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.
Friday, January 03, 2014
I received a Fitbit Aria (the super fancy scale) for Christmas, and today I am going to figures it out. I tried to tell myself that I would start using it on New Year's Day, but I got scared. Today I will do as deep clean of the master bath, which needs it, and then figure out what the Aria needs from me in order to work.
I'm not too concerned about knowing the truth about my weight. I know that I've been creeping up in pounds recently so it won't register the svelt 125 I optimistically left on my page after that weigh in. I am hoping that I won't be too disappointed with the BMI that I see. I worked really hard to pull mine into the Normal range and will be bummed if my recent lack of workouts has let me back into the Overweight category. If so, though, I just renewed my gym membership, so I can revisit my commitment there and make the changes that must be made.
One thing I am confident of is that I am not back up the 20 pounds that I lost in 2013. Maybe up 10, but not everything. I hope that the Aria will also help me with determining my reading metabolism rate because I am not at all confident that I'm only burning 1812 per day if I don't work out. I'm definitely hungry for a lot more, anyway.
Wish me luck!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I kicked my shoes off, picked them up, and proceeded to dance like the girl in Flashdance. I even softly sang "she's a maniac, maaaaaniac that's for sure..." as I pumped my arms and legs with enthusiasm. I was looking crazy, and I didn't let it bother me.
It might sound like something I do when I get home after a long and hard commute. Yes, on occasion I do, but this was actually the scene at about 11 am when I took a sanity break from my desk. If I had witnesses, they might tell me it is actually an insanity break. Either way, I take a couple of them during the day. Most folks around the office have gotten used to seeing me get up and take laps through the office. Sometimes I round the elevator bay, sometimes I just go up and down the hallway as though I am on patrol. Some days, like today, I go to abandoned area of the hall and just let loose.
I'm not ashamed with looking crazy, because I know that my mental energy comes from within my body. When I sit at my desk all day, I feel so tired that by the time I'm scheduled to go home, I am mentally and physically drained. Taking a couple of minutes to run around in the hallway gives me back my pep, energy, and spark, and I am so glad to have it.
Some of my coworkers have caught on that I do this seemingly strange physical activity, and they give me a wide berth when they pass me in the hallway. Others have decided they like the idea, and I've even caught some taking their own physical breaks - walking just to walk, stretching and balancing while on a conference call, doing squats up and down the bathroom floor...
I hope I'm inspiring positive change in my coworkers. I spend more waking time with them than I do my husband. While that is a sad truth, it also indicates how important it is to monitor the influence one has on colleagues, and the effect that coworkers have on oneself. I hope that my influence of crazy dancing can also be seen as modeling positive energy.
It feels like time for another physical break. I think this one will be to Florence and Machines. "shake it off, shake it o-off! Oh whoa-oh! It's hard to dance with the Devil on your back..."
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Nothing tragic, and probably can be blamed on the long weekend in the mountains with WAY too much food at every meal, but I'm up by 5 lbs. I'm not feeling tragic, but I am bummed. Bummed is the first step toward motivation for me, so I'm interpreting this as a good thing.
Like I said, no tragedy, but I am inspired to have my protein shake for lunch instead of going to the building lobby for Moe's. They come every week, and foregoing them once in a while isn't a bad thing. I don't get a huge burrito, but instead go for a light salad (no cheese, no meat - really only about 300 cal). Nonetheless, with a trip to Outback Steakhouse on the docket for tonight, I'm determined to watch my calories really closely throughout the day. I'm sure I'll still go over my normal daily allowance, but if I keep my other meals small and responsible, I can keep the overflow more modest.
Hopefully with this and some re-energized workouts, I can start moving the scale back to my personal happy place of 125. Maybe even a few pounds lighter! I haven't been less than 125 for years...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Oh, Brazilian Steakhouse. You kill me.
Well, not kill, but maim.
Most accurately, you bring my insides to a standstill.
It has been YEARS since I went to a Brazilian steakhouse, and my husband had never gone. For our anniversary, we decided, what the heck? We ate light yesterday during the day, and then stuffed meat in our mouths for dinner. It was delicious. It was so much meat that I began to feel a little high by the end. High off too much meat.
So far today, I have drunk water and one cup of coffee. I think I will take a date with the ol' treadmill for lunch. I am still so full feeling, and can nearly still taste the meat.
Might have to go vegan until Friday to let this wear off.
If this is how they actually eat in Brazil, I should not go there. (I'm sure its not - I'm being funny.)
Hey, at least we had fun!
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