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p90x? The New Rules of Lifting? GroupEx Power? The Female Body Breakthrough? None of the above?

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?

  
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MOONSTORMER 8/22/2012 1:59AM

    i really enjoyed TNRoLfW. like you said - a few times a week strength training for less than an hour. that said, i got bored at a certain point and ended up going back to classes at the gym to change it up. that said, they don't have to be mutually exclusive... the bootcamp idea sounds cool, though! emoticon

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DZSWEETIE2005 8/21/2012 4:19PM

    Jamie Eason's 12 week body makeover is a good one too! http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jam
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TANYAP71 8/21/2012 3:36PM

    I think I've got my answer! I just got an email. There is a 6 week bootcamp at my gym at 10:30AM. I have 2 conflicts out of 18 sessions and I might be able to work those out.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 8/21/2012 7:39AM

    I love the classes at the gym. I am getting ready to start a new program there. I am much more motivated to go to the gym then hit play on the DVD player.

Perhaps talk to your trainer and see what he/she recommends for you.


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Home Again

Sunday, August 19, 2012

We're home from vacation. It was a stressful week for reasons I won't go into. Suffice it to say, I am VERY glad that DH and I had our cruise vacation because it gave me confidence that the issues were outside of 'us'. This trip is stressful every year but we continue to do it because it's important to DH. It was, in fact, yet another big weight gain on this annual trip that kicked off my whole lifestyle change 2 years ago. Waaaaay too much emotional eating and drinking goes on to cope with the unaddressed stress. At least this year I kept it to healthy foods for the most part.

So..... my goals for vacation:
It's necessary:
1. To not binge eat on foods that leave me feeling ill. - done. Had my peanuts and popcorn on hand and did OK.
2. To not eat foods that make me feel sick, even if they fit in my calorie budget. - Almost. I had a second small piece of cheesecake on DH's birthday and felt ill after. Cheesecake has never done that to me before. It happened again to me last night when I had a small serving of Ben & Jerry's. Could be the fat.... might be the lactose.
3. To drink alcohol in moderation because overdoing it leads to not being able to do 1 or 2. - Yep. I did A-OK. here :-)

It's neurotic to -
1. Insist that we never eat out. - We only ate out twice on vacation, once for a big lunch (in place of dinner) and once for ice cream (in place of lunch). We also ate at Texas Roadhouse traveling there and had pizza at home after traveling back.
2. Insist that we keep treat food out of the cottage. - Really not a problem. It was hard to avoid DH's croissants and DD's bakery cookies but I did it. The kids bought reasonable amounts of ice cream (some of which I had) and chips (which I just do NOT eat anymore) and I threw some of each out at the end. My daughter also only drank 6 of her 12 diet sodas. She told me 'I'm losing my taste for soda.'. So happy to see the family eating more healthily by choice.
3. Deprive myself of foods I truly love simply because I'm afraid I'll gain weight. - Done. At this point it's really more about depriving myself of foods I used to love because I know they'll give me a stomachache. ie, I did not have fish and chips ...which was fine by me because I had a wonderful curry with a huge serving of white basmati rice (a no-no at home) instead.

So...... looks like a 1.8 pound gain BUT given we ate takeout pizza last night it really may JUST be water (from the pizza and the beer and white rice I had with the curry the day before). I'll see where things are at the end of the week but it looks like another successful vacation in maintenance experience.

  
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DAWNFIRE72 8/19/2012 12:19PM

    Glad to hear that as far as weight went you did great on the vacation front.

I am sorry that trips with your in-laws are so stressful (makes me kind of glad we never plan trips with either set of parents).

It is always good to hear when the kids decide on their own that they no longer enjoy a specific junk food or drink. Eating healthy is a life long thing and it sounds like you have set a great example for your kids.

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Why do they do this?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

We spent the night at my IL's traveling to PEI (where they will join us for 4 nights). We told them we'd eat dinner before we arrived and take care of breakfast in the morning. They've done nothing but fill my kids with garbage since we arrived - very well-fed and after dinner. They gave my daughter 3 ice creams before bed. They just gave my son another one at 9:21AM. My kids won't say no. They aren't being ASKED if they want this stuff, they are being told to eat it. My daughter ate pop tarts and a 'granola' bar that has 2 g of protein and 25 g of sugar. My FIL bought them HFCS- sweetened soda. Then he tried to get me to allow him to feed my nut-allergic son cakes that may contain nuts. I just don't get it. I treat my kids plenty. They get ice cream - high quality, in appropriate amounts, at appropriate times. They get whole grain baked goods almost every day. They get GOOD protein bars. They get the occasional diet or cane sugar sweetened soda. It's like they purposely set out to undo all the healthynhabits I've been trying to instill... As quickly as possible. And the allergy thing takes the cake. Is his LIFE worth a 25c puff of fat, sugar, and white flour?

I'm so upset I could cry. And I have to look forward to this for half of my vacation? There will be no support from my husband (except on the allergy issue). He tells them it's disrespectful to refuse. So they have to disrespect their own bodies to appease them?

So so so mad.

  
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 8/13/2012 1:27PM

    I agree with some of the other commenters. I think you need to talk to your Il. There is no way you can let this go on for 1/2 your trip. Your kids are going to end up not feeling well and not wanting to do anything because of what they are eating.
Suggest outdoor type things do to if possible...hiking, walking, playing tag. Not sure if you have access to other types of sports (tennis or swimming).

Sending positive energy your way....you will get through this:)

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MOONSTORMER 8/11/2012 1:50PM

    it's horrible! maybe talking to them and suggesting other ways to spoil your kids? instead of candy and cakes and ice cream, they can take them to movies, or other activities that might not be healthy/active, but don't really undo what you are working towards.

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DAWNFIRE72 8/11/2012 11:27AM

    I can understand to some degree that the grandparents want to spoil your kids but plying them with food is not the way. I think you and your hubby need to have a talk. Telling someone no to food in my opinion is not disrespectful.

Either that or let the kids eat until they are sick and make hubby and the ILs clean up the mess (or at least use this as an example of why it is NOT disrespectful).

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IRP1114 8/11/2012 11:19AM

    I hear you. Don't be so upset though you are only harming yourself. Stay calm and try to balance things out. Set some limits on how many treats or what times treats are appropriate. Talk to your kids about it to. Teach them how to politely say no thank you if the time is not appropriate. I have the same kind of issues with in laws. Not just grand parents but every aunt and uncle likes to give my kids treats. I had a trip with family back in May and I had talked to my kids before leaving let them know I would only be giving them clean healthy foods because I knew they would be offered lots of treats. At the end of the trip my two year old even said no more sugar for my tummy my body doesn't want any more junk. I know it is hard not to get upset but do your best to stay calm and explain your reasoning to your kids. They understand a lot more than we think sometimes ;-) emoticon

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KIM--POSSIBLE 8/11/2012 9:40AM

    I know how you feel, unfortunately I am fighting this battle with my husband in my own home. I don't buy soda, but he regularly takes them out to eat (he runs a fast food restaurant on top of it all) and lets them bring their sodas home from there). He told me I can't expect them to eat grilled vegetables and that they need "kid food". Since I went to work, they have been snacking a lot in the afternoons, then don't want dinner until after soccer practices. 9yo dd comments regularly that she is fat. She isn't really overweight and her dr isn't worried, she just isn't as tiny as a lot of her friends.

Sorry I can't help, but I would suggest talking to your kids and telling them that it is not rude to politely say no thank you to things that they don't want or when they aren't hungry. I actually think it is more rude to accept something when you don't want it or to ignore your body and eat when you really aren't hungry. Try to ignore it or help your kids be active and out of the house so the treats aren't so in their face, and enjoy your vacation!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 8/11/2012 9:36AM

    Talk to them. Period.
There is no sense in hopping your kids up on stuff they don't normally have and there is no sense in stressing yourself out.
Talk to them!

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GIANTOCR1 8/11/2012 9:07AM

    I have been through this same thing with my parents. We had a talk with them instead of letting this go on. It was not easy to have the talk, but they respected what we were doing. And it is NOT disrespectful to refuse. Good luck with this all.

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NELLJONES 8/11/2012 9:01AM

    Fortunately, kids know exactly what they can have in each different house. They will revert to your rules when you get home. When my grandkids are here I have lots of food in the house and they can have whatever they want whenever they want it. When they go home, they snap right back to normal, and my house goes back to having the usual minimal food I've had since my kids left home. If I am visiting them, I follow their rules for myself and the grands. Relax. It's fine. Enjoy your family. Your kids will too soon be grown and gone, and have their own homes with their own families and their own rules.

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DMEYER4 8/11/2012 8:42AM

  maybe they try to spoil them because they miss them and want to make them happy. would it help to talk to them and explain there are reasons why your children should not have all the junk. as a grandmother I do not give my grandchildren anything their parents do not want them to have . I respect that they are grandchildren and I raised my children and now it is their turn to raise their children as they see fit. It sends mixed signals to the children if adults can not agree. so sorry your vacation is being ruined.

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Being Realistic

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 -
It's necessary:
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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DAWNFIRE72 8/9/2012 5:00PM

    It sounds like you know that some of what you are feeling is stress due to being with family that says things (intentionally or not) that make you feel bad (or felt bad in the past) about your weight. You are in maintenance mode so it is a matter of getting your perspective set and let things go.

As for the eating out part I ask if there is a way to substitute extra vegetables for the rice or fries, or if there is a whole wheat option for rolls or bread.

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62NVON 8/9/2012 1:03PM

    Wow... I'm going on a short vacay later this month and have some of the same concerns. I know in my head that a few indulgences outside my normal routine will not cause me to gain 10 pounds, but it still scares me. I definitely feel neurotic sometimes. Maintenance is tricky... I know if I let up too much what can happen (and has).

I'm so glad you expressed this in a blog. It makes me feel less neurotic actually to know that I'm not the only one who struggles like this.

Enjoy your trip, relax and recharge.
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CLCINNOVA 8/9/2012 12:15PM

  Have a great time, T! it sounds like you have a very thoughtful plan in place!

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IRP1114 8/9/2012 12:05PM

    You totally have this under control in the right way ;-)!

Enjoy the vacation in a balanced way while you keep treating your body to some awesome workouts and fueling it with all the foods that love you back ;-)!

Balance is everything isn't it? In the end that really is what makes us feel like we are doing this in a healthy way.

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TELFERS01 8/9/2012 8:01AM

  You go!

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LEFTHANDLUKE 8/9/2012 7:57AM

    you are focused,not paranoid.... emoticon

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OMG OMG OMG

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I just found out that someone very special to me has lost 95 pounds since I saw her last October. I don't know how she kept it so quiet. I know I couldn't have. I am so so so happy for her and for everyone who cares about her. She just has to be healthier now :-)

I know so many people who have lost significant amounts of weight.

My dad is over 15% of his starting weight lighter.
My sister is about 33% of hers lighter.
I'm about 33% of mine.
My sister's hubby and my hubby are both at least 15% lighter (maybe even 20%).
A friend is over 15% lighter.
Another friend is about 25% lighter.
The person I found out about today is probably about 33% lighter (I really have no idea what her starting weight was.... she could have lost even more than 33%.)
Another friend doesn't share numbers but is noticeably lighter.
My cousin's hubby has also lost a noticeable amount.

It's sort of like a spider web of people. I like to think that we are all sort of holding each other's hands. Reaching from the person who inspired us to someone inspired by our journey so they can succeed and inspire someone else.

Imagine if this is how we turn the tide of rising obesity in the US.... each of us being open to being inspired (not intimated) by someone having success at living a healthy lifestyle at a healthy weight and then, in turn, inspiring (not intimidating) someone else to do the same. :-)

  
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 8/9/2012 1:16PM

    Oh yeah I noticed that since I have changed the way I eat my mom has also. She has lost quite a bit but still has a ways to go:)

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 8/9/2012 7:00AM

    That is great! That is inspiring!





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STUDLEEJOE 8/8/2012 9:36PM

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MISSYCRS99 8/8/2012 9:35PM

  thats cool

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