Thursday, May 27, 2010

So Far - So Good

I'm a few days into my 20lbs in 10 weeks challenge and so far the results are good.  Three pounds lost since I started.  I'd love to hit that 20lb mark as soon as possible, but even if I do I will still maintain the same workout routine through the whole 10 weeks.  The food journal I'll need to make a commitment to use for at least 3 weeks.

I'm loving my treadmill!  I can use it at anytime during the day or night that is convenient.  Don't have to drive 10-15 minutes each way to and from the gym.  That time is better spent actually on the treadmill.  Not only am I using it for true workout time (3.4 - 3.8 mph), I am also using it at a slower pace (1 - 2 mph) while watching tv, making business calls, reading, researching and taking notes.  If I had a laptop then I could use that as well.  It's been real easy to put a board across the siderails to use as a desk.  I have to warn you though - it's much easier to write at 1mph vs 2mph.  :o)

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Treadmill & New Challenge

Well, this month has not gone as planned regarding the weight loss.  The reason?  The execution of the plan was extremely poor.  I have maintained pretty well though having only picked up 1 lb (still time to lose that by the end of the month).

We at the house decided to go ahead and buy a treadmill and cancel the gym membership.  At the gym that's the only piece of equipment we were using anyway, and the gym had gotten so busy that we found ourselves waiting to use it.

The treadmill was delivered on Friday.  It's now set up and has had some use already.  And I decided a new challenge was in order since the past 5-7 weeks had been busy, hectic, and somewhat chaotic. 

I've decided that I'm going to shoot for 20lbs in 10 weeks.  The last day of July I have an event that I'm cohosting.  There's no need to lose weight for that, but I just thought it was a nice timeline to coincide with a new challenge. 

So - instead of the 1lb minimum each week, it is now 2lbs per week.  Very doable.  I've got my food journal back out on the kitchen counter and will be using that.  And with the treadmill in the house I will hit that at least 5 days per week for a workout.  I will also be using it at other times just to burn off a few more calories.

I'll try to post little updates on here more often than I have been.  Wish me success.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

What A Month!

Alright, time to update.  The month started out real well......then life got in the way. 

Within the first few days I had lost my goal of 4lbs minimum for the month.  And I thought that it was going to be a great month - maybe realistically 8-10lbs total for the month.  Well, that never happened.  After the first few days of the month a relative broke their hip.  Which meant that we were going to be taking in their adult mentally impaired son and dealing with his very picky, mostly unhealthy, eating habits.  The relative is doing fine and living with us for a few days and I am slowly getting back on track, but my meal adjustments have been a challenge to find a good balance for all involved.

I will be going back to a food journal for the month to make sure I get my mind back in the groove.  And considering the first few days of the broken hip saga where I put on 5lbs, I still consider this month a success because I still squeeked out my goal.  I'm now down to 244.5 (goal was 245) and nearing 30lbs lost since Nov '09.  My goal for this month will change slightly:  Instead of my normal "4lbs" for a month I want to see 239.  And then hopefully say "goodbye" to the 240's forever.

This is an important week.  I want to make this week a rededication of the habits and lifestyle I'm been working at achieving.  I'm proud of myself for being able to at least maintain during the difficult part of this past month.  I was able to meet my goal and maintain.  And for that I am proud of myself.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I Welcome Comments

I welcome comments, but not spam. Therefore I had to start moderating my comments before they are posted. I hate to do it, but some idiot decided to post a comment that made no sense, and when I clicked on the profile name I was directed to a spam website.

Please do not let this deter you from leaving comments. I welcome all that actually pertain to my blog.

What A Month

The sun and nicer weather kept trying to come out, but the winter didn't want to go easily. Now that we have gotten into better weather it is a lot easier to get into those activities that get me off of my duff. Lots of yard work, hiking, walks in the neighborhood just to name a few.

It was a GREAT month for my weight loss. I had set as my goal a minimum of 4 lbs to lose during March. The actual was 8.5 lbs. And yes, I needed to mention the half pound because it put me under a hair.

My April goal will be the same - lose a minimum of 4lbs. Yes - I should lose more, but I have to remember that my goal when starting on this journey was to lose an average of at least 1 lb per week. Anything above that is great and a blessing.

I plan on having a great month. I want you to have one as well. Set your goals, set your plan to achieve them, and work your plan.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's Been A Long, Long Time

Well - it feels like it anyway. Since the dreary part of winter (even in the south) has FINALLY passed I have been otherwise occupied and this blog has gone down on the priority list. Of course, this weight loss journey continues and WILL continue.

I've been on 3 hikes these past 3 weekends. A couple of the trails I do regularly, the other was with a old friend I hadn't seen in forever. I've used these hikes (4-5 miles) kind of as a "get-the-winter-rust-off" hikes. I didn't worry about the scenery or stopping to look at any foliage (especially since there wasn't any to speak of yet). One big thing I've noticed this year over last year is that I'm able to get through the hikes quicker and not having to stop and catch my breath after any of the hills. And, I've vowed to up my trail mileage this year to 6-8 miles on most weekends.

I will be going on a trail within the next couple of weeks that I was on last year. It has a hill that kind of kicked my butt. When I was on it last year I told that hill that I would be back - in better shape - and this time I would be the victor.

I still have a long ways to go. However, its these small victories that I use as "mental vitamins" for the journey.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Goal Met

Have already met my March goal of 4lbs of loss to reach 254. Will now shoot for another 2-4lbs of weight loss. Averaging at least 1lb dropped per week is still the goal for the long haul.