Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Up .6 no big deal

So this week I weighed in at 219.6 a gain of .6 lbs. No big deal. The ash and smoke from fires continues to limit my ability to get out and walk...but I've found a belly dance class I can take right after weigh in, starts Wednesday night November 7. I'm looking forward to that. Always wanted to learn Belly Dancin'. :D

That's it for this week, nothing much else to say. Pray for rain in Southern California please.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

2.2 this week and it's BLOG ACTION DAY!

I've reached the next "decade" as we like to call it at the meetings. :D
I tipped the scale at 219 today. 219 from 293. I feel pretty dingity dangity good. :)

This means I lose another 50 calories of edible food but that's OK. I'm enjoying some dark chocolate and port wine as I write this.

I am sooo on track for reaching my goal weight by my 47th birthday I'm STOKED.

Gotta get some physical therapy going. My left leg is in pretty bad shape, and I think it's all because I never got phys ther after the last knee surgery. Bad idea. So I'll do what I need to do, because it's not just about weight loss. This trek is really about HEALTH and life extension.

I want to LIVE a LONG and HEALTHY life and I am on my way, I'm sure of it now. :D

Thanks to all my friends and family for their support, their phone calls and their love. I couldn't get through some of the days without knowing you were there.

Now I'd like to do my part to blog about being environmentally conscious. :D

I was thinking earlier today...it's the 18th anniversary of the big quake that collapsed the freeway and the bay bridge in 1989...remembering the day, how the bay area became gridlocked with everyone trying to drive home to get to their families. It became very apparent to me then that there needs to be a PLAN in place to unite everyone as soon as possible, but we've got to get some reliable and fast public transportation really working in this state. It took us over an hour to do what was normally about a 7 min drive. Crazy.

Here in Santa Barbara, the city is BIG on being environmentally friendly. TON's of bike paths, many electric buses running around town and the bus system can get you within about 15 mins of almost any destination, and many of the buses also have a rack on the front that can take 2 bikes.

Still, there are a lot of folks commuting up here from Ventura, again GRIDLOCK most days and there is no reason NOT to have a commuter train. They're working on it, but we've got to band together and make stuff like this happen faster.

I believe, when I was younger, before "earth day" was a big deal and they were just trying to encourage conservation, the promo was "Save the Earth." I think that's wrong. I think it's more like, "Let's work together to make sure Earth remains a place we can Live!" Because the truth is: Earth will go on. Our days here could be numbered.
For my part, I've planned a few date nights/days where Jef and I take the bus to our destination and a few times we've cycled around. I do drive to work everyday, but my commute is less than 10 mins and that's not bad. I do want to get a newer, more efficient and enviro-friendly car. I'm hoping to make that happen next year.

What are you going to do to preserve this planet for the generations to come?
I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, October 12, 2007

2.2 pounds and moving right along.

Tipped the scales at 221.2 pounds...the lightest I've been in 6 years....maybe 7. I feel GREAT and I'm soooo motivated to continue.
My sister called me to congratulate me on my success, KUDOS to you too sis! She's been doing the same plan I'm on for a few weeks now and is down over 20 pounds!!! (unruly applause with wild arm waving goes here.)

We talked about what we were eating, doing, not doing and shared some ideas. It was great and it got me to thinking that maybe I should share some of those things here. Maybe it's time to name the plan I'm on, why I think it's working and what exactly I am doing to make it work for me. What's I've tried that doesn't work and what I've tried that does. Let me know what you think if you read this...I'd love to hear your ideas.

During our conversation, my sister brought up something that I've been aware of, but still feel helpless to control. It seems that I'm still playing the "mental" game with the scale...if I don't have a loss of what I've predetermined as "substantial" for a week, I get a little down about it. And when I lose what I expect or more, I get all happy and stuff...ok, that's pretty normal.

I don't really get down but for a day or so. All I have to do is log in to my diet account and view my progress chart to see that I am on track and the line is dropping continuously from left to right. I also keep in mind that I only need to lose about 10 pounds a month to remain on track for my ultimate goal.

But that day or so is pretty brutal. Last week, in our meeting, we discussed positive outcomes...the week before was Positive Self Talk. And I never can come up with something new to put on them, because I feel pretty clear about what I have in mind and where I want to end up. This sisterly conversation reminded me that I do have something to work on still...My weight will fluctuate for the rest of my life, (hopefully only a couple of pounds or so at a time once I reach my goal), and I need to find positive outcomes and self talk to replace the way I beat myself up for those 2 days. I'm doing GREAT! I really do know that...

So I need to work on that...and think about some things I can tell myself INSTEAD of the negative things I say when the scale isn't showing what I want to see. I'm open to your comments and ideas, and I'll work on a few of my own.

That said, I was also reminded about how fragile this life is and how my problems are small in comparison to what's happening to others in this world.

A young man was murdered in my niece's apartment weekend before last. He was my niece's boyfriend's best friend. Christan was, thankfully, away from home...but another family is burying their 20 year old son due to a senseless act of violence. The boyfriend was beaten very badly but he'll be physically ok in time and hopefully emotionally and mentally ok not long after. I'm grateful that those close to my family survived this terrible ordeal, and saddened by the way humanity continues to treat each other.

Life goes on, and I intend to do what I can to put more love, caring and kindness in the world. I'm going to build me an ARK! (Acts of Random Kindness in case you haven't seen Evan Almighty...a stupid movie with a nice point.)
Have a great week, I'll do the same!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Oct 3, 2007 Down 5.2 pounds!

So there! And pictures too! Finally.

Good week, ate a whole Domino's pizza in frustration of gain last week. It was AWFUL. To think I liked that pizza...well, it wasn't well made either, but ewwww it was not so good. I just ate it in protest. lol

So I tipped the scale at 223.4 last night. That's .2 short of a 70lb loss, but I think I'm there, I was wearing something other than my 6.6 oz dress to weigh in. Thought about running home to get it, but decided no big deal. Then found it WAS a big deal cuz I could have gotten my next 5# star!!! heh, yes, I like those little rewards.

Anyway, I did start moving more again, and I'm still having sciatic pain, but short easy walks 3 times a day, stretching and ibuprofen are helping it improve. Got a tip from the handyman at work yesterday...might want to look into ROLFING to help.

Here are the latest pictures....

Sept 26, 2007 Up 1.2 lbs

Ick. Oh well, better luck next week. I think it's the hotdogs and macaroni and cheese I had for dinner the night before...sodium = water retention. Better luck next week. Sciatica still present, but getting better. STRETCHING helps.