Friday, January 07, 2011
For the past 7 years, after home and work, the place where I've spent the most time has been my gym. It only takes two minutes to walk from my front door to the gym's front door, and it's open fabulous hours and has a fabulous class schedule. Sadly, it closes its doors permanently as of noon today. It reopens tomorrow in a new location, but that location will be a 10-minute trafficky drive from my place. No more walking to the gym. No more going with my husband and then both of us leaving at different times. No more leaving home only two minutes before my classes are due to start. :(
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Did anyone else suddenly stop getting emails about new entries on people's blogs?
Friday, December 31, 2010
I have been trying to write this blog all morning, not to mention a few attempts a few days ago. How telling that I'm having writer's block! So stream of consciousness this will be.
First, a brainstorming exercise...here are some of my goals:
*have a plan that is easy to follow
*achieve a healthy realistic weight and maintain it
OK...so now that I've done that I'll flesh it out a little.
I guess my goal is to achieve something toward the top of the healthy BMI range and maintain that. I'd say 145-150 is a good goal.
In terms of feeling good, that means that I can't go through this being overly hungry, and if other physical issues pop up I need to address them. But I don't know what those other issues might be yet...I do know, however, that I must address the potential hunger issue. Here are some ways I can do that:
*drink plenty of water
*eat plenty of vegetables (fiber = feeling full)
*get enough sleep
*settle on a calorie range that is as high as possible while still enabling me to lose weight
In terms of exercising, I think I'm good there, so all I'll say is that I want to keep up the good work!
In terms of having a plan that's easy to follow, this is where I need to really think. You see, most of my weight-loss plans involve a lot of planning. When I do all the planning and follow through and see results I feel great, and sometimes after a while the plans even kind of become automatic and I feel convinced that I am finally figuring out how to turn my program into my permanent lifestyle. However, there's this crazy rush of freedom I feel when I get off my plan...suddenly I can eat whatever I want and fill up my stomach as much as I want. I don't know. I guess a plan is a necessary thing, but I have to keep some flexibility to help try to stay sane.
Sooo....I think I will go back to calorie counting. I was recently given some info (from another Sparker) about an approach that involves taking pictures of meals and describing them, and maybe after a while I will switch over to that, but I think I need to start with calorie counting so that I know how much to eat. I will stick to my plan on days when nothing special is going on (mostly meaning weekdays - avoid teachers' room junkfood!), and I will even stick to my plan on a weekend day when nothing is going on, or a part of a weekend day when nothing is going on. If there is going to be a meal at a restaurant or a party or something that's fine, but a) the rest of the day should involve sticking to the plan and b) at the restaurant or party I should make a relatively healthy choice.
So 2011 starts tomorrow, and I will try to make somewhat good choices, but really counting calories will have to start on Monday, once I'm back at work and will have had a chance to go to the grocery store and prepare some food.
Okay, I'm not feeling overly pumped and excited about this, but hopefully once I start seeing some results I'll get more excited. This will be my first February vacation in seven years that I haven't gone to either Mexico or the Carribbean, so I don't have the immediate goal of the beach like normal, but of course there are a thousand reasons to reach a healthy weight and look good even without a tropical vacation.
OK, I'm off to search for recipes and get my grocery shopping list going...the planning begins!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
I'm Jewish and I admit it still feels weird for me to say "merry Christmas." But I should get used to it, because ever since I've been with Jess, all my Christmasses have been very merry!
Today I went for my 2nd annual run from Jess' parents house in Foxboro to Gillette Stadium. I did it in my brand new gorgeous North Face teal fleece over my Nike performance turtleneck (both gifts from my awesome MIL) and I was toasty warm! It was 5.15 miles and I was going a pokey 4.8mph average, but hey, at my current weight I'm impressed my legs can even hold me up that long. Hehe. I'm getting fat.
I think I might do the cliche thing and start a new diet as a New Years resolution.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
It was actually sunny and not ridiculously cold when I left school today, so on this first day of winter, I went for a late-afternoon run. We FINALLY got our first significant snow yesterday, so I had to watch out for slippery spots at times, but I managed to do an easy and enjoyable 3.07 miles in 36 minutes, which is an average speed of 5.1mph or 11:41 min/mi.
After successfully counting calories five days in a row a couple weeks ago, I have to admit I haven't been counting calories since, and I'm a little afraid to step up onto a scale. I still have such mixed feelings because, physically, I feel really good these days even though I know I am overweight. I have blogged about this a lot before so I won't get into a ton of detail now. But in the meantime I don't have many pants that fit me well these days, and plenty that are too small to even squeeze myself into. I'm still resistant to just giving up and buying all new bigger clothes. Maybe I'll get a renewed sense of motivation to diet again in January, when everyone's dieting, or in the spring. Yeah, I said the practically-taboo word: diet. I have to admit that's what it would be for me. It's trendy to emphasize a "healthy lifestyle" rather than a diet, but I think I'm living a "healthy lifestyle" right now - I exercise very regularly, and I balance healthy eating with moderate treats. For me to lose weight, I really do need to diet and get vigilant-obsessive about food. Okay, I said I wasn't going to get into a lot of detail about it, but I did. Done.
I am leaving in a little bit for Abs Clinic and then Body Pump, but I do want to share one more thing.... I actually have mixed feelings about sharing this because I haven't even told some people in my real life who I'm really close with, this is really personal. But... I'm dying to talk about it, and I think you ladies are the perfect people to share this with because so many of you are in this exact stage of life yourselves... on my birthday this weekend, my husband informed me that he would like to start trying for a baby in fall 2011. Okay, it was actually more like me asking him and him answering, and in fact he insisted he'd made this suggestion before, but I think I'd remember that(!), and I don't. Anyway, I kind of have mixed feelings because I love children but find them exhausting, and I don't know if we'll be financially secure enough by fall - or ever - but people have said that you never are and just have to jump in. Also, I just don't know how in the world we could fit children in given our lifestyle...I just can't imagine a scenario in which it would work. But on the other hand, I am 33 now and can't wait forever, and I think I might experience deep regret if I decide NOT to have children. Plus I know that my husband wants to be a father eventually. Until now, I haven't told anyone except one close friend. I don't want to even tell my mother because I know how badly she wants to be a grandmother and I don't need that kind of pressure when I'm so unsure. Plus with my luck I probably won't have success right away anyway. But anyway, the fall starts 9 months from now, so in some ways I'm kind of thinking that I should spend these next 9 months preparing my mental and physical environment for this huge step. If I/we actually decide to go through with it.
I know everyone has an opinion about this sort of thing, so please feel free to share. Oh, and please don't tell my mom.
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