Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I am back after a week away from home. It was a great holiday... no responsibilities, just relaxation in a very beautiful part of the world (Banff). I ate well. That is to say, I ate in nice restaurants that served healthy food, and I made good choices--without regret! I had a few indulgences, but not too many. I stayed active most of the trip, although the last 2 days in Calgary I did not get many steps in. When I got on the scale this morning, I see that I have not gained anything. Yay!! It is good to be back home and getting back into a routine, however, because I can see how I could have starting going down that slippery slide into holiday mode eating if I had stayed away much longer.
My favourite restaurants in Banff:
The Wild Flour
These are all off the main drag, and serve excellent "Clean Eating" type food: mostly organic, made on the premises from scratch, and delicious!
Monday, April 21, 2008
I am not seeing any losses on the scale, and haven't for a looooong time. Over a month now. It's a little frustrating, and I'm trying to figure out what I can do to move things along. I think that for about 3 weeks I wasn't eating enough calories, so I have increased my food intake. After a week of that, still no loss, only hovering.
I am thinking that I should get a heartrate monitor that calculates calorie burn, so I can get a better fix on how much I actually burn while I'm walking and riding. Maybe I am overestimating or underestimating, and need to compensate for that. Too bad they are so expensive though. I already have a heart monitor but it is a very basic one that does not compute calories.
The second thing I'm going to do is get SERIOUS about strength training. Why is it that I find excuse after excuse not to do it???? This has been a lon-standing problem as I look back over my SP journal. And yet, I used to love weight training. Last week I bought resistance tube equipment, and have started using it. I also want to do yoga maybe twice a week, I just have to find a class that is nearby and at a convenient time for me. Yoga will help my hip problem and make riding more comfortable for me, too.
The actual number on the scale is not such a big deal, but having clothes that fit and look nice on me is. Right now my tummy is way too fat and flabby. If the fat is not going to go away, then I need to tone the muscles underneath to get the fat to lie flatter. Right?!! Right!!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
March has been a very trying month. There have been lots of interruptions to routine that make it hard to track food, as well as a few weeks of feeling very poorly. On top of that, we had record snowfall here and the snowbanks in front of my house are 8 feet tall. Sidewalks were covered in ice after a few mild days, and walking outside has been very treacherous. It has been really hard to stay motivated and feel like I'm making progress.
Oddly enough, I am feeling highly motivated despite all the difficulties, and am expecting that April will bring lots of new opportunities to exercise (it will be WAY easier to walk the dogs, for one thing!).
Assessing the month to date, I am pleased to say that I have lost 5 pounds, which feels great. The bad part is that I lost the same 2 twice, and only lost one new one. The month isn't quite over yet, so I hope that I'll get one more new one off before next Tuesday.
The pattern seems to be that I hit a new low, then gain a pound per day for a few days (what's with THAT?!!), and then slowly lose again to return to the low. Sometimes I bounce twice before getting back to the low... it all depends on how many unusual events there have been, like birthdays, restaurant meals, etc. I just have to be good at bouncing back into the routine.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Well after a few weeks of false start, I got myself back on track. Or more correctly, a few SparkPeople HELPED me get myself back on track. The first thing I did to get back on track was to post in the Panic forum. I got some encouraging replies that helped get me kick-started. I posted a blog entry. I made myself add strength training exercises to my routine--just a few, but it's consistency that matters! And I found 2 buddies so we can encourage each other. Finally, after a few months of snacking on chocolates every day (the curse of the chocolatier!), I started a small streak of going without.
Altogether, it has added up for me. Even though I had gained 2 pounds (up to 170) by Feb 19, my mid-February rally resulted in me meeting my February challenge. Three pounds gone from my start-again weight (but really 5 if I include the two pounds I stupidly gained!). WoooHooooo! I'm on my way!!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I am doing SP for the second time, and am having trouble getting back into the groove. So, I am going to start a blog to just try to make myself more accountable. Today was great, because I got on the scale and had gained 2 pounds. Why was it great? Because that was just the kick in the pants I needed to get serious! I decided right there that I needed some buddies to help keep me going down the right path. Starting today, no more excuses or rationalizations for eating things I shouldn't be eating. It's ok to have treats, but they're not treats if you're having a steady diet of them!!!!! My worst times are late afternoons. I get very hungry around 3-4 pm. Today I had half a cup of cereal mixed with applesauce and yogurt. I'm feeling nicely full, and will be able to last until dinner... For exercise, I started a very small strength program (3 exercises, plus stretching), I walked the dogs for 30 minutes, and I rode Charm for 45 minutes. I feel like I got a good start on my new path. I just need to add my measurements (which I never did last time) and I will be all set. Way to go! *pats back*
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