Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Okay, so I accomplished one of my goals - 2-weeks on the treadmill, at slow pace of 2.0 and fast at 2.5. Now it's time to step it up a bit.
So on Monday, I began my new routine of slow at 2.5, and fast at 3.0 -- whoa! 3 MPH might not seem very fast to some people, but I felt like George Jetson, lol!
I can most definitely feel the burn now. I get much more out of breath, and I'm sweating quite a bit, where as before, it almost felt like a leisurely pace. My goal is to be eventually able to jog, which I've never done before in my LIFE. I just wanted to get back into the swing of exercising before pushing myself too hard. But now it's time to get serious about shedding this fat - once and for all!
I've also been making a conscious effort to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day - which is not that hard, really, since I use Great Value (Walmart brand) Cherry drink mix. I make a gallon every other day, but am working my way up to a gallon per day. There's no sugar or sodium, so it's good for me - and it tastes SO much better than plain water...it tastes like a cherry popsicle, lol!
So I'm pushing water, pushing myself harder in my workout - something should be changing, right? Well, nothing so far. I know it's only been a few days, so I'm not being pessamistic just yet. But there's one more change that I have to make, and this will be the hardest one yet...I have to find healthy foods that fit into my low-budget.
Right now is especially tough for me, because i'm on short time at work, so I have to make my paycheck stretch. Getting paid every 2 weeks is a pain, so what food I buy has to last 2 weeks as well.
Sure, that was a breeze when i could eat whatever I wanted - Dollar Menu fast food, ramen noodles, Banquet meals, Michelena Budget Gourmet...but I can't lose weight eating those, not to mention the carbs are pretty high for a diabetic.
So now I've got to find healthy foods that don't cost and arm and a leg. I've posted this in Spark Cafe, and am hoping for some good advice. I know that ground beef can go a long way, so I'm gonna try a few of the recipes that I found here on Spark - my son pretty much buys his own food (he's 24), so I can just portion the recipe out to make several meals - I'm thinking I might have found my solution in this. My only worry is that if I don't like the recipe, I've wasted food money to make it. Oh well, I guess I can always add some hot sauce to jazz it up, haha!
Soooo, wish me luck - I'm gonna try this new way of doing it. Obviously my way, eating sandwiches, high-fat budget meals and dollar menu isn't gonna cut it. But it really is hard to eat healthy on the cheap. This was a no-brainer, really, but if I hadn't found SP, I wouldn't have all these great recipes to choose from - many of which I think my son will love as well. Keep em comin, ya'll!! I'll keep ya'll posted on how things go.
Monday, October 10, 2011
I already knew yesterday while getting ready for church that I was going to over-eat. It was Homecoming, and there was gonna be tons of delicious food there. I'm wise enough to know that while I have good will-power at the grocery store, I'm not strong enough to withstand all that temptation - so I didn't.
I knew the calories were gonna be horrific, even as I was eating it, but honestly, it was so unbelievably delicious, I didn't even care. Then, today, as I stare in somewhat disbelief at the numbers on my food tracker - and yes, I tried to count every one - I am pretty amazed...but not appalled.
Including dinner, but skipping breakfast, I consumed nearly 3,000 calories in a day. That's 2 days worth of food. I also didn't exercise, since by the time Destiny and I got home, I was full and exhausted. No excuses from me - I simply didn't FEEL like it.
The most surprising thing was that when I got home 2 hours later and checked my blood sugar, it was okay - a mere 151...when before if I ate a couple of hotdogs, it would shoot up to almost 300. Go figure.
So, here's what I ate: (approx. & maybe more than) 1 cup of spaghetti with meat sauce, 1 cup of potato salad, 1 cup or a little over of mac n cheese, and 1 cup of sweet potato casserole. OH, and I didn't even add dessert to my tracker, so yeah, I blew through the 3,000 cal. mark. Dessert, by the way, was a small slice of German Chocolate cake.
So, there you have it. I cheated, big time...but do I feel badly about it? Nope. Here's why:
1. I am only human - I'm going to make mistakes, use bad judgement, etc.
2. I ENJOYED myself. I had a good time, and ate what I love.
3. I don't do it every day - or even once a month...but if I did it once a month, so be it.
4. Depriving myself will only make me want it more, thus causing me to give up on my weight loss.
5. I'm thinking realisticly - experts say it takes 3,500 calories to cause 1-lb in weight gain...so I gain a pound - I do that sometimes even when I'm being good! It's a POUND - not a dress-size.
6. - and here's the most important one: TODAY'S A NEW DAY!!
I refuse to beat myself up over something that I did on a special occasion...and you know what? Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up too - and i won't deprive myself then, either. So what if I don't meet my goal by the date I chose? I WILL meet it...it's just gonna take more hard work to get there. Do I think my over-eating is okay? No. Only on special occasions, and even then it just means that I'm gonna have to bust my butt to get rid of those calories...but hey, that's okay.
I'm in control here...and if I say go for it and eat, I will. Because then I will also say "Get your butt on that treadmill and get back to work!" It's all give and take - but I'd rather be happy and indulge once and a while than to be miserable and deprived...but, hey, that's just me.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
So I went to a yard sale last weekend, and found something I had ironically been searching for online just that morning - a mini-stepper. More accurately, it's a Tony Little Rock n Roll Stepper. It's this neat little contraption that sort of looks like a teeter-totter with foot plates on it. You simply place a foot on each side of it and rock back and forth. Sounds easy enough, right? Actually it is - once you learn to keep your balance. Even just standing upright on it takes some coordination in order to keep from falling to one side or the other. This in fact, engages your entire core - who would've thought such a simple idea could be so effective?
I've been using it at least twice a day since Saturday, and I really feel it in my abs, obliques, hips and thighs. I need to get started measuring, but I'm willing to bet that this handy, dandy gadget will start whittling inches away before I know it.
Now keep in mind that the only reason I bought these items is that I talked the lady down to $10 for the both of them. So far I think I got my money's worth. The other thing I found was the well-advertised Ab Circle Plus. It's a pretty big circular "machine" that has these weird cups into which you place your knees. Then you grab the handles and swing your hips from side to side to gain the momentum to keep it going. This gadget wasn't in perfect condition ( which was why I was able to talk the price down), since it was missing the lock pins required to hold the handle in place, so I haven't really been able to use it yet. I did, however, get on it by placing my knees into those little cups - and when I say little, I mean it...obviously they didn't think about how large obese people's knees can be, lol. It was a little uncomfortable, but hey, if it can get my waistline - or lack thereof, into shape, I'll be all for it.
The infomercials make it look pretty convincing - I think that by having to use your hips and waist to move yourself back and forth, it's bound to utilize muscles that we don't use very often, so I have high hopes for this product as well. I'll keep ya'll informed on my progress!
I've also been doing Interval Training on my treadmill. This involves starting at a low speed for 2 minutes, then going to a higher speed for another 2 minutes until you've reached 10 minutes total. Here's my routine:
2 min. @ 2.0
2 min. @ 2.5
2 min. @ 2.0
2 min. @ 2.5
2 min. @ 2.0
...this allows for warm-up and cool down. It works because it keeps your metabolism guessing. That's the key to not hitting the dreaded plateus. It also makes the time go by so much faster, because you're focusing on when to change the speed. After 2 weeks of this routine, I'll switch it up, with a slow speed of 2.5 and a high of 3.0. I've used this method before, and I know it to give great results.
I'm also incorporating some 5 lb weights and doing arm exercises. So there you have it - my latest workout tips. I'll be posting new pics as the weight starts to come off. Wish me luck, and remember to have some fun with your workout!
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Okay, so after looking at my eating habits from a different perspective, aka having to publically track them, I finally realized that I need to get a new game plan. I went to Dollar Tree, well, because they have pretty much everything, and hey, it's all a dollar - and found this handy little gadget. It's a little cylinder that slides up and down like a syringe, and it measures ounces, teaspoons, tablespoons, etc. I have been eating nuts for protein, but once I start, I just can't stop myself, so I devised a plan...one that I'm sure is no big surprise to most people, but to me it was an epiphany.
I got the measuring device, along with a box of snack-sized storage bags and a variety of nuts. I took them home and divvied out exactly one ounce of each type, and put them into individual bags. I did the same thing with 1 cup of my favorite popcorn, Wise White Cheddar - something else I don't have any self-control over.
I cannot begin to tell you the feeling of empowerment that came over me as I sat there looking at my little pile of goodies. There was a deep sense of satisfaction in knowing that I was gaining control over my eating habits - and therefore, my life. And when I eat one of those bags of nuts, I do so slowly, one at a time, savoring each individual piece until it's gone before eating another. I think that sometimes we eat so fast that we don't even get to enjoy the taste of our food. I find this ritual to be much more satisfying than just scarfing down snacks - and in more ways than one.
I feel that I'm appreciating what I'm putting into my body, for it's taste, it's nutrients (I eat the nuts along with my carbs, as a source of protein - never even gave protein a thought before diabetes came along), and for it's energy contribution - not just for hunger satisfaction...or sometimes, the lack thereof.
When I used to pig out, I would sit there thinking of what I needed to do the next day, about my job, or even just about how good the food tasted while I was eating it. More than likely I'd also be thinking about what I would eat at my next meal. But now, I'm starting to meditate on what it's doing for my body - and what it's not doing TO my body.
It bothers me at how I used to take obscene pleasure from eating. It's like I wanted to fill some void food, but that void was never satisfied. Maybe it was just the fact that I didn't care - that food made me happy when I thought nothing else did. But see, that was before Destiny came along. I'm going to make her my beacon - my light to guide me to better health. Because if I plan on being here to make sure she's raised well, I've got to get it together. This is an obligation I feel that I owe her. I want to be the one consistant thing in her life, and how can I be that if I don't stop food from destroying me - or should I say, stop me from destroying myself...
Friday, September 30, 2011
So last summer I decided I was going to lose some weight. I dieted easily, and worked out every spare moment. So much so, that my sister told me I was becoming obsessed. I lost 40 lbs in a short 3 months. Much as I lied to myself to the contrary, it was about a guy. Soooo, long story short, I panicked and flaked out on meeting said guy, decided I didn't need one (am still not convinced that I do), and decided to ditch the weight loss effort completely. It's like I was staging a coup. I mean, hey, if a guy can't love me the way I am, forget him, right? So I ate whatever I wanted, and however much I liked. Which led me to my current situation: Diabetes.
Suddenly I was thrown into a whirlwind of doctor visits, the first of which I was shocked to find that I had lost the 40 lbs I had worked so hard to lose last summer, yet gained back since then. To be more precise, it was 30 lbs of fluid lost, but 3 weeks later the other 10 lbs came off. No big surprise there, seeing as I had to change my eating habits in a BIG way, really quickly.
So now to the reason I'm here. Evidently cutting carbs the way that I have has caused me to cut way back on calories, thus sending my body into starvation mode, prompting a plateau in my weight loss. Now comes the sometimes not so fun part - EFFORT. What last summer seemed like a piece of cake, now feels like a lesson in futility.
Funny thing about diabetes: it makes you TIRED! Somehow tired and exercise just don't jibe very well...at least not without some fierce determination. Sometimes just making myself get up and go to work feels like a huge chore. Although I haven't felt sick from the disease like some people told me I would, I just can't take this fatigue - which is what prompted me to see a doctor in the first place. I mean, the thought of getting on the treadmill isn't terrible at all - it's the ACT of getting on it that makes me cringe. I guess what I am lacking here is motivation. Last time, it was a guy I was set on impressing. Since then I have an even greater reason for getting healthier - my grand-daughter, Destiny.
Excuse #1: I don't feel like exercising when the baby is here, because I'm too busy taking care of her.
Excuse #2: I don't have time to exercise when she's here, cause I want to spend quality time with her.
Excuse #3: I'm afraid that if I'm on the treadmill while she's here, she'll get hurt by it.
...and on and on. Bottom line is this: not only will the exercise give me more energy to run and play with her, it will make my heart stronger, so I will live a longer life. Not to mention the fact that it will make my diabetes easier to manage, and that alone will lengthen my life expectancy dramatically.
So, there you have it. I'm here because of excuses and yes, pure laziness (aka fatigue). Hopefully while here, I'll find that true spark that I'm looking for. Wish me luck...God knows I'm going to need it! =)
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