Thursday, August 19, 2010
I went for a nice long walk/jog yesterday through the city... it's nice to not worry about speed, but I am considering signing up for a 10K to force myself to step it up. I'm not sure I want the pressure though?? I know I will feel enormous pressure to beat my previous time, and that was difficult enough.
This morning I woke up to the lowest weight I've seen on the scale in five months - 158.4. I still think there are parts of me that are too wide, but my stomach is flatter and I'm less than four full pounds above a healthy BMI. Then, since I have the whole morning free, I checked my gym's schedule and was happy to see that there was a 9:30 a.m. Body Pump class! It was practically empty, which I really like! It was so empty that I felt brave enough to go and talk to the instructor afterwards - asked her about squatting form, and then complimented her because she looked particularly fit and toned. She said she's been eating really clean this summer, and said something that most of us on Spark have said before - that how you eat makes all the difference. I agreed, and was kind of pleasantly surprised to hear an exercise instructor - in fact the director of fitness at my gym - saying that. If someone who so obviously loves exercise feels that nutrition is even more important, well, it must be true. :)
Now it's 11 a.m. and I still have the whole day ahead of me - and we're leaving for Cape Cod AGAIN either tonight or tomorrow. Probably tonight. My husband's family rented a house in Wellfleet (yes Sharon, that is exactly where we got engaged last year - we even went back to the same spot for a quick & silly re-enactment, hehe) and this is their last weekend there.
Oh, and if I'm going to be using this blog to comment back to people, I'd just like to tell Patty, and everybody else who made similar comments, that I COMPLETELY agree about the lifestyle balancing act! I think I may FINALLY be figuring out how to make the lifestyle work for me permanently - no more super strictness for a few months at a time followed by total off-the-wagonness afterwards. It's really nice to know that I can eat nachos or whatever over the weekend, be totally unphased by the little gains I see on the scale on Sunday and Monday, and KNOW that after a few good days during the week that I am guaranteed to have the little gain disappear, and then some if I'm lucky!
A few weeks ago when I first described this pattern of eating someone wrote on my page that I shouldn't have my "off" times be weekends - it should be whenever I'm hungry. However, in my own defense, my off times are the weekends only because that's when it works out. I'd be just as willing to eat a little off during the week if aworthwhile opportunity presented itself. My point is that I don't want to use eating in private as a way to pass the time like I used to when I'd overeat/binge on a regular basis. Rather, I'd like to have a general template of solid good healthy eating that is my normal eating pattern for a regular day, and know that whenever something fun is going on that I can splurge a little. That's a style I think I can keep up for a lifetime.