Thursday, September 01, 2011
Long title, I know. I could have typed a lot more about my day if I skipped that! Or this. Geez.
Okay. I had the day off today, so I went to the gym AFTER I brought my little girl to daycare. I spent 30 minutes running on the treadmill followed by a full hour on the elliptical. I am down again on the scale this morning but will wait until Tuesday to input my weight just in case I fluctuate or something. I am super psyched though because I am so close again to 160, and back in the 150s. And I want to make it to the 140s again to be honest, but that is jumping the gun a little bit.
I am on my 5th day of the streak, so once I finish this blog and go to bed, I will have finished the day out and made a total of $25 towards my new reservoir for my Camelbak! Yay!!!
It was tough this evening. I was stressed a bit at my parents and she had chips and salsa floating around along with a Schwan's cherry pie because the dinner was running late, so I hung around with my little girl for 2 hours before we ate (we were told 5, and we ate at 7). Oh well.
I was craving an ice cream cone from McDonald's on the way home, but I called my DH and told him how much money I had on me from getting groceries, and that I was wanting that cone but couldn't afford it without ending my streak, and I am so happy I did that. I am learning, that's for sure!
I am just proud of myself for not using a day off from work minus DH and DD as an "opportunity" to pig out on foods I am craving. Seriously happy and proud. And that I went to the gym despite it not being my usual time to go.
Plan for tomorrow? Same as I have been doing with 1550 or less calories (I have been staying around 1500 because of all the working out I am doing). I will go to the gym and work out for 90 minutes. At least three 1-mile walks. Lots of water. Fiber. And I am going to get my 8 hours of sleep in.
This isn't easy. But I am so very happy at the end of each day that I stay on track with everything. This is WORTH it.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Well, if I get to bed by 9:30 (in 45 minutes), I will have earned myself another $5 and my total so far earned will be $10! The first thing I want to earn is a new reservoir for my Camelbak ($35) so that my long run can be more of a loop instead of split-up out-and-backs because I can't carry water on me w/o it.
My day had its ups and downs, but I was able to stay on track with everything. I hit 1411 calories (under 1500). I did at least 60 minutes of fitness (this morning I did a circuit training session for 30 minutes, the elliptical for 35 minutes, took 4 walks - 3 with my dog and 1 with my little girl - and played kickball for nearly 2 hours). I didn't get all my sleep last night, but that was because Kaylee is teething again and woke up at 4 a.m. I got in my fiber. I drank 8 cups of water.
I had a misunderstanding with my daycare provider which almost had me pulling Kaylee out and placing her in another one. On one of my walks with my dog, I walked by her neighborhood (she lives on the next block over) and I saw her mowing the lawn. The daycare provider. Okay, so who is watching my daughter? I waited until she brought Kaylee over and asked her what happened. I won't go into all the details, but she actually did have a good reason, and trust me I am NOT gullible, so it all checked out. I was so shaky about it, though, because I basically talked to her about the fact that I need to trust her, she needs to communicate with me and I need to communicate with her.
But, I hate confrontation, so I was really keyed up about it, all nauseated and scared, and shaky. I stayed on track, though, and just kept myself really busy and worked myself through it, not using food to cope with it all.
My plan for tomorrow? To keep the streak alive :o} I will be hitting the gym at 5:30 again, go on the elliptical for 45 minutes, do core work after. I planned my meals. I will be going out with the runner's group after work and will plan on 3 miles with the beginners. I will try for 4 walks again with my daughter and dog. I have to start feeding my dog more, though...she has been losing weight with me walking her so much!!
Well, good night, Sparkworld...
P.S. Lesson learned last night. Do not eat watermelon right before bedtime. Unless you like to pee a lot through the night.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Yesterday I came up with a plan for rewards/incentives that do NOT involve treating myself wtih food, and will promote staying on plan, on track, with consequences (though not dire) if I don't.
I have a wish list of things I want in the future, some sooner rather than later, some more expensive than others including a new bike (around $500-750), a new set of workout clothes ($50-$100), new running shoes ($130), cycling shoes/clips ($100), a new reservoir for my Camelbak ($35), etc. etc. and trips for racing/spending time with friends ($750-$1500).
Now, how do I go about spending this kind of money w/o the guilt of SPENDING it? By earning it.
So, I came up with my plan as follows:
If I stay on track with my nutrition (no more than 1500 calories, mostly healthy food), fitness (2 rest days maximum unless injured or really sick, running 3 days/week, ST 3 days/week at least 60 minutes each day), water (at least 8 cups a day), weigh in at or less than the day before, and sleep (at least 7 hours a day, but shooting for 8), then I make $5 that day. If I don't, even if it is one (and there isn't a good reason behind it, since there can be extenuating circumstances, like not getting sleep because Kaylee wakes up 3 times in the night) then I lose $5 that day. Of course, the balance will NOT go below zero.
But here is where my real incentive is. If I make it 2 weeks straight, I get a bonus $10. If 1 month, another $20. If 2 months, an extra $50 on top of that. And 3 months? $100. For each month beyond that I get an extra $100.
I feel this is appropriate and is good for my personality, where I will face consequences if I drop the ball, though small, but if I make the right choices, I earn the items on my wish list over time and will appreciate them more.
I would get my wish list items eventually even if I didn't do this, but to earn them this way? Sure would make me feel good.
The directives listed above (calorie counts, etc) will change as my needs change (like if I want to stay at the same weight or want to focus more on toning, etc), and it may seem very regimented, but that is how I do my best. The bulk of my weight was lost because I had a long streak of doing what I was supposed to do. Basically, A+B definitely did = C in that scenario, and I want that for myself again.
I have a lot of reasons for wanting to lose weight again plus tone, including not as much jiggly when I run, avoiding plastic surgery if I can, going shopping in late October for new clothes/jackets, going to a beach in the spring and end of summer next year and wanting to wear as little as possible. Wanting to fit in all the clothes I have purchased from garage sales so far this summer that I don't fit in right now (mainly size 8-10).
I am pretty darned motivated. Money does motivate me, even if it does come in the form of purchasing items from my wish list rather than actually seeing the moolah ;o}
I have my meals and workouts planned for the week, and I am raring to go!!!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Every morning before I start my day (since my little girl is getting up before 7 now), I will blog about what I am planning to do, because not being active on Spark or in WW is killing my weight loss. I actually had a binge day yesterday which I am so not proud of. I just couldn't stop eating, and I am getting tired of it.
Here is my To Do List for today:
1. Drink at least four 16-oz bottles of water.
2. Walk my dog for 1 mile twice today.
3. Eat in my ranges as set on here by SP (I want to start a streak on this).
4. Run on my lunch hour, if even only for a mile. I haven't run since my last long run last Friday!
5. Be busy with my babe this evening since daddy works. Make a healthy dinner of couscous (which my little girl loves). If I feel the urge to eat, I need to get out of the house. I don't have any money today on me and I gave my husband my check card and credit card (yes, I have to do that for prevention).
I have taken away the stress of NEEDING to be at my goal weight by such and such time, but that doesn't mean I should not be trying to get back there anyway.
6. Walk my day an extra mile before dropping her off at daycare (which means I better get her ready to go now), and also take her for a long walk this evening after dinner.
I am going to have tentative plans for the future which I am sure I'll blog about at some point, sooner or later, but for now I just need to take this one day at a time, 1 hour at a time, or even 1 minute at a time if I need to.
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