Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tuesday weigh-in

I'm still maintaining with that 0.2 gain (204.2) and I'm OK with that. My knee has really been sore so I've been holding off on cardio, but doing stretching and the Shapely Secrets and Gym Bar workouts. Only having occasional chocolate treats I brought home from England. ;-) I learned NOT to have any before bed, though. One night I did and the next morning woke up with a KILLER chocolate hangover headache. Not good. If I have a few things in the morning, I'm OK. ;-)

Oh, and a treat recommendation: I bought the Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream sundae. One is 3 points for WW and just 170 calories. They are YUMMY!

Another: the 100 calorie packs of cookies. The Oreo ones are OK, the best ones are the Keebler Fudge Shoppe Grasshoppers. Taste almost exactly like GS Thin Mints!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Weight today

Weight the day before I left for London: 204
Weight this morning: 204.2
Yay! :-)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Feeling even better

OK, this morning I was only TWO pounds above where I started before leaving for my trip to England. So I know this can be a temporary thing. Hooray! And now my hubby is home, too so all is right with the world. ;-)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tuesday weigh-in

Oh, I just refuse! I'm still stopped up and bloated from traveling. The scale was not kind this morning. (I think it's pouting and paying me back for leaving it behind while I traveled!) My ankles did go down to almost normal on Sunday, then I was on my feet all day at the county fair with my Heritage Makers business. So I'm going to wait until I'm back in my routine and I'll report in with numbers next week. Surely this isn't permanent sabotage. But ya know what, it was TOTALLY worth it. I had a ball in England. ;-)
Had my protein shake and sat outside in the sun for 15 minutes. Getting back in the saddle!

Oh, considering how very MUCH I walked every day while in England, I really think it's unfair that I didn't lose 5 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Home again!

Oh, dear. I got on the scale after flying all day from England. Now, I did drink a LOT of water the entire week, at least 3 liters a day. And now, it has all accumulated in my ANKLES! Not pretty! And I'm not even going to pay attention to that number on the scale. I'm going to give myself a couple of days to adjust back to altitude. Spent some time in the hot tub until the lightning chased me in. Now, I'm nodding off. So I need to get to bed! So goodnight for now!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

No weigh in!

Skipping this week since I'm still in England. No scale, and if I found one, it would tell me how many stone I am and it would mean NOTHING! LOL Did a whole LOT of walking around London yesterday and drinking lots and lots of water. Not too bad on the eating plan, but not perfect. Went to Harrod's and we were a little dazed in the Chocolate and coffee room. ;-) Click on my family blog on the right to see some London photos.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Diet Tips When Eating Out

I'm getting weight loss tips in my email every day from Ladies Home Journal after checking out the Fight Fat Over 40 section. Today's has a whole lot of helpful tips and although it's called Diet Tips When Dining Out, it has hints for shopping, holidays and other temptations, too.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Tuesday weigh-in

Ugh. Hit with a killer headache this morning and I know it was something I ate last night. Went to a Homemade Gourmet party and the food was yummy. I just sampled stuff, didn't overeat or anything. But I'm up about a pound this week - bleah. Guess it was the extra weight I was expecting last week.

Need to start figuring out what to pack for my trip to England this weekend. I think the worst part will be on the plane since they don't let you carry on water. I drink so much and get soooo dehydrated when flying. The little cups the flight attendants give you last me all of 10 seconds. :-P

Monday, July 9, 2007

Fighting Fat Over 40

Over 40 tips on the Ladies Home Journal website.

Make walking a "super fat blaster"

From an article in August Prevention

If it's an indoor treadmill, warm up walk at 3 to 3.5mph pace at a 2 degree incline. (My treadmill has an incline, but it doesn't show how much!) After a 2 minute warm-up, look at your watch and change the incline by the second hand. Every time it hits :00, raise incline 4 to 7 degrees. Every time your watch hits :20, lower to 2 degrees. After 18 minutes, cool down, easy pace at 1 degree incline. Finish at 20 minutes.

For outdoor walks, warm up at easy pace for 2 minutes. Then every time your watch hits :00, power walk with arms bent. Every time your watch hits :20, walk at a moderate pace. At 18 minutes, cool down with an easy pace for 2 minutes.

The Workout at a glance
Weeks 1+2 Three or four times a week, do either the indoor or outdoor interval for a total of 20 minutes. Each routine burns about 150 calories
Weeks 3+4 Walk 7 days a week. Continue your interval workouts; on alternate days, do a 30- to 45-minute walk at a moderate speed.
Keep it up: To continue losing weight, challenge yourself: Speed up the pace of your fast intervals, raise your treadmill incline higher, or add another 10 minutes to your workout.

I guess a study found that people who exercised for 20 minutes alternating between a high intensity for 8 seconds and a low intensity for 12 seconds LOST 3 TIMES MORE FAT than those who worked out at a constant pace for 40 minutes. I'm going to try this out.

My Declaration of Independence

What's important to you and why? Have you ever sat down and figured out exactly WHY losing weight is important to you and HOW you are going to do it and WHAT benefits you'll receive by losing weight?

Today we are declaring our personal independence on our blogs and sharing to inspire and motivate and remind us why this journey is so important. So, go...declare and share! (This challenge was put forth on the Tales from the Scales blog.)

When, in the course of my life, it becomes necessary for me to change how I handle certain aspects of my life, I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I will rely on His strength, not my own.

After all, I am a daughter of the King and it is my responsibility to be a good steward of this life/earthly vessel with which He has blessed me.

I shouldn't have to feel tired, depressed and unattractive, and I refuse to feel that way anymore. My identity is not determined by a number on the scale.

I know losing weight is hard. When it comes to food, I have an especially hard time with chocolate, but it does not make all trials go away. I will do my best to eat healthy foods that nourish my body.

But it's worth it to me to dedicate myself to the task of being healthy, and I will do what it takes to meet my weight goal of 155 pounds.

I am dedicated to my plan for healthy living, and to get there, I will keep moving every day. And I will make time for myself without feeling guilty about it.

Now is my time, and I WILL make it happen with the Lord's help. This is my Declaration of Independence from the obstacles I struggle with daily. Let the fireworks begin!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Tuesday weigh-in

WOOHOO!!!! Today's weight is 202.4 - Down just .6, but I seriously expected a gain. My weight was inching up a bit, but I've been eating really well and exercising every day. Alternating strength training with cardio. I'm pretty sure I've been pms'ing, so that was going to be my excuse, but no, I LOST! I'm so happy! I'm really hoping my period starts today or tomorrow so I'll be done with it by the time I leave for England. I'm getting really excited about that trip. Got a couple of books to plan walks around London.

Getting back cramps so I may spend the rest of the day curled up in the fetal position. :-)

Once again, I have to mention the Abs Diet. I really think that is helping me a LOT in this mission. :-D Check out the book "The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide."