Monday, July 23, 2012
Ok, so I've been terribly lax both about tracking my food and getting exercise in for most of July. I think I've worked out maybe 3 times this month (dedicated workouts, not at-work moving around, which for most of my job involves a lot of walking and stairs). At first it was because of a wicked sunburn right above my bikini line (fabulous fail on my part, I know), which made movement difficult the first week of July. And then... well, and then. It just kept going. The 2nd week of July I was working the first couple days, then had to go to Vegas for a job interview, then was working the entire weekend when I got back. And last week I was apartment hunting/viewing, which is exhausting, even if it's no more than searching on craigslist. The end result is that I've been losing and gaining same 3 pounds over and over since May and this month I've been staying more at the top range of that.
The point of all this? Not to validate my excuses. Here's why they don't work.
Week 1. Excuse: sunburn. Rebuttal: Should have at least been tracking my food (which would have been good, because I probably ate less as I was very much disinclined to move and go to the kitchen). It should have made me drink lots of water as well. Also, could have worked on strength training my upper body (if I figured out a way to move where cloth didn't rub on my skin).
Week 2. Excuse: Lots of work and a road trip. Rebuttal: My friend's place in Vegas has a fitness center and a pool. Granted I was there for less than 24 hours. I even threw workout clothes in my bag. What did I forget? Sneakers. Blast. But I could have done laps in the pool instead of hanging out indoors with her enormous Giant Malamute puppy (seriously, he's like 5'3 in length and comes up to the kitchen table in height. Adorable.) Upside, Vegas is frickin hot, so I was drinking a LOT of water, definitely. Also, it makes the heat here in Los Angeles seem like nothing. Downside, interviews stress me out like no other, so there may have been indulging in a coffee and comfort pastry afterwards. And then a drink. With nachos. I should have worked out instead for the stress relief. But it's Vegas, baby! ;)
Week 3. Excuse: Busy apartment hunting. Rebuttal: I could have scheduled workout sessions during the day (was viewing places sometimes during the day and sometimes in the evening with my roommate), which would have helped me focus. Also... maybe could have marched in place (or moved in any way, really) while on the computer and making phone calls to view places. And, it should have been easy to track food since I was home most of the time.
I know... coulda, woulda, shoulda. But hopefully it will teach me something for future planning, which brings me to...
This week... I have to do an open house Wednesday night, which means Wednesday cleaning. Maybe starting to think about packing up everything. Looking for furniture (and a refrigerator) either at a discount store or on craigslist. So I will schedule exercise, starting with zumba tonight at 7:30. I haven't gone in about 3, edging on 4 weeks now. Eez no good. And I will track my food like it's my job (given that I don't have many jobs this week, hehe. Just Saturday, though that's 6am-2am. Yes, 20 hours).
Oh, and I found an apartment and signed the lease last Friday! It was our first choice apartment, too. Our lease starts August 1st, but we're moving in this weekend. So, gotta get my exercise in early this week.
Sorry for the long post. I don't want this to snowball into quitting and having to restart. I'm putting my plan down on (virtual) paper and getting back on track, damnit.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
So, for the past week I've not been tracking my fitness, because I've not done any dedicated fitness til today (though probably miles of walking). And I haven't been tracking my food, because I'm... in France! And figuring out what I've been eating would probably take me hours on the nutrition tracker. I've decided to not worry too much about it as I am in fact on vacation. Currently in Marseille, soon to be back in Paris for a week.
The ego boost: I've brought the kids I used to nanny down to Marseille to visit their grandmothers. The first day here, the grandmother whose house we're staying in, asked me if I'd gotten taller, or if perhaps she'd gotten shorter, to which I replied 'I would like to have done that (grown taller)'. She said 'well you've gotten thinner then.' My reply: 'I would really like to have done that.' When the other grandmother arrived a couple of days later, she asked me if I had gotten thinner. Unprovoked. So, I probably last saw them about a year ago, maybe a little less for the first one, and maybe (probably) they're just being grandmotherly, and perhaps it's because the last time I saw them I was wearing more layers, but it's an ego boost nonetheless.
The ego zap: shopping for new jeans in the Old Port section of Marseille, because the jeans I had, which I wore a lot in the months before leaving Paris last summer, have worn very thin in the thigh area (which is embarassing, but if I can't admit it here, then where?). I swear, one of the best results of losing weight (other than being healthy, etc, of course) is my jeans will most likely last longer. Hopefully. So shopping in Marseille for cargo pants or jeans, which often have the UK sizing on them at least, but rarely American sizing, is depressing all the same.
I know I need to drink more water and cut back on the (oh so tasty and dear god it's going to be worse when I get back to Paris) desserts and the amazing bread in the morning (actually no, I can't do that. I can't get that bread anywhere but in the south of France, especially with the grandmother's homemade apricot preserves). And when I get back to Paris, I'll have my workout clothes, which I did not bring south with me, and hopefully I can pick up a new pair of sneakers (I didn't pack mine, but they're worn pretty thin so I need to buy new ones anyway). So that's the plan. More water, resist having seconds of desserts (though at least I've been having strawberries... in addition to a pastry or half of one) even though the grandmothers keep offering, and workout more when I get back to Paris, so that I'm not completely off track when I come back from vacation.
Also, last night when I got back from the Old Port part of town, minorly depressed, I read the article about the Spring into Shape Bootcamp challenge. I thought, 'I could do that - no wait, I don't get back to the US until a week into it.' I realized that that sounded terribly much like an excuse and signed up anyway. My plan is to do the cardio parts of the challenge, and do a modified (lacking resistance band and dumbells) version of the strength training parts, until I get back to LA. So there. Take that excuses. :P
Just needed to put my plan (and problems) down in writing.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
So, today was nice out and I didn't have work. I decided to go for a run. I looked on the fitness map tool and apparently there's a park not too far from me. So I decided to run to the park, around it and back (giant loop). I came back and mapped my route and it turns out that I ran 1.05 miles without stopping!! Well, except for when I stopped for a second to jump a gate. It's mostly exciting because I always assumed I couldn't run a mile straight, but I've never tracked/mapped it before. Few minutes walking to warm up, then ran until I couldn't anymore. Walked for probably about a minute, ran some more, and the walked a few minutes for a cool down. Total, 1.31 miles running, .38 miles walking in 16 minutes. Yay! K, just wanted to share. Also, makes getting my water intake much easier.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Well, so much for having a light work week last week. I picked up some extra gigs (good for bank account, not so good for rest and recovery). The good thing is that they were both work calls with medium to high levels of physical work. And I tried to stay within my calorie ranges those days, or close to, at least. So, yay for that. Although they were both long days (Sunday from 8am-midnight, the Tuesday from 9am-10pm), so my lower back was killing me at the end of the days and I had a huge knot in my shoulder after the first one. But Wednesday I got to sleep in, and all that pain magically disappeared.
In more recent news, I started tech week yesterday (in theatre, this equals long days with short bursts of activity and a LOT of sitting around) and they filled the green room with snacks of all sorts. This is a problem. So unfortunately, I did indulge a bit (ok, more than I should have). I still have that college student 'free food, must take' mentality. Pair that with an entire table full of chocolate and cookies and chips and popcorn (all from Trader Joe's since we have one down the street)... is no good. I was able to snag some clementines from the table as well, so that was good. But overall, grrr, evil tasty free food... Thankfully it'll probably all be eaten within a few days, since there's a large cast for this show.
Oh well. Today is another start. More water, more (free!) fruit, and hopefully more physical work notes needed during the day.
Oh, and also because of my work schedule, I haven't been able to start Jillian Michaels 30 Day shred level 2 yet. I live on the 2nd story of a rather creaky-floored building, and I leave for and get home from work outside of courteous jumping-around hours. Hopefully I'll finish work earlier sometime this week. If not, Sunday is my next not-so-long work day. And I write it here so that I'll be accountable to actually do it Sunday (if not sooner!). No excuse.
Friday, February 24, 2012
So, I went on a little road trip up north to visit family this week. The drive is only about 5 hours, but I have a history of trouble staying awake while driving. This time, totally prepared. I had my coffee, my water, my book on tape (Tina Fey's 'Bossypants', which is fantastically funny), and unfortunately candy. I've discovered sour skittles are great at keeping me awake. And crunchy things like crackers and Nerds. While I didn't have any trouble with the drive up or down (yay!), coming back to the scale after 2-5 hour drives and 3 days of 'vacation' eating, not so yay. I went for a run one day and we walked 2 out of the 3 days I was there, but man, so much tasty home-cooked food. That I didn't have to cook. So, back to super-conscientious calorie counting (I know, I shouldn't have stopped) and working out more. Luckily I have a light work schedule next week, maybe I can fit in some extra workouts.
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