Thursday, November 20, 2008
My mom took this photo this past Sunday of my boyfriend who insists on wearing sunglasses even when it is not sunny, me in the same outfit I wore for my first cold-weather running experience this evening (see below), and my cute little puppy Teddy (who actually lives with my parents, not me). Oh, that reminds me, check this out:
Go to that website and type one of the following: sit, roll over, stand, sing, dance, shake, fetch, play dead, achoo, kiss, dance. ;)
(WHAT? I just went to get a puppy "emoticon" and there are NO dog choices at all... but they have cats...that is animal discrimination!!)
I didn't have time to blog yesterday, which was my actually three-month-iversary at "maintanence" calories, but yesterday I weighed in at 137.2, NOT 135.0 as was my goal for that date. Regardless, I decided I'd try to continue losing three pounds a month so my next goal is 134 by December 19, which is also my birthday. I reset my calorie range and it is down now just a bit to 1,820-2,170. Man... I have been feeling like eating DOUBLE that lately! But I haven't given in to temptation.
I've been too busy to get in really good workouts and strength training has gone a bit by the wayside the past few days. Yesterday I was getting ready for parent-teacher conferences and was lucky to get to work out at ALL...I did 12 minutes on the Stair Master fit test ("average" result), then 15 minutes on the treadmill alternating between one minute each at 6.0 and 8.5, and 8.0 for the last few when I got tired. Then I did some steady-state running for five minutes, finally ending with a walk until I hit 2.5 miles in total, after 23 minutes. So in all it was only a 35-minute workout.
Today I really should have done strength training since I skipped it yesterday and want to go to Body Pump on Saturday like usual, but I only had time for 15 minutes so I did lunges, squats, and calf presses. Yeah, that's not quite a full-body workout! It wasn't even my full leg routine. But it was all I had time for. Then I drove into the city looking for a safe, well-lit (it was dark out) place to run outside for the first time since it's gotten cold. I ended up running almost 45 minutes - no time yet to do the stats on mapmyrun. I ran past Boston University so I got to see that pants that are tight all the way to the ankle are ALL THE RAGE apparently for college girls right now...with or without boots on top. I also discovered a silver lining to running in the cold - my hat kept my iPod ear buds in place, yay! And once I got warmed up from the exercise I actually really enjoyed the cold. I love running in the city! I do realize though that it won't be safe to run outside ANYWHERE if the sidewalks get icy. :(
My run was incredibly easy tonight and I probably should have pushed myself to go faster. I was thinking about how it makes sense that running should feel easier now - I'm carrying around 30 fewer pounds!
Today I weighed 137.8. I am just about POSITIVE that it will be quite a bit lower tomorrow, especially since I'll be weighing in on the scale at Jess' instead of at my place.
I've been thinking about some plans for next week - both a Thanksgiving dinner plan of action and what I'd like to accomplish with my three days off. No time to discuss right now, but of course I'd like to use some of that time for some extra exercising, and some of it for clothes shopping!!
I haven't read everyone's blogs yet (and I've been badly neglecting my team) - I got through some but then realized if I was going to write my own I had to stop - but the weekend starts tomorrow, so yay for extra time.
Oh yeah, a Mom update. She hasn't logged into SP since Sunday when I helped her set up her account!! But she has been exercising. I told her it doesn't matter if she uses SP or not, it just matters that she has a plan and stays committed to it. She likes to walk where it's flat because hills aggravate her knee, so today she walked the perimeter of a shopping plaza parking lot for thirty minutes (three laps). Hey, whatever works.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
My mom took this picture on Sunday when all the "kids" were over at her house all at one time! I'm top left and as you can see, my dumb brother thought he'd ruin the photo by attempting to tickle me. My gorgeous boyfriend is top center, my single brother is top right, and my married brother (they're twins) and his gorgeous wife (who will soon be an ob-gyn!) are in front.
Tonight I read everyone else's blogs first and wow - people are busy writing - that took a long time. I do get tons of inspiration from reading other people's blogs, but I am subscribed to a lot of them!
I had a private Spark message from someone who asked me about my program. I decided to copy/paste part of my reply here, just to kind of document "how I do what I do" (in case I ever forget?!):
Every weekend I select two recipes to batch-cook - recipes with lots of veggies, protein and healthy fat, and as little as possible salt and processed ingredients. I make seven servings out of these recipes, put them in Tupperware containers, and then I have lunches and dinners ready for the week. For breakfast I have big smoothies and coffee with soy milk, and for snacks I have fat-free yogurt, raw nus, fruit, and healthy cereals like Bob's Red Mill muesli. I adjust my snacks to keep my nutrients all within the SP recommended levels.
I work out a lot, generally anywhere from 1-3 hours a day, so I keep my calorie intake around 2,100 most of the time, give or take a hundred. I could go on forever about how much it helped me to increase my calorie intake from previous diet levels... I have been eating within this range for three months now and have lost about 13 pounds during this time. I feel satisfied most of the time and have enough energy for my workouts, and I'm never tempted to cheat. In fact, the last time I ate anything I hadn't prepared myself was at a birthday party over two weeks ago and I felt sick to my stomach afterwards because my body isn't used to rich foods anymore. So now I willingly eat my own food all the time, even at a big family brunch this past weekend. And I plan it all out in advance on my SP nutrition tracker.
My exercise is Body Pump (strength training) classes three times a week, and cardio basically every day, typically an hour or two. I do lots of different things for my cardio - anywhere from reading a magazine on a recumbant bike when I'm tired, to running as fast as I can or interval training or several different classes... or other cardio machines, or biking outside, whatever, as long as I'm moving. And I stretch every day.
What else...getting a full night's sleep and drinking a lot - I actually don't drink much plain water except at the gym. I have 2-4 cups of coffee a day (not recommending this, but it gives me energy and reduces my appetite), I probably have at least 4 cups of tea a day (green tea usually, decaf in the PM hours), and I love pomegranate seltzer. And I chew a lot of gum to keep myself from mindless snacking.
For motivation, I'm on SP a LOT - I write a blog entry just about every day, and I follow a lot of other people's progress too. And I weigh myself every day - it helps me learn patterns in my weight loss and to not freak out about daily fluctuations.
OK...that's the end of what I wrote to her, but I still have some more stuff to blog about tonight. One, my weight was 137.0 today. Tomorrow is mini-goal deadline and I'm not gonna make it. That's OK, but I'm wondering what that means for future goals. Normally on the 19th of every month I've been adjusting my calorie range down just a bit to reflect my new weight, calculated by entering my current and goal weights as the same number (I do this so I end up with a range that is high enough for my liking - not really beacuse I want my current and goal weights to be the same number!), and in my mind I set a new mini-goal to be five pounds thinner in one month. I guess at this point maybe three pounds per month might be more realistic??? Not sure. Like I said yesterday, I'll just keep doing what I've been doing and whatever happens with my weight is secondary.
This brings me to my final thought for this blog entry...I'm kind of at a point now where, outside of Spark, my boyfriend, and my mother, I'm NOT getting tons of compliments on my weight or fitness level or anything like that anymore. I work really hard but there are still tons of women everywhere I look who are fitter/more toned than I am. I love being thin and fit, but life goes on and isn't perfect now just because I weigh in the 130s. I guess I'm coming to the realization that if this is really going to be a lifelong thing, I'm not always going to be motivated by the number on the scale or the size on the pants or even the flat abs in the mirror - those are just going to become part of who I am. I'm going to have to keep up the good exercise and good nutrition because it is one part of the package of me, but it won't totally make up who I am. I think I am rambling here and I definitely had this more coherently put together when I first started thinking about it during my workout this evening!
Which reminds me, I had a so-so workout tonight. It was better than I might have expected considering I have a hint of a cold, but certainly not up there with my hardcore sweat sessions. I did 30 minutes on the only elliptical available, one with a built-in 30-minute time limit! Then I had a good stretch and did a real pushup. I can still only manage one at a time. :( Then I ran for 6.5 mph for 15 minutes - in a spaghetti-strap tank top and REGULAR bra (as opposed to a sports bra). This is NOT something I ever would have attempted when I was heavier, but my tinier chest needs far less support now (much to my boyfriend's dismay! haha). I would have run more, but my leg/knee was feeling like it would have started to hurt if I kept going, so I didn't think it was worth it. I walked for five minutes at a big incline and then I recumbant biked for 25 minutes.
And with that abrupt ending, I'm off to bed!
Monday, November 17, 2008
I had 32 new e-mails just now - most of them Spark notifications! I think everyone's commented on my blog and written their own blog this afternoon! I am going to be busy. :) The comment that hit me the hardest of the ones I've just read was about a blog entry from a few days ago, where I posted old and new pictures of myself, and I think (I hope!) that this person was "Sparked" some new motivation by seeing how much fitter I look now combined with how hard I work to be this way. I was so proud, I had to share the comment with my boyfriend (I might not get to call him that much longer!). Thanks everyone for being such sweethearts and leaving me the BEST comments!! By the way, one person asked how tall I am and whether I'd like to lose any more weight. I am 5'6" and am aiming for 130...not exactly sure what my end goal is though...I think that in the end I will probably be shooting to keep up with ACTION goals, like how I eat and how I stay active, and whatever happens with my weight happens. Oh, I was also pleasantly surprised and amused to see that I wasn't the only one who'd accidentally walked home leaving a car in the gym parking lot - who knew anyone else would ever make THAT mistake?!
I think I forgot to post my weight yesterday...so here's my dramatic Sunday-Monday fluctuation...I was 135.8 yesterday and 138.6 today. I have two days until my 135 mini-goal due date..
I can't tell, but I think I might be coming down with some version of the cold that knocked my boyfriend off his feet for a couple weeks. In him it's now turned into a sinus infection and he just feels "weird" in the head, and in me it's been just a little on-off achiness or very slight congestion - nothing I can actually call a cold yet. I was feeling fine most of the day today although I really felt like eating! The chilean chicken corn chowder was great - thank you for the recipe Krissy! - although I used way too much turkey bacon. My other recipe, cabbage tuna casserole, was great too. I used lots of spices and it was so flavorful even without any added salt.
This evening I went to three fitness classes. First Body Pump, then some old-skool aerobics, then Zumba. By Zumba I was EXHAUSTED and tempted to leave, but instead I just did a really REALLY low impact version of all the moves.
Alright, that's what's new with me. Time to go read all your blogs!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
My brother and his wife are in town so we all met at my parents' house today for brunch. Somehow the conversation kept turning to diet, exercise, and weight loss. A couple family members were practically teasing me, calling me "Skinny Minny." I showed them my Spark page and my brother almost didn't believe that bikini picture was me! I'd had a plan to have my usual smoothie for breakfast, but not to rule out eating the brunch food my mom had made if I saw anything I really wanted. I would just make up for it by skipping some snacks later. But when I saw the food and thought about the stomach ache I'd had last time I ate less-than-perfectly-healthy food, I decided it just wasn't worth it (even though my mother is a WONDERFUL cook). Instead, I told them how I make my "pumpkin pie" smoothies and recommended my Bob's Red Mill muesli as I happily munched on my own stuff.
There was no time for a real workout, but a few of us went for a walk in the cold and wind. (My boyfriend belongs to Blockbuster Online, and his order of The Girls Next Door Workout is here, so maybe I will try that out tonight, ha.) Then when we got back to the house I helped my mother set up her very own SparkPeople account! She set a goal of losing 10 pounds by the end of January and I helped her write a message introducing herself on the Arthritis team - a few minutes later she already had several welcomes and some advice on how to make exercise less painful, like staying well-hydrated. We spent a long time talking about what her three "Fast Break" goals should be. None of the available choices seemed right, since my mom already is doing so well in so many areas, like cooking healthy. My mom lost 45 pounds a few years ago but has been slowly gaining recently and is now up 10 pounds from her lowest. I asked her what she thought she had been doing better when she weighed 127 than she's doing now at 137, and so together we came up with three goals:
1. Walk 30 minutes every day (even if it's just around the house if the weather is bad)
2. Do her physical therapy strength training routine and/or her SparkPeople strength training routine every day
3. Log her weight on SparkPeople every day (She said that knowing she would have to log her weight might make her think twice before having an extra snack, etc.)
She wrote down her goals and we shook on it as a promise that she would follow through. I am so happy that she's doing this!!
On the other hand, I had to take the M&Ms away from my dad and even though I begged him to come on the walk with us, he chose to stay home and watch football on TV. He has lost a little weight but admitted himself that he still needs to lose 40 more pounds. I suggested to my mom to not have the candy in the house anymore...I AM turning into the food police!!
My sister-in-law is currently in the process of applying for ob-gyn residencies. I asked her if she knew the medical reason why someone who is used to eating only healthy food would feel sick when they eat junk. She thought it was that you stop producing as much bile and your body can't digest rich foods as well. So I guess I wasn't just imagining the issue!
I still haven't made it to a jeweler's to find out what size ring I wear, but I am getting vibes that I need to know very soon!! Like yesterday I noticed my boyfriend had a Facebook message from a friend he doesn't see very often, asking when he was going to propose. When I asked him what his answer was, he was all, "Wouldn't you like to know." My brother and his wife are at the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to physical size. I tried on both of their rings and so now I know I am bigger than a 4 and a half and smaller than a 10. Helpful, huh?? Jess and I went to a mall with a Tiffany's in it last night, and I was so excited to find out what size ring I wear, but I had to sit in Bertucci's and watch him eat his pizza (but I had already eaten and wasn't tempted!!) and by the time we were done, all the stores were closed. :( So I didn't get to buy any new pants either. I guess it's khakis for me tomorrow! :)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Well I've certainly worked out a lot since my last blog entry. Please allow me to share:
Friday night: I jogged to the gym (it takes two minutes - don't be too impressed). Then I did my best Body Combat class ever. I really like the instructor and am so thrilled that she will be teaching this class! I was on a high from a) coffee and b) still in shock about my "photo shoot" yesterday (I still can't believe I look like that in a bikini now) and I just CRANKED IT like I'd never cranked it in a class before. Wham!! Afterwards, I ran for ten minutes on the treadmill and then jogged home.
Saturday morning: You guys already know what I do. Zumba, Body Pump, and then Body Combat. Here are the highlights:
*The studio was really hot today.
*My gym had its own "Biggest Loser" contest and they put a newspaper article up on the wall describing the contest and the winners. The female winner lost 90 pounds and now weighs 130 pounds, and I see her in my fitness classes all the time. So today I asked her if that was her in the article and told her how amazing she was doing. She said she thought I was doing great too and asked me how I got my flat abs! I told her that was a very recent development (as I mentioned here yesterday). She does Weight Watchers and I told her about SparkPeople.
*I used heavier weights for a lot of Body Pump moves today. I am most proud of having used the same weight as the instructor for squats!!!!!!! (One large and one medium weight on each side.) I was using much lighter weights than her for everything else, even though they were heavier than normal for me. I still use really light weights (three pounds!) for my shoulders and they fatigue so easily. They're sore now - I think it might be from all the hook punches etc. from having taken two Body Combat classes so recently moreso than from Body Pump though. I am not ready to increase my shoulder weight.
*By Body Combat today I was really tired, but I did what I could.
*It had been raining when I went to the gym just before 9 a.m. today...it wasn't raining when I left a little after noon - with Jess who is finally over his cold and back to the gym - and I TOTALLY forgot that I'd driven. So my car is still over there! Haha. :) Oops!
Yesterday at work I was soooo not in the mood to do any work, so guess what I did. Yup, I ATE. I had all my meals and snacks by the end of the school day. It wasn't about hunger, it was about procrastination. I wish I could feel as focused/driven/motivated with work as I am with fitness, but lately I haven't really fully been "present" at school. Maybe I'll snap out of it, or maybe I just only have enough "drive" for one thing at a time, and right now that one thing is fitness, not teaching?
I am at 136.2 today.
We went grocery shopping last night. My recipes this week are: Chilean chicken corn chowder, a recipe I got from a Spark buddy. I am substituting soymilk for the fat-free half and half though, because all the half and half I could find had all kinds of "goodies" in it like high-fructose corn syrup. And I'm substituting turkey bacon for regular, and sweet potatoes (yams actually - is there a difference) for russet potatoes. My other recipe will be a cabbage/tuna casserole. I made it once before as a cabbage/ground turkey casserole, but wanted to add some fish to my diet for next week - I hope the combination tastes OK. It'll have fat-free cheddar cheese in it too.
Hope to go shopping soon. I desperately need more pants to wear to work. I also want more gym outfits and sports bras. It would also be nice to get a really cute new winter coat (is that any oxymoron? Can it be cute and REALLY warm??) and tall, but flat/wedge black boots (hard to find in my price range), but those aren't absolute necessities... The pants issue is getting extreme though. I literally have one pair of size 4 khakis that fit and one pair of size 4 dark jeans that are getting too big and should really only wear to work on casual Fridays anyway! All my other pants are too big!!!!!!!!!!!
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