Monday, April 13, 2009
I just had the most fun workout!!! After work, dentist appointment, and a visit to Barnes & Noble to drink a skinny latte and read Shape, I drove to my boyfriend's office in Boston's South End. I popped up to say hi, and then, with my phone, car key, and ATM card tucked into my sports bra (please tell me I'm not the only one who does this) and water bottle in hand, I ran off. I ran up Dartmouth Street to Boylston Street to Tremont Street, past Boston Marathon signs and parts of Boston Common I'd last run through during the Tufts 10K in October, which made me smile. I was planning on coming back Newbury Street to Dartmouth, but that wouldn't have been long enough - I wanted an hour-long run! So I kept going up Tremont to the end - Congress St(???) and then took some random left turn and ended up in Beacon Hill. That area has STEEP hills, oops! :) Plus I didn't know there were so many roads in there that all look exactly alike - sooo narrow and historical-looking. Anyway, I found my way out of there, ran Beacon Street back to Dartmouth and then all the way back to my boyfriend's office in the South End and it took me EXACTLY an hour. :)
I'm now in his office waiting for him to finish up some work - he's got a deadline - so we can go back to his place and I can EAT...HUNGRY!!!!
Anyway, that run was so fun the time flew by. Much better than the same old boring suburban roads near where I live, and much much better than the treadmill!!!
Monday, April 13, 2009
163.2 again today - that means I didn't gain any weight from Easter dinner!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I'm Jewish, but since I've been with my boyfriend I've now celebrated Easter with his family five times, so I think I've earned the right to wish you all a happy Easter! Happy Passover too, though I don't think any Jewish Sparkers read my blog...
So to amend what I said earlier, I've got good news and bad news...which do you want first? Everyone always wants the bad news first so here goes...
The bad news: I didn't even think about my little notepad at Easter dinner! I ate a mound of dinner and then a mound of dessert!
The good news: Actually I have two pieces of good news.
Good news #1 (what is the singular of "news" - "new"????): The crazy eating was limited to Easter dinner only. I ate sensibly earlier in the day and I don't plan on having anything else tonight, and tomorrow is a normal day so it'll be time to eat right again. This is good news because I'm one of those people who used to let one slip-up turn into a whole day of eating off track, which could turn into a week, etc.... not anymore.
Good news #2: I worked out twice today! Gym for an hour before dinner including strength training for shoulders and back for 30 minutes and elliptical for 30 minutes. After dinner (just now) I went for a 25-minute run followed by a 9-minute walk and then stretching since my left thigh was feeling a little bit like I pulled it or something. I was still a bit full during the run which was a little unpleasant but mostly I'm just glad I did it.
Oh, that bridal shower I thought I had two more weeks to prepare for? It's this coming Saturday. Oops. Oh well, I'm fine just the way I am. Jess' uncle, who has run seven marathons, told me today I look like I've been keeping up with the running. Wasn't that nice of him....I know I must look heavier, but everyone's too nice to say so. :)
Going to bed early tonight.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Passover 2009 - My parents' friends, my dad, me, Teddy the dog, and Jess
First I'm going to get my daily news out of the way, and then I want to respond to FitGirl's comment on my last blog entry..
It was FANTASTIC having Friday entirely free. I cleaned my whole condo, did my grocery shopping and batch cooking (quinoa with eggplant sauce, and beef vegetable soup), did all the laundry, caught up on email, caught up with some friends, caught up on sleep, and had time for TWO workouts. The first one was outside - I ran 30 minutes and then walked 5. The second was at the gym - biceps, triceps, stretching, 15 minutes of running intervals on the treadmill, 5 minutes of walking on the treadmill.
Eating-wise, yesterday was a low day - only 1,400-something calories. I just let my hunger be my guide and I'm sure I was less hungry than normal because I ate so much the day before and had had plenty of sleep.
This morning I weighed in at 164.2. This is probably the first time I've ever started up a new program and DIDN'T lose 5+ pounds the first week. (My first weigh-in was last Sunday at 165.4.) I am eating whatever amount feels right on any given day this time, instead of letting the numbers rule me, and I know that's the main reason the weight loss is slower. It's a good thing though! I am already much healthier - I can just tell. I look better, especially in the belly area, and my resting heart rate this morning was 47 beats per minute which is about what it was before I gained all the weight back. (One of the reasons I knew I had to start working on being healthy again was my resting heart rate. It was too fast - in the 70s - and that scared me.) I'm also just feeling much fitter with all the running. :) It's all good, and it doesn't matter that I'm losing weight slowly.
Another reason I'm losing more slowly is because I'm not working out as much. This is getting into my response to FitGirl now. By the end of 2008 I was working out a minimum of an hour per day almost every day, but most days it was more like two hours and on Saturdays it was even 3 or more. Now, in contrast, I'm NOT working out every day (maybe 5 or 6 days a week?) and when I do, it's anywhere from 45-90 minutes. Also I haven't been to a class at the gym since I started back up. I've been doing strength training on my own instead of Body Pump, and running or cardio machines instead of cardio classes. I don't object to the idea of classes...just right now I'm off that kick.
I guess to really explain the changes I've been going through, I have to back up and explain from the beginning. I grew up slightly overweight and was bad at sports. I wanted to play sports, but after not making it past the first cut in middle school basketball tryouts, and always getting picked last for teams in gym class, I stopped trying. (Now it makes me mad that the adults in charge back then let that happen!) I had no self-esteem and graduated from high school quite heavy - probably around 180.
From then and through most of my 20s my weight fluctuated between a high of the low 180s and a low of around 150 (well, 147 once) with various diet/exercise plans. I'd go to the gym regularly for a while, and then stop. I'd plan out meals in a journal for a while, and then stop that too. I knew counting calories would make a big difference, but it seemed like too much work.
The turning point was January 2007, when I started using SparkPeople (I'd joined several months earlier but really hadn't used it) AND joined a Weight Watchers group that was starting up at school. For the first time, I went all out and didn't let anything stop me, and I was just dumbfounded when my weight went from a starting point of 167 to the mid-130s by April 2007. I honestly had thought it wasn't physically possible for me to get that thin. But I also got to a point where I was almost constantly hungry and weak in the process, and eventually I caved and started gaining. From then a period of gaining and getting back ontrack followed, so my weight was always a constant zigzag, and that lasted until July 2008. I was back up to 167 again and somehow at that point something clicked and I stayed on track until December 2008. I really honestly thought I'd figured out how to make it stick that time because I was eating much more with this round of weightloss than I had the previous time - 2,000-2,200 calories per day most days versus 1,200-1,500. I was also working out tons, as I mentioned earlier.
By December 2008 I was back to the mid-130s - and then everything fell apart. I went through yet ANOTHER period of intense weight zig-zagging (mostly upward) until I was back yet again to my high point - actually even higher this time - 171 was the highest I saw, and that was only 8 days ago.
Soooo... yes, I have changed, but it's the same changes I've experienced before. I honestly believe that when I get thin I binge eat BECAUSE I've been dieting and something within me wants to get back to that higher weight my body seems to gravitate toward. I really don't know what is going to happen this time, but at this point I'm using the more moderate approach I described earlier, and I've made a promise to myself to stick with this for three weeks - one almost down, two to go - until my boyfriend's sister's bridal shower, and then from there I'm sure I won't want to stop with summer coming and all. I would be happy just to be at the top of my healthy BMI range - 154 - and to feel fit, energetic, and active. It does appear that I am going to have a lifelong struggle with this, but I think I can do it.
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