Sunday, January 8, 2012

E2E Challenge Update #1: One week and 2.4 lbs down..but slacked on exercise, says this sleepy chickie!

Tanita-San: 180.6
Waist: 36 in

Initial Challenge Weight: 183 lbs
Initial Waist: 36 in

"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."
~~Maxwell Maltz

"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."
~~Jeremiah 29:11
Okay, I figured I'd put my quotes in on top, instead of last, this time. :)

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!


Mallory said...

Love your blog...and your determination! Good luck with everything this year...look forward to following!

Mallory @

Julie said...

I am out of sorts today. Just think so much happening I'm not sure if on foot or horse back. Mike leaving for Montana, all the school stuff, family issues up to wazoo, not feeling tip top and I too am so tired. Maybe the full moon, not sure but it's something.
I hope you feel better this week. You're not a force to be reckened with so your body better cooperate.
Take care and God Bless!!

Karen Butler Ogle said...

Princess, You still did better than me in the exercise department. You did what you could and that is a good place to start. I need to push myself a little bit to get moving. It sounds like you had a pretty good week. Keep up the good work. I'm loving this challenge. :)

Sarah from Onmyweightohappiness said...

Great job!

upinthecosmos said...

Still finishing some holiday stuff & had a loss?? Great job!! I have thyroid issues myself do I know how that gets, I hope all in well in that area for you:-).

lisa~sunshine said...

This is the first time i've commented on your blog.. I wanted to say that your determination is very inspirational to me.. Great job on your challenge and on the loss..

I did notice your challenge before New Years.. thought about trying to join the one you are doing now but I'm really new to blogging and wanted to get a blog going and show some consistency before I attempted to join.. so I hope you continue to run challenges and I hope to join one in the future..

I am following along though.. even chose a book.. 100 days of weightloss by Linda Spangle..


Betty said...

I´m back from my weekend get away it´s great to see you lost so much. Now you´re almost back to where you were before Christmas.
So you celebrate Dia de Reyes? It is very big here in my country too.
Have a great week Mir!

Jordan said...

Hey Buddy!
Glad you're in tune with your body to know the extra tired may be thyroid related. Big changes this first week back too, getting used to the old routine. (I can tell you're tired because you've called it the E3E challenge in the last 2 posts, instead of the E2E!) I slept a lot last week too, heading for bed at 8:30 pm a few nights! It depresses me to think there are no days off now until May.

Sooo - I'm looking forward to hearing about it when you get into the eccentric strength training you mentioned. In the times when you don't have enough energy to sweat, do you have the oomph to do research on a new strength workout or a new DVD? I want you to feel like you were still able to get something valuable and useful out of the days when you're below par energy-wise. Your body will appreciate you challenging it in new ways, which take some thinking about before jumping in!

lv2 said...

loosing the bloat is good....very positive that the new jeans fit...esp if the thyroid is sluggish. Do what your body allows and I too try to avoid crisco now...however my mother was the crisco queen, i shudder to think how much I ate growing up. Hope this week goes well.

Val said...

Ah, to sleep, perhaps...
I have grown to be absolutely MILITANT about safeguarding my right to a decent night's rest; can't believe what a difference it makes!
So you can imagine I was less than thrilled to be awakened last night by DH's snoring @ 3 AM... Just when I resolved myself to face the cold & seek refuge elsewhere, he would moderate somewhat, so I stayed in the marital bed. Ugh.
I've warned my darling that separate bedrooms may be in our future.