Saturday, March 19, 2011
I have had a fairly consistent pattern of losing: -4 lbs one week, +1 lbs the next week, -3 lbs the next week, + 0.5 lb the next week...up and down and up and down. I have learned to expect that if I have a big loss one week, I will probably have a "gain" the following week. Last week I had a 4 lbs loss, this week I had a 1 lb "gain".
But, over the course of a month, I lose an average of 7-8 lbs and several inches off of my body. I put "gain" in quotation marks because I know I haven't gained any body fat when I am following my program correctly. So I have learned to think of my weekly weigh-ins as mini-measurements, with the total loss over the entire month as the real measurement (just like measuring inches). When I did WeightWatchers, I had a similar pattern of losing, and I dreaded weighing in because the receptionist would have this tight-lipped frown when handing my weigh-in sheet back to me. WeightWatchers is a great program, but I appreciate the neutrality of entering my weight on SparkPeople. I like that we don't get positive or negative feedback when we enter our weekly weight.
I have finally learned not to let the scale drive me crazy!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
I have been on hiatus from my boxing gym for about a year. When I injured my knee a little over a year ago, I started to put on weight because I couldn't work out like before. I cancelled my membership because I needed to rehabilitate my knee. Then, when I was physically capable of resuming boxing workouts, I had gained about 40 pounds and I was too embarrassed to go back to the gym, even though I missed boxing terribly. I decided enough is enough, and that nothing would get me back into top shape faster than going back to my boxing gym. I returned last week.
So here's what happened when I walked back in the gym last Monday:
Everyone turned and stared at me, their eyes wide. People were pointing and chuckling, whispering to each other, "Wow, she's gotten so FAT!" My coach came up to me, a look of disgust on his face, and he asked why I bothered coming back since I'm so fat. And then he threw his head back with an evil laugh: "BWAH HAHAHAHA!"
Yes, that is exactly how it went in my head.
And then, in real life, I walked into the gym and my boxing coach walked over to me with a big smile on his face. "Hey, how've you been? How's your knee?" We chatted and caught up, and I asked him if he was going to go easy on me since I was just getting back. He laughed heartily. I made it through class and it felt great to punch things again! I plan on going 3 times a week, for a 30-60 minute boxing class followed by a kettlebell and strength training circuit. Last week 1 torched 1,500 calories each workout! My knee is still too bad to return to kicking, but I can really get good at punching at this rate.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Yep, I said it.
I lost 4 pounds the week before and 3 pounds this past week, and have been losing steadily over the past couple of months. There wasn't even any great reason for having such big losses; I ate within my calorie range (on average, 2,000 calories/day) and worked out 4 days each week (burning a total of about 1,700 calories each week). While I am anxious to have all 136 pounds gone forever, I am very purposely trying to lose slowly. I am trying to keep it between 1-2 pounds per week, preferably closer to the 1 pound mark. On average, I'd like to lose 5 pounds per month.
Some of the reasons I am focusing on s l o w weight loss:
1) I want to preserve lean muscle mass. Losing more than 2 pounds per week (or at my heavier weight, more than 1% of body weight per week) means that some muscle mass is being lost in addition to fat loss. I don't just want to lose the weight, I want my body to be prepared to keep it off. That means having as much lean muscle tissue as possible when I reach my goal weight.
2) I want to have as little loose skin as possible when I reach my goal weight. I have over 100 pounds to lose, so I am bound to have some loose skin. Losing slowly means my body will have more time to let my skin catch up to the changes in my body fat and muscle.
3) Balancing athletic-style training and weight loss has become really important to me. I don't want to crash-and-burn, so I want to make sure my body has what it needs for intense workouts. If I'm losing too rapidly, then I'm not fueling my muscles correctly. It's more important to me to be fit and be able to exercise than it is to be thin.
4) General livability. Losing rapidly probably means I need to add a couple of healthy snacks a day, and who's going to argue with that?
So, while a couple of big losses aren't a biggie, I will make some adjustments with my eating if I have another big loss this week. Maybe I was just letting go of a lot of water weight over the past couple of weeks, but I don't want a sustained pattern of large losses. I have finally learned to relax and enjoy the journey, so there's no rush to get to the finish line. I want to stay across the finish line when I get there.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
When I did WeightWatchers 5 years ago, I really did learn a lot about myself and how to take better care of myself. But nothing has changed my relationship with myself like SparkPeople. I have always been a fairly disorganized person, with everything from having a messy house to missing bill due dates to running around for 15 minutes looking for keys, in tears of frustration with myself. I would have large piles of mail that needed to be sorted, not a clean dish in sight, and I could never find important documents. In the midst of the chaos, I got behind on bills. Combine that with major cuts in my hours at work with being a full-time student...and, well, last year was a financial disaster. Back in August 2010, I set some goals to get more organized and started tracking them. I was far from perfect, but I would have been much worse had I not had some sort of plan. I have slowly built up to be more organized.
And it paid off--literally! Today I paid off TWO credit cards! No more harassing phone calls, no more stress over the money. It was a major step for me to be able to plan to pay them off and then actually do it. Now I just need to keep up with my finances and keep tracking with SparkSavings and stick carefully to my budget, and I should be golden!
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