Monday, April 06, 2009
You know, in order for me to be successful, I have to think about this healthy eating stuff (and exercise to a slightly lesser degree) practically constantly!?!?
Yesterday Jess and I went out for lunch. The first place we went had no salads on the menu so we went somewhere else. I had unsweetened iced tea and a salad with mixed greens, GRILLED apple (never had that before), toasted walnuts, mini cherry tomatoes, and feta. (The feta was a substitution...the salad normally comes with gorganzola which I HATE.) I was still a bit hungry after lunch but that was actually a good thing because I exercised right after lunch! We drove to a nearby pond (Jamaica Pond for you Bostonians) and while my lazy@$$ boyfriend sat on a bench (haha, he knows I love him) I jogged around the pond twice for a total of 31 minutes. We then walked a bit together for a total of 43 minutes. It was gorgeous and sunny - a bit cold when the heavy wind hit me until I warmed up though. Jamaica Pond is a really wonderful place to jog with lots of people- and dog-watching to keep you entertained as you go. It's fun to mentally "race" with the other joggers going in the same direction as you (I passed two joggers and got passed by one) and to keep seeing the ones going the opposite direction from you as you pass each other on succeeding laps.
We then did a bit of grocery shopping and had snacks - Jess had ice cream and I had Trader Joe's fat-free Greek yogurt, into which I mixed some berries! Then we went to the gym where I did 30 minutes of lower-body strength training. Wow, after the running my leg muscles fatigued quickly during strength training!
One of my brothers lives in Oregon (until June anyway) and he flew in to Boston yesterday, and then he and my other brother started a huge road trip today, so the only chance we had to all get together as a family was last night. We all met at my parents' house and my mom made this really delicious roasted orange chicken. I wrote down what I ate and used my nutrition tracker to guesstimate the calories. I knew I ate too much...but I also knew I didn't go totally wild either...so I wasn't surprised to see a grand total of 2,727 calories yesterday, which is too much, but not WAY too much. My sodium was also quite high so it was no surprise that my weight is up a bit today - 167.0.
I didn't have time to plan out what I'd eat today in advance, so I'm tracking as I go. I had a fruit smoothie and a cup of coffee for breakfast and an apple for snack.
So far I haven't gotten far enough in to have everything all worked out like I always used to. I like this. I may develop a whole new way of doing things I never thought of before.
I'd like to buy a really good heart rate monitor - I've had two cheapos that both died on me. Any recommendations?
Sunday, April 05, 2009
So yesterday, for the first time in a long time, I counted all my calories. I ate first, tracked second, and was very surprised to see that my total came out to over 2,400 calories. I thought I was eating very light and the total would be under 2,000. This is actually a good exercise for me, because when I plan it all out in advance I'm not really learning how to count calories in my head. People always say that eventually you just learn to count automatically and I never did. Now I know why - I was always planning it out in advance. Regardless, I don't think 2,400 calories is too much for me right now... I actually lost some weight already. It's shameful, but I'm finally ready to go public with the numbers. On Friday, I was shocked to see the number 172 on the scale. I hadn't weighed in the 170s since BEFORE I started using SparkPeople...I hadn't seen a number like that since 2006 or maybe even earlier. It was three pounds more than I'd weighed on Thursday too, so I have no idea why it was up so high on Friday.
On Saturday I was back to 168...and today I am back to 165. 165.4 to be precise. I went to use my weight tracker today...last entry 2/09/09 - 143.4. I am such a roller coaster-er! :(
Regardless, it feels good to see my weight going DOWN again, no matter what the number. I know it's just been one day, but I already have visions of being at a healthy attractive weight again, fitting into my clothes, and being psyched about summer coming.
Yesterday I batch-cooked two recipes from Fitness Magazine - the soup and the shrimp dishes I mentioned the other day. It takes so much longer to enter all the calorie info on SP but I have to or my weight keeps going up. I wrote it all down on a piece of paper but I haven't entered it on SP yet.
Non fitness related - last night my boyfriend and I went to the theater! It was a birthday present from me to him. We saw A Bronx Tale and it was excellent! I felt so sophisticated too. :)
Finally, my good friend and former roommate AllieLee1 is now on SparkPeople and I am soooo psyched because this summer we are going to be two hotties on the beach!!!
Saturday, April 04, 2009
This was my breakfast this morning - a delicious pink smoothie:
*orange mango peach juice
*light vanilla yogurt
So far I'm off to a good start...went to Trader Joe's last night, their prices are surprisingly good and they have some interesting things I'd never seen before (like baby kiwis) but it's a small store without a huge selection. A lot of the smoothie ingredients were from there.
I tracked my calories this morning. I think what I'll do at least for the weekend is to just write down what I eat on a piece of paper as I eat it, and then enter it on SP later... during the week I'd like to have it planned out in advance like I used to.
Also, I just found out that one of my best friends in real life started using SparkPeople last night! Now I just gotta figure out what her SP name is so I can find her. :)
Friday, April 03, 2009
OK, I'm going for it. I'm putting it out there to hold myself accountable. I just prepared a shopping list - fruit (varied) smoothies for breakfast, savory spinach and bean soup for lunch, Cajun shrimp and rice (or quinoa if I can find it) for dinner. Nuts, apples, yogurt, oatmeal for snacks. I'm going to a bridal shower three weeks from tomorrow. For the next three weeks I'll track what I eat and keep up the workouts.
Friday, April 03, 2009
Since I last wrote, I've been following the "baby step" approach...sort of. I've been at the gym 6 times in the past week, doing strength training and cardio each time for a total of 45-90 minutes. That's progress over a short stretch when I was only working out once or twice a week! I've been trying to make healthy food choices most of the time, but I've been eating too much. Sometimes I've had these waves of inspiration where I think I'm FINALLY going to get back on track... but then I don't come up with a plan and just keep on doing what I've been doing. Other times I've indulged in some VERY poor choices, mostly relating to ice cream and/or general portion size.
So where has all this baby step business gotten me? Heavier than I've been since 2006. I am so, so ashamed. I almost want to make this blog entry private, I'm so ashamed of myself. And I'm kind of scared. I'm needing to use my inhaler more now, I can't do a single pushup anymore, and my resting heart rate is much higher. I'm kind of frozen in inaction. I haven't bought bigger clothes, but nothing fits. I don't have a plan because I don't really have a guiding philosophy for my plan. I no longer feel like counting calories and exercising will help me keep the weight off permanently. I always eventually give in and gain the weight back. It's an incredible amount of effort to live a healthy lifestyle for me, and I can't summon that amount of effort for results that I believe will be temporary.
I'm also scared to start yet again and fail. It's scary to know that I NEED to do this, but to know also how likely it is that I will fail at doing it. I could right now erase this whole negative blog and write an uplifting one about a fresh new plan, and I could go to the grocery store and get all the healthy food for a well-thought out plan, but then be back off track by Sunday and feel even more ashamed of myself.
I am so glad that just a few minutes ago I read TurfGirl's blog. She was writing about how a healthy lifestyle does NOT mean automatically choosing healthy food; a healthy lifestyle has to include conscious decisions to make the right choices.
It's the beginning of April right now. I have to let myself get inspired to get back on track to prepare for summer. I hate thinking in the back of my mind that this is going to just be the start of yet another cycle of lose, then gain.. but even if I lose just a little and then gain a little back that is still so much better than this steady gaining pattern I'm in right now. Right now I have absolutely zero momentum, but as soon as I start to feel my biggest pants getting a little less tight I know I will get a surge of drive that will make me want to keep going.
I know I've been a huge downer in this blog entry, but I'm going to leave it as a record of how I'm feeling now. But I also feel like I'm ready to make a REAL step in the right direction.. it's time for a fresh new plan.
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