Friday, December 03, 2010
I chose to walk with Leslie this morning. No, no snow here Kate (and yes, 5 hrs is a long drive & since we're visiting family hard to meet u halfway somewhere ... someday).
Just started feeling eh last night, but not bad enough not to workout at all.
I do feel I've been getting too comfortable again. Reaching for fast & easy rather than healthy, even knowing a little more effort would ultimately keep me full longer.
It's time to push past my comfort zone & be more uncomfortable to be more comfortable in the long wrong. If I can lose weight over Thanksgiving I know I can continue to lose weight this yr.
Being heavy is hard.
Losing weight is hard.
Choose your hard! And get uncomfortable with me.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
2 blogs in one day, it's been a while!
Well, the question isn't for today, cause I just got back from my run. The question is for tomorrow.
I did run 3 times this week already. I'm going to miss my swim tonight -- couldn't get my act together early enough in the day, gotta wash my hair, too much to do, blah blah blah. I really do enjoy my evening swims; I don't push real hard, it's more a way to wind down at the end of the day. I suppose I could do some yoga tonight, I haven't worked my core yet today anyway . . .
But tomorrow. I was sort of thinking an easy run. Like only 30 minutes. No pushing. Cause I'll be stuck in airplanes and airports for most of the day. There should at least be some moving at the inlaws, as FIL needs to be in almost constant motion.
Still, between Thanksgiving, this trip, my parents coming up when we get back, and then DH having time off at the end of the month -- which really ought to be a good thing but tends to be not so much when it comes to eating . . . it's a rough month! And I don't even celebrate Christmas, and thank God I don't drink, either.
So, back to the question: to run or not to run? Truly, the main drawback is that a) it'll be very cold b) I'll get sweaty without much time to clean up and c) DH would probably like some time with me.
I know so many of my running buddies would give their eye teeth just to be able to have that dilemma. To run pain free.
It is getting harder to push myself out that door. Damn, it's not even winter yet and it's still really cold! I procrastinated today, altho that sort of worked in my favor cause the mail was finally delivered just minutes before I finished so I didn't have to go out into the cold twice.
To run or not to run?
P.S. And funny how sometimes I wish for some time away from the dogs, so I can do what I want, when I want, for as long as I want . . . and now that I dropped them off at the pet sitter this morning I'm missing them terribly.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
I never thought much about this before, but an article I was reading this morning made me go d'oh!
Ever finished a workout and felt famished?
Finish the same workout another day and not be hungry?
Maybe the difference is in the amount of water you drank. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. I know when I don't get my normal amount of liquids in in the morning, I tend to be really hungry all day long, no matter how much I drink later on.
Just another reason to make sure you stay well hydrated, especially during and after tough workouts.
No wonder I have no trouble downing 2 glasses of water after a run when normally that might take me a while.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Change is good. Sometimes you really have to repeat that to yourself. Being flexible -- in body, mind, AND spirit, is important.
WW has just come out with their new program. They come out with an update to their program every year at this time, and sometimes it's small tweaks, and sometimes it's major, like this year.
Change can be scary. We want to stick with what works for us. There's also a little be careful what you wish for -- cause I have often been envious of my friends with lots more points than me (which also meant they had lots more weight to lose -- or sometimes simply that they were taller) -- and voila! Now I have lots more points.
And it's sort of scary. There have been times before when I've followed certain suggestions only to start gaining weight, despite eating healthy.
Yesterday, for instance, I made a smoothie with 2 whole bananas. Two! And yes, I have actually done this before this change to the program, but it still feels like "cheating". And no, I don't plan to eat 2 bananas every day.
I ate a whole sweet potato with my lunch, where normally I would've eaten only half. I budgeted a whole cup of brown rice with dinner, but in the end, I could actually only eat half a cup. I just wasn't that hungry any more. Which is sort of the point of the new guidelines.
But yes, it's still scary.
But I have tried several different eating plans over the last two years, and I always take something away from every one, even if they didn't totally work for me:
*The Flat Belly Diet
Gotta love a diet that actually recommends peanut butter AND chocolate. I learned from this not to be afraid of the good fats.
The first time I looked thru the original cookbook, I looked at the fat grams and said I can't eat that. But then I tried it. And I did quite well for a while.
I feed my animals raw food, so making the switch myself wasn't that big a leap. I will most likely never be 100% raw, and some die hards would tell me I'll never fully reap the benefits of this diet.
My takeaway is that most raw foodists don't eat a lot of the really rich meals you see in the cookbooks -- they're occasional treats. They drink a lot of smoothies, eat a lot of fruit, and eat a lot of salads.
Hmmm. That almost sounds like the new WW program. My takeaway is to finally embrace fruit for breakfast a lot -- even in the winter -- and eat salads more often. Going for fruits & veggies in their natural states more often.
*The Ultrasimple Diet
Again, lots of smoothies and fruit. Stay away from gluten. Lots of veggies and salad. And a whole lot of brown rice. Much easier to do when DH is not here. I'm wanting to do this again that first week of January -- gotta figure out how to do it with DH here.
My takeaway -- much as I love sugar, I can be very satisfied without it. Using much less agave nectar these days, and not missing it.
*The Cheat Your Way Thin Diet
This is something I am trying out. I don't think this is a plan that will work with me -- it's basically a kind of weird way of calorie cycling -- no carb days (no can do, really), low GI days, higher GI days, and one cheat day a week.
Now, I must say I have always been rather vehemently against cheat meals and cheat days. But here's where the flexibility comes in. What you resist, persists, so I try to keep an open mind.
I don't do no carb. Carbs -- the good ones -- are our friends and they fuel us. But I can try a few somewhat low carb days (laying off the bananas, for instance) followed by some higher carb days.
I like the guidelines for your cheat days:
No binging. It's not an excuse to eat everything in sight.
No planning. No buying this stuff in advance so it's laying around just waiting to trip you up.
No eating until the point of discomfort. Just eat -- whatever you want -- til you are satisfied. If you can't do that, then this isn't the plan for you.
Don't allow your one cheat day to become 2 or 3 or more.
And follow your cheat day with an intensive interval workout.
I did this last week, and I did lose a small (emphasis on small) amount of weight despite Thanksgiving and it being pre-TOM. I actually didn't even use Thanksgiving as my cheat day. Maybe I would have lost more if I had.
So there you have it. From every eating plan I try -- and it's never anything really wacky -- I take away something. And I use everything I take away to try to make up my own personal eating plan.
How flexible are you? When was the last time you embraced change? What sort of eating plans go into your own personal healthy living toolbox?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
If I focused on the process -- running & swimming as our mercury dips ever lower -- I would never move, never step foot outside this house. It is cold outside! That first splash into the pool is killer!
Yet I still continue to run, and I continue to swim. Because I feel wonderful when I'm done. I feel at peace with myself and my body, and energized to face the rest of my day.
Sadly, morning swims are done for the year. Don't know yet when/if they start up again. If I'm lucky, I'll have a couple more night swims.
It's also about more than just how I'll feel when I finished -- it's about what all that movement is doing for my body. For the longest time I have been so disappointed by my flabby arms in photos of me.
Until our vacation! The muscles are there, as I knew they were, they just have to be flexed to be seen. Don't take photos with your arms hanging down (and of course my bad posture & rounded shoulders don't much help either).
Until you decrease your body fat you can do crunches til the cows come home and you won't see a 6 pack (or a gun rack, or whatever your measure of success is). And this is why what you eat is so much more important than how many calories you're eating (which is something that WW has finally cottoned on to, apparently, with their new program).
You won't be losing a whole lot of fat with no weight training and slow, steady cardio, either. Oh, slow cardio has its uses -- it's just not your best weapon against fat. Intervals are where it's at, apparently. So if you've been slogging away at it and not seeing the results you want, then try picking up the pace now & again.
I am happy to report a small loss over Thanksgiving. Always wish for more, but any loss, especially with TOM about a week out, is welcome. Another very challenging week with another trip coming up -- this one with way less control over food, even movement, with family involved.
I will do my best to focus on the outcome that I want: whole foods, more energy, and a smaller me.
What are you focusing on?
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