Saturday, June 22, 2013
Well, my record of impeccable diet was interrupted yesterday. We went to the range and a normal thing to do there is hang out, drink beer, and have fun. I hit my breaking point when everyone kept offering me beer. I drank several and had a great time. I am a little bummed that I didn't stand strong, but at the same time, it shows me that all work and no play will make me reach that breaking point, so I must allow myself a day here and there to enjoy things like beer, pizza, and french fries. Too much is a bad thing, but I can't be so rigid all the time. Had we not been in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do, I would have been fine, but all guilt aside for my diet plans, I don't really regret it. It was fun to catch up and reminisce about the old days.
Now that it's over with, it's time to move on. APFT is tomorrow morning. I KNOW I am going to pass that sucker, and I am 90% sure I will pass the body fat percentage. Even though I drank a few beers and it did curve my confidence just a smidge, my measurements are going to be good.
2 more nights away from home! I am so excited to see my husband!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, June 21, 2013
So as I have had a great week and a half of eating and exercise and have managed to lose 5 lbs since I have been at AT, I have started thinking about tracking my food a little more. Some evenings I will eat a piece of dark chocolate or have a few Twizzlers. I think to myself, "Well, I am way withing calorie range, so I don't really need to track this," but that's not true. It's most important to track those little snacks and those things that aren't necessarily on the 'plan' for the day. That way you can visually see what you are putting into your body completely.
If I had a day where I allowed myself to eat what I please and tracked it, I would be able to see why I cannot eat like that all the time and expect to lose weight. The damage done would be right in front of my face. If I didn't track it, I would probably say "Oh Well..." and either feel guilty about it or allow myself to do it again. If I tracked it, I could face it and sometimes see that I didn't eat as "bad" as I thought, or if it was a ridiculous diet for the day, I could say "Hey there, self, you know better than that! Let's not do this again." It would also show me what I needed to do to work some of it off. Not tracking would let me put it aside and could even lead me to putting exercise aside.
As I finish my last few days of AT and this perfect situation to get on track with diet and exercise, I must face my return home. My happy, happy return home. I cannot wait to see my dogs and cat and husband, but I also must remind myself that it has felt awesome to lose a little weight and get in better shape and that I cannot stop here. I must make a plan for when I am at home. I do not plan to keep this rate of weight loss up once I am home. I will aim for a pound a week, but I have to track no matter what, or else I will lose sight of it all.
No exercise planned for today or tomorrow. We are headed to the range later today to prepare for weapons qualification tomorrow, and then our APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) is Sunday morning. I am confident that I will pass, I hope that the weigh in goes smoothly, though. I think it will. The chart says I should weigh 144 and I weigh 154, so I will have to be measured for body fat percentage, but I am fairly confident that my measurements are good to pass.
Alright, time to run a few errands and pack for the range.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
So, eating has still been spot on. I've been keeping up with workouts and feeling pretty good about next week's physical fitness test and weigh-in.
I don't have much to report, but I am ready to go home. This AT has worn thin on me and I am doing all that I can to keep from getting grouchy and whiny. I am proud of myself for sticking to a strict diet and exercise program, but I am ready to have something else to do. Sitting in that armory all day with no sunlight is sucking the soul out of me!
I keep thinking of how good it is going to feel starting a new school year as a healthier role model. That does help keep me going. I know I will get a few compliments from the other faculty, which is always nice, not going to lie, but a big part of my motivation is to show the kids that even their band director knows she needs to take better care of herself. I hope some will want to do the same.
My body hurts pretty bad. I had to get a tetnis shot yesterday and then I did several push-ups afterwards. Not immediately afterwards, even thought that is what they did to us in basic training, but later that evening. It feels like someone slugged me good right in the arm. And for some reason people just had a sense to either poke or pat me right on that spot today. Ouch! I am also really sore everywhere else. I am going to do some light cardio tomorrow and then take Friday and Saturday off. We have our test on Sunday morning, the day after we have range fire. I hate it when we have to go to the range and do a weapons qualification and then turn around and do a physical fitness test the next day....but there is no sense in whining about it. I know I will pass, so I am just ready to get it all over with.
I think I will enjoy a celebratory beer when I pass the test and weight. I haven't had a single brew since I have been here. This is a record for me since our favorite hang out spot during AT is usually the local brewing company. I have definitely shown myself what willpower I actually DO have.
Anyway, I think I am going to do a little more stretching and maybe go to bed early. One more day of PRT at 6 am tomorrow...almost there!
Monday, June 17, 2013
Well, I have had a lovely time enjoying my hotel room and my couple days off from army stuff. Used the fitness room, ate some fresh fruit and cereal from the free breakfast bar, had some coffee, enjoyed not having to get dressed immediately after a shower (it's the little things), went shopping and found two pairs of shorts that fit and are not booty shorts! I have such a hard time finding shorts. I am short and round, so anything that fits my waist is too baggy everywhere else. I like bermudas and all, but since I am short, they tend to make me look a little stumpy. Juniors shorts fit me, but most of them are all super short. Since I am in a different town, I was comfortable with thoroughly searching the juniors section because there was no fear of running into a student (it's just odd running into a student and shopping in the section where they buy their clothes). Anyway, I found a pair in the juniors section and a pair in the misses section, so score 2 for me!
Enjoyed some time to myself, and took myself to Applebees for lunch-dinner, "linner." I like going to places that we don't have at home, but since I am trying to stick to my guns with my eating habits, I knew I could count on Applebees with their under 550 menu. I really enjoyed eating a hot meal. I have been living on sandwiches, lean pockets, and granola bars for the last week. I knew going into it that those "healthy' meals have a ton of sodium, but once I looked it up, wow! A full days worth right there on my plate. I still enjoyed it, but realized that I could stand to work on cutting back on the sodium intake some. I have a hard time with fluid retention anyway, so it's a smart step.
Well, not sure if I have lost any more weight or where I stand there, but I can tell you that I feel pretty darn good. Ready to be home and back to normal life, but glad I've gotten a good jump start on being healthier and fit. 7 more days of army then I can go home. I am very fortunate to have a job that I love in my civilian life and military life, and thankful that I have not had to be separated from my husband for a long deployment, but I still really miss him and my puppies and fluffy cat. Ready to enjoy the rest of the summer with him and prepare for the upcoming school year.
Now to enjoy my last few hours of "me time..."
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Today, we did not have PRT so I got up and ran 2 miles on my own. It was a rough start since last night was the first night I actually slept for more than an hour and I slept pretty hard, but it wasn't long enough. I did roll my booty out of bed, though, and by the end of my run, I felt really freaking good!
I showered and headed to the armory with my packed healthy lunch. We had a long day of boring stuff...kind of. I enjoyed the playing we did today. I am in the Army National Guard Band for anyone that missed that. We still do a lot of "real army" stuff, but our main mission is to provide music for ceremonies and events. It's quite the job! Anyway, I had to do a lot of paperwork today...that's not nearly as enjoyable as playing is.
I was feeling good today, but I also felt I needed to take my after-work workout easy. I did elliptical for an hour, but I didn't push my intensity too much. I did a couple hard intervals, but not for very long.
After I got home and started doing some calculating and planning. When you are informed, it's so much easier to make the healthy decisions because you know how many calories you need to burn in order to meet your goals. You know what your options are. I am looking forward to working out the math, and I know it's not perfectly accurate, but it's a lot better than just blindly eating and ignoring the consequences!
Time for bed! More PRT in the morning!
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