Monday, July 18, 2011
My mother-in-law and I were looking at old photos on her computer yesterday and we came across this one from Christmas 2009...I don't think I had seen it before and I like it so I wanted to share!
I wanted to comment on some progress I've noticed in Body Pump...when I first started I could NOT do the lunges...I barely used any weight and I wobbled all over the place...Now I do lunges with one big, one medium, and one small plate on each side of the bar and have really worked on my form and balance to the point where I feel pretty confident during lunges.
So now I'm just starting to master another extremely difficult (for me) move...the plank! Depending on what exactly they have you doing during the plank, I can sometimes now hold it and do all the motions the entire time without falling, though it is HARD! I have a ways to go until I feel totally confident with the plank, but I have come a long way.
After that I will still need to master on-the-toe pushups and someday increasing weights for biceps and shoulders, but I definitely would prefer to use lighter weights and do the moves correctly for now. Besides, even with light weights I can definitely feel my muscles absolutely burning. I love Body Pump!!
I have read enough that I'm finally convinced to jump on the Vitamin D bandwagon - I bought a bottle of Vitamin D supplements (1,000 IU) this weekend and have started taking it daily along with my fish oil. So far I feel GREAT, but it could of course be a coincidence.
Last topic - I can't believe I never noticed before how closely tied my ability to control my eating is to my er...womanly cycle! First half of the month I'm generally feeling fantastic and have the willpower of a saint. Second half of the month is when the binge monster comes out and I put immediate gratification over any sort of horror I will encounter on the scale the next morning. Like clockwork. I guess noticing this is half the battle or at least the first quarter of it? I just recently switched into the 2nd half of the month, which for me is basically two weeks of progressively more severe PMS, UGH. And right on schedule, I ate pretty horribly this weekend - it's all in my tracker if you're curious, but let me just share that I decided to have chips and salsa for dinner last night, along with my 2nd ice cream of the day and two types of alcoholic beverages? WTF? But of course today is a Monday, and along with Monday comes a fresh start, and my eating today has been much better, PMS or not!
Friday, July 15, 2011
Just figured I'd blog since I hadn't checked in recently.
Buying the house is looking like a go - we signed the purchase & sale agreement earlier this week, and we're set to close on August 11! In the meantime, we are trying to save as much money as possible for all those expensive renovations!
I have been really consistent with my exercise - both cardio and 3x/wk Body Pump. I am starting to feel firmer and more muscular than I think I've ever been before. It's difficult to SEE this muscle because there's still a layer of fat on top, but I can feel it. I'm noticing it especially in my thighs (thank you squats and lunges!) but also my arms and chest...and even my abs and butt when I really scrutinize.
I noticed a few weeks ago that my calorie intake was slipping into the too-much range. I discovered the "Calories & Nutrients Over Time" report and realized my daily average for June 2011 was around 2,700! No wonder I wasn't losing and was sort of slowly gaining. I also noticed that my averages for 1/11-5/11 ranged from about 2,200-2,400 and that I'd been slowly losing weight during that time, so I decided I'd better aim for around 2,400 or less. It took me a while to actually start meeting this goal. Here's my weekly averages lately:
6/12-6/18: 2,625 TOO HIGH
6/19-6/25: 2,540 TOO HIGH
6/26-7/2: 2,670 TOO HIGH
7/3-7/9: 2,625 TOO HIGH
7/10-Today: 2,150 YAY!!!
My weight had crept up to 158 recently, but this week I'm back down to 153. I'm still hoping for 145 eventually, but I like 153 a lot better than 158!
Gorgeous out and I'm in new workout clothes (I AM trying to save money, but the other day in Body Pump I had the embarrassing realization that there was a hole in the crotch of my workout shorts - YIKES!!!), so I cannot wait to get out there and run, yay!
Sunday, July 03, 2011
I've been hemming and hawing about whether to mention this on Spark for a while...but I'm just too excited not to...I think we're buying a house!! It is a big antique colonial up on a hill in a woodsy part of Boston....needs lots of work but we are going to throw our love and elbow grease into this place and make it an amazing home for us and our future family for years and years. I am just so excited!!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Did you know you can run a report that shows your weekly or monthly average calorie intake? Cool! Now I've always been rather proud of the fact that I can apparently eat a lot more than the average Sparker and still lose or maintain, but I've been thinking that recently I've been eating TOO much and this is certainly not the time of year I want to see weight slowly sliding back on...I want to be at my goal weight at some point this summer!! I know exactly what I have to do to get there - get my average calorie intake lower!
January 2011: 2,400
February 2011: 2,240
March 2011: 2,200
April 2011: 2,400
May 2011: 2,300
June 2011: 2,700 (so far)
I was losing weight between January and the middle of May. In the middle of May my weight jumped back up a few pounds and has been bouncing around in the lower to mid 150s ever since. It is clear to me what I need to do - I need to get my average calorie intake back down to the 2,200-2,400 range. That should NOT be a difficult task - that's still LOTS of food!
Easy! I want to see my goal weight (145) at some point this summer!!!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Before SparkPeople my normal weight range used to be the upper 160s to lower 170s. It used to be normal for me to not exercise very much and to overeat frequently.
Once I found SparkPeople the roller coaster began. I tried very hard to develop new habits and lose weight, but over several cycles that were each several months long, I found myself returning to the unhealthy habits I'd had before, and I'd get back to my 160s-170s baseline.
Now, since March 2011, I've been mostly hanging around in the lower 150s. I think I've found my NEW baseline. The healthy habits that I've tried for so many years to make permanent may finally be sealed in. Now, it would be weird for me not to exercise almost every day (but when I do skip a workout it's no big deal). I eat mostly healthy but allow splurges (mostly on weekends, but really whenever the opportunity arises), and I track/guesstimate every single calorie I eat. I may see a couple days where my calories are into the 3,000s or even lower 4,000s, and my weight will go up, but then I'll go back to my usual routine with my calories in the upper 1,000s to lower 2,000s and my weight will drop back to the lower 150s. (OK, this pattern describes most weekends lately!) I may choose to try to lose more weight beyond this, but I feel like with permanent healthier habits I may have managed to reset my set-point weight range!
EDIT: This is a photo from June 5, 2011 of my husband and me hiking at Mt. Wachusett. My reaction to this picture is that I don't think I look skinny, but I also don't think I don't look particularly fat. I'm glad my stomach doesn't stick out, but I wish my hips/thighs weren't so wide. I also noticed (not so much in this picture but in some of the others from that day) that I'm developing wrinkles around my eyes. Getting old!!
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