February 2012 Goals

February Goals

Oh January. In a lot of ways you were awesome but mostly you just kicked my butt. January began with some stress and anxiety when Michael lost his job. But we made the best of the situation that we could. In fact, we had a fun time celebrating my birthday and played in the snow a lot. That’s always good!

January Goals

1. Transition to working out in the mornings whenever I can (to avoid the massive crowds after work) or work out at home. NOPE. STILL HATING WORKING OUT IN THE MORNINGS.

2. Get back into running. I really miss running during my lunch hour at work. Ideally I’d like to do that once a week –weather permitting and body permitting. While January is not the best month to get back to running outside, it would be ideal in my attempt to avoid the gym crowds. SORT OF. IT’S SLOW.

3. Learn how to use my new camera to take better photos for my blog. SLOWLY BUT SURELY.

4. Finish the first draft of my book. I am 95% done with the first draft. This is completely doable! DONE!! 

I’m pretty happy with the stuff I did in January. I may only be running 1 mile at a time, but at least I’m trying. I’m trying to choose goals that are less overwhelming considering all the things that have happened lately. And goals that are free are even better.

February Goals

1. Take a manual photography class.

2.  Continue Spin class once a week.

3. Work on my 32 Things.

4. Enter a writing contest.

And now for the weigh-in. For no reason in particular, I decided to try and avoid the Candy Room at work. So far I’ve avoided it for over a week. It felt good to avoid it and I saved so many calories each day with that simple act. I think it also helped me have a much better weigh-in.

Hips: 35.5  (previously 35)
Waist: 33 (no change)
Thighs: 18.5 (no change)
Biceps:  11.5 (no change)

Weight:  144.2  (previously 145)

It feels really good that I can avoid the Candy Room at work. I felt like the candy had less of a pull over me. Each day that I was able to resist it gave me the confidence to keep going. That’s a lot like how my weight loss worked. I was inspired by seeing the scale move and that kept me working hard. Positive reinforcement = positive change.

Something else I wanted to point out was the benefit of only weighing-in once a month. That scale can make me crazy. Seeing the fluctuations can derail me like nothing else, which is stupid. I did a little experiment to prove just how much the body fluctuates. For one week I weighed myself every day: 144.6, 146, 145.2, 145, 144.4, 144.6 and finally 144.2. See what I mean? If I weighed myself every day it would make me crazy to see the numbers go up and down like that. Even once a week I see a number shift that can sometimes be drastic–but each month I’m almost always back to where I started with no gain. Anyhoo, that’s my two cents on the scale!

QUESTION: How did you do in January? How often do you weigh yourself?

April Weigh In

The Prednisone scared me. I’d heard so many horror stories about it. Friends that had taken it for even a short period of time like 2 weeks told me of 20 pound weight gains. I didn’t feel like the Prednisone made me eat any differently than I normally would except for the fact that I was on vacation. It’s hard to divorce the two factors when I stood in front of the scale this morning.

I had to take responsibility for the part I played in whatever the scale said. Yes, I indulged on vacation. I own that.


What? That can’t be right? I lost a pound? I stepped back on the scale again.


A 2 pound difference in 5 seconds? What’s going on with my scale? I wiped it down (in case the microscopic dust was adding ounces LOL). I stepped back on the scale and the next two numbers were in the 144 range so I’m going with that. That was the consistent number.

March Weigh In                     April Weigh In

Hips: 35.5                                 Hips: 35

Waist: 32.5                               Waist: 32.5

Thighs: 18.75                          Thighs: 18.75

Biceps: 12                                Biceps: 12

Weight: 143.6                          Weight: 144.8

I realized that maybe the reason my size 4 jeans were suddenly really tight was all the salt I ate for two weeks. I was sucking down salty food in Arizona like there was no tomorrow. It’s not something I usually crave but I think it was the heat and sweating so much that I wanted salty food. It took about half a week to get over that once I got back to Oregon too. It makes sense that all that salt would cause bloating.

About a 1 pound gain in March. I’m ecstatic about that! It could have been A LOT worse. The fact that I could go on vacation AND take steroids for a week and not really gain weight means I’m doing something right! Yippee!

I own that 1 pound gain. I’m okay with it.

Last night Michael and I made a very healthy dinner. I made a salad for us to eat while we cooked.

I washed and prepped the fresh asparagus and Michael cooked them in the skillet with Grape Seed Oil. If you’ve never tried cooking veggies in Grape Seed oil, give it a try. It’s much more flavorful than olive oil and the food just tastes so much better.

I shredded fresh Parmesan cheese on the asparagus and seasoned it with salt and pepper. Michael cooked the pork chops (boneless) in the skillet with steak seasoning and he nailed it this time. They were perfectly prepared.

It was slightly more than 1 serving but I’m okay with that because it was a good protein and it filled me up.

It was a great, simple dinner. I’m glad the pork turned out well and it made me like pork chops again.

Now that I’ve faced the scale and it wasn’t as bad as I thought I’m making the vow to myself to do better in April. I’ve been lax with my calorie counting and serving sizes. It’s time to be more diligent about that.

QUESTION: Do you often gain weight on vacation?