Thursday, September 13, 2007
I'm back to 137.8 today. It took one day of out of control eating to put on 3.6 pounds, and it took 5 days to get it back off. I proabably ate 5 times more than I was supposed to during the binge, so go figure.
My weight graph has this perfectly shaped little bump from the binge. It's like a mathematical phenomenon or something.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Mentally I'm fully recovered. Planning the next day's meals on my nutrition tracker is the ticket to being on track. I do it, and I'm fine.
Physically, I'm still working on it. Pre-binge I was at 138 and frustrated because my weight had been at 136-139 for almost a month. Post-binge I was at 142.6. This morning I was back to 139.6. It's always a relief to get back into the 130s, I just wish I didn't go out of the 130s so much in the first place!
I've been busy with school - I LOVE MY JOB - but still just as serious about my nutrition. I must say I'm impressed with how well I've gotten at planning and preparing nutritious, balanced menus for myself. I am also still serious about exercise, but have had less time for it. I really cannot let that slide. Sunday and Monday I didn't work out at all. Tuesday I did 45 minutes, mostly running, but felt mildly guilty for not doing a full hour (especially after 2 days off). Today was busy with Rosh Hashana in the evening but I forced in 20 minutes of strength training. I'm glad I made time for it, but I know I really ought to be making time for more than 1 set of strength exercises!!! Tomorrow there is no school and I haven't decided whether I'm going to temple, but either way I should have plenty of time for some long cardio. I should do 90-120 minutes, I think. Maybe a bike ride!!!
I still haven't signed up for a race but will probably do the Tufts and the Doug Floutie race that's happening in Natick, also in October (a 5K). On a treadmill I can do 5K in less than 27 minutes, so that would be an amazing time to shoot for in the race! In the Tufts 10K I'd be THRILLED with a time under 60 minutes. My knee has been hurting about 40 minutes into runs lately though, and my underarms get chafed. :(
I am tardy to bed! Peace!
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Hi all....I had a slip-up...my first since July. It lasted from Friday night to Saturday night - 24 hours of eating way too much. Not even sure why I did it. But this morning I told myself I was done and planned out what I'd eat today. So I'm not beating myself up, I'm just getting right back on track.
Walking Queen - none of the "resident experts" responded to my post, but a lot of helpful people did...I got two new ideas - 1) even though my scale says my body fat percentage is 25 percent, I should get measured by a professional with calipers for a more accurate reading. I might find that my actual body fat percentage is much lower than my scale says, in which case I wouldn't really need to lose any more weight and should just aim to maintain.
And 2) is that I should try varying the number of calories I eat per day. Seems complicated- not sure how many to even eat in general, let alone how to "calorie cycle." But it could be worth a try. Right now though I just want to get back on track. I weighed 142.4 today, but couldn't bear to move my tracker........I just want to get back to 138 before I start anything new. The extra weight came on quickly, so it should come off quickly too.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Yet another all-time best run at the gym this afternoon. Mental note - I had a plain baked sweet potato and an Activia light yogurt about 30-45 minutes before I went. That's almost totally carbs, very little protein, virtually no fat. Hmmm....innnnteresting. Will have to try that again to see if that's the winning pre-run snack!
So I started with 3 minutes of walking, then I stopped the machine and stretched a little. I didn't want my times lowered from the walking. When I started the run, I went 7.5 mph and only slowed down when I felt like I needed to. I was at 7.0 mph for a long time. :) I completed the first 5K (3.2 miles) in 26:51!!! ALL-TIME BEST 5K TIME! :)
The slowest I had to go even toward the end was about 5.8 mph, and even then I kept bumping it back up to 6.0 or 6.2 or even faster. I paid a little less attention to my heart rate monitor, which is so annoying to hold down anyway (and doesn't always work), and more attention to how I felt. When I was feelin' snazzy, I went a little faster. When I was feeling like I might get overwhelmed, I slowed down before that could happen.
Anyway, I am extremely proud to say that I ran 6.0 miles in 54:06, 6.4 miles (10K) in 57:55, and in exactly 60:00 minutes I had gone 6.63 miles!!! Am I the coolest or what?!?!
By the time I'd done my 3 minute cooldown, my total distance was almost 7 freakin' miles.
I'm ready for the Tufts 10K race. Doncha think!?
On another note I spent almost all day yesterday on food shopping and preparation, and I think it'll really pay off in terms of preparing food during the work week. I discovered that Market Basket is cheap and has interesting stuff. I made the lentil "meat" loaf recipe from SparkPeople and a vegetable soup, and when I have time later in the week I want to make a mushroom barley crockpot and a cucumber-tomato salad. I also bought some crazy stuff like chicken fajita jerky, adorable baby bananas, sardines in tomato sauce, figs, mangos, tofu, collard greens, black-eyed peas, exciting. Oh, and this isn't really SparkPeople-related, but I also got a 32-inch Panasonic LCD HDTV. :) Rockin'.
School started today, but I don't have to start seeing kids until Thursday, so I had today and I also have tomorrow to get ready, thank goodness. I could still be there now, getting things ready, but instead I wanted to leave around 4:15 or so to work out before I got too tired...since I couldn't sleep last night, of course. Never can the night before school starts, and usually not even on a typical Sunday night!
I weighed 137.6 today which was 0.2 less than yesterday even though it was much earlier in the morning. Oh, and the night custodian told me I look great - "like a whole different person." Heh.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Back in June my Weight Watchers leader had us write down what our weightloss goal is for Labor Day. Mine was to still weigh in the 130s by Labor Day. Well, here it is, and today I weigh 137.8 - mission accomplished!! Gotta love long-term goals. By December 1, 2007, for example, I still have to fit into my bridesmaid dress for my brother's wedding. By February I want to look fantastic (AT goal - 130) for my annual vacation - Carribbean or Mexico. By ___ (???) I want to look my best ever for MY OWN wedding. See what I mean? I have lots of long-term goals and reasons to stay fit and keep getting better.
A little disappointed because two days ago I weighed 135.8, yesterday 136.8, today 137.8. Not a happy trend. I think it has to do with water weight and working out less than usual (that trend stopped today - was at the gym for an hour just now).
I don't know why I didn't think of this before, but I came up with an idea today that'll make planning my meals a lot faster. There are certain things I eat every day: 2 Activia light vanilla yogurt cups, 3/4ths of a cup of Total cereal, 2 ounces of unsalted mixed nuts, and 2 teaspoons of olive oil (to cook vegetables or chicken, or on a salad..). So I made a "food grouping" of all those things so from now on I'll just have to add the grouping instead of each item separately. Will save me at least a minute per planning session - which is a daily event for me, although today I'm going to try to plan food for every day through Friday (4 days). The olive oil will be listed under breakfast and I won't eat it at breakfast time, but that's the only issue. And I can always change things around if my staples change.
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