Monday, March 12, 2012
I've had a great surprise this morning! I weighed in as I do every few days. The scale and I are on good terms at the moment, and I was delighted to see that another lb disappeared. What a good start to the week - woohoo!
When I joined SP in Aug '11, one of my first teams was the one for 50+ needing to lose 50-99 lbs. Some months later, reading a new member's page made me realize that I now needed to lose 25-49 lbs. It was really exciting to drop one team and join another that fit my current weight goals. This morning I saw that a friend had joined that team too, so I responded, telling her how excited I'd been to be able to join that team, that I was looking forward to the next one for losing 10-24 lbs, but it would be awhile.
Then...I started doing the math...I am only ONE POUND from being able to join that next team! It could happen this week. It could happen in a few days--and with that possibility in mind, I'm strongly motivated to make sure it does happen!
I am so accustomed to thinking of myself as overweight, obese if I was being honest, and needing to lose lots of weight. The 25 lbs I have left to go really isn't that much when I look at where I started and how much I've already lost. I'm well over halfway to my goal already. I'm getting used to not looking for XL and larger clothing because I don't wear those sizes anymore. I like being able to wear almost everything in my emptier closet, now that I've given away bags of things that are too big. I need to revise my image of myself and see a person who is only moderately overweight. That's really good. It just dawned on me that one day in the not too distant future, I will be eligible to join the team for needing to needing to lose 10 lbs and under. And that is AWESOME!
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Well! You just never know what SparkPeople might incite you to next! Thanks, THERESAPHILBY, for reminding me I have yardwork to do. While thinking of what I could do instead (I'm still NOT a yardwork fan in spite of progress; see fall blog Sanctuary Garden), I remembered that I needed to wash the car after parking it under a bird-occupied tree.
It's a really nice sunny Florida day, and I suppose that's what inspired me to consider digging out a swimsuit to wear while washing. Next thought: Do I even have a swimsuit anymore that I can wear in my new 31 lbs down size? My old one, size $#%&@, went out a couple of donated bags of clothing ago. OK, off to rummage in the drawers.
Well, one down with totally shot elastic. But wait! Look! What's this? I have FOUR swimsuits in this drawer, and...(time out for try on), THREE of them fit! These things are 14s from my last successful weight loss. Well, obviously not that successful since I needed to do it again when I started SP. At any rate, I had CHOICES! I put one on, actually looked pretty good. NO, I'm not brave enough like BLUE42DOWN to post swimsuit pics. But I did go out there in the driveway and wash my car with swimsuit and body visible. Wow! I never even thought about how I might look in a swimsuit these days! Far from perfect, but a BIG improvement on last year's body!
Wk 1 - lost 2.5 lbs, consistent increased exercise, consistent AAPT--when is it going to look like I've done something???
Saturday, March 03, 2012
G - Get on my exercise bike daily while the pollen count is too high outdoors
O - Opt for unadorned veggies as often as possible
A - Act NOW, today, this morning.
L - Let myself succeed
I have a numbers goal: I want to bust the plateau I've been on and lose 4.5 lbs by my birthday next month. Posting my intention is a start. I've eaten a protein-filled breakfast on the low end of my calorie range. I have major cleaning on my to-do list, and I'm SO grateful that after last week's attack of the stomach virus, I can do a video workout today. I have green beans and asparagus in the refrigerator; both are veggies that I enjoy plain or with only some no-salt seasoning.
The next four weeks will also take me to the end of the 8 Week Diabetic Challenge. I want to finish it with a bang. I know numbers aren't the only way to measure progress, and my favorite indicator is how my clothes fit. But I'm ready to see 160s on the scale, something I haven't seen in who knows how long.
Friends, I need support! I welcome any advice you want to share. I'd also welcome a one month partner with a similar goal. Here goes Day 1!
By the way, Organized Life Team has a sub-group AAPT, Attack A Pile Today. I'm including that challenge in my one month plan, to set the timer for 15-60 minutes and go to it. Think CLOSETS and DRAWERS and PANTRY and...maybe even GARAGE? My house and I are going to be in great shape by April!
End of Week 1 - 2.5 lbs lost, consistent increased exercise, consistent AAPT. When is it going to look like I've done something???
End of Week 2 - NO ACTION FROM THAT DRATTED SCALE. However, I'm going to give it the silent treatment since other indicators say otherwise. I feel really good about my cleaner pantry, the paper piles are shrinking, I have a small stack of books to go out. I've stuck with the increased exercise and am finding all fitness activities easier. One bump in the road - needed to adjust BP med downward after consistently having too low readings and feeling lethargic. The reduction has done wonders for my energy level, and I'm making sure I check my BP more often. I was doing neck rolls with a video when I realized: "Huh! That doesn't hurt!" My chronic tight spot seems to have disappeared with all the exercise.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
That is a good question. I don't recall looking forward to doctor appointments being listed as yet another perk from SP. It certainly feels good to want to see what the scale says, knowing it will look mighty good compared to the last visit and the one before that! My prescriptions are being reduced now that I've lost 10% of my previous body weight. I was hoping that might be the case, and one will cost a little less at the lower amount.
This stomach virus has really got me down for the past two days. I felt really sorry about losing my long-running fitness streak, but it just wasn't possible. Today I've done a little stretching and walked gently. I'm not up to resuming SP videos yet; maybe a short one tomorrow. I'm VERY glad to be feeling better than I was.
THANK YOU for all the sympathy and well wishes, friends. I'm too far behind to respond individually. Hoping to get caught up by the weekend.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
My last blog, NEW JEANS 2 SIZES DOWN, was extra-satisfying to write. LEAP OF FAITH is an update. I went back to the store where I bought those jeans, and...I bought TWO more pairs, one in a 12 and one in a 10! Looking at those jeans is a tangible motivator to buckle down and start working hard again to take off the second half of the pounds I want to live without. With your help, cheers, and support, friends, I can and will do it!
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