Thursday, December 15, 2011
I'm in a much better mood than I was when I last wrote.
I watched a YouTube video that was linked to someone's blog (wish I still had the link to share) that suggested that, for health, we all commit to limiting our sitting/lying down time to just 23.5 hours per day. Haha. It said that 30 minutes of exercise per day significantly helps improve all kinds of health problems. Beyond 30 minutes the impact gets much smaller. It also said that obese people who are fit and active are healthier than thin people who don't exercise. I am not obese, but I am overweight and I am fit and active.
Yesterday I did 5.43 miles in an hour on the treadmill. Just documenting so I can look back later at my progress. Maybe it's because of my weight, but my hips and knees have been bugging me a bit lately, with all this running. I really should aim to get at least back down to the low 150s. I am 165.2 today, and my weight has been around this for a while now.
I have a coworker who got married a couple months before me, and she is one year younger than me, and this morning her water broke and she's about to have her first baby. After hearing this news I actually went into the restroom and cried a little! My reaction surprised me. I must be starting PMS or something.
That's all for now, I think. Bye!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Progress reports are due Tuesday and I'm not even halfway done with them yet. And I don't bring work home, so I'm going to have a long day at work on Monday.
My weight is up, and my face is getting round and ugly. My skin is breaking out too. I'm too old for that!
I'm turning 34 in nine days.
More parents at school want services their kids don't need than I can deal with right now. Why didn't I pick a job where I didn't have to constantly justify why I do, or don't do, everything?
My house is so far from being done. My in-laws are here all the time. I hate never having privacy and never having time to relax, but I also feel guilty for resenting their help.
Body Pump during the week is too late at night for me, but I love Body Pump so much.
The clips for the ends of the bars at my gym are starting to get old and they can slip off - that's so dangerous - why aren't they replacing them!?
The guy who teaches my Saturday class keeps skipping a track here and there to finish class on time so the class after ours can start on time. BUT if he'd just stick to much shorter transitions between tracks he wouldn't have to skip tracks! Gah...
On a positive note, during lunges today he complimented me - he said I looked like I needed to be holding weights, guess the lunges looked too easy for me or something. :) Of course right after that we went into the fast dynamic lunges and I was losing my balance all over the place. Oh well. At least for a few seconds I looked pretty solid.
On another positive note, I love love love exercise and am realizing more than ever that I NEED it for stress relief. I didn't go yesterday - had a visit with my mom instead, who is dealing with chronic pain issues that I hope aren't in my own future. I think exercise withdrawal contributed a lot to this grumpy mood. Okay, that's not the positive part...the positive part is how much I love exercise and how my running is really coming along now that it's basically my only cardio. I just blogged the other day about walking between songs and going slow...I've already been able to pick up the pace since then and can only see myself getting slowly faster and faster. I was averaging about 5.1 miles in an hour less than a week ago and now I'm closer to 5.3. I know it would take weight loss to get much faster, but I'd like to eventually be comfortably running 10K (about 6.2 miles) in less than an hour when I work out. I've done it before, I can do it again.
Sorry for complaining. I just wanted to dump it all out so I could move on with my day.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
I decided about a week ago or so that I'm no longer going to evening classes during the week. I get out of work at 3 P.M. and my gym is on my way home. I used to hang around at work killing time before classes because if I went home first that would mean an extra half hour in my car. Then I'd go to the gym and take evening classes (5:30 and/or 6:30) and get home just before 8 P.M. totally exhausted and still needing to take care of all my usual evening chores and dinner. I love classes, but I couldn't take it anymore!
So my new streingth training routine is actually the same as a routine I was following a couple years ago, before I had gotten back into Body Pump. Similar, at least. I have decided to do it Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will be treadmill or other cardio, Saturday will be Body Pump (and possibly other cardio), and Sunday will be a day off to work on the house OR cardio. The strength training routine involves three sets of three different exercises for each of these muscle groups: back, legs, chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps, and abs. 8-12 reps each, or more if I don't "feel it" by the 12th rep. I then stretch and do a 10-minute fast-paced run on the treadmill, a couple minutes walking, and by the time I'm done with all that it's usually been about 90 minutes! It was interesting to get back into an old strength training routine after doing so much Body Pump, because I was able to see where I'd improved my strength and needed to use heavier weights than last I'd done this, and where I hadn't. There actually haven't been that many changes, I think, but the biggest change by far has been my lunge weight. No surprise - I've come a LONG way in lunges in Body Pump too (from barely being able to complete them to using what's often the heaviest bar in the class). I've also increased my squat weight in the weight room, but again that parallels Body Pump. I thought I'd go up with all my other weights too, but I haven't really. Maybe some - it's hard to do an exact comparison because I'm at a different gym now than I was last I used the weight room. In fact, I've gone through three new gyms since then!
I really don't like the elliptical trainers at my new gym, and the elliptical used to be my go-to cardio machine. It's too dark too early to run outside after work, so almost all my cardio these days is on the treadmill. I used to think the treadmill was so much harder than the elliptical and I couldn't keep at it for an hour like I could on the elliptical, and that I'd hurt afterwards, but then I realized that if I just take it easy I'm fine. So, for my 60-minute treadmill days, I've been going about 5.5 or 5.6 MPH for the length of one song on my ipod. When the song ends, I take a walking break (at about 3.6 MPH) long enough to drink some water, blot my sweat with a towel, and shuffle to a new song I want to listen to on my ipod, then I repeat the process. The treadmills at my gym have a max of 30 minutes, so after 30 minutes I get off, go pee, and come back and do the whole thing again! When I have 7 minutes left on the timer the second time I start a two-minute final sprint of around 7.0 MPH, then when there are five minutes to go I slow to a walk and if I'm on one of the treadmills that has a functional heart-rate monitor I use that to see how quickly my heart rate gets back to 120 (goal - 2 minutes or less). I then walk and stretch my upper body until the time runs out.
My eating routine lately hasn't been stellar, but it hasn't been awful. A lot of things are exactly the same as they are when I'm on track - smoothie for breakfast, one serving of almonds per day, and fruits/veggies for snacks. I also batch-cook and even calorie-count a recipe or two each weekend, and I eat servings of those for lunch each day, and sometimes dinner too. However, these days if I want to eat what my hubby's eating for dinner, I do that. If I want a mug of hot cider or a glass of beer or wine with dinner, I do that. If there's a treat in the teacher's room I let myself have some. Same goes for other snacks I may come across. I also keep telling myself I can eat whatever kind of junk my evil mind is thinking about, but only after I finish some chores and/or eat a healthy meal and/or have something to drink, etc., and often I either get too full or run out of time before I can eat the junk. So, I'm not losing any weight with all this, but I'm not gaining either.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
It might seem like an odd time to try intuitive eating for me, considering I'm at the top of my weight range these days, but it's a busy time of year, and I know what my eating choice parameters should be in order to be successful, so why not just try to eat within them most of the time, not stress when I choose outside of those parameters once in a while, and get on with my day without feeling the burden of tracking? I've been basically doing this in an informal way since I last posted a blog, and my weight has dropped about three pounds in that time. It's been easy - no treats in the teachers' room so I HAD to stick with my apples and clementines for snacks, no time at home to eat too many snacks, and yesterday I was just so busy that I barely had time to think about eating! Last night we went out to dinner and a show with my husband's office. I had a grilled chicken salad at dinner and we were short on time to get to the show, so I literally didn't eat half the salad simply because I didn't have time to. I also didn't have time to eat very many chips and salsa (it was a Mexican place). But I was no martyr - I made time for 1.5 huge margaritas with salt! (The .5 is because of time again - my husband stuck a straw in my second margarita at the end and helped me finish it!)
The show we went to was The Donkey Show: http://www.artsboston.org/event/detail/452
It was...a fun dancing experience, but the show itself didn't do much for me. But we almost NEVER go out anymore now that we are old adults with a house to work on, so it was fun to go out and drink and dance to a bunch of 70s songs. Most of my husband's coworkers are gay men so the dancing was good! After the show, when it was just free-for-all dancing, most of us got up on stage and twirled around with glowsticks on our heads, and we were the last ones out. And then even though this was CAMBRIDGE which is faaaaar from our side of Boston and we never go there and we had a long walk back to the car because parking in Harvard Square is impossible, I was still asleep after my big night out by 11 P.M. and up at 8 with more of a scratchy throat and a craving for green tea than a hangover! Yay! :)
Thursday, December 01, 2011
So I've been back off track since Thanksgiving, and I've gained back the six or so pounds I'd lost. I just get this relaxed and happy feeling when I give myself permission to eat whatever I want without worrying about calories. I never let up on exercise. For some reason, my motivation there just isn't an issue. It's not that I always LOVE it and can't wait to do it - in fact yesterday it took me dragging myself out of the car once I'd pulled into the gym parking lot, and I was staring at the clock. But I keep exercising, day after day, year after year. With eating it's just not the same for me. To me counting calories is kind of like holding my breath - there's only so long I can do it before I have to stop. Even with all my experimentation with moderation I still end up feeling that way. However, not all is bad. I wish I had the photos to prove it, but I'm almost positive I'm a more fit/toned version of the mid 160s than I ever was before. I'm still fitting into the same pants that I was wearing 10+ pounds ago. They're tighter but they still fit. I'm overweight for sure, but just a little bit. I thought once I came back to school this week after five days off that I'd go back to counting calories, but who am I kidding - there's goodies all over the place this time of year. So. I know I'll want to track and get back to a healthy weight soon. I just haven't been feeling it for the past week or so.
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