It’s Winter! Which means that the weather turns chilly and a new year is just beginning. This year the period from January through March is going to be a Winter Wonderland for me – a time to focus on my weight loss and to finally, once-and-for-all achieve my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. This is the time of year resolutions are made and then quickly forgotten, but not with me. I’m going to use this season to refresh my outlook, because I’m embarking on more than just a diet plan, I’m going to establish a lifestyle. My Sunday progress updates will be called Winter Wonderland Weigh-Ins.
Week 2 was pretty good, even though it included NYE, which led to an increase on the scale for a few days this week. I took it as a bridge between “the holidays” and my back-to-normal, on-plan routine.
This morning I weighed in at 302.0, which is down 1.2 lbs from last week. Which means I have 21 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. 1.2 lbs is less than stellar in a week when I wasn’t working, but considering that on NYE I had several glasses of prosecco, along with lots of appetizers, I’d say seeing any sort of loss is good. I can do better, and it starts with getting into the gym. I only did 2 real workouts last week, which isn’t enough with my metabolism to have any sort of real results.
Eating the smoothies for breakfast and then packaged meals (Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Smart Ones) for lunch and dinner has been going really well. I’ve found myself satisfied now that I use the JC trick of also including a vegetable with the lunch and dinner meals. I can’t believe how much cheaper these meals are! I’ve been finding them on sale for about $2 each. The smoothies are really inexpensive to make, too, so my grocery bill is staying low, which is great at this time of year. In order to counteract the higher levels of sodium, I’ve been drinking extra water, trying to average at least 10 glasses a day. So my food is great.
This coming week is going to be a bit odd in terms of work. I will be going to school to see my classes on Monday and Tuesday, but then Wednesday – next Tuesday I’ll be working from home on our school’s website. (It’s a long story, but I basically have to redo the entire website from scratch, using a new website design tool that the district just paid for). The nice thing about working from home is that I’ll have much more flexibility in my schedule to fit workouts in. I’m planning on going to the gym in the morning to start my day with a workout, and then hit at least 2 evening classes, as well. Here’s what I’m thinking:
Monday, 1/7: off day (lots to do to prepare to be gone 5 days); walk Sofi
Tuesday, 1/8: meeting a new friend to workout at the gym @ 4:30pm (elliptical/bike)
Wednesday, 1/9: Aqua class @ 9am; afternoon walk with Sofi
Thursday, 1/10: bike/elliptical/swim @ 8am (at least 45 minutes of some combo); afternoon walk with Sofi; UJam Fitness @ 6:30pm
Friday, 1/11: Aqua class @ 9am; afternoon walk with Sofi
Saturday, 1/12: Zumba @ 10am; afternoon walk with Sofi
Sunday, 1/13: Lululemon yoga @ 9:30am; afternoon walk with Sofi
Monday, 1/14: Aqua class @ 9am; afternoon walk with Sofi; Zumba @ 8:30pm
Tuesday, 1/15: bike/elliptical/swim @ 8am (at least 45 minutes of some combo); afternoon walk with Sofi
I’ve marked this all down in my iCal, so it’s set in stone. I’m actually looking forward to getting back to the gym. The plantar fasciitis pain is much better, and only flares up after I take Sofi for walks. I’m down to just one Motrin with dinner, if that. I’ll see how it goes with doing Zumba and the UJam Fitness classes; if I’m in a ton of pain afterward, I’ll just switch those workouts out for more pool/bike/elliptical.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!