Thursday, May 06, 2010
So, here it is the first week of May... And any headway I made in March disappeared in April.
I do have extenuating circumstances ~~ an almost month long depressive episode (for lack of a better term) that left me with only enough mental, emotional and physical energy to do the basics of getting to work, making sure the kids got to school and ate, etc. Just nothing left over to use for planning and preparing healthy meals, let alone get some exercise in.
I've also run into a situation with work. It used to take just over an hour for me to get to work and about an hour and 15 minutes to get home. Well, major road work has screwed that all up. It now takes a minimum of an hour and half either way ~~ and I've actually had a couple days where it took well over 2 hours just to get to work. This screws up my entire day as getting in late means I work later to still get my full day in, which means I leave later and get home later ~~ usually not 'til around 7pm. And then it's time to do dinner, make sure kids got homework and chores done as well as any housework I need to do... And then it's bedtime. And leaving earlier isn't always an option as when my husband travels I've got to get the youngest to daycare and they don't open 'til 6:30. By the time I get her dropped off, it's like leaving at the same time pre-road work.
So. Ugh. Just UGH.
Now that I am feeling better, it's time to get back on track. I try to get a little walking in during lunch by running errands or walking to actually get lunch in a nearby shopping area. I'm working harder at packing healthy foods at least to snack on if not for lunch itself. I know I have to get up earlier ~~ now if I could just get my husband to let me go to sleep earlier (he usually likes to watch TV 'til 11) ~~ then I could fit in at least a little exercise, of any sort, before heading to work. And weekends, I've got to do more physical activities on the weekends.
I've discovered lately that I don't seem to have much tolerance for sodium anymore. I eat the slightest bit (processed foods, eating out, junk foods, etc.) and I bloat something fierce, so I'm trying to reduce my salt intake by eating fresh foods or healthier versions of prepared foods that are lower in sodium. I really do not feel well when bloated ~~ tend to also feel a little nauseous.
We've got a vacation coming up next month ~~ a cruise from LA to Mexico (and back). While I do not have unrealistic expectations, I would like to see a few pounds dropped and definitely a lot of the bloat gone by then.
Eating a healthy breakfast
Packing healthy snacks for work
Packing a healthy lunch and/or walking to get lunch
Reducing sodium intake
Adding more bits of activity to my day
Working with my schedule to fit in more solid exercise
Up the amount of activity I do on the weekends
Wish me well
Monday, April 05, 2010
It's been a good month.
Since March 1st I've lost:
.75" from my neck
1.75" from my chest
2.5" off my bust
1" from my underbust
1.25" from my waist
1" from my hips
.5" from my calf
I've added walking at least 5 days per week. This past week I focused on at least one mile per day, with Sunday being a longer walk. The first day I averaged about 2 mph, but by Saturday I was closer to 3 mph.
This week, I up the distance to 1.5 miles. It's easy to measure because if I walk the outer ring around the block, it's just a little over 1/2 a mile, so I just count the number of times around... As I get to longer distances, I'll check out different routes around the neighborhood.
Sundays I like to get out of the neighborhood. Last week, I roamed a nearby forest preserve/park. Not many people were out so at times it seemed like I was the only one around. I saw deer, woodpeckers, squirrels, robins.... It was beautiful in the woods.
Yesterday, I walked down along the riverfront in town. Got caught in the rain and thunderstorm, so had to take cover for a while, but still got a good walk in ~~ almost 2 miles.
Today was a first ~~ I walked my youngest to school, then continued around the block so I already have .6 mile done for today. I still plan on doing a whole 1.5 miles after work.
I used to walk and bike all the time when I was a teen, just because I could. We lived about 3 miles out of town, on a 10 mile loop. I'd walk/bike into town, or all around the entire loop. Or I could take a back route through the woods to the fish hatchery then loop back around to home. I just did this whenever I could, whenever I wanted.
In uni, I never had a car, so I walked or took public transit everywhere. Just getting to public transit was a hike, too. And Seattle is not flat. I used to love roaming the campus, the University District, down along the Montlake Cut between Lakes Union and Washington, over to Gasworks Park and Lake Union, along the waterfront in Seattle... I just walked and walked and walked.
I had forgotten how much I just enjoyed it. I'm enjoying getting back into it now. Lots of incentive, physical, emotional and mental to keep it going.
Monday, March 08, 2010
So, I'm trying harder, again, to get my eating under control ~~ I will work regular exercise in soon, but I can only focus on setting up one thing at a time.
Since my job change in October, I've gained 10-15 pounds and I'm not happy about it. I look in the mirror and there are parts of my body that I like ~~ my hair (long and shiny blond), my eyes (green), my skin (smooth and soft) ~~ and I want to like all of it. Plus, we're going on a cruise to Mexico in June, and while I know I can't reach my goal weight between now and then, I can make significant progress. I want to feel more comfortable in a swimsuit and summer dresses and maybe even shorts
I'm basically following the Flat Belly Diet, with some adjustments for work and food likes and dislikes. I am one of those people who, at least at the start of a new eating program, has to make it as easy as possible. This means that I will eat pretty much the same things everyday for a week, then change it up the following week. I may make minor changes ~~ raisins instead of applesauce, pecans instead of sunflower seed ~~ but the base of each breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner will be the same over the course of the week. I have to keep it as easy and simple as possible, otherwise it can seem like too much. I cut way back on sodium ~~ not adding any when I'm cooking and using salt free seasonings. I've increased my fruits and vegetables and whole grains. I've already been drinking 8+ glasses of water a day, so I'm doing fine there ~~ and soda and juice have always been treated as special treats in our home, so there not here to tempt me.
So, had it go for me last week? Everything went down.
Upper Arm: .25
Bust: 2.5 (this may be so large because last week I was TTOTM)
So, 7.75 inches lost overall. And I can definitely feel it in my clothes, even though it's not visible when I look at my body. What an incentive to keep the food changes going.
(Note on measurements: I am really careful about the measurements, measuring multiple times, making sure by looking in the mirror that I have the tape in the right spot, making sure the tape is neither too loose nor too snug, etc.)
Friday, November 06, 2009
Okay, now that October is over (ack, where did it go ), and the crazy work stuff that went with it, it's time to get back on track with the healthy eating and exercise stuff.
I stepped on the scale this morning and was so not amused. Yes, I'm bloated and PMSing, but still... Clearly that does not explain the numbers. And even without the scale, I can tell... clothes and rings are tighter... And I just don't feel good.
So, I've made the move to the new office space, and have settled in pretty well, but I'm now facing more challenges.
* I work in the office 3 days a week and the office is 45 miles from home. I now spend twice as much time in the car as I used to ~~ I'm getting up earlier and getting home later. So less time either before or after work to fit exercise in.
* I will say I'm not eating in the car as much simply because my route before was all city streets (easy access to fast food), while the majority of my route now is highway and what few city streets I do drive are fairly restaurant and store free.
* If there are vending machines here, I haven't found them, so I can't just go get food whenever I feel the urge. And I haven't brought that much in ~~ right now I have an apple on my desk; kettlecorn popcorn, oatmeal, applesauce, natural peanut butter, Special K bars, Kavli crackers and tea in my drawer. Not too bad. And I do have measuring cups and spoons to make sure I'm eating the proper amount.
* Unfortunately, there is a cafeteria here (limited hours, but still there). They do have soup, sandwiches, salad bar... But they also have pizza, what I am sure are high calorie entrées, desserts, sodas, chips, cookies... I can go down there with the best of intentions, but... Well, you get the idea. Something other than salad and fruit calls to me, and I cave. But no longer ~~ I will either bring from home or make healthier choices (salad, fruit, broth based soup, healthy sandwich).
* I've heard there is an exercise room, $5 monthly fee. But then there is the time issue. I can't get in any earlier than I already do (childcare issues), if I stay later then traffic is even worse and my commute is longer so I'm getting home even later. I might be able to fit some time in a lunch but then it can't be a hard workout... AAAGGGGHHHHH! Just thinking about it is making my head hurt
But, I can't keep going on like this. I've started stocking up on healthier foods at home in prep for getting back on the Flat Belly Diet (this worked really well for me at the beginning of the year ~~ I lost weight, wasn't hungry, had more energy...). I made the kids put the Wii back in my room so it is more available to me (I don't like our basement). I've added Wii Fit Plus to the mix. I'm wearing my pedometer every day. I've even taken the stairs a few times at work (more down than up, but it's a start).
So the plan this weekend is to make a fresh start. I plan to stop by the grocery store on the way home and pick up just a few final items, then start preparing what I can for the next few days so I don't have to think much, just do. And I'm going to get the Wii set up and actually use it . I'm hopefully that if I do this in small increments it will be easier to stick to this time.
And, of course, I will use SparkPeople
Wish me luck.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
So, while there are still all the stresses that I mentioned in the previous post, plus a few more that arose over last weekend, somehow just throwing it all out there has helped.
I am still tired, still worn out, still dealing with a bunch of crap... But, it has been a better week. I haven't been eating as badly. Not perfectly, but not as horribly as I have been.
The wallpaper on my phone is a picture of blue sky and green grass with the message "Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections." Every time I use my phone, I see this message. It does help. I'm trying to surround myself with uplifting, inspiring messages, quotes, pictures, etc.
I've also been using a weight loss hypnotherapy app almost every night. It serves two purposes ~~ walks me through a relaxation exercise, then gives suggestions to help make better food choices. I like to think it's helping.
Hmmm, what else?
Picked up "The End of Overeating" by David A. Kessler. Just the intro alone was interesting. The people he talked to who, how they feel obsessed with food... so much like me. Some pretty impressive people had positive reactions to the book (blurbs are on the back cover).
I am one of those people who is very much governed by "out of sight, out of mind." Unfortunately, this also applies to making healthy life choices. The more I keep myself exposed to healthy foods, exercise reminders, inspirational quotes, etc., the easier it is for me to stay focused.
I'm just going to keep pushing along.
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