Monday, April 06, 2009
I must be on track, right? I'm on my third blog entry of the day!
Here's a picture Jess took last night of my family. I did NOT want my picture taken at my current size, but I was pleasantly surprised that my loose shirt hid my sins pretty well. Also, our dog looks like a demon here, but he's actually pretty cute in real life.
So I've updated my weight goal and calorie ranges by playing around a bit until I found something that sounded good - I think it's about 1,900-2,200. As a goal weight I just entered 154 for now, which is the highest weight that puts my BMI in the healthy range. I was just looking through pictures and found some from Martha's Vineyard last summer where I weighed about 150. I looked fit but not thin... I realized summer is coming again soon, and I don't want to be overweight. I am fully capable of better than this.
So an action plan is slowly developing, which seems much better than thrusting a strict program upon myself like I've done in the past. So far, so good!
I just had dinner...the Cajun shrimp and quinoa was great and so filling for only 300-something calories! And this is so obvious that you might laugh at me, but I never used to do this... I had a SIDE OF VEGGIES to help fill myself up even more for not many calories. (Technically I ate the veggies first...an appetizer of veggies?) And I'm still well under my calorie range right now...I'm up to about 1,700something and it's 6 p.m. It's not a bad idea to keep today as a lower calorie day since yesterday was a higher calorie day. I think my pants are going to start fitting me better fast!!!
I have to figure out an optional snack for later and make tomorrow's breakfast smoothie... I have this weird situation where I spend every other night at my boyfriend's condo and I always bring food from here rather than leaving anything over there. I'll pack a little something healthy (an apple maybe) and only eat it if I get really hungry later. I also have some diet hot cocoa over there I could have.
Anyway, off to the gym - strength training for chest, abs, and probably a short cardio workout because I'm tired - went to bed too late last night, and then off to Boston to my boyfriend's place. Thanks for putting up with all my blog entries today!
Monday, April 06, 2009
I just calculated that I was running an average of 5.8 MPH at the pond yesterday. Not bad considering how out of shape I am now! I want to be back in race form eventually - maybe even do better in the Tufts 10K in Oct. '09 than I did last year or the year before!
I forgot to mention the new word in my vocabulary: arils. As in, pomegranate arils, the little red yummy bubbles that are normally hidden inside a pomegranate. Trader Joe's sells them ready-to-eat and I tried mixing them into some Greek yogurt the other day - a new fave. :)
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. :)
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