Thursday, June 29, 2006

Lord, I may faint!

For THREE weeks running, I have lost weight. It was 1.4 pounds, bringing me all the closer to my first goal of 20 pounds gone. I am so excited!

I also joined the Y this week. It's the only way I will be able to work out during the summer -- otherwise, it is just WAY too hot here!

I honestly could not have made it thus far without the support of a lot of people:
* my family, who has learned to just leave me alone and to stay out of my way when I'm in the kitchen (ha ha)
* my coworkers, who are holding me accountable (and I love them for it).
* my BC sisters, several of whom have decided to do the same. Their encouragement has been tremendous!

WE CAN DO IT!!!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Two quick notes

1. I lost again this week!!! First time ever that it's been two losses in a row -- it was only 0.4 lbs but I'm thrilled with it. Just 2.2 more to go to hit 20!

2. I made it through eating at the Chinese buffet today, relatively unscathed. But let me tell you: a cup of stuff doesn't seem like a lot...... So this will be a rare treat.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Soy un perdedor.....

Glad to be a loser again! 3.4 more pounds are gone, gone, gone! I only have 2.6 to go to reach my intermediate goal of 20 pounds. I am very excited about that!

I also spoke to my leader, and she and one of the other employees (who happens to be a nurse) also think that my medications are probably contributing to my "gain weeks" -- not that they are the sole reason but that they probably do play a large part. Okay, that's good to know.

This is getting easier most days. My biggest problem is still finding a way to squeeze in all those points. I also discovered this week that the cashew machine at work usually distributes 1/2 an ounce for my quarter. Only 2 points and mmmmm....... Yeah, one day those points are going to be at a premium, but right now, while I've got them, I'm gonna enjoy them!

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I'm enjoying my new walking routine, but I know that I'm going to need a little more change-up sooner or later. And as it gets hotter and hotter this summer, I'd love the opportunity to exercise indoors.

One of the local gyms -- one where I used to be a member -- is running a deal for $29 a month. But that's for a locked-in 2 year commitment. When I was a member there, I rarely went during the last year of my 2-year contract, and it was a buttload of money down the drain (it still came out of my account monthly). You can get a one-year, but their incentive is that it's $39 a month to do that. Well, the way I see it, $120 extra a year is better than wasting $360 on a year I may not use.

And I'd love to join the Y but the prices shown online are still higher than this other gym. Sure there's the pool, but who wants to get into an outdoor pool at 6:00 AM? Maybe in July or August, but mornings are still nice and mild right now.

So what is a gal to do? I'd love to find one in between work and home that would do a monthly basis -- no contracts, just pay by the month. Those are hard to find, because let's face it, the owners want some guarantee and need some budget within which to work. BUT... are they in it for the money or for helping people reach their potential?

Decisions, decisions.....

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Fighting the lazies...

I am trying really hard to fight the lazies. So far this week, we're at a draw.

I did some walking this weekend, albeit at a rather leisurely pace. I hauled quite a few grocery bags, so that counts for weightlifting, right? No, I didn't think so either..... But tonight, I hoofed it, and hoofed it hard for about 20 minutes. It was so worth it -- two or three small hills so that it was challenging, but not undoable. Four square blocks, and it was great! And ready again for tomorrow night's challenge......

Thursday, June 08, 2006

The wages of laziness...

1.4 pounds. In the wrong direction. BUT my leader shared something that I thought was very good. In the 4 weeks I have been on, I have lost 14.0 pounds -- an average of 3.5 a week. Most people average 1.5 a week.

So this week, more exercise (I'm sorry, but "activity" just sounds so phony when I *know* what I'm doing) and better planning.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Lazy week.

Yes, I've been lazy about "activity" this week. I've walked a couple of times but that's it. Done a few crunches, but that's it.

But such is life. And tomorrow is another day.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Cuz I'm ba-a-a-ack, ba-a-a-ack....

....back in black (so to speak).

It was a good week. I lost 3.8 pounds, so my total (in 3 weeks) is 15.4 pounds. I promise you, I never expected this much. I was thinking 10 pounds in 3 weeks or even 10 pounds in a month. But not this much this soon. It's a good feeling though!

One of my coworkers hit upon a good point, and I've been following it the last few days. She reminded me that I was probably not eating enough at breakfast -- and she was right. I have all these points (right now) that I can eat, and I'm not eating them at the right times. So I'm trying to use at least 25-30% of them for breakfast. So far, so good.