Happy March, everyone! I did an "official" weigh in this morning (drumroll): 187 lbs! I am 37 lbs away from my high school weight.
I adjusted the height on my ticker (for BMI purposes) to 5'7" a while ago. My adult height has always been 5'8", but when I started working with this chiropractor in October she measured me at 5'6 3/4"! I was very upset. The last time she measured me I was just over 5'7". At my internist's office I am still 5'8", but her height chart is a bunch of pencil marks on the wall, so is probably not as accurate as the ruler the chiropractor uses (attached to her scale). So now I am sort of vacillating between calling myself 5'7" and 5'7 1/2". I want to be honest and not fool myself about my BMI.
I'm feeling good. I am working late tonight and doing a lot of running around tomorrow, so I brought today's lunch and dinner and tomorrow's lunch to the office this morning. Last night I did some cooking, realizing we were about to run out of food: a big pot of dal, and some baked potatoes. The dal is based on a recipe from the Happy Herbivore. I want to like that book a lot more than I do. A lot of the recipes seem to have errors in them, so I am using them for inspiration more than as something to follow to the letter. For the dal I used red lentils, onions, carrots, potatoes, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala. I added some frozen mustard greens at the end. Tonight's dinner is two cups of dal over a pound bag of frozen cauliflower. Om nom nom. I will have to do some more cooking over the weekend but haven't figured out the menu yet. Maybe some mushroom-barley soup, or (yum!) cholent. Something with mushrooms, since I have two boxes in the fridge. Maybe shepherd's pie.
Yesterday I joined the YMCA again. I used to be a member, then stopped going because I wasn't happy with the cleanliness of the locker room. My apartment building has a nice gym, so I thought that would be enough -- but my apartment building's pool is only open in the summer. Swimming really is my favorite exercise, and my chiropractor has recommended it to me more than once. Back problems plus knee problems = I really need to swim. They were running a special on membership, so I joined (on the last day of the special) and I'll see how it goes. It's a short walk from my house, and every other pool option involves a bus ride, so this really does make sense. If I hate it, I can cancel the membership with 30 days' notice. They have a deep water jogging class that sounds like it would be really good for me.
In other milestone-related news yesterday, I packed up another bag of clothes for the Goodwill. This bag includes my favorite skirt, which is now unwearably big (sniff). I'm planning to visit a bigger mall on Saturday and see if I can find a replacement -- which will not be a plus size!
I have to stay with my turtle energy.
Slow and steady wins the race. -- Letha