I ampretty sure I missed the 1-year anniversary of my lifestyle change.
February 15th, 2012, I weighed in at 186.6 lbs.
February 15th, 2013- I am sure I was hovering between 154 - 156 lbs (it fluctuates).
I am still pleased, even if I haven't reached my personal goal of 150 lbs.
Here's a little something I typed up.
Noted differences in a year:
- Of course, the weight. In 2010/11, I was hovering around 195 lbs. In 2012, I was 186lbs.
Now, in 2013, I am hovering around the 155 lb. mark. I am okay with that. I don't know if I can/should push for 150, or even 140. I don't remember what it was like to be 140 – I was much younger – but I know that 150 is comfortable, because that's where much of my young adult life was spent.
Lately, the weight has been fluctuating a lot, because I can't seem to stop being bloated. Ugh.
- FOOD! There has been a huge change in my food. I am WAY more conscious about what I put into my mouth/body. I don't sit and mow down on a large bag of Doritos. I don't overdo fattening condiments. I will double up on my veggies if I can. I use actual butter for topping instead of margarine, and I bake with canola oil, if not applesauce or pumpkin. I've also taken to egg whites as a lean protein and egg substitute.
I am, however, only human, and I will still eat junk. I still love chips and chocolate and the like, but now I * try * not to eat so much of it in a single serving.
- ACTIVITY! I've definitely been more active in this last year, which has been amazing. I had my schedule before dad's shoulder injury made him leave work. I'd get up earlier (for me), stretch, dance, eat a healthy breakfast, walk my dog, walk to run errands, walk to work, chase the work kids, take one of two dance classes...it was awesome. I'd dance while I washed dishes sometimes.
AFTER dad's injury, though, it felt harder to keep the good stuff going. I like my privacy, I've always been a pretty self-conscious person (says the person who has been belly dancing for 6 years – if you can believe it!). I can perform on stage, but I just can't do things n front of my family. I don't know why. :-/
But, because of this...I will stay in late to use the dance room at work if it's empty, and over the summer, I started using the recumbent bike, and discovered my love of the elliptical trainer. I would sometimes go to work before my shift to work out. Now, it's mostly after work – I like my time in the morning/afternoon before my shift – and I will use the elliptical or dance, and then stretch out.
Energy still runs low, especially one (or even two) particular week(s) out of the month. Sometimes, it is hard to run with the kids at work. But you have to keep going.
- ASTHMA! I've been an asthmatic all of my life. I've also had nasty allergies. Unfortunately, I don't think my allergies have gotten better, but thanks to lifestyle change, my asthma has. I used to use it between 2 – 4 times a day, and I'd always use it before any kind of physical activity. Recently, though...I hopped onto the elliptical to push at least 15 minutes (I think I only did 13, at 1.50 miles)...and I forgot to use my inhaler first! And I felt fine!
I'll still use my inhaler from time to time...but at least it's getting better...!
...and a little something to remember.