Friday, March 14, 2014
Alright tomorrow is Friday! It's been a week of ups and downs.
First, the ups. I made it to zumba on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Monday I had a job meeting (not as formal as an interview and not for a job that currently exists) that has left me with a stronger job possibility.
Tonight I met a wonderful friend after work for some wine. It was lovely.
The downs. My period hit hard this week, both pms and the full event. Monday I felt pms creeping in so even in my job meeting I wasn't fully the energetic, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable me that I wanted to present. By the evening, my confidence that I am capable of anything disappeared and I was wallowing in self doubt. Tuesday my downer mood continued but I made it to zumba after work. With pms my body had expanded and I mostly felt it in my boobs. Wednesday, the pain of my cramps began and I took more naproxen than I have ever taken in a day. I made it to zumba again but felt fully bloated, like a sausage, stuffed into my workout clothes. I was about to wear a tshirt but decided that wouldn't make me feel better so I stuck to a regular tank top (though I wore a bigger sports bra). For whatever reason, even though I'd already eaten dinner, I decided to step on the scale to see it was up 7 pounds from a week ago. In my disappointment, I decided I would go hard before and after zumba too. I didn't. I did do 12 minutes on a stationary bike before zumba. After zumba I chatted and went home to sleep. I get so frustrated that having my period has such an impact on me, emotionally and physically.
The weekend should prove to be good, though busy! Saturday zumba, working on conference paper/ presentation, date night. Sunday visit my Grandma, work on conference paper/ presentation, maybe go to the gym, pack for New Mexico. Monday morning I'm off.
Have a lovely Friday, sparkpeople!
Monday, March 10, 2014
First thing I did this weekend was get some fitness time in! Zumba (and about 15 minutes on a stationary bike with the attached screen that 'shows' you where you are riding and adjusts tension accordingly) first thing on Saturday morning. But it killed my body. After class I sat in the locker room for a few minutes, chatting, though I could have been doing something like putting on my jacket and getting ready to leave... and later on it felt like my arms were going to fall off. I guess that is what can happen after a week of no fitness!
I've kind of been continuing on trying to listen to my body and follow Sparkpeople's recommendations. The past few days I have not done so well but more because I've been with friends so that has meant more wine/beer and food all together. Something to watch and work on.
On Friday when out for some beers with girlfriends, I expressed a bit of envy that one of our friends (who did not join us) has lost around 20 pounds since January. Another friend, very kindly, pointed out that why should I be at all jealous when I'm eating healthy, working out, and I look great! A very sweet reminder that I'm doing alright. So I'll just keep doing this.
Maybe because of that sweet comment, I had an excellent shopping experience today! I have a job meeting/ interview tomorrow and a conference the following week so I think that warrants something new. I have a new pair of black pants, two blazers, and two blouses. These clothes will last a while, they are going to have to because I won't be able to afford more clothes for a while!
With that, Sparkfriends, I hope you had a lovely weekend and are looking forward to a great week. Get to bed early (if you are not already there)!
Friday, March 07, 2014
This week has ended up being a sick week for me and so I've not gone to the gym. I did take a walk outside yesterday and today and that's at least something! I will go to zumba on Saturday morning though, that is a given! I'll get back to a more normal schedule next week. At least this sickness, it seemed to be a really minor flu, didn't last very long.
I was debating going to the gym in the morning tomorrow but I don't think I have time... or if I do have time to go I'd have to carry my gym bag around for the rest of the day (due to taking public transit and not having a car) because I wouldn't have time to go home and drop it off. It will be a lovely day tomorrow, weather wise! I have a hair appointment at 1pm and a brow appointment at 12:30. I'm meeting some friends around 5 so I'll have some time between my hair and meeting them to browse a fun neighbourhood. Before my hair appointment, since I'm not going to the gym, I'll keep working on my presentation for the conference in less than two weeks and I may go shopping for a nice pair of work pants and a jacket, maybe a blouse (if I go shopping, though, I'd have to carry that around all day too... so I may wait until the weekend).
In other completely unrelated news, my cat has decided to forgo her wet food in hopes of only being fed treats. I'm sure she will eat her wet or dry foods soon enough.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
I kind of want a fitbit. Will that help to motivate me? Probably not. Would it help me stay on track? Possibly. What colour wristband would I chose? Bright pink.
I will think about this a little longer... and seeing as I have a trip coming up and need to get my hair done, it will likely not be an immediate purchase.
Today I stayed home sick. I woke up and my lungs were heavier and drier, I was slightly stuffed up but not too badly... but I think my body was happy to have the day just to sleep and not let this thing turn into something big.
I got some work done, though am still working on this conference paper for less than two weeks from now. I have a job 'meeting' this next Monday, not exactly an interview because there is not necessarily a job per se, but I was put in touch with a woman at a company that a great friend works at and she's willing to talk to me so we'll see. I might buy a new pair of work pants and jacket that fit (also to double for my conference attire, at least the day of my presentation). Funny, I know that professionally, I have to keep working at it to get somewhere, I need to carry this attitude into my health and fitness!
As for my eating today... because I was in bed most of the day it should not have been a problem. This mild sickness, however, comes with an appetite. I was planning to have a half apple after dinner sometime if my hunger was still active, and that would have brought me into my low calorie range, BUT then a box of chocolate covered almonds appeared and instead of just eating three, or six... I ate all 18. I still managed to stay within the calorie range (though I only tracked 17 almonds). I'm sipping on some tea right now, will go to bed in an hour or less, and will eat mindfully tomorrow (and it will be safer because the chocolate covered almonds are GONE).
So about the fitbit, I'll take a look to see what Sparkpeople says about it, but are there any personal experiences or opinions you can share with me? Thanks in advance!!
Monday, March 03, 2014
I'm continuing along on my unmotivated-but-trying-to-get-it-together-
anyways spiral. At least I'm trying. Sometimes I think I am thinking too much about it.
First, I just saw this TED talk this morning.
It is by a neuroscientist talking about why it is often not so easy to lose weight and keep it off. Not so surprising to most of us, our brain has a 'set point', a weight range that it likes to keep our body at. When we lose weight, our brain suppresses our metabolism so that we continually have to eat less to maintain a lower weight, and even less if we want to lose more weight. She points to evidence that no matter whether we are at a healthy weight, over weight, or obese, that adopting a healthy lifestyle reduces our risk of illnesses, regardless of whether we lose weight or not. Her solution is eating mindfully rather than in a controlled fashion and that through time, if we take the time to learn our bodies signals rather than simply feeding it what we think is best for it, that in the long run we will be better off and we may just end up lowering our 'set point' (the set point, she says, more often increases).
While much of her research and argument make sense, I am skeptical (or perhaps in denial) of the inability to shift our bodies weight 'set point'. One thing she made me consider was that my weight loss has always been in a short term and I've maintained it for relatively short periods of time - at no time have I maintained weight loss for more than five years. In fact, even considering my weight loss and gains, I am within a 15 pound range and this may just be my 'set point'. If that is the case, I would like to learn to listen to my body's needs rather than eat in a controlled manner. I am, however, nervous of not listening and instead opting for the easy not-so-good-for-me foods and sugars that I find myself drawn too. For now, the answer for me is somewhere in the middle. I need to stop thinking so much about it, but I still need the guidance that Sparkpeople helps to provide in terms of balancing my intake.
The past week I have been pretty consistent in staying in my calorie ranges. I have been hungry though. Maybe because I'm back at the gym, maybe because I'm thinking too much about food, or maybe because my body just needs something else. I will also admit that some days I have been frustrated to find that I am 'out' of calories but still hungry. Am I overestimating my portion sizes because sometimes I can't believe that I've gone through 1550+ calories. I'm really struggling with the balance of enough good fats (I love nuts and avocados, but that adds up quickly) with fresh fruits and vegetables to actually keep me satiated.
I will keep trying, that is all I can aim to do! Breakfast is ready to be put on when I get up, lunch is packed... and I haven't decided on dinner yet (though I have an idea... ). I skipped the gym today because I'm feeling a bit sick, so will see about zumba tomorrow. As much as I hate missing zumba, I don't feel like spreading my germs around the gym. I'm ready for tomorrow! I just need to stop thinking so much and start listening to my body.
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