Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Fabulous because it's half way to the weekend...in which we are celebrating our 5 year anniversary (of being a couple, married for 3) by taking a long weekend to Portland...so come on Friday!
Fabulous because since my last weigh in 9 days ago, I've lost 3 pounds...and my only goal weight wise was 2 pounds this MONTH, so I'm ridiculously pleased.
Fabulous because I finished my biggest quilt project to date the baby quilt pictured above and will gift it to someone special to me who has wanted a baby very badly and is only a few short weeks away from having that baby....
All in all, an excellent Wednesday by my account. Hope it's the same for you....
Monday, July 12, 2010
I rode my bike this a.m. on a one-mile loop I had mapped out using the Sparkpeople fitness map maker...It took me 7 minutes and burned a total of....48 calories.
This is the beginning of my biking journey and I had no idea how long it would take me to bike one mile. Seven minutes? That's not much. 48 calories? That's really not much. It is, however, a reasonable start. I will ride the same route tomorrow. Wednesday, I will add a quarter mile to my route, and I will continue adding every other day until i'm riding at least 20 minutes every morning...and riding in the evening as time permits.
Part of me, of course, wanted to chart a 10 mile route and begin it immediately! But...as I have so often found - I've good intentions, and crappy follow through. That's why I joined the Slowest Loser team...and why I'm making my goals for biking ridiculously doable - because I have a habit of making my goals unrealistic and never reaching them. I'm hoping I'll continue to be as excited about the whole thing as I am now...and be looking forward to adding to my route and building my stamina....rather than the whole "ugh, I donwanna" I get when I plan too much too soon.
But 48 calories? Seriously...the end was an uphill slope that had me puffing like crazy. No wonder I'm overweight..I have such unrealistic views of how much I'm eating and how much I'm moving...I think "gee I'm tired" at the end of the day..and I've been freaking busy...but I haven't been MOVING.
However, I'm plodding along with the Slowest Loser team as my baseline and I'm finding that at least I'm DOING it...which is much more than I could say in the past. I'm up to 5-6K steps on my pedometer a day, and that is a LOT.
Slow and steady wins the race...right? right!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
There she is...my first grown up bike! I really, REALLY wanted a Nirve Lahaina...but at $450+ it was simply not in my budget. So I went around and tested many bikes...and for the price, this was the best fit for me, a Diamondback Lustre I.
Today, after getting an artistic recharge at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show www.sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org/ , I'll be purchasing a helmet...and starting my journey. I've joined a Sparkteam for riders with osteoarthritis...and will be doing a virtual transamerica bike ride...too fun!
Friday, July 09, 2010
Pride weekend, we went to Joe's Crab Shack...tons of fun. A gal came around and took our pic and told us it'd be on the website. I'd forgotten all about it till yesterday I got an ad/email from them so i went to their website to look it up.
Holy cow Batman...
I almost *almost* uploaded it here because no one could really believe what a bad pic it is by words alone...but I couldn't do it. For one...we'd been eating spinich dip...and apparently I had a big ol' piece of spinach that made it look like I'm missing a tooth! Niiiice. Very sexy, let me tell you...
the worst? I look like I weigh at LEAST double ... I'm not kidding. i was wearing a short-sleeved T and the little cap sleeve had rode up...and from the angle she took it...my upper arm looked like a THIGH...if you think "oh it probably wasn't that bad..." when I showed my partner the pic after she said that she said "OH...wow..um, no, no that's not a good pic...no let's not put that one on facebook..." LOL.
Where upon I turned to her and said "do I often look like that jodie? Or is this just a really bad picture?" and she began to squirm....and I knew what the answer was. Finally, she said, "well it depends on what you're wearing...that shirt um, does sort of highlight you're weight on your arms..."
Ouch. Big ouch.
Then, this a.m. on FB, I see my friend who is doing Atkins has lost 26 pounds. Mind you, I do not believe it is a healthy way to do it and I'm not going to do it, or any other weight loss thing except count calories and work out, period, but it lead me to a moment of ...will I ever lose this freaking weight? What's wrong with me? Why don't I do what I KNOW I should be doing?
Well, I nipped that right in the bud. Reminded myself I've been exercising some almost every day...that big dramatic plans only go by the wayside for me in a few days and I'm better off doing it slow and easy. I can allow that picture to pull me down, or motivate me to DO WHAT I KNOW I SHOULD BE DOING. I choose the latter.
so now I'm going to get off the computer and go walk the dog before work. One step at a time, one glass of water at a time, one good choice at a time, i will become healthier and reach my goals.
thanks Joe's Crab Shack for the boost in resolve.
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