My husband and I went on an impromptu road trip yesterday. We went up to the Jemez Mountains over through Los Alamos then to Santa Fe and finally back home to ABQ. We had never been to Los Alamos and had no plans for Saturday afternoon. It was fun. The scenery was beautiful and the company was great. We stopped at Outback in Santa Fe for dinner. We would have gone to a nicer restaurant but we were dressed for an afternoon touring around and not for a nice restaurant. Plus I like Outback. I had one of their lighter meals and it was great. I ate only the portions I should. My best moment was when I only took five small bites of the garlic mashed potatoes. I love them so I had a few bites but quit so I wouldn't blow my calorie count for the day. The potatoes actually have more calories than the meat. They are great but just not worth it unless I have had a day or two to prepare for the splurge. I stayed within my goals for all the stuff I track. I was really pleased with myself. I got up this morning and was down on my weight again so I was extra pleased. It made it that much easier to do my 60 minutes on the exercise bike before my Nascar race started at 11AM. I really have to give Spark People a lot of credit in this part of my weight loss adventure. I am somewhat obsessed. As my husband said a few days ago, "It's working for you so keep it up!" I really do think it is going to be the tool that gets me there and keeps me there more than another tool I have ever had. I am really thankful to have found it.
Another weekend in progress. I don't have any plans. I need to finish cleaning out the closet with clothes that are too big (he he he). I usually hate anything that could be described as "spring cleaning" but this year I am not so bummed about it. I am down again this week. I have been a slightly more lax with my calories, intentionally. I have increase the intensity of my Life Cycle hour. I am starting to play around with stuff like that so I will be a little better prepared for maintaining my new healthy weight. I am a 49.5 year veteran of the diet wars, starting on my first at 6 months. What I have never managed to do is keep it off. Of course I have read and studied what I should do to maintain it several time over they years but I usually just stopped dieting when I reached the weight I was after. This time I am trying something new. The old ways have certainly not worked. I am spending some time during the losing stage to figure out different ways to continue to loose. This will hopefully let me know what my body at this time in my life will and won't do as far as calories in vs. calories out. I think that will help me with maintaining once I get there. It is a new technique for me but that is what Spark People has been also and I consider it a life changing improvement. So I got nothing to lose but extra pounds.
Friday! Where have you been all my week? I don't think I have any set plans for the weekend and that is just the way I like it. I told my husband that we are going to start using the Wii for some spirited challenges. It will go very well unless one of us wins too much. It is more fun when we stay fairly even. I go next Tuesday to have my foot checked again. Hopefully I won't have to wear this ugly, hot boot too much longer. I am sure it helps but it is not very comfortable. My back will be very glad when the boot thing is out of my life. I love open toed shoe season and it is cramping my style. Here is to an outstanding weekend!
Yesterday went much better than Wednesday. I really miss my low stress life style. This pressure cooker stuff is driving me nuts. I need to find a way to get my day to be less of an impossibility and more positive. I am so thankful to be at home most of the time. I just wish I was there more. Now that my hubby is home I would like to be there more too. Not really realistic but a nice thought. Once he is back to work it will go back to normal which is fine. I just feel like I am missing out spending time with him while he has it to give. Wow...that sounds whiny. I went to Kohl's last night and got some work out clothes. I had to get a medium pant. I am still a large or X-large thanks to the boobs. They are smaller but still pretty noticeable. I am anticipating adding more activity to my day and figured it would be handy to have a few pieces of clothing that fit the bill for that sort of thing. I will build up a small collection slowly. That way I don't break the bank and I will have several pieces from different places and styles to choose from instead of a bunch of the same thing. I got two pair of Danskin pants. They are really cute. I also got a couple sports bras and a shirt that is cute enough to wear with jeans too if I decided to. I usually try to get things that can do double duty.
Another Wednesday. I will be glad when I snap out of this one-day-rolls-into-the-next-regardless funk. I seem to be riding along but not really fully engaged. I had 2 poptarts and a peanut butter sandwich for dinner. I recorded it but I am not proud of it. I really upped the intensity of my workout this morning to try to atone to the exercise gods. I know that will happen occasionally even during the weight loss part of a healthy life style but I was still disappointed that I knew exactly what I was doing and couldn't seem to be bothered not to do it. I was so full and felt icky afterwards. Oh well it isn't the worse thing that will happen to me this week so I am moving onward and downward (so to speak). I probably won't lose any this weekend when I do my official weigh in but so be it. I am going to try to reign in the dietary challenges so the exercise can help me with the last 15 pounds. I know what I need to do. Now I just need to do it.