Thursday, July 02, 2009
So, I decided, today, that I would start following the spark people diet plan in its entirety since I have struggled so much to meet my calorie goals...meaning I have been way, way UNDER my goals more often than not. I just now finished eating supper, and I do not think I have ever eaten so much food in one day in my life. Well, except for Thanksgiving anyways. I am not even getting into the snack I have not eaten yet! The main downside is that there is A LOT of dairy involved. It is not that I do not like dairy because I do. And I can tolerate, say, a little bit of cheese on pizza or a cup of ice cream with very little worry. But every meal I ate today had at least some form of dairy in it, and my body, while happy that it is the fullest it has ever been, is not entirely sure what to do with all that lactose.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Today was my weekly weigh-in day, and I was excited to see that I had lost a full pound. I will admit that I was a little bit dismayed last week, when I found that I was the exact same weight then as I was the week before, but I reminded myself of three things:
1. I have been working out every day on my DDR, which I had never even owned before, and have also been doing my strength training almost religiously on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The result is that I have been building muscle tissue that had long been buried under the flab. As I recall, muscle weighs more than fat. Since I have also been noticing my pants getting baggier by the day, I know that I have been losing inches, which tells me that I am doing things correctly.
2. I was on my period. Had I been following my normal routine of drinking a 2-liter of root beer per day (sometimes more), eating whatever was available, and then laying around the house until it was time to go to work, I probably would have gained about five pounds of water weight in that same week.
3. As I have increased my daily activity and recording my fitness every day, I have had to increase my calorie intake from the fourteen hundred or so calories I began sparkpeople with to about 2700 as it stands. Hopefully, I have now managed to mainstream my fitness goals so that my body will be at a more even keel and so can get used to the calorie intake.
Without those things to encourage me, I might have caved to the pressures of the neysayers at work who said I could not do this as soon as the scales did not move last week. But unlike last time I was here, instead of simply claiming the points and then deleting the e-mails I get, I am actually taking the time to read the articles and putting them into practice when I can. I have also saved many of the recipes and fitness tips that I get to be used at a later date, when I can actually afford to buy the extra ingredients.
Also, since I have officially been here for two weeks, I was able to move from stage one of the plan to stage two. I was able to accomplish the first action step with ease: I had already purchased the measuring cups and scale when I was on the last diet. Now for the challenging part: measuring everything. I know that the first thing I have to do is to insist that I am the one to load my plate instead of my mother.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wow, I managed to get through my entire DDR warmup song while still in the green! I think I will go do today's workout and see if I can do it all again. I am sure that I can.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I managed to drink a total of 112 ounces of water today. Wow, I thought that drinking 64 ounces made me use the bathroom a lot, but that is nothing compared to drinking half your body weight in ounces!
I also managed to track everything I ate today...and did not leave anything out or (ahem) put any of it in the next day's counts. Unfortunately, I went well over the 1,830 calories that I am supposed to have. However, I am not going to fret over those totals because I know that I am also getting more cardio workouts than ever before.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
I got called in to work yesterday. One of my coworkers called in, and there would only have been the manager and one other insider tonight. I, myself, had to call in on Saturday because the Rotation Diet had me feeling really, really dizzy. So, I readily agreed, thinking, too, that it was a Monday and would, therefore, be an easy day. Boy was I wrong! Not only were we busy, but most of the orders we took were for very large orders. I spent quite a bit of time on the cut table (there's an interesting, built-in workout for you: lots of twisting, running back and forth between the cut table and the front box shelf because you have pizzas coming out of the oven but nothing to put them in, using rocking motions to cut the pizza, not to mention the endless amount of stretching I do since I am only five-foot-one and can barely reach the boxes). The last order I boxed consisted of eight large pizzas, eight orders of hot wings, and eight two-liters, going to a local hotel room.
I also received my playstation 2 and Dance, Dance Revolution that I ordered and gave it a try. There is a setting on there that is actually called workout mode. You enter your name, weight, and then choose between setting a timed goal or a calorie-counting goal and then set the actual goal. I went with the thirty-minute timed mode. Then, they set you up with about seven songs, starting with a slow warm-up song, building into a much faster beat, and then to another slower song for the cool-down. I was horrible at it, but I had so much fun that I didn't care. I will definitely be adding this to my cardio routine!
Thanks to everyone for your great comments yesterday. It is very encouraging to know that people really are reading my blogs and responding to them.
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