Friday, August 22, 2014
Oops, it's been awhile since I posted anything!
I did well enough with the work challenge to earn the $75 prize. Which I have invested into a kettlebell and a DVD set to go with it. Haven't managed to actually try it, but I really want to. Hopefully soon. I keep saying that, but then I don't get up early enough, and end up not getting home until after 6, it's like 7:30 by the time I get dinner ready, then it's time to put the boys in bed, and next thing I know it's 10pm and I have to go to bed so I can (attempt, and probably fail) to get up early for work tomorrow (which, since I won't get up in time, because I was up too late the previous night, starts the same cycle over again...). But I'm excited to try the kettlebell, and am pretty frustrated with getting stuck in this stupid cycle again. I've got to figure out how to break it once and for all. I was doing so well, then the office moved and messed everything up!
I've also decided to try the paleo diet. It has been popping up quite a bit lately in a lot of the fitness stuff I look at, and most of the stuff about it has been positive. Coupled with the information I recently found about the fact that grains being the base of the food pyramid has WAY more to do with political stuff (farm subsidies...must get people to eat all that grain we're paying farmers to grow) than nutrition science (they actually said vegetables should be on the bottom), I thought I'd give it a try. (sorry, I don't have the link about the food pyramid handy )
I've been doing it for not quite a week now. Don't think it's been long enough to judge either way. I don't miss bread/grains that much, though, and so far I haven't turned into a screaming rage monster. Husband supports my experiment, but isn't on board to try it himself. I'm fine with that. Maybe if it turns out to be a really good thing, he'll give it a try. I'll report back when I've been eating that way for about a month. Which is apparently how long it takes to notice any differences, according to all it's proponents.
And now, for a rant (sorry).
So, reading the Spark blog yesterday, and there's this "article."
It's a "sponsored blog," which pretty much means ad. I know Spark needs ads to pay the bills. I'm fine with that. I'm not a huge fan of the ads posing as blog entries, but I don't mind most of them as they seem to be things like "eat lots of [brand] vegetables to feel better." Ok, vegetables are good for everyone, and help you lose fat.
But this one? I am not so ok with. If you look at the bottom, it's paid for by The American Beverage Association. And it is written by a doctor ("doctor"?) who is telling you about a study they just completed (not cited, but I bet chances are good it was paid for by that same association) that shows not only do diet sodas not hurt your weight loss, they help it! Everyone, drink more diet soda if you want to lose weight! It's the magic bullet you've been looking for!
This, in light of the fact that there are other articles on Spark (which actually cite sources, like this one: http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?p
er_alternative) that talk about how diet soda is NOT good for you and doesn't help with weight loss. There's also this article: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrit
which is a pretty fair review of artificial sweeteners. It points out the possible link between them and issues with appetite control. And mentions that they're not necessarily good for you, but for some people are definitely the lesser of two evils.
I know I've read other articles in the same vein, but those are 2 I found with a quick search.
But, give Spark money, and suddenly they have a blog singing the praises of diet soda! Not cool Spark, not cool at all. Keep selling out like that, and I think I might be done here.
Which would be sad, because I have a good support network, and your articles have been good resources, but if you keep doing stuff like this, I'm going to have to start wondering if your other articles are being influenced by money from companies like this as well, even if it doesn't says "sponsored blog". And if I can't trust the information here, well, what's the point?
Monday, June 02, 2014
Well, I finished the week strong, after not doing quite as well at the start. All told, I lost 3 lbs, net over the course of the 12 weeks. 5 pounds, if you include the small spike up my weight took shortly after starting. I lost about a 1/2 inch from my hips, and a 1/4 inch from my waist. I also am pretty sure I lost a fair bit from my "gut," but below my waist so it wasn't measured. The fit of my clothes says I did.
Looking at that, it doesn't look like I made all that much progress for 12 weeks. However, in that time I improved what I was eating quite a bit (though I still have a fair bit of progress to be made in that area) and established an (almost) daily exercise routine.
I would say those are great steps, and have set me up to do even better in the future.
And, speaking of future, now that my 12-week fitness quest is over, the work-sponsored 6-week fitness challenge is starting!
There are 3 levels of prizes this year. $50, $75, and $100. Of course I want the $100, so I've got my work cut out for me. They have a formula for converting exercise to steps, and all goals are in steps. To get the top prize, you need to average 13,000+ steps per day. Building on the foundation I've spent the last 12 weeks establishing, I think I can totally do it. It'll be work, but I can do it.
If I manage to lose 2 pounds per week, I can lose 12 pounds by mid-July. However, I've set my goal at a much more reasonable 5 pounds. I think I can actually get that one.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Got sick, and had to take half the week off. And, of course, I ended up gaining back the weight I lost last week. Despite that, I do think I look thinner than when I started. I'll find out for sure next week, but I do think I made good progress even if the scale isn't showing it. Edit: even if the tape measure also doesn't show it, I KNOW I made good progress, because I have added a lot more exercise into my routine and improved my eating habits!
This is the last week of my 12-week challenge. I will write more of a wrap-up next week, when it's over, but the 6-week challenge for work starts on June 2. The goal for that, for the top prize (which, of course, I want ) is 13,000 steps/exercise-converted-to-steps. I think, even though I'm not getting that at present, the last 12 weeks have set me up well to be able to do that. And, I think increasing my activity again will result in really good progress.
Weightlifting, though on hold while I strengthen my core so I can do it safely, is still in the plan. At the moment, I'm expecting to start in the middle of July.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Yay, the scale is moving in the right direction again!
Lost about 2 pounds this week. Keeping up with the morning exercise as well.
Still got some work to do, but overall doing much better. And I feel a lot better today, too.
2 more weeks left to go. Won't have lost nearly as much weight as I had hoped to, but I have made a ton of progress so far, and expect to get even more done in the next 2 weeks.
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