The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

I have gotten through my first week, and I am down 9.8 pounds.  Darn that last .2 pounds!  I am looking forward to getting to 10.  I am exercising, logging all of my food, and actually analyzing what I am eating.  Somehow things have been falling right into place, and for that, I am really thankful.

I went to the doctor yesterday, for a refill of meds and my first weigh in at the clinic that the school system provides for its employees.  I think the doc was extremely pleased when I came in with my lighter self armed with my food and exercise log to boot.  I am enjoying the control that logging my food gives me, but am not into the whole sweat like a pig when I exercise thing.  It is hard to motivate me to get up and work out, but I am doing it.  The hardest part is the beginning.  After I get started, I can commit, but the gravatational pull from the couch is overwhelming.  I hope that in the upcomming days the workouts will be something that I will enthusaistically look forward to, but until then, I have to stick with it to do what I need to do.

To be honest, my motivation today was this quote from Earl Nightingale.

 

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” ~Earl Nightingale

 

There have been so many times that I started this battle and quit because the time committment seemed too long.  Honestly, If I had just kept up what I had been doing a couple of years ago when I was working out at the gym everyday, I would probably already be at my ultimate goal weight and enjoying all of the new found energy that losing a massive amount of weight brings.  Instead, I gained all of the weight back and am beginning again with the mindset that this is a lifestyle change, and I am worth more than junk food and pizza.

I am sure my stomach will always have a soft spot for pizza, but everything has to be in moderation.  Right now, it is a no can do food that pushes me to eat more.  To be honest, the pride that I feel after my first week feels so much better than a slice of pizza ever could!

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  1. pastormike

    god for you! my son posted on facebook that he has lost 93 lbs. can be done. he started with weightwatchers but mostly did it on his own.

    July 03, 2013
    1. Hope_Springs_Eternal

      I was going to join Weight Watchers, but the cost was a little too steep right now. I am logging what I eat on a website called my fitness pal and using their app—and exercising. I have a long way to go, but this is the best start that I have EVER had. It usually takes me a month to get to this point.

      July 03, 2013
      1. pastormike

        once Bill learned the basics on Weightwatchers he was able to do it on his own.. but he really worked hard at it. his lady was really supportive.. kept him on track. one thing that helped is that he is a super cook.. knows how to season most anything and make it taste good.

        July 03, 2013
        1. Hope_Springs_Eternal

          That helps alot. I can do better when I can cook at home—and I like to cook.

          July 03, 2013
          1. pastormike

            he’s amazing. I’m not shabby but he just has such a touch.. we love to cook together.

            July 03, 2013
  2. ms_pickie

    Well done you! You can do it

    July 03, 2013
    1. Hope_Springs_Eternal

      Thanks!

      July 03, 2013
  3. godsby_girl

    Good for you!! I shall share with you that I have lost 4 pounds! It’s not much but I got really excited when I saw it this morning! I’ve changed up my daily routine quite a bit. I canceled my gym membership due to time management and I feel like it was the best decision, because since then I have been doing a lot better. I wake up about a half hour earlier than I used to and i use an app called “sworkit” and I just do a 20 minute workout of my choice. Then after work I do a little bit of a higher intensity workout. I feel that I sleep better at night and I’m more awake and cheerful during my day! Just wanted to share that with you! Progress is such a great reward!!!

    July 03, 2013
    1. Hope_Springs_Eternal

      So happy for you!!! Four pounds is incredibly awesome. I am doing this without a gym membership too, and I am finding the same thing. I want to be able to work out and not have to fix hair and makeup just to come out 30-45 minutes later looking like a hot mess. I can do that at home and save at least 20 minutes in not having to get dressed to be out in public. I am sleeping better, unless I do a hard workout too close to bedtime. My elliptical broke last week, so I have been doing some you tube fitness videos. I think the main thing is to mix it up so your body does not get bored. I do have to say, I really have to work to get motivated to work out. I am looking forward to when it is second nature.

      July 03, 2013
      1. godsby_girl

        Yeah! I started following all of these fitness trainers on my instagram and they always post their workouts so I’ve using those as well as all my trainer apps. I have to say though, Yesterday and today, I did not do well on my eating or workout, my dad and brother have been gone for a long time, and they came home Wednesday night and surprised us. I go out of town tonight too so I know there will be much eating out since we’re all young women with hardy appetites. I will definitely do my best to rationalize my portions, it’s too important for me.

        July 05, 2013
        1. Hope_Springs_Eternal

          What you so has to be something you can do in real life, and real life includes eating out and vacations. My plan has been to figure out where we are going and log what I am going to eat. That way I know how many calories I am getting before it goes into my mouth. The MFP app really helps me with that one. We went to downtown Nashville in the rain and ate there. Since there was no way to know what we would do for dinner, I just ate really good—just in case I needed to get a burger there. Ended up getting a pita sandwich at the pita pit and found out calorie wise, it was great. For me, I just really have to do my planning and do my cardio. As long as I do those two, I am doing pretty well.

          July 05, 2013
          1. godsby_girl

            That’s a really good idea. I only have a treadmill and its in our basement with no windows so it feels horrible running on that, and it makes me dizzy when I get off. Running outside is perfect in the fall. Now though we have bears smothering our neighborhood so I’m too afraid to go running outside so I dont do much cardio. I like to lift my 10 pound weights doing different things with them.

            July 05, 2013
            1. Hope_Springs_Eternal

              I am not good with a treadmill. I love my elliptical, and hope that next week, I will be able to get back to using it. The hubs lost the cord when we moved it at Christmas—and then last week, it broke. My father in law fixed what was wrong with it, but they want me to wait until the new cord comes in before I use it again. I am really missing it!

              July 05, 2013
            2. godsby_girl

              I love ellipticals so much! That was my favorite thing at the gym. I told my mom we needed one and she laughed at me. But when I leave for school I know they have a gym strictly for students so I’m excited about that!

              July 05, 2013