Monday, August 02, 2010
My profile picture now shows me instead of the peacock feathers photo that I was hiding behind.
Not sure why I was so resistant to putting up a picture of myself, but I have been working hard and I don't think I have to feel too ashamed.
Check out my arms and shoulders. I'm particularly happy about those. Still a work in progress but lots of push ups and lots of dumbbell exercises later, no so bad!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Well this has been a long time coming. I am sure I have been retaining water with the heat and some hormone issues but this was getting to be a real downer. JUST squeaked by into the 180's but I'll take it. I'm a fingernail away from being able to claim a new charm on the bracelet of loss but am deciding if I can claim that too, as I seriously need the motivation. Like .1 pound away. I do believe I will take the new charm today as this is all about motivation and if I were to go potty right now I'd surely make it!
I would love to see this decade of pounds pass by a lot faster than the 190's did. That was tough. Long, long periods of stagnation and no loss despite very vigilant exercise and tracking. I'm going to need to consider the fact that I'm too vigilant, that I need breaks more often.
In fact, the only thing that has changed this weekend was that I got sick, a UTI, nasty, and for the time of the weekend, swore off the exercise and strength training for the two days hoping a bit of rest would help in killing the infection. Maybe it has done some good.
It is awfully easy to swing too far in one or the other direction, either doing nothing at all, lots of us have been THERE, or doing too much, which is an easy thing for me to do too.
So, this week, as I certainly don't want to be stuck with this urinary tract infection, I will tone things down a bit. See where that leads me. I often have a voice in the back of my head saying--you do too much exercise for the calories you are eating, so the solution there is to up the calories a bit, not always as easy as it sounds, or back off on the exercise. I'm thinking a combo approach, I couldn't completely give up on the cardio and strength training, but I can back off a bit.
Any wisdom for me out there?
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
One more kilo down, one more charm on the bracelet of loss--9 charms total now. The most recent also a birthday present, a silver four leaf clover made of hearts with a teeny tiny diamond in the center--perfect, I LOVE IT! andit is extra special when it is a gift.
Ideally, for this next challenge, I'm looking at 9 pounds down which would be 4! more charms on the bracelet of loss! I'm a slow loser and frequent plateauer though so curbing my disappointment with less is necessary.
Switch to serious whole wheat bread from the organic shop.
Limit fruits, I tend to overdo.
More protein in general, on the high end of my limit.
Medium end of carbs most days.
Fat rarely seems to be a problem and I'm getting much better at fiber. Carbs are the problem. And not enough protein.
Continue to explore soaking-cooking dry beans, a good thing so far.
Continue 3 day ST plan, 200-300 reps from the last challenge, stomach, arms, legs. Down to 200 for the time being, can go up again later if I want.
2100 exercise calories a week to burn, lots of it with walking, but add back 24 minutes of elliptical every other day for variety for the month, see what happens.
1260-1660 calories a day I think it is. Vary within that, not just get stuck at 1400. I suspect I was underdoing it for awhile there.
Consider changing tracker when challenge starts to reflect 9 pounds to lose and not the whole shebang. See if this helps on a psychological level.
Let's see if that does it. No need to be too extreme.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
It's like Lions and Tigers and Bears-- Oh My! Or at least that's how I remember the order.
It is the direct fault of the challenge I have been doing for just about two months now. One week, the challenge was 300!! reps of strength training for maximum points, which at first glance, I thought was impossible. But I also wanted the maximum points for my team, so I set out to do it. I split them into three different zones, arms and stomach and legs, one each day, then repeat. And ever since, challenge or not, at home or in Amsterdam for the weekend, rain or shine, I have done 300 reps a day.
Today is a stomach day. That means crunches of different sorts. 300 of them. Yippee.
I'm still not to the excited to do it frame of mind, I'm in the force myself to do it frame of mind and don't ask questions.
It got easier, so I changed the types of strength training. Soon I may have to go to 333 reps a day. My jeans are looser, no doubt, I'm pretty sure it hasn't taken off weight, and may have stalled the losses too, but overall, looser jeans are hard to argue with.
One thing though, it is a habit, I don't even ask myself if I want to do them, I just do them.
Friday, June 25, 2010
It has been a long haul with no action, but finally some loss. I don't know if it was a plateau or a lack of vigilance on my part. Increasing the strength training could have also played a part. I'm up to 18 pounds gone now and added a new charm to my bracelet for another kilo gone. This is slow going and patience is really hard.
Today's charm, in memory of a friend who died recently, are two small comedy and tragedy masks in silver, linked together. Dave was an important high school and college friend, and it is though community theatre and musicals that I met him. But he would have approved of this choice.
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