Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I have THAT doctor's appointment today. I just love THAT appointment, just like every other woman I know. However, I REALLY LOVE my doc... she's great.
I can't wait to see the look on her face when she sees me today. The last time I saw her, I weighed 203... and this morning I weighed in at 158... so there is 22.2% less of me than when she saw me last. Also my blood pressure was creeping up into the 130s over high 80s and now I'm averaging 100s over upper 50s. She's gonna be flabbergasted! (I WIN!)
I'm also considering lowering my goal weight to 145, that way, 150 would be my mid-point and if I started heading up to 155, it would be time to clamp down... and if I started going below 150, I would need to eat more. That would be a good thing to discuss with my doc today...
I'm sitting here at work and my hands are FREEZING... I also wore shorts today and my legs are cold. I was thinking about not exercising today because of the doctor's appt, but I may at least take a brisk walk in the warmth outside. I'm glad I brought bean soup to eat today... it's warm.
I might wait to exercise until I get home since "Biggest Loser: Cardio Max" should be in the mailbox from Netflix today anyway. I love using Netflix to preview exercise videos. That way I can decide if I might want to purchase later on.
I also made an incredible salad last night with quinoa, black beans, tomatoes and onions... it has a slightly sweet lime dressing. I had to change a few things based on what we had but it worked out just fine. So my lunch today is leftover salad and bean soup. YUMMMMMMMMMMM!
Not much else is happening. We plan to file bankruptcy by the end of the month... we really would prefer to pay our debts, but eating is much more important. We are also working hard to learn how to change our bad $$ habits (we don't blame this on anyone but ourselves). We had already cut back on eating out, now we are working on other ways to save pennies. I am getting pretty big on turning off lights... we also use fluorescent bulbs almost exclusively... so we are doing our best.
I liked one idea I saw here on SP the other day, to use powdered milk in cooking rather than the more $$ fluid milk.
Our teenager daughter is being more cooperative and is even hanging out with the family more. It's been a radical change. Once she finally pushed hubby too far, she got the message that her behavior was unacceptable and has 95% changed her tune. She is also switching high schools this year and is really excited about that. She had a lot of good reasons for switching.
So we will muddle through... as usual. Things are at a manageable stress level now... but about a month ago it's a wonder I wasn't under my desk sucking my thumb and refusing to come out. If I hadn't had the exercise to focus on, I would have been a basket case for sure.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
My goal is only 7 days away!
Like I said in my previous post, I plan to extend my goal of consecutive exercise days. I think I will be a little more conservative and go for 125. That's workable.
I had a fabulous run today. We had a rainstorm go through that cooled things down to about 70, which is a treat with the string of 90 degree days we have been having! I took advantage since I LOVE to wog outside so much. I managed 4.2652 miles in 53 minutes, which is an average of 4.8 miles per hour!! I ran 20 minutes of it. I am so excited about that... and I know it contributed greatly to my high mph.
In the shower after my run I had two thoughts... both of which got added to the quotes on my SparkPage...
"I'm in training for the rest of my life!"
"I can't help aging, but I can control HOW I age!"
Maybe not completely original, but they are sort of a culmination of the reading I've been doing lately about the benefits of exercise as you age.
Today I read a story today written my a doctor who was watching his elderly in-laws get continually more deconditioned and they refused to exercise. The article had lots of good stats about the benefits of exercise for older folks.
I have worked so hard for the last 6 months, I don't want to slide backwards.
Also, this morning, I weighed here at home... and the scale said that I was at 155! This is not official, but it still shows the continula downward trend. It's not going to be long until I have lost 50 lbs.
I just can't believe how much I really love this body of mine. It looks good, feels good and can move in ways I'd forgotten were possible. Mentally I am sharper and emotionally I am more stable. (With all the stress here at home lately, a year ago I would have been a basket case... now I feel the stress and work the bulk of it out.)
For all of you out there having setbacks... you can do this! Every choice you make changes your future!
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!
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