Strange, but true

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Something is seriously wrong. I weighed in at 165 lbs. How on earth is it even possible?! There must be some trick somewhere. My scales are teasing me, playing a game. Tomorrow I’ll go back to 168 lbs or something and then I will be seriously depressed. It’ll be like letting the dog lick the biscuit and then taking it away. Arrrrgghhh!

But my God! 165! That’s 1 pound away from my May 1st target. And because I have been exercising I know the weight loss can’t be water loss or bone density loss (somebody told me that dieting causes bone density loss, don’t know if it’s correct). Anyways, which means that the weight I am seeing on the scales may actually be my weight. But even if it were my actually weight, it’ll be up next week. Sigh!

I am going for an advertising three-day awards fest next weekend (have I ever mentioned that I work in advertising?). Which means- three days of sun, sea, sand, lots of fattening food and lots of alcohol. It won’t just be difficult to maintain my diet, I won’t get any exercise either. Besides, I have been really looking forward to these three days. So I know I will indulge myself. I know it. I will have two nights of crazy partying. I sure deserve it. The last one year has been tough, personally and work-load wise. So yes, I do deserve to let my hair down for three days. But the only thing that’ll be down will be my hair. Am sure my weight will spiral right back to the late 160s. I am so torn between keeping up the weight-loss momentum and giving myself 3 days off. God help me!

Weight today: 165 lbs!!

Exercise: 30 mins cardio + 45 mins weights + stretches + 30 mins walks (to and fro from the gym)

Light at the end of the tunnel

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I am in shock. I weighed in at 167.5 lbs today morning. That’s lower than my April 1st target. I don’t know whether it is just weight fluctuation, but I don’t care. I am seeing numbers that I haven’t seen in a long time. Not to say that I truly don’t care. I do care. I hope I am not back to 170 tomorrow. But even if I am fluctuating and touching 167.5 it means that that has become range. And that’s simply wonderful. And to think that I was cribbing just the other day that the scales weren’t moving. There really is light at the end of the tunnel.

Weight: 167.5 lbs

Exercise: 30 mins cardio + 40 mins weights + stretches + 15 mins walk

The 160s at last

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I weighed in at 169.5 pounds today. Yipeee! The 160s at last. Welcome welcome. I have been looking forward to you my dear friend for a long long time. Pls stay awhile. Not too long though, as I am looking forward to hosting the 150s.

On a serious note, I feel happy and light. And I am less than 2 pounds away from my April 1st target. And though I have worked hard for these last couple of pounds, I must admit that the credit largely goes to Eileen. There’s no way I would have been so serious about eating right and exercising if it wasn’t for the March challenge. So, thank you Eileen.

Weight today: 169.5 lbs

Exercise: 15 mins elliptical + 45 mins weights + 15 mins treadmill + stretches + 15 mins walk to gym (that means 1 and half stars for exercise!)

Of sagging chests

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Today was strength training day at the gym. I was doing lateral extensions (or something that sounds that fancy) and the trainer kept telling me ‘Chest up, chest up, chest up’. I got so frustrated I wanted to tell him “I am thirty and my chest is sagging, I can’t help it. Yes, I would love to have my 21 yr old chest back and trust me that was UP” So anyways, I just gritted my teeth and put my chest as up as possible. Seriously, I am looking better now than I have in many many years, but I can’t deny the sagging, the wrinkles, and the cellulite. Ah well, I can wear clothes that cover the cellulite and an underwire bra and keep smiling so that people think my wrinkles are just laugh lines. Hee hee (I am smiling already). Have a good day everybody.

Weight: 171.5 pounds

Exercise: 10 mins elliptical + 30 mins strength training + 20 mins treadmill + stretches + 15 min walk to gym

Unexplained weight gain

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Went to the gym in the morning. And though in the past I’ve always been very enthusiastic in the first couple of weeks (so my enthusiasm this time is not surprising), I’m still happy that I am pushing myself to be regular. The disappointing bit is that I weighed in 2 pounds heavier today morning. I don’t understand why. I have not cheated on food and I have been exercising. Unless, for some reason my muscles are retaining water from exercising or something. Is that even biologically possible? Anyways, I’m not going to let myself get demotivated. I am going to push myself.

From today onwards I am going to post my weight and exercise everyday. Hopefully it’ll help.

Oh and I have decided to take on Eileen’s  (http://3fatchicks.com/diet-blogs/eileen2blean/) challenge. And yay! It is exciting, and definitely a good reason to keep one in control.

Weight: 174

Exercise: 50 mins of cardio + abs + stretches + 15 mins walk to gym

Get set and go!

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Hello hello. I am in a happy happy mood. I finally joined the gym and today was my first day. I took it slow today - 20 mins treadmill at 5 kph, 15 mins cycling and 15 mins of cross-trainer (or whatever its called) and some mins of stretching (cool down). This is not including the 15 min walk to the gym (I took a cab on the way back. I was late for office and tired out. Besides, I didn’t want to reach office and collapse like an overburdened fat cow.

Oh, but I did enjoy the exercise. It amazes me, really, how much I do enjoy exercising (after it’s done) and yet it is such a task to get me moving. You know I have been talking about doing something for the past 6 months and finally got around to joining the gym only now. The problem is that I start enthusiastically but can never sustain the momentum. And I have started and left exercising so many times in the last 10 years that I could just not motivate myself to start this time. But now that I have, I’m glad!

Weight today: 172 pounds

Back, recharged

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I am back. This time to stay, hopefully. I’ve not put on too much weight (thankfully) in the last couple of months. If anything, I’ve lost some. Am currently at 172 pounds. Lightest that I have been in many years. Since I am starting again after such a long time I am going to reassign my goals. So here goes my short term goal:

(March 1- 172 pounds)

April 1- 168 pounds

May 1- 164 pounds

Also, I’m finally getting serious about exercising. Yesterday I checked out the two gyms that are close to my place (walkable distance, long walks though). I liked one, though it’s much more expensive than the other. But it smelt nicer (yeah, I can be weird about such things) and I saw some good looking people (whatever will motivate me to get myself out of bed every morning). Tomorrow I’ll go for a trial. And Monday I start. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. I’m learning the Salsa (one hour per session, Saturdays and Sundays). Have completed two months. And though I may not have lost any weight, I sure have a skip in my walk. :)

c25k not for me

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I weighed myself today morning and the scales settled in at 178 pounds. Thank God. I don’t know if it’s been fluctuations, but the weight gain has been pretty traumatic. And while my weight is still more than my lowest a couple of months ago, it’s out of the dreaded 180s. So darlings, am back on track and motivated.

I have been reading up a lot the last couple of days and have realised that c25k is not for me. Yeah, I was pretty gung-ho about it. But the thing is that c25k aims to get a person from the couch to running 5 kms. Frankly, I don’t intend to run any marathons. I don’t want to start running either. My objective, plain and simple, is to lose weight. And c25k doesn’t promise weight loss. Yeah, some pounds may come off by default. But really, an hour and a half of exercise a week won’t help the pounds come off that easy. Hence, I realised that I need to exercise more and maybe around 5-6 times a week. So I am going to stick to plain old walking. Needless to say, after all my justifying to myself that c25k is not for me, I didn’t go for today’s run. And neither did I go for a walk. Agreed that I got to bed only after midnight (as usual) and was feeling too lazy and tired to get up in the morning. But it really is my fault. I just can’t sleep early. I was watching Jerry McGuire for like the hundredth time, just because it was showing on cable. I should have just gone to bed. I basically need to change my lifestyle. That’s the only way. Next Monday for sure.

I like starting things on a Monday. Don’t know why, but I do. And it’s a silly thing, because suppose I miss Monday for some reason I wait a full week for the next Monday. Silly me. Anyways, next Monday is on. Unless, I get up from the wrong side of bed and go for a walk tomorrow. Oh and I bought a pedometer a couple of months back and still haven’t figured out how to use it. Yeah!  I know, I know. Am pathetic. So I hereby promise to figure it out before Monday.

I can

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The scales seem to be stuck at 182, even after three days. Which probably means that I actually have gained 5 pounds and it is not water weight, etc as I was hoping it to be.

 

I went for my D2W2 of c25k today morning, but I had such a bad headache that my head felt like it would burst every time I attempted to run. So I decided to do it tomorrow. Headaches can be such a problem with me, as I have migraine and sinus problems. And once I start getting headaches it can get pretty bad. I’ve lost hours and days, lying in pain unable to move at all because of my spinning head. Anyways, the point being that I didn’t even get any exercise today.

 

And now I am dying to eat something sinful and fattening. A pack of chocolate cookies. Or a tub of ice-cream. But I won’t. I will control. I will not give in.

 

Looks like I won’t achieve my initial target of 154 pounds in time for my brother’s wedding in Feb. But I will definitely try to do 165 pounds. I can do it if I am strong. I can.

Weigh in nightmares

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And so, I weighed in at a freaking 182 pounds today. Yes, I did go to a food festival yesterday and had lots of free chocolates, cheeses and some beer and wine. But that’s almost five pounds more that my last weigh in. Five pounds! Obviously my body is more sensitive to excesses than I thought. It’s damn unfair. Five bloody pounds. So I guess I am back to keeping tab on every morsel that I eat. It seems like the last few months have been in vain. I have just been going up and down the same five pounds.

On a happier note, I have completed my first week of c25k. Today I started on my second week. And boy, was I panting or what. Which is surprising, as there isn’t much difference in week 1 and week 2. I guess the weekend was hectic and I should have rested more. I think I am going to start doing more than just 3 days a week, if I can. I am apprehensive about becoming too compulsive about the exercising. I know my pattern. I always start off with such a bang and then I just cannot sustain it.  So I invariably taper off in about a month and then completely give up. So this time I really wanted to start slow and build up the tempo. But three times a week just doesn’t seem like enough exercise to me.

Anyways, am a little low today. Five pounds can really pull you down. I wonder if I could have gained some weight because I started exercising. But it’s unlikely as I have actually just done four days.

I need to see the scales dip back. Really fast. This is as demotivating as it gets!


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