Friday, July 11, 2014
Today, for the first time in 6 months, I went to the gym. I ran into my co-worker there. She is fit and toned, and I very much admire her physical wellness. Yes, genetics has something to do with it (she is nearly a foot taller than me, so her muscles already have that lovely, stretched look), but it was encouraging to see that she "gets her sweat on" at the same place I do. If she can achieve her goals there, I can, too.
First observation - she spends more time than I do. Yes, admittedly, this was my first trip in 6 months, but I would like to work my way up to the full hour or more that I observed her spending. In addition to the physical stamina, I will have to make it work with my schedule.
At any rate, I'm back on track and re-starting my good habits.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Tomorrow I will go to the gym before work. It will be, I think, the first time this calendar year that I achieve that simple goal. The reason I will go and do that is because I am writing it here, and someone will read it, and then I will be accountable to that person.
Please let me know if you read this. I really need someone to call me on my *stuff tomorrow if I try to not go.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
My weight loss this year has not been as quick and dramatic as last years'. I know the reasons: I'm not going to the gym (working out at home and at the fitness room in my office), I'm not as energetic this year (still figuring out the reason there), and I'm not tracking my food as closely. Nonetheless, I feel like I am making progress. I am down about 5 pounds from where I was at the start of the year. My tracker, for whatever reason, didn't start at my actual weight early on in 2014, so it isn't showing that progress.
I've been incredibly tired recently. Not every single day, but many of them. An example - I looked at the clock just now expecting it to be lunch time, but it is only 10:00 am. There is no reason for me to be so tired when it is still so early in the day. I slept well, got a quick workout in this morning. ate a good breakfast, had my cup of coffee, took my supplement... where's my energy?
I also think my motivation has changed. I want to be lighter and more fit, but I really just want to feel good. I told my husband yesterday when he called me from the grocery that I want to bring my lunch to work more consistently than I have been. He agreed to purchase the things that I mentioned wanting in my lunch lineup. I did not prepare my lunch for today because it is Thursday, so I have a standing date with a vendor who brings us food to the building lobby. Still, I have already determined what I like to eat from them (a salad with salsa and either tofu or black beans as my protein) and know how many calories I'm enjoying when I stop by. Tomorrow, though, lunch will be brought.
I really think I need a vacation. My motivation at work is waning. Hope I am able to find a good kick in the seat to get back into what I should be working on. Last year, working on myself was a great motivator, but this year that isn't holding as true. Hopefully I'll find whatever magic formula it is that I'm missing in the near future.
Maybe a I need a new civic group. I hear there is a Toastmasters chapter in my town.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I love my Fitbit, and I lost it on March 15th. I was at a public arena to watch the Harlem Globetrotters (it was a really fun show! I am so glad I got to go!) and when we got back to the car, I patted myself down to check my steps for the day, and to my dismay, my tracker was gone. The tracker, the clip/case - both gone. I was disappointed, but I also knew that this was a possibility. The case had been deteriorating, and I had it on my to-do list to replace it, but I hadn't gotten around to that just yet. Now I know the price of procrastination.
For 10 days, I was Fitbit-less. I thought I could just do what I had been doing and not need the tracker, but it turns out the 15 months with a device creates real dependency. I was falling far short of my usual activity levels, and since I didn't have my Fitbit Friends watching my food entries (I don't know if they actually do, but the honesty of putting it out there where potentially my friends could see them was daunting) I didn't bother entering them. I didn't even bother thinking about it.
I believe it is safe to say, losing my Fitbit was quite damaging to my health.
I tried the customer service route, but I had my device for 15 months, and the warranty on them runs for 12 months. The representatives were very kind, and said that if I can dig up all of my order and shipping information they might be able to send a replacement as a "goodwill gesture", but the original device was a gift. I didn't want to send my parents digging through 15-month-old emails and CC statements to find all that. I kind of resolved that I'd just buy a new one.
Enter my knight in shining armor, my dear friend Michael! He bought a Fitbit a good while back, but didn't find it nearly as encouraging and inspiring as I did. A lot of his activities are aerial (he takes circus classes and stuff- so cool!) and the Fitbit couldn't track that activity accurately. He hadn't worn his device in a while and was willing to give it to me. What a hero!
We went out to (a very unhealthy) dinner last night, my treat, and Michael handed it over. A little fancy re-connecting on the Fitbit website, and viola! I'm now tracking away!
I did 4,000 steps last night in celebration, and started today with another 6k before leaving the house to come to work! I've also pre-made my protein shakes in case I forget to bring my lunch, and I plan to hit the gym tomorrow morning for a workout in public. It will be my first in a while, and it is likely to kick my butt, but I'm really to get back on the health wagon again. I watched my weight creep up for a while, and I'm ready to bring it back down to "fighting weight" (125).
So, thank you Michael! Thank you Fitbit! And skinny jeans, here I come!
Friday, January 10, 2014
Adding the Aria to my wellness routine is all about telling myself the truth about my wellness, and deciding what I want to do, and am willing to do, to improve my current state of health and ability. Stepping on for the first time was intimidating, and it yielded positive and not-so-positive results.
The not-so-positive: I am up 11 pounds from my lowest weight last year.
The positive: My BMI is lower, and my lean mass higher, than I was thinking it would be. Even though my weight increased by a fairly high percentage, I am still in the "Normal" BMI range. That tells me that I am building muscle instead of just adding fat, and I am definitely interested in staying strong, not just lightweight.
With all this, I think I'm going to redefine my goals. I would rather base my wellness on my BMI and lean body mass than weight. To help me with this shift in my thinking, I'm going to start measuring some key body areas in inches weekly, as well as keeping up with a weekly weigh-in on my Aria. I'm going to keep up with my regular cardio and keep eating according to a weight loss plan, but that is more because I'm not interesting in committing to a body-builder's food plan. Plus, my husband would NOT go for that, and I enjoy sharing meals with him.
A side note - we switched to the Low Calorie Menu on eMeals, and so far we like it even better than the Simple Gourmet plan that we had been using. Delicious meals, and each one under 450 calories! My husband, the cook for our family, tends to make larger portions than the recipes call for, but I just slide a portion from my plate onto his before we sit down to dinner, and he doesn't seem to mind. I think that is an appropriate practice since I am a full 100+ pounds smaller than my hubby. He burns about 1000 calories more than me just by being alive, so he should eat greater portions of the food we consume.
I'm looking forward to my weigh in on the Aria tomorrow morning! I've decided that I want to make Friday first thing my weigh in time, but I forgot today, so it will just have to tomorrow morning. I'm not worried about a little inconsistency while I get used to my new device. It will all even out.
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