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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Week Fifteen

I did a marathon......weight loss-wise that is.  I lost 26.2 to date!  Yea me!!!!!

I know, I was crabbing the last few weeks about how much it sucked that I was gaining weight.  This week I lost a total of 2.6 pounds; in all reality, I lost the 1.6 I gained over the past 2 weeks and lost another pound on top of that.  Okay, I can live with that.

I didn't do anything spectacular for the loss this week either.  Just drank my water, ate my daily points, tried not to tap the extra weekly points (even though I know I did last weekend), and kept to my exercise regimen.  I guess "Patience, Grasshopper!!!!" should be my new mantra.  I'm just glad I'm back on track.  I was getting a little lax in taking my points tracker to work with me....I just forgot to put it in my bag....but I started doing that again.  It makes such a difference when temptation strikes.  You look at how much you've already eaten, you know what you're planning for you know what you WILL be eating later, and if the temptation just doesn't allow you any wiggle room....then NO GO.  At least, it works for me.  I like my wiggle room.  I like it with my food choices, but I really like it with my clothes!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Week Fourteen

Sigh.....up again.  This time it was 0.6 pounds.  I'm tired of this schnitzel....

I think I'm just hitting my first (of many) plateaus on this weight loss journey.  It is what it is, and I just have to work through it.  I'll eat my veggies, drink my water, take my vitamins/supplements, exercise, and everything will come back on line.  It has too.

On the exercise note......I did get my exercise in today, but not quite the way I had planned on or hoped for.  I did walk to the meeting/weigh-in this morning like I've been doing since the rains have pretty much gone away and the weather's been nice.  What I wasn't banking on was the exercise (HAH!) this afternoon.  I was out front with Chris talking to him while he was staining the fence.  I had about an hour until I needed to get ready for a baby shower.  Next thing you know, we hear yelling and the neighbor's greyhound goes running by.  Oh boy.  So we take off after the dog trying to at least keep an eye on him.  We both know there is NO way that we can catch him running.  So to make a long story a little shorter, for the better part of a half hour, my fat butt is running all over trying to keep a line of sight on the dog...and when I say my fat butt was running, I mean that I was running.  Well, jogging.....but you get the idea.  I don't run.  I don't jog.  I also apparently don't have heart attacks while doing said "faster than walking" activity, either.  Although I was sucking wind pretty good at the light on Mezzanine and Bellflower.  Anyhoo.....Chris and I decided when we lost sight of the dog at Bellflower and Wardlow that we were going to walk back home that way and see if we could spot him.  We didn't see him at the park, so we kept walking home.  All of a sudden, when we got back in the neighborhood, we see him run by (presumably) on his way back home.  So we started walking faster back to the house, especially since we saw some kids running after him.  Ugh....all we needed was that poor dog to run out onto Clark.  Nope, George the Greyhound ran home and in the front door safe and sound. 

I looked like hell....I was red in the face and sweatier than....well never mind what I was sweatier than.  At least George the Turbocharged Greyhound was safe and secure, and our neighbor was grateful for what we tried to do.  I got a bit of extra exercise in today, which is always a plus.  There's just no catching a Greyhound that doesn't want to be caught.....unless that Greyhound is a bus.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Digging in the earth for Earth Day.

First off, Happy Earth Day to all!  I hope everyone was able to do some small thing for the planet today.  As mindful of what we do to our bodies in the name of health, we need to make sure we keep the Earth healthy too.

Today, I started working on removing the holly bush (which had a LOT of dead leaves and branches in it) so that I could finish the fern garden in the side yard flowerbed.  I was able to take the holly out today, but it took ALL day to do it.  Ah well, so now I have my poor ferns in planters waiting to be re-planted in their final home.  I'm hoping to do that tomorrow, but I have plans in the afternoon which take up a lot of the good daylight.  So, they may have to stay in pots until Sunday morning.  I have an azalea that I want to move in that flowerbed as well.....but it's only moving 3 feet to the right where the holly used to be.  I think it will be happier there. Overall, I'm really pleased with how things went today, and I must admit I worked muscles I didn't think I was going to work.  I'm a little sore, but that's nothing a good night's sleep and some ibuprofen won't fix.

Today also provided a bonus, although Chris reaped the reward of that one.  We had 5 STRAWBERRIES on the plant today!!!!  Chris picked them off, since one was really ripe and needed to be eaten, and did give me one to try.  They were so good and sweet, plus they were pesticide-free, so you could have that joy of eating them right off the plant.  I think we have about 5 more that are on the plant that should be ready in a couple weeks.  Hopefully I can get a picture of them to show you what the plants are producing!  It's kind of exciting to grow your own food.

Tomorrow is weigh-in day, and we'll see how that goes.  I'm really hoping for a loss.  I was good today; of course I was out working in the yard and it's hard to stuff your face when you're all dirty and gritty.  Still, I was mindful of my food choices.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Week Thirteen

Sigh.....up a pound this week.  Perhaps if I had just ordered tacos last night instead of a burrito, there might have been a loss on the scale.  If only, if only. 

Enough of the pity party....time to move on and re-evaluate things.  So this week, we were walking at the park.  Granted, it's on flat paths, instead of the sharp incline I usually kick the treadmill on, but we were going for twice the amount of time.  Perhaps I simply wasn't eating enough and my body freaked out.  I really do have to say that I was good this week.  I took fruits and veggies for snacking this week, so that I'd keep on track.  I did my best to drink plenty of water this week as well.  If the teasing about my bladder, while walking at the park, was any indicator....I think I can safely say that I was properly hydrated.

I think that for this week, I'm just going to make sure that I stay on track and have the fresh fruits and veggies on hand.  I've been eating more yogurt, which not only is good (the calcium and all that) but I really do like to have a cup of yogurt with a ton of berries piled on top.  Darn tasty, and filling.  Especially since I really don't care to eat much else for breakfast.  I'm going to do my best to get a walk in 4 times a week.  I had to slack the last couple weeks, and I think it's catching up to me.  Unacceptable.

Once nice thing about walking at the park, is that Chris has been going along with us.  It's nice to have him along, since ordinarily we don't really get to spend a whole lot of time together during the week.  I also really love that he's being so supportive of me with the weight loss journey, and he's doing something that's good for him too!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Is Couch Surfing Still Considered a Sport...and Therefore Activity?

Yeah, I think that's stretching it a bit.  Kinda like making milk chocolate candy all about the dairy group.  Yeah right.  Nice try.

I've been feeling not quite myself this week, I think it's mostly allergies because my head felt like it was stuffed.  Stuffed with what?  Well, I'm sure you can figure it out.  I should have bought stock in Kleenex.  Still, after a couple days of allergy meds and Advil to ward off my impending sinus headache (hopefully not escalating into the Dreaded Migraine) I think it did a number on my poor stomach.  I had the worst nausea today, and just general stomach cramping and ick factor.  Blargh.

I had the best of intentions to get out and walk today after work.  I really did.  Now that the weather has been nice for a fair amount of time, and El Dorado Park is open until 8 pm, we've been walking there this week.  I do really prefer actually getting outside and walking, as opposed to walking on the treadmill indoors.  I spend all day inside at work, and it is simply lovely to get outside for an hour and move.  I also don't have people waiting for treadmills, stinky major B.O. people wandering around (I get that you sweat and get funky, but there's a whole 'nother level going on sometimes.), and those people that insist that huffing and puffing on a treadmill is a great place to carry on a super loud cell phone conversation.  Yeah, that just messes with my ability to "get in the zone".

So unfortunately, since my stomach was acting extremely iffy today, I decided to err on the side of caution and stay home.  I took immediate command of the couch, and with the kitties blessing (as they stared down at me from their perch on the back of the couch) I took a nap.  I do admit that I felt tons better when I woke up after a couple hours and I was able to eat something without my stomach giving me the immediate nasty growly sensation.  Hopefully tomorrow I will be at the park walking, chilling with the wildlife there, and making up for this lost day of exercise.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Week Twelve

I grabbed the brass ring!!!! That’s right, I finally hit my 10% target weight loss this week!!!!! I got the nifty keychain, which is now this coppery color so I guess it really is a "brass ring"; I also hit a milestone of being 25 pounds down.  Which  Right now I have the feeling that I used to have as a kid back in the day when you got two toys in your Happy Meal or cereal box. Bonus!

This is the first really big goal for me. Sure, I had the 5 pound weight loss goal and the 5% target weight loss goal, but I reached those so quickly and so early on that they really didn’t seem to carry as much weight (pardon the pun there) as this goal. This is a goal I’ve had to actually put some time and work into. It’s taken me 3 months to achieve this, and I have had to really revamp my lifestyle to make this a reality. The next small personal goal is to be able to wear my wedding ring set again; I haven’t been able to wear it for two years. I would love to be able to put the rings on for my second anniversary in May. I’m close now, but they’re still a little too snug on the knuckle for me. I’d like to be able to put them on, AND take them off if I need to. I’m thinking maybe if I lose another 5-10 pounds I should be able to reach this goal.

Next week I really need to get back on track, exercise-wise. This week I had to beg off twice: one time was for an important meeting at work and the other was because I had a gnarly sinus headache from the winds/weather changes. I know, excuses, excuses. That’s why I’m going to get back on track next week. I know that I don’t see results the way I’d like to see results if I don’t do the baseline minimum. That, for me, is hitting the gym 4 times a week. I’m sure somewhere there was a sad treadmill because I wasn’t there.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Week Eleven

I admit that I was really holding my breath before weighing in today. I’ve been hoping for a 5 pound weight loss this week…..silly, I know….so that I can hit my 10% target. Actual weight loss this week? 3.6 pounds. I can live with that.  It means I just need 1.4 more!!!  That's the goal for next week, I know I can do that!

All kidding aside, it’s been an interesting journey this time around. Yeah, I’m a WW re-tread….it’s okay. I know I’m not alone. I don’t know if it’s that I’m a few years older, that I have a strong motivation now for losing the weight and keeping it off, or if I’m just done with everyone else’s opinions on what I need to do with myself. I kind of think it’s a little of all three. I feel highly motivated this time around; while I’ve only been on WW(again) for 11 weeks, it feels like I’ve made it more of a permanent lifestyle change. I do have to give credit where credit is due to my husband. He has been very supportive of me throughout the process and ever-so-politely listens to me ramble on about how much it sucks to be fat, how tired of being fat I am, my WW meetings, etc. He also has embraced most of the changes I’ve made in the way we think about food and make our meals. He loves the “oven-fried” chicken I make for him and he really likes the oven-roasted potatoes I make; both are WW recipes.

Also, I think I’m just really done with the “meddling” opinions from others. I’m not to that point where people are saying, “Oh, why do you want to lose more weight? You’re going to look too skinny.” Hah. Far from that point, right now. I’ve lost enough where people are starting to notice that my face is looking a little thinner/less bulky and that my clothes seem to fit me better. So, it's been the nice commentary that helps to spur you on. It’s the other backhanded compliment stuff I really don’t like, and sadly, I think it’s what derailed me last time Yeah, not going to happen again…there is no “third time’s the charm”, it’s going to be done this time around. Period. It’s not like I’m trying to be 115 pounds or some unhealthy weight for myself; I’m actually shooting for a weight more towards the top end of my weight range since I know my body will be “happy” at that weight. If I can weigh 5 pounds less than that, I’ll take it. I’m not trying to get into a bikini or skimpy semi-hoochy clothes - I’m a little too old for that nonsense – I just need to be healthy and comfortable in my own skin.

It’s going to take a lot of work and practice, but I’m up for the challenge. After all, what do I have to lose except a heap of fat?