Saturday, August 30, 2008
What a perfect healthy lifestyle Saturday it's been so far! I had already prepped my coffee maker last night, so all I had to do was roll out of bed, brush my teeth, throw on my gym clothes and press a button. I brought my coffee, breakfast smoothie, and two water bottles to the gym. Zumba was supposed to start at 9:00 but the teacher didn't arrive until 9:15. So coffee was done. Zumba went til 10:00, then I did arms, shoulders, abs, and stretching until about 10:45, during which time I alternated between sipping my smoothie and water. I had such high energy! Then I wanted 15 more minutes of cardio to make up for the 15 minutes I didn't get of Zumba. So, on Bruin's suggestion (thank you!) I decided to do some official speed work on the treadmill. I had sort of been doing it all along...every once in a while I'd burst out with some speed, but I decided to make it really deliberate this time. So, for 15 minutes I alternated between 60 seconds of 7mph, and 60 seconds of 5mph. It was a killer!! There are so many ways to expand upon this too...I could increase total time, do longer sprints and/or shorter recovery periods, go faster... but for now, this was enough to get the sweat flowing!
Now I'm about to have some lunch and do some grocery shopping. Tonight we're going to Fenway - woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
PS - The bike ride yesterday was awesome. I could almost keep up with my brother this time - and I was on a heavier, slower bike. Then I did strength training at the gym and by bedtime I must admit I was quite tired and cranky and yes, even a bit hungry. Just because I eat over 1,900 calories a day doesn't mean I'm not still hungry sometimes!! It's not a big problem or anything, but I'm not trying to pretend like I'm this little dainty thing who has trouble getting my calories up so "high". I could EASILY chow down 5,000 a day, no prob. But I'm in control. Oh by the way, I had a dream last night that I was bingeing on cookies...does anyone else ever dream about binge eating?? What does it mean???
Friday, August 29, 2008
I haven't had a moment to blog until now. I'm at my brother's place and we're about to bike the MInuteman trail...that lovely, FLAT, paved path that's about 25 miles round trip from his place. Yesterday I was so busy I didn't even eat everything I'd planned and ended up somewhere between 1,400-1,500 calories for the day. Shopping all day always seems to reduce my appetite - I guess I'm having too much fun to worry about eating!! I got three pairs of shoes and MORE clothes. And now some of the size 10 pants I bought are already quite loose. Oh boy.
So yesterday I weighed myself a bunch of times and the later in the morning, the lower my weight. It went from 151.0 to 149.4!!! Then today the same thing happened...150.2 down to 148.6! So, on those days when I have to get going for work, I need to remember my weight will look higher but it doesn't mean I've gained. That's part of what happened the other day when my weight spiked up. I had to get to school and didn't have the luxury of weighing myself at 10:30 a.m. when it would have undoubtedly been lower. Also, TOM started yesterday so I know that's another reason my weight was up.
Last night's workout was pretty good. I did chest, back, abs, and stretching, and then did 65 minutes on the elliptical. My goal is to consistently be able to complete 10K - that's 6.21 miles - on the elliptical and treadmill in 60 minutes before my race in October. Last night I had only gone 5.84 miles in that time...so I have some work to do! Ideally I'd actually do it a little faster even, just to leave some room for error. I really would like to complete the race faster than last year (63 minutes), and especially faster than an hour... but so far I'm not even conditioned enough to do it AS fast as I did last year. I have about six weeks to go. I don't necessarily think I need to do most of my training through running...I am worried I'd hurt myself (and not enjoy it). I think as long as I can get stronger cardiovascularly (making up words again!) I'll be working toward the goal I want. Like even with the biking today...it's all about pushing hard for an extended period of time.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
It's late and we just got back from the gym in South Boston... the closest Gold's to my boyfriend's place. I've only been there a few times. They have funky weights like 7.5 lbs in a women's only section. The best thing about it is that most cardio machines have their very own TVs and you can change the channel and listen on your headphones. One of the channels is a music station with upbeat music that is playing in the gym in general. It's not really a convenient place to go at all... not like my gym which is a two minute walk from my front door... but the TV factor alone makes me want to go back. It's also a younger and sportier crowd. Is "sportier" a word?
I've done long workouts two days in a row now - yesterday legs and advanced step (still suck at advanced step) for 100 minutes total, today arms and elliptical for 1 hour 35 minutes total. Both days I ate just under 1,900 calories - very healthy and well-balanced food, low sodium, and I drank lots of water.
So... I really don't understand why I gained 2.2 pounds in one day! I was up to 151.8 today. I think that maintanence will really help me to understand natural weight fluctuations. If I gained 2.2 pounds while trying to lose, I would assume my calorie range was too high and get stricter on myself. But right now it can't possibly be that my calorie range is too high (can it?!?) because on average I am exercising at LEAST as much as I said I do when calculating my calorie range, and I've been eating at the very bottom of that range the past few days (one day recently even a little under it). The only thing I can imagine is that this is water weight. I don't know if my body is retaining water because of the time of the month or because of the exercise I am doing or for some other reason, but I really don't think I gained 2.2 pounds of fat today. I'm hoping my weight goes back down with me continuing to do what I'm doing... but if it doesn't, I'm going to have to think about cutting back on calories until I'm back at 149.
I've had a couple people recently tell me I'm looking good, in terms of my weight, which is nice. One was a man at the gym and another was a coworker I used to go to WW meetings with. The man's comments were especially flattering (he wasn't hitting on me! he knows I have a boyfriend - he was just being nice) because he said he can tell how hard I work at the gym, being on the elliptical so long and doing things like the lunges I was in the middle of when he stopped me to chat. I'm actually getting to the point now where I can't help thinking, "I've been at this for 20 months now...I should be looking way better than this...I should be looking amazing." But I know that there was a lot of backsliding in those 20 months and that with the consistent effort I plan to put forth from now on, I will eventually get to a point where I'm really really happy with the results.
I have a confession - I am turning into a thrift store junkie. When your size changes as often as mine has, you can't really justify spending much on your wardrobe. I've gone through stretches of having practically no pants that fit and I've had to wear skirts every day. So today my mom and I went to the thrift store - half off on Wednesdays - and I bought almost $50 worth of pants and tops. Fifty bucks gets you a LOT at a thrift store. I'm officially a size 10 now, though the pants I bought ranged from 4 (okay, that one's too small, but it was Banana Republic and really nice so I figured I'll be able to wear it eventually!) to 12. Some 8s fit, others are too tight.. I can't believe the kinds of deep dark secrets I am sharing here! I better get to bed - good night!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Summer's over already...can you beleive it? I spent most of yesterday preparing...NOT lessons or my classroom or activities, but FOOD. It is truly my priority - that and exercise, which I actually did not end up having time to do yesterday other than my eight-minute ab routine. I feel guilty about that, but will just pick back up with the exercising today.....
I weighed 149.6 today and would like to share what I have learned in my first week of maintanence. I began this process last Tuesday, 8/19, at 149.4 (mom's scale) and today, exactly one week later, I am 149.6 (Jess' scale).
1. It's WORKING. Somebody knew what they were doing when they came up with the formula for those calorie ranges. You enter what you weigh, what you want your weight to do (go up, down, stay the same - within reason!), and how much exercise you get, and you get the right range.
2. Having this knowledge is having control. I can play with the amount of exercise I get, the speed at which I want to lose, the calorie range I feel like eating, all quite deliberately, and my weight will do what I want it to do.
3. Having control is calming. I can trust myself not to binge because I know I can eat a certain amount and feel really good - I have had minimal hunger and felt physically fantastic - so I won't have the urge to eat out of control.
My plan at this point is to complete the month of maintanence, Aug. 19-Sept. 19, and then change my calorie range so that I am losing one pound per week. I think I would like to then bring my weight to 145 and then do another month of maintanence...maybe five pounds, a month of maintanence, repeat, until I'm done. I'll be done either when I am thin enough or when I get to a point where I do NOT feel good on maintanence...I can't be hungry all the time or gaining weight when eating in my maintanence range.
By the way, I made a truly delicious meal last night...sesame oil, low-sodium soy sauce, all-natural peanut butter, peanuts, frozen stir-fry vegetables, cabbage, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, onions, shiitake mushrooms, and Shirataki noodles. I'd never tried the noodles before but read about them on sparkrecipes - love 'em!!! This dish is quite satisfying as is, but would also taste really great with chicken or shrimp.
I also made a modified (lower sodium & higher veggie) version of the slow cooker chicken taco stew...my crockpot has been on low since last night! I should get home and turn it off......and then eat some. :)
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!!!
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