Sunday, February 12, 2012

E2E Update #6: Amazed at this half pound in a droopy, "blueish" week...

Tanita-san: 178.4
Last Week: 179.0
Challenge Start: 183.0

Waist: 34.75
Last Week: 34.75
Challenge Start: 36.0

That I'm down .6 of a pound is again a miracle. And a testament that if you fight, fight, fight, even when the odds are against your body, you can make progress or not lose progress. I was aiming for MAINTAINING. Yep, just holding on was what I thought I could do...and this is greatly cheering to me.

Any cheer is welcome. The hypothyroid blues hit this week, as I mentioned in my midweek update. I slept 12 hours last night, which is better than 14. :)  Had a family gathering yesterday, and just pooped out at 8pm. Normally, I have vim until 2 am, 3 am. So, clearly, I am still in they thyroid is crap forest, looking for bread crumbs back home to normal.

But, I was very careful, watched my intake. I have wanted comfort food. The effect on mood does that to me...I feel "off" so I want comfort. I decided to get a bag of oat bran and make oat bran cereal. For 200 calories, I feel like a kid again. The smell of cooking oats reminds me of mom, and the hot graininess makes me feel like I did when I was young, sick, and mom would bring me stuff that was hot and easy to swallow. I have had it with or without fruit, and it has hit the spot. Better than comforting with my old standbys: mac n cheese, lasagna, grilled cheese, pizza, burritos, fried anything, loaded baked potato soup....

So, fluids were fine on most days, not all.

Exercise: I did 2 sessions with my trainer--who has to work around my really painful joints, which are also worse due to the thyroid wackiness. I ache every day. My hips and knees and elbows and shoulders and toes and tailbone. I walked 3 days. So, I missed my goal by one day. And I tried. I got dressed, and the pain in my feet and the draggy feeling just sent me right back to the couch. I caved. And I don't apologize for it. Sometimes, it's just a bad day.

Book: I changed book to one on willpower. I am finding it hard to fight my body's rebellion and it's making me WANT comfort foods. So, I needed a different tack, reading-wise. I bought two books on the science of willpower, cause I refuse to cave to the blues or anything. I'm in this for life. I want tools. I went to the experts. :) The one I began reading on my spiffy Kindle Fire is by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D and is titled The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It.

You can read an excerpt HERE.

Stress and other things affect willpower, as you may have noted. :-P

Willpower is a muscle. We gotta strengthen it like we do our quads, biceps, abs, etc. We have to work it daily. And when we don't, it weakens. So, a new challenge book for moi.

I didn't comment much this week, but I did exceed the minimum of 3x. I think I missed stuff on my buddy, but maybe I haven't really been checking consistently. Apologies to my bud and fellow challengers, but I aim to improve. :) I've been remembering to add midweek reminders and linkies, so I'm on top of THAT. :D If your buddy looks like they forgot, please remind them. It doesn't take more than 10 to 15 minutes to update weight, waist, copy/past the quotes, and write a paragraph on how you're doing. Everyone has fifteen dang minutes! If I can drag myself out of lethargy to post an update, you can, too. So, get it done, people.

Summary: Doing better than I expected, though certainly not optimally. I'm pretty happy with myself for this week. I had to rely on these good habits I established not to turn into a total bedbound slug with a book and snacks. Thank God for new habits and having goals. It keeps you grounded. And thanks for the supportive comments. I thank you a lot. :D

Okay, on we go to another week of fighting the good fatfight. Let's do it!

And be well...

"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 (NIV)


Karen Butler Ogle said...

Good for you, Princess. You are my role model. I should be trying as hard as you to maintain at least even if I can't lose right now. I'm going to try harder and hopefully be able to give a better report next week.

Anonymous said...

Great work! Aiming to maintain and getting a loss! Looking forward to next week! I wonder where your weight will settle? Hoping you'll follow those crumbs back to a normal tsh level!

Julie said...

You are doing well Mir even with your body being so nasty. I hope you get your meds and all taken care of so that you can start feeling better again. It's hard. Keep up the great work, keep pushing, keep inspiring.
Take care Mir, blessings!!

Floriana said...

Sorry that you are still feeling down, Princess. It's inspiring to see you do so well on the weight front. It takes a whole load of determination to push through tough times and still stay focused and you've got it. Well, well done! You rock!

Jo said...

I will take a loss of a sliver of a pound any time. I admire you for keeping on with some exercise that doesn't hurt you, and focusing on the good habits you've worked so hard to achieve. This tells me that if we make the habits our normal, then when things don't go just perfectly, our habits will help sustain us through it. Just think how rotten you would feel if you just put crap into your body now. But you know what to give it to help it heal itself as much as possible. And that's worth all the time and effort we have put into getting our health on track. Have a great week, Mir!

Betty said...

So happy you had a loss. You work so hard for it and I´m so proud of you. Even though you´re feeling awful you strive to be an example. Thank you!
I hope you are feeling better this week!

Anonymous said...

Ok I just read enough of that excerpt to know that I need that book. Putting the reasons 'why' I cave into temptations 'under the microscope', so I can do better is so important to me. I know there's always a reason and I have been woring on that more than the actual mistake itself.