Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wednesday Weigh In

Starting Weight - 235 on January 1st, 2012
Current Goal - 210 by April 28th, 2012
Current Weight - 214.9

Weight lost this week -  0.4 lbs
Weight lost so far- 20.1lbs

Not my most stellar week, but I seem to be getting back into the swing of things. 

One thing that I'm finding lately is that I'm I am ready for bed by 9:30 every night. While the extra sleep is great for me, I'm hoping that my body levels out. It makes for a very short evening when most nights Liam is still awake and reading in bed as I'm falling asleep.  I suspect that the tiredness is coming from all of the extra exercise, so maybe as I get into better shape my body won't find it so hard to recover.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Principles to live by

We are taking a break from 52 Small Changes this week, as the woman who heads up the group over at the 'Hood has had a family crisis.  We are going to keep focusing on bringing laughter into our lives for another week.

It turns out that TaeKwon-Do isn't just about exercise and getting into shape.  It also has a whole lifestyle side to it as well.  As part of his first test, Liam has to know the 5 tenets of TaeKwon-Do, so we have them printed next to the computer and he and I review them throughout the day.   I also try to find situations in our day to day life that I can show Liam examples of each.  Like last week on our bike ride, when he didn't think he could make it up the last hill.  I shouted "Perseverance!" and "Indomitable Spirit!" at him as he peddled.  I don't know if it helped him get up the hill or not, but he at least understood what they meant by the time he got to the top.

So my small changes this to incorporate the 5 tenets of TaeKwon-Do into my day to day life.

There are five tenets defined in the ITF.

Courtesy (Ye Ui / 예의) Showing courtesy to all, respecting others, having manners as well as maintaining the appropriate etiquette at all times, both within and outside the dojang (도장) (designated training area).

 Integrity (Yom Chi / 염치) Although it may be similar, this form of integrity takes on a more wider role then defined in the common dictionary. In Taekwondo, integrity means not only to determine what is right or wrong but also having the conscience to feel guilt if one has done wrong and to have the integrity stand up for what is right.

Perseverance (In Nae / 인내) One will persevere time and time again until they have achieved a result which is adequate towards what one was trying to achieve.[9]

Self-control (Guk Gi / 극기) This means to not only have control over one's physical acts, but also their mental thoughts and actions.

Indomitable spirit (Baekjul Boolgool / 백절불굴) To have indomitable spirit means to have the courage to stand up for what you believe in, no matter what odds you are up against, and to always give 100% effort in whatever you do.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wednesday Weigh In

Starting Weight - 235 on January 1st, 2012
Current Goal - 210 by April 28th, 2012
Current Weight - 215.3

Weight lost this week -  1.4 lbs
Weight lost so far- 19.7lbs

I seem to be losing and gaining the same 2 pounds. It was nice to see the scale start to go back down again this week, after the right off that has been most of April.  Now I just need to stick with it.   However with only 9 days to go to my current goal date, I'm not sure that I'm going to be able to lose the 5.3 pounds that I want to.  But I'm sure going to give it my all!

Week 16 - Laugh out loud

How did I do with last week's change?
Week 15: Choose whole grains in lieu of those that are refined

I did eat 2 whole wheat buns this week... does that count?.

The Change: Laugh out Loud
I love this week's change!  I try to make sure to laugh every day, but it can be hard.  Work, homework, housework, bedtime routines can all be downers if you let them.  My favorite time to laugh is while cuddling Liam before bed.  Luckily he's a kid that can get all riled up and still go to sleep.  We have some of our best ticklefests during cuddle time.

I hope everyone is laughing this week.

A day without laughter is a day wasted.
Charlie Chaplin

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday Weigh In

Starting Weight - 235 on January 1st, 2012
Current Goal - 210 by April 28th, 2012
Current Weight - 216.7

Weight lost this week - gained 1.8 lbs
Weight lost so far- 18.5 lbs

I really thought I would have gained 5 pounds or more based on this past week's activities:

  • Someone brought the B.E.S.T. fudge ever to the office.  There was no will power that day.
  • I had to travel over night for a work conference, so that meant extra coffee in the car, eating out for dinner and breakfast, having a catered lunch and more coffee for the drive home.
  • My MIL was here visiting for the week, so we ate out, made fancier meals (lobster anyone?) and I did not exercise for 6 out of the past 7 days.
  • Easter chocolate.....'nough said.
So while I hate to see a gain, it's not the end of the world.  I enjoyed myself all week, and didn't let myself feel guilty about falling off the wagon.  I'm back on track today.  I went for a 20 minute walk at lunch and Liam and I will go to Tae Kwon Do tonight.  He and I did get out for a 45 minute bike ride yesterday, and it felt really good to be active again.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Week 15 - Put the Whole in Your Grains

How did I do with last week's change?
Week 14: Keep it Clean and Green

This is more of a long term goal then a weekly one, especially since with the Easter holiday and a visit from my MIL, I didn't really clean anything this week.

The Change: Choose whole grains in lieu of those that are refined.
I'll let you in on a secret... I hate whole grains.  I don't like whole wheat bread or pasta and I loathe brown rice.  I think the only ones I do like is quinoa and corn (on the cob or in a can!)

The good side to this is that I don't eat a lot of refined grains anyway.  I might have crackers with my lunch a couple of times a week, but I don't eat toast or cereal for breakfast, it's rare that I have a sandwich or bread product for lunch, and we don't eat a lot of pasta or rice.  And since I'm trying to lose weight, I don't eat a lot of baked goods for desert.  I'm not sure if these means that I'm not eating a well balanced diet, but it seems to work for me.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Wednesday Weigh In

Starting Weight - 235 on January 1st, 2012
Current Goal - 210 by April 28th, 2012
Current Weight - 214.7

Weight lost this week - 3 lbs
Weight lost so far- 20.3 lbs

 Not a whole lot to say this week, other then YEAH! I made my March goal.  Now on to the next goal of hitting 210 in the next 4 weeks.  If I can avoid the Easter chocolate this week,  I might actually be able to do it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Week 14 - Keep It Clean & Green

How did I do with last week's change?
Week 13: Eat your Breakfast

I actually had a protein rich breakfast twice last week, but mostly I am sticking with my veggies.

The Change: Eliminate toxic chemicals in and around your home by using greener cleaning solutions.
We don't use a lot of chemicals around the house, but we haven't gone as far as making our own soap just yet.  We try to buy green products when we can but it hasn't always been a priority for me.  Often price will win out if I have the choice to make.  There is still a part of me that loves to clean with bleach and to have that bleach smell in the house. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I did it!

My goal for March was to get down to 215.  It wasn't looking like I was going to make it, but with lots of exercise yesterday and really watching what I ate I weighed in at 214.7 this morning!

I'm ready to face off with the next five pounds and have reset my goal to 210 by the end of April.