Thursday, December 16, 2010
I was so proud of myself for actually getting up and going to the gym yesterday morning before work, and I was planning to do the same today and tomorrow as well. For one thing, I love getting it out of the way early, and I feel better about myself all day. But also, work's really busy these days and we have the opportunity for overtime most evenings, and I wanted to take advantage of that without having to give up my workouts. But then Old Man Winter decided to pay us a visit, and I knew I wouldn't be driving to the gym for a swim at 5:30 this morning. Oh, how I wish I had a trainer for my bike! (But alas, I do not, nor do I have $300 to buy one...) However, hope is not completely lost: my hubby just reminded me that he's going out with the guys to watch football tonight, so I'll have a couple hours to use then. I'm thinking I'll get that swim in yet, followed by a nice soak in the gym's hot tub...
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
So, the hubby and I decided to celebrate Christmas early and open our presents last night. We skipped the evening workout we'd planned (since we didn't get up in the morning to do it), made a fire, watched A Christmas Story, and just enjoyed a quiet evening in. But what I noticed was that when we first discussed this idea, my mind instantly went to food. "Ooh! If we're celebrating Christmas tonight, then we should have something more special for dinner," I thought. And by "special," I meant yummy and fattening. Think egg nog, cashews, pizza maybe... But I'd eaten well all day, and all day Monday, and I didn't REALLY want to mess that up. So I didn't say anything to my husband about it, because I suspected that if I said anything, he'd be all about the "special" "Christmas" dinner I was envisioning. Instead, I made my red beans as planned, but added some sugar-free Jell-o to the menu for dessert. Not exciting, but it filled us with needed nutrients rather than guilt!
Today's been a bit stressful, and again I found myself thinking of food. Oh, what I wouldn't give for some comfort carbs! But the hubby and I have committed to two weeks on the South Beach Diet's Phase 1, which means no carbs. And so I suck it up and confront those emotions head on rather than quieting them with food. And I feel really good about that! I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of the no-carb diet, but in many ways it is easier than attempting moderation. Just take it away from me completely and I'll do all right!
So, yeah. Those are few things I've noticed about myself and learned this week. Hopefully the lessons will stick!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
So, I had one bad eating day last week, but got right back on track. After my workout on Saturday morning, I was down another 2.5 pounds from my previous weigh-in, which I had done on Monday morning. But then on Sunday... My hubby took me to see Wicked for my birthday (which was in February, incidentally), and we stopped for ice cream on the way home. And then I wanted some salty, crunchy snacks that night, so I got a bag of Chex Mix. But I ate almost the whole bag, which was 8 servings. So, needless to say, my weigh-in yesterday morning didn't go quite as well as I had hoped. In fact, I ended up right back where I was last Monday morning. Boo...
So I learned that even if you're good most of the week, you really can't throw your hands up to healthy eating completely one day (or two, or three...) and still hope to have a successful week. That's o.k. I'm back on track once again and hoping for a better outcome next Monday. Although, we're going home to visit family for the holiday weekend and I know there will be lots of tempting foods at the various barbeques, as well as at the county fair we're planning to visit... Just going to focus on choosing healthier options, having SMALL tastes of the less healthy foods, and working out a lot before we go home. And I have to keep my sights set on what's REALLY important to me: I want to lose this weight more than I want a big juicy burger or a funnel cake. Wish me luck!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
So, I started the day with a 60-mile, 4.5-hour bike ride, and spent the rest of the day hungry, trying to make up those 4,000+ calories burned. Hence my complete and utter disregard for trying to make healthy food choices today. And since I still ended up eating less than what I burned, (even with the pint of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream!), I'm not too worried, even though SparkPeople is reprimanding me for going over in calories, fat, and carbs. (Which does make me wonder why they don't refer to the fitness tracker info when producing the daily reports, but that's another matter.) Anyway, tomorrow I'm back to eating well and tracking faithfully. Looking forward to Monday morning, too, when I weigh myself to see how well the first week went!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Got up early (5:15) to hit the gym for an upper-body strength training workout followed by 20 minutes of cardio on the stair machine. Both went well, and I enjoyed the stair climbing a lot more than I expected. I had never done that before! After work Monday, I headed back to the gym for a swim. It was also enjoyable, though I only swam 1.5 miles instead of the 2 I usually do. I'll blame that on too few carbs and having already worked out that morning. But it was still a good workout.
Got up early (6:15) to run in Sharon Woods Park near my home. It's been awhile since I've run, so I was slow, but at least I got it done. I had put "30 min" in my fitness tracker, so I made myself keep going even after my hubby turned around. I think I only went 2.75 miles in a little over 30 minutes, but I'm o.k. with that. I was also planning to do a time trial put on by my cycling club/team that evening, but I decided to stay home to spend time with the hubs instead. And I was o.k. with that, too, since I decided I could do a spinning class Wednesday after work to make up for it.
Didn't get up early. Too tired. Plus, we decided we could do our lower-body strength workout that evening instead, especially since I was planning to be there for the spinning class then anyway. All of which I did: 60-minute spinning class, followed by 20 minutes on the elliptical trainer (killing time before the hubs could get there), and then a full lower-body weight workout. That was a killer, but I forced myself through it because I had a plan.
Planned to run at the park again, but I was, once again, super tired. And sore from the workout the previous night. And I was planning to swim that evening anyway. So I stayed in bed. But I did make it to the gym for a swim, as planned. After a quick warm-up, I swam 1.25 miles straight, no breaks, which felt great. Quick cool-down and I was on my way. Felt good!
Another upper-body strength workout was planned for this morning, along with the 30-minute run I skipped yesterday. But - yep, you guessed it - too tired again this morning. Plus, my back and shoulders are sore from the swim yesterday, as well as my hammies from Wednesday's workout. And I have a 60-mile bike ride to do tomorrow morning, so I'm o.k. with taking today off. I'm just planning on hitting the low rather than the high end of my calorie range today.
So, a couple lessons I've learned so far, regarding exercise:
1. Have a plan. Just having a workout on my fitness tracker helps motivate me to go do it.
2. Work out early. It's easier to just get it done and out of the way before work. And if I don't do it in the morning, it might not get done.
3. Get more sleep! The biggest excuse I've had for NOT getting up some mornings is that I'm too tired. Well, sleep IS important, too, so I really need to learn to go to bed earlier.
4. Maybe I don't NEED to plan 9 workout each week. But I do want to swim twice a week, run twice a week, bike twice a week, and lift three times a week. Plus, I need a day off, and more time to relax at home with the hubs. So, yeah, I still need to figure all that out. But at least I'm doing (most of) it!
5. Don't try to lift lower body AFTER a strenuous spinning class with lots of hills. It just doesn't work.
O.k., and how's my eating been this week? Well, for the most part, great! I had a little issue with a can of cashews after my swim on Monday, but when I saw the effects that had on my nutrition tracker, I made much better choices the rest of the week. The lessons here are: have a plan, and track it BEFORE you eat it! I've struggled to get as many carbs as SparkPeople recommends, but I've been eating a lot more than when I tried the South Beach Diet. This seems to be helping a lot with my energy level, too, especially as I ramp up my workouts. And tracking online here with all the cool tools is WAY more fun and motivating than Weight Watchers ever was. And I had good success there, too, so I'm really excited to see what I can do with SparkPeople. Bring it!
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