Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Would you believe that I have now found myself getting cranky, grumpy, or feeling like I'm missing something on days when I *don't* work out? I know I can't. :P Yesterday, I worked out at the rec for a whole hour...I finished on the elliptical (30 minutes) and went straight to a treadmill to "cool down," where I actually ended up walking for another 30 minutes! By choice! And it felt good! (Even if I was a little sore last night.) Today I did my SP recommended strength training, and tonight when I felt the need to work out, I did the 15-minute Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile walk, just to be sure I didn't overexert myself for the day. I find myself actually looking forward to going to the rec center to work out now...and that's pretty strange for someone who has been adverse to strenuous exercise ever since elementary school gym class. But I know it's all part of my new, healthy lifestyle, and building good habits for life.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Making healthier choices is getting easier for me with each passing day...I've now been on SparkPeople for more than 2 weeks, and I am really enjoying how much better I feel because I have been eating better and exercising. (Now, if only it would stop snowing so I can actually go to the rec and do something other than my Walk Away the Pounds 1 and 2 mile walks!) My fiance and I ate out twice yesterday--once at Olive Garden and once at Skyline, and I still stayed within my calorie goals for the day.
Being able to look nutrition facts up ahead of time really helps (thank goodness for the Internet!), although I do definitely still need to practice choosing better things when I don't have access to nutrition facts. I am also getting better at cutting back my toppings and other "calorie bombs" like breadsticks. I ate one breadstick at the Olive Garden, and only had a little bit of parmesan cheese on my entree. At Skyline, I had the black bean and rice bowl with a half a spoonful of sour cream, 1/4 cup of cheese, and about half of the onions that they gave me. Overall, though, I still did much better than I did last week at the Cracker Barrel, when I ended up going just a tad bit over, mostly because I put butter on my one slice of cornbread.
I am getting so sick of all of this snow, even if the shoveling is good for me. I'm tired of digging my car out and still not being able to go anywhere because the ice has left the parking lot in such bad shape! I did my laundry and grocery shopping yesterday, so I should be set until it warms up and melts off. I bought a few Amy's meals to try to up my fat intake without upping my "bad stuff" intake...and they were even on the "super secret" sale at Kroger! There was no tag on the shelf, but they rang up $1 off. I'll take it. :)
Weight-wise, I've been holding steady at 147 for a few days. I think I'm getting closer toward 146 now on my dial scale. I'm hoping to be at 145 or below by the end of next week! I have lost quite a bit of inches off of my waist since I started this, and a few off of my hips, but only 1/4" from my neck. I added thigh and bust measurements today (which I wish I had been tracking from the beginning) so I am hoping to see even more progress on those fronts.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
My parents came to visit this weekend, which means two things: shopping and eating out. The eating out was not as bad as it could have been...we had Cracker Barrel Friday night and Old Spaghetti Factory Saturday night, and I planned my day around spending 600-700 calories on each meal. I had a vegetable plate at CB and eggplant parmigiana at OSF with whole wheat pasta in the small portion of spaghetti that comes on the side. The whole wheat pasta was really good...I'll have to buy some for cooking at home. I ate the one scoop of ice cream that comes free with the meal at OSF as my dessert, and it was really good, although it is absent from their nutrition facts sheet. :( So I just guessed and put it in as one serving of Breyers chocolate ice cream in the tracker...hopefully that's not too far off!
The shopping was extremely positive...I bought a pair of jeans that are a size 10 for the first time in about 4 years! I'm so excited. They still aren't a "perfect" fit, but they go on and they button, which is far more than I could have done a couple of weeks ago. I've lost 10 lbs in my 2 weeks on Spark and I couldn't be more pleased. Sometimes it's hard to not eat a whole lot of carbs when you have the munchies, but boy when I put on those size 10 pants I am reminded why I am doing this, and I'm so motivated all over again.
I'm taking some stressful tests for graduate school right now, which is interrupting my workout schedule a bit. I'm trying to make up for it though by going on other days, and I bought the Walk Away the Pounds DVD at Wal-Mart so I can do it at home if I'm pressed for time and can't get to the rec center. I went today so I don't have to worry about going tomorrow (taking an exam in the morning), and I did level 4 on the recumbent bike for 15 minutes before going down to level 3 for the remainder of the workout. I definitely worked up more of a sweat and had my heart rate higher than I usually do on level 1. It made me feel good though...very jazzed and awake.
My sleep schedule is starting to get more regulated, and eating healthier things is getting easier. I had no urge to get waffle fries at Chick-fil-a yesterday for lunch...I paid the 50 cents extra for the fruit cup instead and it was awesome. And cut the calories in half. I can do this thing. I know it. I'm gonna get down to that 130 lbs. quicker than I ever thought possible.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
So far, I've been on this site for 7 days, tracking what I eat and how much I exercise, and learning about leading a healthier lifestyle. And so far, it's definitely paid off--not just because I've lost 8 lbs. already, or because my waist is an inch smaller, or because my hips have shrunk by half an inch, but because I feel better, and I already look better. My clothes fit me now, and I'm much more awake. I've been waking up, refreshed, after about 6 or 7 hours of sleep every night, thanks to my workouts, and eating healthy food is really helping me feel better overall.
This is the only "diet" that has ever really motivated me to stick with it. I've casually tried to lose weight in the past, but nothing ever inspired me to put my mind to it like SparkPeople has. I'm so excited now about getting down to 130 lbs...only 20 more to go! I'm making healthier choices when I eat out or eat on campus, and even ate three slices of veggie lovers pizza today in class, which fit perfectly into my calorie range for the day because Spark helps me plan ahead when I know I have a special event coming up.
There's 6" of snow outside, and I could have easily decided to stay home and not work out, but I got up, and I caught the bus, and I went. I rode the recumbent bike for 30 minutes and left feeling refreshed and invigorated. I'm looking forward to living the rest of my life feeling like this.
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