Saturday, March 01, 2014
February was a busy month. I took the USMLE Step 1 at the end of the month. Not sure if I passed/did well, but I got through it. AND I finished the Blogilates #FEBUREADY calendar! I did (read: survived) all the workouts, even if I had to modify every move and take several breaks during each video. It felt SO good to finish, like I had accomplished something really great--even if the last workouts did happen at 1 this morning. I feel like I'm equally as excited about finishing the calendar as I am about finishing Step 1.
In other news, MY DAD FINALLY JOINED SP. He's recently started working with a health coach through his job. His coach suggested that he lose about 20 pounds; he claimed that he would "look sick" if he did that (my mother and I rolled our eyes at each other). However, after significant nagging from yours truly, he finally sat down with me for an "orientation" session. Right now he thinks that tracking his calories is time consuming and too intense. He tends to complain about how he's going to "go hungry" because he isn't used to eating serving sizes of cereal, etc. But my mom and I aren't giving up. She's been reminding him of how I was almost wearing plus sizes before joining SP myself, and now I'm a size 10/12 (depending on the manufacturer). I've been a little rough on him, telling him how he'll probably have less knee trouble if he sticks with it and begins to see results. All we can do is hope that he perseveres.
Pics below: the usual body shots with no obvious changes that I can see (even when flexed, sigh)...and the app version of the #FEBUREADY calendar! Pink circles are things I completed; the other circles were recipes and other activities.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Happy February! I'm happy to report that even in the midst of constant (and stressful) step 1 studying, I've still managed to exercise every day. I finished the Blogilates beginner calendar + the last few days in January, and I'm pumped for #FEBUREADY.
More updates (sorry if this is the longest blog post ever):
I'm still on the fence about the scale. I've been pretty consistent with weighing myself once a week since I joined SP, and it's hard to kick a habit, good or bad. But now that I'm in the process of transitioning from a "weight loss/maintenance of weight loss" mentality to more of a "healthy/mindful living" mentality (1200-2000 calories per day, macros in check, try not to obsess about it), I don't really know if weighing myself is useful. I've gotten to the point where I can step on the scale and not beat myself up if I've gained or stayed the same, but there's a part of me that still thinks stopping altogether will be disastrous. I'm trying to work on that part of me. It's the same part of me that gets nervous when I track my food and I get close to my upper range for calories--well, not even close, I start to get antsy when I see 1700, even if I'm ok on macros. It's the same part of me that felt a hint of disappointment when I measured my waist this morning and noticed it had gone up by half an inch. Even though I've made a lot of progress, I still need help accepting the fact that those numbers aren't what define me. Perfectionism stinks.
As I said, I've still been exercising regularly, and I've been enjoying it--there's something about being sore that really makes you feel like you did something. However, my legs have been giving me a bit of trouble. I may have talked in the past about how I supposedly have "runner's knee" (hilarious because I couldn't run to save my life). Well, lately I've been having more pain in my right knee than my left which is usually the worse one, and last week I also had pain in my left shin/calf that I couldn't explain. Some of these things may not be a big deal, but as a medical student of course I started wondering what could be wrong with me. Previously I've only been able to go to student health on campus, so it might be a good idea to get a second opinion; as such, I have an appointment with an orthopedic specialist on Wednesday. I'm going to hold off on Cassey's "How to do the Splits" video until then.
Another thing I've been trying to do is to move away from getting second helpings of food. This is extremely difficult for me when everyone in my family is used to eating and not really thinking about it, including my brother who is on cholesterol medication but doesn't really care about eating right (he says he's trying to get back in shape, but we all know exercising a couple of times a week won't change THAT much) and my dad whose waistline has been steadily growing for a while but complains about the changes my mom and I suggest for him. I wish I weren't influenced so much by the people around me. What I REALLY want is for my dad and I to be accountability partners, but at this rate I feel like there's not much of a chance of that happening.
That's about it. Posted pics below. Can't really tell if my body has changed at all in the past month, but I CAN tell a bit of a difference in my mentality about all this. As a bonus: I went to a banquet last Saturday, and I got to wear the "goal dress" I talked about in my last Progress report! We didn't have to alter it at all, and it didn't feel as tight as when I tried it on in the store (still a little tight, though). Guess that's something. :)
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
not sure if anyone's following/doing my modification of the Blogilates beginner calendar that i posted 2 weeks ago, but i've tweaked it recently. since it's a PDF in a Google Doc, i've had to add the changes as comments on the side.
the main one: i'm changing "Fat Burning Cardio" to "any cardio." doesn't matter what it is, as long as it makes ya sweat. i was looking in the mirror this morning and wondering if i'm REALLY getting enough cardio to start seeing results, and also trying to figure out where to fit in the USMLE audio lectures i've been listening to each day...and i realized, DUH! treadmill. my parents have one, so i might as well use it while i'm staying with them and doing exam prep. can't/shouldn't run on it because of my knees and the chest tightness i get with intense exercise (i think it's just asthma but it's still annoying), but power walking on an incline works just the same.
if you're not doing the Blogilates calendars and you're looking for a fun way to be consistent with exercise, i highly recommend giving them a try! i'll warn you that she's super girly, but she's energetic and KICKS. YOUR. BUTT. try my modifications to her beginner calendar below, or her unaltered version online. i think you'll love it.
ok, back to studying. link is below.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
as i'd promised myself months ago, i started on maintenance today. i was REALLY tempted to break that promise after i took my "before" pictures and measurements this morning, and especially after i weighed myself and found that i'd gained weight last week when i stayed with my grandparents for the holidays (i'm not surprised at this at all, but i'm disappointed just the same). but i stuck to it.
the nutrition tracker said that i could eat between 1750 and 2100 calories per day. but i decided to play with the numbers a bit. i changed my range to 1200 to 2000, and altered the macros accordingly. maybe this way i won't feel as stressed out when i'm over my ranges (as that stress probably contributes to weight fluctuation somewhat), and i perhaps i won't compelled to eat "for the tracker," instead considering my immediate needs.
i started the new workout plan that i posted about yesterday. at first, i thought that my modifications might be ambitious, but i'm going to not be a punk and stick to them. i was busy all day so i didn't get to exercise until later in the evening. i'd much rather do all of my exercise in the morning, because i do better with structure. however, my schedule might become a bit less routine after i get back to school post-Step 1, so i guess i should get used to the idea of dividing up my exercise time over the course of a day.
also, i now have a "goal dress." my mom and i went to the mall today, and i saw a super-cute dress on sale. it was a size 10 Adrianna Papell. in the past, i've needed a size 12 or 14 in that brand, but somehow i was able to zip this one up. it's pretty tight on me at the moment (my midsection isn't the slimmest thing in the world), but i bought it anyway. my mom offered to have it altered, but i'd rather "fit" my way into it. we'll see what happens.
ok, i've talked enough. below are pictures of me and the goal dress. i was on the fence about actually posting them, but i figured it can be a relatively harmless part of tracking my progress. let me know if you disagree and think i should just keep them to myself.
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