batteries and scales, pilates dvds and balls, new goals and steps, oh my!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
a bit of advice: if you have an electronic, battery scale, don't forget to change the batteries at least every few years! I don't think I've ever changed the batteries on mine, and I've had it at least 4 years. Granted, I didn't use it for a long time so it may have lasted longer, but still. I was wondering why my weight was fluctuating so much. A week or two ago the scale showed up after being stuck on 179.4 to 175, and then every time I went to check it (about once a day, which I realize isn't good) it was stuck on 177.4. I was weighing myself at the same time every day, and same situation, naked, etc...and I was confused and frustrated. Well today I was like, maybe it's time to change the batteries, since I wasn't sure if I had ever. First of all, the case over the batteries was slightly open. The batteries were definitely very old just by looking at them (I don't buy that kind of battery, it probably came with the package when I bought the scale)...and sure enough, when I weighed myself I was below the 175 at 174.4! So that was a big relief.
As I said on my status, I only have about 5 lbs to lose until I'm no longer in the obese bmi range which I'm soooo excited about!
Yesterday for my birthday I got a stability ball that came with a dvd workout. Firstly, the package didn't provide instructions to blow up the ball which was frustrating at first because I didn't know if what I was doing was going to work. Well, eventually it did, but it was definitely a work out in itself trying to pump that darn thing full haha! I still don't know if I managed to put enough air in it for sure.
The pilates workout video itself was lame. Maybe it's because I wasn't doing it right, but only a few exercises felt challenging. Well actually, some felt too easy and others were almost impossible. It didn't provide a balanced or progressive level of difficulty. It's also pretty difficult to figure out whether you're doing everything right while watching the video. I know my neck was craned a bit making sure I was getting the movements of the exercises correctly, but then that screwed up my form they were asking for. So blah. My mom even commented on that (she used to be a mat pilates teacher kinda casually). I also don't have the best set up in the room that I was using, I either have to be really close to the tv or too far away. This is because of where our treadmill is placed. Argh. Oh well.
I need to figure out a way to see the spark video exercises on my tv. It might work with my old wii, it might not. I don't want to risk damaging a computer for these purposes though, and it's kinda hard to do a work out video properly in front of a laptop!
I'll take suggestions if you have any for solving these silly problems.
My goal now is to lose at least 35ish more pounds. That'll put me just below 140 lbs (139 to be exact) and then I'll determine whether I still want to get to 125lbs which was my second initial goal. I broke the steps a little smaller, I'm planning to be 150 lbs by April 30 at the latest. (It's being somewhat generous with time because I tend to lose more than 1 lb a week some weeks).
Things are not feeling as overwhelming as before with my weight, so that's great!