing to lose weight. "Are you starving yourself?" Heck no! I don't deprive myself of any foods I enjoy, I just watch the portions. However, the longer I do this, I find myself making more healthy choices and fewer decisions to fill my body with junk. I am starting to realize that some foods I used to love don't have the same appeal to me anymore: donuts, cakes, candy, etc. Most chips taste too salty to me now, though I still eat them once in a while. And I can even resist ice cream -- a major trigger food. If I don't have it in the house, I don't really miss it all that much. But whenever I want something, I go ahead and eat it and just make healthier choices later that day or the next day.
The person then asked me, "Are you killing yourself at the gym?" Nope! Not at all. I do walk to the gym (40-45 minutes round trip) but that is not super strenuous. Once at the gym, sometimes I do 30 minutes, sometimes 45 and sometimes an hour -- but no more than that. I give myself one or two days off a week, too, so my body can rest and recover.
In my journey to lose those last 23 pounds, I look forward to everything I still have to learn on this site and the Sparkfriends I have not yet met.
SparkPeople and good health are truly the best gifts I've been given this year.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The holiday season sure brings out the "best" in some people. I mean that very sarcastically.
Yesterday my husband got to our car after work, and saw that someone dumped a bunch of oil all over it. He had to then drive (with black oil on the windshield) to a self-serve car wash and spent the next two hours trying to wash it off. He parks in a neighborhood where there are TONS of spots during the day, and he leaves before the spots start filling up. But about a week ago, someone asked him "Are you going to be parked here all day?" He answered, "Yes, is that a problem?" and the person did not say anything. Then he got a note on the car saying "Park where you work, don't take our spots." Then yesterday, this happened with the oil. The thing is, there are NO signs saying residential parking only, no time limits and there are plenty of empty spaces during the time he is parked there. What gives someone the right to make up laws for other people to follow? What is wrong with people? Why do people have to be such
I am not going to the gym today. Don't feel like it. It's one of those days that I KNOW I should go to the gym, but nothing is going to make me go. Just don't want to. I will be walking around a lot today so hopefully that will count as some exercise.
I am feeling under the weather too. Fighting off a sore throat and congestion. I hope to feel well enough and determined enough to make it to the gym the rest of the week.
I hate to be so negative. Hopefully I will have something positive to blog about soon.
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