Sunday, June 29, 2008

" Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul,
impossibilities vanish."
- Jean de la Fontaine

Happy Sunday everyone. For once, I don't have a weigh in post on Sunday! It seemed kinda odd to get up and not weigh in this morning, but I will get used to it, and I will be back to Sundays come fall.

Thursday didn't require a weigh in, since I already weighed in for the week, so I didn't weigh in. I will be looking forward to getting on the scale thursday. Although I'm pretty darn sure I will see a TOM gain, but that's ok.

I've been doing well on the eating front, haven't had any bad days, and I've been getting all my requirements in. I've still been trying to eat my activity points (or a portion of them) and that is going well.

So being tomorrow is the end of the month, it's time to look at the goals I made for June, and set some for July.

1. Activity Goals: 25 Activity Points per week. I think I did well with this goal, 4 weeks this month, and I got 25 activity points for each of those 4 weeks. Bingo!

2. Aim for no bad days this month.

Well there is one day left this month, but I think I'll succeed at this, this is my best accomplishment this month, because as I said, looking back, it was happening about once a month, where I had a bad day, so it was good to have a complete "good month".

3. Weight loss goals: Be under 145.

I succeeded at this goal, I wasn't sure what to put at the beginning to the month, because I knew the first weigh in would be a gain. So it was vague, but I did it. Last weigh in was under 145.

And onto July Goals!

1. Activity Goals: I'm not setting a set number of times I am going to go to the gym this month. It's summer, and the last place I want to be in inside, so rather, I am going to say that I would like to get two long bike rides in a week (over an hour). Also, just stay active, try to get some sort of activity in 5 of 7 days. Plus, do crunches twice a week, and start the 100 push up challenge.

2. Weight Goals: Reach 142 and start maintenance. Should be no problem, I'm close, so hopefully I can keep it together.

3. Enjoy my trips up north. This time of year, I start going up north alot, and last year, while I enjoyed going north, I think I worried so much about micro managing what I was eating, and how many points it was, I didn't enjoy myself as much as possible. So my goal is to go north and not fret so much over how many points. Up there I'm active, very active, plus I know what I should be eating, so just focus on eating the good stuff, and staying active, and enjoy!

Alright there's the goals for the month! I won't be around tomorrow as I have Jury Duty....yuck!

Hope everyone has great ends to their weekends, and a great holiday week!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"Happiness is a way station between too much and too little."
~Channing Polluck

Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is having great weeks so far!

Things have been good on this end. Eating has been good. I've been attempting to eat more. Since I have .8 lbs to lose, I don't need another 2lb loss, so I figured I can eat a bit more. So what have I been doing? I've been eating half of my activity points, instead of just a third. I know, I know, not a whole lot more, but it's still more. I think it will take awhile to move from the weight loss mindset to the maintenance mindset. But I'm anxious for the transition. Eating has been good, still getting my 8GHG's in, and I've been a bit nibbly, but it's been on veggies, so it's good stuff.

As far as weigh in, I've now switched over to Thursday Morning weigh in's. I should've switched last week, but I wasn't planning a trip up north, so I didn't but I am planning one over 4th of July that will neither allow me to weigh in on Sunday or Friday (which is what I originally planned to switch it too), so Thursday's it now is. But that being said, I don't know whether I will see a TOM gain this week or next...kinda flipping a coin. Hope it's next so I can maybe see 142 this week!

Exercise has been good. So far this week I got a run in on Sunday, A 60 minute (14 mile) bike ride Sunday, walked the dog Sunday and Monday, and tonight I'm planning another 60 minute bike ride.

I'm looking forward to July, It's going to be a whole new world for me, I need to come up with some good, and productive goals, what are your guys' going to be?

Anyways, I better get going, but just wanted to do a quickie little update. Hope everyone is doing wonderful!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Weigh In

Well, it was a good weigh.... I lost 2 pounds this week. I was very happy with that. But also a little bummed, because it means that I only missed being at my personal goal by .8lbs! .8lbs! Grrrr! Next week should be a TOM gain, but perhaps I will see it the following week? But that ever elusive 142...I got to see it this morning. VERY HAPPY!

Anyways, I gotta ton to do today, but wanted to update with Weigh In. Plus reached a new milestone in my gym workouts, I burned over 400 calories today, that's a first. I can remember when I first started going to the gym, I could barely run for 20 minutes on the dreadmill, and I was burning only between 150 and 170 calories...amazing how far I've come.

Anyways, happy sunday! Hope everyone is doing fan-tabulous!

Friday, June 20, 2008

"Here is a test to find out where your mission on earth is finished,
if you're alive, it isn't."
-Richard Bach

I came across the above quote while I was browsing for one to use for today, and while it doesn't really relate to weight loss, I loved it, so enjoy.

I don't really have anything terribly new to update on. Baseball season is in full swing, and my Tigers are finally beginning to look like the team we were promised they would look like at the beginning to the season, so it's becoming very fun to watch!

Eating this week has been good. I've probably nibbled a bit more than I should, but it's been on good stuff, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, so I think that's fine. Other than that, eating a small portion of my activity points, and staying within my daily points, so I think I had another successful week.

Exercise has been good. I hit the gym twice this week, and I got in two hour long bike rides. Yesterdays was tough, the wind seemed to be coming from every freaking direction, so it felt like I was riding into the wind a majority of the time, which makes in very twice as hard, so I worked my butt off. I've also walked Duke once, and he'll be getting another walk tomorrow and that will be my 25 activity points for the week.

I'm hoping for a good weigh in this week...I feel "skinny".

The weather here is going to be nice, kinda on the cool side, which is how I like it, so I might go pick a few strawberries on Saturday if the weather is permitting. Other than that. Nothing terribly exciting planned.

Will report with the WI on Sunday!

Hope you all have fantastic (and OP!) weekends!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"If we did the things we were capable of,
we would astonish ourselves"
-Thomas Edison

I love this quote! I think we all surprise ourselves sometimes. I know with me, I do. The time that I think I can't go one minute longer on the treadmill, but need to up my time, when I do, it amazes me that I handled it fine. I think if we all push ourselves, really push ourselves everyday, we will continue to surprise ourselves and meet our goals!

Nothing terribly new and exciting around here. We've actually been very busy at work, which is a great thing! Doesn't leave me so much time to post, but it does mean that I will continue to have a job, and that's kinda important right?

The exercise has been going good. I guess I never realize how much work earning 25 activity points a week was, whew! I get whooped. I can really feel it in my legs lately with all the biking I've been doing. They just feel wore out. But I'm not doing lazy bike rides I'm out there going between 12-15mph, for 30+ minutes at a time, so I'm busting it. In an effort to keep myself from burn out, I've been trying to do more exercise on the days I'm doing it (ex, longer bike rides), and taking a day or two off during the week where I do nothing (hence the reason I am here posting tonight!). It seems to be working.

I also think it's helping to eat some activity points, I've been losing ok while eating them, so I don't think I'm going to stop!

Eating has been good this week, I've been getting all my 8GHG's in, and staying within my points. I have been a bit munchie, but I've been making sure that I'm munching stuff like carrots and the like, so I'm handling it.

Other than that, nothing new! I hope everyone is having great weeks, and I'm out there reading blogs, even if I'm not commenting!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Weigh In

I think my body finally made up its mind, and that's a good thing. Today I gained a pound. But I am ok with that, as I always have a rebound gain after a loss like last week. So I'm happy. Just glad I stopped the streak of lose 4, gain 4, lose get the idea. And I'm still below my WW goal! AND only 2.8 above my personal goal ( I will get there I swear!).

I've had a good week, got in my 25 activity points even though there were days I didn't feel like it. My eating was good, no mishaps. Overall things are going good.

I think I can now buy my WW goal present for myself, which is new earbuds for my ipod.

My personal goal present to myself is going to be a new bathing suit. The one I have is getting a bit too big (that feels good to say!).

I had a nice compliment from one of my brothers the other day (rare, I know!). I never really get any feedback period from my family, so for one of them to say something, it's nice. Little brother asked how much weight I had lost, and I said almost 25lbs, and he said, wow, that's great Kate, You can really tell, I don't think you need to lose much more.

I was happy, and I'm at the point where I really do feel good, and happy with my body where I am at, so to hear someone else tell me I look good, it just means my line of thinking is good.

Just 2.8lbs more!

Alright I gotta get moving, but I hope everyone is having good weekends!

Friday, June 13, 2008

"It's more important to know where you are going
than to get there quickly."
- Mabel Newcomber

Wow! I didn't realize the last time I posted was on Sunday, sorry! It's amazing how this time of year, I just manage to stay busy in general.

Fear not though, I haven't fallen off the wagon. I've had a good week. Eating has been OP and as I have been trying to do, I've eaten some Activity Points. I've earned 23 out of my goal of 25 this week so far, and I think the last two will just be a nice walk with Duke tomorrow.

The exercise has been difficult this week though. For some reason I haven't been sleeping well, so I'm tired during the day. Plus on top of that, it's been crazy hot, and my allergies have been acting up. So nonetheless, I really had to push through that to get exercise in this week, but I did. So I am pretty proud of myself for that.

On Wednesday Night I went to the gym, and they were running on minimal power (we had bad storms here, and alot I mean ALOT of people were without power for 3-4 days, I was lucky, I was only out about 24 hours). Well on a hot day, with no air conditioning, the gym isn't a fun place to be, but I pushed through it, and I got my run in. Sort of a NSV for me, because in a previous life, I would've just went home when i seen how hot it was in there!

As far as weigh in goes, this week, I'm not expecting much. I'm just hoping I can maintain, but I will likely see a gain. Hell, I lost 5.2lbs last week, what do I expect? Rebound gains are the norm for me after a loss like that. So I'm just keeping my fingers crossed for a maintain, that would be lovely, and would mean I am still only 1.8lbs away from close I can taste it.

Anyways, I'm gonna go catch up on your blogs right now. I hope you have FAB weekends, I'm gonna pick some strawberries...YUM!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

My Body has Issues

Well I really am beginning to wish my body would make up it's mind....Am I going to be skinny, or not?

Today I lost 5.2 pounds. Thats an awesome loss, but I did gain 4 last week. I've never gained 4lbs from TOM, but maybe it was a fluke? Because the 5.2 is my normal 1.2 loss from the 145 I was at two weeks ago. So I'm happy.

And even more happy that I am only 1.8lbs from my personal goal....I mean that makes me so happy.

On other notes, this week went well. I got my 25 activity points, and I ate 9 of them, which I was planning to do. Same goal this week.

I did well eating OP, didn't have any bad days or nights, and I controlled the bites and licks.

Exercise wise I'm not looking forward to this week, it's suppose to be freaking 90 and humid all week, bah!

Anyways, back to some TV and AC, I hope everyone is having a great day, and I'll talk to you guys this week!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"They are able, because they think they are able"

Sorry I have been MIA all week! I wish I could blame it on something good, but I can't! I've been busy at work, and I've joined the extremely addictive world of online fantasy baseball (yes, I am one of those people).

But things have been going good. I appreciate all the great comments about Weigh in on Sunday, I was bummed, but I sort of expected a gain was coming so that made it a little easier to stomach. Although I wasn't expecting that much, as I wasn't off plan or anything like that.

This week I do feel "skinnier", so I will be looking forward to weigh in. Usually I check my weight mid week, but I opted not to this week.

I have been doing good on Activity. Sunday I got to the gym, and I walked the dog for about an hour, Monday I went for about a 45 minute intense Bike Ride, and Walked Duke for about 25 minutes. Yesterday I actually took a night off from everything, and had a date with the couch. I had stayed up the night before watching the Red Wings go into triple overtime (and lose!) til about 1a, so I was miserably tired.

Tonight I plan to hit the gym, and then if the weather holds out walk Duke. Tomorrow night a Bike Ride.

Eating has been good. I'm getting my 8GHG's, and staying OP. I've been trying to eat some activity points on the days I earn them. I'm earning about 6 on the nights I earn them, and I'm eating 2. So Still not eating all of them, we'll see the results of my little experiment Sunday I suppose.

Other than that, nothing to terribly exciting, Go WINGS!

I'm being bad about commenting on other blogs right now, But I'm going to get to it right now!

Oh....and NSV= Non-Scale Victory!

Till next time, stay OP!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Weigh In

Well, I kinda expected it, and my note to myself didn't really help, it still pist me off...but I gained back what I lost last week. It pisses me off, because I got in huge amounts of activity, ate right, tracked everything, and still it bums me out. But bodies do weird things, and there is nothing I can do about that. The good thing is I am still under 150, and I like that.

I did have a NSV yesterday though, I was already throwing myself a little pity party because I knew I was going to gain, and I was feeling munchy. I could've easily gotten the pretzels, or ice cream and just eaten, but I started to munch and decided to stop it there and took the dog out for a nice long walk. So I nipped it in the bud, I was proud of myself.

So I looked today back at the history of the weeks I've been losing, how many activity points I'm eating, and the correlation between that and the loss I see. So my verdict is, I am going to try to eat a few more of the activity points that I earn than I have been. Seems I lose better on weeks I use a bit more. So I'm planning to earn 25 points this week, so I will try to aim for using 9 or 10 of those. We'll see how that works.

Anyways, I had my pity party, and I went to the gym and ran my butt off, and I feel better, so onto another great day, and another great week!

Hope you all are having fabulous weekends, talk to you this week.