Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I'm going to have to live with the fact that I'm not going to have the same success today as I did yesterday with my activity. Yesterday I walked 10 miles! I couldn't believe it when I looked at my body bug data, but there it was. I've only done that a couple of other times, and those were on days that I was really working out. Today isn't going to be one of those days, even though I've tried to make it so. It started because I couldn't get up earlier and went down hill from there. Maybe I can get some extra steps in after work, but I won't be able to get up to the 10 mile marker, I'm sure. Maybe it's time to stop worrying so much about the numbers. I'm so close to goal though, and at a plateau, so I'm frustrated. I need to work on more strength training also. Maybe that will help break through the plateau. I'll work on that tonight instead of the elliptical for a full hour.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I hardly did anything today. I think I deserved it. I worked out every day last week so today was my day of rest. I didn't exactly go off my eating plan, but I didn't track anything either, so I know I probably didn't do so hot, what with not exercising at all today.
The most I did was start a load of laundry and picked up a little after my grandkids. Otherwise, I did go to JCPenneys and bought a new swim suit, which I needed. Now it's going to take courage to actually wear it. My old suit is two sizes too big. I want to be able to sit in the hot tub at the gym after a workout and get the kinks out.
Tomorrow is going to be back on plan and back to the gym. I'm actually looking forward to it. One thing I've learned in all of this time I've been losing weight and getting my life back is that you have to take one day a week or every other week to just rest. Regain strength to start again and get your momentum back. If you don't take that "me" time, you burn out quickly.
Today was a day to just sit in front of the t.v. and watch "America, the Story of US" which was pretty interesting. I don't watch t.v. much. When I do, it's usually the History Channel or Discovery Channel. Most of my time is spent taking care of my grandkids, cleaning house, working or going to the gym. So today was a treat that I don't get very often. I didn't even get on Sparks much today.
I'll be raring to go tomorrow morning! I'm looking forward to my morning walk and to a positive week! I hope everyone has a very positive week also!
Friday, May 14, 2010
It's been a very busy week for me. Not only with work, but I've been working out at the gym every day this week, and I can really feel it. I need to get the 3 pounds I've gained back off and get the scale to head in the right direction again.
I don't know exactly what happened, but there have been a few days that I did not eat well at all. I didn't go over calories, in fact I am still eating under my calorie target, but the choices I've made have been poor choices for the most part. I attribute that to the stess at work.
I haven't had much time at all to blog what's been happening, and I need to try to change that, even if it's jounaling to myself. I know how much better I'll feel if I can take the time to just write/type out my accomplishments and failures on a daily basis, and maybe just letting go of some of the stress in my blogs that I feel from work.
It's very hard to try to stay positive all day, every day. I start the day, every day, with a positive affirmation on Sparkpeople to get me going and thinking that the day is going to be just fine, but once the work starts and everyone is in the office, it's hard to keep that positive attitude. I've been wondering if I shouldn't start looking for another job. I love my job, don't get me wrong! I love what I do. I just am having trouble getting along with a couple of co-workers.
My weeks, especially this week, have been pretty much work, gym, home and bed every day. I get to work at 5:15 am, work until 4:30, head to the gym until around 7 pm then go home, eat dinner and go to bed.
The best part of the day is my gym time cause that's where I work off a lot of the stress of the day. I can clear my head of everything but my music and working out and feel better. It's amazing what exercise can do for the spirit! Even when I don't feel like going to the gym, once I'm there and start working out, I feel so much better.
Even if the only exercise that I get in one day is the time I take to walk in the morning, it helps get me energized and ready for the day ahead. Every little bit of exercise really helps. I love going through the exercise videos on Sparkpeople and finding ones that I can do while at work early in the moring that doesn't take any equipment, but still gets my body moving.
I hope to get my dh to take more photos of me this weekend, cause I think I've lost more inches since my last photo, which was taken in February of this year. I'll get some posted as soon as I can to share.
I appreciate all of the comments everyone has left on my page, congratulating me on my loss. It really makes me feel like I have accomplished a lot. While I know I have, it's hard to believe it sometimes. I still don't see myself as being thinner, after having been so heavy for so long. I hope that mind set will change soon. In the meantime, I'm Sparking as often as I can, leaving encouragement when and where I can to those that are stuggling, and getting encouragement in return. I really appreciate that.
Thank you Spark friends! You're the best thing that's come into my life since my husband!
Monday, May 10, 2010
It's been awhile since I've been able to blog, so this is going to be just about this past weekend, and some of my choices.
Saturday was a good day. We took the grandkids to the zoo, and packed peanut butter sandwiches to eat for lunch. The kids ate the regular peanut butter with jelly, while dh and I ate almond butter on our Sara Lee 45 calorie bread. And we snacked on animal crackers. Not too bad food wise there. We walked the zoo for 5 hours before leaving so we all got in some good exercise. When we came home, for dinner dh and I had chicken breast with butternut squash and broccoli. Other than walking the zoo, we went to the gym Saturday morning. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical then worked out with a friend on weights, working the upper body, then did another 15 minutes on the elliptical.
Sunday morning met my friend at the gym early and we both did the elliptical for an hour. Time flies when you're talking to a friend. My bodybug says I burned 400 calories during that hour so it was a good start to the day. Once home, dh decided we needed a motorcycle trip to see if our oldest son was still alive, since he's not good at keeping in touch. He lives an hours drive from us. It saves gas taking the motorcycle so even though it was a bit chilly we had a good ride. We didn't eat anything while out there, nor as we were coming back. We had chicken sausage for dinner along with peas and squash. We're loving the chicken sausage from Sam's Club. It's good for you too. Only 120 calories per sausage and less about 8 grams of fat. Not bad for something so good.
Today wasn't the best for food choices, however I'm still under my calorie target. Even though I had the day off, I still ended up doing for others rather than for myself. I did clean our house, which burned some major calories. Then daughter and I went to see "Iron Man 2" which was a pretty good movie. I did not have any popcorn or candy and drank only water. After the movie, my daughter had to go to a medical center for thyroid test, and by then we were both pretty hungry. I made the poor choice of going to McDonald's and had a fish sandwich and small fries with a milk to drink. I know, that's 650 calories I didn't need, but it's over and done with. I've moved on. Dinner was a better choice with chicken tenders, only 4 ounces, acorn squash and spinach for a total of 360 calories for the whole meal, which included skim milk. I did mange to go to the gym and worked out on the elliptical for another hour. Burned close to 500 calories, so that makes up for the poor lunch choice. Hopefully it doesn't show up on the scale.
It's back to work tomorrow. I have my lunch and snacks packed and ready to grab in the morning. I'm back on plan after just a little slip today.
I think I'm still in the "starvation mode", cause I'm still not losing weight even though my calories are under the 2000 calorie limit I should be eating. Even with all of the exercise, I'm not losing. It's getting frustrating. People are saying that they can see I'm still losing inches so I guess that's something. I just need to eat more fruit and veggies to get the added calories in without adding fat and sodium and cholestrol also. I hope to work on that this week.
Monday, May 03, 2010
I've been working on losing the last few pounds for the past few weeks and not making much progress. Finally figured out that my body is in starvation mode because I'm not eating my full calorie limit every day. In fact, I'm always short at least 300 calories every day.
My problem is that I'm worried that if I try to eat that much I'll end up gaining again. I do not want that to happen! I'm working out most every day, and burning about 2500 calories on average each day, so why am I having such a problem eating enough?
One problem may be that I'm not sure what to eat when. Fruit has a lot of sugar in it, so I'm trying to limit my fruit intake to before lunch. I'm eating salad nearly every day. I'm not a big veggie eater, but I've been trying to eat more. Mostly brussel sprouts, broccoli, and squash. There's just not many calories in the vegetables I'm eating.
I'm eating a lot of chicken, in fact I prefer chicken over beef or pork. Didn't used to be that way. Anyway, we've been eating chicken sausage, which is low fat and low sodium, especially since we boil them to get most of the sodium out of them. It's a quick and easy meal since we don't get home from the gym until 7:00 pm and go to bed between 8:30 and 9:00. It's early to rise every morning at 4:00 am to start over again.
I just need to figure out other healthy foods that I can eat, or remember to eat while at my desk, that will help get me to my calorie limit. I'm working on it.
Thanks for any help anyone can suggest.
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