Thursday, October 21, 2010
Ok, I still think it was a mistake. I don't feel as tho I lost 3.8 lb! I think that is my largest loss in one week EVER. Of course, once before they told me I'd lost like 3 lbs, and I called them on it, they reweighed me, and sure enough I hadn't.
But I'm not looking at the numbers right now anyway (cause they drive me crazy). They just told me. Still think it's not right, I really think if I'd lost that much weight I would've noticed.
In fact, I tried on my focus jeans last night and was disappointed when they still weren't comfortable, after a week of eating as clean as I ever had in my life.
As I shared on this blog a few times, I tried the Ultrasimple Diet (got the book from the library, heard an audio from the author that made me investigate him further -- he has a bunch of ultra books -- I already have another one out from the library but haven't gotten into it to much).
So here's what I learned this week:
1. Sweet cravings are definitely a psychological not physiological thing most of the time. Aside from my fruit smoothies (called ultrasmoothies) and my one adora (milk chocolate calcium supplement) each night I didn't have any sweets. Nothing. Nada. I thought if I had cravings I would make a raw dessert, but I never had cravings.
2. Some things really do NEED some sweetener. When I needed something sweetened, I added dates (no sugar in any form other than fruit is allowed -- that includes no honey, no agave, no maple syrup). A mango smoothie definitely needed some dates -- I choked the dateless one down, but it truly needed a further sweetness. And I made the brown rice with apple and nuts cereal -- OMG, it was t he only recipe that was an almost-epic fail. Just so very bland. Adding a few dates helped (altho once again, I managed to get the dateless version down).
3. I can actually eat more for less when I'm eating a lot of whole foods. Who knew? I ate pretty clean before this, but now I can truly see what those little extras were costing me. And the real proof is that while occasionally I was a little hungry, most of the time I was perfectly satisfied.
4. I don't think I'm gluten intolerant at all. The only grains allowed were quinoa and brown rice, and since I'm not a huge quinoa fan all I had all week long was brown rice. Luckily, I love brown rice and the recipe with garlic and some tumeric was awesome. I feel pretty safe adding oats back in.
5. A short yoga session first thing when I get up really warms my body up -- and allowed me to face a fruit smoothie for breakfast. Considering the temps were hovering at the freezing point in the mornings, that was a BIGGIE.
6. The journaling portion was very important, just as he said. I found I got a lot of great ideas when I journaled. He has specific questions for you to answer both in the morning and the evening.
7. Listening to one of my guided meditations on the cooldown portion of my runs was a great way to fit them in. I always say I'm going to listen to them, and somehow I rarely seem to get around to it (one of the great ideas that came to me when I journaled).
I didn't follow the program perfectly. For instance, you're supposed to make and drink this "ultrabroth" (vegetable broth). Well, I made it, but I kept either forgetting to drink it or the timing just not being right.
I did feel like I was working harder in the food prep department. Everytime I turned around it seemed like I had to make another meal from scratch. It seemed like an awfully busy week and it really shouldn't have been.
You're not supposed to use any sweetener such as stevia, either, altho he does encourage you to drink up to 2 cups of green tea a day. I'm sorry, I must have stevia in my tea. But I did cut the amount I use in half -- gradually, before I actually started.
I never tried the ultrabaths and only did yoga once in the evening. So not an evening person. Probably easier to do when it's not so dark so early outside.
He encourages you to stay on the program for 3 weeks, then slowly add back in the things you're not supposed to have. Which is just about the time we have before our vacation. So I'm going to try, but with DH coming back home, it will be more challenging.
And I worry a bit about what will happen while we're on vacation. But that is then, this is now.
Today I got my first outside meal: brown rice sushi. Which is almost on-program, only you're not even supposed to have vinegar (they put a small amount of vinegar in the sushi rice).
I'm willing to probably go another week without dessert (we'll see what happens with DH home), and then maybe make myself a nice raw dessert, which would almost fall within program.
When I tried the Flat Belly Diet, I did very well for the first couple of weeks, too. And then my weight plateau'd again. So I don't have great expectations, but I do know this is a very healthy way to eat and I really didn't feel deprived, which totally surprised me.
And I'll leave you with another thought that popped into my head this morning while journaling -- something I know, something I've read, but it popped into my head unbidden this morning:
Perfection doesn't create happiness, being present does.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Are you a deviant?
Or a perfectionist?
Do you have a tendency to deviate from your plans, but not in a good way? You know, good intentions to eat well, get to the gym, get some sleep. But you don't.
Probably because you're not making yourself a priority. And I can just hear the excuses now. We've all got them. We've all used them. But they ARE just excuses. If you fill your cup first, you'll have some left over to fill everyone's cups around you.
Even simpler: if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
Or are you a perfectionist? And deviating from your plans even a smidge causes you to throw your hands up in the air, feel like you've blown it, and give up.
I am a recovering perfectionist. I still do feel guilty, sometimes, when I deviate from my plans, and sometimes I have a difficult time deviating from my plans when I know I ought to be taking it easier. I have a tendency to push myself -- not for speed, not necessarily in getting things done around the house, but to stick to my plans.
Monday I figured I'd do my extra core work in the evening. I didn't have time during the day. I should know better; I am so not an evening person, and the core work didn't get done. And I had to forgive myself for that.
So which one are you?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
25 years ago, I married the first guy I ever dated. But let's back up a bit here.
Here we are at our college graduation (there will be lots of blurry pics, didn't want to have to scan into my husband's computer, then transfer to mine, etc. etc. so just took a photo of the photos). At this point in time, he was soon to move to VT, me to MD, we weren't even engaged:
Yes, he was a handsome devil. Too skinny. I was heavy when we met (way back in freshman year, we didn't start dating til my senior year, long story), but this was the start of many years of yo-yo dieting.
And look at those glasses on me! Could they be any bigger? Ah, the 80s!
6 months after graduating, he popped the question. On my birthday. Totally unplanned, no ring, no knees. In fact, they actually ended up mailing the ring to me!
Here we are on our wedding day:
I refused to have photos with glasses, so I started to wear contacts & have never looked back.
We look like kids, don't we? I was 23, he was 25. We had hoped to take photos in the glorious fall foliage in Vasaar College (my parent's house is right behind the golf course), but it poured buckets. They do say that's good luck. I suppose so -- we're still married!
This photo was taken in my parent's home before the wedding. Which makes it kind of special -- you can't see the painting behind us, but it's of an old woman braiding a child's hair. Makes me think of my grandmother, even tho we weren't real close and she never braided my hair.
Here we are on our honeymoon, our first cruise:
The 80s again -- look at those shoulder pads! No grey hairs (actually, I lie, I already had some, just not many).
I think this was our second cruise. We'd been married 10 years by this point (we thought we'd go on a cruise every 10 years, but things have accelerated since then):
I thought I was so fat then. Really, I did. I weigh probably just a tad more than that now. I went from working out with a personal trainer once a week to twice a week to try to drop some weight before the cruise. Didn't happen. Wish I could go back and tell myself how good I looked!
Here we are on our fifth cruise in Hawaii 5 years ago, on our 20th anniversary:
We always said we'd go to Alaska on our 20th, but we just kind of looked at each other when the time came & said Hawaii! It was a great cruise, going to the 4 main islands, and then we stayed on Maui for 5 days afterwards.
Yes, at this point I was still coloring my hair. It wasn't quite as red as it is in the photo, but yes, I was sort of a redhead for a while. I have the skin tone to pull it off.
I was heavier, obviously, but I was just about to really pack on the pounds. We got Chester, and instead of losing weight, I actually started to gain!
But we did get to Alaska on a family trip (another cruise) a couple of years ago. I had started with SP by that point. At this point I think I had lost 7 lbs.
And in a month of so, hopefully I'll have a new photo of us to put up. Not always easy to get one of the both of us, but I think we need one to celebrate our special day (year?).
So there you have it, our married life thru cruising (there were a few more cruises, but it would take days if not months to hunt those photos down!), and my weight going up and down thru the years.
Monday, October 18, 2010
The title refers to Fall. Sure, I enjoy Fall as much as the next person. The changing leaves (but not so much the endless raking), the crisp air, the lack of bugs, the simple smell of it.
People always say that Austin doesn't have Fall. It does, but it's different.
Still, after spending 17 years there, and now living back in almost the heart of leaf peeping country, I can say for sure: I like Fall, but I didn't miss it. And this actually will have something to do with weight loss -- later.
For now, on to some photos. My photos of the falls. Here are the stairs leading down to the base of the falls:
DH's shot was just one section. Here is almost (but not quite) all of it in all its glory:
Not sure this will come thru, but there was a rainbow on the left hand side:
Just another section:
The park around the falls do close in November, and don't open again til the spring. There's no hike to the falls -- it's just that staircase down, and a bit of walking at the base. I really wish there was a trail beside the river! I suppose they don't have to worry too much about people jumping in this way.
Here's the view from my window:
Pretty, huh? In fact, there are a lot of magnificent trees in our neighborhood. It's so pretty in the morning, as it was this morning when I came home from swimming, when the rising sun lights the turning leaves.
I'm afraid the hours of raking don't excite me quite so much. Most of it falls to me, since it's almost dark by the time DH gets home. It wouldn't be so bad, except for the fact that I'll fill up our compostable trashcans in one day -- and literally the next day the lawn is covered in leaves again.
But last year we were out of town at this time of year, so we never got to see our own trees at peak. I suppose there's a trade off for everything.
So, what DOES this have to do with weight loss?
As some of you know, I'm trying out something called the Ultrasimple Diet this week. Basically, it's a very clean gluten free diet.
And here's the thing about sweets, which really surprised me: I like them, but I don't really miss them! You do get to have fruit smoothies on the program -- in fact, if you want you can have several a day. And I've also made the recovery & energy puddings from "Thrive" a few times, which is basically a smoothie - pudding (smoothie without any liquid).
I get a little hungry now and again, but most of the time I'm quite satisfied. And I'm actually eating more, but for less points. Yeah, if you choose wisely, you can actually eat more for less!
I'm not sure what it's doing for my weight since TOM is arriving so that's always hard to figure out, but I will continue with the diet with some modifications when this week is over. Like introducing oatmeal back in next week.
Oh, and the wild woman that I'm becoming (snort!), I even decided to swim some laps of crawl this morning. I usually do breaststroke, cause I enjoy it and I do it old-lady style without putting my head underwater.
Even with the swimcap my hair did get a bit wet, so I don't think I'll do that at my night swims, and not even sure how long I'll continue it with my morning swims, but for now it felt good. I love the way swimming works your entire body!
So, what do you think you can't give up? Willing to give it a try? What happens just might surprise you!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Here we are at the start of the trail.
Yup, I decided to suck it up and get out there and run on a trail. Now I just have to find more free trails close to home! This is the trail I've gone walking a few times with the dogs. As I've said, it's not terribly scenic, but it is by the water.
I 'm sure you can't see them, but trust me on this -- there are ducks in the above picture. A whole lot of them.
Further on down the path. More duck specs.
And even further.
It's not a terribly long path. Maybe 3 1/2 to 4 miles? I had to loop around a bit to finish out my run.
It almost doesn't qualify as a trail, altho at one point it crosses the road and deteriorates into a lot of loose grave -- and it's pretty flat. But since I've been running on the road in my neighborhood and on my treadmill forever, I decided it was high time I run somewhere that wasn't paved.
I was going to title this blog "you don't know what you're capable of until you try", because that's so true. "Letting go of the fear" is another good title. The woman I've hung with at both my races was confiding in me that she doesn't like to run outside because people will see her.
I can identify with that. But one day I just did it.
I got hooked on my pre-sunrise runs this summer, but it's quickly becoming too cold and dark for them. Since I have the choice, I'd rather run later in the day when it's a bit warmer.
I won't lie, one of the reasons I ran so early in the morning was that there aren't many people on the road then.
But that wasn't the only reason. I had, other, more valid reasons: I love the way it energizes my days and I'm a whole lot fresher when I run before I walk the dogs.
Heck, at first I thought I couldn't run cause I couldn't run with the dogs. Walking the dogs and then running? Sounds too much like work.
And I've resisted driving anywhere to run for a long time for the simple reason that then I have to get the dogs all set for being alone (the wimps).
But you know what? Most of that is excuses. Slowly, bit by bit, I've pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and truly embraced the meaning of "just do it". I think it's a brilliant mantra.
What are you going to just do today?
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