Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Nike has a great slogan, doesn't it?
I mentioned the other day that I'd been doing a lot of private writing about my weight loss, hoping to come up with a grand plan that was going to get me back to a good weight, whatever the heck that might be, and keep me there.
But then I didn't have time to create that plan before I wanted to start (Jan. 1, of course), so I just started doing it. What's "it"? We all know what the healthy choices are. Smaller portions. Fewer processed snacky foods and more fruits and vegetables. Water. Exercise. Duh. My very first meal of 2012 was when I started making good choices again. Why not?
So...I started eating right and tracking my calories on January 1 and have just kept it going on the 2nd and the 3rd. I never had time to write down that grand plan, and that's sort of the point. There isn't always time to do something tricky or elaborate. There are excuses why you can't just do it if just doing it isn't simple. So just do it - just do what you know you need to do, do it consistently most of the time, and if you should happen to slip up, no matter, just start doing it again. Just keep making the right choice - every moment is a new chance to make the right choice.
I am a fast loser when I start. I wish I didn't even have to know this fact about myself - I wish I never had to restart. But I have, often, and I always lose so fast at the beginning. On Sunday I was 169.4. On Monday I was 166.8. On Tuesday (today) I was 164.4. Holy chickens!
I also went to my first Body Pump class in a while yesterday. I had stopped going because during the week the classes are too late at night to fit well into my schedule, and on the weekends I've been too busy working on the house, so I decided that strength traning on my own would be easier to fit in. Unfortunately I still think I'm better off working out at a time of day that works for me rather than bending my schedule to fit in Body Pump classes, but yesterday BP happened to fit into my schedule because I didn't have to work, and I was at the gym anyway when the class was starting, so I went. And BOY OH BOY DO I LOVE ME SOME BODY PUMP! I don't know if it's the music, or the feeling of confidence I get because I know all the moves and am proud of the weights I use, or what, but I get like a happy high every time I go to a BP class! I don't get that from strength training on my own. :(
The other day, when I was "motivator of the day", someone left me a message saying that I would be so proud of myself if I were to stay on track for all of 2012. At first I didn't think much of it, but that note keeps popping back up in my mind. Maybe I was MOD on the last day of 2011 for a reason. Maybe 2012 IS the year I stay on track for a whole year. I should totally do that.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Happy New Year!
This morning I got on the scale (a little hungover) and saw 169.4. YIKES. I also went clothes shopping for the first time in a long time, which means I saw myself in full-length mirrors for the first time in a long time. I have the legs and waist of an overweight person. No surprise, I guess - I AM overweight.
Tomorrow Jess goes back to work, but I don't go back until Tuesday. So, tomorrow I can really spend some more time thinking through a long-term plan for myself. However, since today is January 1 I wanted to get started, so when we went out for "blinner" (a new word I made up that means we tried to go out for brunch, but got there too late), and everyone else got multiple alcoholic beverages and sandwiches with fries, I had coffee, spinach salad, and chicken vegetable soup. I tend to make pretty healthy choices at restaurants usually anyway - I figure why debate about it each time -just make it a rule, and then I get to eat some nice fresh vegetables (usually salad) prepared by someone else!
Oh, guess what...in case you missed it, I was Sparkpeople's "motivator of the day" yesterday. Pretty funny, since I haven't done anything motivating in a long time! And also, I was chosen once before, and I didn't think I'd get picked twice. I guess it's just totally random though. Anyway, I sure got a lot of messages on my Spark page yesterday!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
I have been using SparkPeople for about five years now! I just took a look at my weight tracker from the beginning of 2007 to the current time, and found that I have gone through the weight loss/weight gain cycle six full times. (Even more if you count some of my more halfhearted attempts.) Here are my results:
Cycle one: 167 (1/27/07) – 132 (5/27/07)
Cycle two: 168 (4/22/08) – 134 (12/11/08)
Cycle three: 167 (4/6/09) – 144 (8/17/09)
Cycle four: 167 (10/15/09) – 142 (2/12/10)
Cycle five: 171 (7/12/10) – 157 (9/21/10)
Cycle six: 172 (1/9/11) – 148 (5/14/11)
I am doing a lot of private writing about why my weight cycles like this and what, if anything, I can do about it. Maybe if I come to any positive conclusions (just on negative ones at the moment) I'll share them here.
In the end, I leave you with a couple Hanukah pictures from this past Monday evening at my parents' house.
My hubby and me making latkes:
Dining room table set:
Jess (hubs), me, Mom, and a friend of my dad's:
Jess, me, Mom:
Here are the latkes we made, drying on paper towels:
Teddy, hoping to eat some latkes:
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Last I wrote, I'd been using the treadmill almost exclusively for my cardio, jogging for up to an hour at a time on it almost every day, and my knees and hips were in pain! I decided last Friday to take a week off, and I'm so glad I did. The hip and knee pain is gone! I have been using the elliptical and stairmaster (the kind that's like a backwards escalator) for my cardio instead. I guess that while I'm this heavy I'm going to need to avoid the treadmill most of the time. Sure, I could probably use it a bit here and there, but clearly my body was trying to tell me it wasn't working for me.
I am trying to dream up a plan to get my weight back down as a New Years resolution (so cliche...but so desperately needed...). I know I need to count calories in order to get my weight back down, and the counting aspect itself is so tedious that I usually resort to eating mostly just batch-cooked stuff when I'm counting because the calories are already counted, and when I do that I feel so boxed in and unspontaneous and I can't eat meals with my hubby. So I gotta figure out the dinner part. The rest of the day should take care of itself, since people aren't going to be handing me sugary treats all day long in January like they have been in December! And as for the weekends, well, I guess I gotta figure that part out too, but I am wondering if maybe my plan can include not counting calories on the weekends.
Happy holidays everyone. I gotta get ready to celebrate Christmas with my husband's family tomorrow, and Chanukah with my family the next day! After I'm done painting for the day - today it's painting hallway built-ins and trim.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Happy birthday to me! My real birthday is December 19 but we celebrated yesterday.
The above is me, yesterday, blowing out the candles on my rapidly melting ice cream cake, in my new almost-done dining room (the walls, floors, ceiling, etc. are done but no decorating has been done yet, though I did just buy this rug for it today: www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202
=-1&Nu=P_PARENT_ID&storeId=10051&Ntpr=1&ddkey=Search which was a bday present to myself!)
That's my puppy, who just turned 10 and lives with my parents, not me, who came over with my parents yesterday to help celebrate my birthday, and my coffee which is always nearby before 1 P.M. or so, and yes I celebrated my birthday in my gym clothes.
Today my hubby and FIL installed two of this light, one at the top of the stairs and the other at the bottom: www.lowes.com/pd_290092-17771-290092
The picture in the link doesn't do it justice. It's gorgeous!! But rather dim light.
In a few minutes a friend is coming over with a dinner she made as a birthday gift - she hasn't been here in a few months so it'll be fun to show her the house updates. It's really starting to look good in some areas. The whole foyer/stairs/downstairs and upstairs hallway area was all painted yesterday by my in-laws, with this color: www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-co
lor/apparition I know it's impossible to tell what a paint color really looks like on a computer screen, so I'll tell you it's a contemporary medium gray/taupe shade that I LOVE! :)
I am going to try to use my willpower and resist the urge to use the treadmill for a whole week to give my knees and hips a rest. I discovered an elliptical at my gym today that I actually don't hate as much as most, yay. So I will use that. I went to two classes today too, which was nice - I am not doing many classes these days but they're so good for variety because they have me doing moves I'd NEVER do on my own. And it's always nice when the instructor compliments you - in Body Pump today the instructor noticed that I was using heavy weights and called me strong.
So...here's to 34. Hopefully this will be a year of exciting life milestones, as well as good health, happy daily moments, and satisfying professional experiences.
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