Monday, August 01, 2011
It seems past time for a second blog entry. I find I really like reading other people’s blogs, and really appreciate the willingness of others to share of themselves. But it never seems that anything I’ve done is particularly noteworthy, not worth writing about when compared to the efforts of others. I live a pretty boring life, for the most part. But I do want to keep a sort of progress report…
I have a tendency to jump into new endeavors whole-hog, obsessing for a while, then burning out. I really don’t want to do that this time, which is why I’m starting slowly, trying to make sure each major change is sustainable before I add the next one.
So what’s different between April 1 and August 1?
>I weigh 22.8 pounds less.
>I take my lunch to work instead of hitting the cafeteria. Saves me a lot of money, too.
>I track my calories every day. This is something that I always thought would be a big pain, so I wouldn’t even consider diets that required it. But SP makes it so easy, it’s just silly not to. I simply don’t eat anything I can’t find a calorie count for. (Okay, there was that ONE half-a-homemade-chocolate-chip
-cookie last week at the office. ONE thing in three+ months - It was a tough week. So sue me.)
> I am now routinely doing 40-60 minutes of cardio 3 times a week before work (Leslie Sansone’s ‘walking at home’).
This is a really big change for me – like moving-mountains big. All earlier attempts at losing weight were doomed at some point by my refusal to believe I really had to do this. After all, I never “exercised” when I was younger, and I was skinny then, so why should I have to do that icky thing now? (Hmm, conveniently forgot – anybody else remember President Kennedy’s Physical Fitness program in the schools?)
>Having kept that new habit going for a couple of months, I’m now ready to add something for the alternate days - I have recently gotten some resistance bands and a yoga mat, and I’ve set up my fitness tracker for strength training sessions.
>Another biggy – getting up EARLY to do it! Formerly, the big challenge of the day was “what’s the very last possible minute I can wait to get up and still make it to work on time?” My work schedule has been mucked up the last few weeks, so I can’t say I’ve improved my sleep schedule, but I have hopes…
I’ve not had much of a change in my measurements, which is annoying – I’ve lost only one inch off my hips/belly, nothing from my waist. Bummer that. (Didn’t take the measurements, but I don’t think I’ll be able to lose the whole 120 pounds from just my boobs…quite.)
My mood has changed; I’m much more positive these days. I also have more energy – I notice it in small ways, like when I’m walking out of the office to the car, I’ll realize that I’m “walking”, or even “striding”, whereas before I was “plodding” or “dragging”. Last week I had to go to work three hours early every day for training that originated in a different time zone – my new self did it with pretty good spirit, whereas my old-self brain had been screaming for days that I’d never make it out alive. I even managed to stick with my morning exercise sessions before going in. Take that – old-self brain! Yay, me!
So I’m frankly pretty darned pleased so far. My inner critic – vile creature! - is reading other people’s blogs, and mumbling about how SOME people –unlike me - are training for 5K’s or Ironman, or logging hours of muscle-building at gyms. But I can ignore that. I’ve made progress on things that have been neglected for a very long time, and hopefully in a way that will stick, and will build a foundation for making all the (countless!) other changes I need to make, one step at a time.