Saturday, July 28, 2012
I'm feeling very proud of myself. I've been eating right and exercising for four weeks now. I've lost 8 pounds and am feeling stronger when I work out. My clothes aren't particularly loose, but I think that's because a lot of them were a size too small when I was wearing them 8 pounds ago. I usually measure myself on the last day of the month, so I'm hoping to see some inches gone.
I also made an appointment at the YMCA to do an orientation with the weight machines. I had worked with some of them before in the beginner's room, but then they put in new ones and changed the program. I've gone in twice now to work out with the "big boys" in the weight room. I don't love it, but I pretty much hate exercise in general, so it is what it is.
I'm still thinking through how I'm going to continue being healthy once school starts up again. So far, I've come up with the following.
1. Cut exercise back to 30 minutes five times a week. This will make the time commitment more doable with my schedule and I will hopefully be more willing to do it because "it's only for half an hour."
2. I need to come up with easy dinners to throw together when I get home from work, or eat leftovers from cooking on the weekend. I also managed to scavenge a free mini-fridge for my classroom. I'm planning to keep healthy snacks and emergency breakfast food in it (for those mornings when I just can't get it together.)
I will keep thinking things through and add more ideas as they come to me. For now, I am trying to be proud of my accomplishments so far.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
So it's been a couple of weeks, and I am doing pretty well. I'm keeping up on exercise and working hard at making good food choices. I am loving the extra calories that I'm allowed because my goal is so far out. For example, I entered my calories for tomorrow and I hit all my fruits and vegies, protein, etc. and I'm still 250 calories short. Guess I'll be getting a (reasonable) treat. Yay! I'm also cutting myself slack on "special" days. If I know a meal is something I will feel really deprived about later, I am letting myself splurge. So far it's keeping me from bingeing because I didn't get to eat what I wanted. I'm trying to keep it within reason, though.
Anyway, that's where I'm at. Not too exciting. Still thinking about how I'm going to make this work during the school year. More to come on that as I think it through. For now, I'll finish with
Saturday, July 07, 2012
So I've been surfing a lot on the Pinterest website, and I kept seeing the quote "A year from now you'll wish you started today," of course accompanied by pictures of skinny, healthy people. And it just kind of stuck with me. I keep trying to get changes made quickly, like in six months, mostly because I am impatient. Very, very impatient. So I decided to dedicate a year to making lifestyle changes so they will stick for good. I started on July 1st and put a countdown app on my phone. It's been a week now, and I lost my first two pounds. (Yes, the same two pounds I wrote about in my last blog.) But I'm feeling good about it, and here are the things I think will make a difference.
1. Because my goal is so far out, the SP nutrition tracker upped my calorie range by about 150 calories. It's not much, but it makes me feel not quite so constricted in my eating, and I can have treats now and again and it will be fine. This is crucial for me. I do not respond well to being told NO, especially when it comes to food.
2. I do well with deadlines. Seeing the countdown change each day makes me feel like there's an end in sight and by that date I will be healthy and feel good about my weight.
3. I started in the summer when I have lots of time for exercise and cooking. I am hoping that making a substantial start in the summer will help me carry through those hard months when it's all I can do to eat a frozen dinner before 9:00 p.m.
4. I have a year. It just feels so freeing to know that if I mess up, or I decide to eat Haagan Dazs for dinner one night, it will be okay. I can get back on track and still have plenty of time to even it out or work it off.
I do realize that I've always had this much time. But that big nebulous "someday" is just too abstract for my brain. I love the thought that I will be where I want to be in 358 days from now!
I'll try to keep you all updated.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
So I know I've mentioned on here a time or two that I'm planning to go to Italy, but haven't said much else. So here's the lowdown. This summer I will be spending two weeks in Italy. It's a tour group and we travel to 7 different cities. I don't know anyone else who's going and I kept putting off paying for it and buying my plane ticket. Because once I spent a crapload of money on it, there was no way I could back out. And I still want to back out, even though I had to pay for everything 2 days ago (deadline.) It's not that I don't want to go, it's my dream trip. I'm just super nervous about going alone and then sharing a hotel room/spending two weeks with people I've never met before. I have major social anxiety about not having anyone that I know already. I can totally go to a party or whatever if I know a friend will be there. But this is giving me no security blanket. I'm feeling big stress right now, even though I KNOW it will be fine and I'll make friends...hopefully.
Which leads me to the two evil pounds. The reason Italy money was due is that it is two months out. Two months! I only have two months to lose all the weight I wanted to lose. I pictured myself being a skinny-minnie when I went. Well, that's obviously not going to happen in the time I have left. But it's kicked me into gear this week. I will NOT go to Italy and be too out of shape to walk and bike around. I don't want to be a big sweaty mess because it's hot and I'm fat. So I am feeling the pressure to make better food choices and schedule (and actually DO!) exercise. I lost two pounds this week...the same two pounds I have been gaining and losing for three months. I am really hoping this will be my final goodbye to those evil two pounds that just kept coming back over and over. I want to see my weight ticker take a serious trip to the right!
At some point, I'm going to need to take a look at why I can only be motivated by outside events. Why am I completely unable to create intrinsic motivation? I would like to be healthy and feel pretty. Why is that not enough to make me lose weight for me, not someone or something else? Sigh.
For now, Italy will have to be what gets me there. It's a good start.
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