Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fitness Blah Blah Blaj

First off, I had a string of new followers this week... 13, I think, which is quite a lot in a week that I'm only half sure what I did right (and that didn't come until Thursday)—because hosting Elizabeth was DEFINITELY a good move on my part!--the post with her 18 Helpful Marketing Tips has been linked by several helpful people and I suspect may get hits for a long time to come. Makes me think I ought to organize a sidebar with 'most popular posts'. I believe I have @InkyElbows (Twitter name) to thank once again for part of the spread.  But at that point I'd already added a fair few...

So anyway WELCOME to new followers! (and I now have 96 flags—the most recent is an 'unknown European Union' one—whatever that means... Peru right before that) For some reason those flags make me really happy. I suppose it's because Naked WORLD Domination needs to reach all over the WORLD, ne?

Any, Saturday is typically my fitness day, so... Back to it...


Fitness Update

So it WORKED! (mostly... but mostly sort of counts, right?) Now I suppose I should start with my to-do list from last week, so you know it wasn't a TOTAL success...

Exercise Ball? Erm... not so much.
Weight Lifting? No but... no but... no but... I did some counter push-ups and stuff... (my upper body isn't strong enough for traditional push ups, so I often do them leaned against a counter--the steeper the angle, the closer to a real push-up) so... sort of.
Diet Coke Drop? SUCCESS! I had one Wednesday, but I figure one a week is perfectly reasonable. (maybe even TWO, but I didn't start counting until Monday, so it is only half a week. The point was, I RESISTED 4 days)
Writing down points? Erm. No.

BUTTTTTTTT!!!!! I COUNTED them. And I ate on plan Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, was only a little over Wednesday and on Friday I followed other than the allowance for a couple drinks... it's a Friday thing...

I know. It sounds an awful lot like I didn't do it at all, but that, in a WAY is the revelation... because this was such an improvement (enlightening me on just how FAR I was from doing it BEFORE). And it got me back to where I needed to be to lose weight—yes, slowly, but slow is okay.

My friend Linda (who is a Registered Dietician) says slowly lost weight stays off longer. And losing is better that staying the same (if you are overweight) and it is almost ALWAYS better than gaining, unless you are a baby or child... or very sickly. Which I'm not.


And my own weight is back to my low, so no new weight loss, but I am down 41 pounds since January and feeling ready to now START!

I guess my real victory—And I think it IS one, in spite of only doing one of four things on my list, is that my HEAD is actually back in the game. I FEEL like I am DOING it.

So giving a shout out—last week I have a few who wanted to join in either the HOT SHOULDERS campaign or the weight loss piece... Success? Near misses? Better luck this week?

17 comments:

ViolaNut said...

I think you like that flag 'cause it has a llama on it. *snort* Meanwhile, yay for getting back on track!

RaShelle said...

Hey sexy shoulder friend - Um, has a week seriously gone by already? You cannot be serious. That would be a no in the success department then. Frickity-frick!!! I'm going to do some push-ups right now. =D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those small steps in the right direction will make all the difference in the world, Hart.

Old Kitty said...

Yay!!! Good for you!! Slowly but steady is the way I found to keeping my weight off!! So well done you!!! Keep at it and good luck!!!

And Congratulations with your ever growing followers!!

Have a brilliant weekend!

take care
x

Hart Johnson said...

Leanne--you caught that, did you? YAY LLAMAS!

RaShelle-HA! I'm going to go do my hand weights RIGHT NOW! I would say I am not permitted to fold laundry until it is done, but somehow that is not working well as the carrot.

Thank you, Alex!

And thank YOU, OK! Yup... slow and steady... think like a tortoise... just keep moving...

A great weekend to all of you, too!

RosieC said...

I've always thought that the soda habit is the hardest to break. Congratulations on your successes!

KarenG said...

Fitness? Aaargh! But 13 followers in one week is pretty cool!

Hart Johnson said...

Thank you, Rosie!

Karen-I would think your Xena year might have hooked you on the fitness thing. teehee And I actually woke up to a new follower this morning... WACKY!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Congrats on everything! I like the way you're so balanced and post challenges as well as your successes. And the successes are definitely outnumbering the challenges!

Cheeseboy said...

I need to add the Diet Coke Drop into my daily routine. I should add it right after my daily doughnut romp.

Nice work on the workouts though. Keep it up.

Chary Johnson said...

Go Hart, go! I am actually going to join your challenge and cut out the soda to maybe once or twice per week. It's hard because I usually use it as a caffeine boost in the afternoon when I'm crashing. I need to find a substitute that will last longer. Maybe take a multivitamin just before lunch or something.

Hart Johnson said...

Elizabeth--I think it helps keep me honest to say what I've done and haven't... and it leaves the 'could still add' on the table, which also helps (did my weights and exercise ball today!)

Cheeseboy-yeah, I don't know if you saw last weeks or not, but the diet pop messes with me (especially the dark colored/caffeine version, I think) Probably worry about doughnuts first... if you're worried, that is...

Hart Johnson said...

Chary-you snuck in there one me! Yeah, I was using the soda for caffeine too, but I think I will just stick with the coffee most days... maybe a little fresh air if I can find it!

Ellie said...

Congrats! It takes a lot of effort, but turtle way is always best~ Yeah, soda is tricky, sometimes it leads to cravings sweet n' salty ones. I try to have 1 a week; as you mentioned.
Pat yourself on the back; You deserve a treat, non food type~ xXx

Boonsong said...

Re Followers: I've a sneaking suspicion that your candid bathroom photos might have had an influence here.

Re Losing Weight: I would recommend having a tooth extracted - not because teeth are heavy but because you won't want to nor be able to eat for ages afterwards. It's working for me....

Have a nice day
Thanks for another great post
All the best, Boonsong

Sugar said...

Congrats on it all Tarty!
I can't give up my diet pepsi's but cutting back is ok..
you are doing awesome!

Hart Johnson said...

Ellie-I think you are right on the cravings--potato chips in my case--they were much easier to bypass when I wasn't drinking the diet coke.

Boonsong-OUCH! I think I will pass on the tooth thing... I hope you're recovering!

Sugar-It's hard, I know... cutting back is a good start!