Sunday, October 19, 2008
So two months ago today I started my new program (what I now think of as the best thing I EVER did for my weight management). August 19 was the first time I saw my weight dip below 150 and I decided to try eating in my maintanence calorie range for one month and see what happens. I bumped up my calories to around 1,900-2,200 per day and was amazed and thrilled that one month later, on September 19, I weighed 145!!! So I went for it another month and sure enough, yet another month later, I am at 140. Actually, today I hit a new low, 139.4!! So now it's time to see if I can go three for three. Can I be at 135 by November 19?!?!?
Like I was trying to say in my last entry, I don't feel like I HAVE to lose any more weight, but it is just amazing how great it makes me feel when I do. I have just been this bubbly ball of smiles today. Granted, yesterday was pretty awesome, so that could have something to do with it. First I pried myself out of bed just in time to make it to the gym ten minutes late for Zumba. My weight yesterday was 141.2, so I was relieved to finally see it start to go back down. I have unbelievably cute new workout clothes and just felt so amazing in Zumba, Body Pump, and Body Combat. Then we went grocery shopping - this week's menu will consist of a "Greek casserole" recipe I made up (whole-wheat couscous, spinach, fat-free feta cheese, fat-free Greek yogurt, fat-free sour cream, black olives, onions, ground chicken breast, garlic, and olive oil...maybe eggs and a little salt-free tomato sauce too...and spices) and salmon salads with this mostly natural sesame ginger salad dressing I found, pre-boxed organic greens, tomato, baby carrots, and cucumber. Also still going with the "pumpkin pie" smoothies for breakfast and macoons - the best apples right now, a variety of raw nuts (pecans right now!), yogurt, and all-natural whole grain cereals for snacks. I am thinking about trying to aim more for the 1,900-2,000 calorie range next week instead of the 2,200+ calorie range I've been eating in this week (eep). That's fair. I won't be starving myself, but I'll be restricting enough so that I can keep on losing. Imagine...pretty soon I'll be CONSISTENTLY in the 130s, that is just amazing!!
I just feel so much more confident and cute now that I am thin. We went out to watch the Red Sox do that amazing thing they do (WIN!!) and I was all dressed up. It definitely wasn't an appropriate outfit for an almost-31-year-old teacher (ugh!) but I just felt this NEED to wear something I could only get away with now that I'm thinner. I was wearing my white Red Sox hat with loose pigtails, Red Sox earrings, a long, deep V-neck, cap sleeve, tightish, thin material red T-shirt with a tight purple tank underneath, my huge red belt, a multi-colored necklace, a jean miniskirt that probably shouldn't be worn by anyone more than half my age, black tights, and knee-high boots. And I was wearing my supercute new long red coat over that, though apparently it's too early in the season for coat check to be open at bars so I had to deal with trying to keep people from spilling beer on my coat all night and one guy tried to flirt with me by pretending like he was going to steal it, until he realized I had a boyfriend and said boyfriend was two stools down! And another guy told me he'd been trying to work up the courage to talk to me for a while. I must sound really obnoxious right now, but it was such an ego boost to be hit on last night. When I was younger and single and went out more often I was sometimes as low as 150, sometimes as high as 180, so it never really felt quite like this!
So....this afternoon I'm going for an outdoor run but I'm not really sure where to go. I wonder how people who run outside a lot keep things interesting...there are only so many places you can run when you're starting at home and I'd get bored always doing the same routes over and over. I'm also not exactly sure how much to wear...it's only around 50 degrees and I don't want to be too cold when I start or too warm after I've gotten into it. I guess I'll end up wrapping an extra shirt around my waist or something.
Anyway, I guess I should apologize for babbling on and on with the shallow talk, but....I just feel like the poster child for losing weight and increasing confidence right now. Hehee. I hope everyone else's weekend is super!!!
Friday, October 17, 2008
First, the race photographers emailed me a few pictures today including the one above and another I put in my photo gallery. I emailed the pictures to my family and one of my brothers wrote back, "Wow, Soups, you're really an athlete!" (family nickname) and my other brother wrote "love the one of you with your arm up!" Really an athlete... wow, ME? Who woulda ever guessed..
I was still at 142.6 today and had been planning to write in my blog tonight about how I might need to cut back on calories a bit in order to get my weight moving down again. But then I went to Old Navy and tried on a bunch of tiny clothes and started to allow myself to think that maybe I might already be thin enough. I noticed that I have some loose skin under my upper arms, probably the result of having been overweight most of my life. If it wasn't there my arms would look pretty skinny now. I definitely have a little extra chub around my tummy, hips, thighs, and butt, but..... well, what woman doesn't? Is it really worth starving and being miserable to try to slim that stuff down? I don't know. I just don't know where to go with it at this point. I guess until I decide I will just keep on doing what I've been doing...
I have been eating at the TOP of my so-called maintanence range lately, around 2,100-2,200 calories most days this week, and around 2,600 calories per day last weekend. Today my whole workout was only 40 minutes (on the elliptical)...and I lost my energy after about the first 15 minutes or so, so most of the time I was only at a heart rate of about 120-140. I just was too tired or too hungry or something to push harder. (But I was in a brand-new really cute exercise top from Old Navy, heehee!)
So I've been extra hungry and extra UNenergized for working out this week. No wonder I've gained three pounds! Maybe it's all because I haven't been getting enough sleep?!? I hope tomorrow morning I get a really good long workout and that I don't feel the need to eat at the very top of my range. I should get to bed.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I'm up to 142.6 today...which is exactly three pounds more than I weighed on Sunday. It better go back down soon or I might cry! I'm sticking with my food plans and I'm back at the gym, so I don't think I "deserve" this gain! Hrmph.
Today I made sure to drink more water and it helped. I was able to spread my food out better...still room for improvement but MUCH better than Tues. & Wed. This evening at the gym I did 13 minutes of interval speed work on the treadmill - 6.0mph/8.0mph. Interval training is fun because it's quick, but it really makes me work, and it will be really important as I attempt to improve my 5K speed. My next race is on December 7 (hmm, my brothers' birthday - they're twins) and it's actually a "5K+" because it.s 3.2 miles and a 5K is 3.1 miles. It'll be in the town where I work, and it's in honor of an eight-year-old student who died in 2002 (I didn't know her). But a coworker tells me it's a fun race - they give you bells for your shoes and hot chocolate afterwards, and a lot of our kids come to watch. I just hope I can deal with running in the cold! I'd like to set a goal to finish this race at a good time, but I haven't decided what that time will be just yet. My last 5K was a year ago and I was just happy at the time to beat 30 minutes.
After the treadmill, I went to Zumba and actually had a really good time. With classes I've found that my enjoyment level is all about how energetic I feel. I had the energy tonight to shake it and give it some attitude, so I had fun. :)
After that, I used the treadmill for five more minutes and then had a good stretch. Now it's time to drink some decaf green tea, watch the Red Sox (PLEASE don't lose!) with a half hour break for The Office, start to think about what recipes I'll make this weekend, and then get some glorious SLEEP!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So last night I was really stupid...I stayed up really late for no particular reason even though I was already tired. I got less than six hours of sleep last night. Considering that, today was not nearly as bad as it could have been. But still, I was in a bit of a funk for sure. First my weight was up to 142.4, almost three pounds higher than Sunday. Then, I ate all my food way too early in the day, for the second day in a row, even though I KNEW I should have been spreading it out more. No coincidence, also for the second day in a row, I didn't drink enough water. I went to Body Pump, which was fine, but then had just about NO energy left for cardio, but I read a magazine on the elliptical for 35 minutes. My heart rate never even left the double digits. I didn't sweat or get out of breath, and my left hip hurt. It was my first workout since my 10K, and I should have stretched more (okay... I should have stretched, PERIOD) after the race and the next day.
But then after my workout I discovered it's my TOM (I have very unpredictable cycles) and it was such a relief. My mood, my appetite, and even thankfully my weight gain are all likely not my fault - they were all just PMS. Maybe even my drive to exercise. I had worried that I had Post Race Motivation Syndrome (I just made that up) but now I really do feel that after I really DO catch up on rest and get through this er...female condition.. that I'll be back to myself. And hopefully I can do that without losing ground with my weight and my fitness level.
I think it's infinitely better that I did a so-so workout tonight than if I had skipped the gym. Just being there in my new workout gear helped me realize I still have the mindset, which for me is the most important piece to have. If someone else were going through the funk that I was going through, I would have suggested to them to maybe take ONE day off, and then go back to the gym even if the workout needs to be shorter/lighter than normal. That's exactly what I did. And with my eating, I am so proud I've stayed on track, although I think the thanks there goes to my calorie range rather than to some kind of iron will. (I'm just not so starving that I need to binge. I'm sure if my calorie range were lower I would have binged by now.) I DO need to work on spreading out my meals better on work days, and drinking more water in between these meals, and I should probably cut back on this huge gum binge I've been on lately (I actually eliminated gum temporarily a few months ago - I don't think all those mystery ingredients are good for me - but I'm back to it these days). But I have stuck with my food plans, so I am very proud of that. In the past a mood like this would have totally sent me to the ice cream.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
For those who enjoy photos (like me), I just posted pictures from my race and from karaoke in my photo gallery. I had promised a photo of me in my new size 4 jeans...so look closely, haha.
I realized a bit of irony about my last blog title, "I met my goal!" It's really indicative of a change in my mindset that on a weight loss website, I'd write a title like that and have it have NOTHING to do with weight and everything to do with athletic accomplishments. This is a total 180-degree change in me!
Speaking of weight, it's been 142.0 the past two days. I miss the 130s and hope to see them again soon. :(
Today I've been tired...I didn't get a good night's sleep last night, probably because I overdosed on coffee yesterday (three cups in the morning and a decaf in the afternoon). Today I've just wanted to EAT, and have no desire to work out. I am really, really scared that now that I've met my 10K goal, I will lose my motivation to keep pushing myself. I better sign up for my next race STAT.
Speaking of which, the teacher in the classroom next to mine this morning opened the door between our rooms and had her class clap for me - for beating her in the Tufts! I finished about two minutes before her. She is a very experienced runner and has done the Tufts year after year after year, usually faster than I could ever do. She has recommended a particular 5K in December in the town where we teach. Like I've mentioned, I'd like to sign up and train in a different way...working on SPEED vs. endurance for this one. Anyone have any winter running advice for me? That'll be a new one for me.
Anyway, I sure hope that I'm not really about to start a big motivation funk. Maybe I just need a good night's sleep...not that I'll get that tonight...not when the Red Sox are in the playoffs!
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