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I just keep eating!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Gaa. I just keep eating.

I've done this before. I know that working out is important, but if you're looking for weight loss, the most important thing you can do is watch what you eat.

And sure, I've had some tiny victories (no ice cream, I won't eat you! No big bag of candy - I'll just have this one piece instead!) but my calories are still usually way too high - like, 3,000 calories/day high.

Yikes!

Sure, I'm breastfeeding and sure I am working out, but neither of those activities burn anywhere near enough calories to justify those intake levels.

Part of it - but just part of it - I blame on this horrible winter that just won't go away. I can't go for walks. It's hard to leave the house with a baby who's been sick a lot. It's supposed to be -13 degrees on Sunday - in MARCH! Make it stop!

I like running outside. I like spring. I wake up and feel like anything is possible. I'm trying to replicate that as best I can, but it's not working. I'm hoping to get the three of us to the Botanical Center this weekend for a little tropical retreat. Maybe that'll help, but it still won't help when it comes to taking a nice, spring jog.

So I'm stuck at the gym and I'm having trouble getting back on the treadmill. I'm getting bored quickly and I can't seem to shake it.

But ugh, the food. I need to stop eating all the darned time. I'm trying to fill up my social calendar to help me stay busy and active, but so far it's not working.

Well, I suppose I'll try again tomorrow.

  
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ABBY_G 3/1/2014 11:28AM

    Hello. Stopped by your blog today.

I know what you mean about eating all the darned time. Even after several years of weight loss and maintenance, I am still working on the tools of the trade for avoiding doing that, such as the one you mentioned (staying busy and active).

Best to you!

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Totally not a #gymfail but...

Monday, February 24, 2014

Totally not a #gymfail but I'm so darned hard on myself! When I don't reach my goal I think all is lost.

Here's the lowdown:

1. I went to the gym! Yay!

2. This is after nursing my baby back to health - and then catching the same awful stomach bug.

3. It was cold! And snowing! And dark out! And I still went to the gym!

4. Even though I hadn't eaten well all day (although I was definitely hydrated.)

5. And I ran! ...kind of. I ran/walked 1.25 miles. And I stretched, both before and after the workout.

6. Afterward I went to the grocery store and didn't even buy anything sweet. Not even a chocolate marshmallow egg (darn you, Easter candy! Easter's still weeks away! Stop tormenting me!)

So, workout success?! My goal was to run/walk 3-4 miles, but I obviously had a few barriers against me. I'm going to call this one a #gymwin because:

I went.

I ran.

Hooray!

  
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DRPEPPIE121 2/25/2014 2:45PM

    YAY!!!! I thought this was gonna be a down on yourself blog....and it turned out positive!

FANTASTIC!!!! That's the spirit! Find the POSITIVES!!! You can't be 100% perfect everyday, and who said that "perfect" is the same each day? :-)

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So, I ran outside today.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So I ran outside today.

My feet and legs got soaked and muddied from the surprisingly deep puddles created by melting snow.

Then my phone died shortly after 2.15 miles so I lost my music and my gps tracking app. Then I lost motivation and walked most of the rest of the way. I *think* I may have gone around 3 miles, but it could have easily been less. I'll try to track the rest later.

Also, I laughed at an adorable tiny dog who was getting stuck trying walk through snow taller than him but I think his owner thought I was laughing at him for having to pick up the mail he accidentally dropped in a puddle.

Whoops.

BUT, it was great to get outside. It's (still! at 6pm!) a beautiful day outside (53 degrees!), the snow is melting, the birds are chirping and spring is in the air. And perhaps most important to my psyche, it's still light out. (sigh)

Too bad we're under a winter weather advisory for Thursday. D'oh! Oh well, back to running at the gym for a while...

Baby steps to the half marathon. Baby steps.

  
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ZOSBOS 2/21/2014 8:21AM

    Isn't it great to get a run outside again - despite your technical hitches?!
The treadmill is a necessary evil I think, nothing compares to the big outdoors - roll on spring!


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CHICKPEA23 2/18/2014 7:07PM

    It is my pet peeve when my iPod runs out of steam, but it sounds like you took it all in stride (no running pun intended, haha)! I've been training for a 5K and you're right that it's all step by step. Keep up the great work!
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You are what you eat.

Monday, February 17, 2014

I ate over 3100 calories today - and I don't feel full.

This is pretty normal for me, too, which is scary!

Yes, I'm heavier than the last time I was on SP so my BMR is higher than I'm used to (1900) and yes, I'm breastfeeding, which can burn up to 500 calories a day but drat! I never thought I ate that much on a daily basis.

My first goal is to continue tracking my food no matter how horrible the number looks at the end of the day. Then, after a week or so, I'll start cutting back on some calories until we get closer to the 2000 mark.

Because, frankly, 3100 calories a day is ridiculous, even for this breastfeeding, half-marathon-training gal.

  
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DRPEPPIE121 2/18/2014 3:33PM

    Yikes! I can see how you'd be slightly concerned! I really don't know what to say on that! Just do your best, and make small goals that you can attain!

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I WENT TO THE GYM!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Two days in a row - it's a healthy miracle.

I completed four miles on the treadmill in 53 minutes - and boy, that was tough! I'm proud of myself for getting back on track, but I can't help but wax poetic about the days when a 5k would be my WARM UP. (sigh)

Baby steps, ellemac, baby steps. I'll get there...

...relatively quickly, I hope. After all, the 1/2 marathon is in ten weeks...!

(And no I'm not expecting to run the entire thing. Heck, I didn't even run the whole race back in 2009 and I was in AMAZING shape. But I ran almost all of it.)

Since I ran (mostly walked) today, I'm going to do cross training tomorrow and run again on Tuesday. My feet need a break and I don't want to burn out before training really begins.

Still no word when our very own treadmill will arrive ...but I'm excited!!

I may need to invest in a better jogging stroller come spring, too. I bought one second-hand (third-hand, actually) but if I'm really going to get back into this, my babe deserves a smoother ride than ours has to offer.

  


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