Monday, July 05, 2010
I worked very hard all week to stay on my program. I exercised every day, managed my eating goals really well. Then on Sunday, I went to a BBQ and partied with hubby and friends. I drank a little too much and ate a little too much. I didn't exercise (hubby and I slept in) and didn't log in anything I ate.
I refuse to beat myself up for my brief indulgence. I don't understand why so many people do this when they do the same. Holidays and celebrations are a part of living life. If we don't make allowances for them then we're missing a much more important lesson here than whether or not we stayed on our diet.
Anyway, this is just my humble opinion and now my little rant is over and I'm getting down off my soapbox. Have a good week everyone.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
I hadn't hiked in many, many years but when I was invited to go on a hike recently, after some initial hesitation, I said yes. While I kind of stressd out over it a little last night, I just didn't want to slow the group down because I couldn't keep up. I just wanted to finish the hike, even if I was last.
The hike was a hike up Mt. McCoy and onto to the Reagan Library that was nearly 3.5 miles long. I know that doesn't sound like much but the hike was considered a moderate hike and it was a steep climb for the first half of the walk where I struggled to keep up.
I thought my 4mi walks up and around my neighborhood would be good practice but they weren't. They didn't prepare me for the hike up the mountain. If there was one thing I learned today it was that I need a lot more practice building up my strength and stamina.
I want to do the next hike (the group has an easy hike scheduled in a couple of weeks) and hopefully a few more weeks of building up my strength and stamina will serve me a little better.
It was a good day and I'm glad I went even if I am really sore now. It was good that I stepped out of my comfort zone (of just walking my neighborhood) and put myself out there to try something new as well as meet some new people.
One good thing though, after tracking my fitness for the day, I have banked some extra calories for tomorrow. I'm going to a BBQ and as long as I make some healthy choices, I should be able to indulge just a little - I promise not a lot, just a little.
Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Since joining SP, I've been really pleased as well as impressed with all the really cool apps. One particular one I like are all the reports, specifically the daily nutrition feedback reports.
I like how it tells me what goals I met, which ones I exceeded and which ones I didn't meet. I also like how it tracks my goals throughout the week. The really cool graphs that breakdown my foods by meals as well as foods is cool too.
Yesterday, I was going over my reports since starting two weeks ago and one thing is obvious: my daily walks are definitely offsetting my indulgences (just small ones - not huge ones). Based on my reports, there are several occasions where I have exceeded some particular goal, either I've exceeded my calories or I've exceeded my fat, etc...
The fact that I'm still losing weight is good but the only reason I'm able to do that is because of my walks that are averaging 4+mi day. But at some point, if I don't get my indulgences under control, things will probably take turn in the opposite direction as far my weight loss progress goes.
So my new goal is to try and limit my indulgences to once a week. I'm not talking about going mad crazy one day a week and totally pigging out. I'm talking about once a week having a little indulgence (once again, not a huge one - just a small one) by maybe exceeding my calories a little or maybe exceeding my fat goal a little (maybe a cookie or two).
Hopefully, this plan will not only get my snacking indulgences under control but it will also establish a better, healthier habit so that when I do reach a plateau, it won't be because of a less than sensible diet.
Who knows, I could be really off base here but I think it's worth a try.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Today was weigh in day. I LOVE weigh in days! I know, I know, you're thinking I'm nuts for love getting weighed in. But I do. I actually look forward to my weigh in days.
By Monday, I'm getting so excited about whether or not I've lost any weight that I can't stand it and I want so bad to go and weigh myself early just to see. By Tuesday, I'm beside myself and it takes everything I got not to go and weigh myself.
On Wednesday morning, I am so excited about stepping on that scale. I'm racked with anticipation as the numbers on the scale settle on the final number. For just a moment, my heart flutters as I run the week through my head. I contemplate those two days that I exceeded my calories by 20-30 calories or the day I exceeded my fat grams by 14grams and the fact that I rarely get eight glasses of water a day.
But then there it is, my weight and lo and behold, it's less than what it was last week - two pounds less too! I'm so ecstatic I can't contain myself and that feeling can last for days.
I LOVE weigh in days. They're the best day of my week!
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