Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day 46 of 730 (My Prize)

I am not sure if you heard of Under Way products but I won a prize pack of all kinds of goodies from this diet; muffins, cookies, cereal, soup, shakes and vitamin water to name a few.

I will not follow the diet they lay out because the first thing that caught my eye on the pamphlet was that you cannot eat fruit. Any diet that says you cannot eat real food doesn't sound healthy to me. I will try these snacks though and see how they are. I haven't tried them yet because I am saving them for some back to school snacks and as a grab and go breakfast option.

I'd like to thank Deborah from Raising My Boys for the ooprtunity to sample so many products that might help me in my weight loss efforts. I will let you know which ones I like.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 45 of 730 (Easier Said Than Done)

It is so easy to say things than to actually do them isn't it? I tell myself a million times that this is a slow process and no matter what I do it will always be a slow process. I know in my heart this is true. I know only dedication, hard work and self control will lead me to success eventually. Yet I still feel frustrated by the fact that it will be slow.

It is getting harder to stay motivated and it is not because I'm not weighing myself often. In fact seeing small numbers up and down on a scale would be worse (been there done that). My weigh in and measuring day is coming up soon but I don't feel much different than when I started. My clothes seem to be fitting the same still and no one can notice anything yet. I am more nervous to check in with my scale and my measuring tape than excited.

I am hoping by Thanksgiving dinner when the family gets together someone is able to tell. I might be close to 15lbs lighter by then. If not then hopefully by Christmas dinner it will be more obvious. Until then I just have to keep going no matter how much I want to throw in the towel sometimes.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 44 of 730 (Schedule)

So I finally got my college schedule, well most of it anyway. One course is still missing which will result in two added time slots. However, what I see so far is great. Most classes are in the middle of the day which means I will have extra time before school to work out most days and I will still be home for my family in the evenings. Everything is starting to come together and I am feeling more confident that I will be able to balance it all.

As soon as I know the rest of my schedule I am going to add my workouts to me schedule so I will not start a trend of procrastinating and missing workouts. Obviously there will be exceptions but I think for the most part this plan will work.
Most days I will only be packing lunch and a snack and be home for Breakfast and Dinner which is great. So far only Wednesdays I will need a grab and go breakfast.

I am very excited about this new chapter in my life and hope the next 2 years will be productive academically and physically.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 42 & 43 (Been Busy)

Yesterday we went to a theme park with some friends for the day. I had some chicken teriyaki for lunch which was delicious and better than pizza, fries, hot dogs etc. I didn't work out but we did walk around a lot, as you tend to do at theme parks.

Today my son has a friend over for a sleepover. I did work out today and we are heading to a play center for the afternoon. I feel back on track for the most part. This is a really short post just to check in and make sure you all know I haven't given up.

I'll be back to normal blogging tomorrow.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 41 of 730 (I Blew It)

What happened to yesterday? It was a terrible day for me. I ate way too much junk and didn't exercise like I planned to. I was fully aware of what I was doing too, but just wouldn't stop.

Today is a new day and I want it to be different. I want control over myself back. I am not sure what is happening lately but it's the same pattern that happens every time I try to lose weight. After about a month or so I start giving up. It's like I know it's a slow process and will take a long time to see results. In fact that is why this blog is called An Ounce a Day, to remind myself that it is going to take time to see real results. Its just so hard to live by that attitude. I just want results right now. Noticeable ones. Results that make people say "Have you lost weight"?

I guess the only way to achieve my goals is to remain slow and steady and stay focused even on the days when I feel so 'blah'. The weather isn't helping either. I haven't seen the sun since Thursday or Friday and the constant rain is really bringing me down.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Day 40 of 730 (Week In Review)

This week gave me a taste of being busy and I do not like it. It's only going to get busier and busier from here on out. Don't get me wrong, I love having things to do and shopping this week was so much fun. What I don't like about being busy is the way it takes the focus off of my exercise efforts. However I was able to get back on track immediately. I missed Monday and Wednesday's workout so I worked out Saturday and I will work out today.

This week I worked out for 25 minutes twice and for 35 minutes 3 times. My 25 minute workouts will now be saved for days when I have limited time, but mostly I will push for 35 minutes. I feel the burn in those extra 10 minutes and I cannot wait until 35 minutes starts to feel easy. I like the feeling of building endurance.

I ate fairly well most of the week with the exception of Monday night's cheese steak at the Cheese Cake Factory in Buffalo. But hey, It could have been worse, I could have actually eaten cheese cake but I resisted. Then last night we ordered in some Mr. Greek for a late dinner which I enjoyed so very much.

Some things I did not like about this week are; not drinking enough water, finding it difficult to eat breakfast again and not wanting to snack on fruit or other healthy things. I have really felt like I had to dig deep for extra will power and practically force myself to make good choices.

My goal for next week is to stay focused and continue working hard whether I like it or not.