Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Day 16

I lost almost all of last week to either being sick, or caring for sick children.  I only worked out the first 3 days last week, and didn't get back to it until today.  

 waist: 29.5"  (down 1.5" total, .5" since last week)
hips:  37.5" (no change)
weight: 117lbs (up 1 lb from last week)

All told, not too bad.  I could definitely tell that I'd missed a week on the cardio, and I don't think I'm quite back at 100% anyway.  Tomorrow will be better.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Day Eight

originally from howdoigetfit.com

I made it to day 8!  I'm doing well with  meeting my exercise goals: I worked out Monday-Friday last week (yay!), skipped Saturday and Sunday (boo!), and I'm back at it today (yay!).  I'm not having as much success with my diet, but I am doing better with it than I was.  I'm reaching more often for things like carrots, and I have cut back on the sweets a bit.  Here are my stats after my first week of tracking:

waist: 30"  (down 1")
hips:  37.5" (no change)
weight: 116lbs (down 2 lbs)

That's pretty encouraging, after only a week!  This week, I'm going to push harder to work out every day, and definitely work harder at controlling what I feed myself.  Wish me luck for Week 2!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Reviving the Health Blog

Here I am again.  I got lost for a while, but I'm still around, and I still have the same basic goal:

I've been doing better with the depression, which is huge.  I finally got in to see a real psychiatrist, and he seems to have gotten my meds straightened out.  He didn't take me off of the Prozac, but he cut my dosage in half and added Wellbutrin to my daily line-up.  The Wellbutrin has given me a significant energy boost, and I like to think that I've put it to good use.  I started working part-time, as well, and it's helped to revitalize me, to get me moving.  It's a simple thing, really, but it has been so good for me to get out and interact with other adults, and to do something that I know I'm good at.  And, I've actually been exercising intermittently for the last few weeks.  This is where I'm at now:

31" waist
37.5" hips

I've lost a lot of ground since last May, and I wasn't happy with my body even then.   I know that I'm not obese, or really even overweight, but I also know that I could be in much better shape, and that I will be happier with myself and my body when I am.  Not to mention the fact that I do want to have more children, probably in the next year or two, and the more fit I am going into pregnancy, the better off I'll be.  So.  It's time to set down some specific goals.

Goal #1: Work out every day, for 30 days.  
I'm doing 30 Day Shred again, and for simplicity's sake, I'm calling this Day 1.  My goal is not to skip a single day, so that if I do miss one here or there (because life happens) I'll still be working out at least 6 days a week.  I'll be going to a wedding on March 3, and I want to make as much progress as I can in the next month. I even bought a pretty new dress, to provide me with a bit of extra motivation.

Goal #2: Cut down on sweets.
Chocolate is my vice, and my biggest downfall. I know myself well enough to know that if I completely eliminate sweets from my diet, that I'll cave and binge periodically.  So, for the duration of my Shred, I'll be limiting myself to one small serving of sweets daily.

Goal #3: Make healthier meal choices.
More fresh fruits and veggies, fewer fried and processed foods.  This one is difficult, because most of my favorite recipes don't really pass muster, but we're trying.  I'll be posting any good recipes that I find to my recipes page, so if you're interested, be on the lookout there.

Goal #4: Lose at least 1" from my waist by the end of the Shred.
I don't care about pounds, because they're misleading.  Frankly, I don't care whether I gain pounds or lose them, so long as I lose flab and gain muscle tone.  I'll be tracking my waist and hip measurements weekly, to quantify my progress.  My goal is to lose at least an inch from my waist by the time that wedding rolls around.

What are your health goals?