Monday, October 03, 2011
Do any of you remember my slightly whiny blog I wrote in early August about the body fat analysis I had done when I joined the YMCA? I can remember being so discouraged by a machine telling me that I was 50% fat and that I had about 70 pounds to lose. I really wanted you all to tell me to quit but being the SparkFriends that you all are, you only let my pity party last that one blog and then you were back to the regular words of encouragement. How dare you? ha!
Can you believe that it has been two months since I started using the gym. Each time I go I feel more confident but as you know the pounds haven't come off. A lot of you said it was the strength training and that in time the weight would come off and my measurements would change. So far I have lost two pounds and that was only this past week but at least it is a step in the right direction! As for the next body analysis and measurements, well, they won't be done until the first three months are up which will be in early November.
So until then, I've been sneaking glances at myself in our full length mirror and I don't see one bit of change. Actually that is a lie, I do "feel" leaner and somehow taller (?!) but when I'm standing in the mirror all I see are the lumps and bumps (and no I'm not talking about my boobs!) that have always been there. But, here is the good news.....yes, I have good news! Other people are noticing and commenting! Last week it was my mom when we were shopping and she said she could really see the changes in my body shape. Earlier today it was a co-worker, then it was my husband and finally it was my hairdresser. The later hadn't seen me (or my roots!!!) in six weeks and she asked me if I was dieting because I somehow looked smaller.....!!! Part of me said I weigh less because she cut a few inches off of my hair but I decided to take the compliment and not try to brush it aside with my warped sense of humour.
Anyway, I'm a bit stoked that just maybe all of this exercise and nutritious eating is really helping me - who knew it could be that simple?!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Well today marks the start of my very first 5% Fall Challenge and I'm very proud to be part of the Teddy Bear Team!
This is me and my favourite teddy bear! Yes, I'm 45 years old and still have a teddy bear; in fact I have several but this little one means a lot to me. He might not be the prettiest thing and is definitely not a collector's item but that is why he is special to me. He doesn't even have a name other than Ted but he has been there for me!
When I was away from my family and my fur babies and staying in a hotel while my father was getting chemotherapy and radiation Ted was the one waiting for me at night. How many tears did his fur absorb!
He also accompanied me to the psychiatric ward two years ago when I admitted myself (I've lived with mental illness in the form of depression since childhood) for a week. Mind you he was tucked away in my overnight bag (didn't want the staff thinking I was totally cuckoo!) but once again he was the closest thing to my dogs that I could have.
So, needless to say, I am simply thrilled and honoured to have been accepted to the Teddy Bear team. Oh yeah, and Ted is waving his hand in the picture to say hello to all of you...Teddy Bear team members or not!
Anyway, I was supposed to complete a series of assignments before starting this challenge today but I decided to wait and lump them all together.
Assignment One : Got my scale out, have my gym clothes ready, I know how to use my GPS, and I've extended my Y membership! I'm also vowing to track my food and get my water in along with at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. My current weight is 217.4 pounds (ugh) so losing 5% will bring me to around 206 pounds which will be a good start to my overall goal. Oh, and I also have the fridge and freezer stocked with healthy food options! Whew!
Assignment Two: Update my SparkPage which I did about a week ago.
Assignment Three: Reasons why I want to lose weight: I simply want to get healthy and hope to lose weight with the changes I am making.
Assignment Four: Acknowledge your food triggers: Mine are all about not being prepared and going to the store hungry! Got a firm plan in place which involves having no junk food in the house and meal planning.
Assignment Five: Know you numbers - I've got that covered, I think! I've been reviewing the amount of calories I burn (averaged out over a month) and have my nutrition tracker updated to reflect this.
Oh, and I almost forgot my other very special news! I'm an aunt again! My brother, Gary, fathered the second child for his two friends Jo and Amelia. Jeanie was born in Melbourne, Australia on September 21st and joins big sister Willa who is now 4. AND, the very best part (okay, I'm slightly partial) is that Jeanie has reddish hair and thus is the only other family member I have that is blessed/cursed with that colouring! Okay, so Teddy Bears Rock but so do Redheads.....right Linda and Leslie!?!
Have a great day everybody!
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