Thank you, Monty Python! (I hope somebody knows what I'm talking about.) I'm trying not to be bummed by the way things have gone since my procedure Thursday. I was okay until the local anesthetic dissipated. Now, I'm supposed to be taking acetaminophen for the pain, which has always been a hit or miss for me as far as pain relief. Well, it's no different now. Sometimes it works. However, it's not enough for me to be able to sleep very well.
I haven't been able to sleep in my bed since I've had these moles removed. I think the location has something to do with it. I'm a side-sleeper and one of the incision sites is on my upper left breast. (I hope we're all adults, here.) It sucks! It moves around on me when I lay on my side and every other dabburn time I move! Owie! The good news is, I have managed to crash on my new-to-me couch. I'm glad my friends needed to get rid of it, and it's in pretty good shape! It basically just needs cleaned and some more cushioning wouldn't hurt. It's comfortable enough, though. I have to wait all night until I'm exhausted enough to crash. I also haven't been able to motivate myself to wash dishes or cook; resulting in some not-so-healthy food choices. I hope my weigh-in tomorrow isn't too disappointing.
Hey, now! I don't wallow in self-pity any more. I've been dealing with depression since I was seven, mostly untreated until I was an adult. I've spent far too many days and nights thinking about all the things that make me cry. It's gotten old! I don't do that any more! Here comes the pep talk: Into EVERY life a little rain must fall! That's how we get flowers!!!
Keep moving forward! (That's from Meet the Robinsons; if you haven't seen it, you should!)
So, I guess I will elaborate on my plan for February and the rest of the year. I've been taking my excessive sedentary time to work on a detailed plan for how I will reach my ultimate loss of 104# this year.
I've put most of it on my page already for February. For monthly loss goals, I've decided I can lose 2 pounds a week each month and based on how many weeks are in the month, have goals for each month.
February: lose 8# by 2/26 (based on what I weigh the last Sunday I weighed in or the first Sunday, if it falls on the first day of the month.)
March: lose 8# by 3/25
April: lose 10# by 4/29
May: lose 8# by 5/27
June: lose 8# by 6/24
July: lose 10# by 7/29
August: lose 8# by 8/26
September: lose 10# by 9/30
October: lose 8# by 10/28
November: lose 8# by 11/25
December: lose 10# by 12/30
That actually adds up to 106# total loss, but that's close enough, right? I intend to stay within my doctor's recommended 1200-1500 calorie range until I reach 166#. That's what I hope to weigh by the end of this year! I want to continue my loss down to 135#, which is what I weighed when I graduated high school. I'll evaluate my calorie range at the end of the year and let SparkPeople choose it for me based on my goal. I also aim to do cardio 5 times a week, adding five more minutes to my minimum goal each month. For February: that's 20 minutes. I may do more on a day if I feel like I can. I've written it out for each month the exact number, but by December, I should be up to 70 minutes five days a week. I can do it!! I've also got somewhat of a training plan for each month. February has the most detail so far, but I think I can hammer out the rest of the months as they get closer. I know unexpected things can happen, so I don't want to get too far ahead of myself!
Sunday: 30 minute walk at regular cardio pace
Monday: Abs Challenge core ST (I've done it a couple times and it sure is a challenge!)
Tuesday: 15 minute step aerobics plus the 8 minute Athletic Intervals video
Wednesday: 15 minute interval walk, full body ST 30 minutes, 10 minute speed walk
Thursday: 10 minute cardio kickboxing video and 15 minute walk of choice
Friday: Yoga 20 minutes, ice skating session, leisure walk of at least 30 minutes
(A leisure walk is exactly what it sounds like. I used to walk for hours for fun, just wandering around my neighborhood or the park, not at any particular speed. I really enjoy them, and I can't binge eat while I'm walking!)
Saturday: 30 minute regular walk and 30 minutes total body ST
The remaining months are just brainstorming right now, but here's what I've decided so far.
March: SP Official Healthy Cooking Challenge and ice skating sessions at least twice a week for increased cardio
May thru August water aerobics classes (I've been in one and I love the water!) Also, I will be doing SP virtual 5K races accompanied by the training plan throughout these months. I don't think I can do a run, but I may be able to work up to run/walk by August. I hope!
My basic plan for this year is to have a lot of variety, because I'll stop if I get bored. I also have a list of physical activities that I consider fun that I would like to do regularly. That way, working out feels like fun time instead of work time! I'll stick with it that way. There's all kinds of things I like: hiking, camping, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, belly-dancing, hula hoop, ice skating, roller blading...my list continues. I just want to increase the fun physical activity so maintaining a healthy weight is fun! That's my life's goal! Weight maintenance! I'm going to do it, so come along with me for some fun