Sunday, March 24, 2013
This week is my Spring break week off of medical school! Woo hoo! It is going to be so much fun to have some free time out of the hospital, but I know it will mean a lot of challenges as far as my weight loss efforts go. My parents do not live far away from me, so I have already been spending a lot of time at their house. This means going out to eat on Friday nights and a lot of delicious, but not necessarily low-calorie, home cooked meals on the other nights. I do pretty well when these challenges come around only once a week (I typically visit my parents every Friday evening), but this week may be slightly more difficult since I will be exposed to all these temptations more frequently.
Additionally, my boyfriend and I have a trip planned to beautiful Sedona for Tuesday & Wednesday.
We will be visiting slide rock for most of the day Tuesday:
I have a healthy picnic lunch planned for the two of us to eat by the water and then I am sure we will burn off quite a few calories while hiking around. Our "hotel" is actually a cute little collection of mini-cabins that overlook the Sedona red rock. I have heard from friends that there is a terrific restaurant not to far that you can walk to, so we will probably end up there for dinner.
I definitely want to be able to enjoy myself this week! And since my greatest problem in the past has not been losing weight, but actually maintaining weight loss once I get to my goal, I am going to look at this week as practice for maintenance. I don't want to have the stress of the scale looming over me. That way when I get to my next weigh in I will not be disappointed if I have not lost weight. So here's to practicing maintenance and enjoying my time off. I will go back to my weight loss journey come next Monday when work starts up again.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I have never been a big fan of exercise. I find controlling my calories way, way, way easier than fitting in exercise. I hate being out of breath, sweaty and in pain. Plus the time just never seems to fit in my schedule. I have tried running, but I don't feel that "floating on clouds" thing that everyone else seems to and instead of being able to let me mind drift like I have heard about all my brain is thinking is "please stop running!!!" I have tried other exercises like bike riding which is by far better than running, but I live in a downtown area and fear the traffic. My apartment complex has a gym with an elliptical which is not bad, but I get bored of the one view scenery. The closest I have come to really looking forward to exercise is when I was in college and was enrolled in a TurboKick class. It was fun to be in a group and you were held accountable to finish the work-out that you started! Plus, the exercises kept changing, so I never had the burn out feeling in my muscles like I do with running. The downside now is that in college it was free, but now it would cost quite a bit to be able to attend on of those classes. Sooo with all that said, in the end I have gone through a lot of my weight loss journey without any scheduled exercise other than occasional walks in the evening and the jogging I do around the hospital all day at work. Surprisingly I have still been able to lose weight which I feel really fortunate about. Today I tried something new, because even after all the exercises I have tried I am determined to find something I love. The thing I tried? Yoga! It is not a cardio exercise, but it is a step in the right direction to helping me love exercise. I like that you work many muscle groups to hold challenging poses that flow from one to the next. With yoga I can get my mind to that reflecting place that some people get with running. Today I went through a series of poses at sunset which was a nice way to say goodbye to the day. I won't lie, a lot of moves were above my level currently, but I modified them to my ability.
Some day I hope to be able to do this (many many many some days from now):
Peacock Feather Pose
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Well so this is a type of blog I never thought I would be writing. For me maintaining weight is much harder than losing weight. I haven't quite figured out that exact balance yet of maintenance. Once I reach my goal weight I think "woo hoo" party time! This also usually coincides with a particularly stressful change in clerkship demands ironically, so that I start slipping on my healthy habits and a month later what do you know I have gained some weight back. The first time this happened I had no problem getting back into old healthy ways, but something about this second time seems harder. Maybe it is because I only have 10 pounds to lose so I feel closer to my goal and not as motivated. Whatever it is I didn't put my full effort into this last week (1st week of my kickstart). It was an exam week, so I was studying all up until Friday, but that is no excuse. I actually did pretty well on eating (until last night which I will talk about in a second). The part that got me was the exercise. I got in only two out of the four sessions I had planned.
Honestly I could have lived with all that, but here is the real kicker. Saturday night is always date night for my boyfriend and I. Last night we were craving Mexican food so we went to a good place we know. In the past I have never had a problem with restricting my calories when I would go out. It was always under control and I had some huge willpower to say "no" to another delicious bite. This was not the case last night. Maybe it was because I got a margarita first and there was a 30 min wait for a table, so by the time we got our food I gave into temptation. But even that isn't an excuse because old me would have skipped the sugary margarita to begin with.
Today I was feeling down about my misbehavior last night. I think every day gives you two options: sit on the couch and feel sorry for yourself OR start fresh and take advantage of the day. Unfortunately I choose the first one and am just now realizing how I wasted this day on being sad about one moment of weakness. At least I have kept my food under control and just indulged in three movie and not three buckets of popcorn or something. But still, I was not productive. I could have at least tried to work-off some of that misbehavior from yesterday. There is a really pretty park up the road not too far that would be good for running and today was probably one of the last cooler days in AZ before Summer gets going which is too bad. The sun is setting on today, but thankfully it will rise again tomorrow and be yet another chance to turn this around. I am writing this blog so that in the future, should I face this battle again, I can read on this moment and remember that I should take the high road. I should enjoy the fact that I got to indulge for a night (in the long run that one meal will not affect my eventual weight loss) and I should get right back on the plan!
AZ Sunsets - The most beautiful in the whole world I am convinced
Sunrise - A new start each day
Hoping for a better week this week!
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Yes, yes I know that the official beginning of Spring is not coming until March 20th for this year, but when you live in AZ it just feels like it comes sooner with the warm weather. All this week we have weather predicted to be in the upper 70's/low 80's. Winter is my favorite time of year here in AZ, but I am excited for my balcony flowers to be rejuvenated by the warmer weather! After my weight loss in 2012, my new goals are to get more physically fit and start incorporating some aerobics into my daily routine for the Spring.
As I have mentioned throughout my blogs, I am a 3rd year medical student and currently go around to various hospitals working on clerkships in different fields of medicine. During January and most of February I was working Labor and Delivery. While this was tons of fun, it was very energy draining! It was extremely hard to stick to a good nutritional plan when you are leaving the house at 4:45AM and coming home at 6PM with some days no time to break for lunch! The constant poor snacking throughout the day and then huge dinners when I would come home at night led to me gaining about 10 pounds back I am sorry to say. It is alright, however, because I have a plan for attack to shed those pounds off again and start sculpting those deeply hidden muscles underneath. With Summer and swimsuit season right around the corner it is time to get serious!
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