Saturday, February 18, 2012
I was very proud of myself. I went 2 miles on the elliptical today in a hair under 24 minutes, and burned 205 calories. Also walked for 6 minutes afterwards.
The problem now? I'm hungry, hungry, hungry!!! Had a good lunch after working out...pbj on whole grain wheat, medium apple, bit less than 1/2 c lowfat 2% cottage cheese. Started getting hungry about 40 minutes later..had 12 almonds and water. Still hungry and can't get my mind off of food and had 1 mint milano cookie. STILL hungry and had 4 cheese crackers and more water.
...gasp, still feeling somewhat hungry. I need to stop now, because we're eating dinner out. Already mindfully planning on a turkey burger on a whole-grain bun with a side of fruit, which will come close to using up the rest of my available calories for the day. Sigh, I will wait 20 more minutes, and will have some grapes if I'm still hungry then. I feel a bit frustrated that my great workout made me feel so hungry. I don't want to go over the top of my calorie range!!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
So am I the only one who didn't know about the Daily Calorie Differential in the reports section?? I thought that I looked at that section before, but perhaps that is a somewhat new addition? It actually gives very good information...tells you your Basal Metabolic Rate (how many calories you burn in a day assuming light activity), adds in your calories burned through exercise and then gives the difference between that total and your calorie intake for the day. So you would think that if your cumulative differential for a week would be around 3500 calories, you would be down a pound for the week. It will be interesting to see if that holds true....btw, I did notice that they add a caveat that your BMR is an estimated number, so it's not exact.
Anyway, I was excited to find this :) Doesn't take much to make me happy some days, lol.
Monday, February 13, 2012
First, let me say that I was shocked and deeply saddened when I heard about the passing of Whitney Houston. Her music brings back fun memories of dancing while in grad school to "How Will I Know" and rocking my son when he was a baby (now almost 18), and singing "The Greatest Love of All" to him as he fell asleep in my arms. Music truly is the soundtrack of our lives, and Whitney had the most amazing voice. No one can ever learn to sing like that. It is truly a gift. Thoughts go out to her daughter and family. Jennifer Hudson sang beautifully in tribute to Whitney last night at the Grammys.
We had a low-key weekend, which was fine with me. Did laundry, a bit of photocopying to help out my husband for taxes, and visited my mother-in-law. The visit was particularly nice...there was a brass quintet playing at her ass't. living home. They were very entertaining..played stuff from Porgy and Bess, John Phillip Sousa, George M Cohan, and even the Beatles. The best part was watching the residents. They really liked the music, and some sang and clapped along. It really reached into a part of them that isn't always present, and brought out their personalities. Even one woman (98 yrs old) who has Alzheimers and is usually distressed, was smiling and happy! They frequently have musical groups visiting, and my MIL really enjoys it.
Got off-track last week (due to yet another sinus infection), but went on the elliptical on Sunday for 1.75 miles...and it felt good! Can't believe I would ever say this, but I'm looking forward to going back on tomorrow.
So glad for my husband that he isn't suffering from any side effects from the oral diabetes medication that he now has to take. I know that he was extremely worried about it, along with trying to cope with the idea that he has diabetes. He's doing a great job exercising and watching what he eats. He just has to try to find a way to keep his stress levels down and not worry so much.
Daughter is doing well up at college and is loving having a car there now. Son is excited to attend accepted students day at his first choice college :) We were so thrilled for him that he was accepted! He is still waiting to hear from a few more schools, but already knows that he has his choice locked in :)
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
So my plan was to stick with 1.5 miles on the elliptical for a week. Makes good sense to adapt to a level for a while then increase it. However, when I was on the elliptical yesterday I just felt like it would be pretty easy to push another 1/4 mile, so I went to 1.75 miles. It felt good to have done that, and I was very proud! The only drawback was that my legs pretty stiff and uncomfortable by 8 pm (I had exercised in the morning). My legs are fine this morning, so I think I will just play it by ear for the rest of the week and try not to decide beforehand how far to go on the elliptical. Either 1.5 or 1.75 will be fine for a while!
STILL waiting to hear from my son's top college choice. Decisions were supposed to be made available "the end of January"....well, hello, it's the 31st!! We thought that it would come last Friday. He already made it into two colleges, and won't hear from the rest until the end of March. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for a happy outcome!
Biggest issue right now is that my husband has to go on meds for diabetes. His glucose was high 3 months ago, and the doc gave him 3 months to try to lose some weight or to see whether getting over the stress of losing his dad and caring for his mom might have factored into the glucose values. Unfortunately, the numbers were similar enough that he needs to go on oral meds. He worked very hard to exercise and cut down on carbs/calories, but it just wasn't enough.. and he is only maybe 20-25 lbs. overweight anyway. One grandparent had type 2 diabetes, so I think genetics has more to do with it than anything. He's finding it very hard to deal with right now, but I think that he needs time to process and accept it....my own values have been creeping up, too. I am now "prediabetic" so I also really need to lose weight To complicate things further, I just found out recently that my dad has type 2 diabetes :(. Makes me worry a lot about our kids' future, too!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I was very happy today because I was able to finish 1 1/2 miles on the elliptical today in 18 minutes! When I started out a week ago, I was dying trying to finish 1 mile. I actually felt like I could keep going, but knowing that I can feel it the next day (achy, stiff) I decided not to overdo it. In fact, I will stick with 1 1/2 miles for at least a week before I increase it again. Btw, I do have to stop a few times for 15 sec. to catch my breath, but that's ok. Now I just have to watch what I eat tonight...supposed to go out for dinner with friends.
Has anyone seen "The Descendents"? I am going with my mom to see it tomorrow since my husband didn't want to go. I heard that it was sad, but I really want to see it. Sometimes women just need to see movies or read books that will touch your heart and evoke emotion!
Looking forward to going back on the elliptical on Monday. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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