Sunday, November 23, 2008
For the most part I try to stick to weight management issues in my blog here, but right now I need a new car and I just have NO MOTIVATION to deal with it. My mom made my brother call me to tell me how important it is to do some thorough research before making this huge investment and tell me what types of cars are the best value blah blah blah - and I DON'T CARE. I just wanted to hang up. Cry!
So, I'm not going to blog about that. Luckily, my mom is going to loan me her car for a few days so at least I can get to work, and who knows, maybe they'll even sell me their old car for not too much $$$. Or maybe my boyfriend's dad will help me find a good deal - apparently he's great in that department. So far he found something that looked good on craigslist, but when the guy emailed me back it just smelled like a scam so I dropped that idea fast.
I weighed 137.4 again this morning. I'm starting to not really worry about whether I get down to 130 or not. I am not trying to imply at ALL that I am giving up or anything of the sort, I just think that I look fine the way I am and would still be happy even if I didn't lose any more. I was tired this morning again...I scurried over in the bitter cold to 9 a.m. Step Interval with a mug of coffee. Part way through class I started coughing and noticing that I wasn't even mentally that sharp. The "choreography" really wasn't that hard but I kept messing it up. The class in general seemed SO hard. I blame it ALL on being sick! After Step Interval I stayed for abs and stretching, then left the gym at 10:30.
Back at home I wasn't feeling that great so I took my temperature and thankfully I do NOT have a fever. But I am definitely worn down - thank goodness I only have a two-day work week coming up, and that I said NO to going to my aunt's in Maine for Thanksgiving. I need to rest! My boyfriend was p*ssed at me for not going to his parents' house with him this afternoon, but I really just wanted some time to chill and be on SparkPeople for hours...and I have to do some cooking stuff too. I'm so motivated with this stuff...it just doesn't carry over into the car-buying realm.
Yesterday my Body Pump teacher announced to the class that the main studio floors are being redone this week, and all classes that normally take place in the main studio will be canceled from Tuesday-Thursday of this coming week. (And after that, there will be a strong fume smell in the room for a while, not sure if I'll want to work out in that!) I already knew that and had already been thinking about having the chance to get back into my solo workouts with machines. In fact, I forgot to mention this, but my butt muscles were feeling pleasantly sore after doing my old lunges and squats routine the other day when I couldn't make it to Body Pump. There are LOTS of squats and lunges in Body Pump, but doing them in a different way, with far fewer reps and heavier weights, the way I used to do them, made my muscles sore because I wasn't used to it. Mixing things up really does seem like a great strategy. However, back to my Body Pump teacher's announcement. It was during the stretches at the end, and she said that the stretches we were doing were good after Body Pump, but to really increase flexibility they weren't enough, and she recommended yoga. She said, "Don't be scared of the yoga studio. It is part of your membership. I can help you find a yoga or pilates class that works for you. Next week when the main studio is closed you might want to try a yoga or spinning class." It was like she was reading my mind - I have been considering trying spinning...and had always thought about yoga. In fact, I tried one class, but it was a particularly weird type of yoga, I found out too late.
Anyway, I told Jess what she was saying, and to my utmost surprise, he replied, "I'll try yoga with you."
UH...WHAT?! Who was this, and what had he done with my weight-lifting, football-loving boyfriend???
"You will!" I shrieked with glee. (I feel like I'm writing a novel.) I looked up the yoga schedule and it turns out there is a class that sounds good tonight at 5. So wish us luck - we're going to yoga in an hour and a half! Actually...don't wish US luck, wish the REST of the class luck - they're gonna have to put up with us! Heehee.
PS - Thanksgiving ideas:
*Fill the plate mostly with vegetables. Then just put a small dollop of the less healthy stuff on top. That way the plate will look full and nobody can accuse me of starving myself. Also, that way I'll probably reduce my chances of getting tummy aches.
*No matter what it takes, eat VERY SLOWLY and don't go back for seconds. That way, a) my stomach will have time to tell my brain when I'm full, b) if anyone asks if I want more I can say, "Not yet, I'm still working on what I've got already," and c) I won't have to sit there and watch other people eat when I'm already done.
*In order to accomplish the very slow eating, I will need to do all those lovely things you read about like putting my fork down between bites, chewing thoroughly, drinking non-caloric beverages, cutting up my food, focusing on conversation rather than food.
*Allow dessert, whatever I want, but keep it small and don't go back for more.
If I keep up with my usual eating/exercising routine the rest of the week, I should be fine. On the day of Thanksgiving, maybe I should cut back about 1,000 calories from my planned menus to make room for the Thanksgiving dinner. That will probably mean skipping out on one of my regular meals and all of my regular snacks. And be sure to exercise on Thanksgiving day!!!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Yesterday I was 136.4 on Jess' scale, which was good. I noticed my car driving funny on the long drive from his place to my school, and was scared it'd strand me on the highway, but luckily I made it. It did stall once on the way back home, but I got it going again. I was at the gym for almost 90 minutes last night. I started with a three-minute walk, then a stretch, then some interval running at 6.0/8.5 and one 9.0. I did that for about 20 minutes if my memory serves me correctly, then I walked for a few minutes, and then I did an hour-long Body Combat class. After that, we did our weekly grocery shopping and my wild Friday night consisted of cooking a pasta bake. I have a few ingredients ready to go for my Asian salmon and rice but haven't totally finished making it yet.
This morning I got up to the alarm even though one thing I always love about the weekend is going alarm free. (I weighed 137.4......welcome to sloooowwwwwwww weight loss.) We had to drop my car off at the mechanic's before Zumba. I ended up early to the gym and biked before class for 10 minutes or so. Part-way through Zumba I noticed how tired I was and started contemplating leaving after it was over. But I decided to stay because a) I hadn't been to Body Pump since Monday! and b) I could make it through a class like Body Pump when tired easier than a class where I have to jump around a lot. So...I made it through Body Pump. Next up was Body Combat and I was just so tired that I was barely following along . After maybe 20 minutes I finally did the walk of shame to the back of the studio to grab my stuff, and then out the studio door, claiming I wasn't feeling well. I ended up staying at the gym until noon anyway, biking and stretching and waiting for Jess to finish his workout. But after that I came home and crawled back into bed!
Finally, Jess called the mechanic for me and it turns out that what's wrong with my car will cost more to fix than the car is worth. I don't have a lot of money these days. At least in this economy I have a lot of company, but this is really stressful. Jess doesn't use his car very much since he takes public transportation to work (not an option for me) so I could borrow his, but his is just as old as mine and isn't running great. My parents might let me borrow one of theirs but that is just a temporary solution. I still have to figure something out.
But never mind all that right now. I have a LOT that should make me happy, including:
*I have the cutest, sweetest boyfriend in the world
*I am thin, fit, and healthy and I have an enjoyable, liveable plan to keep it that way!!!!!!!
*I am sooo thankful for SparkPeople
*I am also soooo thankful for my gym. Imagine a gym that is literally right next door to home that is open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. with all the classes and equipment you could ever want!
There's other things to be thankful for too, but those are the ones I feel like focusing on right now.
I'm still feeling really tired and it's reeeeally cold out right now. I think I may have been successful in convincing Jess it'll be best to just stay home all nice and warm and cozy tonight. I hope so. Then tomorrow I'll have to start investigating new (well, gently used but reliable) cars and how in the world I'm supposed to afford one. Maybe I shouldn't have booked a Carribbean vacation....but how was I to know my car was about to die?! And besides, I'm really, really, really looking forward to that.
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!
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