Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Successful Week! KNOCK ON WOOD!!!!!

This week, I've been given some gifts.

I've been given the gift of motivation...
I've been given the gift of balance...
I've been given the gift of delayed gratification..
I've been given the gift of thought before action...
I've been given the gift of energy...
I've been given the gift of perseverance.

And all these things are definitely GIFTS - because they are not attributes that I'm able to conjure up by myself.

In the last seven days, I've lost 6 pounds.

I could have lost more.  I could have starved myself.  I could have exercised like crazy.
But we know that stuff doesn't work for me.

I'm happy with 6 pounds gone.  That's 24 pounds of pressure off my knee!

Here's how I've done on my little individualized program:

1.  No sweets.
SUCCESS!!  I've been able to stay away from all desserts, candy, ice cream, etc.  Even with a bowl of chocolate kisses in my office!!!

2.  Ketchup only on weekends.
You're not going to believe it but... SUCCESS!!!!!
I'm so proud......

3.  No fried food.
SUCCESS!!

4.  No white bread.
SUCCESS!!

5.  Only one soda a day.
Mostly successful.  I think I probably had more than one on the weekend.  But I've been forcing myself to drink more water - so I've had many days without any sodas.

6.  One big Bubba cup of water a day.
Well, I've been all over the place with this one.  I've had some days of no water.  I've had some days of exceeding the amount of one Bubba cup.  Barb showed me a water calculator that told me that I need to drink a little over FOUR LITERS of water a day!  Do you realize how much that is?  So now at work, I have a big 2-liter coke bottle full of water and a pitcher of water.  I've not been able to drink 4 liters but I'm getting in more than two on some days.  Today I made a pitcher of water with thin apple slices and a cinnamon stick in it.  It made it much more interesting to drink.  I've already made my pitcher of water for tomorrow - lemon and grounded ginger.

7.  Walk around my block every day.
Hmmm.  I've only done this once - on the day I wrote my plan.  Need to work on this.  However, today was the first day of students being back to school.  I walked all over our middle school campus.  My pedometer says I've walked 3.37 miles today.  I'd really like to keep that up.

8.  Wear pedometer every day.
SUCCESS!  I love my new Fitbit.  I wear it even when I lay around all day and only walk 1,000 steps.

9.  Sit on the floor every day.
:-(
Nope.  Only once.

10.  Blog at least one time each week.
SUCCESS - if you can consider this a blog rather than just a list of mundane things.


I'm going to go sit on the floor now.  If you don't see me on Facebook, it might mean that I got stuck down there....

Love you.
J





Tuesday, August 6, 2013

For The Sake Of Transparency.......

I need to tell you that I have to start over.  Again.
But I guess that as long as I keep starting over, I'll be OK.  It's the giving up and never starting over that gets people into trouble.

Whatever I had from September 2011 to July 2012, I've had a hard time getting a grasp of since.

It's weird.  It's like I had motivation - or maybe more like motivation had me.  I didn't really feel very in control of it.  I was kind of running on motivation.

And then.... it left.  It left last summer and I really haven't gotten a good hold on it since.  There's been times I felt more or less motivated, but not the "Katie, bar the door, I'm gonna lose weight!" driven motivation that I had had.

I don't want to talk about this.... I certainly don't want to blog about this.... I just want to allude to weight gain in Facebook posts.

But that's not me.  I need to be.....
transparent
accountable
aware
attentive
conscious
vigilant
tenacious
                       ..... all the words that don't describe me in the recent past.

So, with my head held high, I need to tell you that yesterday morning - after my eating tour of Texas - I weighed 237.5.  

That's six and a half pounds less than I did in September 2011.

That. Just. Makes. Me. Sick.

But the above sentence isn't going to get me anywhere.

I just need to S-t-a-r-t  O-v-e-r.
Pick up the pieces
Turn a new leaf

All the phrases you use after a major screw-up.
Divorce.
Criminal activity.
Weight gain.

Here's what I'm doing:
1. I'm trying to follow these little Jenny-made guidelines:
   * No sweets
   * Ketchup only on weekends (I know, sounds weird... But you gotta know me..)
   * No fried food
   * No white bread
   * Only one diet soda a day
   * At least one BIG Bubba container of water a day
   * Walk around the block at least one time every day
   * Wear my new pedometer every day
   * Sit on the floor every day (my goal - to sit comfortably on floor and get up like I used to)
   * Blog at least one time per week
2.  I'm trying to wear my knee brace so I can more comfortably move.   I don't quite have a handle on the knee brace yet.  It keeps falling off.
3.  Do the physical therapy exercises I've been told to do three times a week.
4.  Go to water aerobics on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.
5.  Try to turn my sunroom into an exercise room.
6.  And I'm trying to pay attention to what my physical therapist said yesterday.  She talked to me at length about not biting off more than I can chew.  Not going gung-ho into an exercise regime or a "diet" that I can only do for a couple of weeks before I blow it off.    Yesterday was the first day I met this physical therapist.  It's like she had my number right off the bat.

I'm also keeping track of the amount of pressure I lose on my knee as I lose weight.  I was told that for every pound of weight, there are four pounds of pressure put on your knees.

So, according to my poor knee, I weighed 950 pounds yesterday.

Today, I was able to mark on my bedroom calendar a loss of 10 pressure pounds - because this morning I weighed 235.

I liked seeing that -10 on my calendar.
My knee especially liked it.

I read wonderful blogs about real people that have lost lots of weight - by diet and exercise.  They are my heroes.  I know that it can be done.

I'm not sure I can do it but I'm gonna keep trying.

Love,
Jenn