Monday, September 8, 2008

Weekly Check-in: September 8, 2008

Week of September 1, 2008:
Weight Loss: 0 lbs.

Average water per day: 4 cups

Number of exercise days: 5

Total min exercised: 150 min (avg of 30 min per day)

Another zero lb week. Aaarrrgh!

Two weeks of political party conventions definitely took its toll. Yes, although I am an Obama supporter, I watched a good portion of the Republican National Convention too. Good to hear for yourself what the other side is saying, before the pundits slice and dice and serve it to you...their way.

Anyway, I'd normally be a bit down this morning. After all, I'm working out 5 days a week consistently now. Forget that my minutes are going in the wrong direction. That's from being up too late and that's over and done with now that the conventions have ended.

But, as I was saying, I should be down but I'm not. That's because I went to the doctor over the weekend. She shed some light on what might be contributing to my weight-loss stall. I'll go into more detail tomorrow, because I think it's worth sharing. I'm just I'm thankful that even though I realize this weight-loss thing might start with me, there's so much that I don't know or control about the process and I have people like my doctor to help me.

I also didn't get in my usual longer, 45-60 min workout this weekend. Got my hair done on Friday evening. When that happens, which is every other Friday, weekend exercise is out of the question! I don't pay all that money to sweat it out the very next day. So I give myself the weekend off, resuming exercise on Monday, as I did this morning. But I'm resigned that it's more important overall to have a healthy body than beautiful hair.

Michelle Obama, as reported in the recent Ebony magazine that featured her on the cover, feels the same way. She said she had to decide that she wasn't going to let her hair dictate her health. 'Cuz you know how Black women are about their hair! It's a contributing factor to so many women in the African-American community being overweight. We don't want to do anything that might cause us to sweat, ruining our perms/weaves/braids/rolls...whatever.

But I'm with Michelle on this thing, which is why I'm keeping the hair simple and resigning myself to not winning any 'Do of the Month contests. I'll take 70 lbs lighter and toned with less than cute hair!

The focus for the week is:
Get to sleep earlier.
Get up earlier.
Exercise longer. (But not so long that the hair is totally unkempt!)

How'd you do?

Peace & Blessings,
Patricia

2 comments:

Chicki said...

Isn't it amazing how McCain has suddenly jumped on the "change" train? If you want a good laugh, go to my friend, Brent's blog at http://www.xanga.com/liquidfiction and watch Jon Stewart's take on it.

I was up a half-pound this morning. And I'm having trouble with my right knee, so I have to limit my time on the treaddesk in order to keep the pain in check. This thing is a constant battle, but we're going to win if we don't give up.

Patricia W. said...

Agent of change? Agent of confusion, if you ask me!

Weight swings of up to 1 lb either way don't mean much. But get a doctor to take a look at the knee (and your health in general). You could find out somethin as simple as you're retaining fluid around the knee and need to reduce sodium or drink more water (both of which would be good anyway). Or, there might be something else going on that can be remedied.