Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Yesterday I could barely do 2.5 mins on the stairstep machine. Today I did 5 minutes without realizing it!! I just decided I would go at a fairly steady pace and REALLY OPEN UP my lungs to breathe more deeply. I also focused on reading the captions on the gym's T.V.s, and before I realized it I was DONE! (That's 10 more floors, Eb!)
Plus, I did my regular 20 minutes on the Cybex and it was SO MUCH EASIER than before. I even had pretty good balance. Today when I walked my mile at work I went kinda late, and I felt like I was DRAGGIN'! My legs felt so heavy -- I think they are - FULL OF MUSCLES!! HEheheee.
Also, the scale at the gym said 309 (yesterday it was 311.5). I knew it was a glitch. That's still up from last week, but I'm feeling more confident. AAAAaand this is DAY 2 of staying below my calorie range!! Yay!!
I really am deeply grateful to everyone that visits my blog and stops by to encourage me. It's amazing how much we can all feed off of each other's energy. Thank you all SO SO SO much!! Hugsss times a million!
(And by the way, Eb, I was almost thinking of NOT going to the gym tonight, but my climbing the mountain with you got me there. I'm gonna catch up to you eventually, I won't give up!! TEN floors - that's not even counting the actual stairs that go up to the Cybex machines after that!)
Monday, August 11, 2008
Here's a picture of me this weekend when I was helping play a character in my 9 yr old nephew's Murder Mystery birthday party. I was being questioned and was "acting" (hence the face). The picture - OH MY GOSH. It's SO unflattering. This is the kind of thing that would've really dealt me a blow to my ego. I think I look kinda cute in my "regular" pictures - the ones I set up, or have my husband take. Then one of these pops up. Ugh.
AND, today my weight went up 4 lbs. from last week. I think it's a glitch, and will be weighing myself later this week. *****Instead of getting upset I decided to take stock of what I've accomplished.*****
-My monthly weigh in (which was really 2 mo span) resulted in .5" to 1" loss in each area (neck, waist, thigh, calf) except my bicep. Yay!
-I can feel a real difference in how I get up from the car and get into the car. I use my abs and my legs, the movement is smoother, and not painful. I really want to pay attention to this, because I think it can be easily overlooked.
-I did 20 mins on the Cybex today without feeling like I was dying. And that was AFTER killing myself for a couple of minutes on the StairStepper and having to use the treadmill while waiting for the Cybex machine. (Somehow I still made it all the way down the stairs to get back to the locker room. Whew! I almost thought my legs wouldn't handle it.)
-Today is the FIRST DAY that I'm below my nutritional ranges with the new (lowered) amount. It took me a week, but I have a new plan of dividing up the total by the amount of meals/snacks I'm planning to have, and not go over for each one. Day one, and it worked! ;D
I know that there's a positive difference in my weight, so I'm going to keep movin' on!
ONE DAY I WILL...
-Be able to do a push-up.
-Be able to do a pull-up.
-Be able to do 2 crunches.
-Be able to do 10 squats in a row.
(Oh yeah, plus that dress thingy feels like 3 sizes too big. Even though I can't afford new clothes all the time, I think I should definitely "retire" it and donate it or something.)
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Oh man, I am waaaay past my bedtime this Friday night (considering it's 4 am on Saturday morning). But! I had to post that I was able to meet up with my childhood friend Teanna, and had a great time catching up tonight. I hadn't seen her since we were around 7, and it's so funny to see her grown up. LOL! Luckily, the friend chemistry was still there, and I loved it!
I might have convinced her to switch from LA Fitness to 24 Hr Fitness 'cause she suggested we work out together. HEh! I guess she has lots of 24Hr friends. That would be neat. :P
So, that reminds me. I remember when I was an overweight teenager and I used to fantasize about losing a bunch of weight and seeing people that I hadn't seen in awhile. Even though I'm actually DOING something to achieve that now, I'm not having those fantasies. Although there may be some side benefit of looking different (especially in front of people that may have hurt me), that's not why I'm doing this. I don't care what other people think. This is for my health and myself. Health and myself - hey that kinda rhymes!!
Okay, I've gotta go to sleep.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wow, so I had SP reset my calorie range, and it dropped by 500 calories! Hokey smokes!! So, I added more exercise to the tracker program (only a little more than what I'm actually doing) and nutrition only went down to 1420 - 1770. However, that's much less than I was eating when I was over my ranges (2000+ lately).
So, really this is just new motivation to SERIOUSLY snack only on fruits and veggies and carefully consider my food choices. I have to go back to really eliminating the chocolate and caffeine that I'd been using a lot lately.
After I reach my year end goal of getting below 300 (still on schedule to do that by the end of this month, btw), I'm going to reset it for 100 lbs lost this year. That means only 25 to lose between Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec. :D Yay! And I'll really want to work on toning muscles.
I can't believe that I'm actually at the weight I was in 2000. Does that mean I turned back the clock 8 years? LOL! Not really, but, I feel good, more energy. And that's what's really important. Now I've just got to be sure to wear all the clothes I have before they're way too big for me. :D That's a good problem to have. Heh.
Monday, August 04, 2008
(Listening to "All My Life" -Foo Fighters)
It's time for me to make changes that *I* want to make. Lately, with all of the chaos I've let lots of things spin out of control. Especially keeping within my nutritional ranges.
(This is a great workout song.)
"...DONE, I'm done, and I'm on to the next one.
and I'm on the next one.
Done and I'm done and I'm onto the next..."
"...Hey, don't let it go to waste
I love it but, I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down ..."
Along with not keeping in my nutritional ranges, the last time I exercised was Monday. Between those two things, I'm about 2272 calories in surplus this week. This is the first time in 6 months that this has happened. I can't use what's going on in my professional life as an excuse. So I'm going to get back into my physical routine immediately, and continue to work on the nutritional stuff.
When I get to 100 lbs lost (probably by the end of the year) I'm going to get a new haircut. I've kept my hair "natural" for over 10 years. I need something that's low maintenance, because I'm used to combing and air drying my hair. I also want something that's more flattering. I just need to find it. :D Even if I don't find the perfect cut by then, I want to celebrate my life changes with a big physical change - so I may need to leave it in the hands of a wild hairstylist's experimental "vision". LOL!
My husband is fond of bright red hair with a bob haircut. I don't know about that - I was messing around in Photoshop and I think it makes my face look wider. :P He'll be happy with anything I choose though. Heh.
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