The Journey So Far...

The Journey So Far...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Day 217

I am not feeling so well today. I have my (TMI ALERT) period. It is always like this. I had a great week last week and I am back on track, and now I get to face down this week of a lot less exercise (if any, it just has to be that way or I'll drive myself nuts with destroyed clothes and fatigue). Life always happens so I guess to succeed we have to work with it, and not against it. I did not go to the gym today, but I'm not ruling it out for tomorrow. I want to go. I feel different for having not gone, and I know I'd have felt better had I been able to go. If it wasn't for embarrassing myself I might have gone anyway. I am re reading this paragraph and I see that it seems down, but it isn't! I feel fine today. I also have some good stuff to talk about...

My measurements! The last measurements I have written down are from October, but I know I took them a month later, I just cant find them. After that however I had not taken any measurements until last night. I was thinking that with how slow the weight loss was being that I ought to look at my inches and I am so glad I did! I lost 8 3/4 inches on my hips, 4 1/4 inches on my waist, 6 1/4 inches on my bust, and 8 inches off of my underbust! There were more inches lost on my thighs, neck, and arms, but those above are the real confidence boosters. The only thing that worries me is my calf looks like it gained 1/2 an inch. I probably measured differently or something.

Spring Challenge Check in!

My goals are:
1. Exercise 1 hour a day 5 days a week for 13 weeks.
2. Eat the WW recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
3. Go to as many WW meetings as I possibly can.
4. Check in on Mondays.
5. Get a bike. Finally.

1. I rocked it this week! I was awesome!
2. Same as above, I think I might have come up one or two short on a day or two but I have to eat nine servings a day!
3. I went to my meeting and lost weight! Proof that I am on the right track again. Next week I go back with walking shoes!
4. Totally checking in right now!
5. 11 weeks from now...

Now something I like about myself. I can write really well sometimes...or rather I used to. I haven't written in years. It used to be a dream of mine to write a novel. Something in the realm of urban fantasy, which is my favorite to read. People would tell me I was great, but I would always give up. I know this is going to sound strange, but being fat/obese made me feel dumb. I know that carbs in excess can make us "foggy" but I felt like a dull butter knife. I couldn't get out the words that I wanted to say in conversation or on paper. I'm starting to feel better, and I'm feeling antsy like maybe I should get back to writing again. I don't know what holds me back, but I bet its related to this journey! Everything else is!

1 serving bran flakes: 2
1/2 serving cheerios: 1
1/2 cup skim milk: 1
1 serving chicken tikka w/rice: 7
1 1/2 serving bean soup: 6
1 arnolds sand thin: 1
1 veggie burger: 2
1 serving spinach: 0
1 serving pickles: 0
1 tbsp ranch: 1
1 serving rice crisps: 2
1 enchilada: 8
1 1/2 cup corn: 3
1/2 enchilada: 4
1 tbsp ff sour cream: 1
1 fruit bar: 1

I got in all of my veggies again today! I had something else planned for dinner but when I looked at my food log I knew I needed something much heavier in veggies. My enchiladas pack 2 servings of fruits and veggies per serving, so I switched gears from Indian cuisine to Mexican/Texmex. I'm kinda proud of myself for that too. I saw the need and adapted to fill it.


River said...

Sounds like you're doing great and more power to you girl!!

That novel... I once wrote over 100 pages (highschool years) and decided I didn't like the subject anymore and deleted it. I know think it was fear of failure or may be even success. It's still my dream to write a novel.

I still think about me writing in front of a large window with a beautiful view when I need to relax a little. That's my favorite image of me.

Anonymous said...

Is it wrong that I'm jealous that you have your period? I need mine to start so I can start my injections for conception. I will trade ya!

CinciMom11 said...

You are doing great! Your measurements are amazing! Losing such big numbers must feel great! Keep it up, girlfriend!

You're going to have to share some of that writing with us once you start back up.

Physicallee Fit said...

I have different plan for my cycle. I'll allow myself a little more chocolate, a lot more rest, drink lots of water and make certain to take my vitamin. My body is changing and that takes energy. So I will not freak out no matter what the scale says.

It's such a major change (that just because it's so normal that most people experience it); remember to cut yourself some slack.

Physicallee Fit said...

Make that (so normal that most WOMEN experience it). :)

Rettakat said...

Sounds like your week went excellent!

I really liked this: "Life always happens so I guess to succeed we have to work with it, and not against it." I need to post that up where I can see it every day!

Do you follow Mary Pax's blog? She's is a writer, used to have a wt loss oriented blog: Chronicles of Meps Reconstruction, and since focusing on her writing she started a new blog: Wistful Nebulae. (both in my blogroll)

Anyway, she is soon to delete her wt loss blog, but she has some fabulous archives that talk about how the wt loss and the lessons learned there apply to her becoming an author.

I could relate to so much of it. I especially recommend her lists of Favorite Posts, in her sidebar. There is much wisdom there about how the weight interfered with her writing, and how she changed that and went after her dreams. Good stuff!! I saved some to my computer since it will soon be gone.


Ice Queen said...

How fabulous to have that kind of progress in your measurements. How inspiring you are.

Urgh! I hear you about your periods. I used to have nightmare periods, too. Turns out I had a medical condition and since my family was complete, I decided to have a total hysterectomy. Changed my life! That surgery was one of the best things I ever did for myself. A period never held me back, again. :D

Scarlet Simple said...

River: I see something quite similar, me writing, but with a laptop and a couple of cats snuggled up near by.

Betty: No, not at all...I know how you feel. I am grateful for a regular period, but not so much for it ruining every single article of clothing I attempt to wear while I have it, or the fear of bleeding on the machines while at the gym! >_< Ugh. We never win do we!

Christina: Thanks! If I do get back into it I might need you guys to tell me if its any good anymore!

Physicallee Fit: I don't usually gain weight on my period, I usually shed it (but this has been a weird few weeks so we shall see). On my period I have to stop going to the gym or vigorously working out because of just how heavy it is. I'm trying to cut myself some mental slack here as I try to not kick my self over and over about not going to the gym when I am trying to get back on track!

Retta: I have not seen her blog I think, though I'm going to have to take a look now if I get a chance. I need to post my quote up where I can see it too! It might chase away my moody blues...

Ice Queen: Thank you so much! I cant even think about a hysterectomy right now! I want kids when all of this "actively" losing weight is over! But after? Yeah, I will totally be looking into how to get a lighter period as this one is pretty much a handicap!