Monday, January 07, 2008

Back in the groove

209.2 (nice)
Despite not exercising for the past two days and the caesar salad I had for lunch yesterday with full-fat dressing, the scale continues to edge down. I am satisfied with how I handled my weekend eating-wise. MM and I went to a hockey game on Saturday night, and I only had a salad with turkey and a little bit of cheese (which I'm sure wasn't lowfat, but anyway). We went to lunch at Fuddrucker's, and I had a chicken caesar salad (will regular dressing, but still probably better than a burger and fries, and low carb). I have been eating about every 3-4 hours and resisting all temptations to indulge in carbs. . . . . and there have been many.
Following South Beach while out with MM this weekend, it was obvious to me that he has never dieted. LOL He was all distressed for me that I "couldn't" have a hot dog, nachos, or pizza. I honestly didn't mind. . . . and as is obvious from this blog, I am a veteran dieter and therefore quite used to limiting my food choices.
Actually, since I have been following SB these past 5 days, I have felt very good. My energy level is much more constant than it usually is. I almost feel like I could get through the mornings without coffee--gasp! (I've had to switch from my usual soy mocha to caffe latte with Splenda, but am still getting the caffeine.) I really think there's something to this whole glycemic index thing, at least for me.
I am sticking with my original plan to do nothing more than walk Sebastian around the neighborhood until I start Phase 2 and can eat some carbs again. So tonight after work, I'll be walking the boy again, which should make him happy. (I took him to the dog park yesterday morning for about an hour; he had a great time!)
MM and I are going to start going to the gym on Tuesday & Thursday evenings beginning next Tuesday (1/15). I've told him that his going with me doesn't have to be a forever thing, but will really help me to get off my a$$ and do it for the first month or so. I will then need to make it to the gym one more time per week on my own on either Saturdays or Sundays to get in three days a week. Because I am planning to lift weights in addition to doing cardio on the elliptical trainer or treadmill, it's going to be important for me to space out my workouts and actually go those three days each week.

To tell the truth, I am kind-of excited about getting back into working out regularly again. I have made a few starts in that directions over the past couple of years, but have never gotten to the point where I'd achieved enough consistency for it to feel like a habit. Back in 2003/2004, I was very dedicated and worked out 3-5 days a week. Then I would feel like a huge part of my day was missing if I skipped a workout. I want to get back to that place.
I've jokingly told MM that he can let me know if he thinks I've lost too much weight and need to that would ever happen. LOL He pointed out that he has never once made an issue of my weight, which is absolutely true and to his credit. I have a strong suspicion that I am the heaviest woman he has ever dated (though I have no solid evidence to back that up). Let's face it: unless a man favors heavy women specifically or is dating someone who is already thin, no man is going to mind his girlfriend losing some weight.
Gotta get back to work!