Monday, November 10, 2008
So what if it's past 11 p.m.? I have tomorrow off! :)
To answer your question, Terri, my intervals are one minute each.
But the real reason I'm adding another blog entry is.....drumroll please...
We just booked our vacation to Puerto Plata!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! I am SO excited. I cannot WAIT for February!
Monday, November 10, 2008
After the way I was feeling this morning I didn't have high hopes about my workout tonight, so I was pleasantly surprised when it was fantastic!
I arrived at the gym just in time to do 15 minutes of speed work on the treadmill before classes. It had been a long time since I'd done speed work so I wasn't really sure what to try...so I did 6.0mph/8.5mph. It took me 10 minutes to realize I could be pushing harder, so my last two intervals were at 9.0mph!!! I have never gone that fast before! That is a 6:40 min/mile pace! Next time I will try doing 6.0/9.0 the whole time. Afterwards, I walked for two minutes and my heart rate was back below 120 before the first minute was over!
Next up was Zumba. Note to any and all Zumba instructors who happen to see this: PLEASE don't stop between every song to talk!!! Zumba is designed to be easy/repetitive enough for us clutzes to get the moves just from watching and trying. We DON'T need the three-minute tutorial before every song! Cardio exercise is supposed to be continual! Grrrrrr! (Also if you could avoid the loud "YES THAT'S NICE!" comments when we aren't even doing anything and the "HOLD IT" when what you really mean is to keep doing what we're doing rather than to hold still like I thought you meant, that'd be great too.) Okay, vent aside, the actual dancing was fun. :)
Finally came Body Pump. The Monday 7:30 instructor is the BEST Body Pump instructor, but usually I'm too exhausted to do Body Pump so late at night! I'm so glad I was able to go tonight. He's fun, he's funny, he's really focused on form, and he's very clear and well-rehearsed with his instructions. Yay!
I have tomorrow off for Veterans Day and I'm hoping to get in some high-quality cardio. :) Just not outside unfortunately, because we're getting highs in the mid 40s! Brrrr!
Monday, November 10, 2008
My boyfriend has had this really disgusting cough lately that has kept us BOTH awake at night and I'm starting to wonder whether I'm catching something - I don't have a cough right now, but I have just felt tired despite getting plenty of sleep, I've had random aches since last night, and I've been just a bit sniffly on/off.
Today I was up to 139.0. Considering that between Fri-Sun I worked out almost seven hours and that I stuck to my eating plan one hundred percent this weekend, there is no good reason I can think of that my weight was up. I must have patience and stop letting these fluctuations get me down so much, but I have been bouncing between 137-140 now for over a month. I was organizing/trying on a bunch of my old shirts yesterday and even though I am thinner all over, my stomach sticks out a lot, especially at night when I am bloated, yuck. I really wasn't feeling thin at all. I work so hard just to look OK; meanwhile Jess had three HUUUUGE slices of pizza yesterday and ice cream and he always looks fantastic. And he hasn't worked out at all lately because of his cold, and even when he does, it's only a small fraction of the amount I work out. At least I wasn't overly tempted to steal his pizza and ice cream - my two biggest temptations - especially when I looked at the ingredients list of his ice cream. How can partially hydrogenated soybean oil be listed not once, but twice in the ingredients list and they still claim zero grams trans fat? How misleading.
Today is a professional day at school - no kids, only teachers - and I have no desire whatsoever to work. This funk better be a cold or PMS or something other than being ME, because I don't want to be like this! Hrmph.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
It's that time of year again...time to book a vacation for February break! Every year Jess and I have gone to an all-inclusive resort in the Carribbean or Mexico in February, and the thought of being in a bikini on the beach is the most motivating thing for me possible. (But you already knew how shallow I can be.)
2/2005: Dominican Republic. First time in the Carribbean ever. Worked hard for about a month beforehand to bring my weight down from an all-time high of 183 to maybe the mid 160s for the vacation. Gained it all back during/afterwards.
2/2006: Puerto Vallarta. To be honest I don't really remember my weight loss story for this one...it was before I started seriously using SparkPeople, but after I stopped using an old diary. But I'm sure I dieted for it and I'm sure the weight loss didn't last.
2/2007: Cancun. I had joined Weight Watchers AND started seriously using SparkPeople about a month earlier, and was losing weight fast and was super-duper motivated. I brought my weight down from 167 to about 155 for the trip. On the trip I counted my WW points and continued to exercise and didn't gain any weight! And I kept working hard afterwards...until I hit starvation mode from working too hard a few months later and started gaining and losing in a wild roller coaster ride.
2/2008: Jamaica. I'd stopped going to WW and was now an old pro at SparkPeople, but I still hadn't figured out how to keep off the roller coaster. I'd gotten down to the low 140s for a wedding in December, quickly gained back to the 160s by January, and then got down to the low 140s again for the vacation. But then while I was in Jamaica I started binge eating hard core, reaching the mid-150s by the time I was back on the scale at home, and then gradually getting way back up to the upper 160s.
THE FUTURE: 2/2009: We're probably going to the Dominican again (different part! FYI, the DR is a great choice for a budget-minded traveler who wants to stay at a decent all-inclusive.) We looked at options last night - including cruises, which I've never tried, but it was impossible to find decent flights to the ports of departure for school vacation week - and found a resort that looks really good in Puerto Plata. Jess just wants to get the official OK from work before we book.
This time the back-story, weight-wise, is going to be ridiculously different. There will be no mad scramble to lose as much weight as possible the month beforehand. Rather, there is going to be a slow and steady and ultimately WAY more effective and permanent effort starting...well...it's already started! And it won't stop. Not through the holidays or at any point in time. I am going to keep doing exactly what I have been doing and I am going to be my fittest EVER in three months, when it's time to go. Even if my weight loss were to slow down to only two pounds a month, that's six pounds by February, and I'd be at 132. Heck, even if I stopped losing weight TODAY I'd be continually cranking it with the workouts, adding muscle and burning fat, and I'd still look my best ever in February!! I am soooo psyched for this!!!! (And I don't even dare to allow myself to dwell on it, but there is the distinct possibility that I will lose more than two pounds a month and get unbelievably hot by vacation.)
In other exciting news, Jess asked me to find out what size ring I wear. FINALLY.
I was 138.2 today, a bit higher than I'd hoped but whatever. I may not reach 135 by Nov. 19, which was my goal, but who cares. I went to Step Interval this morning, a class that combines step with strength training. Since I did Body Pump yesterday I tried to stick with light weights today (that was the advice an instructor gave me once when I asked if it was OK). I was literally thinking the instructor today was MEAN, she worked us so hard. I actually got visible sweat soaking through my shirt, which never happens!! After that class I stayed for a half hour class split half abs and half stretching. THEN, I hopped onto a recumbant bike for a little over an hour and read magazines, snacked on almonds, drank water, and listened to tunes on my iPod. If I weren't a little sweaty it would have been easy to forget I was working out at all! Finally I did another stretch, and after about 2 hours, 45 minutes, I came home.
Susan's tip to self: How to make a little snack of an apple seem substantial and take a long time:
1. Microwave a mug of decaf green tea.
2. Put half a tablespoonful (a tiny amount) of decaf coffee in the coffee maker, but use a normal amount of water. Brew a hot but very watery cup of coffee. Add soymilk.
3. Alternate bites of a very crisp, delicious apple (braeburn works well) with sips of tea. Try to finish both around the same time.
4. Drink coffee.
5. Pop open a pomegranate seltzer and chew some sugar-free blueberry gum.
6. Go pee about 700 times.
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