Tuesday, March 13, 2012
This is week nine of my New Years weight loss resolution, and I'm happy to report that I'm right on schedule. I am over a size smaller than I was in January, and the weight keeps disappearing.
I'm still fighting a horrible upper respiratory infection, so I'm not at my best, but after a week off, I hit the trails again yesterday for a little light jogging. I know that GETTING TO and STAYING IN my target heart rate for a sustained duration is the only way it will come off, and well, the proof is staring right back at me every time I get on my scale.
A few years ago when I read the book "You, On A Diet", one of the things that stuck with me was the authors' insistence that you must maintain a challenging level of exertion for at least 30 uninterrupted minutes. If I remember correctly, if you can carry on a conversation, you may not be working hard enough. New research not only confirms this, but takes it a step further, saying the minimum duration is 35 minutes, and you should definitely NOT be able to carry on a conversation while you are working out. I agree 1000%. And just like You On A Diet, they recommended interval training as the best alternative.
In January, I decided that THIS YEAR, I will get to my goal weight; and when I turn 50, I will be younger, healthier, more fit, and more active than I am today. I've had a good handle on my eating, but something was still missing... and whatever it was, it stood between me and my goal. I've found the advice of my trainer and exercise physiologist to be most helpful.
I know that SparkPeople is very generous with what they "count" as cardio. But my committment is to my fitness, not to SparkPoints. Moving furniture, carrying boxes, gardening, car washing, vacuuming, and having sex are not cardio. They are simply parts of an active lifestyle... which is, of course, beneficial. But they're no substitute for a long, challenging, cardiovascular workout, no matter how much sweat they produce. Pushing myself beyond my comfort zone has been the key that unlocked my most stubborn weight issues.
Monday, March 05, 2012
At least it's good bed weather.
And right now, I'm kicking myself for procrastinating on my powerpoint presentation, which I could have had done by now. I have a one-hour speaking engagement NEXT MONTH and I really, really need to be excellent.
All I want to do is take sinus pills, turn out the light, and roll over.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
But the busy season gets earlier every year.
And my pants have gotten looser! GONE is the snug fit of December, and thank goodness for my new "forever" belt or "infinity" belt or whatever you call it (the holes go all the way around) so they no longer fall down. But the calves are looser, and the seat and hips too. And thank goodness for denim with spandex. Between the spandex and the belt, I can save some money on new pants. I have bought other clothes, though.
I recently had a conference in northern Virginia, and as soon as we adjourned, I headed to Potomac Mills Mall for Nordstrom Rack. As I parked, I noticed something else: Neiman Marcus Last Call outlet. I tried to control myself, but I came away with another belt and a new blazer.
We've since determined that my spouse's car is a total loss. Shame I had to buy 2 new tires and an oil change to get that information. Of course, that means we have to use my huge truck for routine errands like buying groceries, which is hardly economical. It also means I can't drive across State lines for extended trips, what with the sick, elderly pets and all. I just can't leave him without a car. So, we're kind of stuck until we have a new one.
But we haven't even started looking.
Friday, February 17, 2012
When the cost of repairs exceed the cars value, right?
I dropped off my spouse's ugly old car today for state inspection. The shop called a few hours later and said the frame is so badly rusted in two spots that the car is structurally compromised and won't pass inspection (in other words, the car could fall apart next time we drive across railroad tracks). It also needs 2 tires.
The mechanic said the repairs were beyond the scope of services they offer (so I know he is not trying to drain my wallet), and we'd probably need a body shop to look at it and see if it could even be welded. Nothing he said was encouraging.
I looked online and quickly found 2 newer cars, with lower mileage, and WAY better condition, both for under $3000 and within 100mi of our house.
My spouse wants me to get estimates on the frame welding (he doesn't have time, so I'd have to rearrange my schedule and make time). I think he is suffering from early dementia. Should I file divorce? Or should I just go get another car and leave it in the driveway?
EDIT: I should add the car is waaaay overdue for a new timing belt (which means new water pump and new starter). This would be another, who knows, $400-$600 maybe? Effing crazy. Just last week I floored it to pass someone and we smelled something burning.
I don't want to sell it and I'm sure he doesn't either; we'd probably donate it to MealsOnWheels.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Yeah, yeah, I've been busy. I haven't been posting much. But just in case there was any doubt, let me take this opportunity to say that I am totally on track with my fitness goals and resolutions.
After a slow start (January 8th) I visited my doctor and warned him that I was buckling down. Okay, I suppose I bounced the idea off of him. Being an easy-going guy, he told me to go ahead with my plan and check back with him in another month. Boy, was he in for a surprise.
Three weeks later I'd dropped a significant amount of weight and further lowered by blood pressure (it wasn't high). I wonder what he'll say tomorrow (dropped even more weight).
I've only been seeing this doctor since fall; around the time I stared seeing an exercise physiologist, and right after I talked with a counselor who specializes in disordered eating. My new doctor is like most doctors: he has never had a weight problem, nobody in his immediate family has a weight problem, and has little personal experience with weight loss and maintenance. But he listens, and he trusts me. I'm comfortable talking to him about personal things. He's frank (which is why I know so much about him). And in all honesty, he has not helped me, physically, in this journey... meaning he's no good at offering specific weight loss guidance (thank goodness for SparkPeople). But we have a good rapport, and he is (technically) providing medical supervision to me.
So, because I became impatient with TALKING about getting back into shape, and getting nowhere, I finally asked for his blessing on implementing my own ideas.
It's been awhile since I felt my pants loosen up this quickly. I don't even mind that I have to tuck in my shirts and tighten my belt to keep my crack covered when I crouch over, or sit on the floor.
Even after the February plateau that stalled me for two weeks, my weight is dropping again.
I can't wait to weigh in tomorrow, and see his face.
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