Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Very Pleasant Surprise

Entry #23

Weight 227 pounds. Loss of 4 pounds.

This was a pleasant surprise for me yesterday morning when I weighed myself. I figured I'd lost, but didn't think it would be that much. Evidentally stepping up the workouts is paying off. I guess the little mishap with the brownies didn't do much damage.

The fact that eating those brownies didn't trigger a binge is a very good sign for me. I indulged toward the end of the day and before getting serious about losing this weight I would have figured I'd "enjoy" the rest of the day and start again the next morning. The thought did enter my mind but I didn't act on it. Another potential setback avoided!

Today I had just settled in at the table to eat my lunch in the staff room and one of the teachers announced that the "goodie box" was back. Unlike the larger elementary school I taught at last year, we don't have a vending machine in our staff room. No, in our staff room there is simply a box stuffed with every kind of wonderful treat one can imagine. You just drop your $.85 in the little slot and take whatever strikes your fancy. This is so much worse as you can take what you want and pay later, even though that isn't how it's supposed to work. It makes it harder to resist a sudden urge. At least with the vending machine you had to have the money up front. I feel I'm up for this challenge, though.

I'm closing in on my weight loss/exercise goals I set for myself. Today I spent 37 minutes at 3.4 mph on the treadmill and the rest of the 45 minutes at 3.2 mph. In terms of losing ten pounds before Oct. 31st, I've got to lose four more which will happen. I will be getting together with some of my friends this Friday night, but have to be honest and fess up that I wasn't the one to set the meeting up.

The report on the other goals of decorating my living room walls, cleaning my spare room and garage isn't so rosy. I've done virtually nothing to accomplish these. Part of the reason is that I've been spending at least part of every Saturday since school started out in my classroom. I'm still trying to catch up a little from the move. I've also been babysitting for family and friends, which I enjoy. But when those kind of things take up my Saturdays I don't feel like doing anything on Sundays. I get home from school around 5:30 and, because I go to the gym so early, I go to bed early, so that leaves little time during the work week. Somehow I'll have to figure out a way to balance all of this stuff.

I have been much better about keeping my condo picked up though. Ever since beginning my weight loss/exercise program I've also disciplined myself to make my bed every morning and straighten up the living/dining areas before leaving for school. It makes a huge difference walking into a clean and orderly living room at the end of the work day. And it just feels better climbing into a bed that's been made rather than just straightening out a messy one.

All in all I'm feeling very hopeful about my success this time. It's hard to put my finger on why, it just feels different this time and I'm grateful.


  1. CONGRATS on 4 lbs. That is great!
    I'm happy our work doesn't have a vending machine. . .that would be biiiiig trouble for me!
    Keep up the great work :)

  2. Congratulations on your weight loss. You are doing great! You already have the right frame of mind about the goodie box; you're looking at it as a challenge to stay away. If you absolutely must have something, make it a better choice among others. You're on the right track. Your exercise is an inspiration. Trying to find my rhythm. Keep it going!