Maintaining is ok

We tend to focus on the numbers a lot. This week my weight remains 254.6. After some thought, I feel good about this. I removed 14.2 lbs in my first 4 weeks. That’s pretty amazing! Maintaining for a week isn’t that bad. Although I was very active this weekend, I didn’t do as well as I had hoped with my foods. My downfall was the party at my house. My brother brought potato salad… I love potato salad, which is why I don’t make it for home. I will eat it with every meal until it is gone. All these leftovers just need to get out of my house now. With a teenaged boy home today, I’m think that a good portion will be gone by the time I arrive home from work. Although, it did make packing my lunch pretty easy today. I have watermelon, cantaloupe, and a grilled veggie sandwich. I’m going to stay away from the potato and pasta salads. I really had enough yesterday.

This week, I’m going to continue walking even though I’m sore today. It looks like we will have some nice weather, the temperature is just right. I’ve discovered that scrubbing a floor takes way more out of me than I would like. I made my first attempt at toward my new fitness goals. On the plus side, I can only improve from here. I think I’m going to step the sit ups down to crunches and reverse crunches until my abs get a bit stronger. Also, my push ups will be on my knees for now. That’s it for now. Happy Monday!

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I love this song!

Driving up to my office building, I could see my plant in the window in dire need of a drink. I took care of my happy plant and then poked around my desk for a bit. I have to admit, I was a bit fearful of today’s weigh in once I arrived at work. I was now putting it off by tiding my space. Now, I’m pretty happy that I stood on the scale. I am now 254.6 lbs. That’s down another 2.2 lbs from last week and 14.2 from my starting weight. So facing the music was a lovely song to hear. I can dance to this all week 🙂

I am faced with a rainy day today. I brought my umbrella and sneakers and I plan on facing drizzle if I must. I really want to start the week off strong. I even packed my lunch this morning with 2 healthy snacks if needed. There’s a break in the weather now, so I’m heading out. Wish me luck in staying dry.

Beating the heat

The first activity of my vacation was going to the giant water gun fight in Boston. We had a great time running around and taking on the other seasons. We were on team winter.

We followed it up with a trip to The Cheesecake Factory. I got a turkey burger with a salad instead of fries. Half of my burger is in the fridge now. I’m glad to be making good choices in uncontrolled areas. I have to admit, I was a bit concerned when the location was decided.

Here’s my big news… I did a weigh in yesterday before leaving the office, since that’s where my scale lives. 256.8!! That’s down another 4 lbs!! Woo!! I’m doing something right, so I’m sticking with it.

First Week Success!!

I know that the first week is always the best for weight loss. My body isn’t used to all of the improvements in my nutrition and moving more yet. But still, I was super surprised when I saw an 8 lb loss on the scale this morning. I’m so excited. It is so much easier to keep up with good changes when you see movement on the scale. My motivation is through the roof!

This week will be more of the same, only I’d like to make it out on more walks. Today may only be a short one since the temperatures are in the high 90’s. I’ll at least keep up with my cube circuits. I kind of want to try and do push-ups and sit-ups. I’m bringing my balance ball to my boyfriend’s house today. He mentioned wanting to get one because of his back. I volunteered mine. Hopefully I’ll use it more while it is there. Little healthy changes…

Start:      268.8

Current: 260.8

Day 1

I have to say, I am very happy about my first day. I’m big on planning when I am making important decisions or changes and I have laid my groundwork out. On my way into the office this morning, I bought a scale to keep at work. I then weighed myself and took a few minutes to recover. I am now at my all time high, 268.8 lbs. I’m a full 16 lbs over my pregnancy weight. Although I really wanted to punish myself, instead, I took  that knowledge and went over to one of my favorite weight loss sites, JillianMichaels.com. I love this site, and I love the program. I have even enjoyed some great success while using it and the community that it provides. However, I have an unhealthy relationship with food with some underlying issues. To really work Jillian’s program, you can’t hide from your issues and fears. You need to jump right into them and, not only cope, but really face and move beyond. I get to a point, around 30 lbs lost, and then I end up curled up in bed for a week or so trying to hide from myself. Not easy to do… But this was a pleasant visit to Jillian’s site because I was there for information; I need my “magic number”. Your magic number is the number of calories that you may eat per day to meet your goals. Mine, in this instance, is a goal of losing 2 lbs/week, which gives me 1647 calories per day. I came in under by 18 calories. Woo!

I work in a cubicle, but not in a cube farm. I am a lone cubicle surrounded by (mostly empty) offices. When I start moving again, I like to do what I call Cube Circuits. These are simple exercises that require no extra tools and can be done discretely in my cube. Today’s goal, which I met, was 1000 reps total, and my exercises included squats, punches, leg extensions, arm circles, and a move that I have named a kickback (pretty much, I stand there and try to kick my own butt). Tomorrow, I have different moves and I’m shooting for 1100 reps. I know that these don’t really take the place of a workout at the gym, but I really haven’t been moving and this is inching me in the right direction.

I love the energy that positive changes give me. I love that I can carry this extra enthusiastic oomph over to other aspects of my life. I have some good momentum coming off of day 1, I’m going to ride it right into day 2 and beyond.

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