Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Too Soon??

After only 1 day of my Halloween Challenge, is it too soon to change my goal? Well, hell no. It's my game, my rules. After another serious discussion with myself (and yes, I'm still answering, too) it occurred to me that 10# might not be as realistic as I had hoped. If I were truly able to do the exercises at full speed and for the full time, I might have a chance. But, with my knee giving me such difficulty, and the Dr.'s appt. not until Oct. 22, I may have to pare back the expectations. It is therefore necessary for me to recalculate what weight loss might be reasonable. I would now like to restate my goal.....5-6# lost by Halloween. Needless to say, I'm shooting for more, but I need to be sensible when I exercise and not overdo just to make my original goal. So, after only one day, I'm changing my rules. I'll admit it, I'm a bit of a wimp, but also a bit of a realist.

Weigh In Wednesday was everything I thought it might be. It was not as awful as I thought, but it was not good. I stayed the same. A small victory, but a hollow one given that I behaved so stupidly. Had I just stayed on some sort of an even keel, I would have probably shown a small loss. This is the kind of behavior I'm trying to change, but it is really IS hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Woof!Woof!!!

I am now fighting the "Fall in the Midwest Obligatory Cold". A time honored tradition here in our house. It is not the flu, so I'm heartened by that, but I still feel like crud. My time on the recumbent this morning was cut short by my sneezing fit and a stuffy nose making my breathing difficult. I did 30 min, tho. I had hoped to up the time to 45min. this week, but I'll settle for the 30 for now. Maybe I'll try another few minutes this afternoon, in between sneezing fits.

I spent a good portion of my afternoon yesterday sorting recipes, calculating calories for those not already done, and sorting into categories. I found some new things that I think will make good tailgate fare, and some that just plain sound yummy. I'd forgotten I'd saved some of them, so it was like finding them all over again. Today, I'll finish sorting and begin making tailgate plans. I'm not used to doing that, so having an actual list of things we'll be eating will be a new and exciting experience. I take this step as a very good sign that I'm trying to get control over my weekends. I am counting on all of you to help keep me honest. :)

9 comments:

  1. Changing our minds is a good thing!

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  2. I think you made a wise move. I am a big fan of modest expectations (I should write a book, haw haw!)

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  3. I think your plan is a good one and I love the idea of expanding this to a Thanksgiving and Christmas challenge. I know there was no loss this week, but at least you didn't have a gain either. Stick with it!

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  4. It's good that you stayed the same, all things considered! But I totally understand why you're disappointed!
    Thank you for the note in my blog! I am going to keep my food dehydrator! I really like the dried apples, and the tomatoes as well. I am going to try cranberries soon.

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  5. I think 5-6 is an easier number to achieve. And if it goes well, it will be an instant motivator for the Thanksgiving challenge. So Weighin Wednesday it is. My weight is 174. Here we go. Hang on to your golf shoes, it's going to be a fun ride.

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  6. I always have some sort of challenge going on. It's what keeps me interested. :) Your plan looks like a good one, especially the moderation part.

    And you were NOT stupid. Simply human. :)

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  7. As long as your new goal is one that will challeng you, change away!

    Oh yeah, I'm going to be asking on monday how you did with the tailgate eating!!!!

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  8. If you can get to 5-6 in Oct (and I KNOW you will!), then just think of what Nov will bring!! As long as you're consistent with the exercise, you're doing fine. You don't have to kill yourself to lose the weight. :) Oh! And consistent with the calories,too!

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  9. 5 lbs is definitely doable. Change is good.

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