Tuesday, April 13, 2010
One of my teams is the One Day Challenge and team leader SHANFANNIN comes up with great challenges. Some are fun, some are exercise or food related. Today's was one of those that made me think there was no way I could do it when I read her post. But I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT!
I had lots of reasons to walk around the campus at work today and used the stairs every chance I got. When I stepped out for my lunchtime walk, it was barely sprinkling. Not long into the walk, the Juneau-type sprinkle became a big fat raindrop Arkansas kind of rain. I don't mind rain at all! But, before I could finish, the wind blew off my hood. I got pretty soaked and my ears got cold. (I can't afford to get sick!). I started laughing and giving thanks! The worsening weather made me move even faster, making me burn more calories, so I won!
My intention was to try another scary machine at the company fitness center, but life intervened. I needed to get home by a certain time which I did not know until I was well into some overtime...I had an errand to run before I could get home. At Target, I still parked at the opposite end of the parking lot, grabbed a cart and hustled through the store. I ended up with 1o,039 steps!
At home, I did some strength training, trying a few exercises I've never done before. For some of my "regular" exercises, I did more reps. It's kind of fun seeing my progress by counting how many more I can do...Never thought that would happen!
Yesterday, I was so unhappy with the scale results - a 3.9 gain that took me all day to deal with. I decided not to cut back on nutrition but to ramp up my exercise. We'll see how long I can follow through on that intention (LOL).
This morning, I stepped on Mr. Scale again. I usually weigh just once a week, but I thought I would try to understand what happened. As I thought, this is a fluctuation. Possibly TOM, but he has not appeared yet. This morning, I was down 2.4 from yesterday. When life presents a cosmic joke, all you can do is laugh and enjoy the ride. It will end soon one way or another.
Pre-Spark. I would have given up long before now and, had a scale stuck out his tongue like this to me then, that would have been the end of that diet attempt! Even though I am losing weight so, so, so slowly, I am definitely changing! Thank you, SparkFriends! My success is a reflection of your generosity towards me by sharing, encouraging, educating,,,,Thanks to you, I'm like a road explorer - I just can't wait to see what's around the next bend!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
This blog interrupted for some thank yous. Ponderthis, CMRAND54, VICD25 snf JOYSGARDEN - thank you for encouraging me today! Thank you, also, to MISSY 455, PONDERTHIS, NITZARAQUEL, IXCHEL23, GATOR12 and NANNER2121 who all helped me turn the page on yesterday's calorie faux pas.
I stepped on the scale and pulled out the tape measure. Sunday is the morning when I do this. To my shock, I gained 3.9 pounds! I forget what the tape results were, but equally bad. I did not get much exercise in last week and, because it was due to the Achilles tendon, I should have thought to revert to the auto settings that sparkpeople had given me when I started in late January, but I didn't think of it.
For those of you who missed it, I started a 10% experiment a few weeks ago. I have been exercising more than I ever have in my life and found that I was far too sleepy at work. Increasing my calorie range and other nutrition metrics by 10% solved that problem and I was continuing to lose pound fragments until this week.
Yes, it could be because TOM might be coming. I am of the age when it is very unpredictable. Overeating yesterday did not help. Succumbing to the Achilles tendon did not help and neither did the schedule which ate into my lunchtime exercise.
In any case, following the shock was strong disappointment, discouragement and anger. I kept telling myself all the positive things I've learned on this journey. It would be a lie to say that has completely removed those negative feelings, but it has helped. Yes, this is a journey and, no, it is not a diet. I realize that the negative thinking is "diet" thinking and not part of the positive language of my new lifestyle.
Some of the disappointment was that I had decided that, when I reached 10% body weight loss, I would reward myself with some coveted items from the Sparkpeople store. That gratification has been delayed...!
My first thought was to scale back on the nutritional settings but I rethought that. Doing so would be like punishment. The other side of that coin is to get more serious about exercise.
This morning, while doing laundry at the laundromat, I had a couple of short brisk walks. The sprinkles made it very refreshing. While waiting the last few minutes for the washer and, later, the dryer, I read a few more pages of the Spark book.
Then I went to work, not to work, but to get away from the tv and get some personal stuff done. I planned to study, but did not get that far. I worked up the bulk of the invitation list for my Mahalo party, worked up the music list so my coworker can set up the songs, balanced my checkbook and paid bills. It always feels good to be current on my bills. I just wish I could pay them off!
By this time, the storm had begun in earnest. I had a few errands to do on the way home, but I deferred them for another day and went to the company fitness room. Rows of weights for weight machines, a fitness ball wedged in a corner (I couldn't see how there was any room to use it as there was no open floor space), exercise bikes, stairmaster, a couple of machines I could not identify and two treadmills.
I've never been on a treadmill. I figured out how to set it by following the instructions and trial and error. I could not figure out how to hook up the heart monitor, but, the thing was moving! So I figured I should. I had set it for 10 minutes. I wasn't sure if I should run or walk, so I walked most of the time. Before I knew it, over two minutes had elapsed. Then 3 and then, at 5 minutes, the halfway memo popped up (as if I could forget). I made it have a small incline and jogged for 15 seconds every minute. At 8 minutes, I seriously considered hopping off, but I didn't want to waste the electricity! It doesn't sound like much, but I completed the 10 minutes! Imagine my surprise when it started a cool down session! I thought I was done! But I stayed on until it stopped.
I was SO glad there was no one there to see me clumsily using the machine! My heart rate was up for a long time afterwards! I am very, very, very tired and will be going to bed early tonight. The machine said I completed .15 miles and burned 26 calories. It sure felt as if I did more than that!
The intention is to get up early and check out the stair machines before work starts.
This does not relieve my bad feelings about today's results; it means I am compartmentalizing those feelings, not dealing with them right now and focusing on moving forward. We'll see how intention can turn into action...
Thanks, Sparkfriends! I would not be plugging onward without your participation in my journey. I truly love and appreciate you!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Today was a cool, grey, overcast day and it was perfect for a walk. I was surprised to discover that my long brisk walk did not aggravate my sore Achilles tendon. This was a deliberately long roundtrip walk from home to the local market. I did feel some twinges further up on the leg, but I did not allow that to deter me.
Then I did a little bit of strength training, first time all week.
But I forgot a fundamental thing for dinner. BF made dinner and I ate all of it! It was good, but it was far too high in calories. I am over goal by 300 calories! YIKES!
Tomorrow, I am going to work, not to work, but to get some quiet time to do some study and party planning. I have a US Supreme Court opinion to read and brief before Wednesday. I have to work up the music list and mailing list for the party.
I have some workout clothes in a locker at work so I hope to try out the mini gym with all those scary pieces of equipment.
Tomorrow morning is weigh in and I regret that I was not more vigilant today!
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Yesterday, I had lunch out with a friend and was stunned to see how much sodium was in my "healthy" choice. I resolved to increase my water and did so. I left a post on the nutrition message board asking if increased water would make up for the sodium. Coach Jen said that it would, to a point. Other posters were a bit more negative and blunt. Others appreciated that I asked the question. I did not see all this dialog until this evening because, once again, no lunch walk and meal at my desk. Lunch at my desk means Sparktime.
Lunch today was an invitation with one of our attorneys. I am about to become a paralegal (one more class!), so I welcome every chance to network and look for opportunities to increase my value at work. I didn't know where he wanted to go, so I had no opportunity to download a nutrition PDF and plan. We went to Fresh Choice. I loaded up on the fresh veggies, skipped the dressing and should have skipped the soup and rice and chocolate frozen yogurt. I could only guestimate what I did. I like to blend a couple of soups and put them over rice. I did, but I did not make a huge bowl as I would normally have done. I also went light on the portion for the chocolate, but my taste buds told me I overdid it.
I had some errands on the way home so that gave me a cumulative step count over 10K, but it was not quality time. It was, however, enough time for me to aggravate my left Achilles tendon. I had surgery on that tendon as a teen, decades ago, and have had chronic tendonitis since then. Getting fit is proving to be a challenge! To think I, yes, I would fret about missing exercise is a paradigm shift from the old me! Wow!
So, tomorrow, I'm going to skip Toastmasters, walk and get my heart rate up. Oh, I also signed the waiver so I can use the little gym at work. I'll have to learn how to use all those scary looking instruments of torture.
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