Need for an update

January 15, 2009 at 3:48 am (Undefined) (, , )

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted and much has happened, so here goes!

The last week and a bit I’ve been getting back into running with my best friend. Is it ever nice to have a running buddy! Last Tuesday was our first night out and it was POURING rain. We were absolutely soaked when we got home but we drove to Timmy’s and had nice steaming bowls of soup and a donut šŸ™‚ We also decided to meet again on Thursday, rain or shine. Thursday was so cold (for the climate) and my legs were sore from lack of stretching (oops, we learned our lesson) but we went out for another hour. Tuesday I decided it’s about time I got some outdoor running pants, so I’m now the proud owner ofĀ reflectiveĀ running tights! I feel like such a pro šŸ˜‰ Since it was Tuesday, I even got to try them out and they are so comfy! It also seems that Tuesday is our Timmy’s night, cuz after our run we walked around the corner for another bowl of soup and donut. It feels so good to be out exercising and spending time with my best friend.

This week has been a little more challenging food wise. Friday night, we did movie night because my bf had bought my parents everything they needed, gift certificates for pizza and movies, beer, orange soda (for my sister), caramel popcorn and chocolates! I petitioned for beef taco thin crust pizza (3pts a slice) and got some low-fat kettle corn (3pts for 3.5 cups) but I still gained a pound the next day šŸ˜¦ Saturday I hopped on the ferry home for a quick visit and got to have sushi lunch (yum) and then unexpectedly dim sum in the morning. Not the best meal to have on a diet, but I managed to get some gai lan for most of my meal and splurged on a sesame ball and a bbq pork steam bun (two of my fav chinese foods!) I was really good and had a salad for dinner while I waited for the ferry back to school. Monday I’d gained another pound, which I thought was good, but I really wanted to be down 2 lbs this week. Monday and Tuesday went well, I made turkey stroganoff (with whole wheat, yolk free egg noodles!!) and was back down to Friday’s weight but Mom decided to get fish and chips tonight. I told her that I would just have one piece of fish and some chips (15 pts, just what I had left!), but of course, she decided to get zucchini sticks for me (which I think are worse than chips sometimes!) I made myself some steamed broccoli and took one piece of fish, a small stack of chips and, because I have a weakness, an oyster. I was really happy to have the broccoli because it really filled out my plate, but I’m worried that I’m going back up tomorrow and won’t be able to work it off by WI Friday morning šŸ˜¦ But I’m going to get right back on track tomorrow with my whole wheat banana bread and soy milk breakfast and fruit and veggie snacks throughout the day!

School is also getting crazy. I’ve got an assignment and two reports due next week! It’s been a challenge finding time to work on them at since my parents’ house is not well designed for multi-adult living. The living room is the only real work place and the only room with decent heat, the farther down the hall you go (towards my bedroom) the colder it gets. I feel like I’m living in a fridge sometimes! Luckily the school is decent to work at during the day and there are people that are able to help, yay!

So that’s me in a nutshell for the last week.

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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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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 reasonĀ I first started loosing weight is now mostlyĀ 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 haveĀ 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 andĀ I can get comments, engouragementĀ 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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