Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Starting with where I left off last night...I did eat that egg, haha. Then I got ALMOST enough sleep but not quite thanks to my boyfriend's obsession with watching 24 on DVD. I wanted to stop after one episode and go to sleep at 10:00, but he made me watch another one! I need more sleep!!!!!
Oh, I should also mention I felt a little icky last night. Maybe heartburn? Kinda stomach-achy and headachy too, maybe I was dehydrated?? Or maybe it was just me being tired. I don't know.
Today I weighed 144.6, which was great for 6:30 a.m. My eating was well-spaced today......some days I have more of an issue with eating too much too early and then having nothing left to eat later. One thing that was really nice was walking into the teachers' room at 2 p.m. and finding that an aide had brewed a delicious-smelling pot of decaf hazelnut coffee. Coffee helps with my appetite, so I didn't eat my next meal as early as I otherwise would have.
I started noticing a little "tweak" in my back today when I turned in certain ways. It's been happening once in a while all day since mid-morning......I HOPE I didn't overtrain and wreck my back again. I did that back in June and it was awful...I couldn't even bend over. It affected my workouts and sparked the start of an off-wagon period that lasted about a month. I really want to INCREASE my training as my race date approaches, not baby my back!!!!!!!
Anyway, I found three gym classes in a row that I wanted to try, so I was in the gym studio from 5:30-7:45! First 15 minutes of Ab Clinic, then 60 minutes of Body Pump (legs were BURNING), then 60 minutes of cardio kickboxing.
Then I had to make a bunch of breakfast smoothies when I got home...well, I had to make one for tomorrow, so I just went ahead and made several to save time later in the week. This weekend my boyfriend's grandparents are having a big catered party to celebrate their 65th anniversary and I'm already nervous about a) eating the catered food, and b) losing my Sunday gym-laundry-grocery shopping-cooking-planning time. I'm going to have to be extra super duper planned in advance...it's only Tuesday, but I should already be thinking about what I want to cook this weekend so I can get a shopping list going and go shopping on Friday night or Saturday early.
Ohhhh.......this summer I didn't know how good I had it with all that FREE TIME! WHY can't it still be July? Please?? :)
Monday, September 15, 2008
So a few times lately I have caught glimpses of myself in mirrors without realizing at first that it was me. I feel like all of a sudden I have crossed over from a little overweight to looking...almost thin. Someone else mentioned this mirror trick in their blog recently too...I just don't remember who!
Yesterday I weighed in at 144.4. I went to the gym for 2.5 hours in the morning - the same teacher first taught Step Interval, then Abs, then Stretching, then Body Pump (my first Body Pump class). I wished I had time for more exercise - I wanted to get a head start on the trip to the grocery store with a jog...but didn't have time.
This week's menu, which I cooked yesterday, consists of Asian mixed vegetables with chicken, tofu, and a peanut sauce; and a broccoli tuna bake casserole that I adapted from a chicken spinach bake recipe on Spark Recipes. (I wanted to use spinach, but realized too late I didn't have any!) It ended up tasting a LOT like the tuna spinach bake recipe my mom always made, my FAVORITE casserole, but it's much easier to make! Anyway, those two dishes, plus smoothies for breakfasts and cereal, yogurt, and almonds for snacks, are what I'm eating this week. It all adds up to around 1,950 calories per day. Except today, right now, it's kinda late, but I think I'm about to eat a hardboiled egg Jess made me when I was feeling really hungry a little while ago. I took a shower and the hunger passed, but I still might eat the egg - I'd still be well within my calorie range for the day. Plus I worked out a lot - I went to a reservation on the way home from work I'd never gone to before, changed into my workout clothes in the car, and went for a jog in the woods. I was having a lot of fun and was quite surprised when I got back and found that it had been an hour and twenty-five minutes...it felt quicker! I also went to a Zumba class this evening. So I deserve that egg, darnit!! :)
PS - Today's weight was 145.6, which is up, but it's always up on Mondays so that's OK. Funny to think that my original maintanence plan was to maintain at 149 for a month and then reduce calories for a month to reach 145.... but I reached it during "maintanence" instead. Oops, in a good way. :)
PPS - I almost forgot to mention - I behaved myself at the BBQ Saturday night! I drank lots of water and NO ALCOHOL! :) (And I did that BEFORE I saw Bruin's suggestion to do that exact thing with the water.)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
My boyfriend's pet name for me is Baby Caques. He often changes the "Baby" to other words, like "Grouchy Caques" when I'm really tired. :) Well, today he called me "Skinny Caques." I DEMANDED to know whether he actually thinks I'm skinny or whether he was exaggerating. He said he does think I am skinny, but I assure you, I am most definitely NOT skinny. Then again, this came from the same young man who requested that I stop losing weight from my boobs! (He was only half kidding.) Ha!
Yesterday I weighed 145.8 and was thrilled. We went to another Red Sox game - most likely our last of the year. :( I skipped some of my planned food to make room in my calorie budget for drinks. ;) I drank too much - still need to work on that - two red wines and two Bud Lights, and on my nutrition tracker I even counted the sip of Guiness I "borrowed" from my boyfriend and the two spoonfulls of his clam chowder I ate, and I still ended up within my calorie range. Good thing too, because the only exercise I got was walking from my car to Fenway (though that was probably a good 20-30 minute walk) and then dancing at a bar after the game for a few minutes. A couple friends came to join us, but I was sooooooo tired that we left shortly after that.
I was sad that we were in Boston instead of at my place in the 'burbs so I had to skip Zumba. My Saturday Zumba teacher is by far my favorite, and she had promised she'd do Cotton Eye Joe just for me this week. But it all worked out in the end for three fabulous reasons:
1. On Jess' lovely scale I weighed ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FOUR pounds this morning - WOOHOO!!!!!!!!
2. We went to the South Boston Gold's Gym and I got to try some new leg machines, plus I got to watch the Red Sox on a treadmill - I went 2.03 miles in 20:00 minutes.
3. While Jess was playing golf at Franklin Park, I drove into the city and...drumroll please....went for a SEVEN AND A HALF-MILE RUN!!! I had no watch or cell phone with me, so I guestimated that it took me two hours. That's including restroom stops and walking breaks. I wasn't doing it for the speed, I was doing it for the sheer joy of being able to move my body in this amazing city. I jogged along the Charles on the Cambridge and Boston sides and just had a total blast.
Here are the total guess stats from mapmyrun:
OK, I'm a turtle. But who cares?? I had fun.
BUT, I have EXACTLY ONE MONTH until my race. I definitely have some work to do to accomplish my dream goal: finishing the race in under an hour.
Time for us to go to a BBQ where I'll bring my own food and attempt to resist alcohol and guacamole!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I have been on track since July 2, 2008, when I weighed 164. I will admit there was a bit of a rocky start, so perhaps for my purposes I will take a look at when I started to really be consistent...that would be July 18, when I weighed 162. Fast forward to August 19, when I started maintanence at 149 pounds. That means I lost 13 pounds in 4 and a half weeks, or 2.88888 pounds per week. Today, September 11, I weigh 146 pounds (146.4 - but my weight graph rounds it off). So in the 3 weeks and 2 days that I have been in maintanence, I have lost 3 pounds, and that 's about 0.91 pounds per week. In all, I will have been on track exactly 8 weeks tomorrow and have lost a total of 16 pounds, which is just over two pounds per week on average.
I did this math to help me determine conclusively that my so-called "maintanence" range isn't really maintanence at all - rather, it's my range for losing almost a pound per week. I have felt absolutely fantastic eating in this range - never tempted to stray, never hungrier than I can deal with, and sometimes I don't even need to eat everything I've got (like today - I skipped a big snack and ended up just under 1,500 calories!). I have had enough energy to get me through these tremendous first few weeks of school AND still be able to work out an hour or two most days. My mood has been great, my skin has been great, and I have only had heartburn once since I started keeping track. I am getting tons of compliments (well, really only one: "You look great!" - but from tons of people...kinda just makes me realize they could clearly see I had GAINED weight before!) and I've been feeling pretty fit at the gym. If I could manage to get enough sleep at night, EVERY night, that would make things just about perfect.
Okay, I have convinced myself here...it's official. This is no longer a one-month experiment in maintanence. This is a range I am going to stay in for a while. How long? Longer than a month for sure (that month would be over on Sept. 19!), but I don't want to really give a date. I want to keep doing this and see what happens! Ideally I'd keep losing slowly and I'd eventually increase my calories to a REAL maintanence range once I hit 130. But I don't know...I tend to change my mind about things as I see how they unfold...so, I will keep doing this for the time being!
Tonight at the gym I did Zumba, chest, back, stretching, abs, and 15 minutes on the treadmill. The first 10 minutes I alternated 6.0/8.0, but I was kinda tired so the last 5 minutes I did just plain old 6.5. (Afterwards, I did 1 minute at 4.0 and then walked home for more of a cooldown.)
Last night was horrible. I left work around 8 p.m. and went to the gym for almost an hour - shoulders, biceps, triceps, and treadmill alternating 6.0 and 8.0 with one 8.5 at the end, then 10 minutes on the elliptical to cool down. Then I went home, showered, packed, and went to Boston. I didn't get to Jess' until 10:30!! I was so stressed out about how late it was and how I need more sleep if I'm going to be able to keep up my lifestyle and be effective at school. I cannot keep staying up late. In fact, it's way too late right now - good night!
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