Wednesday, July 06, 2011
I'm struggling right now. I changed my goals for my next goal weight date from August 31 to August 13 for a couple of reasons. First, I felt like 1700+ calories was giving me too much leeway and I was starting to overeat (like actually going over the max a few times in a row, etc), which really bothered me. And second, August 31 was such an arbitrary date. I didn't have a "reason" behind the date. But August 13th is the weekend that we're doing our Anniversary Celebration via the overnight stay at the GA Aquarium. So this is a "special" date, which I tend to do better with when it comes to goal setting. This knocked my max calories down to 1640 - still reasonable (and still more than I was eating previously), and it fits my comfort zone a little better. I was just not ready to up my calories quite that much... Not and stay in control. And that scares me. Because when I do reach my goal weight and go into "maintenance" mode, my calorie requirements will go up and I'm terrified that I won't be able to stay in control...
My next struggle is... once I do hit my goal weight, I don't know what to do. I've never hit a goal weight before so this has never been a concern. But now I'm close and I don't know how to handle it. What happens when I get there? How do I stay motivated to STAY there? I won't have a "goal" in sight anymore so how do I make it work?? I need goals. I'm one of those people that just cannot do well if I'm "drifting". I need specific goals and I need to know how to work towards them.
My partner suggested a 5K. I've tried and failed that at least a few times before, but I was also 30+ pounds overweight when I tried before. So... I suppose I could try again. But we'll have to come up with an alternate schedule for the dogs because my arthritic shepherd just cannot do that. She's been steadily slowing down on our walks for the last 6 months or so, and there's no way she'd ever be able to keep up (even with my slow pace) for any type of jogging. So somehow I need to fit both a slower walk for her and a training walk/run for me into my mornings? I'm just not sure how to do that.
I'll probably do the C25K type program again, but that's like 30-45 minutes per segment if I remember correctly, and 45 minutes is about what I work out total in the mornings. So (off the top of my head here) I think my partner (who walks much slower than me) is going to try to take Gabby (the senior dog) on some 15-20 min walks at least a few days a week. I'm thinking... I don't want to give up the circuit training. The strength training is good for me, but maybe I'll cut that back to twice weekly. I'll do a 20-30 min circuit training workout on Tues and Thurs (alternating front/back of the body), and then follow that with a walk (maybe a slower one with the arthritic dog?), then M/W/F, I'll do the C25K with my lab, who has more energy than 8 fully charged energizer batteries. Problem is, I still want to squeeze yoga and the kickboxing workouts in too... GAH. Where to do all this?? Maybe I want to do too much??? I definitely don't want to be working out for more than an hour a day. I feel like that would become overkill. But how do I fit in all the things I want/need?? Maybe I should do the C25K twice weekly instead of 3 times a week?? I wonder if that is reasonable?? Could I actually train for a 5K if I only ran twice weekly? Or maybe I need to add Saturday to my workouts and do the C25K on Tues/Thurs/Sat, so I can do the strength training M/W and then my alternate workout (kickboxing or yoga) on Friday? I guess that might work... Means Tray would only need to walk Gabby on Tues/Thurs, which might be more reasonable for her since she's got very limited motivation these days... Hmmm... Just not sure how best to squeeze it in. What I do know is that I definitely need a plan. Because otherwise I'm afraid I will give up and gain the weight back, and that is NOT in my plans.
Ugh. What a pain. LOL
Friday, July 01, 2011
So I checked out the farmers market last night that the local library parking lot hosts once a week during the summer. Brought $20 and a couple grocery bags with me and picked up some fruits, eggs, and veggies at less than grocery store prices!
I still had $7.50 left too. :)
I got some locally grown peaches, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and free-range eggs, which I'm very excited about! My tomato plants should be starting to give me some veggies soon, and hopefully the peppers too, but in the meantime I'll frequent the farmers market on Thursday evenings. :) I had one of the peaches for dessert after lunch today and it was super delicious!
I am planning to make some quiche this weekend with the eggs and some of the veggies, and then see how that does for snacks in the afternoons. I think it should freeze OK too, which will make it nice since I need "on the go" type things.
I am trying to alternate veggies and fruits for my snacks, and add them to my meals as well. I want to try dry beans for chili the next time I make it, rather than canned beans. Although I'm not sure if that works for chili beans?? It would for kidney beans for sure, and I think I'll see about adding a few other beans and perhaps quinoa (thanks LegallyBlonde81 for the suggestion!) too. So we'll see how that goes. :) I still have some frozen chili left from my last batch though so I'll eat that first.
I think our next investment at home is going to be a small deep freezer. That will serve us very well with the changes we are working to accomplish. There's a bigger farmers market up north of us too that I think we're going to check out - it's on Saturdays, and I want to see about picking up a flat or two of my favorite berries to rinse and freeze for future use. Probably much cheaper than buying frozen fruit at the grocery store. And if I can freeze enough of it to last me through the winter throughout the summer, that will save us $$ down the line too. :)
Ok, so now I'm feeling very rambly... ah well. It helps me to think through things sometimes.
Hope everyone is having a lovely, healthy day!!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Ok, so thanks to those who chimed in on tips for adding calories to my day without sabotaging myself. My fats/proteins are typically what is low for me throughout the day, while carbs is usually right at the top of (or over) what SP recommends.
My next issue is I'm ridiculously picky. I hate nuts (exception being peanut butter - which I just discovered the Jif Natural peanut butter which is DELICIOUS), and cottage cheese. Yuck. :(
I always save room for a yummy snack for dessert after dinner (i.e. something delicious like one serving of the Keebler Grasshopper cookies or a homemade hot cocoa, etc), so I typically don't crave the junk food during the day. In fact, I'm not normally all that hungry during the day which makes it even harder for me to get my calories in before dinner. Once I get home I am typically famished, so I'm likely to overeat at dinner. This is something I want to really work on changing.
I love almost all fruits and I like a lot of veggies, so figuring out ways to include those would be awesome. I'm kind of leaning towards making and dividing a big quiche or making mini quiches and bringing those with me to work to add more veggies and protein/good fats to my day. I'm thinking that might be an ideal solution at this point. I could get all sorts of good stuff in there - tomatoes, peppers, onions, chives, celery, etc. and have a tasty dish without much guilt.
One of my big goals right now is to limit the processed foods that I eat. I want to try to significantly cut down on any processed foods, and make sure that the ones I eat are not crammed with junk (no HFCS, no hydrogenated anything, etc). So that's my next challenge. I really want to "clean up" my diet as much as possible. Now I'm not going to go nuts and cut out all processed food, or even all "junk" because I'm still fully intending on having my freebie days and my yummy snacks on occasion. But I want the bulk of my diet (i.e. my main meals and snacks) to be as un-processed and as close to "whole" as possible. What I'm finding is that I actually LIKE that food! Surprising to me, but I enjoy it! Now I will still eat whole wheat pastas and whole wheat breads, and the Jif Natural peanut butter, and things along those lines, but I want to increase the amount of unprocessed foods that I eat in relation to the volume that I've been consuming.
This fall, I am planning to start trying to bake my own breads and see how that goes. I'm not about to turn on the oven while it's 90+ degrees outside so that will wait a few months, but I want to experiment with some of the cooking and baking that I haven't tried in the past.
These are just goals that I have. And hope to implement. With your support of course. :)
And on a separate note - I bought greek yogurt in an effort to cut back on the hormone/antibiotic laden "regular" yogurts (non-organic) that I normally use in my morning smoothies. I'm still eating the 'regular' yogurts as my lunch snack, but may change that going forward too. I'm trying to switch more to organics where I can, and my main focuses are going to be eggs/dairy, and EWG's "dirty dozen" pesticide laden fruits/veggies (apples, berries, etc). If I ate meat, I'd be focused on going organic there too, but as that isn't an issue for me I don't particularly care to worry about that too much. :)
Anyhow - the greek yogurt has this "tang" of sorts that I'm really struggling with. I added granulated sugar to my smoothie yesterday and today (1/2 tsp yesterday, 1 tsp today) and really am still not finding it very yummy. In fact, it's more of a chore to drink it with the greek yogurt. I'm not sure if it's just the brand I bought (Chobani) or if all greek yogurt has that kick?? If so, I may try the organic regular yogurt and see if that is any better. Theoretically the greek yogurt is healthier even than the organic regular yogurt, but if I can't get past the taste, that may just be another of my picky things that I don't eat... So if anyone has thoughts there on how to make it yummier, I'd be really appreciative!
Now that I've written a book... I should hurry up and finish my lunch (homemade chili! yum!) and get back to work.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
So my calorie limits have gone up (yay!), but I don't want to go crazy with what I eat just because I can eat more. So how do I eat more and do so in a healthy manner?
That's my next real challenge. I'm finding that I don't eat enough earlier in the day so I end up with more than 50% of my calories at dinner time, which is not good for me. So... how do I eat more during the day (when I'm normally not very hungry anyhow)?
First, I know I need to start having a small snack prior to working out. Sometimes I manage it (a small banana or a half cup of grapes), but not always. I also think I need to eat more at breakfast. I tend to hover around 300 calories for breakfast, and I probably need to up that to closer to 400 calories. Maybe even a little over that. Lunch typically isn't too bad, but still close to 300 calories, when it probably should be more like 400 calories. Then I need to throw in an afternoon snack (today I have 1 cup of grapes for my afternoon snack), and then when I get to dinner, I'll have a more "normal" amount of calories left over, rather than 900+ calories to go for the day.
So I just need to come up with a workable schedule as well as a plan for different snacks and foods I can use (easy access stuff or things I can easily prepare ahead of time) so that I don't have a reason not to incorporate the calories that I need to bring into my day. I am definitely open to suggestions. I don't want to fill these "extra" calories with junk. I want to focus on fruits and veggies when I can, with perhaps some healthy carbs, fats, and proteins thrown in. Let's keep in mind I don't eat meat.
Right now my typical day's meals look like this:
Morning snack (if I remember) - small banana or 1/2 cup grapes
Breakfast (during the week) - fruit smoothie (w/ greek yogurt, frozen fruits, v8 Fusion juice, & flax seed)
Lunch - typically something homemade - chili, vegetarian soups, etc. and a nonfat yogurt
Afternoon snack (not something I've implemented yet) - today is 1 cup grapes, but I'm not sure what else to try.
Dinner - varies - veggie wraps, veggie burgers, PB&J, soup, wheat pasta w/ veggies, etc. Depends what we're in the mood for. :)
So I guess I'm looking for some suggestions to try so I can get more healthy calories in during the day so I don't have to eat so many in the evening.
Thanks all. :)
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Had a great weekend with family. The healthy eating mostly went out the window. LOL. But in all reality I guess I didn't do too terribly. I'm at 140 this morning, which I think is mostly bloating because I definitely had more salt/sugar than normal for me. So I expect that I'll be back to 139 by my weigh-in this Saturday.
We were active all weekend - Friday was the aquarium in Atlanta, Saturday we walked around Helen, GA all day and then played miniature golf. Sunday was my graduation, which went awesome! I didn't trip or fall down! Yay! Yesterday was my recovery/straighten up the house day. Which was fine as well. We spent some time in the pool at the hotel all but Friday (thunderstorms kept us out Friday evening. oh well), so I definitely got some exercise in, though like I mentioned my eating wasn't fantastic. Not terrible, but could have been better. I'm not bummed out about it though. I'm happy with how the weekend went, and knowing that I'm right back at it today with getting up and exercising this morning and planning out my meals tells me that I've grown exponentially in that aspect of my life. In the past, one "bad" weekend would have thrown me off for a LONG time. But not anymore!!
I decided to go ahead and set another goal for myself of 135, but am giving myself 2 months to get there. This will increase my calorie range and slow down my weight-loss, but will allow me to concentrate a little more fully on healthy living and fitness rather than on counting calories alone. I want to experiment with some recipes from the Jillian Michael's Master Your Metabolism cookbook, which I borrowed from the library. So I'll post a few reviews once we do that. I'm also well-aware that what I'm trying to lose now is vanity weight and not weight relating to unhealthy body fat. So I know my body may not cooperate as well as it has been thus far. But I am hopeful that it does. If I can drop a pound every other week, I will be really satisfied with that progress. In addition I'm going to be more focused on measurements than weight, as I do still have some inches to lose, but I know that as I lessen my calorie deficit, I will (hopefully) be building a little more muscle rather than just losing fat, so I expect my weight loss to slow but inches lost to continue a little more steadily. Or that is my hope anyhow. So we'll see how that goes.
Anyway, I am happy with the progress I have made so far this year, and I'm enjoying the fact that I'm not afraid to have my picture taken anymore! I have lots of pictures of this weekend to prove it too! Yay! May post a few on here when I get a chance. Even though they won't truly be "after" pictures yet. But they're certainly an improvement from my "before" pictures!!!
Sooo...... I guess that's about it for now.
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