Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Pounds lost, that is.
Which is pretty exciting. I've never been able to stick with anything long enough to lose more than a few pounds. Not sure why this has worked so much better. Probably because I was more ready mentally. And I weighed 150 pounds, which for some reason was my line in the sand.
It took me awhile--I spend the first month not really upping exercise much, beyond taking a few extra walks. I started strength training a couple weeks in, then found Zumba and from there exercise just got easier--I didn't hate it as much as I used to. Especially since I was losing weight, with little change to my diet. I've gotten better about portions, and have avoided the unhealthier choices in the caf at work, but other than that? I pretty much eat the same as I did before, with extra attention to fruits & veggies. I'd still like to dial back on meat a little--we don't need to eat as much as we do. We're thinking of getting a local meat CSA and limiting ourselves to that--from an environmental & sustainability perspective, and from a health perspective, it seems a wise thing to do. Buying $$$ meat is one way to limit your intake, to be sure. :-)
I'm thrilled to be where I'm at, really. I was looking at FB pictures today of last Christmas, and, well, ugh. The double chin, the muffin top, the arms busting the seams of my shirts... This year, though, I can fit into pants I haven't been able to fit into for years (in fact, that might have been the true impetus--I can't afford to keep buying pants every month or two because I've outgrown them or worn out the upper thighs). My shirts fit better. The double chin less noticeable. People have started to notice that there's less of me, even.
And then there's the energy. I rarely feel like I need a nap every workday after lunch. I have more stamina to run around after my toddler (if only my knees & low back, victims of a car accident & scoliosis, were as amenable to being crawled on). I don't feel a lot stronger, really, but I've switched over from the lower weight, high rep strength training to higher weight, lower reps in an effort to start getting stronger. That will be my fitness goal after I get down to my goal weight.
So, I'm in the home stretch. Last 10 pounds. Which will probably be the hardest, but I'm cool with that, especially since some of that will be conversion of fat to muscle. I'm certain 120 is a makeable goal, but I'm not wedded to any particular timeline. My original goal was end of January, but then I got sick in October and weight loss took a backseat for a couple weeks. Then the holidays happened--I didn't gain weight, but didn't really lose weight, and with travel and holiday shopping and gym closures and whatnot it was tough to keep up with working out. I could maybe make the end of Feb, if I really worked at it, but I don't have any reason to push things, and since my laid-back attitude has worked so far, I'm inclined to roll with it. I haven't exactly been lazy--I've spent too much time at the gym for that, but I still refuse to say that I've been on a diet. Diets always sounded temporary to me, and I'm hoping this isn't that.
Monday, November 29, 2010
I've been in a bit of a plateau or something the last couple weeks. In part due to going to my sister's last week to help her move--no opportunity for exercise and no internet, so food tracking and such was tough. I ended up gaining a half pound or so, but that may have been due to the stop at Norske Nook for pie on the way home. Totally worth it. I'm not a dessert person, so sweets aren't generally a weakness of mine (that would be red wine, in my case), but once in awhile you have to indulge, I think.
However, the fact that pounds aren't coming doesn't so much bother me, as things are clearly redistributing--most evident in that I can fit into my pre-pregnancy pants, which is amazing to me. One reason I started this whole weight loss thing was because I had to buy a pair of jeans yet another size higher than my post-pregnancy pants, and was starting to wear that one out in the thighs. Since I can't afford new pants every couple months, I decided it was time to fix that. And now I've got back a half dozen or so pairs of pants I haven't been able to wear for two years. Needless to say, I'm pretty darn happy about that.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Well. After a 2-week hiatus, I think I'm finally feeling well enough to get back into things. I've spent the last two weeks attempting to recover from a cold followed by a sinus infection that (in combination with the inland hurricane that took over most of this week) made exercise all but impossible and I'm finally starting to feel a little bit more like myself. I haven't been keeping up with calorie tracking, either--worrying about calories on top of everything else seemed like a great way to get burnt out on the whole thing, so I just tried to keep to good habits while focusing on resting as much as possible. Didn't really gain any weight, though, so that's good. I'm a bit disappointed by the delay, but it didn't seem healthy to push weight loss while feeling sicker than I have in years. Sucks when life gets in the way of goals!
Today I started back with strength training, though, at a lower weight level (figures I'd get sick right after upping my weights), and it went well, and I should have time to get back into cardio this weekend, with a clear schedule and lovely weather. The cold & early dark will get in the way of more natural forms of activity, as taking my kid to the park was one easy way to get in at least a little activity every day, so I'll probably focus more on the gym and try to hit another cardio class a week to make up for it.
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Down about 6 pounds so far since I switched over from mostly tracking what I was doing to being more active about losing weight. I haven't modified my diet much, really, but am trying to focus more on portion control and stopping eating when I am no longer hungry (rather than when I'm full). My appetite got out of hand when I was breastfeeding, and while I lost weight during breastfeeding, once my son weaned the pounds added up in a hurry. So, I'm trying to get my appetite back down to more reasonable levels.
I've started a strength training program on my lunch breaks at work, and started going to Zumba classes on Tuesday & Thursday. They did a major upgrade to the fitness center at the Y closest to my house, so that should help a lot for other cardio, but with family commitments my goals are to continue with the strength training and zumba classes and walks with my son, and any other trips to the gym that I can squeeze in are gravy. Fortunately my husband has been great with support in general and taking care of our son while I go to the gym. Now, if I can get him to go to the gym with me (and our son will consent to stay at the daycare there without screaming), that'll be even better.
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