Hi! I’m here, just been busy. For the six of you who read this blog, have you missed me? Were you concerned when I didn’t post on Friday or Saturday or Sunday or Monday? What do you mean, “oh, you were gone?”
Anyway, the ice storm wasn’t quite as bad as first thought, thank goodness, and we only lost power for a couple of hours Sunday afternoon. Shawn and I worked on the kitchen all weekend long (okay he worked, and I stood behind him cheering him on) and it is thisclose to being finished. I’m excited about the changes, but I’m ready to get my kitchen back in order – I can’t find anything! It takes me twice as long to do anything in there because I have to spend time going out the garage to get my spices, or to the laundry room to find my toaster, but it will all be worth it in the end.
I’m in my last week of the 30 day program at iChange, and I have learned a lot so far. Here’s what I know about losing weight (and remember this applies to ME. Your mileage may vary.)
The Three W’s of Weight Loss by Me
- Work out: the key for me to shed the poundage is working out consistantly. And by consistantly, I mean 30/5. Thirty minutes per day, 5 days per week. This seems to be my magical formula – whenever I do this, I drop pounds. If I let too many days go between workouts, the fat clings tighter to my thighs and it takes a boatload of effort to get it to loosen its grip. So 30 minutes of cardio, five days per week. And unfortunately it’s easier for me to do this early in the morning. I hate getting up early to work out, but when I do I feel rather superior to the me that wants to sleep in. When I don’t get up and work out, I feel like a slug for the rest of the day. So I ask myself, “do you want to be smug, or a slug?” I don’t like slime trails, so I make myself get up.
- Watch the intake: logging food and keeping my calories around 1200 seems to be the best way for me to keep my food intake low. I make better choices (usually) when I’m logging my food, so it’s easier to pass up desserts or whatever when I know that I’m already at 900 calories and I haven’t had dinner yet. Yes, logging every bite I take is a pain in the ass, but so is being overweight. So I make myself get over it and just do it.
- Water: When I get in 8-10 glasses of water per day, the number on the scale goes down. I don’t care if it is just water weight, weight is weight and the lower, the better right now. Also water helps “move” things along, which helps my stomach look flatter and my pants fit better. TMI? Maybe, but still important.
So, I know, right? Nothing earth-shattering here, but sometimes we make it so complicated. At the end of the day, it all comes down the basics. Next week, I’ll do a wrap-up post of iChange and give you my opinion of the site. Because I know all six of you are on the edges of your seats just waiting to hear my ramblings, right?
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