Friday, December 12, 2008
Finally, I'm having a day when I feel well-rested and energized. Twice this week, including yesterday, I took naps in the afternoon. I don't usually do this, but lately I have been reading that sleep is so important that naps are better than nothing. Both times I had the choice between going to the gym in the afternoon and going to bed early, or taking a nap in the afternoon and then having a more well-rested workout in the evening. Both times I took the naps, then worked out in the evening, and then still managed to get to sleep at a pretty reasonable hour at night. I'm one of those people who needs tons of sleep to really be at my best - I'd say the typical eight hours is a bare minimum for me and I really do better with more. Most weeks though I go several nights with LESS than eight hours and then boy do I suffer. In the past I would have looked for the missing energy through overeating, but now I don't do that anymore, so I really have to rely on SLEEP to provide what sleep is supposed to provide. So, because of all this sleep I've been getting, I haven't been on SP nearly as much. You would not believe how many blogs I am subscribed to and I hope I'll get to all of them this weekend...I just don't have time to look at them right away AND have a full-time job AND go to the gym AND get enough sleep! (I'm sure everyone can relate with the concept of not having enough time!) Anyway, I believe that sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising, so I am going to try to keep it up - it's not going to be easy!
Today I weighed 135.6 (my scale). I am wearing a crisp white button-down shirt, size small, and my size 3 jeans, and I spent a little extra time on my hair today, and just feel great. I already got one compliment, "Look at you in your tiny little jeans," and I just smiled big and said, "Thank you!" (Look at me accepting a compliment without saying anything to negate it!) Tonight was originally going to be Jess' work xmas party, which is usually a fun affair with a caterer and a yankee swap, but right now his little company is having big financial troubles so the party was canceled. Jess thinks they're going to do drinks at the office or a bar or something, but he still doesn't know for sure...I told him to call me if significant others are coming... on the one hand I am feeling fantastic today and would love to go out, but on the other hand if we go out in the city tonight that means we'll sleep at his place tonight and then I'll either miss my Saturday morning lineup of fitness classes or have to leave his place really early to get to the gym in the morning (our gym is a two-minute walk from my place in the suburbs. My place is a 40-minute drive from Jess' place in Boston.) I don't want to miss my Saturday morning classes for anything except perhaps an all-day skiing adventure, and so far there is NO SNOW for that. Hrmph. It's been raining hard here - and it's the middle of December!! Where is the snow???
Anyway, sorry for that tangent. I will probably not end up going out tonight...Jess didn't think it was going to be that kind of thing. It'll be good for me to have some time alone to do my grocery list/planning/etc., especially since we have two parties this weekend (not including the one that was canceled tonight). I am going to have to be extra careful with the eating this weekend because I know how my off-the-wagon mentality works...I can usually handle one meal off plan, but any more than that seems to trigger my binge button. Saturday's party will include a dinner, Sunday's will include a lunch. I am going to have to budget "room" for these meals in my food plans, and treat them like what they are - ONE meal, not hours-long eating fests. Some extra cardio to cover the inevitable extra calories won't hurt either!!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I weigh 134.0 today!!!!!!!!!!! (Jess' scale) This was my mini-goal weight... I set a goal on Nov. 19, when I was 137, to hit 134 by Dec. 19 - a goal of three pounds in one month. So I am eight days early! I am so surprised by this sudden weight loss...especially since I had two days in a row this week of eating above my calorie range just at a time when I had started to believe I wasn't going to lose weight when I ate at the top of my range anymore.
*TOM was last week
*After a bit of a plateau, it was finally just my time to lose a little more?
*I've been exercising more/harder this week than last week
*I had one day (Sunday the 7th) of eating below my calorie range
*My body is happy to be gum free (and free of the sorbitol etc. in that gum)
*Somehow my body was able to take the extra calories I've had this week and translate them into a stronger metabolism???? (This one is annoying female overanalysis pretending I know the science behind it all stuff, so I won't comment further on this particular theory!)
Last night I went to sleep early, but then Jess and his condo association president decided it was a great time to test the smoke detectors in the building. He woke me up multiple times between around 9:00-11:00. I scolded him about it this morning, aiming for as many scoldings as there were wake-ups last night! Ha.
Some comments on the comments yesterday:
*Yes, Jess' scale is nice. I love weighing in there. It's really my scale of course, but it's the one I keep at his place. It's a WW scale and it can do all kinds of things like tell me my body fat percentage and BMI and stuff - but I always forget which combination of buttons I'm supposed to press for that other info.
*I haven't "cut back" on gum....I have cut it out completely. And my stomach has been thanking me profusely!!
*I don't think my "unders" are a place that I WANT calluses?????? I don't feel too bruised this morning, so I think I'm OK. Not sure I will become a spinning regular - I feel like I can accomplish the same burn/sweat on cardio machines on my own, withOUT the "unders" discomfort. But I promised Dana I'd try it, so I did (finally).
*It makes total sense to me that there is some scientific reason behind the fact that I seem hungrier when I'm sleep deprived. It happens every time.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I'm on a new kick right now to really try to get more sleep, so I'm going to try to keep this short. Getting enough sleep is key for keeping my appetite in control and having energy for working out (and for life in general).
Yesterday - 135.0!! (Jess' scale.)
Today - 136.2 (my scale)
Still staying away from gum (it's getting a little easier...still tough), still seems to be helping the bloat situation.
Yesterday I was a bit above my calorie range again - 2,220 calories, I think. Today I was in my range, in the 2,100s, but still haven't managed a sub-2,100 day yet..maybe it's not that necessary right now afterall....my weight seems fine afterall...
Yesterday's workout involved running 30 minutes on the treadmill...probably about 3.2 miles or so, then two or three minutes of walking, a stretch, and then 15 minutes on the elliptical, pushing hard.
Today's workout was Body Pump and then...my first spin class! (Technically I did try spinning once a couple years ago, but it was in a high school gym and I don't think the bikes were great.) Spinning was OK. My butt hurt a little when I went a long time without standing, especially when I had to do "flat road double-time" (e.g. low resistance, pedaling quickly), but it wasn't as uncomfortable as I'd feared. I wore an ancient pair of padded bike shorts I have - amazing they still fit.
Sorry for being so boring today. I'll catch up with everyone's blogs sometime soon. Good night!
Monday, December 08, 2008
137.0 today again - third day in a row at this exact number...my body must like it!
I won't make this long, but I need to just state for the record that I LOVE the three dishes I've made myself this week. All recipes are keepers!
This evening I decided a little bit of extra food was OK because I was going to do two classes at the gym. Oops - I forgot to budget myself some calories for my coffees with soy milk - so with that on top of my extra snack (an extra apple), my total today was 2,215 calories. Never mind being above my "under 2,100" challenge goal...that's above my range in general! But that's OK. I guess today wasn't meant to be a challenge day. And I was below my range yesterday, so it all balances out.
Tonight's workout was a lot like Saturday's, minus the biking. I took a Zumba class and then a Body Pump class. I like Saturday's Zumba teacher the best...the Monday teacher is OK but she keeps her microphone too loud. The Monday night Body Pump teacher is the best, but I can't reguarly attend a class so late - 7:30-8:30...I tend to be way too tired to work out that late on a Monday. Tonight I made it, but am very, very sleepy now.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Here I am, three seconds after crossing the finish line...I am the one in the pink jacket and gray hat.
I was in a 3.2-mile race today in the town where I teach. The race is called the "Angel Run" because it is in honor of a girl who passed away when she was in the third grade.
I hadn't been feeling super all week (TOM, sleep deprivation, gum-related bloating, and most likely a stomach bug on top of all that) and I really hadn't been training. So I had no high hopes for any type of PR today. I did force myself to sleep in this morning so I'd be well-rested, but I had a stomach ache and stomach "issues" right before the race!! Yuck, not a good way to feel before you're about to race! At least the snow wasn't a big issue...it was cold and there had been a dusting... the route was hilly so when I was going downhill I didn't go all-out with speed just in case I were to hit a slippery spot.
Anyway, here's how I did:
Overall place: 120 (top 15th percentile)
Time: 29:18 (goal had been 27:00, but I hadn't been training for it...not bad for a hilly route feeling rather icky... and that's actually a better time than I got in my two 5K races I've done, and this was .1 mile longer than a 5K!)
Place for female: 42 (top 8.8 percentile)
Place for females aged 14-98: 31 (top 16th percentile)
9:09 min/mile, 6.56 mph
My boyfriend and my dad came to cheer me on...my mom didn't come because of the cold. My brothers are in LA right now for work, and today is their birthday...they're 29 today...I still haven't called them to wish them happy birthday yet! And yes, they're twins, duh. :)
Despite still having the stomach issues (which is why I think I may have a lingering stomach bug), I am feeling SO much better today. Really back to my good old self, thank goodness. I was 137.0 again today, but I was well-rested and did NOT have the bloating issues last night or tonight - so I am convinced it's the gum! I really miss my gum, but I know it's been this emotional crutch for me and I can learn to live without it. I eat really healthy, and gum was really the one lingering thing that was processed/chemical crap. I am better off without it - bring on the decaf green tea refills instead!
Anyone ever go to the gym on the same day as a race? I did!! I proudly wore my race shirt and hoped people noticed that it had today's date on it. :) :) But I worked out too hard for long sleeves and had to take it off. I did 40 minutes on the elliptical, high heart rate (160-170 mostly). Then I did a quick two-minute cooldown on the treadmill...that was long enough to get my heart rate back under 120. :) Then I did a really nice stretch and had a chat with one of my gym buddies who had to take five weeks off due to an injury. He said it's so hard to go from working out a few hours a day to not working out for five weeks...exercise is such a powerful antidepressant...I hadn't even thought about it because I do get regular exercise, but if I didn't I bet I'd be such an emotional mess. Anyway, he said I looked like I'd lost weight since he was last at the gym five weeks ago. I thought about it and yeah, I am a little bit thinner than five weeks ago, even though I haven't lost anything really in the past oh...three (?) weeks or so. He also told me not to be so critical of myself about my race time. Of course I had to say all the negatives when I told him about it, but really I ought to focus on the positives.. he also said "You're crazy...I love it!" when he first found out that I was at the gym after being in a road race on the same day. :)
Oh random but there were all kinds of sugary junk items after the race - cookies and hot chocolate and whatnot, and I didn't even consider having any. I just was looking for water!
I did lots of cooking today and can't wait to eat my recipes all week!
Breakfast: I wanted to give the smoothies a break, so I invented my own "quiche"-ish recipe... in a casserole dish I mixed olive oil, garlic, mushrooms, a lot of broccoli, onion, seven eggs (cage free and organic!), fat-free mozzarella (haha Breigh), parmesan cheese, low-fat mayo, and a little soymilk, and then I baked that until it was golden on top.
Lunch: Who was it again who recommended quinoa recently? Was it Marlie? It was one of the bunnies. Anyway, this will be my first time trying quinoa and I know I am going to like it. I am having it with cherry tomatoes sliced in half, spinach, olive oil, scallions, little pieces of chicken, garlic, mushrooms, low-fat feta,and black olives.
Dinner: I did make the "healthy mac and cheese" recipe from the Daily Spark that "sneaks" butternut squash in...it looks so rich and creamy and cheesy, what a great fake-out!!
Man am I hungry...I cannot wait to eat tomorrow. Snacks this week will include apples, yogurt with dry oats mixed in (YUMMY snack), and raw almonds.
Oh yeah, that challenge to myself...I decided I would keep my calories under 2,100 (instead of under 2,000). This will be a reduction of at least 50 calories per day from what I've been eating lately. Very modest reduction, but it's a place to start and see what happens. I'm actually probably more concerned about not getting overly hungry than I am about losing any weight, although ideally of course I'd lose some weight AND not get overly hungry. ;) (And by lose some weight I just mean...like...three weeks from now I weigh a pound or two less than I do now. Nothing drastic.)
Just did up my calories for today and I'm under 1,800 (was too busy to eat today) - woohoo!
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