Ok, so I've been missing for a few months. In blog years, that's literally years.
Let me bring you up to speed.
Since I returned from the EXHAUSTING European trip with teenagers whose problems ranged from ridiculous to utterly ridiculous (not to mention the night we were chased down dark streets by drunk Italian men...don't ask), I basically did nothing. I went out and bought a window a/c (see earlier blogs) and remained in the room where the cool air was. Thus, my weight stopped melting away. We got the central a/c fixed a month later. Skipping ahead to January, I found myself at 255lbs average (I survived the holidays without gaining) and the flu.
The flu really knocked me off my feet, literally. But it was as I was recovering that I noticed something strange about myself. I got nauseous from sitting for long periods of time. Whenever I sat, my head felt like a sausage ready to pop. I still feel this way though the sausage sensation has waned a bit.
So like any classically conditioned animal, I stopped sitting for long periods of time. I didn't sit even when using my laptop. I set it on a table and stood over it. Naturally this cut my computer time down from like my whole day to a few minutes. In my classroom I stood more. At home I stood and watched the television. Finally it dawned on me that my weight was suffocating me and it really IS time I did something about this weight.
A few months ago, I'd applied to a couple of weight loss shows, which I was being heavily (no pun intended) considered for. Because of this I'd refrained for doing virtually any exercise-- well, not just because of that. But it was the main reason, I swear. I did get the family a WiiFit and that was fun but, again, the flu sidelined me. Meanwhile, I'm watching my 30th birthday creep closer and closer and my weight's remaining the same.
So having the flu was a godsend. It woke me up to the fact that I HAVE to do something and I have to do something NOW. For the last couple of days, I have used my elliptical machine and done the WiiFit exercises. Well, I did have to dust off the elliptical machine and replace the dead batteries. Anyhoo, day 1 I did 20 minutes on the elliptical in ten minute intervals. And day 2, yesterday, I did 30 straight minutes. I felt like I was going to die! But I'e got it facing the television so I kept egging myself on to the next commercial then the next commercial until I, finally, hit the 30 minutes. If you can see from my ticker, I have finally left the 250s. Yay me!
I pray I keep this up. Mornings really are the best time for me because afterwards I feel so energized. However, I LOVE sleep sooooo much. I just hope I can wake up and get up and get going without talking myself out of it.
As for the shows I applied for, I didn't make two of them :( but I still have the one I'm being considered for. I pray I get chosen regardless of my weight loss. But if not, at least I've got a plan in place to help me achieve my goal of being at or below 200lbs come my 30th birthday.
***oh forgot to update you on the job situation. I've been placed at an all-girl school. It's been an interesting experience. Let's see what God will have me learn from this one before I move closer to my dreams.***