I have failed over & over in my life, & that is why I succeed.
~Michael Jordan~ (from Steve_Faus on Twitter)
So, I had a not so good week. If you’ve read any of my posts this week you know I found out last Friday a friend of mine, who had been ill for some time, took a turn for the worse. Went into a bit of a panic & binged over the weekend. It didn’t help I made brownies Sunday, even if they were Hungry Girl brownies. Wednesday afternoon, she passed away.
I rehash this here, just to say I ate through all my points, even my activity points. I actually ate into negative points for the week, & had to make sure I went out Wednesday to earn some more activity points & balance it out, lol. Though, what I can proudly say is, even though I still have occasional binges, they are not near what they were. I call that a win!
A big part of my journey here is be the one in control of the food, instead of feeling the other way around. I don’t have to always make the “best” healthy choices, but when I eat this or that it does need to be because I consciously chose to do it; not because of compulsion. I want to be a healthy person body, mind, & spirit. Healthful eating & regular activity are vital to that.
Another NSV (Non-Scale Victory) I’d like to report is I started adding jogging intervals into my walks this week. It started spontaneously on… Sunday I think? Could have been Monday, but that’s not important. I’ve gone two more times this week & have done a few intervals around each lap. Granted I don’t jog any faster than I walk, but I can feel the difference in my heart rate & breathing. Getting faster will come around. I’m more concerned about building stamina & technique over speed now.
I’ve also started parking near some steps & at the end of my walks have gone back to my car that way. They aren’t super steep, but it’s adding a little something. For the future, I realized tonight if I just spend a couple more minutes stretching I can add another activity point to my day:~)
Oh yeah, my StickK.com challenge started this week. Must work out three days a week to prevent $5 going to my anti-charity for each week I do not report success. And a friend is set up as my referee, so no fudging.
So how did this all add up Thursday night? I was down a pound! Woo-hoo! This was over a two week period since we didn’t meet due to weather last week, but a loss is a loss! Especially after this week.
Out of my ups & downs, drop-ins & drop-outs, since joining last year, I did the math a couple of weeks ago, & I have actually managed to average a half pound loss for each week. For some reason, that sounds a lot better to me than I lost fifteen pounds last year. Little losses add up to big wins! It’s about making lifestyle changes meant to last. I want to be healthy & I only want to do this once, remember?
I guess it’s time for the bullets now:
- Down 1.0lb this week. 4.8lb till my next 5lb star & 6.8lb till my first 10%. Planning to hit that by my 36th birthday in about six weeks.
- Stayed OP this week. Sort of. Used all my weekly points & activity points, & had to earn extra activity points to just break even. But I did break even. That counts, right?
- Earned 6 AP. Only worked out two days because I missed my tennis class again. Last week it was college closed due to weather; this week I got the time wrong & it was over when I got there. I spent so much time walking around trying to find it, up & down stairs, & all over, I could have counted it for AP anyway, lol. My StickK.com challenge started Wednesday.
- I cooked! Not a healthy meal, but I did make some pumpkin corn muffins to contribute to dinner for a couple of nights, & some Hungry Girl brownies.
- Drank some water every day. Just one bottle each day, not the two I’ve been aiming for, but that’s better than the nothing from the week prior.
- Added jogging intervals & stairs to my walking. Go me!
Now, for this week I plan to…
- Attend my Weight Watchers meeting! Good or bad, I vow to go & know. And knowing is half the battle! (Thanks GI Joe)
- Lose one pound. Keep on trucking towards my first 10% goal!
- Track every day & stay OP.
- Exercise at least three days! & I am crossing my fingers there’ll be some tennis in there finally>_<
- Add another couple of minutes to my stretching when I walk. A small change that will net me extra AP.
- Continue to drink water daily. I’ll keep shooting for two bottles a day, but I’ll settle for one. I got some cherry Diet Rite Zer0s this week. They are tasty, & have no caffeine, sugar, or sodium. They are also significantly cheaper than Coke or Pepsi. I generally only have one a day.
- Not fall into the ‘shoulds’ or get as obsessed about these things as I usually tend to when I get on a fitness high, so I burn out & stop doing anything (literally, I usually end up manic & obsessing, then fall into a depression where I lay in bed sleeping & crying & staring at the television wishing I could die for days or weeks). It makes it really hard to stick with anything, & easy to gain back all I lost & often more. Boo! But I have to keep getting back up when I fall down, & move forward. It’s why the quote I used for this post means so much to me. You’ll never succeed if you quit trying.