Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I slept over twelve hours last night and woke up still feeling tired. My stomach ache is back with a vengence. I am skipping a workout today and will just rest.
My prediction about having a "new low" today was right - I am 135.0 today. It was my first "new low" since Nov. 13. I have no idea if anyone gets what I mean by "new low" - basically I just mean that I haven't seen my weight this low yet, at least not since my short-lived stint last year. Now I will probably go several weeks hovering around/above this number before I see any more new lows.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Today I realized I've currently been on track with my weight management longer than I ever have before. My second-longest stretch was from January to the middle of May 2007. I've been tracking my weight on SP since January 2007 and the weight loss during the 1/07-5/07 stretch was a straight sharp line. After all the spikes up and slides down (between 5/07 and 7/08), the weight loss from 7/08-now starts off with another steep decline, but has gradually curved into a much slower pace. And I like it that way, because it looks like a curve that is starting to level off into a horizontal line. And a horizontal line means a stable weight.
During this July-to-now stretch I definitely have had my moments of indulgence. There was a party where I ate three different kinds of cake, and a birthday dinner when I ate three different kinds of ice cream (AND a piece of cake). But I was still on track then, because I recognized that those were exceptions for special occasions, and not excuses to blow off diet and exercise the rest of the day. I didn't feel guilty, I just went right back to planned meals and workouts immediately afterwards. And other than maybe a couple pound temporary gain, my weight really didn't suffer. I never overindulge when it's not a special occasion anymore.
Yesterday I weighed 137.4 for the third day in a row. I had stomach issues yesterday that seem a bit better today. It turns out that a stomach bug is a sure way to get out of a mini-plateau - I was 136.2 today. Tomorrow morning will be a) my first weigh-in at Jess' condo in a long time and b) my first chance to sleep in late in a long time, so I am expecting a new low. I keep thinking I should keep track of my "new lowest" weights.. but then I forget to. I haven't seen a "new low" in a long time now - not since the first time I saw 135.8 a few weeks ago(?). I'm due for another one!!
Yesterday despite not feeling that great I made it to Body Pump and then I rode a recumbant bike for a bit over an hour. Then I stretched and went home and went to bed early. I was still tired today at work... but somehow I started to feel better just when it counts - evening gym time! I went to the gym around a quarter to 8 p.m. tonight (it was a late one at work - last day of work all week, had to get things ready for next week!) and needed eight minutes of walking on the treadmill to feel warmed up enough to stretch. But then I ran - and I was surprised. I wasn't too sick/worn out to do it! Granted I didn't go all that fast (mostly around 6.2 mph give or take) but I went strong for over a half hour. The only reason I stopped was because I was in a sleeveless shirt and my armpits were chafing. Does this happen to anyone else?? I need sleeves to run, which stinks because I prefer sleeveless! My underarm area is definitely a place where I suspect I have extra loose skin from being previously overweight, so maybe that's why it chafes. In a magazine I was reading on the bike I noticed photos of runners all in sleeveless tops - I guess they don't have this problem. :(
Anyway, so I tried walking fast at a huge incline for a while (6-7), a bit more running, and then I spent over a half hour on the bike. They were doing my favorite part of BL when I left - the weigh-ins - but enough was enough and I needed to drive to my cutie's place in the city!
Looking forward to having tomorrow off. I am going to sleep in, read in bed, use a lot of Spark, maybe run outside if the weather's OK, and strength-train by myself at the gym (no Body Pump this week). Maybe I will make the cranberry spiced pear recipe SP featured the other day to bring with me to Thanksgiving...not sure. Regardless, it's really nice to get to have a restful day when I really need one. :)
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.
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