Monday, July 20, 2009
I don't know how to say this without sounding braggy, but I think I did a really good job on the eating front this weekend. My summertime weekends are three days long thanks to Fridays off (tough life, I know), and I stuck to my normal eating schedule on Friday except I saved a couple hundred calories for drinks. My friend and I ended up at a place with a dance floor so I got a nice little bonus calorie burn in too. ;) Considering my boyfriend and my friend both ate their greasy saucy salty Thai food in front of me (I'd already had dinner), Friday night counts as victory #1.
I was out very late Friday night - something I'm not at all used to anymore - but I still managed to get in almost an hour at the gym on Saturday morning, which was perfect because there was NO time for a workout during the rest of that incredibly busy day. I'd made my breakfast smoothie in advance, but the rest of the day all my eating was going to be done at a party, on the road, and on Martha's Vineyard - thank goodness I went in with my attitude prepped in advance! Here's how it went:
Lunchtime party - I had to REALLY pat myself on the back for this one. I skipped all drinks other than water, burgers, hot dogs, and dessert. I also skipped the regular potato salad in favor of the sweet potato salad, and ended up doing the Picky Eater thing when I tried some carrot-raisin salad and didn't even like it. I left food on my plate - that is so uncharacteristic of me!! I also ate some fruit and the best part was the sugar snap peas that we plucked right out of the garden and ate fresh! Yum!
From there we had a very long drive to the Martha's Vineyard ferry (this party was WAAAY out of our way). All I had between lunch and dinner though was lots of water, an iced coffee with skim milk, and one apple.
By the time we were settled at a table at the Sand Bar in Oak Bluffs (the busiest town in Martha's Vineyard), it was probably around 9 p.m. I had a garden salad topped with lobster salad!! Skipped the dressing, but the salad had pistachios on it. I did make a few un-diet-friendly moves though... I "helped" my friend with her crab cakes, and I also drank too much. Two coffee martinis (I was tired and asked the waitress if they had coffee - she said, "No, but how about a coffee martini?" How could I not??) and two glasses of cabernet!
The next morning I was up two pounds - from 146 to 148. Still low enough for a net two pound loss for the week, though.
On Sunday I had a smoothie I'd prepared in advance for breakfast, and then we went to a general store down the road for some coffee. (Well, my boyfriend had pizza there, but I had coffee with skim!) Know how those little general stores on touristy islands jack up prices? Well, I bought $20 of fresh vegetables to nibble on all day long! Instead of having lunch, I just munched all day, but I thought it was okay because of my selections. I had a pint of cherry tomatoes, a pint of blueberries, a bag of cherries, and part of a bag of baby carrots with a small amount of guacamole my friend made by mashing up an avocado with some salsa. I also drank a lot of water and went for an hour-long jog along the beach. For dinner I had shrimp cocktail, a side salad, and I again helped my friend finish her meal (BAD habit!! Doh!), plus a couple glasses of wine. Didn't eat anything else the rest of the day.
Today I was up ANOTHER two pounds - now I'm at 150 basically (149.6). UGH. I honestly thought I'd done well, and I guessed that I was in my calorie range. I'm almost wondering if the gain is a coincidence - I have gained this much before for no good reason. However, more likely I probably WAS above my calorie range a little bit. I have no doubt that it'll come back off now that I'm back to my normal routine, but it just goes to show how much I need my tracking.
Anyway, the trip was perfect - the weather, the fun, the beach, the rental house, everything. We got home very late last night and I'm tired today, but it was worth it!! I forgot my camera, but my friend is going to email me some pictures that I'll share with you guys.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Yes, I have a sick obsession. I brought my scale to Martha's Vineyard with me. I am sitting in my bikini right now!! We are having a blast!!!
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
Week 15 -2lb
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!)
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