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.
Monday, November 03, 2008
I feel really yucky today. I had a slight stomach ache all day yesterday that got worse when I went to bed. Heartburn also started last night and I've had the stomach ache and heartburn most of the day today. On top of that, I had an incredibly hard time sleeping last night and I feel like I was awake almost all night.
This morning I was at 140.4. For the past two days I've gained exactly 1.0 pounds per day. I know it'll come back off, but my stomach feels big and bloated and icky today. Then today I kept on eating even when I was stuffed - I do this when I'm tired, it's as if I somehow think the food is going to wake me up. Note to self: it doesn't work!!
Normally I'd be at Body Pump right now, but I decided to skip it today. I'll try to make it tomorrow instead, but that depends on how long I'm in line to vote tomorrow afternoon. I WILL go to the gym, even though I REALLY don't feel like it, and I'm going to probably just read and ride the recumbant bike - my new "go-to" workout for when I feel too tired to work out.
So... even though I didn't feel guilty for indulging in junky food on Saturday night, I really think my stomach issues and heartburn are caused by eating unhealthy food. My body is so used to eating only really healthy food these days, not croutons, salad dressing with fake stuff like high fructose corn syrup, white pasta with butter, chocolate cake with whipped cream (probably there was nasty partially hydrogenated oil crap in it, didn't see the ingredients) and frosting, ice cream, and candy!!
Which really makes me wonder. First of all, I get angry - why can't eating really healthy food be the general standard? Healthy food can be totally delicious - who says just because there's a birthday we have to eat junk? Plus, I'm not even sure that everyone KNOWS that stuff is junk. I think a lot of people would see a a light salad dressing and think it was healthy, even if it had sugar, salt, and high fructose corn syrup in it. I try to avoid all food with added junk like that!!!
Second, what is a girl to do who wants balance, wants to be able to eat like normal people sometimes, wants to be able to go out for dinner with friends/family without having to bring tupperware containers of my own food? What am I to do when doing this gives me a two-day stomach ache and heartburn? It makes me tempted to just go 100 percent all-out my own food only. It'd be healthier, it'd be delicious, and it would help me avoid these gastro-repercussions.
I guess maybe I could have just eaten less of the most junky of the food offered and more of the healthiest... I honestly just wanted to treat myself for once. I had no idea my stomach would get so mad at me.
OK, I'm procrastinating. The one thing SparkPeople can't do is physically push me out the door with my iPod and water bottle. I gotta make MYSELF go to the gym.
PS - I just want to quickly comment on the recipes I've made for this week. The pasta bake is really yummy - homemade veggie tomato sauce, browned ground turkey, whole-wheat pasta, and a variety of fat-free cheeses.
The Scandinavian fish is really different than anything I've made before. It's too soupy thanks to me cooking it in too much white wine, but good. It's cod in a white wine cream sauce (fat free sour cream and mayo), and spinach, artichokes, mushrooms, and asparagus. Oh yeah, and full-fat asiago cheese. They don't make a low-fat version of that!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
First of all, I would like to clarify my point with the baby picture. I do agree that fat babies are cute babies, and I didn't mean to sound so critical about myself. My point was supposed to be that if someone who has been chubby her whole life (ME) can now be fit and healthy, anyone can. All it takes is good old fashioned diet, exercise, and emotional support.
Second, I'd like to just mention how incredibly grateful I am for this website and all the people I've "met" through it. I've done a lot of reflecting on my weight loss journey lately (OK, I admit I'm ALWAYS doing that) and also on the value of the support system here on SparkPeople. It's hard to believe that a website can change someone's life, but this website has absolutely changed mine, completely for the better. I am thinner, fitter, and no doubt healthier than ever, and I feel a real comeraderie (sp?!?) with my Spark friends. We are all in it together and helping to push each other to newer and better heights. You know that study that came out over the summer where they found that having fat friends makes you fat? This website does the opposite for all of us! We surround ourselves with all these positive stories and words from each other, all about having a healthy lifestyle, and it does wonders for our own mentality. I totally love it.
I think I ate at least 2,900 calories yesterday, a lot of it in the form of desserts. Then I slept TWELVE hours last night. I was going to go to a 9 a.m. Step Interval class, but decided to stay in bed and I slept til noon!!! Hmm, with the time change maybe I slept thirteen hours? Not sure. I really needed that sleep!
I weighed 139.4 today, and after yesterday's big dinner I'm just glad I'm still under 140. But I still don't feel bad for eating so much yesterday, because I think the extra food combined with the extra sleep are what helped me achieve a HUGE personal best at the gym today.......
A few of my Spark friends made me run a 10K today. I wasn't particularly in the mood...a 10K is hard work...but I'd told them I would, so I had to. See what I mean about the kinship around here? THANK YOU GIRLS for making me do it! If I hadn't, I never would have blown my old personal best out of the water!!
I did my 10K at the gym, so I wouldn't have to map out an outdoor route that was exactly the right distance. I was nervous about using the treadmill without my heart rate monitor, which is broken, but it turns out that forced ignorance about my heart rate wasn't such a bad thing. I probably would have gone slower with it on, but I used how I felt as a gauge and only slowed down a bit toward the end. I felt absolutely fine in terms of how hard my heart was working.
I set the treadmill to 7.5 mph and was off, figuring I'd need to slow down soon, but I actually managed to stay at that speed until about minute #36 or so! I was going faster than the people on either side of me. :) I gradually slowed to 7.0 and sprinted the last .2 miles at 8.5 mph. I cannot believe I did a 10K in 49:55. This is SO much faster than my last personal record (around 55 or 56 minutes). I didn't imagine I'd EVER be able to do a 10K in under 50 minutes!!!
Here's some other stats:
*2 miles in 16:04
*5K in 24:52!
*4 miles in 32:04!
When I was done, I walked for about three minutes at 3.0 mph, using the machine's HRM. I got my heart rate back to 120 in about 2.5 minutes. Then I walked over to my boyfriend, who was wrapping up his own workout, and smiled at him. The big dufuss didn't say anything, so I said, "Is there anything you want to ask me?!?" He said, "No, I mean yeah, how'd you do?" So I told him, and he was just like, "Good job." I told him I wished he was more enthusiastic and tried to explain how significant this was to me. So he tried... the cutest part was when he went out this afternoon to do an errand and said, "Seeya later, Speedy Gonzales!"
That's me, Speedy Gonzales. I can do a 10K in 49:55. Holy ($&$(&@!!!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Just came across this picture as I was looking for the new Halloween ones. I was such a fat baby that my parents asked the pediatrician whether they were feeding me too much. I had such fat legs that I never learned to crawl until after I could walk!
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