80 lbs Bites the Dust!
Friday, February 10, 2012
I hit the 80-lb down mark on Wednesday...the day before my 19-month Sparkversary. This was the hardest mini-goal I have ever sought after. I kept inching close, then snapping back, inching close, then snapping back. But I finally grabbed the brass ring! Yay!!!!!!
I was really beginning to wonder if I would ever make it. I am still struggling with "traveling on plan." When I travel and don't have my routines, eating on plan goes "out the window." I won't be traveling again until after August. So I have a good solid 6 months ahead of staying put and being on plan and so hopefully, I will continue to move through the upcoming mini goals.
Mini goals that are on the horizon... 1 more pound and I will be at the 2/3-of-the-way mark... 3 more pounds and I will be in the 150's!... 4 more pounds and I will be at the 85-lb down mark. Those are exciting ones!
My new job is going well. One of my co-workers is fast becoming a great friend. That is so nice. I have a hard time making friends, so this really means a lot to me. It was one of my goals for 2012...and it's already coming true! I was really hopeful that getting hired on into a new, large company would afford me a lot of acquaintances and then from them hopefully a few close friends. And it's looking like that could very well become a reality. We have a lot in common in our values and she wants to start walking outside when it gets warmer! Her idea! How cool is that! There is a water pond/fountain in the front of the building with a walkway around it so we should be able to do a lap or two after lunch most days.
Sad bit of news...we had to have our girl, Bella, put to sleep yesterday. She was 12/13-years old and had incontinence problems and hip problems. She was a Mastiff/Shepherd mix and the sweetest dog you ever met. DH and I had a very sad day together. We have known for a long time that we needed to do it, but did not have the funds to take her. Finally, yesterday, was the day. What do we learn from a great dog like that? To always be kind, gentle, loving, and caring...and when you are gone, you will be missed...and those who remain will have fond memories of you. We love you, Bella, thanks for being such a blessing in our lives.
Hope you all are doing well. I am trying to find the new "routine" in this very different work/home schedule. Now, I work 8 hrs on Sun, 11 hrs on M&T, and 10 hrs on Wed...then have Thur, Fri, Sat off. So I am eating all my meals "out" on M&T&W. I eat my breakfast in the car on the way in to work each morning...a banana and usually a cookie...I know..."big" breakfast...but it works for me. And I have been packing my lunch everyday and on M, T, W, I have been packing something to heat up for supper, too. So this makes my meals very controlled and not spontaneous. That's easy. I'm saving money and staying on plan. I haven't spent a single penny in the cafeteria yet. I'm there to make money, not spend it. And I really like my packed meals. They are exactly what I want.
I haven't been logging my food for the past couple of weeks and I am doing okay. I think that I have gotten to a point where I really know what is on plan without running the numbers. So, as long as the scale keeps giving me the thumbs up, I'm going to try eating on plan without recording it. My computer crashed and I'm doing most/all of my sparking on my phone which is way more tedious and time-consuming. But Spark was keeping me company during my breaks and lunches while I was being "new" and not knowing anyone to have break or lunch with. Now, my new friend at work and I have been doing breaks and lunch together, so I will have to find new Spark time...probably on the computer that DH and I are sharing before I head off to work.
Well, guess that's about all my news. You guys keep up the good work! And don't be offended if I am slower to respond than usual. I'm trying. Just have a lot of new routines to work out. Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on!