Friday, July 11, 2008
Well, I've almost made it to my goal of 100 days straight. I think I'll prolly extend that to 200... and hopefully onwards to 365.
I didn't get a lot of sleep last night and had to get up early to take my best friend for outpatient surgery (she had her gallbladder out). She is recovering fine, just sore now. I took the day off so I could be there for her. I'll drive her home tomorrow. She is sleeping with Prince Vicodin right now... good for her!
Today I did 30 Day Shred Level 2 for the first time. OMG, Jillian is so hard. But I love it! I plan to alternate between levels 1 & 2 until I can finally do all the push ups on level one on my toes (I'm halfway there). If you are ready for something "more" from a workout, I highly recommend this one! She is no-nonsense and she doesn't let you slack. This is NOT a beginner's workout. Reading the reviews on Amazon and CollageVideo is interesting, especially since some people consider this DVD to be no big deal... all I can say is that they must be much more fit than I am! However, most people pretty much echo my positive, thanks-for-kicking-my-butt-Jillian workout!
I also wogged (thanks Annie for that term!) 3.13 miles on the treadmill. I actually ran 1.2 miles of it @ 5 mph. I really like running, even though it was a pain to get my rear in gear today!
This evening, my bud and I went to the Dollar Store just for fun. And on the way home we saw possibly one of the Stupidest of all Stupid Driver Tricks (TM). A girl prolly 3-4 cars back at a red light actually cut up through 2 lanes of traffic to run the red light to get onto the highway. OMG, I couldn't believe it. If my jaw hadn't been firmly in need of being scraped off the pavement with a spatula, I would have gotten her license plate number and reported her to the police.
Right now, I am very tired. It's been a LONG day!
Friday, July 04, 2008
I have finally reached healthy BMI! I couldn't wait until I got back to work on Monday to officially weigh in and since my home scale is quite close to the one at work, I recorded my weight this morning.
I think Independence Day 2008 will stick in my memory. I weighed 158 and that puts my BMI @ 24.8!
I am only 8 lbs from goal which should happen by the end of summer.
Yesterday I was out doing my run/walk and Eye of the Tiger came on my music mix. Corny old song, especially since I am a graduate of the University of Missouri, which make me a Tiger (through & through!). But it was the most inspiring song yesterday.
Today is my first day of Independence from being overweight.
I really need to be thinking about maintenance now!
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Since I'm getting solidly into size 10 bottoms, I went to buy a couple of pairs of shorts that fit and won't fall off @ Wally World today. While I know intellectually that I AM a size 10, I'm not sure I've gotten it into my gut.
I was going through the racks and looking at the sizes, saying gleefully to myself, "16s, 18s, 12s all too big!" But in another sense it seems wrong (in an "it's just not right" sense). I feel like if I ask for help finding an 8 or 10 that someone will look at me and say, "You? You wear a 10? Yeah right!"
But the truth is that I bought size 10 shorts and they fit well, if not a bit loosely. I also bought a medium sized top that fits perfectly. I don't have to buy XL or XXL shirts anymore. I wear size 10 shorts and will most likely end up in an 8 at the rate I'm going. I don't have to wear 18s anymore. I have turned my life around in so many ways and the magnitude is just starting to hit.
I barely recognize the person in the mirror now. A lot of people who haven't seen me in a long time hardly recognize me either. With the weight loss, hair cut & color... that is hardly surprising.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
I am greatly enjoying 30 Day Shred. I can feel a difference in my bod... apart from the differences I was already feeling.
I have to go buy some size 10 clothes too. I have size 12s that are falling off. I'll prolly try the 2nd hand store since it's looking like I may well end this whole journey in an 8 (2 sizes smaller than I'd expected).
I have been weighing here at home, but it's not official since it's not the calibrated scale at work. According to "Weigh-In: The Home Game", I am at 159.
I had a nightmare last night... weird, very weird. I am trying to use it as a clue as to what is going on in my head regarding the weight loss. In the dream I ate two chocolate turtles and when I finally got ahold of the label to check the calorie content, the two candies had 897 calories?!
I think it signifies how much I fear losing control of my eating and activity. I am a pretty compulsive tracker of both. I am getting pretty close to goal and my biggest fear has been maintenance.
I have worked really hard to lose this weight and establish these good habits and I don't want to go back. The ultimate power in this rests with me, so I have to refuse to go back.
It's sad, but I certainly have become a zealot for healthy lifestyle and when I see someone who is apparently does not have healthy habits, I find myself just wanting to proselytize to them. I have never been someone who like zealots, even to the point of despising them.
I have to remember that I was living pretty unhealthily a year ago and for many years before that. So I really don't have any room to be too critical because I was there recently and it is all too easy to return to that place.
I have to remember their priorities are different than mine for whatever reasons. I keep my comments to myself. I don't want to be a zealot, they are annoying at best and evil at worst.
However, we went out for ice cream last night (Cold Stone Creamery... I had the small Sinless Sans Fat Sweet Cream, only 140 calories) and there was a larger woman there with her 20ish daughter. DH just patted me on the knee and said, "Thank you." while inclining his head in her direction. He really likes my new bod... I find it nice too. Unfortunately, her daughter wasn't thin either. I find it interesting how you see so many overweight parents and with kids that are either overweight or heading that way.
A true story: Last week in WIC clinic at our health department, we had a mother there with her 2 unruly sons. Both boys were off the top of the growth chart and when they were in with our dietitian K, the mother were asked about how much TV the boys watched and how much physical activity they got. The mother said that they didn't watch much TV. At that point, one of the boys said, "We like watching TV and playing video games." Another one said, "Liar liar pants on fire." When the mom tried to explain away what the boys were saying, one of the boys said, "You're a liar mom!"
And today, there was a bowflex commercial on TV and these really buff people were touting how great the machines were and how wonderful they felt and all that good jazz. I was having an internal dialogue about how you don't really need all that stuff to get fit... and as the commercial was ending, my son said, "With arrogance included!"
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