My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

Woo hoo! Four pounds :D

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“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” ~Frank A. Clark (ThinkExist)

In my sexy new walking hat.

I bought a sexy new hat after getting a bit too much sun on my face & scalp during a long walk on Tuesday. I have always loved hats, but shy away from them because I have a huge head & don’t normally care for how they look on me. This was a fast $2 clearance purchase at the dollar store & I ❤ it!

Know what else I love this week?  Losing four pounds at Weight Watchers!  Oh yeah, FOUR pounds this week:D  Felt great, especially after all the work I put in the last three days just to work off the points overage for the week.  It makes 32.2lbs lost, so I got my 6th 5lb star:) & I finally got my 10% key chain (they were out when I actually hit my 10%) & my 25lb weight.  Go me!

I only walked a half hour on Monday, but Tuesday & Wednesday I walked for an hour & a half.   I rediscovered the nature trail that connects the park with a neighborhood in town.  The best part is most of the trail is heavily shaded, so much cooler.  It’s especially welcome since the tornado took out many of the trees around the park, so I spend more time victimized by the sun when I’m walking around it.  And of course as was pointed out to me by a friend when I posted a pic on facebook, I’m “neon white”.  I use a lot of warmify on the pics I post here since I do pretty much come out corpse white in most photos.  (I told him tonight we can’t all be Mexican-Indian hybrids.  Some of us have to rep for the Irish blood.)

A couple of things I have noticed about my weight loss:

1. Long workouts work for me.  I can’t go very fast, but I can go slow for a really long time!  My average speed, walking or jogging, is between 2 – 2.5mph.  Anything below 3mph is considered slow, not matter how fast I might be working my stumpy little legs.  It’s prejudice!  I can do 3mph with sustained, concentrated effort, I just can’t do sustained, concentrated effort for very long.  But I find I do better when I’m walking for a hour or so a few times a week, than when I work harder for shorter time periods.  The research is very contrary on the issue, but possibly I’m just not able to keep up the greater effort long enough to balance it out.  My mind likes to wander & I find just following along with it is nice.

2. I do better when I use my weekly points up over just a couple of days, than when I dribble them out over the course of the week.  I think this lends itself the practice of calorie cycling, though I’ve never done it on purpose.  And I definitely need to use my points.  I have tried just eating my daily points & not touching the weekly allotment, & while I did lose weight that week I also succumbed to binging the next.  With calorie cycling the idea is having higher calorie days & lower cal days, & some in between, to mix it up & keep your body from getting comfortable.  It supposedly helps shake your metabolism up.  As I said, it’s nothing I’ve done on purpose, but I do seem to do better when I have two or three days of splurging, & the rest eating within my daily points range.  It’s the same principle behind mixing up your workouts.  Don’t get comfortable.

These are just a couple of things I’ve been thinking about for a while, & that have played out this week successfully.  So I’ll be keeping these things in mind going forward.

I’m sending my paperwork in for the 5K in 100 days training tomorrow, since I missed out on the first round due to messing up my knee during, & again after, the tornado, boo, so I’ll start the three weekly one hour training sessions this coming week.  The week after that the 12 week slim down challenge at a local gym starts & those are also three weekly hour long workouts.  They are also at 7am, so I’ve been getting up earlier to go walking to help with the transition & beat the heat.

Also, randomly I made a fashion tumblr.  I’ve been seeing tumblrs around & all these OOTD (outfit of the day) blogs, & they both fascinate me.  I’ve been making a point of not staying in my pajamas everyday, so thought this might help encourage me to some days move beyond the jeans & t-shirts.  Add to that my friend Nakia has a tumblr where he posts pics from The Voice Live tour.  Eventhough he posts them to facebook too, I wanted to follow him on the tumblr.

My Balloon Burst @ tumblr

My Balloon Burst @ Tumblr

What do you find works for you, even if common thinking says it shouldn’t?  Are you trying anything new or planning to?

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Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

3 thoughts on “Woo hoo! Four pounds :D

  1. Damn woman that’s awesome! Good for you.

    I’m gonna follow your tumblr.

    • I wanted to add that I also consider myself a slow walker but I was able to complete my first 5k in under an hour which for me was great! Now I am working on a 5 week 5k plan to up my speed and endurance. Week one done and on to the next one.

      • thanks! & that is pretty awesome about the 5K 😀 i followed you on tumbr, & realized i never signed up for you dirty martini blog. guess that explains why i haven’t gotten any updates… i slack. i’m excited about your new 5k program & can’t wait to see how fast you do your next 5K!

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