Monday, May 12, 2008
It hasn't been easy to get my bootcamp workouts in, or anywhere near my normal amount of exercise, for that fact; but I do what I can.
I had every intention of doing a bootcamp workout yesterday after we got home, but I was just too tired (not to mention I just couldn't get a connection to SP at all last night). At least I'd dragged DH with me on a walk yesterday morning. It was a beautiful day, and my parents live close enough to Vasaar College to walk there, so we did; it's a lovely campus.
This morning when I tried to do the video the first time, it wasn't avaialalbe! But I did the challenge video, one of the resistance band workouts since that's what I have with me, and by the end of that it was back up so I was able to finish everything.
I probably won't have much access to the computer the next few days, as we'll be at my husband's conference, but there's the spa, an indoor pool (still a bit chilly here for outdoor swimming, alas), and I brought my swimsuit. I'll do what I can; that's all we can ever do!
Eating hasn't been too bad yet, altho I'm beginning to run out of healthy snacks already. I'm hoping to stop at a grocery store on the way up & stock back up.
And, of course, I got to catch up with my parents, my sister & her husband, my nephew (ok, he's a teenager & he just doesn't talk), and even my sister's MIL. Gotta remember the important things in life!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
The good: I planned ahead, got a turkey sub from subway the night before, so I had my sub with me for lunch at the airport, rather than be at the mercy of the tempting but not-so-healthy airport food (we actually have some pretty good local restaurants at our airport, but not a lot of healthy options).
The bad: I decided to have a sit down dinner, and the mushroom redpepper sandwich sounded really good. Turned out it was relatively small. The bun really wasn't very tasty, so I took off half of it. But it came with chips . . . and they were really good. So yes, I had some chips, but not too many (I hope), and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Because if I'm going to have something fattening, I'm going to do it consciously & enjoy it.
The almost-ugly: I was still hungry after dinner, so I stopped at smoothie king. I was all set to get a banana strawberry smoothie, to get in some more fruit, but somehow when I got there the words "shredder, chocolate" came out of my mouth. It was like an out-of-body experience!
I only drank half of it, and I looked up the calories this morning -- actually, that was much better than I expected. 311 calories for the whole thing, so it was only about 150 calories -- which is just about the perfect amount for a splurge.
So all in all, not too bad.
I was trying to do the Day 7 video from the swimsuit bootcamp this morning, but it just stopped when I got a couple of minutes into it, which was disappointing. Hopefully it will be back up later, before we head down to my mom's (and God knows what sort of food she's going to feed us).
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
It seems that way sometimes. And other times, the universe has a way of aligning itself to help you. I was so sick Monday, but rapidly got better (crosses fingers for continued health).
Then today I log on and one of my articles is "Easy Vacation Exercises" -- www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
Most of it was old hat to me, but the idea to use stress balls was new. I need to hunt mine down! I don't like the idea of bringing ankle weights -- it's hard enough to pack light enough as it is! Resistance bands are always in my suitcase. They're often used, even (although not always).
I also made it a point to print out a couple of food trackers from the "Printable Resources" link on the home page -- www.sparkpeople.com/resource/printab
You can, and I have, just use hotel notepads or any loose piece of paper. But it's a nice little resource to have. Check out some of the other things you can print out.
My goals for this vacation:
1. Maintain my weight
2. Have no more than 2 desserts
3. Bring my own low fat desserts with me (cocovia & attune bars)
4. Walk 30 minutes at least 5 times
5. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
6. Journal daily, and read this plan daily
7. Read the reasons I want to lose weight daily
8. Print out my bootcamp "before" photos as inspiration
Today's SP Healthy Reflections email was especially pertinent, I thought, so I'll share it here:
The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke.
- W.J. Camero
We keep hearing about how persistence is often the key to success. But what do you do when you've been striving for so long that it seems like your goal is never going to see light? How do you deal with the fear that you're about to fail? Simple. Give it just one more shot. And then one more. Think about the sweat and time you've committed already. You've come this far, you'd be unfair to yourself if you quit without a fight. Even if the odds are way out of your favor and you can't see how it can possibly help, reach out and take one last swing. You never know what will happen. Big, meaningful achievements don't just happen when everything goes your way. How many times have you seen tennis players make miraculous winning shots while lunging for a ball that seemed impossible to reach? Sometimes, you can find victory in the effort.
I couldn't help thinking of "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday, for those of you who watch. What would have happened to Christian had he thrown in the towel after his injury? He would never have known the satisfaction of beating everyone out -- using only one arm! How amazing.
It's so easy to think we'll never be thin, throw in the towel, and just give up. It takes hard work to lose weight and keep it off. But it's worth it. It's really worth it. To be happy with yourself (yes, yes, of course you should be happy with yourself no matter what you weigh); to be healthy; to have the energy to do all you want to do.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Thanks everyone for the well wishes -- I feel much better today! Don't worry, I'm still trying to take it as easy as I can, but I'm so thankful that I feel better because I really do have a lot of stuff that must get done.
It was very weird; I felt fine Sunday, altho I didn't sleep well for a couple of nights -- but just woke up feeling terrible on Monday. I could barely stand. A slight fever, although I've had worse, and terrible muscle aches. The mere thought of food made me nauseous (always a sign that I'm really sick).
So I drank a lot of water & some echinachea tea. I thought of having some chicken soup, but even that thought just didn't sit well. I did take belladonna throughout the day, which is a homeopathic remedy used for some fevers. Maybe it helped; who knows?
By the evening I finally felt a little better, and I finally did eat an english muffin. That was it for the entire day!
Today, at least, I am able to sit up. The dogs seemed to enjoy yesterday -- we snuggled in bed a couple of times, which I never do during the day. They love the bed. It was a rainy day, anyway.
Maybe in a couple of days I'll be able to resume the bootcamp videos. Today it was just a short walk for the dogs.
Monday, May 05, 2008
So here I even went to the lengths of posting an unflattering before photo for the Swimsuit Bootcamp. Even though I knew I'd be gone for a week during it, I'll have access to a computer some days.
But I woke up this morning feeling totally lousy. I've had about 3 glasses of water & 1 cup of tea so far today . . . and that's it. I can't even face the thought of food.
Worst of all is I still have so much to do before I leave . . . pack, print out addresses for pet sitter/dog boarder, finish getting food ready for the dogs & cats. These things must be done, and all I want to do is lay on the couch -- or better yet in bed -- all day & sleep.
Thank God my husband is home. He took the dogs out this morning & even took them on a short walk before he left. It's a rainy day, so that was really important for them (they hate the rain, but they'll usually do their business on a walk). But he leaves again tomorrow.
I probably wouldn't even have turned my computer on if I didn't need to do some of my vacation prep on it.
Well, hopefully I'll feel better soon.
"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
– Marian Wright Edelman
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