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!
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. :)
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