Waist: 36 in
Initial Challenge Weight: 183 lbs
Initial Waist: 36 in
Okay, I figured I'd put my quotes in on top, instead of last, this time. :)
"The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term
in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable
prerequisite for success."
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
I didn't do as great in the discipline stuff. Part was just being sleepy and a bit more tired than usual--like I said in a previous post, I suspect my thyroid hormone levels have inched out of my ideal range, and all I need is a small blip to start being a dozy gal. I've been sleeping about 12 hours, one day I sawed a whole heap o' logs: 14 hours worth. Yeah, something's up. I don't like it.
I'm assuming the loss is mostly, way mostly, some water loss due to decreasing calories a bit (not much, since I didn't have much to cut to be at 1400-1500). Let's see what this week brings.
We finished our holiday celebrations yesterday, exchanging gifts and eating some traditional Cuban and Puerto Rican foods for a post-There King's Day feast. I didn't go hog-wild. :) I did eat something with trans-fats--normally, I avoid those like the plague--because I was told they were cooked in "manteca"--ie, lard--and I'm fine with traditional animal fats (lard, tallow). They are pretty stable fats.
But when I ventured into the kitchen, I saw the huge container and it said "vegetable shortening". That stuff is pure crap in a can. 100% gonna inflame your arteries and lead you straight to bad heart-juju land. Well, it was done.
Thankfully, I had a minimal serving and called it a day, ate the fruits and nuts I brought to snack on. Came home and swallowed a BATTERY of anti-inflammatory supplements to try to counteract the hydrogenated oil mess in my body--Quercetin, Turmeric, Vit C, Resveratrol, Omega 7, DHA, Tocotrienols. I drank green tea, too.
Okay, fluids wise: Great.
Books: I actually dipped into some of REFUSE TO REGAIN, a refresher book for me, but set my selected challenge books aside to read two by Gina Kolata (RETHINKING THIN, and ULTIMATE FITNESS). I highly recommend the former, RT. OMG, that was an amazing read, and only stresses how much one has to put into this or one is doomed. DOOMED. So, since I refuse to be doomed, it's focus, focus, focus and change, change, change and being a "radical" about my food environment. And with keeping up with obesity research.
Support: I got in touch with my buddy(Hi, Jordan!) and we let each other know out primary needs. I resolved to comment on her blog posts this week, and have done so. I commented on several other challenger blogs, and do try to be specific and encouraging. The challenge is off to a good start, organizational wise, after a bit of a bobble the first couple days due to a change in roster and a life crisis for one of our gals. All better now.
Exercise: Did NOT meet goals. I had on Pilates session, and cancelled another due to hubby having a holiday. I walked 2x only (not 4). I slept alot..which burns puny numbers of calories. I danced a bit, but didn't keep track of minutes. I slacked.
Optimism is not diminished.
I did fit into my new cheapo Wal-Mart size 14 jeans that didn't fit when I was up to 184 point something during the holidays. Bloat is subsiding. They fit well, and I wore them with a new top yesterday. Felt super pretty, too. And that's priceless! And, dumb me, forgot to take pics. I would have liked pics, too! Shoot!
I'm not feeling at all like quitting. And even if I FELT like quitting, I would not. I just have less vim --for whatever body reason--and my mental work will be to keep my psyche high until I can see the doc in Feb to sort this out. Hopefully, it's transitory, not a big thyroid pooper of a phase, cause that can make me regain, and that would really tick me off. (Hear me, body o' mine. Behave!)
The year has started with goals, dreams, and commitment. I want to shine in 2012. Let's do it!
Update 1 done. Let's cheer each other on without flagging.
Be well, peops!