Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I blogged last week that I was thinking of going back to low-carb eating (and further complicating my journey!). A little back history - I lost 46 lbs. with Weight Watchers 2 years ago and have pretty much managed to keep if off for 2 years. One of my "triggers" is my snacking. I know when I find myself snacking on "junk" at night, it's time to "take back control".
A little further back history is a c0uple of years after I had my 3rd child (10 years ago), I was diagnosed with Insulin Resistance. It really scared me and I quickly lost 40 lbs. (I needed to loose 60). I haven't had any problems with my glucose counts since that initial diagnosis (the last check in January had me way below) and I finally got to my goal weight.
So, when I'm mindlessly snacking on chips & crackers and eating too many sweets, I get concerned. I've had a couple of weeks like that and especially this past weekend, so I decided yesterday to cut out the carbs for a couple of weeks and then slowly work back in the "good carbs" (kind of a South Beach thing).
I had weighed last Wednesday and was up a lb. (6 lbs. over WW goal). My official weigh in is Wednesday, but I thought I'd go ahead and weigh this morning to get a "starting weight" for the beginning of my low carb eating instead of waiting until tomorrow. Much to my surprise, I've lost 3 lbs. since last Wednesday!
I know all about the "fickle scale" (I'm no rookie!), so I'll take it for what it's worth, but I don't mind saying, I was pretty excited. I'm now only about 3 lbs. over my WW goal and 5 lbs. over my "wiggle room" goal. I'm back in a "healthy weight", so I'm feeling pretty good. So, I'll keep up with no "carbs" for a couple of weeks and work back in some fruit & whole grains.
I'm hoping to run tonight with DD#3. She mentioned last week that she and 2 friends were thinking about doing track next year. I told her I would help her "train" by starting to run. Our church is also having their 2nd annual 5K on 5/18, so we want to be ready for that (I'm also running a 5K on 5/4).
DD#2 is now sick with a "cold" and is running fever, so she missed basketball last night and didn't go to school today (DD#1 had it last week), so it will just be me & DD#3 tonight (unless DH wants to go).
I didn't really do any exercise over the weekend. I was very busy and did a lot of yard work, but I haven't run since Thursday night. The pollen was really bad Thursday and we had some big storms come in, so DD#2, DH and I ran in the gym. I had my fastest ever 2 miles! DD#2 got asked to play in a "pick up " basketball game with a bunch of guys. She did really good and they were impressed! Since we were staying longer, I actually ran a little more and walked for a total of about 45 mins.
I hope to get in a run at least 3 times this week so I can get ready for the 5K on 5/4. I'm not sure if DH & DD#2 are going to do it with me. They both ran a really hard 5K on Saturday. It was a pretty big race for our area (over 1,000 people). DH was 415 out of 1,120 and DD#2 was 154 out of 1,120. I think they did awesome!
Thoughts & Prayers to the people of Boston.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I didn't want to weigh in on Wednesday. I had a feeling I was going to have a gain. I've haven't really tracked my food the past 10 days or so and even though I've probably stayed within range, I've started back up with the snacking at night.
I did gain a lb. and wasn't even going to "record" it, but figured I needed to "own it". It is what it is. I still have the 5 lb. loss since late January, but need to loose 6 more lbs. to be back at "goal".
I signed up for Weight Watchers online for 3 months. That will expire at the end of April. I don't think I'll "renew it". I know I need to track, that's one of the tools that keeps me accountable. I just don't want to pay for it right now.
I was thinking this morning that weight loss and maintenance certainly occupies a lot of my time and energy. While it's certainly important, I'm not sure it should be this complicated. I do think I'll just have to resign myself that it's just a part of my life and I can't escape it.
On that note, I'm thinking I'll go back to low carb eating for a couple of weeks. I'll still track PP and activity points for accountability (again over complicating this!). I find that if I cut out the "bad carbs", it cuts down on my snacking and cravings.
I've been slowly sorting through spring clothes since we had a "heat wave" over the weekend. I bagged up some stuff yesterday for the Kidney Foundation that my girls don't like or are too small. I also had a lot of stuff that my sister and one of her friends had given me the last couple of years. A lot of it's not "my style", so I don't wear it (most of it's really nice - just don't like it). I washed all of the spring clothes and am now putting away the cold weather stuff. I'm happy to say that even being 5+ lbs. over goal, all my clothes fit really well. I mentioned before that my measurements are actually lower than a year ago. I think the running & exercise helps with this.
So I'm still pretty pleased with my activity level (I obsess about this too!) I ran on Monday. I'm still only getting 2 miles of straight running, but get in a good 35-40 mins. run/walk. I walked with my sister and her "chubby" bulldog on Tuesday while DH & DD#2 ran, and then came home and cut grass (riding lawn mower).
I was going to run yesterday, but DH wanted to get the grass cutting done so we could spread some stuff on the lawn since it's supposed to rain tonight. DH helped my Dad till his garden, so in between driving the kids around, I finished cutting the grass. After I dropped off DD#2 at basketball, I walked around the yard for 45 mins. with the spreader. That was actually quite a work out because at times the spreader was heavy and I had to walk briskly to get an "even" spread. My arms are actually hurting this morning. I also have a huge headache because the pollen is really brutal (happens every year, but it's always a "shock" on the system).
DH & DD#2 will probably want to run tonight since they have the 5K on Saturday morning. The big storms are supposed to hold out until after 6 pm. , but with the pollen being so bad, we may decide to run in they gym. If we decide to hold out on the running until tomorrow, I think I'll give the Jillian Michaels Wii workout a try. DH got a free Wii from a guy he works with who is "downsizing". He hooked it up in our bedroom (we already have one in the basement that the girls use) because we can watch Netflix and also play DVD's on it.
I'll stop obsessing now and get back to work.
Monday, April 08, 2013
We had the best weather over the weekend! Makes you glad you live in North Georgia. My girls had spring break last week, but a lot of metro Atlanta counties are on break this week. They're really getting nice weather - high 70's today, 80's on Tuesday & Wednesday and no rain until Thursday.
I worked Wednesday & Thursday last week and had Friday off. Thursday was rainy & cold. Our temperatures in March were colder than January and April started off cooler than "average"! It started to clear up early afternoon on Friday, so DD#3 and I went to a plant nursery to buy flowers. She wanted to plant the beds and I finished up with the rest of the flower pots & hanging baskets.
We finished up in time to clean up a little and DH and I took DD#1 to work and then went to the hilly trail to run. He and DD#2 are going to run a 5K this Saturday that has a pretty hard & hilly course, so he wants to be ready (I'm not running because I have to get DD#1 to work and truthfully, I'm not ready for this challenging of a race!).
Anyway, we parked by the big pavilion, stretched out and walked briskly around the "walking loop". DH wanted to do some more stretching and he was planning to run up the huge hill and do 2 loops. My plan was to only do 1 loop (which is 1.6 miles) and then walk some more of the "walking loop". This is a really hard trail and is mostly hills, so either way you go, you're going to run some hills! I got to my old nemesis "the second time around hill" and had to walk a little. I had only run about 10 mins., so I was a little disappointed. I walked about 3 mins. and started to run again. I started running down the huge hill and figured I would continue on and do at least another 1/2 loop. I finished up with a total of 25 mins. running & 20 mins. walking (I kept on walking with DH when he finished). I ran 10 mins. straight & then 15 mins. straight after walking the 3 mins. It was a good workout!
Saturday morning I woke up and took down the rest of the Easter stuff. DH and I were meeting my niece to make the "baby swap" around 11:00. We were going to meet a tractor supply store that's on the way to where they going kayaking (DH wanted to pick up some tractor paint). She was running late, so we had some time to kill at the tractor store. It's a pretty neat store that had clothing, garden supplies, furniture, etc. They also had baby ducks & chicks. We had toyed around with getting DD#3 a duck for Easter. She fell in love with my sister in-law's pet duck while we were in Florida (she actually hatched it from an egg ). I had nixed the idea because I didn't want to have something else to take care of, even though my girls are pretty responsible with the pets. Anyway, since we had time to kill, we ended up getting 2 baby ducks (turns out you can't get only 1).
We picked up my great-nephew and headed home (baby ducks in tow). DD#3 was so excited (as was DD#1). We spent the afternoon watching the ducks waddle around the yard and "swim" in a large bowl of water. Later DD#1 and I took baby Nolan to the park (back to the hilly trail) and walked him in his stroller. My niece was supposed to pick up the baby around 6, but they had a leak in their kayak and their trip turned into quite the ordeal. We had plenty of "milk" & diapers for the baby, so we were good. I ended up taking another 20 mins. walk with him around our property later in the evening. They picked him up around 9 pm. They were exhausted, so good thing baby really didn't sleep much during the day (he was really pleasant though) because he slept the whole way home and through the night!
DD#2 got home from Fl. on Sunday afternoon and was mad because we didn't get 3 ducks (DD#1 & #3 had named the 2). DH took her and DD#3 back to the tractor store. They wouldn't just sell us 1 (even though we already had 2), so now we have 4 baby ducks! We enjoyed the afternoon playing in the sun with the ducks!
Today is back to routine. I didn't have anything to pack for lunch, so I'll go to Subway. DH ran again yesterday so maybe he'll go to the grocery store and I'll run today after picking up DD#2 @ weight training and before taking her to basketball.
Looking forward to a good week and working on my April goals!
Thursday, April 04, 2013
My girls are on Spring Break this week. I had Good Friday off and took vacation Monday & Tuesday. I went back to work yesterday and today (my boss is out, so that's like vacation!). I'm taking tomorrow off also.
It was nice to get somewhat back to routine yesterday and this morning. I didn't have to get the girls up and ready for school, but I was back on track with eating & tracking.
DH and I dropped DD#1 off at work and DD#3 off at a friend's to spend the night last night. We had the evening to ourselves (DD#2 is in Fl.), so we stopped at the greenway to run! It was looking kind of drizzly, but the rain held off. DH was pretty tired and sore after his 5+ mile hike/run on Tuesday and I was sore from 2 days of hiking (and previous yard work and pushing of heavy baby stroller).
We stretched really well, walked a little and then set out to run. DH is very tall and faster than me, so he went on ahead. We decided we were going to run 2 miles, so he was already turning around and heading back and I was still plugging along (DD#1 says I look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame when I run!). I felt really sore, but after the first mile, started to feel better. I probably should have gone a little farther, but I was hungry and DH was probably already at the parking lot at that point! We finished up with about 2.8 miles walking/running.
We stopped by Publix on the way home and picked up some things (mostly fruit & salad stuff) and I got a turkey sub for dinner. We had a nice quiet evening and both ended up falling asleep (me on the couch, DH on his recliner). DD#1 woke us up with her text to come get her from work!
A big cold front came in last night and today is cold and windy! I might do my workout DVD or I might just rest tonight. Both DH and I are off tomorrow, so we'll probably run again (he wants to run the "hilly" trail at the park). It's supposed to clear up by mid-morning tomorrow and I promised DD#3 that she could pick out plants for our flower beds and we'll probably do some planting Friday or Saturday.
My niece is going kayaking on Saturday (it's supposed to be in the 70's both Saturday & Sunday!), so we get to babysit my precious little great-nephew. I'm going to meet them so they don't have to come all the way to our house and then head to the river, so I'll get the car seat and stroller. We'll probably take him to the park for a nice walk!
Since the weekend will be so nice, we picked up some stuff to grill. I know I'll be busy and active this weekend, so I'll just have to be mindful of my "snacking".
Since the scale went "up & down" in March, I still need to loose 6 more lbs. to get back to my "below WW goal". The goal I set back at the end of January was to loose the 12 lbs. by 4/30. I've adjusted that a little, so my April goals are:
Loose 3 lbs.
Increase running distance and do 5K on 5/4 in under 38 minutes. (2/24 5K time was 38:43)
ST - 2 times a week
Pretty doable goals and should get the scale back to where I want it to be by late May!
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Here’s my long “catch up” blog (mostly to just recap the past couple of days so I can remember what I did since I didn't track my food or activity).
Per my previous blog, I managed to not gain any weight over my mini-vacation and actually lost 2 lbs. (since last weigh in 2 weeks ago).
Last Thursday was the last time I ran, but I've been very busy with other activities. I was off work on Good Friday and that's my day to do yard work and get ready for my big Easter party on Sunday.
We have about 12 acres (with my parents) and 2 acres are our "yard". DH likes to use the push mower with the bag sometimes instead of the riding mower (especially with all the afore-blogged "gum balls"), so Thursday (after running) & Friday I pushed the mower and emptied the bag. This took about 4 hours total, so that was a lot of walking and hauling.
I got up early on Friday because the kids were in school and it was DH's last day of overnights, so he was still sleeping. I did some things around the house (quietly) after getting the kids off to the buses and then started working back outside pruning, trimming and weeding the flower beds (more hauling & walking). I wasn’t planning to do any planting since early spring in N. Georgia is unpredictable and we could still get a freeze. When DH got up, we went to Wal-Mart to pick up mulch & some plants. I spent the rest of Friday afternoon laying mulch and planting some flower pots. DH took DD #2 and friend to run on Friday, but I was still working in the yard so I didn’t go, but I did play some badminton later after a yummy dinner that DH made!
DH had to work on Saturday morning (back to "regular" schedule), so I worked around the house and started getting things ready for Sunday. The weather report was "iffy" for Sunday, so I wasn't sure if we would be able to be completely outside. I decided to check e-mails for any updates from family members and there was an e-mail from DD #2's basketball program that the games were rescheduled (because of Spring break) and the high school girls were playing @ 12 (instead of 2). It was already 11:30 and the gym is 15 mins. away! DD #2 was at my Mom's house painting Easter eggs and I was in crappy sweats and hadn't showered! I called her to come home and get ready and I threw on some clothes. We got to the gym about 10 mins. late, but the first 35-40 mins. they do warm ups and drills, so she didn't miss much!! She did really well again, so she’s glad we got the e-mail in time (barely)!
When we got back home, DD #2&3 washed the cars, dog & front porch (it was a really nice day). We got out the folding tables & chairs and I put everything back on the front porch & deck. I had to run to Publix to get some last minute stuff for Easter, so I picked up chicken & salad for dinner (I missed lunch!).
We woke up Easter Sunday to rain! It had rained all night Saturday, but was supposed to stop Sunday morning and be partly cloudy to about 4 pm and then rain again. We went ahead and set up a small tent on the back deck over the table and set up 2 tables in our front room & dining room to prepare for people mostly eating inside. Our family Easter lunch & egg hunt starts about 1 pm. We usually have about 40-45 people, but this year was a little smaller group because a lot of people were out of town, so we had about 35 (extended family). It started raining as soon as we started eating, so we weren't sure about the egg hunt. Fortunately there was a break in the rain about 2 pm and the sun actually came out. It was wet and muddy, but the kids didn't care! I really didn't eat that much and we had some really healthy stuff, but I did have a piece of my aunt's coconut cake!
I was off Monday & Tuesday, so we were planning to go somewhere hiking. DD #2 was leaving for Florida with another family, DD #1 wanted to spend the day with boyfriend and DD #3 wanted a friend to come over and spend the night. No one wanted to go hiking with me! DH said he would pick up boyfriend and friend and work on the cars & tractor, so my sister and I headed over to my niece’s house and we went hiking with her, baby, my cousin's son (who is close friends with niece and he was off too!) and nieces 2 dogs. We went to a new hiking trail near her house. She wasn't sure how "stroller friendly" it was (she has an all terrain stroller), so we took the stroller and the baby backpack. After talking to some people who had been on the trail, we decided to take the stroller. It was a very hilly trail with some pretty steep inclines, but it was wide and not too rocky or “stumpy”. I ended up having to push the stroller. It was really hard, but I guess I was in the “best shape” of the bunch! We only hiked for 2.3 miles, but it was mostly inclines, so with that and pushing the stroller, it was quite the work-out! We had a late picnic lunch (I brought a bunch of healthy stuff!) and then my sister and I headed home.
My sister called Tuesday morning and my niece wanted to go hiking again. This time DH, DD #3 & friend and I met my sister, niece, baby and dogs at another location closer to our house. It was part of a national recreation area by a pretty big river. It was a beautiful trail. We walked along the river on a boardwalk, so it was very “stroller friendly”. DH took the hilly trail because he wanted to do some running. Apparently he would end up back on the “river trail”. We got to the end of the boardwalk (about .5 mile walk) and then walked out to the river over some rocks. It was an area with some “rapids” & big rocks so there were some kayakers filming. We sat out in the sun on the rocks and watched them. DD #3 and friend waded in the water, but the water was really cold (and only about 68 degrees outside), but they didn’t care. DH met back up with us and he said the trail was very steep in places, rocky & “stumpy” and narrow, so it was not “stroller friendly”. My sister took the baby and DD#3 and friend back to the car via the boardwalk and DH, niece, dogs & I took the hilly trail. It was quite the hike (about 2 miles), so again I got a good workout. (precious great-nephew & me at river)
We ended up the day going to a BBQ place that my niece raved about. It was ok (I’m not much of a BBQ fan), but the ice cream was good!
It was a good mini-vacation, but now I’m back to routine. I ate my healthy breakfast, packed my healthy lunch and I’m back at work. I’m pretty sore and stiff from all my mountain climbing, stroller pushing & yard work (my back hurts today). It’s supposed to rain tomorrow & Friday, so I want to run tonight after taking DD #1 to work. I don’t want to loose my running momentum because I want to be ready for my next 5K on 5/4!
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