Wednesday, January 02, 2013
The SparkCoach challenge today is to "write down 3 recent accomplishments that you are proud of. These can be things you've achieved at work or school, at home, along your healthy lifestyle journey---anything at all."
If by recent we mean today, I'd say my accomplishments are:
1. getting to daughter's home by 7:15am and helping with the kids this morning - clothing, hair, breakfast, getting packed up
2. taking Natalie to YMCA camp this morning on time and with her lunch, swim suit, and everything she needed
3. doing an awesome half hour elliptical workout with resistence and incline while Gwen was in the nursery; trying the new Precor stationery bike for another half hour workout
And I'll throw in a few more:
4. healthy breakfast
5. drinking water
6. getting enough sleep
7. healthy snack
8. putting up Christmas decorations
9. cleaning up the kitchen
10. problem solving: putting Gwen's crib mattress on floor with sheet and covers because she now sleeps in junior bed at home and I'm saving my back (hard to pick her up to put her in crib - have ordered junior bed but it isn't here yet)
11.tracking my exercise and food so far today
12. stayed within my calorie range yesterday and felt "slender" this morning!
13. middle two on the scale this morning (but I understand I still need to work so it will stay there)
I suspect I'm pretty good at bragging about myself now and probably don't need this exercise. Nonetheless, I'm committed to doing the SparkCoach challenges because there will be some I need very much.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
I started out the year with a big group (about 25 people) seven mile Galloway run and followed that with a personal training session at the Y. Feeling good!!
Thanks, SparkFriends, for all your encouragement on my confession blog yesterday. I am going to build that "sticking to the calorie range" streak this year. That is a top priority goal. 7 days is my record, but I'm going to beat that for sure! I feel like an extreme binge eater who is 85% cured. I'm not sure if "cured" is the right word. Maybe 85% in control at this point is more accurate.
Priority two is more strength training this year. Going to wait until after I work with the personal trainer a few more sessions before I really spell out a strength goal for the year.
Priority three is to keep running. I'm planning to do the inaugural half marathon in my home town the first weekend in November 2013 and the Disney Princess half marathon in Feb 2014. In the meantime, I plan to run at least one 10 mile run per month, and at least 3 runs per week for a minimum of 9 miles, while listening to my body and taking off for illness/injury only if necessary. I estimate I ran 600 miles in 2012; hope to accurately track my miles in 2013 and beat that estimate. Plan to run local 5Ks and 10Ks aiming for PRs, too.
Yesterday's SparkCoach challenge was to make all the grains you ate whole grains. I did it. I had no bread or starch at the restaurant last night as there were no whole grain options. Yesterday noon I had some of our pot of soup. I had to pick out a few noodles that weren't whole grain - probably 10 noodles in a bowl. Oh, well, I did it to meet the challenge. Plan to do a whole year of SparkCoach. Won't hurt. May help. I'm also doing the SparkPeople Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge over the next four weeks, working to further reduce my overuse of Splenda.
My biggest fitness accomplishments of 2012 were to keep off an 80 pound loss and to run my first half marathon. I plan to do even better in 2013!!
Monday, December 31, 2012
As I glanced in the mirror, leaving the Y, after a 90 minute elliptical workout this morning with new Precor machines, having visited with great people including SparkFriend AQUAGIRL, with an appointment for a personal training session tomorrow at 10am (after 7am run), showered and blown dry, I was feeling good! I even let the thought that I looked pretty good kind of creep into my head for a moment.
What a turn around! Last night I was so down on myself. I felt like blubber city. I had a I-don't-care-I'm-hungry-and-I-can't-get-to
-my-weight-goal-anyway quarter hour last night. Why do I do that?? I estimate I went over my calorie range by 300-350 calories, but the scale showed me up 2 full pounds, with the dreaded middle 3 again this morning. So my staying in the calorie range streak is broken again. Seven days is my record still. I made it six days this time.
The time I broke my 7 day streak I know exactly why. I didn't blog about it because it is embarrassing. I know better. A whole lot better. But confession is good..... That time my weight had been going down by a tenth or two each morning or at least staying the same. Suddenly it went up a couple pounds that I didn't think I deserved. No sodium splurge. No reason. So instead of buckling down and trying harder, I punished the scale by overeating!!!!??! Again. When will I learn?? I will learn. I will learn. I tell other Sparkers all the time about the scale as a terrible tease. I know this stuff!! I will learn. I will learn. When I overeat I will learn the lesson.
Okay, what was the lesson last night? Not sure, but I'm going to think about it and maybe I'll figure it out. Maybe too much fruit - too many fruit carbs and not enough healthy fat and lean protein. That's my first thought. I had real hungry and did not address it with what I was needing. I ate more fruit. Partly because we have too much in the house and I didn't want it to spoil. Isn't my health and fitness more important than a few wasted oranges?? Also, my tracking was imprecise and I wasn't exactly sure how many calories I'd had. It started with a pot of soup that I tried to estimate the bowl and felt like I hadn't nailed it. WATERMELLEN told me good enough is good enough. Count it and go on!! She's 100% right. So I'm still thinking about the lesson or lessons from last night and there may be more.
But one thing I know: going to the gym this morning? Priceless!!
Happy New Year to all my great SparkFriends!! You are even more valuable than the gym!!!
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Please don't comment "Duh" after you read this blog. Although, I would understand if you did!
I finally put 2 and 2 together and figured out why my weight went up a handful of pounds last year. I realized that whenever I reached the top of my goal weight range that I would relax a bit and estimate more. Although I'd say I was aiming to get back to 126, the mid-point of my range, as soon as I hit 129 I didn't feel much pressure to lose more. So although I weighed 124-129 in 2011, I weighed 128-133 in 2012.
If I'm going to get back to the 2011 range I prefer, I have to keep losing below the top of my goal weight range. Although I'd rather you not say it, I will: Duh!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
I've been reading some great blogs about Christmas eating, abundance, and feelings of deprivation. It is true that when there are many foods to choose it is easy to take too much. Yesterday I ate within my calorie range. I enjoyed my food immensely. I did not feel deprived at all. I cooked big and ate moderately. Many desserts were available. I had one bite and found it was enough.
There is one thing I haven't shared before that might help someone else. I hesitate to call it a strategy or a technique, because I started doing it spontaneously just because of sincere gratitude. While someone else usually blesses the food at our extended family dinners, (and indeed I am grateful that we have sufficient quantity and excellent quality of food), I say a quiet thanks as I feel the satisfaction of the meal come to me. I hope no one is offended by this practice; I think it really has helped me.
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