Thursday, March 10, 2011
"It is not always possible to know what one has learned, or when the dawning will arrive. You will continue to shift, sift, to shake out and double back. The synthesis that finally occurs can be in the most unexpected place and the most unexpected time. My charge...is to be alert to the dawnings." ~ Virginia B. Smith
So, I've been doing SparkPeople/Biggest Loser (through work) for two weeks now. Obviously, I've been pretty focused on losing weight. But, as I've begun to really move my body, I have begun to get addicted to the endorphins that I get right after a workout. And the day after a workout, everything just feels so good. My body is stronger already...I can feel lit. I sleep SO much better and I have so much energy!
The dawning came to me this morning, when it suddenly hit me...it's all well and good to lose weight in this health journey (and that should certainly be one of the goals for me). But, what I'm really gaining through all of this is a deeper understanding of my own body. The more I focus on what goes in and what I can get out of it (in the form of workouts), the more I feel like I "know myself" better. I'm speaking strictly physically right now.
This is the first time I've felt that I actually have CONTROL over my own body. Things aren't just happening TO me. I can make them happen FOR me. And that, my friends, is the epitome of empowerment.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Ugh. Today was just rough. I went in to work at 7:30am and didn't leave that office til 6:45pm. It's only Wednesday and I already have 5.5 hours of overtime logged this week! I did OK for breakfast and lunch. But dinner time came around and I was really getting hungry. Add a ton of stress to that and trigger emotional eating. I wanted to eat EVERYTHING all afternoon!!! But, I forced myself to drink water and chew gum instead. Not as satisfying...but it did work. All in all, I didn't make my daily calorie count...but I only went over by about 150 calories, which isn't the absolute end of the world, I guess. As long as it doesn't happen all the time.
Also, went straight to small group from work and didn't get home till after 9pm. I'm sorry...but cardio is OUT. I will still do my quick 50 crunches and 50 push ups before bed, but I am just about worn out today. I had really hoped to do cardio (even if it is just 20 mins) every single day this week, but it is just not going to happen tonight!
The good news is...I have derby practice tomorrow night. A 2-hour, super tough workout. So, I hope to more than make up for tonight when I go to that.
Anyway, good night!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Today was pretty challenging for me health-wise. Things started off well. I had a healthy breakfast of oatmeal. Then, a healthy lunch (chicken and brown rice and peas) that I had packed using last night's leftovers. My afternoon snack was celery with peanut butter. But then, everything got scary.
My husband said the family was going out for dinner (in-laws, kids and all) at...of all places...Cheeseburger In Paradise. One - they don't list their nutrition info anywhere. Two - there is hardly anything that is low calorie on that menu at all. I did some research, though, and decided that the best idea would be to order the mini-cheeseburgers and only eat two of the four (490 cals) and a small salad with balsamic vinegar (130 cals). It was REALLY not easy seeing everyone eating fries...but, guess what? I lived without them. The salad was so much more delicious than I expected (I'm a ranch dressing girl, normally) and the serving size on the mini burgers was PERFECT. I actually felt full afterwards!
Challenge #2: I had planned on coming straight home, eating dinner and doing my Boot Camp workout (which is 45 mins long). By the time we got home, it was after 8:30pm. Man, I thought about skipping it. I reasoned...I did cardio last night and I wasn't even scheduled to. And, truthfully, I think that would have been just fine. And under normal circumstances, I might have gone with that. But I decided to do the workout anyway. Why? Because I really want to commit myself to this Biggest Loser Challenge at work. And I don't want to let my team down...or myself, for that matter. I REALLY didn't feel like working out...especially not a workout as difficult as Boot Camp, but I KNEW that my body would feel amazing afterwards. You know that feeling that gets addicting when you FINALLY get used to exercising? Yeah, well, I think I've been bitten by that bug. I must have been if I am willing to force myself to work out when it's late and I have had a long day at work and just ate mini cheeseburgers! I did it JUST so I could feel the "afterglow".
In the end, I sweat buckets during that workout. And guess what? I'm so glad I did it...even against my own will. At least now, I'll know when I weigh in on Monday that no matter what the scale says, I have truly done my best and done absolutely everything I can do for my body.
That's a pretty awesome feeling. Even better than the happiness I get from french fries and ranch.
Monday, March 07, 2011
So, my Biggest Loser team at work weighed in today after one week of the program. Two of the girls on our team lost 6 lbs this week! That is AMAZING and I am SO happy for them! I and one other team member each lost 2 lbs this week. Not necessarily what I was expecting, but I've gotta say...2 lbs a week is not a terrible thing. At least it's a loss and it shows that my efforts have not been wasted. Now that I've been really going at this for a week or so, I know exactly where I need to exercise some additional discipline...namely weekend eating. That was my catch this week, I think. So...with some careful planning, I plan to make this week better than last!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Last night's roller derby bouts were SO exciting!!! It was really tough to stay neutral (as a scorekeeper) as our teams were out there blowing the other team away and, in the process, moving up two places in the rankings! This is such a huge deal for our team! We've been stuck at #16 (out of 19 in the region) for so long and haven't budged for four years. Last night, with that one win, we moved up to #14!!! It was truly a cause for celebration!!!! And celebrate we did!!!
It was the first time I've ever gone to an After Party and stayed past 11. I didn't leave the bar until 12:30 and, while I was there, I had an absolute BLAST! I had two Smirnoff Ice and one small shot of whiskey. So...not too bad in the calorie department, but then I really fell off the wagon and had two Taco Bell tacos afterward. I mean, we all know how tacos just seem to be synonymous with drinking! Then, when I got home, I ate 3 Thin Mints and 2 Do-Si-Do Girl Scout cookies. I thought, "Oh no...this is going to be bad when I put it all in Spark People!"
This morning, I was so happy. Yesterday before I left, I did Billy Blanks Boot Camp. Then, as the after party, I danced (like serious dancing...till my hair was soaked because I was sweating so badly) for an hour straight. My broken ankle is so swollen this morning, but it was the most fun I've ever had with the roller girls.
Long story short...even after a night of partying and ingesting a few treats, I was about 500 calories over my limit. But then, when I looked at my fitness, I actually burned 1100 extra calories yesterday!!!!
So, miraculously, I think it's going to be OK. Just goes to show...you can still have fun and occasionally have a little bit of a "no-no" as long as you more than make up for it by MOVING YOUR BODY!
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