Thursday, June 25, 2009
I woke up with a sore back this morning (must have slept wrong or punched too hard... we just got Punch-Out on Wii), but I was planning on doing a half hour of introductory yoga this morning. Well I did the simple poses, and not only was my sore back fixed, but I felt so rejuvenated and relaxed.
So the rumors are true!
I bought the DVD "Yoga for Inflexible People" on Amazon, and it lets you use a chair to steady yourself. I did a 6 minute warmup with the chair, and then 26 minutes of "Standing Poses w/ Chair," but the instructor didn't use a chair for the whole workout, heh. It was good though; I felt stretched out, very limber and loose.
I'm looking forward to the other routines on the DVD! Hopefully I'll get confident enough to attend the yoga classes at my gym!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
So for the last couple of months I've been working two jobs: my contract position in big business and starting up a business of my own. I've been juggling 10-hour days downtown with my little suburban office and hustling for my own client base. To top it off, I'm taking another professional licensing exam at the end of July!
Yeah, I know, I'm a bit crazy, but I believe you have to take advantage of these downswings in the economy. Since grad school, I've worked a number of horrible jobs, and I truly believe that being my own boss is the best option for me.
Today I found out that my contract job is ending this week, much to my relief. It'll force me to devote time to my new venture and to studying for the exam.
So why this 5K now? Why all the food tracking?
In the past I've put off changing my food and exercise habits because of my busy life. ("Oh, after college... After I find a job... After grad school... After exams!") This time, I could easily do the same, but I'm not going to. NOT THIS TIME. The best time is NOW, despite everything on my plate.
This summer brings a new active lifestyle, a new business, a new way of approaching food. When I turn 30 in November 2010, I'm going bring in my 30s with enthusiasm, energy to spare and good health. I'm NOT going to be obese when we have our children.
I'm nervous, yes. But I have a sense of confidence that I haven't had in the past. I'm excited to go to the gym, to run, to start yoga classes.
I'm not quitting this time. WE CAN ALL DO THIS.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I can still enjoy all my favorite foods and stay within my limits. Usually when I go to my dad's house I end up drinking and eating way too much. He's a chef, and everything he makes is 10x more delicious and tempting than anything else! I tried bits of everything, even sweets, and I was at the upper limit of my calorie range, but I still made it. This was my first weekend without a 2,000+ calorie binge, and that is a big accomplishment for me.
Couch to 5K (C25K) is going well. I ran faster today, though yes, it was still tough. I told my family about my plans to run the 5K and they all looked at me like I was trying to pull something over them. No I'm not crazy, folks... Geez.
Here's the thing, I'm a big girl, yes. But to look at me you wouldn't guess I was 271 pounds. I walk plenty, and even before joining Sparkpeople, I played the occasional sport; even if i wasn't a gymgoer, I wasn't sedentary. I see plenty of skinny people huffing and puffing on the machines when I'm going faster and not panting yet. I think that's a common misperception about fat people. Could we be healthier and thinner? Of course. That doesn't mean we stuff ourselves and sit on the couch all day.
I can do this. I know I can run this thing.
Friday, June 19, 2009
OK, well actually, I jogged/walked. But it's a start!
Today was Week 1/Day 1 of the Couch to 5K program, coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.sht
ml , so I did a 5 min warm up walk at 3.2 mph, followed by alternating 60 sec of jogging at 4.2 mph with 90 sec of walking at 3.4 mph for 20 min and a 5 min cooldown. I did it on the treadmill because it was 1) raining like (crazy) again and 2) there's nothing more motivating than the fear that you're going to fly off the back of a moving platform...
I'm not going to lie. It was tough. My heart rate skyrocketed! By by the last jogging interval, I didn't feel like "OMG, I can't do this!" I was getting in the groove and it felt really good. I finished with 15 min on the bike and some stetching afterwards.
I was under my calories again last night, so I ate some peanuts because I didn't want my body to freak out on me. But I stepped on the scale this morning to find out I lost 2 more pounds!
I'm amazed at how my appetite has decreased -- it definitely didn't do that on my last diet attempts. I basically had to force down a tuna salad for lunch so I'm not too hungry later because my husband and I are going to the pub tonight to shoot some pool and play darts, but I'm confident I'm still going to stay on the program.
Hopefully I can do my first weekend under my calorie limits too!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
For the first time in a long time, I tracked my food yesterday and went UNDER my calorie goals. I was shocked! How is that possible?
I had what is my idea of an indulgent healthy lunch -- yummy maki sushi! I ate good breakfast and snacks, and came home after my tennis session and cooked breakfast for dinner: bacon, eggs, sausage, toast, beans! I was completely stuffed and didn't feel like eating anything else for the rest of the night (granted it was 8:30pm by then). I thought about eating some peanuts or something to get over 1300 calories, but really didn't want to. I just had some tea and went to bed at 10:30.
I'm a bit into my third week, and perhaps my appetite is decreasing? Has this happened to many other Sparksters? It'd be awesome if it was this much of a struggle to get to 1300 calories every day, though I doubt that's going to be the case!
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