Sunday, September 30, 2012
End of the month weigh-in and measurements today. As I said last week, I wasn't looking for a huge change... I was happy if I could just maintain for the month, and get my focus back. And, well, I'm happy to report that that's what I did! My weight at the beginning of September was 177; today I weighed in at 176 [my lowest weight over the entire month was 175.5 so even still, I didn't backtrack much at all]. I even managed to lose inches, despite completely slacking on exercise. A half inch lost in my waist, hips, and upper arm each. Yay!
I've also gotten my eating back on track, which has really helped. I was still having some knee pain until mid-week, and then I had [still do!] sore calves because I forgot to stretch after a run... but I've been walking a bunch and just being active in general more than I usually am. I'm at my mom's house for the week, I'm painting a couple rooms while she's off in Aruba, so that's keeping me on my feet a lot. I'm excited for life to get back to its regular schedule next week but until then, at least this week's not busy and stressful like most of September was.
So, I'm happy that I managed to maintain and *cannot* wait to get back to a regular exercise schedule [I haven't been to the gym in two weeks!]
Oh, and one more thing... I finally fit into an old pair of pants so I've been wearing them! Now, if you don't know, I haven't worn pants in years. It's a combination of just finding skirts more comfortable [and unique], and the fact that none of my pants fit. When I started gaining weight again, I *refused* to buy new pants. Unless I'm skinny, no pants have ever fit me correctly [this is what happens when you have no hips whatsoever and all designers assume that all women do]. Trying to wear pants at a heavier weight just leads to tears and frustration. So I stopped buying pants and have just been wearing skirts for quite a few years now [I LOVE skirts!]. Buuuut, my size 11 khakis fit again so I've been wearing them! Yay!
[Sidenote, I really hate how sparkpeople makes the images sooooooo small!]
One pair of pants down... about 10 more to go.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The wedding's over and I can finally get back to "regular life", which means back to healthy eating and exercising. So, I faced the scale today. I'm up 5 pounds from two weeks ago [but I'm convinced that that week's weigh in was a fluke anyway]. Honesty? Not bad. My goal was to stay under 180 and I didn't accomplish that... but just by fractions of a pound. I will take it. And I know that some of that weight isn't "real" weight gain [I did not eat that many calories!] and my body just needs to even out. So I'm hoping to be back to 177ish by next Sunday. Which means that I will have essentially maintained for the month of September, and I'm not upset about this at all. I want to be down to 170 by the end of October but we'll see where the number falls next week to give me a starting point.
Aside from being busy with wedding stuff, my exercise really fell by the wayside this week... but it wasn't my fault! I hurt my knee while out running on Sunday [just a minor thing, but it acted up for a few days] so I had to put everything on hold for the first half of the week. And then Wednesday was last minute preparations and rehearsal, Thursday I actually had to take my aunt to the doctor's along with getting my nails done, etc. and then Friday was the wedding. Yesterday I was so exhausted that I spent most of the day sleeping and the rest of the day too tired to move, so I just played Zelda. :) Anyway, I'm certain that the lack of exercise also contributed to my temporary weight gain but now my knee's feeling better and life has calmed down. So, time to start running again!
Yesterday I also spent getting back on track, spark-wise. I logged my food for the first time in days [maybe all week?], read some articles, and just collected sparkpoints for various things to get myself back in the habit. And I can confidently say that I am ready to kick this week's ass! LET'S GO!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Ahhh I actually had an entire post written up and then I hit a button and it all went away! Nooooo!
Anyway, I know I haven't had time to check in here lately and I'm definitely not going to have time this coming week. My eating hasn't been great, it's been terrible at times but mostly just... okay. Not bad, not good, just kind of neutral. I haven't had much time [or desire, let's be honest] to track everything. I ate way too much pizza last night and spend the last 12+ hours feeling uncomfortably full [still am], including a horrible night's sleep and back pain. I *have* kept up with my running, so that's good, but I haven't been doing much of anything else. I'm looking to just maintain a weight around 177 for the month and then I will focus on getting back to losing once things settle down.
I was dogsitting for my godmother last week which was fun [and got me a little extra exercise, but not too much because the dog is 13 years old], and I had her car so I got to run around and do errands that are usually too far for me. I went to Trader Joe's for the first time since moving here over a year ago, and got a ton of cheap, healthy things like soy yogurt and watermelon [it was half the price of my grocery store's! And I didn't have to carry it all the way home!] but I also got some things that aren't so healthy, like cookie butter, Joe-Joe's, and soy ice cream. It turns out that I'm better at portion controlling ice cream than cookies, who would've thought? It's probably because nobody sells vegan ice cream around here so I wanted to make it last as long as possible.
Anyway, most of the week wasn't full of terrible food choices, just eating too much of stuff. But yesterday, I ordered pizza [and breadsticks] because I didn't want to deal with the dirty dishes in the sink [but then ended up washing them anyway while I waited for the pizza to be delivered, go figure!]. Just a small pizza with pineapple, olives, and carmelized onions. Nothing too bad. Except for the fact that I ate almost the entire thing. Oops. I don't know why, either! I definitely said after a couple slices, "Okay, I'm full now, I should stop." But then I'd pick up another slice ten minutes later. And another. I blame myself for not thinking to put the pizza in the fridge right away [out of sight, out of mind works WONDERS with me]. Oh well, lesson learned and all that.
Friday is my brother's wedding and I've been super busy helping the bride get everything done in time. That's what I'll be working on for the next few days, as well. I'm excited for the wedding but this week is super busy because of it! Tomorrow and Tuesday, I'll be working on finishing up favors/the guestbook/other stuff with Laura [the bride] and our moms. Wednesday is the rehearsal dinner [I still have no clue what I'm going to wear!], Thursday I have to take my aunt to a doctor's appointment and get my nails done, and then I'm spending the night at my mom's. The wedding's Friday morning, reception's in the afternoon and then I don't know when or how I'm getting home. And I will probably just collapse into bed once I do!
On top of this, my online "book club" sort of thing has started reading my favourite author, finally, and I keep getting pulled into lengthy discussions throughout the week because I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH AND JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT THEM FOREVER. [ markreads.net/reviews/category/torta
I was hoping to lose a few more pounds before the wedding because the dress I'm wearing is snug... it looks good on me, but it's definitely a bit too tight in one tiny spot so that's not awesome. But instead, I've gained a few pounds so now I'm worried it won't fit at all! I know that I'm super bloated from yesterday's pizza extravaganza, though, so if I keep an eye on what I eat for the next few days my body should go back to where it was last week. That's just hard to do while I have so many other things going on! Thankfully, I have today to myself [we had planned on doing wedding stuff today as well but Laura had to work] so I think I'll do some meal planning and prepping for the rest of the week. Including a huge, delicious salad made with veggies from the CSA that my godmother gave me! And a visit to the gym. I haven't been since last Saturday and I need it back in my life!
Okay, I guess I should get out of bed and actually get started on these things. Including facing the scale so I know exactly how much work I have ahead of me for the week. It'll be a miracle if I have time to get on SP and catch up with everyone's blogs and adventures this week, but I plan to be fully back next weekend. At least for a few days, until I go house-sitting at my mom's [where I will have a car AGAIN, yay, but I also have to paint a bunch of rooms in her house...]. Things will calm down in October, I swear. I've got nothing coming up in October. So... see you then?
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Okay, I wrote a really long post about today's 5K on my off-site blog, which you can read here: fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com/2012/09/
pawsox-5k-recap.html To summarize, however: I finished it in 33:53, came in 14th out of 29 in my division [which shocked me!], and am really happy with my results. I learned a few things to change for my next 5K and I've got a training plan all set up for the coming month. I'm excited!
Since it's the beginning of the month, I took my measurements this morning as well. Losses are as follows:
waist: 1 inch
hips: 1 inch
thigh: 1 inch
neck: 0.5 inch
belly: 0.5 inch
My body fat percentage also went down to 25% from 25.6% last month, per www.healthcentral.com/cholesterol/ho
me-body-fat-test-2774-143.html?ic=4004 [but that estimate may be off by 1 or 2% so it might not really be any change].
I love these results!
Weigh in tomorrow and that's looking gooooood. This week was MY week!
Friday, August 31, 2012
The countdown is on! I went this evening to go pick up my race bag.
I also got this free shirt which is made of super awesome wicking fabric [which is great because all of my running/wicking shirts are too small still so I've been wearing non-wicking cotton t-shirts]
[this shirt also makes my boobs look huge and I'm not sure why]
There was also a coupon for 15% off at a local running store [with no expiration date!], which is great because I'm going to need new running shoes soon. I race swag.
Also, I put a pink streak in my hair to celebrate!
I haven't dyed my hair any funky colours in about a year because of the continuous job search, but I figured this was okay because 1) I didn't bleach it first, so it's barely noticeable and it'll fade quickly and 2) I'm dyeing my hair [my regular red] next week anyway. And I have no upcoming job interviews so, yeah, whatever. As long as it's out by my brother's wedding, it's okay.
Anyway, in 12 hours, I should be almost done with the 5K! Exciting! Okay, time to go get my stuff together for the morning [I still haven't decided what shirt to wear, oops! I don't want to wear the race's shirt because that's too mainstream and also, it clashes with my running shorts/shoes]. And then in bed by 10:30 and awake at 6:30 so I have time to have breakfast and digest it before the race at 9:30 [I really can't run with any food in my stomach because I get awful cramps, but I also can't run without eating breakfast because I get lightheaded, so I have a three hour gap that I've carefully decided on after weeks of experiments].
I may or may not get to update right after the race. Tomorrow's actually really busy after the 5K, what with the Doctor Who premiere, my mom taking me out in the afternoon, and visiting my aunt later. If nothing else, I'll try to pop in for a quick status update with the race results.
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