Monday, September 08, 2014
Okay, I'm feeling bloated and yucky. So I'm cutting the grains and the sugar for then next 3 days to see how I feel. Mon-Wed, then I'm off flying to Europe all day on Thursday. I will pack some of my own food and snacks, but my go-to snack of a Fiber One bar may on the menu.
any recommendations for easy to pack grain-free, sugar free snacks?
I can take some cheese sticks, beef jerky? almonds, fruit.. hmmm what else travels well.
I'm tired of being fat and tired..(although I'm not really all that tired, I have a decent energy level for the most part). So it is up to me to make better choices, shake things up a bit with nutrition and exercise!
Lots of planning and prep has been going on for my upcoming trip!
Hard to focus on work at all! ;) Better get back to it!
What are your favorite tricks for nutrition while traveling? I think I'll get plenty of walking exercise, and will take my swimsuit and running shoes, just in case ;)
Thursday, September 04, 2014
I had 2 weeks in Alaska for work. I did well on workout out and eating. I did the treadmill with interval running (faster than my steady state pace) for 45 mins almost every other day. On the 'off' days, I tried to move more around the hotel or walk and do a little ST. Not every day, but pretty good.
I do well with food while on work travel, due to trying to be careful with portion sizes so I can make my food last my whole trip!
did the scale move? NOPE!
I really thought it might, as the interval running was very intensive and sweaty!!
I've been watching my food since I got back and pretty active.. Scale doesn't move.
I head to Europe next Thursday for my big 40th birthday cruise with my sisters and mom! I'm not anywhere a goal weight I had wanted to be, but it isn't for lack of trying.
Guess I need to try something new!
I will be active while on the cruise, take my workout gear, just in case and try to eat reasonable portions and have fun! When I get back, I will refocus with an end of the year goal and make something happen! ;)
So what do you do if you hit a wall in weight loss?
Do you find deadlines helpful or hurtful?
I love reading others inspiring blogs..and will try to be better about making mine inspiring! ;)
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Happy July.. seems like July feels to be more officially summer than June? At least here in Seattle area as it takes a while to really warm up.
Nutrition has been good lately! I'm really really determined to make weightloss progress and my nutrition has been my downfall.
I've really cut back on bread carbs. Focusing on veggies and fruits with proteins. Greek yogurt (plain), cottage cheese, chicken, steak, eggs. With lots of veggies and fruits!
Workouts are pretty much the same as usual. Since running the marathon last month, I've cut WAY back on running! ;) Probably too much! Monday hill runs are consistent. I need to be doing another 2 days of running to maintain fitness and sanity! It isn't always happening, but will be working on that.
I'm going swimming tomorrow! in the lake! One of my co-workers is signed up for the Iron Girl Sprint-tri (this will be her first) and since I can't participate this year (work travel that weekend), I want to support her training by doing some workouts with her!
So, hoping to 'change' things up a bit and get some new workouts back in the rotation!
Happy July. Hope you are having a nice summer.
Anything new in your food or workout rotation?!
I hope to share an updated weigh-in later this week!
Monday, May 12, 2014
Well, back in the fall, after the sprint triathlon, I decided I wanted to do a marathon. the next 'big thing'. So I started running on Saturday mornings as I knew it would be the schedule I would have to stick to during training.. and I started running a little more each time to get the body ready for the increased mileage. Then 18 weeks of focused diligent training to end with one of my biggest bucketlist items of all.. Running a full marathon!!
So, NOW? I just turned 40 and I am ready to lose the weight for good! I've gained weight over the past year and added another 8 lbs during marathon training.
1. My body doesn't like steady state cardio? Studies show cortisol levels elevated during and after steady state cardio.. that is why I'm thinking I gained weight? I tired very hard to eat right and fuel properly before, during, and after long runs, without over doing it.. But I gained weight.
2. I was down to 157 at one point 2 years ago and sat pretty happy at 162 for ages.. what happened? I'm sure I can hypothesize on all kinds of things.. but here is what I'm going to do.
My personal approach to losing weight this spring/summer/fall and Reach my goals along the way..
1. Eat clean as possible.
2. Experiment with elimination of some allergen foods to see how my body responds? Dairy and Wheat. I already know that with Type 2 Diabetes in my family I'm better off without refined carbs.
3. HIIT workouts : Interval running or other cardio.
4. New "fun" activities with the family.. Hiking, Biking, Swimming
5. Strength Train like my life depended on it! Because it might! Muscle Muscle Muscle..
I'm starting from 180
I'm aiming high.. 1 lb/week
170 by Mid July
162 by Sept 9.
I would love to see 160 or 159 by Sept 11 as I depart to celebrate my 40th birthday with a trip to Europe with my sisters.
It might take hard work and sacrifice. It might take focus and diligence.. but I just proved to myself that I can do it.. I trained 18 + weeks to run 26.2 miles and I did it. So 20-25 lbs to reach my goal weight is possible!
One of the quotes I had kept in mind while training for the marathon.
"It always seems impossible until it is done." Nelson Mandela
So, here I go.. 20-25 lbs may seem impossible, but I'll deal with it One Pound At a Time!
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