Thursday, June 27, 2013

Exercise and A New Plan for Eating

Exercise has always been my problem, or maybe since kids and work have gotten in the way.  I am proud of myself because I am really making an effort this time.  Yes, I didn't get up today to go walk like I said that I would, but I am trying to find ways to put at 30 minutes a day into exercising.  Yesterday I went to the pool to swim laps.  I probably overdid it because I woke up at 3 am and my whole body hurt.  But that is the pain of working hard.  It didn't seem that hard when I was swimming because I love to swim.  Tonight we have tickets for the theatre at 7:30, but I might try to get a swim in early, maybe around 6.  Otherwise I need to find a way to exercise sometime today, even if it is just 30 minutes of walking or the wii. 

Eating meat and vegetables without carbs has been relatively easy for me.  Although I can live without all of the eggs and meat.  I have been reading a book by Joel Fuhrman about switching to a vegetarian lifestyle.  I am considering it.  I think that the weight might come off faster by making the switch.  The lifestyle change is focusing on fruits and vegetables.  I will see about it when I finish the book.  But it sounds like something that I could live with and do.  I just want to get the weight off and looking at losing more than 100 pounds seems daunting.  When I got on the scale the other day, I am close to 20 pounds down, but I have been doing this for about 3 months too.  I had hoped to be down more pounds by now. 

The other day I went to have a pedicure done.  Amber mentioned that she could see that I have lost weight or at least shifted some of it.  It was good to hear, because I don't feel that it looks or feels like I have lost anything.  That is probably the most frustrating, the speed of the weight loss and the feeling that I am not getting anywhere.  But I will keep going.  Right now I have good momentum and I need to just keep moving forward.  Setting small goals for myself might be useful.  Something small for me to attain and keep going. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A treat for myself

So, I have been on this journey for about 2 months now and I hope that there are results.  At times I think that I can see results, but then I wonder if I am just fooling myself.  Some of my clothes actually fit, so then I wonder, have there been results and my clothes were really tight before I started this?  Or am I fooling myself, and the scale is wrong, and there aren't results.  I guess I will need it to be a drastic change before I am convinced.  I have been sticking to the low carb menu and it has worked well up to this point.  I did have some ice cream yesterday, which was the first ice cream that I have had since April.  I am trying new recipes and staying low carb.  I got on the scale on Monday and it showed no change since last week which is 16 pounds total gone.  Then I got on the scale today and it showed that I was down 3 more pounds.  So we will see what happens as the week goes on.  The only change I have made recently is to add green tea tablets to see if that helps.  I have also added exercise.  I put a Couch to 5 K app on my phone and have been using it.  But I wonder about it since my knees are hurting a little bit.  So I am wondering how good it is to run on asphalt or concrete, which is what I have been doing.  Tonight I am going to swim and see how that works.  I can also go to the Middle School track to run which is a little more giving on the knees.  Finally, I want to get my bike out to ride.  Adding exercise to my routine is something that I have been trying to do. 

A treat for myself, was to buy a couple of new shirts this last weekend while I was in Stillwater.  The size hasn't gone down yet, but it was nice to be able to have something new to wear.  And the treat of clothes is better than a treat of ice cream or food, which I need to move away from.  My next treat is to buy a better pair of shoes for walking and running.  My tennis shoes are all at least 5 years old.

So the journey goes on....

Monday, June 3, 2013

So this is not a good week for me, or it has started out bad.  I got on the scale yesterday and for some reason I was up 3.5 pounds.  I have been following the eating plan, so I am not sure what happened.  Maybe I just need to stop eating all together.  This is one of those humps that I have to get over or get past.  It is kind of defeating though if I let it be.  I know that it has put a damper on my excitement.  I did a lot of walking on Saturday and then I cleaned house yesterday for my exercise.  I am going to try to go to yoga tonight and get started with it again to at least improve my flexibility.  I did try a new recipe yesterday, Jalapeno Popper Chicken.  It was pretty good and low carb.  I am also reading a book about low carb eating.  Will let you know more as I move forward.  I am just not in the mood to write today.