Tuesday, February 28, 2012

.0

Well, I am still at 200... it's good that I haven't gained any weight back, but it is a little disappointing. All I can do is keep trying. I am counting my calories on SparkPeople and exercising almost every day. I made it 2 miles on the treadmill Sunday. I started out too fast though and it was pretty difficult, but I did it. Today I finally got to go to the park to walk. It was so nice out and time goes by much quicker at the park than on the treadmill. I walked 1.5 miles and ran .5. It's kind of embarrassing running in public, but it is something I need to get over. (Not that I think I look silly or anything, it's just I am still not very fast and I always feel like people are watching and I can imagine what they are thinking.) I know you're not supposed to care what other people think, but it's hard to get past it sometimes.

This week has to be better. Even if I only lose .1, I am going to lose weight. I found this quote on the interwebs tonight and it is definitely something I needed to hear:
"You have failed only when you quit trying. Until then, you're still in the act of progression. So, never quit trying and you'll never be a failure. ~ Tommy Kelley
How true this is and how inspiring! I know I am not failing because changes are being made and I haven't given up, but sometimes you need to hear someone else say it. I am still as determined today as I was when I started this journey.

I also wanted to share a picture I painted last night. I have been trying to occupy my time this week and I purchased a paint kit over a year ago that I never opened. I decided last night was the night and I was pretty happy with the result for my first painting...

Monday, February 20, 2012

No Gain, No Loss

I have mixed feelings about this week. My weight stayed the same as it was last week which is definitely better than gaining weight, but it's still a little disappointing. I have been incredibly lazy this afternoon. I am not feeling very well and wanted to go to bed as soon as I got home but I kept telling myself that I need to exercise so here I am still awake. I have not yet exercised but as soon as I am done here I am going to and then I am going to bed. I know you shouldn't exercise right before you go to bed, but it's better than not exercising at all. And I am sure that it won't take me long to get to sleep even after exercising.

I almost forgot... I did run a 13:32 mile this weekend. Now I need to work on running farther. It's still not fast, but I was pretty excited about it. It is definitely an improvement. Running on the treadmill has been really hard on my bad knee. (I had to have surgery on it three times in high school.) I've got to get my knee brace back out to hopefully avoid hurting it again. I guess it's always going to hurt me. Usually it only hurts when it's cold or raining, but this running has definitely caused some pain.

So this week I am going to do everything I can to lose the two pounds for the week. That means I need to get up and exercise. I can't start off my new week being lazy. I'll never reach my goals that way.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

New Program

Thanks to a suggestion from a friend, I tried out the Wii Fit Plus this week. We have had the game, but I had never tried it. It was actually really fun. I  am using this, the Biggest Loser game and running on the treadmill as exercise. I think it's been a pretty good week. I haven't gone over my calories and I have exercised 4 out of the  5 weekdays, yet I stand on the scale and weigh more than I did at my weigh-in Monday. It is just a little frustrating. It's going to get better though.

When I signed up for the LoseIt program, I also looked at SparkPeople. It is similar to LoseIt, but I think it may be more interactive. You can join groups and encourage one another to reach your goals.  I am going to use it starting today to see how they compare. 

We had a great Valentine's Day this week. Lucas bought a beautiful charm bracelet for me. We went to our usual haunt and enjoyed a great dinner. I also survived my first night with Lucas away. He had a business meeting Wednesday and Thursday in Ohio. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it was still strange with him gone. 

I better get moving... 

Monday, February 13, 2012

.2

Well, this week was not my best week of this journey. I didn't gain any weight, but I only lost .2 pounds. It was hard to count exact calories this week and I thought that I was overestimating but maybe I wasn't estimating enough. It is just motivation to work harder this week.

We hooked our Wii back up yesterday so that I could exercise with our Biggest Loser game and run on the treadmill. I enjoy running, but some days that 20 minutes on the treadmill feels like an eternity. So today I exercised with the game. The last time I played the game I weighed 228. It's hard to think that I let myself get this way and it's like I didn't even see it happening. Thankfully, my eyes have been opened. There's no turning back now. I am looking to the future and to this new me.

Week by week, hopefully 2 pounds at a time I will reach my goal weight and be able to maintain it.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cake Pops


I wanted to share a few pictures of the cake pops I made over the weekend. This is my first attempt at them and I think they turned out really cute.




Also, I ran on the treadmill today and was able to run a mile in 14:10. I know this is still slow, but considering I only started a couple of weeks ago I was excited about it. The past couple of times I ran a mile it took 15 minutes so this is a pretty big improvement.

Tomorrow is my next weigh-in. I'm definitely nervous about it, but I'm hoping for the best. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Change

I am back to eating regular food again. I said in my last post that I couldn't really tell a difference in eating vegetables for 10 days, but since then I have noticed something. We had McDonald's for lunch Friday and I felt really sick after I ate. I was surprised that my body had this reaction after only 10 days of doing something different. It's amazing how quick we can change and adjust. This process is teaching me a lot about myself. I know this is still kind of a new thing and once this becomes "old" it will be harder to stick with it. This Monday is probably going to be a tough weigh-in. I lost more than planned last week because of the eating challenge and now that I am eating more than just vegetables, I am afraid that I will actually weigh more this week than last week. Knowing that fact has been motivation for me today though. We had a Valentine's chili supper at church tonight and I only ate a small portion of chili with some carrots on the side and I skipped dessert. This was especially challenging because I made a dessert for the party and being around it all day I was able to resist. It feels good to have this small victory. Maybe things really are changing...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day 10

Well, I didn't know if I would make it through the end of the challenge, but here we are. It is the end of the final day of veggies and water. I don't really feel any different from eating only vegetables, but I am not sure that 10 days is enough time to tell a difference. The next challenge in my devotional is to drink unsweetened cranberry juice diluted with water every morning and evening for a month. It is supposed to detoxify your body. Cranberry juice also prevents different health issues such as infections and kidney stones and it improves your overall health. I have always seen cranberry juice as something you drink when you are having health issues, not   to prevent them. So another challenge has arisen. I am learning that challenging myself is a great motivator. Failure is not an option and if I propose things as a challenge then I will see them through to the end. (or at least do everything in my power to complete the task)
I started using the treadmill again yesterday. I must say that I feel a lot better when I get on it than when I don't. It excites me to think that I am getting healthier and am able to run longer and farther as time goes on. I have heard a lot about the couch to 5k program that gives you a schedule of what days to walk/jog and for how long. By the end of week 10 you should be able to jog an entire 5k race. I would love to be able to run a 5k race again. It's hard to believe that I ran that every day in high school during cross country season, but I will get to that point again. I am loosely using this program as a reference, but am trying to push myself harder than what is in the schedule. It's something that I know I can do because I have done it before and getting to that point again will be a huge accomplishment. Today when I was running I learned that if I have just the right music playing it really makes me want to keep going. Tonight's song was Dead and Gone by the Black Keys. The beat was great for my pace.
I will leave you with a quote:
"Remember the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running." ~ Sarah Condor


Monday, February 6, 2012

17 Down

Today is my weekly weigh in and I am feeling very encouraged. I know I lost more weight this week than I normally will because of the veggies and water that I have been having, but just to see that I can lose it is a great feeling.
As I mentioned before, I purchased a pedometer this week to keep track of how active I am. I must say I do not take nearly as many steps as I thought. I'm not sure why I thought I took more, but I am making this a priority...move more. I brought the treadmill back to life the week before last and am so glad that we purchased it when we did. Even though it sat idle for so long, now it is moving again. I haven't been on it since I started the 10 day challenge because I was worried I that I would be burning more calories than I am taking in. I don't know a whole lot about that and if it could be a problem or not, but I didn't want to test it. I should be back on it Thursday.
This is day 8 of the veggies and water challenge and I am feeling pretty good. I only have 2 days left and then back to normal. The weekend wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I thought since I would be home more that it would be more difficult, but this blog has really helped me get through this. I don't want to let whoever is reading this down or even let myself down and I know if I slip up I will have to write about it and share those things too.
This has been a great change in my life and I am thankful to you for following my journey and being an encouragement to me.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Halfway There

I am now at the end of day 5 of veggies and water. Today was a pretty decent day. Yesterday I was starting to feel kind of weak, but today has been much better.
I bought a pedometer tonight to keep track of my steps taken and calories burned. I would like to purchase something better in the future, but thought I would start with something less expensive to see if I will even use it and keep track of my stats.
Our scale stopped working today so I had to go buy a new one. I had a moment of panic when I thought maybe the old scale was weighing wrong since it stopped working and that the new scale would show that I weighed more than the old one did. I was kind of nervous to step on it, but thankfully the old one must have been okay when it was working.
I have lost more weight so far this week than was in the plan since I am not taking in as many calories as normal. Veggies do not have many calories at all in them. I will wait until Monday to post my current weight, but I am very encouraged by the numbers and excited to see this really happening, to know that things really are changing and it's no longer just a dream.
Now that it's the weekend I know it will be harder to stick with the veggies, but I plan on giving it everything I've got. 5 days down and 5 to go.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day 3

Today marks the third day of veggies and water. It has been challenging at times, but not as bad so far as I thought it would be. We had carrots, peas and mushrooms for supper tonight and it was very filling.

I read the devotion about sugar intake and I learned some interesting facts. 6 teaspoons of sugar in one sitting decreases your immune function by 25%, 12 teaspoons decreases it by 60% and 24 teaspoons decreases it by 92%. I had never heard this or even thought about it before. The average adult consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. Just these facts gives a little insight into part of the reason why we get sick so often.

Today's devotion was about portion control. We have been fooled by restaurants into thinking that we need to east huge portions of food and that this is okay. I hardly ever finish my food when we go out to eat, but just seeing how much you are served makes it hard to know how much you should actually eat. I think this process of counting calories will help me to better visualize how much an adequate portion is so that no matter where I am I can eat better.

Today also marks the one month anniversary of the day I started my transformation. I can't believe it's been a month. I have always heard that if you stick with something for 21 days then it becomes habit. According to this , eating healthy should be a little easier from now on. (Or at least tracking my food and trying to eat healthy.)

All in all I am happy with my progress so far and can't wait to see the changes in the future.