Here it is folks, my last week of freedom before I start orientation for my new (and first) job as a registered nurse! I’ve done well so far getting my workouts in, but I haven’t made studying a priority and I need to incorporate more of that starting today. I am so nervous/scared/excited/terrified/relieved to finally be working again after a long time of not bringing home my part of the income. We have a big massive orientation Monday – Wednesday of next week and then we break into our nursing pods I guess to get more unit specific orientation. At least that’s what we’ve been told.
I got my 3 miles in today, as awful as they were, on the dreadmill again. Now, you all know that I can tolerate a cold weather run, but even I have to draw the line somewhere. And that somewhere is here:
When I saw that I was thinking to myself, “You are going to have to suck it up and log those miles on the treadmill whether you like it or not!!!” So I did. Kind of. The gym is set up in this tiny room off the clubhouse and there are no blinds on the windows. Which is fine when the sun isn’t beating down on your face and body while no air is circulating in the room. So you basically feel like you’re suffocating to death while baking in the sun, all the while trying to run and not die. Toward the end I was running all the way to the left of the belt with my head cocked to the side so that I wasn’t blinded. It was pretty unpleasant. But I did better than I have done previously. I ran 1 mile, walked 1 lap, ran 1 mile, walked 1 lap, then ran the remaining 2 laps. It took me about 45 minutes because I wanted to make sure I went slow enough to be able to complete the miles. Plus I finished Vol. 1 of Kill Bill so it looks like it’s time to convert Vol. 2!
I’ve been disappointed in my weight loss, or lack there of, in this past month. I thought for sure with not working or being in school that the weight would melt off because I’ve been so dedicated to my goals. Not. If I’m honest with myself I have made tremendous strides fitness wise but I am still half-assing my diet. I’ve been better these past few weeks but there are still times when I feel sorry for myself and try to treat that emotion with food. I think that Joel and I have taken some big steps in eliminating junky foods from the house so that the temptation isn’t there, but I know once I start working again that they will be. So it’s really important for me to make sure I plan out not only meals but snacks as well so that I’m always prepared. Much easier said than done, I know.
I’ve been hovering at 230 for the past six months or so, and while I’m glad I haven’t gained any substantial weight, I am still disappointed that I can’t seem to lose any. But I am making sure to track everything, even if it puts me over my calorie intake for the day, because I know it’s important to realize what I’m eating, and more so how much of it. Weight Watchers really helped me to get down substantially before, so I am thinking that I may go back to that once I start making money – which should be next month!!
Have you tried WW before? Do you use a calorie counter? Have you struggled to take off some unwanted weight?