Not doing too well in the weight department. I'm "unofficially" up five pounds. I'll have to see what Monday's numbers are to be more accurate. At any rate my weight is up. I've blown calories out of the water these past two weeks. I've just been so darn hungry it's not funny. None of the usual tricks work. At times it gets to making me literally sick. May talk to the doctor about it when I see him on June 5th.
On the other hand, I have noticed that my pants and tops are fitting looser. I guess those workouts on the recumbent exercise bike are working.
Yesterday I read a spark blog about the "4 minute miracle workout". Wow! I tried it on my exercise bike last night. I did a regular warm up on the bike rode for my regular time but tried this 4 minute bite in it. I was sweating and my heart rate really got up there. You don't think about it but I really did feel a difference in those 4 minutes. I think I'll incorporate these "bursts" in with my regular routine like I did last night a couple times a week and see if they make any difference.
Here's the link to the article. Check it out and see what you think.
On June 2nd I will have had my recumbent exercise bike for a month. I'm still loving it. I'm trying to ride it 4 or 5 times a week, ideally for at least 15 minutes. If I can get engrossed in something on NetFlix I do ok.
Walking with my dog has suffered this past month because of my foot. I got the new shoes and was just getting used to them when I wore a different pair of older shoes and rubbed a really bad blister on the heel. A major blister to where I can't wear closed in shoes, they have to have an open back. The blister is healing but I'm still going to hold off with the regular shoes until I'm sure it's completely healed because I can't keep a band-aid on my heel. I leave on vacation June 9th and I have to have two good feet because my brother's going to want to do some hiking and I don't want to miss that.
I found a book about some of the hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains that I bought and am going to take it to let my brother use it too and see what we can find to do. I know my best friends will want to join us if at all possible on our hikes. Plus I'm hoping to tackle the Appalachian Trail again at Carvers Gap this year. I want to see if I've "improved" any since last June. Hoping to go to the Rhododendron gardens up on Roan Mountain too and maybe catch them at their best. Usually we're always a few days late or a big rain storm hits and we have to delay our trip up there. Last year we made it to the festival but everyone had an early spring so things were blooming earlier than normal. Keeping the fingers crossed for some good blooms. Of course I'm trying to figure out how to get good photos to post here for everyone to see.
My son taught me how to download my photos off my phone so now I can erase them and take bunches more this year. I've got to delete them now. I'm trying to get all my stuff rounded up - why do I put things in a safe place? I always always lose them when I do that. My dog won't be happy when she sees me pull out the suitcases - she hates for me to leave for so long. She'll be doubly mad this year because she'll be boarded for a few days if we can't find someone to sit with her at home while my son comes down to my brothers for the 4th and brings me home.
My hair is getting lighter now as time goes on and I shampoo it (yes, I use shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair) and I'm liking it more. My aunt always says my hair gets lighter when I visit my brother. I tell her it's because my brother lives closer to the sun aka near the mountains or when we go to Florida.
Enjoy your weekend. Be mindful of what you are eating and make good choices - something I have to seriously work on again. Get out and get moving doing something you enjoy - time flies when you're having fun doing something.
Enjoy your NSV (non scale victories) I know I enjoy mind. They keep me moving towards my goals. The scales are a number - that's all - a number. The rest is something you can actually see and feel. I like it when I put on a pair of jeans and they fit looser. That's a big woohoo for me. It's all good.
Look at where you're at. Notice how you feel, how your clothes fit. Look at how you've eaten and how much exercise (I hate the words diet and exercise) you've been getting. I've learned to accept there are a lot of things that I physically cannot do anymore - that's a hard thing to accept. I can only do certain things so I try to do them the best I can. I would love to go for a run but with my foot problems that may be a thing of the past but as long as I can walk by golly I'm going to walk and hike when I get the opportunity.
Do things that make you feel good. If you don't enjoy your life it can lead to disillusionment. I know I suffer from depression so I have to keep myself in line. Smile. Laugh. Have fun. You're beautiful - all of you are - no matter what your size is right now you're still beautiful. No matter where you are in your journey to a healthier life and body, way to go! You've made it this far. All it takes is one small step to start. Build on that small step and you can make all sorts of changes - just don't go overboard at the start and set yourself up for "disappointment because you're not perfect".
I'm far from perfect. I start and stop. I get sidetracked. I want to quit but you know something if I think about not tracking my food (even when it's a disgrace) or my fitness I am in the habit of doing it so I do it. If I forget to track a food I ate today because I got busy I will do it as soon as I think about it even if it's two days from now. I'm holding myself accountable for everything that goes in my mouth - that's a challenge. Now to get myself back on track calorie wise since my self-control flew out the window again. Working on it. Tracking the fitness...make it fun to see those minutes add up. I'm tracking miles and doing two virtual walks and a virtual bike ride.
Above all - love yourself and your life. No matter where you are or what size you are, you are a very special person. I love my SparkFriends - you are all wonderful! Sending you love & hugs,