Friday, November 14, 2008
Warning - shameless narcisism ahead! But at least I'm not subjecting you to my undies ones!!
This is me in the outfit I wore to school today. There were several reasons that I took this picture. One, this is an old shirt and I know that somewhere out there is a picture of me in this shirt from several years ago where it's clinging to fat rolls. I couldn't find that picture, but I did find other "before" gems! (See below.) Two, I am wearing my almost-too-big, but still fairly new, size four jeans in this picture and a way-too-big belt. Three, I discovered (thanks to FitGirl) that you can put multiple photos in one blog entry now. Look out world!! :) Four, someone at work today told me that from the opposite end of the hall, from the back, she mistook me for another teacher who is 5'7" and 100 pounds - I am not exaggerating, seriously she's 100 pounds. My jaw dropped!!! I am NOT as skinny as her!!
Here is a particularly unflattering before picture I was able to find from May 2005:
Note that I am wearing the SAME BELT in both pictures!!
Here's another "before" from my 27th birthday, December 2004. Holy thighs!!!
Now I have to not be shy here...check out this picture of me in a skimpy bikini! (also taken this afternoon)
I can hardly believe that's me. I am sooooo excited for my 2/09 Carribbean vacation now!!!
Finally, I decided to take a picture in my gym outfit:
I am still in this outfit, and I still haven't made it to the gym yet. Time to go!!
I put most of these pictures plus a few Halloween ones in my photo gallery.
Friday, November 14, 2008
All of a sudden I must have burned off a bunch of tummy fat, because on those rare occasions like this morning when my stomach isn't bloated, I've been practically overwhelmed by how much better my tummy looks! I am wearing a really old shirt today that used to cling to fat rolls - I know this because unfortunately a photo was taken of me in it, sitting down no less. I'll try to find that picture and have Jess take a new one of me in it, that'll be a fun comparison. :)
So I really didn't mind that this morning the scale said 137.6 again. I think my scale at home and my scale at Jess' must be especially off for my current weight, if that makes any sense.
Last night's workout started well with Body Pump - I was using heavier weights whenever I could - but then in Zumba I got tired and I'm sure I didn't get much of a calorie burn. I again wasn't hungry enough to need all my snacks yesterday and "only" ate about 1,850 calories. I also did a five-minute "easy" jog at 6.5 mph at the beginning of my workout because I was early for class. I can't believe how easy 6.5 mph feels now. I'd like to get in a sweaty cardio workout tonight. There is Body Combat at 5:45 on Fridays now - this is new, there used to be no classes on Friday nights. I might do that or I might just use a machine.
I run a "Homework Club" after school on Thursdays. Yesterday I was munching on an apple and I asked the children if they had brought healthy snacks. One boy didn't have a snack, but he went to the nurse's office to get some Cheeze-Its (ew! why does the nurse have Cheeze-Its?!) and another kid had Chex Mix. I told them that healthy snacks were natural foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts, and yogurt (well...yogurt is processed...but I didn't get into that). I'm not going to be the food police and confiscate salty snacks, but I thought I'd at least give them something to think about........but is that none of my business???
My mom's been having weight issues. Unlike me she grew up skinny, but got heavy having kids. She joined Diet Workshop when I was a little girl and lost all the weight, but gained it back and was pushing the size 16s until probably about five years ago, when her doctor told her she had pre-diabetes. In order to prevent full-blown diabetes she'd have to make some dietary changes, and she started having to check her blood sugar levels. She followed a low-carb plan laid out by a diabetes nurse and not only did she control her blood sugar, she also lost over 40 pounds and hit a low of 127 about a year and a half ago. She stopped counting carbs officially, but kept eating small portions and healthy, lower-carb foods, and she tries to walk every day (she wishes she could do more, but has arthritis). However, despite her best efforts she has been slowly regaining the weight and is now up to 136 on her 5'4" frame. Though her weight is still in the healthy range, she definitely wants to cut off the gaining pattern and would prefer to get back down to around 130. So I offered to show her SparkPeople and tried to explain how fully this website has changed my life. I would be seriously surprised if she gets as into it as I do, and has already told me she doesn't want to have to carry around little tupperware containers of all her meals like I do, but we have plans to look at the website together this Sunday after a family brunch (my brother and sister-in-law are visiting from Oregon). If anyone has any advice for me to pass along to my mom, please do....especially on the exercise front. I would LOVE to see her doing more intense exercise than just slow walking, but with her arthritis and her age (almost 66) I wouldn't want her to hurt herself. She used to work with a personal trainer as she has very low muscle tone, but she's really picky and when her favorite personal trainer moved away, she didn't feel a connection with anyone else so she stopped going. :( She has some exercise bands and a ball at home and is trying to get back into some exercises a physical therapist had given her a few years ago.
Thanks in advance for any advice!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Yesterday despite my best efforts I couldn't leave work in time to make it to any fitness classes....so that means I must go to Body Pump tonight, or do strength training on my own. By the time I got to the gym it was too late to go to any classes whatsoever, so I used the elliptical. It was a nice hard workout and including my cooldown I went seven miles in 65 minutes. I was watching a young, fit-looking couple walking at 3.3 mph on the treadmill, holding onto the sides, and I couldn't help but get annoyed - they could have been working so much harder! Then I started to wonder why that should annoy me - why should I care? For all I know that was their second workout of the day, or they were just going for an after-dinner "stroll" or something. I guess I just needed something to occupy my mind with during those 65 minutes.
Afterwards, while I was stretching, I had a conversation with one of my gym buddies. It went something like this:
Her: How was your workout?
Me: Great! I just did seven miles on the elliptical so I'm very proud of myself.
Her: Wow, I couldn't do that.
Me: And I couldn't do what you do! [She does hours of strength training at a time.] We all have our areas where we feel competent, I guess!
Her: Well, I just do it three times a week. You come more often than that, right?
Me: [Laughing] I feel guilty if I ever miss a day. My mom tells me I'm going to hurt myself by working out so much, but I tell her I'm getting myself HEALTHIER by getting a lot of exercise. And besides, I don't push hard every day. Sometimes I just read a magazine on the recumbant bike. How long have you been here?
Her: [Looking guilty] Since 5:30...but at least a half hour of that was just talking to people...
Me: I am certainly not the kind of person you have to defend a long workout for!
Her: I think you and I understand each other.
Me: Yeah, especially since you've told me you work out so much so you can eat more!
[Both of us lauging]
A friend invited me to go out last night. I never usually go out on school nights, but this feels like a fun, festive time of year. I went out on Tuesday night and wanted to go out again last night. But with my late workout, I had to cancel. Oh well, there's always next time.
This morning I was absolutely shocked (in a happy way) to see that I weighed 135.8! Maybe I will hit 135 by Nov. 19 (my mini-goal) afterall! That's just 0.8 pounds in six days! I know a few people have questioned my daily-weigh ins in comments on my blog lately, but I will not give them up. I really love my weigh-ins, and even when my weight goes up, I use the information to teach myself about patterns in my weight loss.
My next happy surprise happened a few minutes later when I put on a pair of pants and they were way too big. I had to wear them because they were the only pants I had with me at Jess' this morning, but after this I guess it'll be time to retire them - and go shopping! They are size 8!!!
I am now in day #3 of spreading out my meals much, much better. Yesterday after I ate my lunch, I forced myself to wait an hour before I had a snack. Then, after another hour (it was now 2 p.m.) I was really tempted to eat my dinner, but I thought to myself, "No, let's be civilized here. People don't eat dinner at 2 p.m. Eat a snack instead and save dinner for later." So I did. I still ate dinner kind of early - probably around 3 or 4, but it's definite progress. Right now, it's 12:20 p.m. and I've had breakfast, one snack, and lunch only. I still have several more snacks plus dinner to go. Forcing myself to choose to drink water instead of eating the next snack or meal too quickly definitely helps.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Interesting development - for the past day I haven't been as hungry as normal! Yay for now, but I'm sure this won't last. Yesterday I "only" ate 1,730 calories - this is the lowest I've gone in a long time. I stayed in bed reading/sleeping in until 10:15 a.m., and then had two mugs each of green tea and coffee with soy milk before breakfast, which is actually what I usually do, only I did them at "day off" speed while chatting online with a friend I hadn't talked to in months. So by the time I had breakfast it was 2 p.m.!!! After that there was just never enough time to eat all my snacks between going to the gym and then going out with my friend. As it was, I had to sneak in time for dinner! (Which reminds me - the Mexican lasagna I made this week is again SO DELICIOUS, but the tuna/broccoli/spinach bake is a bit bland, could use more mayo - Smart Beat - next time.) So far today I'm doing well spacing out my food - it's almost noon and I have only eaten breakfast, one snack (out of five planned!) and lunch. And lots to drink. I usually am the worst at spreading out my food when I am sitting at my desk at work. That's because when I don't want to get work done, I use eating to procrastinate. I don't always consciously realize I am doing this, but when I stop and think about it, that's definitely what I'm doing. Bad girl!!
Yesterday's workout consisted of the following:
1. Five minute warm-up walk on treadmill, gradually increasing speed and incline
3. 10 minute interval run on treadmill...I tried 6.0/9.0 for a while but then dropped the speed minutes down to 8.5.
4. 12 minute StairMaster fit test. You aren't supposed to do the test after you've done other exercise, so I scored "Fair" but the score is invalid. But I really just did it to kill time before class.
5. Advanced Step class (60 min). I hadn't done it in a while mostly because it's usually hard to get to the gym by 4:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, but also because this class is really intimidating with tricky footwork and a bunch of old pros who make it look easy. I put my step in the back even though in most classes I'm right up front, and as luck would have it I ended up right behind one of those old pros. I just copied everything she did and that made it a lot easier! Also being fitter than the last time I tried it helped too. I still got a little lost and was the worst in the class, and the instructor felt the need to come over and try to help me get one of the moves even though I insisted I was just a lost cause, but I did far better than I'd ever done before. And at the end of class the instructor told me to keep coming back. I think I could be an Advanced Step old pro someday if I kept going consistently.
I also did a few pushups...this is something I want to try to do on a more regular basis...I mean I already do some in Body Pump but those are all at someone else's pace and on my knees. I want to practice some real, on-the-toe pushups when I am on my own. Unfortunately I can still only manage one real one at a time, but then I want to drop down to my knees and do as many of those as I can, then rest and try the whole thing over again. So far I haven't really gotten too into this, but I need to be able to do more real ones in a row.
PS - Weight today: 137.6. Oh well.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
My weight loss follows this pattern again and again...it'll hold steady or gradually slightly go up over the course of several days and then finally BAM, down a bunch (e.g., three pounds) in one day. I KNEW I was in for a "BAM" day today...that 139.0 yesterday just didn't seem right to me...I knew my weight should have been lower....
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