Weigh in Wednesday is here!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Finally, a whole week has passed and the time for my weekly weigh in is here and I was quite excited by it. This is what I look forward to when I get back on top of diet and exercise, seeing the results and being able to enjoy them, or think critically about how to make them better.

I'm happy to say that this last week I've managed to lose 1.9kg (4.1lbs) which is awesome!

I really think the biggest improvement, so far, is the cutting out of alcohol. It's not to say that I'm never drinking again, but choosing when a 'worthy' time of drinking it; which to me is limited to celebrations, birthdays, weddings, parties etc.

I mean, to put it out there, hubby and I could get into a funk where we'd be drinking nightly, and I don't just mean like a glass here or there. There was a time where I could quite easily drink a bottle of wine a night; that's easily 500-600 calories! Some nights (or weekends) it could even extend to two bottles, so 1,000-1,200 calories, in a mere few hours.

It wasn't good. Not for my health in a myriad of ways, so even though it's early days yet, I'm glad that we've gone without for a little over a week so far, and the weight loss is just motivation to keep it up :)

Exercise has been sparce this week, we're going through a heatwave at the moment and have severe (well 'catastrophic' yesterday) bushfire warnings and a total fire ban. It's intense. Yesterday was a top of 38 degrees celcius (100.4 fahrenheit for those needing conversion). So I've really just been drinking lots of water, enjoying my salads, and burning calories doing some more housework around the house.

My folks are coming down this weekend to visit, and bringing our furbabies with them, as my folks have been looking after our dogs for the last 12months because we relocated interstate and had to get a few things in order with our house before bringing the puppies back with us. So that's going to present some interesting challenges diet-wise.

Dad is a big drinker, so we'll have beer in the house for him, and hubby has the option to drink (almost to keep the peace) but my Mum doesn't drink, so when her and I are out and about I know I'm safe from temptation. We'll probably have dinner out at some point over the weekend, but there's a wonderful Ethiopian restaurant we love which is part of the coeliac society so their food is gluten-free and preservative-free and very healthy. They do wonderful things with lentils and spices to add flavour and depth to their food. So I'm excited by that :)

I think tomorrow I'll get a thai massage after work, my back/neck/shoulders are killing me from all the cleaning/bending/scrubbing etc I've been doing around the house. It would be a welcome treat (and for $80, why not?).

Today's weather is a bit nicer, still warm, but there's a cool breeze. So I think I'm going to go for a walk during my lunch break. I've got my gym clothes with me (shame they're all black, so I'm sure to attract the sun and a bit of extra heat) but I'll have runkeeper with me so I can measure the distance (I'm guestimating my walking trail is about 3-4kms, I'm keen to see how far off I am) and I've got my heart rate monitor to measure my calories burnt. There's a lot of hills, so I think I'll have a good mix to get my heart rate up and keep it up. If the walk is less in distance than I expect and doesn't take as long, I think I'll do it twice to make sure I get the most out of my lunch break.

Lunch again will be my Thai beef salad and a colleague is bringing me back some rice paper rolls from her lunch so I've got a little extra in case I get peckish this afternoon after my workout :)

I need to work on my workout playlist on my phone as well; anyone have recommendations of good music to listen to while working out? I listen to anything and everything :)

Hope everyone is having a good week :)

xx A
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