Monday, December 02, 2013
Christmas is my favorite time of year! Always has been, I just love the merriness of Christmas carols, the decorations, and getting into the spirit. It's waned a little as I've gotten older (stressing about sharing holidays with the bf, what gifts to get people etc.) but still, bring it on!
November was kind of a break even month for me. I wasn't on track food wise as I would have liked to have been, but I did set a personal record for an exercise streak of 23 days. I logged over 700 fitness minutes surpassing my goal. I maintained my weight when I had wanted to lose another 5+ pounds by Christmas. I gained 4 lbs over Thanksgiving and am now only 6ish lbs down from my starting weight. 9 lbs before Christmas isn't really doable unless most of that 4 lbs is still water/toxins weight.
The next couple weeks are going to be crazy for me work-wise. I will be off-site conducting training, which means no teleworking (which means less time for me to think about and cook dinner) and limited options for lunch--I have to be good about packing it ahead of time. I'm also planning on hosting a holiday shindig for a couple of our friends. Finally, I'll be headed up north (flying, then driving) again, on the 23rd.
My December goals are to stick with the #SparktheSeason challenge, which is basically a consistency challenge for December. I love the idea of the 30 days of instagram pics to go along with the #SparktheSeason but I know I won't be able to keep that up. For my #SparktheSeason goal, since I enjoyed #fit2feast I'm sticking with that and will be aiming for 10 min/day exercise as my focus. That, and generally taking care of myself the next few weeks, not letting myself get stressed with work, making sleep a priority, etc. I've also upped my monthly fitness goal to 750 minutes. My bf has been complaining that he's gained some weight back and has indicated that he wants to get back into things so hopefully that will add to motivation and make things easier!
So to break it down, my month will be filled with this:
being very busy at work;
but trying to make a priority;
while trying to concentrate on mainly paleo;
and blasting through 750 fitness minutes
while still enjoying the season
picking out a
hosting a gathering that WILL involve eggnog;
getting my done;
and relaxing somewhere to enjoy some movies!
Monday, November 25, 2013
So sadly, my streak ended yesterday
I did 23 days of daily exercise for #fit2feast. Which I do believe is a personal record for me but still, I really wanted to keep it going just a few days longer until I left to travel home for thanksgiving. Coming up just short (3 days) feels like failing. But, its not! I had a good streak and I already passed my 700 monthly fitness minutes which is more than I did last month.
Last week I wanted to end on a high note and I had 5 days of good eating, averaging 1385 cals a day, and of course, exercising daily as well. I was disappointed when I weighed myself (I wanted to before thanksgiving, so it was only a little bit early that I broke my no-weighing rule). No loss, no gain. I am STILL 105. ugh. I've been sitting pretty here, that's my 10lb mark, for over a year now without any progress. It's frustrating. My goal weight by Christmas seems unattainable
I didn't exercise yesterday which broke my streak. I did a little cleaning but that really doesn't count. After the hike from Saturday my knee was bothering me a bit so I was only going to do some light ST but I couldn't even get myself to do that. Friday broke my good eating streak too. I went out with a coworker for lunch then the bf was craving wings for dinner. We're running low on groceries and there's no point to get more when we are about to leave for thanksgiving so I agreed. Saturday we had our pre-thanksgiving thanksgiving. We ordered pizza, drank wine & cider, and had a marathon of all the Friends thanksgiving episodes. Lots of fun, but made me feel kind of icky. So yeah, yesterday still wasn't great foodwise and today isn't either, we're going out with friends for dinner and trivia. I just need to make better choices, I don't have to be perfect but just not give in to everything.
Tomorrow will be spent packing and what not, we've got a REALLY early flight on Wednesday morning. I'm a little nervous with the weather, they're talking rain (but cold enough to freeze at night) here and snow up north where I'm headed
So I guess my takeaway is that I had such a great week last week food/exercise-wise and it still didn't show on the scale. Then I feel like I threw it all away over the weekend. But in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am grateful that I have a functioning body that enables me to hike, exercise, and live my life. I am thankful for my health and for the health of those near and dear to me. All this matters much more than my weight and how I feel about my body/appearance. And I'm thanking for the small things in life, like this:
Along our hike from Saturday, we got to scramble around the rocks too, it was fun!
my 2 favorites during our thanksgiving friends marathon
I wish you all that may be traveling safe travels! Enjoy the time with loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Friday, November 15, 2013
Happy Friday friends! Just a quick happy blog for once. I feel like I always blog when I'm beating myself up after a binge/slip up. But today, and maybe its the workout endorphins talking, I'm feeling good. Last November I hit the 10lb weight loss mark and I'm still hovering steady on that mark. At my lowest I've hit about a 13lb loss and on bad days I've only lost about 6 lbs. Still, we're only talking a few lbs here and there. But on me, I can tell since I'm so petite. And while I'm not quite where I want to be I look better than I did before, and I'm happy I honestly feel that way! (just look at my May '12 pic, ugh) So here's a pic of me today, which looks pretty much like I did a year ago lol
Today's my friday off, and I'm going to get my hair cut and run errands...Not sure what to do with my hair. I'm trying to grow it out, but the ends are so bad I feel like it needs to be chopped. Well, we shall see, maybe I'll post if it comes out good.
Let's make it a good balanced weekend! I know I'm going out to dinner for date night tomorrow but lets also make healthy choices :)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I really need to step it up from now until Thanksgiving. While I've been keeping up with the #fit2feast challenge, I've been slacking big time on food. I was only on track 3 days last week and this past weekend was terrible foodwise.
Friday I got a quick workout in after work and between going out for the night, we had plans for dinner and a comedy show (John Oliver) with friends. I drank a couple too many--when you're a young professional in DC pretty much any restaurant that you go to that is not a regular bar is on the swankier side, with trendy (i.e.pricey) fancy schmancy cocktails that are fun to try, and between our group of 6 we tried them all.
Saturday I was slightly feeling it so I tried to ride out my lack of hunger (the only "positive" side to drinking) but then the carb cravings kicked in and my bf ordered Chinese for dinner. I felt antsy so I took a walk downtown and perused the shops, the main street is about 10 minutes from where we live so that's what I "counted" for #fit2fast
Sunday we had dinner plans with friends (the monthly dinner I've been going to was moved earlier this month bc of turkey day) so I had a good paleo breakfast, worked out (Bob Harper strength), and skipped lunch in prep for dinner. Dinner, btw, was eggplant parmesan, which I didn't think I liked eggplant, but this was a-mazing. Loaded with cheese lol. Side of home-made fettuccini and salad. Dessert was cheesecake with cranberry compote. Delicious. and I ate it ALL.
Yesterday was probably the worst. I took advantage of the weekend deals and went shopping, literally it was power shopping (for 4 hours!) I was walking fast and after I had purchased a few things my bags were heavy! I counted that as my workout, though not for the full 4 hours since that's probably incorrect. For food I ate the dinner leftovers, so more carbs. Bf came home and decided to "bake" cookies, as in, he bought pre-made dough from somebody at work (I was mad at him for that in the first place) and scooped it on to cookie sheets. I had 8 of them. Yes EIGHT. What is wrong with me?!
So needless to say, definitely trying to stay focused and get my eating under control this week and hit it harder in my workouts. I broke a personal November goal of mine to avoid the scale, and I wish I hadn't since I'm up a few pounds. opposite direction. great.
Monday, November 04, 2013
If I don't do anything else from now until Thanksgiving (and then hopefully the rest of November) it's to do the #fit2feast challenge. 10 min of exercise a day. That's it. Easy, right? Let's hope.
I usually don't mind adding a few extra minutes in once I start, as they say, the hardest part is just starting and doing it. So I'm hoping this challenge will keep me up to my monthly fitness minutes which is still set for 700. I didn't get there last month, which was totally inexcusable because I think I had like 18 min to go. grrr
So far I've completed 3 days of #fit2feast and only clocked in 54 min of exercise. While I've "succeeded" thus far in the challenge, it's not enough. I feel like the past couple weeks, or maybe even month, I've been inconsistent with my exercise. Yes, I almost reached 700 min but I'd have spurts of workouts that were long hikes or something similar, then my weekly workouts were low impact, or ST, so I was not pushing myself and not burning the calories. I feel like I've lost my endurance and it makes me feel out of shape and wanting to avoid exercise even more. So not only will I aim to get my 10 min day, I want to make AT LEAST 3 out of my 7 workouts a week be hard core cardio/interval, something that won't be half-assed.
Other goals I have for myself, which again, if all else fails my main priority is #fit2feast, is to obviously stay within my calorie range as much as possible. No binges. Low carb. Modified (inclusive of dairy) paleo/primal. Which I just failed this morning giving in to a gingerbread latte. But tis' the season! It just came out! Calories aren't THAT bad! Yeah, that's one battle I lost today. I also want to avoid the scale. Just until Thanksgiving. I don't adjust my calorie burn and/or intake based on what I've already done for the week and it just upsets me if I don't see progress, so I want to just step back, give an honest go at all my goals through Thanksgiving, then see what it says.
So to recap, because it helps me to outline and prioritize:
Goal #1 2 #fit2feast 10 min of exercise daily
Goal #2 make at least 3/7 days high intensity cardio/interval
Goal #3 stay within calories as much as possible
Goal #4 strive for (modified) paleo/primal as much as possible(including low carbs)
Goal #5 Avoid the scale
Then, when turkey day comes, I can enjoy all that stuffing I've been salivating over and avoiding carbs... (insert giant bowl of stuffing picture, oh they don't have one :( ) This will have to do:
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