Monday, December 01, 2008
I was very happy to weigh in at 135.6 today - same as yesterday, but much earlier in the morning AND on the scale at my place, woohoo! Then I wore my new size 2 pants to work and they already seem looser than they did in the store on Saturday. So I felt super skinny today and just happy.
I did get rather sleepy in the early afternoon though...nothing a bit of coffee couldn't fix, but I'm looking foward to an early bedtime tonight. It's normal for me to feel a little sleepy on my first day back to work after a few days off.
It was a sunny, warm day today and I wanted to go for a run outside, but it was starting to get dark and I caved and went to Body Pump...so much for going back to strength training on my own. I stayed for a Step class and then left for Jess'. It was such an efficient afternoon - leave work right at 3, do all the little things I need to do at home, strength training at 4:30, cardio at 5:30, and now I'm already showered and sipping my mug of hot decaf green tea and it's not 8:30 yet!
Oh yes, I wanted to report back on one of my new recipes (the other one I haven't tried yet). I made a crab casserole loosely based on "Cyndi's Awesome Crab Bake" on Spark Recipes. It's really yummy! I mixed canned pink crab, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, carrot, garlic and garlic powder, mustard powder, pepper, chives, fat-free sour cream, fat-free cheddar, and extra-virgin olive oil. Casserole dish in the oven for a half hour. Yummy change of pace!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
...but I'm procrastinating and blogging instead.
Last night we went out, just the two of us, and I had about 3.5 drinks and was up til 2 a.m. So I've been feeling a bit yucky today. I shouldn't have had so many drinks or stayed out so late!
So many differences between my old unhealthy lifestyle and my new healthy one.
Old fun: Staying out late and drinking
New fun: Skiing
Old little pleasure: Ice cream
New little pleasure: Scented candle or shower gel
Old giant meal: Polishing off an entire platter at Vinny T's, plus some bread
New giant meal: A big serving of whole-wheat pasta with homemade tomato sauce and ground turkey
Old gym philosophy: Go all-out hard or don't go at all - for weeks
New gym philosophy: Just go, no matter what
Old weight loss philosophy: I already know everything from reading books and magazines, but I just don't have the willpower to follow through
New weight loss philosophy: I'm constantly learning more about what works for me
I weighed 135.6 today, which means that my Thanksgiving weight is gone and then some, three days after the fact. Today is also the last day of November so it's interesting to note that I weighed 138.2 on the first day of November and I've lost 2.6 pounds this month.
I did a DVD today called The Girls Next Door Workout. It was kinda silly and badly in need of better editing, but I actually did work. While I don't agree with the whole fake blonde, fake boob, let the world see you naked, three 20-something girlfriends for one 80-something man thing, I do appreciate that those three chicks are really under major pressure to keep their bodies looking a certain way. I just wish that one of them hadn't admitted that she actually doesn't do all that much to stay in shape. I doubt it's true anyway...I bet they exercise a lot and watch what they eat, too. Anyway, the DVD had three 15-minute sections, one for each Girl, and I did all three. Then I did another 50 minutes on the elliptical at the gym, but I didn't push too hard because of my hangover.
OK, I am being nagged, so I better get started on my cooking or it's going to be a late night.
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!
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