Monday, August 20, 2012
Vacation is over. School starts in 16 days. I put on 2.4 pounds over last week's vacation (which I suspect is mostly water based on what my body feels like). I went on 2 runs but didn't do any other exercise. It's definitely time for a food and exercise reboot. I'm just not sure what to do next. Hoping some of you may have input on some strength training options.
Food reboot is wicked easy. Just go back to how we usually eat at home, instead of vacation treats.
I run a 5K in 5 weeks. It's cool in the AM now so I'll probably run a 5K outside on the weekends and do treadmill workouts during the week but if it gets cool enough I might do outside runs during the day after school starts. Assuming my achilles doesn't start acting up, I think I'm in good shape there. Based on how training and the run goes, I'll decide whether to run additional runs in October and November.
I'm really up in the air about what to do for strength training/body sculpting.
I could do The Female Body Breakthrough again. I enjoyed it well enough last time and it REALLY works for me. This time I'd be doing it without ANY weight loss goal at all which might make it even more successful.
I also have The New Rules of Lifting for Women. I haven't finished reading it but it's certainly a possibility. I assume it's structure is much like TFBB - Strength training every other day, minimal cardio, eat well. Anyone have input on it? If I'm after ST 2-3x a week for no more than an hour, does this fit the bill?
And I'm thinking a bit about p90x. I don't like working out at home but I could buy the workouts for an idevice and bring it to the gym. It sounds like the workouts are time consuming and 6 days a week. I know from The Female Body Breakthrough that I don't need to workout like that to get the results I want and I definitely don't want to devote ALL my fitness time to p90x. Is there any benefit to doing selected p90x workouts mixed in with other fitness activities? Can any of them be done in 60 minutes?
I could rely on classes at the gym. With both kids having a really early start at school I can now make earlier classes at the gym which gives me the option to do all my strength training through GroupEx Power classes. There would be no 'thinking' involved. Just show up to class and do it. This seems like too much of the same thing though. I'm not sure how best to mesh this with my own workouts.
My goals right now are just to get back to my 'safe weight' (4 pounds less than where I am now), not necessarily quickly, and get my body fat back under 20%. I think that if I shed a few pounds of water this week I'll be under 21% so this isn't a huge deal.
If you were this close to your goal with no big 'event' to 'peak' for, would you kick off a program or go with a more varied fitness schedule?
Thursday, August 09, 2012
We're about to leave on vacation. It was my return from this annual trip that sparked my commitment to finally losing my 'baby weight' (when my baby was 10)! We've shared this vacation with my ILs since my son was an infant (which means that last year aside, I've been overweight for every single one of these shared vacations) Last year aside, it's a trip where I feel horribly self-conscious about my weight because my naturally-thin MIL makes a LOT of comments about people's weight and her assumptions about their habits. She doesn't mean to say things that make me feel bad. I'm not sure she ever saw how heavy I'd gotten. I'm sure she'd feel sad to know just how much I've hated myself on these vacations because of my internal reaction to her comments about people's weight. I'm not overweight anymore but YEARS of that baggage make this the most stressful of our vacation endeavors which means that I struggle with emotional eating, and to be honest, drinking to cope with the stress. So, unlike almost every other vacation, I worry a LOT about 'undoing everything I worked so hard for.'
But, let's be realistic, unless I come home and stop doing everything that is now second nature to me, I'm not going to come close to undoing 'everything'. And the vacation might be a whole lot less stressful if I wasn't anxious about gaining weight on vacation.
Really..... did any of us set out on this journey to make ANY aspect of our life MORE stressful? Where do you draw the line between necessary concern about healthy habits and being neurotic?
I pulled up my data from last year - when we did 2 weeks, instead of this year's 1 - and found that (1) I gained 4.5 pounds from my lowest weigh in August to my highest on vaction and (2) I came home and ALL the weight I gained was gone within days... along with more. I was still losing at that point so that was intentional.
What am I so worried about this year? I'm in maintenance. Today I am 1 pound below goal and it's CD1. I may well be at my 'safe weight' tomorrow. I don't need to run a deficit on this vacation. With NO exercise my budget is 1800 calories a day. With exercise my budget will be 2100+. Again, why freak out? Last year I ate out for at least 2 dinners and 3 lunches and out for ice cream once or twice. And, while there is a blip on my graph from that vacation, it had no lasting impact on my journey!
I need to chill. Seriously. So.... Where do you draw the line between necessary concern about healthy habits and being neurotic?
I've decided that for this trip -
1. To not binge eat on foods that leave me feeling ill.
2. To not eat foods that make me feel sick, even if they fit in my calorie budget.
3. To drink alcohol in moderation because overdoing it leads to not being able to do 1 or 2.
It's neurotic to -
1. Insist that we never eat out.
2. Insist that we keep treat food out of the cottage.
3. Deprive myself of foods I truly love simply because I'm afraid I'll gain weight.
After thinking about it a bit.... I am really looking forward to the 3 deserts I know we'll have :-) And I'm dreading trying to find restaurant meals that don't come with white rolls, white rice, or french fries. (This is seriously hard up there unless you want to get a plate just 1/3 full.)
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