Friday, May 13, 2011
Here's some background info about my craziness. I usually follow an ayurvedic lifestyle. You can look that up if you like; I won't get into all the details here. Most people who share my dominant constitutional type are skinny people who have trouble putting on weight, they chat incessantly, and often worry needlessly over tiny details etc.
So, by following this lifestyle for a couple years, I no longer had anxiety, insomnia, arthritis etc. Plus my memory has improved. The downside is that I gained a lot of weight, because I have never been one of those skinny people. That is, seemingly, the one trait I do not have in common with those people.
So, I reduced my fat intake, counted calories, did intense cardiovascular workouts etc. All the things that are not recommended for my type. I've lost a lot of weight, but I've also gained a lot of stress, and some insomnia and the return of arthritis.
This was very disappointing for me, since I've really enjoyed these workouts I'm doing. Plus, all the exercises that are recommended for me, cycling, walking, swimming, dancing, yoga, are not always practical, and are not always as efficient at burning calories. (Yes, I love hot yoga, but I can't afford to pay for it, and their schedule doesn't sync well enough with mine to make paying for it worthwhile.)
So, I've decided I'm going to continue doing the workouts I love, Turbojam and Turbofire, but I'm going to make time to do some calming yoga afterward, and I've decided to give up counting calories. It makes me neurotic. I'm tired of complaining to coworkers that I gained a pound, and they either look at me like I'm crazy, or smile in a "I think you're crazy for worrying about it" way. Here's an example:
Last week after deciding to alter my diet back closer to what it was, I noticed I gained a pound. My husband took me out to dinner for Mother's Day, and I ordered the Butter Masala Prawns, which were worth it, and the next day I had gained another pound. I was so upset, but I didn't change my diet back. I just continued on with my plan, and here it is four days later. I've lost those two pounds, and an inch from my butt, in spite of eating a couple cookies, and full fat cheese, and walnut sourdough bread. I even ate a croissant with roasted apples and pecans.
So this is what I've learned from my craziness: sometimes you just have to listen to your body and trust yourself.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
This is about my goals for May. I'm not always very good at planning ahead, in fact I'm not good at it at all. So here goes my ideas.
1. My most important goal for this month is to find balance. I've really been loving the workouts i'm doing. I look forward to them. I've been doing Turbojam and/or TurboFire 5 days a week. I never expected I would ever want to want to work out more than three days a week, but I've surprised myself.
The problem is I'm eating much less fats and less sugars while significantly increasing not only my activity level, but also my intensity. I need to remember to balance this with quiet time for myself, massage etc.
I've really noticed that these changes I've made have had a significant impact. I've been less patient, more anxious, losing sleep, and less regular.
So, I need to incorporate regular massage, and some quiet time in the afternoon, perhaps knitting, or taking a relaxed walk in the woods, and just generally being gentle with myself. You know, stop expecting quite SO much from myself.
2.Keep using my newly re-implemented organization strategy.
3. With the change in exercise has come a drop in yoga, which I think has contributed to the loss of balance. I haven't made yoga a priority at all, substituting high energy cardio for the peace of mind yoga has always brought me. So, I need to make time for yoga again.
4. Start putting aside some money to buy some new clothes for my new figure this summer. I'm really looking forward to a bikini , and shopping at the music festival.
I think that's about it. Once I make a few adjustments, I think things will be about perfect. Thanks for reading.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
It's been quite awhile since I've written a blog, but then it's been awhile since I've been on SP at all for that matter. I dropped off due to the stress around leaving my job, and starting a new one at the beginning of the highest stress season. The new job is great, and much better for me. I work in a toy store that features educational toys, and teacher resources. My last job was very stressful, and made me very unhappy. I am so happy to have left it behind.
Since the Xmas season is over, I am no longer working so often as before. I have been active during this time, I just haven't been recording it at all. Plus, I haven't been quite as active as before. I stopped walking every day due to the decrease in light. I'm looking forward to starting that again. I kept up with the yoga, and I've even gotten back into the hot yoga over the last couple months.
I didn't really keep track of the food at all over the holidays. I've only gained 2lbs, though. So I don't feel too bad about it. This is the first day, I've recorded food in quite awhile. So I'm kind of hungry now. Another big change is that I've gone back to eating meat again after being vegetarian for 7 years. I'm just smarter about it now. I'm only buying locally raised meat, not from the grocery store, or fast food. SInce my husband is still vegan, I still eat vegetarian most of the time. I'm feeling much better with a little meat or seafood once in awhile, though.
I"m not sure how often I'm going to be posting stuff on here as I'm also in the middle of trying to reorganize our house right now. Lots of changes going on, but they're all positive.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Well, it's now the third week of October, and I have only lost one pound since the end of summer.
I'm glad to have not gained anything back, but I am pretty amazed at how the season has changed things for me.
Since the beginning of "school" our lives are much more scheduled with three different violin classes, two of them weekly, and one bi-weekly, and two swimming lessons a week. This doesn't leave much time to fit in my workout, so I've had to shorten the amount of cardio I do to be able to fit it in at all.
Plus, my work schedule has changed on Monday, so I can no longer fit in a workout day there at all. I have started doing laps at the pool during Isaac's swimming lessons to make up for this, but I'm not getting the results I was before.
Then there's the waning light which has reduced my daily walks to none at all, because I don't want to walk after dark by myself. If I walk earlier in the day I have to take my son with me, which will slow my pace, and I'll likely have to listen to him whining about it. I've considered walking with friends, but I don't like relying on other people. If I want to go for a walk, I want to go when I want, at the pace I want. I don't want to put my friends in a position where they could potentially disappoint me by being wishy-washy. (Both of the friends I've been considering for this tend to be wishy-washy when it comes to this sort of thing.)
So, even though I am still being quite active, and watching my caloric intake, I just seem to be maintaining. I know I'm not working at it as hard as I was in the summer, I just don't have the time, but I thought I'd get more for my efforts than just maintaining what I accomplished back then.
So, yeah, I'm kind of bummed out. I'm wondering if I have to wait until next summer before I can really make more progress on my goals.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Every year my old friends and I get together for a reunion camping trip. These are all my "partying" friends from when I was in my twenties. So, we usually get a little out of hand when we meet up again, at least for the first night. I was very happy with myself that I was able to fit, quite comfortably, in to my "impossible" bathing suit for the event.
I did not stick with the program while there. I didn't pay attention to portion sizes, I ate potato chips at two o'clock in the morning, and I drank a lot of tequila. Well, a lot considering I'm not normally a drinker at all, enough to put a big smile on my face. I did get some great ab work done during my laughing fits.
I did try to stay as active as possible, though. We usually play volleyball together for sometimes 3 or 4 hours a day. So I wasn't too worried about things. We had all the equipment with us, but I couldn't drag anyone off to the court with me. Someone introduced a new game this year. I think it's called Ladder Golf, but my husband called it Donkeyballs, and the name stuck. Basically, the golf balls are tied on the end of a string that you throw and try to wrap around the rungs of a ladder for points. It became the game of the weekend. Apparently, it doesn't burn as many calories as volleyball, because i gained a pound for every day there.
I'm not discouraged; I still think it was worth it. I'm just happy that I did laps in the pool nearly everyday, and I played over three hours of golf yesterday. Plus, I did not eat the poutine. ( My friend did, and really regretted it.)
So, I'm back on track today, and next year I hope to have a bike so I can go for a ride with my only really physically active friend there. (She lets herself go on this weekend too. She even smoked cigarettes all weekend. Yuck. I'm glad I've never gone back to that.)
Donkeyballs in progress. The boy in the hat is my son.
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