Friday, April 16, 2010

Struggle To Fit Into My Skinny Pants, Week 2

All text. Boring. I know.

So I think we have something pretty interesting dynamics going between Linda and I here. Linda has managed to throw herself into the deep end and swim like she means it. She works out two times a day. She has already lost an inch in her waist AND her hips.

I’m sort of slowly easing into the shallow end. And we are both going about it the “right” way, in that we are doing what we can.

Things I am doing well:

Breakfast, lunch and snacks. I am sticking to the plan. Cereal or a low point (Weight Watchers measurement. I understand it better than calories.) frozen meal. Snacking on fruit (apples this week, much more filling than bananas) and almonds and a Fiber One bar around 4 PM. I ate lunch out with a friend on Wednesday, so I had cereal for dinner. And I cheated this AM and had four Dunkin Donut munchkins that my boss bought us as a reward for...well, life. But I planned that. And I feel OK about it.

Working out. I have done Pilates or taken a walk every day but Tuesday.

Things I am doing OK:

Stairs. I managed all three trips (Two times all the way up and all the way down, basically 8 flights. I do one around 11 AM, One around 2 PM and one around 5 PM) Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday I managed two trips each day.

Working out. I’m not trying to confuse. I am doing well with doing it every day, but I need to do more. I need to make sure I am doing at least 30 minutes. Right now I am doing 10 some days. A single 10 minute abs work out. And that is better than nothing. Right now my main goal is to make myself do something once a day 4 days a week. My larger goal is 30 minutes a day 4 days a week. I know that’s not much, but it’s more than I’ve been doing. Once I get there I will make a new goal. Maybe 45 minutes.

Things I am not doing so well:

Dinner. I am not doing so smashing at portion control OR what I am selecting for myself. Working on that is my number one goal next week.

I decided not to take my measurements this week since I don’t expect there is any real improvement there. I don’t want to bog myself down too much with numbers, because what I am more focused on is changing my lifestyle. If I can get that under control, fitting into the pants will be natural.

How did you do this week?
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Intelligent Tool said...

grapes are a good snack too! I workout everyday at lunch (at work - we have a gym)...30 mins on the elliptical. It's such a nice break in the day. Good luck on all your goals!!

what i would have worn... said...

I think you should be proud of yourself for making a start. There’s no such thing as a weight loss approach that suits everyone; Linda clearly needs to make big changes right away but if you work better with smaller ones that’s ok too. Coincidently I’m at the end of my own tether right now and intend to start my new program this week. I think I might just follow along quietly for now though as I’m not quite brave enough to post my measurements. You might run screaming from your computer!

p.s. another word of encouragement- I’ve often wished I had legs like yours in the past so it ain’t all bad!

LaShaune said...

Slow and steady wins the race. That's my mantra.

It's great that your shooting for 30mins, but remember you can break those into mini-workouts. 10mins 3x a day.

Lisa said...

Sounds like you're doing everything right. I agree with LaShaune, slow and steady is the way to go. I find if I make drastic changes I rarely stick to them. I also agree that this is a lifestyle thing and once you get it all figured out you'll naturally fit into your pants. That's why I decided not to do my measurements, because I knew I would get too caught up in that stuff.
Anyways, here's the link to my skinny pants update:

Rebecca said...

I have trouble eating well at dinner too, and I'm hoping to work on that this week. It sounds like you're off to a good start!

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

I have no problem exercising - I am off for a run now but like you I struggle with portion control especially in the evening. My only advice - go to bed early with a good book.

WendyB said...

I suffer through exercise. I'd much rather be sedentary!

RETRO REVA said...

I am currently hooked on sugar, and my diet (due to health reasons) can't absorb protein well. How do you fill the need for red meats, etc., in a healthy way without barfing at the thought of eating spinach? I find my muscle mass is deteriorating. Any tips? Thanks!

Jen said...

There's my update! I did pretty well, I lost two pounds. Most of that was from stress over doing taxes rather than healthy lifestyle choices, though. I've eaten too much this weekend, though, so I'm going to have to be uber-good this week to keep making progress.

Jen said...

Retro - if you need more protein, can you eat dairy? Skim milk is a great source of non-fat protein, as is cottage cheese and yogurt (especially greek yogurt). When I'm trying to get more protein in I do a smoothie with skim milk and yogurt in the AM, and sometimes I even throw in a raw egg for extra protein. If I blend it a lot I don't even taste the egg, but don't do that unless you're not worried about food poisoning at all, because it is a bit of a risk. Sometimes I'll do skim milk, cocoa powder, splenda, and an egg.

Leah Harrison said...

I didn't work out at all this last week because I had a horrible cold :( I didn't really gain any weight back though, so that was good.

I need to concentrate on eating better things for dinner!! I'm so bad about this. I tend to just eat microwave crap because I'm lazy and don't ever want to cook.