Nov 24, 2016

Week 10 Weigh In

November is going well.

I am unexplainably tired the last few days but I am sure it will pass. I am still getting my steps in and have been to the YMCA 5/7 days the last three weeks so I am pleased with that.  I'm increasing my minutes/distance on the recumbent cycle as well as my treadmill walking speed and experimenting with the ellipitcal! I say experimenting because I have yet to figure out how to not feel like I am going to fall off with every movement!

I  hit the 20 lb goal I wanted for the end of November and my next goal is to be under 200 by January 6. That's my first weigh-in in January and I think far enough away from Christmas/New Years to have lost the sodium / water retention from Christmas Dinner and New Year's Celebrations.

I had promised myself a full mani/pedi for my 10 lbs loss and I haven't done it yet. So I will carry that to my 20 lbs loss and do that this weekend.  I am also going to try Aquafit this Saturday morning.

My brother has arrived from England and his first day here, he cooked a lovely meal. Rich, decadent and fried!  I loaded my plate with salad and took small portions of the chicken, cheeses and bread.  I think if I stick to my points during breakfast and lunch and take small portions of his cooking and keep eating lots of vegetables, I should be fine while he's here. 

As yet, we don't know how long he's keep your fingers crossed that I can hang in there!

In other news, our lovely Fall has finally departed and Winter has arrived. There was ice on the roads this morning and I actually skidded on some black ice and had to swerve to avoid hitting a car in front of me. Thankfully I have good reflexes and good brakes!  Snow tires go on this evening - just in the nick of time!

Nov 21, 2016

Week 9 Weigh In

Hoping to hit 20 lbs loss next week - and under 200 by Jan 1, 2017. Might not be doable, but I'm going to do my best to make it happen!

The Y is going well. I've been riding the recumbent bike as well and am up to 15 minutes (just over 3 miles).  I started at barely being able to do 5 minutes after my hour on the treadmill. I also tried the elliptical a few times, but I just don't feel "safe" on it. I always feel like I am going to fall off and I am so tense that within a few minutes my shoulders and back are aching, so that's going to take a few more goes and increasing slowly before I can say it's any kind of benefit.

My swim suit did arrive. I will never be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but it fits and covers what it's meant to and I don't look like a sausage - so....Aquafit up next week.

My brother is coming from England to move to Canada tomorrow night and staying with us for 8 weeks so I am not sure how that is going to affect our lives (me and Liam) just yet.  I will continue to take it one day at a time and see how it all plays out.

Nov 10, 2016

Week 8 Weigh In

What's new this week?

I joined the Y.

We used to belong as a family when our boys were little; they did swimming/karate/summer camps/basketball....the list is long. I did Aquafit and used the treadmill and Den used to swim and do Tai Chi and karate.  The Y is a great community for families and I love the inclusiveness.

As single person, the fees are much more than one of the chain gyms but I do like the no-pressure to buy personal training sessions or "health" supplements and I like that all sizes, shapes and ages can be found there at all times.

I have not been to the Y in a good 5-6 years so I don't think there are words to express my happiness at discovering that every treadmill has an individual TV with cable!  And a fan!   It was like the cherry on my sundae when I saw that. I was so thrilled. Last night I walked for an hour watching Criminal Minds while the fan blew on me :)  How much better than that can it get?

I'm going to be mostly using the treadmill as we go into Winter to keep up with my hour a day of walking and will try and get back into Aquafit if I can conjure up courage to be seen in public in a bathing suit!  I have ordered a tankini top and board shorts from Sears so if they fit - I promise to give it a go!

I have heard a lot of friends extolling the praises of Zumba and this Y offers Zumba and AquaZumba so I might try those out too. 

Although work and my classes keep me busy, I do find I have a lot of time on my hands now that Iain has left home and Liam works.  So hopefully this will be a productive way to fill it!

It has been a good week since last weigh-in and I am still feeling positive about WW and sticking to it. Don't get me wrong, there are some days I really want to say F-It-All but I haven't actually said yet!  I had a moderate fibromyalgia flare up this past week that lasted three days and all I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with a hot water bottle and sleep, but I got up, went work, made my meals and got my steps in. Was I miserable? Yep.  But it's over now and it wasn't THAT hard. It's always harder to think about doing something you don't want to do than just doing it.  Those are my words of wisdom for today. Use them as you will!

Nov 4, 2016

Week 7 Weigh In

The scale is creeping down slowly but I am losing inches. My pants that fit comfortably last week need a belt and are falling down today.  I am still feeling good about the program and my motivation is high. I've upped my steps to 11,000 a day and although we're only 3 days into the month, I have exceeded that goal every day.