Thursday, February 26, 2009

6 more days...let's assess & is it sustainable?

I've got 6 more days left on my second 30 day challenge to myself. Let's see where we stand, shall we? My goal for this 30 days was/is as follows:

1. Stay OP for 6 days a week
2. Exercise a minimum of 5 days a week, a minimum of 30 minutes each time
3. Plan food ahead
4. Do not eat in my recliner
5. Do not eat after 9PM (8PM on nights I don't play cards)

How's that working out for me you ask? Well, I'll tell you.

1. Stay OP? Balls on baby. Not one snag. I'm amazed. I've never in my life gone nearly 60 days without giving in to my cravings. NEVER! It feels so freaking good. Is it sustainable? Yes.

I'll tell you something else's changed my feelings. Yes sir it has. I used to have a no rules day. A day where I ate anything I wanted, and some days everything I wanted and a few things I didn't, but I ate them anyway. Hence my challenge for staying OP 6 days a week and not 7. I used to look forward to that. My WI day is Tuesday and my no rules day was Wednesday. By Thursday I was looking forward to next Wednesday already! Tuesday night I usually went to bed early as I was excited for Wednesday to begin. I began to notice a few weeks ago that Tuesday night I'd be thinking about what I'd like to eat the next day, and nothing was really coming to mind. Oh, I ate stuff anyway. I didn't enjoy it as much though. Hmmmm that was novel! Well that's not true. I enjoyed what I ate or I'd not have eaten it. I just mean I didn't enjoy the freedom that day used to give me. I really wanted to know how many points I was eating. Was I going over the 35 extra? Not getting the 35 I was due? I just wanted to know. So, I've made a bold decision.

I'm not having a no rules day this week. I'm actually excited by the thought. What the hell is the matter with me? I'm excited that if I want a hot dog from our Cafe by the lake, I can have one for 9 points one afternoon, and still not be short on points for dinner. If I want a blizzard from Dairy Queen a different day, I can do that too. Gee, let's actually do Weight Watchers how they intended it to be done. Doh, why didn't I think of that sooner? Oh, I did, but I needed my no rules day. I really did. I needed to know it was there. It got me through the week. If I wanted candy one day, I'd just tell myself I'd have it on Wed. Same with potato chips, bread and butter, Olive Garden, anything at all. Now the thought of cramming all that bad food in my body on one day just doesn't appeal to me. Maybe I've started a new habit? This time a good one? Holy moly wouldn't that be something??!! I'll tell you one thing. My next 30 day challenge is going to scare the shit out of me, but it's going to be to stay OP for 7 days a week for 30 days I think. I'll think long and hard, but I do think it's something I want to try. I'll see how this week goes first I guess!

Sorry, got long winded there. I do want to touch on the other things though.

Planning ahead? That's key I think. I've done it every day. Yay me! Is it sustainable? Yepper.

Exercise? I'm a freaking machine. OK, so not really, but for me, a fat old lady, I think I'm kicking ass. I've ramped it up to a minimum of 60 minutes a day for 6 days a week. I'm not out for a leisurely stroll either. I'm sweating like a pig on the treadmill and the elliptical. I go 3.5 mph most of the time, and up to 3.8 for sustained periods. That might be a warm up for some of you, but for me, a woman that has never done any exercise, I think it's fucking impressive! I'm proud of my fat self! Know something else? I like it! I look forward to it. Wow! Is it sustainable? No, I won't have a treadmill and elliptical at home. I don't know what the hell I'm going to do. I'll worry about that later on. For right now, I'm basking in my exercise glory!

Do not eat in my recliner. Haven't done it once in the last 23 days or however many it's been. I think it's working. I'll do it again next month for sure. Is it sustainable? Very much so.

Don't eat after 9PM. That's not working for me. Am I upset? Nope. My life here does not allow me to get all my points in by 9PM. Simple as that.

So, assessment so far is awesome I think. Sustainability is up in the air.


  1. You go girl! I loved this post! I too follow WW and I tried that one day splurge day off....and I would drive around looking for places to eat and couldnt decided!! I am always thinking about the points of food and I feel that is what has helped me recently. I changed my thoughts on how I eat. I know that decision has made me focus better.

    Continue to kick butt! You Rock!

    :) tj

  2. WOWEE! That's FANTASTIC!!! It sounds like you're making life changes that are sticking!

  3. Awesome girl, you are a FREAKIN MACHINE! You do rock! I am so happy for you! I truly hope that I can "be like you when I grow up!" LOL

    Keep up the great work. You are a wonderful inspiration!

  4. Sustainable and planning. Two words that make my heart sing with joy!