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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Okay, I have no idea what prompted my disgraceful fall from the bandwagon, but here's the good news: I haven't gained any weight. Or if I did, I have since dropped it again.

I'm going to try to get back into the habit of blogging daily, or something close to it, but I'm dropping the "what I did right today" format. It worked to get me on my feet and feeling positive, but I think it's a sign of progress that I don't feel like I need it anymore.

Now, what I need is more organization and a renewed enthusiasm. I am *one pound away* from being beneath the BMI for obesity. I want to get there before another week has gone by. It will be the first time I've ever been happy to call myself overweight!

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LETELE 3/10/2010 3:17PM

    Whoa, that is awesome that you're so close to being "overweight"...I'm hoping to get there eventually! Keep us updated!

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ALEFSCUBA 3/6/2010 2:01AM

    Welcome to the world of the proud Overweight, and formerly Obese!


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What I did right today- Day 120

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I'm doing well, eating right, exercising, and looking ahead. That is all for tonight because I am tired!


What I did right today- Day 118

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I am bursting with pride for my mom! I just knew that if I got a Wii fitness program, I could coax her into using it as a fun way to exercise. And I was right! Today she started her own 30 Day Challenge on EA Active. She's going at the Easy level, which I think is a good idea, and hopes to be able to repeat it on Medium when she finishes it. I'm very excited about that, and I hope I can keep her going.

Speaking of, I did the second day of the challenge. It was quite the workout, but I didn't feel like passing out this time. Since Letele said she sometimes gets dizzy using the program to, I have to wonder...is it the effect of watching the game while working out, in which case other Wii fitness games should have the same effect, or is it wearing the leg cuff? I got to thinking maybe it's slightly restricting the femoral artery, which could have a nasty effect during exercise. Something to think about. Whatever it is, it didn't happen today. I did, however, smash my heel into the coffee table while doing jogging, which hurt. A lot. And scared the animals.

So my foot is still hurting. At this rate I don't think I'll be going running tomorrow, either. It's okay, though, because I'm still getting aerobic exercise. I may concede defeat for now and get back into running once I've dropped another ten pounds, my legs are stronger with the exercise program I'm on, and the weather has warmed up a bit- I REALLY prefer running outdoors to running on the track. I may just be too overweight to run without some amount of danger to my body right now- and I'd rather get to a safer weight and then start running again so I can enjoy running in the long term rather than burn out fast on injuries. It's kind of a bummer but I'm trying not to let disappointment turn into all-or-nothing panic attitude like I've let it in the past. I WILL get there. It's just going to take longer than I'd hoped.

Work went well today, until the very end, as I was about to head off for a full week off in a row (although I work on the play on Sunday and do other things, so it's not like a vacation) when we got a call from the senior tailor. She'd taken a fall and cracked a rib, and now can't lift anything. So...back to work for at least a couple more days. I wanted to cry. I'm such a baby, I know, but I've been working every day for a week straight, between my job and rehearsals, and it's been rough because they overbooked us and I stress out when I'm behind. By the end of rehearsal on Sunday I will have worked every day for ten days straight and if she's not ready to work on Monday I will have to work from a fetal ball position. This feels like all of the downfalls of a full time job (working all the damn time) with none of the benefits (getting paid enough to live on.) At least I'll make more money this week.

But hey, not all is bad. I ate (mostly) really well today, barring my afternoon stress-snack of chocolate sandwich cookies. At least the milk I drank with them was skim? I took beans and rice for lunch. And who knew- picante sauce and garam masala spice blend make a fabulous combination, especially if you add some cayenne. It's a slightly sweet chili taste, with the cinnamon and clove and cumin in the garam masala. And with a cup of brown rice and a half a cup of dark kidney beans, it's a LOT of food for just over 300 calories. Sticks with you, too.

I got out a lot of my frustrations by exercising when I got home. I also bought Arthur a new anti-pull harness, and will give it a try tomorrow. Yay walking! I groomed PJ in the evening, and he's acting less mopey than he had been the past couple of days, which is a relief- I was worried he was sick, but maybe he was just depressed by the weather and, I dunno, not being able to see. He may need to wear a sweater tomorrow, though, because it's still really cold and now he's considerably less furry.

Oh hey...and my favorite designer won on Project Runway tonight, and I think the right person went home. Hooray!

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CASSIOPEIA713 2/12/2010 3:39PM

    I definitely don't think you're too heavy to run. When I ran my marathon last fall, there were A LOT of people there who overweight and even obese. Most recreational runners aren't super lean like Olympic athletes. It's true that losing weight makes you faster (to a certain extent; losing 10 pounds isn't going to do much for someone who already has a "normal" BMI), but there is absolutely nothing wrong with running at a slower pace. The important thing is to know when your body needs to rest, and I think you have a good handle on that. What about running one day per week and seeing how you feel?

I also prefer running outdoors to using a track or a treadmill. In fact, one of the things that made me start running in the first place was realizing that I'd go crazy if I had to exercise in a gym every day for the rest of my life. The gym definitely serves a purpose; I can use the elliptical machine on my recovery days, and I can run on the treadmill when the weather prevents me from running on roads or trails. But it's still a poor substitute for being outside.

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What I did right today- Day 117

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Well, my foot still hurt today, the roads were so hellish the store closed early and I got to go home after two hours of work, so overall I felt it was wise to forget running for the day. I bought a copy of EA active instead and got started on the 30 day challenge. I gotta say...I tried it on Medium difficulty, and if that was medium, I do not want to try Hard. My plan is to complete the whole challenge on Medium, then do it on Hard.

I did have a scary moment in the middle- I did my second set of squats, then went straight into alternating curls, and I didn't notice I'd locked my knees. I got suddenly very dizzy. I foolishly finished the curls set before sitting, but I was lucky enough to not pass out. It was strange, because while it was definitely a workout, it wasn't the most strenuous thing I've ever done, and I've never felt that close to fainting during exercise before. It had to have been a combination between straightening up fast from the last squat, then locking my knees. I was also dressed warmly, which was likely unwise.

I made the pork roast for dinner tonight, and it was delicious despite not turning out the way I wanted it to. I slow-cooked it for five hours and I guess I either didn't have it in long enough or didn't have the temperature high enough. It was cooked through, but not falling apart the way I expected it to. Ah well- we're having the leftovers on Friday and we'll cook it longer then. It was still really tasty- I've noticed that well-raised meat has a more distinctive flavor. Pork tastes more pork-like, lamb tastes like LAMB, not beef.

I stayed well within my calorie limits today. Right now I'm actually kind of hungry, but the only thing I really want to eat is like...fistfuls of cake, so I'm staying away from the kitchen.

Edited to add: I'm kind of ticked off. A friend of mine from the Ren Faire is complaining on Facebook because he's having angina. He's already had a heart attack and heart surgery, and is in his 40s. He's saying he's too young to be having chest pains- but he's always been really overweight, and having seen recent pictures of him, I'd say he's well over 300 pounds these days. I can't say anything because that'd be kicking the guy when he's down, but...if you don't take care of your body, even post heart attack, what the hell do you expect? I'm doing something now so that I don't have a heart attack at 40. But if I'd continued down the path I was on, I wouldn't have been surprised.

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LETELE 2/11/2010 10:45AM

    I have had a couple of occasions when EA Active has made me feel dizzy...I think it is due to the combinations of some exercises. It is tough, though, huh! The only thing that kills me is that sometimes it doesn't register your movements and then I get really angry and start cursing at it. (The Wii brings out all these anger issues in me, haha.)

That does suck about your friend. Maybe he needs to hear what you have to say...sometimes tough love is the only thing that works. You would think, though, that a heart attack at that young an age would be a wake-up call. Good luck with that.

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What I did right today- Day 116

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

How annoying! I just realized yesterday's blog entry didn't post! Boo. I think I said something important and/or insightful in it, too, and now I can't remember. Oh well.

Tuesdays are turning into The Busiest Day for me, at least every other week. I worked from 10-3:30, ran to the farmer's market and bought a gorgeous pastured pork shoulder roast from a friendly farmer for dinner tomorrow, then went to my mandolin lesson before flying home for dinner. Thirty minutes later I was off again to band practice, which was fun. Luckily I'd eaten lightly earlier in the day, because they'd bought a pie to celebrate my birthday and the birthday of another member, which was also last week. Lemon meringue. Oh it was good. At least next Tuesday will be much, much easier- I have a lesson every other week, and my work schedule varies so that I'm off every other Tuesday as well.

The farmer's market was really nice- much better than the other one still running in the area, I thought. There were some fruits and vegetables, seasonal of course, but it was mostly other things- a sheep farmer with meat, wool, and yarn from his Icelandic sheep; the farmer I bought the pork from, who also has beef, chicken, turkey, and veal that has NOT been treated cruelly; a couple of other people with meat; two bakeries with mostly bread and one with mostly pastries and crackers, a lot of sprouted wheat stuff (I had a lemon-poppyseed sprouted wheat scone that was woooonderful)...lots of good stuff! Obviously it's inside this time of year, in a fire hall. I've never been to this particular market in the summer, so now I'm looking forward to going again when it's in full swing and back outside.

The best part- after I showed my mom the pork and described the prices, which are quite reasonable and comparable with supermarket prices, she suggested we go together next Tuesday, which is much less busy for me. She's going to wait to buy at least one meal's worth of meat, and I have my eye on some whole wheat English muffins from one of the bakeries...really, between this market, the one in State College, the local health food store, the dairy, and my mom's student bringing us eggs, if I were living on my own I could give up the supermarket altogether. An intriguing thought for the future.

My weight is stuck on a plateau still. I've fluctuated marginally, going down to a low point of 187 on my birthday, but I'm starting to get frustrated. I've been pretty good about my calories, I've been running again- I'm not sure what I can do but wait. But while I started my diet by dropping much faster than my goal line on the chart, now I'm above it and haven't moved more than a couple of pounds since Christmas. It's extremely frustrating. I don't want to increase my exercise too sharply, because I'm afraid of injuring myself again if I don't increase very gradually. I was kind of counting on getting that Wii Fit, since it's gentle and has the balance exercises that could really help strengthen my ankles. I'm going to stop and buy the EA fitness game if I have time tomorrow, so at least I'll have something more strenuous than Wii boxing to do. Not that I've had time to do that the past couple of days...

I did run yesterday, though. And now my left foot is hurting. I think I just took a wrong step and strained a tendon or something, so hopefully it'll be gone by tomorrow when I have a run scheduled again.

Okay, so here's my tentative plan to get off this plateau and be productive (this is just me thinking aloud, feel free to stop reading): first, I will get that EA fitness game, as has been suggested, and work with that on days I'm not running. Second, I will cut out all the convenience foods I possibly can and work to increase my intake of fruits and vegetables. I've been trying to have fruit and yogurt for breakfast, and last night I made a big batch of brown rice at dinner, then saved the leftovers in one cup portions, most of which I froze. That and some veggies or beans will be my convenience lunches for work. For snacks...I really need to work to eliminate cookies and replace them with dried fruit or something. Even a piece of cheese or some pretzels would be better for me and my blood sugar. Popcorn is good too, especially 100-calorie bags. I'm going to re-commit myself to staying on the low end of my calorie spectrum and to making as much of my own food as I can.

I'm also going to call a one-week ban on getting on the scale. It's starting to upset me, so forget it- I will weigh in next Tuesday and not a day sooner.

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OPHIOMANCER 2/10/2010 11:29AM

    I love the Boalsburg market! I actually have one of those sheep fleeces. I snuggle up with it on really cold days. I haven't tried their meat yet, but I should. The guy that you bought that pork from is (I'm pretty sure) the same one that Mom and I buy from on a regular basis.

It sounds like you have a solid plan for busting through (or at least waiting out) this plateau. I agree that a vacation from the scale sounds like a good idea. When it becomes discouraging rather than motivating, it's time to cut back on weigh-ins. And popcorn is an excellent snack! I make mine in the microwave in a glass container with a fitted lid. 1 Tbs. popping corn, 1 tsp. olive oil, and a generous sprinkle of sea salt. Delicious, especially with a serving of V8 or tomato juice alongside!

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LETELE 2/10/2010 9:20AM

    I think the one week scale-ban is a good idea. It's too easy to get wrapped up in those numbers. I, too, have decided to stay off the scale until next week. I've been doing a bit of self-sabotaging this past week and it's made me feel gross...and it's made the scale go up about 1.5 pounds. So, I'm going on a scale hiatus and will work on getting back into eating GOOD food and exercising more (this week has been crazy and all I've managed are one-mile walks.)

Some of my favorite low-cal snacks are homemade microwave popcorn (just put some popcorn in a plain paper bag and microwave for a couple minutes) and these Crispy Green fruit snacks...they're just freeze-dried fruit, and they are delicious. The pineapple and pear ones are my favorites, and each bag is only about 40 calories. They can be hard to find, so I just buy big packs of them from Amazon. :)

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