Sunday, August 12, 2012
Nope, didn't take a tumble; just feeling so wiped out.
Had a great 8 mile run yesterday. I totally ignored the pace on my garmin, ran mostly by myself -- and still hit the pace i was aiming for. I felt really strong & even got a second wind & was able to push it the last 3 miles.
I used coconut water instead of plain water; I don't know if it helped or not but it sure didn't hurt. Next week I might try Nuun. I'm a very salty sweater & my eyes kill me afterwards.
I was feeling good afterwards; went home & relaxed a bit in my compression tights & then headed out to be farmer's market, where I did buy a decadent dessert this time. There are only a few more weeks of fatmer's markets, sadly, anyway.
Devoured lunch, watched the previous night's Olympics . . . & crashed. Totally tired. Not sure what happened, other thsn a week of not enough sleep & impending TOM, which thankfully hadn't yet started but now I wish it would so it won't interfere with my HM next month.
I'm not usually that tired after a run of that length & I basically won't be seeing a shorter run until right before the HM.
I didn't swim Friday, as I've been doing the last several weeks - maybe that helped? I was tired then, too; it was pouring & thundering. Hoping to get a swim in today. And lounge inthe spa a bit, too.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Here I am at the wedding this past weekend. Hey, it was only about 11:30 pm when we got around to taking these photos.
A kind couple offered to take our photo; of course they had ulterior motives -- they wanted us to take their photo, too. I don't know why I'm looking up into outer space in these photos. No doubt cause I was really tired & my eyes start to wander when I'm very tired (despite surgery for a lazy eye at age 12).
I've had that dress for 17 years. I only wore it once, on a cruise around our 10th year of marriage (we'll celebrate 27 years this Oct.).
5 years ago I wouldn't have fit in it. Even 4 years ago I probably wouldn't have worn it. I'm still not loving my arms in it -- especially after a couple of months of no upper body ST. It just tells me that those last 10 lbs do, indeed, need to go.
I'll probably never have the arms of my dreams; but without losing some of the top fat you'll never see those muscles that are really are underneath. More exercise won't do it (altho it will help after that hiatus); only losing the weight will do it.
Anyway, the dress itself wasn't expensive when I bought it, but it's pretty rare these day you have an occasion to wear a long dress. What you can't see is that it's open in the back. The necklace (and bracelet) came from www.baublebar.com ; my first purchase from them & I would definitely recommend them.
They have a lot of pretty inexpensive costume jewelry -- along with some more expensive stuff. This wasn't expensive. The bag I found for $10 at Burlington Coat Factory and the strappy shoes you can't really see were relatively inexpensive, too.
Here's what I wore to brunch the next day.
Arms always look better when they're not hanging at your sides, unless you're really chiseled. I had another form fitting dress I brought with me, but I chose this one because it's not quite as comfortable -- when you're in a situation where overeating is possible, you don't want to be comfortable.
Alas, all my hard work did not pay off with a loss this week. No shoes. Pout. I have my eye on several pairs, of course. It wasn't terrible, but add that to a small gain last week and I am not where I want to be -- so close, yet so far.
It could very well be hormonal -- while TOM is supposed to start in 2 days, that could mean anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks. This is what happens when you're knocking at menopause's door -- you just never know when it might arrive, so you can't really relax because you know it's just due to TOM -- you never really know for sure.
I am hoping for a loss next week. This coming week isn't going to be very challenging outside of running 8 miles this saturday and thinking I can eat my weight in carbs because I've run 8 miles (trust me, I can't -- I wish I could). But I do have to eat enough to fuel that run, too. That's where it gets tricky.
I still really, really want to break thru to a lower weight. It remains just out of reach -- so tantalizingly close somedays, so far others.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Speaking of smart choices . . . there I was last night, after a day of good eating & a really nice meal (grilled steak, corn on the cob, roasted baby bok choy & summer squash . . . yum!) . . . still hungry.
We did, indeed, get a goody bag. With lots of small chocolates: mini Reese's cups, kisses. Etc. And I've been having having a couple of pieces a day & tracking them.
But I wanted to lay off the sweets for a couple of days. But those chocolates were calling my name. The internal debate was on.
Maybe a slice of dried pineapple would do the trick? But really, it's still a sweet: suck out all the water & mostly you're left with sugar. So why not eat a chocolate?
I didn't really want to eat anything; after this weekend there isn't a lot of wiggle room. But my stomach just had other ideas.
In the end I went with the pineapple, the lesser of 2 evils.
Was it a win? Remains to be seen.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I think that's what it boils down to -- making smart choices more often than not. We're going to make dumb choices sometimes -- we're human; and boy did I show that today! So how am I doing today?
SC1( smart choice #1): walked the dogs
SC2: added some protein to my popcorn snack
NSC1 (not smart choice 1): that protein was honey roasted nuts -- but just 1 tbsp. still.
SSC1: (so-so choice 1): went to trader's joe finally -- they opened Friday. So so indicates how I felt about their offerings - for instance, I needed sweet potato fries, but theirs had several ingredients including flour! I only want to see 3 ingredients, tops: sweet potatoes, salt & maybe olive oil. It was still really crowded -- they had a cop directing traffic!
SC2: I brought a bottle of water with me
NSC2: I totally forgot said water & didn't have any
PRDC: (potentially really dumb choice) buying their peanut butter filled pretzels. If only it was available in single serving packets . . . it's actually not that bad & I plan to have them after my tempo run in a few hrs, but tbere's definite abuse potential there. They will be going in the downstairs closet. Hey, I could've bought the dark chocolate covered PB filled pretzels . . . gotta admit I regret not doing so . . . we'll see how it goes with the regular version.
SC3: stopping at fresh market, which wins out in my mind but tbe jury's still out
NSC3: deciding to grab sushi without checking if that would really work instead of what I had planned. It does, fortunately. And I could've checked; I was just being lazy.
So kind of a wash. And I need to be doing better than that to get to my goals.
Any suggestions on what I ought to be looking out for at TJs? Healthy or unhealthy, but healthy preferred.
Monday, August 06, 2012
What your GW should be, that is. Well, it's a highly personal decision. I know when my weight creeps into the 140s, I am not happy: I don't like how my face looks or my clothes fit. It's often only a matter of a couple of pounds, but when you're petite like me (5'1"), it's noticeable.
Your first reaction might be that has nothing to do with your health. In a roundabout way it does, because neither of those weights put me at a healthy BMI. I know that BMI isn't the most accurate measure of your health, but it's what WW goes by.
I suspect a range of 135-9 would make me happy, but I haven't yet been as low as 135. And a healthy BMI for me is 132 -- and because I'd have to pay if I were more than 2 pounds above that, I'm still shooting for 130. So I can hopefully maintain my weight within about 4 pounds. I've had a lot of practice with that over the last 3 years -- just not at that GW yet.
And because I really hate the bipolar feelings I get from the ups & downs of where my current weight is, I will keep on keepin' on.
Would I look even better slimmer? Of course! But I enjoy my food, and for me, personally, the weight doesn't come off easily. I have to eat fairly clean & really watch my portion sizes. I want to enjoy my life, which means enjoy my food, & not stress so much over every little bite.
So that's how I came to my decision & how I stick to it. How did you decide on your GW?
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