Thursday, January 10, 2013
I did it!! I've now gone 42 hours without any sweet food or drinks; no sugar, no Splenda, no diet drinks, no dried fruit, no juice; only water, skim milk, black unsweetened coffee and unsweetened tea/herbal tea to drink. Yes, I know there is lactose in milk and fructose in fruits but I'm not counting natural sugars in healthy foods. Funny, but I swear the baby carrots I had last evening tasted really sweet, when just a couple days ago two Splendas in my coffee I could hardly taste and wanted more. The apple I enjoyed yesterday tasted really good, too. I believe this challenge to reset my sweet perception and tame my sweet tooth is working. So the SparkCoach challenge speeded up my progress on the Official Tame the Sweet Tooth Challenge. I do expect this challenge to require real attention for the next month, and then ongoing intermittent attention.
The SparkCoach challenge today is to tell someone about my goals. I blog about my goals and progress all the time, so no big deal. One goal I'm currently working on is extending my streak of days sticking to my calorie range. As of yesterday, I was at a new personal record since I've been counting of 8 days. Two of those days I ate every calorie coming to me. I also have a goal to get to a weight of 126, fluctuating 124-129 rather than the 128-133 range I've been in for the past year. Although my lowest recent weight has been 128.2 and most days I'm 129.something, I have kept a middle two on the scale every day this year so far. So I feel like I am making progress.
This morning I challenged myself to run a treadmill 5K in under 30 minutes. I think I slightly miscalculated my interval speeds. I ended up making the 3.1 miles in 30 minutes and 12 seconds even though I ran the last minute at 7 mph. Most of it I ran 6.0-6.5mph. That is good enough to bring a smile to my face anyway! I'll break 30 minutes next week. Don't know if I can break my PR of 28:28 or not, but probably will take a race to come close. I amgoing to try.
Did a good strength training session today. My personal trainer is still not back to work following his family emergency. I will be setting some goals for strength training after I complete his assessment and receive his recommendations.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
SparkCoach suggested participants blog about progress with SparkCoach challenges. Today's challenge is to put tempting food out of sight. To tell the truth, I think I am beyond this challenge. With my husband (chips, snack crackers, cookies, chocolate candy, jam, ice cream, desserts, pizza, fries, croutons, burgers, fatty meats, beans with ham, cheese) and grandkids (full fat or 2% milk products, sweetened yogurt, raisins, fruit snacks, cereals, peanut butter, applesauce/mixed fruit you suck) I just have to look at stuff and know it is not for me. I understand that research and common sense says you are less likely to indulge in trigger foods if they are out of sight. I'll remember that for the next time I'm struggling. Recently my struggles have not been about food that is sitting out, but overeating things that I am suppose to eat like the main dish or oatmeal and nonfat milk.
Yesterday's exercise challenge was easy for me (warm up, exercise, cool down, stretch) as I already wrote. The day before was giving up all sweets, even artificial sweetener, a very hard one for me even just for one day. I didn't do it the day it was assigned; I needed a day to prepare mentally. All in all I was successful. Only fruit I had all day was unsweetened applesauce. I had no sugar and no Splenda packets. My one slip was I poured a glass of diet cranberry juice and honestly drank it without thinking. It isn't even something I usually have. I bought it for Christmas and still have some left. So I'm thinking I should try that challenge again and go for 100%.
Hoping you are having a great day! What challenges are you currently undertaking and how is it going?? Do challenges help you?
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Disappointment. My personal trainer was not at the gym this morning. Nobody contacted me. Not very professional. They said he had a family emergency and should be back either the 10th or 11th.
I had already done a 10 minute elliptical warm up before I asked. So I went ahead and did an interval incline and speed workout on the treadmill for 63 minutes. Then I did 10 strength machines to the best of my ability, including 2 I had not done before he showed me last week. Based on the way I feel right now I expect DOMS in my glutes and surrounding muscles tomorrow. We'll see.
I'm building that streak of staying within my calorie range. The middle two has stayed on the scale more than a week. When I went from 128.2 to 129.2 for no reason I didn't freak either. Somehow it's easier to accept than when the middle number becomes a three, which is silly-silly-silly, I know. Perhaps my logic in this area can win out over the silly emotional reaction.
Yesterday's SparkCoach challenge was to abstain from any sweets, sugar or artificial. I just wasn't up for it. For one thing, I'd already had some in the day. So I'm doing that challenge today. The first 8 hours has gone okay, although several times I've almost reached for the Splenda or raisins. The challenge for today is to do warm up, exercise, cool down, and stretching. Since I usually do that anyway, I thought I could handle both challenges today. I stretched a little more than usual as I have been guilty of cutting it a bit short at times.
So despite the disappointment this morning, I'm having a good day! Hope you are, too.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
I got up at 4 am this morning to meet my running group at 5 am. We ran 8 miles at a comfortable 12.20 minute pace at walk 1 minute/run 2 minutes intervals. Then we returned to Starbucks in order to get this group picture of most of our Lakeland Galloway runners:
The rows are approximate, but the way I count it I'm the 5th person from the right in the second row. I have on a black jacket, my white hairs stand out against the black jacket behind me.
We ran 2.7 more miles after the picture. I really like these people. I really like the pace. I wish they liked to run at 6 or 7 rather than 5am especially in the winter, but maybe I can get used to it!! We'll see.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Last Friday my Weight Watcher leader asked me to speak at an Open House at the Lakeland Weight Watcher Center on January 12th around 2 pm. I realized I don't have child care duties at that time, so I agreed. Then she gave me a bunch of paperwork to get my "success story" approved. I kind of dragged my feet. There were forms to fill out, the actual story to write, old weight documentation to find, as well as before and after pictures. I don't mind public speaking. I'll probably enjoy sharing my story. But I found myself just feeling a little conflicted. SparkPeople and my SparkFriends have meant so much to me, should I be giving Weight Watchers credit for my success? I gave it a lot of thought.
I finally decided that it isn't wrong to give Weight Watchers part of the credit for my success. Weight Watchers definitely got me started on my current healthy journey in December 2008. On the other hand, it would not be wrong to credit Curves, Leslie Sansone, the YMCA, Beck Diet Solution, Lakeland Runner's Club, Lakeland Galloway Group, and Senior Games for some of my success either. Some of the programs I used long ago like Metracal, the diet my doctor gave me when I was 16, NutriSystem, Polk County Employee's Weight Loss Program, Making Peace with Food, South Beach Diet, SlimFast, and one program that gave me daily shots (though I can't remember its name) all taught me something -- even if it was just a strategy that didn't work. It all has been part of getting to this point.
I first heard about SparkPeople on a Weight Watchers Maintenance Message Board. Thank heavens! Although I'd gotten to a healthy BMI with Weight Watchers, I doubt that I would be at BMI 21.2 if I hadn't found SparkPeople. I don't think I would have tried the YMCA, Runner's Club, Galloway Group and Senior Games if it hadn't been for SparkPeople. So, yes, I give credit to Weight Watchers. But I can't forget how important SparkPeople and my SparkFriends have been to my success!
And, last of all, I give me a whole lot of credit. After all, when all is said and done and motivated and inspired, it is me who selected the healthy food and portions I ate, and chose to do the exercise!! So today I give credit where credit is due, and on the 12th I will probably be sharing just a part of my successful journey.
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