Monday, June 30, 2008

Week 10 - Status Quo

Week ten and all is the same. I have not lost or gained and I have not been exercising. For some unknown reason I am physically exhausted and my daughter keeps nagging me to go to the doctor and see if my mono has come back. I do feel like I did when I had the mono and I was told that once you have it, it does not go away and can come back. I'll see how it goes this week and then decide.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Week 9 - Just call me Yo Yo!

Week 9 - up two pounds. Why

1. It has rained all week and I did not walk but once this week.
2. I did not write down anything this week.
3. I was sick with a stomach bug all weekend (thank goodness or I would have been up more).

My goal this week is to diary everything I eat and to walk no matter what.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Week 8 - Up Up and Away...

I must say that it is getting easier to stick to my new lifestyle. Notice I did not say that dreaded four letter word...."diet". I don't like that word as most of it consists of the term "die". The way I look at it now is that I am not on a diet but rather I have made a lifestyle change. That isn't to say I have not eaten fattening things. One day this week I did treat myself and I had pasta but I have learned that one day does not destroy me like before. If I ate something I shouldn't have in the past, I would say...oh well screwed up and I would continue to eat without thinking of what I put in my mouth because after all, I already screwed up. That's where....I'll start my diet next week...would take over only the weeks would mount up and I would never start.

This week I did not walk as much as I would have preferred to because of weather and I also did not do water aerobics on Saturday morning as I wasn't feeling great but I still managed to lose.............1.5 pounds....which puts me past what I had lost since I started and backslid for 3 pounds.

My total weight loss to date on week 7 is 10.5 pounds. Not an earth shattering number for 8 weeks but it is 10.5 pound not gained!

Thanks again to those of you who are encouraging me....especially my Scale Stomper buddies....(I'll explain them later).

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A New and Useful Toy




Now that I have started my journey out of obesity, I have been through a series of pedometers and none of them have proved to be accurate or last for a long period of time. I researched the web after a friend told me about the model that her dietician recommended and I ended up ordering an Omron HJ 720ITC from Amazon.com for $29.95 with free shipping. About.com gave the following review:

The Omron HJ-720ITC Pocket Pedometer is a full-featured pedometer (steps, distance, calories) that also allows you to upload it all to enjoy graphs and charts of steps, aerobic steps, distance, calories and fat burned. The pedometer is of an advanced design that tolerates more tilt than many. It is also absolutely silent and very accurate.

I like the fact that it tracks your walking automatically. If you walk for over ten minutes at a brisk pace, it calculates it as aerobic minutes and separates it from just every day steps. With the computer interface, I upload and it will continue to keep track of your walking yearly and show the same in graphs. You can set goals and let you know if you met them.

The main thing is this is not a pedometer you can shake and get a false reading. You can also wear it in your pocket and don't have to clip it on your waist if you don't wish to. It is extremely accurate and I, being a visual person, find the graphs as an incentive to push myself further.

If you are looking for a pedometer, this one is worth the money.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Week 7 - Gray Skies are Going to Clear Up!

This week I have really buckled down as I realized I was heading in the wrong direction. I lost a total of 2 pounds this week. This makes 9 pounds total since I started so I need just one more pound to get to my lowest since this began. My short term goal is to beat that number by next week.

I have continued to walk more....even though it is so hot I think I will melt! I also continue with my water aerobics on Saturday's at 7 a.m. which is a big sacrifice as that is the only day I can sleep. Karen and I have decided that after ten weeks of water aerobics, we will reward ourselves and have a masseuse come to the house and give us full body massages.....works for me.

Well...off to another dedicated week of being a Loser! Again...thank you all for your support as I am still hearing comments about my being so forthcoming and blogging about my obesity. It helps to hear that you are supporting me.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Week Six - Not where I want to be...

Week six and I have been on a downward spiral. I gained another (1) pound making my loss only 7 at this point. It is disappointing however, I have no one to blame but myself. I have done nothing but eat incorrectly and have not been exercising as diligently as I should. I let stress get the best of me and that caused me to eat. The good is as follows:
  • I realize what I am doing
  • I still have lost inches with the amounts of exercising I am doing
  • I am determined to turn things around this week!
Looking for a better number next Monday and I can assure you that it will be there.