Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Having the ability to find clever ways to overcome difficulties.
Anyone who tells you that weight loss is easy either has a really good metabolism, isn't in it for life, or is young. Thinking of Jordin Sparks, who when asked about her 30 lb weight loss on the Today Show said it was easy. She's young . . . it was a lot easier for me when I was in my late 20s, too.
It all boils down to being resourceful: having the resources you need in place.
Of course SP is a huge resource!
The resources you need might be different than the resources I need. Support is a big one - I get that here & at WW. You might get that from friends & coworkers, too. Or relatives.
I need the resources of a gym, workout DVDs when I can't get to the gym & various other workouts that I've either purchased or found online. I need the workout DVDs I've ripped to my iPad for travel, too. And my resistance bands for travel, too.
I need lots of freggies available to me. I need some treats available to me, too. You might not be able to have anything tempting in your house. Maybe you need to only buy treats away from the house. Or maybe you need to make your car a no-eat zone (not a problem for me).
I need peace & quiet when I eat. I don't multitask. Sometimes I have to take my food into the bedroom to eat because DH is watching tv.
You gotta do what you gotta do, no matter how weird it may make you appear to your loved ones. You've got to be resourceful!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Or is it?
I often think about it. Losing weight - and especially maintaining that weight loss - is time consuming. Sometimes I feel as tho I've wasted years of my life worrying about my weight.
Just think of all the things I could accomplish if I weren't on spark, logging food, attending WW meetings & exercising.
But what did I accomplish when I wasn't doing those things? While exercise has been a constant in my life for yrs & yrs, I had yrs when I didn't log my food. Or go to meetings. Did I get more done?
The answer is no. It's not about the number - well, it's mostly not about the number. It's about living a fulfilled life - cause remember, that's my word this yr: fulfillment.
What actually started this chain of thoughts this morning was worrying about this week's WI. I don't feel as tho I've lost weight & with TOM potentially breathing down my neck, a small gain would not be unexpected.
And let's be honest: I've been really, really hungry the last few days. I have done my very best to concentrate on whole foods - and really pretty successful there. There has been no double dipping into the chocolate chip bag.
But one of my downfalls has always been simply eating too much.
This morning I got to thinking about how I'd lime to NOT be thinking all this.
Part of why it seems so important is I'd really like to go into this HM lighter. So far, so good. 3 or 4 lbs really CAN make a tremendous difference.
That's what it's all about: not what the number on the scale says, but how you feel in your own skin. And that's never a waste of time.
Monday, January 30, 2012
I'm sitting here listening to the wind howl, really wishing I wasn't signed up for a group run tonight. But there's sushi at the end . . . this time it better happen!
My group run sat was ok. It was really lovely weather to run in - about the freezing mark, which actually feels sort of warm after all those runs in the teens with windchills in the single digits. In fact, ditched my gloves & neck gaiter after our first loop.
Yes, I decided to join the "group" - 2 other ladies, both of whom I've met before. I thought of Eleanor Roosevelt & decided I should do something that made me uncomfortable. And it sure did that first loop when it became clear I was a third wheel & they were BFFs. For some reason my Nike+ app didn't start, either.
They had finally stopped hashing out stuff I knew nothing about by the second loop - i'd started the app, only this time it turned out it wasn't tracking pace or distance.
By the third loop one person left, & the app suddenly started tracking pace & distance - but over the entire time it had been running; I don't run 23 minute miles! The bottom line is I *think* I ran 10 miles but I really don't know. I put in the time, anyway.
By about mile 8 or 9 my knee started to bother me. The same knee that bothered me when I ran that 8 mile race in the same location last summer! Obviously the knee doesn't like running there. I had to ice for the very first time training for this HM. All I can think of is I think the first 3 miles were at a faster pace than I'm used to - but again, I don't really know.
Next weekend I'll be on my own for my long run again & since I've entered my taper I'm good with that. We ordered a Garmin Forerunner 110 for me & I might even have it by next weekend. I wanted the 210, but it was $60 more and all you get for that is current rather than average pace & the ability to time intervals; just wasn't worth an additional $60 to me. I can't begin to tell you how difficult it was to make up my mind between the different versions!
Just 2 more long runs til my HM.
As mild as this winter has been, it's still been cold enough - it took me hours to warm up after my run this weekend again. I sweated pretty good & boy you get chilled quickly when you can't change for 20 minutes or so.
So I pushed myself out of my comfort zone & yup, it was uncomfortable on many levels! But you can't grow without getting uncomfortable.
Friday, January 27, 2012
are you still sparkling?
We have such high hopes for a new start with the new year . . . then oh - yeah- you've actually gotta do some work! The chutzpah! Who'd've thunk you have to *work* to lose weight?
My secret to staying on track with all the work it takes to lose weight? Planning. When my WW leader asked how many people knew what they were having for dinner that night, few people raised their hands.
I knew. Heck, I have a plan for most of the week. It's in my head, but I plan out the next day's meals the night before - or at the very least the morning of. So much easier when you don't have to think about it. And it actually makes it easier when I change my mind, too - which I do often; it isn't written in stone. But having the plan means it's easier to make substitutions.
Now I plan out my workouts at the beginning of the week, too. In fact, that's what I was doing this morning when I woke up far too early. It's the same deal: I may change things or swap workouts depending on how I'm feeling or what life deals me, but having that plan in place actually saves me time.
I pick out goals for each week. I track them.
Yes, it IS a lot of work. But you're gonna feel more sparkly when you do the work.
Right now I'm trying to decide about tomorrow's long run. I can get up earlier than I'd like, have a slightly rushed morning, & run at a place I find boring.
Or I can relax more & run in the park I love.
The first run is with a group & that's why I'm leaning torwards it. Plus it has the advantage of leaving me with most of the day. Yes, I tried to convince them to run at the park, but the leader finds THAT boring. Go figure. And I need to tack on another mile to the group run.
I guess we'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow. Having a plan doesn't mean you can't be flexible.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I was so unmotivated yesterday . . . such a gray day & today is no better. Somehow I managed to get a lot done!
Got my run in. Even pushed myself to do a full hour rather than my usual 40-45 minutes. I wore my Fila skeletoes & managed to give myself small blisters on both big toes, but I put something on them & I think I'll do fine on sat's long run.
Walked the dogs, did some pilates, washed the sheets & changed the bed.
Made soup that we'll have for dinner tonight because I wan the flavors to marry, as they say.
Last week my clothes were feeling pretty comfortable & I was looking forward to a loss only to be greeted by a 1 lb gain. had to reread one of my WW weeklies that dealt with weight gain & not being envious of other people's losses.
Being honest with myself, I knew I was taking 2-3 dark chocolate chips - something I have pretty much every day on something - only I was popping a few extras.
It's those mindless nibbles that always trip me up. They NEVER seem like enough to cause the damage they do . . . but the proof is in making a conscious decision to take no prisoners (that would be extras) - lost that pound & just a wee bit more.
I am happy that at the moment, anyway, instead of gaining weight thru my HM training, I have been slowly losing. I think part of that is the new WW plan - it hurt to lose those 3 pts but it seems to be working - eating too much even of healthy foods has ALWAS been my downfall - and also the conscious decision to work in more hill workouts & ST.
Combining running with ST can be so difficult, but in the end it's worth the payoff.
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