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.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
I'm embarrassed to say it, but I blew it yesterday. I had had a great eating and exercising day. I ran 12 miles with my Galloway group. I ate well, right at the top of my calorie range. Then I went to bed and couldn't sleep. I felt hungry and thought that maybe with my long run I hadn't eaten enough calories for my activity level. (Excuses?) I got up and had cereal and milk, taking me over my calorie range. Even so, I might have been okay if I'd stopped there, but I didn't. There were crackers and more cereal -- way too much. I finally got to sleep.
I have no perspective on this event at this moment. I saw a middle 3 on the scale for the first time this year, after having my lowest weigh in for 13 months (126.6) earlier this week. The best I can say is that I've come too far to give up now. In fact, I've come too far to give up ever again! I'm back on it this morning.
Edit: I took out the words, "I am disgusted with myself," because Monty Mirage727 says no one want to read it. Besides, I'm past it now!!
Saturday, February 09, 2013
They finally posted the 5K photos from the Rotary Twilight 5K eight days ago. On the day of this 5K I was too sore to run hard, so stayed with my nephew to pace him. He is a beginning runner and a newly diagnosed diabetic who is being pretty successful managing his diabetes with diet and exercise. He has totally changed his eating and exercise habits and I am very, very proud of him.
Thank heavens I am no longer sore. I enjoyed a great 12 mile run today with a wonderful group of runners around my age. We started at 5 am, saw the sun rise, and finished after 7:30. Then we sat around, drank coffee, and chatted for a long time. We talk when we run, but we chat when we sit. I like both.
Hope you are having a great day!
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