Thursday, January 31, 2008

WAHOO! Another mini-goal met!

And on the last day of the month!

I lost another pound even to reach (and exceed) my goal. My goal was to hit the 160-gone mark by the end of the month -- and I did it!! With that, I have now lost 160.6 pounds --- just 82.4 more to go!

It's going a little more slowly because I'm not exercising every single day. It does make a difference. January has had butt-cold weather and not having "insulation" doesn't help. We know fat insulates us from many things -- but one of the good things about fat is that it DOES act as a physical insulator. Now that I don't have as much, I stay cold. And when I'm cold, all I want to do is hibernate. Today -- cold, cloudy, and horridly windy. No way was I walking on lunch hour!

I need to step up the biking at home. Just make myself do it more often. I know I slack up and 3 days of exercise isn't as beneficial as 5. So my goal for February is to exercise at least 5 out of the 7 days for 30 minutes at a time. AND to do the weights more than just once a week..... Weight training does help, tremendously!

So onward and downward!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Slow, steady, and sure....

goes the progress. I lost another 0.8 pounds this week, and I'm proud of it. I didn't get to do as much exercise as I wanted this week, so I'm especially glad I had a loss!

So slowly, steadily, and surely I will keep moving forward. A new week is here, filled with new opportunities.

PS: If you can, get the updated WW 2008 Dining Out Companion. Lots more restaurants, and a few surprises. My beloved "Skinny Chicken" at Macaroni Grill? Went from 5 points to 6 last year, and with a revamping is now at 8 points -- yes, EIGHT points. YIKES!! Guess I won't be getting that very often.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Clothes make the person...

I missed Thursday's weigh-in because it was a snow day. I didn't get into work, and there was no way to make the meeting either. So I waited until Friday morning.

I ate breakfast first (mistake #1). I had on a bulky sweater because it was cold (mistake #2). Hey, at least I didn't wear jeans (did bring them with me to change into, but didn't wear them). Give me a few points there. I stepped on the scale --- and lo! only a 0.2 pound gain. She asked me to take the sweater off, and I said, "well.........." (they laughed).

I knew better. I knew to wear thinner layers to weigh in. I knew not to eat breakfast first. So I probably really had a loss. Dang it!

So, all in all, a good week. No complaints, and we'll keep on truckin'!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Still rolling......

Another 2.2 pounds gone -- 159.0 TOTAL!!!! And 84 more to go. That's it. I'm happy and amazed, and just glad to see things progressing well!

Two pictures and almost-three years...

This was me, almost 3 years ago, on St. Patrick's weekend in Jackson, MS (I'm on the left, my best friend on the right):

Me in Jackson

And this was me just before Christmas, 2007 (picture taken by our marketing director):

December 2007, at work

And THIS is the reason I say that if I can do it, anyone can.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

51 weeks to go....

51 weeks to go on the timeframe I set to reach my ultimate goal. I lost 2.6 pounds this week (total: 156.8), so that means 86.2 pounds to go as well.

I know that setting such a goal could mean trouble -- it's an average of 1.6 pounds to lose per week from now until December 31. I know a lot of weeks are not going to hit that mark -- some will exceed, some will be far short. But give up? NEVER. No matter how long it takes.

The important part is that I stay focused. That I not beat myself up and quit. I've come too far and worked too hard to get where I am. It's that same intensity and determination that will keep me going.

And for all those who are doing something to improve their health, well-being, and eating plans in 2008, GOOD FOR YOU! I wish you every success!!!!

YOU CAN DO IT! I promise you!