Sunday, November 22, 2009
...and I noticed that for the last 4-5 days, I've been eating at the upper end of my calorie range (around 1600), and I'm going to try my hardest this week to put an end to that in preparation for Thanksgiving. I had a good weekend (around 1400 both days), so I'm optimistic that I can meet this goal. Ideally, I'd like to eat around 1300-1400 most days with a couple of 1500-1600 days during the week.
You see, I made an ambitious goal for myself this month of 1,800 fitness minutes, and I'm not doing really well with it, though I'm meeting my calories burned goals. Basically I'll have to get 600 in before next Tuesday, which is probably not going to happen. This Saturday I had a big plan to go running, and I woke up feeling stuffed up and headachey and weak. I spent most of the day on the couch. That's what I get for having a cocktail on Friday night that had both tequila AND vodka. Oy. I've taken more rest days this month than I have in the past due to injury or illness and it's really taken its toll on my minutes.
Part of the reason for the lack of minutes is that I've used the 30 Day Shred as a substitute for gym strength training, and those minutes don't really add up to as much as what SP gives me for the gym training. So I'm going to try to keep as active as possible this week with lots of home exercise with the ball and bands.
Also, I have been busy with a number of professional and personal projects, so if I haven't thanked you personally for your messages and goodies yet, I apologize. I do read everything I get, and everyone is so awesome! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Also, I get friend requests every day, and I usually don't get around to checking out everyone's page right away. I like to give my friend feed a lot of attention, so unfortunately I don't add everyone right away, so if I see you around often, it'll definitely tweak that I have to add you to my list.
My final thought for the evening: I am assembling a playlist for the Turkey Trot! Last time I was so anxious/nervous that I completely forgot to charge my iPod and had NO music for the 5K. I'm hoping that the tunes will help me with my motivation and time. So if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! I'll post my playlist for everyone to see once it's ready!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Everyone who said my muscles would be aching after doing my first session of Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred (30DS) was NOT KIDDING. Of course, I felt GREAT after my first session on Monday morning, and somehow felt compelled to do ANOTHER session on Monday evening.
Yeah, I'm dumb.
Come Tuesday simple tasks like sitting down and getting up from my chair were only done with great effort, so my exercise was limited to a couple of short walks. Tuesday rocked though, because I hit 50 lbs lost on Sparkpeople! It marked 24 weeks on SP, which means I've been averaging 2.08 lbs lost per week. Hey, I cannot argue with that. I've been very blessed in my weight loss journey so far. I haven't been in the 220s since starting college over 10 years ago. I'm hoping to end 2009 in the 210s, which I haven't seen since high school!
Today, I'm still feeling the burn in my abs and thighs, but I still managed to get a 3-mile run in this morning. Got up to 4.6 mph, my very best yet, surprisingly enough. Still hurting though.
The coolest thing is that I'm finding definition in my muscles that I never did before. My calf muscles were always pretty big, but now they're freaking strong! I think 30DS is going to make a lot of difference, as I was definitely exercising muscles I wasn't before, even though I've been pretty good about strength training at the gym twice a week. I've NEVER felt this way before.
This weekend is supposed to be sunny, so I'm hoping to get an outdoor run in, especially as the Turkey Trot is in 8 DAYS. Next week is going to be awesome, as I'm only working 2.5 days, so I should be able to enjoy myself Thanksgiving weekend and try to stay as active as possible (I need to knock out 800 fitness minutes in the next 12 days in order to meet my goal!). In the past, Turkey Day weekend has been a killer because I usually celebrate two holidays: the obvious one and... my birthday! It was very easy to indulge on Thanksgiving and keep indulging because my birthday was coming up, and binge some more because it was less than a month until Christmas, and so on...
I'm going to be conscious the potential for this downward spiral this year, BUT I've decided I'm NOT going to track on Thanksgiving Day. I was previously going to, but you know what, I'm running a 5K in the morning! So I'm going to enjoy myself on the day, eat what I want, and practice portion control. The next day I'm going to get back to normal. No excuses.
Finally, I've noticed a disturbing trend on SP lately as I browsed some members' pages. Obviously there are the people who really never did much with SP: you see their start dates being a year or so ago and their ticker stuck at a small number and their activity feed at zero. That's expected. Not everyone is going to commit to change right off the bat. But I've also seen a lot of pages of people with a significant amount of weight to lose (75-150 lbs) where the subjects have lost a good chunk of weight (30-75 lbs) and then just seem to drop off the face of the earth. I'm terrified that it will happen to me, and I'm using that terror to get me through the season. I'm very happy with my current weight compared to where I was 6 months ago, but there is still so much more that I want to accomplish.
I want to have the strength in my legs to get through a day of skiing this winter.
I want to run a 10K next spring.
I want to reach Onederland next spring.
I want to never look for clothes in the "women's section" again.
I want to complete a triathalon this summer.
I want to run a half marathon next fall.
I want to reach my goal weight by this time next year.
So guys, let's go into the holidays with a great momentum, not rest on our laurels. We've done great things, but there is still so much more to acheive!
Monday, November 16, 2009
I forgot to mention in my last blog that along with the British store, we made a stop at the local T.J. Maxx's fitness section to stock up on some home fitness equipment on Saturday. I bought some 3 lb and 6 lb hand weights, a stability ball, and some resistance bands for under $30. Can't beat that. Definitely felt the burn after using some of it that night!
This morning I started the 30-Day Shred, and Level 1 definitely was a tough 20 minute workout, but not a complete killer, which was cool. Jillian wasn't as mean to me as she was to the BL contestants! YAY!
Seriously, I know this thing has been reviewed a ton, but she had two other women working out with her. One was doing modified push-ups, lunges, and other exercises for beginners and the other was going nuts, actually kicking herself in the butt with the butt kicks! It was nice to see the modified version because I'm in no way ready for regular push-ups yet. Also, I could do a little more than the "beginner" girl, which was good for my self esteem! This was my first foray into circuit training and I really liked switching over from strength to cardio to abs. The abwork was tough for me because I'm not used to it, so it was nice to actually have someone showing me what to do. But I was sweating and felt like I'd "worked out" despite it being only 20 minutes, (25 with a warmup and cooldown) so I'm satsified.
So yes, a good alternate day workout for my "off running" days! Excited to do more!
Tomorrow is weigh in. I sneaked a weigh in yesterday and was pleased so I'm hoping for good results tomorrow!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
It turned out not to be the luckiest of Friday the Thirteenth, but I got through it. As I mentioned in my last blog, I was STARVING all day on Friday and it really frustrated me. Thanks to all of you, I realized it wasn't the end of the world. I snacked and snacked and snacked, and it turned out fine in the end.
In the end, my husband went home from work really sick, and we weren't able to go out for my friend's birthday. It was a bummer, as I mentioned, because I really love this friend and wanted to celebrate his birthday with him, but I did what the other part of me wanted to do: went to the gym and worked out my angst, kicked back with some thin crust pizza and watched DietTribe, Glee, and Project Runway on DVR. The man is feeling a lot better now, thank goodness. I thought it might be bronchitis, but seems like just a chest cold.
Saturday it rained and rained and rained. The husband felt a bit better, so we went to the British food store, which cheered him up. We actually got away without buying a ton of stuff, but we'll probably be back before Christmas. We're having a Boxing Day brunch the day after Christmas and we're going to cook and bake a ton of English specialties like Christmas pudding, fruitcake, mince tarts, and sausage rolls. Yum.
My registration is in for the 5K Turkey Trot. It's a cross-country race, so it will be on unpaved roads. I'm excited! Today I had the best run ever, though yes, it was on treadmill. It rained all weekend, but was supposed to clear up today. So I waited until 3pm to see if I could get an outdoors run in, but no luck. I did my run at the gym and of course, as soon as I was halfway through my run, the sun came out and it was gorgeous. Ah well. But I ran 4.5 miles in 55 minutes and that included a warm up and cool down walk! Just hoping I can get a few outdoor runs in before Thanksgiving!
My huge gratitude to everyone who's been here to share my success and offer me support and cheers! I wish I could get around to thank you all, but I've been very busy, so I hope this will suffice for now!
Friday, November 13, 2009
For the first time in a loooooooooong time, I have the hungry horrors. I had a great substantial breakfast with balanced protein and carbs, but was still starving at 10:30am and had a little snack. Still hungry at 11:30am. So I ate my sandwich early figuring I'd be good until late afternoon.
Now it's 1:30pm and I had a couple of small pieces of dark chocolate and a bit of almond butter and I'm STILL hungry. Don't quite get it because I haven't worked out since yesterday morning, so my body shouldn't NEED extra calories this much. I was hoping to save my calories until tonight because I'm going to a birthday party/pub crawl.
Yeah. I'm frustrated because I thought my body was coping well with eating only about 800 calories before dinner.
What do you do when your genuinely hungry before you should be?
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