Monday, February 26, 2007
Today at work FIVE people commented on how thin I look. I didn't realize I looked THAT different.
Today I wanted to earn 6 APs so I could eat 29 points (although I ended up eating only 27) so I checked my Pointsbooster. It turns out I could have done either moderate exercise for 104 minutes or intense for 45. I chose moderate, although according to a WW article I read my heart rate only needs to be 135 or above for the exercise to be high intensity. So I'm thinking about getting a real heart rate monitor. That way I'd know for sure whether my exercise is moderate or high, and also I'd be able to push myself in training without pushing TOO hard.
Anyway, I ended up doing the 99 minute max. on the gauntlet stair climber, then the 5 minute fit test on the treadmill at 4.0 mph. My score was 38, which is "above average." I know from past experience that if I do the fit test BEFORE the rest of my workout, I get a better score. Also, the slower I go the better score I get too. I guess the only real way to measure progress would be to see an improvement over time using the SAME conditions.
Monday, February 26, 2007
I am 5'6" and as of today I weigh 153.8. My BMI is now 24.8 which is FINALLY in the HEALTHY RANGE! I am no longer overweight! I am no longer at risk for health problems related to weight! I am SO HAPPY!!!
My weight plateaued at 156-157 for about two weeks, then TOM came and yesterday I was down to 156.0 (which was slightly less than it had been), then today suddenly it dropped to 153.8 (2.2 less than yesterday!). I got off and on the scale a bunch of times to make sure it was really that low.
Anyway, I can finally say now (to borrow words from another SP user) that I trust the process. I have the tools with SP (and with WW too...) to do so. I know how many calories I'm eating, I know how many I'm supposed to eat each day, and I can let go of the willpower issues and just trust those numbers. Like last night, I finished a delicious dinner of chicken and veggies at my parents' and thought I'd done really well all day and might have room for dessert. I was itching to get on SP to log my nutrition info to find out for sure. It turned out that I had eaten 28 points (about 1,450 calories) and could not have dessert. (I'd earned 3 activity points on top of my 23 daily points, so I was already using 2 flex points for the day). So I filled up on chai tea instead - cups and cups. My mom thought I was drinking TOO much but I know I wasn't. My body is used to that kind of fluid intake now.
Oh by the way, yesterday I mentioned in my blog that I was going to try on my mom's pants. Well, I didn't find any sixes to try on (I'm sure she has them, I just didn't look that hard) but all her eights fit me - even the petites! (Though they were too short.) They are lose on her and tight on me but I fit into eights!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bet that in some clothes, especially NON petites, tops, and dresses, I could fit into a six!!! (Go vanity sizing!)
Have I mentioned how much I love blogging? I like that I can go on and on without boring anybody, but that there always is that chance that someone out there is reading this....being public kinda makes it more "real."
Anyway, now it's time to think about goal weight. Oh, a quick story first...I walked into a meeting this morning 15 minutes late (oops) and as soon as I walked in, someone said, "Not to change the subject, but Susan, how much weight have you lost?" !!!!!!!!!!! (I actually answered, "About thirteen pounds" with a big smile on my face.) Later someone else saw me and immediately said I look so thin and not to lose any more weight, and then later someone else mentioned too that I shouldn't lose any more. But I still weigh over 150 pounds people, it's not like I'm in danger of becoming too thin any time soon. My mom was asking me last night about my goal weight. I kept answering her with comments like, "The highest weight for 5'6" according to Weight Watchers is 155, the highest weight I can be for a healthy BMI is 154..." and she was like, "Highest?? But you want to weigh less than that. What's the LOWEST they recommend?" So of course I knew - it's 124 for WW. (Healthy BMI range goes lower than that - down to 115). Now, I always thought I could never reach, let alone maintain, a weight much lower than 150 - the lowest I ever weighed as an adult was 147 and that was for 1 day, when I was hardly eating and exercising at least a couple hours a day. But now that I can count my calories I know I can drop weight slowly and consistently without ever eating too little. So...I'm just going to keep dieting and see how far my weight goes down! I'm not talking about weighing 115 and wanting to weigh 100. I'm talking about being a young woman weighing over 150 and wondering if my weight will level off in the 130s or 140s or something like that. So stop thinking I have some kind of body image disorder - I just want to get as fit and healthy as I can! Become an athlete...not have fat rolls on my stomach, even when I lean over.
Anyway, I gotta go track my nutrition for today so far. Jess and I made a chicken crockpot thing for lunch and dinner - can't wait to taste it. I was smelling it in my sleep last night! (Literally. The crockpot was on overnight.)
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Jogged around my parents' neighborhood today. 30 minutes of straight jogging (slow), then 22 more minutes of mostly walking with a little jogging thrown in. I stretched when I came back but still my quads feel stiff.
I tried to put a podcast on my IPod...one that someone here on SP recommended for learning to run...but couldn't get it to work. I'm sure I could make it work from home, though, so I'll just try again later. I think the idea's really neat.
I'm going to try on my mom's size 6 and 8 pants. I would say I'm a real 10 now (at 156.0), so it'll be interesting to see what I can squeeze into!
Saturday, February 24, 2007
*When I only have 30 minutes for the gym I go anyway, but I increase the intensity.
*At dinner I ask for no rice and no bread, and get something with lots of veggies.
*I drink tea after most meals to help feel full.
*I'm getting pretty used to my disappearance of stomach rolls when I sit down!!! Haha!
Friday, February 23, 2007
Not bad, eh? I was panting and beet red, but I did it. Then I ran/walked some more til I'd gone 43 minutes, plus 3 minutes warm up and cool down (not including my walk to/from the gym). Plus, I stretched. Gettin' pretty flexible.
Jess just suggested we buy bikes! He enjoyed biking on our vacation (see photo gallery) and realized that with bikes we can actually GET places. I ask him to go on walks with me, but he finds that boring. I guess biking would be more exciting for him, and I am just thrilled that he wants to do cardio with me. He's not a big cardio guy. He only does resistance training at the gym and always figured that he got enough cardio just walking around Boston for work...but of course it's not really enough. Although - he is very healthy. He has a very low-fat body with a good amount of muscle - mmm!!
Anyway, my motivation is going to stick around as long as I keep working out and using SparkPeople. It is so refreshing to know EXACTLY what I ate. Today my carbs/fats/protein ratio was PERFECT - I love that pie chart they show you. I was at 23 points and UNDER 1,200 calories before the gym. Jess bought sushi and I ate 4 pieces, which put me up to 29 points and about 1,450 calories. WW works because it has you eating VERY few calories. Sure, I know there are APs and flex points, but 23 points is only about 1,150 calories, which is not enough. I was seriously debating whether to eat that sushi, but I gotta keep this in mind:
I need to eat as much as I can and still lose weight, to keep my metabolism strong and be able to eat a good amount once I hit maintanence. Sure, my weight loss will be slower eating closer to 1,500 calories per day than 1,200, but it will be healthier and more permanent. And I'd rather take a year to reach 140 than a month to hit 150 and then gain it all back.
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