Friday, May 10, 2013
I spent 2 1/2 hours yesterday and about 1 1/2 hours on Wednesday cutting grass. I mainly used the riding lawn mower, but I did a little "pushing" and raking. DH was "off" Wednesday & Thursday, but did a side job, so he worked late both nights. We really needed to get that grass cut before it rains again tonight. I had all 3 girls working in the yard yesterday!
So, with cutting crass and driving around kids, I didn't get to run. DH, DD#2 & 3 want to run tonight. DH will take DD#2 & friend to the gym and I'll run on the greenway with DD#3 (after dropping DD#1 off at work). It's cloudy and windy now, but the rain is supposed to hold off until tonight.
It's supposed to rain again tonight and tomorrow (so the grass will grow more again!), so I probably won't get any outdoor exercise. Need to break back out the Coach Nicole body sculpting DVD. I actually liked it, I don't know why I haven't done it the past couple of weeks.
DD#2 has her last basketball game for her spring league on Saturday. We already got the summer workout programs for both basketball & volleyball, so she'll be very busy. She still wants to keep up the running a couple of nights a week (plus she likes hanging out at the gym with the boys!). Hopefully DD#3 will want to keep running after next week's 5K! I need all the motivation I can get.
Sunday is supposed to be nice. We're going to my cousin's lake house for a graduation party, so hopefully it will be warm enough to swim. I think my niece and sister are taking their kayaks, so I'll get some exercise in.
I'm planning to enjoy my Mother's Day! I've earned it after this school year!!
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Although I'm back at goal, I still want to loose the final 2 "wiggle room" lbs. I weighed in this morning and I lost .4 lbs., so now I have some "wiggle room".
I finished my 4th week of "low carb" eating. In 4 weeks, I have lost 6.8 lbs. I read yesterday on Spark about how eating more protein keeps you fuller. I can really attest to that with breakfast. I make a "yummy" egg bowl for breakfast with eggs, veggies & turkey sausage crumbles. I usually don't get hungry until noon or later (I eat breakfast at 7:30 ish). With my cereal, I would be hungry by 11.
2 weeks ago, I started incorporating back in a serving of fruit and a serving of grains a day. There have been a few days that I haven't eaten either (especially grains). I'm eating about 6-7 servings of veggies a day! In 4 weeks, I haven't eaten any "sweets" (except for sugar free jello & pudding) and no chips or crackers. There have been times (especially at night) that I've wanted to grab a box of crackers and mindlessly eat, so the "mental" cravings are still there. I'll keep with the "plan" for a couple more weeks before increasing the fruit/grain servings.
I'm going to my cousin's lake house on Sunday for a graduation party and it's also Mother's Day. I'm going to give myself a "free day". I know I won't go "crazy" and I'll get right back on track on Monday.
I ran last night with DD#2 and friend. I haven't run since Thursday and basically haven't done any form of exercise since then. We've had either drizzle or heavy rain since Thursday evening. Saturday it poured all day long.
DH took DD#2 & friend running Friday night. I had to drop DD#1 off at work and help DD#3 pack for Girl Scout camp. She wasn't leaving for camp until 6:00 am on Saturday, so I thought we had plenty of time. She ended up spending the night with another girl and her Mom was going to take them to the "drop off", so we had to hurry up and pack (which didn't go well!).
I really did some major cleaning on Saturday. DD#1's "anti prom" plans had changed. She's a Junior and a group of her friends had an "anti-prom" party last year since they were Sophomores and couldn't go. She decided to not go to her prom or boyfriend's this year. I was a little disappointed that she didn't go (although we saved some money). She said she'd go next year as a Senior. Anyway, they were all going to one of the "cooler" malls in Atlanta and camp out in a girl's backyard (like they did last year). Since it was raining so much and no let up in sight, they cancelled the camp out plans. She asked if it was ok for them to come back to our house after the mall trip. I told her that was fine and spent 2 hours (after DD#2's basketball) cleaning the basement. They ended up going to another house, so at least the basement is still clean!
I was very busy "running around" on Sunday, but still no exercise. Monday we had a little sunshine (but it had rained all morning). DD#1 had an AP exam that afternoon and was tired, DD#2 had basketball and DD#3 was sick, so I didn't run Monday either.
I took DD#1 to work yesterday and DD#2, friend and I ran at the park (DD#3 is still not feeling well). The girls ran in the gym and I ran the hilly trail again. I was really feeling it after not doing anything for 4 days. I finished up a "loop" (1.3 miles of major hills) and then went in the gym and jogged a couple more laps, ran some "strides" and walked about 10 more mins. It was about 40+ mins. of walking/running.
Tonight I have to cut crass. Our grass is really high after 4+ straight days of rain. I'll probably run tomorrow (and cut more grass) and we'll see what the weekend brings. More rain on Friday evening & all day Saturday (do we live in Seattle now?!), but Sunday is supposed to be nice.
Looking forward to Mother's Day and glad I have that little big of "wiggle"!
Friday, May 03, 2013
running against the wind (an old Bob Seger song for all you "kids"). DD#2 and I went running last night. DH, DD#1&3 stayed home to work on the duck pen. The 4 ducks are now officially out of the basement and in a new pen - they are very cute, but growing really fast.
I digress. DD#2 wanted to run in the gym and then play some basketball. I was going back and forth with running in the gym or on the greenway trail. It was kind of drizzly and I had on my New Shoes and I didn't want to get them wet. I dropped her off and decided I would run the "hilly" trail which runs behind the rec center. It was still kind of drizzly and very windy! The winds were gusting up to 25 mph and I was running right into it! It was also very humid. North Georgia has been experiencing some early spring like weather. We've had cool days & chilly nights and lots of rain. This time last year we were already in the high 80's and today it's only going to be 60. I love the temperatures, but the rain (especially on the weekends) is getting a little old. Good news with that is we're not in a drought and the rivers and lakes are full!
I digress again. I ran one loop of the hilly trail (about 1.3 miles) and then went into the gym to run some "strides" (sprinting the straight and jogging the curve). It's not quite as hard as the outdoor track, because the indoor track is smaller. I finished my strides and went into the gym (the track is above the gym floor) and DD#2 was still shooting baskets. She basically told me to "get lost" since I was in the way and she wasn't finished. I think she was hoping to get into another "pick up" game. I told her I would walk a little more and then come back in.
I went back outside and ended up running up the very hilly (very hilly) part of the trail and walking another 1/2 loop. My total exercise minutes were 45! I went back in the gym and DD#2 was ready to go. There was a bunch of older guys playing full court basketball and then it was reserved after that.
DH, DD#2 & 3 want to run tonight. It's supposed to really rain, so I'm not sure if I want to run inside. It's actually supposed to rain through Monday night, so it looks like any outside exercise is out of the question for a while, so I might just have to run inside.
As far as the eating goes, I worked back in a fruit on Tuesday & Wednesday (blueberries with cottage cheese) and last night I had some whole wheat pasta. I put on some pants this morning that I bought right before Easter (they were tight then) and they are very loose around the tummy/waist! NSV!
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
I received a bunch of congratulations at the end of March for "maintaining" for 2 years. Technically I was still maintaining, but I was still 3 lbs. over goal. At the end of January I was about 11 lbs over goal, so I started an aggressive campaign to get "Back to Goal".
I'm happy to say I've achieved that goal! I still want to loose 2 more lbs. for that "wiggle room", but I'm ecstatic.
Since I was feeling a little bogus about maintenance back in March, I never really commented or gave my "words of wisdom" blog. I'm really not that wise about all of this, I do seem to obsess about it though. But I'll write down what "works" for me.
My History - I was a slightly overweight child and teen (surrounded by a skinny family!). I was a very athletic, so that kept things a little under control. Back in the late 70's, no one really worried about "obesity"! My first year out of high school I was working full time and going to college at night, so I put on about 20 additional lbs. that fall & winter. Because of a psychology project (rewarding my self a $1 for each pound I lost and the outcome would be a new bathing suit), I lost 50 lbs.! I managed to maintain that until I got married and started having children in my early 30's.
After baby #3, I found myself about 60 lbs. overweight and now in the "obesity" category. I mentioned before, I also got a diagnosis for Insulin Resistance. That scared me and I lost about 40 lbs. I yo-yoed for a while and when I hit 50 (and after seeing a very unflattering vacation picture), I was determined to get to goal (hopefully setting a healthy example for my 3 daughters).
Because I'm competitive and Weight Watchers worked in the past, I joined and lost 46 lbs. and finally reached my goal weight!
Maintenance - I'd like to give all kinds of tips and suggestions, but I truly believe weight loss & maintenance is a individual journey. You got to find what works! Weight Watchers worked for me for loosing the weight, but I let my "snacking" spiral out of control and ended up 11 lbs. over goal.
I started tracking points again online back in January and lost 5 lbs. (but would go up and down - still snacking!). A couple of weeks ago, I decided to go "low carb" again to loose those final 6 lbs.! It seems to work for me because it keeps me away from the chips, crackers & sweets.
Maintenance is not easy. In fact for me, it was harder because I didn't have that "gratification" of loosing weight. Like many people, I was extremely disappointed in myself for gaining those 11 lbs. and "destroying" all of my hard work. I tried to keep in perspective that I was still exercising, drinking plenty of water and eating 7-9 servings of freggies, but the portion control & snacking needed to get back in control.
A couple of motivators for me:
Embarrassment - I was such a "inspiration" to friends & family and I didn't want to be embarrassed by gaining everything back.
Clothes Size - the clothes I bought after loosing the weight were starting to get tight and I didn't have the funds or desire to get new clothes. I would rather spend the money on buying cute things for my teenage daughters. I had plenty of nice stuff, it was just getting tight!
Age - I'm 52, I can't keep doing this yo-yoing and since I'm an "older" mom, I want to be healthy and active for my girls and potential grandchildren. I get so much pleasure now being able to "play" with my great nephew.
So those are my "words of wisdom" and what works for me. My goal for May is:
Loose final "wiggle room" 2 lbs.
Increase running distance and be ready for 5/18 5K.
Improve 5K running time (under 38 mins.)
Strength Train (yeah right)
I walked with my sister on Monday on the hilly trail for about 45 mins. and ran yesterday with DD#3. I increased my distance to 2.5 miles, so I'm on my way back to 5K!
Monday, April 29, 2013
I know we're not having as much rain here in North Georgia like a lot of places, but we've been getting a lot. The good news is we're no longer in a drought, the bad news is now we have flooding and our grass is growing too fast (plus it cuts down on the outdoor exercise!).
Friday was a nice day, so after dropping DD#1 off at work, I started cutting grass. It had been less than a week for the front, but it was already long. I was mowing (riding lawn mower) for about an hour and saw DD#3 waving at me from the front porch. She wanted to know what was for dinner?! Granted she's only 12, but she was laying around on the couch and I was cutting grass - really!!? Anyway, we had some leftover pizza dough, so she made a calzone for herself (and for DH when he got home later from work). I cut grass for another 1/2 hour and was hungry myself, so I made a salad with some left over grilled chicken. I like doing something right after work because I eat dinner later and that seems to cut down on the snacking!
Since DD#2 was in Florida, I didn't have to go to basketball, so I told my niece I would babysit again for great-nephew (believe me, it's a pleasure) on Saturday. I had to get up early to drop DD#3 off for her Girl Scout ziplining adventure (because of the rain, the decided to not camp, but she was gone from 7 am to 10:30 pm). I got an early start on housework and niece and hubby were running late (which allowed me to finish all my house work), so I met them halfway (they live about 40 mins. away) and took Baby No-No (that what we call him!) home.
It had been cloudy and yucky all morning and it was finally sunny. DH, DD#1, baby and I went to the park. We walked about 45 mins. and the baby slept the whole time. DD#1 watched him while I cut more grass (push mower this time) for about an hour, so that was more exercise! Baby No-No was fussy, so I put him back in the carrier/stroller and walked him up and down our road and around the yard. He fell immediately asleep and I got a little more exercise! My sister (grandma) was coming after work to pick him up for a sleepover, so she picked up Chick-filet for us (salad again for me).
It started raining Saturday night, rained all day yesterday and is still raining. It's now just a drizzle and is supposed to clear up mid-morning. I did absolutely nothing yesterday. DH did the "running around" yesterday. He had to take DD#1 to work (she got called in and was ready to go since she was "grounded" over the weekend), pick up DD#2 from friend's house (they got home late from Florida) and then pick DD#1 up from work. I lazed around on the couch!
It's supposed to be a real nice week, so I hope to run 2-3 times this week. I ended up not adding a fruit in over the weekend - today is 2 weeks on the low carb. I peeked at the scale this morning and it looks like I've stayed the same (although I had a 1 lb. loss on Saturday - fickle scale). The "official" weigh in is Wednesday.
1 more pound and I'm "Back to Maintenance" and 3 more lbs. to get back to my "wiggle room" weight!
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