Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A fine fifteen

I was about to go to bed, and realized I forgot to update you on my progress..

As of today I have lost 15.2 pounds.  My weightloss today was -1.4.  I was kind of surprised by that amount of loss.

Peace out for tonight, because I am tired.  I will try to write more later in the week.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


The present I mentioned that DH got me/us is a membership to the Y.  I have been four times in the past five days.  The kids love the childcare center they have on site.  

Today, I took my first Zumba class.  I have done Zumba before on the Wii. One thing I know about myself is that I work harder if someone is watching.  I enjoy doing Zumba in the privacy of my living room, but I don't feel that it is a hard work out.  Today, in class I worked it.  I can tell my body will appreciate this later.  Group exercise is definitely for me.  I always seem to wimp out on myself when I work out alone. 

At the beginning of class the instructor was saying how she sweats more than anyone she knows.  Well it didn't take me long to start dripping and halfway through the class I could smell myself.  Ew, I know, but so refreshing at the same time.  I knew I was getting the work out I went there for.  When I would do Zumba at home, I didn't push myself this hard.   I was literally going through the motions.  Doing Zumba in the fitness studio at the Y, I could feel and see myself smile.  The instructor was very encouraging. I knew this is where I belong. 

We danced. We swseated. We had fun. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Does Health = Happiness

The past few days I have felt happy.  This feeling snuck up on me.  While the feeling isn't strange for me, it took me by surprise.  I was feeling not quite happy for a long time.  I am not sure what caused it.  I have noticed as my health improves each week so does my general outlook on things.

Generally speaking, I have always been a pretty positive person.  In the past few years I have caught myself saying negative things about myself and others.  It has felt very out of character for me.  I never realized what I had said until after the fact. 

In the past few days, I have felt content.  Even when things weren't going my way, I felt content.  DH  and the gave me a surprise and I felt truly happy about it.  A week or so ago I would have had a negative thought about it...even though it was something I REALLY REALLY wanted.

and for those of you keeping score -.2 this week :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Absolutely Positively Update

Tonight, I walked into weigh in not knowing what to expect.  -2 on the head.  I went from 31 points plus last week to 30 points plus. I really struggled with it - you would have thought my points were reduced by 20.  Anyway, the result was good.

Today's meeting we talked about turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts. For a lot of us we feel disappointed when we only lose .2 or .4 pounds.  Really a loss is a loss, and should be celebrated.  That is less that you need to lose going forward.  My negativity is more about how I FEEL I don't have enough support.  As my family is seeing progress, they are coming around and being more supportive.  I get wonderful support from my fellow members at my Weight Watchers meetings too.  Prior to WW, I would beat myself up when I "slipped up" or felt like I was failing.  With Points Plus, we get 49 freebie points that we can use or we can earn activity points.  When I slip up now, I think - "Went over my daily points allowance, but I am still with in my weekly points cushion".  I do try to not go over by too many points in one day, but I won't beat myself up anymore.  We discussed other common negative/unmotivating thoughts. 

In other news, I have increased the duration and intensity of my walks.  Last night, I even ran for a few minutes.  It felt so good to start running again.  I really felt hindered by my dog.  She loves to run - normally she pushes me to run further, but she was more interested in sniffing around than running last night.  Running last night made me realize that I want to start 5K training again.  That will involve picking a race 8 weeks out, signing up for it, and executing a training plan. 

What are some of your negative thoughts and what can you do to change those around?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Week 10 update

My DH is pretty sharp.  I told him how much I lost this week and he said, "so that brings you to about 11 1/2."  I didn't think he was paying that close attention.  I am down 11.6 pounds.  It felt good knowing that he really does care enough about this journey to know that detail.

I knew I was going to be down this week, but I was not anticipating 1.6.  I thought it would be more like .8 - 1 pound.  The girl who weighed me in even put a smiley face next to my weight on my weight record.  It made me smile.  Whenever I get down this week, I will have to take it out and look at it.

I have been contemplating starting a scrapbook to track my progress in addition to my blog.  I think it would be good to have something physical to take out when I feel discouraged or unmotivated.

I have two questions of the week:
1. How do you track your progress?  I have a weight record and this blog.
2. Is there anything you want me to write about?  I think when I get stuck I can write about a reader topic.

I haven't done a head shot in awhile, so I will leave you with this...(sorry, if the post is lame - I don't really know what to update you with this week).

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Getting back on the bike

This week end we went to visit my in-laws.  While I did exercise while I was there - I did not do good with tracking.  I felt off the whole week end :/

To get back on track I thought I would do a couple of activities that will motivate me.

1. Imagine yourself having already achieved your goals, and enjoying them.  I see myself enjoying life.  I have more self confidence.  I love being active.  I am not self conscious.

2. Get in touch with the other good feelings that come from having achieved your goals.
This week brought down 10 pounds!  It felt great to finally meet a goal.  5% is not too far behind.  Woohoo.  It is good to see progress on the scale, even if I don't see it other places.  I am making better food choices and am more active.

3. Remain in touch with these feelings as you get back to doing the things you need to do to reach your goal.
-Starting tomorrow I will get back to tracking my food/point plus!