Sunday, May 10, 2009
Week 1 -1lb
Week 2 -2lb
Week 3 -1lb
Week 4 -0.4lb
Week 5 -2lb
Yesterday I did two workouts. My boyfriend and I went to the gym for about an hour around 11:30-12:30. I did strength training for legs and thirty minutes of very sweaty running, plus stretching. Then, at dusk, I went for another 30-minute run. I went to the reservoir with the exactly one-mile path around it, and ran around it 3 times. I was expecting each lap to take 10 minutes, but lap 1 was just under 10 minutes, lap 2 was a little faster, and lap 3 was 9 minutes for a total of 28.5 minutes for three miles. Yay. I did a bit of walking and stretching too.
Today I'm sore in a good way, like after a full day of skiing or mountain hiking or something.
Oh, I also got several inches chopped off my hair yesterday - I'll have to post a picture eventually. And I made a veggie lasagna...I ate the first of 10 servings yesterday for lunch (delish) and saved the rest in single-serving containers in the freezer. My freezer is soooo full of frozen meals I've made, frozen vegetables, and frozen fruit (my favorite is Trader Joe's Mangolicious - mangoes and berries - goes into my smoothies every morning now).
Happy Mother's Day!
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Boy am I in a good mood. I had a wonderfully long sleep last night, had my morning green tea out on my patio while reading Health magazine, and oh yeah, I finally had a great weigh-in!!! After about two weeks of my weight barely changing, I finally went down 2.2 pounds in one day! (160.6 yesterday, 158.4 today) Suddenly I feel like I have some evidence that my plan might actually work - my calorie range might not be too high afterall, and I feel like 140 is within my reach.
I don't know how people with lower calorie ranges do it - sometimes my current range of 1,900-2,200 calories feels like I'm practically starving myself. Actually I'm really not that hungry, but can I participate in the teacher appreciation luncheon? No! Let loose at a friend's BBQ? Nope again. Can I pick at my boyfriend's Pad Thai? No way. I have to be very careful or I'd fly past my calorie range.
Yesterday the weather was so pretty as I was driving home from school that I decided I'd go out for a quick jog. Turns out that was a good thing because I didn't make it to the gym later (my boyfriend decided he wasn't going , so I decided the same). But on my jog I saw a big yellow butterfly and that made me smile. :)
Even though before today I really hadn't lost much weight, I was already noticing a difference in my clothes. I can once again fit into my size 8 jeans (I'm sure they're super big for 8s, but it still makes me happy), and yesterday's jog was in size small shorts, though they were tight. These are things I could not have worn a month ago. Also, the other day a coworker told me I looked thinner than a month ago... actually, come to think of it, it's a little creepy that she noticed so precisely my weight up&down timeframe... but still, it's always nice to know you're looking thinner.
Okay, time to wrap up this series of random comments - have a great Mother's Day everyone... my family might go out on my brother's boat tomorrow to celebrate, in Boston Harbor. Fun!
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I have two pairs of pants that are exactly the same - same brand, same style, same color - there are only two differences: 1) one is capri-length, one is full-length, and 2) one is size 10 and the other is size 4.
This morning I was getting dressed at my boyfriend's place with the clothes I'd brought with me, and I realized I'd accidentally grabbed the 4s instead of the 10s. OOPS - even the 10s are fairly tight right now - I am NOT READY for the 4s, not even close! I was able to button them while lying on my back, but they would have been incredibly painful, unflattering, and at-risk for busting apart! Thank goodness my boyfriend had a pair of 33x30 black pants for me to borrow. They fit me quite well...they're actually a bit short on my legs oddly enough - Jess said he wears them lower at the waist than I do. I was relieved, but I can't wait for his pants to be too big for me again.
I have read that being sleep-deprived makes you hungry, and I'm feeling really affected so far this week. Even minor amounts of sleep deprivation are detrimental to my plan - I've slept probably between 7-8 hours per night the past two nights when my body really prefers 8-10 hours, and I'm having a bunch of negative responses:
*I have the munchies - I'm not feeling satisfied after meals and just wanna keep on eating!
*My mind has on a few occasions started to drift to that dark place where I dream up my next big binge - but my new strategy, thanks to a book I read recently that said it's easier to prevent a slip-up than it is to recover from one, is to tell myself NO and force myself to stop that line of thinking.
*I'm not in the mood to work out.
So far I've stayed strong - I've kept the munchies under control (within my calorie range), and yesterday I did 45 minutes of cardio (stair climber) at the gym even though I would have been happy to blow off the gym altogether. And today, for Cinco de Mayo, the teacher's room was filled with bagels, breads, juice, and - gasp - huge corn muffins. During a binge phase of my life I would have gone crazy with that stuff, especially those corn muffins!! This time though I didn't even let myself get started. Honestly, if there had been something relatively small and nutritious I would have gone for it, but everything was huge and just looked like empty calories. To prevent myself from slipping up, I actually wrote myself a promise early in the day - "I will not overeat today!" I wrote it right into my planbook on today's date. It worked - when I make a promise to myself, I keep it!
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Week 1 - 1lb
Week 2 - 2lb
Week 3 - 1lb
Week 4 - 0.4lb
The slow pace of weight loss continues. This week I went from 161.2 to 160.8, which is only a 0.4 pound loss. I have a bunch of mixed feelings about this. I was very comfortable following my plan this week, and at the start of the weekend I was thinking that if I just stepped up my cardio for a few days and stayed at the bottom of my calorie range or even a bit below it, I'd be down at least a full pound for my "official" Sunday weigh-in. Turns out I was wrong about that, but a loss is still a loss. At this point I plan to keep doing what I've been doing and as long as I keep losing, I'm still happy with my plan.
I've been thinking more though about how unfair this weight management stuff is. Yesterday I put in over three hours of exercise in all, including a solid hour and a half of running, but at a restaurant for dinner (we biked there!) I still ordered just a salad for dinner, had water to drink, and ate only one piece of warm sourdough bread before dinner while watching my boyfriend scarf down four pieces. (I broke down and had one more piece after dinner though - they gave us a LOT!) Jess, my boyfriend, doesn't have to worry about what he eats or drinks (he had a beer), never does more cardio than 30 minutes of easy biking, and his weight just stays where he wants it to be. Then today I was running past all these women who were thinner than me, wondering if they had to put in nearly the effort I do.
It's not that I don't enjoy what I'm doing. I'm actually loving the delicious healthy eating and haven't been feeling overly hungry, and the exercise makes me feel powerful and accomplished. I just wonder why I put in so much effort that weight management is the biggest focus of my daily life, and all I have to show for it is my slightly overweight body? Oh well, at least it's probably a pretty HEALTHY slightly overweight body.
That's enough of that negative talk - I have more fun stuff to talk about instead. I have been taking full advantage of the springtime temperatures and doing lots and lots of outdoor running! I really prefer variety though, so I'm trying to run in different places all the time. My new routine on the weeknights that I stay over at my boyfriend's place is doing only strength training at the gym, and then parking my car somewhere along the route to his place for a jog. I discovered that a reservoir directly along my route is exactly a mile around and is lined with gorgeous landscaping - a few days ago I ran around it three times in 30 minutes.
This weekend, both yesterday and today, Jess dropped me off along the route to his place (at two different locations) and I ran while he went to his place to do some work, and then he picked me up on the way back home - two hours each time (about 1.5 hours of jogging, .5 hours of walking). It's funny that even with all that running, AND even if you count the hour on the elliptical I did Friday night, I STILL didn't go as far as a marathon - I estimate I probably did about 20 miles this weekend.
Yesterday's route - I did Jamaica Pond, then got mildly lost in Jamaica Plain, then went into the city and met up with some friends for lunch at Downtown Crossing before jogging back toward Mission Hill.
Today's route - I did the 1-mile reservoir, then went into Brookline, then up to Jamaica Pond and up toward the Arboretum.
Fun stuff! I am loving running right now!
In totally non-weight-related news, two really nice things happened this weekend.
1. My boyfriend's mother gave me a gift - a TomTom (GPS)!! I can't wait to try it out for my summer adventures. :) :) :)
2. I had known for a while that my mortgage rate was due to change soon - I got a 5/1 ARM when I bought my condo five years ago. Well today I opened a letter from my bank that informed me that my rate is actually going DOWN! I'd assumed it would go UP, never dreamed it would go down (because my rate was already SO low - 3.875 percent, and now it's going to be 3.375.) This will save me almost $50/month. I am soooooooo happy. :)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Welp, another April vacation is over, and in just nine short hours, I'm back to school! :( I didn't get nearly as much done over the break as I would have liked, but I say that after every vacation!
Here's what's new in the world of Susan's "healthy lifestyle...
Today marks my third week of being back on track:
-Week 1 - 1lb
-Week 2 - 2lb
-Week 3 - 1lb
I have never lost weight slowly like this, and believe it or not, I'm psyched! I feel like the slow pace is evidence that I'm finally doing it RIGHT! ...and doing it RIGHT means keeping it off, I hope I hope I hope.
Allow me to break down Week 3 a bit. The majority of the week my weight was lower than it was today - it was just a tiny fraction below 160 for several days mid-week, and then yesterday it was all the way down to 158.4! Yesterday I didn't exercise at all (lazy sloth - I just hung around on my computer most of the day - shoulda dragged myself to the gym) and I had a major case of the munchies...plus the day before yesterday I ate out a lot so my sodium and calories were high... so I had two days in a row of being a little bit above range, like 2,300 or 2,400 calories, and so it was no surprise that today my weight was back up to 161.2. But that's still a pound less than last week!
Speaking of my weight, I'm back to being unsure about goal weight. Maybe 140 is too low. I don't know yet.
OK, now on to exercise...on Friday I got together with my family at my brother's place in Somerville (we ate out for lunch and dinner, by the way, and for lunch I had a "Maine blueberry salad" and for dinner I had a Thai shrimp salad with the most delicious (but probably not too "clean") peanut dressing.) Wait, this is supposed to be about exercise! My brother sometimes dogsits for a friend for months at a time, and right now is one of those times. The friend travels a lot or something. Anyway, this dog is one of those breeds with a unique long name I will never remember, but he is a pretty tough-looking dog. I took him for a 45-minute jog through Somerville on Friday, on a much hillier route than I'm used to running. My brother assured me the dog would love it, and he was very willing, but the poor thing was out of breath for almost 10 minutes after we were done! He also wanted to keep stopping for various reasons, which made me decide I don't like running with a dog. :) Especially when after he stopped I needed to use my plastic bag...and then when he stopped again for the same reason and I didn't have another plastic bag!
Anyway, like I said, Saturday was totally deviod of exercise or any physical activity. Naughty.
Today I met up with my friend and fellow Sparker AllieLee1 at Bare Cove Park in Hingham, which is on the water and dogs can be off leash. She brought her one-year-old silver lab with her and I brought my boyfriend with me. :) We were going to jog but it was extremely unseasonably HOT, like almost 90 degrees!! (My "new" Jeep doesn't have working air conditioning either, so the drive over wasn't that pleasant.) But despite all that I ended up jogging there for a half hour and walking probably about that much, too.
Then this evening my boyfriend and I went to the gym and I did arms and then 15 more minutes of running. Running on a treadmill in an air conditioned gym vs. running on trails in heat and humidity? The treadmill is soooo much easier.
Finally, on to food. (Sorry this is so boring! It's more of a record for me than for entertainment for anyone else.)
Here's what I batch-cooked this weekend:
-Salmon, broccoli, and spinach casserole
-Quinoa with homemade tomato-spinach sauce
-Roasted vegetables (carrots, brussels sprouts, and zucchini)
In addition, I took some big risks andbought some crazy stuff at Trader Joe's this evening:
-Blueberry, cranberry, and pomegranate juice (by FAR the most tame juice out of the three I bought)
-Orange carrot juice with omega 3s from fish oil!!!
-Some kind of vegetable juice with allll kinds of crazy healthy stuff in it, including many fruits and vegetables
-More pomegranate arils - which I already ate - yum!
...and lots more.
Finally, some random thoughts:
I am very proud of myself when I eat healthfully and exercise. The other day I actually had a ZERO cholesterol day for the first time. I know you need to consume a little cholesterol, and that it's not that bad for you in moderate amounts, but I just thought it was interesting that I had a day where I had NONE.
I'm also rethinking the New Charles River Run - a race on June 28? What if it's as hot as it was today? Is that safe? I guess I could do it anyway, but not expect a PR. :(
I mentioned the other day that I saw my ex from over ten years ago, or at least I thought I did. My mom emailed his mom and asked if it was him, and she said no, he hardly ever goes into the city. But I'm still not convinced. I think it had to be him.
We set up my brother the other night!! My brother's been single for a while, and my friend's friend just recently ended a relationship, and they have a lot of common so we all went out and sure enough, they were texting each other the whole way home, and they went out on my brother's boat yesterday. :) Yay!
And finally, how about them Red Sox?!? Ellsbury stole HOME, are you kidding me?? :) :) :) And has anyone noticed how hot that new guy, Nick Green is? Oh wait, almost everyone reading this does not follow the Red Sox, sorry about that. :)
And that, my friends, is the most random, ambling, wordy blog entry ever! Good night! :)
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