Wednesday, February 05, 2014
What a slog this week has been so far! I was overly concerned with the scale, and thankfully it finally moved, but not by much. I am working on this phase 2 thing, and will get back to my workout routine tomorrow. Chris has been home the last 3 days, and I didn't want to kick him out of the living room to do my workout, or move my stuff upstairs. Kind of a lazy excuse, but we turned the house upside down cleaning and reorganizing today, so that was a lot of work and I counted it as my fitness minutes.
I've caved in to temptation on a couple of "off limits" foods according to this diet plan, but I definitely exercised moderation and it hasn't hurt my progress at all. That was a great feeling, knowing I didn't make an ideal choice, but still didn't derail myself altogether. I picked out a (non-food) reward for every 5 pounds I lose, and I'm really looking forward to the next one!
I'm feeling good about my progress this week, even though it's only halfway over. I've conquered a couple of the mental hurdles that can really make me quit caring about working on my health and weight loss, so that's a very positive thing!
Saturday, February 01, 2014
The appeal of the south-beach diet for me, at first, were all the stories I'd read of the quick weight loss in the beginning. In that regard, it did not disappoint, I lost 6 pounds in the first 2 weeks. Pretty good! Over my 3rd week, wherein I've been reintroducing more foods into my diet, I've not lost any.
I'm glad I've been using the nutrition tracker! I've got some idea what to tweak to try and get the scale moving again. Not that a week with no change is really such cause for concern. I wasn't home for 4 days, and didn't have my morning weigh-in to assess what impact the food changes were having. So I'll keep working on it, and see what needs to change in order to keep losing.
I am seriously getting tempted by those white carbs though! Baked potatoes to go with dinner for my family last night, and I made bread this morning since we ran out. Oh, the mouthwatering oven-fresh home baked bread!!! That was rough, but I know better. It smelled good, and that's as far as I went. I'll definitely need to look up some whole-grain bread recipes, and pick up some new ingredients at my next grocery shopping trip.
I did the circuit training routine today and yesterday, it's so nice to get back into it. I thought my dad had some free weights I could work with while I was there, but he only had 2-pounders, not very helpful! I know I will only keep feeling better as I go along, getting stronger and better able to hit that workout!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I went to house-sit for my dad while he was on vacation. My job was to keep the place warm, which conveniently coincided with a nice cold snap. He heats his home with wood, so that was a lot of work! It's funny the things you take for granted, I know I certainly appreciate the thermostat in my home, and the ease with which we can make the place warmer when we want to. The fact that the furnace kicks on more often when it's colder means more expense, but no extra actual effort.
I noticed when I was bringing in fire wood that I can easily carry quite a bit more than I used to. I wasn't limited by how heavy the load was, but how big! My arms could only hold so much, but it used to be my muscles would limit the amount I'd carry since it just got too heavy for me if I went over a certain number of pieces. So, that was a neat little "I'm stronger!" moment for me to enjoy.
I made sure I packed lots of veggies and healthy food choices to bring along, as I did I felt like I was overdoing it! I figured whatever I didn't end up eating could just come back with me, so it's not like it was that big of a deal. I was pleased to notice, however, when I went to put everything away after I got home today, that almost all the veggies had been eaten while I was there! I really made sure I brought plenty, too so that was good.
Healthy eating calls for plenty of cooking, and as I got the kitchen straightened out this morning and started washing the dishes, the water quit running! The pipe feeding into the water pump from the well had frozen. Cue 15 trips up and down huge basement steps to figure out and remedy the issue, before I could finish cleaning up and go home!!
Haha I'm so glad that whenever we run into problems at our house, it's not technically our problem, since we rent.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
What is it about delineating a new beginning, that makes things feel so motivating, fresh and good? It's probably day 774 of trying to get my weight in check, really! Haha but I guess it has more to do with focusing on the present, and leaving past struggles behind. Not that I haven't learned lots from them, but it's nice to make a distinction between then and now.
I got myself doing more exercise this week, actually got back into the circuit-training routine the past couple of days. I took notes of the moves from the video, so I don't have to actually play the video to do it. I like this since I get sick of listening to the same talk over and over, and the pace of the video is a little teeny bit on the slow side anyway. It's a true "for beginners," video thus it includes some explanations and educationally geared commentary that I really just don't need to hear again.
I'm continually amazed by how responsive my body is! Just a couple days of boosting my fitness back up again, and I'm feeling less winded when I go upstairs. I wish it had more of a stabilizing effect on my mood, but that doesn't seem to be the case! If anything, my patience seems a little shorter after I leave a puddle of sweat on the floor. Boo. Also, eating right and exercising, it's always gratifying to see a corresponding drop in the scale.
Down 6 pounds altogether since I started the South Beach diet, so I'm happy with that!
Friday, January 24, 2014
Having a pretty good week! The first phase of my South Beach diet will be over on Monday, so that's going to be interesting. From there it's a trial and error thing from what I've read, to learn more about what foods will help keep me losing, and which won't. Looking forward to learning!
I've been inconsistent with my exercise lately, but got a workout in today, so that was good. I need to buckle down and stop thinking it's okay to slack off, because it's not. I need to make some progress, and keep going!
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