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Spring in Northern Europe...

Friday, April 17, 2009

...isn't like spring in the US. We had a couple of days of sun, but for at least the past three days, it's been coat/hat/gloves weather. But even though the sky is grey, at least the flowers are blossoming, so there's something nice to look at.

I got my new sports bra the other day! It's so much better than the old one. Let me back up - Last week, I went bra shopping and got fitted at Marks and Spencer. She said I was a 36G, so she brought one in, I tried it on, and it didn't fit. She told me they wouldn't have my size, so I should go to Bravissimo, a shop which caters for women with bigger busts. So, I went there, and they fitted me. Turns out I wear a 32-34 H/HH (depending on the brand). My new sports bra is a 32H (though I probably could've done with the HH if that style had gone up to it). And it actually keeps the girls in place. It's great. I'm looking forward to having the money to shop there more, since I desperately need new bras (all of my old ones are 38-40G).

I've been working out like mad for the past couple of weeks. I hope it pays off. I've also been really careful about my calorie intake. I'm still occasionally eating too many carbs and not enough fat and protein, but looking at it weekly, it probably evens out.

I have all of my exams in one week, and 2 weeks from now, I'll be completely done. I'll then be able to focus even more on my health. Well, that and wedding plans, moving house, and finding a job. Either way, as much as I love my course, I'm really looking forward to being done with uni forever (though I might volunteer in the department if I can't find work easily, which is likely, given that I'm an American woman of child-bearing age and therefore not particularly desirable despite being totally qualified). Anyway, we'll see how it works out.


Back in the game!

Friday, April 03, 2009

I've finally finished all of my coursework, including my dissertation, so I can get back to focusing on my health! emoticon Luckily, I somehow managed to lose about a pound while only going to the gym once a week, eating not particularly well, and spending 3 days in my flat doing nothing but sitting and eating.

I only have exams left, and those are in 3 weeks. They're all in one go, so I'll be completely done with uni by the end of April. But I won't actually be able to check out any books (our department librarian will be on holiday), so I won't really have the option of studying at home and will have to do all my studying in the library. That gives me a set schedule - 9-5 at the library, so I can work out between 5 and 7. That'll last for the next 3 weeks, then I'll have my exams. Apart from doing my exams the last week of April, I'll have nothing to do but sort out the wedding plans, look for a job, sort out moving house, and get fit for the foreseeable future.

I just updated my weight for my calorie needs, and they've decreased, so I'm glad my fiance and I really like soup because we'll be eating a lot of it. I'm also glad that it'll stay cool enough here to eat soup for a while longer. Fortunately, if I exercise more, I'll be able to eat more, so that'll work out. I just need to figure out a few more good soup recipes, since I have a pretty regular repertoire that might need expanding. Actually, there are some soups in V'con that I haven't made in a while, so I should look to that again.

I've been enjoying sleeping in and not having to worry about things I have to do (apart from sending in a form for a Certificate of Approval to Marry and looking for a flat). Although this won't last long, I'll still be much more relaxed and have more free time from now on. Yay!


March goals

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I've always been more of a follower than a leader, so I'm gonna take a cue from other people and set some goals for March. Here's the thing, though - I'm meant to be handing in my undergraduate dissertation in 2 1/2 weeks (the 20th), so I can't really set all that many. Anyway, here we go:

1) Drink even more water.
2) Stop slacking and hit the gym 3x per week.
3) Cut some carbs and eat more fat and protein.
4) Get more sleep.
5) Finish my dissertation!

I've been finding it difficult to make myself drink enough water, so I'm being a bit more determined now and setting a mini-goal of a bottle by lunch and another by dinner. I've also found that I still eat far too many carbs and not nearly enough fat or protein (except the days when I eat a piece of cake - then I get enough fat). It's amazingly difficult to sort that out - every bloody thing has carbs in it! (And no, I'm not one of those 'carbs are bad, mmkay' types, but I eat far too many.) I've also slacked a bit at the gym because of all the work I have to do. But I know that hitting the gym will give me more energy and make me feel better. I should try to go first thing in the morning, so that should give me the incentive to go to bed and get up at a reasonable time and get out the door early so I can work out and still have enough time to work on my dissertation. However, I did get my fiance to buy me a yoga mat, so at least I will soon have the option of working out at home if I can't make it to the gym.

I think those are reasonable. I have 17 weeks to lose 18 pounds, so if I stick to this, I should be able to do it. Unless my cake-maker finally starts bringing me samples...


Bad couple of days

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I've had a bad couple of days. My fiance and I are going through a rough patch, mostly because we're both really stressed out and not dealing with it very well. He decided Monday that he's going to quit his job, even though he doesn't have another one lined up, so that was kinda the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak, as far as my emotional health up to that point. We talked about it and, most importantly, I actually got some sleep, so I feel a lot better. His dad convinced him to wait until Friday, and he's applied for 2 jobs and has 2 more to apply for. He has savings, I'm also job hunting, and hopefully I'll be able to get a pretty good job once I graduate, so we're trying to stay positive.

However, because of that and trying to get work done on my dissertation, I haven't been to the gym since ... Friday? I think it was Friday. But I really feel it. I feel tense and tired, and all my muscles ache. It's almost like I have more energy and less muscle pain when I work out than when I don't. And the weirdest thing is that I feel like running. I *hate* running. But for some reason, I want to get on a treadmill and wear myself out. It's so bizarre. But I've been pretty good with food - I've actually been under my calories (though it was probably OK since I wasn't exercising as much). Except today, because I bought a piece of cake. Heh. I felt I deserved it.

Anyway, I'm making a point of getting up tomorrow and not going back to bed when Mike leaves for work so I can get a good start on the day. I have a meeting at 1, and I'm viewing a flat at 4.15, so I'll probably hit the gym in between those and get my work done between about 9.30 and 12.30. I just hope this works the way I plan.

I've finally managed to read through all of the info bits in Get It Ripe (I think there's more nutritional/holistic info than recipes). I'm thinking about doing some sort of cleanse, but I need to investigate further. I have pretty much all the symptoms of toxicity that she mentions, so maybe some sort of cleanse will help me feel better.

Also, my oven is jacked up again. I've had 2 massive baking failures in the past week (both burned on the outside, underdone on the inside), and I *never* do that. It's either the oven or the rice milk, although I'm thinking the oven is the more likely culprit. So, time for an oven thermometer. I think I'll just send Mike the link to that and the yoga mat I want so he can pay for them! Heh.


Not as bad as I thought

Friday, February 06, 2009

I thought I'd been really bad for a couple of days. I had a few really crappy meals, and I even had a slice of chocolate cake on Wednesday (what - am I supposed to overlook the individually wrapped slices of vegan chocolate cake that turn up about once every 2 years where I shop?). But then I changed my cardio minutes. I like to challenge myself to do more than I'm meant to do, but I've been consistently going over by more than double. So I upped it from 30 minutes 6 days a week to 60 minutes (which is about what I do anyway). That automatically updated my calorie requirements, and it turned out that I'd had just about the right amount of calories the day I ate that chocolate cake. Woot! So, I felt a lot better about that.

Thursday was my 3 week weigh-in for the programme I'm doing at my gym. I've lost 2.5kg in 3 weeks! So, obviously I'm doing this right. I'm much more relaxed about this now.


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