Wednesday, May 09, 2007
I was soooo not motivated to exercise yesterday. I skipped both my lunchtime opportunity and my after-work opportunity to hit the fitness center. I went home tired and listless. After a 10 minute sitting-there-dozing-slightly-in-front-of-
the-TV session, I groggily got up and put the treadmill platform down. I stepped over it three times on my way to the kitchen and bathroom before I finally put my tennies on and convinced myself to get on. I walked for 5 mins at 3.5 mph before I pooped out. Then, during American Idol, I got back on for another 5 minutes at 3.5 mph. Later, after Idol was over, I got back on for ANOTHER 5 minutes at 3.5 mph but at an incline. Considering I was not motivated at all to exercise, I feel pretty good about making myself do 15 minutes.
Today, I felt the same laziness/lack of motivation, but I went and worked out for 30 minutes over my lunch hour anyway. It made me feel pretty good as it usually does. I plan to do another 45-60 minutes after work.
I got rid of all my 22's, so I can't afford to backslide! :)
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Thank goodness the feeling of needing to graze constantly has passed. Jules was partially right--as soon as I got some sleep, the feeling lessened a bit. I think it also had to do with hormone fluctuation because it happened to coincide with my cycle this month. I don't think I've ever eaten that much popcorn in my life, prior to this episode. The good news is that I did no damage to my weight loss progress. I tried hard to stay away from the chocolate, but I did have one night where it was going to happen no matter what I tried to do to prevent it. I was able to ration out three Doves chocolate pieces (220 calories) by eating nibbles alternating with popcorn (a favorite treat). Another note--breaking up my workouts (one at lunch and one after work) has really gotten my metabolism going, and the water consumption is crucial to the weight loss for me. When I get less than 5 glasses a day, there is very little weight loss, and I feel bloated, and when I increase it, within two days I can see and feel a difference. My next huge hurdle will be getting back off of diet pop. I'm trying to eliminate pop completely, but there's something about fountain diet cherry Pepsi with ice cubes that I just love. Oh yeah--I am finally down a complete pant size. I've been in the this-pair-is-too-floppy-and-this-pair-is-t
oo-tight stage for quite awhile now, but this morning, all my 22's slid up without unzipping, and the 20's were completely comfortable if not a tad roomy. I actually have a pair of capris in an 18 that I got on, but they were a bit hoochie-momma at this point. I'll wait a couple of weeks before trying them on again. I am so glad that when pants went on clearance at Old Navy I bought a few in each size down to 16's. I spent about $50 for 10 pairs of pants. Not bad, eh? It's also motivation for me--I hang the next size down in plain view and occasionally try them on to see my progress. My goal right now is a 12 by Christmas. Short term goals= 18 by early June, 16 by August, 14 by October, and 12 by Christmas. That would be a 5 pant-size drop (or 10 pant sizes depending upon how you calculate it) in one year.
Monday, April 30, 2007
I don't know what this is, but I occasionally go through these periods where I feel a weird need to be eating. I don't feel particularly emotional--not sad, not overly happy, not lonely, kind of blank, actually. Or maybe just tired from lack of good sleep. But there is this desire to eat. And it can be anything. Raw veggies, applesauce, popcorn, cheese, chocolate, grapefruit--doesn't matter what it is, as long as I'm eating. And I don't get it very often, but I've had it for the past two days now. It's very difficult to stay within the caloric limits for the day, even if I choose healthy options for the constant graze, when all you want to do is eat. I tried chewing gum, but the weird feeling is eating, not just chewing.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Okay, the 3 pound gain HAD to have been water weight or something like that. A couple a days ago I weighed myself and was back to where I had been before the freakish 3-lb-in-one-day gain. Thank goodness! I didn't want to think all that good work had been for nothing!
So, I found something decadent to nosh on as a treat that feels really baaaaad. I bought a block of dark chocolate at Whole Foods (wish I made more money to be able to shop there on a regular basis--that place rocks), and chipped off about 25 grams or so and ate the flecks alternately with sliced strawberries. It was like eating strawberries dipped in chocolate, but with a lot less (yet richer-tasting) chocolate. It was worth the calories, and it felt kind of expensively naughty.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
I have been so grateful for my progress, but frankly, I'm a little upset about a recent 3 pound GAIN. I'm sure it's related to not logging my intake--I've been really bad about that the past two weeks. But I've been diligent about walking/running and just started adding Pilates/Yoga. I jokingly commented that it's probably due to "back-up in the system", but I'm secretly hoping it's true. Metamucil, anyone? :) Just kidding. I really need to start diligently logging my intake again. It's a visual that really helps me not go overboard. It's as if, when I don't have a number of calories in my head when I go home, I just eat as much as I want (stuff that's good for me) at night which is the wrong time to be eating excess calories! A calorie is a calorie. If you eat more than you burn, no matter where they come from, it adds weight. It's just so depressing, though. Three pounds. More than 1/2 of 5. 10,500 calories!!!! AAAAGH!!!!
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