Sunday, November 10, 2013
Okay, so maybe weigh-ins don't ALWAYS mess with my head. When the scale shows 6.6 pounds lost -- like it did this morning -- I'm pretty darn happy. Here's what helped with weight loss this week: cross-training, uniting with friends in the battle of the bulge, and getting regular sleep.
In addition to continuing to eat 1300-1550 calories a day, I exercised six days a week (Thursday is my rest day), alternating between walking 2 miles a day and biking 4-5 miles a day.
I also added friends into the mix. On Monday after work, a co-worker friend and I biked a nearby trail together. We're hoping to make this a regular Monday thing. Also, my wonderful SP friend, TennisBarb, had the great idea of coming up with a buddy challenge, so strength-training it is! We started small, with a daily 30-second plank and 30 crunches, and we're adding more ST exercises as we go.
Another super important factor is that I've been going to bed earlier and waking up earlier to get in 4o-60 minutes of exercise before work each day (except Thursday). I'm a recovering night owl, so my prior worknight routine was to get to bed by midnight or 1am and to wake up as late as possible, around 8am. Now I'm in bed by 10pm because I'm tired! Then I'm up around 6:30am. If I have a little time left after my morning walk or bike ride, it's so pleasant to have the morning to myself to putter and prepare and plan.
And that, my lovely Spark friends, is how this lady lost 6.6 pounds this week. I'd like to thank my friends Cathy and Barb for being part of this exciting trend toward being fit and healthy again.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Lose or or stay the same, weigh-ins always mess with my head. Like today it stayed the same. I know why -- dinner out last night at a Korean BBQ, even though I tried to be good. And a couple of candies at Halloween and the day after, again, even though I tried to "cheat in moderation."
If I lose 2 or 3 pounds, I feel like it isn't enough. If I stay the same, I chastise myself or resent those breathless mornings workouts that didn't help get me below my last number on the scale. Realizing this about myself, I only weigh myself once a week, but even then I never feel happy afterward. At best, I'm relieved. So why weigh myself? Because I do genuinely want and need a mark to chase. Once a month I take other body measurements, too. But it does help drive me to work harder when I know I have a weigh-in coming up each Sunday morning.
The trouble is that after I weigh myself I never feel positive. I should be happy that my work during the week has shown any measure of success, even if it's to not go UP on the scale. I guess the pressure of trying to lose weight for my brother's wedding in December is putting undue focus on the numbers on the scale. The reality is that, in addition to slimming down and looking good, I really do want to feel, look, and be really healthy. Over the past three weeks I have been achieving that. I do feel good. I move with more ease. I have more energy. I accomplish more in a day. I laugh more. My stress is lower. I am taking better care of myself, being nicer to myself and others. Those are important rewards that can't be measured on a scale.
And this is why we write blogs, my friends...so we can work through issues, real or imagined, that might undermine our efforts, like freaking out about the number on the scale, using it as an excuse to throw in the towel.
Gratitude is the key. It's so easy to latch onto that one dark moment and let it consume us, but there's so much else that is good. THAT is what I choose to focus on because, really, the other option won't take me anywhere good. And I want to travel down a happy, healthy, successful, harmonious path.
Here's to GRATITUDE and PERSEVERENCE.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Today I dusted off my trusty bicycle, got her tuned up, seat and handlebar grips replaced, put the kickstand back on, attached a new water bottle holder. I took her for a test run tonight to go find my darling daughter and her fellow teenage tricker-or-treaters, swung by on my bike long enough to say "hello" and "happy halloween" a couple of times, enough to embarrass them and make sure they weren't up to too much mischief. The bike felt great. My thighs are saying, "Whoah, hey, wait a minute. It's been a while since we did that." Don't worry, thighs, you'll be back in shape in no time. Oh, the places we'll go.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Twelve days in. My nails are growing faster. I have more energy. And I'm laughing more, a lot more.
I was getting tired of my delicious healthy breakfast fritatta but still wanted to get lots of veggies into my first meal of the day, so today I experimented and ended up with a yummy Japanese-style dish. I uploaded the recipe onto SparkRecipes. It's called Japanese Okonomiyaki-style Dish. Mmm, was it good. Wasn't sure what to do with the fresh kale I had bought, so I threw some of that in. The recipe ended up including kale, mushrooms, green onions, onions, and eggs and was kind of like a pan quiche. Sprinkled a little soy sauce on top and ate it with half a cup of organic easy-cook white rice in those handy precooked bowls they have now. Of course, growing up with lots of Japanese food, it was like comfort food for me. And it was super healthy and easy to make. Took me all of about 10 minutes, thanks to the mini-food processor I got as a gift from my daughter-in-law's mom a few Christmases ago. What a handy gadget that has turned out to be. Incidentally, what is the word for the relationship between two different mothers-in-law? There should be one. Hmmm...sisters-in-law once removed?
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Yesterday was day nine of being back on track with a healthy lifestyle. That's when I felt the magic starting to happen again. Two nights in a row of a decent amount of sleep (seven hours a night), and I increased my morning walking distance to two miles. That on top of nine days of eating healthy food every day and continuing to drink lots of water . . . and I'm feeling good!
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