Friday, August 27, 2010
I finally went shopping for new work pants. I only have one pair left that don't look like clown pants on me now. All those clown pants used to be tight on me! I went into CJ Banks like I normally do and tried on the 16W and a few 14W. A few almost worked, but were still kind of big in the legs, so I went next door to Christopher & Banks. I was able to get a pair of 16 pants on and they looked good. I tried the 14 also in the same style, and got those on. The 14 being a little too snug and not comfortable to move in, I decided on the 16. I went back to CJ Banks to tell my friend who works there. We both did a happy dance at that point. During the happy dance I noticed some size X shirts on sale. Size X seemed possible now if size 16 pants worked! I bought two size X shirts, not 2X, not 1X, but X!!! (Envision happy dance again.)
I realize I'm still at that awkward size at the big end of regular sizes, small end of plus sizes. I don't plan to replace my entire wardrobe yet, nor do I have the money to do so. I'm just so happy to see progress. I don't weigh myself often because it can really hurt my motivation. Doing Couch to 5K has given me a goal other than weight loss on which to concentrate. I know I'm making progress because of my clothes. I do plan to weigh myself in September, probably after my work weekend. I always eat well at work since I bring all my own food. I can't remember the last time I got into any of the candy at work.
I just wanted to share my good news.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I was able to get up early again to get my walk/jog in today. I am so glad the weather cooled off some. I didn't know how I'd do since I haven't jogged for several days. It's hard to fit that in on my work weekend. I actually cut off a minute from my time. I'm really happy with that. Today I jogged 2 1/4 miles. Tomorrow I'll try increasing to 2.5 miles for my jogging part. I still warm up and cool down with a walk.
Work was busy and it seemed there were lots of problems all weekend. Luckily, Sunday seemed to go better than Fri and Sat. When I walked in Sunday, Willie, another pharmacist, looked at me, did a double-take, and asked, "Are you on a diet or something?"
He's the second person to ask about my weight loss. Needless-to-say, I was in a good mood the rest of the day. Yesterday, I rested. I get really tired after my work weekend, mostly from the commute, ten hour shifts, and working till 10:30 pm. I know my limits and usually take Monday off from most work and relax with the twins.
My family is still very supportive of me. Hubby and kids are helping more in the mornings before school so I can get out and jog without the stroller. I just hope with our busy schedules that I can sign up for a 5K this fall. There's one in October I have my eyes on. We'll have to see how it all works out. A couple more weeks, and I'll be up to 3 miles jogging in my neighborhood. Feels pretty good.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I've kind of enjoyed sleeping in this summer. The kids didn't have swim team till 11:30 am. Some days they would let me sleep till 9 or 10. Of course, when I'm not up, I'm not telling them to get off the game systems, computer, or to turn off the TV. School started today for my four oldest. We decided to keep the twins home one more year. They just turned 5, and our little town doesn't allow 5 year-olds in preschool (very stupid). So this morning, I had two options. Get up early and jog at the crack of dawn by myself before the heat, or wait until after the kids go to school and jog with the twins in a stroller with the weather warming up. I chose option A. It was nice being out there as the sun came up. Even though it felt humid (my glasses fogged up repeatedly), it was cool still. The breeze was nice and I was able to jog 2 1/4 miles again. With my warm-up walk and cool-down walk, I was out there for 44 minutes, same as yesterday. Not bad for a very sleepy, achy 42 year-old mom-of-six.
With school in session now, I'm trying not to freak out. Mikey's doing football again (eighth grade) and Mary is doing volleyball again. All four older kids have piano. My work schedule gets fun too. Hubby has to come home to watch the twins when I go in. With everyone out of the house, I see the mess that was created. We definitely have the "lived-in" look going on. I'll tackle it all, one mess at a time, one room at a time. Eight people live here; there will always be some degree of "lived-in" feel to our home.
Right now, I'm enjoying the sound of the twins playing. I don't have to micro-manage the others now. They're in school with their own routines. And I'm here, happy that I followed through with my plan to get up early. I've already caught up the kitchen, started laundry, and logged my fitness & nutrition on Spark People.
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