Tuesday, February 07, 2012
I need a dairy detox. I'm lactose intolerant-ish... its usually not a problem if I avoid some major triggers (aka-parmesean) and take lactaid. Lately though I've been eating too much cheese and dairy products, and even with lactaid, my body has had enough. I felt crappy Saturday after eating cheese pizza on Friday -- and yesterday my migraine was probably triggered by all of the cheese I had at the Super Bowl party. Couple the crappy feeling to gaining a pound, and even though cheese is one of God's gifts to humans, I'm going on a detox. No cheese, no ice cream, and only Lactaid milk in small amounts. *don't worry though, I use calcium supplements* I have weird dietary restrictions too -- I don't know if I mentioned I'm following low-oxalate guidelines for kidney stones, low dairy for the lactose intolerance, and avoiding some foods that trigger irritable bowel syndrome. As long as I eat healthy, I feel healthy, so I'm trying to use that as motivation to stay focused on what I eat.
I started yesterday and I all ready feel human again. I was really focused yesterday and ate below my calories since I was so gross feeling/headachey that I didn't work out. The scale was already moving in the right direction today (I had to check), and I'm going to focus on low dairy, higher protein intake for this week. I've been kind of slacking on my carbs/protein ratio -- and this week its going to change. No more Kashi cereal for breakfast -- instead egg whites with one whole egg. 30 grams of protein for breakfast and I'm going strong.
So that's really it for now. I'm going to run by the grocery store to stock up on some more fruits and veggies. Now that my sister isn't going to visit I can stock up the fridge with healthy treats, and I won't hear anyone complaining about my lack of chips and chocolate.
Monday, February 06, 2012
So this weekend was chock full of events... with food. Unhealthy food. That I ate. *sigh*
I worked out a lot this weekend too, but the calories still came back to bite me in the butt and the scale. No loss and up a pound, but at least it was only a pound. I have been eating the right amount of calories, a little over on some days -- Friday and Sunday, but working out enough that Spark keeps yelling at me to adjust my schedule.
The recruitment party of Friday was a success. The hour and a half walk in the rain on a campus tour -- not so much. Soaked to the bone! I went and bought an umbrella for the recruits when we walked through the bookstore to keep some of them dry. Nothing like 21/22 year olds to make you feel old as a 5th year grad student.
Then the pizza, cookies, soda-ness of the recruitment party. I was doing good... until like 1AM when I had a second round of pizza and was buzzed from actually having caffeine. The next day = crappy food hangover. I didn't drink, but my body felt off. I was not handling all of the gross food I put in my body at all. I think I needed a detox from pizza and sugar! Apparently my body would rather run on clean protein and fresh fruits and veggies. I did have a really great time at the party though. I got to catch up with some grad students I don't see a lot, and the prospectives were fun. My friends were joking that they had to find my replacement since I'll hopefully be graduating.
Saturday was pretty boring. I slept in, went to work, skipped really doing much. No date -- he was super busy, so I haven't gotten back with him about actually meeting up -- and he has a business trip this week--so it probably won't happen. But not stressed about that... currently messaging like 2 other guys on eHarmony so I'm not bored, haha... when did that happen?
Sunday was great! I got up early to get to Target for the Jason Wu collection. My friend was supposed to meet me, but she was a no show -- her phone/alarm was on silent! So the crazy people RAN into the store, put everything in their carts, and there was like nothing. Target, you really suck. Seriously, stock more of the darn clothes! They didn't even have a lot of the stuff advertised since we're in a smaller market. So instead of leaving, I went to the dressing rooms and poached what people didn't want after they tried it on. I even got a bag from someone who grabbed two! So here's the hard part. I got a cardigan I wanted, and the dress I wanted, but the dress doesn't fit, yet... But it will! I got a size 10, and it was fine around my waist, but wouldn't close over my shoulders -- but give it 10 pounds or so, and I will be rocking this dress.
It was a little surreal to have someone telling me about how they couldn't wear the stuff I had because they needed larger sizes. I'm still mentally plus size. I can't wrap my head around being the size of my friends. I needed a reality check apparently. My one friend wants to share clothes. In my mind I'm still waaaay bigger than she is, but in her mind we could be the same size. *begin brain melt* I know that I was wearing size 10 jeans yesterday, but I was wearing Spanx, so it was kind of cheating, right? I'm not looking for compliments, but more so of a reality check. I wore a reeeeeeally tight shirt yesterday (hence the Spanx) and it was kind of fun to rock a tight shirt. (Ignore the giant football shaped temptation in the picture below--I wish I had...)
So although today I was up on the scale, and had a migraine (possibly from poor food choices, including too much cheese), I'm not going to beat myself up for eating too much pizza, I'm just going to focus on making better choices this week. My sabotaging older sister was going to come visit, but her car's in the shop, so I'm dodging a bullet this week... I hope everyone didn't indulge that badly during the Superbowl, or as I referred to it, the boring stuff around the Madonna show :-)
Friday, February 03, 2012
I'm going to try and do a quick little update before lunch.
Yesterday the co-worker I don't like walked into the meeting room early while I was setting up. She proceeded to THROW her bag on the table, shaking the entire table, then kicked a chair in my direction because it was in her way, and it bounced off the chair next to me, and then proceeded to belch. Seriously. How is this person allowed in public? Ugh... My boss thinks she wasn't raised with manners since she's from a blue collar family that was poor. I don't know where the hell he got this idea from, 'cause I'm pretty sure when we were eating food from Aldi's and the food bank, my mom yelled at my sister and I about etiquette and manners. So she's boorish and horrible, but I'm trying to manage my stress and ignore her...
Today I'm headed to lunch with some friends over at the Student Center -- and I will not be going crazy with food... at least that's what I'm trying to tell myself. I'm giving a campus tour, in the pouring rain, so that's going to be interesting. Then running over to work on my study mice, then processing samples, and I might be done around 5ish if I hurry.
Then tonight we're having all the recruits and grad students over for a house party... with pizza, and cookies, and all of the food I've been avoiding. I made the best cookies yesterday, and I budgeted my calories to include the "quality control" aka the cookies I couldn't stop myself from eating. So today I know I will be over calories. I've been good for the last week, so I'm not stressing about it. I think they're getting a fruit tray so I'll focus my munchies on that and only have a little pizza. *hopefully*
I may have a new date on Saturday... he's interesting, and I think way smarter than I am which should be a nice change from what I have been dating.
Then the Superbowl on Sunday... and Jason Wu at Target! I think we all know what I'm more excited about. I'm going to limit myself to one dress and one bag. I bought some $15 dresses at NY&Co on clearance, so I don't really need another dress -- but they are so freakin' cute. (And yes, the shopping addiction is still going strong)
So I hope everyone has a good weekend and doesn't go nuts munching at Superbowl parties!
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
I can't believe January is already gone. I was only down 4 pounds last month, but hey, its progress. I'm still pushing through my Wii Fit kickstart and am going to finish my 30 day challenge, but now after I'm done -- I throw in my regular workout routine to add in some more fitness minutes.
That's another thing--I was only logging my cardio minutes. Once I realized they actually track your strength training as minutes I started logging it. I thought they just ignored it since you didn't get any calories burned from it... so yep--expect my fitness minutes to be a lot higher this year. So yesterday after my 28 minutes of EA Sports Active, I did 20 minutes on the treadmill, and then a basic balance ball strength training session. I got home early from work, so I had the time to get a good workout in. Also since I was at the max range for my calories, I wanted to put another little push in to keep the scale moving in February. My mini-goal is to be 189 by March 1st. We'll see if I get there... I think I need to focus more on my diet.
Has anyone tried P90X? I was thinking I might want to push myself more and get in more of a workout. I'm a home workout person, so I thought this might be a good plan to invest in. Apparently I need to spend money to actually feel guilty enough to work out with the equipment... Its just a big investment, so I wanted to see if anyone has tried it? My friend Krista tore a ligament in her knee when she was doing one of the workouts, so I know it can get pretty intense.
I used to think it was way too much of a workout for me to handle, but now I think I might like the challenge...
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sorry for not keeping up with everyone's blogs and posts lately. I don't know what it was, but all of a sudden a million things had to get taken care of.
One of which -- broke up with Brandon, and he was like, okay. That was it. No big drama, so it was awkward but painless.
Work has been driving me nuts. Mainly one person, but what she doesn't realize is that I'm a gossip. A huge gossip. So now everyone knows that not only is she arrogant, she's pretty darn bad in the lab. So whoops -- piss me off once, twice, up to 100 times I bite my tongue. Go over 100, then its all on you. I'm still repressing my inner mean girl, but I'm *this* close to pushing her over the edge. I was joking I'd take a punch to get her kicked out of our department, and literally 5 people said they'd pay me if I took a punch. Problem is, the girl is a sociopath and she might murder me out of revenge. And I am NOT joking. She's got serious mental problems, so for now, I'm focusing on repressing the inner mean girl.
So workout wise I dusted off my old Wii and brought out EA Sports Active. I'm a week into my 30 day challenge, and hoping that I will actually make it through. This also means less treadmill time, so my knee is doing a lot better. The squats though, geesh, those are starting to hurt. I'm just thinking of it as good pain and not bad pain, more progress pain.
This week will also be a bit hectic. We're recruiting new graduate students to the program starting on Friday afternoon, party Friday night (with pizza of course), and then another thing Saturday morning. Then Sunday is the Super Bowl, or more importantly the day they release the Jason Wu collection at Target! A few girls and I are going to meet up when the store opens to try and get some of the super cute new stuff. I'm just excited I get to go shopping with my friends and not just tagging along to look at the bags...
I'm still making progress. One pound down is one pound less that I'm carrying around. I know one pound a week is what we're going for here, but doesn't everyone just get on the scale hoping to be surprised by a larger weight loss? I know I have a mantra, just one, just one, all I need is one, two would be great, but all I need is one... That's been the last few weeks, but if I stay on track I should be in the 180s by March. I probably ate too much this week. There were three separate occasions with pizza. The first two I only had a little... the third, not so much but I tried to compensate with exercise. I still managed to lose though, so I'm just going to refocus more on eating more fresh fruits and veggies. I need to run by the store today and restock the fridge. I bought a bag of oranges and apples at Sam's and they are not good... the apples all started to bruise once I got them home and the oranges were pithy and not sweet. So I guess I'll splurge at Schnuck's for some good stuff.
I also learned I can make reeeeally good baked turkey meatballs. I added the recipe, and they are yuuuummy. I just need to eat more meatballs and less pasta. But as a testament to how good they are, I ate my leftovers. I'm really bad at not eating my leftovers--and right now I already know what I'm having for supper tonight.
On a completely different topic, one of my new non-diet related goals was to start working actively on my thesis. My boss is saying I'll graduate in August. I might, I want to... so now I have to start writing and just hope for good experimental results later. So I downloaded Papers -- an application to help me get organized, so hopefully with Endnote and Word, I'll start getting this literature review done! My goal is to have the whole literature review done and cited extensively by the end of April, no excuses. So I should probably get off Spark and get back to work.
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