Sunday, January 03, 2010
Starting weight: 251.2 (This is a result of the bread I ate yesterday ... ugh... )
And finally... some "before" photos.... (I still have my halloween hair... which is not going to be for much longer... lol...)
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Weigh in on Saturday morning showed a good drop for the week -- and I'm proud of myself for staying on track -- but I have to remember that this is weight that I had already shed and that I re-gained -- so, although it's a victory, if I hadn't fallen off the wagon, I would be even closer to my goal than I am now. I'm reminding myself that I have to be on my toes if I want to get this done!
Saturday was another tough day -- and I did go over my daily intake for food (it was the home made bread that did it) -- but... I did manage to drink all my water, and I shovelled snow, which accounted for 35 minutes of cardio.
I know I could have done better -- I could have forgone the extra slice of bread, and I could have gotten in at least another 30 minutes of cardio. So, knowing this, effective immediately, I am now going to eliminate the "could have" attitude and replace it with "I DID IT". It's the only way that I'm going to achieve my goals.
Today is the first day of the Spark Bootcamp, and I am looking forward to it. It's going to be a good year for me, and I'm already starting it off on the right track. The bootcamp will help to keep me on that path to my new goal -- to drop 50 pounds by my birthday in October. At 247.8 as of Saturday's weigh-in, my goal weight is 197.8 pounds. 14.8 of those pounds are new -- so they'll be easy to shed -- I am convinced that the new fat hasn't had a chance to get comfortable and solidify yet!
I can do this! I am ready!
In the morning, I'll record my measurements and take a 'before' photograph for tracking purposes for the bootcamp.
Here's today's photo, taken at about 2 a.m. on Saturday -- it's the tree in front of my house...
Friday, January 01, 2010
Well, I did really well yesterday, in spite of the festivities. Today was different, though... lol... I started off the day with a pounding sinus headache (not a hangover -- I didn't overdo it with the consumption of alcohol!)... My choices for meals weren't exactly that great. I went over my intake by about 600 calories, which isn't that bad. I am proud of myself for stopping myself before I got too carried away. I managed to surpass the recommended water intake, which is good -- I was actually craving water!
So with the new year comes the big question -- what resolutions should I make for myself for the year? I've been giving this some thought, and I haven't quite pinpointed any one specific thing, so here's a list of what I'm going to be considering throughout the upcoming year:
- Stay on track with my eating, my water and my cardio
- Do the daily challenges that are posted for the Spark Your Body Bootcamp that I joined
- Declutter my life - get rid of anything that I don't need, or that is detrimental to my success
- Work more on the crafts that I used to love doing so much
All of these are within my capabiities -- with some effort, I can achieve all of them, although some will be easier than others to complete. I guess over the year, I'll revisit my list and take inventory of what I've completed and what I'm accomplished -- and take note of what I need to do more work on.
So there it is -- my plan for 2010.
Today's photo is of a centrepiece that was on the table at an event I went to. I thought it was pretty.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
So I've managed to stick to the plan -- I feel great. I can already see the difference in my face and in the way my clothes are fitting... This morning's unofficial weigh-in had the scale at 246.6 lbs. YAY! That's a good drop from my Dec. 22 weigh-in when I made the decision to get back on track... I was 255 that day.
I'm feeling like I've regained that momentum that I had when I first started here on Spark over a year ago. That drive to get this done is back, and I'm extremely happy to see it again. It's great!
The plan for the rest of the day is to just relax... maybe I'll go down to the basement and sew something to wear for the New Year's Eve celebrations that I'm going to tonight... I haven't decided what to wear yet... lol.
Have a save and Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best -- good health, happiness, prosperity and love!
Here's the background photo that I am using right now (taken from my patio door two days ago):
Life is good!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
What a tough day it was today. I started off great, had a healthy breakfast, packed a lunch, went to the office, drank my water... after lunch is when it got bad. I felt like I was starving.
I left the office at 2, and came home -- snacked on raisins.... a whole cup of them... was STILL feeling like I was starving... drank some water (I remembered that sometimes when my body sends a message that it's hungry, it's usually thirsty).... still needed a snack... ate four pieces of dark Toblerone chocolate... STILL HUNGRY. Holy smokes. I lay down on the couch, and I ended up falling asleep. When I woke up, I drank some more water, and that urge to eat everything in sight was gone.
I entered all the food I ate, and then remembered that I had to make some adjustments to my fitness plan -- which would make a difference in my food intake... I'm doing less workouts right now, and my food tracker was still accounting for 70 minutes of cardio a day.. which meant an extra 500 or so calories allowed a day... not good if I wasn't doing that much cardio.... fixed it. Managed to only go over by 100 calories for the day. PHEW. Glad I caught that!
I haven't been to the gym since the beginning of November -- and it looks like I may be changing jobs, and locations, so I won't have access to the gym at work any more (by mid-January). So I decided that it's time to get started on doing cardio again -- at home, just like I did when I first started SparkPeople in November 2008. Started off with Coach Nicole's 10 minute kickboxing workout (the bootcamp one), followed it with some stability ball exercises and then danced in front of my computer for 32 minutes (to some good tunes). Yay for me... just like the old days....
I have to say that it feels great to be back on track. These baby steps are getting easier.
Life is good.
I think I'm going to post a new photo of something interesting with my blogs from now on...
Today's photo is an icicle that's just outside my kitchen window... lol... I took this picture yesterday... the icicle has grown since then...
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