Saturday, January 19, 2008
Yes, I've been at work for almost 6 hours now and it's Saturday about 20 after NOON. UGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH. hahahaha
And it was snowing? Not sure if it still is, but this is ALABAMA. ??
So anyway -- this week has been relatively successful. After weighing in very skeptically on Tuesday, I saw it go up a lb on Thursday, but yesterday I weighed in for Scale Back Alabama and it showed a 3.2lb loss from last week's Scale Back Alabama weigh-in, so hey! I guess I really did lose around 3.5lbs probably! I'm hoping to at least maintain that loss, or hopefully lose a bit more, by this coming Tuesday's weigh-in. The only bummer is that I can't go to the gym today.
I'm kind of relieved because I'm so worn out, I don't think I would have really been able to give my all.
But kinda bummed.
Anyway -- we're going to go tomorrow. My DH's school computer DIED so we have to go do computer saving/replacing activities today. We will probably end up eating out for lunch, and I am going to be a VERY GOOD GIRL. I'm so determined not to go out of the healthy BMI now that I've reached it, I am not slipping one bit! Now... depending on where we go, I may not be able to get nutrition facts or anything, but I am definitely going to go for something healthy and not "justify" any kind of splurge. I ate a really high sodium dinner last night and I don't want to extend the bloat. HAHAHAHAHAHA.
TOM is coming up, too. :P
Working this much overtime is definitely a bit exhausting, but I can't wait to see my paycheck!!!!! ;)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I have come a LONG WAY this year.
I'm going to really start considering where I was December 2006 -- I felt like a totally BLOB. One of my SparkFriends (*BETHIE*) blogged about how she felt "blob-y" and how it helped motivate her back to Sparks. WELL LET ME TELL YOU. I couldn't believe she used the same exact words. She described EXACTLY how I was feeling at that point.
I felt uncomfortable at every moment, just because of the state of my body. I couldn't help but notice how lethargic I felt, that I was doing nothing all day, and coming home and doing nothing. I felt ugly, and just BLAH.
Then I go to the Dr's to get my annual exam and some birth control, and step on the scale to see the number 294 flashing. I couldn't BELIEVE I had let myself just balloon up to this weight. I had ALWAYS been overweight, but not always obese. At 294, my BMI was 37.7. Morbidly Obese starts at 40. I was MINDBOGGLED. I could not believe my weight was so close to 300.
I had already been kind of thinking about it, but that really pushed me over the edge. NOW was the time to do something about my health. I set a New Year's Resolution to GET HEALTHY. I talked to my husband about the possibility of getting me a gym membership. I researched local gyms, and the best value was getting added to my husband's membership at the University Rec Center.
I started working out on 1/6/2007, and went grocery shopping and bought what I thought were healthy foods. I realized that I really needed to learn how to eat right. I knew the basics -- what foods were more healthy and what foods weren't. But I didn't know WHY or HOW MUCH I should be eating, or ANYTHING about how much protein vs. carbs or anything like that.
I searched for a resource. While looking through healthy eating type communities on livejournal.com, I saw a few different people mention SparkPeople.com. So I checked it out. At first I was skeptical about it being FREE. I figured I would sign up, then it would say, to use this feature and this and this (the things I would want of course), pay $$$ each month! But no! :) To my delight it was free, and it had so much more than I even imagined!!! I signed up for my account on 1/15/2007.
I don't have my inches numbers in front of my right now, and I'll come back and edit this entry with the details...
But I've lost at least 10" from my waist, I think at least 10" from my hips as well. I've lost a few inches from my neck even!!!! I didn't start measuring my biceps, calves, bust, or thighs until later. But I have definitely decreased in size.
At the beginning of 2007 I purchased some new clothes. I said I needed them because my old clothes were worn out, but the truth was, only one pair of pants I had still fit me, and they were stretchy. Nothing would fit me at any store but Lane Bryant, where I purchased some size 24 dress pants and jeans.
Just recently, after Christmas, I purchased some NEW clothes. Size 16 pants now.
I have lost 4 sizes. :)
I've lost, since starting with SparkPeople.com at 290, 96.5lbs.
My BMI now is 24.85 - IN THE HEALTHY RANGE. :)
I set a goal to start learning to run once I had lost 50lbs.
I started the C25K program and on Thanksgiving 2007 I ran my first 5K.
The most important change is how I FEEL. I feel infinitely better than that BLOB I was in 2006. That person is gone FOREVER. I now CARE about what I put into my body for fuel. I feel the relationship for how I treat my body and how I feel. I KNOW the difference between me eating healthy and working out, and me eating crap and doing nothing.
I have confidence to take on pretty much any goal which may come into mind because I NEVER really expected to do this and succeed -- and now that I have, I know I can do ANYTHING.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Yeah, I'll chill with the pictures for now.... ;)
My head has been hurting so bad the past couple of days.
I can't WAIT to get to the gym tonight. I guess I've just missed it, even though Tuesday's workout felt like it was taking forever, and was irritating me by how I was not performing up to my previous levels (last gym visit was either the 20th or 21st of December...), but I figured as much. :P I haven't gotten back to my ST yet either. I really need to get that in. Maybe tonight, since DH will theoretically be going with me tonight, I can get my cardio in first and do some ST while he's still going? We'll just have to see.
I've also been informed that I can pretty much have AS MUCH OVERTIME AS I WANT at work right now, so yeehaw. :) HAhahaha. Not that I really want to be at work more, but how can I turn down an offer like that?!?
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