Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I wanted to just change positions and go back to sleep! But inside my "little "Get It Done" voice started to nag at me. First it reminded me that I did not do EVEN ONE STEP yesterday -- Just Lazy! Then it reminded me that Amber would get sore hips if I did not walk her regularly. By then I just said OK, OK -- and I slid out of bed, and left my DH to get the extra sleep!
But you know, I actually felt good as I got dressed in my new sports wear. New cross-trainer shoes, new top, new shorts, new sports bra -- even new socks! Yep! I'm ready to go and it's just past 5:30 a.m. Out the door Amber and I went. Me trying to gage just where the sun would be as it came over the mountain -- my right eye is permanently dilalated so I think all the time about how much sunlight there is. That's another reason I love to walk at 5:30 -- it's light out, but no sun! Can't get any better than that! So we head out to do the middle loop at 0.6 mi.
The first loop around felt great, but I wasn't sure I wanted to tackle the long one too, which is another 1.1; so instead I went around the same one again. I figured 1.2 miles would keep Amber in good shape -- and it would be a good start for me for the day! I finished up the second round and Amber and I headed back to the house -- it had taken us about 30 minutes with the necessary stops that she needs to make. Smells plus a few other things!
Back to bed for at least 2 hours, I slept like a baby -- until some weird kind of dream snuck up on me. I dreamed a wolf saw me sitting on this ledge and he jumped up to get me. I timed it just right, and kicked with my legs as hard as I could. He fell back to the ground -- and I woke up! Heart was running a race! And I was definitely awake! Time to get up again -- and the second thing I always do is weigh myself. I didn't expect good news due to the lazy day I had yesterday -- but WooHoo! 137.6 which was down 0.8 from yesterday!
I SparkPeople! Thanks to you and all my friends I'm successful!
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Having started out at 162 I feel I have made great strides to now be in the 130's. Still have at least 10 pounds to go, but feeling like I have nothing to be ashamed of now. Not too bad for a 73-year old Grandma!
Monday, July 30, 2012
My weight was nearly 5 pounds heavier than normal the beginning of this month. I was feeling pretty discouraged and wondered if I should just quit trying.
was all my weight seemed to do. I have records of my weight all the way back to 2007 (with measurements) and while I'm working with lower numbers now, I am still a long way from my goal. And it seemed like if I did good one month, the next month would be a disaster. Well, you know the old saying -- "If what you're doing isn't working, then it's time to try something new."
SparkPeople tells me I should be eating between 1200-1550 calories. However, in the past when I was younger and would try to take off a few pounds, I found that I couldn't seem to lose any weight unless I keep my caloric intake at about 1000 calories. There were many times when I was through eating for the day, but didn't have enough calories on my tracking yet, or not enough protein -- always something. So I would eat something to get the numbers up. And as I've been on here for about 4 years now, I found this was a very, very slow way to lose.
So for one month I decided to just quit eating when I was full. I tracked my food and many times I would see I had only made it to 997 calories, or 1169, or 1097 -- seldom did I manage to get in the full amount recommended. By stopping my eating when I was full I saw that the scale began to go down. Steady! There was one day it edged back up again, and that was the morning after enjoying Mexican food in a restaurant. Too much salt for one thing, and I have no idea of exactly how many calories.
I weigh in every day and like to chart my weight. On Sunday I compare my weight to the Sunday before. Here's how it worked out for July:
Sunday, July 1 = 145.2 pounds
Sunday, July 8 = 143.6 pounds = 1.6 pound loss
Sunday, July 15 = 141.6 pounds = 2 pound loss
Sunday, July 22 = 141 pounds = 0.6 pound loss
Sunday, July 29 = 138.4 pounds = 2.6 pound loss
TOTAL LOSS FOR JULY = 6.8 pounds
Eating habits aren't carved in stone, some people may have a faster or slower metabolism and so their needs may be more or less than another person. So for me, while I trust the numbers that are recommended, in this instance I will listen to my body's needs and I will quit eating when I am full.
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