Wednesday, June 09, 2010
This afternoon I put on my workout clothes and started to move. I was going to move until I felt my body was not up for it anymore. I am happy to say that, although I took things much slower than normal, I actually completed my entire strength-training workout. I feel pretty good about Pilates and jogging tomorrow. If I have to take it slowly, then I will, because, congestion or no, I'm ready to move again.
Stop here unless you're interested in books I'm reading or plan to read.
Over the past week of down time I've been reading a variety of different books and topics.
"My Life In France" by Julia Child--Half way done. No real plot, so I read in snibbits. This book is an interesting glimpse into a unique woman with an extraordinary life and France during a very different era. Plus lots of talk of good food and wine!
"American On Purpose" by Craig Ferguson--2/3 done. Good, then alcohol intensive, then getting better again. The jury is still out, but I like Ferguson as a comedian and I can actually hear his voice as I read his book.
"First Things First" by Stephen Covey--Read a few chapters. Good, but more business focused than I want right now, so I pulled out "7 Habits" instead.
"Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey--Read the introductory chapter, which was what gave me the two light-bulb realizations I wrote about in yesterday's blog. Still processing. I plan to write a blog about this chapter and what it did for me.
I've also been reading "O" and "Businessweek" magazines. "O" always has inspirational articles. "Businessweek" keeps me informed about big moves in business in the US and internationally. I really like both of these magazines.
The books I bought at the Goodwill yesterday were:
- "Something Blue" by Emily Giffin--Chick Lit. I already read "Something Borrowed" and enjoyed it so I thought I might like this one, too.
- "Blue Dahlia" and "Black Rose" by Nora Roberts--Books 1 & 2 of the Garden Trilogy. I have no idea what to expect, but they were each only $0.50 and I've liked others of Roberts' books.
I'm looking forward to reading all three.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
This cold I've been dealing with has really made me appreciate how good I've been feeling lately health-wise. I'm so looking forward to a not-too-distant time when I can breathe freely and exercise with total abandon.
Today, instead of going to my yoga class, I went to our neighborhood's brand new Goodwill store. I donated a bag of clothes that no longer fit. Also, I had what I thought was a great idea...to buy second-hand, summer clothes for not too much money so when they don't fit me in a couple of months I can just donate them back to the store. Great in theory, but I did not have much luck. All of the items I found that I thought were cute were all too small for me. However, I did buy three exercise DVDs (two still factory sealed) and three paperback books (one of which was on my to-buy list on Amazon). The cost for all six items was less than the cost of one book, so I was pretty pleased.
When I got home I started digging around in my closet to see if some of my clothes might finally fit. Two tops I wrote about before that I've had for over a year, but have never been able to wear now finally fit. I'd still prefer a little more room across the bust, but I could now wear either top out in public and no one would think twice! I then tried on a suit that I couldn't button and it buttoned! A little farther back in my closet I found a cute top. It's still too small, but I can button it, which is not something I've been able to do for a long time.
Is it weird to say that it is kind of nice that this process is not instantaneous? I feel like each day I discover something new or surprise myself by how far I can go or how much I can do or what I can finally fit into again. I also find that I am now starting to apply to other areas of my life what I am learning on my weight-loss and fitness journey. Like yesterday, I reread the opening chapter of a non-weight/diet/fitness related book I haven't read for years. I had two light-bulb realizations that I am still processing today. They started by me first applying what I was reading to my weight loss/fitness journey. I finally very clearly understand what happened--what changed fundamentally--in February so that I now KNOW this time is different. After making the connection yesterday and really understanding what happened, I am more sure than ever that this change is a permanent one. Somehow, then, a shift occurred and I was applying the two (health-related and non-health-related concepts) to a completely unrelated area that I have been contemplating lately and something just clicked. I saw the problem I had been chewing on in a whole new light and from a completely different perspective. I have so much I need to look into now to understand what happened and what it all means. I'd write more about both light-bulb realizations, but I still need to get it all straight in my head, then I may write about it later. Suffice it to say that this time off--both from work, in general, and this time home with a cold--has been and will continue to be life changing. Amazing!
I hope this all wasn't too incoherent and, if you've read this far, thanks for staying with me. Have a very wonderful day!
Monday, June 07, 2010
In August 2009, Hubby took a picture of me enjoying a ferry ride from Saint George to Hamilton, Bermuda. I was feeling good that day. Imagine my shock and surprise when I saw the photo and realized that I looked much bigger than I felt (aside from having a little difficulty breathing when seated). I was so embarrassed when I realized that I let myself get that big. I tried dieting, but I wasn't having much success until I joined SP in March 2010.
At my last official weigh-in I passed the 25-lb lost mark. Hubby took a picture. I still look lumpy and thick-waisted, but when I compare this picture to the earlier picture, I can really see the changes for the better. Yes, I have a ways to go, but I already look and feel so much better.
Soooooo, in celebration of my weight-loss milestone (and at the urging of my dear sister) I posted both pictures on my SparkPage. I am still embarrassed looking at the "before" picture, but it's easier to appreciate where I am when I can see from where I've come. I will continue to post pictures as I reach other milestones. I hope my progress can inspire others.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Yesterday I was supposed to do strength training, but I didn't. I was just too tired and feeling like I was getting sick. Ears, nose, throat, bleh.
Today I was supposed to jog for 23 minutes. Yeah, like that was going to happen. I would have loved to if I could have gotten out of the La-Z-Boy. No such luck. Whatever funk I've got has settled in my chest and completely cut of breathing through my nose. I also ache all over. I'm not sure if this is left over from my workout on Thursday or from whatever it is that I have. Either way, I'm getting a lot of reading done.
Hubby and I also had a plan to go shopping for new clothes this weekend. Not gonna happen. We had planned to do it last weekend, but Hubby was sick. Maybe it's for the better, because I'm going to keep losing weight, so everything I would have bought would be donated to charity in short order anyway, right?
Tomorrow, Hubby and I are doing absolutely nothing. I will rest and get better. I WILL feel better by Monday. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it!
Oooooh! I tried Skinny Cow Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cup. Yum!!!!! It seemed to last forever, each bite was delish, and only 150 calories! What a yummy indulgence. I also bought the Cookies and Cream flavor, but I haven't tried it yet. Anyone try any of the other three flavors? Caramel Cone, Strawberry Cheesecake, or Dulce de Leche?
Have a great rest of the weekend, everybody!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Warning: PMS Rant
It's official. Today I reached a milestone: I've now lost 25 pounds since I joined SP. So why am I not ecstatic?
I have been exercising a lot. I could use some new exercise clothes (especially sports bras) but have been waiting until I lost some weight because, when I got outfitted in February, I could not fit in any of the women's clothes in my neighborhood sporting goods store and had to buy XL men's shirts. How sad. Well, this morning when I passed the 25-lb threshold I thought it might be a good time to revisit the store because, as I said, I'm in need of some exercise clothes.
What a mistake! The stupid store barely carries XL tops for women and the few I could find among the racks and racks of adorable, colorful, and feminine clothes were black. Yawn. Oh, wait! But fat girls LIKE black because it makes them look THINNER! Therefore, the store is doing us fat girls a FAVOR! What do they have against larger women? Can't a fat girl wear cute clothes? Apparently not. So I go to a changing room with XL black shorts and XL black sports bra along with a few cute pink items that I HOPED might fit. But, no. Black it is. On top of that, trying to squeeze into the cute pink items and seeing myself all lumpy and jiggly was just too much. I feel like I've come a long way, but I have SO far to go and I still can't walk into a store and find cute and feminine items in my size.
I was so irritated. So I asked the sales guy, "What's up with the lack of larger women's clothes?" He tells me he doesn't understand it either. Apparently, I'm the second woman in a week to ask him the same question. He told me that for each item, the store gets a ratio of something like 3 S, 4 M, 4 L, and 1 XL. ONE! Should I stake out the store on delivery day? Give me a break! The funny part is the sales guy actually said that I'm "not obese or anything" so I should be able to find clothes that fit. Actually, technically, I am obese, but I agree with your point Mr. Sales Man.
What will I wear to exercise in tomorrow? Oh, yes. Black shorts, black sports bra, and a men's XL shirt. Bleh.
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