Wednesday, July 18, 2012
We just spent a week aboard the Celebrity Summit to Bermuda. We stayed in Aquaclass which gave us access to the Blu restaurant for breakfast and dinner. Blu is touted as 'clean' and 'healthy' but, honestly, I would call it 'less carby, if you want' and 'portion controlled'. The food was delicious and beautiful presented and the portions were reasonable (aside from one very large lamb shank). We also had a premium alcohol package that included fresh squeezed juices and smoothies (which I never tried), premium water (which we drank a LOT of), premium coffee, premium beer, premium cocktails, and wine up to $12 a glass. We enjoyed our packages thoroughly!
I am, in general, a clean (for real) eater. I am very active. This trip was 15 months in the making and I enjoyed it to the fullest. I ate and drank whatever I wished. Of course, what I wish may be a tad different than it was 15 months ago. Still..... we ate 3 meals a day (aside from the 2 days we missed lunch when we were out and about in Bermuda), I ate dessert every night, I had a LOT of alcohol, I enjoyed many cappuccinos.
I came home 1.4 pounds more than the morning we left. Today I am 2.4 pounds less than when we left.... right back at the magic 124 I blogged about the week before we left. Both my husband and I had horrid sugar-withdrawal headaches yesterday but mine seems to have let up today. A few days adjustment once home was a small price to pay for a week of unbelievable food and drink. I have taken care of this body and now, even after a week of indulgence, it is serving me well :-)
I thought I'd share some of our delicious food and drink...... but sparkpeople says my photos are too large. You can see them all here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4
We forgot our camera a meal or two but I think we caught all the highlights :-)
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I must update on the cruise soon. From the 'spark' angle - I got to the gym 3 times, walked 80+ steps up and down over and over and over every day, took a 3+ mile beach hike and a l-o-n-g but slow walking tour of St. George's, and was generally as active as possible. I also ate and drank to my heart's content. I gained 1.4 pounds and am suffering a sugar withdrawl headache today but I consider this a huge success. On my last 'active as possible, ate and drank to my heart's content' I gained 7 pounds. My definitions of active and eating/drinking all I want have changed :-)
Previous total 56.5 miles.
My latest 3 runs were 2.25, 3.25, and 2.0 miles which brings my total to 64 miles.
Today I pushed the speed (up to 7 MPH) and didn't have any pain while I ran but I could tell in centergy that I am really tight in the calf with the achille's issue so I'm going to back off on the speed for a while longer.
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
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