It’s been another rough week on the work front, with no hopes of letting up for the next 9 work days. But I just have to survive 4 1/2, then I get to leave around 11:45am to go to my pre-surgery appointment with the plastic surgeon, and start my 3 day weekend! Then I work for an hour and a half, then off to my surgical clearance appointment and probably straight over for blood work, then back to work for the rest of Tuesday - Friday. Friday at 2:30 pm I say good bye to my 5th grader, and wish him luck in middle school. I will also tell my 2nd grader that I will see him next year, and let him know I will most likely be one of his reading teachers.
My weight on Friday was 189.2, so I made it to my goal of getting back under 190! I have less than 3 weeks, but I keep hoping that I will see 179.8 on that scale, and will do whatever I can, without killing myself, to get there. My goal for Friday is to be 186.8 or lower.
Last Monday I was frustrated with not being able to get to the gym after work, for various reasons. Most of them excuses, I admit, but I feel they are somewhat valid. I came up with a plan that I would get up at 4:00 am instead of 5:30 am on work days and go run on the treadmill in my complex’s 24 hour workout room. I started on Wednesday and made it Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday! And other than feeling better and helping my weight, I have more energy throughout the day! I think part of it is I get my blood flowing, but NOT from yelling, from endorphins! Another part of me thinks my REM cycles are a little shorter or longer than normal, because the moment I wake up, I am ready to go, where as I am dragging @ss with the 5:30 alarm.
Today, Christian and I rearranged the apartment in preparation for my surgery. You see, we have a 2 bedroom apartment. One is our bedroom, the other used to be some friends, but when they bought a house, we turned that room into “the hippy room”. We (well, I) have black lights, lava lamps, glow in the dark stars, funky lights, etc., so we turned the whole room into a little hang out room. Part of the theory was we could close some of the vents in the living room and just cool the 2 bedrooms to save on the A/C bill. But since my mom and stepdad, Jay, will be here for over 3 weeks, we moved everything to the living room, set up my computer next to my most comfortable recliner, and cleaned the bedroom thoroughly so we can set up our spare bed for the parents. I didn’t think our setup was going to work, but I pretty much like it.
We got the kitchen mostly clean, and right now I am waiting for the washer, dryer, and dishwasher to finish, so I can do the final loads on those, so my kitchen will be ready for cooking tomorrow. While I cook tomorrow, I think the only thing left for Christian to do is clean the bathroom, and I might even be nice and help him with that! Tonight, I also need to do the fridge clean out and get my grocery list done.
On the diet front, its been great except a tiny bump. I started using MyFitnessPal app to track my food and exercise. It says that I need to eat back my exercise calories. Even though I KNOW if I go above 1,500 I gain weight (unless I’ve ran 10 miles or something), I tried listening to it, and guess what? I gained. So now, I am still going to use it, but try and stay about 1,300 calories if I don’t exercise, 1,400 calories if I have done 30 minutes - 1 hour of exercise, and 1,500 if I have done 1 hour or more of exercise. In a past life I would have said what counted as exercise, but one thing I HAVE learned is to be honest. For me, doing 4 sets of 15 squats throughout the day is not exercise. It is being active. Exercise is running, walking with 15% incline, doing Crossfit type circuits, or being adventurous, like today, and TAKING A BELLY DANCING CLASS! Which was AWESOME! And since I’ve moved on to exercise, my goal is to do an ab video tonight, tomorrow do 1-2 videos or go to the gym. Monday - Friday, I am going to get up at 4 am each morning, and do my 30 minute run/high incline walk. I am going to try to get to the gym at least 3-4 days in the afternoon.
I have been spending a ton of time on 3FC, and talking, and reading. I have made a couple of friends through there, so it is really nice, and I hope we become real life friends (well, at least the ones in the Houston area!).
Hopefully, I will be able to post more this week, but if not, I will be back with the week’s report next Saturday, after my next belly dancing class (which I rocked at, btw!)