Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Down three today. Feeling less discouraged now. Still not making a lot of progress (back at my starting weight) but down three is good. The scale at least moved in the right direction.
Monday, September 27, 2010
I'm feeling very discouraged right now. I'm doing my 30 Day Shred, I'm trying to watch what I eat, I'm trying to drink more water, I'm cutting down on my sweets. And the damn scale keeps going up. And up. And up. The last time it went up, I figured it was water weight because I knew I hadn't had enough water that day. Then it went up another two damn pounds today. Now, today, I just got my period. So maybe that's why it went up again. But I'm very discouraged right now. I'm working my ass off...and getting fatter?! I'm going to keep it up but today I just am very angry that the scale keeps going in the wrong direction.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I failed the fitness test in Michaels's book and then I looked at the exercises she has outlined in it. There is no way I can do those exercises at home, and honestly, they're way tough for me -- some of them at least. But I kind of wasn't planning to follow the fitness regimen anyway. I work up a good sweat with 30 Day Shred, so that's good enough for me. I checked out Making the Cut mainly for the diet portion of her program.
There's this three page quiz on your eating habits to help you figure out what kind of diet works best for you. I turned out to be a "balanced oxidizer" which means something but I don't remember, and don't particularly care. All I care about is that according to the book, I should be eating about 1900 calories per day, and those calories should be 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat. (I was a bit surprised by the 30% fat actually.)
I looked at her recipes and will try a few of them, but I've ultimately come up with my own plan for following her regimen. First of all, she recommends eating four times a day, every four hours. So I broke down 1900 calories into four meals and figured out how many protein and carb grams I need to have at each meal. I refuse to count calories. I hate it. But I can add up my protein and carb grams, and my thinking is that I should be able to come pretty close that way.
So this morning was a mad scramble. I could only have something like 46 grams of carbs and 30-something grams of protein. How the heck am I going to find all those grams of protein? I've been eating oatmeal, cheese, and yogurt for breakfast for a long time but I'm sure the oatmeal puts me over on carbs so I didn't even look at it. I started with eggs. Then added a cheese stick. And a yogurt. And I was still shy on protein grams. So I ate a tablespoon of peanut butter.
I felt a little weird just licking peanut butter off a spoon for breakfast, but the neat thing is that I did feel nice and full. But I can't eat eggs every day for breakfast. Never mind the debate about whether or not it's healthy to eat that many eggs, they just don't agree with my stomach very well. So I printed out a couple lists of foods high in protein so that I can plan a good breakfast.
I like having an 'automated' breakfast -- same thing, every day, so that I don't have to think about what to eat. Just put it out the night before then pop it in the microwave or take it from the fridge and eat. AND I don't want to have to cook. (Another reason I don't want eggs every day.) Not first thing in the morning. I only cook breakfast on Sundays.
So breakfast was out of the way -- packing a lunch was next. I pulled out my regular lunch stuff then started counting protein and carb grams. And wow. Everything I ate was higher on the carb end. Higher than 40%. I really had to struggle, again, to get my protein grams in. I ended up with a yogurt, a protein drink, a cheese stick, and a baggie full of almonds for my first lunch. My second lunch (at the end of my work day, between lunch time and dinner time) is...gee I forgot what it is. But it's equally small. I was worried that I would still be hungry after eating.
Well I am in the process of finishing my first lunch now. And wow -- it really filled me up. It must be the protein.
I bought some protein drinks from Costco this week and today was my trial run with one. The box declares that they are "great tasting" but I've tasted enough protein drinks to be wary. It actually wasn't too bad though. It wasn't exactly "yummy" but I didn't feel like I had to choke it down to get through it. No worse than a slimfast type diet drink. (Which, by the way, have a lot of carbs in them. I couldn't include one in my lunch because the carbs were so high I'd have to eat a side of beef to make up for the protein.)
So, so far, so good. I'm a little concerned about dinner. I'm thinking about making a pizza tonight but I'm afraid I'll have to load my slice up with an entire package of pepperoni to get my protein grams in! I will probably track my calories for this week just to see if I'm right that counting my protein and carbs should keep me more or less on track, but I don't want to count them forever.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
x-posted from my blog at kimberlycreative.com
I used to brag that I have lost 100 pounds from my all-time high weight. And I guess the truth is I still can say that I have lost one hundred pounds; I just canít say that Iíve kept it off anymore. I did keep it off for several years. This year Iíve gained weight. Usually my weight fluctuates about five pounds one way or the other, but itís stayed within my comfort zone. Until now.
I decided to try Jillian Michaelsí 30 Day Shred, and Iím loving it. Then I re-joined SparkPeople and heard about her book Making the Cut. So I ordered it from the library. (I love the library. They know me by name there. Seriously. I walked in today, and they said, ďYour book is here!Ē when they saw me.)
She starts the book with a fitness test to get your baseline fitness level. I know that Iím not super-athletic but I thought I was pretty fit. Or at least kind of fit. A little. Heh.
Not so much.
There are four sections to the test: Step test to measure aerobic endurance, push-ups to test upper body strength, sit-ups to test abdominal or trunk strength, and wall sit to measure lower body strength. For each section, she gives you a chart broken down by male/female and age groups. I expected to score in the average range for the step test. Then reality slapped me in the face. Not. Even. Close. The only thing I can say for myself is that I scored at the very top of the Very Poor range. Yay me.
Thatís fine. On to pushups. And not ďgirlyĒ push-ups either. She says, ďI donít even want to hear it ó toughen up or go buy someone elseís book.Ē Gulp. Okay. No problem. I was still confidant that I could do the minimum to score in the average range. Yeah. Ouch. I did at least score better on push-ups than I did on aerobic endurance: Poor. Thatís fine. Move along to sit-ups.
I boasted to my family that I could rock the sit-ups. I can do sit-ups in my sleep. Iíve got this nailed. Right? Wrong. I do blame my husband however for making me lose count toward the end. If it werenít for him, I would have scored better. And maybe I could. But at that point, I didnít want to test my luck. Iíll settle for the score I got. I did manage to creep all the way up to Below Average at least.
Then it was time for the wall sit. That one scared me. I just had to last thirty seconds at it, but my confidence was so shot at this point that I wasnít sure I could make it. She says thirty seconds is average, sixty is good, and ninety is excellent. I planted my back against the wall, dropped into a good squat, and gritted my teeth. Thirty seconds. I only had to make it to thirty seconds.
Yup. I rocked the wall sit. The one part of the test I was sure I would fail. Eighty-two seconds! Take that, Jillian Michaels! Ha!
I decided I wanted a place to track this. And since Iíve got this ďhealthĒ tag here on my blog, which Iíve yet to use, I decided to put it here. Expect sporadic and infrequent posts at best. But in about a month, I will take the fitness test again. And hopefully do a lot better next time.
So. For prosperityís sake ó or maybe for my posteriorís sake, here are the results of my first fitness test:
Push-ups: 3 (Yes. Three. I suck.)
Wall-sit: Eighty-freaking-two seconds
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