Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Today, I'm feeling really good. I slept in and spread breakfast out over the morning: coffee, a vega energizing shake and a Luna bar -- maybe not the most natural, low-sugar breakfast, but packed with protein and nutrients vegans often miss out on. I just had lunch -- a huge salad next to a portion of brown rice and a black bean and corn salad. I love how the healthful eating, coupled with my recent exercise push, makes my body feel!
This week, there are free fitness classes at the university gym. I went to a bootcamp class on Monday and a cycling class on Tuesday. I'm taking today off because I'm quite sore and need to catch up on work, but I'm looking forward to more classes in the next few days. I think I'll join the gym after this -- the workouts are tough but rewarding, and it's a great way to fit in a good workout and to push myself hard!
The past few days, I've eaten really well during the day and ruined it at night with foods like chocolate and peanut butter. Today, I'm going to keep up the healthful eating throughout the day and hopefully go to bed at a reasonable hour (last night I was doing homework until 4 am!). I want today to be a perfectly healthy day, with no exceptions for sweets or high-calorie treats. I want to continue to feel this good.
If I do continue to feel this good, I hope I can be happy regardless of what the scale says on my next weigh-in. If the number is high, I hope I'm not discouraged. I'll have to reread this blog post and remember how good I feel when I eat well and exercise, regardless of my weight.
Friday, February 01, 2013
I worked out six days this past week with for 30-75 minutes each day, and I still managed to gain 2 pounds since I last weighed in! I've been occasionally eating over my calorie goal, but I'm only eating when I'm hungry, and almost exclusively healthy, vegan foods. Grr... I worked hard, and although I know it's more important that I feel good (and I do!), I'm still pissed that my hard work wasn't rewarded in the way I would have hoped.
This might be because I'm using a new scale that I just bought for my dorm room. Maybe it's calibrated differently from my one at home? Or it may be because I had a lot of soup from the dining halls these last few days. I'm sure it's loaded with sodium, so I might be retaining water. Or, the least likely of the options, maybe I gained some muscle? I'm sure not 2-pounds worth, though.
I'm going to have to focus very hard this next week on tracking everything I eat, eating very, very well, and doing more cardio. Yikes. Well, here goes!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I've been working out a lot lately. Today was my sixth workout n the last 8 days; that's pretty much the frequency I want to exercise -- and think I should exercise. But I rarely exercise that often. Also, my last few workouts have been more intense and longer than usual. Which is great! But I'm worried I'm going to burn out.
Or maybe I'm already starting to. I went for a run today, and I was just not feeling it. I wanted to do an intense, 30-minute, interval run, but instead, I did a 20 minute run/walk thing. It could be because I didn't eat anything before the workout or because my body is tired from the last week of intense workouts, but I just couldn't get into it! That's a terrible excuse, right? It shouldn't matter -- I should have done it anyway.
At least I got out for the run. Next time I think there's a chance I don't feel motivated during the run (which I saw coming, because it was hard to get my butt out the door to begin with), I should plan out the run, in terms of directions, intervals, length, etc, instead of just going with the vague idea of a tough run.
I guess I should be proud of my exercise in the last week -- I've probably done 3 intense gym circuits, 2 light gym circuits, and 1 light run. Much more than usual for me. Now to get my eating habits to that level...
Saturday, January 12, 2013
My brother and I got home last night from six days of winter backpacking. Our original plan was 10 days ... we cut it to 8 on day two, when we realized we wouldn't have enough food ... and then on day six, we were just done. It was cold, wet, and windy up in the mountains. Slogging through the snow every day with heavy packs and less-than-ideal equipment was a struggle. But we had a good time and saw some fantastic views and a few deer (thankfully, no bears!).
I weighed in this morning at 141.5 -- one pound down from last weigh-in and the same as two weigh-ins ago. Not sure how I feel about this... I was hoping the trip would help me shed a few more pounds. (To be fair, I had a few bad eating days before I left for the trip, with lots of sweets and unlogged calories.) Six days isn't that long, but I was hiking 5-9 mountainous miles a day with a 30+ lb pack, and I didn't eat that much -- maybe around 2000 calories a day. If that doesn't help me lose weight, I don't know what will! I'm hoping that my body composition changed for the better, but I don't measure that. Anyway, I'll just have to keep pushing forward.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
My last weigh-in revealed I've "gained" one pound since starting this attempt at losing weight. That was discouraging. I have to remember that a) my first weigh-in was after a day of barely eating anything because of logistic reasons, b) I have to give my body a few weeks to understand what I'm doing for it, and c) I'm sure my sodium intake has increased since going vegan (two weeks ago). But it's slightly difficult to stay motivated when the scale shows that. We'll see what happens next week. Gulp.
I'm also getting nervous about my upcoming ten-day camping trip. Backpacking food tends to be high-calorie. I'll be hiking a lot, but the going will be slow because the trail might be icy and there aren't many hours of daylight this time of year. I hope I end up with the right balance between calories in and calories out and ultimately (maybe) lose a pound along the way.
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