Thursday, September 11, 2008
My new scale & heart monitor arrived today! After supper my husband & I played with the scale & figured out how it works. Once you've created your personal profile (age, height, gender), besides weight it calculates BMI & also sends a pulse that supposedly reads your body fat percentage. You, my Sparkfriends, probably already have a cool scale like this, but we are just now entering the 21st century of bathroom gadgets. Heh.
I will officially weigh myself in the morning, & tomorrow you'll see my weight zoom up on my ticker. We already compared the new scale with our old one & found the new one weighs us both 6 pounds more than the old one. I'll probably adjust my goal weight too, though, since my original goal was based on the old scale.
Tomorrow morning, after finding out my REAL weight, I'll go running with the Camelbak--yay! I haven't had time to figure out the heart monitor yet, though, so that will have to wait. Hopefully over the weekend I'll have time to read the instructions.
Monday, September 08, 2008
I'm wearing a belated birthday present from my husband: a hydrating Camelbak backpack to wear while running! It's the smallest size, quite sleek & light, with a flexible liter container for water & a connecting tube that I can drink from. Isn't that a cool idea?
Last week during my two-hour walk/run in the forest preserve I didn't see a single drinking fountain. This despite the fact that in several places the trail goes through large cleared picnic areas with shelters, volleyball nets, restrooms, grills. My water bottle is too heavy to carry when running, so I drank from it before leaving it in the car . . . but of course I got QUITE thirsty. I stopped twice in bathrooms & managed to drink a bit by sticking my head into the sink as far as possible. This will be MUCH MUCH better--yay!
The other two new toys haven't arrived yet, but they're on their way: a digital scale (ours has been terribly unreliable as of late) that estimates body fat as well (I have my doubts about that part, but we'll see) & a heart rate monitor & timer to wear while running. I'm really looking forward to both.
I haven't been blogging much lately, but I've been working hard on a challenge with a private team. I don't feel like I'm in the groove yet--too much craving going on--but hopefully it will get easier soon.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The party last night was fabulous. The folks who arrived (50-60, I think) were so lively & attentive & fun; the music was fantastic; & my readings came off well. It was wonderful to share the celebration with my husband this year (last year he was on a work trip to California). I dedicated two poems to him, & he was very moved.
I am down a pound this morning! Yesterday I just worked worked worked & drank tons of water & ate very little. (I took the day off from work.) My exercise was to jog a little over a mile to the grocery store & then to walk home briskly lugging at least 20 lbs. of last-minute groceries.It was really fun to do a bunch of baking, though it was a fairly hot day.
I'm unreasonably happy about the herb bread recipe that I found & altered. I used basil & chives from my back-porch flowerboxes, plus dried rosemary & thyme, & I substituted white whole wheat flour & wheat germ for some of the white flour the recipe called for. Ended up with two SCRUMPTIOUS loaves, & people raved about it. I'll have to run it through the Sparkrecipes calculator to find out the nutritional values.
Late this afternoon, after the heat of the day has passed, we'll put away the lawnchairs & folding chairs that are still set up in the backyard. Happy party aftermath . . .
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thanks, everyone, for your encouraging words & ideas about my obsessing. It's not that I'm actually hungry; I'm going higher than my calorie range pretty much every day (where it looks as if I have not gone over, usually it's just that I quit tracking when I saw that I would be over). It's something in my head. Or it could be that hormones are making me feel weird.
I have not been cutting back much on sweets either, even though I did bring low-fat cottage cheese to the office this week & have had 0.5 cup of it every afternoon. Sigh.
Some clothes I ordered arrived a couple of days ago, & last night I tried on the two jackets. Both are too small! They are size 10T; I'm going to have to exchange them for 12Ts. I know fit varies with clothing style/cut, but it's a bit demoralizing. I don't look like a size 10 in the mirror either.
On top of all of this, my husband is mad at me about a really minor thing. I don't seem to be able to reason with him about it. We are supposed to work on some bookkeeping stuff together tonight, but since he hasn't chatted with me all day I'm sure he isn't planning on it--but he'll say it's my fault we had to postpone it. I hate those vicious cycles.
A list of good things to make me feel better:
1. I went running this morning & continued experimenting with intervals.
2. I am rereading To Kill a Mockingbird & loving it even more than the previous times I'd read it.
3. This week I wrote a poem (about a rainstorm in Colombia) that I'm really happy with.
4. The break in my freelance project is continuing, & I was starting to get a bit worried about cash flow; but the project coordinator just wrote to propose that I take on another editing project for this church, which would be sent to me in short segments. That will really help!
I wonder whether I should keep the 10T clothes & use them as further motivation to lose weight. They are fall clothes, so I wouldn't be wearing them till later anyway.
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