Thursday, August 06, 2009
I'm down to 258 finally. It was like the little pound that could. He refused to let go despite my running, biking, walking, dancing, prancing! But alas, he finally made his way out of my body. Hooray!
Yes, it's been two weeks since I hit 259. I don't really know what happened, but when I stopped worrying about it, (and actually ate a bit more!) that pound finally came off!
I am having issues with W5D3 of C25K. I can't run the 20 minutes at a time. I can't yet run that mile. By the time minute 10 of the interval rolls around, I'm dying even though I jog at a very slow pace. So instead of the 20 minute run, I split it into two 10 minute runs. I think this weekend I'm going to attempt it running OUTSIDE and not on the treadmill. I think I'm a bit transfixed by the numbers on the treadmill and if I actually get out and run it might help a bit. Who knows?
And the "wellness coach" is really starting to piss me off. (I am in a pilot program at my doctor's office committing to a healthy lifestyle and checking in each week.) It's like she's just going through the motions with me. She asks me what my "goals are for the week," like they're really going to change much... I'm going to track my nutrition, work the C25K, and try to be as active as possible! Here's a snippet:
"I am interested in knowing what your strengths are....??? What are three things you value the most in your life? Also, what are three things you are grateful for?? Do you have any nutrition/eating/food goals for next week?"
Why does she need to know that? Why is it her business? What does it have to do with my health? I honestly feel more comfortable sharing with you guys than with everyone else. I feel like I'm more of a project for her. I tell her I'm running a 5K and she tells me she's running a marathon. Well, lah de dah, Miss Size Two!
OK, end rant. Sorry.
For the record, the most important things in my life are my health, my family, and my spirit/personality. I'm grateful for all three things too. But isn't that the truth for almost everyone?
In conclusion, I found out that John Hughes died today of a heart attack at age 59. I loved his movies and the loveable losers that managed to win the day. Even as a teenager in the 90s (not the 80s) I related with all of the teens in his 80s films. He didn't look like he was in poor health. It just goes to show that you never know what the day might bring. Live every day to its fullest!
And I rocked it today with the exercise. Water aerobics in the morning and my run and biking in the evening! I got my pretty pedicure and manicure (my reward for losing 20 pounds) and my toes look so pretty!
Monday, August 03, 2009
Yay, two months on SP!
I'm having a happy Monday, because my weight is back down to 259 (even after a weekend of wine, go figure!) and I feel so much more relaxed and less stressed after the exam is over and I had some quality trashy reads and beach time.
In July, I've lost 8 pounds and worked out 22 days and 1225 fitness minutes, burning 11,190 calories. That's pretty great despite all the stress and struggle. Sure it's not as good as the 12 pounds lost in June, but I feel fitter, healthier, and more in control. I can run for 10 minutes at a time, about 3/4 of a mile!
For August, I'm going to keep tracking, keep working out, run that mile! I hope to lose 8-10 pounds this month and keep chipping away at my goal!
Oh, and I've booked my reward manicure/pedicure for Wednesday. YAY!
Friday, July 31, 2009
I can't believe I'm awake right now after the week I've had, but I am. I woke up with a dry mouth thanks to the big and salty meal I ate last night. Note to Kristina: You can't handle big meals like you used to. Seriously, two months ago I could have polished off the 1/2 pound burger and sweet potato fries with no problem. Last night, I couldn't finish it all, but damn, it was still a truckload of food!
But I'm elated. The exam is over. If anyone has ever taken a bar exam, it's one of the worst things possible: 2 days, 12 hours, 200 multiple choice questions, 10 essays. I'm already licensed, but I have some potential clients and work lined up in another state, and I wanted to be able to get the work. Hence the torture of two months of not reading a *real* book and trying to cram dozens of ancient legal concepts into my brain. So we'll see. I won't find out the results until November.
My post-exam reward was go to the Harry Potter movie in IMAX last night with my husband, aunt and cousin. I love IMAX movies, and I love Harry Potter. I wasn't in love with the sixth movie, but it was still good.
So I said I wouldn't weigh myself until today, and I did, reluctantly, knowing it wasn't going to be a good result. I've done really well at keeping to my calorie range every day, but due to the exam and stress, I haven't been drinking enough water, I hadn't run or exercised or walked my 10,000 steps (boo, there goes my record!) since Tuesday and of course there was that huge, salty, late night meal and about 6 Diet Pepsis...
Yeah, I gained about 2 pounds, and I'm back in the 260s. Which is saddening because I honestly can't say I've binged or gone too far off track. But it's okay. This is going to be a journey, and like I said in my last blog, I've been spoiled by how easy the first 20 pounds came off. I might need to learn some tips on how to "trick" my metabolism.
Because of the constant studying, I haven't seen friends and family for weeks, and when I saw my aunt, she was astonished and said "YOU'VE LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT!" So, despite the scale, that made me feel excellent. And that's what counts, right?
Tonight is my dad's famous oyster party... he just got back from Canada and he brings back tons of oysters, mussels and smoked salmon and the party is just a calvalcade of food and booze. I'm going to try to do my best to keep away from the hard stuff and make good choices. And this weekend looks like it's going to be a beach weekend! God, I've missed weekends!
Oh! And within the next week I'm going to attempt to run my first mile, and that is awesome!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Yeah, I went a little nuts yesterday over the scale, and thanks to all of you kind souls who came around to check in on me and bolster my confidence. I think I'm extremely nervous about the exam tomorrow and Thursday, and I figured the one thing I could count on was losing weight this week because of how "good" I was being.
I need to realize that it's a journey, and it's not going to happen overnight, and I've been spoiled by the 3-5 pound weight loss per week. 1-2 pounds is healthy, and totally acceptable. I've lost a little over 1 pound since last Tuesday, and I need to be okay with that.
I finished W5D1 of C25K with no problems yesterday, which made me feel a lot better. I slowed down the pace a bit. I need to realize that it doesn't matter how fast I run, but the fact that I can complete a training session! A 14 minute mile is okay, Kristina!
Can you tell I'm a kind of impatient person?
Of course, my lovely husband decided last night would be a great night to get pizza. I hadn't had "real" pizza (i.e. not the extra thin crust frozen ones) since I started SP, so I was kind of nervous. I actually hadn't eaten that much by dinner, so the three small pieces still put me at the bottom of my calorie range. Though obviously the sodium isn't doing me any favors. (It's so difficult to keep below 2800 sometimes!)
And then of course, I had another piece for breakfast... I need to eat somewhat more "whole" for the rest of the day, I think.
So my cliches of the day:
1. Slow and steady wins the race. Or at least completes it?
2. Rome wasn't built in a day. And 100 pounds isn't going to magic itself away...
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