Thursday, April 14, 2011
Yesterday was a much better day. I stayed within my ranges! I got in two workouts. I ran outside along the river at lunch with a coworker even though it was not a normal running day. It was way too beautiful out not to take advantage. Normally Wednesdays are a perfect strength training day so I decided to try out a "Group Power" group exercise class at my gym. It was a little weak, I barely broke a sweat in an HOUR and I am a heavy sweater. I have been doing strength training so much more frequently lately that an endurance class of all the basics... squats, lunges, calf raises, bicep curls etc etc... it was just really boring. Also the music was awful and the instructor was super awkward. Bad combo all around. BUT better than sitting at home eating/watching TV for sure!
Today I am off to a good start. I'm going out to lunch with coworkers today for a long-term temp's last day here. I will just make sure I eat healthy. I am thinking of grabbing some sushi! The trouble for me today is going to be my company's monthly birthday and anniversary celebration. At 4pm we just all go downstairs and they read off everyone who is having a company anniversary or birthday for the month and there is always at least 1 extremely good cake, several cookies/treats, wine, beer, yikes! At least there are healthy options... a fruit/cheese/biscuits platter and a veggie platter. I will stick to that, but it is hard to resist the rest still. Actually... the hard part will be resisting my standard cake for breakfast the day after. Oh god... I just LOVE my monthly cake for breakfast! I will NOT be doing that tomorrow though. If I've been good then I can have it next month :)
I definitely do feel lucky that I work at a health conscious place with lots of fit healthy people. I am not kidding when I say that my firm is on average way more young, fit, attractive and healthy than your typical office. So there are almost always good fruit/veggie and vegetarian sandwich/salad options when we do lunches and the like. The healthy options will be there for me today... I just need to make sure that I choose them. Cake and beer and cookies will NOT be good fuel for my half mile repeats workout tonight!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I really hate it about myself. But I've thought about how I do use it to my advantage when it comes to weight loss.
Right now I'm competing against a lot
I'm competing against myself as an athlete. I always want to run faster, farther, conquer a new skill, better myself. My weight is slowing me down and that needs to change, because I LIKE this. I like being athletic and feeling strong and capable and I'm not going to let that slip away from me.
I'm downright competing with my tracker. I mostly estimate... honestly, because it keeps me roughly on track and it doesn't make me go insane to do it that way. It keeps me focused and if I'm burning all the calories I think I am then, ultimately, the scales are going to tip in my favor (down, obviously).
So right now I'm coming off of a dietary mistake... a big ol bag of sugar candy binging to the tune of 490 calories. I still have 412 calories remaining for the day... but I am certainly not going to let myself fail one more night in a row. I have gotta learn sometime. Nothing is just going to magically change. I have to take steps to make all of these changes and I seem to just have a problem with effort lately.
So... I'm gonna eat this sandwich here for dinner and call it a night on the food unless I am TRULY hungry for a LIGHT snack before bed. I need to push myself through a successful streak because then I will be motivated to continue and it will become habit. This is just the tough period of breaking in here...I just need to kick things off with a good start here. I will say that if I have 2 solid weeks of staying in my calories. On average anyway... kind of a calorie cycling as it's natural that some days ill need to eat more than others depending on the workout. So if I accomplish that then I can allow myself a "one cheat meal" a week type of thing where I can order whatever sounds good and just learn moderation on those indulgences.
That system worked really well for me the first time around, and so I want to stick with that again. I felt like I had to EARN my indulgences. They were staples in my diet back then and I knew the problem wasn't eating them, but eating them too often. The thing is I really enjoy food and I don't want to have foods I cant eat or never ever be able to indulge in a rich delicious meal. But I find that once i get there, I still practice healthy habits to an extent. I just can't pile in a bunch of crap food t hat will make me feel bad when I am feeling THAT good. I realize how much worse it feels when I'm in that state, than right now when I'm still used to feeling crappy. So I end up, at worst having a side of french fries and maybe we get a little ice cream or gelato afterwards. And... when you eat within your calorie ranges the other 6 days of the week and burn 5,000 calories in exercise you can definitely do that once a week!
I think it just really made me feel in control to lay it out like that. Just like joining training groups makes me feel in control. Like... I do the workouts they say and then I will be trained for this race and just...trust the process. So I'm really looking forward to the whole triathlon thing and really learning how to BE a swimmer and BE a cyclist (rather than just a casual biker out for a stroll). These will be fun new projects and adventures that will keep me engaged and focused on my health, so while I may be struggling a bit to get the diet under control... it's okay. It's a tough thing for me and I can't expect it to change over night. I can't be super strong and focused ALL of the time. I will get there soon, and it will be a great spring and summer.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I'm frustrated with myself. I'm trying to be congratulatory to myself for the fact that I'm owning up to my lifestyle de-railment and tracking (first step!) but all I can think is how mad I am at myself for not being able to get these calories under control. I mean really... how hard is it to just NOT eat too much?
I went more than just a little over calories the past couple of days. My range is approximately 1600-2000 calories per day. This should NOT be that hard. I work out a lot and so I still have a higher range for losing 2 pounds per week but it doesn't seem to be any easier. After so long of trying and trying and trying at this now to make this stick... I have to wonder if it's ever going to really click for me.
Monday, April 11, 2011
I've decided that I'm going to try out being a triathlete this summer! I got into running and that's been great, but I really am craving something more. I've always loved to ride my bike, but I've never done so in a competitive setting. I have a hybrid I bought just a couple of years ago, it has been a great bike. For a triathlon, though, I've been advised to get a road bike.
This bike is a bit more than I wanted to spend, but it's a great value (overstock 2009 BRAND NEW bike that's 700 dollars off the original price!!!) It's also a Women's Specific Design bike which is harder to find in general, but ESPECIALLY hard to find for a woman my height.
It's really the perfect balance of price and good components. Jon's bike nerd friend told me this bike is easily the nice value out of the others I was considering. It's nice enough that it's easily upgradable if I end up getting really into it. I'd hate to spend too much and not get into it OR too little and end up getting way into it and be itching to replace it next year. I feel I've struck the perfect balance. Oh, it's also pretty!!
So without further ado... my new toy/motivation/training tool:
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