Friday, December 21, 2012
A la Vinny Barbarino, "I'm so confused!" (for you youngsters, that's from the show Welcome Back, Kotter)
After my crazy sodium extravagance earlier this week, I had 2 decent sodium days, and almost stayed within my calorie ranges.
With everything going on for me, I was certain that I was fighting to maintain and not gain.
Early in the month, I posted less than a half pound loss and I was thrilled. Today, after nearly 2 weeks of not weighing, I tried again. And, somehow, unbelievably, I am over 2 pounds down from that last weigh-in! How on earth did that happen????? (And yes, I checked repeatedly.)
Isn't that odd? It surely looks to me like I over-indulged and did not exercise as much as usual, But I still lost weight. Have I been over-estimating my calories eaten? I measure everything, except at a restaurant.
Well, I'm baffled, but I'll take it.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Okay, for the purpose of accountability, I'm blogging tonight.
I just over-topped my calorie range today, because I really, really, really wanted a shot of spiked egg nog tonight. And that upped my sodium just a bit from what I logged on the low sodium group. I'm at 1620 on the day, which is worse than yesterday, but way better than the 4 days prior to that.
In other news, while I'm not a hat person, a friend dropped a Santa hat by my computer today, and left. So, all afternoon & evening, as I ran errands and hung out with friends, I wore that Santa hat. And do you know, not a single person looked at me funny in the tons of shops (Target, Marshall's, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Ross) I went into. (there's no santa hat in the emoticons)
While I didn't make it to the gym today, I counted my over 3 hours of driving to, going into shops, walking through those shops and parking lots as equivalent to about an hour of leisurely walking through the French Quarter...my guesstimate of about 40 cal/hr. It probably expended more than that, but I'd rather shortchange my actual calories expended, than over-estimate them.
Anyway...that was my day. I may wear the Santa hat to work tomorrow, too.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Well, like other SparkFriends, I find that I'm learning something about myself and my journey this month.
I had decided early on, that with the multitude of events, I wasn't going to worry about losing anything this month, but wanted to guard against gaining. When the first two weeks (which included me being sick nearly that whole time) resulted in a tiny loss, even though I'd overshot my ranges several times, I got cocky and relaxed my guard.
That cockiness grew as I began to succumb to all sorts of whims for junk and snacky foods. In fact, with as much as I've been over-eating, I've been hungry almost continually...'cause it was all junk, and my body wasn't getting what it really needed. And since most of that stuff was high-carb and high-sodium, I began craving carbs and sodium in a way that hasn't been my norm for 6 months now. My ranges were often left far behind (but thankfully, I still logged everything). Also, given everything, my water consumption dropped and so did my levels of exercise. Even broke my streak of at least 10 min a day.
The result? I feel weighted down, puffy, and my blood pressure is up. I have a slight gain which I think is mostly water, and my resistance to the seasonal ick has dropped...and I'm starting to feel sick again.
So, I planned a walk for this morning as part of my reset switch. Only, I slept so poorly from coughing again, that I couldn't get up early enough to fit it in before I had to go to work. So...it's nearly 10pm, and I haven't exercised at all today.
What I need most is cardio, and it's what I just don't think my body can handle with this respiratory illness. My heart rate goes up, and with it, my rate of breathing, and I start coughing my head off. So, I'll do a little resistance band work and maybe some squats and wall push-ups, just to get my 10 min in.
I stayed within my ranges easily today, ate 2 big, filling, salads and some good protein. Other than a brief few minutes at work before I ate my banana, I didn't get hungry today at all. I took in 1442 calories, with 84g protein...this is my key. If I can get to 75-90g protein, and between 50-70g fat, I am never hungry, even if my total calories are in the 1200's. I function better with carbs on the low end of the ranges, and fats at the top end. Of course, it helps loads if the fats are quality, like olive oil, real butter & coconut oil.
So, basically, my lesson learned is that I must remain diligent to plan my meals, to choose the better options, to challenge myself to exercise, because if I let myself relax, I will go overboard and I don't know how long I can tread water before sinking.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Okay, so it's been a while...10 days to be precise. Most of that time, I've been sick - allergies with secondary sinus infection, followed by a nagging cough that wouldn't let me sleep. So, I've barely been making it through my days, what with work and the surprise party we were throwing for my friend's 45th.
Last night, however, not only did I not wake up coughing even once, I clocked a solid 8 hours asleep! Whoo-hoo! Still not 100% by any means, but I made it to the gym this evening and did a reasonably good treadmill workout, but short. Not enough strength recovered to do the weight machines yet.
So...I will leave it at that for now, and go to bed with my Kindle. :) (Praying for another 8 hours!)
Monday, December 03, 2012
This entry is just to say "HI!"
It's been a massively busy several weeks, and I'm not sure how soon it'll die down. But, I thought I'd throw a blog in here so I'm not entirely out of practice.
My friend's wedding was this weekend...it was lovely, met their out of town family, had a good time in the awesome French Quarter of New Orleans, had a really talented jazz trio at the reception, walked back and forth through the Quarter, enjoyed a couple balmy December days just perfect for an outdoor wedding.
I got very little sleep, walked a lot, drove a lot, and ate a lot...ate more than I should've, but way less than I would've done in times past. The turtle soup was divine, the Pasta St Charles was yummy and rich, and all the little pass-around bites were delectable. And that was basically my only real meal yesterday, so I was STARVING by the time it came along around 3:30. Oh, and I'd started on my beer around 3:00 (Covington Bock), sipping slowly. But after only about 3-4 oz, I was seriously buzzing. That happens when you drink on an empty stomach. However, that meant that if I wanted to continue to be in my right mind for the next 3 hours, I needed to eat soon...and ended up eating EVERYTHING that came my way. :) But, I'm not sorry. The food was fantabulous and fancy, very upscale, not things I'll see again any time soon.
And you may be asking how THE dress came out... I had nearly 5" cut off the bottom, and the shoulders taken up about an inch, and it was PER-FECT! I just wish I'd asked friends to purposely get a couple pics of me in it. The jacket was fitting more snugly by Sunday than it was before the weekend started, but everything we did for 3 days involved far more salt than I've been used to lately...plus booze...and I got puffy all over. Long time since that's happened, I nearly forgot what it's like.
So, in light of everything, I'm not going to weigh in until the sodium levels "normalize". That could be another couple days. I'm gauging by how thirsty I am, in relation to how often I have to visit the loo.
Anyway, it's been great, and I have decided that I will keep on keeping on...and just work on not gaining as this month progresses with its various parties and other events. I'm so done with beating myself up. Tracking is still the best thing...can really see what you're doing and remain in control. If I manage to lose even a pound this month, I'll consider it a raging success! :)
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