I finished the day yesterday with 15 Activity PointsPlus--not bad! It was pretty hard to get that many, but (obviously) not impossible. Now I just have to do it for six more days ;)
My mom reads my blog, so I usually avoid writing about very personal things (i.e. sex). So, Mom, if you're reading this, that was your cue to scroll down a bit. Okay, so last night, Jerry and I were--ahem--"talking" in bed, and all of a sudden, there were these bright flashy lights. I said, "What the heck is that?!" and then I realized it was my ActiveLink, which I forgot to take off (I wear it clipped to my underwear band).
When it gets in a certain position, the lights start flashing to show your activity progress for the day. So it was just letting me know that I'd reached almost 125% of my goal for the day. Just before bed, I had only earned 14 PP; but after the "talk" Jerry and I had, I'd earned another, bringing me to 15 for the day ;)
This morning, I did pretty much the exact same workout as yesterday. First, I ran five miles on the treadmill (keeping my heart rate in Zone 3). This time, I set it up as a virtual race, so the incline would go up and down randomly. The last couple of miles, I increased my pace to get my heart rate up a little higher. I realized that when I set the treadmill at 7.0 mph, my heart rate only gets up to about 145. I was a little nervous to set it higher, but at around 7.3-7.5 mph is where my heart rate got to the top of Zone 3.
I was watching Flashpoint, and that episode ended about five minutes before I reached five miles, so I started a new episode. Then, when I reached five miles, I just switched over to a walking program on the treadmill to keep earning the Activity PP.
This afternoon, I was getting edgy and wanting to eat out of boredom, so I started cleaning. I cranked up some music and cleaned the hell out of the house. A Blink 182 song came on and it reminded me of a playlist I used to have when I was losing weight. I have no idea what happened to it, but I titled it "Skinny" and it was a whole bunch of songs that just made me want to be thin and happy. Weird, right? When I was losing weight, and feeling like I wanted to binge, I would sometimes turn on the playlist and crank up the volume, and it would help take away the urge to binge.
I had forgotten just how helpful that was, so this afternoon, I created a new "skinny" playlist; mostly all the same songs as before. I have a lot of Blink 182 on there, because it reminds me of the hot summer nights of 1999, when Jerry and I first started dating (no idea why that is). I'm not going to write out the list, because, well, some of the songs are kind of embarrassing ;) The songs aren't inspirational or motivational in any way; rather, I chose them based on how I feel when I listen to them.
Oh! I keep forgetting to write an update on Chandler's weight loss. He's down to 23 pounds now, which means he's lost 2 pounds in 2 months. That's pretty good for a cat! Jerry and I have noticed a HUGE difference in his energy level. He's very playful now. When we get out "the bird" toy, and fly it around, he actually leaps in the air for it. Before, I couldn't even get him to open his eyes, let alone play.
When Purina ONE gave me a month's worth of cat food, I assumed I'd just use it and then switch back to a cheaper food; but when we ran out, I asked Jerry what he thinks, and he said we should keep buying the Purina ONE Healthy Metabolism stuff. Even though it's more expensive, it lasts longer, because I've been feeding them on a schedule (which is a total pain in the ass, by the way, but the only way I can get Chandler not to eat more than he should). Also, the cats are doing so great on it that I'd hate to make any changes.
I feed the cats at 6:30 in the morning, and again at 4:30 pm. I mix a little wet food with some dry food, and they each get their own plate. Chandler wolfs his down, and then watches for the other cats to be done. If I don't watch him carefully, he'll finish off their food in mere seconds, so I have to watch them eat. I do leave dry food out all day in the puzzle feeders--Phoebe, Estelle, and Paolo eat from them, but Chandler refuses to work for his food, hahaha.
At first, Paolo wouldn't use it either. He would see me get a scoop of food and pour it in the top, then look at me like I was pure evil when he realized he couldn't eat it out of the top where I poured the food in. He figured it out, though ;)