Monday, May 28, 2012
It's been a rough couple of weeks. Fiancee has been working nearly around the clock, for a few days at a time sometimes. Not only does this have an effect on my mood and stress levels, but it also makes it impossible to go to the gym (I have a baby..). Also, when he is here, we tend to go out to eat to celebrate just being able to enjoy each other's company. I've also been having some minor health issues that have made me feel the need to take it easy on my body.
All of this has come together and kind of caused me to fall off the wagon a bit. I've been lax about tracking, and not getting much exercise. I've been doing some stress eating, but still haven't broken my rule about NO fast food, which I'm proud of. That stuff used to be a major go-to stress food for me, and I haven't had it at all in 6 weeks.
The good news: I haven't gained. The bad news: I haven't lost. I'm going to try to get back on track this week. My goals for the next 7 days are to walk every day (today is done), get my water in, and stay in calorie range. I'm trying not to go too hard, or say I'll do a million things, because when I'm feeling this way, that kind of thinking just adds to my stress.
Ok...Here's to a great week!
Monday, May 14, 2012
I just wanted to come here today to set a few small and focused goals for this week. My fiancee and I celebrated a little too much for Mother's day, and I just want to make sure I stay on track this week. Putting things down in print really seems to help me with that.
This week I will:
**Get ALL my water in. At least 8 glasses a day.
**Eat on the low side of my calorie range.
**Get 60 minutes of cardio per day.
**Weight train 3 times this week.
**Walk my dog each afternoon, even if I've already been to the gym that day.
I'm hoping to see the scale say 222 by next Monday.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
"It's a lifestyle change, not a diet".
We hear these words over and over again around here. We say it to ourselves, like a mantra.
For the first time in my life, I actually know what it means (to me), and I'm finally losing weight.
I heard it put another way recently when I read, "If I can't do something for my entire life, why would I do it even for a week?" This has really resonated with me.
It's been 17 days since I bought a scale, was mortified by the number on it, and really got serious. In 17 days I've lost 5 pounds. Real ones. Not water weight or crazy diet weight. Real, 17 day, lifestyle- change- pounds, gone. The way I've done it has been different than any other time I've tried to lose weight. For the first time, I've created something I think is really sustainable as a way to live my life.
Before 17 days ago, and for a very long time, I was eating LITERALLY whatever I wanted, in whatever amount I wanted it. I ate fast food most days of the week, sometimes more than once in a day. I'm lucky I'm not much, much more overweight. I really, really enjoy food. I am an avid home cook. I'm the fiancée to a man who can eat ANYTHING and stay slim. I enjoy cooking for my family. I love cheese. Fancy, stinky, runny, delicious cheese. Not to mention wine. I never met a pizza I didn't like, whether it was a fancy homemade one, or one from the Papa. Let's not forget bacon. And biscuits. And chocolate. How can I live a life without those things?? I finally found the answer. I can't, and I won't.
Over the past 17 days, I've had all those things (except fast food, that is the one and only thing I have completely banned, forever and ever, amen..). What's different? I've had them LESS. Yes, it's been that simple. Just, LESS. I've had one biscuit, not 4 or 5 a week. I had a cheese and fruit plate once for dinner. It was more fruit this time and less cheese. I had it once, not once a week. I've had pizza. Once. I almost let that one get me down, let it convince me I had messed up forever. That was week one. I had that pizza and there are still 5 pounds off of me. I had a chocolate cupcake yesterday from my favorite bake shop. I used to have them 2 or 3 times a week. I woke up twice during my first week to the smell of bacon and my lovely fiancée asking if I wanted cheese on my eggs and how many biscuits, dear? My answer: No cheese, no biscuits, please. I had bacon and eggs. Before I would have had cheese (100 calories) and 2 biscuits (450 calories!!!). Living a life forever without the above foods is simply not sustainable for me. It's not a lifestyle I can get down with. But having less of them has been easy-ish.
I also do LESS weighing. That scale can really get you down if you hop on it too much. I strictly limit myself to once a week, max.
Of course, I'm also doing a lot of MORE. My life, by nature, isn't sedentary. I have a 7 month old. I'm constantly carrying him around, or bending over to pick him up, or throwing him in the air for his favorite game, Superhero Joe. I think SP should have a weight lifting exercise called "baby lifts". My particular weight is 17 pounds. His car seat is heavy and I'm forever lugging it around. When he's sleeping I'm doing housework or gardening, both exercises I don't track. However, in addition to all of the above, I'm doing MORE. More walking, more going to the gym, more weight lifting, more WATER. More hooping, more dancing. More fruits, more vegetables, more fiber and more protein. MORE TRACKING. I track everything, even if it isn't "diet" food. I usually find out that it isn't is bad as I thought, which keeps me from thinking the whole day is ruined. For 14 days of the past 17 I haven't been able to make it to the gym because my fiancée was out of town and my gym doesn't have child care. I was really worried that I would get lazy. I haven't. I just put my kid in his stroller and off we go. Sitting to write this blog has probably been the longest stretch in a while. I just try to stay off my butt MORE.
In the past I would go all out, all at once. Exercise until I felt like dying, and eat things I hated, or at least nothing of what I loved. I'd always fall off the wagon in a week, max. I was miserable, and never lost a pound. The only time I've ever lost any real weight was when I was forced to change my lifestyle. I'm referring to a period in my life of two years when I didn't have a car and got everywhere walking or on a bicycle. I lost about 50 pounds without changing my diet, simply because I got a HUGE amount of exercise every single day. As soon as I got a vehicle, it all came back, plus some. That lifestyle just wasn't sustainable, just like a life without any food I like, ever, isn't going to be.
I also learned one more thing, regarding goals. I was beginning to beat myself up on days when I didn't meet my goals. If I went over my calories a little, or didn't exercise as much as I had set a goal for, I would feel bad. Then I remembered it's a goal, not an absolute rule. A goal is something to strive for, something to work towards. If I don't get there every day or every time, it's ok. I will try harder next time, and it's certainly no reason to give up altogether.
I hope this blog (if you can get through the whole thing..sheesh!) will help people just starting out to realize that it doesn't have to be miserable. Almost everything in moderation can be a good thing. I hope also to gain strength from it myself in the future when I'm feeling like quitting.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
So, on my way to the grocery store this a.m. to stock up on fruits, veggies, lowfat cheese, and some better bread choices, and I went through Starbucks. A little treat, I thought. I LOVE coffee and I usually get their Iced Latte, which is just espresso and milk, no sugar unless you ask for it. I get the Venti. I come home, put it into the tracker and dear God...240 calories!!!! I did some research, and the number is correct. I guess it's from the milk? They do use 2%, but I would never have guessed that it could pack such a punch. Lesson learned: look it up BEFORE you buy and consume. LOL.
However, I did have a big win: I made a wrong turn in my travels this morning, and ended up having to go through the McDonald's parking lot..twice, during breakfast hours. McDonald's breakfast is my BIGGEST weakness. I know, disgusting right? There have been times in my life where I had it almost every single morning for breakfast, for months at a time. I was also hungry! But I just kept moving.
So...not so good about the Sbucks..better about the McD's.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Over the past week I sought to get in 60 minutes of cardio every day and to stay within my calorie limits. I think I did pretty well. On on day I got in only 45, and today I got in only 30, but I also did some weight training. I managed to stay within range for calories, all except for one day. I'm going to weigh tomorrow as I said I would, but I'm not expecting much, for some reason. I feel better/different, but I'm not sure that the scale will have moved much. This brings me to the challenges for the upcoming week.
First off is to not get discouraged, no matter what is on the scale. It's been only about 2 weeks that I've really been changing, and only one of really getting exercise. I will not be deterred, regardless.
Second, I will find ways to stick to my new workout schedule. It's going to be cardio, 60 minutes, 6 days a week, weight training Monday/Wednesday/Friday. The challenge this week is that I have no help with childcare. I have been getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get to the gym and back before my boy wakes up. My plan is to do that, even though I can't go to the gym. I'll get up at five, do either power yoga or hooping for my cardio. On Monday/Wednesday/Friday I'll do my weight training during his morning nap. I also have the option of walking with him during the day, if the previous hits a snag for some reason.
I've also just realized (duh!) that having no help with child care is going to make for more stress this week, which can be a big enemy that causes me to over eat. I'm going to just have to be aware of that and find another way to combat it.
Here's to another week in the life of a "loser".
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