Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The past week was tough, my weigh loss has been stalled for days. I didn't let that discourage me, because the previous 2 weeks were ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL for fitness progress.
Today, the scale rewarded me with another 2 lb loss. January has been AWESOME!
I recently read a spark thread polling readers about their least favorite body parts. I think most people said they hated their abs.
Not me! I may be fat, but I have to admit, I really love my shape. Close-fitting clothes have always been kind to me. I love my stomach and my hips. Maybe it's the exaggerated bust measurement that makes my waist seem so small, but I'll take it. Hoooray for the classic hourglass!
Here's to firm, flat waistlines and daily weigh-ins.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Mine are doing GREAT!
My 5k-per-day resolution is still going strong (and so is my weight loss). So good, in fact, I just returned all of my brand new belts, which are now TOO BIG.
Yesterday was my birthday, so after my 5k, we splurged and went to Shulas, where I had a big 'ole steak and a blue cheese wedge. Yum.
We uncorked a cabernet when we got home, and watched The King's Speech. What a great day. I was so inspired I made reservations for our next next night out.
Today, we finally finished laying the plywood for the new mudroom floor. Yippee! Tomorrow, we'll finish hanging the drywall, and my father-in-law will do the tape and the mud. I'll sand it and paint it during the week, and then next weekend, we'll begin to build the cabinetry. Yahoooo! WHO KNEW it would take so long to do all this????
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I can't believe how fast I was yesterday!
I have been using the same trail for years, and I normally associate landmarks along my route with certain times. At my slowest (usually due to having doggie with me) I would be thinking something like '30 minutes, eastern trailhead', then if I was faster, the 30 minute mark was right at the bear enclosure in the nature preserve, after that, it took me 30 minutes to reach the footbridge, if I went a little faster, I could reach the overpass in 30 minutes, and when I was really fast, I could reach the western trailhead in 30 minutes.
Yesterday, I was like a bullet flying over that course. At 30 minutes, the trail was about 100 feet BEHIND me, and I was headed up the paved road through the park. Unbelievable!
And another nice ego boost- I encountered a man walking his dog: a huge and regal Doberman pinscher. As I came upon them, I smiled and said "That's a beautiful animal", and the man smiled back and said "and so are you".
Friday, January 13, 2012
Today on Live with Kelly Ripa, the guest host (an Olympic athlete) volunteered that when he was younger and in training, he ate 3800 calories for breakfast.
Kelly responded "That's a WEEKS WORTH of calories"!!!
Yeah, maybe she was exaggerating a little, but IMO, not that much. I firmly believe (based largely on my own 40+ years of personal experience) that non-athlete celebrities routinely practice extreme calorie restriction (aka starvation dieting). For celebs over age 40, I'd put money on it.
Sometimes, you hear stories from the few who break the code of silence. So yeah, I guess 542 calories a day might be fairly close to the truth for someone whose career depends on staying size 0.
In some professions, starvation is more than a point of pride. Professional jockeys are frank about extreme dieting. When Laffit Pincay retired, he admitted to an 850 calorie-a-day diet, combined with strenuous workouts, in a constant struggle to maintain his weight. When the legendary Bill Shoemaker retired, the press asked him what he planned to do next. He replied "Eat."
When I feel frustrated by calorie restrictions, I take comfort in the fact that I don't shoot movies and I'm not on TV every day. I remind myself that I live in the real world and size 12 is completely reasonable. I won't be out of a job if I go over 100 pounds, I just need to keep my blood pressure under control and myself out of the plus-size department.
It isn't always easy, but it could be much worse.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Even though I never join him, my spouse still buys full size frozen pizzas. Even though he hates leftovers.
He will bake a pizza and sit down beside me and chow down, but he can only eat half a pizza; so he wraps up the leftovers in foil and refrigerates them. The day after, he ignores them and looks for his next meal.
I *used* to eat the leftover pizza for lunch to solve this problem. Once I began my weight loss journey, I quit. I'd let them sit in the fridge for a few days until he got around to them, or I'd toss them over the fence to the neighbor's dog.
But I think I have stumbled on another way to motivate him: cook something he doesn't like. And if it is leftovers from a meal he didn't care much for in the first place, all the better.
Today I had reheated red snapper, and he finally unwrapped his leftover pizza. Then we had lunch. And all was right with the universe.
This evening I will do my 5k and he will sit in a chair for a few hours.
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