Thursday, March 29, 2012
I'm trying not to be disheartened that my goals today are pretty much the same as they were in Oct 2010.
The difference is that I have achieved them (Feb 2011) and maintained until the holidays 2011, when for a number of reasons I backslid and gained 15 lbs.
I'm really looking forward to a dance retreat on April 5-7 and am inspired to make April 2012 the month that I regain my progress and take my fitness level even further.
Fitness: I have a weekly accountability buddy for exercise. I'm trying to burn about 3200 calories a week. I make a plan on Monday that will allow me to do that and I try and stick to it.
Food: Track. Track. Track. That is the key. Plus no restaurants and only watching movies/TV if I feel up to doing so without mindlessly eating.
Ready, set, go!
Monday, October 04, 2010
October 2010 is going to be a super successful month for me. I can feel it! I plan to:
1. Reach 180lbs by Nov 1.
2. Train with my trainer 2x/week, BOOM! fitness 2x/week, 1 other dance class/week.
3. Record my calorie intake on SP every day.
4. Complete my Morning Pages every morning.
5. Take myself on an Artist Date every week.
Sounds like fun!
Monday, May 24, 2010
So much for daily blogging! I never have been much of a journal writer.
Truthfully, my partner's surgery week went by in a blur of activity. Everything has gone as well as can be hoped for: the surgery was a success, the medical professionals involved were all competent and kind, she came home one day early, her energy is good and recovery is going well.
As the primary support for someone recovering from major surgery, I tried to anticipate, but have been surprised anyway, by all of the little details that go into helping someone through that process. I realize that my biggest challenge is not to take care of the logistics, but to stay present and not totally "numb out." My tendency is definitely to go far away emotionally, but I feel proud of the steps I'm taking to not use this old coping mechanism.
I have stayed active and made it to a yoga class and 3 dance classes last week, which is one of the best things I can do to feel like me. I also took a bath on Friday and listened to a meditation tape, which helped.
Food-wise, I stuck to juicing plan. I had fun with all the possibilities of juicing and smoothie making. I also made some awesome bran muffins using the carrot pulp from the juicer.
Some challenges of juice feasting:
Though juicing takes it "back to the basics," it feels labor intensive (though it probably doesn't take longer than cooking a meal). Also, no matter how much juice I drank, I did reduce my calorie range from 1800-2200 to 1200-1400 and the result of a juice feast is that your system is "clean" - both of those things means that I got hungry at certain points in the day. The hunger and the intentionality that it takes to juice feast gave me feelings that resonated uncomfortably like my teenage dieting years, when I was obsessed with losing weight.
Some benefits of juice feasting:
I didn't have to decide what I was going to eat during such a stressful week. I got a lot of comfort knowing that I was absorbing massive amounts of vitamins and minerals. I felt proud that I wasn't compulsively eating my way through the emotional ups and downs. I had fun experimenting with the juices.
I also weighed myself this morning and I lost 6.5 lbs since last Monday. I have been taking my weight loss journey very slowly (average 12 lbs/year for 7 years). I was a little scared by the big loss, but truth to be told I am READY to reach my goal, which is now only 8 pounds away. If juicing can help me get there soon, so that I can settle into maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of my life, bring it on!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I've discovered a food, diet and nutrition writer that I love: Angela Stokes. This is her website: http://store.rawreform.com/rawreform2.php
I've been experimenting with raw food this year, especially juicing. Though I don't think I will ever sign on completely for the raw lifestyle, I love the concept of being very mindful of eating whole foods straight from the farmer's market or CSA box as often as possible.
Angela Stokes stands out as a writer because of her apt descriptions and suggestions around the emotional aspects of eating.
My partner had major surgery yesterday and in the weeks leading up to the event, I found myself obsessing about and often indulging in fatty, sugary foods. So on the day before the surgery, I pulled out Angela's guide to Juice "Feasting" and decided this week was a good one to take it back to the basics.
I'm super pleased with the structure that juicing added to my day. I made a green juice in the morning, a veggie juice in the afternoon and a banana blueberry smoothie for dinner. I enjoyed each of them and didn't feel cravings until I was in the hospital waiting room longer than expected and went to the cafeteria at 8pm. I chose a cup of trail mix, which felt decadent. I definitely had that compulsive feeling while I was eating it all (past the point of hunger), but also felt proud of my choices for the stressful day. I know that if I had been less intentional, I could have started with pastries and coffee and never stopped eating candy.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Today is one of those days when I feel like life just gets better and better.
Since 2004, I've lost 75 lbs. It has been such a slow process that sometimes I forget what a tremendous accomplishment that is. An even bigger accomplishment, however, has been learning how I can feed myself in a way that fuels and nourishes my body. Also, I have so many ways that I love to move and get sweaty, that regular exercise is a pleasure, not a trial.
I've still got about 15 lbs until I meet my goal weight and I'm also excited about the benefits that I am seeing in my dance abilities, now that I am stronger and more flexible. My current plan includes:
I eat a mostly vegetarian diet with low gluten and dairy consumption. I make an effort to eat home-cooked, whole foods as much as possible. My calorie goal is to stay in the 1400-1800 range daily.
Sunday 90 min Brazilian dance class
Monday 60 min yoga class
Tuesday usually a rest day
Wednesday 60 min yoga class
Thursday 90 min BOOM! Class (dance and percussion)
Friday options: 90 min hip hop class or go out dancing
Saturday 60 min gym workout with my partner
I dont always hit all of those activities every week, but there are plenty of options and diversity in my plan, so it keeps me moving.
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