Saturday, February 25, 2012
On February 18, 2012 I decided to start a plan/diet/challenge to myself/whatever with one rule: stick with 2,400 calories or less per day. I decided it would be a six-week challenge so that the last day would coincide with my husband's 30th birthday, when we're having a party to show off all the work on our new house, and also when we're going to start TTC!
How have I done so far? Here are the stats!
Start weight (2/18/12): 170.0
End of Week 1 weight (2/25/12): 166.8
Loss: 3.2 lbs
Notes about weight loss:
*For a couple of weeks before I started this plan, my weight was more often than not hovering ABOVE the 170 mark, up to as much as 172.something, so even my Day 1 weight was a bit of a drop.
*Abbreviation fun! TMI, but TOM is due to start just about any second now, so I'm not sure how PMS affected Week 1.
*Even over the course of just one week, my weight loss was inconsistent: I'd see my weight stay the same or rise a little for a few days, then drop some.
My self-selected calorie range is 2,050-2,400. (In order to get SP to give me that calorie range I had to play around with my weight loss goal and amount of exercise info.)
During Week 1 my daily calorie intake ranged from 2,015-2,394. The only day I was out of range was the 2,015 day. I'd give my average daily calorie intake but the SP report automatically selects the days to do the average and they don't match up with the days I've been doing this, and I don't feel like calculating it myself. Eyeballing it, I'd say my average was about 2,150.
Notes about calories:
*I was probably underestimating my calories most days. I admit I wasn't measuring and weighing everything.
*However, seeing weight loss while eating around 2,150 calories per day is consistent with my previous weight loss attempts.
*The only time of day I was really hungry tended to be at night after dinner. I was rarely close to the top of my range and could have added an extra tiny snack at the end of the day (a piece of fruit for example), but usually I just watched a DVD or read a book in bed and dealt with it. :)
I exercised every day except Thursday, and on Thursday I was working on the house and doing yardwork (it was warm enough for yardwork in February!!) so that was kind of like exercise. I did one muscle conditioning class, one Body Pump class, and one session of strength training on my own. I used the stair climber machine, took a Kick class, and did a tiny bit of running outside and on the treadmill which bothered my left knee. :( I will be thrilled if after six weeks I'm light enough to run without bothering my knee!!!
Final thought - after watching Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead yesterday I decided to add some vegetables to my breakfast smoothie this morning. I threw in a bit of a frozen broccoli/cauliflower/carrot combo and prayed that I wouldn't be able to taste it. Well...fail basically...I can taste it. I also didn't use a banana which I usually do, so maybe a banana would have helped to mask the vegetable taste. My smoothies are usually so yummy and this one is tolerable but NOT yummy. I should probably use a bit of spinach in the future because I've had luck not tasting spinach in smoothies, but my issue is that the green of the spinach adn the red of the berries makes the smoothie an unappealing brown!
Also, I always use unsweetened soy milk in my coffee, but I've heard conflicting info about whether soy is good for you, so yesterday on our monthly trek to Trader Joe's (we don't live that close anymore) I decided to try unsweetened coconut milk. It's half the calories! I haven't tried it yet (I had an open container of soy milk this morning so wanted to use that up), but I'm looking forward to trying the coconut milk and blogging my review of it. :)
Friday, February 24, 2012
Hubs and I just watched the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. It was well done and inspiring! My only complaint is that it sometimes came off as a big infomercial for juicing machines. Oh, and that it doesn't really seem like a juice "fast" is a balanced diet. Even if you add in beans and nuts, are you really going to get enough calcium? I don't know...maybe...plenty of people go dairy free, just not me. Anyway, I'm not going to go on a juice fast, but I am inspired to stick with mostly just fruits and vegetables, and maybe I'll even add vegetables to my breakfast smoothies.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
4 Fitness Tests You Can Do at Home:
1. Pushup Test: 32 pushups in one minute ("good" range for women aged 30-39), however, my form sucked. It was hard work!
2. Crunch Test: 58 crunches in one minute (above "excellent" for age of less than 35 years), however, you were supposed to measure out six inches for your fingertips to reach and I didn't do that, so I guess that's major cheating. Oh well.
(If I do the other tests I'll add to this blog, but I probably won't because I don't have a metronome or a 12-inch step.)
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A long while ago, when I was actually at a relatively stable, healthy weight for once in my life, I went out and bought a bunch of work pants one day. They were all size 10 but different brands. One was khaki, one black, one gray, and one brown. I really liked how they all looked and since I already had one or two other pairs that I liked that fit, and also because Friday was jeans day anyway, I was all set in the work pants department.
Well....for the past few months my weight crept up to and then over 170 pounds. In that time, all of these pants ceased to fit me, except the gray ones. Even though they're all size 10, I guess the different brands make them really different measurements. Even my jeans stopped fitting me but I found a couple 12s from the past to wear instead. So...thank goodness gray goes with almost anything. I hope my coworkers didn't notice I was basically wearing those gray pants almost any time I wasn't wearing jeans. Ugh.
I have this week off from school. I really hope that by the time school is back in session on Monday (2/27) that I will fit into the rest of those pants!!
(Today is day 4 of 42 and I'm down 3 pounds, from 170 to 167).
Monday, February 20, 2012
I just read this little nugget in a blog:
"Since habits are created all the time and since we know their components, why not create our own? Rather than let someone else manipulate us with their chosen reward, how about deciding to reward ourselves? When I think about my own maintenance, I realize that Iíve set up many of these loops and that they are what keep me going. Weighing myself every day is a reward in maintenance. When I have to lose some weight because Iíve edged up a little, the scale is both my trigger to lose and my later reward. Iíve learned to get pleasure out of the feeling of being hungry on days when I have to bring my weight down. How have I done that? I associate that feeling with a pleasant day Iíve set up. I follow a pre-set reversal plan that I enjoy---usually to have a non-fat, skim mocha for both breakfast and lunch, a nutrition bar at 3 and to try to do some shopping if I can, which is fun and which distracts me. Then I have a huge salad and some protein for dinner. I look forward to these days rather than dreading them. The scale on the next morningís weigh-in is a further reward."
While this person's exact plan would need to be tweaked to be a good fit for me, I don't think I've ever had the power of setting up your own habits laid out for me so clearly. It's time for me to overrule the habits that have had me fail in the past and set up habits to win.
PS - At the gym today the girl next to me on the stair climbing machine complimented me for working out so hard and so long. Nice. :)
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