and I locked the door!!! I really love, or should I say loved, soda. I still kinda miss it, even after being 27 days soda free. I pass it in the grocery store, and I deny. I pass it at the gas station, and I deny. I pass it up at restaurants. I have done really well. This afternoon the kids and I went over to my parents to spend some time and let daddy have peace and quiet while he gets a couple of papers done. My dad keeps in their fridge Coke Zero. Now, I am a Dr. Pepper fan, but when one is off the sauce, a Coke will do. A Coke Zero is even better, because it won't wreck my diet. The kicker today was it was not just regular Coke Zero, it was Coke Zero Cherry. I love any soda that had cherry flavoring. I wanted one. Bad. I thought about it. I argued with myself. The bad Valerie said that I could have one, as a treat, and it wouldn't even mess up my calories. The good Valerie knew that once I had that taste in my mouth I would crave it again and I would be back at square one. . again.
I am oh-so-proud to say that I RESISTED!! Me, the Dr. Pepper, soda-lovin', queen resisted a soda! I can't say that I won't be tempted again, because, well, that would be plain foolish. But I am one notch stronger in knowing I CAN, when I choose too.
New month, so new goals. This month I am going to step up my workout. The Biggest Loser, I watch it on Hulu and I am just amazed and inspired and it is truly motivating me that I can work harder and do more than I think.
I treated myself to an early reward, basically out of need. I needed to step up my cardio workout and I need a motivator. No better motivator than Jillian Michaels (and a pic of yourself hanging on the fridge to detour extra snacking). That's right, I bought a DVD box set of Jillian Michaels Beginner Circuit Training and it includes a Kick Boxing workout as well. I think the Kick Boxing is going to kick my backside, but I am willing to try. I was going to wait and a new workout DVD was going to be my reward at the first 25 pounds lost. But to get to that 25 pounds, I must change my cardio routine. Besides, I had a coupon for my favorite bookstore and some store cash that was going to expire and I don't let free money expire people. ~~Smile~~
To do some form of cardio--daily, no less than 20 minutes
To do some form of strength training--daily and increase the reps of each exercise I have been doing for a month
To stay below my calorie range by 150 calories
Increase my water intake by 2, making it a daily average 14 cups
To lose 15 pounds this month (lost 9 in January)
To melt off 12 more inches (that's right, 12 inches in the month of January)