Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I signed up for my summer term classes. Next term was supposed to be my last term, but I decided that taking 16 credits in one term might cause me to crack under all the pressure, so I've decided that I will take a class Fall term at the Community College then start at Western Oregon University in the Winter of 2012. I also signed up for a sculpting kick boxing class so that'll be something new for me too.
On another note, My mom found an awesome pattern for a 'steampunk' style dress for the Anime convention I'm going to in September (Kumoricon). I know it's about four months away, and it seems like a long time, but you gotta start somewhere. I'm also keeping in mind that I might still lose weight before then, so it's possible that adjustments will have to be made.
This is what the costume is going to look like basically. I'm of course going to add my own flare.
As far as my progress is concerned, I'm doing alright. I have been eating a lot healthier in the last week than I had in the past month. I stopped eating fast food, and eating out all together. I don't want to pay extra for questionable food. I've toned down the exercise this week which is probably for the best because my shin ended up hurting on Sunday night. I'm just going to continue taking is easy this week by walking in my jogging class instead of running, and resting Tuesday and Thursday. I'll kick it back up on Monday.
I'm actually looking forward to my second biology field trip. We're going out to the Cascades (which is a 2-hour bus ride according to my teacher x.x) and we get to go around observing nature. On top of that, we're going to be walking about a mile and a half, so there's some light exercise right there.
Overall, I'm feeling pretty darn good.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
My calorie-burn has been so high these last couple of weeks. For the past 4 weeks I've burned at least 4000 calories and this week 6000. I haven't necessarily been doing it on purpose, but it's just a result of me doing the activities that I want to do. I came across yet another picture of myself. This one is a little more revealing than the one I had posted in a prior journal entry.
I had been increasingly frustrated by the fact that my weight loss has been slow. I've only lost about 5 pounds since the end of March, but when I saw that picture, my frustration disappeared. I am so happy that while it's slow, it's still a loss and not a gain. I don't ever want to be this woman in the photo-EVER AGAIN. I exercise now. I eat healthy now, and I am in it for the long run. I understand that this will take time. I'm not going to lose it all in a couple of months, but more realistically, a couple of YEARS. In turn, if I did try to lose it all quickly, I'd just end up with loose skin.
I love the fact that I have been able to drop 4 pant sizes, and I am feeling better about myself every day. Even if I didn't do anything different and continued this slow loss, I'd end up with the healthy habits I've picked up, and at the very least, possibly down 30 pounds assuming the loss remained this slow. It's a win-win in my opinion, and I'm not going to try to twist that into something negative.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I hate to admit this, but for the first time this term (We're in week 7 of 10) I actually packed my lunch. While I had been staying within my calorie range, I'm tired of eating all the crappy food that the school cafeteria has to offer, and I'm not in the mood to pay $4.75 for a small bowl of grapes, melon and apples. I don't know why the 'healthy' food is so expensive, but I decided that I had enough.
I actually went out yesterday (part of my walk) and bought a lunch bag with an ice pack too keep everything cold. I had my lunch and some extra healthy snacks (low fat string cheese, and apple and 1 serving of triscuits). I'm here from 9:30 am to 5:50 so I definitely had to think about snacks.
I am only at 1147 calories for the day, so once I get out of class, I can have a healthy dinner and a small sugar-free desert!
I recently decided to start adding more exercise to my routine. I felt like an hour a day isn't enough. I already added it to my fitness tracker and accounted for it for my caloric intake.
I have a feeling that it will re-start my weight loss. I had been at some kind of plateau for a while, and I'm tired of seeing "260-something". I want to get down to 259 by the first week of June. I'm currently at 264, so it's attainable.
I want to take a strength training class next term. I have a feeling that if I mix that with my aerobic exercise, It will definitely help. In spite of the fact that it's raining, I've been at school for 5 hours now, and the on-campus car show was rained out, I feel amazing. I feel so happy about my progress academically, mentally and physically. Adam commented on how my attitude is just so amazing now, and he's seeing a side of me that just shines.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
I was looking at the sheet I filled out on the first day of my jogging class. For the weight, it said 269 pounds. That was in March.....I'm only down to 264. I'm thinking maybe I should step it up. I don't want to go crazy or anything, but I wouldn't mind trying a little harder.
I know that I exercise enough. That's not what the problem is. I'm still eating badly. Sure, I've cut the portions, and I definitely eat a lot less than I used to, but it's the foods that I'm eating that are bad. I still eat burgers, tacos, chips, fries, you name it. I just know that it's slowing down my weight loss.
The problem is that my fiance'e and I are busy full time students. we don't necessarily have time to cook. Not only that, but we live in a tiny postage-stamp apartment, and it's hard to cook in that kitchen. I know that these are just excuses, and if I really wanted to, I could eat healthier.
On another note, I realized that I've dropped that "all or nothing" attitude. I used to believe that if I ate bad or skipped a day, it would halt my progress, but I understand now that it doesn't halt it, it only slows it down. I am going to take some measures to eat better.
I went on a 2.1 mile jog today with my class, and I was so embarrassed because I almost threw up x.x I'll definitely have to be more careful. I had gotten that 'runners high', then I got the 'runners sick'. oh well. As I continue doing this, my body will get used to it.
I'm totally going to enjoy the sunshine today :D
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