Saturday, February 25, 2012
Wow! What a great week for vacation! This has truly been an enlightening week to the differences between being on a diet and making a change in lifestyle. In the past I would not have hesitated to decide that I was on vacation so had free range to eat what I wanted: Ice cream, chocolate, baked goods, pizza, pasta. I was going to work it off by walking around amusement parks and lounging in the pool, right?
This vacation was entirely different. After 5 weeks on the Behavioral Track program at UMass, I've made some big changes in my thinking and decision making patterns. I was very thankful that our vacation was at a timeshare. This allowed me to shop and choose good food to have at the condo and to take for snacks on the road. It also allowed me to do some real cooking for myself and limit the number of times we ate out. However, even when we did eat out, I decided what I would order before anyone else did and was not waivered by their choices. I asked for the pizza with veggies and half the cheese and it was wood fired grill - so the crust was thin and crispy. I also did not eat the whole crust. The one glass of wine I ordered was a 6 ounce glass - and I left 2 ounces in the glass.
As for activity - we hit the slopes for 2 hours on Monday; 2 1/2 hours on Tuesday; walked around the outlets without really stopping in stores for an hour on Wednesday; walked partway down the hill from the resort then back up to get in a total of 3 miles on Thursday; then I hit the elliptical; bike and treadmill in the fitness center for 1.25 hours on Friday. I burned a ton of calories - legitimately!
I feel as though my mind has finally clicked in with the program. I truly find that I crave healthier foods - the junk I would eat before has so little appeal. I feel as though those foods do not taste good enough to waste my calorie/fat gram budget on them!
What a great vacation!!!!
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Reinforced this week how important it is to have a plan B. My normal workout schedule is Cardio on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. I know that Wednesday night and Thursday night I have too many commitments to allow me to get a decent workout in beyond a 10-15 minute strength training session. Some weeks however, this schedule has to adjust due to things like a monthly meeting or school event. This was one of those weeks. No matter how I tried, there was no way I could fit in a cardio session on Tuesday. I had trouble sleeping on Monday so I woke late on Tuesday, then I locked my key in the car so was a half hour late to work. I had to use my lunch "half" hour to pick up my glasses which ruled out a lunchtime walk. After work I had a Softball Board meeting then since I had the car, had to pick my oldest son up at the High School from Jazz Band. I finally got home at about 9:30.
That meant, I needed to figure out a way to get some Cardio in today. So I decided to get a walk in at lunch time. We have a great walking path at work that is about 1.5 miles around. I usually do the loop in the same direction when I go and it takes me about 30 minutes. I wanted to do more that 1.5 miles, but didn't have a full hour, so couldn't just go twice around the loop. I also wanted a little more incline on this walk. So I thought about it and decided to try two things to change it up. First, I went in the opposite direction; this meant that I had to go up the steepest incline section instead of down. Second, there's one point where the path divides, so I decided to make the loop a figure eight. That allowed me to add some distance while making me go up the second steepest incline section.
I have a cardio tracking app with GPS on my phone that allows me to automatically track my walks. When I finished the walk it was just shy of 2 miles and I completed it in 35 minutes. So I succeeded in not only lengthening the walk and increasing the incline portions, I also increased my pace. Not too shabby!
Had my third B track meeting tonight. The meetings are going well. I'm getting some interesting information. Working to keep my fiber intake up, fat and sodium down and minimize my grain carbs. Seems to be helping to keep my sugars down and it's definitely helping with the weight. I'm down almost 10 lbs. from where I was when I went to the Endocrinologist and I've lost 2 inches in my waist and 1 on my hips since 12/31. My energy level is definitely up and my blood pressure is down.
Thank you all for your encouraging words and comments!!!
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