Sunday, April 11, 2010
I found this fascinating. There are over 100 photos, each captioned with the person's height, weight, BMI, and BMI category (underweight, normal, overweight, obese, or morbidly obese). Many of the "overweight" people looked normal to me (and to my husband), and one obese man toward the end didn't even look heavy. The underweight people looked so frail. Is a person's BMI an indicator of their health? Of their best look? I'm not so sure. I remember when I first heard of the concept of BMI (years ago) I thought it was an oversimplification because it was based on nothing more than height and weight. My weight is always straddling the line between "normal" and "overweight." I much prefer being "normal," of course, but even when I'm "overweight" my mom tells me I look thin. :)
Sunday, April 04, 2010
OK, still no "plan," still kind of okay with that. Yesterday I went for a jog (through a proper neighborhood this time, no honks!). Then my husband and I went to the gym and did strength training (and I was lucky I didn't give myself a concussion when I didn't properly rack my barbell after a set of chest presses, luckily I ducked but boy was my yelp embarrassing!). Then I asked him if he was going to do cardio, which for him usually consists of 15-20 minutes on the recumbant bike. He told me he had an idea - he wanted to walk around the pond at Wellesley College! I've been there for jogs several times on my own, but he's never gone there with me before, so I was excited. We made a bet about how many cute dogs we'd see and I won (prize - dinner paid for by the loser). After the walk we went into downtown Wellesley which is adorable - he bought some cheese and crackers from a specialty cheese shop that had a really bad stink, and I bought a birthday card for my aunt at a gift store. Then we went to Starbucks where I had a tall (cute cup - I'm used to venti) skinny iced latte and a Greek yogurt parfait, and he had one of those bottled smoothies and his cheese and crackers, and we people-watched. Then a friend called and invited us to come over for a BBQ, but we already had plans to go to the grocery store and buy stuff (on him, remember?) to make "Mexican" salad, and we had DVDs....plus there were going to be a bunch of screaming little kids at my friend's. So we decided to hang in last night. Our salad consisted of red leaf lettuce, a red pepper, a tomato, mango, shrimp sauteed in cajun seasoning (aka salt, oh well), shredded cheese, black olives, and salsa for dressing. I also put beans and avocado on mine, but those are two items Jess HATES. We also had a few sushi rolls and a Malbec I'd bought Jess for his birthday the other day along with a decanter, which we put the Malbec in. The dinner was so healthy and delicious, and I couldn't finish my huge salad. I went to put my leftovers in a container for the fridge, and Jess commented that wasn't like me! (I usually don't have leftovers because I eat like a pig!) I said I was learning from him - he does that all the time. Only this time, he DID finish his salad.
I'm down 1.4 pounds today, going to the gym now before Easter dinner with Jess's family!
Saturday, April 03, 2010
I still don't have a PLAN, but I'm feeling better. Yesterday was my best day, eating-wise, in several weeks, even though my grand total was over 2,700 calories and my weight stayed exactly the same today. The weather was beautiful so we went to a restaurant with an outdoor patio for dinner, and I hemmed and hawed over what to get until I finally decided to make the choice I'd be most proud of - the sesame salmon salad. (I also had a blueberry beer.) I know that I ate healthy yesterday and even though I'm still well over my maintainence weight, I'm feeling good. Getting wonderfully long nights' sleep because it's the weekend helps too!! I wish I could sleep this much every day - life would be great!
Men often honk at me while I'm jogging...and I usually take it lightly - just some harmless fun flirting. I have a friend who goes for walks during her lunch hour and she told me they honk at her too even when she's wearing something as un-sexy as a sweater and work pants. Well, yesterday I was jogging along the side of the road when a car full of guys came along with the windows open and one of them called something out...couldn't hear the whole thing with my music going, but it ended in "baby." THEN, they actually slowed down and came to a stop a few feet ahead of me!! This was a little troubling - what the heck were they planning on doing?? Thank goodness another car came along and they had to start driving again. I'm also a little sensitive because I'm still wearing my same workout clothes as before even though I have several extra pounds on me, so I'm not exactly at my highest self-esteem level right now, and I'm wondering how large my butt looks in my fitted workout pants to drivers coming up from behind me. Man. Just wanted to get that out there.
Anyway, we're supposed to have a record-breakingly gorgeous weekend here...we deserve it after all the flooding we've been having - and my hubs and I are heading out to enjoy! (Well, after we go to the gym.) Have a great Saturday everyone!
Friday, April 02, 2010
I didn't stick to my challenge rules. On Tuesday night I ate too much and then I got stuck in the "I've already blown it" mindset. I have the day off from school today, and I slept in 3.5 hours later than I would have if I'd had to go to school. I know that being tired is part of the reason why my plan didn't work, but I'm frustrated because I TRIED to get enough sleep this past week...I just couldn't always will myself to fall asleep when I wanted to.
Despite some not-so-great choices, my weight is down a bit from my last post, to 157.4. Yesterday I went to Barnes & Noble and read a few chapters of the latest diet book, _The Skinny_. Something about reading the intro to a diet book always gives me a boost of motivation, even if I don't fully agree with what I'm reading! Basically the author was saying that people with weight problems have a messed-up system for feeling hungry/full, and that if you're struggling with overeating it's not your fault because powerful biological forces are screaming at you to eat. I don't know if this is true, but I do know that I eat past the point where I know I should stop a lot of the time, and I can't explain why other than to say that it feels good, and it doesn't feel good to be hungry. Then again, it doesn't feel good to be overly stuffed either, but before I notice the "stuffed" feeling, the "eating" feeling tends to be nice.
Anyway, the book's solution to this "fullness resistance" is setting up your eating patterns to make you feel fuller. The author says you should do things like eat protein at breakfast, eat lots of vegetables, and avoid processed stuff. While I agree with all of that, I don't think it's a permanent solution because I DO eat that way when I'm on track, but I STILL manage to fall off track. That idea frustrated me, but I still got the boost of motivation that I was hoping for. When I was finished reading, I went to the grocery store and bought only healthy food, came home and had a salad for dinner, and then went for a run and some strength training.
I am trying to figure out what approach will work best for me - now, most importantly, but also long-term. So many options...I could make food plans ahead of time and stick with them rigidly, or eat whatever I want but track it all, or try to eat mindfully without tracking, or I could do something that is in between any of those approaches. I could aim for quick weightloss with a low calorie level, maintainence with a higher calorie level, or somewhere in between. I could just put off making these decisions and just live my life and see what happens. I'm feeling pretty indecisive right now.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Purpose: Experience tells me that some small success often leads to much more success. Therefore, I'm giving myself a completely doable yet challenging program that will help me get back to healthy behaviors, lose a few of the pounds I've recently put back on, and feel motivation to continue.
Timeframe: NOW (Tuesday afternoon) through Friday night.
*Track everything I eat.
*Pre-track whenever possible (in other words, plan it out in the nutrition tracker ahead of time). The only times this will not be possible are tonight, when I'm going to my parents' seder, and possibly one dinner out to celebrate my husband's birthday. (We already went out on Saturday night with the family, but his birthday is actually tomorrow so if he wants to go out with just me, I will take him out!)
*When I do eat out, make good choices and track afterwards.
*No food from the teachers' room.
*No going to a grocery store or convenience store to buy binge food.
*No eating Jess' food.
*No eating anything that would pull me off course, period!
*Stay under 2,500 calories per day. (Baby steps...)
*General template: fruit smoothie (no extra nuts or chocolate) for breakfast, unlimited (within reason, of course) morning/early afternoon coffee (be done before 2 p.m.) but maximum of 1 cup of milk or soymilk, two pouches of almonds, 1 apple, 1 orange, 1 grapefruit for snacks, 1 lunch serving plus vegetables, 1 dinner serving, NO EXTRA FOOD!!!!!
*Cardio minimum 60 minutes per day with the exception of today (seder) unless I manage to squeeze it in somehow...
*Strength training daily, usual routines (same possible exception for today).
*Daily blog to 1) confirm that I am following the rules, 2) post my weight, and 3) talk about any struggles that I experience. For example, I am sure that when I see some junk in the teachers room I will be very tempted, and after work I will be extremely tempted to keep eating beyond 2,500 calories. I will blog about those struggles and getting past them!
So here goes...sigh...I weighed 160.6 this morning. Yikes. Before I started this challenge I did have one chocolate caramel candy from the front office (no junk allowed from there either! or from anywhere!). Other than that, however, I have eaten healthfully today. I am hungry now but will have one of my healthy snacks. I am worried about sticking to just good choices tonight at the seder, but I will. One reasonably-sized serving of each item tonight. Drink water, and stop eating when I'm full! (And don't RESTART eating later, either!) I'll be proud of myself, Jess will be proud of me, and I'll be happy to get on the scale tomorrow morning for a change!!!!!!!!!!!!
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