Wednesday, February 15, 2012

12.6 Pounds & Counting

Greetings, Kittens!

I missed last month and for that I'm sorry, but at least it isn't because I've fallen off the wagon. As the title says, I'm down 12.6 pounds since January 1st and going steadily along. 11 of that happened in January. I plateaued the first two weeks of February when I stopped exercising to recover, and then dropped another 1.6 since I've been able to move more. 

I'm happy about this overall because it means that my eating didn't increase the way it usually does during my period and when I'm worn down and have to recoup. That's a very good sign for how the beginning of this year, and hopefully beyond will go. 

I haven't been back on the stationary bike or using my hoop like I'd hoped. Most of my activity has been getting my 10K steps or close to it, and bouncing to music on my balance ball which I love. Lately, it's been just the ball, but as long as it's working right?

I'm in a low energy phase with the CFS, but I'm steadily working forward with it. Everything is harder with a chronic illness, but no goal is impossible, some just take more creative thinking. In my case, when you can't run, walk. When you can't walk...bounce!

What ways have you all found to work around obstacles and sneak in the activity you need?


Monday, February 6, 2012

Post Superbowl Hangover

OK, so I am writing this on Saturday. LOL! I know it won't get written on Sunday and frankly once I'm at work it won't happen either. :D The sad reality is, I will probably have a food hangover not one from alcohol. See the DH doesn't understand how not to cook for an army. *rolls eyes* So, I am counting on having over eaten.

On the upside, I will be hitting the gym early Monday morning and pedaling my way to a slimmer trimmer me. Hopefully. I am doing so good with working out about 4 days a week, but I don't feel like I can really see any difference. I'm just gonna keep at it and hope I am on the verge of some big break through.

As for my foot, I am doing very well. I bowled last weekend and even managed to wear a pair of low heels this week. I am struggling with some swelling issues, a common result of the type of break I had. It means that I am back to wearing the evil compression hose I have from my blood clot last year. Sigh. They may be the most unsexy pair of thigh highs anyone has EVER seen. Ha! Ha!

How are you all doing with your workouts? How are you feeling after the big game? Still full? LOL!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Life isn't Fair

I was confronted with another moment where life isn't fair this week when we realized that over the last year- year and a half, my husband has lost about 65 pounds. How, you might ask.

By doing absolutely nothing. He joined a gym and went 4 times. The biggest change that I can put my finger on is that he has stopped skipping so many meals. So in other words, he lost weight by eating.

I know all the reasons men lose weight easier than women, but still the intellectual part of my brain is just going to have to bow down to the whiny, selfish emotional side and let me complain a bit.

As for me, I am still a non-smoker. Just over two months now. Due mainly to the weather here in the south, where it can't seem to decide if it is going to be warm or cold, my sinuses have been driving me crazy. So most of the last two month have been spent coughing and blowing my nose. Makes the gym loads of fun. I try, but some days I don't seem to get very far.

Still, since I've been here, I have lost a total of 30 pounds. Almost 10% of my body weight. And most importantly I feel better.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Finding my motivation

Hello fellow Twitlossers!

So, everyone knows I've been SUPER TIRED lately. With 5am mornings every day and late nights of studying and taking care of my family, it's hard not to be! So where do I find the motivation to work out?

Good question.

I haven't been working out lately. I know, I know. This is a #twitloss post. I'm supposed to be talking about working out and losing weight! Funny thing is that I've somehow managed to lose weight despite not working out. How? Well, I haven't been eating as much because of the lack of time and the fact that I had a massive UTI and suspected kidney stones. I was in so much pain that I was nauseated constantly and eating was so low on my list of priorities that the weight just kind of melted off for a while.

Not exactly the best way to drop weight, but I'll take what I can get for now.

So. Now that the infection is gone and my appetite has returned, how do I kickstart my motivation? MUSIC!

While I'm getting ready before the sun has even made her appearance in the morning, I pop in my headphones so that I don't wake up Monkey or PK, and I shake my booty to my favorite artists. Lately, I've been on a Christian music kick, so I listen to artists like: MercyMe (a lot os MercyMe - they're my favorite) , Casting Crowns, Mandisa, Big Daddy Weave, Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, Sanctus Real, Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin, NeedtoBreathe, Natalie Grant, Tenth Avenue North, Ashes Remain, 33 Miles, Sidewalk Prophets, Kutless, Francesca Batistelli, Third Day, Brandon Heath, & Toby Mac (to see my playlist on YouTube, go here: My KSBJ)

My day doesn't officially start until I've heard the Good Morning song by Mandisa (featuring TobyMac). If I'm in the car, I crank it up as loud as it'll go and sing at the top of my lungs. If I'm in the bathroom, I boogie all over the place and usually end up needing another shower because I end up sweating because I dance so hard. It's such a fun song and it's the BEST way to start your day!

Wave away my yesterday
Cause I'm leaving it behind me.
Hello sunshine, come what may.
I feel something new inside me.
I hear the birds singing
Now my alarm's ringing
Get up, get up, hey!

What music gets you motivated?

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