Sunday, March 06, 2011
Over the past two weeks I have slowly, gradually slid off the SparkWagon. So slowly that I didn't really notice it until this Thursday or Friday. I let one or two things slide a day until eventually I wasn't tracking my food, exercising, or Sparking. And I know that I was eating above my calorie range.
I have the usual excuses: work was crazy, I was tired. I've been working very hard at my healthy lifestyle for two months and I was a little burned out. The most troubling thing, though, is that I always seem to do this right after a big success. I dropped 10 pounds in January and February, to halfway to my overall goal. My fitness test revealed spectacular success - I raised 4 of the 5 indicators that needed work to fair and made good progress on the fifth, plus I raised my bicep strength from fair to excellent. Rather than energize me to work harder, I rested on my laurels. And I'm certain I've gained weight because of it; tomorrow's weigh in will tell the tale. The less I did, the worse I felt. The worse I felt, the less I did. What a vicious circle.
Yesterday I decided to break it, although cautiously. I was careful about food, although I didn't track it, and worked out for 20 minutes. Today I'm tracking everything, and a Vinyasa yoga workout is on my to do list. A rainy Sunday feels like the perfect time to start over gently and let myself off the hook.
The larger problem is finding a way to avoid this cycle next time I have a big success. I'm honestly not sure where to start and would appreciate any advice you lovely Sparklers have to offer.
Also, I want to apologize to YOOVIE and the Mega B2W team for not participating in Mission 4 or 5. I'll get back at it tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Here's a recap of my February goals and how I did towards them.
Drop to 177 pounds, a 5 pound loss.
I got to 178, one pound off. Actually, I dropped to 175 and then gained 3 pounds. I'm pretty sure a lot of that is water weight, though. Either way, I came out all right compared to where I wanted to be.
Do 1,000 fitness minutes.
1,333, to be exact.
Continue bootcamp strength training program.
I modified this one a bit by trying different videos, including ones with resistance bands. I kept to the rotation, so it totally counts. I just don't want my muscles to get too complacent!
Blog once a week.
Done and done.
Huddle with the Determination and Accountability Team every day.
Well, mostly. I skipped a day here and there when I barely had time for SP - but I neglected everything else on SP on those days, not singling out D&A. So close enough is good enough.
Participate in the monthly Determination and Accountability fitness and weigh-in challenge.
Make significant progress on an UFO.
I knitted and felted an oven mitt and potholder set that's been languishing for a long time.
Knit my grandpa's hat.
It's so cute and stripey!
Find a pattern and yarn for a wedding afghan.
A lovely lace pattern in washable eggplant-colored wool.
Read one book.
"Emma" by Jane Austen.
Wear a special garment for DH once.
Do a monthly goal check-in blog.
Here it is!
Type up my bucket list.
Posted it in a blog on February 13.
Burn CDs of wedding photos.
The CDs are ready to go to family birthday parties this month.
Overall I give myself an A for effort this month. The weight yo-yo is a little frustrating, but I know why it happened and I'm taking steps to fix it. I'm keeping it simple by tracking my food, eating more freggies, and upping the intensity of my cardio. That oughtta do the trick.
The bigger problem is that every time I hit a milestone I immediately backslide. Specifically, I eat poorly for a few days. That has got to stop. As fun as milestones are, repeating them isn't fun. I need to keep pushing every time I pass one.
This month I'm very proud of the progress I made on fitness. I pushed myself very hard and gotten out of my comfort zone. I'm working harder than ever and trying new things, which is very cool. And I'm appreciating how strong I really am. My overall fitness goal is for my physical strength to mirror my inner strength, and I'm getting closer all the time.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Summary: Consistency is awesome. I did either ST or cardio every day, and usually both. I've also really pushed my boundaries by doubling up my boot camp ST exercises and trying new things, like resistance bands, Vinyasa yoga, and new stretching routines. Yet I managed to gain 3 pounds last week alone, after consistently losing 2 pounds a week for 3-4 weeks. (I'm mostly blaming water weight - I did a super intense workout yesterday afternoon, followed by a salty dinner and a glass of wine. The fact that I drank a bajillion glasses of water today without needing a bajillion bathroom trips helps prove this theory. But I also seriously neglected my food tracking, and that obviously didn't help.)
Advice to self: Track everything you eat and focus on getting 5 freggies a day. Also, make sure you're doing sufficiently intense cardio.
Weekend After Action Report:
Two upper body videos with resistance bands on Friday (Coach Nicole's videos here on SP), lower body with resistance bands and crunchless core videos, also by Coach Nicole, on Saturday.
I set my bike in the stand and used it as a stationary bike for 25 minutes on both Friday and Saturday.
50 minutes of Vinyasa yoga, for which I am paying today with some serious DOMS. To the point where I can barely walk. So worth it to feel this strong!
Total fitness minutes: roughly 140
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