Sunday, November 30, 2008
So, I missed my WI the week before Thanksgiving and was supposed to WI on Friday after Thanksgiving. I didn't do either. Not a good sign. I have been eating poorly lately and I think it may be due to stress, procrastination and not being prepared. Planning is very important. So, I sucked it up and went to WI on Saturday morning. I gained 4.8, which was not a surprise to me. Although, I think it might have struck the WI lady poortly, she looked at me like, "Good heavens!" I just looked at her and said, "I knew I was going to gain, and that's why I am here today. To document the gain and do well this week. I know myself and if I missed another week, that would be it. It was important for me to come to the meeting today." When she heard me say this, I think she popped back into WW mode and agreed with me. She even managed a smile. Now, I thought I would have received a little more encouragement, but I have to remember that the WW workers are people too and they are not perfect. I will let someone else at WW (beyond the cyber world) know about this some day. But, the important thing is that I am back on track.
I tend to have a lot of derailments...have you noticed? I recently read a quote somewhere to the effect that success is getting up one more time after you have failed. I feel this is true one hundred percent! I have fallen many times, but am back up once again. Yesterday, I had a great day OP. It would have been perfect if I had gotten to the gym. But, I will still recognize my efforts. I am on my way to the gym now and then off to the grocery store to get a few things I forgot. Here is to a great week and a 4.8 or greater loss!
Monday, November 03, 2008
So...I have been jumping all around, counting calories, doing Core, tracking points and I drove myself crazy with all these trackers! And guess what? I was up and down the same 3 pounds the entire time! It did nothing even though I have been exercising like crazy. Very frustrating.
I decided to give it a go at WW one more time, this time not counting the calories or jumping between Core and Flex. I went on Friday expecting to gain about 3 pounds. Surprisingly, it was only 1.9. I ended up weighing with my leader and was talking to her about my progress. She thought what I was doing was nuts too! Then she told me something so simple, yet it hit me like a ton of bricks..."Trust the program." It is something I hadn't thought about in a while. So, I thought...okay, let's give it a week and see what happens.
Our leader had come up with the "Magic Journal" some time ago. She took a 3month tracker and labeled it the "Magic Journal." Every week, one member takes it and writes their entire week down in it. When they weigh in the following week, they always seem to lose. Imagine that! So, she offered the Magic Journal at the end of the meeting and I rose my hand to take it for the week. I figured this would reinforce my commitment to the program. Although it hasn't been a week yet, I am down about a pound to two pounds. A very happy feat! Let's see what happens Friday morning. I can't wait to see what the Magic Journal is going to reveal!
P.S. I completed my 10th 5k this year and I missed the 30's by five seconds! I came in at 40:05 though! My fastest time yet! To think, a year ago it took me over an hour to complete a 5k. What a difference a year makes!
Monday, October 27, 2008
I just had to share (and document) this because I think this is the point where I have taken wrong turns in the past. I have been attending Boot Camp three times a week at 6am for the last 6 weeks. I have also run three 5k's on top of that and have been trying to exercise on off days. I have been tracking my calories and I have been eating on average 1600-1700 calories a day. Now, this I thought was a very good thing for me. I should be losing weight. I got on the scale Saturday and was 200.5. I was very upset and decided to forget the whole thing. I ate what I wanted on Saturday, the first day I have not tracked on Spark or WW in about 4-5 months. I got on the scale on Sunday morning and had lost 3 pounds and was at 197. I made a decision to just forget since eating poorly made me lose weight and I should just throw in the towel. I had an okay Sunday, a little hight than normal, about 1800 calories. I get on the scale this morning and am at 200.
So I thought...and thought. Okay, well when I am off WW, I gain...and quite rapidly I might add. When I am not tracking on Spark, I tend to stray away from exercise and usually have about 2200 calories a day. So, I went onto the WW site and looked for meeting on another day. Sundays aren't working for me due to 5k's and group meetings for my MBA classes. Guess what? My favorite leader is now instructing meetings on Friday morning at 8am. A time that I can totally make. So, I rearranged my schedule and am committing myself to 6 days of exercise. My day off will be the day I have classes, Saturday. I am going to put myself on a lower calorie plan beginning today. I will change my goal to be between 1200-1400 each day. I will also try to keep on the water and get at least 6 hours of sleep.
There has to be a way to get this weight off of me. I will keep trying and tweaking my plans as I move on. Right now, my plan is WW for the emotional part of weight loss, Sparkpeople for nutrition and Boot camp guidelines for physical activity. Somthing has gotta give!!! I will not turn 31 in May and have the scale read 200! It will read somewhere below 160!!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
I have been doing Core for the past week. It has been good, exept I remembered that I don't cook very well! I love the Core program, it is just hard to do when you are an outside sales rep. A lot of times you get stuck on the road with not too many options. This week, one of my appts ran over by 2 hours! I had planned on going home for lunch and making something healthy before my next appt. Didn't work out and I was starving! I stopped by the hospital gift shop (I work in medical) and picked up something. I grabbed a Diet 7-up and a package of Wheat Thins. Initially I had picked up some almonds and saw that they were over 300 calories for a tiny little bag! Forget that...I quickly scanned the shelves and found the Wheat Thins. Not the lowest of cals, but at 210, it was the least of everything there.You would think a hospital has healthy alternatives but most of it was cookies, chips and even freshly baked CAKE! What about fruit! Oh well. I felt like it was a victory because I could have drove through a drive thru and picked up a combo meal with over 800 calories, but I didn't. So that was good.
I have also been tracking my calories and am trying to stay below 1600, eventually aiming for a goal of below 1400. I am going to do it little by little so it is manageable for me.
I have been doing Bootcamp classes as well. This morning, we had to climb a really steep sand dune. Let me tell you!!! That seemed like one of the hardest things ever to do. But, I did it and I did it twice! Next time I will make it 3 or 4 times. I have a goal to lose 10 pounds by Nov. 15 so I can get my health care. I think I can do it, I just need to maintain focus even though work is busy, I just started my MBA and we are on the brink of the holidays. I can do this! I will do this!
P.S. 5k on Sunday this week. I want to see if I can beat my 42:03 time from last week!
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