10 December 2011

Down!!!


My earlier post was to prep me for what I expected at the weigh-in. Since I have dome mostly nothing for 2 weeks and the last few days the eating has not been the greatest, I expected the scale to go up. It didn't!!! It went down. 1 pound down. I will take that because I totally did not expect it.

This week starts the new PointsPlus 2012 at Weight Watchers. That means all new materials and new daily points. My daily points went down from 29 to 26, but I'm okay with that. On the days that I follow the program and track I find it hard to eat 29 points. Now I don't have to. But I will have to be more diligent about tracking because I no longer have that 3 point cushion to work with. That's okay, I need to be more focused on this whole thing anyway.

Along those lines, I found that losing weight for the sake of losing weight doesn't work for me. I need to have a goal that I'm working towards. So I have come up with, what I think, are pretty reasonable goals. The long term goal is to fit into my clothes when I travel to Indianapolis in March. That will require losing about 25 pounds. Considering there are 15 weeks until I go that's not an outrageous goal. I need to lose a little over 1.5 pounds per week. Totally doable. My other goals are shorter term. The first is to start running January 1. That's not so much a goal as a plan, but in order to do that I need to lose a few pounds so I don't hurt myself when I run. The other one is to reach my 10% by the time I return to school on January 10th. That's 31 days or about 4.5 weeks and I need to lose 9 pounds. That is just about 2 pounds per week. Again, totally doable and not out of the question. It's all a matter of focus and determination.

But I must have a plan. So for this week I will track everything. I will stay within my points. I will workout everyday. It's the last week of school so I should be able to drag my butt out of bed to workout. That is the plan.

Now for today, I need to work on this room, it is completely out of control. I also need to get this TV cabinet finished and arrange this room the way I want it. And ORGANIZE. I need organization......

Healed and ready to rumble


I think I am finally healed from my bike crash 2 weeks ago today. That day I was really sore and hurt so I took it easy all day. The next day, Sunday, I started to get stiff so I took it easy that day too. For the next week I was sore and I had open wounds on my arm and legs, so I didn't work out and tried to take care of myself and heal. Last Saturday I worked out and it almost killed me. My low back hurt and my left butt check was extremely painful which is weird because I fell on my right side. Then last week if I walked too long my low back hurt really bad. On Tuesday I thought I was in big trouble. My back hurt, my butt - both sides - hurt, my knee was giving out, I had pain shooting down my left leg... Yeah, I thought I had done some real damage and needed to go see a doctor. I used the heating pad while I sat at my computer and took ibuprofen before I went to bed and felt pretty good the next morning. I felt pretty good all day but when we walked the dogs Wednesday night my back started to hurt pretty bad - and we had only taken a short walk. Again, I thought I might need to go to a doctor but again I used the heating pad and took some ibuprofen before bed. Thursday my back felt fine all day and when we walked the dogs that night it only hurt a tiny bit towards the end. One more night of heating pad and ibuprofen just to be safe. Yesterday I woke up feeling great and didn't even think of my back all day. We didn't walk the dogs but I felt really good all night and was kind of bouncing around here. I was looking forward to getting up and working out this morning. My plan was to get up to watch the lunar eclipse and then workout after that. But it was raining really hard and I knew I wouldn't see anything so I stayed in bed. As I lay in bed I was debating about going to WW. I know I'm the same or possibly up because of 2 weeks of inactivity so I was thinking I would stay home, workout and get back on track. But I logged into WW to log my food and saw that they started the new program. I forgot about that and want to see what it's all about, so I'm off to WW and then I will workout when I get back. I need to get back on track. This upcoming break is all about health and fitness and I want to get started now. This week is a super easy week and I want to start on the health track now. And the first step is going to WW today and facing the music.

04 December 2011

The Missing Piece


For a while now I've been somewhat unhappy. Not really unhappy just not completely satisfied with my life. I have tried different things to figure out what was missing but I never seemed to hit on the right combination. Now I think I figured it out. Creativity or being crafty. As far back as I can remember I had some craft thing going. Knitting, crocheting, latch hook rugs, sewing, etc. I have always done crafts. Always!!!! But in the last few years I have gotten out of the habit. I'm not sure how or why, whether it was money or boredom or just a change in lifestyle, I don't know why I only know that is has happened. A couple of weeks ago I finally got invited to join Pinterest and I have been hooked big time. As a result my creative side is starting to come back to life. I love it. I have started a project this weekend and I am very excited about it. Here it is in progress:


It's an ugly TV cabinet that we have had for years and I have hated. I finally got some ideas for it and got off my butt and am changing it. I have been wanting to redo this computer room and this is just the beginning. The best part of this is that it has kept me moving all weekend. I have not napped. I have not spent hours on the computer doing nothing. I have been active and moving all weekend long. Yesterday morning I even worked out but quite frankly that hurt my back so much I decided to not do it again today, but I will tomorrow. Anyway, it's been great. I've worked on that for awhile. Taken breaks and done some school work. Watched some TV while I work. Listened to music while I worked. I really feel like my old self.

I think I have finally figured out what was missing. Creativity is clearly important to me and I just have to remember to make time for it.

Success when I'm not looking

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