It has been horribly, horribly cold down here, and for the past two days, I've pretty much been trapped in the house. We got caught up in the nasty winter storm that slid across the Midsouth the last half of the week, but we were just south enough to get more sleet and freezing rain than snow. Admittedly the four to six inches of pretty solid ice covered in powder likely wouldn't phase some of you reading this, but Memphis (and Memphians) has no idea how to react to that kind of weather. There are not enough plows and sand trucks, and instead of pre-salting the major roads when ice is an almost certainty, they wait until the weather actually hits and people have trouble driving. People zip along the icy roads (those with heavy enough vehicles, anyway), not thinking that they need to allot extra distance for turns and stops than normal. I don't live in Memphis proper; I live in a small military town north of Memphis, which means only the two or three main roads get plowed out. So, since my work closed down Friday and Saturday, I decided there was nothing I needed outside of the house that couldn't wait 'til today.
I have been wonderfully unproductive these past days, spending my time huddled under a blanket and goofing off on Facebook games or chatting. I did go out yesterday and spend about twenty minutes chipping my car out of the ice, and I did
make myself exercise.
This week, I've had a 3.6lb loss, putting my new weight at 239.2lbs Now, before anyone jumps me for it being too much, let me remind that I had less than 1lb losses the past two weeks. I have not starved myself, as you'll see from the food list under the cut. In fact, I went over calories a few days, and the past couple I have indulged in some comfort foods, including homemade brownies. Which, I must add, I am currently enjoying with a glass of milk for breakfast; they are most delicious. There are a variety of factors which likely contribute to such a large loss, including the following: I changed up my exercise routine, paid more attention to my water consumption, and am back to more normal bowel function. Sorry if that last is TMI, but it means my body has adjusted to my increased fiber intake and is processing food properly again.
In regard to exercise, you'll see that instead of biking some days, I've got "Dancing-general" listed. My thighs really were starting to bother me and needed a break, but I didn't want to skip a workout day. My workouts aren't quite true habit yet, and skipping one day would let me justify skipping another, and another. So Tues, I snagged a couple of 2lb hand weights at the Mart of Walls, came home, and cranked up Lady Gaga's The Fame
. I danced around for pretty much the whole CD, alternating between higher aerobic dance and upper body weight work. I pick a different CD each time, and I really enjoy the workout. Just holding the weights while I dance helps give me a core workout, I've found, and that in addition to the moves I use to work upper arms, chest, and back. I'm pretty sure I'm actually burning more calories than I'm speccing because of using the weights, but that's all right. I'd rather underestimate than overestimate. I also like having this option because I really don't like to do my bike when people are home, because it's in the common area. I dislike being talked to when trying to work out.
Some random things that I haven't mentioned before, but some of you might be interested in:
*The reason you will see very little drinks listed in the meal rundown is that I drink almost exclusively water. I aim for 32oz a day, and often get closer to 48oz a day. I indulge in coffee when it's bitter cold (like recently) or sweet tea when I eat out. Every once in awhile, I'll have a root beer or fountain soda, like a limeade, but honestly, most of those drinks are simply too sweet for me now. I adore hot teas, but haven't been indulging that fetish lately. Not sure why, exactly- just haven't been in a tea mood, I guess.
*I use a OMRON full body sensor scale
when I weigh in. I love it, for it appeals to my geekiness. Snagged it a while back from woot.com when they had it on deal.
*I weigh in the buff, before eating.
*I know that just looking at my diet, it is high in cholesterol. However, high cholesterol has never been an issue for me, nor is it a family issue. While my total cholesterol levels usually sit between the 190 and 200 mark, my HDL is usually higher than my LDL by a large margin. I'm more worried about my blood sugars and my blood pressure than my cholesterol, due to family history. ( Read more... )