Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I'm not talking about weight loss -- well, sort of. You could interpret the title to mean if you do your baby steps, the weight will come off. And it will.
What I mean is that eventually, your appetite will actually decrease. It may take a really long time -- it has for me -- but lately I've found I can go for longer between meals without getting ravenous; I can (sometimes) eat much less and be satisfied. Food just isn't on my mind as much as it used to be -- which means probably only 75% of the time, instead of 110%!
Even TOM doesn't make me as crazy as it used to it -- probably due to less fat in the body producing less hormones. I was expecting mine next week, only it started this morning -- which explains the cramps that kept me up Monday night, only sometimes I'll get cramps a week in advance.
I haven't been terribly hungry lately, but I will admit I've been struggling with those damn chocolate chip cookies. I haven't done too badly, but I could have done without the temptation of them hanging around. I wonder what it is about cookies? Does it feel like we need more of them because they're so small? The cake, for instance, while good, doesn't call to me. I have absolutely no problems resisting that. But the cookies . . .
And a final note on rest days (probably not final, but final for now): I do actually understand the concept of resting your muscles between ST sessions, and that makes sense to me -- which is why the 30 Day Shred didn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
What I struggle with is whether or not the body truly needs an absolute rest day or two a week. No cardio. So I'm just experimenting with it. Will I stall my weight loss if I take it easy a day or two a week? Or should I really shoot for 10,000 steps every day? Every body is different, I imagine, and I'll get my answer eventually.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I have really been struggling with the whole rest day concept. Is it truly necessary? Just what does it mean? On many -- but not all -- of the rest days I've taken lately, I've still racked up 10,000 steps. I don't do any strength training or cardio other than walking the dogs. But sometimes life just adds up.
I dropped my nephew & brother off at the train station to continue their college odyssey. Originally I'd planned a run for this afternoon, but didn't sleep well the past 2 days & yes, stayed up later than normal for me last night (but didn't sleep any later than usual).
The only reason I'd planned the run in the first place was because I knew I'd be eating a bit more than usual the last few days. I also realized that that's not a particularly healthy attitude toward exercise, and had already decided to make today a rest day.
And that is where the NSV came in. We'd planned to go out to lunch before I dropped the boys off. I don't really know any restaurants in that town, but I'd seen the Website for a coffee/sandwich place that looked interesting. As I was researching this morning, tho, I came across a pizza restaurant that everyone seems to rave about, including friends that used to live here.
So I decided to take them there instead, knowing my nephew loves pizza (and it's not like my brother & I hate it, either).
The pizza was good, but frankly, I just didn't get what everyone seems to love about that place. I've had pizza closer to home that seems just as good, if not better, to me. I'd also come home briefly after dropping the boys off in the morning & stopping at the pet food store, and I'd had a snack of yogurt & banana.
Having the snack was a smart move. I knew I'd be eating lunch in a short amount of time, but it had been a while since my small breakfast, and I also know that I'm better off going into a meal with the edge already taken off. And it worked for me.
I ate one slice of margherita pizza (only this was actually cheese pizza, which while similar, isn't the same thing, and maybe that colored my opinion of the place). I'd planned to eat 2 slices, which is my normal quota, but I realized I just wasn't hungry after 1 slice. So I stopped. What a concept, huh, just stop when you're full? It doesn't always work for me, but more & more lately, it does.
Monday, June 29, 2009
So I'm at my WW meeting this week, chatting occasionally with the woman next to me. At the end, our leader goes around & asks who's lost, how much, and for what total (I don't really like that -- when you lose as slowly as me, it's not terribly rewarding). One woman -- a larger woman -- had lost over 10 lbs her first week!
The woman next to me, who'd lost 40 lbs so far -- and is older than me -- commented that she'd lost 8 lbs her first week. I said I'd never lost more than 3 lb in one week -- ever -- both times of losing a significant amount of weight -- and that time was when I had all my wisdom teeth pulled at once.
She came back with "well, you're so small". Funny how even people in a weight loss meeting can jump to those assumptions. I said I wasn't almost 30 lbs ago!
The next few days are going to be challenging. We went out to dinner last night, after running a couple of hours worth of errands because my family is coming up today -- so that was after working my butt off all day & sitting out in the sun for an hour (sure, finally a warm sunny day when I didn't really need it) with the dogs at a small dog meetup.
My husband wanted to go to Red Robin. I'd never been there, so hunted up their Website. You have to jump thru some hoops, but they do have some nutritional data -- mostly not good. Even the salads were nutritional bombs. The one I finally decided on would have weighed in at over 1000 calories if I'd ordered it as is. I got the dressing on the side, and no croutons, and I think I did ok.
Today I've still got a fair amount of stuff to get done before they get here. I wanted to get in a workout before I walk the dogs -- I really wanted to do a run/walk, but the treadmill is downstairs & I can't keep an eye on the dogs that way. I decided to do a quickie exercise DVD instead, which I can do upstairs (where the dogs usually hang out). My luck, and Lola will decide to go downstairs -- she's the one I have to worry about. But if I used the treadmill, she'd go upstairs -- she seems to hate the noise. Or maybe it's the fact that I have to blare the tv while I'm on the treadmill.
My parents said they plan on us all going out to lunch. I guess my sister is coming too, since they said my nephew might come. I can't really imagine he would, frankly, we don't really know each other as I've lived 2000 miles away for the majority of his life, and my sister could never afford to come out & visit us -- and even if he knows you, he's a very quiet kid.
So there's lunch today. I'm not even sure where to go with them -- not to mention not sure we'll all fit in one car depending on who's coming.
I made my banana chocolate coconut cake, which was a bit of a disaster visually but should still taste really good. So there's that tonight. Plus I made chocolate chip cookies (had the dough frozen already) to bring to the meetup, but ended up bringing quite a few home. Now that's really a challenge for me. I do fine with unbaked in my freezer, but already baked & yummy & just available? I put them on top of the refrigerator for now to get them out of sight.
Then tomorrow I chaffeur my brother & my nephew around, then go out to lunch with them. Oh, plus I didn't sleep well, I'll probably go to bed late (for me) tonight because my brother doesn't plan to get here until 7:30 pm.
And then there's a potluck on Wednesday!
That may be a normal week for some, but for me that's a whole lot more eating out than I'm used to, and a lot more socializing, too. But it's good. I will survive & enjoy & do my best, pre-TOM be damned.
I did an lot yesterday: assembled the cake (a multi-step operation), vacuumed, laundry, walked the dogs, took the dogs to the meetup, cleaned the kitchen, cleaned the bathroom, made guacamole, did food shopping. And yes, I was tired -- very tired, in fact. But I don't think I would have been able to get through nearly as much last year with the extra weight. I'm still not quite where I want to be in the energy department, but I've definitely go more. And I love it!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I got this recipe from a food blog somewhere -- I don't remember which one. Maybe www.eatliverun.com
Anyway, it's very filling, and even DH liked it, despite the lack of flour in it. It's more an oatcake than a pancake, or somewhere in between. It's full of protein, tho, and that's what keeps you full for so long.
I made them for us right before we left to do another charity fun walk. And wasn't even hungry when we got back home several hours later.
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 banana, mashed
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp maple syrup
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chocolate chips (my addition)
4 egg whites
Mix everything together, then bake 2-3 minutes on one side, 1 minute on the other.
The recipe actually said to make one large pancake -- which I did. But it's very awkward to flip, and I think 2 pancakes would work just fine & be easier to make.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The weather around here hasn't been the greatest lately. Rain, rain, and some more rain. Mostly cool temps. I think I heard that we got rain 18 out of the last 23 days or some such.
However, having suffered through 17 summers of real heat and humidity -- not to mention mosquitoes whose sole purpose seems to be to suck me totally dry of blood -- the weather hasn't been bothering me much. I'm enjoying the cooler temps, and especially the lack of mosquitoes. I'm sure we'll get some eventually, but by this point in Austin, I'd probably have literally hundreds of mosquito bites.
I do understand that the locals did suffer thru a horrendous winter, and that the nice summers up here are the reward for getting thru the winter (kind of like the Austin nice winters are the reward for making it thru the summer).
Next year maybe I'll be complaining right along with them. But for now, I can appreciate what I've got. Being somewhere different for so long changes your perspective.
It's the same with weight loss. We get so stuck in a rut, and we truly come to believe (I know I did) that we just can't lose the weight: it's our metabolism, our age, our illnesses, you fill in the blank. We just believe it.
But if we're just willing to suspend that belief, and take our baby steps, and keep slogging away at it, our perspective WILL change. Eventually we realize that all those things we thought were keeping us back really aren't. That change begins in the mind. If you believe you can do it, you will. Oh, maybe not on the timeline you thought, maybe not as fast as the next person, but if you believe it, it will happen.
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