Thursday, February 28, 2013
I have been struggling with my food for a while. It's so discouraging to track and see that no matter how hard I try my calories are too high and my vitamins are too low and my fiber is never high enough and blah blah blah. I know that the interactive trackers that give feedback are supposed to be more effective and help, but it was killing me. I stopped tracking and just struggled along as best I could.
I lost 3 pounds from Thanksgiving to the beginning of February.
I spent most of January and February sick. But I tried as hard as I could to eat right and get to the gym. One night, I went to the gym even though I was sick and had a little bit of a break down with the trainer. He said I needed to increase my protein intake. I bought the Abs Diet book, which talked about foods that you should eat and stuff. I looked through it and made a couple easy tweaks to my diet, but I didn't really change how much I was eating or anything, I just started writing my meals down in a little notebook, and aiming for 125 grams of protein every day.
I lost 5 pounds from February 8 to February 28.
I think this is working. It's easy to write down my meals in my little notebook, and it doesn't tell me how many calories or how poorly I'm doing. It's just a nice little reminder that I should pay attention, and I can keep track of how much protein I'm getting. I went from about 30 grams on average a day to 115 to 125 grams per day. And it's easy! It only took a little bit of tweaking to my diet. I added some low-sugar protein powder (made with whey protein) and I feel great!
I think that this is sustainable. I know that my trainer wants me to be eating like 1,400 calories a day, but I'm not going to worry about that. I'm just going to keep tracking on paper (no feedback!) and keep my protein intake up, and we'll see how it goes. I think it will work for me!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
We signed up for a gym on Friday. Good timing, right? Right after Thanksgiving, I'll try to get back on track. One of the "Black Friday" benefits of the deal was a free once-a-month meeting with a personal trainer. Last night we had our first meeting, and now I'm mad at myself. I'm 1/3 fat! I knew I was weak, but 32.2% body fat is a little bit ridiculous for me. Even when I was at my heaviest (195 lbs), my body fat percentage wasn't that high. I think I've hit a new "low," and it makes me angry. Angry at myself for letting it get so bad.
That having been said, at least I know where I am and where I need to go. At 175 lbs and 32.2% body fat, I have 119 lbs of lean body mass (32.2% x 175 = 56 lbs). If I want 16% body fat to be healthy, that means I'll need 19 lbs of fat (or so), leaving me at 138 lbs. My target weight is 155, so that means I need to put on 17 lbs of muscle.
The personal trainer said that if he couldn't get me there in three months of weekly meetings he'd train me for free. Weekly meetings are $25 each, so it's $100 per month, and both my husband and I would get training. We just bought a house, so money is a little tight, but an investment of $300 to be at my goal weight (which I've been at before) with lean muscle mass (which I've always wanted but not known how to get) is very, very tempting. I have hated how weak I've been while moving in--I can't lift anything, and I get tired very easily. I haven't gained a lot of "size" but I've lost most of my muscle, and I want it back. I only need to lose 20 pounds...
So what are your thoughts? $300 and three months is a lot cheaper than lipo (which for the record I'm not actually considering) and if I can do it, the results would last. Has anyone had any success with a personal trainer? Has anyone thought it was a waste of money?
Monday, August 06, 2012
So, DH and I have been living with my in-laws all summer, waiting to hear back from the bank on the short-sale we've had an offer on since May.
When we first moved in, I tried running with the dog. She loved it! And I did too, but then my knees started acting up again, so I had to stop. My new program is great -- elliptical three times per week, daily yoga, and a 60 day Pinterest challenge I picked up -- but the dog can't participate.
Unfortunately, I've noticed the dog packing on the pounds. Granted, this is not my fault: she was overweight at the beginning of the summer too. And I don't get to control how she's fed (her bowl is filled whenever it's empty, and she gets leftovers from the table) but I think I am going to talk to my mother-in-law about that. At any rate, since I haven't been running, neither has she.
So here's my plan: daily 30 minute walks with her, after work. It won't be *my* exercise plan. I'm going to continue my elliptical/yoga program, working my way up to running in the mornings instead of elliptical. When that happens, I'll bring her along, and do the 30 minute walks in the evening too. By that point, we'll both be in good enough shape!
I hope that the walks will help. It is such a shame for a dog to be overweight! She loves to play fetch, but it's just not enough for the amount of food she's eating. Wish us both luck on our journey!
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