Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I weighed in yesterday and hadn't lost from the previous week. So I remain 172.4.
I've been so lucky so far, this is like "harumph". But I have to look at the success, amazing really, that I have had.
Additionally, I have to look at the fact that my body feels and looks leaner all the time. I don't think I have any fat left on my legs.... really!
Also my belly is nearly gone (except the c-section shelf)... and I have muscle definition in my arms that I have NEVER had.
Following on that is the fact that I'm wearing a size 12! I started @ size 18 (pushing a size 20 at the beginning).
Then there is the fact that I have lost 32.2 lbs, which is 15.7% of my starting body weight. My BMI has gone from 32 down to 27.
Apart from the numbers is the way that I FEEL, which is fantastic, energetic, focussed and healthier than I have in years.
Some days have motivational humps to move my butt, but once I do I NEVER regret it. However, most days I can't wait to get out and DO IT and some days I can't wait to find time to DO IT AGAIN. I love the feeling of being stronger, having better balance, an overall well-being that being fit gives me.
Salads are my friends... I always liked them, but I crave them. I love the fact I can cram so much nutritional goodness into something so low in calories.
I have learned a great deal about myself, my eating, my body in this process, so I can't let a momentary stalling of weight loss hold me back.
So I will keep eating right, pushing my body to new limits and health will continue to be mine.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I am feeling so amazing lately... and can tell in so many ways how good this whole change has been for me. Things just don't stress me out in the same way that they used to. I have become downright mellow.
My daughter stayed out too late and tried to sneak in and woke us up... well she's got curtailed curfew for the next two weeks. However, I was able to be upset and disappointed without yelling. We also have the ongoing sewer pipe thing in the back, but I am just having faith that it will sort itself out while trying to plan for how to pay for it.
Today is my 31st consecutive day of exercise and the 8th day of Swimsuit Bootcamp. I love the challenges. They really keep me motivated.
I'm solidly wearing size 12 @ Old Navy now and I REALLY love that. Actually, those are getting loose on me now. I don't ever remember wearing size 10. If I did it was in high school and fleeting. I know part of clothing sizes is vanity, but to watch myself to get into ever smaller sizes is a miracle to me. Hubby (aravine) says that once I've reached goal I get a new wardrobe, but with on stipulation: that the old clothes go away and if the new stuff starts to get tight, then I work the weight off until things fit again. I can deal with that.
I think my daughter is concerned/enthused by the prospect of the two of us sharing clothes.
My son Mr A participated in the culmination of the Coming of Age program at our church today. The YUUTs (Young Unitarian Universalist Thinkers) ran the the service too. Mr A played his cello 3 times and loved it. He will be trying out for the local Youth Symphony this coming Saturday.
There are so many good things in life and losing the weight is so helping me to feel free and enjoy them.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
I have achieved this goal. Yesterday was 29/6 and today is 30/7!
I have completed every Bootcamp challenge thus far, including all bonuses.
I walked/jogged this morning for 42 mins... 8.5 mins jogging. I just keep trying to bump that up. Mr A was in his cello lesson, so I dropped him off and went to the outdoor track on the University campus and had my lack of will with it. My pedometer said just over 5900 steps, which comes out to 2.95 miles (@ 2K steps per mile).
It's weird but I find that I run better on the treadmill... so I'm working on my outside jogging/walking. I use distance on the treadmill and time when I'm outside. I can now run a mile on the treadmill in chunks... and I'm up to about 6/10 of a mile outdoors running in chunks.
I love love love how my body feels now. I also am pretty pleased with how it is looking. I hope I have a good weigh in on Monday at work.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Yesterday was day 28/5. I can't believe that I've actually exercised 28 days straight. I've managed to do all the Bootcamp challenges too. The challenges are a real motivation.
My husband joined yesterday too. He's aravine. He's very cute. He has about 10 lbs to lose and has lost about 10 already.
I'm excited because I completed 3 miles on the treadmill yesterday and I ran a total of a mile of that, first 1/2 mile, then 1/4, then 1/4. I do have a slightly pulled muscle in my right calf, though, so I may take it easier today.
I won't weigh "officially" until Monday since I'm off today and won't be back at work until then. Our home scale seems pretty good though... but it's not my official measure.
An old friend of mine has joined a weight loss group I started on LiveJournal and I'm really glad of that. I hope to get her pointed here too.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I did walk 3 miles on the treadmill this evening after getting home at nearly 8:30.
Bootcamp Day #4 also completed. Today is also day 27 of consecutive exercise.
The above was really all I could manage quickly. I feel great. The cold/sore throat/sinus/fatigue thing appears to be mostly gone. Mind you, I have been using tons of echinacea/goldenseal/vitamin C just to kick its butt.
I spend the last 2 days in a training about foodborne illness investigation... really a VERY good one, except the epidemiology part... I know most of this stuff, but the guy went way into detail on the math and stats, which most non-epi folk don't freaking need to know... but anyway I had 2 days of flattening my butt on a very hard plastic chair, which did my back and hips no favors. My exercising came late both days, which I found very frustrating indeed. And I was able to pop my back significantly, which I have had a hard time doing since getting on the fitness train.
But anyway... let me expound a moment...
Some years ago I was walking down the candy aisle of a grocery store and remarked to myself ironically, "Americans can make anything out of sugar and plastic."
Today at the training conference, I noted how they had hard candy on all the tables and how they had supplied doughnuts on day one and bagels on day two. It suddenly struck me how much those of us really trying to change how we eat goes against the grain of the prevailing culture. This was sort of a realization in conjunction with having to eat lunch out two days in a row.
Those of us trying to really change are trying to become conscious, not only about what we eat, but about how we move our bodies, and so many other things. We have chosen the harder road.
Conscious living runs quite counter to today's society. Most people just seem to sit there and accept the sugar and plastic and television. They don't want to think or put forth effort into living. They just sit and get pumped full of junk. Then, before they know it, they are fat, unhealthy and they don't even know why. They want it easy and that's exactly what they get.
So for those of us really trying to turn our lives around, it's more like turning an ocean liner than a rowboat. We are fighting not only ourselves, but the prevailing currents as well.
This is not an excuse, just an observation.
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