Monday, April 05, 2010
Saturday morning I get up as usual to get ready for my breakfast date with my DH. Since it was nice and warm along with the fact that we'd be at the ballpark later in the day I put on a pair of shorts - I knew they were loose but I figure it's better than wearing jeans in the 80 degree weather we were going to have. We have breakfast, go out to the mall and my DH tries on some jeans to find he has lost 3 jean sizes! We purchase him a pair and then he drives me over to NY & Company where we see signs all over the windows that EVERYTHING is 1/2 off! My eyes widen and he's like "we have to get you some stuff with these prices!" I was so excited to go shopping on Saturday! It was awesome! I bought several dresses - Size 10, pair of pants - Size 10, pair of khaki shorts - Size 8, and pair of jean shorts - Size 6. I know, I know, shorts fit differently so it's easier to go down a size or so but WOW did it feel great to have something in my "wardrobe" that is a 6!! and an 8 for that matter!! The tops I got were all Mediums which is great as well because I normally have to have Large or XL!! While most everything was a Size 10, I can tell that since the 10's are fitting much easier, that I'm on my way to that 8 anyway!! And I definitely don't mind having all three sizes in my closet! As I read in another friends blog - it's not all about that number - the number isn't what makes us anyway! My clothes feel good and I feel good - that's all that matters!
We had a baseball game on Friday night. We didn't get home until 9:00 PM but I HAD to get some exercise in so I did get on the treadmill. Normally, that time of night, I would just say "forget it"! But I have goals so I just immediately got dressed to work out and DID it! Did my circuit training DVD with Jackie Warner yesterday morning ON Easter! So glad I got that in - it allowed me to enjoy the rest of the day on the boat with the family in the great weather!
I was right on with my food on Friday AND Saturday, but yesterday there were a few "kinks" in the day earlier on so I didn't get to make the best choices I had hoped and planned for. One being my grocery store was closed for Easter! Don't blame them but I didn't realize until too late so we had to "compromise" since I refuse to shop at Wal-Mart lately. I have found that place is just pure craziness and I leave very stressed out so the few pennies I might save on a few items isn't worth the hassle to me anymore.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Well, I've read articles on SparkPeople, I've read other articles online, as well as some magazines at home. Technically, I'm one week away from determining if I'm truly experiencing a Plateau. "Supposedly" if there has been no change in 3 weeks, then you're in a plateau. Well, it's been 2 and when I weighed in today, there was an 8 ounce loss - a cup of dang water. Talk about frustrating. A cup of water - seriously?! Anyway, I've been making a plan.
First of all, I must confess, I had a terrible emotional 'mini' breakdown today. I have alot going on with some crazy brothers that irritates me to my inner core and got frustrated with my mother for her seemingly 'mission in life' to allow them to continue to literally USE her. SO, I had a terrible lunch - I mean it was good - tasted amazing but it was bad. B A D!! If any of you are from Tuscaloosa, AL - you know City Café. . . OMG!! I had all COMFORT food - chicken and dumplings, with TWO orders of fried green tomatoes and a slice of lemon icebox pie. Felt HORRIBLE after I ate it and I can tell now just how food does affect my body. I felt like I could've fell out of my office chair onto the floor into a sleeping coma!! Just drained me. SO - got that out there, off my chest, had to do it now to move on. . . . . .
Now, back to my plan:
change the exercise I do - I have alternated between jogging/walking on the treadmill and jogging/walking outside three days a week and doing a Circuit Training DVD once a week. I'm going to try digging a bike out of the garage and give that a shot to stir things up.
add more PROTEIN. Have a boiled egg at breakfast and maybe even some turkey bacon or something like that. Add MORE veggies at lunch and snack on fruits and nuts throughout the day.
stop letting my siblings/mother get to me. Realize they are all adults and get to make their own decisions about how they choose to live, what they do with their bodies or not, their money, etc.
4.) GOAL SETTING:
I want to start making little "mini" goals. I mean of course I have my goals set out here on SparkPeople but it's all about the BIG picture - getting to goal weight. I need to incorporate little things - for example:
A.) getting ALL of my fruits and veggies in for the day;
B.) getting more protein each day;
C.) educating myself on how to make my metabolism work for me as well as what foods make me feel good instead of like what I felt today after eating that kind of meal
D.) include my kids in my exercise - maybe have an exercise "date" with each one 3 days of the week (since I have 3 kids) and maybe even the hubby. I haven't included them so much because I've felt they won't keep up or I can't exercise as intensely as I need to with them, but from now on - I'm not going to measure like that when they exercise with me
The next step for me in the next few days will be to add new things to my page that reminds me of my goals and helps me track them AND do a little "facelift" of my page for the NEW, more FOCUSED and RENEWED ME. I'm READY to do this!!
Monday, March 29, 2010
.........enjoy running at all much less outside! It is an AWESOME feeling. While my plans to walk around the track at the baseball field on Saturday during my sons pics didn't work out, I did get up early yesterday (Sunday) morning to get a good jog/walk in. This time, I watched my time much closer to get an exact count on minutes for jogging vs. walking. Of course good ole' Sam (my black lab) INSISTED and yes, I mean a big 100 lb. black lab insisted he go with me so I get his leash and away we go. Again, I only had him with me for the first run through the neighborhood, dropped him off at the house so he could re-hydrate and off on the second run through on my own. He is such a good jogging and walking buddy too. My husband and I can tell it makes him SOOO Happy to do it because once he's home and rested he literally wants to jump around like a little 20 lb. puppy - so hyper and full of energy so it just has to be doing great things for him. I'm hoping to help him shed about 15 or 20 lbs. so that he is a much healthier weight and just not so flabby. He should be thin and have a defined little lab body. We'll get there.
I can run for a longer span of time now!! I'm amazed!! I feel so strong! I ran for 5 FULL minutes 4 different times for a total of 20 minutes running time and then 25 minutes of brisk walking. I still don't feel like the spark fitness tracker calculates my calories burned correctly for this which is why I really need to invest in that monitor thing I've heard some of you talk about. (HRM?) SparkPeople only has that amount of running and jogging time as 392 calories and I am telling you the way my lungs and heart were pumping it just HAS to be more calories. On the DOWN side - my knees have been hurting. Sunday was only the 2nd time I've jogged outside so I'm wondering if I'm not doing something right or is running outside just alot harder on the knees? Does it mean I have to stop jogging outside? Has anyone else had knee issues because of running?
I did stay busy and was moving all weekend so I know I probably burned a few more calories that's hard to track as well so that'll be like money in the bank!
I have still had that "retaining weight" from my wonderful IV of saline I had on Tues. last week. I did notice a pound gone but it's so slow - not to mention I'm having problems in the "bathroom" area so I think it's caused some problems there too! (I know TMI but facts are facts folks! LOL) It's VERY discouraging to me and I hope it's not just an excuse for a REAL weight gain. I have gone back through the week and just don't see any other reason that I would have gained 3 lbs. like that so tomorrow being weigh in and seeing how I missed it last Tues. due to the surgery we'll see if I've made any progress.
I DO feel a "plateau" in the air, however. So it's time to make a new plan I think. Any suggestions? Should I increase exercise to 5 or 6 days a week or increase amount of cardio time 4 days of the week? I know that I need to increase protein. For some reason this area is harder for me and I AM a meat eater. I am just having a hard time incorporating other types of protein into my diet. I do eat eggs every Saturday on my weekly breakfast date with my hubby so I am getting some there too.
You know what would be great?? To have someone give me a meal by meal schedule of what I need to eat for the day!! Sad that I'm feeling I need that kind of structure but just beginning to feel a little "out of whack". Things always seem easier when you just have someone telling you what you need to do.
I watched this show on the Fine Living Network (FLN) this weekend called something Brides - basically women about to get married that need to tone up and lose weight in 6 weeks or so before the wedding. They had this trainer AND a nutritionist telling them what to do! Well, I want that!!! LOL Can't afford a trainer OR a nutritionist though. I just need to educate myself and research what I need to do for my body. Because I LOVE who I'm becoming,how my body is shaping up and simply how great it feels to be healthier.
Open to suggestions and ideas from my wonderful spark friends too because without most of you I couldn't have gotten as far as I have without your motivational stories and even cheering from some of you. I get so much encouragement here and I KNOW that's why I've been successful so far!
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