Upon weighing in this morning, I find myself down a pound from yesterday. So let's just ignore my panicky post wherein I whined about how I wasn't losing fast enough, shall we? Though I do reserve my right to post panickily again at some point in the future.
Also, this morning's weigh-in puts me at -71 pounds, which is exactly 50% of my excess weight. 50%! So I've decided to make it my goal to get to -100 pounds by the end of the year. There are 20 weeks until 1/1/13, which means that I'll need to lose a little less than 1.5 pounds per week to get there. Seems reasonable, right? The stretch goal will be to lose -116 by the end of the year, putting me in Onederland for 2013 (the wife makes fun of me every time I call it that). That would be a loss of 2.25 pounds per week. We'll see.
I also kicked up the resistance a notch on the elliptical this week. My hours on the dread machine were getting (dare I say) a little too easy. I wasn't sweating as much as I did when I started on the elliptical (which is to say that instead of sweating the equivalent of Lake Superior, I was only sweating the equivalent of Lake Erie). It's harder now, but still doable. I've decided that I will take the resistance up one notch a week for the next 10 weeks and see how it goes.
I do still love watching my Paula Deen while working out, though. Watching her slather butter on every flat surface (and some not-so-flat ones) never gets old.
Now it's time for product recommendations!
I always stop at Trader Joe's on the way home from a fill appointment, because trying to go to TJ's on the weekends here is just an exercise in frustration. So on my way home from my fourth fill yesterday, I stopped in and loaded up on the basics - egg white salad, spinach and kale dip, fat free microwave brownie mix (!!!) and these:
Here's another one - I stay away from carbonation these days, but I really, *really* miss the flavors of some sodas, particularly root beer. I love root beer. I've loved root beer since I was a kid growing up in Detroit (holla!) and my dad would let me sip on his Faygo (as a side note, Faygo Red Pop is like crack, guys. I'm seriously convinced that Red Pop addiction is responsible for 85% of the current problems in Detroit). It's also like 107 degrees here most days, which means I'm pretty much constantly craving something cold. So when I saw these at Tom Thumb the other day, I had to buy them:
Speaking of craving something cold, I like to keep packets of drink mix in my car so that on super hot days, I can just buy a bottle of water from wherever I'm shopping and flavor it up on the spot. I've been drinking mostly the Market Pantry stuff, because I like grape and I haven't been able to find that flavor in other drink mixes (other than Hawaiian Punch), but I've recently stumbled upon this:
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to finish up my second 36 oz. bottle of cherry limeade before noon.