Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I just had to post this one. I try not to weigh but once a week...but this morning I was concerned that I wasn't paying enough attention to my plan so I took a sneak peek. Low and behold!!!!! I have arrived at my first weight goal. I wanted to get to 145 by July 9th. And I'm here...already!!
Now the big job...holding on and going for the next goal. I haven't set that weight goal yet...but believe me I will.
I'm just happy and excited. I know I must get back to tracking. That is going on the very top of the list of things that I must do. It truly helps to see in black and white how the calories are running. I know my tracking isn't exact, but I do the best I can. I cook my meals from scratch and it is just difficult to do the exact count, so do my best.
I am going to keep this going. I will get there, slowly but surely, I WILL!
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
How did THAT happen? Seems like it was just the weekend, my birthday and Father's Day. Now, here it is already Wednesday. Guess I have been really busy.
I have been doing my very best to track all my intake in order to keep up with my calories. On my birthday, I did go over the upper limit of calories, but only by 100 or so. I'm not upset by that. Other than that one day, I have been hovering around my lower limit calorie-wise for the past 10 to 12 days.
I have given myself a goal of walking 3 miles a day and so far, so good on that. In fact, I have walked more on a few days. I must admit, since the heat has kicked in, getting that walking in is a big challenge. I like to get up early and do a good part of the walking, but DH likes to use the early time for gardening. My choice...get my walking done and make myself happy or work in the garden and make DH happy. Not exactly, my choice is always to walk or not to walk. The garden has to be cared for or it will not thrive. DH is the garden-master and I am the gofer, so I have to garden when he says garden. The choice I am left with is walk or not. I have to be honest with myself and not make excuses. Solution, I break it up into smaller sections, about one mile at a time. At the end of the day the total is the same and I have managed not to succumb to heat stroke.
Another goal is to be alcohol free until the weekend. I am doing fine with this one. I enjoyed a few brews on my birthday and done. Actually, I made myself a wine spritzer after mowing as a reward. I usually like to have a good cold beer after mowing. This was 4 oz. carbonated water and 2 oz. white wine. Tasted good and didn't lead me to make poor food choices thereafter.
So, here it is Wednesday already. Two days to weigh in. Hoping for one pound loss. Fingers crossed, shoes on, gotta go hit the track.
Monday, June 16, 2014
It came, it went, I turned 64 and I didn't blow the work I had done during the week.
It was actually pretty awesome. I went with my brother, his GF, my DH to a favorite micro-brewery for dinner. We arrived there around 6pm, hoping to get a seat on the patio overlooking the river. The weather was absolutely perfect for such an activity, warm and no humidity. As we got closer and closer to the site, there were more and more cars parked along the curb. I started to worry. Seems like lots of other people were out to enjoy a fine evening. We got to the hostess station, and sure enough, no seats available outside, BUT, said she, the wait would be 10 minutes or less. So we decided to take a seat inside and have a brew and wait. I REALLY wanted to sit outside. Before we even had a chance to order, a table became available outside and the rest is history. We enjoyed good food, good beer and good company.
My plan had been to have one beer, then water with dinner, then one more after dinner. That didn't happen. I had the before dinner beer. Ordered another to keep me company while waiting for food to arrive and ended the evening sharing one with DH. It's all good.
Next day I tracked to the very best of my ability all the calories and decided to work extra hard on exercise. I had been walking 3 miles per day for the past week . The day after my birthday I walked 5 miles. GO ME!!!
Today it has been two days since my birthday and no extra weight has shown its ugly head on the scales. Just to be sure, tho, I am really watching what I eat and drink and getting in as much extra exercise as possible.
This weeks plan is to hold on to that one pound loss from last week and add another pound loss to it. I remain committed to my plan and will post progress reports along the way.
Friday, June 13, 2014
OK, I have officially lost one pound. That is my birthday gift to myself. This is such good news and the best gift I have given myself in a while. Well there was that trip to the beach, LOL, but this one is pretty good too.
About a week ago I decided I was going to come clean, be honest, get real and do this thing or just forget it. No more talk the talk, I'm going to walk the walk. I confessed to a lot of lies I've been telling myself and did some reading and thinking. I set new goals. I picked one big one: lose one pound a week, then set smaller ones to get started. I committed to reporting honestly on how my days went toward meeting the smaller goals.
Now, was I perfect...uh, NO. I have changed my expectation on perfectly meeting all my goals every day. Sometimes you get a thunderstorm just as you start out for a walk. Sometimes you get so tired working in the garden you just don't have the energy to do any more working out. I am giving myself permission to be human. When a day goes by and I don't perfectly meet all my goals, I am not going to just throw in the towel and eat the whole cake and drink the whole bottle of wine. I am going to celebrate how well I did or how close I came and then compensate by not having that afternoon snack I planned and eat carrots instead. Do better tomorrow. Be happy.
One of the goals I have had this week is to be alcohol free. And I have met that one with perfection. Tomorrow is my birthday and I have plans to celebrate with my hubby and my brother by going out to a favorite micro-brewery. Am I going to enjoy myself...YES, I Am. Am I going to control myself...YES, I am. I already have a plan. I am going to enjoy a brew of my choice, then with my dinner I will enjoy a big glass of water and after dinner I will enjoy one more brew of my choice. I will eat reasonably all day today and tomorrow, and those beer calories will count. They will be tracked. If I go over my calories, I won't believe it to be the end of all my work. I will just work harder. Nothing is going to ruin my day,
Next week, I will lose another pound. You just watch and see!!!!!
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Wednesday was a bit of a mixed bag. I was actually outside, halfway down my driveway, when the big storm blew up. Call me wimpy, but I don't play with thunderstorms. That being said, I only got in about 1.8 miles of my 3 mile goal. I am counting my garden work yesterday as "other" since it lasted about 1 hour and was more strenuous than usual.
Eating was ok. I did feel the first hints at the need to cram. Somehow, I overcame that but am keeping a close eye on myself today. It can happen so innocently. I bite here, 2 bites there. If not tracked, there goes your honest calorie count.
I am still alcohol free. Holding out, in spite of DH having his sip every evening, LOL.
I did get up during the night, but did NOT eat. I drank a glass of water and called me done.
My garden is just beginning to produce, so hopefully, meals in the future will center on all the fresh veggies, which I love.
So far, so good. I am beginning to actually think before I put food into my mouth. I am beginning to slow down and savor each mouthful, especially since I don't allow myself seconds. Well, I haven't so far.
I know that I still need to work on real exercise. That will be on the top of the agenda forthcoming. With the garden going into overdrive soon (hopefully) I must be focused or exercise will get kicked to the curb. I know I must have a plan and it must be reasonable. Garden is also a high priority in my world. There has to be a way to do both and do them well. I'll think on that....
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