November Recap - December Goals

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Weight Calculations:

Weight November 1st: 347.2
Weight Goal for December 1st: 339.2
Actual Weight December 1st: 338.4*
Weight Lost in November: - 8.8 pounds

* And a note to myself, I woke up so bloated this morning it HURT and my rings wouldn't go on my fingers. I don't know WHY the bloat...I drank a ton of water yesterday. Hopefully it goes away SOON! (I've gained 3 pounds of bloat since Sunday... *pouts*)

Body Measurements:

Waist: 48 - 47.5 = .5 inches
Hips: 59 - 59 = no change
Thigh: 25 - 24.75 = .25 inches (x2!)
Upper Arm: 15 - 15 = no change
Neck: 15 - 15 = no change
Calf: 22 - 21 = 1 inch (x2!)

Total inches lost in November = 3 inches
Yep, that's it. 3 measly inches. How does someone lose over 8 pounds and yet only loses 3 inches? Well, let me tell you. My body has been reshaping itself for months now, but no month more than this one.

* My stomach apron (oh, I hate that term!) has flattened out some and is making it's move northward.
* My calves are finding more definition.
* My ankles have lost their bulge.
* My wrists and fingers are much smaller. Many of my rings barely stay on my middle and first fingers now. (They started out on pinkies and ring fingers!)
* From the side, you can tell my abdomen is flattening out. There is no longer the huge slope. For those of you who have had the pleasure of knowing - I now look down and can only see my boobs, no more stomach poking out below it.
* I've gotten a bubble butt of sorts, which irks me, but it's be the slow progression of a huge shelf butt to a higher, leaner, more structured bubble butt, and I have already started to notice changes in it in the past few weeks.

My biggest challenges with my body right now:
- my HUGE thighs. But I have a feeling running is going to help. ;)
- my stomach. I honestly have fears that I will ALWAYS have a huge stomach apron, a flat one that's just skin but hangs down to my knees. I have nightmares about it, no lie.

More importantly, what did I *do* in November? (I've got to learn to celebrate myself more!)

emoticon I attended my first Yoga class. (FUN!)
emoticon I got into Line Dancing classes!
emoticon I learned about overdoing it with Zumba, Line Dancing, Treadmill and ST in one night! And that night I learned what a severe drop in blood sugar feels like! YIKES!
emoticon I reminded myself that it is VOLITION that keeps me going, not some mythical magical power called "motivation."
emoticon I learned to increase my water intake. It does a body good to get even MORE than 8 glasses a day!
emoticon I fought with, and made up with the scale. I now know more what to expect before I step on in the morning, so it doesn't really scare me anymore.
emoticon I realized I was starting to like my face more. I'm learning to love my body as well.
emoticon I took the time and actually had a date with my husband, and while it was a crazy mess, I grew to love him more...and have all month. It's been a month of love and realization.
emoticon I hit the biggest bout of depression I've had in a very, very long time, and then realized I could pull myself out of it, one finger and toe at a time.
emoticon I had a few job interviews that went well, and I'm still waiting to hear on one, though I think the other opportunity may have died.
emoticon I started reading a self-help book, Winning After Losing, and started doing some of the exercises in it.
emoticon I met pilates, which apparently stands for Pain, Intimidation, Laughter, Anger, Tightness, et Soreness. MEAN! I haven't been back since, though there's another opportunity tonight...
emoticon I said goodbye to the 340s, told them where they could take theirs and what they can do with it.
emoticon I had a couple off days, and then I got right back up and started again...

...and then something magical happened....

emoticon I decided to try Couch 2 5k again, and I made it through day 1. Tonight will be week 2, day 2, and I'm so happy and already addicted! For November 2010, my biggest accomplishment will ALWAYS be, that I started to run. I couldn't before, and I can now...and that's HUGE in my world!

And along with that change, came others, emotional ones. I felt more connected to those around me, my support group, strangers, the world at large. It's like running freed my heart to love. I went from the most depressed I've been in 7 years in November, to the most serene I've been in the past 11 years. I don't know how, and I don't know why, but I'm basking in the glow.

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And now it's December.

My goals:
emoticon $400 - savings
Save up another $400 bucks for Vegas and buy my ticket. (I'm waiting to hear from the job prospect, which I should know about next week. Don't know what will happen if I get the position, so I'm holding off another week, even if it costs me another 30 bucks or so.)

emoticon Under 330
My weight loss goal is really simple this month. I want to be under 330 pounds. That's 8 more pounds if you go from today's weigh-in, but only 5 if you go from Sunday's. Either way, it's doable. If I do make this I will buy myself a Wii Fit balance board.

emoticon C25k Week 3 +
Get to at least week 3 on C25k. I'm still nervous that I'll have to repeat weeks like I did last time I tried this. It took me a month or more to get week 1, day 1 completed, so why would I ever assume it's going to be smooth sailing from here? Next week makes me nervous already.

emoticon Find/Set Races
I'll let you in on a of my 2011 goals is to do at least 11 races before the year is out. I want to start early enough so I don't have a race every weekend. Plus, I'd love to be able to do a couple out of state races this upcoming year, so I need to start planning now.

emoticon 1000 + Fitness Minutes
1000 for the month. That's just a little over 30 minutes a day, but I'll be taking Sunday's off. So I'll have to make it up with some longer sessions (heck, Zumba is an hour-long class!). I think this is totally doable. (I'd love to hit 1500 though, secretly.)

emoticon Enjoy!
I'm going to try to remember this month to enjoy everything. Whenever life gets hard, I want to step back, remember what's good, and move from that place instead. I'm going to start that by really savoring my trip to DC. While I could think of all the things that make me nervous/sad and/or scare me (like being on my own for a week in DC), I'm instead going to love that I won't have anything tying me down...I can go at my own pace, where I want, when I want. I can walk out of my hotel room at 3am if I want to, I don't have to worry about someone watching the kids or someone missing me.

emoticon 14 ST sessions (and consistency!)
I have to work on getting consistent with my strength training. First of all, my routine takes forever! I'm going to ask the PT about that. I just don't have an hour or more to spend on ST 3 nights a week. Second of all, I'm doing something wrong because my elbows have been killing me. I opted out of my planks and pushups on Monday because I really don't want to injure myself. Still sore. *shrug* There are 4 weeks in December, I do ST 3 times a week, plus I need 2 more ST sessions this week....that all = 14 ST sessions this month.

emoticon 1800 Calories a Day, 1 Cheat Day a Week
So I've been having some difficulty with wanting to eat more (probably from the running). So I'm going to try to stay as close to 1800 calories I can for 6 days of the week, while letting myself go even slightly over my range on one day each week. Maybe this will get me through the week by remembering that if I want something, I can have it on cheat day, as long as I can fit it in. I don't know...but the past two days have NOT gone well. More than actual hunger, I've been THINKING about food almost constantly. It's driving me nuts! So I've got to have some channel for that. Maybe it will help, maybe it won't, either way, trying to stick to 1800 calories a day will be a good thing to grasp onto. I need to stay in that habit if I want continued success!

So, November went relatively well, and I have high hopes for December as well. I just want to enjoy the last of this AMAZING year, a year that changed my life, a year when *I* changed my life! This is a big year for me, so I'm savoring it. I'm already thinking ahead a bit, but I don't want to put all my hopes in 2011. What's the saying - The problem with diets is Mondays? The problem with New Years Resolutions is midday January 1st. Instead of pinning all my hopes on NEXT year, I'm going to SAVOR the last precious month I have in 2010. I'm going to use it to form a good solid base for the next year too, by building and learning and growing. A month is plenty of time for learning and adventures, and I'm not about to waste 31 days just hoping for the ball to drop!

Make December COUNT!
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    Awesome goals and emoticon
    3848 days ago
    Your monthly recaps are SUCH a great tool. It makes me so happy to see your progress every month--you always kick so much booty! You should be REALLY proud of those 3 inches! The areas you lost from are not easy places to lose! Great job!!!! Hugs!
    3850 days ago
    3850 days ago
    Awesomely awesomeness!
    3850 days ago
    you are doing great! *I too have the tummy thing going on. BOOOO! I am always lifting and moving and thinking how awesome it would be if it was gone. I try not to dwell....* Lets rock december!
    3850 days ago
    You aren't the only one who is feeling bloated. I apparently have gained 3 pounds since Sunday? WTF!
    3850 days ago
    Love your plan, love seeing your monthly achievements and commitment to your healthy future.

    Awesome girl, keep it up! :)
    3850 days ago
    Excellent plan, Esther. I am so happy that you're running these days. I'm completely understand when you say you feel more connected. I've been walking the same trail at lunch for years. Another person in this building had the same schedule. He just nodded hello to me for the first time ever last week when he saw me running. LOL!

    I love that you're not pinning your hopes on some ball to drop. Instead you are taking the bulls by the horn. You are making the positive action that you need to build the future you want. Woohoo.
    3850 days ago
    emoticon plan! Celebrate 2010, create a foundation for 2011! emoticon
    and you are SO inspiring to all of us! Yay Esther! You get the emoticon
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  • SNEELY0610
    emoticon Post! You did a great job in November and your goals for December sound great and very do-able.
    I know what you mean about the fear of always having a stomach apron, I have that same fear (after 2 vertical c-sections I know that I'm going to have something there.) I've just decided to worry about that when the time comes and for now enjoy losing the weight.

    Hope you have a very successful December!
    3850 days ago
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    Reading your accomplishments and goals is so encouraging. You are doing GREAT.
    3850 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    Awesome job in November and awesome goals for December!! And I love your acronym for pilates!!! So true...
    3850 days ago
    I plan on joining you in December! It will be the best month yet.

    As for the food, I highly suggest chewing gum, it has flavor and gives your jaws a workout. I've been having killer mid-afternoon cravings, and yummy flavored gums have squashed it.

    Congrats on all your sucesses in November. Can't wait to see what December holds for us!
    3850 days ago
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