Saturday, November 24, 2012
I wrote this poem the other morning. Whenever I get up before it's light out I think of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Bed in Summer." (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/1719
Sweat in Winter (an homage to RLSís Bed in Summer)
In winter I get up at night
And sweat by monitorís glowing light
In summer, quite the other way,
I like to go outside and play
I like to go to lake and swim
Sunlight and water, instead of gym
Or walk through woods of shady trees
And marvel on the flowers and bees
So does it not seem strange to you
With all that I in summer do
By lake and woods and park I play
And yet, by winter, this much I weigh?
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I've been back on track for 55 days now. (I started tracking again on January 5, 2012.) Though there is nothing significant about 55 days (Doesn't a normal person wait until 60?) it felt like a good day for a check in.
Let's face it. Measurements and clothing aside, we all like to see the scale move. It's frustrating that, after years of success in the past, week after week, I haven't been noticing a lot of progress in that area. In the last three weeks, I've lost less than 2 pounds. Annoying! However, I did just figure out that since my first weigh-in since I became active again on SP on 1/11 (153.3) I've lost 6.9 pounds. Today (2/29) I'm at 146.4. So, that's 7 pounds in 7 weeks, a disproportionate amount of it in the first week. Much as I REALLY want to see the 126 I was the day I met Clinton Kelley, it's not reasonable to ask for more than a pound a week. In all honesty, I want the 2 pounds/week maximum healthy weight loss, but I know better. I have to be OK with the average I'm seeing. (How many times have I counciled people to be happy with .5/week? Hypocrite!) The psycological challenge of my current weight is that I'm still .8lbs HEAVIER than I was 1 week after I gave birth to Jocelyn. That means I still haven't reached the point that I basically managed to maintain during my pregnancy. Yes, I know you have to let go of the past, start with where you are today, and move foreward. But we all know it's hard. From August 2008-2010 just before I hurt my back, I never went above 135. IF I could loose a pound a week, I could get there by May 16. My birthday is almost 14 weeks away (June 4). It would mean a lot to me if I could hit 135 by my birthday. Of course, if it's going to be more like .5 lb/week, I'd just be out of the 140s by then. That wouldn't exactly THRILL me, but it would feel BETTER.
Of course, measurements and clothing are the important parts. I'm fitting back into a lot of clothes these days, though zipping and should actually wear out are different. ;) I am seeing progress, but I have a long ways to go.
Here are my measurement updates:
I've lost 1.5 inches off my upper thigh, 1 inch of it this month. (2 inches to go until I'm back to where I was)
2.5 inches off my belly button area, all in Januray. (1.5 inches to go until I'm back to where I was)
3 inches off my waist, .25 inch this month. (1 inch to go until I'm back to where I was)
3 inches off my hips, 1.75 inches this month. (3 inches to go until I'm back to where I was)
FIWW, my scale, which isn't super accurate, says I've lost 3.7% bodyfat. (about 3.3% to go until I'm back to where I was)
I'm also amazed with the development of my muscles since p90x. For instance, my upper arm measurement has barely changed, but what was fat is now bicep. I'm enjoying my new muscles immensly. LOL (Love, love, love P90x!)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
This past weekend was my reunion weekend. I flew to Chicago without my husband and daughters and met up with friends from high school. Looking my best for the weekend had been helping to motivate me since early January. I'd planned to eat badly, and I did: burger, pizza, Mexican, pastries, etc. three days, no problem. Then I flew home, but I felt physically lousy from lack of sleep and migraines. Monday, as I would expect, it was hard to start eating normally. Tuesday, we had a 7am flight to California. On the plane, my three year old demonstrated that she wasn't over the stomach bug she had while I was in Chicago. And Wednesday, Eleanor and I followed suite. Now, 24 hours later, I am better than I was, but I can barely eat. And once I can eat again, I am in California with my husband's family who eats out 1-2 times DAILY. I've dealt with it before and will this time too. But I've been doing so well. I really don't want to loose momentum. At least P90x DVDs and bands travel well. When I was feeling better this morning, I did Yesterday, I managed Back and Biceps before I got sick. I shouldn't complain. It's 70+ degrees and sunny. Ben's aunt and uncle warmed up their pool, and we've taken the girls in both days. Today we went to the playground on the beach. (At least bathroom runs seem to concentrate in the evenings and overnight.). I just wish I didn't have to eat while I was here. Restaurant eating is for the birds.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I just completed week two of P90x. I really love it. It feels great. I've never before put so much emphasis on strength training. I really like it. I'm noticeably stronger and more flexible after only two weeks. I think I'm starting to see some minor (visual) results too, but I'm not surprised that those are taking longer. My measurements are SO SO much worse than they were in August of 2010. They won't return to where I want them to be in two weeks. I'm actually hoping that I never see those exact numbers again. My the time I get down that lean again, I hope to be a lot stronger and more muscular than I ever was. I'm doing P90x with a friend, and it's great motivation. It also makes it more fun.
I'm on my 17th day back tracking my food. (Why did I stop? All I have to do is read my own SparkPage to know how important it is.) It's been pretty easy to eat healthfully. When I'm working out, I crave healthier food. Last night was the only time I've been hungry. I messed up two days in a row and really didn't eat enough fat. Though I had sufficient calories, two days below my fat target prevented me from feeling sated. Today, I'm making sure to consume sufficient fat, and I'm feeling great. If you are curious what I'm eating, my food diary is quite accurate.
It's finally snowing here in Boston, so I'm going to try to get my kids outside now. Have a great day.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
So, I bit the bullet and weighed in. The numberical reality makes me want to cry. I can't believe I let myself gain so much. But what's done is done. So, once I entered the new weight and the new goal, it didn't change my calorie goals or anything. HOWEVER, it dropped my minumum fat by quite a bit. Is that a change in the SP program? It's fine, because I usually stuggle to meet the fat, and I'm seldom high in the range. I was just curious.
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