Sunday, February 06, 2011
I'm pretty fired up today....and it's not about the game tonight.
Yesterday was a good day of rest...peppered with some junk food temptations that pissed me off to no end (see yesterday's blog). Today I woke up feeling energized, knocked out today's requirements for the 100 pushups & 200 situps program, showered, shaved and went out to get some errands done.
Driving along the Emerald Coast Parkway, looking at the blue-green water, I realized that if I'm serious about getting healthy and fit, that I better be able to sustain everything I'm doing on the eating and the exercise front. This ain't no skirmish to get down a few lbs.....it's all all out attack on many fronts. It's a war of attrition, so I better gear up for the long march.
What that means to me is that what I'm doing today has to be a lifestyle change that I can keep up indefinitely. For the runner, it's always tempting to come out of the chocks at top speed. You feel great, you make incredible progress early in the race, but then you start to lag. You tucker out because you're out of Schlitz with that initial burst, and have to slow down. In my marathon running days, I would have to tell myself constantly, "find the pace that makes you feel like you can run forever."
Same deal here, but this requires defense too. When the peanut butter cravings attack, and they will, I've got to divide and conquer, splitting up the horde into teaspoon size chunks to prevent them from massing on tablespoons. I've got to have a plan of attack that makes 1500-1800 calorie days bearable, enjoyable, and spread out throughout the day, so that when the fried jalapeno poppers start massing on the border, I can club them away with the satisfaction that I'm already well fed you bastards.
Same on the offense. I know I can power through a few strong weeks of intense workouts and show great results. But after a while, life will come along and make demands on time and energy. So the workouts have to be the same level of bearable and enjoyable so that 6-10 months from now I'm looking as forward to working out as I am today
And every once in a while, some R&R is called for as we watch the fat, sweet, and salty enemies retreat in disarray. Every now and then it's nice to pick up one of the fleeing hordes, pop him into the mouth, and smile as we watch his friends cry out, "Take me too"
And we laugh at their plight as we say, "No way, we'll never surrender, now get the hell out of my way!"
Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Fit Living!
Saturday, February 05, 2011
As part of our Saturday family ritual, we head for lunch at a local eatery. Today was Mexican at our favorite haunt (Pepito's in Destin)
Mexican.....cheesy, gooey, sauce-laden, spicy (Yum), Mexican.
Not for me the Evil Quesadilla, no-no-no to the King Burrito, back to the Rancho, Senior Chile Relleno. Today was Caldo de Camarones (Shrimp in a clear broth, with veggies). Just as spicy, just as tasty, and out the door with 300 calories, no mas!
Then SWMBO had to pick up some yarn at the local Michaels, so off we went, me hobbling up and down the aisles on the crutch, trying to eke out some extra steps while she shopped.
Then came the checkout line. MY GOD ladies, why do you go to these places!!!!
Here I am, smiling to myself for getting out of Pepito's for only a few 100 calories, then we have to walk through the gauntlet of rows and rows of, are you ready:
- Bags and bags of pastel colored M&Ms
- Marshmallow peeps in every available combination
- Chocolate covered bunnies staring you doe-eyed in the face
- Candy covered sunflower seeds, saying plant me in your tummy
And then the magazine tunnel before you can get close to the register:
- Rachel Ray biting into a two-fisted cheeseburger
- Slim Giada offering you a plate-full of Spaghetti and Meatballs bigger than her head
- Paula Dean pushing a 2 lb slice of Apple Pie at you through the cover
- Blonde Sandra Lee offering you a chocolate cake that could feed an army
I almost caved.....here I am enjoying a salty salsa buzz from Pepito's, and I'm surrounded by sweet temptations, every one of them promising to satisfy that craving.
It was a mountain of madness I tell you, all wrapped up in the scent of eucalyptus and floral arrangements that made it seem like you were in the jungles of paradise, where eating whatever you liked was right and true.
I signed the credit card bill, grabbed SWMBO, made a bee-line for the door and never looked back. Unwrapped a stick of gum in the car and chewed like a madman till we got home and downed a liter of water.
Evil lurks in these stores, I tell you. You can survive a 100 battles in restaurants and supermarkets, but all it takes is that one well aimed chocolate bullet, offered to you with a glossy covered smile, and next thing you know, your making your way to the sweatpants aisle to shop for more clothes.
Friday, February 04, 2011
I've hovered around 200 lbs the last few years. Was down to 188 during serious marathon training and up to 205 during serious work periods where I sacrificed exercise for the job.
Recovering from surgery, I knew I had to change something fast or I'd pack on the pounds with no aerobic outlet for months.
Enter the SparkPeople. When I Googled, "best weight loss website", there you are #5 on the search list. Still a little suspicious though, I had to check it out in a few places (Amazon, About.com, Fortune review).
Anyway, I signed up so I could get a peek inside, and here I am 5 weeks later and 5 lbs lighter than when I started....sitting at 192 as of this AM.
2 Weeks after surgery I got cleared to hit the gym for upper body work only, no weight bearing on the leg. Bottom line, I've been able to get a great routine going again after some chronic pain.
I love working out; running not so much anymore, but biking, weight lifting, and the occasional fitness class. But man 'o man do those workouts bring on an appetite. And it's a sneaky appetite, the kind of insidious thinking that says, "it's OK to eat whatever you want, you worked out real hard!"
But it's a lie and I've really learned that no amount of exercise will make up for excessive eating....just ain't gonna happen. I pride myself on being rationale and precise and the evidence clearly demonstrates lots of eating = lots of pounds gained....even if you work out like mad
So I'm digging the food tracker, trying not to turn it into an exact science. And I'm acting on the knowledge that the lbs won't leave till the calorie intake goes down.
Damn I hate the facts!
Thursday, February 03, 2011
I've had a hectic week, going out to eat a bunch of different times & places. Overall it went very well thanks to the Sparkie Community and an app that lets me real-time track what I ate throughout the day.
Late last night as I updated the numbers and my blog, it occurred to me that all the numbers in the tracker are approximations....I'll never totally nail the calories that my body actually takes in....they are averages. I can look up what 5 oz of London Broil is (280 calories), but it could be 50 more or less depending on the specifics of the cow that came to market. I can weigh out proteins, starches, and fruit, but in the end, only my body knows how many calories I ate.
Same with the workouts.....the cardio machines, the heart rate monitors, the websites that translate exertion into calories only give an average.
So what does it mean....is this in any way constructive?
Well it helped me realize to not look so hard at the numbers so that if I'm a 100 calories near or over my limit, well maybe maybe not. Nor is a reading of 500 calories burnt working out necessarily true.
The goal is to get things going in the right direction....calories in should overall be less than calories burnt, say over the course of a week. Any given day is not nearly as important as any given week or a month. The longer the time horizon we work towards, the easier it is to make and stick to a solid plan and to actually get there
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