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Changing habits... baby steps

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Today my daughter and I went into the city for an appointment. We've been doing this her entire life. For years the pattern is, commute in (stressful), have a treat at the restaurant in the lobby, do the appointment, get lunch. The food is delish and, while the restaurant has healthy options, more often than not we consume a LOT of calories. Today we did very well! We both ate breakfast here at home first. We did NOT stop in the lobby at all. At the train station she had lunch since she was missing lunch at school. She went with a happy meal with a hamburger (she'd usually do cheeseburger), fries (and she threw about half of them out), and lowfat white milk (she'd usually do chocolate milk or even a shake). I had an unsweetened iced tea because I wanted to have lunch back home (which--- oops --- I forgot to have!). After her lunch we got our treat - a reasonable 150 calorie low-fat vanilla cone from McDonalds. Maybe we could have done better but options are extremely limited and packing lunches and snacks adds stress to an already very stressful day. I'm happy with this progress. I suspect she'd have done no better with the lunch offered at school. But I really should go eat some lunch!


Last of the 5 pack

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Today I had the last of the 5-pack of training sessions I bought when I joined the gym in mid-March. My trainer has worked up 4 workouts for me - 3 'whole body', 1 'lower body' - and I asked him to help me turn the 3 whole body into 3 hour long workouts with a focus on core and then upper, lower, glutes. He showed me the progression from some of the exercises I've been doing. I'll see what I can come up with. My plan is to come up with 3 workouts (I've done been doing 1 of the 3) and rotate through them 2 weeks at a time twice before the kids go back to school (with some schedule modifications due to travel). I'm also reading a strength building book a friend recommended. I'm hoping I can 'fly solo' from here on out but I'll be back to seeing him as a trainer if I get stuck trying to lower my body fat or if I don't know what to do to get muscles where I want them.

I wish I could get an honest answer to what he REALLY thought when I first showed up for my free session. I think he doesn't quite know what to make of me. I've lost 20 pounds since joining the gym, worked REALLY hard, pushed myself, and been there very regularly. My suspicion is that he thought I was just another bored, overweight housewife looking for a silver bullet. I think I surprised him. I KNOW I surprised me!


Give Me A Break!

Friday, June 03, 2011

I hate this new radio commercial for Sensa.

If you are 'serious' about weight loss....
....lost 30 pounds on Sensa without changing their diet or exercise....

Um, that is ridiculous. A totally moronic statement. No one who wants to lose weight without changing their diet or exercise is SERIOUS about losing '30 pounds or more'.

I.... OTOH.... AM serious about losing weight, having changed both diet and exercise habits. I suspect my nearly-30 pound weight loss will be a tad more lasting than the weight loss on Sensa. Today I was able to get my pre-preg size 8P velour jeans on. I can't button them or begin to zip them but last week they didn't go over my thighs and this week.... they do! I've only lost a pound in the last week but I guess it was just the right pound. I guess that makes these 13 year old jeans my 'goal jeans'.

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TANYAP71 6/4/2011 4:11PM

    The commercial makes me SO mad. I was there ..... with 30+ pounds to lose.... and you sure do wish for a magic bullet! But what happens when you stop taking the stuff? If you haven't changed your diet or your exercise, the weight must all come back. And what happens if you take the stuff forever? I doubt you lose forever. Makes me want to bang my head against a wall.

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5KIDS4MEJESS 6/4/2011 3:45PM

    Yay! You got them ooo-oon, you got them oooo-ooon! --doing a little dance-- I totally agree with you on the sensa thing. I've seen that commercial a million times and laugh every time. "Just sprinkle it on and watch the ppounds melt away!" - Hahahahahahahaha It makes me laugh just to think of it now lol. I'm so happy for you! Almost to 8!! emoticon

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June Goals

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I might as well toss a few goals up here. What I'm doing is working very well so there isn't much for me to change.

1. Lose 4 more pounds (to 146).
2. Monitor %BF every day at bedtime to get a baseline to compare to in subsequent cycles.
3. Remember to eat breakfast on rest days BEFORE I start to feel dizzy.
4. Use or give away EVERYTHING in the farm basket so nothing goes to waste.

May summary:
(I had no written goals but these are the highlights.)

1. I lost 8.8 pounds on a plan set for 1.5 pounds lost per week. At 155 my budget dropped to 1200 calories a day so I changed the plan to 1.0 pounds lost per week. I tend to eat back some but not all of my exercise calories so my NET calories are often below 1200 but I make sure to EAT 1200+ calories every day.

2. I went to the gym every single weekday. That's 22 times. Some weeks I did 3 cardio sessions and 2 weight sessions (45'-60' of weights and 30' cardio). Other weeks I did 2 cardio and 3 weights. My trainer recommends that I go with 3 weights (and 2 cardio if I want to burn more calories) from here out.

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5KIDS4MEJESS 6/1/2011 10:03AM

    Sounds like a great plan! :-) Congrats on following through. Your results are great! emoticon

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Reflections on Worry: Exercise is my anti-anxiety medication

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.
- Corrie Ten Boom, author and human rights activist

I am a worrier. I have always been a worrier. I have always thought of my worrying as a good thing. Only recently have I been able to begin to separate preparedness from worry. It's amazing to prepare but not worry. I am born of a worrier. I grew up with worry and fear modeled on a daily basis. I have never known what it's like to not live in fear. Since I started exercising - hard and very regularly - my anxiety level has gone way down. It's not gone. It can still be triggered. But I no longer feel like I live my life constantly worried about (afraid of!) something. I used to go from worry point to worry point. It was as if I didn't know what to do with myself if I wasn't worrying about something. I think that must have been the anxiety. I shared my family history of depression with my doctor years ago and she tells me every time I see her that I should exercise. That it would lessen my risk of depression. What I did not know was that it would rid me of my anxiety .... NOW. It's not a 'do this and maybe it will have that benefit years down the road'. It was seriously a 'do this and you will benefit NOW.'

Exercise IS my anti-anxiety medication.

Who knew?

And I SURE do like the side effects!

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5KIDS4MEJESS 6/1/2011 10:06AM

    Thanks for sharing this! I love exercise's benefits much more than I thought I would when I was avoiding it, so I can totally relate :-)

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DADDYTREVOR 5/29/2011 11:16AM

    Thanks for the post.

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