Friday, February 07, 2014
As a kid, I lived at the pool all summer. I was that kid with the white-blond hair tinged with green from the chlorine. Sunburned skin. Bloodshot red eyes. Happy, happy kid!
I took swimming lessons from an early age until I was 16 or so, and even worked as a lifeguard.
I loved everything about swimming. I fantasized about someday having a pool.
Now, here I am middle aged, and I have not swum for many, many years. Well, that's not entirely true. We've visited water parks.... that sort of thing.
But for years, I've thought I really should try swimming laps again. It's great exercise and easy on the joints. Yadayada. Never got around to it. Until now.
I signed up for this indoor triathalon and have to swim 2.4 miles by the end of February. I figured out that's basically 5 times in the pool. No biggie. I just completed my 3rd time tonight.
But here's the thing. I no longer love swimming! Here's what I hate:
The smell of chlorine. It's just... yuck! I also hate the drying effect on my skin.
Water in my ears. Seems like once it gets in there, I'm waterlogged all night.
Water in my eyes! How on earth did I swim with my eyes open as a kid -- no goggles! Just swam with the burn and went home and put Visine drops in. So, so, so painful. But somehow at that age, it was all worth it to me.
Goggles. Is there such a thing as goggles that actually keep the water out and don't fog up? I've been struggling with this. At one point I had the straps so tight that the surrounding area around my eyes got all puffed up and bruised looking. Attractive! Actually, no -- painful! So tonight I gave up on goggles and just swam with my head out of the water, which made for some slow swimming.
Lastly, those few laps before the dang goggles fill with water, when I'm swimming a crawl, I get soooooo winded! I just don't have the breathing thing down. I hold my breath too long and then get out of breath.
Oh, one more, I'm also not a fan of all the rigamarole with clothes and showering and changing again. It's just too much hassle.
Some of this would be surmountable (get better goggles) if I were actually enjoying it, but I think what this long list of complaints is proving to me is that I'm not going to be swimming laps anymore after my triathalon laps are done. And that's fine by me. There are so many other forms of exercise that I would rather do!
Friday, February 07, 2014
Well, all I can do is stick with it and not throw in the towel.
I've lowered my calories. My range is 1200-1550, but I wasn't seeing any progress eating at the top end of the range. So I'm eating around 1250-1400, and drinking A LOT of water.
I've increased my exercising. I was doing about 30 minutes of cardio a day, and now I'm doing 40-45. And I'm doing more strength training -- nothing heavy duty, just increasing gradually.
But my weight is stuck. I was down to 130, and then it popped back up to 133... 132... I think I am "shrinking" -- I can tell in my clothes. So I guess I'm building a little muscle.
I still have a fair amount of pudge to lose, and I'd really like to see the number go down because I'm competing in a Biggest Loser Challenge. I mean, if not for that, I would take muscular and trim over any magic number on the scale. I've had my sights on 120 for so long, it's hard to toss that aside.
I'm not giving up. I'll keep eating light and working out. Like I said, I'll take smaller over lighter, but I'd sure like to be lighter too!
Any advice on getting this weight OFF?
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
I watched The Biggest Loser last night and have many thoughts about it percolating in my head that I just need to get OUT. I will try to be coherent.
First off, I was as shocked as everyone by how thin Rachel had gotten. She was the picture of health and fitness in that last episode on the ranch, and I thought, "Wow, she'll have a tough time beating David when she doesn't really have anything left to lose." Boy, did she prove that theory wrong.
We don't know if Rachel took her weight loss to such an extreme to win the money or if she has an eating disorder. Of course, there's concern for her health. I hope she just really wanted the money and plans to gain some back.
But I'd actually like to take this in another direction and talk about the comments I've seen online about Rachel. Do people not realize that people in the public eye are just people too? When I went online looking to see what others were saying about the finale, I guess I felt validated in my opinion. But that quickly turned into WOW are people mean!! Can you imagine how you'd feel if you stumbled upon a website where people are ragging on you? People really should think about that before writing such rude things, things I'm guessing and hoping that they would never actually SAY to someone's face.
It's like some of the mean and nasty comments I've read about Philip Seymour Hoffman, since his untimely death. Me, I'm sad that such a talented man succumbed to his demons. It's heartbreaking, no more heartbreaking than a non-celebrity facing the same end, but naturally it gets attention when someone famous dies. Half the comments online have been along those lines -- "how sad." But the other half are so mean-spirited, I just have to wonder why. Have some people lost the ability to feel sympathy for people who face problems that they can't relate to? Oh! Drugs are evil, so only evil, nasty people do drugs. That seems to be their line of reasoning.
I just want to be around NICE people. People who think before spewing their vile thoughts all over humanity. People who have empathy and compassion. NICE people like me.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Whoa! Where did January go? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to be that much closer to spring!
Let's review. If I do say so myself, I ROCKED January.
* I lost 7 pounds!
* I overcame anemia. I'm feeling 100% better.
* I've been really committed to running, cross-training, and strength-training.
Now, onto February. I'm excited to keep moving toward better health and fitness! (And a smaller pants size.)
* I signed up for a month-long sprint triathalon at the Y. I've been biking and running, and now I'll get back in the pool. It's been ages since I swam laps!
* Lose another 7 pounds. I'm getting so close to my goal weight!
* EAT LIGHT! This is the biggest challenge for me. In case I haven't mentioned this before... I LOVE FOOD. I keep learning and relearning this lesson that I have to eat on the low end of my calorie range if I want to lose weight. I know it's do-able, it's just a matter of tweaking my diet and letting myself actually be hungry now and then. That's not so bad. I CAN do this.
One little update... If you read my last blog, you saw that I made a chocolate chip cheesecake for my son's birthday. His birthday was yesterday, and he had a bunch of friends over. I picked up Domino's pizza... IT SMELLED SO GOOD. I did not eat it. I had my light supper instead and then went to the Y. When I got home, I saw that they had cut into the cheesecake. IT SMELLED SO GOOD. I was not about to blow my day of light eating. I took a teaspoon-sized bite and savored it like crazy. Oh yeah. It was amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing. That was all I needed. That taste.
So, today, I swim. I tidy up the house. I grocery shop. I finish the amazing book I'm reading (And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini). Sounds like a full day -- I better get a move on!
Friday, January 31, 2014
I've been on track all week (since Sunday's piggy day), and the weight just isn't dropping! Tomorrow is our Biggest Loser weigh-in day, and it looks like I'll be holding steady again.
So I'm looking at my current efforts... reevaluating. Can I eat a little less? Can I work out more? Yes, I can... Here I was feeling so proud of myself for staying in my calorie range and working out pretty much every day. But it looks like it's not enough. Eat less. Move more.
I'm holding out some hope that maybe, just maybe, it's water retention. My weight jumped up a couple pounds today, and I had a Panera salad last night, which, as it turns out, was rather high in sodium.
I can do better. I just hate getting into that extreme black-and-white perfect eating. It's not sustainable. Mentally, I just can't maintain that forever. I'm doing well with my occasional little treats. They're more rare now. Shouldn't that be helping? The only little treats I had yesterday were... Natural Bliss low fat creamer in my coffee in the morning. Flavia creamer and one sugar packet in my coffee in the afternoon. And then last night as I was making a chocolate chip cheesecake for my son's birthday (his request), I had like 5 mini chocolate chips. Ugh. I just hate the thought of even attempting to go treat-free!
So... I need to trim some calories from my daily intake and amp up my calorie burn. Baby steps. And NO more piggy days!!! Maybe just one teensy widdle itty bitty TASTE of the birthday cheesecake?!?!?!?!
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