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!
Friday, February 08, 2013
Yesterday I went to the eye doctor. I hadn't been in many years and I knew I was overdue. No cataracts, no glaucoma, no macular degeneration - my eyes are looking good and healthy. My prescription hasn't changed now in more than 5 years, although I may just go ahead and get some new frames and some scratch-free lenses.
The doctor said something, though, that surprised me a great deal. First, he said that since I am thin -- he used the word thin -- and I'm thinking to myself you've got to be kidding, I'm not thin, I'm healthy. Then he said that because I am thin, female, over 60, I am at greater risk of dry eyes.
I knew that I was at greater risk of osteoporosis, but after my doctor told me she'd never seen anyone my age whose bones tested as dense, I didn't worry about that one. Now this dry eye thing. I searched on the Internet but could not confirm that thinner people are at greater risk. I was trying to see if I am lowering that risk by taking fish oil. If so, I'll be a little more regular about it.
I'm thinking that in the years to come much more will be known about how to live the healthiest life. In the meantime I'm enjoying low cholesterol and blood pressure, and much more energy than I had at a heavier weight. I have no doubt that I am much healthier than before, even if there should be a couple risks to living life at the weight I choose.
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