Sunday, October 07, 2012
The old me would have been really excited because after weighing 132.4 at Weight Watchers and 130.8 here at home yesterday, I weighed 127.8 here this morning. But now I know better.
The truth is that I had a strange sharp pain under my left rib cage that I had never experienced before. I just could not eat supper last night. The pain is better, but not gone this morning. I decided to skip my regular Sunday bike ride. I'll putz around the house and do a little housework before the kids come at 11am for child care. It very well may be something totally inelegant like gas pain. In fact, I hope it is.
No, now I'm not excited about a three pound drop in weight. I'd much rather be pain free and out riding my bike! After a healthy day of eating I'll be pretty much back where I was, at a healthy weight, but a few pounds over my ideal. And I'll be still contradictorily celebrating 185 weeks of maintaining an over 80 pound loss and still wanting to be a few pounds less.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
It was a heady experience finally getting a Popular Blog Award after three years of regular blogging. Thanks At Goal & Maintaining Team for highlighting me! And then a second award a week later without even being highlighted. That blog was selected by SP and e-mailed out to a whole lot of people. (One of my SparkFriends claimed it went to 1.5 million people, but I can't confirm that.)
I took the time to thank many of the 185 people who commented on that blog. Not a bad thing to do.
But you know, I often don't thank you who take the time to comment on my mundane, day-to-day, not so exciting blogs. Well, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I owe you who read my daily musings so much more than those who just stopped in to see what all the fuss was about. If I don't thank you on each comment it is not because I don't appreciate it. I truly do.
It helps me a great deal to write blogs of all types. I write to celebrate small achievements, like swimming a whole lap of American crawl; running farther than I've ever run before; trying a new recipe or food. I write to share disappointments like when the scale is up more than I think it should be; or when I can't sleep and it is triggering hunger; or when I fall off my bike, fall on my treadmill, and fall down on the curb. (Note to self: no more falling.) I write about my wise choices and my not so wise choices, my struggles and my victories. I write to set goals and usually remember to report the outcome. I write to declare how great a healthy lifestyle can be. I write to commiserate on how challenging a healthy lifestyle can be.
And you, my SparkFriends, never, never let me down. When I need to be picked up, you encourage me. When I need someone to say, "good going," I can count on you. When I am facing an issue, you have great suggestions. And in your own blogs you model living as I want to and share solutions I need.
For me SparkPeople, and especially my SparkFriends, are the most consistently positive force in my life. I mean, I adore my grandkids. They make me laugh often. But they will occasionally scream in my ear and/or kick me in the shins. SparkFriends are only kind, caring, supportive, and wise.
So most of the time, almost all the time, I am not writing blogs for a mass group of people or to win an award. I'm writing to express what I need to express especially for those few of you who understand. Thank you for your unwavering support!
Friday, October 05, 2012
There were 9 of us at the local SparkTeam dinner last eve. It was my first time making the reservations and it worked out fine. I do enjoy getting together with our team, local people trying to improve their lifestyles. I enjoyed some broiled salmon on a delicious salad with a bit of balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
My weight was up a bit at Weight Watchers this morning, more than last month but less than the month before. Perhaps that salmon had more sodium than I figured!? In my head I blamed my outfit and that I didn't get to the restroom right before the weigh in. I started to feel disappointed with my weight, but the person who weighed me helped. She pointed out that I have done very well and told me I look fantastic. So, I've never left WW with a gain feeling as good as I did today.
I know, I know. I shouldn't need someone to tell me I've done well. I know I have. I know weight fluctuates. I know that the scale does not measure my worth. And if I am tracking accurately I should not even need the scale to let me know how I am doing weight-wise.
So, how did I do in September? Excellent on exercise with half marathon training right on schedule. Water = good. Sleep = pretty good. I ate lots of good food, and tracked most of it, but sometimes ate more after I was done tracking. That is my area for improvement in October. I'm going for 100% tracking. I'm not really trying to lose weight in October, just looking for optimal nutrition for half marathon training. But I really, really do not want to gain any weight this month. Perhaps I could just fluctuate down this month??! LOL
Thursday, October 04, 2012
I spent some time thinking about it. Why is it that as an "adult onset athlete" I've come to enjoy running, walking, cycling, Zumba, elliptical, and many activities and exercises, yet I have not enjoyed the one athletic activity I liked as a teen, swimming?
The first time I tried swimming after years of not swimming, I dove in in front of my child, grandkids and husband and swam the American crawl. I kicked with all my might and thought I was doing really well, when I ran out of steam and had to stand up after probably 20 yards, 5 yards from the wall. I was totally out of breath and uncomfortable. What a disappointment!! A couple more times I swam and found I could swim 16 or 20 laps breast stroke or backstroke or sidestroke, but when I did the crawl I felt uncomfortable. I just couldn't seem to make it 25 yards doing the crawl.
Today I decided to take my own advice and approach swimming like I do running. I swam a lap breast stroke slowly to warm up, then I swam one lap crawl slowly, breathing every 2 or 4 strokes. I swam another breaststroke lap and a fourth lap of crawl, just a little more vigorously. I did not feel claustrophobic or uncomfortable. Then I got out, considering it a success.
I'm thinking of crawl/breaststroke/crawl as being equivalent to run/walk/run. I believe with this slow and steady approach, I'll come to enjoy swimming again!
(PS That was not my total workout today. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and a fast 10 minutes on the stationary bike before the pool. I still need to do 10 more minutes of cardio to meet my goal for the day. I'll do it!!)
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
When I stopped at the produce stand between my house and my daughter's they had a special on eggplant, just 50 cents each instead of $1.29. So I got one.
Usually, I spray a non-stick pan with olive oil Pam cook the eggplant until soft and brown. Sometimes I add tomatoes. I really like it either of those ways. But I couldn't find a good pan or spray at my daughter's house, and I knew she would not have any tomatoes in her house -- she doesn't eat them. I hadn't brought any other veggies to eat, so I was perplexed. Hmm.
I microwaved a whole eggplant, stabbed with a fork a couple times. Then I cut it in half, tasted, and it wasn't bad. But then I added an ounce of low fat mozzarella cheese and microwaved 30 seconds more. Then added a tablespoon of sunflower seeds. I was surprised at how good it was. The other half was just as good later!
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