Friday, August 24, 2007
I thought I was having a good week, but this is nearly ridiculous. When I stepped on the scales this morning it was 4.5 pounds lower. Four and a HALF *POUNDS*! That's a month's worth of work in one week?! Could that possibly be right? Uh, yeah, it was. After 4 months of gaining and losing the same 2 pounds I smashed through a barrier. I think this is the least I've weighed in over 20 years, most of my adult life. I'm now officially 3/4 of my beginning weight and have lost 62 pounds! I can't believe myself. But, if you look at weight lost and compare it to the time I've been doing this, 20 months now, its only 3 pounds a month. Very small steps indeed, just a bunch of them and trying to stay consistent with those steps.
So I'm just over 8 pounds from my SP goal now, which is admittedly high, but you know? I never really thought I would lose *70* pounds. Now I think I will and perhaps even more than that.
yesterday's hunger exercise was instructive. I wasn't able to eat dinner until after 8 p.m. and I had a light lunch so I was pretty hungry. I was volunteering at the music boosters dinner and it smelled fabulous, so I was around food, too. It wasn't terrible, though. I lived. Learning to put hunger pangs in perspective and not get panicky about them is an important lesson for me. Next, I'm supposed to skip a meal to learn how to tolerate hunger. Not looking forward to that lesson, but it will be a good lesson for me.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Today's BDS chapter is a key one for me. I may have to spend more than one day on it. What is hunger and how does it differ from a desire to eat when you are not hungry and a craving? Good question! If the food is sitting in front of me, I will eat it. This is something I need to work on.
So today, I'm supposed to gauge my hunger level before a meal, during a meal, immediately after a meal and twenty minutes after a meal. So far, I've only had breakfast.
Before breakfast (about 7:20 a.m.) I'm just beginning to feel hungry, so I give it a 4 or a 5.
During breakfast, I feel like I'm beginning to fill up, but I'm trying to also eat slowly (given the time allotted before we need to leave), and enjoy each bite. The new cereal K. picked out is pretty good, but also pretty sugary. Hunger: 3.
Immediately after breakfast. I'm satisfied, not too full, but also thinking about getting out of the house on time and not about my stomach. If I had more time and opportunity I would eat more, but I'm fine. Hunger: 1
Twenty minutes later: Car pool time, in the rain. Eating is really the furthest thing from my mind. Hunger: 0.
I'll try to walk through this again at lunch.
By the way, my pants are REALLY baggy today. I've got them cinched up with a belt and I'm wearing heels (not my first shoe choice today) because I didn't want to drag the cuffs in the rain. Weigh-in is tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Today's chapter is pretty straight-forward. Set a goal of losing 5 pounds, even if you want to lose more than that. Five pounds is pretty achievable in a short amount of time for most of us.
I'm pretty good at setting short term goals. Since I haven't lost any weight in , ahem, 4 months I haven't looked at those milestones I set up for myself throughout the 180's. I need to revisit those and see if I'm close to any of them. I think the next big milestone is to hit the 60 pounds lost point. I'm about 2-3 pounds away from that. With another cup of coffee I may to fire the neurons that control subtracting, but not right now.
My overall SP goal is to get to 175. My personal goal is to wear a size 12. My immediate short-term goal is to lose 60 pounds lost and then work on my BDS goal, which would be to hit 183.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Today's chapter is on the importance of exercise. I'm the poster girl for the couch potato turned regular exerciser. I've been doing TV fitness shows for my workouts for almost 4 years now. Benefits?
+I don't get winded going up the stairs now.
+There is at least 20% less of me to move around now.
+I don't get sick nearly as often.
+I'm much more fit and active than I used to be.
+I don't tend to get depressed now, and overall my mood is better and mellower.
I could go on and on!
The concessions I make to exercise:
I wake up at 5:30 most weekday mornings.
I sleep in my jog bra and exercise clothes, so I just get up and go do it.
I use my coffeemaker and my shower as my reward.
I like this routine because
+I don't have to get ready twice a day.
+I get it done before my brain really wakes up to protest.
+I feel morally superior to everybody else.
+I never know exactly what I'll be doing each day since I follow a TV program. I need that variation and unpredictability to keep myself motivated.
+I've got it done usually before the kids are awake, so no audience.
+I can do it at home so I feel comfortable huffing and puffing in my jog bra and shorts and nuthin' else, with bed head and bad breath.
I'm struggling with some other BDS stuff (like sitting down to eat everything and eating slowly--those are difficult for me), but this one I got NAILED!
Monday, August 20, 2007
I didn't step on the scales to confirm it, but I think I had a good weekend, which means I didn't stuff everything into my mouth. I stayed in my calorie range, I had some hungry times, and I stayed fairly active with housework--both my own and a couple of hours volunteering for my church.
Today for BDS I am supposed to find time to diet. Well, I don't really sit down and plan my menus because I don't usually eat differently from the rest of the family. It's done by the seat of my pants actually! I do wake up early to exercise, sleep in my exericse clothes to save some time, and get my coffee-maker ready to go the night before so I can just switch it on and reward myself with fresh coffee after my work out. That's my schedule. I should off-load more household chores on the girls--I know I should. That's an area I need to work on.
I noticed this morning while jumping my mythical jump rope that my belly isn't flopping around as much. I feel more "compact."
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