Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Last night I went to my first class of any kind in a couple years! It was a BODYPUMP class. I had been planning on going to the 9:30 A.M. class but didn't get myself out the door in the morning (this is my one week off between the regular school year and summer school) so I went to the 7:30 P.M. class instead. Jess and I just happened to go to the gym at exactly the right time last night after he got home from work. I wanted him to go with me, but he had no interest whatsoever. So I wasn't sure I wanted to go either, partly because I knew that taking an hour-long class would mean I'd be at the gym longer than Jess, but luckily for us we live within a VERY short distance from the gym so it's no problem to walk home by myself even if we arrive together. I used to do that all the time, back when I would regularly stay at the gym much longer than Jess would.
Anyway, the other reason I wasn't sure whether I wanted to take the class was because I was nervous. I have no idea why I was nervous, I just was. Anyway, I decided I'd just take my nerves with me and go in there. The Monday night class is the only one taught by a guy and I remember I really liked his style back when I used to go regularly...instead of yelling or being too quiet, he would just kind of give instructions in a sort of jokey way along with the music, like if the lyrics to a song would say "I need...," he would turn that into "I need you to give me...two and two!" Anyway, I went in and looked around the room to remind myself of what equipment I needed to get, and then I went and told him it was my first class in a couple years, so throughout the class whenever he gave instructions he tended to aim them my way. It was great - not as hard as I was expecting, but I was probably using much lighter weights than I used to. The only stuff that was hard were the triceps dips (OUCH! had to take breaks) and the lunges, but there weren't as many of them as I remember there being from way back. I think different choreographies have different numbers of lunges. The shoulders used to be extremely hard for me but they weren't so bad last night. Hopefully all the strength training I've been doing on my own helped.
Anyway, it was very hot yesterday so I sweat during the class, especially during the squats, but I really want to get back in shape so I used the elliptical after class. When I first got out of the studio I saw Jess...he'd been waiting for me...he did over 30 minutes on the bike which is a lot for him. But when I said I wanted to stay even longer I "let" him go home. I don't mind. I did light cardio because a) it was late (a reason I used to not go to the 7:30 class that often) and b) I'd just done my first hour of BODYPUMP in years. But really, it's not like I haven't been exercising, and I probably could have handled something more vigorous.
Anyway, I really haven't seen pounds falling off me or anything, but today I am wearing shorts that were too tight when I tried them on a week or so ago, so that's good, and I think my belly isn't sticking out as much. I've been enjoying my crockpot recipes and some new foods. One of the recipes (Chef Meg's halibut stew) called for ground almonds, and I had a lot left over after making the recipe, so I've been adding ground almonds to my breakfast smoothies which has been an absolutely delicious addition. I highly recommend it...though I might switch to ground flaxseed after I run out of ground almonds because I already eat almonds for snacks so it would be nice to get some other nutrients in there.
Anyway, I am babbling...not sure what's on tap for this afternoon, kind of too hot to work out outside so I guess I'll be heading to the gym soon...unless I check the forecast and it's supposed to cool off significantly by this evening.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I have kept my mouth shut or - er - my fingers still? (no typing) through a few comments but I have to admit I'm a bit peeved right now. Thank you to people who have left me supportive comments, but I am sick of being told to take it more slowly. I have been on track for about a week and a half, and in that time I've been eating anywhere from 1700-2200 calories a day. So nobody could accuse me of crash dieting. Sure, losing 3.8 pounds the first week is a lot, but most of that came off right at the very beginning and in fact I weigh 0.2 pounds more today than I did on Saturday which was one week in exactly. There, it's out, and I'm going to write a separate blog with what I really wanted to say, and hopefully not everybody will even see this venty blog which I didn't want to post because I really do love the SP community but a few comments on my blogs recently really have rubbed me the wrong way.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I would have loved to have lost more than 3.8lbs the first week, oh well. I want this to be my LAST first week. I am SO sick of the yo-yo.
The other day we went out to dinner and I had unsweetened iced tea with lemon to drink, a cup of minestrone soup, and then a salad with mixed greens, shaved parmesan cheese, and lemon juice and olive oil as dressing.. and I had them put grilled salmon on top. No bread. I was stuffed!
I made a couple of "Chef Meg's" recipes from sparkrecipes yesterday.
I'm thinking of going back to BodyPump classes. I haven't gone in a couple years or so. I do strength training on my own, but I think BodyPump would make me work harder. Plus, if I did that and jogged/biked outside, I'd hardly have to go to the gym except for classes.
At my current overweight state, I can no longer jog for extended periods of time. I attribute this to being heavier rather than having lost my cardio ability, because even while I was eating my way back to overweight I was still exercising...and I can still do an hour on the elliptical. But I can't jog for more than about 20 minutes or so without having to stop and walk. I've gone for several outside jogs lately and they always end up being walks after 20 minutes, give or take. I'm looking forward to running becoming easier and easier as I get lighter.
If you know about my yo-yo weight loss history you probably don't believe me, but I really do want to end this pattern. I am definitely thinking a lot about how to make the weight loss permanent this time. But I feel like a hypocrite because I say that EVERY time and then I keep gaining it back.
Right now I'm super motivated because it's the beginning of summer. In mid-August we're going for our annual trip to Cape Cod, and I'm looking forward to being down several pounds by then. Last summer (August 1, 2009) Jess proposed to me on the dunes in Wellfleet (see my background picture on my page) and I want to go back to that spot this summer with him and be happy about how I look. I will do it!!
Monday, June 21, 2010
It really did hit me when I looked in that dressing room mirror on Friday night. I have been on track ever since. I've been tracking my calories since Saturday and am finally back in the mindset where I realize that this is important. I haven't been able to weigh myself because my husband took the battery out of the scale to use in the remote control! But I will be able to weigh myself tomorrow morning - hopefully that will be a happy experience.
My mother-in-law had our digital wedding photos printed and my husband and I were looking at them last night. When we were looking at one of my favorites, during our first dance when he was dipping me, he said, "Who's that skinny girl? I miss her."
I really need to do this.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Wow, I haven't blogged in a MONTH. And last time I wrote my title was "In Need of Motivation." Funny, because I may have finally found the motivation I needed, in a negative way. Yesterday I was trying on dresses at H&M and there were three-way mirrors in each individual dressing room, so I had the privilege of seeing myself in my underwear from all angles. I look almost as bad as I did in my "before" pictures. It's time to start making regular eating sacrifices again.
PS - I ended up buying two dresses, both on sale, and a pair of shoes. One dress was a 12, the other was a 14. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
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