Monday, October 18, 2010
Whew. Where do I even start?
I've been kayaking every weekend since my last blog. It's been getting colder so I ordered a drysuit that should arrive on Thursday. Paddled some of the hardest rapids I've ever done this past weekend in the Adirondacks. Some more successfully than others, but I learned a lot, which is always a good thing.
Thursday night I met WOLFKITTY (Jocelyn) and MAXXMANN123 at a Zumba class near Syracuse.
As Jocelyn mentioned in her blog we had a good chat over dinner (at Wegmans, LOL). It is always so much easier discussing weight loss and maintenance with someone who has also been there and GETS IT. Especially when they too started at super morbidly obese and have lost over 100 lbs. The conversation helped clear away some of my mental cobwebs and prime me for attacking the problem head-on.
I've been displeased with my weight gain since March. I used my triathlon training and kayaking as an excuse to fall off my regime of spinning 2x/week alternating with strength training or body pump. I've started binging at night again. Things are not so good in the discipline department.
So I've started spinning again. I'll probably restart the body pump this coming Wednesday evening. I've contacted my weight trainer at the Y so we can hopefully start up our weekly sessions again.
I'll still be kayaking on the weekends, but I'll feel better if my week days are scheduled again. The exercise helps a lot with controlling my appetite, specifically the night eating.
I'm going to take all the shows except Biggest Loser off my queue at Hulu. TV just encourages me to eat, which is not helpful.
I've bought a couple of enormous Hubbard squashes that I'll bake and freeze in containers. That will ensure that I have yummy healthy vegetables available all winter for quick lunches, etc. And besides. Honestly, I'm not sure there IS a cheaper tasty winter squash. They had them at Walmart yesterday for less than $3 per squash, and you know how enormous those things are!
For the record, in case you decide to try this at home, the easiest way to break open one of those suckers is to sweep your sidewalk or driveway well, and then take the squash out there and drop it from chest height. It will break into several chunks that can be whacked into smaller ones with a mallet and cleaver, or baked as is. Just preheat the oven to 350, take the seeds and stringy stuff out, line some cookie sheets with foil, and bake cut-side-up until you can stick a fork in 'em easily. Then let the pieces cool until you can handle 'em and scrape the flesh into tupperwares that will go into the freezer. You can use this stuff just as is reheated in the microwave, as a base for squash soup or pumpkin pie, mash it, bake it in pumpkin bread, etc. etc. etc.
I've started attending weight watcher meetings for added accountability and some face-to-face motivation. I've also started up our little informal Monday weigh-in group at work to help me stay focused over the weekends.
And the latest thing I'm doing is having a race with my 2009 self to see who can get down to 150 first. As of October 18 she weighed 184.6. This morning I weighed 175.8 - so I currently have a head start, but I know how determined she was. She was like a freakin' unstoppable freight train. And that's the kind of competition I need right now. And if she could do it, so can I, because at one time I WAS her. But the me now has even more experience, so if anything I should have an additional advantage.
Here's a graph of my progress so far. As the days go by this image will automatically update. The first dot on the left is the minimum weight achieved in either year over the time frame shown.