Saturday, August 25, 2012

The best laid plans ...

The past week has been one of the longest of my life.

Last Saturday (the 18th) found me on the deck of a friend's boat, the Try\Catch, cruising around the Charleston, S.C. Harbor and surrounding areas. I donned a white tank top and shorts, feeling pretty good about myself as I'd been working out and lossing weight over the last few days. Then I saw a photo my husband had snapped.
Having fun cruising the Charleston Harbor aboard the Try\Catch ... not so happy about the fat arms, legs, face, or belly.
On Sunday, trying to shake from my mind the image of how I looked the day before, I recorded my weight and body measurements in preparation for the official kick-off of OPERATION: HOT BODY 2012.
Weight: 167.4
Thighs: 25"
Calves: 14.5"
Waist: 39.5"
Chest: 36"
Upper Arms: 12.5"


I began to plan my low-calorie, exercise-every-night routine. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans ...

School started on Monday for the kiddos and thus I had to rearrange my schedule. Instead of sleeping in with the girls, we were rudely awakened at 6:30 a.m. and forced to hit the ground running. Packing lunches, fighting morning commuters and school busses, cat naps in the late morning, sitting for over an hour in the car rider loop, then working until  1:30 a.m. did not make for a peppy girl at the end of the night. Instead of being eager to hit the gym, all I could think about was crawling into my bed.

In fact, over the last week, I've skipped the gym after work three times and fallen off my diet wagon. No, I didn't go to McDonald's, but I also didn't stick to a low-calorie menu. I had pieces of my delightful chococheesecake pie (I'll post the recipe in the comments section) and eaten a lot of pasta.

Feeling guilty, I spent an hour at the gym Thursday night working hard -- 30-minute hill climbing routine on the treadmill, stair stepping machine (one with actual stairs!), and various ab machines. I came home tired and sore but pleased with myself.
Friday was a day of running around, a routine doctor visit for the almost four-year-old, and a low-key dinner of rotisserie-cooked salmon filets and pasta. I crashed before 9 p.m.

So, as I arose this morning at 4 a.m., I looked at the scale in the bathroom as I would a cockroach. I stepped on it and closed my eyes. With my lax attitude over the past week, I just knew I'd gained weight. I hadn't! I was a solid 167.0 pounds. YAY!

As the weekend kicks off, I am up and ready to hit the gym early then hang out with the family at Folly Beach. I will grab my SoBe Lifewater and head to the gym. I will forgive my slips from the previous week and resolve to not repeat them.

I have a lot of weight left to lose and no time to spare on regrets.

1 comment:

  1. As promised, here's the recipe for the uber-yummy REGRIGERATOR CHOCOCHEESECAKE PIE

    What you'll need:
    •2 graham cracker or chocolate crusts
    •1 Tbsp of unflavored gelatin (Knox can be found with the Jell-O and each packet is 1 Tbsp.)
    •2/3 cup very, very hot water
    •1 lb softened cream cheese (get the good stuff... no generic here!)
    •1 bag milk chocolate chips, melted you can do this in the microwave on 50% heat for 2 to 4 minutes)
    •1 cup of sweetened condensed milk
    •1-1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
    •3/4 cup whipped whipping cream (real whipping cream that comes in the carton. Not cool-whip)


    Dissolve the gelatin in the water. Whip the whipping cream in a chilled bowl.

    Cream the cream cheese with the melted chocolate, condensed milk and vanilla extract. Stir in the gelatin. When mixture is uniform, use a spatula and fold in the whipped cream. Pour into crusts and refrigerate for four hours or until set.

    Serve alone or with chocolate curls.