Sunday, June 01, 2008
Hmm...the blog wouldn't post with the photo (I tried twice, got errors both times) but it did post without it. I'll try to post the photo with this blog entry, if it'll let me.......
OK, it is letting me. So I'll just say this photo is from after bootcamp but not AFTER reaching my goals because I haven't done that yet. I weigh 152.2 here, June 1, 2008.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
I just took this photo and don't really notice any difference between it and my "before bootcamp" picture. Today is June 1 and I weighed 152.2 this morning (although I might have been a bit dehydrated at the time...I weighed 157.0 just now with food and water in my belly). Compare that with the "before" photo taken on May 5 and 160.0 pounds. This is DEFINITELY NOT my "after" photo. You can only add one picture per blog so I will post the "before" photo in another entry...and just for comparison's sake, I'll also post one from May 2007 in the same bathing suit at 135 pounds.
This has been a great weekend. Yesterday my weight had bounced up to 154.2, oh well, it bounces around... my new Zumba teacher was OK...not as good as the usual Saturday teacher but much better than the Thursday sub I had. (My gym's summer schedule is out and they're going to have Zumba on Mondays, too!) After the class I did another 45 minutes of strength training and stretching. Then I came home and showered then made my tuna spinach bake, so I realized I spent all morning on weight-management related activities. We went shopping and I bought a few shirts - no pants yet, they'd quickly get too big for me (hopefully) - and I got the "weight management" Asian chicken salad at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. The menu said the "weight management" salads have "under 590 calories." It was HUGE and I couldn't finish it, so I'm estimating 550??? I also have been drinking - I've got the lingo down now - venti caramel skinny iced lates from Starbucks this weekend, which have 110 calories (mostly from the milk - my best guess is that the sugar-free syrup is calorie-free too.....or close to it....if anyone knows otherwise, please inform me!). Jess thinks I am wasting my money on these things, but they're a fun fairly healthy treat and I only get them on weekends... Anyway, we went out last night and with my 3 glasses of wine and one rum and Diet Coke I ended up at about 1,950 calories yesterday.
This morning I was up and ready to go before 6:30 a.m.! (I think I went to sleep after the bar at 1 a.m. last night!) I don't know why, but hopefully I'll fall asleep early tonight and get a good night's sleep before yet another Monday - though just two more Mondays to go after this til school ends! I am full of tangents today, aren't I..
Anyway, today's calories were about 1,430 I think. Kinda on the lower side and I am a little teensy bit hungry right now but it's almost 7:30 p.m. so I'l just deal with it. The tuna spinach bake was a little bit of a letdown by the way...bland and not as yummy as how Mom makes it (though much healthier...)
So I got Jess to do an awesome bike ride with me around the Charles River! The weather and the biking and everything were just delicious!! We parked in Newton and biked in on the Boston side of the river all the way to the Science Museum, then back out on the Cambridge side. One website said the loop is 14 miles, another said it was over 17 so I don't know...but we did it very slowly because Jess likes to "take it easy" when he bikes. It was 1hr32min in all. Then we went to the gym and I did 33 minutes of legs, stretching, and abs but we were both kind of tired by that point. And my back wasn't happy by the end of the bike ride.
One random thought I came up with about hunger for weight management. To lose weight, you need to be a LITTLE hungry, I think. Hungry enough that you'd eat something healthy like fruits or vegetables... someone on this website once said "if you're not hungry enough for an apple, you're not really hungry" and it's so true! BUT, you also don't want to ever be so hungry that you are cranky/in pain/weak. You want to stay in the right range. And, after all this time, I'm still working on the idea that after you eat it takes 20 minutes to feel full....I hate still feeling hungry when I'm done eating even though I know I'll feel full a little later...so I try to slow down when I eat, and take sips of water between bites.
Next weekend we're going to my aunt's in Maine with the whole family. I bet she'll go all out with the tempting home-cooked meals. I'll have to make sure to pack my willpower. Yikes.
Friday, May 30, 2008
We went to an Asian fusion restaurant and I had the papaya salad, only I couldn't actually find the papaya in it, and I wasn't sure what the noodle-looking vegetable shredded stuff was that made up most of the salad, and the waitress didn't know either (she hadn't been working there long, and I was the first person to order that dish from her!). So in trying to get the calories, I looked up papaya salad on google and realized that the shredded stuff was green papaya. So I entered the ingredients for two servings...who knows if I got even close. Even going out to dinner I managed to keep my calories close to 1,600 for the day.
I am proud to be down to 152.8 today...
I spent my entire 65 minutes of cardio today talking with a friend on the next machine. It was fun to have someone to talk to, but honestly I would have gotten a much harder workout if I'd been listening to my music and concentrating on keeping my heart rate up. But...I guess some low-key workouts are okay, even though I have had several lately. The good news is that I'm pretty sure I know which exercises were bugging my back, so I eliminated them from my repertoire. We also walked tonight...to a restaurant...only to find it was closed for renovations, so we walked home and drove to a different restaurant! The walk was 35 minutes in all.
Zumba in the morning........fingers crossed that I'll have a good instructor this time!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I had been so excited to see there was a Thursday 6:30 Zumba class...it was taught by a woman who trains other Zumba teachers.. but it was AWFUL. My heart rate didn't go up, she played the music/talked too loud, she stopped between every song to talk to us (you're supposed to keep moving during cardio - DUH), her moves were stupid, and I don't want to be mean, OK yes I do, but she made me look thin. If I see her again, I'm going to just walk out and use a cardio machine.
I also got in 25 minutes of chest/back strength training.
I'm at 154.2 today...recouping from the guacamole damage from the other night. TGTF - Thank Goodness Tomorrow's Friday!!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Weight 155.2 today. Probably the biggest difference between "diet" and "lifestyle change" has to do with how I handle a binge. On a diet, after a binge I am extremely discouraged because now I have to be extra strict to meet my predetermined goal by a predetermined date. (Or I give up completely, which is even worse.) With a lifestyle change, I accept that there are going to be days where I binge - hopefully few and far between, and hopefully the binges get progressively smaller themselves - but it'll still happen, just like there will be other days when I'm not hungry and only eat 900 calories (that rarely happens...but it's happened!). My weightloss is NOT a race. The slower I lose, the better because slow=permanent. Also slow=lose while having a life & keeping energy up!
I did well today until I got to the gym and just wasn't really feeling it. I think I was too hungry. Also, my back hurts today and a friend suggested I look into physical therapy or a chiropractor. But I did 45 minutes of strength training and stretching, and then was only going to do 15 minutes on the elliptical, but the ellipticals were all taken so I grabbed three magazines and ended up walking on the treadmill for 56 minutes (450 calories, 3.5 miles). I only read two of the magazines.... My heart rate barely went up enough for me to break a sweat, but I think it was a much better choice than skipping my cardio completely. (I got it into the 130s when I was walking 4.2 mph with an incline of 5 or 6, but mostly it was in the 110s...)
The batch recipe I've been eating this week is Mexican lasagna - see my favorites for the recipe...it is SO DELICIOUS. I almost want to make it again for next week, but I better get some variety. I think I will make a healthy version of my favorite recipe of my mom's...tuna spinach bake. I loved it growing up, and as an adult I have made it many times only to binge and eat the entire thing. This time I'm going to portion it into 6 or 8 containers as soon as it comes out of the oven, just like I do with all my SP recipes, and I bet I can make a pretty darn healthy version of it! :)
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