Friday, March 01, 2013
I've finally come to the realization that the need to incorporating good eating and activity back into my life is a MUST. I've been completely overwhelmed with work and with our adoption of a 14 year old daughter, but not making time for myself is not doing myself any favours.
So I'm back and have a cruise and a trip to Paris at the end of April as a motivator to keep me on track in these difficult first days. My fridge is stocked. The treadmill has been dusted off. The only thing standing between me and success is me... and now that me, myself, and I have come to agreement that the time is NOW, there should be no issues. Not sure if my hubby is with me on this or not, but I've told him what I'm doing and he is supportive of helping me cook.
I'm doing what I know works well for me. 1600-1800 calories per day, lots of fruits, veggies, proteins, healthy fats, complex carbs. I'm going to start getting up a little earlier to do exercise when I can and will do it at night when I can't. I'm considering joining a class, but will have to see how that fits in an already tight schedule - it may be that early morning missions work best! I forgot to weigh in this morning, so my goal calculations will have to wait for tomorrow!
Looking forward to reconnecting with and supporting old friends and making new ones.
Monday, July 23, 2012
In addition, to the above, they also don't accurately tell you whether you have lost fat!
There are many factors that impact our number on the scales, besides the amount of body fat we have. On any given morning, we weigh more or less depending on the amount of fluid in our body, whether we have consumed it or retained it due to heat and humidity, healing muscles, food intolerances, too much sodium, hormones, etc. Our bones are pretty consistent in weight, but our muscles change size. And we have more or less partially digested food in our body on any given day.
If your scales bounce up 3 pounds one day, chances are that you did not gain 3 pounds of fat overnight (did you really consume an extra 10,500 calories yesterday?!?!), but that one of the other variables has come into play.
Don't let that bounce define you and set your mood for the day. Those of us that bounce around a lot need to let that number go. Celebrate the new numbers that you see and understand that the bounces are not due to fat gain (unless you've been on 3-day food bender!). Drink your water, stick to your eating and exercise plan, treat your body kindly, and the scale will eventually catch up and reflect your progress. Have other measurements to re-assure yourself if needed (tape measure, photos, goal pants, etc.)
Sunday, July 08, 2012
This non-scale victory is about realizing that I'm in a different head space - I'm planning for exercise even though I will be travelling this week.
I do quite a bit of travel. In the past, this has been about an opportunity to do work, meet up with old friends, sample some great restaurants, and have a beverage or two. A lot of self-indulgence going on.
It was on such a trip at the beginning May that I had to ask for a seat belt extender. That was what motivated me to put the brakes on a year and a half of gaining back what I had lost.
I had 2 other trips since then, but was still resistant to exercise, so I was mostly focused on packing healthy snacks and navigating banquet food.
This week, I've already adjusted my exercise routine to take my travelling into account. I've made a mental note to remember to pack my exercise gear (including sneakers!). And I booked a hotel that will require a nice walk to get to the venue and I've already mapped out a couple of routes to sight see and get some good exercise in the form of long and vigorous walks in.
Two years ago at this conference, I was doing so well at this game and was about 204 lbs. I remember that I had just committed to the SP boot-camp, and I did the videos in the hotel room using water bottles as weights and got some walking in. I was wavering on whether to keep a strength training day in, but decided that there were lots of SP videos that use your body weight and I can easily pack a couple of bands to increase resistance.
There is no reason not to work out when travelling - I've done it before and I'm happy to say that I am planning to make it happen again!
Last year at this conference, I weighed about what I do now, but was on the gain. I remember having to go out and buy new summer clothes because I realized that I was down to barely fitting into 2 pairs of pants (the ones that are currently my reference pants!) and was wearing them with a sweater to hide the bulging fat and there was no way I could do that in the heat wave that my destination was having.
In May, when I went on the trip that prompted me to get serious again, I realized that I was travelling to a heatwave, so tried on all my summer gear. I could only fit into 1 skirt and 1 pair of shorts. I thought I could wear another pair of shorts and packed them, but once there realized that they were just too darned painful and the fat rolls over the waist band were not appealing. Now I'm comfortable in all that summer wear and realized on Friday, that I could now not only comfortably wear those shorts (and another pair that I couldn't even do up in May), but I could insert my hand in my waistband sideways!
So I guess this is a blog about 2 non-scale victories - a new mind set where working out is status quo and clothes that fit!
Sunday, July 08, 2012
As part of the Done Girls Red Hot challenge, we have been asked to post a blog entry about the body we want, and to reflect on how our nutrition and exercise plans are supporting that goal. Are you eating/exercising for the body you want? Or the body you have?
We are also supposed to post starting stats/photos/etc. to provide a frame of reference for our progress.
Challenge starting weight - 237. That one is easy (my sig has all my challenge weight goals).
As for my shape... I'm short-ish (5'4" if I stand REALLY tall). And I am kind of shaped like an ancient fertility goddess.
Starting measurements and photos? Not so much - I find them demoralizing and while they may be great to have at the end of the challenge, they will not do much to make me feel good right now. Luckily I do have the odd pic snapped of me that I can use if I want to reflect back later.
I don't take measurements, but I do have reference pants. Right now, I'm fitting nicely in the 20's, but am not into the 18's yet. I have a couple of XL elasticized waist rugby pants that require a very loose and long top to not look like a sausage in them. And I have some size 18 dress pants that I'm dying to wear, but have not even bothered trying on yet.
Where do I want to be? I want to be healthy and curvy. And strong. I will never be "thin".
I want to morph from this to . Right now I feel like that first emoticon - like I'm bounding towards my goals with enthusiasm, but I'm still a roly-poly figure being driven forward by sheer momentum. I was athletic when younger and could lift weights with the boys. I'd like to be strong like that again. The second emoticon to me says control and power and strength and definition. That's where I want to be.
I am currently eating like a 150 lb woman should - 1500-1800 calories. And I will do everything in my power to keep my calorie range up there, because I don't think I can handle eating less in a day. But I can always move my body more or accept slower weight loss as I ease into maintenance.
My exercise is getting there. I'm doing my C25K training. I'm working on either incorporating active living (gardening/swimming/canoeing/kayaking) on non-training days, or doing some strength training or time on the treadmill in lieu. And I'm just trying to boost my walking throughout the day - taking some long ways instead of short cuts, climbing stairs, etc.
This is the basic plan that got me down to 191 a couple of years ago before I lost my mind and regained all but 2 pounds of the 64 I had lost. At least I know what my body responds to! And I know that as I lose more weight, I'll find other strenuous exercise more appealing. I like to challenge my body and push things. One goal that I have for the fall is to be at a weight and fitness level where I can take part in a bootcamp in a meaningful way.
I was looking at my vision collage I made 2 years ago, and I still like it. That is who I want to be.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
My son and husband wanted Dairy Queen for lunch. And I said sure. I can eat anywhere. Just let me check out the nutrition info. Had a hard time doing that on my iPad, so off we went.
My hubby ordered a burger and a blizzard. My son ordered a burger and fries and a milkshake.
I asked for a nutrition brochure at the counter.
I had a grilled chicken sandwich, a side salad, a tiny bit of an absurdly large pouch of salad dressing for such a small salad, and asked for a cup of water.
I checked out the DQ treats, but figured I could be much happier with what I could make at home than by eating a puny small vanilla cone, or ice cream sandwich, or dilly bar. I don't think that I have EVER ordered any of those at DQ because they do not appeal to me, so why start now?
So I came home and had a big bowl of strawberries and blue berries topped with a little 90 calorie cup of Oikos key lime greek yogurt. It was incredibly yummy and satisfying and nutritious to boot!
I survived DQ unscathed!
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