Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Oh Krap...

... it's Weigh In Wednesday

Weight: 155.4 lbs
Body Fat: 38%

Hmmm, that's what it was last week. I'm trying very very hard not to dwell on it.

I started doing an extra workout a day on Monday. I think I'll continue to do "2-A-Days". I simply can't work out for more than 1 hour at a time. I get so bored (I can't do anything for a solid 1 hour. Even hobbies that I enjoy I need to take frequent breaks from). So that means I'm working with Yourself Fitness as usual during the day and then I'm adding a little treadmill work after dinner. If that doesn't work, I'll add an extra treadmill workout before breakfast.

On top of it all... my food scale needs a new battery. Sigh

Anyway, as I said, it's only the first week of concentration and I'm trying not to dwell on it.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Weigh In Wednesday

Whew, just finished my treadmill workout while watching the Tour de France. Nothing quite motivating than that!

Here's my weigh in results (and not at all unexpected):

Weight: 155.4 lbs
Body fat %: 38.1%

So that's what I assumed I was and a perfect time to get motivated again.

So let's see if I can drop one pound this week. For me, that can be a bit of a challenge, as I seem to average only about a half pound.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Yet an other Milestone

I had an interesting weekend. It was a busy one, with the two things that are the main focus in my life: knitting and bike racing (yeah, I'm not the bike racer, but it's an important part of my life too)

On Friday I went to The Knitting Guild of America's east coast conference. This is held near my house at the Valley Forge Convention center. There's been knitting events there for as long as I've lived in the area. Either Stitches or the TKGA conference.

The conference center is spread over two hotels. One hotel has the classes and the other the vendor show. I've been going for several years. It's a long walk between the two, and includes some stairs.

I remember a couple of years ago really struggling physically going back and forth (especially the stairs). Not this year. I didn't even feel the pain. I actually spent all day on my feet shopping at the vendors (and spent waaaay tooooo much money heeheehee) and didn't really feel it. The stairs weren't even an issue and walking over to the other building for lunch felt "normal". A definite indication that I've come a really long way. My legs weren't sore, I didn't get short of breath. I actually felt good.

My only mistake? Not enough water, but I made sure I drank a lot when I got home.

Saturday was spent supporting Matt at a bike race. While I felt so good on Friday, being around bikers always makes me feel out of shape. The weather was nasty... think tropics, including that muggy rain. Ugh. Anyway, it was very motivating for me.

So while I've been concentrating on getting back to regular workouts, I haven't really done the food deficit that I need to do to drop weight. The workouts help me keep my weight steady, but I need both to actually lose weight.

Well, I'm back on full "weight loss mode". Trying to keep my food intake to about 1200 calories combined with my workouts.

So you can look forward to Weigh In Wednesdays again... don't expect an unusual number tomorrow. I'm guessing I'll be around 155 lbs.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Fat Chick

I must admit I'm really struggling with my physical appearance right now. I don't think this is a bad thing, as I am hoping that this is going to motivate me to work harder and eat smarter.

I'm making efforts to put more emphasis on my appearance by getting some better fitting clothes (rule one in weight loss: don't wear ill fitting clothes. You'll just look frumpy) wearing make up and just generally paying more attention to how I look.

The problem is that I still feel like the fat chick. I know that it's probably just my own low self esteem, but having a husband that is in top physical condition makes me very aware of how out of shape I look. While I've been celebrating my weight loss, I do forget that I'm far from my goal.

I find it odd that I am more self concious of my weight now that I've lost 60 lbs than I did when I was obese. Maybe because I'm trying now and I wasn't then? Is that why I don't usually put an effort into my physical appearance? If I try and fail, then I'm a failure, but if I don't try then I can always use the excuse "well, I didn't try".

Well, you can't be a failure without trying... and the only way to sucess is to try... so off I go to workout!

And yes, Marilyn: the only way to get to 30 lbs is to start with the first 5 lbs. And I can't lose those 5 until I lose the first pound!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Obligatory Update

Okay, I need to update before Lauren emails me...

Things are kinda still stalled. Just not motivated to do that "extra" to lose weight.

I have been making a more conscientious effort to put more effort into my physical appearance. It does boost my self confidence and I think wearing make up is a positive for me.

So I still need to get into food deficit mode... and I'm really struggling with that. I haven't lost any weight in such a long time... ya, I've lost 3 or 4 lbs here and there, but it's been up and down now for about a year and a half, keeping in in the same 5 lb range.

It's about dedication and I've been doing the minimal for that time... with little spurts of dedication. Gotta get over the 60lbs lost and concentrate on the next 30 lbs...