Monday, August 25, 2008
I don't have time to write much now, but I wanted to check in and share that I got back from an AMAZING bike trip on Martha's Vineyard yesterday where I exercised hours each day and brought all my own food (supplemented each day to bring my calorie totals to about 2,000-2,600!) and this morning I weighed in at 149.8, which is the lowest weight I've seen on my scale at home. This maintanence thing is working!!!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I was so scared to actually do it. I wasn't going to. I didn't feel hungry. I did a huge cardio workout (the run) and then 35 minutes of shoulder/bicep/tricep strength training at the gym and I'd only had 1,400 calories. But then I felt hungry again...so I checked my macronutrient percentages to help me decide what to eat. I was only at 25 percent for fat, so I had some walnuts. Still far below brand new calorie range (about 1,900-2,200), still hungry. I had my new yummy discovery - my Bob's Red Mill "hot cereal" mixed in with some vanilla yogurt (also good with plain oatmeal, though I need to find some w/o added salt). Same result - STILL far below calorie range and still hungry. Now, I should say I could have gone to bed when I was still back at 1,400 calories - I would have felt hungry, but I would have fallen asleep and felt fine in the morning. I could have waited 20 minutes after the walnuts or the yogurt/cereal combo and felt full. But I was still hungry at the moment, and I really do want to try this maintanence thing, so I looked for some carbs (the macronutrient I was now a little behind with) - and I wanted something healthy (no high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated soybean oil, etc.) so I went with some canned pineapple in its own juice. Now I feel fuller...am at 1,800 calories for the day. Still below my range, but I am going to stop here and see what happens............. so nervous, so conflicted. What do I do if I've gained?! What do I do if I've lost more? Will I really be happy if my weight stays the same?? I still have some fat on my body I want to get rid of. I know what I would say if it were someone else with these thoughts - no matter what my scale says tomorrow, stick with it a little longer and see what happens - in fact, don't even worry about my weight until I've been doing this long enough to see a trend forming.. in fact, be sure to actually be IN the range (not 100 calories below it like I am today)... I've already learned how to lose weight, but I do NOT know how to maintain and I MUST learn, and with all the extra energy I am going to feel just fabulous and make huge strides with my cardio and strength training.
But knowing all that is different than actually doing it, when I know I COULD be losing more, and when I see fat on my belly and thighs that has to go.
Then again, I do love to eat and I hate to feel hungry. Maybe I'll really love this so much it'll be hard to ever go back to losing (another thing to worry about -great). This has got to work. You're supposed to lose slowly; you're supposed to drop ten percent of your weight (I did just about that) and then try to maintain that for a while before losing more. You're not supposed to cut calories too far when you're really active anyway. A running website had an article about weight loss that said you should eat 12-14 daily calories for every pound you weigh. That gives me a range of about 1,800-2,100 calories for weight LOSS. Maybe...just maybe...I'll find that I'm still losing eating this much. Wouldn't that be wonderful. Let's see what happens! Sorry for babbling on so much, but I want to record this experiment thoroughly. And I need to work out my thoughts. I haven't even touched on the subject of how to handle eating in Martha's Vineyard yet!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Oh what a run. From my parents' house to the town hall and around back. Gorgeous weather. How sad that I only saw three other walkers and two other runners, and two houses with kids playing outside, the entire time!
*1 hour, 13 minutes
*Average pace 12:20 minutes/mile
*Average speed 4.87 mph (boo - so slow!)
*485 calories (yeah right, mapmyrun - you liar)
Okay, so I need to get better SPEED. I have time - the race isn't until mid-October.
By the way, I was playing with my parents' digital blood pressure machine. My blood pressure was 106/68 and my heart rate was 45. Yeah for health!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Drum roll please.... I weighed in at 149.4 today!!! As all of us weight losers know, hitting a new, lower digit in the tens place is always so very exciting, though one weight loss book I read pointed out that's just a side effect of our base ten system, haha. This means I weigh closer to 100 than 200! I haven't seen a weight under 150 since before we went to Jamaica in 2/08. At that time, I'd worked my way down to the lower 140s only to binge on all-inclusive resort food, and sleep (I had a cold!) the entire time I was there. Needless to say, my weight was NOT in the 140s anymore when I got home.
Now, two blog entries ago, I talked about going into maintanence for a month as soon as I was under 150. I also briefly mentioned the emotional issues, but didn't really get into it. I am so conflicted...it's been fairly "easy" to stick with reduced calories and get this far...I have huge internal pressure to just keep on trying to lose two pounds per week. But, I had some very compelling reasons to try this - the most compelling reason being that for the long term I want to maintain thinness, not just attain the lowest weight I possibly can and then immediately start gaining again. So - wow - maintanence begins today! I am going to have to add in some extra calories to my plan for the day, and change my goal and ticker and everything. I know I am going to keep questioning whether I really should be doing this....in fact, it didn't even OCCUR to me to ACTUALLY start today, or any day until after my trip to Martha's Vineyard (Thurs-Sun of this week)... but...what the hell. I start today!
Photo was taken yesterday on the beach in Rockport. It's not quite as flattering as I'd hoped, but might as well be honest about the girth of my 149-pound hips as a nice reminder of why this maintanence thing is TEMPORARY. I WILL lose more weight after it's over.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
It was too late to go to the gym...ended up being a blessing in disguise because my workout was BETTER outdoors. We went to Brookline and walked...and then while Jess had dinner I ran...and then we walked some more! I will do stats separately for the trip as a whole first, and then just the running portion.
Whole trip stats:
*16:33 minutes per mile
Running portion only:
*10:44 minutes per mile
*5.59 mph (not bad for a fairly easy run!!! and hilly too)
It was fantastic. :)
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