Monday, January 12, 2009
Today was almost perfect! I got 40 minutes of exercising in, I stayed close to my calorie target (I was less than 10 calories under my target), I got all my fiber in, I stayed under my fat maximum, and I got half of my protein in. I've decided not to kill myself trying to always get 112g of protein in. I figure if I can get at least half of that, I'm doing all right. And, most importantly, I got everything I needed today without feeling hungry OR stuffed!!
Monday, January 12, 2009
I'm cautiously optimistic today. When I downloaded the CalorieKing software, I weighed 172 I think (I haven't looked at it again recently). My hubby told me he lost seven pounds since starting at CK, so I decided to weigh myself this morning. And I'm down FIVE pounds!
Granted, I've been gaining and losing the same five pounds over and over again for the past several months, if not years. But I'm hoping that this is finally an indication of progress. The one thing that's changed since I downloaded the CK software is the way I eat. I've long suspected that I haven't been eating enough food and that's why I wasn't losing weight. I'm too lazy to track my food religiously though. But just in the last few days since I've been using the CK software, I've been counting calories and grams -- and struggling to eat ENOUGH food. I felt stuffed all day yesterday, and I was actually stuffed to the point of feeling sick the night before and bing-o bang-o, I'm down five pounds!!
So, like I said, I'm cautiously optimistic this morning. But I'm going to have to look into a protein powder or something, because there's simply no way I can continue eat the way I've been eating over the last few days. I've got to find some healthy way to get my calories and protein grams that doesn't involve shoving a ton of food down my gullet.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I've been pretty much maintaining the same weight for a looong time. I don't gain significantly much, but I'm not losing much either. I pretty much keep gaining and losing the same five pounds or so. This weight seems to be my body's "set point." I remember maintaining this weight without exercising for several years after college.
I started an exercise program at work several weeks ago. My office shares a building with a spa, and the spa was running an 8-week special for something like $80. I decided that was a deal worth jumping on. I figured at the very least, it would keep me on track over the holidays -- and it has done that. I weigh just about exactly as much now as I did when I first started the 8 weeks.
I had access to a personal trainer during that eight weeks, and she's given me some tips to help. I feel like I've gotten my money's worth, but I'm not going to renew my membership at the end of the eight weeks. I've worked out a schedule at home with my husband so that we can share the treadmill. He's committed himself to getting healthier too.
His weight loss efforts are actually what has prompted me to return to Spark People. He joined another weight loss community, which he's really happy with, so I decided I should come back to my community.
I'm using a diet/exercise diary from another web site right now, because I like the way it calculates how much you should be eating -- and I can enter information into the diary offline. I honestly have never been very fond of the SP food diary, although I do like that it's integrated into the web site. I suck at keeping a food diary anyway, so I don't even know how long I'm going to keep using the one I'm using now. Hopefully my husband will help me stay motivated to keep using it.
Today I jogged/walked for an hour, which burned off nearly 400 calories. But I didn't eat enough -- I missed lunch because I was running around doing errands half the day. I think that may be why I haven't been losing weight, I dont' think I've been eating enough. With this new food/exercise diary software, and if I actually track all of my food, maybe I'll start seeing some progress! We'll see.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Well, the past several months have been hectic. Little Miss B is now home with us, and we could be finalizing the adoption as early as July 2008. There have been plenty of ups and downs along the way! My weight has been up and down too. I think I got up to 175 and I was down to 166 at another point. Right now I'm hovering around in the middle. This seems to be my comfort zone. I'd still like to lose another 20-30 pounds though. I just started reading the Beck Diet Solution and am trying to apply some of the concepts to other areas of my life.
I'm trying to be easy on myself because there's a lot going on in life right now. As long as I'm hovering around 170, I feel like I'm not doing so bad -- I'm maintaining. Maintaining I can live with. I'd rather be losing, but it's better than gaining!
I'm exercising daily again though. I alternate walking/jogging days with strength training days and do a half hour of exercise six days a week (every day but Sunday). I've been counting days, I'm trying to build a chain -- number of days "in a row" (excluding Sundays) that I've worked out daily. I only decided to start counting days recently so I'm officially on Day Three right now but I'm pretty sure that the unofficial count is higher. Plus now that spring is here (finally!!) I'll be gardening and doing outdoor activities more, which will help.
I also found a new website called MapMyRun.com -- it is AWESOME! No more guessing how long my walks/bike rides are. I've mapped out a ten mile round-trip bike ride (including 3 and 5 mile alternatives along the way). My goal this spring/summer is to get up to ten miles. I'd like to at least do the 10-mile ride once a week on Saturdays. If I could do it every day, or at least on strength-training days, that would be cool too. I need to find an alternative to walking/jogging because that was putting a bit too much stress on my knee last year. (Which is why I'm only walking/jogging every other day.) As much as I love jogging, I simply can't do the 4-mile run I was doing every day before. I wish I could, but between the time it took and the wear and tear on my knee, I just can't do it daily anymore.
In other news, my mom has uterine cancer. She had a complete hysterectomy and is confident that the cancer is gone. My 13 y/o kitty may have a tumor in her mouth. We've got her on antibiotics right now and are hoping that it's just an infection. An infection, we can treat and be done with it. A tumor isn't that easy.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
October was a wash too. But that's okay, for two reasons. First, I didn't gain any weight. Second, but more importantly, October was a wonderful month. Even though I hardly exercised at all, and my eating has been a bit of a struggle, October was a very good month. We got an adoption referral in August for Little Miss B, met with her social worker in September, and we've been having visits with her almost every weekend in October. My eating has been a struggle because I keep finding myself stress eating, and I've been so stressed that everything I eat has been making my stomach uneasy -- but we're getting closer to finally having a child of our own!!!
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