Project Rebuild: Day ??

I’m gonna say this is Day 17 of Project Rebuild, since I think I mentally kicked off on July 1.  Let’s go with that, anyway.  🙂

Progress, people, progress is being made.  I’m sticking with my workouts and am rebuilding a walk/run base.  Still focusing on the #wycwyc method of doing what I can when I can and not beating myself up for slip-ups.  The calorie monitoring is where I’m slipping up – well mot the monitoring, actually, but the staying within – too many cookies, cakes and candies at the office!!

Today’s challenge is to stay away from the cookies, cakes and candies!!

But, on the upside, it’s nice to have an office these days, even if I have gained 10 lbs since starting there.  🙂  Working is good for my soul and my mental state, that’s for sure.   I can actually say I’m happy and it’s been a long time since that was possible.  Yes, it’s contract work, but it’s work and it’s coming up on one year since I started contract work at this place and that’s amazing and gratifying!

So for those of you keeping track who’ve been with me awhile – be not confused by the tracker on the right.  It actually is up 10, maybe 11, pounds from where it had been.  That’s the cookies and cakes for ya!  We’ll be stopping that now so keep your eyes on that tracker!!  😉

 

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Time to Face the Music

The time has come, it seems, to face the reality and update my numbers on MyFitnessPal to reflect the current status of my weight loss (or in this case, gain) journey.  Evidently, it’s much easier to ignore the reality when it isn’t glaring out at you in big red script from the side of one’s blog page.  So, here we are and what had been 18 pounds lost is now a mere 12 pounds lost – Wait…  What??!  12 Pounds Lost?!  That’s great!!  That’s better than 12 pounds gained!!  Time for a head shake on that and appreciate where I’ve gotten to so far in the journey instead of bemoaning a temporary (yes, you heard me!  I said ‘temporary) five pound gain.  🙂

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (since it’s kinda the theme of this blog…), it’s time to renew my commitment to myself and my journey towards becoming the person I know I can be.  Or, if you prefer a much more graphic description we will turn to “The Sister” who says she doesn’t want ‘Swamp Ass‘ so has to lose enough weight that her butt cheeks don’t rub together!!  There’s a mental smell-o-vision I really didn’t need to have!!  And yet, somehow effective in it’s message….?!

So today brings a grocery store run to stock up on healthy food options, including lots of fruits and veggies and low GI carbs cause, yeah, that’s how I roll.  I find the low carb/low GI route works for me when I actually commit to it.  It’s the fact that ‘forever‘ is a very long time and that’s where the problem (and regain) comes in.  But it’s a place to start and see that next 10 pound barrier kicked to the curb.  And, btw, even with the 5 pound gain, I still haven’t gone back to that old 10 pound barrier so I’m still happy with the 2nd digit of the 3.  See?  All has not been lost (or gained??) Lol

Off to make myself a breakfast smoothie to get this show on the road!!

 

 

Life

Well, the Progress has definitely taken a slide of late – a victim of too many summer BBQ’s and get-togethers with friends and family.  But what is life without too many summer BBQ’s and get-togethers with friends and family??  Never say ‘No’ to those because life can, sadly, be too short and you don’t want to miss it!!  Did I love being the fat chick sitting beside the pool while everyone else was swimming and enjoying cool water?  No, but at least I was there and enjoying being there to share the day.  And I wore a 1 size smaller skort than I wore a month ago so Yay!!  And it was 50% off so Double Yay!!

Body Reset Smoothie

But it is time to get back to my commitment to The Body Reset and get back to those delicious smoothies again for awhile – so good and so filling with the added bonus of being cool on a brutally hot summer day!  They are easy, portable and so yummy that I’ll have them anytime – running out to work for an evening, after a busy day, whatever.

Also got another tool in the battle of the bulge – another Gaiam product as the sale is ongoing at the store!  Got myself the Reformer to target those pesky core muscles that have gone flabby and do something about getting my taught tummy back someday!!  So I have the tools, now I need the commitment and will and I think I have those.  I think I do.

In the meantime, the job hunt continues at a snail’s pace.  Seeing some light there but not wanting to jinx anything, I’ll leave it at that for now.

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And Again…

Well, there has been no joy in Mudville on the job-hunt front of late but all is not gloomy.

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 I’ve lost some lbs and I do so enjoy when that happens!!  Yeah, I gained some back again, but I’ve lost it now and things are looking up and forward on the weight-loss path if not the job-hunt path.  And now the weightloss tracker at MyFitnessPal is working again, so that’s always encouraging to see the numbers increasing in this case!!

So despite all of my optimism and happy intentions from my last post, motivation has wanned and needs to be re-booted (as does my butt, frankly).  Time to give myself a deadline and target – I think I’ve heard of that before….  I think it’s called a goal??  Yeah, yeah, a Goal, that’s the ticket!!  So let’s do that!!  Hmm…  what’s a good goal??

I know I was VERY excited when I cracked the last 10 pound barrier that had been teasing me for several months, so how about setting my new goal as cracking the 10 pound number that I’m facing now?  Now, don’t get me wrong – that’s not a 10 pound loss, I just mean getting through to the next 10 number on the scale (going from 95 to 87, or 63 to 58, for example – breaking the 10 pound mark).  I think that’s a reasonable goal – I’ll set that for the goal for the next month – getting to and into the next 10 mark!  And the timeline?  Ok, more specific.  How about before the pool party (Yikes!!) in mid-July?  I think that’s gonna work.  Break the 10 by mid-July, Yes!!  (Yeah, I know you want it more specific, and in my head it is I’m just not writing the numbers and dates 🙂 )  At the very least, having written this down and posting it, I’m thinking it will make me somewhat accountable to myself.

So there it is.  A goal and a plan (remember the plan from the last post?  That plan!)  Here goes!

And again…

And so, while it isn’t Monday, it’s time to get back on track and start again to focus on my health and fitness, and work to bring the future that I imagine closer to the future that I will have.

TomorrowThis came along at just the right time and is now the desktop on my computer so that it reminds me  every time I mindlessly play solitaire and waste my time away, that I need to be making my future happen – and it won’t by sitting on the computer playing solitaire!!

So I’m going back to my plan of eating five times a day, 3 smoothies and two low fat/high fibre snacks, to help kick my metabolism into action.  My previous weight loss has diminished over the past week or so, and the numbers have crept back up on the scale so I’m going to add some cardio and strength training, though I have to watch that the cardio is low impact, since I have shredded my plantar fascia and need to be able to walk at the job.  😦

At the same time that I’m rebuilding and renewing on the health front, I’m redesigning the way I tackle the job hunt and starting to reach out to LinkedIn contacts and ask for help.  You know, they thing “they” say is the “new and only way to find a job these days.  It’s pretty much a full time job looking for a job – a job that will be fulfilling, challenging and rewarding, not just a job.

So lots of renewal going on here.  I hope you keep renewing every day, as well.  Make sure what you are doing today is getting you closer to your tomorrow!

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Week 1 Done

Well, that wasn’t so bad!  Week 1 of The Body Reset is now in the can and I have to say, I enjoyed it.  I enjoyed it very much, actually.  The smoothies were flavourful and very filling.  I wasn’t hungry, though by Day 4 I admit that I was looking for some food but mainly because I just wanted more solid food than the snacks prescribed in the program.  And when I did that, I didn’t lose weight.  No surprise there!

Overall, I lost about 6 pounds over the span of the 5 days of smoothies (with that slip on Day 4).  I’m going to continue with the program for the coming week and see where I wind up.  Nothing to lose but weight, after all.  🙂

On the big picture, I’m down about 16 pounds from where I started at an all-time high weight.  I have cracked a 10 pound barrier that had been dogging me for some time, and I’m now, thanks to The Body Reset and some renewed motivation,  energy and spirit, am heading on down through the next 10 pound goal.  Feeling good and ready to renew!  Let’s go!!

Here we go!!

So I’m seeing some success on the weight loss journey this time around.  I’ve finally (FINALLY!!!!) broken through a 10 pound barrier that had been dogging me for months.  Tracking and logging my intake and exercise seems to be working for me this time around.  And using the MyFitnessPal site is easy and right up my techie alley.  🙂

Never one to settle for what’s working well already, I’ve decided to take on a new food program that looks promising.  Well, it’s making promises anyway…

 

BodyReset

Today sees Day 1 of Harley Pasternak’s The Body Reset Diet.

The program promises to kick-start your weight loss with 5 days of health-packed smoothies and snacks that will see the pounds falling off to keep you motivated to continue with the plan after the first 5 days.

I’ve had the white and red smoothies so far today and, I must say, Yummy!  And I’m sure not hungry though The Hubby looks a little sad – hey, it was his choice!!  Looking forward to the green smoothie for supper (spinach in a blender!!).

So I’m feeling positive.  Feeling upbeat and feeling that there’s hope for me yet.  I’ll keep you posted on the smoothies and our progress.  😀

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