It's Delle!

Someone on the WW boards mentioned they read my blog (news to me, I didn't think anybody stopped by here aside from my best friend!), so I thought I should put a little blurb about me. I made this journal so I can keep track of the things I'm doing and how I'm thinking and feeling as I journey along the road to getting thinner. It's not intended to be written to an audience, it is honestly something I am writing to myself, and I find it so helpful to be able to look back even 4 months ago and see what kinds of things I was many of our experiences in life slip through the cracks, and I want to remember as many of them as I can in relation to my weight loss; the good, the bad, and even the oh so ugly ones!

So many people say they've struggled with their weight for years, but this is not tue for me. I've been overweight from my earliest memories, and morbidly obese all of my adult life, but I was not the type to yo-yo diet, so in that sense I was not struggling. I don't know what my highest weight was because I didn't have a scale to weigh myself when I started getting set to lose weight. In the year before I started WW I started trying to eat less junk food and to get a little activity into my routine. When I started WW I was 288 lbs and wearing a size 22, and I know the year before I was wearing a size 26 (which was tight on me), so I'm guessing I was easily in the low 300 lb-range at my highest weight.

For the first year of my weight loss journey I was incredibly focussed and motivated. I was keeping my weight loss a secret from my family back home in Newfoundland, and my goal was to surprise them on my trip home in July. Needless to say it was quite a shock to a lot of people when I showed up over 100 lbs lighter without any warning!

Right now I am getting back on track after my trip back home. I wasn't following WW for a while due to comp issues, not to mention life issues, and I've gained back some of the weight I had lost. I got away from journalling, but I'm back at it again and am using it to help me get my focus back. I also like using it to keep track of my activity, although I've not had an organised execise regime for a few months now due to an injury. I'm getting back into my activity, however, and I will be updating all my numbers soon.

As I said, I don't write in this blog with an audience in mind, but if anyone had any questions or comments on anything here, please don't hesitate to post!

BTW, the name of my blog came from a comment my supervisor at work made one day when I was in the middle of a full-blown rant about something I had to do that was infuriating me. He interrupted me and said something to the tune of, "Don't worry about it you don't have to do it. And my goodness look at you! Where are you going, everytime I see you, you're smaller! It's crazy, you're the incredible shrinking woman!!" The moment was funny and unexpected and seemed to sum up my life right now, so I came home and re-titled my blog.

Now all I need is a cape...

Thursday, January 31, 2008

A break from the cold

The wind died down today and the cold wasn't so cold, so I decided to walk to the good grocery 45 min or so away from here and stock up on veggies and other necessary perishables. It actually worked out really well. This is the first time I've walked there for necessaries, but I have these great bags with cloth handles that they sell at the grocery and I figured I might as well give it a try. Plastic bags are a pain when carrying a lot and/or going any distance. I filled two brimful plus my backpack and got the bus back home. I was even able to transfer onto the second bus that would take me to my block, otherwise I would still have had a 10 min walk. In the beginning I thought maybe I could even have avoided buses altogether, but I'm glad I didn't try to walk home, I realised it would have been too hard when I came back from the busstop, I was happy to put the bags down and rest my hands as it was. I love the feeling of being stocked with food and having the things I love to eat available in my kitchen!!!

I tried my new yoga DVD today for the first time. I had guessed it would be hard and I wasn't wrong, but I still did better than I had expected I would. I got through about 30 min and had to give up, not able to figure out what I was supposed to be doing and feeling the strain. I need a proper mat, my feet were slipping and I was very distracted by having to keep shifting so I wouldn't lose them out from under me. When I get a mat I'm going to try doing the DVD once a week to start off with, and to see how that goes for me. If I don't get crippled up too bad, I'll step it up to twice a week, probably Monday (or Tuesdays) and Thursdays.

The scale is still up, but I've not given up hope that I might show a loss this week. I'll be interested to see where it's showing tomorrow.

Earned 14 APs today: 50 min brisk walking, 30 min yoga, 50 min elliptical

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