Monday, February 04, 2008
Today's blog will have good news and bad news, and I think the good will outweight the bad.
First, yesterday. I ate a lot earlier in the day than I thought I should, because I was bored. But it worked out okay - I actually wasn't too hungry in the evening. I stuck to 1,400 calories and did about 48 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes of strength training (chest and back), and stretching. During the Superbowl I made the mandarin shrimp recipe I'd found on SP, boiled eggs (which I later realized with the help of my tracker that I can't eat on the same day that I eat the shrimp - way too much cholesterol - oops), and bagged nuts and cereal in single servings. To avoid temptation I chewed spearmint gum and it worked.
So here comes the bad news. Boy was it a shock after a great day like that to see a 2.6 pound gain on the scale today!! 150.6, up from 148.0 yesterday. :( My theories are 1) PMS or 2) there was a 24-hour waiting period after overdoing it on Saturday night before the "damage" showed up on the scale. Also, it was earlier in the morning than I'd weighed myself yesterday, and on the "ruder" scale. :) So I'm not too concerned. If anything, I'm psyched for a nice healthy drop tomorrow.
Today was amazing, which I was NOT expecting because I woke up very tired, sniffly, and disappointed about both the scale and the Patriots. I'd planned 1,280 calories for today but when I was still hungry I added just a diet hot cocoa (25 calories) and a coffe with skim milk (15 calories). They did the trick - and put me at 1,320 total calories.
At the gym, I started with strength training, and today was a leg day. A guy told me that I look great and I must be at the gym a lot. Even though I was not at all interested, I get such a high from getting noticed by men. I have to confess that one of my primary motivators, besides my health of course, is to look more attractive. I wasn't attractive at all when I was younger, and it's still such a rush to imagine that I could be. I am madly in love with my boyfriend, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate being admired by random guys. :) What a confession!!!
Anyway, after 20 minutes of strength training I got on an elliptical and set it at my usual level 10. It was so easy that I had to double-check to make sure I'd entered that right. I don't know what it was, my caffeine rush or something, but suddenly I had superpowers! I zoomed on that thing for 65 minutes and when I was done I'd gone almost seven miles and burned over a thousand calories. And my 10K time (6.2 miles) was under 59 minutes.
There was a very obsese man on the elliptical next to mine who I'd never seen before. It was obviously very difficult for him - he was going so slow that the machine kept trying to "pause"...which made it take so much longer. But he kept plugging away until he finished his 60 minutes. I almost wanted to tell him how proud of him I was, but instead I pretended to not even notice.
Yesterday I read an article in a magazine about disordered eating - odd eating habits that aren't quite as debilitating as full-blown eating disorders. Apparently it's extremely common among young women - not surprising, I guess. What bugged me is that it suggested that someone who counts every calorie has a form of disordered eating. I thought this was a good new "healthy lifestyle" habit I was forming. Sure, I know that ideally it's better to just learn to eat when I am hungry and stop when I'm not, without having to do the numbers, but I am just not there yet.
The article also said that people who consistently eat less than their body wants, to lose weight, tend to lose their sensitivity to other signals from their bodies as well - like sex drive.
I dunno...I think I'm doing well although I definitely admit I have obsessive tendencies...I usually weigh myself more than once a day for example.. but bigger picture, I am probably at the healthiest I've ever been in my life. I eat right and I exercise and I drink my water and green tea!
Sunday, February 03, 2008
We have this one friend who seems to cause me to go to excess whenever I'm around her. I spend too much, eat too much, and drink too much. We went out with her last night.
Well, I'm currently a little panicky about money, so I made sure not to spend too much last night. But I definitely consumed more calories - mostly in liquid form - than I needed!! I just did the math on my nutrition page and it came up with 2,444 but of course that can at best only be a rough estimate, since I had drinks with mixers and only drank part of a lot of my drinks, and ate about a slice of pizza although it was kind of in the form of eating several bites of two pieces that belonged to my boyfriend.
However, the scale is being kind and telling me I'm at 148.0 (down from 148.4 yesterday), and I'm just going to dust myself off and move on from this. I am hoping the extra calories will give me an extra boost at the gym today. I'm currently drinking some green tea and feel fine. I don't feel guilty about last night, even though I know I didn't make the healthiest choices. But hey, I had fun, I lived my life, and I'm sure I burned more calories being out than I would have watching a movie at home and going to bed early, anyway.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Down to 148.4 today! (after adjusting the scale anyway...)
We slept in soooo late, nice....... til 11:15!! Then I had a HUGE, 800 calorie breakfast - green tea, then coffee, then a 250 calorie serving of veggie lasagna, then a 350 calorie serving of nuts, then a 200 calorie serving of cereal.
Then we went to the gym. Jess could not wait to get there as early as possible! Hrm! And he only worked out like 20 minutes. I was there almost 2 hours!! I did shoulders, biceps, triceps for 30 minutes, 65 minutes on the elliptical (850 calories, 5.75 miles), then stretching.
So yeah, it's a great day so far!
Friday, February 01, 2008
Whenever I have an insight about my weight management, which seems to happen a lot when I'm on track, I make a mental note and start thinking about blogging the idea when I get the chance. Not sure if this is true for everyone, but for me the blog is right up there with the nutrition tracker in terms of SP features that help me stay on track.
Today I was up to 149.6, which was actually less of a gain than I thought I'd see, and I think the number will be back down to 149.0 or even 148.8 tomorrow... Yesterday I had 1,750 calories...today 1,410. The very beginning of my workout this afternoon was great, but soon I was dragging again. I pushed through but was in low intensity for the last half of my cardio. Good news - I'm noticing lower heart rates during cardio now, which is a sign that I'm progressing cardiovascularly.
I now believe that varying my daily calories is the best choice for me. I seem to really only lose when my calories are at a level low enough that I don't feel great. I can't feel that way all the time, so some days I will eat more on purpose. I am guessing I will only lose on the days where I eat less. What I am thinking is having a broad range from 1,200 to 1,800, and that rather than having strict rules about how many I eat on which days, I just kind of play it by ear. If I'm about to have a day where I really want to feel great or use more energy, I will eat more. If I can handle less, I won't eat it all. Always plan, never go off the deep end with too many calories, and I think I will be fine.
Tomorrow I'd like to eat a huge breakfast and then have a killer workout. I have1,600 calories planned for tomorrow and I'll probably go out at night, so I'll need the energy. But I won't eat all 1,600 unless I feel I really need them. I am guessing I will though!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I hit 149.0 today - yay! But it was on Jess' scale - which tends to have more favorable reads than my own. I'm gearing myself to not be discouraged by seeing something higher on my own scale tomorrow morning - a likely scenario. Not only is it the "meaner" scale, but also today I had another lackluster (tired/hungry) workout despite getting enough sleep, more food, and a small coffee right beforehand. I did 60 minutes of cardio, starting with high intensity and working my way down to light intensity. (30 minutes of jogging, 30 minutes of easy elliptical with a magazine..) After that I stretched and was just too exhausted for strength training.
I made my lasagna tonight and ate about 1/7th of it, bringing my calorie total to 1,750 for today, which is the other reason why my scale might show a bit of a gain for tomorrow. I don't think there is anything wrong with having eaten that much for one day, although I do think it's probably more than I can eat on average and expect to lose. I have a 1,400 calorie plan set for tomorrow. I'm glad I listened to my body and ate more - there's no question in my mind that the reason I've lacked the energy for good workouts the past two days is because of my calorie reductions.
I am proud of myself for being flexible and allowing myself to have a LITTLE extra. Of course I would love to keep on going beyond a LITTLE bit extra, which is typically how my problem eating starts. So after eating a little of my lasagna, I was then tempted to start eating some nuts - straight from the jar! (BIG no-no for compulsive overeaters - everything must be preportioned!) So instead I grabbed some "emergency" gum and shoved it in my mouth before I really messed up. Can't eat nuts while chewing minty gum!
I'm also proud of something I did last night - I was tired when I arrived at Jess' at around 9:45, and I'd already gone to the gym, and Jess was already in bed (watching a movie that I wasn't interested in). It was so tempting to get in bed and cuddle, but instead I made myself go and do my 8-minute ab workout on his computer. I've promised myself I'd do abs every other day, coinciding with the nights I stay at Jess' (I don't do them at the gym.) So, there should really never be a question of do them or don't do them - it's like the Nike slogan - JUST DO THEM!
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