Tuesday, July 28, 2009
**BORING BLOG ENTRY AHEAD**
This afternoon, after I was done checking email, I settled down on the couch to start reading _Three Cups of Tea_ but promptly fell asleep and stayed that way until my boyfriend called me a good portion of an hour later. He asked, "Were you sleeping?" Apparently he could tell I'd been taking a nap just by the sound of my voice. He asked me why I was so tired, and why I haven't been doing more with my free time this summer.
Here's what my schedule has been like lately: I get up around 7:00 or 7:30, go to summer school, come home around 12:30, spend maybe an hour on "chores" around the house, then I usually spend THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON wasting time on my computer. Granted most of this time is spent on SparkPeople, which is time I can justify by calling it my daily dose of motivation, but it is a rather extreme amount of time to spend with my butt in a chair barely moving.
Have you ever tried to work out after a nap? We went to the gym about a half-hour after I woke up and the workout sucked. I felt hungry and didn't have energy, and wished I was still lying on the couch, preferably with some munchies. I did about 20 minutes of lower-body strength training (my least favorite strength training routine) and then 32 minutes on the elliptical, going about 3.3 miles.
Afterwards, I went to the expensive grocery store down the street that I've been avoiding ever since I discovered a few much cheaper options, but Jess was going to the liquor store near there so I tagged along. I bought some healthy things I needed, and came home and ate some blackberries. I hadn't planned on having anything to eat after dinner, but the berries have made me feel so much better and I'm still in my calorie range.
If I start to feel weak and tired on a regular basis, that might be a sign that it's time to increase my daily calorie intake a bit. I'm hoping this afternoon was just a fluke, meaning that the hunger and tiredness hopefully weren't indicative of some greater pattern, but if I do need to increase, I might be able to still lose more weight. You see, my calorie range is about 1,930-2,280 according to SparkPeople, but what I actually have been aiming for lately has been closer to 1,860-2,150. So, I can increase my average daily intake without actually having to change my official range. I don't think there's any need to worry about having to stop trying to lose weight just yet.
We're taking a long weekend (Thursday night through Sunday) to go to Welfleet in Cape Cod, and just like last year I'd like to bring breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, and leave just dinner open to go to restaurants or eat with Jess' family. Since Jess and I alternate where we spend the night throughout the week, I just realized that tonight will be our last night at my place ("home!") before the trip. I can't believe I already have to start getting ready.
I found out Jess isn't going to be able to propose to me on this trip like I'd been hoping. Turns out my ring won't be ready yet by then. I think he has a good plan for a proposal...or at least the good start for one...but I guess I have to wait a little longer for it to come than I'd thought.
Monday, July 27, 2009
I LOVE running in the city. There are so many superfast runners along the Charles - it's so inspiring. The only problem is that I tend to be the slowest one out there! Tonight I ran from where I parked in Mission Hill, to the Pour House where my boyfriend was having a beer with a buddy, to the Public Garden, through Beacon Hill to the Charles River, and then back up Fairfield Street to Boylston Street, where I met up with my boyfriend and together we walked back to the car. Time absolutely flies by when you run in the city, unlike the suburbs - LOVE it. It was so humid that I literally had droplets of sweat running down my skin!
Yesterday evening I did end up going for a quick 15-minute jog around my neighborhood. It was just enough so I didn't have to feel guilty... but my total workout time was still under an hour.
Thanks to everyone who commented about how to deal with a friend who isn't as proud of me for living my healthy lifestyle as I'd like. I've decided that I will try to be quiet and nonjudgmental about my choices, but still make conscious, definitive good decisions, and at the worst hope to not make my friends feel guilty or annoyed, but at best perhaps inspire them to make their own healthy changes with the results I plan to achieve!
(The hardest part of this plan will be keeping quiet. I could go on and ON about nutrition and exercise!! I could see how grating that could be to listen to if you were someone who knew you should be making changes, but haven't done it yet.)
Sunday, July 26, 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
Week 14 -6lb
Week 15 -2lb
Week 16 -1lb
Hot, steamy, sleepy day. Gym workout was short - less than 40 minutes total for chest, abs & treadmill. May go for a quick outdoor jog in the evening when it gets cooler - may not. A light workout is okay too, once in a while.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Today my boyfriend, Jess, and a friend, L, and I went to Newport, Rhode Island to go to the beach! The weather was perfect for once - we've had so much cold and rain this summer, so for it to be sunny, 80 degress, AND a Saturday all at once was just amazing. Unfortunately there was so much seaweed in the water that the waves looked red, but I put on a wetsuit and dealt with it. The waves were perfect for boogie boarding!! I asked Jess for a surfing lesson, but I couldn't even balance lying down on the board, let alone standing up on it. Boogie boarding is so fun, I'm not going to worry if I'm just not meant to be a surfer. We had a blast!!! :) I didn't have time to run though, sadly. L had to hurry home because she had evening plans.
However...I must vent about L, the friend that came with us. Yesterday she told me that I have an unhealthy obsession with weight, diet, exercise, etc. I was hurt that she would critique me for something that brings me so much pride, health, and happiness. Ironic that my attempts to live as healthfully as possible could be called "unhealthy." Also, I feel like if she doesn't want to focus that much energy on this stuff she don't have to do it, but why judge me for doing it? It's my life and I can choose to do what I want! I told her a quote I've read on this site: "'Obsessed' is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated." I KNOW this stuff is a HUGE focus that I'm constantly thinking about, but my history shows that I need to maintain my focus or I get WAY off track fast. It's an eventual goal to balance it better with other aspects of my life, but right now I need to stay focused.
On our way down to Newport, L asked me to stop at a Taco Bell. At first I decided I'd "go wild" and eat some Taco Bell, but when I looked at the nutrition brochure and saw that even their "fresco" items mostly had some trans fats and over a thousand milligrams of sodium, I decided I couldn't do it. Especially since Sundays are my "official" weigh-in days! So, while Jess and L ate their Taco Bell, I walked across the parking lot to Stop & Shop and bought myself some grapes and cherries, which I munched on all afternoon. Yummm! Just like last weekend on the beach...I'd rather eat a natural fruit or vegetables (especially fruit - hehe) than some processed horrible-for-you JUNK any day!! I guess the produce section of a grocery store is my new go-to- place to buy lunch for the beach!
Jess and I did go to the British Beer Company for dinner - his choice, not mine. It's a newish chain restaurant that really isn't anything special. I think I did okay though - I got the chopped shrimp salad, minus the cheese and toast. I got spicy peanut Thai dressing on the side and used only a very small bit, and had pinot noir to drink.
Oh, one other thing - I have recently been told by my boyfriend and two close friends that my boobs are disappearing. Too bad I can't transport the fat from my thighs to my chest! Ha. Honestly, I don't mind about my chest - I think it looks better now in my tighter tops, and a smaller chest is definitely better for running!!!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I've lost twenty pounds!! From 165 to 145! Going to the beach today...gonna boogie board, read, and go for a run.
Speaking of running, yesterday I did a longer version of a loop I've been doing lately - Speen to Hartford all the way to Bishop instead of turning off at Boden. It was 6.13 miles, 67 minutes, 5.5 mph on average, and 717 calories according to Spark's mapping feature. I ran straight to the gym in fact, for some sweaty lower-body strength training for my already spent legs. I could barely do my lunges, my legs were so tired!!
Last night I went out in a black sleeveless, strapless long drapey top that I've only worn once before, my old big size 4 jeans (they really ought to be labeled an 8 or 10 probably), and black high heeled sandals. I love getting all dressed up, even if it's just to go to Margarita's in the suburbs. :)
Time for a quick gym workout before the beach, bye!!
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