Ready for it?
Where we were:
4/1/12 190.2 200.0
4/8/12 191.2 199.2
what we're going for:
Our Goals in Numbers
Optimum BMI - 19-25
Optimum Weight - 135
Optimum BMI - 20-25
Optimum Weight - 150
Well I feel great. I think this has been a great week for me. I followed my plan for the most part and I'm starting to see some results. Soon I plan to write all about my weight history, but I don't really want to get into that tonight. Suffice it to say that I've been a real yo-yo when it comes to my weight. I know I can lose weight when I'm motivated so I really haven't had any doubts the past couple of weeks that I would be able to do this, but I really need to stay motivated. Seeing some progress and losing a few pounds really helps.
Tonight I exercised on the elliptical and that went well enough. As I've mentioned before, I really prefer running outside. It feels a lot more peaceful and relaxing to me outside, plus I can SEE the progress and the scenery changes. Another thing is that when I go running outside I end up committed to the run. For example if I run 4 miles away from my house or car I have no choice but to run or walk back. I don't have that on an elliptical or treadmill, so I'm constantly tempted to end my workout before I should. So I usually try to pay as little attention to the display or else I'll end up staring at the ticker the whole time willing time to tick away so I can finish. Which is probably the worst way to enjoy a workout. I guess thats just a quirky thing about me.
What I was proud of today
Sticking to my exercise plan and losing almost 2 pounds this week
What I wasn't proud of today
I still need to figure out my eating. Sometimes I do really well and sometimes I lose all control. I did not do well at dinner tonight.
Track of the day
Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
Ok, ok, ok. I SUCK at this exercise thing. I do. Arg! What I think is so funny about this whole process is learning just how opposite Justin and I are. I mean, I knew we were. But I see it in so many other ways now... for instance, he has serious motivation when it comes to exercise AND he actually enjoys it. But he's got issues with food and self control. I, on the other hand, feel like weeping at the thought of physical exertion. BUT, I have been able to do pretty well about curbing my eating.
I discovered this week that I think I could enjoy walking. I have long been of the opinion that exercise is AWFUL. AWFUL! But I went on a long walk with my kids this week - about three blocks (and they're big blocks out where we live) and I wasn't dying by the end of it. I got home and I actually had the stamina to make us dinner before Justin arrived home from his run. I liked looking at all the flowers and the weather was really nice. I loved pointing things out to my kids and watching them get excited over funny things like sticks. I didn't even mind pushing the stroller with my daughter in it. Now, the whining and crying and moaning of my four yr old on his bike? That I could have done without. I'm thinking that walking time can be "me" time... take an ipod, do some deep thinking... I might start to like it as much as Justin likes running!
Here's a review of my weekly goals from last week.
eating/food - Stop eating by 7:00.
I did so well with this! I was tempted on numerous occasions to go snack at night. My tummy even grumbled a few times. But every time I wandered into the kitchen I'd get myself a tall glass of water or a short glass of milk. That's it. And it helped! Bonus? I drank more water than normal! Woo-hoo! I also feel like I was eating more reasonable portions.
exercise/activity - Exercise a bare minimum of 20 minutes every single day.
Ok, well, I've mentioned already - I sucked at this. I DID go for a bike ride once. I jump roped for a while on Wednesday, but it was FRIGID and I wanted inside. I went for a loooong walk with the kids (whining, fussing, crying and all) on Thursday. Tonight I ran on the elliptical for half an hour. I almost died, but I ran on the elliptical for an hour. So, I did 3 out of 7 days (I'm not really counting the jump rope). Not awesome. Better than before, though.
So. For this week, I've decided to keep working on these same goals (to really make them stick) and I'm adding another to my eating/food category. This week's goals look like this:
eating/food: No snacking after 7. AND, no sweets (except for dessert tomorrow night. Hey, it's my mom's birthday dinner!) I have a serious weakness for baked goods of all kinds - but especially donuts, cake and muffins. After I drop the older kids at preschool, I often take my daughter to the nearby gas station to get two donuts for us. First of all, what a horrible food example I'm setting! Second of all, I just have to knock it off. So that's the catalyst for this goal.
exercise: Gosh darn it - exercise at least 20 minutes every single day. Yeah.