Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Note to self: Do not decide, when hunger pangs hit at 10:45, that "I don't need a snack to tide me over, I can gut it out till lunchtime." Because what happens at lunchtime? I want to eat everything in sight!!!
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Saw a woman today who was so overweight that she had to walk with a cane...she looked like she was in pain with every step....I may need to lose weight, but I will never let myself get to that point. Motivation.
Saw a woman today wearing a totally cute, slim-fitting suit...wish I could pull that off. Motivation.
Took the stairs to the 4th floor today, and while I did huff a bit, I wasn't huffing and puffing for 5 min. like I'm used to....I'm getting in shape! Motivation.
Keep those reminders coming.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Since I posted last week, I have really been working on several things. Let's see how I'm doing...
Food tracking - I tracked 4 days last week, and I'm on Day 2 this week. Definitely helping.
Drinking water - really focusing on this, it really helps, especially when I get the hungries.
Increasing workout times - I'm doing 45 min on all my workouts now, instead of 30-40. Surprisingly, it's not nearly as hard as I thought it would be, though it is screwing up my morning sched a bit, I might have to go back to getting up at 5:30 instead of 5:45.
Changing up workouts - I'm doing well on not doing the same workout two days in a row, and mixing it up feels good.
Stairs - trying to take stairs every time instead of the elevator - check.
Food - working on portion control, getting a little better on that. I've reminded myself again to eat slowly and let my stomach and brain catch up with each other before I go for seconds, and that really does help stop me from going for seconds! And I'm counting out portions of things like crackers so I don't binge.
Decreasing carbs - okay, not so much! But better on portions, so that's good, right?
Overall, I'd say I'm doing well. I guess the real moment of truth will be whenever I next brave the scale. :-p
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Well, I'm coming up on my one-year anniversary here on spark. I can say that I have achieved one big thing - I have made exercise a non-optional part of my life. I feel guilty on days I don't exercise, and just not quite as on-the-ball. I now enter 5k walks for fun, and I've got my best friend getting up early to work out too. I am definitely proud of all that.
I have also worked to improve my nutrition - I have incorporated a lot more fruit into my diet (there was almost zilch before), and I have been trying hard to increase the veggie side. I know I need to do better though.
The weight is what really frustrates me. I just looked it up, and last summer I was 190. This weekend, I weighed in at 185. My weight basically doesn't change, except to tick up or down a pound or two once in a while. Arghhh!!!! I work out 5 days a week, I've improved my eating so much, but I feel like I'm spinning my wheels. I know, I'm in my early 40s now, I just have to work harder. And I know my diet is just too carb-heavy - that's a really tough thing to conquer for me.
So, here's what I'm going to do. I am on Day Three of food tracking...I hate doing it, I feel like it takes so much time and there's so much guesstimating involved, but it really does help me to understand how I'm distributing my calories throughout the day, and to be aware of how much I am eating. I tend to not binge, or only do very small binges, when I'm tracking because I don't want to have to "admit it" on the tracker! I think I really need to track at least several days per week to keep myself on track (no pun intended).
I think I also need to increase the length of my workouts. I did 40 minutes on the exercise bike the other day, instead of my usual 30, and it was fine. I'm going to aim for 45 minutes on whatever workout I'm doing.
I'm also going to try to change up my workouts more. I took a long bike ride the other day and really enjoyed it - I'm going to try to do one of those per week instead of just walking and riding the exercise bike and doing the occasional yoga workout. And I'm going to try not to do the same type of exercise 2 days in a row.
I'm also going to start taking the stairs whenever possible, no more elevators because "I'm wearing heels today," or "I don't want to be breathless walking into the meeting," or whatever. No excuses.
And on the food front...sigh...I am going to work on portions (especially at dinner, which is really my downfall), work on increasing veggies (especially at dinner), and work on decreasing carbs.
Wish me luck!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
So, having to take a week or so off walking since I got shin splints has been enlightening on several fronts. I HATE inside workouts, but I've been keeping them up and mixing it up - exercise bike, yoga, and Wii Fit. And it hasn't killed me. And today I got on my actual bicycle and went for a ride, and it was great! So nice to get outside again, and felt good to work some different muscles. All of this is making me realize that I probably need to change up my workouts more often - maybe that's partly why I'm not losing weight, I'm falling into easy routines.
I have also had to slow down my walking in general as I heal. Since I'm tall, and as a working mom I'm always juggling things, so I tend to walk very fast wherever I go. The first few days, I hated having to walk a normal pace - I just chafed at it. But then the zen of it started kicking in. It doesn't take that much longer to walk to my car after work when I'm walking a normal pace, and I can take a little time to enjoy the sunshine. And I don't feel like I'm on the run all the time!
So as always, there's a silver lining...I may have gotten shin splints, which aren't fun, but they've helped me realize a few things that will help me going forward.
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