Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Another day, another lesson. I think I was always aware of this, but it really kind of floated up to the forefront of my reasoning last night.
I was on a pretty good roll there for a second, and rapidly approaching a major milestone. And then I stalled out, and I've been kind of stuck on a plateau for a few weeks now. Lucky for me, I have had this realization about three weeks before my next check in with my trainer, so I have time to put a plan into action.
I usually don't have a problem staying within the ridiculous calorie range SP sets for me. I'm heavy and super active, so it's not usual for the top of my range to be over 3,000 calories. On my super active days, my LOWER end is over 3,000. I feel like that's a lot. And I'm totally not comfortable eating that many calories, unless someone in the nutrition profession said it was ok. But usually when I eat that much, it's crap food anyway. It's like the higher range gives me some kind of unconscious permission to go on an eat-a-thon.
Anyway, that's not really the revelation. What I've really noticed lately is that dinner is my most calorie-heavy meal of the day. I've gotten into a monstrously bad habit of have 1,000+ calories at the end of the day. A lot of times within two hours of bedtime. It is an unfortunate hazard of going to bed between 10:00-11:00 to answer the 4:30 siren song of my alarm clock. I don't care if I'm within my calories, really, no good can come of eating 1,000 or more calories at the end of the day, regardless of bedtime.
I've been making an effort to begin cooking dinner earlier, so we (or I) can eat earlier. Now it's time to combine that with eating a more reasonable amount. If I eat everything I have down today, my dinner will be 508 calories, and I'll be at just over 2,000 for the day. It has been suggested to me that on my more active days I should really have close to 2500 calories, but I'm going to give focusing on my dinner times and choices a closer eyeball a try for now. I already eat five times a day, there's really no where else to stick more food in, and depending on lunch, I could certainly get closer to that 2500 mark, but I can't imagine that "only" having 2,000 calories today would freak my body out that badly. I guess we'll see after a couple of weeks, huh? I just think this eating calories for the sake of making a minimum when I'm not hungry isn't necessarily the healthiest thing, psychologically or physically. Especially when I'm plateauing. But wish me luck and strength to stick with this and we'll see what happens!
Thanks for listening!
Friday, July 11, 2014
They've been moving us all around lately, and it's my little group's turn. Lucky me gets the desk right in front of our manager. Also in front of the landing area for when they bring in bagels, pizza, etc. I'm going to be stuck smelling all that food! Thankfully, it seems like there hasn't been as much food ordering lately. Needless to say, I'm not particuarly thrilled about any part of my new desk situation.
I'm totally going to get an air freshener so I can't smell the pizza goodness!!
Monday, July 07, 2014
The theme of this weekend was self-sabatoge. I don't really know why I do this sometimes. I know some of my eating was emotional eating. Some of it was probably hormone driven. And I was just laaaaazy!! It was just the perfect weekend to be out jogging, doing yard work, just being outdoors. We were in the 80's with minimal humidity, sunny, barely a cloud in the sky- perfect weather! Besides hitting the gym Friday morning, getting my hair cut and grocery shopping on Saturday, I don't think I really left the house. I did get my jewlery unpacked, but that's about the most I got done around the house. That and laundry.
I'm so close to getting the house unpacked, and so close to breaking that 300 pound mark. I guess I just got stage fright or something and completely checked out this weekend. It really just makes me feel like I threw all that hard work this past month away.
But I got my morning off to the correct start, and I'm prepared with good food to have a successful day at work. Basically, I just have to brush this poopy weigh in off and go back to doing what I know I need to and have seen work.
I will celebrate my thighs being three inches smaller now, though!
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Yesterday was the last day of our summer boot camp at the gym. I have very mixed feelings about it being over.
First, why I'm glad it's over. I'm exhausted. Pulling two work outs a day for four days of the week, and single work outs the other two has definitely worn me out! All the boot camp classes are in the evenings, and since I'm normally a morning exerciser, I maintained my regular work out schedule because I knew if I took the month off from the mornings, I would destroy all the wonderful getting up early habits I worked hard to cultivate. I'm naturally a night person, so it took a lot of work and time to get used to waking up at 4:30am. Working out after work also reminded me why I torture myself with an early wake up call- I HATE going to the gym after work!! I have missed my evenings so much! Trying to cram all my usual evening routine into an hour to an hour and a half less was so stressful! Granted, I will concede that if I had taken a break from getting up so early, I could have gone to bed an hour or two later and not felt so crammed for time, but still. I am very much looking forward to having my after work down time back. And that's all the negative I really have to say about the boot camp!
What I will miss is the camaraderie of being part of a group that meets on a regular basis and who is going through a shared experience. I really made some new and solidified other friendships over the past month. I'll miss working out with them on the regular. Of course, there's a couple of us signed up for the same half-marathon in November, so there's been some talk of training together.
I'll also miss that extra push to be more. I really learned what the phrase "non-negotiable" means to me. I learned that I can do and be more than I give myself credit for. I'll miss having that encouragement to keep going just 15 more seconds when I think I'm gassed out. I learned, not only new workout ideas that I could easily incorporate into my regular routine; but just how tough I really am. And that I still enjoy being a cheerleader!
All in all, I got some excellent conditioning in, and some great internal pieces that I can take away and remind myself of when this half training gets tough. It was an even better experience than last year's, and I'm very grateful to have gotten the opportunity to have it.
Just remember- muscle fatigue and heart rates recover; that sense of pride in going farther than you knew you could stays around forever.
Have a great day!
Monday, June 23, 2014
This weekend I worked on getting the rest of the house unpacked. I got the half of the kitchen stuff we hadn't put away yet tackled, which subsequently cleaned out the dining room, since that's where all the kitchen boxes were. I also got half of the den cleared out in my quest to get all of my clothes out and hung in the closet. If I encountered a bag that wasn't clothes, I would just go ahead and get that put away too, so didn't have to do it next time. I'm hoping I can get the rest finished up next weekend. I'm trying to purge as I go, too.
In between all of this, I had an hour and a half boot camp session Saturday, and a two hour session on Sunday.
I. Am. Whipped. And I'm paying for it today, I am fighting to keep my eyes open this morning! I also left my new coffee for the office at home, so I haven't had any coffee today either. THE HORROR, THE HORROR!!!
We also weighed Tiny Kitten yesterday, since I got the food scale unearthed- she weighs a pound and a half- and she's 12 weeks old! I hope she stays small. It's fun having both a behemoth and a munchkin.
Oh yeah- I was running this morning and I kept getting this itch down my sports bra. Finally looked and it was the underwire to the bra! EEK! I tried to poke it back down, but that wasn't happening, so I just pulled the whole thing out and laid it on the dashboard of the treadmill. It certainly was an interesting moring at the gym!
Hope you're having a good Monday!
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