Saturday, January 03, 2009
Nothing like a new year to make yourself get back on track! I have been absent from SparkPeople for a long three months. And of course I didn't eat as healthy as I did when I was tracking my food. It makes such a difference when you know that you are going to be recording it somewhere and basically be confronted with it again.
One of the hang-ups I had last year with tracking my food was that I would get super frustrated if I went out to eat with co-workers or whatever and didn't feel like I could track my meal even though I knew I ate healthy! I would get a salad, for instance, and not know exactly how much lettuce, etc. and not want to be a weirdo counting up the tomatoes, etc. I know most people are comfortable guesstimating but I am not one of those people UNFORTUNATELY. I need to know exactly in order to record it. I am a bit OCD. Then I started getting weary of going out to lunch even though I enjoy the social aspect of it so much. That didn't make me happy.
But that is not what kept me away from SparkPeople. Something happened at the beginning of September when I came back from visiting my brother that really upset me. Due to the complexity of the issue, I do not feel like I can resolve it the way I normally would. Therefore it has continued to bother me...yes even four months later! Luckily I have an appointment with my therapist on Monday and I will try to come up with a solution with her then. Wish me LUCK!
I gained around 10 pounds while I was off of SparkPeople so I have my work cut out for me in regards to getting back on track.
Another thing that I let trip me up "last year" was that I was drinking a gallon of water a day (16 cups) and doing Great! BUT then my dad, a psychiatrist, persistently advised me against drinking so much water. I then consulted with my doctor and he told me to only drink SIX CUPS a day!!! I didn't realize how very much drinking a gallon of water was assisting with controlling my appetite until I started drinking half that amount. I haven't figured out what to do. I told my doctor how profusely I sweat when I work out and told him how much I work out but it didn't matter. I still drink at least 8 but I know more would help my appetite A LOT. Then again there is a reason my doctor advised me against it. Washing out nutrients, electrolytes, etc. Unfortunately I get that I would not know that the gallon of water was hurting me until I got symptoms and then it would be too late, damage would be done. I never experienced "symptoms" but I don't want to set myself up for it either.
Lastly my dad kept pestering me about the fact that I was closely monitoring my sodium intake and that it was not necessary and that I would end up in the hospital due to low sodium level. I think I need to consult my doctor about that one too and HOPEFULLY get a better response than I did about the water. I was doing so much better when I was closely watching my sodium intake.
For now, I am striving to simply do my best and track track track. I will hopefully get back to my previous level of activity/participation on SparkPeople eventually but give me time. This blog entry is a BIG STEP for me.
Monday, August 25, 2008
On Friday night, I allowed myself to have pizza (half of a medium which was 3 good-sized slices) for dinner with a salad. It was Delicious! I added 20 minutes to my workout at the gym on Saturday and broke a new record for calories burned according to the cardio machines...923!! I was "good" all weekend and I was rewarded with a 2 lb. weight loss over the weekend...WOO HOO!
I felt it was important to allow myself something "sinful" so that I do not get to feeling deprived since we all know how that can majorly backfire. Granted my favorite pizza isn't so bad since it just has tomato, mozzarella, artichokes, capers, and olives. Also it's on a somewhat thin crust and my favorite pizza place, Tuscan Oven, doesn't seem to make pizza quite as greasy as the typical pizza places.
I am quite happy with myself regarding this past weekend.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I did a lot better this second time and my trainer, the class instructor, said so too! I basically kept up for at least 95% of the routine. I say "basically" because I don't think I was going as fast as everybody else but hey! my thighs are at least 3x the size of all of theirs and not the least bit firm!
I actually did all the "jumping" and "dips." I felt good about myself doing significantly better this time. I honestly think it's partially due to the fact that the first time was on the weekend in the morning. My body is used to working out in the late afternoon/evening. Also I ate more beforehand this time and was probably more hydrated.
I do plan to keep doing this until it gets easier which means twice a week, when my trainer teaches it. It's definitely a good way to change up my cardio and avoid getting burnt out on the cardio machines. I just hope I am able to resume at the same level (Random setting, Level 8) when I do get back on the cardio machines.
Monday, August 11, 2008
I ate out quite a bit over the weekend. I didn't eat anything fried or overly fatty but the food was probably high in sodium and that's the key. My weight on Friday morning was 237.5 and my weight this morning (Monday 8/11/08) was 244.5. Goodness gracious! I realize that is probably almost all water weight but GEEEZZZ. I am of course right back on track today and plan to see a lot of that weight gone tomorrow!
I had jury duty today but I still made sure to bring my cooler with fruits and veggies and had a protein bar as my entree for lunch. I watched other people eat the french fries and other fried foods from the snack bar/deli at the courthouse and I was so glad that I was prepared. I only ate a little over a 1000 mg of sodium today, drank plenty of water, and worked out (Burned 914 calories baby!!!). So I feel that I have realistic expectations in regards to the scale being nicer tomorrow morning. I should update my ticker here but I haven't decided...
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