Friday, June 11, 2010
Today I start a regimen of Cream of Wheat. Apparently, one serving of cream of wheat gives you 50% of your daily recommended dose of iron. I'm doing this because I regularly try to give blood, and almost as regularly fail due to low blood iron. Also, according to the blood work I had done, I have about half of the desired amount of iron floating around in my blood, so it's a matter of my own health as well.
There are more painful things to do. I like Cream of Wheat. The only bad thing is that eating a hot breakfast, vs. cold cereal of whatever I can grab, slows me down in the mornings. Since I make it with milk, for the extra calcium, it also means I usually have a spilled and burned milk to clean up because inevitably I try and do too much while it comes to a boil and SPLOOSH! it's suddenly all up and over the edge of the pot, boiling over.
I somehow doubt it will have an immediate effect, but what reminded me of doing this at all was a call from the blood bank saying they were going to be around in their mobile transport, so I'm going for it again today. Wish me luck in the giving of life :)
Oh, and went to roller derby again last night. Wasn't really into it, and my skates needed definite tightening (and my tool to do so was sitting on my dining room table instead of in my bag where it ALWAYS is), but made it through the two hour practice. I even improved my speed a little bit :) One's desired speed is 25 laps around the track in five minutes. I made 22.5, or 1 lap/13.3s. Which is an improvement over just past 20 from the last time, and this time with loose skates which slowed me down. I don't know that I'll ever be a speed racer, but once I get better at control I'll be a good block member for consistent speed around the track. I doubt I'm any less flabby today, lol, but I feel good.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Don't quite get how that works. I have definitely gained 5 pounds over the past couple of months. Not a massive gain, but it took me forever to get below that 170 mark, and now I'm consistently back up to 174. Primarily because I eat like a pig and don't exercise I think.
Unfortunately, whilst attempting to admire myself in bra and panties, it has become lamentably obvious that my belly is getting flabbier again with this weight gain. Not pleased. Being not pleased and upset, I proceeded to eat over 1000 Cal for lunch. Good idea. Definitely the way to fix things. Now, after including breakfast in my count, I have 200 Cals free for the rest of the day. And tonight I have roller derby, which I don't want to go to cuz I feel flabby and fat and totally not able to exercise.
However, the good news is that there is now differentiation between my butt and the top of my thighs. They don't just kind of blend together in a pile of jiggliness anymore. I'm not saying I'm going to start wearing a thong bikini or anything now, but it's an improvement that I chalk up to roller derby, even if I was taken out of the game so long due to a torn up ankle. Perhaps if I work on my abs more they'll look better even if I don't lose weight, like my tushy has done. Roller derby itself requires ab work, but unless we're specifically doing an exercise for it, not enough to make me hurt, which is my indication that something's happening.
Still, feeling pretty blah today. My mom is pressuring me to go to roller derby tonight, and she's right of course. To be on the final team, I have to go to at least 75% of practices, and because I can't go to any next week, due to travel out of town, I need to get at least one in this week, and three in the final week this month. The primary reason I don't want to go is that I'm having a housewarming party this weekend, and my house is still a mess, though my mom has been awesome in helping me to get things ready. Between travel time, practice, and showering, roller derby means almost three hours of my life gone. But I really should go given the evilness of lunch this afternoon.
I will. Really. But if I'm gonna, I've got to go now. Perk up Tiana and do it!
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Did roller derby again today. So glad I'm back in the habit. Two weeks from now I'm going to miss every practice between work and hanging out with friends, and I'm going to miss at least one next week, so I want to make sure to get all three in this week and start catching my skills back up.
Again, feel good. Last night I had a hard time falling asleep I was so revved, but the hot bath tonight seems to have calmed me down. I think I can sleep.
But I'm a little bit worried about my Cal intake. I burned approximately 1000 Cals tonight. The average amount of Cals I burn in a sedentary lifestyle, taking the low value of the various calculators I look at, is 1850. That means a minimum of 2850 Cals burned today. I only ate 1130 before going to practice. I got a smoothie afterwards because I was worried about overburning Cals. It does seem counterintuitive, but it's pretty well established that overburning Cals will negatively impact your weight loss. Overall then, I ate about 1530 Cals, and burned 2850, meaning I have a net loss of -1320 Cals. Completely ate up today's eaten Cals, and then a considerable degree more. Yesterday was similar in Cals intake and expenditure.
Is it too much? Especially two days in a row, with another day planned for Sunday? I don't know. I'm probably overcomplicating it, but my head is surely befuddled by this weight loss stuff.
Meh. Still feel good. Going to bed now though.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Roller derby, when I don't suck abysmally, makes me feel good :) I certainly was not at top of the class today, and I did fall, but mostly I kept up and it was pretty much 1.5 hours of straight skating, with about 5 one minute water breaks spread through. It was good, strong, cardio.
The nice thing about skating is you can never take being upright for granted. You're always shifting your weight, or squatting to catch balance or to gain speed, pushing off, balancing on one leg or the other. There is not a moment in motion that you can be sure of and you're constantly adjusting. Even standing "still" you have to brace yourself in a particular way so that you don't roll. Stopping requires a specific set of muscles that don't usually get worked (inner thigh for example.) It's not like just standing around, or walking (though not to knock them cuz both can be good for burning calories themselves). It's not natural, so it works you crazy like, and it's fun.
Yes, there are often broken bones, sprained ankles (like mine), scrapes and bruises, but so far I have not experienced anything but the sprain and some bruises so I'm still enamored of the sport, lol. The sprain did suck cuz it took me out of commission for weeks, but it seems to be healing up all right so no big.
I dunno. I just like it. They say find something you like to make yourself exercise, and this is it. It's particularly good because there's a good mix of skill levels here, from rankest beginner to people who have been skating since they were kids. I'm motivated to push myself and do my best so I can catch up with the people who are better than I am (though missing so many practices for work and ankle have put me behind.) I'm also constantly learning new things, and practices are constantly arranged in different ways, so I don't get bored.
It's just good. And I feel good coming out of it, at least, as I say, when I don't suck abysmally. My muscles are shaky, I'm covered with sweat, and the endorphins are running rampant through me, lol. I followed tonight up with a nice hot soak, which was enjoyable as well. A good hard workout also kills my appetite, which is definitely a plus. All in all, a good night. Now I just need to calm my body to a state of sleep readiness, cuz it's getting to be about that time.
Monday, May 31, 2010
I want to eat, but I don't need to eat. I've calculated my calories to be at about 1260. Sparkpeople has me at 1200-1550, so I'm within my range, if on the low side.
I repeat, I do not need to eat. But I really want to. I made some tortelloni tonight that was tasty. But I already had one serving. If I ate another serving, it would bump me over my 1550 Cal range. And I did not exercise today, surprise surprise. If I did eat another serving, I would HAVE to exercise. Which is unlikely.
I'm drinking water in the hopes that I'm just thirsty, which I often mix up with being hungry. We'll see how it goes. Maybe I'll listen to my mom and have something warm to drink, which usually fulfills that need to eat without really eating. I have something like six boxes of various non-caffeinated teas, so I've got options.
Maybe I'll just go to bed. I'm sleepy. Blah.
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