If I stay on track for the rest of the week, I might *actually* have a loss for the first time in over a month! Which is pretty exciting. I've been working hard this week and I guess it shows. I mean, I've been keeping track of everything for the last few weeks but overindulging in food a little and not exercising a lot. I fell off of my running schedule so I'm trying to get back to that [I went running on Tuesday, and I'm going to go just after finishing this]. I've also been walking a lot. So I'm getting back into the swing of things, but right now I feel like I'm running alongside the wagon instead of actually being on it. I think the final piece is getting back into the social aspect of sparkpeople, so... here I am!
I started volunteering at my local library, Tuesday was my first day and it was so much fun! I had a 20 minute walk there [and back] plus I was on my feet all afternoon [I got put in charge of circulation! Just two hours into my first shift!]. That'll be nice for exercise, and also to keep me from holing up in my house for the entire winter. And maybe I'll actually meet people from the city and make some friends! The director is a total dork and even though I started out really shy, he got me laughing pretty quickly and then I was fairly comfortable. And the children's librarian is a cat lover and also a geek [she knows loads of Star Wars trivia, and wizard rock!] so that's awesome. The other woman [who was training me] didn't seem to have much of a personality at all but... eh. And there was another guy who was there for a couple hours and started chatting with me before he left, but I was still feeling shy at that point so I didn't really get to know him. But still. That's more people than I'd met all year!
My aunt said a while back that I could have her treadclimber but never got around to disassembling it and bringing it over. Well, she called me up today and said that she was taking it apart at that very moment and would be bringing it by today or tomorrow [she called later to confirm it would be tomorrow]. Yay! I'm so excited! I can't wait to try this out, because this is something I'd never even *heard* of until she mentioned it. Apparently the speed doesn't go up high enough for running [only up to 4 or 4.5mph, depending on the model] but it'll be good for reading while working out [or watching tv], and getting exercise in during the winter. There might even be a way to set it up to do computer things while walking on it, like a treadmill desk, I'll have to see. So I'm really excited about that!
I'm a *bit* worried about how much space it'll take up in my exercise room, especially with regards to having enough space to do my workout DVDs, but I'll deal with that when it happens. After all, I set up the exercise room with this machine specifically in mind so I'll make it work somehow.
I did some other blogging yesterday. My friend asked about a month ago how I started running [because she knew that it was a long process for me before I actually started *running*] so I wrote up a [long, rambling] blog post about that for her. It's posted on my other blog: fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.
She said she's been really inspired by my story and this will be helpful when she finally feels ready to start. She'll have my support whenever that happens.
I've also sent her more specific tips about getting started with exercise in general [since she's adverse to exercise at all] so maybe she'll find a good starting point that works for her.
Ummm, yeah. I know I've mostly just written about the past few days but honestly, there's not much to say about the "missing weeks" before that. I wasn't doing much of anything, one way or another, in terms of fitness. I wasn't horrendously off plan [except that day I made homemade jelly-filled donuts and then at them all, but I more than paid for that in stomach pains] but I wasn't amazingly on plan either. Just kind of floating on. But now I'm back and I swear it's for real this time.
Time to go get ready for a run! It's perfect weather, too, sunny and 60 degrees. I better take advantage of this while it lasts.