Friday, November 13, 2009
My weight was up two pounds today for no reason but I'm not discouraged...fluctuation is just a part of life. Unfortunately, I didn't get my morning happy boost from the scale today, and then a coworker said one minor little thing at a meeting this morning that bugged me, so as a result I've been feeling kind of worn down the rest of the day. I'm glad it's Friday, even though I had Wednesday off and was away at a conference yesterday.
When I finally got back to reading the blogs I'm subscribed to, I found that so much had changed: babies, miscarriages, pregnancies, races run (or other types of fitness competitions), people's weight had changed up or down, car accidents, relatives got sick... but also two Sparkers whose blogs I used to read regularly had disappeared - their Spark pages no longer exist. :( I wonder if they went private or just gave up on the site.
The gym last night was fantastic. I had already gone for a 40-minute run outside, but still had tons of energy at the gym - this is NOT always the case for me, sometimes I feel very run down from exercise. Anyway, while I was getting my dumb bells an older gentleman said to me, "Was that you on the - what do you call it - elliptical machine the other day? What were you on that thing for, three days??" (I responded, "Yeah, it FELT like it!") He said, "I was admiring your form - you were going forwards, then backwards." I told him I go ten minutes in one direction, then I switch, and go for an hour. He said he was working up to being able to do that. Anyway, after getting that nice little compliment (if you can even really call it a compliment) I just felt so happy and just surged through the rest of my workout, including 20 more minutes of running! I remembered that THIS was that feeling I'd been going for! (When I first started eating healthy again last weekend, it didn't make me feel good - I got heartburn and crankiness, but I powered through anyway.) Inspired perhaps by those "last chance workouts" on The Biggest Loser, or perhaps by all of your blogs, I decided to attempt a one-minute sprint at 10mph at the end of my treadmill run. Well, at 10mph I thought I might fly off the treadmill and seriously injure myself and others, so I did 9mph instead which I'd done before, but it was still very hard. And to think, I read somewhere recently that the fastest human can run something like 27mph?!?
Weekend plans - not many, but going to Jess' tonight which is a switch from our usual staying at my place Friday nights and his Saturdays. We'll probably just watch DVDs of 24 and Entourage. On Sunday my realtor finally has another showing of my condo - it had been two weeks since the last one!! My kitchen and living room walls are light green and my realtor suggested that I change them to a more neutral color, so I guess it's time to paint. He should have seen my living room back when it was orange (we painted it a very pale gray in preparation for putting it on the market). I like my green - oh well - I need to sell so I can move on in my life!!
Then Sunday evening both of our moms are coming over for a wedding planning session. I'm excited!!! :) We have sooo many loose ends to tie up, like, what should our first dance song be?? We are thinking about "Your Song" by Elton John, which is nice, but I also wouldn't mind something a little more upbeat. For my Spark friends who've had weddings, what was your first dance song? Did you take dancing lessons?
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!
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