Monday, January 17, 2011
When I tell people how much time I've walked on the treadmill they usually look at me funny and wonder what my physical limitation is. That's usually a sign that I didn't explain that my treadmill is a MANUAL treadmill and not an electric one.
On an electric treadmill, it goes before you're even on it. On a manual treadmill, it doesn't go until you make it go; resistance is involved. It's not nearly as easy to just get on and go like an electric one. If you slow down, it slows down. If you stop, it stops. So, it may not sound like much, but I did a whole 20 minutes on my manual treadmill today.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
So I'm at the point where I've lost so much weight that I need to get more clothes for work. I've put this off because my budget is not agreeable with a shopping spree right now. Tax return time is more weeks away than my need is and my car is vying for some attention, too. I've started walking around the office with one hand affixed to my pants (to keep them up) and the other doing some sort of distracting motion so no one notices the hand holding my pants up. It's a good problem to have, yet a problem all the same.
And I'm one of those short full-sized women; petite with an hour glass figure. If you don't have these dimensions, going clothing shopping is not always an easy task. I was never one for much shopping anyway (it's true, not ALL women are shopaholics!) and now I'm in between sizes to boot.
Heavy sigh. It looks as if I'll just have to bite the bullet, use the recommendation of a blog I read earlier, head to the Dress Barn and a few other places and see what I can see...and try to catch a good sale in the process.
Admittedly, I did pick up one pair of pants today and I'm really excited because they're a size 16! I need to fix the hem, but that's very doable. I haven't fit into a size 16 in YEARS, a very long time, ions, since gas was under $2.00/gallon. Clearly, it's been a while. I know sizes vary, but I'm still excited that I got into a 16!!!! That was a goal for me and I'll take it however I can get it.
Wish me luck on my shopping spree!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Wedensday morning is my weigh in day. I didn't gain or lose weight this past week. Many times that would make me happy, but according to this food management system I say I'm on, I was supposed to gain about a pound this week. This means I didn't eat enough this week.
But the good news within the not as good news is that I made better food choices several days this week. So, even though I didn't eat enough and every meal was not an USDA balanced meal, I did better. For example, I made certain to include veggies with my dinner more than once this week. Another time I didn't finish the WHOLE bag of chips like I normally would have in one sitting. I've been meeting or surpassing my water intake on a daily basis. Tonight, I only had one ice cream bar. (I had more than one BLT with extra slices of B — Hey! I'm a work in progress!!).
I think my relationship with food is starting to change for the better. I have a long way to go. In the meantime, I'm going to try to embrace this foreign feeling.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
It's been a while since I've blogged. I have a different job now and really like it. I spent a few too many weeks celebrating leaving the old jod and (separately) celebrating the new job. During this time of celebration, I threw caution to the wind regarding exercise, eating right, drinking enough water and alcohol consumption.
I've told people I gained back 10 of the 25 pounds I lost last year. Well, truth is, I gained closer to 15 of those 25 back since January. Sure, I'm glad to have lost the 25, but need to stop that trend before I've regained all the weight back. Clearly I need to be more conscientious of behaviors that cause me to gain weight.
I call myself doing the Curves Food Management System, but haven't really stuck to that, either. Biggest problem? Lack of food preparation. My lunches are usually pretty good, but I have the biggest struggle with planning what to eat for dinner. I haven't taken the time to come up with a game plan.
Maybe I'm a little slow, but I do a terrible job of putting me as a priority on my list of things to do. I'm really bad with being what I call a TV zombie. Lately, I've actually turned the TV off more. Or weeknights after work, I don't turn it on until a few hours after I've been home. This isn't something that happens every day, but it's happening more often and that is my victory! I seem to have more time to do things around the house (clean), pay bills, etc.
I still lack continued focus. My mind is everywhere I need to be, but my focus is not. There's a quote from one of The Three Stooges shorts that says, "Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was Syracuse." Weight loss doesn't happen overnight. It's the result of many efforts. I believe in starting small and building on achievable successes. Hmm. I think I'll go have a salad.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
This is the first time I've been back to this website in over a month. Over a month!! Before my "hiatus" I thought I had mind clutter. A couple of weeks ago, my aunt passed away. She was the youngest sister of my Mom who will have passed away 20 years ago next month. Both lost their battles to 2nd round cancer. I know there's a more clinical term for it, but that's what I call it. There's a certain amount of emotional numbness and/or limbo I've been feeling. This is my excuse for not Sparking more often recently.
Times like this get me thinking about my own mortality. Sometimes we get a second chance. Sometimes, we don't. Perhaps my being diagnosed with high blood pressure earlier this year should've been more of a wake up call. Well, I feel awakened, now. It's not healthy to have all this extra weight on me. I have my of excuses that I keep handy, as to why I've not lost weight (-- or is it a choice to stay at this unhealthy weight?) It's time to not only be awake, but stay awake!!
I've still be doing my weekly weigh-ins and have gained about three pounds over the past month. Considering all that's been going on, that's not too bad. There's definitely room for improvement.
I'm not 100% with my game plan and focus yet, but I at least feel I have a good cause to try to lose this weight...Me!!
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