Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Ok, ordinarily, on a blog about getting fit and eating healthy and losing weight, shrinking would be a good thing. This, I know.
Me - Honey, do me a favor please?
Bill - Do what?
Me - I want to know how tall I am.
Bill - You're that tall (hand hovering dangerously close to hair that I just fixed and applied the AquaNet helmet to)
M - don't touch that. No really, I want to know how tall I am. Why my Tall jeans drag the ground so much now. It can't just be because of losing weight.
B - Ok, hang on..
The Man got a pencil, a level, and a measuring stick. Like the fold-up, every six inches or whatever, yellow stick.
He applied the level to the top of my head (I sacrificed the AquaNet helmet for the greater good, and refluffed later), marked the wall, then unbent the foldy yellow measuring stick.
I'm 5'10", almost 5'11"! No really, I -am-.
Or I used to be, back in high school. I didn't trust his old foldy yellow measure stick, so I went and got MY tape measure (it's bright green and it's usually the only tape measure we can find, because it goes back in the exact same spot it came from Every Time). Yep, 5'8".
I never cared that I've lied for YEARS on my driver's license about my weight - they expect that, right? But my height? I've always been the tall girl - tallest among my friends when I was younger, tallest among.. just lots of people, for so long.
Me - Maybe I'll get a little taller as I lose more weight and don't have to schlub around all this fat anymore.
Bill - Or maybe you'll just have to live with being my short skinny girl.
Me - I can learn to live with that.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Talk about bouncing back. Last weekend, +2 days, are in the record book and I'm not looking back, or just a glance, maybe, to see how far I've come since then.
There's no real numeric measurement that can define how much better I feel, how much more motivated I am, and how focused I am now.
It's been a good week, nutrition-wise, flexibility-wise, and fitness-wise. I'm walking with a purpose, albeit different than my original July goal. I was shooting for 1 hour a day. Now, I'm alternating - 2 miles, 40 minutes one day, 3 miles, 60 minutes the next, and so on. It's working for me, and I use the thought of 'it'll be easier tomorrow' to keep me going! Heh.
Now, I've added a new weapon to my arsenal to battle fat and unfitness. (Is that a word? It is now...) We bought bikes last nigh!
If you don't know her (yet) TIME2JUSTDOIT is fantastic. A great SparkFriend, always with an encouraging word, a hand-up when you're feeling down and keeping up with all your activities, accomplishments, and/or bumps in the road.
She rides. She cycles - that sounds better. She cycles, what to me, sounds like an incredible amount. I've said here and there that I'm not a runner, but I appreciate those who run (yay MINAMURO kicking big bootie w/ C25K!! and BAILEEGRAVES too!) Cycling though, appeals to me, and the more I read about TIME2JUSTDOIT's cycling and adventures and efforts, the more I was inspired.
So yea, we bought bikes last night! Two Magnas, from Target - we're not talking top of the line here, but we figure they're great starter bikes and we can always progress if/when needed. It's been 25 years at least since I've had my big ole behind on a bike, so we also bought the big-butt-seat - forever known as the BBS. And, of coures, helmets!
This is mine, only it's turquoise rather than pink. Bill's is the same, only the men's model, and a more electric blue.
I couldn't wait this morning. We tweaked and adjusted and raised the BBS, swivelled the handlebars, futz'd with the brakes, the whole deal-i-o. Then, we put on the noggin-savers, and tooled off into the neighborhood.
Lemme tell ya! I now know I have muscles that I either didn't know I had, or had completely forgotten about. My muscles, inner-thigh near my knees, were SCREAMING and it made me giggle and keep on pushing. Hey, I'm ok with admitting I'm a completely odd duck
It hurt so good. I remembered, from the first time I started walking and 1 mile liked to kill me, that I wasn't going to be Lance Armstrong the first time out - and boy was I NOT! But a start is a start, and we started (big ole props and kudos to my hubby for being right there with me. The man buys in to whatever I want to do without complaint and he is my biggest fan and supporter and HERO!) and rode our first 2.3 miles. So it took us about 20-25 minutes to do, and I stopped and huffed and puffed and giggled insanely s'more along the way, but we did it.
There's nowhere to go but up from here. I struggled to walk 1 mile without keeling over at first, and now I'm grooving 3 miles at a good pace and feeling fantastic afterward. It'll be a progression with the bike as well, and I'll improve each time I hop on the BBS and start pushing those pedals.
So here's a big to TIME2JUSTDOIT and all my other fabulous SparkFriends. You're awesome, you're inspiring, and I'm so glad and lucky to have met you all.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go talk the hubby into taking another tour through the neighborhood on the BBSs!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Yesterday was simply 'one of those days' but I'm going to backtrack a bit first.
Saturday, we had our 3rd annual Big Bailey Blowout - our post-4th of July party with family and friends. We celebrated three birthdays; our daughter Kristan's, our daughter Courntey's, and our almost-son-in-law Chris'. We also celebrated our 2 year anniversary. Yay.
We offered something for everyone, when it came to the food. Bill recently picked up a smoker, and has whipped up some outstanding ribs, so those were the featured item of the day. We also had bbq pulled pork, salmon burgers, hamburgers, hotdogs, ahi tuna steaks and shrimp - and appropriate buns and thinwiches as needed. For sides, we had a tangy tomato cucumber salad, tri-color pasta salad, coleslaw, a veggie tray, fruit out the wazoo, salsa and pico de gallo along with grainy good for you chips, and my favorite, Quinoa and Edamame salad. We found the Q&E salad at Costco, and let me tell you, I'm a fan now. It's seasonal, so I'll miss it when it's gone, but until then - yea, it reigns supreme. Yum!
A good time was had by all (some moreso than others!) and we had people coming and going all evening. Oh, and four dogs (our two lhasas, one English bulldog, and one very energentic speedy pom/pappillon/chihuahua mix) running around keeping everyone entertained.
Sunday was the recovery day, and recover we did. Friday and Saturday we spent setting up and getting ready, and then hosting, so Sunday was a little slower, tidying up and putting away and parceling out leftovers and prepping them for lunches and dinners this week. And then Sunday evening took a bit of a.. turn, and it bled into Monday.
No need for going into details. Suffice to say teeth gritting and grumbling were had, and a funky mood settled in, and carried on throughout Monday. Work went well enough - and let's hear it for routine and schedules and getting back to 'normal'. It was the home stuff, walled up inside, that churned and niggled at my brain all day. I'm one of those people who has internal conversations all day long with someone, without ever actually uttering a word outloud to the person I'm conversing with. Does that make any sense at all? Regardless, things were pent up, built up, chewed on, and then completely ignored once I got home. Ugh.
So, rather than deal with.. whatever it was.. head on and straight up, I opted to eat. Now I could have really gone completely off the rails and blown everything, but I over-indulged with mostly good things. Sorta. I had an extra salmon burger instead of just one. I had an extra serving of the pasta sidedish. I had an extra Skinny Cow Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwich for pity's sake! So yes, I blew right by my upper calorie limit, but.. get this. I met all my other goals! Fats, carbs, and protein. Eh? I've yet found a way to meet all my nutrition goals appropriately, and I'm pretty sure last night's fiasco was not the way to do it.
Oh, and I've been a slug about exercising.
So there. I know what I did. I know what I need to do. I know I know I know. I just haven't cared much, or enough. Today seems to be a bit better - no, the issue still hasn't been resolved (ignoring, as much as it ticks me off, is the unfortunate norm in our house), I'm still grumpy and cranky, I didn't sleep well last night, and I'm grumpy. I know, I said that already, but it bears repeating. G-R-U-M-P-Y. That's the polite term for my attitude today. Ha!
On the positive side, if it can be called that, I'm back on track eating today, I think. That was just silly last night. I wasn't even hungry for everything I ate, but I shovelled it in anyway. Fine, no more of that. Being grumpy doesn't mean I turn back into the human Hoover again. I'm done with that.
I had a bagel thin w/ neufchatel, and strawberries for breakfast. I have a tasty baked potato with black beans and broccoli and no-fat sour cream for lunch, along with a baggie of fresh veggies to nibble on through out the day. I think for dinner I'll have some Q&E salad, over a green salad, with some pico de gallo (another Costco find that's seasonal and I can't get enough of).
Oh and.. and! I just went back to the Nutrition tracker, and checked off every item left on my mealplan for the day, and with everything on there included, I'll still fall short of calories. Aaaarrrrggggghhhhh!
I will not quit. I will probably remain a grumpygirl. I will take my own advice and take the stress and turn it into something productive. I will do my strength training tonight, at least. Dangit.
Monday, July 05, 2010
I don't know why I always think I don't have anything to say - and therefore don't blog. It seems like my blogs end up being longer than expected. Maybe I should tack on 'blog more' as a goal for this month. We'll see.
So I'm in Stage 2, Habit 6 of 6 of SP's Healthy Diet Habits. Yay me. Everything, up to now, has been pretty common-sense, and/or I've already adapted the habit into life. This week, the habits are bit more.. interesting to fit in.
Batch cook - I'm doing this today, preparing meals in advance for the week. I mentioned in my last blog that I needed to find a better balance in the evenings, after work, for meals and fitness and life in general. I usually spend Sundays preparing part of our meals, so it's not too much of a stretch to extend that to preparing more. We've got crock-potted carnitas on tap for evening meals, and Southwest Grilled (Broiled) Pork as well, along with baked sweet potatos and regular potatos for meals and snack. Salads are all portioned out (we're having spinach and mustard greens this week - love romaine, but we're branching out and trying new things). Steps in the right direction at least, and it should help save time in the evenings.
Exercise entirely in 10-15 min. blocks this week - Really? Ok, I'll give it a shot. Except, walking on Monday and Wednesday. I walk with Robin from SP, and/or my hubby if she can't make it. We do 2 miles in 45 minutes. I'll keep that up, and on the days we don't hit the golf course, try some videos that I've been thinking about, in those 10-15 min. blocks. Plus, I can fit in some 'at the office' exercising as well. Speaking of which..
Exercise in one place that you normally wouldn't - yep, the office. I work on the 5th floor, so I'm thinking to add the stairs more often. I've only done it a few times, so why not up the ante some here. I'm thinking, too, I can fit in Coach Nicole's 15 minute desk workout. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
It'll do me good, and if I'm really feeling ambitious (it IS only a three-day work week for me, off today, and taking Friday off as well) I may take off at lunch and get in one of those small-blocks-of-time walks as well.
Good plan. I feel better about meeting the goals, just talking about them here. I suppose that's the point of this, isn't it? I read/liked a Secret of Success this morning, and it said in essense - blog for yourself. Don't blog for anyone else, simply say what you want, how you want. Yep, here's me, doing that.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Here it is July already. Where's the time gone?
Time to put down in writing and commit to some goals for this month. I counted June as my breaking-in period, and now that I'm broked it's time for another step toward re/building myself to the me I want to be.
~ Walking 45-60 minutes a day.
I've learned that while a half hour on the tread (she -still- needs a name, one nice enough for polite company, at least) may meet my fitness tracker goal for exercise minutes, it does Not meet my daily goal for calories to burn. Maybe if I cranked up to jogging/running on the tread for those 30 minutes, but I'm not at that point confidence-wise (as yet another aside, I AM tempted to bump the speed up to a jogging pace and see what happens, but I don't want to be a treadmill casualty and go flying off the back-end because it's more than I can handle - plus I still feel too big, loose, and jiggly to be moving in such a fashion). With that in mind, I'm going to aim for walking 45-60 minutes a day.
I've been walking with KBearsMama (~~~~~~~~~~waving 'Hi Robin!') at Glendoveer golf course, doing the two mile track in 45 minutes. When we do that, I come home and log it on the tracker, and find that it burns 296 calories - my daily goal is 316. More than 45 minutes would meet the goal, but I'll accept being 20 cals. short now and then. I do other exercises, and while they don't count as calories burned, I figured something has to be burning, besides my muscles!
~ Continue tracking my food.
I enter my food every day. If I miss finishing the logging one evening, I diligently go back and add it the next day. I've been really good about staying within my calorie range, and varying it a bit - eating at the low end a couple of days, then higher for a few more, etc. and so on. Yes, I do have below-range or above-range days, but I'm getting better at hitting the right target.
I enter the majority of my daily intake in the morning - my breakfast, my lunch, any snacks, and then I know what counts I have left to work with for dinner and evening snack (if I have one). I -think- I'm doing alright, but there are days I'm 1 point over, or 30 points under, and I need to work at finding the right balance and focusing on nutrition. Speaking of....
~ Finding a better balance.
I work 9 1/2 hour days (half hour lunch included) - I'm away from the house for 10 1/2 hours, including commute. I'm up at 4:30 a.m. daily (ok, you're right, there are 4:45 days sometimes) and out the door by 6:00 a.m. I leave work at 4:00 p.m., we're home by 4:30, and then there's the puppies to play with and feed, dinner to make, husband to spend time with, walking o do, dishes to wash, exercises to do, plants to water, yard to tend, Deadliest Catch to watch (LOVE that show) cleaning up and washing down and.. we're in bed around 9 (that is getting a bit later, since it's staying light out later). I read myself to sleep - and yes, I envy those of you who can simply go to bed and go to sleep. Bill can do that, and I wish I were so lucky. I read anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, until I drop off to sleep, book still clutched in hand. That means I usually get between 6 and 7 hours of sleep. By the end of the week, I'm pretty well done-in.
I'm having a hard time balancing everything that needs to get done in that short timespan of 4-5 hours in the evening, without anyone or anything being neglected, including myself. I've tried getting up at 4 and hitting the treadmill, and it worked when I did it the few times, but even getting up that early, I find myself rushing and hustling to avoid being late for work. So I'm sticking to an hour and a half in the evenings of working out and walking - sometimes two if I go to the golf course with Robin. I'm either going to have to cook dinners all on Sunday and freeze them for the week, or swallow my pride and ask the hubby to pitch in and do some cooking now and again. He won't mind, hasn't minded, but I feel bad asking him to do it (let's save the gender-roles discussion for another time, when my blog post isn't turning into a marathon of words!).
So there. Three little goals - three big tasks. Ok, not so big really, but they're issues that for me, I feel I need to focus on and work harder at. Let's see where things stand come August 1, shall we?
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