Friday, September 25, 2009
Ooooh! Scale said 130.1 today. I'm almost almost almost under 130! Woo! That's kind of my first mini-goal. I can't wait to say good bye 130s and hellooooo 120s! My official weigh-in day is on Saturday so I think I might see it by then. I hope PMS doesn't mess it up.
I fought the headache some more today and wound up only swimming for 45 minutes instead of an hour. The swim goggles pressing on my head plus my hair in a ponytail and clips didn't help the situation. I broke down and took my migraine medicine and - voila! - headache gone. In hindsight, I guess I should have taken it sooner but I don't believe in overmedicating and I didn't think it was a migraine. It was just a nasty headache that lasted a couple of days.
I'm currently baking my asparagus and mushroom pizza for dinner. I'll have that and a big salad and later on, a WW toffee ice cream bar for dessert. Now that my head feels better, I'm thinking of doing something fun like playing a little Xbox. You know...live like a man for a little while. hahahaha
Friends of ours want to go out to a wine tasting excursion Saturday night so I'm going to need to do an extra run or swim to prepare for that. Maybe I'll plan really light meals leading up to that, too, so I have wiggle room for whatever horrible appetizers might be foisted upon me. My husband and I rarely get out with friends, though, so this will be a special occasion and worthy of a tiny, well-planned splurge. I can't wait to run through my closet and see what cute thing I have (that I can fit into!) to wear. With rare exception, everything in there fits me when I'm in the 125-130 range so I have lots of options. Woo hoo! Maybe I'll get an appointment for a hair cut tomorrow. Or get my nails done. I'm feeling girly!
If I achieve 130.0 (or under - whee!) on Saturday, I think I'll make 129 my goal for the coming week. My TOM should be gone by then and since I always get a tremendous burst of energy when Aunt Flo comes to visit, I'll probably be burning lots of extra calories running around on some nitty gritty cleaning project or yard work. I know I could lose more than a pound next week except that DH is going to be home and will bring his fattening ways with him. I don't think he means to sabotage me, but eating comfort food and having a few mixed drinks are his ideas of relaxation. He likes to sit on the patio with me and watch the sunset with a margarita in hand. When I tell him I'll have a light beer or a calorie-free drink, he gives me these sad eyes like I'm spoiling his fun. I will seriously manage this situation somehow since it doesn't look like the Navy will be deploying his butt any time soon. Why is it that the one person who gives me the most grief saying that I need to lose weight is the same one who does the most damage to keep me the same size? MEN!!!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I woke up this morning with a nasty headache. I took a couple of Tylenol and drank a lot of water thinking that maybe I got too warm under the covers and dehydrated as I slept. That didn't fix it. I went swimming for an hour (now THERE is commitment!) and when I returned home, I took an Aleve. That has provided some relief but the headache remains. It's just less severe now. It's all in my right temple. Blech. This is definitely not a migraine since it's not absolutely making me crawl in a closet and cry, but it's more than a bit annoying.
I don't know if it was the pain in my head or what, but I wasn't terribly hungry today. I spread out my meals and snacks pretty well, ate leftovers for dinner, and had enough Points left to have a lovely dessert. The scale is at 130.7 today and since TOM is due in another couple of days, I'm losing hope that I'll see that beautiful 129 figure for another week. I know it will be totally sweet when I do, though, so I'm not going to let PMS get the best of me!
My mother will be visiting at the end of next month so I have been preparing for her arrival. I truly hope to shed a few more pounds before then. I know she will report to my sister on what shape I'm in when she returns home (they're horrible gossips) so I hope to give her nothing but good to report! Gosh, that's worth slipping in extra workouts here and there. LOL
Tomorrow I plan to get up early for a short run and then head out to run errands after I listen to the committee meeting on the Military Spouses' Residency Act. I have some paperwork to send for the federal job plus I'm ordering the wine for my social club's big wine tasting event. There are some seriously positive things going on in my life right now, so I'm trying to focus on them and keep thinking of my glass as half full rather than half empty. This last year has been rough while I have worked through some major life issues and though the dark moments still rear their ugly heads once in a while, I have been doing better lately reminding myself that my life is so much better off than it was, say, 10 years ago and I have so many blessings that I didn't expect God to give me. There are millions of people in the world whose lives are not going as well as mine whether it be because of war, famine, personal illness, loss of work, etc. and I have to be mindful of that. I shouldn't take anything for granted.
I guess that's what I'm reminding myself as I continue my weight loss journey. I am lucky to be in the position I am. I have means to work out and I'm healthy enough to do so. I'm a good cook and have the tools at my disposal to make good, healthy meals. I have SP and my WW which are an invaluable one-two punch to keep me in check with healthy ideas, articles, and tracking tools. I can keep doing better and better and there are no excuses for me to do otherwise when there are so many success stories from people who have had much larger hurdles than mine right here on SP! Slow and steady wins the race. Patience, patience, patience.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I had a long swim today and did a fabulous job sticking to plan. I had a bad cheese craving and figured out how to fit it in my meal plan so I could have just a little, which I really enjoyed. I had hoped to fit in a second workout today but I had a lot of errands to run and ran out of time. Now I'm fighting a teeny bit of a headache and getting ready to have a WW toffee ice cream bar for a snack while I watch a little TV. My eyes aren't in the mood to read.
No movement on the scale today. I probably should try to NOT weigh myself every morning but it's become a habit I can't get out of. Maybe there will be some good news tomorrow. Regardless, I'm just going to keep at it confident that it will start going down some more eventually!
Monday, September 21, 2009
In spite of best efforts, I came back from vacation a little heavier than when I left. It took me 2 weeks to get back to pre-vacation weight and now I'm continuing on my downward path with the scale. Unfortunately, the hotel pool was really nasty and I couldn't swim in it and DH only wanted to go hiking one day, so there wasn't much activity on that side. In the other direction, a lot of the events we attended had pre-set menus where there weren't any choices about what was presented to you to eat and no opportunities to ask for special preparations of sauces presented on the side. Everything tasted fabulous and I knew I couldn't take the Alli or I would have been downright sick on vacation and debilitated from attending all of the fun things we had planned. My weight jogged up just a little bit but now I'm back to 130.3 and ready for a big week!
I swam for over an hour today and planned out all of my meals for the week. I need to go on a grocery trip tomorrow to stock up on fresh veggies, but other than that, I have everything sorted out with the many healthy staples I have right here in my cabinets and fridge. I have been toying with the idea of starting my 30 Day Shred program again. I haven't touched it for a month. It produced great results, but I didn't enjoy doing it. I didn't find it fun or look forward to it. It felt like drudgery. I love the swimming but I'm still searching for a good program for my resistance training. It all probably boils down to the fact that I hate resistance training. :-)
I'm setting new mini-goals for myself to keep up my motivation:
Race for the Cure 10/18/09: 125
Mom's visit 10/31/09: 123 (back to my wedding day weight!)
Thanksgiving 11/26/09: 120
Christmas 12/25/09: 118 (trying to be realistic...I love egg nog!)
Birthday 1/25/10: 115 (back to college weight!)
Valentine's Day 2/14/10: 112
Easter 4/4/10: 110
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Not much time to write but I just wanted to post my thoughts. My weight today is 130.3 (Why does the tracker on here not record tenths of a pound? Those are important amounts!), so I'm on the verge of breaking through that 130 barrier once more. Oh, so close!
Life has been crazy. I'm starting a new job as soon as I return from vacation. I have had sooooo many forms to fill out. The federal government is all red tape! hahahaha I have spent the last week or so painting my social club's store and now it looks fabulous. I have also been a co-organizer and the main speaker at our club's welcome coffee event last week. I've been trying to get all of the club stuff done before work starts. I'd like to have the whole year planned out so I can almost go on auto-pilot beginning next month. I doubt it will work out that well, but it's better to prepare as best I can. I overhauled our storage and have been working like crazy to get our newsletter, website and everything else looking fantastic and updated. Keeping up with those things should be easy after that. Right? RIGHT!?!
On top of all of that stress, I'm planning to go on vacation tomorrow. A blissful 12 days in wine country. Two festivals, 15 vineyards, and endless hiking possibilities. It should be GREAT but I have been doing all of the planning and finalizing purchase of our transportation (no drinking and driving!), event tickets, etc. In the middle of all of this, our home printer broke so printing for the trip and for my work documents has been impossible. *grumble, grumble* I just can't wait to get on the plane and goooooo!
I absolutely CAN NOT blow the good thing I have going with my weight. I'm taking my Alli with me and my WW tools and my swimsuit and goggles so I can swim in the hotel pool in the mornings to keep fit. I'm going to be vigilant at restaurants to order steamed things and broiled things rather than fried, alfredo-ed and hollandaised. I know I can continue to be successful. I need to haul grapes and cherries with me to eat and granola bars for hiking. Lots of water. Lots of veggies sans unhealthy dips. This is the reason for this blog. I need to write this out to drill it in my head so I don't mess up. I won't. I can't. Things are going really well with my weight (2 hours of swimming per day couldn't have anything to do with that, could it?) and I would really be angry with myself to let my perfectly good plan go awry. I'm smart. I know how this works. I just need to do it. But I'm stressed about it, anyway.
My new WW magazine came in the mail today. I'm thinking of taking it for reading material on the plan. Keep up the ol' motivation. :-)
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