Saturday, November 01, 2014
Today's weigh-in was frustrating. I have been working my butt off, eating exceptionally well, and doing what I need to do. SO WHY IS THERE NO CHANGE????
Now, I know... the numbers on the scale don't tell us everything. They won't say how much muscle we are building. They won't differentiate between a bloaty day or not. They won't tell us if we are losing inches.
I've been working hard at getting my exercise in--joined a functional fitness class that meets twice a week and doing the "homework" the coach sends home, plus getting in a couple runs a week. I've been eating very well--and I'm determined to eat real food. A person can still lose weight eating real food, not chemicals made to look like food, right? So, I have whole grains, organic fruits and vegetables, real meat for protein (lean and homegrown, even). I cook almost ALL of our meals from scratch, so I know exactly what's going into them. And almost every day I track (a few days, I do eyeball it instead of entering into the tracker, but they are things I KNOW I can eyeball and not undergauge the calories). I chase 3 kids around all day and keep a home of 7 (it's a lot of laundry, let me tell you!)
I know it's not all about calories. It's about being healthy.
BUT DANG! IT'S SO FRUSTRATING!!!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
My SIL invited me to join her at her fitness class (local community ed class... named Functional Fitness, but basically crossfit) a couple weeks ago. This was in response to my desperate plea for her to meet me at the local winery after a tough day. So no wine that night, but I did go to her class a couple days later, and then decided to go ahead and sign up for the current 6 week session. AND I'M LOVING IT!
It has me feeling those muscles, but in a good "WOW! I actually have some strength there" way. I've started out light, and the coach is great--keeps on eye on everyone and gives lots of form correction and encouragement. Another added benefit is that it has made me WANT to keep a better eye on my nutrition! I'm super stoked about the next couple weeks--I think I will see some changes in my body and the numbers on the scale!
On a side note, my SIL also suggested I make sure I get "before" measurements. I had not updated my measurements since July (ugh), but discovered that I had lost a few inches int he hip and waist and even a quarter in on my arms and calves! Here I was feeling like I was putting in a lot of effort and not seeing any change, when it really was happening! Whoot!
My SIL has been going to this class religiously for the last 13 months. She has gone down 2 full clothing sizes and is looking smoking hot! The class meets twice a week, plus she goes in to the field house on Saturdays to do her own workout similar to what the class is. She is my inspiration! My brother is getting married next August and our combined goal is to be blowing everybody away with how good we look at 40 and a little over. ;-)
Monday, September 29, 2014
Portion control is this week's "Living the Good Life" challenge in my 5% challenge team. Uffda. I know this is a serious cause of my issues. I've been pretty good with tracking, but it's time to really get into the game. So that little kitchen scale is out and the measuring cups/spoons are handy.
Wish me luck!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
So today was a crazy day in the food world--so I decided to take a break from tracking today. It was the first time in over 2 weeks (which I'm pretty proud of!) and I aimed at making good choices within reason, not telling myself "I'm off the hook today--let's go nuts!" It was my daughter's birthday, and she came home from college with a couple friends, so I made sweet gooey French toast bake for breakfast. Then we met up today for lunch at the local diner after breaking up to go garage sale-ing. My youngest daughter and I had decided to park and walk while we hit our town's "city-wide garage sales"--we tracked 2 miles of walking! Lunch was not probably the most health-conscious, but wow was it yummy. I had a black-n-blue burger (cajun seasoned with Bleu Cheese and dressing), and am glad that I asked for the dressing on the side. I still had some, but merely spread on a thin layer instead of the glob I know usually comes on the burger. For supper the birthday girl requested homemade pizza. I have to tell you--I make a killer thin crust veggie pizza. No sauce, just thin spread with olive oil and italian seasonings then covered with spinach, thin-sliced tomatoes, mozz, and green onions. I also made breadsticks (which I limited to one for me) and pepperoni pizza (none for me, thanks... I'll keep munching the thin crust veggie one!) We also had somecheese and crackers, apple crisp, wine and hard cider (it WAS her 21st birthday ) which probably didn't help my calorie count, but I only have wine or other drinks once a month or so. So all in all, I know I went well over my calorie range, but I think that the choices I made were pretty good. Tomorrow it's back to tracking! Keeping this train on the tracks!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Yay! I have a fall 5% Challenge team! I am now officially a Starfish! From the looks of the team page, lots of fun will be had while we are working towards that 5%! Hello teammates! I look forward to getting to know you!
On a slightly related note, our family has a new "bucket list"--we are going to try to visit every state park in MN, hopefully by the time our 6th grader graduates from high school. Now, there are 67 Minnesota state parks, so that means we have to try to visit 11 per year. Hmmm, not sure how reasonable that is, but we started on our quest today by visiting the nearby Frontenac State Park. The great thing about this bucket list is that it will help me get LOTS of walking, biking, and hiking! Not to mention swimming and canoeing! Today the youngest three kids and I hiked for 2.6 miles. The little guy (will be 4yo this month) pooped out about half way, so big sis and Mom had to take turns toting him piggy-back. We figured we get BONUS exercise points for that! We are also tracking all of these outings for our homeschool phy ed program.
Oh, and we saw a bit of wildlife today--a young buck standing on a rocky bluff on the hike (kids thought he looked like Bambi when he is grown up) and a couple of bats hiding out behind the glass in the information kiosk!
Here are the kids near where we saw the deer:
I think next on the list will be either Big Woods or Sakatah--both nearby so they will be daytrips. This is going to be fun!
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