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...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


2 weeks, 4 days till Nightwish!
-OP: yes
-activity: yes

I did well today in light of how unmotivated I was to do anything other than just breathe. I've been really tired all day. I couldn't seem to get going at all, but I did get my three meals in, and I also got the activity in. The problem is, it took hours longer to do the activity than it usually does, because I really didn't want to be exercising and I kept taking time-outs. It might not have been as good as a workout done in a more time efficient manner, but I am very happy that I got through it all despite how much I didn't want to do it. I'd wanted to go for a river walk, but I knew if I went before the exercise, I would use tired legs as an excuse not to work out when I got back, and it was too late by the time I was done because it took so long. I did get a brief walk in when I went to the grocery, however, and I enjoyed that. I'll get a river walk in tomorrow before I go to work, hopefully the weather cooperates. I noticed when I walked yesterday that I didn't get the pain between my shoulders, so I'm hoping that tomorrow will be the same. I tried to stay loose, but I have no idea whether it was something I did that helped, because the other times I was trying to stay loose too, but I still hurt. The scale is showing me down, but that is not surprising after yesterday's shenannigans. I don't know how much of it will stick for Friday tho, because I'll probably be eating a late supper tomorrow night since I'm working the closing shift. I'm not so preoccupied by what the scale will say as I am by other things right now, particularly starting the Couch to 5K program soon. As little as I wanted to lift today, I did feel compelled to run, and I almost decided to start it today, but I'd likely be doing the program on my off days, which means if I started today I wouldn't be able to get in 3 days before the end of the week. I'm thinking strongly that I will start it next week. I actually get nervous thinking about it. I also upped the intensity of some of the exercises in my workout today. I've been getting some advice and have been thinking about working out at a higher intensity to try and build more muscle more quickly. I don't have a lot of options since I have to work with what resources I have, but there are still some things I can do. There's a long way I can go with it, but it's nice feeling like there's so much room for improvement, it's motivating for me, oddly. I'm enjoying this very much, and I like knowing that it will take time to get there. I started the day out in a wretched mood, but I feel a lot better tonight, and I know it was the exercise that did it. I can't imagine not being active now, it's too much a part of my life.

Earned 11 APs today: 30 min walk aerobics (2-mile), 20 min core, 15 min lower body, 50 min shoulders, 35 min biceps/triceps, 15 min chest

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