Friday, November 12, 2010
I weighed in on Monday, managed to go slightly over my weightloss goal, and was happy.
Tuesday I weighed in, and was still at 178.4. Same as Monday.
Wednesday weigh-in, went up .6 pounds. Okay.
Hmph! Not cool. I'm doing everything I should: I'm not over-exercising. (Although I seem to be burning more calories than the SparkPeople fitness tracker says I should? It's so hard to tell when all the numbers are different and the bike computer isn't working.) I'm eating my 5 small meals a day, staying well within my minimum and maximum range of calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. I *may* be eating my last meal a little later than I want, but I always try to keep it small (a glass of milk and a healthy muffin or something).
I can definitely feel some solid muscle development in my legs especially, but if the 100 pushups/200 situps/200 squats programs are doing anything, I can feel a difference all over.
I think that since I started those programs on Tuesday (think of them like a strength training Couch To 5K program where you build up a little bit every other day) my muscles are retaining water, hence the slight weight gain. They were definitely clinging to some lactic acid, which made moving around the day after a bit painful, but it was that GOOD sore: not so bad that you're debilitated or feel like you've injured yourself, but enough to FEEL it the next day.
And yet, it's still frustrating. Today we're supposed to have our "day off" of meals, and we plan to go out for sushi again. The increase in calories should help shake up my metabolism and remind my body that I'm in NO WAY starving.
But I have to wonder: AM I getting enough calories every day? I played around with the nutrition and fitness goals/trackers, and even with adjusting to my increased activity, it says my nutrition goals are the same. (I made sure I found a way to increase the food intake daily requirements, and then adjusted back...so yeah, nothing's really changed.)
I know it may be too early to tell, and maybe I'm just paranoid. I'd just really hate to lose my Game points when I'm doing everything RIGHT.
I'm also considering getting a heart rate monitor for more accurate calorie tracking. If you had told me 3 weeks ago that I could do 35 pushups in a workout, and that I'd be seriously considering a heart rate monitor as well, I probably would have laughed. I don't know why, but I think I would have. And yet, here I am.
I reallyReallyREALLY want this to be a positive lifestyle change, not burn out after a month this time.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
The Guy said to me the other day, "I really like this diet. I don't know how anyone can have a hard time with it!"
To think, I practically had to drag him kicking and screaming into the idea of dieting again. Stubborn Tauren. =P
But we are having an easy time of it. The hardest part is that our sleep schedules are messed up so fitting in our meals and water can drive us to really late hours, and of course we don't want to eat just before bed.
Some of my teammates and competitors ARE having a difficult time, though, and that's...I don't know, frustrating? One of my teammates has little to no willpower to keep herself going, and she has the most (weight) to lose, and the most (better health) to gain. I don't know how to motivate her. She won't respond well to telling her, "WE'RE GOING TO LOSE THE COMPETITION BECAUSE OF YOU!!!" because that will just make her feel worse and likely drop out. She says she loves how I motivate her, but it doesn't seem to be working. I know that no one can be forced into losing weight or getting healthy unless they, themselves, are mentally ready. All I can do is be there for her and be a good example. I just feel bad to see her struggling.
At least The Guy and I are doing fine. We're on track for a second perfect week. I've already made my weight goal, even with having our "day off" in which I ate cheese sticks, a steak, garlic mashed potatoes, a beer, and later a milkshake. I enjoyed it, but I didn't need things like french fries, a second beer, or other possible choices. I still had a good breakfast and lunch, and had a salad with dinner. In fact, if I didn't have the milkshake, I came in *just* above my daily food goals (according to Spark People). Oh, I also had an after dinner "mint" (they're key lime flavored)...I grabbed two from the restaurant basket when we were leaving, but only ate one. But since I don't get another "day off" until next week, the second one is sitting here in front of me. However, I don't feel the temptation to give in and eat it anyway.
We sprung for our "If we get a Perfect Month" personal reward early, because we wanted to use them to help us get to the Perfect Month: new iPod Nanos. So now I HAVE to stay on track, but the Nano helped motivate me to get on the bike already today. That counts, right? ^_^
Even after our "day off" I didn't go back above 180, so that's a good sign. It can only get better from here!
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I put on some weight during our Blizzcon trip, and have slowly been peeling it off again. But I'm back below 180, and am planning to continue dropping. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, I want to be low enough so when we go to The Guy's family's house for the holiday, even the expected gorging for Thanksgiving dinner won't bring me back up and cross that line. We have already talked about what we're going to do for the holiday, and have agreed that while we're going to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, we're going to stick to our diet rules for the rest of the time. It might be hard because his mom does delicious Southern home-cookin', but we can do it.
We're doing really well so far, though. I feel like we're forging our own lifestyle that is a nice blend of Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem. WW was very flexible, but for me it was almost TOO flexible. But it taught me how to count calories, read nutrition labels, etc. Nutrisystem was better for me as far as teaching portion size and getting me to eat 5 small meals per day.
What we're doing now has the 5 small meals and portion sizes, but we're making our own food, so we have to make conscious choices and plan for what we eat. We're not allowed mindless snacking, but can turn a meal into something very snack-like (peanut butter on toast, baby carrots, and a glass of milk, for example) if we need something quick and easy to keep us going.
179.6 on the scale this morning (and I have a feeling it's actually less, but that's a TMI thing, and I'm only allowed one weigh-in per day or I lose points! XD) and that's WITH my period just about to start.
I have a good feeling about it this time.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
You know how you put on a pair of jeans that have just been washed and dried, and they initially feel tight but soon stretch to fit you?
The day we left for Blizzcon, I decided that my size 14 jeans were just too big to wear comfortably. I brought them along for the end of the trip (because I knew we'd be eating and getting the travel bloats), but never wore them. So I wore my size 12's the entire time, and by the end of the trip they had stretched to fit my "end of a trip" body. They weren't uncomfortable--too much--but I put them aside as I needed to lose the travel weight again. (Did I mention we were EATING?! Good food, but I know I didn't do my diet many favors.)
I'm still about a pound higher than when I left, and shedding it as quickly as I can. But I also put on my size 12's yesterday when we went out to run some errands. I hadn't washed them since the trip (hey, we were just running quick errands, and they were to go into today's load of laundry) so they were still in their "fit to my shape" form.
They were comfortable...in that "I lost 3 pounds" comfort zone...with one exception: the butt! That area where the legs meet the underside of the cheeks was baggy. The fabric was even wrinkling there, making it feel weird as I walked.
So the jeans are gonna go in the wash and fit again, but it's still a good feeling to know, even without taking measurements, that not only is weight coming off, but size is too. I have some junk in the trunk to unload, so it's nice to see that it's working!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Just got back from a walk with The Guy. I feel like I could have gone longer, but he didn't. He has a bum knee from an injury when he was younger, so even if his muscles are good to go, his knee keeps him from doing what he wants. It's kind of frustrating because I was still ready to go another mile. Oh well...it was still 25 minutes of something a little more interesting than the bike, and it's a gorgeous evening for it.
We were tempted the last time we went to the grocery store, but we resisted buying any Halloween candy. It's not like we were planning to give any out anyway. I don't mind kids, but the ones we have around here are the hyperactive bratty kind that don't NEED any more sugar. We'll find wrappers on the steps for the next week anyway. We always do. But we don't need any more sugar, ourselves.
Overall, I'm in a much better mood than I had been in a while. I've been needing this.
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