Sunday, January 09, 2011
I hate limiting my calorie intake. I love allowing myself to eat whatever I want, in any quantity. I usually choose items that are relatively healthy, but I eat too much. And so, I'm fat.
I don't want to go back to tracking, but I'm going to anyway. I already preplanned tomorrow's menu. I will have a fruit smoothie and two cups of coffee with unsweetened soymilk for breakfast, white chicken chili for lunch (the recipe is from Spark recipes and it's excellent!), cod and Italian vegetables for dinner, and my snacks, which I will spread over the course of the day, will include two medium apples, two clementines, and two small bags of unsalted roasted almonds (Trader Joe's "Just a Handful"). That's it. Beyond that, I can drink water and tea, chew gum, and whine, cry, and complain, but I will not eat any more than what I've just listed. I know I'll see results on the scale right away, and soon I will be excited about this and not a whiny brat.
Oh! I almost forgot to blog about the gym's new location. Probably the only thing it's got going for it is that the locker room is prettier. It's further from home and to my huge disappointment, the studio for the classes I take is even smaller than at the old location. They explained that they wanted to have room for a larger yoga studio so they had to make the aerobic/Body Pump studio smaller. Boo. My Body Pump class was so crowded I'm surprised nobody got hurt. My bar was literally scraping up against the back wall when I was on the bench doing chest presses. I really hope the January rush ends with a dramatic dropoff of class attendees soon!!
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!
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