Friday, July 06, 2012
I'm pretty sure 124 is 'my' weight. It seems like eons ago that I set 126 as my goal. Fifty pounds lost has a nice ring to it. I hit that 9+ months ago. Soon after I settled into a pattern that worked for me - 124 pounds during the week, 126 if I splurged on the weekend, back to 124 during the week. If I was really stressed or sick, I would drop to 122 (a time or two to 121). How I ate or exercised didn't seem to matter (ie, clean vs not, cardio vs strength). When I let my eating get a little more carb heavy and my exercise less intense I put on a couple pounds of fat (2, literally). Brought the carbs down, kicked up the exercise and those 2 pounds disappeared. A few weeks of big stress and 3 more were gone (thus my GOAL post). A week of calm and, yep, almost back at 124.
And, I think I'm ok with it. True, I am going into this cruise only 2.5 pounds under goal, not the 5 I hoped for. But I went in AT goal in April and was fine. And I've had lots of experience to show that my body really seems to tolerate (even appreciate?) a weeklong splurge. Sooo... Maybe this is a good thing? Maybe it means that my body will bring itself back to 124 naturally after we return. One thing that I know will come from it is an awareness that I have wiggle room but not tons of it. Dessert will be OK but perhaps not the most sinful thing on the menu. A drink will be OK but an 800 calorie frozen concoction not. This will serve me well in the long run but perhaps even better in the short run. I've noticed that I seem to be having food hangovers lately. They are very weird and definitely unwelcome. On days when I've had zero alcohol but lots of carbs (even whole grains like popcorn) I often wake up the next day feeling truly hungover - headachey, parched, and puffy. If I keep my splurging moderate I may just avoid that feeling. Spending the cruise in that state would be worse than gaining a few pounds.
I can not believe embarkation day is almost here. I booked the cruise the day I joined the gym. I feel like a totally different person physically!
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
It's been 2 weeks since I've run. Two weeks ago I got 1.25 miles (IIRC) before the achille's pain set in. Today it did not return! Woo! I kept myself at a 1.0% incline (no hills) and at a slow pace (5MPH or 5.5MPH depending on the beat of the song on my ipod) and just kept going and going. I hit 'cool down' at 4.0 miles which was just about 46'. That's the longest I've ever run without a break to walk for a bit so I'm happy that my achille's didn't bother me at all AND I'm happy to have been able to run so long without walking.
YTD: 56.5 miles
Saturday, June 30, 2012
I did it! Today I weighed in at 121. That's 5 pounds under maintenance which is, I guess, the lowest one can be and be considered 'in maintenance range'. That was my pre-cruise weight goal because I know I will bloat and I *might* just gain real weight too. This should allow me to still be comfortable in my clothes, even at the end of the cruise. We are sailing in a special class called 'aquaclass' which gives me access to the 'clean' restaurant for breakfast and dinner. I suspect that their definition of 'clean' is not truly clean (ala Clean Eating) but certainly smaller portions, less sauces, leaner meats, more veggies, etc. I will go to the 'clean' buffet for lunch as well. I THINK eating will be covered, except that we will likely eat, once each, at the French restaurant and at QSine which is supposed to be way too much food and not the healthiest foods. I'm much more concerned about the calories I'll drink. But I'm going to drink them anyway! drink-water-drink-water-drink-water. At least I tell myself I'll alternate :-)
Body fat is nice and low too :-) I think I'll be more upset by gaining fat than gaining weight!
I almost can't believe I did it. I had a few months there where I really just slacked off. I maintained just fine but I wasn't making progress towards the 5 pounds under goal. As soon as I got serious about taking my supplements again the weight started coming off. I don't know if that's because the supplements are *that* important (vitD and fish oil, particularly) or if it's because getting serious about the supplements went hand in hand with cleaning up my eating (which wasn't horrible but a tad higher in carbs than it had been).
I don't know if I want to stay down here or not. I guess I'll see what the damage is post cruise before I decide. I am REALLY happy with how the fat came off with those 5 pounds. Very, very happy. But if I regain and it doesn't come off easily..... I just don't know that I have the drive to bring it back to -5 'just because'.
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