Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I've been struggling lately with my weight gain. I've looked back at my previous blogs and just about every blog mentions my concerns about the weight gain as a postscript. Yes, I'm concerned, disappointed, frustrated and yes, I know what to do. However, I'm not doing it. I've even attributed the number on the scale to the "scale lying". But sometimes the scale doesn't lie! I've gained inches and my clothes are getting a little snug. It's time to put my plan in action and quit casually mentioning it as an afterthought. It will now be front & center of my plan!
I pulled out all my past Weight Watcher trackers while I was successfully and consistently loosing weight, and without fail, the main thing that stands out is the lack of snacking. I would eat my healthy breakfast, healthy lunch with a late afternoon snack of fruit and my healthy dinner. I would have one healthy snack at night. I wasn't depriving myself, I was getting enough to eat. I just wasn't mindlessly eating! I have some "trigger" times. Late night snacking and mindless weekend eating. I need to get those under control.
I recreated my Weight Watcher trackers on a spreadsheet and pulled out all of my materials. The counting points worked for me (previous 46 lbs. weight loss and maintaining for almost a year). What doesn't work is not tracking and keeping yourself accountable. As soon as I stopped, I let it get out of control. So I'm taking back control.
I'm ok with the exercise plan. I've kept my "streak" going for 2 weeks. Monday I did my 20 min. upper body workout and finished cutting the grass with the pushmower (DD#2 was supposed to finish it up, but she was so tired after her 7 hour kayaking nightmare and she had a 2 hour basketball practice that evening, so I did it). Last night I went bike riding for 45 mins. I was pretty proud of myself. We walked the bikes through the woods to the subdivision behind us and then rode to the greenway trail. DD#2 and I rode 6 miles on the greenway and I'm not sure how far through the subdivision (DH and DD#3 couldn't keep up with us -DD#3 needs some practice on her bike!). On the way back, there's 2 "killer" hills through the subdivision (the greenway is very flat) and I rode up both hills. DD#2 had to get off and walk her bike. Way to go Mom!
Tonight I'll run while DD#3 is at hip hop class. I'm going to increase my run increment tonight. I also contacted a place for a kickboxing class and DD#1 and I are going to go when she gets back (she leaves tomorrow for 10 days - will miss her!). The gym has a good schedule and I'm thinking Mon. (not sure), Wed/Fri. running/walking, Tues./Thurs. kickboxing and body toning class on Saturday mornings. I'm hoping it's not too expensive, but we'll see if it's something we can afford for both of us - we both do better in a group environment and not trying to do it on our own. I'm going to keep my 30+ min. a day exercise streak going through the summer!
Monday, June 25, 2012
Happy to report that I've kept up with my daily 30+ min. of exercise - tomorrow will be 2 weeks!
Friday morning I did the lower body workout. I'm actually pretty proud I'm getting up about 40 mins. early to do this - I could be sleeping until 7:00 ish since it's summer, but I'm getting up at 6:30 to do a workout - 3-4 times a week. I'm getting a pretty good workout, my arms & legs feel it, but I really hate the lady on the DVD. She talks the whole time!
We have a Roku box for Netflix and there's a "channel" option via the internet called Gymbox. They have every kind of exercise imaginable and you can scroll through and check them out. I was really excited at first until I found out that it's a 2 min. "trailer" You have to actually purchase the "channel" to get the entire workouts. I'm going to check into the cost of this. I did 2 mins. of a kickboxing session and that was a workout! I would really like to do a kickboxing class with DD#1 (I've found a couple of locations and 1 was recommended), but DH is adamant we don't spend money. I know there's all kind of ways to exercise without a gym or class, but I really want to get her motivated to exercise. She borders on overweight and unfortunately her interests and friends are not big into doing active things (another blog after I think about this more!).
Back to my recap - Friday after work, DH dropped DD#1 at work and then DH, DD#2 and I went to the park to run. DH ran outside and DD#2 and I ran the indoor track. She went with much protesting again, but actually ran 2 fast miles. I did the same walk/run as Wednesday. DH came back in very hot & sweaty. He was only able to do 1.5 miles of running, but that's ok. - it was hilly, hot & humid! He and DD#2 played basketball while I finished my run/walk.
Saturday morning I slept in until about 8:30 and then woke DD#1 up to get ready for work. I dropped her off at 10:15 am and stopped on the way back to my house to pick blueberries (my Dad has 3 bushes). I then made blueberry waffles. I know - not the most healthy breakfast, but they were yummy! It was a nice quiet morning since DD#1 was at work & DD#3 was spending the night away. DD#2 was taking advantage of not having to get up early and slept until 12:30. I "dabbled" in house cleaning & laundry. Later that day DS#2 came by and we were going to take the girls to the lake and swim, but it started raining. It rained hard for about an hour. I still needed to get my 30+ mins. in, so fortunately it stopped raining about 7:00 pm. I had to take DD#3's friend back home, so DS#2, DD#2, the dog and I walked for about 40 mins. The rain only made it more hot & humid, so we were sweating!
Yesterday DH made a big breakfast before he left for work. DD#2 went kayaking with DS#2/husband and niece/husband. I really wanted to go, but they didn't have any extra kayaks and they were trying out a new location and there weren't any rental options. I also needed to stay home because DD#1 was having a "half way to Christmas party" and 7 teenagers were coming over. Most of them stayed from 1 - 9 pm! I didn't feel right leaving them (although they're all very nice kids), so my 30+ mins. of exercise was mowing lawn for over an hour. 30 mins. with push mower and the rest with the riding mower. DD#2 didn't get home until 10:00 pm - they spent 7 hours on the river. She was exhausted - turns out this river was very low in a lot of places and they had to drag the kayaks. Apparently getting them in & out was a hassle too! She rode in a 2-man kayak with my niece who is pregnant, so DD#2 (being the sweety she is) did most of the "heavy lifting"!
All in all it was a nice weekend! My eating is still "crap" and I'm getting a little panicky about this weight gain. I need to get back to "what works" and that was tracking (in my case with Weight Watchers). I dug out my Lifetimer book and found some trackers. If I went back to a meeting, I would have to pay since I'm over my goal weight (see previous comment about not spending money!). I need to seriously get back on track with the tracking!
Friday, June 22, 2012
As if I needed more incentive to loose those stubborn 6+ pounds over goal, yesterday while I'm sitting at my desk at work, I noticed my pants were a little snug. Not "lay on the bed to button" snug, but they felt a little uncomfortable. I told myself, "you better get it in gear and make sure you don't gain anymore weight or inches". I went down 3 sizes 1 1/2 years ago and had to buy a whole new wardrobe. While that was exciting, it was also expensive, especially with 3 growing girls and their clothing needs (and wants). I remember the excitement I had buying clothes in a size I haven't seen in over 18 years. This should definitely do it for me!
Plus, I had another "jealousy" moment. My Girl Scout co-leader, who has 5 kids, was quite overweight. We were working on a badge back in March where we were timing the girls to run. My co-leader really struggled with finishing the mile. Back in May while we were at the waterpark for our last event, I noticed she had lost some weight and commented on it. She said she had lost 18 lbs. and was working with her husband's personal trainer (back story on her husband - he lost over 200 lbs. (yes I said 200) and is now very excessive with working out). Now I'm getting Facebook updates on all of her athletic feats - she's biking, running, working with trainer, rowing (her family is big into this), just did a "mini" triathlon and has lost 25 lbs. So while I'm thrilled for her and so glad she's getting healthy, I'm still feeling jealous that she's doing so well and I'm struggling.
I realize when I type these things how petty I sound (and whiny). I've always had a tendency to compare myself with others. I need to just work my plan! I did my lower body workout yesterday and also played frisbee with the girls for about 30 mins. (it was so hot & humid). I got up again this morning and did the upper body workout and DH and I are going running this evening. I'm sticking to my 30+ min. of exercise a day, so I'm o.k. with this!
My main concern right now is "snacking". I'm busy until about 8-9 pm and then I settle down to watch TV. Since it's summer and the girls are staying up later, I find myself staying up later too. That means around 9, I'm looking to snack! Last night I found myself eating Doritos! I don't even like Doritos, but I ate them!
I've identified my main concern, now I just need to work on it. I have my incentives, my motivation, my plan. So what's the problem (purely rhetorical - this is my "get it off my chest and get it in gear" blog!)
Thursday, June 21, 2012
My summer goal (set last Tuesday) is to exercise 30+ mins. a day. I don't have any specific plan, just do some form of exercise for 30+ mins. everyday. So far, so good. Monday I played 30 mins. of badminton & 20 mins. of throwing the Frisbee. Tuesday morning I did an upper body DVD (20 mins.) and played badminton for about 30 mins. again that evening.
Yesterday while DD#3 was at her Hip Hop class, DD#2 and I ran on the indoor track. I dusted off my old C25K training schedule (from my running class last year) and I started at about Week 4 - Brisk 5 min. walk, Run-1 mile, W-5, R-.5 mile and then walk for 5+mins and then cool down. It was about 35 mins. of running/walking. I actually did the mile in under 11 mins., which is really fast for me. Granted we were in an indoor track, so it was flat & air conditioned!
DD#2 complained about going (she had a 2 hour basketball practice that morning), but she said it wasn't too bad since she wasn't in the heat. Plus they had open gym that night and there was some pretty intense basketball playing below that she enjoyed watching while running. If you could get past the "sweaty man" smell, it was a very pleasant run. I'm going to encourage her to go a couple of times a week. Yes, she's getting lots of exercise at basketball practice, but she needs to work up endurance with the running. We're trying to motivate her to "take it to the next level" so she can become a High School athlete. She's had basketball practice with the high school coach for about 3 weeks now and they went to a camp last week. In July she'll have both basketball and softball practice and then softball tryouts are in August right before school starts. Basketball tryouts are in October. She needs to build up that endurance!
We tried to guilt DD#1 into going, but she didn't want to have anything to do with running again. She's insistent that she wants to do kickboxing. I found a class, but she leaves next Thursday for 9 days - she's going with a friend to an art class at Appalachian State University. The friend's grandparents live near the campus, so they'll be staying with them. She's very excited! We're going to start the class when she gets back. It's not cheap, so she's really going to have to commit.
Anyway, I digress. I woke up this morning and did a 20 min. lower body workout. I'm planning to either run at the indoor track tonight or go to the flat/shady greenway trail.
I still don't have the eating under control. I know I need to track what I'm eating, I just can't seem to get there.
BTW - jealousy reared it's head again! DS#2 called me yesterday - she's taking the running class with DS#1 and she said that DS#1 is really doing good with the running and is fast (and DS#2 was faster than me - I'm the youngest btw!). So again I felt jealous that's she's doing so well and guilty that I've let things slip! I really am proud of her - she's 61 and is doing a great job. Plus since she's the oldest and doesn't have any kids - this will help with her overall health and DS#2 and I won't have to take care of her in our "old age" she'll probably be taking care of us!
Keep on streaking!
Monday, June 18, 2012
My new summer plan of 30+ mins. of exercise is working pretty well. Almost a whole week! Friday DH & I dropped off DD#1 at work and went to the park to run (or in my case, get in my 30+ mins. of exercise, even though I had already done a 20 min. ST workout that morning). Anyway, we went to the park with the hilly trails and I was going to run up the big hill and then walk most of the rest. I trudged up the hill (almost dying) and took about 1 min. recovery and then started to run again. Out of the 40 mins. walk/run, I ran about 25 mins. All in all I felt pretty good and again tried not to be disappointed that I can't run the entire 40 mins - but I'm working the plan!
My exercise Saturday consisted of major house cleaning. I know, that's not "really" exercise, but I was sweating and got a work-out. I spent 3 hours (and 2 large trash bags) in DD#3's room alone cleaning under her bed, in the closet, besides her bed, etc. We even moved around her furniture. DD#1 was going to have friends come over after she got off work, so when she came home, we cleaned the basement (not an easy task!). They ended up staying outside by the bonfire DH started and listening to music and making smores (and eating pizza), so the basement stayed clean!
Yesterday morning DH and I got up early and drove to Clemson University (about 2 hour drive) to pick up DD#2 at basketball camp. We brought her and 2 other girls home. They had been there since Friday morning and were exhausted. 8 games in 1 1/2 days, not to mention all the drills and waking (their dorm was about a mile from where they played and they were the only school that didn't bring vans, so they had to walk!), made for some very tired girls. They slept the entire trip and then DD#2 slept more when we got home. DD#1 was at work and DD#3 had gone with my parents to my sisters house, so DH and I went to 5:00 p.m. Mass, picked up Subway and then went to the park to run (before eating the Subway). He was on vacation last week, so it was nice spending so much time together. The dog really wanted to go with us. She stood by the van to get in and when she saw me get the leash, she jumped in the van. She's a very active dog (but 10 years old). We went again to the hilly trail. I only run up the hill twice, but she kept up a pretty quick pace. It was almost a jog! We did over 3 miles in 40 mins. so that's not too bad.
I slept in this morning instead of doing my strength training, so I think I might ride my bike after dropping DD#1 off at work. DH is back at work and has to work tonight.
Saturday was the only "bad" food day, so it was a pretty good weekend of "working the plan"!
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