Thursday, September 26, 2013
I do love Fall. It is my favorite time of the year. The air is clear, the evenings are cool, with still warm enough days, the leaves start to change, and my exercise induced asthma does not flair up.
I also start a new class tonight! I do love to learn. I'm starting Beginning Swedish I. But with a class also comes additional planning. I do love to plan, and I am a list person. So when I have items on my calendar, I have to plan around them, not just go home and veg on the couch! Ugh!
With working with a commute, planning also becomes more important, as I don't want to waste time in traffic, or waste gas!
So, my new Fall schedule (at least for the next 9 weeks) includes Work (7:30-4:30), Monday thru Friday, with Monday cardio (walk/run) before I have to pick up my son at 7pm--plenty of time; then Thursday cardio (walk/run) before I have class at 6:15pm. Cutting it close, but I bring my planned dinner. That still leaves Saturday and Sunday to take the dog for long walks, or bike ride with DH. Now I'm getting my 3-5 cardio's done in a week, where I had only been getting 2. Woohoo!
I love it when a plan comes together.
Cheers to new beginnings and FALL!!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
September is almost over, and I have to say that the #backontrack team has been stupendous! It took August to get the right attitude and the right focus, then September to put all I learned to good use. I have just amazed myself at how my body is reacting to good food and exercise. Or, more importantly, more consistent good eating and exercise.
I have my beginning weight and measurements from the 1st of September, then will compare on the 1st of October. Yes, I have had successes, now to see what improvements I've made to the measurements.
In the meantime, a SP friend has introduced me to Dietbet. Now I usually don't throw numbers out here, too direct and revealing, but this won't make sense unless I use the real numbers. So, here it goes.
I signed up for Jillian Michaels' Dietbet that started yesterday, 9/24/13. The official weigh-in opened 9/22/13. I got on the scale in my "airport security" attire, took the picture of the scale, and the full-length picture, and submitted a starting weight of 218.8.
I also signed up for a smaller Dietbet group that started today, 9/25/13. The official weigh-in opened 9/23/13. I did the same, but had to take an entirely separate set of pictures. That being said, 24 hours later, my starting weight for Dietbet #2 is 218.2. Down 0.6lbs in 24 hours!!
Dietbet is run by judges and referees who take their responsibilities seriously, and my pictures for Dietbet #2 were not clear enough so I had to re-submit. I couldn't get to it until I got home from work, but I figured that would be fine as I had been weighing in for these starting weights in the late afternoon/evening time, when our bodies are usually at their heaviest. So, for my next set of pictures I got on the scale for the 3rd day in a row, and weighed in at 217.2! 24 hours and a whole pound down again!
I astounded myself!!
Luckily, I resubmitted better images of my Dietbet #2 pictures and they took the 218.2 as my starting weight! I start this challenge and its like the weight is just falling off! Too funny!
This morning (yes, morning weight is usually less that afternoon/evening weight) I weighed in at 214.2!
DH is now worried that I will lose too much and be disqualified.
But, we all know that this too shall pass, and I will level out. Its just very exciting to have these continued successes after learning a good plan in August, following the good plan in September, and seeing successes going into October.
When I told my family about the Dietbets, they were like "eat up" start with a higher number! Thinking that means more success.
Something I have really truly learned from SP is that once you have the streak down, don't break the streak! Its like bad luck or something. I had formed some really good habits and did not want to break my momentum. So, here I am, in a race with myself to lose 4% over the next 28 days!
I will keep blogging as I move along in this journey. Maybe my successes (I hope) will incite someone else to come along for the next competition.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Okay, so I have used the #backontrack mantra for 41 days now and I am seeing progress! Whew! For the first 30 days, the scale did not move. Yes, I am addicted to my scale. But once I started trying on dress pants that I hadn't worn all month, due to a bit tight, everything fit! How fabulous is that?
In the past 10 days, I have also noticed a significant change in being able to get out of bed in the morning. Which is huge for me (I'm a snooze-button-hitter), so feeling like I am actually ready to get out of bed when the alarm goes off is a huge improvement, instead of rolling over begging for 5 more minutes.
I am being accountable to my status updates, my streaks tracking, my menu tracking, and my activity tracking every day. Now, I may not complete every one of these every day, but I am being honest with myself. No cheating, or guessing, because guessing just doesn't estimate calories in or calories out correctly.
I still have my two motivations this week; my family reunion and my trip to the Smokey Mountains.
I have to thank all my SP pals for all the encouragement and kudos along the way. I still have 10lbs to go to get back where I was with my first SP success, and then the "Onederland" level, then to goal. Sounds easy, doesn't it? But all my SP friends here know that its not as easy as it sounds. Unlike my friends and family around me, SP friends REALLY know what's going on. I just keep reading more and more SP success stories, and know that one day, I will have a great success story too.
Have a great week!! Keep pushing! We can do this!!!!!!!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
The August #backontrack challenge and team have been a great success for me. Even though I have not lost weight, my clothes are fitting A LOT better. That is just as successful as what the scale says.
The team is going to continue the #backontrack team for September. I am very glad about that, as looking at each day as back on track has made me face each day as a new day to plan and implement plans for good nutrition and exercise, no matter what I did yesterday, last week, or last month. Genius!
What I also have for the month of September is my family reunion. I have a very large family, and getting together every year is a big deal. I would love to be a little bit lighter than I was last year.
DH and I will be hiking in the Smokey Mountains again in November and I am embarrassed by last years' pictures. I would really love to replace them with better looking pictures this year.
Even though most of the time my incentives are better health, better fitting clothes, and less knee & back pain; this Fall has the event incentives.
So, plan for me, first for the next 15 days: Keep daily calorie count between 1200-1500, keep up the 100 oz of water per day, keep up the 20-minute average of exercise each day, and work on my yoga moves for better flexibility.
Looking forward to fitting back into my size 14's consistently.
My #backontrack tactics will continue in my plans for at least the next 2-1/2 months.
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