Saturday, November 20, 2010
When I stayed with my grandma and uncle for the week leading up to Halloween, I fell off the wagon big-time. Only one day of exercise and a LOT of bingeing = 3 pound gain. I had been doing pretty good exercising out there the past couple trips, but this time it seemed like one thing after another went wrong. I'm not gonna go into all the details since it's been almost a month since it happened, but suffice it to say, I really struggled to get back on track when I got home again. I felt "the void"--which I didn't feel for months--and I just wanted to fill it and stuff all my other negative emotions with a lotta lot of junk food. I didn't hit my exercise goals that first week back, either.
Last week, I made multiple bad decisions regarding food, but it was a major improvement from the week before. I ate rather sensibly for the most part. I got in all my cardio, even though it meant going 5 days in a row. I don't like to do that because I get so tired by the last day, but I took Monday and Tuesday off and it was the only way to get my 5 days in. Most importantly, I finally felt like I was back on track!
This week's been awesome so far. I've eaten very well. (I probably ate too little, actually, because I've been so busy.) I went out to eat at Cracker Barrel last night. I really wanted something ridiculously unhealthy--the cinnamon French toast with cream cheese icing looked so amazingly delicious, as did my mom's hush puppies and the neighboring patron's bacon--but I ordered a grilled chicken salad with dressing on the side. I wholeheartedly wanted to stay home afterwards, but I went to the gym and did my cardio and ST anyway. Tomorrow will be my 5th day of cardio in a row again; you can get your butt I'll be there hitting that goal, though.
It took me 2 weeks to get back to my pre-visit weight. I dropped the extra 3 pounds last week. THIS week, I hit both my 30% lost and 80 pounds lost milestones. It feels so good to be back.
Now I just have to devise a plan of attack for Thanksgiving dinner.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
• Lose 5.2 or more lbs to hit my goal of at least 14 lbs lost
Lost 5.8 more lbs for a total of 14.6 lost during the challenge
• Cardio: at least 220, preferably 275, mins per week (880-1100 total)
• Measurements: Not going to set specific goals because my body WILL lose where it wants to. I just want the numbers to go down or at the very least stay the same (no increasing!).
Waist Went down 7/8 inch
Hips Went down 1 ½ inches
Bust Went down ½ inch
• ST—Abs: 2 sets of 15 reps each of regular and reverse crunches, 2x a day, 2 days a week (Add more exercises or more reps as strength increases)
Week 2 Didn’t do any this week
Week 4 (Note: I have to do these tomorrow in order to get 3 sessions in, but I have to post this blog early. I’m being optimistic.)
• ST—Legs: 2 days a week of ball squats, calf raises, hamstring curls, hip ab/adductions
• ST—Upper body: 3 days a week of chest, back, and arm machines
Week 1 Hit goals 2x this week.
I took Sunday off as an extra knee rest day due to my knee and therefore didn't have access to the machines at home.
Week 2 /
Chest & Back 3x this week/ Biceps 0x & Triceps 1x
Week 3 Hit goals 2x this week.
I took too many days off from gym to ST upper body on non-consecutive days
Week 4 (Note: I have to do these tomorrow to get 3x in, too.)
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“ Has your life changed any? Is it better? Is it worse? List how you feel.”
My life hasn’t changed for the better or worse but I feel very proud that I managed to achieve as many goals as I did. Having a weekly checklist of exercises to do kept me on track. I learned where my strengths and weaknesses are, and I think this goal list is going to give me some opportunities to brainstorm on future improvements.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This intermittent, sometimes severe/sometimes mild pain thing with my knees was really beginning to worry me. Last week I decided to bite the bullet and schedule an appointment with an orthopedic doctor. If I had to dip into savings to pay for an MRI, so be it. Today was my appointment. First off, I got x-rays done; after examining them, the doctor told me it was a very straight-forward problem and I don’t even need an MRI (phew!). I have runner’s knee. [I find this very ironic because I’ve had these knee problems since before I started running and they were the very reason I didn’t think I should start.] Anyway, my anatomy is such that I don’t really have a “running body.” The doc said that if I were to tell him that I wanted to run a marathon, he’d tell me to expect a LOT of pain; running is basically always going to hurt me but it won’t cause damage. He gave me the go-ahead to run again. Yay!
The doctor also told me that I could try wearing braces if my knee straps don’t help. If I want, I could get cortisone injections for pain and inflammation or joint fluid injections for lubrication shot into my knee(s) if I wanted. I decided to pass on the big needles and just took a one-time prescription for physical therapy to learn what exercises I should and shouldn’t be doing. That bill’s going to really hurt to pay out-of-pocket, but I think it’s probably a good investment for my health.
In other news, I had a $10 gift card from Sears that expired tomorrow so I went shopping after my doctor’s appointment. I bought 3 pairs of (smaller) underwear and a super cute bra for my shrinkified boobs that originally totaled $42. They were on clearance; I only had to pay $1.16 total.
Friday, October 08, 2010
I was at the grocery store with my mom and of course, they had Halloween candy at the entrance (right next to what we went there to buy in the first place). I looked at the candy but wasn't planning on getting, remembering how badly I lost control last time when I got candy corn. Well, my mom and I have both been craving crap lately and were both hungry at the time on top of that. She picked up a bag of gummi pumpkins and I was thrilled to throw my resolve out the window. [God, do we enable each other.]
I was expecting gummi worm consistency but they were more of a mix between Jujubes and gumdrops, minus the sugar. NOT at all what I like. And yet I ate a lot of them. To make matters more interesting, the nutrition info only listed the serving in grams, not fractions of a cup. I have no clue how many friggin grams I ate. I did my best to guesstimate how much I ate based on the number of servings in the bag, and I tracked the calories for my estimate. But now I'm hungry and I'm already over my calories for the day--which I wouldn't have been had I not ate those damn things.
Why do I do this? If I'm going to binge, I should at least limit it to things that I genuinely enjoy. I'm trying to be positive and give myself credit for at least tracking the calories as best I could. Hey, I'm still staying accountable to myself. But I'm still mad and disappointed in myself that I did it. It's not like this was some great quality cuisine like in NY. This was just junk. Junk that didn't taste good. Junk that wasn't even worth it.
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