Nope not the post I was talking about yesterday. I will get there. I am just too tired to do some picture editing required. Wait. Before you all start calling me lazy. Get it right. I am a procrastinator by nature. What I can put off today, you can guarantee I will put off tomorrow as well. Bad habit, I know. But it's a piece of me, so it's sort of all good.
So earlier in the year somewhere. Possibly my New Years post. Who the heck knows. I don't even remember. What I do remember is that I wanted to lose 50 lbs by the time the year comes to a close. Giving me a ton of time to screw up and pull myself together, as well as tackle whatever craziness life decides to throw at me. Because that is what life does. It gives you great gifts and then smacks you in the face when you get a bit too happy and start to take it for granted. Then if you are really having a great time it slams you to the mat and pummels the shit out of you. And just when you think Life has had enough of bruising you physically and emotionally it kicks you in the gut with it's giant combat boots when you are already lying in a giant puddle full of mud and blood. Then she builds you right back up again. Like wtf is up with that Life? So yeah, I gave myself oceans of room for those moments of failure.
I've already made it through failure #1. I was doing Body For Life, but did not do the workout part of it. Oh there were many excuses. Near the end I even went back to a lot of my old eating habits, but picked up a few new ones and kept those. I wanted to lost 20 lbs in 12 weeks. Wah Wah Wah. No deal baby. I did lose though. I lost a total of 9 lbs in 12 weeks. So I am on my way even though it is not as fast as I'd like at this point.
What am I doing now? Well, now that I have Project Chicago I really want to lose at least 10 lbs by June 22. So what I am sticking with so far from my 12 week trip is keeping pictures of myself 12 years ago at 155 lbs. While that isn't my goal weight, I still looked good in those pictures and it's only 15 lbs off from where I'd like to be. The pictures are sitting on my dresser, so I look at them every time I go to get dressed. Also, what I have learned from my co-workers I am eating from smaller plates. I find this is helping me keep my portions fist sized. They don't like to fit on those smaller plates otherwise. As well I am trying to avoid going for seconds. I am trying to get in two glasses of water first thing in the morning as well. (Another hint from the book) Last week I also attended a nutrition class for work. I knew a lot, but learned a valuable lesson about what those percentages mean on the food package labels. You can read more about it on here.
This link is to the Health Canada website and goes into more details about how to use the % DV shown below:
This knowledge has given me a new look into how I read my labels. Sure when I read them I know to add the Carb and Sugar numbers together and see how much sugar is really going into my body. I never did understand the point of the percentages to the right of these numbers. It really gives great insight into prepackaged foods. I know my kids eat more of them and I am shocked how much junk I'm putting into their bodies. I am not sure I can go clean eating yet, but this is helping my food choices.
I am also putting in some workout time these days. The price of gas shooting up is helping me eliminate the lazy drive to drop my son off at Kindergarten. (It's only a mile there and back. So 2 miles a day in total). This allows my kids to burn off energy as well as do things like ride their bikes. It's hard to fit in time after a long day of screaming kids and work related shennanigans when you want to curl up and sleep for the next ten years. So this is getting it in and the kids enjoy it. Also for a bonus. Today we met a really nice park mummy! Not those cliquey types. A and the lady's little one are about one year apart, but they played well. Afterwards, sleep not wanted, A still fell asleep for an hour nap. So both kidlets napped and I got some quiet! As well this A.M. I got a workout in. Day 1 of Week 1 of Jillian Michaels ripped in 30. I am hoping to stick it out and in 30 days be a little bit slimmer. I'd like 5 lbs off. We will see. If it works, then 10 lbs by Project Chicago will be a piece of cake. (yes, I'll save the cake eating for Chicago).
Well that is about all for now. I'm still on task for losing 50 lbs by the end of 2012, and now striving for 10 lbs down just in time for #cheesychicago. If I'm really lucky, I'll slim down so much I'll HAVE to buy a whole new wardrobe for the trip.