As I mentioned in a previous post, I'd been sick for the past two weeks. I'm finally better. I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in those two weeks and discovered that I'd lost four pounds. Illness is definitely not the best way to lose weight, but I was relieved to discover that I hadn't gained any weight from being inactive and eating frozen pizza and grapes (basically, the only two foods that I could tolerate). I also started drinking soy milk because
So, what are my goals for this next week?
One of them is to eat more salad. I haven't felt like cooking for real for a couple of weeks, so I'm edging my way back into being a domestic goddess through chopping vegetables and shaking up some vinaigrettes. Yesterday, I made groceries and bought some stuff I've never cooked with before: a fennel bulb and wheat berries. I made a fennel, beet, and spinach salad with homemade basalmic vinaigrette yesterday; today, I'm making the Oh She Glows Whole Foods-inspired layered salad, which includes the aforementioned wheat berries.
I had a salad breakthrough yesterday when I realized I could just chop all the elements of a salad and keep the components in separate containers until I want to make the salad. It's my own fake Whole Foods salad bar! (Boy, do I love the overpriced Whole Foods salad bar.)
Another goal is to start exercising daily again. I started this yesterday with lifting weights (arms, calves, and thighs), doing tricep dips, and walking. Today, I think I will use the elliptical. I will definitely go dancing (which is more exhausting and more fun than any other exercise!) this week. I'm going to work swimming into one of those days. Since I'm on spring break, I can go to the exercise classes that happen when I'm usually at work, so there will be some official yoga up in there. I already feel better mentally since I worked my muscles and got sweaty yesterday. Lying in bed thinking about how awful life is does nothing to improve my mood.
My last goal, which has been my goal since 2009, is to maintain the weight loss and keep losing weight. Technically, according to my health insurance's vitality program, I should lose eight more pounds; according to my personal preference, I have four more pounds to go. My current BMI suggests that I am "slightly overweight" and I would like to be in the healthy range. I'm looking pretty small around the waist now and I'm concerned that if I weigh the vitality program's suggested weight, I will look skeletal. So, for the purposes of Bloggers for Health, I've got four more pounds to go!
Wish me luck, y'all.
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