Friday, March 09, 2012
It's been a while since I logged in to SP. A lot of stuff, a lot of changes.
I got overwhelmed with changes in work, lifestyle, family, marriage...had to edit a lot. I dropped out of TOPS, and stopped hanging out in the SP discussions.
I started walking, then tried a little running. I started tracking my food in earnest, and topped eating stuff I didn't need to eat. Dropped some pounds, and kept those off for a year.
The big changes occurred when I joined the YMCA in October, and started swimming almost every day. Wow. That changed my body shape completely. I've "ungrown" three swimsuits since then, and lost some more weight.
A friend introduced me to racquetball. I've never been athletic in any way, and had earned a severe phobia to moving balls of any sort. Nevertheless, I found myself enjoying the sport. I discovered some new muscles. I pulled some leg muscles, which forced me, after some rest, to start warming up on the indoor track.
(Anything you do in Tillamook in the winter is necessarily indoors, except for those rare pleasant days when you don't have to be at work.)
I can now swim two miles straight in one session. I can run/walk two miles in under 23 minutes. I can play racquetball slowly and badly for an hour without running out of breath.
The biggest surprise is that I actually enjoy these things! Except the running--that's a necessary evil. I usually do 15 minutes as a warm-up before racquetball, and I've had no more muscle injuries. I have muscles, and I can see them.
I'm almost to my former goal of 130 pounds, and have decided that I should shoot for 120.
I've given up my daily weigh-ins for Lent. It seems weird, and counter-intuitive, I know. I was inspired by Pastor Jerry's Ash Wednesday sermon. I'm letting myself trust God and my body to know what they are doing. I still follow my Program, logging all my food and exercise, and stick with those goals. But every morning I look at the bathroom scale, and choose not to know, not to let it judge me.
So I don't know what I weigh today, but I have to wear a belt with my smallest jeans now, and that belt is running out of notches. I noticed more muscle definition in my thighs the other day when I was dressing for racquetball. Perhaps tuning out the scale is making me tune in to my body.
Last time I checked, I'd dropped a total of 34 pounds. I feel pretty darn good about that. For the first time in fifteen or twenty years, I don't feel fat. I like the way I look in photos now. That is a wonderful feeling.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I could have used "Affirmations" as my title, but I'm tired of that overused word. So I'll invent "Intentionalisms."
Lately in church, I've been hearing a lot about becoming more "intentional" in our giving, in our volunteering, in our awareness of the work our sister churches are doing in the community, etc. I think that I need to be more "intentional" in my diet and health habits.
Meaning, this has got to be a priority. I can't wait until I have the time and inclination, I have to make the time and inclination. Whether or not I feel like it.
There are 6 basic things I should do on a daily basis:
Simple. I should make a chart, and mark them off each day. Obviously, I can't spend an hour every day doing every one of those things, because there's other stuff that has to get done. Maybe I should just set a minimum of 15 minutes, knowing that it's the Getting Started that's the hardest part. And make "every day" into 5 days each week, knowing that there are days when I'm away from home, garden, and piano, and that can't be avoided.
Bonus: Gardening is exercise! Two birds and all that.
Monday, September 14, 2009
My pastor has started a new challenge, which I am calling the "TUMC Lose It for Life: Do It for the Kids! Challenge."
We now have seven participants. We have pledged to lose as much weight as we can over the next three months. Folks at church are pledging money per pound that the team loses. Money raised goes to pay utilities for our new Indoor Play Park.
I've been in a slump, gained back some weight, so maybe a little nudging from the church will help.
For the contest, I've changed my weight ticker to start at Zero and go to 12 pounds. Why 12? Well, that's a pound a week, which is a stretch. Also, 12 pounds will put me Halfway to Goal! That would be a good landmark to reach.
How to begin? What to change?
Well, I suppose the best place to start is where I left off. Checking my Fitness page, I see that my weekly goals are to do a minimum of 250 minutes of Cardio to burn 1550 calories, and do 3 strength training sessions. That's a good place to start.
Also, I was tracking my food on My Pyramid, and keeping my average Energy Balance at, wow, -715 Calories. No wonder I was looking pretty darn good last spring.
I have some catching up to do. It will take a while to work up to a 700-Calorie deficit. Maybe this week I'll work on a -200 Calorie average Energy Balance.
So here we go:
Cardio, 5 times, 50 minutes.
Strength, 3 times, 15 minutes.
-200 Calorie Energy Balance
We'll try that for a couple of weeks and see how it goes.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Daniel and I were discussing recently an idea for a grease-less meatloaf pan, one that has holes in it to let the grease drain out. See, we love meat loaf once in a while, and I make a pretty good one, but I hate to see it swimming in fat. I can never drain enough of it off.
So, tonight I used the steamer basket from my stock pot. I placed it on a rack inside a casserole dish. I squished the meatloaf into the round steamer basket, shaping it into a kind of donut (or torus, for you geometry types), so it would cook evenly.
Well, when it was done, there was about a half-inch of grease in the bottom of the casserole. Wow. I turned the meatloaf over onto a plate, and it looked a little pale, so I drizzled some hoisin sauce on it and ran it under the broiler to brown it up a bit. I ended up with something like a Meatloaf Bundt.
Anyhow, judging from the grease in the pan, I suspect I skinnied up that recipe a lot!
Here's another lean trick I've discovered. My husband likes to pack his own lunch (cool!), but sandwich meat is often expensive, and fatty. Well, Jennie-O makes a pretty decent turkey ham. We buy it at our Safeway for $2.79 a pound. The guy at the meat counter takes it back and deli-slices it for us, at no charge. One little turkey ham sure does slice up into a pretty pile of lunch meat! $2.79 a pound is a lot less than you'll pay for deli meat, or that pre-packaged stuff. Sure, I can buy ham for half that price, and carve it myself, but convenience rules when you're packing your own lunch in the morning.
Bagged spinach is also a life-saver for packing lunches. I hardly ever buy lettuce any more.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
I've lived at the Coast for nine years now, and in western Oregon my entire life. I thought I knew every type of rain, from molecular rain (the invisible stuff that penetrates between clothing fibers right into your pores) to what my husband colorfully refers to as "raining like a cow peeing on a flat rock."
But until yesterday, I never knew there was such a thing as heavy drizzle. Oxymoronic, yes. Miserable, yes. Very fine drops, so fine you don't hear them hitting the roof, and yet the windshield wipers are hard put to keep up. Wind gusts pick up this lightweight stuff and just whip it around. I drove two hours down to Newport, and back again, in this heavy drizzle. Yuck.
And it's cold. I'm ready for spring. I want to plant a garden, but we're weeks from the ground warming and drying up.
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