Tuesday, September 04, 2012
I decided last Wednesday to reign myself in and get back control by laying off the carbs (for 2 weeks) and jump start my weight loss to get back to my "wiggle room" goal (8 lbs.). I weighed yesterday and after 4 days, I've lost 4 lbs. The official weigh in is Thursday, so that doesn't count yet!
I had a challenging weekend, but I did ok. It was DD#3's 12th birthday (actually today), so we took her and 4 girls on Saturday (along with DD#2 and a friend) to a mountain resort where my sister works. I packed food and was able to abstain from the pizza, cake, chips, candy & donuts. We went to a small wildlife/petting zoo Sunday morning and by the time we left there and got back on the road, it was 2:00 and I still had to run all the girls' home. I did not want to take 5 tired kids to a restaurant, so we went through the Wendy's drive-thru. I got a small hamburger and tried not to eat the bun, but that was hard while driving!
So, that was my only "slip up". I'm a little hungry at times and don't have my go-to snack of fruit, but other than that it hasn't been too bad. Depending on how the weigh in goes on Thursday, I might start incorporating some fruit back in by the weekend. I just want to make sure I have control of this "carb binging" I've experienced the past couple of months.
I got in a lot of walking Saturday & Sunday and yesterday my sister and I rode bikes for an hour. Tonight is DD#3 actual birthday. DH has to work, but she wants turkey burgers for dinner, so he's going to make them before he leaves and I'm going to fix that and some side dishes. He also bought another cake, so I have avoiding that to look forward to! I really need to cut grass since we were gone most of the weekend and it's been raining (we're still getting "tropical moisture" from Isaac).
September kind of snuck up over the weekend, so I need to set some goals. I really want to pick back up the running and see if I can participate in some of the fall 5K's. Right now I'm struggling with running 2 miles. DD#3 ran yesterday with DH and she struggled with her 2 miles, so she wants to get back at it for basketball. So my goals for September:
Diet - Slowly incorporate the "good carbs" back in, but September will be a "No Sweets" month. I'll allow the sugar-free fudgesicle, jello & pudding, but no other processed sweet (ie, cookies, donuts, cake & snacks).
Weight Loss - 6 lbs. That's really aggressive for me, but it looks like my first week will be good (hopefully the 4 lbs.) and I can loose the additional 2 lbs. the following 3 weeks.
Exercise - this is a tough one with my schedule, but I'm going to go with 3 cardio days and force myself to work in 2 strength training days. I'll probably do mainly running, but a nice bike ride doesn't hurt!
So bring on September!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
I got some encouraging comments on my popped button blog yesterday. One comment was applauding my comment on going ahead and weighing despite the outcome or "biting the bullet". I bit the bullet this morning and weighed (after more than 2 weeks) and I did gain 2 lbs. That puts me back to 6 lbs. over my goal and 8.4 lbs. over my "wiggle room" goal. This is also where I was 4 months ago when I knew I needed to get back in control. So pretty much all summer I've been maintaining my earlier gain.
I'm not going to beat myself up. I still manage to exercise and live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I reign myself in when things are getting out of control. I like my new plan of laying off the carbs. That's been my downfall the past couple of months.
I downloaded the food plan yesterday and have made my grocery list and am going right after work. I had enough food on hand to make breakfast & lunch. I had a yummy omlet with peppers & spinach for breakfast and I packed some tuna on a bed of spinach and some peppers on the side. I have some cheese cubes and some almonds for a snack. The only thing I miss is no fruits for 2 weeks. I've always loaded them up in my lunch, but now I'll just have more veggies for a while.
Exercise has been a challenge this week. I ran on Monday, but didn't do anything Tuesday or yesterday. We've had a lot of rain from Isaac and today is drizzly & very humid. Last night we had to drop DD#1 off at work and go to DD#2's volleyball games. That was a long night! We were there from 5 - after 8 pm. I didn't eat my dinner until almost 9. I didn't want to eat the pizza or Chickfilet at the game, so I waited until I got home.
DD#2 did ok. She's catching on and really does well at practice, but her game time is limited, so she feels like she doesn't do well in the games. DH and I know absolutely nothing about volleyball, but it's a game where a mistake or error (not sure what it's called) almost always causes a point for the other team. Anyway, she says she's enjoying it, but that basketball is "still her game", so she's looking forward to October and trying out. This is going to be a very long fall/winter. They play a lot of games in high school sports (not to mention the practice). 9th grade volleyball plays 25+ games, JV 30+ and Varsity 40+. Granted with volleyball a lot of these are tournaments and multiple games played in 1 day, but that's a lot of games! Not sure yet about basketball. We are very proud of her, so we'll support her efforts. I'm learning though that I'm going to have to be even more organized with eating and exercise!
Tonight will also be a challenge. I have to pick DD#3 up from the 6th Grade Dance and DD#2 up from volleyball practice (after I go to the grocery store). At least I'll have my healthy food for my dinner and I won't have to eat so late.
The bullet was bitten and it didn't taste too good! Time to journey on!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I didn't really pop it, but it did come off! The pants I'm wearing are a little tight, although they were considered almost too big about 3 months ago. So, it got me thinking again about my out of whack eating. Most of my cravings and binges have been carbs & sweets. I was very successful with Weight Watchers and lost 46 lbs. and have kept most of it off for over a year. I'm currently about 6 lbs. over goal (hopefully!). I keep avoiding the scale and it's been 2 weeks again since I've weighed. The "popped" button got me concerned again.
I work better with a plan (hence the success at WW), but I think I'm going to go low carb (South Beach Diet Phase 1). I was also very successful about 8 years ago (when I was borderline Insulin Resistant) and lost about 40 lbs. doing low carb. I was about 17 lbs. from my goal weight, but managed to gain back about 20 (but fortunately my sugar levels have been fine since then).
I feel like I need to be a little drastic and reduce these cravings by eliminating the source for a while. I'll do Phase 1 for 2 weeks and then slowly incorporate all the healthy things I normally eat. This should jump start the weight loss and eliminate the cravings. I actually like the plan and the foods and find it easy to follow. I'm pretty simple and can eat the same things everyday without getting bored.
I have a lot of the things on hand and could start tomorrow. My concern is this weekend. Not only is it a long weekend, but we're going to be spending most of Saturday and the night away from home. It's DD#3's 12th birthday and we're spending the night at the resort where my sister works. We'll be swimming & hiking and then going to a wildlife zoo on Sunday morning. We'll have pizza & cake Saturday night and limited choices for breakfast on Sunday.
As I'm typing this, I realize this is just excuses. I can take other options for dinner & breakfast and avoid the cake.
So, that's my new plan. I'm going to bite the bullet and weight myself tomorrow so I'll have my starting point. I'll set my new weight and fitness goals tomorrow.
BTW, as I'm typing this blog, I get an e-mail from the "At Goal and Maintaining" team to update my information. Since I'm over my goal, I was feeling a little bogus about this, but then there's a P.S. (below)
"P.S. If you are struggling, please don’t disappear! The National Weight Control Registry considers it “successful maintenance” even if you keep only 10% of your original weight off. Their data also say that successful maintainers usually report several attempts at loss and maintenance before finally getting it “right.” So the struggle is worth it - you CAN get better at this"
This makes me feel better - I've certainly kept more than 10% of my original weight off, so I'm still considered a "successful maintainer". So thank you 4A-HEALTHY-BMI!
Monday, August 27, 2012
DH and I went running last Thursday at one of the greeway trails. I haven't been to this trailhead in a couple of months. I've mostly been using the indoor track or the greenway trailhead at that park. I was getting ready to stretch out at the picnic table and DH said "why don't you use the stretching area"? They've added an area to stretch out with "stations" and instructional signs (with pictures). I commented to my husband that's there's no excuse to not exercise and be active in our county! I've blogged before on how many parks they're opening and all of the different options - both inside & outside. Some activities you have to buy a "fitness pass" for, like the various gyms & classes (at a very reasonable cost), but a lot of things are free. No excuse!
So, I'm one of those people that really don't have an excuse to not exercise. I've got plenty of challenges (3 busy kids and a full time job), but no excuse. I thought about this while I struggled with my run on Thursday. I really need to get back to more than just sporadic exercise (2 runs last week and that was it) and I've got to get the eating back in control!
Friday I had to take DD#1 to work and pick up DD#2 from volleyball practice. In between that I tried to cut some grass (DH was at work). I had to go back to the high school to pick up DD#2's uniform. She's a late addition to the team and her uniform came in Friday (of course the coach called an hour after I had picked her up from practice, so I had to go back!). I had to finish up the grass so I could get back inside to watch a little pre-season Falcon's football!
DD#2 had a volleyball tournament Saturday, so I had to take her and another girl to a high school about 45 mins. away (they decided to save money and not use a bus). We were there from 9 am - 4 pm. They played 4 games. The first 3 games were pretty close together, but we had to wait over an hour to play the last game. This was our first experience with volleyball. It was pretty interesting, but it was a long day. DD#2 has never played volleyball before and she was a little confused with the rotation & substitution, but she looked pretty good. I told DH that she looked like the average player (there were some that were awesome) and you couldn't really tell she didn't know what she was doing!
I'm not sure if it's just the level or the coach, but DD#2 is really surprised at the lack of intensity of practices. The coach had them run 2 laps to get warmed back up for the final game and DD#2 was "smoking" the girls running. She said they were saying she should slow down and not "strain" herself. Strain yourself running 2 laps?! Really. Some of the girls were winded! Anyway, she commented later in the evening that she's glad she's been running over the summer and really needs to run again to be ready for basketball! Score for Mom's nagging! I'm learning a lot about high school athletics, but I'll save that for another day.
Anyway, by the time we got home, I had no energy. I guess sitting around all day in a freezing gym (yes, freezing in the middle of August!) can wear you out. I was determined to get motivated yesterday to run/walk/hike/bike - something! But nada. I did a little housework, cleaned up after DH's big breakfast and basically lazed around and watched TV. Took DD#1 to work, went to church and had the perfect opportunity to do something with DD#3 before I had to go back and pick up DD#2 at youth group and DD#1 at work. I decided to do some more laying around and then after picking up DD#2, it was too late! I won't even get into the crazy eating!
I need to find my motivation! I'm determined to run tonight. I'll have about a 2 hour window to start dinner, run and then pick up DD#2 from practice.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I swished the dirty laundry off the scale this morning for my weekly weigh in (which I have managed to forget the past 3 weeks). Fortunately I stayed the same which I'm more than happy about. The past 3 weeks have been crazy and my eating and exercise have been out of whack!
Despite all of this, I need to remember that I'm not perfect. I slip up and I don't exercise some days, and I'll have a bowl of ice cream or sometimes my portions are a little large, but I live a pretty healthy lifestyle. DH and I made a lot of changes the last couple of years and these changes are incorporated into our day. This is not just a "diet" or a wagon to jump back on.
As I've blogged before, I drink plenty of water (always more that 8 glasses), I eat a healthy breakfast and lunch most (if not all) days. I always eat 6+ servings of fruits & vegetables a day. We are also a pretty active family. Yes there are evenings when we veg around the TV, but we also play a lot of outdoor games, visit the local parks, and walk/run/hike or ride bikes on the local trails.
So, with that being said, I still didn't really exercise last night. I did spend 2 hours cutting grass (it's the middle of August in Georgia, why are we getting all of this rain?!) and I had to pick up DD#2 at volleyball. We also watched a little of the marching band practice (she has a good friend in the band and I love marching bands!). DH grilled out, so we had a healthy, yummy dinner.
I guess I'm glad I found the scale and in the future, I'll try to keep the laundry in the baskets!
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