Saturday, September 22, 2012
I am shaky. My heart is racing. Some of you may recognize these feelings...especially in conjunction with consumption of too many calories, including sugar. I just ate around 1550 calories within 45 minutes.
It took courage to sit down and record all that I just ate. I decided to face facts and do a reality check. I have done extremely well during this whole trip, until today.
There was nothing planned and I got a bit bored. It is my last full day here. My parents are pooped out from visiting, and they want to rest. So I am bored. I had sparked earlier in the day, though I could've gotten back on and looked for encouraging victory stories by my sparkfriends. But, my dad reminded me I needed to go to the store to get some Tylenol. So I went. I passed the Dairy Queen. Decided I'd stop there later for a specific item that is a favorite since I was a little girl. But first I went to the DrugStore to buy Tylenol and a few little toys for my grandchildren.
I thought I'd check the Ben Franklin for the gifts, but it was no longer there! How sad, because I used to go there and hang out while my grandmother worked there. It had the old fashioned kind of cash register with the push buttons. (Back when I was 8 years old.) Then I saw the next door down that the Bakery was open. Surprised that it was still around, I went in, hoping to get a specific jelly filled donut, but those were gone. I settled for something else, just to feel a closeness to my grandma who used to take me there with her on her lunch break on the days I was hanging out with her while she worked.
My bakery item in the white bakery bag, I walked to the car, deciding I would save it and eat it later to enjoy it. Once in the car, I decided on the shortest route back to the Dairy Queen. They no longer carry the crunch coat for their cones, and I am saddened by that, so I ordered a peanut buster parfait, one of the most caloric desserts they have, though not because I wanted calories, but because I've secretly wanted one for a year and a half and have denied myself the pleasure, which was wise. But in my weakness today, though I had half a mind to just eat part of it and throw the rest away...I scarfed it down.
Went directly to the car and gobbled up the donut. On the way home I stopped at a McDonalds. I think I was craving something savory after the sweet, and this small two stoplight town has just claimed it's first McDonalds, and I've never been to it...I just had to go. I got a Happy Meal; after all, the fries are only 100 calories in this order. And a burger is only 250. To top it off there are apple slices in the box. Whoopee.
Well, I wish that were the end of it, but I got back to the house and grabbed two cookies made with butter and cream cheese. Now I'm done eating, and I'm done with my confession.
My mom just walked into the room with a bunch of graham crackers smeared with frosting. She weighs 103, so I don't fault her. But at least I'm not rushing off to make some for myself. I feel that like shaming myself. But that doesn't do any good.
I'm doing all I know how to do to keep from dropping into dispair...I'm getting on the computer to fellowship with the most encouraging, thoughtful, forgiving, understanding bunch of people I know. . .my SparkPals.
Thank you for listening. I feel better. I am starting fresh right this minute.
Friday, September 14, 2012
I thought that since I'm having to lay low with bronchitis, I could take time to write the blog I've been meaning to write for the last week! Sometimes you just have to slow down, even if it's not by choice.
I wanted to record my Body Fat Percentage progress because on September 6th I had it measured for the third time. I didn't really expect a change because I've been maintaining the same weight since the last time it was measured.
I have it done with calipers, by the same person each time, for continuity.
these are the dates I had it done and the results
She said a good goal would be 25 for my age and height.
She told me that this was good.
She said it was "good....very good in fact" WooHoo!
It was in February that I added ST. Usually via a Jillian DVD Beginners Front Side, which is circuit/intervals. I only did it one time a week. Also I started doing extra Push-ups and planks once a week. So it's not like I did a ton of ST, but the point is I did add it.
I'm happy I've reached a good weight and have done well with getting my body fat percentage down. I am kinda amazed, because even though I feel good about this, I have retained extra skin on my lower belly, and the numbers still look ok. I feel good about how I look in clothes (not naked! LOL) so that matters to more. Hubby loves me anyway!
Monday, September 03, 2012
Here I've copied my Profile which I have updated today. I'm not totally sure about the necessity of lowering my goal since my kinesiologist did take my measurement of body fat and told me I was fine where I was at. I like the way I look, I feel healthy and fit. My clothes fit well and I'm happy to be in size 10s.
Member Since: 7/26/2011
Fitness Minutes: 20,788
Update, : 9/3/12
I have been maintaining a weight between 142 and 145 for 7 months. This is good. My BMI is 25.5. Which, when going to the Y and getting my body fat measured, turns out to be the same number. The kinesiologist told me that was just .5 over the high end of a healthy BFC for my age, and I would be fine if I wanted to maintain at this point. Today I decided to revisit this thought. After recently changing my ticker to maintenance, I revisited this evaluation and went to a BMI calculator. It said I was overweight by one pound when I'm at 142. I don't like that word "overweight". I think I'm going to now set my goal weight at 136. Which is lower than my original goal weight. ARGH!
I rejoined the Y and am ready to renew my weight loss mode. Reset my intake goals and my calorie expenditure goals.
Swimming and walking, elliptical and recumbent biking, and doing an assortment of DVDs for ST are my current modes of exercise. I drink at least 12 glasses of water each day. I eat at least 5 freggies a day. I'm exercising 6 days a week at least 45 minutes a day. Recording food intake and also my exercise.
I've recently learned that I sometimes eat out of boredom. But that is happening much less often.
---That was my update. I have no problem maintaining this lifestyle, it is part of who I am. Surely I can modify a few things like intake and output. I can do this!
( if I sound confused, it's because I am very conflicted!!!)
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I have started hooping as a fun way to burn calories! It is fun! I had a hula hoop as a kid and got lots of use out of it. I remember I could keep it up forever. I didn't know then that I was burning calories. I know it varies how much you burn according to how big your hoop is and whether it is weighted. But I just found a water filled large/kid sized hoop, which is what I was used to as a kid. Not the totally light weight ones that are hollow that you can get. My hoop was $5 at Walmart. I may invest in another size in the ones that are in sections that you connect, and are weighted, but I've even heard of someone bruising themselves with one of the weighted ones.
The first 10 minutes I put into working on it, my top time of keeping it up was 38 seconds. The next time, 60 seconds. The next time, I realized that my pants were interfering with my hooping, so I took them off! I hooped in my undies. I'm sure it was a sight, but I was home alone and hooped in my living room. That helped SO much...I kept it going for 478 turns, 5 min. 12 seconds! I was really working up a sweat. Of course you still get a pretty good burn for all those minutes you are trying and having to bend over and pick it up and start over. But it is even better with the continuous time.
My goal is to get it to 10 minutes. SP tracker says 71 calories for 10 minutes. Some websites quote more, but I'll stick with SP tracker. I don't have a heart rate monitor yet. Maybe I will someday. (I am getting one as a reward when I get a certain amount of stars on my star chart.)
So I am having a blast hooping. My chiropractor said it would be fine for my back, but I've read on a hooping site a warning that it can aggravate back problems. I'm taking it slow.
My star chart is filling up nicely.
I've had a 24 day streak of 5 freggies per day.
24 day streak for walking 5000 steps. (I started the chart 24 days ago)
I've had 15 days sprinked in there of 10,000 steps plus two over 15,000! I'm getting stars for each 5000.
Got 18 out of 24 for eating within my calorie range.
On 17 days I exercised at least 45 minutes. Most other days I did about 30 minutes of exercise, but I'm only getting stars on the days I get 45 or more.
Each week I'm getting a huge gold star when I get 28 stars. Plus I set aside $5 for a magazine or a some small treat. But what I'm doing is saving for a heart rate monitor. At 12 large gold stars I will add 50 dollars to my savings. That's what I decided to do for my rewards.
I'm really sleepy right now. I took a 103 minute, 5 mile walk this morning when it was 65 degrees out. Nice and fresh. Felt great! Up to 14,000 steps so far and it's only 1 o'clock!
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