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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Progress To Goal

I caught up with updating my journey page last night.  I've mentioned, I keep a detailed journal of my weight, food log including calories, fat, carbs, protien, fibre;  an exercise log and my measurements.  I developed my own program using Excel so I can chart these things and graph key stats > I know I am a numbers geek.

So 40 pounds lost so far but here are my other key stats with respect to other goals I have made for my 8 months hike...

Total Workout Minutes 
Goal - 12,703 minutes of exercise, 60 min minimum, 6 days a week
6320 completed (50%) 

I appear to be ahead of the game here.  We'll see where I land in January and I can adjust my goal accordingly
Total Inches Lost * (wkly progress)
Start vs Now... 

I am so pleased with my waist change and abdomen, not to shabby (or flabby) in the thighs either!

This is an interesting chart.  I made up some pretty arbitrary goals for my measurements for different areas of my body.  Overall 34" lost and another 18 3/4" to go > this will be a challenge for sure but I am sticking to the plan.

Christmas village ready for set up, now time for a workout!

Onward and forward I go...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Backhanded Compliment?

So I was talking to my ex tonight cause he comes over two nights a week to spend the evening with number 2 son.  He looked at me and here's how the conversation went...

He said "your doing really well, how much have you lost?"

I said, "40 lbs" with a big grin

He said "wow that's great, how long has it been?"

I said "since Sept 20, about 12 weeks"

He said, "that's fast maybe too fast"

Then he said " well the hard part will be keeping it off"

Now is that a backhanded compliment?  Not sure but I sure felt like backhanding him!  I know that will be the tough part, I know because of how many roller coasters I've been on before.  I know it is the biggest risk but I don't think it will be the toughest part.  The tough part will be staying commited to a proper nutritious eating plan, controlling my alcohol intake and staying active.  That is the only way I will, or any of us, will maintain our weight in a healthy range.

I kept my cool, I packed up my stuff for kick boxing and left saying a fond farewell to both!  In the car I had to chuckle, here he is struggling to lose some extra weight but he is eating Lean Cuisine's (which I hate and don't believe they are a good nutritious choice) and snacking on crackers and some candies.

So what is the hard part?  The way I see it:

The first hard part is making the commitment to change your life, the second is to still with a plan while you change and the third is to live with the plan forever.  I'm in the second phase waiting with great excitement for the third!!!

Keep moving and be happy!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Another Milestone!

So I didn't blog at lunch today, I actually ran out to get a few Christmas presents that were on sale.

Well, I hit the 40 pounds lost mark, I am so excited.  When I stepped on the scale this morning I starred at the number for a few seconds longer than normal and did a quiet wooo hooo cause everyone else was sleeping!  I got in the shower and hugged myself, I felt so much pride and satisfaction that the hard work is paying off.

This gives me a boost of encouragement to stick to the plan and try my hardest as we come into this difficult time of the year.  I know I will have a couple of nights overall where I will let my hair down so to speak but I am learning the important lesson of getting back on the program the next day.  This is probably one of the areas where I have definitely failed in the past.  I still love the quote...

- if you fall down a stair you don't push yourself down the rest
- if you have a flat tire, you don't take the air out of the rest
- so if you gain a pound or two, you can't throw in the towel and give up

Dont' quite, never give up.  I am worth it, you are worth it and the changes that this is and will make on our lives is worth it!

So homework is done, dinner is done, dishes are done, emails are caught up, blog done, now a workout and then beddie bye...

Be Happy,

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A BOGGED Blogger

Wow, I can't believe it's been over a week since I blogged.  I'm been mentioning my time management or more accurately just time, has been an issue for me and now with the holiday season approaching, it's worse for sure.  I spent extra hours this week decorating (I'm 60% done) and doing more homework with my son and the last thing to suffer has been the blog.  I really missed it though so I'm going to try something different.

Now that the visiting consultants have left the office for 6 weeks and I am working with a smaller team, I'm going to get my blog done at lunch.

So I've been doing fairly well this week.  My food is under control with the exception of two meals where I was visiting and did not have control on the menu.  I think I choose the best foods and ate just a small portion but you know these things, you just never know what others are putting in recipes.  I also indulged in a couple glasses of wine at the Grey Cup party last Sunday; the good news is I didn't give into the munchies after this!

My exercise is going well.  Kickboxing is still a blast and my home workouts are ... boring but necessary.  I'm still going the Shred or BL Bootcamp along with 45-60 minutes on the dreadmill.  I am also starting to mix some running with walking on the mill so that is spicing things up a bit > need to keep the body guessing.  My journalling is still great, this is one habit I am so glad I have maintained.  I enter my foods and nutrition values faithfully along with my exercise and weight progress.

I do have my HOT 100 update, better late than never...


Started Sept 23, 2010 and ends Dec 31, 2010 ending in 100 Days in 2010
1.  Lose 36 pounds, changed to 48!  I have lost 39 now, 10 to go in 25 days.  Will be a stretch with the celebrating coming up but will give it may all.
2.  Workout a total of 5 times a week and go to my Kickboxing classes (counts as 2 a weeks).  I am working out 6 days a week, sometimes 7.  I know this is the extra kick I need to lose weight.  My calories are under control and the exercise helps the pounds melt off.
3.  Keep my blogging, my food plan and other stats up to date AND report on Friday's.  Booohooo, this is where I have failed I hate to say; but I am recommiting myself to my blogging journal.

So if you haven't heard from me, give me a nudge (thanks Beth!); it may be the thing I need to jolt me back to reality!

Take care and be happy...