Monday, August 26, 2013
Doing pretty well. Was hungry last eve and deviated from my plan and had a little extra cottage cheese and cantaloupe. Don't think that hurt much and I believe my body was saying I needed it. Have seen a middle "2" on the scale two days in a row now. Hope it is here to stay!! I'm adding a few more servings of fruits and veggies to the food plan. For the past week I've just been doing 5 a day. I'm going to aim for 8-10 and try not to go back to my routine of 12-16 servings. Also, going to try to stay around 100 grams of protein, not the 120-160 of the Curves plan, but not my usual 60 grams either. Joyinky says it helps reduce her hunger and I think it may work that way for me, too.
Enjoyed my 54th monthly free life time weigh in at Weight Watchers this week. That is 4.5 years of normal weight after 5 decades of obesity. My leader called me up front and had me walk on a red carpet. I was one of three strutting their stuff while the whole group clapped and cheered. You know, I don't think I need the positive strokes as desperately as I did at the beginning of maintenance, but I don't mind it a bit!! : )
I've had 2 active days since my Saturday run, but I'm planning to run Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday this week. Yesterday I had the kids (2 and 6 year old granddaughters) for 8+ hours and hardly sat down all day. Today I've been active cleaning house, but plan to do some low impact aerobics this eve while TV watching.
I did my second Weekly Home Blessing today, this time without the prompting of the podcast. Setting the timer for 10 minutes per task really helps me stay focused and on task. My house is getting more livable every day. Hubby has even taken an interest, without me doing anything but being happy cleaning house, and done several "honey-do" items I've been wanting for months including putting in a towel rack under the kitchen sink and mounting the bracket for the dust buster in the utility room. I do believe I actually saw him wiping a counter for the first time in our 34 years of marriage! I feel so much happier focused on the positive things I am doing to bless the house and family than focused on the dirt and failures. I can't believe how an attitude that held me down for 40 years has totally changed in two weeks!
Wishing you all the blessings of powerful positive thoughts!!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
I'm in my 4th day of following my meal plan without problem. The plan I'm on this week has me slightly over my SP range of protein and slightly under my SP range of carbs. Next week I'll be within range for both programs. Should you be wondering, I'm following the Curves Member Guide. This week I'm doing the Higher Protein option and next week I'll switch to the Higher Carbohydrate option. My kidneys and pocketbook do better on the latter. Using that plan when I weighed in the 180's really worked well. It was the first time I lost weight on 6 meals a day with virtually no hunger.
Did my first Galloway speed training today which included four half-mile repeats and a total of about 5 miles. Today I was the slowest person in the fastest HM training group. It was a challenge. First, the five of us in our pace group ran with the last person coming to the front repeatedly (an Indian run, I think they called it). Once I honestly thought I couldn't, but I did. We also did "gliders" where we started out running and our leader would say "pick it up" and we'd go faster, and then 20 steps or so later say "pick it up again", and we'd go faster, and then he'd say "glide" and we'd permit our body to slow to a walk. The last half mile repeat I did in 4:22. My best ever time for a mile is 8:47, so I was just a hair faster than that. All in all I felt good about my workout. Next week is a 9 mile run and then the following week is six half-mile repeats. We build to 17 miles and twelve half-mile repeats. I am hopeful that I can keep up.
Made my bed, emptied the dishwasher, and did my morning Flylady routine before going to my 6 am run. My house is looking better and better and I'm liking it.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Little more patience needed. I was just sure I'd have that middle 2 on the scale today, but I was still 130.0. Oh, well. I'll get there. Stuck to my eating plan perfectly yesterday. Good today so far, too, and feeling very satisfied.
Did a 75 minute treadmill workout, run-walk 3 min:1 min for 55 minutes, with a 10 minute warm up and a 10 minute cool down. I actually lost track of time and went 10 minutes more than scheduled. Don't think it is a problem.
I like having my whole week's meal plan done and sitting in front of me. About the only thing that has bothered me is the fruit. Hubby bought some really ripe good-looking peaches that are sitting on the counter and there are no peaches in my plan this week. Gwen ate about 3/4 of one and usually I would have finished it, but since I'm really trying to follow my plan, I didn't. I could swap out another fruit for peaches, but there is no fruit in my meal plan today. Hubby also bought mangos that are not in my plan, but I think they will probably be okay next week. When they are ripe I'll put them in the refrig. I've been eating bananas almost every day for the past couple years and this week I'm only scheduled to eat half of one. I'm sure we have too many bananas, but I can freeze ripe ones for smoothies later. Also, my plan calls for one cup of watermelon, and I'll have way, way too much. Most of the veggies will come out right, I think. May the zucchini I'll need to cook and freeze as no one else around here likes it except me.
I have been threatening for years to get a one month menu plan with grocery lists. I'm really going to try to do it this time. If I use the same plan repeatedly I suspect I'll get better at estimating amounts of everything including fruit. Perhaps I should plan 6 days and leave one day for leftovers. Figure I could always skip a day here and there when we eat out or have guests.
Do you have menu plans or wing it? Any tips on making it all come out right, maximizing nutrition and minimizing waste? If you stick to menu plans do you have trouble with other household members eating what you had planned to eat? Any tips for avoiding that issue?? Thanks.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Good day : good run, good housekeeping, and good eating.
Glad I didn't let the scale discourage me like I have so many times in the past. Yesterday I was only down .2 pounds from vacation (after a very healthy low sodium eating day when I thought I should be down more) and I could have gotten discouraged. But today it was much more than that. Didn't quite get to a middle two, but almost (130.0) as of this morning.
I changed my ticker here on SparkPeople to reflect a maintenance weight of 129 instead of 126. Somehow I was just too happy to have "over 4.0" on my ticker, when I am feeling that I am almost there. I changed the icon to a dove rather than the exuberant looking person, since I am still 1.0 pound over my compromise goal and I'm in the process of making peace with my final goal weight. I am still celebrating 4+ years of 80+ pound weight loss maintenance. I may later try to get down to 126, but for now I'll be happy with a middle two and plenty of energy for running and life!!
Today is a cross-training day. I did two SportsSkool sessions from the cable TV, one pilates and one cardio. Neither one was my favorite, but it is good to try new things.
I also went back to the grocery store and got all the rest of the items and ingredients I need for my week's menu plan. Although it was far more expensive to shop that way, I think I'll have a lot of things left over for next week and it won't work out too bad.
I talked to granddaughter Natalie on the phone last night. Sounds like the visit from the Tooth Fairy was very exciting and that first grade is off to a great start. Tomorrow morning her daddy will be back to work and I'll be taking her to and picking her up from school. I'll have Gwen all day, and unless something unexpected comes up, I'll take Gwen with me to the Y so she can play with other kids while I run.
All in all, things are good here!! Hope your day is going well, too!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Warmed up for 10 minutes, ran-walked in 3:1 ratio for 45 minutes with running speeds from 5.5 mph to 7 mph, and then cooled down for 10 minutes. Felt really good.
Did my first Flylady "Weekly Home Blessing" with seven chores to do for 10 minutes each. Six of them went great; the vacuum breaking down was a bummer, though. I was sweeping like mad when I realized said vacuum was depositing as much as it was picking up. May be time for a new one.
I do really, really like living in a cleaner and more orderly house. At one time I thought I had time to exercise OR clean house. NO! I can do them both. I have a little extra time this week to detail clean because son-in-law has some comp. time off work and I have no child care today and tomorrow.
Doing good so far today and tracking, too. Not as hungry as some times. Just about to fix a good, healthy salmon supper. Went grocery shopping with hubby today and took a week's menus with shopping list to the produce stand and the grocery store. Well, he did his usual thing and was ready to go. I'll need to go back. It's okay. I'm just delighted to have made the commitment to a very healthy week of eating and I'm feeling quite confident I can do it!!
I was hoping to be down a couple pounds from vacation weight, knowing I'd been eating too much sodium. I was down, but only .2 pounds this morning. Oh, well. I truly am not discouraged. The days of letting the scale discourage me are long gone! I'm going to eat healthy and be happy and the scale will catch up!!
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