Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Good morning Sparklers! Today's blog is actually going to be about a phrase I've come to hate.
We all use it. "I'm so far off track!" "I'm off track but I'll get back on!" "I'm so far away from the track I can't even remember what it looked like!"
So, the holidays were very kind to me. I had Christmas with my parents and brother. I got everything I wanted for Christmas and more. (Hellllooooo Garmin FR410!) And I've been blessed with good health and perspective.
I also gained three pounds.
It all started Saturday which I declared "Pajamas Day." AKA "Stay in the house, drink tea, and watch American Horror Story in your Pajamas all day - Day." It was glorious. I also slept for about a million hours that day. I needed the rest. Work has been insane to the point that I feel like all I do is work, go home, and run. It was nice to just unplug.
Sunday was a black hole of nothing. I'm sure I did -something-; but, what it was eludes me.
Saturday I went for a morning run and had Christmas dinner at my parent's house. It was nice. We had family over and just enjoyed one another's company. Sunday was Christmas. All I did was eat.
I mean, I was gluttonous. I literally picked up a sweet potato between my fingers and ate it. It was so delicious.
This is the point where I should be saying "I'm so far off track! I need to get on!"
Ladies, Gentlemen - I never got off the track.
I knew what choices I was making. I knew I was probably going to gain a couple of pounds back. Sure, I have five days to lose one pound to get back into the 180's; but, I'm not stressed about it.
Check it out - I went for a run on Christmas Eve. I enjoyed food with my family without a feeling of guilt. I feel whole. Am I going to eat like it's Christmas every day from now on? No way! Am I going to declare every Saturday Pajama Day? Forget that. No, it was a holiday, it comes once a year and I enjoyed it.
I hope that all of you who are stressing out over weight gained or expectations dashed can find this same perspective: You now get to stay on your track as if you never left it. We all just went up the hill and now we get to come back down the other side.
Now we're on to New Years.
I'm resolving to:
1.) Complete the PIttsburgh Half Marathon and Complete the Air Force Half Marathon
2.) Be the most KICK ASS Wonder Woman EVAR! at DragonCon this year
3.) Reach a healthy BMI in 2013.
Shout 'em at me, guys; what do you want to do in 2013?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Well ladies and gents - I can proudly say I have reached my December goal. I wanted to be in the 180's for the end of the year - and at 188.6 I have done it. To celebrate I have reset all of my goal oriented stuff on the site - changing my starting weight to 188.6 and setting my goal weight to what the study has it at - 142. It doesn't seem all that impossible. Nothing does - not when I think that I weighed in at 230 pounds a little over six months ago.
Today I had to forcefully decline invitations to a holiday brunch. Firstly, I'm dying here at work. Secondly, that buffet table is going to be full of things I have no way to track. So, no, I'll live without the calorie-laden free food, thanks.
Free food, it seems, is no longer a perk. I remember when there wasn't much I wouldn't do for free food. For example, consuming an entire rack of ribs in order to get a free dessert. Or, how about a boring lecture atttended for the delicious pizza at the end? I have to be smarter than the free-food and realize that food is not a form of payment.
In other news, I'm considering dumping my bus pass in favor of driving in to work. Right now I only walk about five, six minutes to the bus stop in the morning. When I drive in I not only get to work earlier, but I walk about 20 minutes to fetch my coffee. So, I think it might be worth it. Bus passes are $100 a month and to park would run about $120. With gas I'd be spending about $200. In honesty, I also just really hate the bus.
Alright, back to work. I hope all of you guys all have something to Woo-Hoo about in the near future, too!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I thought I was going to be much more productive today than I was! Oh well, sometimes you need a quiet weekend.
This morning was the 4 mile race with SCRRC - I'll talk a bit more about that in a minute. I also went out for some comfort food (oatmeal and latte) and won the battle with my bathtub. You see, my tub had one of those 'push-pull' type stoppers, and it never really worked. So, I had to replace it. Pain in the rear. Still not happy with my set up since the plug doesn't quite.. plug. All I want to do is be able to soak after my runs, that's it!
I also took an epic nap between the hours of 2 and 4 today. I guess I needed it.
So the four mile race... First off, I got there late. Just as everyone was starting so I played catch-up the entire time. I came in fourth from last - which wasn't very amazing. I was glad to finish, though. I was especially glad just to keep moving. I did take three ten-count walk breaks. I think I just needed them mentally more than anything else.
So, I'm back in the running swing, which makes me happy. I just need more races to train for, is all.
Just a couple more weeks until half-marathon training starts!
Friday, December 14, 2012
Today, to much rejoicing, is Hobbit day!
Of course, I plan not to behave much like a Hobbit. I had a sensible breakfast (Oatmeal) and will have lunch. But no Brunch, and I assure you there will be no morning tea or snacks between ;) I also plan to hit the gym before meeting up with my best friend at Noon to go see the movie ;) Get those calories burned so I can have a treat, I say!
Every day after I write my blog I swear I come up with a thousand - nay, a million! - different things I 'should' have written about. Two things stuck with me long enough to get written about today.
First, is the whole thing about calorie differentials. It's such a simple equation, but lately it feels like such a delicate one! My BMR (by most calculators) settles somewhere around 1650. That means just breathing I am supposed to be burning around 1650 calories a day. We're all familiar with the concept. So, when you add in my activity when tracked by FitBit or BodyMedia I'm burning on average a total of 2500 calories a day. That's with light walking. I hit 3000 with a day's jog (3 miles) or some time with the eliptical. That means, on a day when I eat 1300-1500 calories I should have an all important defecit of no fewer than 1000 calories. (That's 7000 calories a week!)
The fun math - a pound of fat is 3500 calories. With a baseline 7000 calorie defecit, I should be losing 2 pounds.
That, dear friends, is what I've been stewing on.
I have also been stewing on the fact that I feel like all I do is go to work, go work out, and go home. That's it. Not so happy about that.
Finally, I've really been fixated on my 'goal weight' as assigned by the IDEA study. 142 pounds. In essence, they're telling me that when I started I was nearly 100 pounds overweight. Essentially they're telling me I have 50 more pounds to lose. I know it's not impossible to get fit or to meet the rest of my goals; but, 50 POUNDS?! I don't know from what part of myself I would lose an average sized 7 year old; but, apparently according to them I need to.
So, today isn't quite as peppy as usual. I'm still excited for the movie and seeing my friend; but, I'm feeling frustrated by 1) lack of progress, 2) feeling a bit in a rut, and 3) what feels like an unattainable goal.
Gimme some mojo, peeps!
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