Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Battle of the Bulge - Update

Not sure if this is any clearer but in case you couldn't read the eye chart over to the right, here is my weekly tracking chart. Basically, as long as the green bars are getting shorter (weight) and the orange line is above 0 (lbs lost), things are good! Since the end of our competition, I've managed to continue to lose but only a pound a week. Still, that's something so I'll take it. But at this pace, it'll take me 4 months to get to my goal! That's too stinkin long so I've got to return to the basics.
Workouts: I recently found exercise tv on demand. Though this makes the workouts a bit more varied, there are also plenty of duds that get thrown in the mix. I think I will do better if I just stick with the 7 or 8 dvd's that I know work. Once I achieve my goal, I can play around a bit more but at this point I have to break a good sweat everyday.
Diet: Though I'm still eating well, I am not eating as many salads as before. I thought coming back to work with the beautiful salad bar at my disposal would help. Alas, several days a week I manage to make other choices. Healthy choices sure, but not quite salad-healthy. I need to recommit to making one meal a day a salad.
The big lesson here is that routines work. From meals to workouts, there is a known outcome when I just follow a consistent plan. Following a routine takes the guess work and temptations out of the picture.
Ian and I are starting swimming lessons in a week. Yep, the dreaded swimming suit. I may look better than before but I'm not sure I will ever be ready to wriggle into that tiny piece of spandex. But I did it for Lillian and I'm happy to do it for Ian too. He loves his baths so I am hoping he loves swimming just as much.
Here's to a routine I can count on! Cheers.


Emily April 22, 2008 at 8:13 PM  

I don't blame you for not eating that much salad. I like just about anything, and I guess salad is okay, but I don't care for it that much. But I know I really should eat it more cuz it's healthy.
I hope you and Ian have a fun time with those swimming lessons! I'm jealous you're gonna get to go swimming pretty soon. I love to swim!!
Well, all the best of luck to you!

Beth April 23, 2008 at 12:04 PM  

Nice work. Slow and steady is still okay especially given your crazy life lately with work and little Ian! Have fun with swimming. I have not found a good place here to do it with Miriam, so I have missed that!

The Tucson Gang April 28, 2008 at 1:47 PM  

Good for you Lor- it's hard to stay focused for so long. I can do it for about 2 weeks, then i'm off for a week and the cycle continues. I do find though that if I pack the salad, I will eat it, even if I don't really want it. That's my lunch staple right now too. We've also done cereal for dinner...not a bad choice really, quick and healthy. Good Luck with your continued effort - I can't wait to see you! And, to hear about the swimming lessons! Yea!

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