Thursday, March 27, 2008
So I got down to 165 on 3/3 It is now 3/27 and I finally get to put that I'm down to 164. I can't believe how long I was stuck! Which in retrospect, wasn't really that long. I could have been stuck a HECK of a lot longer.
It was just getting really frustrating! Especially since my measurements haven't changed since 1/31. Again, I'm only measuring neck, wasit and hips because when I first started I didn't realize you could add other body parts to measure. My waist is still larger than my hips (probably always will be no matter how much weight I lose!). Which is basically only annoying when it comes to clothes shopping!
I was online trying to figure out what size I'd need to get clothes from a certain store. They made me put in my waist measurement first and then gave me an "acceptable" list of hip measurements. But all of the hip measurements were WAY bigger than my hips are! So apparently I'm not allowed to wear their clothes.
Oh well, story of my life. I find pants that fit my waist and they are HUGE in the hip and leg region. If I find pants that look ok on my hips and legs, I won't be able to button them around my waist!
I always measure my waist first and when I'd lose an inch I'd think "awesome! one step closer to fitting into new pants!" Then I'd measure my hips, which would also be down 1-2 inches. Most people would love that, me...I'm hoping those dang hips will stick around!
I already don't like jogging in front of people because I'm constantly having to either hold onto my shorts or keep pulling them up. They are my size, they fit, but something about the jogging motion makes them want to slide down. For someone with hips, this isn't really a problem. The hips keep them from falling off. With me, the further you go down I get smaller and smaller so they just go sliding down!
I already had "flat-butt" syndrome and even IT has gotten smaller. For the record, I can no longer sit on seats that aren't padded for longer than to tie my shoes. The bench at my gym has no cushion, so I lace up my shoes as fast as possible so I can stand up and stop hurting my tailbone!
All of you women with hips and butts....I envy you.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Ok, so I finally figured out how to use the heart rate monitor I got. (whoo hoo! I'm not dumb anymore!)
Anyway, so I was really excited to see exactly how many calories I'm burning and what heart rate I'm reaching when I'm out strolling around outside, or jogging.
I am disappointed that at the gym I'm not burning as many calories as I thought I was! I think mostly because I stick to my favorite machines. My body has gotten really used to two in particular, the elliptical and the arctrainer. They are similar in design, but work different variations and inclines.
Well apparently on the elliptical I'm really only burning about 80% of what the machine says I am. So that sorta stinks, but isn't too bad. My FAVORITE machine? The arctrainer. According to my heart rate monitor I'm only burning 60% of the calories the machine says I am. Basically, I need to work out TWICE as long in order to burn what I want.
That'll teach me for using the arctrainer as my main sorce of fitness. I do switch up my routine. I also utilize the treadmill, stationary bike, stair climber, stair stepper, arm machine....and I think that's all of the cardio machines I do. But I didn't really do them that often because I couldn't torch the calories on them, like I (thought I) could on the arctrainer!
The one I dislike the most (the treadmill) seems about 95% accurate according to my heart rate monitor, probably because I don't do it very often!
So again, I think it's cool to see the calories I'm burning. But I'm super bummed that I'm either going to have to work out longer or eat even less than I am eating now!
No wonder I've been stuck for awhile!
Monday, March 17, 2008
(Edited to say: the author is Constance Rhodes)
I've finished it! Wow, I feel like I've learned a lot. Here's a part that touched me.
"While it is certainly appropriate to make efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and exercise, we must also place priority on developing our inner person so that when our body does begin to break down, we will have something deeper and more meaningful with which to sustain ourselves."
Changing our outsides without taking the time to make sure we are good people on the inside won't do us any good!
Something else from the book:
"When we near the end of our life, we won't be thinking, 'If only I had achieved a thinner body.' We'll think, 'If only I had worried less about the temporary and the unchangeable and spent more time investing in the eternal'."
There's also a whole section on whether we want to impress people or inspire them. I can impress people by starving myself so that I'm super thin, super quick. I can be a trendy size 0, right? Or, I can live a good and productive life and INSPIRE others.
"The truth is, many impress, but few inspire. The trouble with seeking to impress is that it requires so little of our heart and soul. But to inspire...that must be the greatest of accomplishments, for inspirng others allows us to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves."
There are so many good things about this book! Getting healthier is my goal. But getting obsessive about it? Not worth it!
Monday, March 10, 2008
So I started a new book. I know, surprise surprise.
It's called "Life Inside the 'Thin' Cage." It's pretty good so far, but a chapter on "weird" eating caught my attention today.
With topics like high-sugar low-fat dieting, the nibbler, ritualistic behavior, "off-limits" foods, etc. etc. etc. It was really interesting!
Two in particular explained a lot of people I have met in various places of my life. The first is people who are constantly in a binge-starve cycle. They eat too much one day, so they go ahead and eat until they are physically ill. To punish themselves they don't eat the next day.
I can certainly relate to eating too much, but incorporating a bit more exercise and a bit less food is much better than completely starving yourself! I know so many people that do this though!
The other was a section about "orthorexia." According to the book "Orthoexics obsess over what to eat, how much to eat...and where to obtain 'proper' foods. They also feel superior to others who eat 'improper' foods, which might include non-organic or junk foods....By placing such a heightened importance on every ingredient of the food that is eaten, the orthorexic is no better off than the anorexic, bulimic, or binge eater when it comes to the hold that food and eating have on their lives."
I've met numerous people in my life who fit that description to a T! I have one friend who will NOT eat anything that has more than 2 fat grams. No matter what that item is! Over 2 grams, it's out. She does feel superior to those who don't stick to her strict food rules.
In our quest for a healthier lifestyle we walk a fine line between falling back into our old habits, and taking it too far the other way. I hope everyone feels entitled to the occasional indulgence while still exercising and eating right.
Ate too much one day? It's ok! You can get right back on track. You probably shocked your metabolism a bit, which can make it easier to lose!
We won't always be perfect, and THAT'S OK!
Friday, February 29, 2008
So it's 12:20 and I'm watching the food network. I'm usually up at this time, but apparently I need to go to bed!
They introduced the secret ingredient "elf." I've literally watched this for 20 minutes and just NOW realized they didn't say "elf" they said "elk." Now I'm worried as to why I wasn't concerned that they were cooking elves.
I heard elf, was fine with elf, and watched them make elf burgers. Never once did this concern me. Until I realized they were saying ELK! ELK, people!
Seriously...what is wrong with me? lol
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