Sunday, April 15, 2007
Just felt like seeing where my writing takes me today. At this point I have been going strong for almost three full months and am probably on the longest stretch of my life. (Kinda sad I've never been able to stick to a health program for this long before...but the good news is that I am now!) At this point I probably have two main areas of focus:
1) Pushing myself to new accomplishments, fitness-wise
2) Figuring out how to make my nutrition program fit into real life permanently.
Wow, I hadn't realized how clear my goals were and how well they complimented each other until just now, when I wrote them down. That's what's so great about blogging.
Fitness-wise, I have really added variety while pushing harder with my core basics (elliptical/stair climber, strength training, and stretching). The variety comes from running (treadmill and outdoors) and biking, with other fun things thrown in when I can, like skiing yesterday.
Diet-wise, some days I just am going to be too active to stick within 1,200 to 1,300 calories. On those days, I will eat more, using the number of activity points I've earned as a guide. I might use some, all, or even go over and use flex, depending on how I feel. But no matter how much I need to eat, nutritious food is always better than junk, of course.
But in real life, over the course of my life, I want to eat healthy most of the time. Every once in a while I'm going to eat something less than perfect, like an ice cream cone when I'm walking through town on the Cape this summer, or a piece of cake at a party. And you know what I am going to do? I am going to get the smallest size I can, and not necessarily finish it, but I am going to enjoy it! I'm not going to draw any attention to the fact that I ordered the kiddie cone or that I left half the cake under the napkin, either. Just like Jess' cousin's thin girlfriend did at Easter, she took small helpings of everything but left a lot on her plate. She didn't mention anything about it, and she looked totally normal. I did well at Easter too, but I stood out with just turkey and fruit salad on my plate, and finishing every morsel. I need to start following the habits of naturally thin women. Because I am one now!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)
Of course, the majority of days I should still stick with as close to 1,200 calories as I can handle, with all my nutritious food doing everything it can inside me to make me the healthiest person I can be. At least until I get to "my goal weight." However, I have a strong feeling that no matter what weight I achieve, I am going to want to aim for a lower one. The only way I might actually decide to stop losing weight would be if I hit the very bottom of the healthy weight range for my height. I don't want all my health efforts to make me UNhealthy, of course. But considering that the bottom of the range for my height is 114, I have quite a ways to go. So I have a feeling I might be following this plan for quite some time yet.
And even when I do decide it's time to actively try to maintain rather than lose, I still want to follow the plan. I will just add in the 4 extra points per day that WW recommends, and then adjust according to their plan (add points if you are still losing, take away points if you start gaining). I will track my food and attend WW meetings for life.
One last item that is absolutely crucial - sleep. I have known for a while now that I need plenty of sleep to succeed on this program, but what I am learning now is how caffeine can ruin my efforts to get enough sleep. On Friday afternoon I had a cup of coffee at 2 p.m. and some caffeinated tea later in the evening. I was VERY tired and knew I had a full day of skiing ahead of me, so I tried to go to sleep around 8:30. Between the caffeine and Jess having the TV on in the living room, I could not fall asleep until probably around 11. Then I was awake before the alarm on Saturday morning, a bit before 6 a.m., and got up. I was sooo tired at Mount Sunapee. Being tired is 100% counterproductive to a weight loss program because it makes you think you're hungry, want to eat, and NOT want to exercise/move your body. Plus it makes you a grouch so nobody can stand you! I did feel a bit better after lunch, which was HUGE for me lately (I estimate it was about 16 oz. of chili), and I had another coffee. But last night we went to sleep around 8 p.m. and got up this morning at 7:30. I was awake a lot, but definitely got enough sleep despite that. I feel SO MUCH BETTER now. And I am VERY grateful that I still weigh 139.4 despite the almost 2,000 calories I had yesterday. Phew!
So....NO MORE CAFFEINE after 12:00 p.m. sharp, let's say. That includes a ban on decaf coffee after 12:00, but I think decaf tea is still OK. (If I am still having trouble sleeping I will change that.) And I don't think I necessarily need coffee every day. Maybe I will save it for a once-in-a-while treat. I think having lots of tea is healthier anyway, and the less coffee I drink the more tea I will have. I could also try hot water mixed with milk and sweetener....not sure if I'll like it...we'll see. Just remember, sleep is AS IMPORTANT if not MORE than diet and exercise, because it's the first building block. If I'm not adequately rested, I can't do all the other things I need to do to stay/get even more fit and healthy.