Wednesday, September 29, 2010
When I made the goal to weigh 140 by vacation time (Sept.30) I knew it was a little unrealistic to expect to lose 4.2 pounds in just 6 days, but if you don't have a goal what can you aim for? The first day I was so enthusiastic after losing a whole pound -- then I hit a plateau! Boom, my spirits hit a new low and I felt like a failure!
But after thinking it over for a couple of days I realized I was lucky and blessed in so many ways! I was going on vacation in a few days on a cruise to see the fall color in Nova Scotia, Canada and the East Coast! Yipee! I weigh a lot less than I did a year ago! Yipee! I'm very healthy and full of energy! Yipee! I'm not in a financial bind of any type! Yipee!
Actually makes me feel a little guilty to have been feeling so low over not losing the weight I wanted to lose, especially since it was within an unrealistic time frame. Life is not about being perfect, it's about doing the best you can, and if you stumble, or even fall, get back up, learn from your mistakes, and go on!
I'm not going to worry over every morsel of food I eat while on the cruise, but I will try to offset it by hitting the gym each and every day, walking the deck, and try to just "take a taste" instead of saying "I can't believe I ate the whole thing."
One more day, then I'll see you all back here in a couple of weeks!
Monday, September 27, 2010
I'm wondering if I'm going to lose another ounce or two before I leave. I thought I did good as far as eating goes on Sunday, but the scale stubbornly just stayed the same! And of course between errands and going to church again there was no exercise. And on top of that the backs of my legs are so sore from using the epiliptical we have that I could barely WALK! The whole thing is kind of depressing. The only silver lining I can think of is that I weigh a lot less than I did when I was ready to take my last trip!
This morning I got up early and headed over to the home I have up for rent, time to mow the lawn again, and pack up even more stuff that was left behind. I could not believe how many shoes I had stacked up in shoe boxes in my closet (it is a bit embarrassing!) but my closet is now bare, the bathroom is bare, and the area to set up a computer is bare! There is only the garage and the quilting materials in the hobby room. I'm leaving them in there until the home is rented! If I get it rented, that will be my incentive to get the rest of it moved!
Wish I could put in a sunshiny, happy face and report more weight gone, but it's just not going the way I want. So far today, LOTS OF EXERCISE, so maybe I will have a good report tomorrow.
Have a good day everyone -- I'm not going to let this get me down, made me stumble a little, but I just bought 2 new dresses for the trip in size 10, and they look pretty sexy on me. That made me
Sunday, September 26, 2010
That's how I felt when I looked at the scale this morning!! And, the way I handle everything when I'm not happy about it, I went back over my entire day yesterday, wondering WHAT was different about Saturday from Friday when I showed a whole pound loss. Analyze - analyze, that's my motto!
My food was slightly different. Breakfast was the same,but at lunch time my BF asked if I'd like some of the shrimp cocktail he fixes. It's not really shrimp cocktail but I let him call it that. He mixes avocado, shrimp and cocktail sauce, and that's the way he likes it. I know the avocados are high cal, but healthy and good so I ate some (the cocktail sauce was the Walden Farms zero calorie) so it should have been OK.
I had started out on a walk in the morning, but called a friend about giving me a haircut later on that day (for my trip) -- her answer was "If you come right now I can do it, I've got a busy day!" Whoops! Amber and I went straight back to the house after walking only to the corner, I hopped in the car and away I went. That was the end of my walk. Then BF tells me we need to go back to the Valley (that's the locals word for Phoenix) TODAY so we can go to church tomorrow! That means getting things cleaned up and organized and I still had studying to do on my online class. The thing that got put on the shelf was the exercise (as usual).
I didn't really eat any dinner, sort of grazed as we got to Glendale and I did our ironing, put things away, sorted mail-- you know the kinds of stuff. Had a glass of buttermilk and later ate a Biscotti (90 cal).
Solution? Not enough food -- not enough exercise = no weight loss
I could be right, I could be wrong. But the bottom line is, 4 days to go and 3.4 lbs to get rid of. Boo Hoo!!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
I really ate according to "The Plan" yesterday, walked even more than my goal steps, and not even one small piece of candy passed through my lips!! And . . . . I was thrilled with the results, one pound down leaving 3.2 to go!
And I thank you for the cheers, the support and the kick in the butt (Vicki)! Without my friends goading me on, where would I be? Probably right back at the 162 that I started at. . . . . but that was before SP so I'll NEVER be there again.
My back is a tiny bit sore today cause I read about a new exercise you could do for your torso, and I guess today those muscles are rebelling a bit -- telling me to hold it down just a tad. Hmmmm, that reminds me, guess when (not IF) I get to the 140 I'll need to re-measure too.
All this has me so excited and revved up that I'm going out for my first walk now before it gets any warmer. It's 78 right now, sounds perfect to me!
Hugs to all my faithful followers!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wow! I had this "Ah-ha" moment just a few minutes ago! In six (6) days I will be going on a vacation - a cruise no less -- and everyone has heard of the notorious amounts of food available on these trips!! Have you ever heard of anyone coming back lighter??? Indeed not.
After a whirlwind of activity last week in Glendale (our home) I admit that I have let myself get a little careless with discipline. One night it was pizza, and another time a pulled pork sandwich (delicious but fattening) and I won't list all the bad choices, but there were many. I tried to lull my guilt by telling myself that the scale tends to be on the "heavy" side at the Glendale home. Ya, right! So I went along merrily telling myself it was "way less than the scale indicated."
Reality struck this morning as I stepped on the scale (and this is the "light" scale) and I read MORE than I had expected. "Girl -- you're going on vacation in less than a week! You're going to be eating more food than normal! You're not going to be doing 'any' work! You're going to un-do all your hard work! YOU ARE BEING STUPID!" OK, I won't go on about what else I was telling myself in my head, you get the drift.
So here I am up here in the cooler weather -- the light bulb has gone off I'm fully aware the scale needs to go not . I need to get a plan into action here. I'm aiming to hit a NEW LOW before stepping onto that ship (with it's endless food supply)! Shall we try for 140??? Read on, fellow Sparkers..... cheer me on, kick me in the butt, do all that's needed to get me there. Don't let me down now, ya'all hear?
Party time is just around the corner!!
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