Wednesday, July 11, 2012
It has been a long while since I have been on here, and I miss being here and talking to all my friends on here but I have been super busy. Am happy to say that even though that is the case, I haven't been too bad concerning food/weight. I did gain a pound when I weighed the end of June, and time will only tell this month, because I have been kind of bad, but I am trying to do better and stay in control despite the fact that my circumstances have changed quite a bit since I was last on.
I have met a wonderful, awesome man who is so sweet to me that it is unbelievable sometimes and I feel like pinching myself just to see if it is really true. I have been spending lots of time with him, of course, so the computer has definitely been taking the back burner for sure......His name is Tony. My Mom is best friends with his Mom and they have been trying to get us together to meet for almost a year, but the timing was never right, I suppose. We met at Tina's wedding last month and it seems as if we have known each other forever. Of course, we went in knowing some things about each other from our Mom's, so that helped. I wish we could have met earlier, but who knows.....maybe it just wasn't the right time and if we had met then, we may not have gotten together. But we have met now, and it is going positively BEAUTIFULLY and I am so happy. The funny thing is (and I am not meaning that in a bad way) he is 120 pounds....I am literally two of him, plus some. LOL What a pair we make.
So forgive me if I am not on here every single day....spending time with him and family is so much better than sitting in front of the computer. :) But I hope all of ya'll are doing awesome as well! :)
Sunday, June 03, 2012
Got a slow start to the day, but at about 2 pm, I got my butt in gear. Managed to get a lot done around here; some painting, woodwork, among other things. I was on such a roll, I didn't even realize how much time had passed, and it was almost 7:30 before I knew it, so I had to stop and take a break to eat supper before it got too late. My calories/fat/carbs dropped since I lost weight, and so I went over my minimum but still stayed within my range as far as calories go. Fat was under, and carbs were actually over my "max" by 15. But I have noticed that things that are good for you (whole grain, etc.) tend to be higher in carbs and so, a lot of those carbs were good carbs, so I'm not too worried about that!
I did take breaks from my work around the house to get on my stepper and am proud to say that so far I've done 3 sets of 5 minutes. I am going to try to get a few more sets in before the night is over. Yay! I really think that is helping with the energy......
I am hoping to wear myself out today because I have to get up early tomorrow to go to a Job Fair that is going on and I don't want to go looking like I haven't slept in a week. lol Never been to one, so I will see what it's like. Maybe I'll get lucky and find something!
Still have a lot that I want to get done tonight, but wanted to come on here for a few minutes to get in my daily Spark. :) My one cat, Potter, had a bad day. He was asleep and apparently he was sleeping pretty deeply, because I looked over and he just fell off his perch like a rock. It took him a couple of minutes to realize what had happened. lol He's good at doing that....not too long ago, he fell into the trash can while sleeping.
But I guess I had better get off of here and get back to work before I get too comfortable sitting here. lol Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Saturday, June 02, 2012
That's right, my countdown begins today! And just for anyone who doesn't know, the countdown is for my friend Leon who will be moving here from Chicago! Quite a ways and a huge change for him, but I am so glad he decided to do it! It's gonna be awesome!
As for me, I keep seeing these weight loss commercials and these women say things like "I lost 30 pounds! I went from a size 10 down to a size 2!!!". Hmmm......I have always wondered how true those are, because I have lost over 30 pounds so far, and I didn't drop 8 sizes. Not even close; more like 4 sizes. And I know every person's body is different, and someone else may lose that much weight and they may drop 8 sizes. But not me. From what I can tell, I have to lose about 10 pounds to lose a pant size. Don't know why I was pondering on that, but I was. I also know that due to my bone structure, I will never be in a size 2 because there wouldn't be anything to me. Back when I was a teenager, I managed to get down to 140 and a size 12, and I have to admit that I looked bad. It took about 4 people asking me if I was anorexic to decide that 140 was just too low of a weight for me. So I gained some weight and stayed steady at 160. That's my overall goal weight, but honestly, I will be happy to be under 200. And eventually, I will get there. It will just take some time.
My Twist and Step is still steadily kicking my butt. Still can't do over 5 minutes at a time, but have managed to do 2-3 sets of 5 minutes a day (when I have time). I think every week or so, I will add a small minute to the time and try to get up to 6 minutes/set, etc.. I know that doesn't sound like much, but I've found that I need to set my goals small and go from there. Plus, I'm honestly proud of the fact that I can do even 5 minutes at a time on it.....back a year ago, when I was pushing 300 and wasn't active at all, I probably couldn't have even lasted a minute or so on it. So I am very thankful for the few minutes I can do it! And I will also be very proud of every single minute I can add to that over time!
Not that I'm trying to say that I'm disappointed in myself, because I am ecstatic for my 35.5 pound loss so far, but the thing is: I know I could have done better! Today is Day 120 for me; and I think back to all those "bad" days I had, and I know that if I had just passed on that pizza or that bowl of ice cream....well, you know. I had a lot of bad days throughout the months for some reason or another, and even had a few days where I just went all out. And to tell the truth, I didn't exercise, other than normal, every day moving around and such. Now I sit here and wonder.....if I had done what I was supposed to and did my exercising, could I have lost more weight? And the answer is.....YES! I think I could have. I'm NOT knocking the weight I've lost......I am damn proud of that, BUT it has been on my mind. I knew that I could lose weight just by changing how I was eating, because I was eating an enormous amount of calories and fat and didn't even realize how much. So I knew that by getting my eating under control that I could lose some weight without having to exercise much. And I probably can still continue to lose some more weight without doing any exercise other than normal stuff, because I was truly very, very inactive before but eventually it will come to a stop. I will need to get the exercising in there or I will be stuck. That has been one of my true struggles over the past months. I still have lapses where food is concerned, but exercise is my Everest. And I think that's what got me thinking.....I thought back and realized that if I had been exercising like I've been doing now, that I could have lost so much more weight! Am I mad at myself for this? No. Am I going to beat myself up over this new found knowledge? No! Life is full of lessons a person has to learn, and it's an every day process, so now I know what I need to change and where to set my goals and I know I will achieve them. It's going to be a slow process, but it's one I am willing to do, and that's all that matters. I may struggle now, and I may struggle forever, but as long as I keep shoving my way through, I will be proud!
Friday, June 01, 2012
I was kind of worried about getting on that scale, and I shouldn't have been! I weighed, and honestly, I looked at the number that came up and I was like....Uh, I think I have to weigh again. So I did, and got the same number. I lost 13.5 pounds!!!!! I now have officially made it to 35.5 total pounds lost! I am so proud and it has given me even more motivation to continue! YES!
As for the last few days.....haven't had much good luck, other than the weight loss. I went to my friend's house and stayed the night to take him to the airport the next morning at 4:30 am, but I didn't get any sleep before that; so my sleeping has been seriously lacking the past few days. On the way back from taking him, I got sick and then had to spend a hour cleaning the car out because it hit really suddenly and I didn't have time to stop and get out of the car. Just lucky I didn't wreck. I don't know what caused it; I guess I must have eaten something that was bad. That's the only thing I can think of! That wasn't fun at all!
Then I came home and stepped on a black snake and the damn thing bit my foot. Luckily, it wasn't poisonous, so that's the bright side of that. It still kind of aches, but I'll get over that.
In two weeks I will have a "personal trainer" because Leon is going to be here! In exactly 14 days! WOO-HOO! So looking forward to that! He wants me to be his P.T. because he wants to get back into running; because he got out of it since coming back from Iraq. I told him I would, but that I can't run. I'm nowhere near being ready to run; if ever, due to an injury sustained a few years ago concerning my leg. So I told him I'd get a bike instead. He claims he can have me running in no time at all. Yeah....we'll see. I will just be overjoyed to have someone to exercise with!
I told him about my Twist and Step and how it kicked my ass, and he laughed at me and told me that isn't hard. So I made him a bet.....I told him if he can get on it for 30 minutes without stopping, then I will take him to a club around here. He laughed again, saying "Only 30 minutes? That's easy". I am looking forward to seeing him try to do it without stopping. I think I will win this one! lol Of course, even if I lose, then I will still enjoy it! I love bets where I benefit no matter the outcome! Best kind of bet in the world. :)
I don't have much planned for the weekend, except more with the house (YAY!...not lol) But hope all of ya'll have a great weekend!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
So I finally got my Twist and Step out a few days ago. I thought I could get on it and do 30 minutes.....apparently my expectations were set too high on that, because after 5 minutes, I truly couldn't take another step. LOL I guess I thought because I could get on a stationary bike for a hour, or walk for hours, that I could do this for 30 minutes. Uh...wrong. Walking is no problem, and I didn't stop to think that when I'm on a stationary bike, all my weight is on my butt, not my legs. I learned my lesson, for sure. I did manage to get back on it another 5 minutes, but that was all I could do. I didn't let it discourage me....I mean, I'm not lying to myself anymore. I am severely out of shape (heck, I haven't been in shape at ALL since I was 15 years old) and I am severely overweight.....so of course the machine kicked my ass. But instead of getting upset, I now view it as a challenge. I'm setting the goal to get on it at least times a day, even if all I can do is 5 minutes. Eventually, I will win and getting on it for 30 minutes at a time will be a breeze!
I also have to say that I did awesome on Memorial Day. I went to a friend's for a cookout, and was dreading all the "bad" food.....I did go over my minimum for the day, but I still stayed within my limits. So I was very happy with that! Plus, we spent about 5 hours on her Wii playing bowling, frisbee golf and we tried all the other sports ones. Even did the fitness evaluation thing they have on there and scored a 51, which was bad I guess, but heck, I had never been on a Wii before, so that was part of the problem. I've never been big into buying all the new game consoles that come out, but after that and how much fun I had (so much fun that I am feeling it in almost every part of my body today) I think I might start setting money aside to buy one just for the fitness games. I've never been into sports, but even I found myself liking the sports games. (That in itself is shocking)
I'm still working on the house a lot; I am beginning to doubt that I will ever get it done. If only there wasn't so much to do, but oh well. It keeps me busy, that's for sure.
Leon will be here in 18 days. Getting really excited now....another reason I want to stay busy. It has helped me keep my mind occupied and it has also made time go by quicker.
I have to weigh tomorrow, instead of the 31st. Have to go to a friend's house and take him to the airport at 5:30am Thursday, so just going to do it and get it out of the way. I am curious and slightly worried about getting on that scale....I've been "good" most of the time, but I have had some off days and I always get worried about seeing the number that comes up. Hope it turns out being a good day...if not, then I will just have to push forward and do better. No giving up for me anymore!
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