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.
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.
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:
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.
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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