Saturday, May 01, 2010
My 10% lost mark was a really huge deal for me and helped to give me some momentum. But even so, I was only losing about a pound a week, on average. About 2 weeks ago, I told myself, "I am really sick of a GREAT weight loss week being 2 pounds. I should be able to easily lose that much in a normal week!" I decided to start tracking my food again, at least for awhile. Well, this week, I had a "real" GREAT number: a 5.3 pound loss! Folks, today I hit my 15% lost mark!
I'm actually a little in shock. I was thinking maybe next week or the week after that. Then again, I've felt nauseous and have running around like a maniac since Tuesday; but I have still managed to stay within my calorie range.
I am just SO EXCITED right now! I'm off to order my 15% reward: a heart rate monitor!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
So last week was not a good weight week. I was not surprised, given the Easter holiday and brother taking myself and my parents to all kinds of unhealthy restaurants. I was very well expecting this week to be bad as well, because my mom's birthday was on Monday and we'd been planning on getting an ice cream cake. My mom tells me on Sunday that she doesn't want cake after all, because we've been working our butts off at the gym and her weight-loss success has been very slow in coming. I was, understandably, very disappointed initially--I love cake and haven't had ice cream cake in years--but also secretly a little relieved for my weight.
So what should happen but that a coworker brings in pineapple upside down cake on Monday. I do like pineapple upside down cake, but I didn't find it overly difficult to resist. Then on Tuesday, it was another coworker's birthday (after an office birthday the previous week) and they bought a cake and brought in it. AAGH. Now THIS cake looked very tasty with its pink icing flowers and half yellow, half chocolate flavors. Being in the next cubicle (where they always put the take-out they buy for lunch and the baked goods they bring in from home), it was calling my name through the thin wall dividing us. All day. Luckily, I could not smell the sugar, but I could hear everyone on the floor taking the plastic cover off and on, and talking about its deliciousness while they cut it and took it to their cubicles to eat it. To make matters worse, the birthday girl didn't take the remainder home on Tuesday and there it sat again on Wednesday, tormenting me. But I resisted.
So even though I went out for my mom's birthday and celebrated a special occasion by ordering a very high cal entree, dessert, and drinks, I didn't have cake and I managed to lose a respectable amount of weight this week. And as an aside, while I felt very proud of my myself for resisting the double temptation at work, I had to hear the laments of my coworkers regarding their weight yesterday again. (Gee, when you buy unhealthy crap for lunch almost every single day and eat 2 cakes in 1 week, I can't understand it. But by all means, discuss how you don't want to exercise or change your diet, and continue encouraging each other to take water pills, laxatives, and carb blockers.)
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Today, after almost 2 years after joining Spark, I finally (FINALLY) reached my first major weight milestone: the 10% mark!!
Some other great numbers: To date, I have lost a total of 19.5 inches, 10 of which came from my waist. My BMI has also dropped a full 4 points from 39.2 to 35.2.
It's hard to be proud of myself when I still have so much weight to lose and when it's taken me so very long to get where I am right now. But even if 26 pounds is a tree in a forest full of weight to lose, today I am proud of myself. This 10% mark is the magic number I've been striving to reach since April 2008. It's the number I called back to mind after returning from months of being off the wagon, and I know I will continue my success. I WILL fit into my closet and drawer full of thinner clothes. I will fit into the 16s I shuddered to have to upsize to. I will fit into the abundance of 14s I have in storage. I will fit into the few 12s I have, knowing that more 12s or maybe even 10s will follow. I can, and I WILL.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I am amazed with myself right now, in a totally positive way.
Some backstory first: Iíve been avoiding the treadmill like the plague for the past couple months. Iíve found that I need to walk at around 4.0 mph for my heart rate to get high enough to constitute a ďgood workoutĒ for me. Walking that fast inevitably leads to shin splints, time and again. To break up the pain, about a year ago I started adding jogging intervals. This helped with the shin splints but led to a lot of knee pain. (Iíve injured both knees and, at this weight, get knee pain pretty easily during exercise.) A few months ago, I decided to throw in the towel on the treadmill altogether, at least until I lost some more weight and had less stress on my knees.
Fast forward to today. I was on the elliptical as usual, and getting very bored with the elliptical as usual. I decided to forego any commonsense and finish up the workout with some walking/jogging intervals. So I get on the treadmill and start jogging right away. I started off telling myself that Iíd go for a minute and a half and then switch to walking. The first 1.5 minutes went so well that I figured Iíd try it for 2 minutesóthe longest Iíd ever jogged at one time before. Well, 2 minutes came around and I was feeling GREAT. So I said to myself, ďLetís just keep jogging and see how long you can do this for.Ē And I totally surprised myself by jogging for 6 minutes straight, a whole HALF MILE! I was going to try for the whole mile since my lung capacity was pretty good, but my legs were starting to get a bit sore and I decided not to push things too much too quickly.
Half a mile may not seem like a big thing to those of you more in-shape than I, or who *like* to run, but itís a huge milestone for me. I donít think I ever even managed to jog that far in high school when we had to do the presidential physical fitness tests and were supposed to run a mile. I am beyond proud of myself right now and I canít wait to see what else Iím capable of accomplishing.
And as an extra bonus, I got an endorphin rush from my workout today. I honestly cannot remember the last time I felt physically good after exercising. I'm kind of on top of the world right now.
Monday, February 22, 2010
...since I never update them, I thought I would this time.
The hunger disappeared for about a week. Then my birthday came. I wasn't hungry for cake but the family were, so I had a piece. That was the cue. Now I'm back to wanting to eat all the time! But I'm not. I can't say that's from willpower so much as a lack of food in the house. I'll take the credit nonetheless.
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