Thursday, June 10, 2010
We all have a million excuses why we are either stuck, or not exercising, or not eating right, or whatever it is we know we should be doing but aren't.
1. I am short, and that DOES really make it harder. There is less of you, which means less muscle, which means you burn less calories just breathing -- but that doesn't mean I have less of an appetite.
2. The hormonal rollercoaster every month. It does a real number on me. I will have a few days a month where just nothing satisifes me and I can eat all day -- and even eating good foods you can do some real damage.
3. See #1. I don't get to eat as much as a lot of people. This can be very frustrating to me. Did I mention I don't get to eat as much?
4. I have a husband who doesn't really care about healthy eating. He doesn't think about what he puts in his mouth -- or what he brings into this house -- and quite frankly he needs to lose weight as well. Plus he rarely exercises, which means he's tired all the time and often doesn't have the energy to do the fun stuff, which is quite frustrating to me.
5. I can't afford a gym right now. Mostly I miss swimming. I love to swim, and haven't been able to regularly in years.
Ok, are you getting disgusted with me yet? Sounds like a lot of whining, doesn't it? Oh, they are valid reasons to me, but that doesn't mean there isn't solutions. For most of them, anyway (still can't afford a gym right now, but if I could get down to GW and stop paying at WW, then I could).
If it was easy, everyone would be thin. If there was a magic diet or pill, Oprah would have told us about it by now.
Yes, it is hard, but instead of whining about it, we've got to look for our own personal solutions. That usually involves being flexible and trying new things -- which doesn't come easy to most people. But you already got the part where it's hard, right? The good things usually are.
And I forgot to add why the idea for this blog sparked with me. I watched the HBO biopic of Temple Grandin yesterday. She's an austitic woman who grew up in the 60s & 70s when most people hadn't heard of autism and many were institutionalized.
She went on to college and advanced degrees, and overcome many obstacles. Obstacles that make weight loss struggles seem very petty and foolish, sometimes. I had read one of her books, "Animals in Translation", and found it fascinating, and the story of her life is no less fascinating. And Claire Danes, who plays her, did an outstanding job IMHO.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Yesterday on our walk I ran into one of my neighbors I hadn't seen in a long time. She messed up her knee using the elliptical, of all things. Who'd have thunk? Not me, so I thought I'd pass this on.
She said she would use it while watching movies, so she was doing 2 hours straight on the thing. Keep in mind, too, that she's significantly overweight. And, of course, when her knee began to bother her, she figured she'd just work through the pain.
The doctor told her she should never do more than half an hour on the elliptical at one time. That it would be okay to do 2 hours, as long as it was broken up into half hour segments. So food for thought for all you elliptical fans out there.
We all know how hard it can be to find cute clothes in larger sizes, so I thought that I'd share this site that I came across in my Mypoints emails this morning: www.onestopplus.com .
I keep writing about refocusing my energies on my weight loss efforts, so I thought I'd share one of the things I'm currently doing. I bought one of the SP motivational calendars at the beginning of the year. And I'm writing down a goal on every day -- I've got almost a month's worth of goals on it right now.
Things like do jumping jacks after every time I pee, listen to my guided meditations, drink 9 glasses of water instead of my usual 8, and so on. My goal yesterday was to have fruit for dessert. Dinner isn't dinner unless I have dessert, and fruit alone just doesn't say dessert to me. So I made some cashew cream: essentially cashews blended with some water and dates, and topped my strawberries with a couple of tablespoons of that. It worked for me.
If you're in the Albany area, my husband found out there's an online farmer's market, www.heldebergmarket.com/HeldebergMar
ket/Home.html . I placed an order for this week. Doesn't mean I'll stop visiting regular farmer's markets, but I thought I'd give it a try. The downside is that they didn't really have much produce. It will change with what's available, but other than herbs, there was only rhubarb and some greens. I ordered some rhubarb.
Not enough, apparently, the recipe I want to try calls for 1 1/2 pounds, and I only ordered 1/2 pound (and ordering is closed for this week), but I'll just make it more strawberry than rhubarb and I'm sure it'll be just fine.
It's an interesting concept, though, isn't it?
Monday, June 07, 2010
My SIL is naturally thin, and I watched what she was eating in the short amount of time she was here. She pretty much ate everything offered to her, but in very small amounts.
We went out for sushi for dinner. She ordered 2 sushi rolls (about maybe 12-16 pieces of sushi). She gave us both a couple of pieces of one of the rolls, and still left a couple of pieces over. She did eat about half the bowl of edamame as well.
I had a seaweed salad, also 2 rolls, and 2 pieces of salmon sushi. And I polished off every bite. I didn't think I would actually, but I did.
We came home and I opened up my box of chocolate chip cookies from the race for dessert. I had already decided to eat 4 (they're very small cookies -- but just as good as I remember from my childhood). She had some; I didn't count how many. She did say she had a late lunch, but so did I.
The next morning we had bagels & lox for breakfast. Actually, I ate mine a bit later because I'd had 2 vitatops about an hour after I got up. She did eat a whole bagel, with very little lox. When I had mine later, I ate the whole bagel, with maybe almost twice as much lox.
I guess this is why I'll never be naturally thin. She wants to lose about 10 pounds but frankly I don't see why.
The other thing about my SIL is that she rarely sits still. She's always doing something. I'm very good at sitting still, although actually not as good as I used to be.
And of course genetics do come into the picture. My MIL is also naturally slim. My mom was as a young woman, but I never knew her like that. She has always battled with her weight as long as I've known her.
I don't have any real takeaways from this. While there is always room for improvement in any diet, I do believe I eat healthy most of the time, without sacrificing the occasional treat. I don't ban anything. But I do have a large appetite, and sadly a rather sedentary personality. I've done a lot of work on not being so sedentary, but the appetite thing is harder to control. I don't fall prey to emotional eating too often, but all too often I find myself hungry, and that's with eating my freggies and enough protein.
And I left one thing off yesterday's blog: another way weight loss is like running is that it never even occurred to me that I wouldn't finish my race. Oh sure, I knew something freaky like getting hurt or sick could happen, but I just knew I could do it. It truly never entered my mind that I wouldn't. I did my training. I knew I could run that distance. And I'd trained occasionally at that time of day, too.
We have to have that unwavering faith in our weight loss efforts. That was easy for me before I hit such a long plateau, but I still believe in my heart of hearts that I can and will do it.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
You knew it was coming, right? The running analogy? Just popped into my head this morning, I swear.
Yes, losing weight is like running. It's a solitary venture, and something only you can do, but it can be more fun in groups. Misery loves company, right?
It takes planning, time put into training, taking baby steps, and making goals.
It takes hard work, and sometimes doing stuff you don't want to do -- running in the rain, or in the heat, or in the cold, or when you simply don't feel like running.
It comes naturally to some people, but others (like myself) really have to work at it. Some people are naturally fast, and others are just naturally slow. It may take more than one, or two, or even twenty attempts to actually become a runner.
You have to run your own race. No one else can run it for you.
I don't know why I've been trying to run off and on for the last 15 or so years, just like I don't know why I actually began running a couple of years ago (starting out with just a few 30 second intervals thrown here and there into my dog walks, yet here I am 2 years later having actually finished my first 5k at the age of 48).
And yes, my weight loss journey began about the same time as I began running. Even though I don't believe that my running causes me to lose weight -- at least, not more than any other exercise that I do.
And now for a little bling. I came home yesterday, surprising the heck out of DH who thought I wouldn't be home for probably at least another half hour, and then went right back out to DSW. They were predicting rain & thunderstorms, and it looked like we might get it, so I wanted to go out while it was still dry.
I wore these last night when we went out to dinner. Love them. They're Franco Sarto, and I have another pair by him, and I really like his shoes. I was actually looking for some flats that I could kick around the house in that would be a bit more fashionable, but these called my name.
Unfortunately, these called my name, too. It was so totally weird. These are Nine West, and I find Nine West shoes to be very comfortable. I wouldn't wear these to go shopping in, but to go out to dinner they're much more comfortable than they look.
The weird part is that there were these same style shoes in several different patterns. I found the box for these, which are my size, in with a different pattern. I loved this faux-snakeskin pattern. But when I went to try on a different size to make sure, I realized that these were with the wrong pattern, and as far as I could tell this pair was the only pair in this pattern in the entire store. And just my size, to boot.
Speaking of Nine West shoes . . . I bought these flats (obviously they have a thing going on with animal patterns right now) while in NYC. Because it was frickin' freezing the first couple of days, and the only nice shoes I brought with me were open toed slingbacks, and we had a nice dinner to go to for DH's work. At least they were on sale, and I really like them.
I didn't used to have such a big thing for shoes, but I'm going to have to cull out a few because I really don't have enough room now that my collection has grown by leaps and bounds.
So now I can wear my platform sandals and my snakeskin stilettos and remember that I am a runner.
A local Webiste is supposed to post video of everyone finishing, but I've yet to find that. Sorry, I didn't have anyone there to take a photo of me. Some guy in a nice shirt was high fiving everyone (including me) at the finish. I've no idea who he was. A senator? Congressman? I just know he wasn't the governor, considering that he's hard to miss being African American & blind.
I did find my results: 3009th out of 3551 runners; 309 out of 360 runners in my age division; 40 minutes 58 seconds; average of 12:40 miles. I am realistic and realize that there's room for improvement, but don't get me wrong: I AM proud & quite happy for those results. It's almost the time I was hoping for, but quite frankly didn't think I could do.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
I had a few butterflies last night, but nothing much, and I slept just fine. Of course until I was woken up by the pouring rain. And it continued to pour right up until about 7 am -- which actually worked out well, I was able to get the dogs out without the rain because they believe they're made of sugar and will melt in the rain.
Obviously pre-race. Don't I look beautiful? The dogs wanted to get into the act.
The two ladies in yellow are in my WW meeting. Yes, I found the group. No thanks to my leader, but WW has a walk-it challenge with the accompanying yellow tshirts. I met some members from some of her other groups.
We headed to the 37 minutes or slower area -- there are areas for your expected finish times -- which put us almost dead last. Thankfully, I never had to pee. I had my 2 glasses of water & 1 cup of red tea by 7 am, and just pee'd at home more than usual.
I never saw my WW buddies after the start, but then again they're mostly walkers (and about 10 to 15 years older than me).
Unfortunately, by the time the race started at 10 am, it was hot & humid & the sun was back out. We were wishing for rain again. The course is pretty good -- not at all hilly, even tho I'd done a little bit of hill training. And there are people all along the route cheering you on.
It's the www.freihofersrun.com/ , btw. Supposedly there are somewhere along 4000 runners, but we didn't think it looked like anywhere near that many.
The view from the almost-starting line. Next year, assuming I enter again, I'll start further up. Not that I'm really that fast, but quite frankly, being so far behind added to the run and slowed me down a bit.
According to the race clock I finished in about 41 minutes, according to my watch it was just a tad over 40. I know it's a relatively slow time, but I was very pleased with it -- I was hoping for 40, but prepared for about 45.
Was it life changing the way my leader said it would be? No. Was it fun? Sort of. Might've been more funny if it had been less humid, then again, running is STILL hard for me.
Will I continue to enter races? Probably. Occasionally. But I do like knowing how fast I truly am. I didn't stick around for the awards ceremony; maybe next year. And now, of course, I have a goal to run faster.
So if you think you can't run, you probably can't. But if you think you can, you can. 2 years ago I couldn't. I took it slow & steady, with baby steps, and now I can check off one of my goals for this year.
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