Saturday, June 07, 2008
Geez, I had no idea there were almost 500 calories in a regular bag of microwave popcorn. Even the light has 400. I bought some today because it was on sale and I had a coupon, and I glanced at the nutrition facts...I saw how many cups popped each serving of 3 tbsp unpopped produces and thought, "Okay, 140 calories isn't so bad," but I didn't spot the fact that there are 9 tbsp unpopped in each bag! That's crazy! Looks like these will be saved for movie nights with the hubby...it sure was yummy though. Hopefully it didn't throw me too far off track.
I haven't done too terribly well with the calorie cycling since Wednesday. I'm not sure whether to blame it on that time of the month or on just plain stupidity and eating when I'm not *really* hungry. I wasn't hungry when I had that popcorn--I just wanted the popcorn. I wasn't hungry when I ate a Blizzard today at the mall (yeah, I know I need to stop that) but I did it anyway--I felt like I should have an afternoon snack since dinner would be late. (Yes, Subway has apples, but what's the fun in that? I can eat apples at home. Heh.) I've been roughly 100-200 calories over my target for the last 3 days. Several hundred over today. So I'm going to give the cycling a try for another week and see how I do, but if I can't stick to it, then I need to return to the flexibility of just eating in my calorie range each day. The real trying day is always Wednesday--the 1300 calorie day. Although the 1400 calorie day on Friday isn't much better. Those low days just kill me for some reason.
So tomorrow I think I'll try to have my own "last chance workout," Biggest Loser style. I'll sweat out that extra salt I ate today and the water I'll no doubt retain because of it, and I'll try to sweat off some of those extra calories. Tomorrow is Week 2, Day 1 of my Couch to 5K training, so that should definitely help. Follow that up with some strength training and I should be sweating pretty good. I just wish I could find the right kind of motivation to help myself stay on track all the time.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
I completed Week 1 of the Couch to 5K program this morning, and I feel really good about it. My heart rate seemed lower today during my running portions than it was on the first two days. I'll start week 2 on Sunday; hopefully it will go just as smoothly!
I'm doing a halfway decent job with the calorie cycling -- last night I admit I gave in to the ice cream and chocolate cake craving, but we'll just call that feeding Aunt Flo. And that was what she wanted. :P Today I had a lot of extra calories so we ate out at a local seafood restaurant we had never been to before. I was sort of surprised that they didn't even offer a side salad. My fish was good (although fried, but I was expecting that) but the onion rings tasted strange...like they had some kind of citrus seasoning in the breading. I didn't eat all of them, which I guess was a good thing. We followed that up with some strawberry shortcake from Zesto's, and boy was it heavenly. Even after all of that I'm only 100 calories over my target for the day so I don't think that's bad at all. I do have some extra exercise from this past Sunday, plus two more days to get more in, so I think I can burn up the extra calories I ate.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
I went out for my first official C25K run tonight...I left the house at 9:00 (pm!) because I had to wait for it to cool down. I went on a walk this morning with some other Sparkers from Louisville, so I've had plenty of exercise today. :) I find that by the end of my run, I'm actually feeling better and more energized than I was when I first started. It's weird, but I like it. I just took a shower, and now I feel good and refreshed, and ready to relax.
I'm starting calorie cycling again to go with my 3 day a week running schedule, with my 3 highest days scheduled for days that I run. Hopefully having the variation and the ability to eat more on some days will help me stick to some sort of overall calorie range, even with the strenuous exercise. I'd really, really like to finally lose this last 5 pounds once and for all, and tone up in the process. Running seems like a great way to get fit and help my body replace fat with muscle.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Well, I didn't see the changes I was hoping for with the Official SP Swimsuit Bootcamp, but I did at least see some results, which is better than nothing. I went swimsuit shopping today as my final challenge, and took pictures in the dressing room since I didn't find anything that really fit well enough to buy. I really liked the one in the picture, but the top wasn't quite big enough for my girls. :( Oh well. (Don't mind the weird brown splotches on the bottom...that mirror was really dirty.) I'll have to go swimsuit shopping at TJ Maxx earlier in the season next year...they had some good stuff and it wasn't expensive at all. The suit in the picture above was $20 for both pieces.
Here are my "before and after" measurements:
Weight: 136 down to 135
Waist: 30" down to 29.5"
Hips: 35.5" stayed the same
Neck: 11.5" down to 11.25"
Thigh: 21.5" down to 21.25"
Bust: 35.25" down to 35"
Total Loss: 1 pound, 1.25 inches
All are fairly minor losses, but at least I lost *something*, which does make me feel like I at least got something out of it. Especially since I didn't always stick to my calorie range, but I did stick to my workouts. Daily exercise is definitely a habit for me now, which is great. But it might make it hard to stick to the 3-day a week schedule of my next endeavor--Couch to 5K. We shall see.
Friday, May 30, 2008
I start Couch to 5K training officially on Tuesday, and I'm excited! So much so that I've been dabbling in the Week 1 and 2 workouts, using them as cardio on some days for the Swimsuit Bootcamp. I enjoyed going for a jog/walk around the neighborhood last night, so I'm looking forward to doing that more often. I got some non-cotton socks to run in (6 pack at Meijer for $7 woohoo) and I have my spiffy new shoes (which are very pretty in addition to a perfect fit) and some new running clothes. Plus the podcasts on my iPod Shuffle I bought few weeks ago. I'm psyched and ready to go.
Tomorrow is the end of the Swimsuit Bootcamp, and I'll weigh in and measure myself officially tomorrow. I'm hoping I've at least lost a measly half pound or something, or some kind of inches. I'm not sure if I have or not. I've stuck with all of the workouts, but some days my eating has overshot the calorie range. I've managed to have a deficit every day this week so far when you account for my exercise, though, so hopefully I'm getting back on track with my eating.
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