Thursday, July 16, 2009
Okay first a dumb question. How do you make a video blog?? I can see how to load it on SparkPeople, but how do you actually MAKE it? Digital camera? Webcam? (And if it's with a webcam, what program do you use? My new laptop has a built-in webcam but I don't know what program to use it with!)
Tonight's run was muggy and sweaty! I was flying and feeling fantasic for the first 17 minutes, and then after that I got a little more weary. I wanted to keep it short and "fast" (relatively speaking) for variety after all my slow, long runs I've been doing lately. The fun news is that I discovered this route is almost exactly 5K - 3.09 miles - so I can use it to practice my 5K speed! It goes straight from my front door, is all sidewalk, and has only one hill. :)
30 minutes (29:57:68)
6.2 mph (hmm, so much for being fast, oh well, it FELT fast anyway, ha)
Yesterday's run was interesting. I went to a nearby town, Waltham, to visit a friend and decided to go running in her neighborhood. I mapped my route out in advance and when I got there, off I went! I never realized how HILLY Waltham is until I tried running there! So this was an unintentional hill workout - some of my steepest! Also I did a bit of running on rather busy roads without sidewalks. I survived, though. There was also a bit of walking when I had to call my friend to make sure I wasn't getting lost. :)
After my run my friend let me shower at her place, and then we went out for a couple drinks in Davis Square in Somerville. We NEVER do stuff like that anymore, and it was fun! Afterwards, I let my GPS direct me to my boyfriend's place in the city, and it took me on such an interesting route! I went through Harvard Square and Porter Square and was extremely surprised to see that not only were tons of people out walking around and hanging around outside bars at 11:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night, but there were also tons of people BIKING around. Bizarre??? Then my route took me on a bridge into the city and the nighttime view of the city from the bridge was so gorgeous! I didn't get to my boyfriend's place until midnight - I felt young again!!:)
Then this morning I was rewarded with a sudden three-pound drop on the scale. Yesterday 149.2, today 146.2. I swear, the alcohol diet is the most effective diet I know!! Haha, just kidding, I'm sure I will weigh more tomorrow, but I will know it's water weight, not body fat, so I won't be upset.
Looking forward to Martha's Vineyard!!!!!!!!!!! However, we decided against bringing bikes. The trip is unfortunately just too short to deal with lugging them around. But I promise to be active anyway, and to be a picky eater! (I mean that in a healthy way. If you want to know what I mean by "picky eater," look at Run_Lift_Eat's comment on my last blog entry. She wrote about eating healthy OR eating something that looks really good, and I love that. I'm calling it being a "picky eater" for brevity's sake, but I hope you know what I mean because it's a great idea!)
Time for Jess and me to go for some late night lifting at the gym. Bye!!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
First, some pictures from the bleachers of Fenway Park this past Friday night!
I'm on the right, enjoying my red wine out of a plastic cup - high class!
This is my boyfriend, Jess, and me! Go Sox! (I NEED to get my hair done, ugh!)
Last night I once again had that "binge eating" dream. It always feels so real that I actually wake up relieved when I realize it didn't really happen! This time I was dreaming about eating big chocolate chip cookies with still warm melty chocolate chunks, and way too many of them. It was just a dream, but if I were faced with a similar temptation in real life, I'd need to have a strategy of attack. There are lots of temptations in the summertime - weddings, parties, and weekend trips. This weekend is already booking up - Friday I'm hoping to take advantage of the free Boston harbor island ferries and then hit up the city with a friend who is becoming increasingly desperate about being single and needs a wing woman. My boyfriend isn't allowed to come - we have a theory that he would scare the potential suitors away!! Then Saturday we have a birthday pary to go to, and then we were invited down to Martha's Vineyard to stay with a friend who's renting a house. That'd be an overnight and we'd get back late on Sunday, so obviously I need a plan. Or at least some guidelines...
*Exercise every day! Even if there isn't time for the gym, being in a new location is a wonderful opportunity for an exciting outdoor run. And I can even do strength training away from home - depending on what the muscle group of the day is, I could do pushups, situps, lunges and squats, or get creative with other ideas...
*Drink lots of water! When in doubt, drink drink drink!
*I believe the most dangerous situation for me will be the birthday party. I tend to do okay at restaurants because I can order something healthy and/or split a meal with someone, but at a party when all that food is laid out and you can take as much as you want, I can sometimes go wild. So my strategy will be to try to make choices that most closely match what I'd eat if it were just a regular day. And by that, of course I mean making mostly healthy choices (spinach salad instead of potato salad, for example), but even more importantly, I'm talking about calorie amounts. Even treats can fit in, if I'm sticking to my calorie guidelines. Here's how my daily calorie breakdown tends to look, in approximate amounts:
Breakfast: 600 calories
By lunchtime: 1,200 cumulative calories
Before dinner: 1,600 cumulative calories
Daily total: 2,000 cumulative calories
During the spring I had a more specific calorie routine, but lately, due to my work schedule, I've been sometimes having bigger meals and smaller snacks, and sometimes smaller meals and bigger snacks. Minor variatons probably don't matter. The most important thing is the daily total number of calories, and the second most important thing is spreading the calories out throughout my day. I'll just need to keep in mind what meal and/or snack I'm on, and guesstimate the calories of whatever I'm eating, to try to stick to the numbers above. Or if I happen to have gotten sigificantly more or less exercise on any given day, I'd have to readjust the numbers up or down accordingly.
This is kind of my take on what my Spark friend Run_Lift_Eat does to maintain her weight, and if you've seen any pictures of her at all you can tell she knows what she's talking about when it comes to staying fit. I think that if I can learn to estimate calories in my head, and if I have general guidelines for how many calories I should have eaten by certain points during the day, there's no way I can ever mess up, even when I'm nowhere near a computer to track my food! I am hoping this will be a key strategy for me when I am deep into maintanence, so I might as well start practicing it now.
Monday, July 13, 2009
10. Noticing when I put on my shorts that my thighs don't look like runners' thighs - YET.
9. Feeling so uncreative when it comes to picking new places for a run. At least my "usuals" are really nice, but they're like really good songs on my iPod - if I use them enough, I'm going to get sick of them!
8. Finding that the nice clean bathroom I usually use along my route is LOCKED.
6. No potties to be found period, porta-or otherwise!
5. Bugs that get in your mouth or somehow get around your glasses and into your eyes
4. People coming the other way who play "chicken" with you for the right-hand side of the sidewalk - what country do they think this is?! We travel on the RIGHT in America, even when we're running, don't we?!
3. People who walk in a big group and take up the whole sidewalk, leaving nowhere for you to go to pass them. Or people with cigarettes!
2. Getting passed by faster runners, which reminds you how slow you are
1. When your knee (or thigh, or foot, or chafed armpit, or insert body part of choice here) starts to hurt!
Now you're not going to believe me, but tonight's run was beautiful and easy! I ran at the Arboretum and Jamaica Pond for my THIRD run in a row! The weather was perfect and I obviously spent the run entertaining myself coming up with the above list. It was 58 minutes, 5.47 miles, and 5.7 mph; and I burned 644 calories. (This was after my 20 minutes of biceps and triceps work at the gym!)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Fourteen weeks on track already! Yay!
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
Week 14 -6lb
And that, hopefully, is the end of the large numbers of weekly weight change!
Today I went to three grocery stores and my kitchen is stocked with tons of healthy food! Summer is just the best for fruit, yay.
My workout included a quick 41 minutes at the gym, where I did chest, abs, and a 17-minute run. I didn't feel like that was enough of a workout, so I went for a bike ride even though my boyfriend didn't want to come with me. I don't like biking alone because my bike always has problems, even though it's relatively new and I get it tuned up. Grr! The chain fell off TWICE on my little 43-minute bike ride this evening. Maybe I switch gears too much?
Other than that, the biking was really fun. It's so much more comfy than running, especially when going downhill!
We went to Blockbuster today and each picked out a movie. I picked He's Just Not That Into You, which we just watched. It was kind of cute and funny, but it kind of bugged me the way they made it seem like any woman would just be so into any guy and it's all up to the guy whether or not he likes the girl. Sigh, I guess that's often true. Jess picked Donnie Brosco (spelling?) and we haven't watched it yet. I like girl movies more than boy movies. Hehe.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
This is going to be one of those boring blog entries where I just write what's been happening lately. You've been warned.
Yesterday was my first day back under 150 pounds since the binge last weekend. Today I was at 148.0 - even lower than pre-binge - and just eight pounds from goal - YAY!
Yesterday I went to the gym just for lower body, and then went for a 56-minute run/walk outside in the city. There was a lot more walking than I had anticipated, but that's because my phone kept ringing! My friends had been talking about going to a Red Sox game, but I hadn't expected to actually get tickets until I got a three-way phone call from a friend and my boyfriend, and they told me to hurry up and finish my run because we were going to the game!!
So I was in such a rush that my dinner was a yogurt and apple. How's that for healthy!? But then I had a bunch of drinks, which is UNhealthy, but quite fun I must admit. Over the course of 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. I had: 1 shot of mamajuana (at my boyfriend's, which he bought last time we were in the Domican Republic, and it's rum steeped with honey and spices in case you were wondering, I may be spelling it wrong too), 1 shot of vodka with lemon juice, 2 red wines, and 1 Miller Light. Then I realized if I kept drinking I'd have a hangover, so I switched to water stat and woke up without any pain this morning!!
At the game, my friend who says she wants to lose weight had two hot dogs and some popcorn. And wine, like me. And then she had more drinks and another hot dog afterwards. I feel sad for her...she actually has a SparkPeople account, but she never uses it. She signed up for a 5K with me but didn't train and didn't show up on race day. But yet I know she wants to lose weight! She was very upset because she suddenly and unexpectedly lost her job. She LOVED her job and it was a huge part of her identity. They fired her for some stupid thing and she didn't deserve that; we think they just wanted to eliminate her because her salary was so high. And now she can't even get an interview anywhere else once other companies find out she was fired. So I didn't talk about the weight issue - I figure she has enough on her mind right now. And besides, I figure all I'd do would be to annoy her if I talk about losing weight. When she is ready, she will do it, and she's obviously not ready right now.
Another friend who was out with us was actually on a first date. A first date at a baseball game - that's pretty ballsy, huh? (Pun not intended.) That's three hours you're committing to hanging out with a person that you may or may not like! They met on plentyoffish.com. He came out with us after the game and seemed cool enough.
Today my boyfriend and I went for a nice walk in one of my favorite parts of the city - around Jamaica Pond. It's along the route to/from his place to mine, so I stop there a lot for walks and jogs. I did some jogging too, but he doesn't "do running" so I was on my own for that. Then we went to a store where I determined, to my dismay, that my ring size is 7. WAH! I have such fat fingers. I thought I was smaller. At least I know...I just hope my ring fits me consistently after I get it...I don't want my size going up and down all the time. Then we went to the gym where I did back, shoulders, and 20 minutes of elliptical, and then I came home and had a nice dinner of salmon burgers and Italian wine. My fridge is almost empty - tomorrow is going to have to be grocery shopping and batch cooking day.
Now it's time to enjoy my boyfriend and some Sox on TV...and maybe a movie. Cozy Saturday night in. :)
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