Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I took the kids to town yesterday which means we ate out. I was good at lunch... headed towards an underbudget day. And then McDonald's had Shamrock shakes. I was pretty sure I was giving up ice cream for Lent and seeing those on Fat Tuesday sealed the deal. I'd have a shake and that would be the closest I'd come to ice cream until after Easter. Done. Of course, it put me waaaaaaay overbudget. I don't know what they've done to their shakes but (1) I think they are even more high-calorie than they used to be and (2) they don't taste as good. I only ever have 1 shake a year - Shamrock - and for the last 2 years they've been McCafe shakes. I've concluded I don't like them nearly as much as the old shakes - which were fluffier... maybe lower in fat or more full of air? Whatever the change, I don't like it. So... it was my splurge and I don't regret it but I don't think I'll bother next year.
Woke up having lost 0.8 pounds. Weird. My body is definitely doing it's own thing these days. So long as I'm maintaining under my 50 pounds lost goal, I'm just going to let things ride until I talk to my trainer about my new fitness and nutrition plan.
I did decide on Lent goals. I have 3.
I'm going to recommit to taking my supplements, especially my calcium and vitamin D and my fish oil. I take the calcium/D because I don't get enough D in my diet. I can't believe I slacked because back before I got the stomach bug I was convinced that my regular intake of D was key to my weight loss and good mood. And then I wonder why the last 6 weeks have been sort of off. Duh. I've also read and been told that I need a lot of omega-3s to shed fat and gain muscle. I was SUPPOSED to really up my intake (not just supplements but in the form of fish) during the last phase of The Female Body Breakthrough but I just couldn't stomach the idea of more fish oil and more fish. Well.... it's Lent so more fish is pretty much a no-brainer and I'm recommitting to taking 3 capsules of fish oil every day.
I'm going to give up my almost-daily skinny cow habit. They aren't really 'bad' for me. The calorie count is decent. There's some fiber and some protein. But they are uber processed and I was eating them because I WANTED them not because I was hungry. That's exactly the kind of calories NO ONE needs so I'm giving them up. I will likely have a black coffee or tea with splenda at the time when I used to have the skinny cow (which is the time I used to have a glass of wine... I obviously have a need for something to help me relax around 8:30-9 at night).
And I'm going to continue to make 'dates' a priority with a little nudge from Jenny. A friend and I have been getting out about once a week to run errands and have a healthy lunch (I count calories, she counts points, we both try to eat well). I'll continue that. Plus I'm going to work on continuing family dates and couple dates. It's HARD to find things to do in the winter that don't include a meal eaten out so I do have to keep an eye on that - building in a meal made at home as part of the date, making the food eaten out a snack over a meal, saving a few hundred calories a day so I have room to splurge on the weekend, etc.
Monday, February 13, 2012
I scheduled my next appointment with Dave. We'll go over where I'm at, stretching (which I don't currently do and think I need to do), and muscle building strategies. And we'll schedule another session to come up with a workout/workouts relevant to my new goals. I'm very excited to go back to having workouts devised just for me for a bit. The Female Body Breakthrough worked great for me until this last phase. I don't feel like my body changed at all in the last phase, except that I now have elbow pain and lower back pain that I didn't have before. I can only guess at what they are from (and did adjust things which helped A LOT) though because I'm just following a book.
Which leads me to something else that is scheduled..... a 2 week 'break'. My last workout is this Wednesday and my meeting with Dave is 2 weeks from Wednesday. In that gap I am only going to go to centergy classes - 4 of them. I think that will be enough to maintain and I go to centergy mostly for my mental well-being (and to work on flexibility and balance).
The timing is perfect because I also have a doctor's appointment for myself in their on a non-Centergy day that I usually do strength training. I've had strabismus pretty much my whole life and it really limits my driving (and has probably had a negative impact on my self esteem). When I was a kid the doctor told my parents that the risk of the anesthesia outweighed any potential benefit of the surgery when I was a toddler.... and when I got old enough to ask to fix it I was told I was too old and my brain would never learn to use both eyes together again. That is NOT the current belief but it depends on your exact situation. I am excited - an a little scared - to be getting answers.
And...... with this break in here..... DH *really* *really* wants me to do my navel piercing now. LOL! *He's* been shopping for navel rings. I went through a phase of shopping for them a while back but I haven't looked in a few months. I did pick out a piercing studio though. VERY well-reviewed. That must might be what we do on our 'date' next weekend! I know that 2 weeks isn't enough time for it to heal (by a l-o-n-g shot) but I will just have to work around it! (Literally)
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