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Long hiatus but worth it

19 Jul

I was gone for a while yes.  In that time my work hours lightened up a lot and I got to go on a vacation.  I am on a tight budget but food options have stayed healthy and at home.

I’m hoping now that things are calming down I can wipe my credit card charges back to zero and start from scratch.

My size 12 jeans that I wear for my part-time work are just falling off of me.  My crotch of the pants just hangs out between my legs and I have a bit of plumbers crack.  I was starting to get bummed that I look like a bum so I went to the goodwill to pick up some jeans.  I got another pair of size 6 jeans because they weirdly fit except that they don’t close.  A size 12 pair and a pair of size 10 jeans which both actually fit.  They are a little tight and the 12s show that my gut is back 😦

So its time to get serious again.  I also have decided to spend less hours on the internet which has been nice.  I normally sit my butt on the couch for hours and stare at the screen.  I spent some time taming my email, and so that has helped a lot.

I have been taking out books from the library about specific topics but that has also helped.  Yesterday at the goodwill I saw all these books I’ve wanted to read and decided I was going to focus more on reading and language learning aside from this blog of course 🙂

There is still a month and a half til the wedding I’m planning to attend as a guest.    I am confident I can tame the belly by then and be size 10 pants exclusively.  I have my Ipod all cued up will songs but left it in hubbys car so I will have to figure something else out.  I’m happy that I haven’t back slid despite not making it to the gym often.

But with all this extra energy, frustration and aggrevation I have to put the energy somewhere so it looks like gym it is.

Things are going well.

5 Jun

I’ve been gone for a while but I have lost weight and I’m down in weight!  I have had to do a lot of necessary walking lately and I forgot how good it felt.  I have been eating as well as I can for someone who works as much as I do.

There is a vacation coming up at the end of the month and my tummy is still a barrel.  I’m going to do some strength exercises a few times a week and swim at least once a week to whittle that down.  Now that the financial goals are all chugging along nicely and work may be drying up I have time to do what I need to do for myself.

I started flossing again.  My teeth are in horrible shape and need a lot of work but flossing helps a bit.  I don’t know what’s going to happen financially.  What I do know is that things are going to be okay and working out gives me the boost that I need to stay happy.

Its time

19 May

I had been very focused on my financial goals.  Nothing wrong with that but I have other goals too.  I kept trying to track etc figuring out that it doesn’t really work for me.

So I took the book I use for finances and changed everything around to apply to fitness.  Now I have a road map which is good.  Although I haven’t lost weight my belly seems to be shrinking.  I’ll need to measure it after this week to see if it has indeed gone down.

It feels nice to switch tracks a bit and start making guided efforts to where I’d like to be physically.  My health is very important and at this point it has to be put first.  I get winded walking up stairs even.

I’m very happy I haven’t gained weight but now that I am shifting my main focus things should be ramping up and I should start feeling better again like I used to when I was fit.  There are still many days left in May to hit the lose the belly goal.  I am excited at the prospect of it not poking out of shirts anymore. 🙂  I feel great.  I should be back here in a week a pound thinner and much stronger physically.

Eyes on the prize

2 May

I have had a downward trend in weight.  I am now 3 pounds lighter than I was when this started and I haven’t seen the inside of a gym yet.  My personal goal for May in the fitness arena is to “tame the tummy.”

I’d like to be 2 inches smaller in the mid section.  I have to go to the gym and or exercise in order to make that happen.  With a lot of stress lifted from me in the financial department it might be easier now.  I need to have a routine to successfully accomplish all my goals and they are starting to seem more intertwined for the first time in a while.

Just this small commitment to eating better resulted not only in weight loss but it made my outlook more positive.  I take a daily walk by myself now a days.  It might just be to the mail box but its totally personal time to regroup and focus.  A little non expensive or calorie laden break from the madness of my day.  I am hoping that cultivating this habit has meant that I can now pick a time and stick to it.

I need to focus.  I need to finish up my job assignment right and I want to see even more results in my weight loss.  It’s been nice to have a positive outlook again.  To have a yearning to get up and move around.  I hope things continue this way for me.  But for now I’m just going to focus on the positive and keep moving in that direction!

Progress

28 Mar

I ended the month -1 despite all the craziness.  In a forum I somewhat actively participate in they are doing a bikini challenge so I have pledged to lose weight by mid summer.  That would be an amazing goal to accomplish.

I have a very rare day off today.  I will be lounging around doing small projects that are necessary and in the afternoon I will finally be dragging my behind to the gym so that I can stay on track for meeting my goal.  I am confident that if I could ride out such an insane month with any loss at all that I am strong enough to keep going in the right direction and stay there.

I will also poke around my recipes so I can have another at home eating week like this one was.  Even though it was hard work it totally paid off.  I felt full and satisfied and the scale kept moving in the correct direction.

Here’s to another week of good food and satisfying work outs.

Boy Am I Sore

25 Mar

And so happy and proud.  Last night like many nights prior I had sketched out my tentative weekly schedule.   The main difference between this time and the last 20 times?  I remembered it,  I didn’t write it down and on a loose piece of paper that I’d find a week later.  I didn’t talk myself out of it.  I just did a real honest assessment of my day and said hey here you go.   Wake up tomorrow eat something light work out shower and go to work, done, no excuses. When I woke up I tried to rationalize it- talk my way out of it,  but my muscles felt weak, my tummy could be seen bulging out of my PJ’s and again my weight is maintenance level on the scale.  I asked myself which is more important,  rationalizing my way out of a 30 min workout and end up walking around today knowing I’m one more day behind on hitting my goal or putting in some effort and feeling good about myself knowing I’m one step closer to getting to where I want to be. It wasn’t easy, my legs were sore, my arms shook at the end of the reps but I did it,  I didn’t rush or quit.  I made it happen.  Tomorrow I was going to do the same work out again but when I did it in the past I’d always leave a day break in between.  I’d like to go to the gym but fear I’d talk myself out of it again,  so here’s what I’ll do.  If I have time to look at my gym bag and make sure everything is in it before switching shifts, I’ll go to the gym tomorrow morning.  If not I’ll do an at home cardio work out.  Either way no excuses,  I’m working out and hitting my targets.  Not only do I want to look good at that event but I deserve to take care of myself.  I am worth the time and investment and it is worth it to maintain a work out schedule aside from the fact that it would ensure that I would fit into whatever clothes I buy for this event. It’s time to stop worrying about whether or not I’ll fit into the clothes and rather stick to a plan that ensures I will be able to do so.  Although it is a cliché the old adage is true: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu

Now I have injured my finger but…

24 Mar

I can still run!  Tomorrow I start a workout schedule could not be more excited.  Truly.  Yesterday I went shopping and cooked up a whole bunch of food no take out food for me.  Good for the wallet and the waistline.  Hoping it shows on this week’s weigh in.  I’m ready to focus, feel better and hit my weight targets.