Sunday, January 13, 2008

Temptation lurks

Well, the first weekend is essentially over and it is already obvious that this is not going to be easy. There are still far too many things in the house to tempt me!
I did go to the gym yesterday. I started off aiming for a 1 mile walk around the track. I made it around the track twice before my shins were hurting so much that I wanted to just quit right then and there- which was totally depressing. I pushed myself to do two more laps before I decided that it was time to stop. As much as it pained me, I realized that it was silly to think that I could go from doing absolutely nothing right into a steady routine. 9 laps is 1 mile so I managed just under 1/2 a mile on my first try. I wasn't willing to give up completely though so I went back downstairs to hit the stationary bikes. Again, I felt like giving up after only 2 minutes, but I forced myself to keep going. I kept setting mini goals for myself and then when I reached them I would push past them and set a new goal. When all was said and done I cycled for just over 30 minutes, got my heartrate up from 102 to 130, and burned 150 calories. The readout said that I cycled just under 11 miles (or kilometers- I'm not sure what the bike was set to and there was no indication of which one it was). Either way, I left the gym proud of what I had accomplished in the end. Hopefully next time I can make it around the track an extra lap or two and maybe stay on the bike slightly longer.
I did decently well curbing my eating habits yesterday. I ate some potato chips with my lunch, but I took one handful and put it on my plate and stuck with it where before I would have consumed most of the bag. My one big downfall yesterday was that I ate an entire box of Mike & Ikes.
This morning I woke up with a migraine and didn't get much activity in. I did clean my downstairs this afternoon, which included taking down all of our Christmas decorations and moving some heavy-ish things from the living room into the garage, so I did get a bit of exercise out of that. My diet was not so great today. I really need to get rid of all of the junk food in the house!
All in all, while it wasn't a stellar first weekend I am not going to kick myself over it. I am really thinking about every single thing that I do and every bite I take which is half the battle. I need to take baby steps if this is going to work, and I think that I am doing that. Things should be easier during the week because I will be at work and I have very little time to think about eating. My goals for the week are to eat with the children in my class and to try to drink water during the day. The big goal is NO FAST FOOD for lunch! I am also going to try to take a walk around our walking paths during my breaks if the weather cooperates.
I didn't buy groceries this weekend so I'm going to try to do that tomorrow, which means no trip to the gym. I plan to try to make it to the gym on Tuesday and Friday. Thursday evening I have my work Holiday party...which means that I will need to be selective about what I eat at the restaurant. I have resolved to not weigh myself again until next Saturday morning. It is so tempting to do it every day, but I have found that to be counter-productive in the past. I'm just going to have to resist the temptation!
That's all for now. I will be back with updates later in the week.

1 fabulous responses:

Anonymous said...

Shannon, I am so proud of you for being strong! I have bookmarked your blog so I can check it. Keep up the good work!
Jayme - Feb Sweethearts