Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I got a little bit of money as a graduation present from my grandmother and a Wii from my parents, and I decided to put it to good use - I am now the proud owner of a Wii Fit Plus! I've used the one at my parents' when I've visited, but I'm excited to put it to good use here every day.
I find that a lot of the activities are not overly intense, but I think of them as low-impact toning and low-intensity aerobics that I can do every day, then supplement with additional higher-intensity cardio like running and workout videos. I also don't count the strength training as such - just as cardio. I still do my own strength training in addition most days of the week. But I do love the convenience of it being at home. It's something I can make a routine - get up, exercise on Wii Fit, have shower, have the rest of the day to get things done. It's definitely helping me not procrastinate my cardio, and doing even light exercise in the morning helps boost your metabolism all day.
I'll actually get to use the goal-making function, the activity log, the graphs, and the custom routines now that I have my own and can use it every day. Between it and SP, I have tons of data and incentive to keep it up! (Being a nerd, I love having charts and graphs and a bazillion data points to look over and analyze.)
I did my body measurements today for the Wii Fit program and I'm down quite a bit on everything except my arms (which were never flabby to begin with, and if anything are gaining muscle in the biceps). My problem spot is my thighs, which are down almost four centimeters! Not much is changing on the waist-to-hip ratio, though - I guess you have to lose weight on both until the hips level out, and then you start seeing the waist cinch in more. That'll be a breakthrough day, when that ratio doesn't indicate that I'm at risk for health problems.
I'm in a new place (with more space!) and I've moved everything out of my parents' at last. I haven't lived there for years, but until now my student lifestyle meant I couldn't be permanently in one place long enough to really settle down. Now I can. The weight loss (all of which was put on during the student years) is only part of the journey to be the professional adult I want to be. And the good haircut I got last week doesn't hurt either!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Well, moving must be a big calorie burn (and the fitness tracker agrees with me!) because after a week of lugging boxes, unpacking, and cleaning, I'm now down 15 pounds and at a weight I haven't seen on the scale in almost three years. I'm visiting my parents for a week and they noticed immediately that I look different - they haven't seen me in about six weeks. I've been waiting for that "visible results" moment for a while now, and I admit that even I see the difference.
In related news, my graduation present from my parents was a Wii! They love theirs and I use it when I visit, and without even knowing I was losing weight they got me the perfect present. Now we just need to save up for the Wii Fit Plus part and I'll have a whole bunch of new options for getting my cardio done every day.
I was once afraid to tell anyone besides my partner that I was working on losing weight. Who wants that pressure of everyone looking at you sideways trying to figure out if you're on track all the time? But now is a better time to start telling people. I'm already doing well. I'm self-motivated, I'm seeing success on my own, and my self-esteem has gone up dramatically. It makes telling people easier because I feel more confident that the judgment in their heads is positive, not negative. And that's a step to be proud of all by itself!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
As of today, I am down ten pounds from my heaviest weight two months ago. I've been sick for more than a week, so I know some of the weight will come back when my appetite does in full force. But it's still an accomplishment! Being sick has meant that I haven't been able to do my cardio either, so this weight loss is just from less eating - that being the case, I'm hoping less weight will come back if I get back to a more regular eating schedule along with pushing my cardio up to burn more as well. I'm a little concerned, though, because my throat is still sore - I've already been to the walk-in clinic once to see if my ear was infected, and they suspected tonsillitis but the culture was negative. Now I might have to go again tomorrow. I'm not impressed. Thursday is Canada Day and I just want to be able to go out and have fun - not be sick!
Oddly enough, over the last couple of weeks I've figured out a bizarre and counter-intuitive strategy that has made me much less stressed about the scale - I've started weighing myself every day. I know it sounds odd, but it works. It actually has taken the pressure off of me overall. I used to weigh in once a week, and I would be hanging how I felt about my previous week's work on just one weigh-in. Since I'm only losing one to two pounds a week, max, that weigh-in could show no improvement or even gain just by daily fluctuations - so I'd be left feeling frustrated when I'd worked hard and seen no results. Now that I see those daily fluctuations all the time, I can look at a trend over a week and going up or flatlining day-to-day is no longer a big deal because the trend overall is still down. I feel relaxed about it. It's a part of my morning routine, and it's just another stat, like how many calories I've eaten or how well I slept. The site suggests not caring about the scale by not using it, but I've taken its power away by using it more.
Here's to the next thirty-five pounds!
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
After a difficult weekend - I drove more than 1000 km in three days and went to a wedding on Saturday and then my convocation on Sunday night - I'm feeling awful. I'm getting back on track, though, and I managed to track my food all weekend despite the hectic schedule.
I'm afraid to weigh myself, but I know I need to. I have tons of work to do today and tomorrow (outside of my fitness stuff), then I'm travelling again to go to my sister's convocation. It's crazy. If I can get through the next week, maybe eventually my life will go back to normal. Even if I've regained all the weight I lost in the first two weeks, I need to know where I am again to start seeing progress again. And I need to see that progress in order to keep going.
I just keep telling myself, I'm not going to give up this time.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
It's been a rough week. I'm still not sleeping well, and despite working hard, I'm up 2 lbs. I lost weight eating rich food and junk at my parents' and now that I'm in my routine and working hard and seeing exercise-related improvements, *now* I'm putting the weight back on?! I can't even reflect back on what I've done and figure out what I'm doing wrong, except to say that I'm feeling a lot of anxiety, and that's a problem I can't solve easily.
I'm trying not to let what is really a small setback get to me, but I'm beginning to feel the urges that have killed my diets in the past - mostly "you're not very hungry - just eat a lot less!" This works for a while, and I know it, but only until the binge urge kicks in and I eat triple my daily allotment at one sitting. This time, I know that will only make me feel worse in the long run and I'm trying to quash the instinct to just go hungry a lot more. But it is really, really hard when you do everything right and work hard and get *negative* results! I keep hearing this little voice inside me saying, "If you just don't eat much, you'll see positive results and then you'll feel motivated," and it's tempting even though I know it's a lie.
Today I splurged on food a little. I didn't let it go overboard, though, and ended up less than 100 calories over my maximum daily allotment. It could have been worse - fortunately, it's been long enough since I ate high-fat, fast-food-ish meals that it made me uncomfortable and sick-feeling, not satisfied, so I won't be inclined to do it again anytime soon. But now I'm going away for the weekend to a wedding, so there will be more food I can't control, two long days in the car, and in-law stress to deal with. Maybe dancing a lot at the wedding will burn some of those calories... hmm...
Ugh, it's just been a bad week in general. Maybe after this weekend is over I'll actually be able to sleep again. I've never had insomnia like this before, ever. I've always been able to sleep, and this is the first time I've felt largely incapable of sleeping all night long day after day. Sleeping 4 am to noon is still 8 hours of sleep, but why can't I sleep at 11 even when I get up at 8?
Maybe next week will be better.
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