Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Hi everyone, I just wanted to say that I am sticking like glue to my plan and it's already working! The more fit I get, the more excited I am going to get about being a bride!!:)
Sunday, November 08, 2009
This morning Jess and I went to Castle Island in South Boston. I had never been there before although I had heard about it when I was researching new places to run. It was sunny and unseasonably warm today - 70 degrees! We walked around the castle, then I ran around it twice, then I did the Pleasure Bay loop, then we walked around the castle one more time for a cooldown. (Jess sat on a bench and watched the cute doggies while I ran). My run was 30 minutes/3.42 miles, and including the walking it was 5 miles/untimed. Gorgeous, and I felt energized and healthy afterwards (even though I'm really not that healthy - we've both had a cough and congestion for weeks, ugh). It reminded me of Alcatraz there!
Sunday, November 08, 2009
One day down, and my weight dropped over two pounds overnight! I was disciplined all day yesterday, controlling my portions and working hard at the gym. I had to guess about calories for lunch and dinner, but my best guess brought me to about 1,800. I haven't decided yet what my calorie range will be for the next 14 weeks - the lowest I can handle whil still having energy, I guess. I made two recipes yesterday - a spinach, broccoli and cheese casserole, and a tuna noodle casserole. I used Zircadia's advice to try sparkrecipes.com's recipe calculator, and I did find that easier to use than my tedious old method of counting calories. The only things I didn't like were that the recipe calculator wants you to write in a bunch of stuff like ingredients lists and directions and I'm not making these recipes public so there's no point in doing that so I just wrote "see ingredient list" or something. Oh, and also I couldn't figure out how to edit the recipe once I'd posted it?? I realized I'd made a little mistake and wanted to change it, but I couldn't. Maybe I just wasn't looking in the right place??
Oh, and I also spent some time trying to catch up on my spark friends' blogs...got through some, not all. I am subscribed to LOTS of blogs! I will get through all of them eventually - I miss finding out what you guys are up to!
Anyway, for motivation I just keep imagining my wedding day, with my strapless dress and my hair and makeup done and all eyes on me and photographs that will be kept forever, and oh yeah, the man I'm about to make vows with standing there looking so proud of me, and all I can think is that I MUST DO THIS. It doesn't matter that over the next fourteen weeks I will be enduring Thanksgiving, Hanukah, my birthday, Christmas, and a trip to Europe...all that matters is keeping my eye on my goal, and that goal is February 14, 2010, the most special day of my life.
I do realize that I sound like a drama queen, but I am writing these things to psych myself up, and it's working! I am getting really excited about this!
Saturday, November 07, 2009
My wedding is in 14 weeks!!! I must be the best I can be on my wedding day. This is going to take real time and effort - now is not the time to whine about how difficult it is. The harsh reality is that I have to override my natural tendencies to be rather lazy and to overeat. Moderation always ends up with me gaining weight! I have to force myself to eat less than I burn, and to burn more than I eat! To do this, I'm going to have to track my food even though it's tedious, and I'm going to have to step up my workouts. Maybe I'll start going to classes at the gym again.
Consider this my own personal bridal boot camp - bring it on!!
PS - To motivate myself even further, here is what I am trying to get back to (photos taken August 2009 - oh what a difference three months can make!):
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
-loss I found the following:
Finding Your New Normal
Submitted by Ainsley on Mon, 11/02/2009 - 12:29
"The other day I was watching a movie when I heard a phrase that really hit home.
A woman in the film was speaking about something completely unrelated to healthy active living (sadly, the death of her child), and she said “I just had to find a new normal”.
I heard the phrase, and instantly thought to myself that finding a new normal is exactly what lifestyle change is all about. The ultimate behavior change goal is to create a new normal.
A new way that your life works…new routines that eventually become habit and second nature.
No wonder diets don't work. There is nothing normal about them.
I challenge you to leave unhealthy habits behind and work to find your new normal."
The line that resonates with me most is this: "No wonder diets don't work. There is nothing normal about them."
Diets always work for me, while I'm working for them. Anyone who's known me a while on SparkPeople knows the drill. When I'm losing weight, I'm putting in a lot of work to make that happen. Some of this work is essential - the healthy eating, the exercising, the water drinking, the getting full nights' sleep. A lot of the other things I do are mainly for tracking purposes, and they are extremely time-consuming. For example, on a typical weekend when I'm on track, I will do the following:
*select recipes for the upcoming week
*create a grocery shopping list
*go grocery shopping
*make a week's worth of servings of two recipes (one for lunch and one for dinner)
*while I'm cooking, I measure every ingredient I add, and I jot everything down
*after I'm done cooking, I separate the meals into single-serving containers and freeze them
*after that, I go on SparkPeople and create new food groupings with the precise amounts of each ingredient I jotted down. if I've made 7 servings, I then open a calculator to find that 1/7 is 0.1429, and each time I enter the food grouping into a meal in my tracker, I enter it as 0.1429 servings.
*I create a full day's menu in my tracker, playing around with snacks to get my desired calorie totals and macronutrient percentages.
*I repeat the general pattern for the rest of the week, making adjustments as I eat slightly different items.
*(this one is so anal-retentive it's embarrassing) I weigh a piece of fruit to the nearest gram prior to eating, then weigh the leftover seeds/peel/core etc. after I'm done, then subtract to get the exact number of grams of fruit eaten
A lot of these behaviors are NOT NORMAL! No wonder I could never keep up with my program for more than few months at a time. It was exhausting, stressful, and embarrasing, and I couldn't really adapt it to real life.
Sure, when my calorie estimates were this precise, my weight loss was quite consistent. But it wasn't a real lifestyle change because it was too much work. I think I could streamline this process, keeping the healthy parts and eliminating the over-specificity.
I could still make a couple batch-cooked recipes per week for lunches and dinners, and still have my fruit smoothies for breakfast. I could even pull out my food scale to make sure I only eat one serving of nuts as a snack. But I need to step away from the anal-retentive details and focus more on the bigger picture. Rather than worrying about whether an apple has 80 calories or 120, I need to worry about the fact that I have let my weight yo-yo over a 30-pound range over and over again these past few years. Rather than sometimes going overboard with strictness and then going overboard with carelessness, I need to find a happy medium. I need to eat normally. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, two snacks, maybe even a small dessert once in a while. Exercise most days of the week. Drink water, get plenty of sleep, laugh, and love. That's what I need.
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