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Big Splurge... it's a test

Monday, December 05, 2011

This weekend was crazy busy and we planned two restaurant meals. Ended up both being takeout pizza and beer which is A-OK by me. I love both and both definitely count as a splurge for me. My weight really took a hit, which I totally expected. My total calories for the week, however, are within budget so it will be interesting to see how the week plays out.

Over 2 days I ate 11 (yes, eleven) slices of 'supreme' pizza. Full fat cheese. White crust. Salty, fatty meats. And the scale is telling me my body didn't much like that. Up 3 pounds in 2 days. BUT my body isn't really different (clothes fit the same, not uncomfortably bloated). I woke up super thirsty so I've downed 20 ounces of coffee and 40 oz of water on top of my healthy breakfast. Feeling a little full hahaha but I know I needed it!

Other than that it was a crazy but good weekend. DD had her first basket ball game. They lost by 1 point VERY close to the end so it ws an exciting game. DS worked tech crew for his third middle school play. He enjoys it but it eats up SO much time at a time of year when we really do NOT have extra time. He also does NOT do well with the late nights and trying to balance homework and band practice on top of marathon drama program sessions. But it went well and it's over. We put the tree up and it looks very pretty. I hung the stockings and redid the decorations around the stockings. I'm very happy with that too. Next on tap is getting DD's nutcracker collection out. And I'm continuing to buy and wrap gifts :-) Haven't gotten to baking but I really must as the baking stash for breakfasts and lunches is almost depleted. Might as well replace it with Christmas baking!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 12/6/2011 6:12AM

    :) Your family sounds amazing! Kudos to your kids for balancing everything. You're right those late nights and early mornings really take a toll.
What instrument does your son play?

We also got our tree up. My hubby decided to hang lights in our kitchen this year. They look great! He actually said he wanted to keep them up all year:) We shall see. I love how homey everything feels decorated for the holidays.

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TANYAP71 12/5/2011 11:36AM

    I'll see how it goes. So far I've had 64 ounces of water (and my big coffee) and breakfast and my protein bar and weigh basically what I weighed this morning (0.2 up). I worked out so there was a fair amount of sweating in there.

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YCOOLIO 12/5/2011 9:34AM

    I'm sure the weight gain is mostly sodium. I hear you though, I LOVE gooey rich pizza occasionally (I guess my next "occasionally" will be sometime next Spring -- so, thanks for getting a few extra slices in there for me!)

My son also does the backstage stuff at his high school, and this year he's been so stressed out with that and work (he babysits for this family that has two disabled children -- yes, count your blessings, for real), and college apps and all of it he had a total meltdown this weekend and we had a long talk about healthy means of dealing with stress. I realized that this is the age where kids are learning how to cope with a lot of responsibilities and we need to help them to navigate the juggling act. My daughter is hyper competitive and driven, and has overdone it since she was like 6 -- and now at nearly 21 she does a lot better with dialing it back. Although she still had full time college, 4.0 honors, and two jobs. But that's how she rolls....I joke with her about it and tell her to do more drugs and blow off deadlines like a normal college student!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the heck out of that splurge and realized that you really deserve to enjoy it too! I'm sure the consequences will be limited because you take such good care of yourself all the time...

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REBECCAMA 12/5/2011 8:00AM

  MMMM... pizza and beer! That sounds yummy. I have had frozen pizza a couple of times lately and I always go over my calories with it. Good luck with your test. :-)

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Delightful December

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Not really changing much for December
1. Manage stress to avoid emotional eating. Centergy. Relaxing time with hubby.
2. Maintain in the 122-126 pound range. Maintain lean body mass over 100 pounds.
3. Strength train 3x a week, moving to fourth phase of Female Body Breakthrough.
4. Monitor BF% and work to lower it below 19.5% (average of the 2 devices). I had some mid-cycle spotting and AF was a day early in November and I'm not sure if it's connected to my body fat dipping every lower. I am going to continue to eat high protein and avoid intense cardio but I'm watching what my body is telling me too.

December is often a stressful month. I tend to let myself get to anxious about all the preparations and it comes out as emotional eating. Historically, I don't gain because I'm 'working' so intensely on preparations but the quality of my diet isn't usually great in December. I'm going to work on NOT letting myself get stressed. With some perspective I really do believe that I *LET* myself get stressed. So... my hope is that December will not be dastardly because I've got better coping skills this year. I want it to be delightful. I am going so far as to call it my 'slow Christmas' and actively telling people that I'm not stressing and will get to it when I get to it. (Not baking my usual hundreds upon hundreds of Christmas cookies should help!)

Reviewing November - Probably my 'worst' month since starting monthly goals.

1. Get average body fat below 19%.
NO. Big FAT resounding NO! I'm upset only because the phase of the workout I'm in is SUPPOSED to be about shedding fat. My bodyfat measurements are really bouncing around now with being out of my routine due to the holidays and some really intense workouts that seem to really affect my weight and BF% (water retention I think). Anyway... I'm trending around 19.7% taking an average of the handheld reading and the scale reading. To be fair to myself I didn't have the scale reading when I set my goal. My handheld reading *is* consistently below 19% but the scale reading (lower-body influenced) is 1.5-2 points higher.

2. Maintain in the 122-126 pound range. Maintain lean body mass over 100 pounds.
Yes, yes. My weight is bouncing around a lot in this range but I have not been below or above it, at all, this month. I really think the ups and downs are related to intense exercise, dietary cheats (carbs), and poor water intake. When life is 'routine' I am right below 124 and I'm totally happy with that. This will continue to be my maintenance range.

3. Strength train 3x a week, moving to third phase of Female Body Breakthrough.
Yes. Aside from the trip out of town for Thanksgiving I got in 3 strength sessions every week and I'm really enjoying the third phase of FBB. I feel really strong doing chinups, deadlifts, weighted squats :-)

4. Go back to Sparking every day. This month I have really slacked on racking up spark points and logging fitness minutes. I want to get back to being here every day so that I don't start slacking even more (like not weighing in every day or not tracking all my food).
NO, at least I don't think so. When I set this goal I had found a calendar on here that would have let me check this. I can't find it today. I did make level 10 so I racked up some points. I AM here every day. I just don't rush to the computer to record everything anymore. I am weighing and tracking food every day still.

5. Continue to make small changes in family eating habits, including getting the kids more involved in planning and/or food prep.
Yes, but truly small changes. I'm happy to see the changes. Everyone is making little changes that fit their needs. I'm happy to see them LEARNING and INDIVIDUALIZING what it means to be a healthy eater.

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YCOOLIO 12/2/2011 4:38PM

    Thanks for the inspiration to do monthly goals. Seems like it works for you. (BTW, 19% BF, oh, my, god. Please pat yourself on the back for being anywhere anywhere close to that after 40, for goodness sake!)

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 12/1/2011 11:31AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan for December:)
Continue to listen to your body. You may have shredded all the fat there is to shred. I went to the extremes with this and it is not fun or sexy at all. I am relearning how to safely lose. It's working and I am loving the results plus all the treats I get to eat:) The scale is up but my pants are saggy!
Love your positive attitude with the holidays:) It's very nice just to chill:) I love baking and giving away all my treats so I don't end up eating them all, but I do have one or two. They are too good and life is too short:)

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Love my jeans

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today I am wearing a pair of size 4P jeans that I almost didn't buy back in September. They were expensive and I didn't know if they'd fit well long term. I bought them tight. I worried I'd get too small for them even though I've always considered size 4 my clothing size goal. Turns out 4P is just perfect for me, at least in this syle of jeans. I put them on today and they are JUST my jeans. They feel good. I'm no longer amazed I fit in them. Unlike my 4S jeans from another (cheaper) brand, they still feel good this afternoon. They are definitely my thermometer jeans, the jeans I will go back to regularly to make sure I'm staying on track.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/30/2011 5:06PM

    :) It's a nice feeling isn't it? Congrats on all your hard work!

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Blood work results

Monday, November 28, 2011

I had my bloodwork done in October 2010 when I was still overweight (about 6 weeks into this journey) and again a week ago when I was at an 'ideal' BMI. Must say the results are NOT all that much different. I always said I was a healthy fat person and I was. Now I am a healthy thin person.

Then and now results:
Cholesterol: 130 - 156
HDL (good): 63 - 76 (this kicks me into the 'protective' range of HDL, I believe)
LDL (bad): 50 - 74 (up but still good... but UP... yes I lost weight and my bad cholesterol went UP)
Total/HDL: 2.1 - 2.05 (virtually unchanged)
Triglycerides: 44 - 28 (not sure if this is good or neutral, don't think it's bad)
Fasting blood sugar: 88 - 68 (and I don't think I want to see this any lower)

Everything else came back normal, including my the 2 tests for inflammation of the circulatory system.

I feel really good about these results. I am eating high protein which means a fair amount of meat so I was a tad worried that my cholesterol would be out of whack. It's not. My kidney's are also functioning well, despite all the protein. I'm very happy with my fasting blood sugar since I am at risk of diabetes (had gestational diabetes).

It's funny. I'm really happy to have lost weight. I like being lean and small. BUT I am oddly delighted that there really wasn't THAT big an impact on my blood chemistry. I hate how people roll their eyes and 'pooh-pooh' heavy people that insist that they are healthy despite the extra weight. I hated it when I was heavy and I still hate it. SURE that weight may have had an impact somewhere along the line but it really is possible to be heavy and healthy. I'm glad I didn't wait until it impacted my health to lose weight because the added stress would have complicated things but maybe I never would have had a health impact. Hopefully I will never have to find out!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/29/2011 11:02AM

    Great job with the results. Was your doctor concerned with the cholesterol?

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DIVEGODDESS 11/29/2011 4:12AM

    It's also possible to be small and unhealthy. I know a lot of Asians that are small (mostly due to genetics) but they have diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Not all heavy people are unhealthy, and not all small people are healthy. It probably feels better to be lighter though..
Your cholesterol going up could be from increase in animal protein, which also tends to have cholesterol.
I'm glad your blood work came out good. Here's to staying heathly!!

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No crescent rolls....

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I stopped eating crescent rolls years ago. I thought they were gross and so didn't eat them. But they 'had' to be on the table. Even when I hosted Thanksgiving someone would make sure I was going to serve the (vile) things. This year.... no crescent rolls. That for me sums up the changes. Yes, we each splurged in our own ways but there were real changes that made some splurges simply impossible.

Sweet potatoes were just roasted. (no marshmallow-topped, sweetened buttery casserole)
Rolls were 100% WW potato rolls. (no crescent rolls) I still passed bc of my stuffing splurge.
Brussels sprouts were roasted. (not creamed)
Appetizers were veggies and yogurt ranch dip. (no full-fat cheese & crackers or other fatty nibbles)

Splurge possibilities:
Mashed potatoes - pass (I don't eat mashed potatoes bc they make my blood sugar whacky)
Gravy - pass (too fatty)
Stuffing - BIG splurge for me... My mom's is the best.
Corn - pass (I don't like corn on it's own unless it's fresh corn on the cob)
Wine - score :-)
Pumpkin pie & whipped cream - one slice and only at one meal and no crust
Apple pie - pass (I prefer crisp and make it often enough)

And there was no food pushing which was such a relief. I hate when people try to make me feel bad for eating what is healthy for me. I actually fare better with criticism of my splurges that criticism for NOT splurging.

We traveled today so no weigh-in yet but I did hop on the scale after lunch when I showered and was a pound+ below maintenance so should be A-OK for November.


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