Saturday, November 2, 2013

New Month New Goals

November is a month when people give thanks for the things in their lives that make them happy. Well let me tell you that when I did my measurements on November first I was definitely not happy with my results. I set goals around the first of October and I was thinking that with starting the C25K program my goals would be easier to reach. Most of the goals were, but some were not. My word of the moment seems to be frustration but I'm not going to let this ruin my month. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing because I know that my lifestyle is healthy and I can see that my body is changing even if the numbers don't reflect the change that I thought they would. 

Recap of October Goals:
  • Lose 5 lbs
  • Manage my eating so I'm eating clean and healthy
  • Drink more fluids (water and tea are my choices)
  • Get a job
  • Buy some new clothes that actually fit me and figure out what size pants I really wear
  • Update my blog at least once a week (unless I have more to say of course)

Well I have managed my eating and have been pretty spot on with my food choices so that one is definitely checked off. I have been drinking much more fluids lately, the colder weather means it's tea season and I'm loving it. I got a job at Kroger in their Starbucks kiosk. I love coffee even if I can't drink it and serving people makes me happy. (Plus the paychecks aren't bad either). I did buy a new pair of pants and I can almost fit into a size 12, I need to lose about another inch off my waist for them to close comfortably. So technically I'm a size 13, but since they don't make those in most brands, I'm wearing a size 14 currently. I have not been blogging at least once a week, shame on me. I have been playing The Sims 3 way too much recently and it is a time suck that I have to admit is like an addiction. It's creative and fun and those Sims have way better lives than I do, lol! I did not lose 5 pounds in the month of October, not even close.

November Stats:
Waist: 37 inches (no change)
Hips: 44 inches (3 inch gain)
Bust: 38 inches (2 inch gain)
Biceps: 13 inches left (1 inch loss) 14 inches right (1 inch gain)
Weight: 182.5 lbs (4 1/2 pound gain)

I was told by numerous people that my gains have been because of muscle growth. I seem to be putting on quite a bit of muscle in my legs from running and all the extra activity that I do now that I have a job. I'm hoping that at some point I will see all this additional muscle start to burn the little bit of fat that I have left so I can be lean and no longer lumpy. I know that this process takes time and I've only been actively working out for a month since my surgery so I'm trying really hard not to throw my hands in the air and give up. However when I see that much gain in a month it's a hard pill to swallow. I can't stop now though. I have to see this through for myself and my health. I've lost too many loved ones over the years and I don't want to put my family through that because I wasn't willing to take care of myself when I had the chance. 

November Goals:
  • Learn more at work so I can become a better barista and get more work hours.
  • I would like to lose that inch off my waist so I can fit into the size 12 pants that I've got my eye on
  • I would like to lose some weight, but I'm afraid to attach a number to it at this point. 
  • I would like to get my hair colored again for the upcoming holiday seasons
  • I want to buy a cute pair of boots for winter so I'm not stuck wearing athletic shoes all the time
I'm looking forward to seeing where this month takes me. I'm still progressing through my C25K program and I'm currently working on week 3. Due to my work schedule I have to skip some days during the weeks so I pick it up on my days off so I'm not overworking my legs. Pain in my body telling me I've done too much. I'm hoping that I will continue to thin down even if it means more gains this month. I can definitely tell what parts of my body are gaining muscle because I can feel it when I work out. Muscle weighs more than fat, it's true but yet it's one of those concepts that as a woman is just really hard to wrap my head around. Always number obsessed and never happy with the results I get. That's just who I am and how my mind works, so don't give me the lecture about changing my way of thinking. I've been there tried that and while I'm a lot more positive now, I still have my hangups. 

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