Thursday, December 13, 2012
So, yesterday was quasi-amazing.
First, I must report on the FitBit-BodyMedia comparison. To my surprise the readings were pretty close.
BodyMedia Stats: 3071 calories burned, 14805 steps
FitBit Stats: 2724 calories burned, 14727 steps
We'll see if they continue to be so darned near close to one another.
Yesterday was a really active day for me. First, I went for a run over lunch. Just my 3 miler. Did it in about 30 minuntes, which is awesome. I felt pretty good during it, too. I took two small walk breaks, just because I talked myself into them; but, I talked myself out of several more. Sometimes, if I just convince myself to do 'one more song' I'll find that when the song finishes I don't want to walk so badly anymore. Sometimes I just need to find my stride ;)
Then I went to the gym for a short 30 minute bonding session with the elliptical. It felt good to do, let me tell you.
The mantra of yesterday: It feels so good to move.
Have you ever thought of it like that? Some people want you to think of exercise as play - like sugar-coating celery, I say. But, when you think that your body is meant to move and how wonderful it is to get those muscles doing what they were built for, well, I find it gives me a bit of a motivational kick.
Today is an 'off' day. I'm going to go for a quick walk over lunch and then take the evening easy. Tomorrow is going to be a quick trip to the gym day before I meet up with my friend and we go see the Hobbit! So excited.
Now it's time for you guys to tell me: What's your mantra? What keeps you moving?
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Well, the study results are in and I have a conundrum.
(And I whine.)
Monday, December 10, 2012
You tell me - was my experience typical?
Monday, December 10, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Goooood morning Sparklers and welcome to the start of another week!
This weekend was pretty good here. I went to that run with Mr. Galloway (which was definitely an interesting way to train.) I found myself trying to keep up with people who ran at a faster pace than I usually run. It was nice to see that I could in fact do it.
Saturday's dinner with my parents went nicely as well. My dad, bless his heart, did put up my Christmas lights; but, they look a little.. ghetto. First off (and this is my fault) I bought two different colored strands of icicle lights (clear and multicolored) so only half my porch has icicles. Second, my dad (and brother who helped him) aren't very attentive to how things look - they're more the "Slap it up there and get it done" types... So, I'll have to fix a few things.. like the dangling garland that is half up the column because that's how far it's cord allows it to dangle...Still, I can't say how much I appreciate the help. I'm generally afraid of heights and don't stand on ladders well. So, they did what's going to take some major guts for me to do!
Yesterday was an okay day. I didn't get the workout done that I wanted to do :( Frankly, I talked myself out of it. It was cold. It was rainy. Then it was dark. Ugh. I need to get on top of this lazyness! I also did come in to work yesterday for like five hours. I just had crap I needed to get done :( Which means I have more crap to get done today, unfortunately since I didn't have enough hours in the day to get everything done I wanted to. Boo.
Now onto the topic of today's blog. You see, I've come to determine that each half pound from here on out is going to be a battle. It's going to take effort.
The first 40 pounds of my weight loss, I hate to say it, was easy. It required me to stop eating in the horrible way I had been and to commit to being active. In one month of being active (doing a run-walk for 25-30 minutes, biking for 30 minutes) I dropped 10 pounds. Another 10 came off the month after. Then 10 pounds over the next two months. From October to December I've lost 9. (I've also gained 3-4 back to lose them again here and there...)
No more dramatic weigh-ins where I find that three pounds have escaped me in a week. Or a pound a day. Those were crazy, motivating times.
Now, I see the scale fall in .2 or .3 increments. I find that half a pound a week seems to be reasonable. Still, those half-pounds require diligence now. When I start to get even close to 1500 calories I know the scale doesn't move. More than one day a week of getting lunch out is like eating an entire salt-lick (apparently) and keeps the scale from moving. I certainly HAVE to do around 250-300 minutes, too. I mean, my chart makes it abundantly clear what happens when I don't get enough exercise minutes:
My little red-line of loss flattens out.. or worse, goes upward.
Sometimes it sucks knowing what you need to do to reach your goals.
I mean, I think it was so much easier when I knew what I needed to do - and then had the immediate gratification of seeing results nearly immediately. I think when I dropped from Obese to Overweight is really when I saw things slow down. I'm certainly not happy here in 14/16 land - so, I'm going to need to keep working at it.
Also, in honesty, I'm tired of not looking like a runner. Before you comment and say something like "Runners can look like anybody!" Please allow me to clarify. I was just in a room with people who run marathons for fun, do triathalons like it's nothing, and have a level of physical fitness and activity I want to attain - and none of them are built like me. That's not to say I want to be a waif (Hex no - I like my boobs and booty!); but, there was one woman in particular who looked fit, strong, toned, and like a woman. I want to be her.
So, right this second, I weigh 191.6. I'm still aiming to be in the 180's for the end of the year. 20 days an a pound and a half to go. I have soooo much further to go before I'm done, though.
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