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Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Mileage

During the past seven days I walked a measly 34,516 steps, bringing my year to date mileage to 516 miles.  As I mentioned in my last post, it was not a good week for walking.  This week will be better.  Other than tomorrow, I'll be able to set my schedule as I please and walk around the office whenever I want!  I am going to make the very best of the week ahead and maybe even lose another pound or two.

I'll be here two more days next week.  Then I'll take a quick trip to see my sister and her family.  When I get back, there will be no more excuses I'll have about three weeks before all the back to school stuff starts happening with 65MD so I'm really going to hit it hard.  Chug the water, watch the carbs, and walk, walk, walk!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Week that Was

I knew this past week was going to be crazy both at work and at home.  I knew the best I could do was just hang on for the ride.  I was right and I did.

I'll be doing well to get 30,000 steps in by tomorrow night.  My trainee is doing great.  All she really needs now is confidence.  She'll get that in time.  She will be on vacation next week, so I'll be free to roam around the office getting steps as I once did.  I'll spend a couple more days with her when she gets back then I'm going on vacation.  I'm hoping not to have to go back after that.

Since I knew I'd drive myself completely insane if I tried to follow some strict eating plan this week.  I followed some vague notions like "avoid carbs" and "make good choices" so I really was not expecting anything in the weight loss arena.  In fact, I was just hoping not to gain.  Well, guess what?  I lost a whole pound last week!  I ate carbs, but mostly didn't.  I made good choices, and I made a few bad choices.

Even though I'm glad for the loss, I'm a little concerned.  I know myself well enough to know that I'll start telling myself I can eat this or that because I did that week that was so crazy and I lost weight.  I've got to tame that monster right away.

I was great all but one day on getting plenty of water.  Drinking water is almost second nature to me.  The day, I did not make it, I'd spent most of the day in the courtroom.  I have one more day like that this week, but other than that my days will be much more my own to structure as I please.And since drinking water has become such a normal routine in my life, I'm hoping that the healthy food choices, and desire to exercise will come as well.

I'll do an official Monday Mileage report on Monday and update my ticker then.  I'm looking forward to a much better week, and if I lose another pound, GREAT!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Mileage

As I mentioned in my last post, I was fairly sedentary last week.  I finished the week at 52,239 steps, and I have 505 miles for the year.  This week is starting out even worse.  I spent most of the day in the courtroom today (no worries!) and unable to stroll.  I only have 3500 steps for the whole day!

I'll be back in the office tomorrow training my brilliant replacement.  As she moves up the learning curve, I'll have more time for indoor walks.  Major storms blew through over the weekend bringing much more seasonal temperatures, so I should be able to resume my evening walks as well.

I think after this week, I should be over most of these hurdles that have held me back last week.  I am so read to break through these barriers and see just exactly what I'm made of!  Hang on, folks!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

My Week

I knew this week was going to be a challenge and I was right.  At work, I started training my replacement.  She's sharp and learning quickly, which is great.  It isn't so great, however, that I can't stroll through the office on my restroom breaks.  Poor woman, would just be sitting there twiddling her thumbs.  Sadly, I lost quite a few steps that way.  Even though it was expected, it was not good.

Then our triple digit, record breaking heat continued.  There is no end in sight.  Even early morning walks leave me drenched in sweat and I am not prone to that.  If I sweat, HOT doesn't even begin to describe the temperature.  I walked some in the evenings, but not like I was able to just a few weeks ago due to the oppressive and even dangerous heat.  Once again I lost steps.

I adjusted my expectations for the week and my goal was to break the 500 mile mark since the year is about half over.  I've done that!!  I'll give a full report on Monday, probably late in the day Monday.

I'm still here, still walking and doing my best to not eat carbs.  I admit it still happens, but I'm making progress in the right direction.  I expect next week to be much like this week, chained to the desk training, and stuck inside during the prime walking days.  

But the end is in sight as far as the working days are concerned.  I have a good plan for getting in my steps once I start working from home.  (Besides, I won't matter if I'm sweaty & stinky, the dog won't care!)  Between now and then I'll just do the best I can.  Don't worry if I'm silent.  I'm still here.  :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Monday Mileage, a Little Early & Today I Weigh

It is Sunday evening and I have 487 miles so far this year. I walked 65,626 steps this week, shattering my goal of 60,000!!
I'm blogging early because my number two trainee starts tomorrow and I'm just not sure how much time I'll get to blog or walk.  This lady is taking over the bulk of my day to day activities so we'll be inseparable for a few weeks, I expect.  Between being considerate of her time and the triple digit heat, I don't expect a lot of myself this week.  My goal is to get past the 500 mile mark as this is the halfway point for the year.
This morning the scales read 189.8. YIKES!  Not really, I know what happened.  I ate waffles yesterday.  65MD made them for us as a gesture of thanks for all we went through last week.  Waffles are a part of our history so it was an extra special treat, that I was not about to turn down.  I was spot on with my eating for the rest of the day.  That is huge because before, I would have looked for indulgences the rest of the day or even weekend.  I had a good eating day today as well, so I expect to be down a tad in the morning.
As soon as I eat the rest of the fresh fruit and corn I have on hand, I'm going to go on a carb-fast for 14 days, similar to the Atkins induction plan.  I think I'll start by the 5th at the latest.  After the 14 days I'll decide what, if any carbs to add back.  It will be a slow, slow return to carbs.  I hope to find the sweet spot soon and get the scales headed back down where they belong.  One pound at a time is my new mantra.  One pound a week is totally fine with me.  As long as the scales keep going down, that is all that matters.  It isn't a race to the finish line.  It doesn't matter how quickly I get there.  It just matters that I get there.  And I will.