Friday, November 07, 2008
Anyone notice the Daily Spark article featured today?
It's about a study that showed that endurance athletes burned significantly more calories per day than sedentary people. Great article to come across just when I'm wondering why it is that I can eat so much and still lose weight!
Today I broke down and had a very small amount of decaf coffee at around 4 p.m. before the gym - it's Friday afterall. Man did it make a difference in my workout! Including my warmup and cooldown, I ran/elliptical-ed (half on treadmill, half on elliptical trainer) for 68 minutes and went about 7 miles! A good stretch and I was done.
While I was working, especially toward the end, I thought about a quote Smurfette put in her blog, that said that the person who can find a way to endure even when the effort gets painful is the winner. I thought to myself, sure I'm getting tired, but I can do this, and I am going to keep on pushing through!
After the gym I went to the cheapo gas station selling for $2.19 a gallon only to find that they had RUN OUT of gas. What? That happens? Hehe. It was a first for me!
Anyway, it's only Friday night and I've already done my laundry, grocery shopping, and over half of my cooking for the weekend! Yay! I usually save all this stuff for Sunday and then stress out. This weekend I am making two of my favorite recipes I have found on this website - tuna/broccoli/spinach bake (adapted from the chicken spinach bake recipe) and Mexican lasagna. I'm going to eat very well next week!!!:):)
I hope I didn't come off as overly sensitive or whiny in my last couple blog entries. I SO appreciate the support and friendships I have with my health/fitness-conscious friends who read my blog!!!!!!!!!!
Have a FABULOUS weekend everyone!
Friday, November 07, 2008
I confess: I felt quite defensive last night as the comments started rolling in reprimanding my eating habits. I wrote a negative, defensive blog entry and then deleted it. I'm glad I didn't post it, because today, reading your comments back over, I realize you were all just trying to support & help me. I DO need to work on my eating habits - specifically, spreading my meals out better (though I am not sure I buy the commonly stated argument that going long periods of time reduces metabolism; I'm pretty sure I have a good metabolism!) However, I do think that my blood sugar, energy, and mood would all be more stable if I spread my food out better, and most importantly, I'd be able to have better evening workouts if I weren't tired and hungry. Today I am having a big meal at almost 2 p.m. and will have a couple snacks later...still no big eating late in the day, but it's progress. I get so hungry while I'm at work!
Another thing I am wondering about is my calorie level and WHY I need to/am able to eat so much more than so many other Sparkers? I do consider myself lucky, but also I can't help feeling a bit like a pig! Even when I eat 2,200 calories a day I'm still hungry! When I was overweight I ate a LOT more than that on a daily basis. I wonder...people who say they gain weight if they eat 2,000 calories a day...have they ever actually systematically tried this, eating 2,000 calories' worth of planned, nutritionally balanced, healthy, minimally processed food? Or do they just THINK they'd gain without ever having tried it??
I know people will say it's because of muscle, but I really don't have that much muscle. I can barely do one real (on the toes) pushup. Maybe I work out longer and more often than people who eat less than me!? But that's not necessarily it either, because I know a lot of Sparkers who are just as dedicated to their workouts as I am, if not way more than me.
Now for the boring daily stuff. Yesterday's workout was Body Pump (felt good, used heavyish weights), and then Zumba (felt OK but more and more tired toward the end). That's two hours at the gym in total, but really not two hours straight of heart pounding exercise. I did add extra calories yesterday and ended up around 2,180 for the day.
Today I weighed 138.6 which is over a pound more than yesterday, but that's what fluctuations are like! I will probably end up going to the top of my calorie range again today...but maybe I will run today (my most intense workout).
Thursday, November 06, 2008
This morning I hit another record low weight (not all-time low, but lowest it's been since late summer 2007) - 137.4. I have been wondering whether I will meet my monthly weight loss goal of 135 by November 19. That is just 13 days away, so to really be on target for that I should have been at 137.0 yesterday so I could have exactly two weeks to lose exactly two pounds. Can I lose 2.4 pounds in 13 days? We'll see. Does it matter if I'm a few days late? No, not really, but it would be oh-so-cool to then have a monthly goal of 130 for Dec. 19, my birthday. My weight has never been under 132 before, at least not since I was very young!
I have been eating in the middle of my calorie range the past few days and have been feeling quite hungry by the end of the day. If that happens again today I might add a little something to be at the top of my range. Since I work out at the end of the day, being hungry then really compromises my workouts. Yesterday I worked out around 6:45-7:45 p.m. I was on the stair climber for 45 minutes and was totally exhausted by the end of that, but wanted a full hour of cardio so I pumped out 15 minutes on the recumbant bike. It was a so-so workout which is rather sad because I had SO much energy at 8 a.m. that if I'd worked out then, I would have been able to do a fast jog. Working out in the morning really isn't realistic with my daily schedule, however. I already have to get up before Jess in the morning and struggle to arrive at work on time. I then have a lot of time to myself in the afternoons, since I get out of school at 3 and he doesn't get out of work until 6 or later. Sometimes we go to the gym together around 7 or 7:30, but more often I go by myself in the late afternoon. While I definitely see advantages of morning workouts, I will save those for weekends and during the week just try to have energy in the afternoons from consistent good sleep at night and adequate good nutrition throughout the day. I still definitely need to work on spacing my meals out better throughout the day. Today, for example, it's not even 1 p.m. yet and all I have left to eat for the whole day is a small yogurt!!!!!!!
You know what's cool? The fact that now I get to wake up every day thin and stay thin all day long. That looks so weird written out, but it's like this gift that took me months to give myself, but now that I've given it to myself I have it to keep every day, all day! I know I must sound full of myself, but for so long part of who I was was being overweight and now that isn't a part of being me anymore. It's an adjustment - one that I am happy to be making, but an adjustment nevertheless!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
What a happy day. I think I am going to have to permanently give up my late afternoon cup of decaf coffee because for the last two days I have had a really wonderful night's sleep, and didn't have any PM decaf. Too bad, because a) it helps me feel full late in the day when I don't eat much and b) it gives me energy for my evening gym sessions, but being well-rested is SO worth it. I fell asleep before 10 p.m. last night and woke up feeling fantastic again today.
Of course, it helped that a) I weighed 138.2 today, yeehaw! and b) everyone/thing I voted for was elected. I am excited for President-elect Obama, and also in my state we had three controversial ballot questions and they all went my way.
Yesterday I had a little less food than usual...still haven't calculated the adjustments yet but probably I totalled just shy of 2,000. I got to the gym in time for 40 minutes of cardio before classes, so I read on the stair climbing machine and worked up a good sweat. Then I did a 15-minute Ab Clinic and then Body Pump. I entertained the idea of staying for Cardio Kickboxing, but was very tired after working out for 1 hour, 55 minutes already and went home. What kind of crazy person feels guilty for "only" working out two hours instead of three?? ME!
A few months ago I bought a pair of too-tight size 4 pants. Today I'm wearing them for the first time and they're practically too big. Does that rock or what!?! I still can't help thinking that if a size 4 fits me it must be a huge vanity size 4, not a true fitting size 4, but if all stores are making increased vanity sizes, does that make me a real size 4? Never in a million years would I have dreamed of fitting into a size 4. 14 yes. 4??? I have come a LONG way.
I wish I could work out in the mornings...I felt soooo energetic this morning and was so jealous of the jogger I saw while I was driving to work...but then I'd have to get up at like 4 or 5 a.m., yuck. Probably never gonna happen.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Yesterday I was hoping to be able to make it an hour on the recumbant bike, but I actually got into my reading and wasn't physically tired, so I read and biked for TWO hours. Considering how I was feeling yesterday it was the best workout I could have gotten. I'm glad I didn't attempt strength training or some more strenuous cardio because I was too tired for that. Recumbant biking was a good level of activity for how I was feeling.
I didn't have even decaf coffee yesterday afternoon, as even decaf has SOME caffeine, and so thankfully I had a great night's sleep! Then I woke up to find my weigh back to 138.4, and my stomach ache and heartburn GONE. I felt a million times better.
It's now just past lunch and I'm still feeling good...but I may have just done something stupid... on Sunday Oct. 26 I made a HUGE batch of beef stew with tons and tons and tons of vegetables. It was so big I had to split it into 10 servings. I just went to eat one now, nine days old, and some of it tasted a bit off. Like it was turning to vinegar. I threw some of it away but I will admit I tried to eat the parts that were still good. Why did I do that?!? I just recovered from ONE stomach ache...am really hoping I don't get another. I'll throw away the one remaining serving and will refrain from making my batch meals QUITE so big in the future. Or if they do end up that big, I should freeze some.
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