Posts Tagged ‘health’

I took from the depths of my closet the only pair of “skinny” pants I owned and they fit today.  I honestly don’t remember ever being able to wear them before but I must have fit in them for at least one day a few years ago.

Finding comfortable pants has always been tricky for me; this pair fits pretty good but hopefully they don’t fit for too long.

So now begins the dilemma; do I buy more pants now or try to get by with these until I lose more weight and need smaller yet?

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I think I’ll have to break down and by a few things to get me by for a while. Besides between the JC Penney’s coupon and the Kohl’s cash I must be destined to shop this week!

Just a quick post today but I have to say: Weight Watchers is going great.  I’ve lost 19.2 pounds since I started February 26th.  I weighed in today at 188.6!  Less than a pound to go before I hit the 10% goal; I can surely hit that next week!  I had one week where I didn’t lose any weight but I’ve avoided any gains so far.  I know they will happen in time; but as long as I stick with the program and keep tracking I should continue to see success.

So without further ado: Here is me in October

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And here is me today

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I still have a way to go, but I think the difference shows; I certainly know I feel better!

I actually managed to wear the pedometer without resetting it today!

I didn’t remember to put it on until I’d been up for a couple of hours but I kept track from about 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and clocked a surprising 18,119 steps.  I didn’t go out of my way to walk any more than usual.  In fact at the gym I didn’t even use the treadmill (and I missed out on my usual trip to the local grocery).  Can’t wait to see how many steps I take the rest of the week.

 

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So, I did it, I decided to actually diet.  That ugly word that I am sure I said over and over I didn’t need and wouldn’t do.  I’d been losing weight.  Actually I’d gone from the 222 pounds I started at in August  to about 208 pounds in February just by exercising and changing a few habits but I felt like I was in a rut so I decided to join Weight Watchers.

February 26th I went to my first meeting.  Weighing in at 207.6 pounds.  I’ve lost every week so far; in fact it tells me online that I am losing a little too fast.  I weighed in at 195 this past Tuesday!  So happy to get under that 200 mark;  I accomplished that on March 26th just a month after joining.

This weeks meeting was about monitoring activity; hence my pedometer experiment.  Today I did even worse with the pedometer ~ it’s still on the bathroom counter where I placed it last night.  Perhaps tomorrow I will try again to see how many steps I take in a day.

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I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted and I have so much to tell but I will start with the adventure of my pedometer the past couple of days.  Yesterday I purchased the cheapest one that walmart sells ~ I figured $5 wouldn’t matter if I didn’t like it or lost it right away.

So I put it on my waist as suggested and wore it for a while.  I don’t even remember how many steps it said I’d taken but it seemed off so I decide to count.  It was almost doubling my steps so I then clip it to my sock and try again.  Surprisingly it seemed to work pretty accurately that way ~ you’d think they would suggest this in the packaging!  I don’t know if it’s appropriate to use the pedometer this way but for $5 I am surprised it works at all.

Here in lies my difficulties; I keep resetting it.  Somewhere into several hundred steps today I decide to sit with my leg tucked under me; then I remember I am wearing the silly device!  Sure enough I’d reset it so I decide to sit like a lady again and try again.

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I check it again after 7 hours or so of wearing and it was somewhere over 11,000 steps so I go back to work. After another hour or so I go about fixing the vacuum only to realize I am smashing my pedometer again and sure enough I have reset it!

ugh …. now to try to make it through tomorrow without resetting! Perhaps I will then know how many steps I’ve taken in a day!

I haven’t been to the gym in 5 days!  This is the longest stretch for me since we joined in August.  I have all sorts of excuses I am sure ~ but mostly I’ve just not been there.  Tomorrow, well today since it’s after midnight, I will be going.  I have made some great progress.  My last 6 week assessment had me down another 5 pounds and a bit over an inch in the waist.  I shaved a minute off of my mile test too coming in at 12:59 I was pretty sure I would die a couple of times and my heart rate was too fast but apparently I survived!

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Ah, it’s been a while since I last posted.  I’ve been working out; in fact I was on vacation last week and still worked out.  I have been trying some of the new exercises I see in magazines or online.  Some of them I really like; the main thing I need to work on is finding a good mix of exercises to do each day.  I don’t want to go in and do the same thing every day but having a good arsenal of different exercises is definitely helpful.

Today I started with a mile on the spinning bike; I’m getting my speed up; I think today it was somewhere in the 2 1/2 minute range.  I’ve gone faster but this was my first move so I didn’t want to over do yet.

I moved on to a half mile on the elliptical with varying resistance.

Next was a half mile on the treadmill; have I mentioned I hate the treadmill?  I started with a moderate walk, then I moved to the highest incline at a slow pace doing lunge steps for about a minute.  I returned to a walk; this time a bit more brisk.  After that 2 minutes running at a 10 – 10 1/2 minute mile pace.  I worked my way through a mixed up routine of walking, running,  and lunge steps until the 1/2 mile had passed; this took about 10 minutes even with the running bursts.

I pushed myself harder than I had in a few workouts.  I did some floor exercises next; I even threw in a couple of rounds of renegade rows with the kettlebells. My abs were screaming so I pushed my self to do a few more crunches, wiggle worms, and planks.

I then did some push ups and some incline sit ups.  At some point I even did some weight work on the arms.  Charles was about done working out but he said he had to do his 21’s first.  I didn’t know what they were so I did them with him.  I used 5 pound weights for standing bicep curls.  I kind of liked the move; I’ve got to add this one in to the mix too!