Monday, July 29, 2013
Last week was pretty rough - I either didn't have the time and/or energy to hit the gym, so... blah. Not sure that I'll be able to even really hit the gym this week, either, because pretty much the only time I *can* go is on my lunch break, but my lunch breaks are pretty much spoken for this week (have to take 4 rescue kittens to a follow-up vet appointment, have a dental appointment, and have to take my car to the shop to get some issues addressed before we go to KC next week). Evenings probably won't be much better between having to cook dinner, deal with housework, and needing to work on my garden, which is quickly getting overrun with grass and weeds. Yippee.
One positive change, though, is in my diet. One of my friends recently posted a pic on Facebook of the meals that she pre-prepared for the upcoming week. She fixed breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the upcoming week and packaged each meal in it's own Tupperware container so all her meals were just ready to grab and eat. Ding ding ding!! That addresses a few issues for me - not having the time to prep my breakfast and lunch for the next day, not having the energy to prep my breakfast and lunch for the next day, relying on processed foods and/or restaurant food since I didn't prep my meals, not feeling like logging my foods because it's kind of a drag, portion control, etc. So I took this idea (just breakfast and lunch, though) and am starting the second week of doing this.
First week: breakfast - hard-boiled egg, mixed fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
lunch - lean hamburger with zucchini and goat cheese, topped with bruschetta, large mixed green salad, babybel cheese
snack - almonds, mandarin orange cup
Second week: breakfast - non-fat greek yogurt, mixed fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries), drizzle of honey, cinnamon
lunch - pork, mushroom, spinach enchiladas with salsa verde, cucumber-tomato salad, small green salad
snack - homemade granola, granny smith or Fuji apple
I really like the idea of doing this, but have to kind fight the monotony of it after a few days. But it's nice to have meals ready-to-go, to know exactly what is in my food, and makes logging my calories so much easier. I might not have gotten in any exercise time this last week, but I *have* lost a couple of pounds, so YAY for a teensy bit of progress. :)
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Ever since I turned 38, it's like my metabolism has hit a brick wall. Stopped cold. Smacked me around a bit for slacking off, and said "Biiiiitch, you thought you had a hard time losing weight *before*? Just you wait and see! LOLOLOL." Metabolism is a jerk. Well, MY metabolism has turned into a major jerk. I haven't been eating particularly badly, I've been focusing on eating fewer processed foods, more "clean" foods, fruits and veggies, very little soda, lots of water, and I'm STILL gaining weight. Fuuuuuu.... I'm once again within shouting distance of my heaviest weight and it's pissing me off. And depressing me. Sadly, I'm always so.damn.tired. and just never have the energy to work out. GAH.
However, I *did* actually hit the gym this last Saturday and I worked.my.ass.off. I started C25K over again and worked on increasing my running pace. Used to run at 4.3/4.4 mph and increased it to 4.9 mph for the running periods this time. I even sprinted during the last running period (6.5 mph) and didn't die. Miracle of miracles! For upcoming sessions, I think I'm going to increase my "regular" pace again, try 5.2 mph or somewhere around there. See if I can sustain it and build my endurance at that pace. I also did a lot of strength training, mostly arms and back, but some legs and core, as well. I'm still sore 3 days later. Despite the fact that I kinda felt like I was going to puke when I was done working out, I still felt damn good.
Goals for this week:
* Get back into logging everything I eat and drink
* Cut back on booze. I don't drink everyday or anything, or even drink a LOT, but I *have* found that my love for beer certainly seems to negatively affect my metabolism
* Complete C25K W1 this week, and with faster paced running sessions
* Complete at least 2 more strength training sessions this week and some non-C25K cardio
* Increase my movement during the day and try to get out from behind my desk more often
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
So, I've lost just shy of 6 pounds during this most recent South Beach Phase 1. If I remember correctly, I lost around 13 pounds last time I did Phase 1. Not sure why I didn't lose as much as last time, maybe because I was still kinda South Beachin' before I went back on Phase 1 this last time? My other theory is that, since I wasn't logging everything I ate, I might not have been getting enough calories. I also wasn't consuming dairy and beans everyday, so maybe that contributed to not losing as much. *Sigh* I don't know. Also, not getting enough sleep, so there's that.
HOWEVER, on a positive note, the numbers on the scale are headed in the right direction again and, even though I really didn't lose any weight in the last week, I *did* lose some inches according to my measuring tape this morning.
As with the first time I did Phase 1, the cravings weren't as bad as I was expecting and, outside of having just a little bit of fruit one day and a cocktail, I didn't cheat... until yesterday. Which is weird, because I was almost 2 weeks into Phase 1. I've had some cravings here and there, but they weren't too bad. But yesterday, it was *overwhelming*. Not sure what was going on, but DAMN I really wanted to get a Big Tex cinnamon roll from the vending machine. It was BAD. I managed to get through while I was at work, but then I got home and immediately the kids started driving me nuts and I was tired and I didn't want to make dinner and my husband was in a bad mood and UGH. We got some carryout - I got chicken fajitas with lettuce instead of tortillas but my husband got cheese fries and my youngest son got chicken tenders and fries. I admit. I caved and ate a bite of his chicken and probably 10-12 fries total. And you know what? I felt better after that. I scratched the itch a little bit and now I'm good. I don't even want that Big Tex anymore. ;)
*Start logging my food again. Gah. It's such a pain in the ass, though. It used to be kind of fun, but plugging in your own recipes and calculating the calories and stuff is such an ass-whip.
*Get to bed earlier.
*Increase current 1-3 workouts/week to 4-5 workouts/week. Start actually *doing* some of the workouts and strength training exercises that I've been obsessively Pinning for the last several months.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
My life has been pretty crazy the last few months and my focus on my healthy eating lifestyle has certainly suffered. As a result, I've backtracked a little on my weight - I'm up about 6 lbs from my most recent lowest weight. BUT I'm getting back on track, starting TODAY, and I'm going to reverse that pretty quickly. Today I'm starting back on Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet and getting back on the C25K train, and I'm actually excited about both. I took new measurements this morning (EEEK!), I've got SBD-friendly breakfast. lunch and snacks here at work, I've already got a SBD-friendly menu made out for the week, and I've got the drive to get back on track.
I got a bit of a slap in the face recently when I logged my weight here and then went to the reports page... and saw that I would be about 5-7 lbs from my goal weight by now if I had stayed on track. GAAAAHHHHH!!!! Dammit. Oh, well. It could definitely be worse. I could have gained back ALL the weight I've lost so far.
But still... but still... I'll reach my goal. It'll take a little longer now, but I'll get there.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
This South Beach thing is going surprisingly well. I've tried Atkins a couple of times but always gave up after just a couple of days. I know I'm not too far in yet (finishing up day 4), but so far, so good. Haven't actually had cravings *too* bad yet (knock on wood). I was kinda craving some sweets yesterday, but just had some non-fat greek yogurt with some SF raspberry syrup and a splash of vanilla and that more or less nipped it in the bud. I *am* looking forward to getting back some chocolate, though! I kind of miss Dr. Pepper and I don't care much for diet soda, so I'm not sure that I'll drink that. Mostly, I think I miss the cold and fizz. I've been drinking a crapload of water every day, but I might also get some seltzer water or something and mix in a splash of SF raspberry syrup and a bit of lemon juice.
My rings are starting to loosen up a bit and I've dropped a little over 4 pounds so far. I know it's water weight, but it's still progress and it helps keep me motivated to continue on. Not having a ton of energy yet, so I'm holding off a bit on getting back to running. I'm just too tired to really do it right now. I ran on Monday and thought I was going to die after I got started on my second jogging session (I was kind of doing a bastardized C25K). To keep track of the daily weight loss (just for sh*ts and giggles), Day 1 - 2 lbs, day 2 - 1 lb, day 3 - 1 lb 4 oz. :)
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