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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

MFD entry 24

This post was copied from an entry on My Food Diary (MFD) during my pre-blogging days. Back then, I used the forums on MFD as my daily 'blog'. Just wanted to get my entire journey in one place.
January 7, 2009
Starting MFD weight (09/17/08): 176.4
Current weight (01/07/09): 156.0
Goal weight: 120

So I have not been updating my thread as much as I would like but with the holidays, it gets so C-R-A-Z-Y!! But I'm back so here goes (be prepared... it's a L O N G one):

During the last couple of weeks, I didn't really focus on my eating and just spent my time enjoying the company I was with (whether it was a work party, family dinner, or just my boyfriend and puppy). I ate anything I wanted to, but kept the proportions in check so I'm happy to say I came out on the positive side of things - still losing weight during the holidays, but at a much slower rate than normal. I actually fluctuated between maintaining and losing, but after New Year's I came out down 1.2 pounds since December 22, putting me at 157.8. Today's current weigh-in is at 156.0.

As the "down-25-pounds-from-starting" weight is approaching, I decided to spend some Christmas money on getting new clothes!! I've put off doing it for as long as I could, but the pants are looking a little weird being baggy - I usually wear tighter fitting clothing. And most of my tops don't fit good because I tend to wear wide/low necklines so now with some of the weight gone, the tops don't sit right and they're constantly shifting around. I bought some cute stuff at a great sale price and I was able to buy them in size Mediums and 8's!!! :) I fit comfortably in a size 10 right now, so 8's will be perfect in a couple of months and can hopefully last me close to my goal weight. Some of the pants I bought were only $5 (love Old Navy!) so I bought them in a size 6 as well! Those are going to be my motivational pants! When I can fit into them, I'm going to cry!

Another thing I'm excited about?! My collar bone! I haven't seen that baby in years and she's slowly showing through! Not very defined but at least I know it's there. And you know when you turn your neck and you can see all those weird tendon-looking things connecting your neck to your collar bone? Well I can see them again!!! Pre-MFD, my neck looked like it was wrapped in fat and it would just squish together if I turned my head to look behind me! It's so awesome, and motivating, when I can see changes in myself! Gotta keep on, keeping on! :)

Back in November, I ordered the P90X exercise program after reading a ton of great reviews about the program. I'm not one to go to a gym so exercising at home is perfect for me. Well I finally got it in on Christmas Eve and I immediately read all the books and checked out some of the dvd's. I'm so excited to get started, but I'm also picking up running again after taking about a month long break to heal my shin splints, so I won't be starting P90X just yet. I will try out a dvd here and there as my weight-training, but once the Great Aloha Run is done (Feb. 16!), then I'll get into the program full on for the straight 90 days you're suppose use it. Right now I'm focusing on building up my cardio: endurance and stamina. I can't wait to get back out there running, but I hope my shins don't flare up again. I'll be going for my first run this coming weekend at the latest so I'll be sure to check back with an update.

As far as training for running, since I took a break for a month, I've been working out on the elliptical a lot and trying to go on much more strenuous hikes. But my favorite thing that I started doing?! Running stairs! I know, crazy to like it, but I do. I use the stairway in my condo building so it's convenient and the other people in the building don't seem to mind. I've actually never came across anyone yet, but think it should be okay. I would just tell them that I'm running home/or down to the lobby, depending on which way I'm going, and that would be that. I walk up to the 20th floor from my floor (7th) as my warm-up and run four flights of stairs at a time, then walk back down, run up four, and walk back down. I do it up on the higher floors because I have less of a chance or running into someone (I don't think anyone wants to walk up to the 20th floor from the ground level so I'm safer up there). Granted I don't last long running the stairs, but it's such a good workout! Plus I feel like so good after!

So at the end of last year (2008), as I was thinking of my New Year's resolutions, I made the choice to not have any. That's right, NONE! I make them every year and I don't think I've ever kept one so instead of setting myself up for failure, I decided to skip them this year. I'm going into 2009 with no expectations and I couldn't feel better about it! Besides, I figured I made the best decision when I decided to change my life by getting healthy so what more can I ask for. You really, truly don't have anything if you don't have your health. So I'll continue on with this lifestyle change, setting up mini-goals on the way and celebrating the small accomplishments that I encounter. And of course I'll be ready to tackle any bump in the road as well... I never keep my steamroller far!

The only thing I promised myself was that I would find small ways to stay moving throughout the day. For example, I am the payroll person for my office and normally when someone is out on a pay day, I hold their pay statement until the next pay date. But now I send them an email and ask them to let me know when they're in the office next so I can come by and drop it off. I work in an office, but my payroll duties cover people who work in other buildings so it's a small walk but at least I'm up and about! I also try to NEVER take the elevator so if I need to walk 3 people's paychecks to them at three different times of the day, thats four floors of stairs three times that day (not including the stairs for their building!). I will definitely keep track of all the small things I decide to change to make my body stronger and healthier. Some may be silly (and seem almost useless), but every little bit helps! :)

1. take the stairs every time, no matter how many flights or how many times
2. walk people's paycheck to them instead of holding it for the next pay day
3. after I eat anything at my desk, I walk up and down the four floors of stairs
4. walk to and from the grocery store
5. Biggest Loser is a guilty pleasure for me, so if I watch, I HAVE to be on the elliptical (unless I exercised earlier)
6. ... to be continued

So after being on MFD for almost 4 months now, I decided that I don't want to be on here for the rest of my life logging food every day so to ease myself into the transition of being MFD free, I've decided that one week a month, I will go without logging and see how my weight does. I plan to be on MFD for a while more even after I hit my goal weight, but just want to know that I can do this on my own after. I'm not going to start doing this right now because I feel like I do need the help with logging - I tend to overestimate the calories in food so I've eaten too few calories during the day - but will as my guesstamations of food are more accurate.

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