Saturday, April 07, 2007
New low - 141.8. :) :) It's the day before Easter and it's 33 degrees, but I am going to bike 17.55 miles to Jess' parents house later today. I hope I do OK...first big bike ride, and by myself, and in the cold, and I'll need a backpack for my purse and water...at least Jess already took my big bag. He's making me sleep over there for some unknown reason. Not only did I have to pack my clothes and toiletries, but I also packed a lunchbox with tonight's dinner, tomorrow's breakfast, and tomorrow's snacks. I packed 800 calories' worth (just happens to be exactly that amount) of food for tomorrow and I guess the rest will come from the Easter dinner. I am going to REALLY take it easy - I so desperately want to hit the 130s and I am soooo close!!! Surreal! So I'll just have a small portion of the lightest foods available. And COFFEE!!!
1 tablespoon of dry milk per cup of coffee tastes good, so that way I can have 2 cups for just about the same calories with 1 tablespoon of milk per cup instead of 2 tablespoons in 1 cup. Couldn't taste the difference this morning, and it's better than no milk.
Yesterday I went shopping. Old Navy - bought size S black yoga pants that are just perfect for the gym - no tie, long, flattering. Size XS (!!) long tanks -turquoise and yellow. Jess isn't crazy about the yellow so I might exchange for gray or some other color. Also tried on size 6 clearance black pinstripe pants. They fit but I didn't like them.
Then I went to Bob's...they had JUST the kind of Red Sox sweatshirts I wanted, BUT the smallest they had was a men's M and those were wayyyy too big! Tried on some Docker's khaki capris in sizes 8, 6, and 4 and the 4 fit best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But weren't flattering, so I didn't get them. Tried on gorgeous bikinis but didn't get them. The tops looked SO GOOD on me but I am still very flabby on the bottom - time to add squats and lunges to my routine, and dropping some more weight in the form of fat will help, too. In the tops, in one I was a small and the other a medium. I was a medium bottom in both. My reasoning for not getting them (beyond sheer will power) was that by summer I will be smaller on the bottom! (I typed "hopefully" but then took it out - it WILL happen.)
This is a tangent, but on all diets past I used to have lots of dreams about cheating on the diet and then feeling really guilty. That has NOT happened ONCE on SparkPeople/WW. This is not a diet for me. I am truly going to track what I eat for life. I need it and it works so well for me. When I am maintaining, I might add in some other foods, but I will track them and make sure I eat amounts that fit into my overall plan. You can eat any THING, pretty much, but not any AMOUNT. Well, some things you should try to completely avoid, like trans fats (which I just discovered last night are in my favorite hot cocoa - waahhhh!!), but most foods can be incorporated in small amounts. The trick is to keep it all under control, like the title of my SparkPage says.
Anyway, back to Bob's...that store has some GREAT stuff! Red Sox stuff (except for the stupid lack of small sizes), bikinis, sneakers... I ended up getting one of those superlong jerseys, size S, navy, tight to the mid thigh with sleeves down to the elbow and big cuffs, deep V neck so you need to wear something under it, and I got the tank that was on display with it, size S, with wide horizontal gray and navy stripes. Can't exactly wear that by itself because it's short length which is not currenty in style! I also got a 3/4 sleeve Red Sox jersey - size women's L (ran small), with red sleeves and white torso, says Red Sox in their font across the front. I've wanted one of those for a long time. I was considering getting a green Red Sox T shirt with a shamrock, but called Jess and he talked me out of it. I'm not Irish. Good choice.
Anyway, I'm in a totally fantastic mood and have been feeling extremely proud of myself lately. I was stuck in a rut last week but found ways to bust out of it - the key really is to SHAKE THINGS UP!!! Can't wait to work out in my new clothes and then later go for my big bike ride! And I REALLY can't wait for summer - I want to spend the whole season in bikinis!!:) :) :)
Friday, April 06, 2007
I just went back to http://www.halls.md/body-mass-index/bmi.ht
m which is a very informative website about your weight. I am now considered normal weight by both of their standards (I am 142.8), though with a BMI of 23 I could still stand to lose a bit to get to that 17-22 range that increases one's life expectancy (and they say ideal for women is 20-22). Overall my weight is at the 36th percentile for Americans, but for white women my age, I am just under the 75th percentile for height and just over the 50th percentile for weight. Nice!!! :)
142.8 lbs = BMI of 23.0 (today)
136.5 lbs = BMI of 22.0 (highest weight for increased life expectancy/ideal)
124.0 lbs = BMI of 20.0 (lowest weight in "ideal" range for women)
114.4 lbs = BMI of 18.5 (lowest weight for normal range)
105.5 lbs = BMI of 17.0 (lowest weight for increased life expectancy)
A few days ago I found an "ideal weight calculator" on the web that just asked for your height and sex. It said my ideal weight is 130. That's like that formula in that diet book I had as a teen: (for females) Give yourself 100 pounds for the first 5 feet, then 5 additional pounds for every inch. That would also put me at 130.
130.0 lbs = BMI of 21.0
So this gives a good idea of what weight range I should be aiming to reach and stay at in the long run. It appears as though my best bet is to try to hit around 130, but to stay between 124 and 136. I know I'm already OK just the way I am, but my thighs are still fat. :) I think they'd look much better if I lost another 6 to 20 pounds!! (That's the range.) I am 12.8 pounds away from 130.0. If my body will let me, I want to get there.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
I know it's not good to depend on a drug and caffeine is a drug, but I'm not sure I would have been able to get even half as good a workout if I hadn't stopped at Dunkie's before the gym today. It was just a small coffee(skim milk and splenda, though it tasted like it might have not been plain coffee - hazelnut maybe?? Not sure. I asked for regular.)
I was really happy to be at a new all-time low this morning - 142.8 (sooo close to those elusive 130s!) and had a whole day's worth of food packed in my lunch box. But I was so hungry I ate all of it before noon! Luckily it didn't hurt my weigh in at my meeting this afternoon - I was down 1.2 pounds from last week, woohoo! But I was concerned about feeling hungry all day. Well, it turns out that coffee is the answer. I have felt great ever since I had that cup. Becoming addicted to caffeine is a small price to pay for being able to reduce hunger and increase energy, and coffee has antioxidants!
I really want to go biking this evening but it's snowing. April 5!!! Come on! I might attempt it anyway.
I've been getting some incredibly sweet messages from other Sparkers lately, telling me how inspiring my progress has been, how good my pictures look, etc. I LOVE that. People on this website are SO supportive and awesome. And their progress inspires me too. I get so much motivation from this site!!
Just posted a new picture from Tuesday night at my parents' seder. It's not the most flattering of me, but I did want to show off my new red accessories, heehee.
The long weekend has started!! I am really looking forward to a few days of relaxing, even though on Sunday Jess is gonna make me go to church with his family (we are a "multi-cultural" couple, heehee - seder and church on the same week). I guess I better start gearing up for some evil Easter feast, too. Weight loss would be so much easier if our society weren't so freaking obsessed with food!!!
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
I haven't blogged in a while so I figured it was time. I had a frustrating week+ where my weight was inching up slowly. I started at 143.0 on Sunday, then it slowly crept up to 144.0 nine days later (yesterday). So I buckled down, worked out hard, kicked the 5-calorie-a-piece gum habit (when you eat 3 packs in a day, the calories add up!), and was back to 143.0 this morning. Tried to keep up the strict mindset, varied what I ate, but was pretty hungry and didn't have a lot of energy for the gym this evening. So I ended up with over 1,300 calories(26 points), but since I earned 4 APs and my daily target is 22, I had what I call an "Even Steven" day. I hope I show a good loss at my weigh-in tomorrow.
Two days ago I had a great treadmill run. I did an hour at 5.6 mph and felt fine, except that by the end I REALLY had to pee. Hitting 5.6 miles in an hour is a new record for me, up from 5.55.
Today I tried 5.7 and had to stop after 25 minutes. I then did 15 minutes on the elliptical and had to stop. No energy.
So tonight it's early to bed, and will keep on truckin' tomorrow.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
145.0 today. That's 0.2 up from yesterday, but I'm about to get my period. It's silly how it bothers me to be up even that little even with that good a reason, but I can't help it. Positive thinking, Susan!!
Ran 60 minutes this morning - 1st half at 5.6 mph, 2nd half at 5.5 mph. Guess I'm not quite ready for a full hour at 5.6. It wasn't very fun and afterwards my knees hurt and I had an irritated spot in my armpit from all that friction. But I am proud of myself.
Going shopping with Laura today. In fact, I told her I'd be ready around 11 and it's already 11:21. Oops. I've decided to eat at home and pack snacks to bring, but I haven't told her that yet...social lives should not have to revolve around restaurants!!
Gotta plan out my food for the day. Peace.
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