Monday, November 12, 2012
Welcome to Monday!
I feel so AMAZINGLY happy today - for no apparent reason.
You see, I spent what is likely to be the LAST beautiful weekend of the year (or ever, if you subscribe the the Mayan Apocalyptic Calendar) either a) at work or b) in a windowless room playing games with nerds or c) in front of a video game console. In my defense I a) had to go to work (boo); had already bought my ticket to the con (stupid Mother Nature); and c) waited until after dark to play Borderlands.
Still, I feel like I completely wasted the weekend.
Sad Panda is Sad.
Yet, here I am, optimistic and happy.
Oh, and did I mention that my scale decided it's number was 196.6 this morning?
Oh Flying Speghetti Monster - WTF?
I mean, I thought I had busted my plateau on a three day streak of sub 195 - yet, here I am. Again.
I know why.
I just hate it.
I decided to lapse. I had pizza for dinner (and breakfast!) and I went out to eat three times this weekend. And I didn't get on the exercise bike as I had planned to.
So, obviously, I know I did this to myself.
Though, I did get 245 minutes in so far!
I think that's probably the hardest part for those of us who struggle with food and weight - ultimately, our old habits are going to be there. Ultimately, we're still going to have to make the same choices for the rest of our lives.
Because Maintenance isn't about just being able to eat more. It's about being able to continue to keep up our level of activity as well as be conscious of what goes into our mouths. It's about avoiding relapse. It's about being dilligent.
Really, it's not so different from where I am right now (and where you likely are, too.) The alluring thing about diets (and why they fail) is that they're temporary. Eventually you have to leave Alice's Wonderland and go back to the place where your old rules just don't apply anymore. Where there are no rules. Where you have -freedom.-
So, guys, here are my accountability goals.
1. Back down to 1200. No excuses. I did it for three months. I was happy. I felt better. Time to get back there again.
2. Deny entry of the snacks into my house! I don't mean all snacks - if it grows from the ground it's welcome. I've yet to find a Whopper tree - should anyone find one, well then I'll just have to be amazed. "0"
3. 300 minutes. Come hell or high water.
I know the formula. (1200-0-300)
I'm thinking of posting the formula everywhere.
What's the most creative thing you guys do to remind yourselves to stay on track?
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Good morning, Sparklers!
We're almost to Friday! I hope all of you are ready to have a restful, rejuvinating weekend! I know I am!
So, I changed the layout of my page to help me stay focused to May. Yep, me and 13.1 are going to keep close to one another's hearts until then!
To get to the focus of today's blog title - I have to admit, some of the things I've seen lately are driving me a little bit bonkers.
1000 fitness minutes in a week? a 3000 calorie burn? How in the world is this POSSIBLE?
Am I doing something wrong? I'm checking out people's stats (because I'm competitive like that) and I'm seeing numbers that make my jaw drop. Now, I know I'm not at the head of the minutes/calories class; but, I'm no slacker, either. I do my 2-3 mile runs 4 or 5 times a week. Now, the basic rule of thumb is - one mile equals 100 calories burned. So, let's say I average 2.5 miles over five days - (250x5) that's 1250 calories. How are people getting these impressive numbers?
I mean, I won't even go there on SparkPoints; but, this whole calorie thing has me all "huh?"
Do you guys ever look at stuff like this and go "What am I doing wrong here?"
I know I shouldn't compare myself to others; but, it's only human. More than that, when I'm looking to improve I want to know that I'm working to the best of my ability to challenge myself.
Sorry, my head's just spinning... Really.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Well, everyone, we survived another election. Hopefully nobody lost too many friends and everyone is still speaking to their families.
Oh, and to steal a page from Pomato juice - "Oh, your guy won/lost? Awesome/Sad! I totally agree with you!" It's multiple choice, you can choose what response from me will keep you happy :)
So, yesterday I ran all the way to Club - but map my run decided to crap out and lost my data! I know it's about two miles and I think it took me about 25 minutes... I have to guess. So bummed about this :( I really, really hope someone gets me a GPS watch for Christmas. (Or may have to go and buy it myself!)
We also did a lesson on Cardio Kickboxing at club yesterday. 20 minutes - and it was pretty fun. I have to admit that I'm just ridiculously uncoordinated, so most of that class was just... me flailing. But, at least I had fun flailing. I also positioned myself behind the girl who works as a zumba / dance instructor so that I would always have somebody in front of me who was moving correctly. That, friends, is called planning. We also found out that either the last week of this month or the first week of December we find out if we get the Bodymedia Armbands. Here's hoping! Otherwise, I may just haul off and get myself one!
So, this morning I'm down to 192.4. Which is awesome. I'm so close to the next trophy I can taste it!
Let the countdown begin: One week until the Run 4 Fall 4 miler!
What are you guys counting down to?
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Well, guys, on this election day in the US, I hope that those who can vote, do. I don't care who you vote for (frankly, it's none of my business); I just care that you take the time to influence our country.
Now, onto Sparkling relevent topics.
First off, my scale finally moved this morning. I'm down to 193.6 after spending 17 days teetering around 195 - 196. Here's hoping a trend has been broken! I hope my plateau is dead!
Yesterday was my first cold weather run... ever.
I mean that literally.
It was 40 degrees, a little breezy, and sunny. A lot like today.
And I loved it.
I wasn't too hot - I wasn't too cold, and I felt like a real trooper! I mean, there was just me and a hardcore looking runner out there. LOVED IT. So, I'm running again today over to FKC. I'm also hoping their scale agrees with my scale that I'm down about 2lbs since they last weighed me in.
For those that have been keeping track a while, you know I have all my charts and graphs. Well, today it was fun to look at my numbers.
To date I have a net-loss of 26.4 pounds since starting the IDEA study. That's actually 36.4 since my all time high. This loss is a 12% reduction in my total body weight. I have 33.6lbs to go until I reach my goal weight. Last, and certainly not least, my BMI is at 29.4. Getting much deeper into "overweight" and away from "obese."
These are today's numbers. I hope they keep on doing what they're supposed to!
So, today's parting message: VOTE!
Monday, November 05, 2012
Good morning everyone!
Welcome back to Monday! For those who have been so kind as to comment on my Vlog, I appreciate it. I see a lot of you like the 'old fashioned' and 'traditional' oats - I'm not really a big fan unless my Dad's making them for me. They take a while to cook and leave a lot more mess than just adding in hot water... So, toast it is!
Now, the one thing I didn't have time to mention in my vlog is that the new shirt I got (Helllloooo Runner of Steel!) is a size SMALL.
You read that right.
Now, I want you guys to put this in perspective. I weigh 195 pounds. I'm 5'8" and my pants size is a size 16ish. (Sourteen? Six+Four-Teen?) In any event - that does not seem like a small to me! I just found it amazing to think that shirt was sized right. I mean, It's snug and it's made of stright up cotton (not tech, drifit, or stretch) and it seemed to fit fairly well in pretty much every place.
So, this leads me to a question: If THAT can be a small; what in the world was their large like? Sometimes it's so easy to get fixated on the size that's on a label that it's hard not to see that what's important is that something FITS well. (Or doesn't fit well.) As any lady will tell you - you can be a size 8 in one store and a size 12 in another. Things that don't change? Well, your numbers on the INSIDE don't change from place to place. What amounts to a healthy blood pressure, sugar level, or cholesterol count isn't going to vary from one place to another (at least not as much as size measurements do in stores!) Maybe those are the numbers we need to focus upon.
I think my other favorite 'number' is right here on the Spark. It's under the 'weight' tracker portion I believe.
From 1 to 5 - how energetic are you feeling today? How does that compare to a coupe of days ago. How does that compare to a couple of weeks ago? A few months ago?
So - my challenge to all of you - look at the numbers that matter when the scale or the tag in your dress don't look how you want.
What's your favorite number?
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