Saturday, December 20, 2008

Day 97 My Home Gym And Indoor Walking Trail

Day 97

My Home Gym And Indoor Walking Trail

As a kid I remember my mom getting in the floor to do her exercises. She did the leg lifts, the arm rolls, and the face exercises where you mouth the vowels in an exaggerated fashion. Sounds funny, but hey she lost 100 pounds doing that stuff. I missed the four hour window for the Y today and it's brutally cold outside, so I decided to do some house exercises. Wow. I haven't done a jumping jack since I was a kid, and let me tell ya, it's a workout as a 400 plus pound adult. I just did 100 and I'm about completely spent. I did some legs lifts too...very easy at first, but after about 30 in a row the burn starts. I even did the vowels, just for the sake of childhood memories. I feel like I need to go back and do it all again after I write this evenings blog. I thought about even walking in a circle through my living room and kitchen area for 40 minutes...wouldn't that still be 2 miles? The scenery would be boring and the dog might think I was crazy, but I could feel good about the workout! Weigh day is quickly approaching and this is no time to miss workouts!!

I'm so proud of my progress so far. I feel so much better and that feeling will multiply several times as I approach my ultimate goal. I know it sounds crazy, but when I wake up in the morning hungry, I like that. I like that morning hunger. I usually don't feel hungry at all because I budget my calories to last all day, but first thing in the morning I'm ready for something, that is after I notice that empty-hungry feeling. I look forward to it now. I know that must sound looney, but for real, it just confirms to me that I'm doing well. Feeling hungry isn't something I'm use to at all. Even in our toughest times there was always enough food to over-eat. We're very fortunate to live in such a plentiful place.

As Christmas quickly approaches I'm getting ready to handle it the same way I handled Thanksgiving. I'll allow a little more calories (1,000) and I'll workout out doubly good. We plan on another 5k around Boomer Lake in Stillwater. Even if it's freezing cold we're doing it! We'll just have to bundle up real good! That's right, no house exercises for us on that day! We're getting out and getting it done! After having trucked through Thanksgiving without any trouble, I will be fine on Christmas. I tell ya, I will be glad when all the festivities are over. I know that must sound scrooge-like, and I don't mean it that way, I'm just saying that counting calories is so much easier when you don't have a million goodies to navigate.

Thank you to everyone that responded to my “dirty little not so secret.” I feel better about it today. I've numbered my final days of smoking. And I'll talk to Irene about it and make sure we're on the same page, but on January 2nd I will lay them down. You read it here first! Maybe between now and then I can cut down, but either way I plan on cutting them out completely on that day and for the rest of my life. Because really, what good is it to lose weight and get in shape and be healthy that way, if I'm going to cut my life short by smoking? I have to do both. Is it impossible? It will be if I think it is. I don't think it is. I've recently been noticing stretches of time without smokes. That broadcast I did with the fire department, it was four hours long and I didn't smoke one cigarette. I spent two hours at the company breakfast the other morning without sneaking out for even one puff. I believe if I can do that I can cut them totally out. I know that by saying I'll do it on January 2nd I'm kind of violating my attitude toward weight loss. But this smoking thing is a different animal. I have to approach it different, but with the same determined attitude. Can I lose weight and quit smoking at the same time? Yes. Just watch me.

I just found out today that Debbdimples is coming up to Ponca on Monday! If you're a regular reader of the myspace version of this blog, then surely you've read her comments before. She's my cousin Debbie, and she's bringing her mother, my Aunt Violet. I'll prepare a nice low calorie dinner for us all and then we're taking a holiday lights tour through Ponca City! Aunt Violet is really looking forward to seeing the Festival Of Angels Holiday Lights, and they really are spectacular! Cousin Debbie lives in Branson in the middle of the Ozarks, where she's no stranger to holiday beauty, it's all over the place up there. But I bet the displays here will impress even her!

I just splashed my tea with not quite an ounce, but about 50 calories worth of Peach Schnapps! Oh yeah, that's real good! I still have about 200 calories left tonight, I need to use them somehow right? I normally don't drink but hey, I'm celebrating. Uh, well, because it's Saturday night. Oh---and my sister in law is turning 30 today! That's it! I'll have to call her and tell her that I used her birthday as an excuse to spike my zero calorie ice tea. Have fun! I am. Good night and...

Good Choices,


  1. hey how goes it. all well I hope. I just signed up and started my first blog and happened to come scross yours. Sounds like your doing well on you mission. Good for you. I have a problem with weight as well I used to wrestle and play football in ponca then had a son and ballooned from 230 to about 330. I have been wanting to get it off and at one point started on a plan, but then lost my workout partner and had a friend come home from the army all in one week and just lost all track and schedual. That was about 3 months ago. The one possitive I have held onto is that I have completely quit drinking pop. I have not had one now for about 4 months. So I am hoping by holding onto that I can soon get started again on my goals. Well like I said good job and keep it up.

  2. I have to say after reading your post about the jumping jacks, I got up and did 15. Man you are really good to do 100. I think I could have done it if everything wasn't flopping around and making a bunch of noise... (This from a 350 pound woman!) Your blog is very inspiring and I'm hoping that I find that light, that strength in me, I have a beautiful family and 2 sweet daughters counting on me! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I completely agree about the feeling of hunger. It is a nice feeling when you are used to feeling the opposite - full, stuffed, uncomfortable.


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