Thursday, March 31, 2011
1. Sparkpeople Points! Don't know WHY, but I am rather addicted to earning those dumb little virtual awards. It keeps me coming back here, where I see and read stuff that helps motivate me every day.
2. Water! I've been drinking at least 32 ounces a day, and usually more. I actually gave up Diet Coke/sodas for Lent, so I've had no choice but to drink water. I feel good about kicking that habit and hope it sticks after Easter. We'll see.
3. Lunchtime workouts. When I first joined I had decided 5:00 a.m. was my only recourse. But, um... 5:00 a.m. is HARD. So instead I've been using my lunch hours to workout. I miss that handy errand-running hour sometimes, but I've managed to get done what I need to do. I guess it's also because I needed a break from lunches out with my co-worker. Too much of a good thing, you know? Lunchtime is MINE now and I enjoy the me-time.
4. Fruits. I could stand to add more veggies to my menus but I'm getting at least 2-3 fruit servings a day.
5. Whole grains. I've been eating whole grain crackers (Triscuits), ww pita bread (YUM), ww pasta, and a whole lot less junk like Cheeze-Its.
6. Sun Salutations! I've been doing them pretty faithfully, every morning at 9:30. It's a nice break from my desk - I go down to the gym in our buildilng, do some gentle breathing, strong planks and down-dogs for 5 minutes, then put my shoes and socks back on. I LOVE this habit.
So that's 6 things that are definitely working! It's good to focus on the positive, right?
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Late last week I noticed that SP had upped my suggested calorie intake. I'm unsure why they did this but I think it's because I added some exercises to track, on March 25. (I didn't end up doing them.) But why would the suggested calories go up so noticeably, for more than just that day? (My suggested goal used to be 1200-1400, and now it's 1500-1800.)
Does the system recognize from my logging fitness that I'm working out more, and therefore need more calories? That seems pretty sophisticated. And I know I went up a pound, but it doesn't seem like that should make such a difference either.
Yesterday I was right at 1500 which I feel good about, but it makes me nervous. I guess if they're healthy calories and not ice cream and cookies, it'll all work itself out?
I don't know, has anyone had this happen?
Monday, March 28, 2011
I behaved more intelligently than usual during the weekend, as in:
-did not eat any full meal made of fast food;
-did not overeat; had reasonable portions;
-drank more water
But I also:
-did not workout;
-did not resist stupid night-time snacks (chocolate chip cookies).
And I weighed-in 1 lb up.
So I give a big raspberry ppbbllltt, and thumb my nose to the scale and my poor behavior.
On the other hand, high five for the good stuff!! Including the healthy lunch I ate today, and the Monday run I just completed (23 minutes, 122 calories burned). Just trying to stay positive and KEEP AT IT.
Like the goose in Charlotte's Web said, "TRY, TRY, TRY."
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I'm telling you, the weekend is my NEMESIS as far as eating and workouts. But this weekend is going to be different.
1. I am going to carry my water bottle with me.
2. I am going to get SALADS or grilled chicken when we inevitably eat fast food in between t-ball games.
3. I am going to track in SP! Or at least watch my portion sizes and leave something on the plate.
4. I am going to workout either Saturday or Sunday.
Those are my MUSTs in order to actually reach this goal and not be disappointed in my lack of discipline again.
I don't remember where I read it this week - somewhere on SP - but someone posted a note that said, "Give the power back to yourself: Don't say your "diet prevents you from eating that," or you "can't eat that because you're dieting." Say, "I'm making the better decision today." YOU be in control of the foods you eat.
It's the same idea I've heard before, but somehow putting the words "power" and "decision" together make it more clear, and desireable, for me. I've been repeating it a lot this week.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Alright, this is IT. Time to set a weight loss goal. Sparkpeople truly HAS helped me be more consistent in working out and I'm GRATEFUL for that! I'm not up to 5x/week yet, but still working on it! I'm definitely up to 3x/week, which is an improvement from ZERO! I'm proud of this accomplishment, no matter how small it is!
Next goal is a number on the scale. 138, to be exact. That's three pounds in 3 weeks. You think I can do it??
I bet I can....! I'm planning a fun reward - a professional pedicure - and I can't wait to post it in my SP Profile.
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