I am nearly 4 months into my getting serious about losing weight and returning to my low weight of 167 pounds. Weight has been coming off but not as rapidly as I would have liked. However tonight I was able to put on my size 18 jeans. So I have dropped from size 26 to size 18 successfully. I also am again in one-der-land. I still want to lose more weight but I am looking at 4 very hectic months. My youngest graduates from HS in May. Between now and June 1st she will be performing 5 times in dance recitals. My DD1 is getting married in August and I am co-hosting a bridal shower for her next week. My DS is running a half marathon the next day and we will be going to see him finish the race. That afternoon the church is holding a celebration for its graduating seniors and we will want to be there to say goodbye to these kids (including DD2) since we have been active in the youth group. There will be many occasions when tracking food will be difficult or impossible. For example after working all day today, we went out to a Mexican restaurant for dinner. I did choose what I ate carefully but I have no idea what the calorie count was. Given the fact that I worked out really hard today I am not too worried about exceeding calories today.
I just feel that I will be happier if I just maintain my weight for the next 4 months and get back to losing weight in the fall. I will continue my exercise regime most of the time but there will be days when I don't exercise. Of course there will be days like today when I over exercise. I may not be as active on SP as I have been. However I will not be gone forever. I just need to get through this very busy period.
If I don't get around to writing a blog about how I did on April goals, I do want to say that I exceeded my exercise minutes this month. I have achieved lifting over 40,000 pounds in one ST session. I will most likely not reach an 8 pound weight loss but will have lost 5 pounds. I can do 10 assisted dips but only can do 7 assisted pullups in a set. I am doing 3 sets each ST session but I have not yet dropped a plate. Almost all of my garden beds are mulched and my vegetable garden has been spaded. Did not reach all my goals but I am content with what I have achieved. Life is good.
This coming week will throw a wrench into my exercise program. For the last couple of months DH and I have been going to the gym 5 days a week with MWF as long work outs and T/TH just an hour of cardio. On MWF we combine an hour of cardio with ST. My long workouts generally take me 90 minutes to complete because I have to wait for some of the machines. However it is a set pattern and we support each other in going to the gym and working out.
This week combines Holy Week, DD1 moving and getting ready for guests for dinner both Holy Saturday and Easter. Easter weekend is a big traditional food weekend. On Saturday we are having a pastiera which is a very odd pie made with homemade egg noodles, rice, eggs, romano cheese, lots of black pepper and traditionally lard. Since lard is hard to find I substitute shortening. Needless to say I will not track on Saturday. I have greatly simplified Easter dinner since we do not need to eat a full 4 to 5 course meal. However I will not track on Sunday either. Sunday brunch is creamed eggs on toast which is one of DH's family traditions ( used up a lot of the colored eggs). Dinner will be Homemade egg noodles with home made sauce, meatballs sausages and bracciola with salad. I may make roasted artichokes. Dessert will be cheesecake.
The killer is that I have to make all this stuff. Monday I plan to make the meatballs. Tuesday and Wednesday I plan to help DD1 pack up the apartment and move some of the boxes. The heavy stuff is being moved on Saturday. Thursday I will make the sauce with the meats. I will also make the home made pasta. Friday I will bake a ricotta cheesecake (traditional) and an American cheesecake (for the kids who don't care for the traditional cheesecake). In between all that I need to go for groceries twice. Early in the week for the stuff I need to cook and later in the week for fruit to serve on the weekend. What I don't know is how I will do all this and cook normal evening meals and spend a morning at the gym. I know that the gym won't happen on Tuesday or Wednesday. I hope to go to the gym the other 3 days. I will simply have to do the best I can. I have been doing really well with exercise this month because of all the yard work. It is only one week and I will get back on track after Easter.
I finally got to spend a day working in the yard. Weather was gorgeous. I had a pile of 40 bags of mulch to spread on my side yard. This sideyard has been waiting to be turned into a garden for 2 years. Last year I got nothing done after I tore my meniscus in March and had the repair done in June. It looked awful and I am having DD1's bridal shower here in 3 weeks. It had to be put in order even if I don't plant anything until after the party. So today DH used some recycled pavers to build a pad near the gate so the gate opens onto a brick pad. I designed a breakwall using some of the pavers so that water gushing from the gutter does not create a gully. I also spread 38 bags of mulch. Finally I used some recycled stepping stones to build a path from the back to the gate, and from the path to the hose bib and around the raised beds. Now I ache all over and have difficulty walking. It was a lot of heavy lifting after yesterdays long gym workout and the spading of my vegetable garden. My vegetable garden is approximates 150 square feet. I also lifted over 42,000 pounds during my workout so I have met my April goal of lifting 40,000 pounds.
I feel really good about getting all this done because the next 3 weeks are going to just fly. Between having company for Holy Saturday and Easter, DD1 moving into her house, and prepping for the shower, all my free time will be limited. Especially since I intend to do my gym workouts except for the Tuesday that I help DD1 pack up her kitchen and move some of the boxes into the new house.
Tomorrow I will spread mulch in the front yard and get all the yard related trash ready to go out with Mondays trash pickup. Hopefully that will only be a couple hours work because I want to get some rest before Mondays long workout. My weekends were supposed to be rest days from exercise
I did not meet my March goal of losing 7 pounds. I did lose 5 pounds. I exercised for over 2500 minutes. For April I would like to lose 2 pounds a week for an 8 pound weight loss for the month. This puts my food range at 1200-1550 calories which is less than my range in March. I will have to be very strict about extra calories. That means that as of tomorrow I cannot allow myself my 2nd cup of coffee (45 calories). I will continue to put my flax seed and protein whey into my breakfast (140 calories). I don't think I can increase my exercise. as of now my plan is to continue with 60 minutes of cardio 5 days a week and 60 minutes of weight lifting 3 days a week. I will also have some gardening that needs to be done in April but I can't plan that so it will be extra (which may allow me to up my calories a little since I know I can't keep to 1200 calories a day). I know I won't reach my goal of weighing 180 pounds by the time DD2 graduates (May 28, 2014) but I will do my level best to get to 185 pounds by then and 175 pounds by the time DD1 gets married (August 2, 2014). Losing weight this time is a lot harder than it was the first time. So my goals for April
1. Try to lose 8 pounds
2. Go to the gym 5 days a week. Do 60 minutes cardio each day and 60 minutes ST on MWF.
3. Keep working on the assisted pull-up/dip machine. Get to 10 each and reduce the assist by one plate.
4. By the end of the month be able to lift an aggregate of 40,000 pounds in one weight lifting session. I am at 38,000 now.
5. Have all my beds at least mulched and my vegetable garden spaded by May 1st. Hope we don't have too many April showers because right now the yard is a swamp.
I am not feeling very happy with myself. I have to remember the good things. I can walk down steps normally again. I can reach high aerobic HR when cycling (it kills me but I can do it). I have improved my balance. I can reach 10,000 steps a day on most days (last week was 4out of 7 with one of the remaining 3 at 9000).
March is almost over and I can't wait to say goodbye to the cold miserable weather we had all month. It has been raining for 2 days until it decided that we were not cold and miserable enough so it changed to snow. My forsythia does not dare to show a flower. Normally it would begin fading by now. I have had a few crocuses but the daffodils are still shivering. I have hours of yardwork to do before my DD1's wedding shower on May 3rd, but it is such a swamp in the back yard I don't think I will be able to do anything until mid April. Oh right that's Palm Sunday/Easter. I gave up on sowing broccoli di rabe this year by the time it would be ready to eat, it will be so hot here that it would simply bolt. I will have to do what I can and just let the rest go.
I tried to make the Quinoa-Black bean casserole last Friday. I knew it was developed to use up leftovers but since the recipe did not say that the shredded sweet potatoes were already cooked, I used raw ones. After baking it for 30 minutes the potatoes were still very raw. So I increased the oven temp to 400 degrees and cooked it another 15 minutes. DH and I both liked it very much so I created my own recipe makeover which I will make again. I did not drain the beans because I like bean juice and I added about a cup of shredded onion because I like onion. My youngest says that the first step in any recipe I make is "Go get an onion". My recipe also has more quinoa because when the original recipe called for a cup of quinoa I used a cup of raw quinoa instead of the cooked. We did like it a lot and it will be made again as I made it.
My 10,000 step streak ended in March after 33 days. I had gotten so tired that it was affecting my workouts. For the last 2 weekends I did not do any planned exercise. I feel a lot better today. Lesson learned I need an occasional day off. It doesn't help if I burn out. I am trying to decide what my short term goals for April should be. I will continue my gym routines. I am increasing the intensity of my elliptical work outs. Last Friday I increased the resistance for my 45 minute workout. I am also doing 2 minute intervals on the bike at the highest speed I can manage. I have reached 18 mph for very short time. I also have gotten my HR up to 140 bpm on the bike. So for April I will continue doing the intervals and slowly work up to a resistance of 20 on the elliptical for my long workout. When I do my 15 minute elliptical I will work the incline up to the highest incline at the 20 resistance.