Friday, September 26, 2008
THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH TIME FOR ANYTHING ANYMORE!!!
This week has been a riduculous whirlwind. Early Wednesday morning Jess called me to inform me he'd just bought us Red Sox tickets for that night. So I left school as early as I could manage that afternoon and threw on a Red Sox shirt along with my workout pants and sneakers. I parked a couple miles away from Fenway Park and went for a 42-minute jog before the game.
On Thursday, just as I was preparing to leave work and get to the gym for a change, Jess called and said he'd been given free tickets for that night's game. So the only exercise I got was from LITERALLY running from my condo to the train station, because otherwise I would have missed the train. Good thing I've been practicing my running!!!
Tonight, and this weekend, it's SERIOUS workout or bust. I feel like a total slacker.
Given all this craziness, I'm rather proud that my eating has, for the most part, stayed under control. There was one slip-up though. It happened on Wednesday. The plan was to add one tablespoon of peanut butter to my oatmeal, so I had my jar of peanut butter and my measuring spoon. I added the one tablespoon, ate my snack, and then thought to myself, "Mmmmm....peanut butter." So I opened the jar back up with the intention of just licking another little taste off the inside of the lid. Fast forward a few minutes, however, and I had eaten the entire remainder of the peanut butter!!! I estimated it was about three tablespoons, and unbelievably, I was still within my calorie range for the day. And I haven't been crazy-hungry ever since, so maybe I "needed" that peanut butter, haha. But I haven't put peanut butter on my plan since then, and won't again until I can promise myself to only eat as much as is on the plan.
I have also been going crazy with the coffee. At both Red Sox games I had a medium decaf French vanilla hot coffee with skim milk, partly to stay warm, partly to stay awake, and partly to comfort myself when everyone else was drinking beer profusely and eating all kinds of amazingly yummy-smelling items. Yesterday morning, being tired after the late night at Fenway, I made myself a second cup of morning coffee. Then in the teachers room I found leftover coffee from a meeting and had two more cups (very small cups) - one regular, one decaf. This morning there was again coffee in the teachers room (it doesn't often happen two days in a row!) so I've had three cups today.
I have mixed feelings about the coffee. On the one hand, I LOVE the mood it puts me in - I get cheerful and energetic when I drink coffee. Without it, given my sleep deprivation, I would have totally lost my patience on the kiddos when they weren't able to follow my directions for their spelling test this morning!! Plus, coffee gives me better workouts (not that I've DONE much working out this week!). And they say that there are antioxidants in coffee. On the other hand, I don't particularly want to be dependent on a drug, even a drug as relatively harmless as caffeine. Oh well. It's been a crutch this week, but thankfully not every week is this hectic.
Anyways, this week I've been eating just over 2,000 calories per day most days and my weight is pretty much at a standstill. It was 144.8 on Wednesday, 144.6 on Thursday, and 145.0 today. I haven't been eating more this week, but I have been exercising a lot less. I am positive that is the reason why my weight isn't going down. I am fine with that because I know that when I resume my usual workouts, I will resume losing weight. And I know I will resume my usual workouts as soon as I possibly can - which means TONIGHT.
By the way, thank you so much to everyone for answering my question about calculating calories burned. You all basically told me what I already knew - which is that it's just too much work. I'm not going to do it, but I do appreciate knowing how.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
...because I feel dumb for having to ask this. A few days ago Breigh asked me if I calculate my calories burned, and I answered that no, I don't. I know a lot of people do calculate this, but I simply don't know how. I have looked into it a few times, but seriously... how am I supposed to know how many minutes each day I've spent walking around vs. sitting vs. standing vs. lying down....etc. So my question is this: How do you calculate the calories you've burned in a day??? What do you do, exactly, and how accurate do you think your method is? And then, what do you do with that information? Do you subtract the calories you ate to see what your calorie deficit is? I've never really understood the whole thing about a 3,500-calorie deficit bringing one pound of weight loss. How can that possibly be true in all situations???
OK, so that was a lot of questions. But if you just answer my first one - how do you calculate the calories you've burned in a day - I'll be happy.
BIG thanks in advance!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I just watched my Sox clinch a spot in the playoffs! Remmy said something about their ups and downs over the season just as I was coming up with a title for this blog.
The thing that has been up and down for me lately is my motivation. I was in such a good place mentally/emotionally for so long...and then work started getting stressful, I stopped having time for full nights of sleep, and I had a couple non-routine days of eating over the weekend. I didn't lose my usual one pound this week (still at 145.0 today) and I've been tired and tempted to skip workouts, laze on the couch, and binge eat. I haven't done it, but the thought has crossed my mind! Danger territory!!!
I must never get complacent about weight management. It will ALWAYS take hard work. My mom and I were emailing each other today and she's really frustrated because after losing LOTS of weight four years ago, it's been slowly creeping back up and she can't figure out why. I told her that weight management, for me, seems to require CONSTANT vigilance, and that what takes weeks of hard work and consistency to accomplish can be undone much more quickly. It's so hard to constantly be on top of this! But it certainly helps to get a full night's sleep every night and to try to make time for myself and eliminate stressors. Easier said than done.
Last night I was tired and hungry by the time we left for the gym. We went too late (around 8:30!!) and I would have said "sure" if Jess had suggested skipping it. But thankfully we went (I had an extra snack first) and since I was too tired to run, I walked instead (4.2 mph with a 3 percent incline - for me this is not exactly slacking off....though it is easier than running) for a half hour. Then, since Jess wanted to bike for a while, I got on a bike next to him and ended up doing that for a half hour too. I can't seem to get my heart rate up very high when I use the recumbant bike - it was only around 90-110. But when I stood up, my legs felt like lead. I find the recumbant bike uncomfortable for my back, butt, and feet. :(
This afternoon the last thing I felt like doing was working out. I was tired and hungry again and just felt like going home and pigging out. I was frustrated about being so hungry even though I've been eating around 2,000 calories a day. I've been so hungry that I've eaten dinner around 3 p.m.!! But, I decided to buy a medium decaf coffee with skim milk on my way to the gym and between that and drinking a lot of water, I had a second wind. My workout actually ended up being great! It was my first time doing my old strength training routine in a while (I'd been going to Body Pump classes instead of strength training on my own for a few weeks) and I liked it. I did chest, back, and abs, and then I stretched and finished up with 20 minutes of interval running - 6.0mph/8.0mph, with my last TWO speed intervals being 8.5 instead of 8.0. I think next time my "rest" intervals should be 6.2 mph instead of 6.0.
When I left the gym I was feeling much more positive. I'm SO glad that I went and didn't get sucked into that horrible vortex of feeling sorry for myself, binge eating, and lying around watching TV. It would be really hard to get back into a positive mindset if I allowed that to happen. Even if I don't feel like going to the gym, I need to at least do a LITTLE workout just to FEEL like I'm still on track. If I'm hungry, I need to have just a LITTLE something, but I should NEVER just eat with abandon. I have had MAJOR problems with those behaviors many times in the past, and I must work to keep them permanently eliminated.
The other day, by the way, I came up with a new goal to work on after my 10K. There is a 5K race in December in the town where I work, and a teacher who runs it each year has been encouraging me to sign up. So my goal will be to really work on my 5K speed and try to get my time down significantly. It's too early to set a specific goal, but in my last 5K race, back in Oct. 2007, I finished in about 29:30. It would be cool to try for 27:00 or so...but I will certainly have to wait and set an appropriate goal once I really start working on it.
PS - I think I need to offically give up on trying to count my calories from the party Sunday. It would be a frustrating experience with just way too much guessing involved.
PPS - I knew I was forgetting something!! I've been meaning to ask you guys for help. (Though I wonder if anyone will actually read far enough to see this question....??? I think I'll put my question in another blog entry. To be continued!)
Monday, September 22, 2008
My Sunday was incredibly busy, just like my Saturday. There was so little time for exercise that I literally got out of my boyfriend's car to do some running while he was having breakfast at Dunkin Donuts. He picked me up on the side of the road 15 minutes later!! And then he dropped me off near home so I could run 25 more minutes the rest of the way. I still haven't had time to figure out my mileage/speed on mapmyrun.
We went to his grandparents 65th wedding anniversary party. I overdid it with the food a bit, especially with the desserts - there was candy and three kinds of cake, and I had a normal-sized portion of each!! Not very smart at all. I wanted small pieces, but there weren't any - I should have just cut little pieces off and left the rest behind. Next time!
To make up for it, I didn't eat anything that night when we got home, and even though I really didn't have time, I went to the gym for an hour (where I completed 10K on the elliptical in 58:30 - that means I was working as hard as I possibly could). I ended up weighing in today at 145.2, so I don't think I did any major damage. And oh well, I've been working hard lately, if every once in a while I want cake, I should be able to eat cake! (Just not three pieces, haha.)
I have been a little stressed lately always feeling like there's no time for anything. I was up doing food prep/planning until 11:30 p.m. last night, which is WAY too late. I didn't have time to try to guesstimate my calories from yesterday, and I didn't have time to plan out all my food for the week, I only did Monday (will have to tweak a bit for the rest of the week.) Today school's been a little stressful too. I've been snapping at my boyfriend lately and really need to stop doing that. He is nothing but sweet to me and never gets moody - he doesn't deserve this. But when I'm rushing around without enough time to do what I need to do and see him having a few minutes to lie on the couch and watch football, I get jealous. It's not his fault though. I will work on being sweeter to him.
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