Saturday, November 29, 2008
One trip to the mall - two size stories to share.
Tiffany & Co: We got the full diamond tutorial!!! I am a size 6 1/2 and want a round brilliant cut, maybe 3/4ths to 1 carat, with a simple platinum (or white gold, maybe??) band. And when it comes time for a wedding band I think I want that to be simple and platinum, but I have plenty of time to think about THAT. I want people's stories/advice on rings and engagements!!!!!!!!!!! It was so exciting to go into Tiffany with Jess! Too bad we can't afford their rings!
Ann Taylor Loft: Do they make particularly large clothes?! I went straight to the sale rack and found some gray pants that only came in 2 and 12, so I tried on the 2, and despite clinging a bit to my fatt butt, they fit perfectly everywhere else so I bought them. SIZE TWO! I would like to say that once I get to a point where they fit my butt a little better, I will be officially done trying to lose weight. A lot of people say they're done losing weight and just want to "tone up." Psychologically I have a hard time saying that and actually MEANING it. I don't want huge muscles...I want to be thin...but it is so un-trendy right now to admit that's what you want! I just want to look good and feel good.
I wonder...do I officially enter "maintanence" mode where I add more calories to my plan? Or do I just keep doing what I'm doing until what I'm doing ceases to bring me any more weight loss? People who are already in maintanence - what'd you do?
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I've been sick for hmm....a couple weeks now....it started with a cough and sniffles, then I had a stomach thing for several days...and the whole time I was feeling very tired and run-down. I hesitatingly say that I feel GOOD right now! I hope I'm finally seeing the end of this multi-faceted illness!
Today I was at 137.4 which made me happy because it's lower than yesterday. Before Thanksgiving, the last time I had a food splurge I gained about a pound the first day afterwards and then ANOTHER pound the seond day afterwards (!?!?) before I lost it again. I expected that to happen again this time and I'm glad it didn't!
Maybe it's not fair to compare my post-Thanksgiving weight with anything, but just for kicks I went and compared today's weight (137.4) with my November 1st weight (138.2). Not a dramatic loss for November, is it?!? Oh well. It's so nice to not NEED to lose (much?) anymore!! Though I'm still kinda hoping I'll meet my next goal of 134.0 by my birthday, Dec. 19.
I think I might be in the midst of an exercise transition. I don't plan to change up my workouts exactly...it's just that every once in a while I seem to ease into a different routine. I think it might be time to go back to strength training in the weight room instead of the Body Pump classes for a while...I did legs and chest in the weight room this past week and feel like I've lost some strength (Body Pump is more about endurance, with its lighter weights and greater repetitions). I think muscle development really is an area where I'm lagging behind...I've made huge strides - literally! - in my cardiovascular fitness and my fat loss, but somehow I'm still such a weakling. Today I couldn't even manage one real pushup. :(
Also, today I didn't go to Body Combat after Zumba and Body Pump. I didn't think I had enough energy. Instead, I biked for 45 minutes and then did stretching and my old ab routine, which feels harder now that I haven't done it in a while. I think that I should go for intensity in some workouts and endurance in others, but I don't necessarily need to do BOTH ALL the time. I need to give my body a rest and sometimes save some energy for other things, like going out on a Saturday night. Seriously, exercise is supposed to make you more energetic, but sometimes after a huge workout I'm too tired to do anything else!
Friday, November 28, 2008
This morning I slept in nice and late and then weighed in at 138.0 which sort of means that I gained 1.4 pounds on Thanksgiving, except that I was weighing in on a different scale this morning than yesterday (today was the scale at my place) and a 1.4 pound gain is pretty normal even if it isn't the day after Thanksgiving. Yet another SUPER WONDERFUL thing about my ginormous daily calorie range (I eat about 2,100 calories a day for those who didn't know) seems to be that my body's reaction to a splurge isn't quite as huge as it used to be. I think gaining 1.4 pounds isn't that bad for Thanksgiving, not at all!
On the news last night they were showing traffic jams for miles around the outlet stores and Jess looked at me and said, "What's wrong with people?" and we both started giggling our heads off. Then today there was the story of the Walmart shoppers who literally trampled a man to death. That kind of shopping is NOT for me. Instead, I did something I've been needing to do for a while - I went through my own wardrobe and eliminated clothes that were too big. When you guys lose weight, are you tempted to hold onto your cutest items that are way too big? I had these adorable pink pajama bottoms with polka dots and a cute rainbow drawstring that were ENORMOUS. I almost held onto them thinking "they're just pajamas" but then I decided I really didn't want ANYTHING in my closet that gave ANY indication that I had intentions of gaining the weight back. So, goodbye cute pajama bottoms!
I eliminated many, many items, including several things I bought really cheap (OK, I will admit, when I had temporarily gained weight I resorted to thrift store shopping - mostly for size 12s) only just in July. It's hard to believe that just by watching what I eat and exercising I've been able to eliminate so much BULK to my body that clothes that fit me in July now were just falling off. We stopped by the Salvation Army and dropped off several bags, and I haven't even gone through everything yet. (I also got Jess to eliminate a few of his ugliest shirts, haha.)
Also, very happily, I re-discovered several items that had previously been too small. Right now I am wearing a pair of size ***THREE*** jeans that NEVER fit me before, but my mom had picked them up at one of her sales and given them to me. When she first gave them to me they wouldn't even come above the knees, but I was optomistic and held onto them. I also discovered I have three pairs of black pants that fit me - I thought I didn't have ANY!
Last night I did a search in Spark Recipes for the word "bake." After looking through several recipes I picked out some kind of crab thing with cauliflower faux-mashed potato, and a zucchini eggplant casserole with eggs in it. So these will be interesting new dishes for me...hope they turn out well.
I have to say I was OVERWHELMED by the comments people were leaving me about yesterday's blog entry. I didn't feel particularly proud of my Thanksgiving choices - four kinds of pie plus ice cream? But I guess just having a plan and sticking to it was pretty cool. Either way, it has been a HUGE ego boost to read all the comments so you guys better stop before I get too full of myself! Hahaha.
A few days ago I was considering possibly going on a one-week "diet" of maybe 1,600 calories per day or so right before our Carribbean vacation in February. I talked to Jess about the idea and he talked me right out of it. He said that I look fine the way I am, I get very cranky when I reduce my calories too much, and that I'd be more likely to gain when I went back to normal or even worse - I'd be so hungry that I'd pounce upon the all-inclusive buffet the moment we hit our resort and eat with abandon all week. So forget about that idea! Jess is so good for bouncing ideas off of. :) And so are all of you!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I did everything I said I was going to do, but I still kind of feel like I cheated because I ate so much more than I normally do and SO much more sugar. There wasn't a salad like I'd been imagining, but I was able to fill most of my plate with veggies from the veggies-and-dip appetizer (minus the dip). I ate slowly without really trying and was just about the last to finish. I ate everything on my plate - the veggies (which I ate first), turkey, sweet potato with marshmallow, butternut squash, stuffing, mashed potatoes, about a third of a slice of pumpkin bread (gave the rest to Jess), ambrosia salad, deviled egg, and green bean casserole with Ritz topping. The only things I didn't try were the dark meat turkey, the gravy, or the drinks (had LOTS of water though). There were sooooooooooo many desserts and even though I had very small portions and didn't try all of them, or go back for more, I still had tons and tons of food. I had tastes of apple, pumpkin, chocolate, and grasshopper pie, plus a taste of bear claw ice cream. And coffee with low-fat half-and-half and splenda - my only non-water drink. We didn't do the annual family walk like we normally do either - it got dark out too soon.
So now I'm in that weird place where I feel all tempted to continue eating horribly, but I know that right now it is of utmost importance to go back to my normal routine. I have already packed up everything I should and will eat tomorrow, so I have no doubt in my ability to get right back on track, but I hate it when even the thought of cheating crosses my mind. Like I was tempted to eat some of Jess' salted peanuts tonight...but I didn't.
Jess' mom put her hands on my hips tonight and said, "You look so skinny - is this size 4?" I said, "Actually, yes it is! What is this?" (gesturing to her jeans) "Size 2?" She said they were size 6, but I think she's skinnier than me - she is taller afterall. Most of the women in his family are so thin.
Car update - tonight I went to my parents' house - they are up in Maine - and exchanged my mom's Corolla I've been borrowing with their old '96 Grand Cherokee they want to sell me. They want me to try it out first for a few days. So I might buy it, or Jess also found some gram and gramps Buick Regal for sale that is a lot newer and has half the mileage, but it looks like such an old person car...either way, I'm feeling optomistic that something good will work out. And Jess' dad will help me check out both options too. :)
Engagement update - Jess wants to look at rings together and find out how much they actually cost. As much as I keep telling him I REALLY don't care about getting an expensive ring, he seems to feel like it'd be a reflection on him and everyone always asks to see the ring so he wants it to be something nice. And as long as I can buy myself a car without him paying me back right away for his share of the Carribbean trip, he can afford to buy the ring and propose to me soon, though he WON'T say when exactly, and I think that's a good thing - I want a bit of a surprise! Though I'm guessing he's thinking about my birthday.
Gym today - we were only there about 45 minutes. I did some chest strength training and then ran at 6.5 mph for about 25 minutes. I didn't exactly burn off Thanksgiving-level calories, but it'll all balance out in a few days, I'm sure. My weight will undoubtedly be up a bit tomorrow and probably the next day, but I'm not concerned.
Random - You know how there's kind of a group of Sparkers who all read and respond to each others' blogs? I've been wondering lately how many pockets of Sparkers like that there are...?
Thursday, November 27, 2008
So yesterday I rested and slept a lot, and so far today I'm feeling better. I didn't eat everything on my plan yesterday and came in at just over 2,000 calories, but I didn't exercise either and my weight was up a bit today to 136.6. Today I am feeling well enough to exercise so we're gonna cram that in before we go to Jess' aunt's house for Thanksgiving. I guess I'll try for some strength training and see how much cardio I can squeeze in.
I just budgeted my calories for the day. I am going to skip my smoothie and all my snacks, and have one cup of coffee with soymilk, but I'm going to eat everything else I'd normally eat (a serving of pasta bake and a serving of Asian salmon with rice and veggies). Cutting out the smoothie and snacks gives me a budget of about 900 calories to work with at Thanksgiving dinner. Now I need to remember the tips I gave myself the other day:
1. Mostly veggies on the plate, with a dollop of less healthy stuff on top.
2. Eat very slowly, drink lots of calorie-free beverages, no seconds.
3. Any desserts I want but they have to be small servings and no seconds.
I will also add these:
4. No mindless snacking on any kinds of appetizers or snacks that are sitting out.
5. Once we're done I'm back to my usual routine. Thanksgiving is ONE MEAL and one meal is pretty insignificant in a lifelong permanent plan!
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