But somehow, this past weekend, my energy level came back. I even walked last night and didn't feel like dying afterwards, unlike a walk I tried the previous Sunday. Unfortunately, I thought I walked 3 miles last night, but MapMyRun shows that I only did 2.37 miles:
Oh well, that's 2.37 miles more than I did the previous day! I also tried two apps I've had on my phone forever: 200 sit ups and 100 push ups. Basically, they're kind of like the Couch to 5K plan, and you work your way up to doing 200 sit ups or 100 push ups. Week one, day one consists of 18 counter-top push ups and 15 sit ups, split up into sets of 5. Hee hee! Can I just tell you that I don't think I've done a real sit up since the President's Fitness Challenge sometime in 6th grade maybe? Since then, it's been the occasional crunch, but not a whole sit up where you go from lying on the floor to fully sitting up. And I felt like a total wimp, because YO those are hard! And I just did it on my apartment floor stupidly, so the small of my back totally hurt when I was done. When I do them again, I'm definitely taking the time to lay out my hardly-ever-used yoga mat! The counter push ups were a joke, but I felt proud of myself for doing them nonetheless.
Yesterday, I also set up a spreadsheet to track my debt snowball. I only put my credit card debt on there, not my student loans or car loan. So... long story short, on my whole 4 Ds plan, I'm focusing on Debt and Drop for the foreseeable future. Dude and Dog can wait. I'm also going to focus on the small do-able chunks that will eventually result in progress. So, for the month of December (including yesterday), I'm going to do the following:
1. Make my bed every day - You might laugh, but this is a vestige from my rebellion against my mother and her housekeeping requirements. But I need to get over myself and that stupid rebellion too. There's something nice about having my room (and my whole apartment in general) tidy and making the bed is part of that. And really is it such a big freaking deal? You just straighten the sheets, pull up the comforter, and throw the pillows on top.
2. Remove my makeup every night - It's kind of the same thing, just a general laziness. But I'm not getting any younger, and how many magazine articles do I need to read about skin tone and adult acne? I stand at the sink to take out my contacts every night, so it's really not a big deal to remove my eye makeup and slather on a little night cream too.
3. Exercise for 10+ minutes every day - It's so much easier for me to keep up with exercising if I just make it non-optional. If I get a streak going of 4 or 5 days, I'm not going to want to take a day off. Conversely, once I've stopped exercising it's SO much harder to get going again. I'm not going to say go to the gym every day though, because that's just not really practical. Really though it took me more than 10 minutes to do my 15 sit ups and 18 push ups last night, so even when I can't/don't make it to the gym for a longer workout, I have no excuse for not doing at least 10 minutes.
4. Keep the debt snowball as a top priority - I am done with Christmas shopping and I'm not sending Christmas cards this year (sorry). With my next paycheck (Dec. 12th), I'll pay off two of my store credit cards (Macy's and Kohl's). I also took all of my credit cards out of my wallet and actually froze them. Literally. I put them all in a snack size zip-lock bag, and then put them in a sandwich size zip-lock full of water and threw that in the freezer. That won't stop me from online shopping, but since I'll be back to working out and will need to try on any clothes I'd want to buy, I'll need to actually thaw them out before I can go shopping. Last year, I tried to commit to that savings plan, but I think paying off the credit cards is much more important. By this time next year, I'll have one of my Mastercards paid off, so I can consider that a savings account of sorts if I need to dip into savings for some reason.
And that's really it. I'm not talking about a meal plan or diet right now. But as a natural result of being money-conscious, I'm going to cook more and not eat out hardly at all. Right now, I'm concentrating on finding ways to use the food that I already have in my pantry and fridge, and will work on portion control. But no foods are currently off limits in my world.
I'm really feeling hopeful and motivated! I don't have a huge goal in sight like the Grand Canyon trip or anything else. Oh, but I did make a list of smaller weight-loss goals and corresponding rewards. Sadly because of my last month of inactivity and eating whatever sounded good, I'm back up to 259 as of this morning, but I should be back down to the low 250s pretty quick after just being more active again and cooking more. Anyway, here are my little goals and rewards (and the reward is "earned" when the scale says anything less than the number listed, i.e. 250 reward is earned at 249.8):
250 -- Pitch Perfect (I love this movie!)
240 -- hair cut and color with Dawn (it's been ages!)
230 -- mani/pedi at an actual salon, not just one I do myself
220 -- massage
210 -- WiFi for my apartment
200 -- flatscreen TV (yes, I still have an old cathode-ray TV that is PATHETIC)
190 -- shopping spree (I will probably need clothes before this, but I will definitely need more by this point)
180 -- new Fossil watch (I love the rose gold ones and think this one is my favorite)
After that, I'll have to reassess and figure out what my goal weight should be. I think I graduated high school at 186 or something like that so I've never really been an adult at a healthy weight. I have no idea what 180 would look like on me. Weight Watchers says the ideal weight range for my height is 135 to 145, but that seems like I'd be really really frail. I don't know. Plus, I might be full of wrinkles once I lose all the fat in my face!
So that's it for now! Happy Holidays!