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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Week Twenty-Eight

I was hoping against hope that I wouldn't gain this week.....but I figured I'd be up a little bit.  Turns out I was right.  This week was not a good week for me at all.  I don't know what I did, but I torqued something in my neck and shoulders.  I've been in a lot of pain this week, and I was in a little bit of pain the week before as well.  Needless to say, being in pain has affected my sleep pattern and activity pattern.  Namely, I don't want to do anything that makes the neck and shoulder area move.  Kinda sucks....since almost EVERYTHING makes that area move.  Still, I do have the remainder of the weekend to rest up and try to get better before the coming week.  Here's hoping the next week will be relatively pain free so I can get out and move!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Week Twenty-Seven

Woo hoo!!!!  Goal met!!!!

That awful pound that Harry Potter put on last week was "magically" gone this week!  Well, not exactly magical.  I decided that I was not going to keep that pesky pound, so I was extra careful with what I ate and made sure that I drank plenty of water since it got a little warm.  We did eat out a couple times the past week, but I tried to keep it in moderation and I kept the ordering to a minimum.  I did have a moment of weakness with some Oreo cookies, but in all fairness I haven't had them for a long time.  I was proud that I only had four cookies, when normally I would eat 10-12 of them; I was actually satisfied after eating those cookies.  The craving was gone, and I honestly don't think I could have eaten any more than I did.  I forgot how sweet they are.

Here's hoping that I'll have another loss on the scale next weigh-in!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Week Twenty-Six

I went up 1 pound this week, and I know what caused it.  Yep.  Harry Potter made me gain weight.  For real!

We went to the movies last night to see the latest (and final) Harry Potter movie.  We had the requisite popcorn (no extra salt though) and the Twizzlers.  I know the extra sodium was none too friendly to me, and I did drink a little extra water to try and help flush out the extra salt....but I don't think it was enough.  That's okay though.  Going to the movies, eating out and celebrating are important parts of day to day life and I did have a lot of fun at the movies.  I'm okay with the gain, not overly happy with it, but okay with it.  Today starts a brand new week, and now the task at hand is to take that damn pound that Mr. Harry Potter gave me, and "avada kedavra" the hell out of it.  In muggle-speak, that means to basically kill it or get rid of it.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Week Twenty-Five

Down 2.8 pounds!!!!!!

This week was an interesting week because I don't feel like I did anything outside the scope of "normal" to get this loss.  This week was rather warm, so perhaps some of the weight loss can be attributed to water loss, but I'm not really sure that's the entire case.  I did make sure that I drank plenty of water to stay properly hydrated.  I have to say that really don't care much for the headache that comes with dehydration.  I also don't really care for the fatigue and dizziness. 

This week was also kind of a mixed bag in terms of how hungry I was.  I think that was related to how hot it was.  I noticed that some days I was starving when I woke up, and other days I really didn't eat (or want to eat) anything until almost noon.  I just made sure that I packed something to eat for breakfast and that I had some sort of snack (usually carrots or berries) just in case.  Most of the time this week, I didn't eat much for breakfast and I would wind up eating my snack for lunch since it was something cold and crunchy.  I also made sure I kept cut up fruit like peaches in the fridge at work, and sometimes I'd eat those for lunch.  For some reason this week, that was enough for me.  But, it wasn't a Week of Epic that's probably why I was able to slide by with that.

I think the Nugget of Wisdom to take away this week is to eat for what your body needs.  I noticed that with the days being so warm, I tended to want water-rich food items and I preferred to have cold food items as well.  Occasionally, I did want something hot to eat, and I would go ahead and heat up the Smart Ones for lunch.  I also made sure to drink plenty of water and fluids and make sure to take my vitamins (I know....I still struggle with this) to help ensure that I'm getting the right amount of nutrients.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Week Twenty-Four

Finally......a loss on the scale.  I was hoping for more of a loss this week, but I'll take the precious 0.8 pound loss that I got.

I think I've just gotten into a rut, and I need to re-evaluate things.  I haven't been eating much breakfast lately, not really sure why, but that's something I need to make a habit again.  I also REALLY need to make sure I'm drinking plenty of water.  The weather's been getting warmer, and I just don't think I've been drinking enough to compensate for it. Yesterday, I polished off 2 big glasses of iced tea when we went to dinner, and that's a big indicator to me that I'm simply not taking in enough fluids.  I also slacked off big time with the vitamins.......I need to get back on track and stop the laziness there.

On the flip side, I did get out 4 times last week for exercise (despite the heat) and I did try to bump up the intensity of the workout.  Now I just need to maintain that intensity level and get back on track with the other stuff.  I'm hoping that the combination of the two will result in a nice weight loss.  The kind of weight loss to "write home about".