Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Can you believe it? After Yoda reported my typical metabolic daily burn in access of 2000 calories and my food log evaluation at about 1200 calories per day, coupled with my high levels of exercise, my Wellness Coach has concluded that I'm not fueling my body adequately to lose any more weight. Interesting, eh?
I actually tend to believe she's right as I've been in the 'starvation' and 'thrifty' mode previously and it does seem that when I do lose it is after I've had a bit of what I've considered a binge. Apparently, she's thinking I need to 'binge' more often. Or rather, fuel myself more if I'm intending to keep up the level of activity I'm engaged in now.
It is a tenuous balance to get this just right. My dear body has proven that it is conservative.
So I've met with her 3 times now and I've enjoyed each assignment. First week was to buy Yoda. Second week was to determine my daily caloric burn. And the 3rd week (now) is trying to eat more. Gotta love it! I think I will enjoy this week's assignment as well...
We'll see if perhaps I can shake those last few pounds afterall. I'm betting they are within reach! Woo Hoo!
Update: Yes, it is a fine line to play with. But her advice to me was that I go another 100-200 calories more per day and see what happens. She said that it takes calories for the body to burn fat and if there isn't enough fuel around in excess of your metabolic rate the body just won't give up any more reserves. And worse case, which I'm afraid I may have entered, is that if the body is being worked beyond the calories available, it will begin to burn muscle for fuel (I was worried about this as I have seen my scale reporting a decline in muscle % even as I have been strength training more)...she said this is absolute evidence that I need to fuel more. And then, more scary, the body will actually start burning organ tissue! Better go have a snack - just thinking about this!!
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Halloween was a lot of fun yesterday.
I left work a bit early in order to be sure the kids got everything together okay and that the house was fully decorated and the Jack O'Lanterns were pulled together. When I arrived at home there were 3 Jack O'Lanterns progressing nicely in the backyard (the kids even put down newspapers)
and they were sorting out pumpkin seeds into a bowl for me to roast (an annual tradition which I now understand to be quite healthy - pumpkin seeds are chock full of awesome minerals and a great source of protein as well - love them!)
Dear Son made a super incredible creation of skull and crossbones that required much construction with toothpicks and metal rods but the result was a really impressive Jack O'Lantern.
He decided not to go out to collect candy, but rather stayed home to give out the goodies to the kids who came by our house. And he helped keep an eye on my roasting seeds in the oven for 250 F for the hour and 1/2 I was out with DD..
I was shocked when Dear Daughter actually enthusiastically agreed to have me join her friends at the party she was invited to just before they were ready to hit the streets - I wanted to walk around with them as they collected candy since I realize these remaining kid-tradition-years are few and expected that I'd tag along with the mom of the girl who was hosting the party. So, I got to the home and headed out with the girls (all of whom I know and are very sweet, polite young ladies). The mom declined to join me saying she'd stay home to give out candy - I wondered about this as her husband was dressed in costume and at home...After about an hour the gang stopped back that the home of the party and the mom sheepishly told me that her daughter had asked that she not go out with them because they wanted to be 'grown up'. Oops, I then asked my daughter if the friends didn't want me along. She said, "No, you're cool". Hmm. I guess this is a good thing. The girls were all very nice to me. But their method of Trick or Treating was a bit different from what I recall in years past. They were attempting to maximize candy collection so they ran from house to house, sprinted really, and from street to street. Our neighborhood has quite a few streets with homes on only one side of the road and lots and lots of cul de sacs, so they did a lot of running! They were wanting water and saying so when, amazingly, they got to a home that was handing out water bottles. That worked out well! Our neighborhood is ideal for the holiday as the level of participation is high - the decorations of the houses are really impressive as well...these folks are serious Halloween decorators! It gets the same level of attention as Christmas around here! Orange lights, spiders and webs, witches, coffins, darned elaborate displays. Of course these are the same people who compete and win the Christmas decorating contests for the city every year for the past decade +...it's a great community!
I was very bummed, however, that after handing over my camera to DH for Yosemite photo processing late in the evening Sunday night without charging...just as I went to take my first shot over at the party - there were about 10 adorable girls there - the camera battery gave up the ghost (gotta have a pun in there somewhere!). So it wasn't until a few of DD's best buds returned back to our house that I was able to recharge the camera a bit and take a few shots. Here are a few:
I'm glad I went out with the girls as it was DS's decision to stay at home (at 16) that made me realize these years are coming to an end and I best create as many memories as possible now. Not to mention that the gym classes were canceled for the evening so racing about with these teens was a good workout and ensured I hit those 10k steps for the day. Easily achieved!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Today was the day we needed to spend returning from Yosemite so this morning was the only time in the park, sadly. We had a quick (and healthy) breakfast at our hotel (Tenaya Lodge - highly recommend it - just 2-3 miles outside of the park but a 4 star property and much more 'livable' than most of the accommodations in the park itself (such as a fitness center, spa, 4 hot tubs/saunas, 5 restaurants, golf course, etc) and still very park-accessible. We had stayed at the Wawona in the past and it is just a 5 minute drive from Tenaya but rooms not nearly as nice. And we had deer wandering right outside our room each morning. Can't complain!
So this morning we caught the first (10AM) tram at Mariposa Grove and hopped off at the first stop to hike the rest of the way through the trees
(my husband thought I was crazy after paying $80 for the 4 of us to have the narrated tram tour) but, heck, we've done it so many times before and I wanted to walk! Knowing we'd be in the car the rest of the day coupled with wanting to smell better that awesome mixture of pine and wood and, well, I just love the smell of the Mariposa Grove as you walk through the trees. It just wasn't doing it for me from the tram. Better for first timers to the park. But after our hike yesterday I am surprised to say that DD was having some issues with her legs/groin muscles. Me? Not as much as a same ache anywhere - I've hiked the Half Dome 17 miles round-trip many times in my life and while we didn't make it to the top yesterday, we did do the most strenuous part and I have to say it felt the easiest of any time I've ever done it -- including when I was in my 20s. Woo Hoo! I thought the tram would assist DD as if we took the tram to the highest point in the grove we would be hiking mostly downhill. I think she appreciated it...and she did okay keeping up with us.
I told her the pain was only her muscle fibers healing and it was a good sign that she had gotten good exercise yesterday. She was a good sport.
But I digress from the trees and the morning. We hiked all through the grove -
taking the Outer Loop Trail and some detours along the way to see a few other trees up close and personal. In fact it was the Telescope Tree (which has no heart wood and so the center is hollowed out and you can view daylight if you stand in the center of the tree and look skyward...it is very much alive although the center is completely missing. Sequoias are incredible!
The morning air was quite chilly (in the low 40s F) but it warmed up nicely by the time we began our hike in earnest (probably around 11ish) and we hiked until about 1PM. I'd say we covered a good 6-7 miles (according to my pedometer). Yoda was tracking heart rate but Mariposa isn't exactly a place to zip through - meander is a word for Mariposa. Calming, serenity...not sprinting. So my heartrate didn't rise too much. But I bet it was smiling the whole time! We did cover a lot more ground than I thought though as we traversed up and down hill through the grove. I'll always want to return there. It is really a magical place.
And now we've returned safely back home...with the rest of the day spent in the car. It is best to remember the morning!
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