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 mapmyrun.com 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:
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)
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.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
How cool that you can add pictures to a blog entry. Very appropriate to show my new bridesmaid dress! I ordered it back in April when my goal weight was 124 and I was absolutely convinced I'd be able to get there. The shop had the same dress in a size 8, and that fit me just fine, but I ordered the 6. The shop owner told me that a) these gowns tend to run two sizes too small, so a 6 is like a 2! though the particular designed I bought isn't that bad; and b) every 10 pounds is a size; and c) the 8 was actually a bit loose in the back.
Fast forward to May when my diet went out of control, and to June when I practically gave up completely. I was weighing in the mid-140s most days (though my weight was a constant roller coaster) and going up, and there's no way I would have fit into the 6 and at that size even the 8 would have been questionable. I called the shop and asked if I could change my order to an 8 but it was too late. I was stuck with the 6.
Fast forward again to July and especially August when I got back on track and discovered more about what really works for me to get to my best weight and to feel good while doing it. That dress has just been in the back of my mind...gotta fit into that thing for my brother's wedding on December 1!!!
So today I was at the mall, coincidentally looking for a dress to wear to a casual afternoon backyard wedding this weekend, when the bridal shop owner called and told me the dress was ready. The shop is in the same town as the mall so I went over and picked it up right away. I even thought maybe I could wear it to the wedding this weekend but Jess says it's way too formal for a BBQ wedding. (So I guess I'll have to go shopping again! Oh well!! :)) Anyway, I could barely zip up the bridesmaid dress and I can't breathe too deeply in it, haha, but it DOES zip up and it does fit and the shop owner doesn't think I need any alterations. I don't need to wear any supportive or camoflauging garments underneath either - the dress itself does those things! YAY!
Back to that shopping trip...everyone in the dressing room at Ann Taylor Loft (probably my favorite store right now) was gushing over this one dress I tried on, and one girl said it even looked too big and it was a size 4!!!!!! They didn't have any 2s though, so I will check at another Ann Taylor Loft. But this one fit me pretty well in the front, it was just the back that was loose, so if I find a 2 and it's tight in the chest I should go with the 4. It's light blue and has a halter top and is just a bit longer length than I'd really like but looks so pretty. I also tried on a supercasual black dress that I loved in a 4 on me, but it almost seemed too casual...like a beach coverup.
I keep wanting to buy bikinis, dresses, casual summer clothes...I wonder what I have against buying a fall teaching wardrobe. I guess I really don't want to go back to school! I should go back to Ann Taylor Loft for my back to school wardrobe - I love their clothes and I love how I fit into a 4 there (totally psychological, I know). Of course what's really holding me back is that I want to get to 130 (was 137.0 today) and I don't want a bunch of brand new, too big clothes. I wonder if I would be an Ann Taylor Loft size 2 at 130. I should have tried on a pair of size 4 pants to see if they were tightish or looseish. If they're tightish at 137, I bet I could get away with still wearing a 4 at 130.
I never thought I'd be a tiny girl. Wow wow wow.
By the way, I went running twice today! First time was around Jamaica Pond around 12:30 p.m. About 40 minutes (twice around the pond and back to the car) but my heart rate went too high so I also walked for a bit to get it to come back down. I realized there are a bunch of other pretty paths around there, so next time I will try a different route! Then tonight I ran at the gym for about 16 minutes. I was thinking about biking to my parents' house but didn't have time. I also wanted to do a Turbo Jam workout when we got home from the gym but Jess really wanted to watch the Red Sox.
I have SO much energy now. I am like a new person - a much younger person! I want to go out and play! I wish I could have been this fit when I was in high school and college, but I shouldn't have regrets...I should just live my life to its fullest now!!!
I do need to start to think about what my game plan will be when school starts. Less time to work out, but will still have to fit it in. Will have to have the majority of each day's food not only planned out, but PREPARED the night before. Will have to decide in advance what will be dinner and whether to leave that home or take it with me. Should I bike to school (sometimes)? Should I go to the gym in the morning? Probably not, was never my style, but I WILL need to go to bed MUCH MUCH earlier to be fully rested - a crucial part of my program.
Monday, August 20, 2007
There is a short loop around my neighborhood I jog when I don't have time for anything longer. I just did the mileage of it - it is 1.47 miles. Last time I jogged it in 14 minutes, 14 seconds. If I calculated correctly, that's about 6.2 mph or about 9.7 minutes per mile. I can use my quick route to work on my outdoor running speed.
14 minutes - 9.5 minutes per mile
13 minutes - 8.8 minutes per mile
12 minutes - 8.2 minutes per mile
11 minutes - 7.5 minutes per mile
When I'm really pushing I can do those speeds on the treadmill, so my new goal is to be able to run the loop faster! I'll be prepared for whatever race I decide to do!
Monday, August 20, 2007
137.6 today and feelin' fine. :)
Went to Old Navy, where I think sizes run big. They must, because I was actually able to squeeze my lower half into a size 2 pencil skirt!!! I was definitely between a 4-6 there, but I still didn't buy any pants. I have a pants phobia!! I'm so afraid that by the time I go to wear them they won't fit me anymore, that I don't buy any! I'll buy some pants when it really gets cold enough for me to need some.
I got two more long tanks just like the two I bought a few months ago and wear all the time, especially to the gym. I got dark purple and navy. Those are XS. :)
I got two pairs of gym shorts - finally won't have to wear the same pair of shorts to the gym every day!! The shorts are size S.
I got a cute flowy empire-waist tank in medium. The small fit me better across the back and straps, but the medium fit me better in the chest. :)
I also got a deep v-neck 3/4 sleeve deep turquoise top in XS. Was debating between XS and S for a while, but I liked the XS better on the sleeves and other than that didn't see much difference.
Right now I'm trying to give my stomach a few minutes before the gym even though it's already 8 p.m. and I'm going to Jess' tonight. I just had a HUGE dinner - whole wheat pasta, ground buffalo, onion, tomato, spinach, and mushrooms (and olive oil and Italian seasoning). I am way too full to work out but that better change soon!
So...can't be deep and insightful in every blog entry, can I?! Sorry! :)
Oh, one more thing...now that I'm feeling so energetic and fit I'm ready to take on new adventures. I'd like to vamp up my social life and my hobbies. (Is"vamp" the right word? I'm not really sure.) I used to be bad at EVERY sport but I bet now I could find something I'm good at now that I'm in so much better shape. I think if I find just the right fit, it could be so much fun. I just don't know what yet!
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