Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I am leaving for Cancun on Saturday, February 17, which is just four days away, and I'm staying for 5 days. In the past, I have dieted before a vacation and then blew it while on the vacation....and never got back on track. Not this time, because this time I have a vision.
First of all, I've already blogged a lot about my master plan for how to handle my weight loss program while on vacation. I am going to bring my WW book and track points. I will not have access to SP, which bums me out, but I will stay strong!!
Here's the vision...I'm going to treat this vacation like a trip to a health spa. There will be fresh fruit and vegetables galore, without me needing to do any preparation or worrying about them going bad. There will be fish and chicken and beans. Sure, there will be unhealthy choices, but I will treat those like exercises for my willpower.
Here is the attitude I will have: I am NOT missing out on absolutely anything by skipping the unhealthy choices. I've tasted it all before...and it's not going to be that great anyway. By making healthy choices and practicing portion control, I am providing myself opportunities:
*looking hotter as the week goes on
*coming home psyched about hopping up on the scale
*keeping the momentum going with fitness as well as weight
*feeling great due both to being properly nourished, and due to the sense of accomplishment this will give me
*in the long term, the choices I will make will help me reach and maintain my ultimate goals
Exercise-wise, I will take advantage of all opportunities to be active in ways that are unique to vacationing - like swimming, walking and jogging on the beach and to explore new places, snorkeling, dancing, and planned activities at the resort (like water volleyball, beach aerobics, etc.).
I swear to god I will follow through and do what I say I will.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I am SO GRATEFUL for the nutrition tracker. I had planned a healthy vegetable soup for dinner, but before I ate it, I entered the ingredients into a new "food grouping" (LOVE that option) and looked at my daily totals. Uh oh - it put me way too high on calories and carbs (and WW points, which I am also calculating daily). So, I'm saving it for tomorrow. Before SP, I NEVER would have realized this error - in fact, I would have thought I was doing really well and wondered why the scale doesn't budge.
Thank you SparkPeople!!!
On another note, here's some progress markers I've noticed at the gym:
*I ran a mile in NINE MINUTES AND TWENTY-EIGHT SECONDS today! And by the time I'd finished my second mile, I was at a total time of 20min, 27 sec. I am making progress fast in running, and I bet that soon my quads won't be so sore/stiff afterwards.
*I'm getting better at my calf tiptoe raises.
*I'm more flexible - can touch my toes now without a problem.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Yesterday I was at 156.2 (lowest I've been this diet) and today I was at 156.8, but I was actually glad because I thought it would go up more. In terms of logging what I eat, exercising, staying within my ranges...I'm keeping it up, no problem.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Yesterday I was at 159.4. Today I was at 156.2. WOW. I am soaring. I know that it's highly likely I'll see a "gain" over the next few days, but it won't be a true gain of fat weight. I'm sure water weight and other things have a huge impact on one's day-to-day overall number on the scale.
Yesterday, Jess's mom told me how thin I look. :) I pretended like I didn't think I was looking thinner, but I was secretly thrilled she noticed.
The past few days, when I run my hands over my stomach, I almost do a double-take, like "where did I go??" My stomach is so much flatter than it was 2 weeks ago.
This morning Jess told me he doesn't think I have any back fat. And he seems to REALLY enjoy watching me get dressed/undressed lately...more than usual...haha, is that TMI again?
This morning he also asked me about my plan for Cancun. Even though I have blogged about it, it was nice to have him ask because a) it showed he cares and b) saying my plan out loud made it real.
Here's what I said, in a nutshell:
*I will try to stick with unprocessed vegetables, fruits, chicken, and fish as much as possible.
*I will bring my WW book and keep track of points, but will not keep track of calories or anything else for that week.
*I will estimate amounts - I have decided against bringing my measuring cup and food scale.
*I want to stay active as much as possible, but NOT in the fitness center....I want to snorkel, do beach aerobics, etc. - things I can't do at home!!
*I'm not going to drink alcohol. Or if I do (can you tell I haven't convinced myself of this yet?), I still will NOT have ANY of those frozen sugary drinks. I DON'T NEED THEM, they CONFLICT with my goals!!!!!!!
Jess thought it might be best to avoid the buffet, but I disagreed - I think the buffet will always have healthy options.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
That's how fast I ran a mile today at the gym. Woohoo! AND, it was after 45 minutes on the gauntlet stair climber. It was hard and I was sweating and red, but I did it.
I'm really proud of myself...lately I've eaten well at restaurants, home, work, a party, and a bar.
I just changed my diet goal settings on SP from 1 pound per week to 2. It lowered my calorie range and now it's more compatible with my Weight Watchers points. It also now says that I could weigh 137 by May 3, 2007 - the date of my last Weight Watchers meeting (we are doing a 12-week program at work). Me - 137?? Is that possible? Would I be skin and bones? No, I'm sure I'd look fantastic, I'd probably be a size 6, but I'm not sure it's possible. And could I maintain it? Oh well. I promise - as long as my BMI is in the healthy range I will be happy. And right now I'm only 5 pounds over it.
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