19 December 2009

Excuses, excuses

I haven't worked out much in the last few weeks and my eating has been completely out of control. It's like I have no self control at all. If it's in front of me within driving distance, I eat it. I could list the things I've eaten over the last few days and it would make you sick - seriously!!! And I've had all kinds of excuses. For not working out; I'm really busy, I have a test to write, I'm tired, it's cold, I'll do it later, tomorrow, next week. I swear, I have so many excuses it is not funny. As for the eating, yeah that was a joke. At school there have been a lot of goodies. A. Lot. Up until this week I've indulged a time or two but managed to keep it under control. This week was finals and if they were using my room for a test I couldn't be in there. So I went to the faculty room. Where the goodies were. And I sat and ate. And ate. And ate. My excuse? I didn't have breakfast, lunch, dinner a week ago, whatever. It was all excuses. What has this lack of activity and eating everything in a 3 block radius got me? Well, besides a few extra pounds, I now have a sore back, the inability to sleep at night yet I'm tired all the time, and a very, very sore knee. Just like when I weighed 225 lbs. Great!! This is a great way to spend the holidays and start a new year. But it stops right here and right now.

I am on a 3 week break from school and in that time I will:
  1. Lose 10 pounds - this is at the top of my list because it is the most important'
  2. Get next semester planned through to spring break - doing that will free me up to do #3
  3. Organize and get the house packed and ready for the move
 So, how will I accomplish these things you may ask. I'll tell you.  For number 1, I am going to workout twice a day - morning and afternoon.  Since I'm home all day I can schedule any appointments that may come up around my workouts.  I'm putting me first for the next 3 weeks.  I will also be tracking everything that I eat.  I will be writing it down and logging it in Foods Database. It's a free online program that I like pretty well.  None of the ones I've found, free or fee, are exactly what I want so I've had to learn to settle.  Anyway, I'm going to track every morsel that I eat and I'm going to keep the calories between 1300-1500 a day. 

For number 2, I'm going to devote some time everyday to planning.  I'm thinking an hour or two in the afternoon between lunch and my second workout.  This will give me some down time and I'll be rested for my workout. 

Finally, Number 3 will be an ongoing constant project.  I will be working on that a lot and I figure it will be pretty physical so it will help with the weight loss and keep me from eating because I'm busy. 

So my days are going to look like this:
  • Up in the morning and have coffee
  • workout - probably a run
  • breakfast
  • sort and pack for a couple of hours
  • lunch
  • work on next semester
  • workout - probably weights
  • walk the dogs
  • dinner
  • relax
 Two things I need to keep doing in order for this to work.  First, keep busy. If I get bored it's all over because I'll begin to eat.  Second, stay focused on the goal.  I will do this!!  I will do this!!!

So the goal?   10 lbs in three weeks.  Not so hard when you think that I should be really busy all three weeks.  I should have no time to sit around and gain weight.  At least that's the plan. 

So, where does it start?  Right here, right now.  The information below will be posted on my sidebar for all the world to see.  Let the games begin.  

Starting weight: 185.0
Goal weight:     175.0
Current weight: 185.0

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