Friday Weigh In

I figured out why my ankle hurts! It is the way I sit at work. I curl my foot around the bottom of my chair. When I move it from there, I get a twinge of pain. I’m going to sit flat footed for the rest of the day and see how I do.

I have also decided to do a Friday weigh in, in addition to my Monday ones. I would like a touch more accountability to my weekends. So I’ll give it a whirl for this week and see if I like it.

Starting Weight: 268.8 lbs

Monday:               246.2 lbs

Current:                243.6 lbs

Happy dance! 2.6 lbs gone. Not to return. Not even on Monday. That means I am less than 2 lbs away from losing 10% of my body weight since I started. I’m close to my first reward. It has been sitting patiently waiting for me to get it together. I’m getting it!

I have recovered from my grumpy session yesterday. My arm is a bit bruised from my blood donation and I’m a little sluggish today. That is normal for me after donating. Today, I am cleaning and organizing more after work. I have one week to get the house presentable for when my boyfriend comes home. I can’t wait to see him. A month is way too long. I didn’t get to order the wood for our bonfires like I wanted. Every place is wicked expensive! I was hoping to have a half cord stacked for him by the time he got home, but I don’t see it happening now. We’re supposed to have fantastic fall weather this weekend. I’m planning on jogging tomorrow. I need to redo week 2 of C25k. That would be why I didn’t post any successful runs this week. But that’s ok. I’m still making progress. That is all I ask of me.

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Is today over yet?

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Pumpkin smoothie, yay! Asking for recipes pays off. Other than that, I am just miserable today. I had an interview, and totally kicked butt. However, the hours are not as advertised, so it makes it near impossible for me to accept the position. I then went to donate blood. I was in tears over a pregnancy question (another issue to resolve), and they really had to fish around to get a vein. I had lost my color by the time they got it. And now an evil creature is commenting on my boyfriend’s posts on Facebook. I can’t even go for a jog to clear my head. The stairs make me dizzy. I need more water.

I’m just going to sit here and cry until I have to go pick up my daughter. I see an early night in my future. I’m just done with today.

Feeling Fluffy

I am feeling particularly fluffy today. I was sitting at my desk and kind of taking a mental inventory of me. How am I feeling emotionally? Eh, I’m ok. Physically? Pain free and holding strong. What’s my energy level doing? Nothing. My energy level is doing absolutely nothing. I’ve been dragging my butt since lunch (it was a salad of mixed greens with dried cranberries and chicken). So, for the past hour or so I have been standing at my desk, sorting through my paperwork, alternating squats and lunges. I feel so much better with just that bit of movement added to my day. I can’t wait to get out of here and hit the gym. It is about 93 degrees out today, so there is no way I’m trying to jog. I melt in the heat. My daughter does too, she will wilt within minutes.

I picked up a new blender yesterday so that I can try the pumpkin smoothie recipe I was given. I am really looking forward to that. Perhaps that’ll be dinner…

Competitive?

I follow Jillian Michaels on Facebook. Yesterday, she announced a contest. I love Jillian’s contests, the prizes are usually pretty good. This one involves a new website for me, DietBet.com. Here’s the gist of it, you have 28 days to lose 4% of your body weight (for me, it is a pinch under 10 lbs), if you do, you win. Since it is a bet, you pay to play (Jillian’s is $30). All of the winners split the pot.

Money? To lose weight? I’m already doing it for free. I could use the cash, that is really good motivation. It is available to those outside of the US as well, and not limited because it isn’t classed as gambling (it is skill based, not luck). There are tons of these bets running. You can be in up to 3 at a time. Some pots I saw were over $30k, there are even other celebrity hosts. And, you can link them to your Facebook, runkeeper, map my fitness and other apps. It’ll taunt your competition when you log a workout.

I’ve entered me into two competitions. I’ll keep you posted on my progress and let you know how and if I like the site. The game chat boards seem a little funky. Hopefully, I’ll get the hang of it soon.

Non-Scale Victory

Since I am still in the process of moving, a lot of my things are packed up tight, who knows where. I have an interview on Thursday, and I am in need of my suits. After two days of searching, I have no idea where they are. Even if I find one now, I won’t have it cleaned in time (boxes make them smell funny). So, I went to buy a new one. I grabbed my usual size 22 in a blazer, dress pants, and blouse and went to try them on. Lo and behold, they are too big! Not just a little too big, I can pull the pants on without even unbuttoning them! I totally did a happy dance back out to the rack to grab the next size down. The 20’s  are roomy, but the 18’s are indecent. Progress! Progress I can see! As long as no one else notices, I’ll be fine 🙂

Rain Rain Go Away

Ok, the jog is cancelled. It is POURING out. I was soaked in the time it took me to get to the door. So, my proposed substitution is stairs. How many trips up and down the stairs (13 steps) would take the place of today’s scheduled outing? Go ahead, throw a number out there. We’ll see what I can do. Keep in mind, that I’ll be carrying things up and down the stairs as I go (laundry, boxes, shelves to install…).

No Excuses

I am scheduled to jog today, but I think I may put it off until tomorrow. I slept horribly (even woke up to a spider dangling over my head). My head is stuffy (which reminded me to take my allergy medicine). Overall I feel very blah. I don’t feel like I should postpone though. I’m trying to create a habit here. If I let me make an excuse today, then there is no reason that I wouldn’t make one another day. Ok, I just talked myself back into it. I’ll go after work. Since I left my gym clothes at home, this will be another jaunt on the bike path. Perhaps we’ll try the other direction, just to mix things up. This is good, on the flip side, if I have another day where I’m trying to make excuses for myself, then I’ll be able to reference today and say, “if I could do it that day, I can do it now.”

I have been taking my new iron supplements. They are oh so tiny and give me 100% of my daily requirements. These don’t leave my tummy burning either. I give them a thumbs up. I am glad I was able to find a caplet. I have two days till my appointment to donate blood. I hope these give me the bump I need.

Declutter my life

I clean when I go through the process of regaining my health. There is something about that forward momentum that allows me to let go (emotionally and of stuff). I tend to hit a point where my system says, “Stop. You’ve had enough” when I’m in full swing, filling garbage bags. Removing clutter shocks my system. Letting go makes me feel chaotic. I require stability to thrive. As I’m moving all of this stuff into my new home, I am going through it. I am throwing things away, donating them, putting them in a yard sale pile, and just reminiscing. It is mentally exhausting. I hold onto so much stuff, no wonder I allow myself to be weighed down. I need to lighten everything. I’m making progress and that is all I can ask of me. I will not allow myself to sit stagnant again.

Yesterday, I built some metal shelves in the basement to hold my items that are stored on a more permanent basis. I’ll be moving boxes down there as I’ve repacked them. I’m a little afraid to dig into the more personal items. I’ll do it though. I don’t want my boyfriend coming home to the maze of boxes that it has become. I should post a picture. It is funny, if it weren’t so sad… I have 11 days to go.

Weigh In Monday

Starting Weight: 268.8 lbs

Last Week:          248.6 lbs

Current:              246.2 lbs

Yay! 2.5 lbs gone. I have to admit, I was hoping for a bigger number with my increased activity, but I know that isn’t how the system works. I’m feeling good and that is what counts. I’ll be starting C25k Week 2 tomorrow. If I’m motivated enough, I’ll wake up early and take a jaunt through the woods instead of hitting the treadmill. I have been told that I need to stretch more, and once I did all my kinks started working their way out. I have to figure out a good time to stretch and just make it a habit. My knee brace is fitting better now too. It kept on fighting my thigh and sliding out of position, but now once I get it in place it is holding tight. Anyone know how to clean a brace? This one has metal supports in it. If it were just supportive material, then I would throw it in the wash, but the big metal pieces have me not wanting to do that.

After all my planning to avoid snacking on pumpkin sweets, my good intentions were thwarted by a red velvet cheesecake. Although it took me two days to eat one slice, that’s two days of giving in to something that I really didn’t need. Of course, I’m punishing myself today with a super strict menu. I’ll forgive me tomorrow and get back to my usual meals.

How did you do this weekend? Any successes or challenges you want to share?

Week 1 and done

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Guess who dragged their butt out of bed on Sunday morning and completed their workouts of the week… Me! I feel accomplished. I have to say, I like outside way more than a treadmill. I seem to go faster and so does the time. I have more to look at than the numbers in front of me.

My only complaint is that my lower back is aching. Any ideas on what to do with that?

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