One week down!

November 20, 2008 at 12:23 am (Weight) (, )

So it’s been a week and I’ve managed to stay pretty well on target! I even when to the island for the day on Saturday, but managed to keep my food in check!

I’ve got to say that I’m really excited about running, it’s been a great sweaty adventure, but it wasn’t nearly as hard as I imagined getting back into the swing of it. I also went on the WiiFit for a while yesterday and did some new exercises and yoga poses. I held the dancer’s pose for the full time without falling!!

I know that it’s only one week, but for now I think: if I can do one week, the rest should be too hard, right?

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Score 1 for Me!

November 13, 2008 at 10:07 pm (Weight) (, , )

So, in accordance with the new plan, I did a 30 min run/walk on the treadmill yesterday. Yes, the schedule did say 40 min, but I decided that I only needed 5 minute warm up and cool down walks. That and using a self powered treadmill is harder for me than it looks! I had to mostly hold the handles to be able to lean forward and propel the belt, if I walked normally, the belt would hardly move! I was very proud of myself.

Today there is little time for WiiFit (which was my plan for non-running days) but this is because I’m going to try Hot Yoga tonight with some friends from Vancouver! I’m very excited because I haven’t done yoga in a while and being in a 40C room while doing yoga sounds both sweaty and alluring. I figure that 60 min of yoga will make up for the lack of WiiFit.

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Lacking Motivation

November 12, 2008 at 8:11 pm (Plans, Weight) (, , )

For the last few weeks my motivation for weight loss has gone down the tube. It all started 3 weeks ago when I had a super busy week full of eating out and running around combined with an unsatiable craving for muffins, brownies and almost all things sugary. It seemed like nothing that week would satisfy me except baked goods and the occasional bit of chicken. The following week I vowed to do better, after the weekend was up (being Hallowe’en I had parties and potlucks and still my craving for cupcakes and cookies). I did fairly well during the week, it’s a lot easier to be good at work were it’s more work to get bad food than to eat the healthy food that I brought. It was also a slower week so I could make dinners and plan for lunches. This current week was another right off. Going to my parents for the weekend always throws a wrench in my plans as my mom is not fond of changing food habits and scoffs at the idea of using lower fat versions of things. Going for 4 days, staying at a hotel (breakfast at restaurants), celebrating a late Thanksgiving (we were camping for the real holiday and this was the first chance to visit my family since), visiting a friends new pizzeria/bistro, and being offered doughgods (think Langos/Elephant Ears/Beaver Tails but 2in across and homemade, that, btw, Mom only makes once a year, maybe) did not help.

I think that my real problem was that I was sick of worrying about food every second of the day. I just wanted to enjoy life and friends and family without being bogged down by attemping to make the healthier choice, there are too many other foods that taste so yummy and I haven’t had forever. I also feel like I’ve lost 70-80lbs, I’m doing way better than I was 2 years ago, why should I need to lose more? These I have noticed are my road blocks. My issue is that I’m not sure how to circumvent these road blocks and get back on the bandwagon.

I’ve read a lot of websites that say to remember some time when you were really happy with yourself or get out a dress that used to fit you and that you want to wear again or think of your original reason for loosing weight or think of how you want to feel for a particular event or date. But every time in the past that I think I was really happy or felt special, I was heavier, I’ve never been a healthy weight (unless you count me as a baby). For example, the last time I weighed 185 lbs, I was probably about 13-14 years old. I’m charting new waters, I won’t find a memory that will propel me forward. The reason I first started loosing weight is now mostly invalid, I wanted to loose weight so I was healthier, happier and didn’t have to shop in the “fat lady” stores. I wanted to be able to fit into a size 12 (which I can quite comfortably do in most stores) and have the choice to find my own style (which I have not been financially able to achieve.) And feeling healthier and happier just doesn’t seem to have the same motivating powers. Lastly, setting a date for me is hard. It’s not like I have my wedding in a few months which is probably the only deadline that I’d actually stick to. My philosophy with life is that it happens, if you miss a date or event, your life is not going to fall apart, it’ll keep going, you might slow down, but eventually, it’ll all work out and there is a light on the other side. So if I miss my goal, I’d feel a bit bad, but tell myself it was only an arbitrary day not the end of the world.

However, feel pretty gross after my 3 week food binge, so I took the time this morning to actually write down what I was feeling, why I still wanted to loose weight, what my goals were and how I was going to accomplish it. I think that I will post it all in a new page, then I can refer back to it when I need to and I can get comments, engouragement and such. I’ll also stick the paper to my fridge so I can look at it every morning. I also printed out a training clinic for learning to run 10K and put dates next to the practice runs so I know when and what I’m doing. Hopefully by the end of 9 weeks (I’m starting at week 4, 3 min run and 2 min walk) I will be able to keep up with my best friend while we train for the 10K at the end of April. I’m also going to try and update this more often with thoughts and such… it is apparently going to turn into a weight loss blog. But not for long!! I will succeed!!!

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Breakfast

November 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm (Food) (, )

Apparently I’m not posting nearly as much as I’d hoped, or well anticipated I could if I had my own blog. But so be it, life is life and here I am, posting again today.

A few days ago I was poking around and I have no idea where it came from but I found this fancy little website that whole focus is pictures of breakfast (http://simplybreakfast.blogspot.com/). A photographer from New York takes artful photos of her daily morning meal and posts them on a blog. Rarely a word to explain the breakfast (although sometimes the comments try) the photos speak for themselves. It is quite interesting to see the different things people eat. I love breakfast, so seeing some of these quick yet yummy looking meals gives me some ideas to try.

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