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Cozy but boring weekend

Sunday, December 16, 2007

It's a winter wonderland out there and I haven't gone anywhere all weekend except the gym yesterday. Will go later today, but who knows if they're even open. There's a LOT of snow out there.

I still weigh 143.8, but I somehow think I look thinner...my face is slimmer and I don't see the usual stomach rolls when I sit down.

I really need to get to the grocery store, but am happy to report that I'm finding ways to plan and eat very healthfully even without some of my usual staples around. For example, I'm out of yogurt but still have powdered skim milk. I'm out of fresh fruits and vegetables but still have plenty of frozen ones. Go me. :)

  


Sleepy Saturday

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Well, the only thing I didn't eat that was on my plan was a 25-calorie diet hot chocolate so overall I ate about 1,900 calories yesterday and today I was up to 143.8 even though I did a full gym workout. Lately, by the way, I have been doing 45 minutes of cardio - usually stairmaster fit test, slowish running on treadmill, and elliptical...once in a while gauntlet stairclimber too. (The last 5 minutes of my cardio workouts lately have involved 2 minutes of sprinting, then 3 minutes of cooling down.) Then I do about 30 minutes of strength training, alternating between three routines: chest and back, legs, and shoulders/biceps/triceps. Finally, at the end I stretch for a little bit so overall my workouts are just about 75 minutes long. I also do an 8-minute ab video on the computer a few times a week at Jess'.

Anyway, I am not discouraged at all by the extra food and 0.8 pound weight gain. I think that having a 1,900 calorie day every once in a while is a very good thing. It should be part of the plan to occasionally have a bit extra so I never hit starvation mode.

I'm also not particularly discouraged by the fact that my last two workouts have not been the greatest. I scored "low" on the stairmaster fit test today and for the past two days have had to slow my running way down. I'm just kind of tired...in fact, I was taking a nap today when Jess made me get up to go to the gym.

I am a little concerned that I might be developing a major caffeine addiction. I think I might be experiencing that icky drowsy feeling people who are addicted to caffeine get in the morning before they have their first cup of coffee. Today I've had one mug of coffee and am still sleepy. Though...I could just be tired. I have had a long week. Wednesday I was at school until past 9 p.m. - 13.5 hours - to get progress reports done, and Thursday I had a horrible disaster in the snow with my car battery dying and only slept 5 hours. Maybe I should just go cuddle up in bed for now and watch TV or read or something til I fall asleep and save my grocery shopping for tomorrow.

By the way, it's 9 weeks til Jamaica. I'd have to lose a pound a week to be at 135 for then. But it's not really about that. It's about being fit and healthy for life.

  


Snow Disaster

Friday, December 14, 2007

143.6 yesterday, 143.0 today...no time for the gym the past two days! But eating has been good despite many temptations. Very good, I'll allow myself to say! I feel like I'm in a place right now where minor deviations from plan don't set me off on bingeing sprees - they're just situations of circumstance. For example, this morning I bought a yogurt parfait at Starbucks for breakfast. It wasn't on my plan, but getting stuck in traffic for seven hours and missing a party and having my car break down on a major highway twice wasn't part of my plan either. Anyway, I ate the parfait and have no intentions of binge eating today. It just is what it is. Hopefully I'll even feel up to cutting back on something else to make up for the extra calories in the parfait (I think about 300).

  


I Have Energy :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I weigh 145.2 today.

Jess wanted to know why I was in such a good mood last night when he came home. I was happy to see him, but I was also happy at how great my workout was. Exercise really does make you feel happy and good - but only if you are also feeding your body enough! (Though you also don't want to feed it too much, because gaining weight doesn't make anyone happy...at least not anyone like me.)

They say you should look for patterns in your eating habits and I have discovered a pattern. I eat a lot more than I should when I have work to do that I don't want to do, especially when the work is at the computer. I do best when I am busy with fun things that don't involve eating, like clothes shopping. I also do pretty good when I am busy with things that aren't necessarily fun but that make it difficult to eat - like teaching. But plunk me in front of a computer all day and tell me I can't get up until my progress reports are done, and suddenly I've eaten breakfast and lunch by 9 a.m. :( I am trying to slow myself down with seltzer and gum, but all I have left for the rest of the day is an apple, a packet of oatmeal, and a packet of hot chocolate and it's only a quarter past noon. There is a big luncheon right now in the teachers room and I am staying away from it. If I'm going to splurge this week it's going to be at Jess' work party Thursday night, and certainly it should not be today - the day before an official weigh-in! I will also allow myself to have some skim milk in my coffee before the gym and I think I'll do fine - I won't fall off my plan today.

It's always a choice to stay on plan or to fall off...I wish I knew why sometimes that choice feels like it's under my control and other times it's as if the food is forcing itself into my mouth?!?

  


Fitness Level Doesn't Yo-Yo the way my Weight Does

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

So in the past few weeks my weight has been bouncing around a range of 141-155, because my eating has been inconsistent. However, my exercise has been consistent and today I noticed it's paying off. I was going 6.3 mph on the elliptical trainer for 45 minutes with my heart rate only around 140-155 (kind of like my weight - heh). I realized I could do a 5K or even a 10K no sweat - well, OK, I'd SWEAT, but I wouldn't need to do any extra training. I'm already conditioned enough to go!!! And lately I've been doing a 2-minute sprint at the end before my cooldown. My heart rate goes up to 180 and is back down to 120 within TWO MINUTES, which I read in some magazine is a sign of high fitness level. I also am doing well with strength training and stretching. I love working out!

Today I was at 146.6, and I think I'm doing just fine. Oh, and right now a salmon stew I invented is simmering in the crockpot - I think it's gonna be a yummer! (Salmon, olive oil, low-sodium chicken broth, low-sodium soy sauce, ground ginger, spinach, zucchini, onion, carrots, sweet potato, stewed tomatoes, brown rice, and spices - curry powder, garam masala, apple pie spice, and Italian medley.) Okay, so maybe it's for aquired tastes - but it sounds healthy, doesn't it? :)

  


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