Sunday, July 05, 2009
Week 1 -1lb
Week 2 -2lb
Week 3 -1lb
Week 4 -0.4lb
Week 5 -2lb
Week 6 -1lb
Week 7 -lb
Week 8 -2lb
Week 9 -1lb
Week 10 -1lb
Week 11 -0.2lb
Week 12 -1lb
Week 13 +5lb
First the bad news: I'm up a net five pounds for the week, from 151 to 156. I had been down to 149 earlier in the week. ALL of the gaining happened between Thursday night and Friday (all day). I exercised a lot, but ate WAY too much. I wasn't able to weigh myself on Friday morning because we'd slept at my boyfriend's parents' house, but on Saturday morning I was up to 157.4, which was ridiculously higher than my Thursday morning 149.0 weigh-in. Today (Sunday), I weighed in at 155.8.
Here's what I've been doing to deal with the gain:
*Not freaking about it.
*Sticking to a slightly amped-up version of my usual healthy routine.
*I ate a little less than usual yesterday (somewhere between 1,600-1,700 calories). I was back up to my usual calorie range today though.
*Extra cardio - yesterday between the elliptical and lots and lots and lots of walking, I think I may have gone about half-marathon distance!! Today I ran for almost an hour and rode the bike at the gym for 20 minutes. I've also done my usual strength training and stretching.
I realize that all this gain means is that it'll take a few more weeks to get to my goal than I had originally planned. Who cares - once I get there, I'm going to be there for a LOOOOONG time, so what's a few weeks?? Plus, the overeating wasn't all that bad. It was delicious, and celebratory, and gave me SO much energy for all my workouts this weekend, and reduced my appetite for about 24 hours afterwards.
As for the good news, I actually have two things to share. One is that my shoulder is feeling MUCH better today - yay. I wasn't expecting to heal this fast!
And two..., and far more imporantly, today my boyfriend told my parents that he would like to marry me and wanted their blessing first. They said "OF COURSE!" and gave him hugs and kisses - okay, my mom did that, and my dad was more reserved as always but also gave his blessing. (Which is actually a relief - we are not the same religion, so we were a bit worried about my parents' reaction. Apparently they are going to be okay with it, thank goodness.) So, I'm not officially engaged yet, but goshdarnit am I close! I am sooooo happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last night was wonderful too...it was so nice having good weather for a change, so after a loooooooooooong walk, we went to a Thai restaurant downtown with outdoor seating and shared a bottle of Merlot and I had a green papaya salad (he had his favorite - Pad Thai). Then we went to the river to watch the really good fireworks display and listen to Neil Diamond and the Boston Pops. It was CROWDED, but in a really fun way. What a great weekend! Too bad it has to end - summer school starts tomorrow! Ick.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Oh boy people. I gained seven pounds from the two-day wedding festivities. I seem to be able to lose weight really easily, but the downside seems to be that I also GAIN weight way too easily too. I admit I made poor eating choices that were borderline out of control. But I also went for a 90-minute walk/run yesterday and then I did 45 minutes of strength training (modified for my shoulder) and a bit of cardio at my boyfriend's brother's gym. I'm really not that upset about this huge gain. I know it'll slide right back off almost as easily as it came on. I know this should be a learning experience for me, but honestly, it happens so often, I think I've come to just expect that it's going to be an occasional part of my life. If I'm on track 99 percent of the time, these once-in-a-while weddings or whatever aren't going to make or break me!
Also, I already got to talk to a doctor about my shoulder! My boyfriend's cousin's fiance is a PCP, but she wants to specialize in sports injuries so talking to her at the BBQ yesterday was perfect! She diagnosed it as a rotator cuff injury and told me to take a couple weeks off from any strength training that involves pushing or pulling with that muscle - basically no strength training for shoulders, upper back, or chest. I can try biceps and triceps exercises but if it hurts, I have to stop. Definitely keep up the cardio. After a few weeks off, when I get back into it, I have to start with high reps/light weight, and add rotator cuff strengthening exercises. I probably caused this by focusing on my traps and deltoids and having a weak rotator cuff, which led over time to an overuse injury. She also recommended making a hot compress with castor oil and using that for 20 minutes, then switching to ice for 2 minutes, repeat if I have time. I thought I'd have plenty of time for that after the BBQ, but on our way home we happened to drive through the center of a town that was obviously about to have fireworks judging by all the cars and people, so we stopped to watch! We had time to go to the local drug store and buy the castor oil - hmm, apparently it's used mostly for constipation, not rotator cuff hot compresses!! Then as if I hadn't already pigged out enough, we went to kill a little time at a Mexican restaurant with margaritas and chips and salsa. I don't honestly don't even like margaritas that much, so my boyfriend drank half of mine in addition to his. Anyway, after the fireworks by the time I got home and made my compress, I put it on my shoulder and then promptly fell asleep before I could switch over to ice. So, I'll try again soon. But for now, gotta go work out.
Happy Fourth of July everyone!!!
Friday, July 03, 2009
It's a quarter past 3 in the morning and I'm in too much pain to sleep! My shoulder started bothering me yesterday (as in Wednesday), but the pain was slight and I worked through it...even did shoulder strength training. Today (i.e. Thursday) the pain got progressively worse and now it's a constant dull ache that becomes a sharper pain when I try to move it. I got out of bed to "google" shoulder pain and realized that if it keeps up I'll have to see my doctor to figure out what's causing this. I took an Advil - hope that was a good choice - so far I don't feel any better though.
On top of that, I've had what I think is probably heartburn on and off a bit lately, and it's been on today. This afternoon before the wedding I thought I was really hungry but I think it was really just my tummy feeling different than normal. So I went to the wedding with that gnawing sensation and ended up indulging too much in the wedding food. Tomorrow (e.g. Friday) there's going to be another wedding-related party - a barbeque - another chance for me to make better food decisions. I hope to get in some exercise before the barbecue - all I had time for today, besides moving some big boxes around (hmm...doing that couldn't have been good for my shoulder) was a 20-minute run so I made sure it was a hard one (7mph, 1 percent incline).
I'm not in much of a celebratory mood with this pain and all, but I will say that it was a pretty wedding, and my boyfriend's sister (the bride) looked gorgeous, and my boyfriend was just delicious-looking in his tuxedo. I was happy with my new dress and shoes and got plenty of compliments! Surprisingly few people I'm close with brought digital cameras, so I'm not sure when I'll have pictures to post, but if/when I do, I will!
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I am so full of thoughts and energy, but have writer's block or something. This is a new sensation! So... rather than writing out a long narrative, here's some bullet points:
*I am becoming obsessed with running. Every day, I get so happy thinking about my next run! I've been sneaking in as much running as I possibly can, and now I'm also spending a lot of my free time reading about it. Reading can be so motivating, and I'm kind of proud of myself for "graduating" from the diet/weight loss/fitness section of Barnes & Noble and moving on to the "sports" section (which is where the running books are).
*I am seriously considering buying a Garmin Forerunner 405. Expensive!!! But if I get one, I'm going to use it to develop my best-possible training plan for the Tufts 10K that's coming in 14 and a half weeks.
*I'm only 8.8 pounds from my goal!!!!!!!!!! It's time to start mentally preparing for that. The closer it gets, I fear, the greater the temptation will get to lower my goal weight. I have to stop thinking along those lines (sure I might lose more someday - but only after I've really become comfortable maintaining 140) and buy new clothes when I hit my goal!
*Happy July. I shouldn't be talking about this before it happens probably, but I think my boyfriend is going to ask me to marry him sometime this month. If you've been reading my blogs for a long time you know I also thought 12/08 was the month it was going to happen. Well, it wasn't for lack of desire on his part that it didn't happen then - there were unforseen financial issues then. I am so very much in love with him and get tingly and/or teary-eyed when I even think about him proposing to me.
*Speaking of weddings, his 21-year-old sister's wedding is tomorrow, and then there's a big BBQ on Friday. I just hope I have time for full workouts both days, hahahaha. :)
*I need to learn to deal better with the idea that not everybody is as into health/fitness/etc. as I'd like them to be. I try not to say anything, but on the inside I get so self-righteous and annoyed when a friend SAYS she wants to lose weight (or run a 5K or whatever) and then her actions conflict with her words. This reaction does nothing to help, and if I give off any signs that I'm feeling that way, it mst make me seem really annoying to my friends.
*On the flip side, there is such a huge sense of self-power when my OWN actions DO match my words. I want to be as healthy, vibrant, happy, and alive as I can be, and so I live the healthiest lifestyle I can! It feels REALLY good!!!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Just when those of us in the northeast thought it was going to be chilly and drizzly forever, we finally got a glimpse of sun and the kind of humid hot air that makes you really sweat. I went back to the spot of yesterday's race and went for a gorgeous 94-minute jog/walk along the Charles River. I mapped it on SparkPeople's map function but then it didn't save! Grr! It was 7.02 miles and I went 4.5 mph. I alternated slow jogging with walking - that's the kind of running that feels good to me, heehe.. Oddly though, now my quads are sore. They weren't sore after the race yesterday. Maybe it's the length of today's workout, or maybe it's a cumulative effect.
After I was done, it was so pretty at the park that I sat on a bench and sipped my water and read a few chapters of _Once a Runner_. The speeds that the characters in that book can do are beyond me (for example, a 4:08 mile is good but not "spectacular"), but it's inspiring nevertheless!
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