Sunday, July 22, 2012
I have another non-scale victory to share!
I put on a pair of denim shorts to go to the grocery store today and not only were they sliding down as I walked around, but they were taking my underwear with them! Time to either get a belt or toss these shorts!
I believe all of this exercise is paying off big time, some of it at the scale, but more of it with my body. Can't wait to take measurements on Aug. 1 !!!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Making a plan and making it stick!
Went to my social event last night as planned, despite the less than optimal weather. I thought our riverboat ride might be cancelled, but the rain slowed enough that we could still go. I avoided all of the snacks on the boat and focused on the people while sipping 4 oz. of pinot grigio (wish I would have skipped that, it wasn't even all that great)!
By the time we docked, I was pretty hungry. Found my way to the celery and snacked on two "dipless" sticks before dinner. I stayed with ice water the rest of the evening. I enjoyed grilled chicken breast (without the bbq sauce), salad with cucumbers & tomatoes, 1/4 c. of baked beans, and half of a dinner roll (just because I could feel my blood sugar dropping and needed some carbs).
I totally bypassed the cake (and the server not only visited our table once with a full tray, but a second time as well). The cake triggered me a little ... and I wanted something sweet. Driving by Dunkin Donuts on the way home was a little tempting, even though I know that's BAD FUEL. But I kept driving! I came home and had a Blue Bunny lowfat 10g carb popsicle, sparked a little and was in bed by 10!
And ... I put 90 minutes in at the gym yesterday afternoon, learning my way through the new equipment!
I AM a warrior and I love it!!!!!
Friday, July 20, 2012
I'm celebrating the fact that it's Friday. I had thought about taking the day off, but when I heard the weather forecast and learned it would be raining and not all that nice, I decided to work. During the summers I work until 1 on Fridays (and work a half hour longer Mon-Thurs), so it will be an early quit anyway.
My plan is to go straight to the gym after work, then a trip to the library with my ma (she's not into the Kindle world). This evening I have a Chamber of Commerce picnic/river boat ride. I was sponsored by my employer to participate in a leadership program last year and this year happens to be Leadership Lycoming's (Lycoming because that's my county) 25th Anniversary. All of the alumni from all 25 classes were invited. So it should be a fun time.
My plan: I checked out the menu and see there is bbq'd chicken and tossed salad. Everything else is pretty much a bust for me (chips, baked beans, potato salad, cake, beer--not a beer drinker anyway). I may opt for a glass of wine. I'm going to eat some steamed veggies before I go, just so I'm not famished and tempted to eat everything bad in sight! It's just a good menu for someone who is health conscious or a diabetic, but at least there are two things I can have.
That's my plan and I'm sticking to it. It's not about the food anyway, it's about the people and the socializing and the show of support for the program and the chamber. I have, however, opted to skip my church picnic on Sunday. It's lethal and one outing is enough for one weekend for me right now. I'm happy with my progress but I also don't want to derail myself.
Hope you have a great Friday ... make a plan ... and stick to it!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Last night, I believe I had a very efficient 35-40 min workout. It was my group training night and there are 3 of us in my group. We warmed up for 5 mins on the treadmill, and then worked chest & back, more cardio, then biceps and triceps, more cardio, cool down.
My upper body is so happy it's singing this morning!
Is it really about time ... or intensity ... or both?
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
When I was younger, it was easy to drop 9 lbs in a matter of a few weeks. The first time I tried WW, I remember losing 8 lbs the first week. But the 9 lbs I've lost over the past 6 weeks means more to me because this is not a contest. It truly is a lifestyle change. I'm learning from others who have succeeded that it will be a lifelong challenge. I'm ready for it!
My body craves healthy fuel and movement. I feel stronger. I feel less "jiggle." I'm beginning to see definition in my arms, legs, shoulders and face that wasn't there 6 weeks ago. And I feel in tune with my own body. It speaks to me ... and I listen!
My short term goal from the onset was to lose 15 lbs by my daughter's graduation from college on Aug. 4. The weight loss has been a little slower than I anticipated, but it's coming off and I'm doing the right things. I'm going to keep doing them, looking daily for ways to improve through reading, my interactions with others, and listening to my body.
I posted a few pictures yesterday, one in particular I am uncomfortable with--here's another one (with my mom, who really rocks)! I look at that picture now and don't really recognize the person. I was miserable. And now, well, I'm a warrior!
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