Tuesday, June 09, 2009
I've been over on my calories for two days straight. And yesterday I was beating myself up for it, but I'm over that now. I gave myself a good talking to, and decided to cut myself some slack.
See, this is where I set myself up for failure. If I'm not perfect, I get depressed and think I'm going to give up again. But really, I was still only at around 2000 calories both days, which is JUST FINE. It's OK to do that for a few days, as long as on balance I am generally lower. I didn't binge, I didn't go crazy. I didn't eat unhealthy food. I was just hungrier than normal, and wanted to snack. That's OK. And I didn't exercise either - also OK, as long as I get back to it and don't let it turn into a slump.
So tomorrow I WILL go jogging. Today I WILL be good with my calorie intake. If this is going to be a true lifestyle, there will be days when I feel like eating more, or exercising less. There will be days when my body needs to rest. The important thing is the consistency in getting right back on with the healthy habits as soon as I can.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Yay me! One full week back at tracking and I've lost 1.5 pounds. So I've only got 2 pounds to go to get to my previous Spark low weight, and then it'll be 3 more into the 160's. I WILL make it there before I take another break, darn it!
Monday, June 01, 2009
I think I'm finally learning that consistency is key to everything. I'm in acupuncture school, and the Chinese are big believers in doing something every day for 100 days to really see results. I have been applying that to doing Qi Gong exercises, and also to the Chinese herbs I am taking. And I'm really seeing good results, which I haven't noticed before when I was more sporadic about both.
So I'm trying to see where I can build consistency into other areas of my life. One is strength training, where I have been very sporadic in the past. I'm now in my third straight week of doing it 3x a week, and am feeling pleased with myself. Also skin care. I sometimes buy expensive (ish) products and then don't use them properly because I try to be cheap about making them last longer. No more. I am committing to one range, and seeing if 100 days will make me look younger.
And then there's eating, and cardio exercise. And cleaning up the house if I'm being honest. All areas where I need more consistency. I wonder what I can focus and build upon? It'd be good to do 30 mins of cardio 6x a week, to track my food every day, and to clean something in my house every day. I think I'm going to go off and add them as goals to track...
Sunday, May 31, 2009
So, I've basically wasted two months. Two months of stalled weight loss because tracking was too hard to keep up. Sigh. I don't have an excuse. I mean, I was busy, but no busier than I was in February or March.
The good news is that I didn't go completely off the rails. I've probably gained 3 or 3.5 pounds, which isn't bad. I kept up with exercise, even if not always at the level I should have done. At least I didn't binge or become a couch potato. I checked my cholesterol this morning with my home meter, and was pleased to see it was 169, so that shows I've been healthy.
But, I am here because I want to lose weight. So I'm going to try to step it up for June, with the promise that I'll take July "off" again. And then maybe try to step it back up in August, at least for the first 3 weeks (I'm going on vacation at the end of Aug.). I think maybe if I book myself my annual physical for early July, that'll give me something to aim for. It'd be so nice to be in the 160's by then. And if I promise myself a break, perhaps that'll help with the mental focus, if I tell myself I only have to track for a month.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I STILL can't seem to get back to tracking food. I don't know why I'm having such a mental block about it. But I AM tracking my fitness. I figure I can at least do that.
My weight is completely stalled. Which is a good thing, as at least I'm not gaining. In fact, it's awesome. I have stepped up the exercise for a few weeks in a row, and I'm nearly where I want to be long term as far as the types of things I am doing and the length of time I'm putting in - in fact, today I thought my thighs were looking a bit smaller so I hope I'm toning up a bit. But I want to be losing, and to do that I know I need to track food. And yet...?
Ugh. I don't know why I am being such a wuss about tracking my food. Perhaps for the next week I should "track" by just writing down everything without necessarily being completely accountable for the portions or entering it in the database. Maybe that will get me back into the groove.
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