Saturday, January 07, 2012
Today the scale disappointed me. I have made progress with some lifestyle issues that have been a problem for a long time - BUT the scale did not show that progress. 140.2 today, 139.6 for the last 2 weeks. Bleah.
So I went back to my goals recorded at the end of November before this challenge began. Let's see how I did...
"I will exercise daily for a minimum of 10 minutes for the 56 days of the challenge."
YES. This is consistency which I have never even attempted before, and I have done it.
"I will attempt to walk/run at least 6 miles a week."
Nope, haven't done it. I can blame the cold weather - I did compensate by doing much more Leslie Sansone indoor walking which incorporates bursts of jogging, knee lifts, kicks, lunging tapouts, and side steps. But when I ran yesterday for the first time in a week, it was harder than I thought it would be. There's something about outdoor running for a fixed period of time which is more challenging, even though the tracker SAYS it burns fewer calories, at least at my pace...
"I will continue to watch calories, portion sizes, and drink plenty of water."
I've done better on the water. I've tracked more consistently & weighed my food more often. But a few things such as dim-sum have intervened & I think the ones my friends made may have more calories than I think. They gave me some to take home...but those are now in the freezer...
Temptations I am not feeling so much any more:
Pita chips. Potato chips. Cheese. THAT is huge - cheese has been my Waterloo!
Alcohol. I decided last week to get serious & cut it back to two drinks a week. Wednesday was the day and I didn't even want a drink - but I had it anyway, and wow, could I notice the difference in my body. Also realized that if I have one, I want two - so I may as well say "two drinks, ONE night a week."
Tonight is my other allowed night. I may just not bother!
Habits that are changing:
Night-time snacking. I've been more successful at planning it & eating less. I've had more herbal tea.
Movie snacking - I streamed a movie last night and drank water instead of munching. It IS possible...
Bedtime snack - I don't think I can cut this out. I've been having a hot chocolate made with Super Skim, dark cocoa powder, and Splenda. Bananas don't seem to do it for me, Claude!
Things I don't want to change:
Bread. I've been weighing my bread in grams and having GOOD bread. It may be that the bread is compensating for the lack of cheese! Sometimes I do just want quantity in which case I have lo-cal bagel thins...but quality satisfies so nicely.
OK, so what about this plateau? Maybe it was a spike, maybe it was water weight, but hey, maybe it was ME!
I've been off work for the last two weeks, so I've exercised, but my regular movement has probably been less because of weather and lack of regular schedule. Stress has been low but I've had a huge clean-up project going here at home - it's fairly sedentary. And let's face it, I am a reader and at heart, a sedentary person -- I have to have something to keep my mind busy when I exercise, unless it is dancing, but that is not something I do regularly.
I have not done as well on raw veggies as I could have. Broccoli slaw is a great discovery, yummers! But I have neglected the raw carrots and the sugar snap peas I had planned to eat. What is it about winter, I just don't want to eat raw carrots!
EXERCISE is the area where I need to do more, I think.
The challenge has motivated me to go for 30-60 minutes a day more consistently. Coach Nicole's videos are helping me see where my body lacks strength.
Morning exercise has always been tough for me but I probably need to JUST DO IT. Late afternoon is when I want to go out - temperatures are usually better, & I just feel more like walking when I've accomplished something already. But if I added a half hour each morning, that might help a lot.
OK, the sun is shining, I am outta here! On to another week!