Tuesday, October 09, 2012
I am SO close to the 150's! I have not been there for over 20 years. 160.2 today and I will see the 150's by the end of this week. I can't believe I am this close! Looking back, when I started at 185 on April 1, 2012, I have to say I thought 160 was realistic, but a far off goal. Now that it's here, 25 pounds later, I feel like I can do 150 soon. I can definitely drop 10 more pounds, one pound at a time. YAY ME!
Monday, September 03, 2012
Well, now I know. I dreaded getting my blood work done because my dad has high cholesterol and diabetes. I did not want to face my genetic risk factors, so I waited. Apparently, a little too long. I should have taken care of this a few years ago. Last Tuesday, August 28, 2012, my doctor diagnosed me as diabetic with extremely high cholesterol. That is my nightmare come true. Thank goodness I have Spark People to help me track nutrition and exercise. This is a tool that will be priceless to me in the days, weeks, months to come as I fight for control over my own health and body. So, here I am, ready to become a new and improved me. :)
Sunday, May 20, 2012
That is an understatement if ever I uttered one. As is common with people who are trying to lose weight, I slacked off and gained back about 15 pounds over a couple of years. In the past several weeks, I have cleaned up my eating habits and returned to the gym to increase my activity level, even if minimally. I have lost about 8.5 pounds, so I am half way back to where I was at my lowest. Unfortunately, my lowest is not nearly what would be my healthiest weight.... I have a looooooong way to go to get to that!
My amazing best friend is joining a "biggest loser" challenge in his area and has inspired me to step it up a bit. Having an accountability partner is one of the most effective ways to keep me motivated. We are planning to share this journey toward better health and support each other in better nutrition and increased physical activity. I am hoping he will join me here at SP... Either way, I know this tool has worked for me in the past and I am finally back for another round. :)
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
July was a month of daily workouts and almost daily poor food choices. It's the whole 2 steps forward, 1 step back method. Well, according to my scale, that method kept me bouncing between 168 and 172 all month. Not so impressive since I was down to 166.8 in early June.
August is my month to take control of my food instead of letting my food control me. Yesterday and today were both good days. Well, it's only a streak of two, but it's just the beginning of the month. I was within my target range for calories, carbs, fat, and protien. Okay, I was 2 UNDER in fat today, but I'm not going to sweat that. I've also been to the gym both days and worked 90 minutes both times. I just don't stop until I'm done and that's final!
I must say, I feel much better physically when my calories are under control and I feel better about myself when I accomplish a good workout at the gym... Both on the same day? Well, that's the only way I will make progress toward my goal. I REALLY want to be 160 by the end of August to get my piercing prize for that goal before I have to go back to work in September. 10 pounds a month would put me at my final goal by around Thanksgiving. YEAH!
Okay, so giving myself a little wiggle room is not a bad idea, so let's just say I'd love to see 130 before 2010 begins. It's doable, but only if I am in control of me. So, that's just what I plan to do!!! No one can do this for me. I have to do it for myself.
So, 8 glasses of water a day (2L), exercise 6 days a week, and stay within my target nutritional ranges. At that rate, I should be down many pounds and a few sizes by New Year's Eve (perfect, because we are invited to a wedding that evening). Great chance to show off in a new "sexy hot mama" dress. Go me!
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Well, Saturday was a complete disaster as far as nutrition and exercise. To begin with, my arms were really sore when I woke up, so I decided to move "Go Big" day to Sunday and just do cardio... which would have been fine if I had made it to the gym at all... which I didn't.
I walked to our local Saturday farmers' market (all of 6 blocks) and back with my purchase of sweet corn. Yes, that sounds okay until I mention the part about the donut shop where I stopped in and bought 2 old fashioned donuts.... one to eat there and one to bring home... which I did... almost..... I ate the first one there, but took just a bite of the second one while walking home... and polished it off about 2 blocks from my house.
Okay, as if that wasn't bad enough, I stopped tracking my food after I put in the 500 calories of donuts and just pretty much wrote it off as a break day. That, of course, means I grazed on whatever I could find here at home for most of the afternoon. I'm sure I passed my calorie limit before dinner time. My husband wanted to go out to a local pub, so I decided on boneless, skinless chicken breast and a baked potato. I doesn't sound so bad until I add the swiss cheese and ham slices to have what the pub dubs "cordon bleu." Oh, and of course I ate the garlic toast that came with it. I even broke down so far as to have a diet coke instead of water with my meal.
Well, on the walk home (yes, we walked the 5 blocks to the pub), I felt like I was going to explode, or at least dress in gray and make low-flying passes over NFL stadiums with "GoodYear" painted on my side. It wasn't that dinner was big, it was all the snacking before-hand.
So, what's the point? The point is that I took an entire day off from taking care of myself and by the time evening came around, I was definitely sorry. In fact, the donuts were not as good as I had anticipated. What a waste of 500 calories.
Well, in conclusion, I can just say that today has been much lower in caloric intake and I'm dressed to go to the gym very soon to do my GO BIG workout including the weights circuit. I felt very proud of myself when I did it on Thursday, so I know the effort is worth the sense of accomplishment. Plus, I have 2 donuts to work off.................
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