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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Today I am taking a weight management field trip! I am going to a wedding and I am going to practice all those things I have read about so many times about how a weight watcher should handle a social event where there'll be food. As a pre-wedding practice exercise, I'm going to list all the tips I can remember - and then I'm going to USE them!

*Eat a balanced, satisfying meal before you go.
*Exercise that day.
*Go right back to your normal routine afterwards.
*Drink lots of water, including a glass of water in between alcoholic beverages.
*Focus on PEOPLE, not FOOD.
*I have never tried the WW Core program, but I have read it. Remember the fullness scale and STOP EATING when SATISFIED, which means to stop eating BEFORE FULL!!!
*Be selective. Make healthy choices but if there is ONE treat that looks good, eat a small portion of it.

I'm sure there are other tips, but I'm outta time! My own personal motivators are:
1. Don't look like a pig. Eat like a thin girl. Remember the time I ate at a buffet and took a small/medium amount of food, left some on the plate (the breading), and put my napkin on top to show I was done. Eat like a thin girl to BE a thin girl!
2. I want to have a happy time on the scale tomorrow morning and be proud of myself!
3. Teensy tiny bridesmaid dress!


Slow Bike Ride

Friday, August 24, 2007

After yesterday's immense amount of exercise I just wanted to do a little something today, so I went for a slow bike ride. Very humid though, so I still got sweaty. Felt a little worn out, maybe because I couldn't sleep very well last night, maybe because I didn't eat enough yesterday. But I made it. says the following about my bike ride:

7.29 miles
42:14 (min:sec)
5:47.6 min/mi
10.36 mi/hr
252 calories burned

Just 252? I always thought the elliptical was overestimating when it would tell me I burned 900 calories an hour. I bet this 252 number is probably a better estimate.


Let's Try Not to Be So OCD About This

Friday, August 24, 2007

My doctor did tell me she suspects I have OCD once because I was flipping out over long-shot potential medical conditions (long story). Now I know I'm healthy though, and I don't do that anymore.

But I am getting a bit OCD about my weight management program. New rules:

1) One weigh-in per morning, please! No need to go without food and drink for a few hours in the hopes that I might weigh a little less later on. Seriously, waste of time. Cut it out.

2) When I'm not eating at home, just make the best available choice and move on. Moving on means no guilt or regret if the choice ends up not perfectly fitting into my perfectly calibrated daily menu. Just pick right back up with my usual routine on the next meal. I have to thank the person who responded to my post on the nutrition message board for putting that concept into perspective for me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FBERG1 8/24/2007 11:44AM

    Excellent! Very non-OCD of you ;-)

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GYPSYGOTH 8/24/2007 10:40AM

    good advice for yourself! ONE weigh-in per day is plenty, and i'm sure you're very experienced now at picking the healthiest thing on the menu, so definitely chill. you look terrific, don't forget :)

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A Couple Things to Add to Last Entry

Thursday, August 23, 2007

First my dinner...I used the nutrition tracker to find the closest matches I could to what I ate at the restaurant, and it's telling me I only had 1,036 calories today!!! (I try to eat 1,500 per day.)

Second, I just learned about a REALLY useful website called from someone on the Boston Sparkers team. I mapped out today's run and it told me it was only 5.64 miles! Mapquest told me it was 6.7 miles. I tend to believe mapmyrun more because I could actually just click where I went and not have to do the loopy exits and stuff that mapquest was suggesting for a car to do the same route. If it really was only 5.64 miles, then I was only going 4.8 mph/12.6 min/mile. That's wicked slow. Not feeling quite as fantastic anymore. :(

But hey, at least I did it. That's pretty cool in itself.



Thursday, August 23, 2007

I have been on this incredible high all day. I can't get over how fantastic I feel. I was feeling a bit guilty about not working out yesterday, and today was weigh-in day, and I'm not working this week, so I decided today was going to be super duper exercise day. My running route - I parked my car at my usual spot near Jamaica Pond but I went the other direction to Route 9, then to that reservoir a bit west, then up Chestnut Hill Ave, then Beacon Street to Washington Street to Route 9 and back to my car. Gorgeous, amazing run. It was a bit tricky to mapquest the route, but here's the stats as close as I could get them:

6.7 miles
71 minutes
5.7 mph (I wish I could run faster! but I was using my heart rate monitor and slowed down whenever I was above 168 bpm)
10.6 min/mile

Soooo....I decided to run the Tufts 10K in October!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A 10K is 6.4 miles and today's run was my 2nd outdoor run longer than a 10K, so I know I can do it. I won't even come in last place because a lot of people walk that race, I think. (I might come in last for the runners, but just finishing it will be amazing.) So excited!!!!

So then I went to the gym and did my overdue strength training workout - 60 minutes, 3 sets of everything. I did my new ab exercise, the one where you sit at the edge of a bench and put your legs out and then pull them in while you also pull your upper body up. I could do full sets (12 reps for the first set, I forget the rest) which was nice because when I tried it for the first time the other day I could barely squeeze out 7. And it felt like it was really working!

Then I went to my Weight Watchers meeting and was down 2.8 pounds! (And I was down 3.2 last week!) My leader was saying all this stuff that made so much sense about the commitment it takes to maintain your weightloss for life - so relevant for me! But then she said she's decided to be a full-time stay-at-home mom and next week will be her last time leading our meeting. (She will keep going to meetings as a member, but not our meeting.) I've only been going to her meetings since the summer started, but I really like her so :( .

Then I was going to meet Jess at that new steakhouse on Route 9, Metro 9. On the way I spontaneously stopped to get a trim but ended up getting 2.5 inches taken off and I love it! So much healthier!

It was my first time eating any morsel of food I hadn't bought at a grocery store and planned, measured, etc myself, so I was nervous. I ended up with a garden salad with mixed greens with a "champagne viniagrette," a glass of red wine, and a few bites off Jess' plate. My biggest problem with restaurants isn't what you probably think - I know I can make healthy choices at restaurants...but I hate not knowing exactly what I'm eating. I think I actually didn't eat ENOUGH, but I'd rather err on the side of caution I guess. I will go to my nutrition tracker after I'm done writing and try to estimate what I ate, but it'll be impossible to know for sure. I usually try so carefully to get just the right balance of macronutrients and I couldn't do that at a restaurant. I don't understand why things you buy anywhere else have nutrition labels with all the facts, but at restaurants they're allowed to completely keep you in the dark. I would LOVE it if restaurants published all their nutrition info!!!!! (I know some do, but they seem to be in the minority.)

Then Jess wanted me to go with him to the gym, so I went for my THIRD workout of the day! I did 30 minutes of the gauntlet, starting at level 9 which is a new high for me. After 10 minutes my heart rate "asked" me to drop it down to level 8, and I gradually worked my way down to level 6. (Using the same criteria as during my run - when my heart rate went over 168, I lowered the intensity.)

I was so smiley at dinner just from being high on life and Jess said my eyes were sparkling and I looked younger and pretty. I am just so happy with how everything is going right now I could burst.


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