Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Me again for a quick long overdue checkin!
Still busy busy with baby and everything else :)
I have slowly been getting the pounds off! At one point in the past few weeks I was a tantalizing 2lbs away from the top end of my prepregnancy range!!! How is that???
Buuuut then over two weeks it crept back up. Bummer.
So got assess:
Is it water weight?
Have I not been burning as much as I thought?
Have I been eating more than I need?
Prolly a combo.
Ill just let this ride out, see where I am next week.
Not burning as much as I thought:
My exercise plan has really picked up speed- literally! I am running way faster than I had been and putting in ore mileage, plus the ST has been intense. At the same time I havent been walking as much as before, for a few reasons. First of all, Ive been feeling really lazy after my super intense workouts. I wonder if I should let some workout days be just a tad less intense so I dont feel so burnt out about doing additional movement through the rest of the day. I mean, I feel like all my workouts over the past few weeks have been at level 10- definitely a recipe for burn out. Additionally, my son is walking a ton now (11 months) and he does not enjoy being in his carrier as much, not to mention we got a new carrier that is hard to put on and take off, so I kindof avoid using it...
So all that probably amounts to less walking. I think over the next 2 weeks I will commit to at least one additional twenty minute walk, on top of my hour long workouts, every day. Maybe after two weeks Ill amp up to an additional 40 minutes (broken into 2 two minute walks).
Yes. This. Definitely. I think Ive been falling into the trap of the 'licensing effect.' I've been having these tough workouts, plus my son is eating more of my food, so I end up feeling like I can nibble more here and there, maybe eat 100 or a bit more over my range... Not good, it adds up. Additionally, its just hard to eat at adeficit, no matter how meticulous you are with the quality of your calories. Sometimes you just feel hungry and that sucks. Especially when you are trying to focus on your beautiful baby boy, or some reading you have to do, or getting off an important meal, or getting in a little extra walking ;) But its how you lose weight, with a caloric deficit, and for me, that sometimes means Im hungry and feel crappy. Oh well, Im so close. So Im going to try very very hard to stay in my range 1600-1900 over the next two weeks.
Ok, thanks for the refocus!!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
It's been a long time since I've checked-in and I wanted to say a quick hi! I also want to say SORRY to the lovely ladies At the Barre! Sorry to have been so absent from the team!
SO where did I go? I have been on my toes running after my baby boy, working on my personal training certs and pursuing ordination (yes, you read that right!). I have had so little time to check-in on Spark- thank goodness for the Spark app for Iphone, right?
With all that running around you may think that I had no time to focus on pushing the baby weight. Wrong! I have been working HARD to lose those last ten pounds, but to no avail. I counted calories, did intense hour long sessions 5xs a week, at what many would call 'clean' to no avail. My weightloss slowed to about 1lb/month (wrote week earlier on accident!)... Well I thought perhaps I should just cut more, especially since my milk supply was still high. Wrong, again! I checked in with a dietician and she said between the breasfeeding and my activity level that I was burning well beyond what I was eating, and thus the weightloss was slow... and I felt like complete crap. I mistakenly thought that since my supply was adequate, that I could keep cutting and adding more activity, after all isnt that how you lose weight? Eat less, move more? Wrong! For healthy weightloss, sisters, that doesnt butcher your metabolism, you need a balance, the RIGHT deficit.
So now I luxuriate in being able to eat close 2700 calories on days I exercise, and after just over a week of doing this I've already lost some on my waist and hips :) We'll see how this experiment goes- I dont want to weight myself prematurely and get scared off of eating more.
Anyway, thats me! Again, big apologies to the ladies At the Barre- I truly hope that you are thriving and loving your own journeys. It's such a wonderful chance for self discovery, self-awareness and learning what it is you really value and love in life.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Ok- first the whining.
Ive felt sooo hungry lately. Nursing is tough stuff that way. But even still, Ive been eating within the calorie range that should supposedly create a deficit with the exercise Ive been doing. Yet in the past two weeks not a single ounce has budged. :/
This wouldnt be so bad, except that I've heard from some that if you don't loose the pregnancy weight within 6 months yadayada you are statistically more likely never to loose it.
How frustrating is that?? I've been working my butt off, while also playing smart (like not cutting too many calories so to preserve milk supply and baby care energy- but I still have 15lbs to go at 4 months.
Again, I really would be ok with that, if there wasn't this 'pressure-cooker' feeling about it, like I need to hurry up and get it off.
Well back to the past two weeks. Ive been feeling markedly more hungry and did eat more than I had been, but should still theoretically have been creating a deficit.
So what do I do from here?
1. Make sure Im being honest accurate. I want to make sure that Im not underestimating my calories nor over estimating my exercise. This is will mean that I need the extra accountability of measuring portions.
2. Drink more water- maybe all that 'hunger' is thirst from nursing, could save me a few calories.
3. Keep plugging! While the math may be all correct, my body isnt a machine, ESPECIALLY since Im nursing. So Ill just give myself more time and trust the program. :)
4. If after all these measures Im still not loosing, Ill try cutting back an additional 100 calories.
Ok, thats my action plan!
Monday, February 18, 2013
"...I prefer to think that the planet needs athletes, philosophers, sex symbols, painters, scientists; it needs the warmhearted, the hardhearted, the coldhearted, and the weakhearted. it needs those who can devote their lives to studying how many droplets of water are secreted by the salivary glands of dogs under which circumstances, and it needs those who can capture the passing impression of cherry blossoms in a fourteen-syllable poem or devote twenty-five pages to the dissection of a small boy's feelings as he lies in bed in the dark waiting for his mother to kiss him goodnight... Indeed the presence of outstanding strengths presupposes that energy needed in other areas has been channeled away from them."- Allen Shawn
Today I embrace my weaknesses for they sacrifice energy, the fuel for my strengths, which together make me who I am, a unique presence on this planet.
Monday, February 04, 2013
I know Im not alone: weight loss can be stressful.
First, you want it all right now. I know I do! All that 'visualizing my success' can backfire when I focus too much on how my present falls short from that goal... and doubt creeps in... can I actually reach that goal? am I doing the right things to get there? can I trust my program?
Second, you can become too focused on that goal and forget to live right now, breeding too much disatisfaction with yourself in the present. Sometimes I fall into the trap of thinking that reaching my goal will make me 'happier.' True, I will feel satisfaction and pride, but I need to remember: I need to feel happy NOW! And its ok to feel happy now :) In fact, appreciating who I am NOW will actually HELP me get where I want to go, and will help me be able to actually feel happy with myself once I reach my goal :)
Third, the sloooowwwnesss of the process can be discouraging. Especially when everyday you work HARD, for tiny incremental changes. You begin to wonder, will it ever add up to a difference?? Its so important to take mental note of EVERY TINY LITTLE VICTORY AND CHANGE. Like increased endurance, a streak of workouts, etc....
So here are my affirmations:
1. I WILL reach my goal
2. I love myself today
3. Its about a lifestyle, not a number
Do you experience weight loss stress? How do you manage?
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