Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Yep, caught it. My son (10) and I got it exactly on the same day, tuesday last week, my daughter shows no signs so hopefully she already got it last year under a milder form. Of course my husband was away, so I had to juggle a bit, but with the help of my fantastic neighbours we managed and my daughter did not miss class.
We are out of the woods now, but let me tell you this is a mean, mean flu. I had very high fever, five days on, it left me exhausted, and with a bad case of tonsillitis (my throat litterally closed down, so the emergencies had to inject me a super powerful anti inflammatory, you should have seen the needle !!!), which now forces me to take antibiotics until next week, which means also no exercise until next week. Bummer.
I lost a size in pants but am still 200g over 80, and I had so hoped to be under till March 6th.
Well, reschedule is the word of the week for me, but since I can't do much about it now, can I, I will try my best to be super careful on the food and hope for the best.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Yep, L is too large now. Pants size are L or XL depending on the cut, so there still is definitely some work to be done ;-))
I have also decided on a serie of small goals :
- under 80 by March 6th
- under 79 by March 20th
- under 77 by April 3rd
- under 75 by April 17th
- 25 modified pushups by March 6th
- 35 modified pushups by March 16th
- 45 modified pushups by April 3rd
- 55 modified pushups by April 17th
Sunday, February 20, 2011
First, this is not going to be a witty post, but a milestone one.
It is official, I have lost over 20 kilos since May 1st. I am a slow loser, and I have been letting down between October and January, but still I have lost them. I now want to go down to 67 kilos, which I hope to reach till July, so that would be 14 kilos in 4 months, hard but doable, but if I only manage it till September, well that is ok too. I am 11 kilos away from a Power Plate ;-)), and boy do I want that thing now....!!!
I have exercised almost every day since May 1st. This habit is acquired and I feel strange and not well on the days I can't do it. Right now I am tracking my food too, which for me always means I am eating well, balanced and whithin my range.
Those are the things that I have learned and that work for me :
* tracking food means eating well
* carbs in the evening need to be complex carbs if at all, and in small quantity
* white bread is not good for me, it really is as simple as that
* those are my magic foods: lentils, quinoa, humus, fromage blanc (a sort of cottage cheese, but with a much smoother consistence, creamier), oranges, strawberries, eggs, tomatoes
* since Christmas I stopped eating any meat apart from chicken or turkey. I do not miss anything, on the contrary, I feel much better. First I did not feel like eating meat at Christmas this year, after Xmas I still did not feel like it, and so on. Friends and family keep asking me if I am a vegeterian now, but obviously I am not, I still really enjoy my chicken, but I don't think I will ever eat pork, beef or whatever else again. The smell of it on the rare occasions I cook it for my family just makes me sick.
* tomato is a fruit, and I love to use it as such. Tomatoes + strawberries + balsamic vinegar. Try it !
* mangoes and kakis are great, but I have to be careful with the qty, I tend to eat too much of them and they are still packed with sugar
* I bake fantastic brownies (not me saying it btw), and it is ok for me to have one piece a day instead of not having any and torturing myself
* If I feel hungry, half of the time I am not. It is thirst. My mind has problem differenciating those two signals. A glass of water often solves the problem. If not, well then yes, I am really hungry then.
* exercising is essential, but it does not make me lose weight. Food control does.
* and still.... Exercising is essential for me to feel good. I love feeling my tighs muscles (under the fat still) taking over, day by day, I love being able to run up the stairs up and down with the groceries, I love the sweat, the heartbeat, the endorphine !!!
Round three begins today :-)
Saturday, January 29, 2011
A bit of stress has been back in my life last week, nothing like moving or so, but still, enough so that I had to rearrange my schedules and make sure I planned my workout, food and water intake in order to stay on track through those days. Which I did, so of course I am happy, but those times always make me wonder whether it would all still work out if I was in a major stress situation. I thought about it a lot this week, reviewing the past months, writing pages about it in my journal, trying to find the keys to my sometimes very self destructive behaviour.
I was very afraid while preparing our move from Germany to Spain that the moving itself would ruin my sparking efforts. Funny enough, it did not at all. I stayed on programme the whole time and lost weight.
Having mastered that huge hurdle, I thought I had made it, I was on track forever, if a transeuropean transplant was not making me lose my tracks, then really, what would? A bit of a "master of the universe" attitude if I may say so myself.
It turns out I do not need stress to fail. I can do this on my own, without any external intervention. I just need to feel depressed, the weather to turn a bit rainy (which is normal in winter, isnt'it ?), feel bored, or just feel so sure of myself that I do not recognize the signs of going down again.
So this week, I worked on my mental self. I took my pen and wrote down:
what happened exactly over these last 2 months,
which potential causes I can recognize (which made me see there are none external really, all is in my head),
which are the signs, ever so small, I should be aware of,
which patterns starts it all,
which strategies I should use in order to stop the spinning down before it gains speed,
which are the things I enjoy about myself when I am sparking that is NOT MEASURABLE IN KG OR CM, since those are not the only incentive I get out of sparking (thankfully)
which strategy I should then start, a kind of urgency plan.
I do not know if that will help next time. I hope it will. It certainly made again something very clear to me : it is all in my head, and I am the captain of my boat.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Better late than never ! I never skipped as a kid, and now, with 43, I am discovering it and having great fun!
I wanted a cardio that was fun, would empty my head as well as running does, could be done with an ipod, and could be done anywhere like running can. A good friend of mine has been skipping for years, so everytime I started to exercise, I would give it a try but being born with two left feet does not help, so I would always give up after a ridiculous half hour of tripping over, getting caught in the rope, almost strangling myself with it, you name it I've done it. And I am not even going to describe the hilarious faces of my family members.
But this time around, I started adding it to my running, once a week, for only 30 seconds at first, then 1 minute, and so on, always before running, as a warm up. I have not had accidents (until tuesday that is, but i was trying a new step and was over confident), my skipping has improved, I can count to over 100 when I skip without missing.
Today my ankle felt much better, but I did not want to put weight on the back of my foot since it still feels a tiny bit uncomfortable. So I started skipping, it puts my weight on the front part of my feet so I thought I should try that (carefully, no new step;-))). I had great fun, BEP on the ipod, trying to skip in rythm. Since we moved we now have huge bay windows, so skipping on the terrace I watched myself, I was smiling all the time. By the time I had a look at my watch, I had been exercising for 40 minutes !!! So I decided to go on, and only stopped 10 minutes later because I did not want to overdo it and hurt myself. I had just skipped away 436 kcal!..!!!
Skipping, or rope jumping, will from now on definitely be a fixed item in my cardio programme. It is good for my coordination, it is a nice change from running, it gives a good cardio, my heartbeat goes up but not too high and stays between 70% and 80% so that is a good fat burning level.
Have you tried ?
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