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!!
Monday, June 06, 2011
We're huge Red Sox fans and had such a great time on Friday night enjoying our first Fenway luxury box! Free food and drinks and parking (meaning no long walk to get there) means it wasn't a very Spark-friendly night, but, well, all in moderation!
Friday, June 03, 2011
When you have Monday off, like many of us did on 5/30, you reap the benefits twice: First, you get a long weekend after looking forward to it all week. Then, you only have to work four days until the NEXT weekend! YAY, it's Friday again already!
Today a certain coffee chain I frequent (not saying which one so I don't encourage anyone who's trying to be good!) is giving away free donuts with the purchase of any drink. I hemmed and hawed over whether to take my free donut and even asked if I could have a bagel instead (answer: "Nice try, but NO.") I selected a jelly donut but left it in the car - figured I can give it to my husband if being in the car all day doesn't ruin it. That way I can just eat one bite of it rather than the whole, ridiculously unhealthy thing!
Yesterday at the gym some chick got on the elliptical yesterday and she STANK of some bad perfume. I didn't want to breathe it in! I turned my head away from her for every inhale I could manage, and silently cheered when she went away.
My husband's boss is giving us free tickets for luxury seats at Fenway tonight, and I only just found out this morning as I was on my way out the door! YAY!!! I wish it were time to go right now!
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Blogging is such a treat for me. Sometimes I feel like I shouldn't do it because it puts the burden of reading it on all those who are subscribed to my blog, and what I write might be boring! But I've proven to myself that I need to stop taking my healthy lifestyle for granted - it's STILL not innate for me. I need to accept that it's okay to celebrate the good things that I do, to encourage myself to keep doing them.
Sooo....after my brief visit into the 140s a few weeks ago I messed up and quickly ate myself all the way back up to 156+. I am SO GLAD that I snapped out of it before eating myself all the way back up to square one, which for me always seems to be upper 160s/lower 170s. I actually was able to nip it in the bud this time, and I'm now back to the lower 150s, which is actually where I was for almost two months before the quick dip down to 148. Honestly if I stay in the lower 150s forever that'd be okay I guess - it's in the healthy range for 5'6" unlike the upper 160s where I used to hang out. It would be nice to be under 150 for sure, but it would also be nice just to be able to maintain a normal BMI.
Oh, many people commented about my friend who's starting to lose weight a few blogs ago, suggesting I tell her about SparkPeople. You guys should know that I tell ALL my friends, family, and coworkers (well...not all my coworkers, but the ones I talk about weight with!) about SP! The friend who is losing weight has actually had a SP account since 2009! She texted me this morning, seemingly out of the blue, asking, "What was your highest weight while with Jess?" (Jess=hubs) Unfortunately the answer to that is 180+. Funny, because when I first met Jess and was over 180 pounds, he was at his thinnest - barely 150, and I didn't think ANYONE would want me, I wasn't even trying to meet anyone. I like it when he weighs more than I do! Anyway, it turns out my friend was looking at my SP pictures and wondering how long it took me to lose my weight. She said she might start using the SP iPhone app and she might even come to my gym with me. And if she happens to be reading this (??????) - YAY! Hi! :)
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