Thursday, February 14, 2013
Our YMCA has recently changed to Precor equipment and updated the treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationery bikes. Each of them have a TV screen. Yesterday I really enjoyed my run while watching the Westminister Dog Show rerun. Today I did a 10 minute elliptical training warm up before doing my personal training strength session. I have tried the bikes, too.
On the old equipment you could watch the closed caption TVs, but they were in the background. Now they are right in your face and I have mixed feeling about them:
I shouldn't act like I don't watch TV at home, because I do. But I rarely sit and watch it. I'm cleaning house or exercising or Sparking while it is on. I rarely give it my full attention, and when my hubby is watching, he regularly records what he wants to see and then fast forwards through the commercials. So I haven't paid attention to commercials much recently until the new cardio equipment arrived at the gym.
Some of the commercials have me shaking my head. Two of the most flagrant were:
1. A Multi-grain Cheerios ad says that people who eat more whole grains weigh less, when their multi-grain cereal has a lot more sugar in it than the regular Cheerios. Regular Cheerios are 100 calories and 1 gram of sugar for a cup, if I remember right. Multigrain Cheerios are 3/4 of a cup for a serving and the same or more calories and several times the sugar.
2. Centrum vitamins advertise that their vitamins were used in a recently released study as if that is some big accomplishment. I remember reading here on SP that the study determined no benefit to taking the vitamins.
It makes me extra thankful that SparkPeople exists to give us unbiased information about products we use to improve our health and fitness. Thanks, SparkPeople!!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Just when I decided my weight is my top fitness priority for now, my scale decides to mess around and play with me! Earlier this week it seemed to be functioning. It said 128.2 yesterday, the day before 129.6, and the day before that -- when I'd had a little slip so expected an increase -- it was at 130, and the day before that 128.2, before that several days at 127.something, and one at 126.6. I had a good day yesterday and really expected to be 127.X, but I got on the scale and saw:
I couldn't believe that, so I stepped off and back on a few seconds later:
I knew that could not be right, so I hopped on again:
Now let me say that in the past four years I don't think I've ever weighed 3 times in one day, let alone in one minute. I don't think it is a good thing to weigh repeatedly, but perhaps I need a new scale! Or I could go back to my old scale that seems to be reliable, but you can only tell the weight within about two pounds. Really, that is close enough. The more I think about that option, the better I like it.
During the time I lost the most weight I stayed off the scale except for a weekly official weigh in. I found that as long as I stayed focused on my lowest weigh in of each month I saw progress and did not get de-motivated. In maintenance I have done better during times when I weigh daily, though. Now I am confidently maintaining an 80 pound weight loss; haven't been over 132 pounds for some time. However, I want to get back to maintaining an 86 pound loss at 126 pounds. So I've got to be sensible about the scale and not let it get me down. Especially with shananigans like this morning!!
That said, let's look at some other things in my life. Here are some more of the flower pictures. The first one is a 35 year old azalea bush in our front yard:
younger dwarf azalea bush in the back yard:
pink azaleas in the back yard:
more azaleas in the back yard:
The close ups seem to load, but the pictures of the whole bush don't, at least not without cropping. Hmmm. So I don't have a picture of the darkest shade azalea that SP likes yet.
Here is Natalie on the trapeze:
Here's Gwen in the swing, pretending to take a picture of me taking a picture:
My lunch today, a red bell pepper and reduced fat cheese omlet and some grapes:
So maybe as I look around and find the meaningful things in my life (my flowers, my grandkids, my food???) I will gain some perspective on the scale. Oh, I ran 6.25 miles this morning, just running as my body told me it wanted to run. I spent 80 minutes, but 10 minutes was a slow warm up and 10 were a slow cool down. Love to run!!
Wishing you all great perspective and great days!!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Scale was at 128.2 this morn, a whole lot better than the 129.6 yesterday or the 130.0 the day before, after the night of the slip. I do think that if I could give up those occasional slips I would weigh just what I want to weigh. However, focusing on what I need NOT to do has never worked for me; focusing on the positive things I do has real power. So I'm focusing on staying within my calorie range. That's a pretty positive way to do it. So far I've made it to a 14 day streak and this time, once again, I'm out to break that personal record.
Yesterday's SparkCoach challenge was to go a day without soda. There was a time that would have been really tough. But I realized yesterday I have had only 1 glass of soda in the last 34 days. After my 14 days with no intense sweets, I have had a few sweet items, mostly raisins, but I have not had a dessert other than fruit. I have averaged less than one packet of Splenda or Sweet n Low or equivalent per day. I intend to continue to keep my sugar and artificial sweetener intake very low.
Yesterday when Gwen and I went outside -- Surprise! -- my orchid that is suppose to bloom the last week in March (it did that for over a decade), bloomed this week because we've had such a warm winter. Here's pictures I took yesterday for proof:
Lantana, a native Florida plant, the butterflies love:
Gwen appreciates the lantana:
Azaleas haven't quit blooming for months and months:
Ooops! The azalea pictures are too big for the site, but we have pink, dark pink, and purple azaleas blooming now.
Will we have oranges in a few months? Orange tree in blossom:
The faithful bougainvilla still has some blooms:
Oooops. That picture won't load. And I tried several other flower pictures, too. Oh, well, that's enough flowers for today. You can see we've had a really warm winter and are still enjoying the flowers in the yard.
Have a great healthy day, everyone!!
Monday, February 11, 2013
I want to lose several more pounds. I want my body fat percentage to go down; lose fat and gain muscle. I want to continue running, place in the 5K on March 9th, and complete the half marathon on November 9th. Yes, I want it all!!
It has been pointed out to me (thanks, Live2Run4Life) that gaining muscle, running performance, and losing weight are not really compatible. To gain muscle you almost always have to gain some weight. Losing weight is not best for athletic performance.
So, I've had to think about priorities. I started exercising regularly because I wanted to lose weight and I increased my cardio because I wanted to maintain my weight loss. I started running (after several years of regular cardio) because I just felt so good that I wanted to!
So, after more than 5 decades of being overweight/obese, my priorities are clear. Managing my weight and improving my eating behaviors are my top priorities. Body composition and running are secondary priorities.
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