Sunday, October 03, 2010
Starting Weight: 466.6
SP SW: 416.2
Last Week: 354.8
SP Total Loss: 65.8
Total Loss: 116.2
Okay, let me explain why this doesn't make me happy. Two weeks ago I weighed in at 352.2. I was so happy to have gotten there, and I spent the next week being miserable with TOM, but good as far as nutrition and exercise went (save one day when I had too much Chinese food). The bloat from TOM was obvious by sight and feel. I'm now at the end of week 2 of TOM. Yes, week two. And not quite done yet. Thankfully the bloat started to come down early this past week and I was starting to feel more back to normal. This past week I was good. I worked out a lot. I ate within my ranges. I had a successful week. Yes, I had a milkshake yesterday, but I have been burning so many calories this week that Spark had been yelling at me that I'm not eating enough. I eat when I'm hungry. I ate good food most of the time.
So I had expected and hoped and prayed to see 349 today, but both of my scales fought me this morning. They went from 345 to 352. Both of them. They hate me. My boys are losing weight and I don't seem to be as successful ...and I'm trying much harder. I'm trying to let it go. I'm trying. But it's hard. I want so badly to be under 350, and it wasn't asking too much today because I have put the time, effort, and energy into it this week.
Maybe I'm not eating enough. Maybe I don't know what I'm doing anymore. Maybe I should just be happy with losing just under 2 pounds in 2 weeks of being good (really?).
Fitness next week:
* Today - No clue, might just take a rest day. *shrug*
* Monday - 2-3 miles elliptical or treadmill, boxing, tons of ST
* Tuesday - Zumba
* Wednesday - 2-3 miles elliptical or treadmill, rowing, tons of ST
* Thursday - Rest Day
* Friday - 3-4 miles elliptical or treadmill, biking, ST
* Saturday - Maybe another Rest Day *shrug*
* Sunday - 5k walk with the family
I need to focus on the fun I hope to have this weekend. I have to take a rest day Thursday because I usually don't fit in any exercise into my long days - I have 10 hours at my regular job, a city council meeting, and then work at the paper. I don't know what time I'll get home. But then on Friday afternoon, once Logan gets off the bus, I'll be heading up to my Mom's house in Ohio. Hopefully plans don't change too much because RAVENSONG is supposed to be coming down to meet me at my mom's to spend the long weekend.
On Sunday I have the 5k walk with my mom, my step-brother, my sister, my 2 nieces, my oldest son, and Becky (RAVENSONG). I don't have any goals for the race other than to support my mom and make sure she makes through it just fine. I'm hoping I won't have any problems keeping up with everyone, but that's about it.
Other than that, this week's lack of results are making me a little sad. Yesterday I took the boys down and we played racquetball for at least a half hour. Then later that day the whole family went up to the park again and we played tennis for about an hour (though I didn't play the entire time). I also did the grocery shopping even though I was super, super tired.
*sigh* Off to get ready for Ethan's football game where I'll try not to eat any bad foods just out of spite. I'll try to make up a few meals for this week later today. I still haven't managed to clean out my van, which is a MUST. Have to get to that tonight!!
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Yesterday will go on record as one of the best Fridays I've had in a while.
Hubs and and I woke up, ate some breakfast and then headed out for our busy day. First stop? The muffler shop. I know, you're all SO jealous, right? *lol* 84 bucks later and with a new muffler on the front part of my van, we were off again, this time to Wal-Mart. We picked up 2 tennis rackets and a bag of balls before heading up to the park.
My sexy man with his new tennis racket.
Hubs says I trash talk too much on the court. *lol* I was just having fun, kidding around a bit, sure, and rejoicing when I actually did something right. It was fun! A LOT of fun! And I can't wait to do it again!
I've learned that my short hair can be a PITA when the wind is blowing really hard and you're trying to concentrate on where the ball is.
We played for almost an hour and, I was right, most of our time was spent chasing missed balls. *lol* But I did hit one. Actually, I hit a lot more than one! My backhand sucks mostly, but I think a lot of people have that problem. By the end of the hour, though, most of my serves were landing in and we had worked our way up to a serve-return-return. Three, that's the most we could do. *lol* Then either one or the both of us would totally screw it up. So my goal for next time is to get to a four. Serve - return - return - return. I also think it might be fun to play with my friend AM who actually knows how to play tennis! *lol*
After tennis, Hubs and I headed to lunch at a local Italian and steak joint. We were hoping they would have lunch prices, since their regular dinner prices are quite high. Nope. No lunch prices or sizes. *sigh* While Hubs really enjoyed his corned beef and kraut sandwich, I had a ground sirloin patty with steamed veggies and a baked potato. It was good, but not good enough to spend the money again at that place! (Plus, the service kinda sucked.) Next time we'll pick someplace different, I'm sure.
Once the boys got home I was off for another adventure. A couple days ago Logan had asked me how much I paid for a month membership to the gym. The next day he came to me and said, "Mom, can you take me to the gym with you?" When I asked him why he said, "Because I have exactly 38 dollars and I want to sign up for the gym." I admit I was a little worried, but when I asked him why he said, "Because I want to get rid of this" and pointed to his gut...but then started talking about racquetball. AH! So that's the REAL reason.
So I took him with me to the gym to see what their rules were for 11 year olds. He was so cute! He brought a pencil box with all his change and the money he had saved from his birthday. Turns out it was only 10 bucks more a month to add him to my account. They prorated it for this month and he paid 4.80 for his membership and got a little card and everything.
Now before I get the criticism that I shouldn't encourage "working out" for my 11 year old (who isn't at all fat), I have to say something. I thought to myself for a minute that the gym is not a place to play. It's serious business getting in shape. And then I thought, wouldn't it be great if it WAS fun? Wouldn't it be great to think of the gym as a place to play? Wouldn't it be nice to not be so serious about it? Wouldn't this all be much more fun to do if as kids we'd been taught that getting into shape is a cool, fun thing? So while I did set the rule that he couldn't go in the weightlifting/free weight area and to not do anything without me around showing him how first (so he doesn't hurt himself), I didn't set any rules and didn't make it seem serious.
We biked for 20 minutes, did crunches, pushups and then he tried the elliptical, the cable machine, the stairstepper and the treadmill. Then we played racquetball, which was a TON of fun.
What I learned yesterday is that it's actually FUN to get in shape sometimes! Tennis, racquetball, sharing the gym experience with my son - it was all a ton of fun! I hope that I can incorporate more fun things into my fitness because it really makes me feel lighter on my feet.
Today is the day when I have a ton to do and don't want to do any of it right now. *lol*
* Grocery Shopping
* Clean and detail the van
* C25k attempt
* Football with the little man
* Possible racquetball or tennis match with the kiddos
* A little batch cooking for the week
* A TON of laundry
Should be an interesting day! The MCL has been going well. I had a little bigger dinner last night because I was hungry after so much exercise, but I was still under my goals. And today the scale is being so stingy! I want that 349 so bad! Today? 350.0! GRRR! *lol* Still, it's finally moving in the right direction again, which makes me very happy!
Hope you all have a great weekend! Make sure to have some FUN this weekend!!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
So yesterday went pretty well.
6:30am - 1/2 whole wheat bagel with 1 Tbsp. whipped cream cheese
6:30am - 8:00am - 2 cups of coffee with cream (my to-go cup holds 16 oz, but I rarely drink it all and I start my day with about a half a cup before I even leave the house)
9:30am or so - I ate my grape-ity-grapes (YUM!) and some pretzels. MUNCH! MUNCH!
11:30am - I ate my lunch. Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Mashed Taters! SO good! It felt weird to eat "dinner" at lunch, but it was so satisfying!
after that, I pretty much couldn't eat because I had the interview on my mind. Once I got back to my office I got hungry pretty quick, but got wrapped up in chatting.
3:30pm-ish - Carrots with Lite Ranch
4:30pm-ish - I heated up some BetterOats MMMMM....Blueberry (yep, that's what it's called) Oatmeal and a cup of Jasmine tea with one packet of Truvia.
I then left my pineapple in the fridge for a snack for today and headed toward home/the gym. Nearly attempted to kill myself at my workout (more on that later) and then went straight home after.
9pm-ish - I made my favorite omelet. About 1/4 cup of sliced mushrooms, which I cook down a bit first, then 1/2 cup egg beaters with 1/4 cup of 2% cheddar cheese. YUM YUM YUM!
By 10pm I was in bed, exhausted!
I went a little crazy at the gym. My plan was to make up at least 1/2 of the missed workout on Monday, or at least the ST part. I got to the gym about 6:45pm, and after I went pee (have to do this before EVERY workout, I'm just sayin'!), I headed straight upstairs. A quick stretch and I was off!
15 minutes on Cross Training 3 program (OW!), which requires some back peddling (which always just about KILLS the back of my knees, but I know it's helping to make them stonger!).
5 minute cool down
I hopped straight off the elliptical, stretched out my legs, and then headed to my "core/arm" spot in the gym. (It's a spot of carpet out of the way, next to our little classroom area.) I did 3 sets of 15 modified push-ups (my arms were SHAKING!!) and then did 20 regular crunches, 20 bicycle crunches, and 20 more regular crunches.
I then hopped up, drank some more water and headed over to the rowing machine.
A little over 12 minutes and my 2000 meters were done (and I was WORE OUT already!)
Hopped right off that and over to the ab reclining bench. 20 regular crunches, 20 twist with medicine ball, 20 regular with medicine ball.
I did a lap around the track at a fast pace (about 17 min/mile pace) and figured that'd be about it...but I couldn't stop. I found myself in front of the small rarely-used cable machine upstairs, where I did pull downs and cross rows and two ankle strap exercises for the hips (I don't know the names for exercises really, I just have a bit of a photographic memory that helps me remember how to do them when I get there, and I've been reading up on cable machine exercises lately). I did most with about 20-30 lb. weights.
Followed that with 3 more laps around the track and about 10-15 minutes of yoga/stretching. I really took the time with my stretching and I felt good and limber and strong after. Then I headed downstairs.
Downstairs I hit the ST machines and found myself doing 2 reps of every single machine. I did the first 12 reps with a lower weight, and then boosted it up to almost unbearable for the second 12 reps. I took short breaks in between the sets and between machines, but I found myself chasing the clock (the gym closes at 9pm and it was nearing 8:30pm and I was only halfway through). I made it through though, and stretched after, and closed down the place! *lol* I got out of there at 8:45pm, only 15 minutes before closing. It was me, the girl at the front desk, and the cleaning lady sweeping the floor around me. *lol*
How I Feel Log:
Okay, I still had a lull around 3-4 pm or so, but I cured that with the oatmeal and tea. I felt much better all day and not once did I think about snacking on something really bad. At home after my workout, I was too wore out to do much more than eat my omelet and momentarily consider a cup of ice cream (which I didn't have) before I gave up, switched off the TV and went to bed. By 10pm I was falling asleep.
This morning I woke up SORE SORE SORE, but I also woke up at 5am unable to go back to sleep. I don't think I slept restfully, though. I vaguely remember waking up a few times, mumbling something, slapping my husband once across the chest (*lol* I was trying to see if he was in bed with me...he was! *lol*) and looking at the clock and realizing it wasn't time to get up yet. What I wasn't was hungry though. This morning I had a cup of coffee before I finally heated up my bagel. (I was so afraid, waking up at 5am, that I would throw EVERYTHING off today...then I realized that it doesn't HAVE to, I can just watch what I'm doing all day, if I start to get low on calories, I pull back a little.) My 1/2 whole wheat bagel with 1 Tbsp. of whipped cream cheese this morning tasted like HEAVEN! (I *love* it when I really ENJOY my breakfast!) and I followed it with another cup of coffee, vowing that I wouldn't take any with me for the ride to work because I already had 2. (I brought my water bottle, though, and got a jump start on that.)
So I guess the experiment is going well. The self-imposed Boot Camp Circuit Training last night really pushed my muscles to their limit, but not beyond, which is great! I'm looking forward to attempting to make it through Zumba tonight (though I hope she lays off the "arm song" because that MIGHT just send me over the edge! These arms is SORE!!!) and to having lunch with one of my good friends. (Running out of leftovers! *lol* Plus, it's payday!)
Finally, I've been thinking a lot about this weekend. I want to attempt to continue this through the weekend, but it's always harder to keep to a schedule when things change so much.
Friday - Hubs and I discussed the possibility of picking up some tennis balls and a couple rackets and making general fools of ourselves on the tennis courts for 30 minutes to an hour or so while the kids are at school. I've always wanted to play tennis, and never thought I could. Surprisingly, when I pitched the idea, Hubs stated that he always wanted to play tennis too, but had never tried. That settled it! If the rain holds off, we're going to the park to TRY to play tennis! *lol* Hey, at least I'll burn plenty of calories chasing the balls we don't hit! Of course, I have to be careful of the knee.
Saturday - I would *love love love* to do 2 things on Saturday. The first is dinner with a girl from school that I haven't seen since I graduated in May. I miss her dearly and I always feel "lighter" when I'm around her, more care free. We used to joke that she and I are twins in everything but looks. (She's totally stick thin and hates that she CAN'T put on weight because she has just as much difficulty finding any pants to fit her as I do, just an opposite kind of difficulty. *lol*) She's gorgeous, though, and I tell her that all the time (and she always returns the compliment). So, if all goes well, lunch in Charleston with Teeny! (Yes, I call her Teeny or T - her name is Christina, so it's not that far of a stretch! *lol*)
After that, I'd love to drive the boys and Hubs out to Huntington. I'd like to stop at the Old Navy store and pick up the boys some new clothes for school (Logan really needs some new stuff!) and maybe some new pants for the Hubs. Then I'd love to explore Huntington with them a bit. They've never been, so it would be their first time. I only went once with my friend AM and had a pretty good time there. Maybe we'll even catch a movie or something. *shrug*
Sunday - Ethan's football game is at home this week against Warren. (I don't know where or who that is either, so don't worry.) I hope they win!! Football will be coming to a close before we know it, and I'll miss next week's game while I'm up in Ohio with my mom and Becky (RAVENSONG). I've got a race on 10/10/10 (though it's more a family fun thing and support for my Mom than it is an actual competition of any sort).
So that's the 411 on what my thoughts are for the weekend. Today is Thursday, which is my Friday, so by 6pm I'm FREE for 3 days! YAY! Of course, that could all change soon if I land the job I interviewed for yesterday. (For those wondering, I think the interview went really well, but I really have no idea who else they're interviewing or what they really thought of me. I hate the waiting game, but that's where we're at!)
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
For those of you that read my blog yesterday, you'll know that I made my first attempt at midday calorie loading yesterday. Here's the blog that got me thinking:
Now, I'm not the kind of person to just jump on a bandwagon just because I think it might lose me a lot of weight fast. If the ideas in a plan don't click with something in my head, then it's not likely the plan will work for me. It's one of the reasons I can't follow strict menu guidelines - sometimes I don't like all the foods they propose, other times I think, "But what if I'm not in the mood for a hard-boiled egg?" (for the record, I'm rarely ever in the mood for a hard-boiled egg - I hate the texture of the yolk! YUCK!). But while I was reading this blog I kept thinking, "Well, that does make sense."
You see, the plan is simple. Basically, your body doesn't need THAT MUCH to get going in the morning, so you start with a small breakfast. But at lunch, when your metabolism is busy kicking major hiney, you eat a big meal so your body can use that fuel and process it throughout the day. Then at dinner, all you're really going to do is go to bed, so why would you give your body 500+ calories to do something that doesn't require that much energy?
In my head the wheels were turning. First of all, do you all remember that book about why French women don't get fat or something? From my studies of French language and culture, I know that for a long time the French have seen lunch as the most important meal of the day. In the past they shut down offices and schools to allow families to return to their homes and enjoy a nice hearty lunch together before returning back to school or work. It always sounded so lovely to me too. Taking that break midday to really come together as a family. But here in the good 'ole U.S. of A. we've been programmed that you eat light all day and then focus on dinner as the big meal, the family get together. Lunch is generally regarded as lighter, but....WHY? I don't know about any of you, but I fight my "I'm hungry but it's not time to eat" the most during the day. I always attributed it to boredom - I do sit at a desk all day - but maybe it's my body saying, "Okay! I burned all that fuel, now give me more if you want to keep going!" (That's not to say I don't suffer from the evening munchies, but that has less to do with actually feeling HUNGRY, it has to do with tradition and pasttimes of eating in front of the TV.)
What's more, I suffer from a huge lull feeling around 2-3 in the afternoon. There have been times I've simply conked out staring at my computer screen for 2 minutes around 3pm. I never knew why and whatever I tried didn't really work. But maybe, just maybe, my body really does need more fuel midday. One final nail in the coffin, so to speak, is that I rarely feel ravenous after my workout, even though I workout from 7-8 at night. Is my body trying to tell me something? I get a slight hunger, but never anything where I feel the need to pile on a bunch of calories. I can get to bed with something lighter in my tummy, no problem.
So yesterday I put the plan into action. It was actually a horrible day to try to start the plan because I started my day late, around 10:30am or so. Still, it was an interesting experiment, and one I plan to continue today, now that I have more normalcy in my hours.
Around 10:30am I had a half breakfast. 1/2 a whole wheat bagel, with 1 Tbsp. of whipped cream cheese. I also had my usual cup of coffee with cream, and prepared my to-go cup for the drive to work.
I got to work around noon and immediately started munching on my cup of grapes. YUM!
Around 2pm I was feeling hungry, so I ate my lunch, which I usually would have had for dinner. I had a serving of Shane's Slow Cooker Pot Roast with some of my leftover Roasted Veggies.
At 3pm I felt munchy, and hey, I was midday calorie loading so why not give in, right? I munched on some baby carrots with ranch dressing. It wasn't mindless eating, I was actually quite hungry still. (WTF?)
After that I was pretty much full for the rest of the work day. I left the office at 6pm, telling myself I'd eat my banana on the way home. I actually almost forgot, but I did finally eat my banana and then headed to the gym.
GYM: 13 minutes on the elliptical doing interval type training, nearly a mile done in 13 minutes, not to shabby! Following that, a very intense Zumba class, which felt excellent! I was so sweaty and pooped (and worried about my interview today and making sure I had everything ready), I left after stretching and headed straight home.
My plan was simple - a piece of whole grain toast with natural peanut butter and some pineapple. I ate the pineapple while hubby cooked potatoes to make mashed potatoes (hubby peels and boils, but I mash and add the salt/low-fat butter/low-fat milk to make the actual mashed potatoes. The boys all say I make the best mashed potatoes!). Once I was done with the potatoes, I started serving up dishes to the boys and the smell of the pot roast and the fresh made potatoes got to me, I had already set a dish aside for today's lunch but I found myself serving up another dish - for me! I wasn't hungry, I just wanted it. I knew that and I ate it anyways. I was still within my calorie ranges, so I just figured I would try again today with the same plan.
So, not a major fail, but not what I intended. Still, midday meals/snacks were larger than breakfast or dinner, so I'm getting there.
Already ate my 1/2 bagel with 1 Tbsp. of cream cheese.
Already had my morning coffee.
Already feeling a little hungry so I'm about to munch on my grapes again.
Have pot roast and mashed potatoes for lunch.
Then have carrots and ranch, pretzels, and pineapple for other snacks.
Tonight's workout will be rather long, I suspect. Making up for Monday. Lots of Cardio, Double the ST.
Then when I get home I'm going to have my former mushroom/cheese omelet that used to be my favorite breakfast for dinner. I figure it's perfect, not a ton of calories, a little fat, yes, but mostly good protein - a great post-workout meal!
If I get the munchies again, I'm reaching for either a 1/2 cup of ice cream as a treat or my pomegranate.
What do you think? Have you ever tried midday calorie loading? Does your body give you clues that it might be a better plan for you? Even today I was thinking of going out with a friend this weekend and I immediately thought - invite her to LUNCH, not dinner! *lol* We'll see how it works out.
On a bright note - the scale is finally moving back in the right direction again. Back down to 351 today. I can feel the bloat leaving me (my ankles are back to normal!) and that means TOM is almost GONE! WOOT!
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