Wednesday, December 27, 2006
OK, so I've been a little "under the weather" for the last couple of weeks- a touch of flu which manifested itself in an upper respirtory thing, ,which is weird because I don't think i've had " a cough" since grade school. At any rate, it hasn't been bad but just LINGERING. I didn't go to the gym for ten days. Oddly enough, that's when my weight dipped down below 140. Maybe I needed a break from training, or maybe my appetite was not so good while I was sick. So now, I am back on the treadmill, and I've been amazed and dismayed at how EASILY I could lapse back into poor shape. I could barely run or lift weights, my first day back to the gym. Maybe I wasn't all the way well, but I didn't feel like I could go another day without doing something! I went again yesterday, and today, and have slowly resumed running, as opposed to walking, on the treadmill. My weight has been steady between 139 and 142. I really wanted to be 135 by the time I left for Chicago on January 3rd. I don't think I'll make it, but it would be nice to be able to stay below 140. I'm going back to see my beloved, who has only seen me twice in the last 5 years, both times I was weighing in the 150's. It will be fun to see his reaction to my weight loss.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
OK! It's finally happened! My scale displayed 139.5 today! This is the first time I've been in the "130's" in 8 years! I am so excited! I was hopping up and down in the bathroom this morning at 6:00 am, and my three teenage daughters thought I was a freak. Oddly enough, today makes one week since I've been running..... and that is the longest streak of non-exercise I've had since joining sparkpeople in May. Maybe my body just needed a break from weight lifting and daily cardio. As soon as our Kindergarten Christmas program is over with (tonight), I can get back into the routine. Maybe I can even get down to 135! that's four and a half pounds. It would be nice to get there by the time I leave for Chicago, on January 3rd. ANyway, seeing that number on the scale was a pleasant shock!
Friday, December 01, 2006
Today when I got to the gym, I saw my picture hanging on the lobby's bulletin board, with a little memo under it congratulating me for six months of consistent exercise, and for getting my MD's "ok" to discontinue blood pressure meds. I was touched that the trainers would make such a big deal of it.
And as if that alone didn't make me feel like a star, I was surprised tonight by the comments of two of the trainers. As we were working on a new interval-training treadmill workout for me, we were conversting about my fitness level, etc, and both Amy and Gary kept referring to me as "someone fit like you" and "you're in such good shape that you could do blah blah", and so on. It is so WEIRD to hear ANYONE refer to me as "FiT", or "In such GOOD SHAPE". I went out to dinner last weekend with one of the Physical therapists at the facility, and he referred to me as "petite" and "fit" also. I haven't lost all that much in pounds.... and I haven't lost weight all that quickly, so I am wondering why my mind is having such a hard time catching up to my body. I can't think of myself as "fit" , "in shape", or "petite". It's weird, but a part of me will always, ALWAYS see myself as overweight, out of shape, and easily winded. That profile has been mine for so many years, that I can't imagine myself ever looking fit, to anyone else. I looked in the mirror tonight, and while I do see a smaller "me", I still see a girl who needs to drop 10 to 15 pounds.
Anyway, it's both nice to hear these references, as well as foreign and hard to accept. On a seperate note, I have given up the Plyo's for now (It's a little intense for my fitness goals), and have decided to challenge myself, cardio-wise, with interval training. I like to try new things. I'm lucky to belong to a small gym within a physical therapy facility that is staffed with certified personal trainers. They are all so great to me. I owe so much to them.
Friday, November 24, 2006
1316 calories.... a bit high on the fat (39%), but I had pine nuts, cashews, almonds, and olive oil as some of my fat sources. I didn't eat much (like, only a quarter cup mashed potatoes, and a tiny portion (like a large tablespoon full) of stuffing, but somehow, I felt stuffed afterward. I guess I'm just not used to eating so much for dinner. I usually eat the bulk of my food at breakfast and lunch. At any rate, I feel pretty good about my overall caloric intake. I didn't have a chance to go running yesterday, but I did big cardio yesterday, as well as upper body strength. I am holding at 142 pounds.... but my clothes are swimming on me, and people are continuing to ask me things, like "Where's your butt?" and "What are you doing? you look great.". I may not ever get to 127, 128, or 129. I am lingering between a size 6 and 8, however. I'd like to get down to a 5/6, regardless of what the scale says. The plyo is kind of getting boring to me, and not doing much to budge the scale. I want to preserve my knees, and since I'm not training for the NBA, I may go back to varied cardio and strength training, but just up the amt or weight, or change the types of exercises I am doing.
It was fun having my daughters and parents over for Thanksgiving dinner. We watched football, played "Uno", and "Rat-a-Tat-Cat", etc. Mom brought over place settings for everyone that were also little gifts, and We had a great time.
I'm very proud that I didn't over-snack, over-eat, or over-portion on any one food.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Ok, so a little brag here and there is sometimes in order, right?
So today, one of the parents of one of my students comes in to volunteer this morning, and asks me if I am dating. I tell her "no, not really". So she proceeds to suggest that I meet her boyfriend's brother who she says is way cute. That was so nice of her. I told her that would be fine, even though I'm really not a big fan of dating, anymore.
Then, I go to the gym tonight, knowing that I won't be able to go tomorrow due to the twins' basketeball tournament. While I'm there doing my plyometric thing, one of the trainers asks me if I'm dating anyone. I tell her "no, not really". So she proceeds to suggest that I meet one of the PT's at the facility (My gym is within a sports rehabilitation physical therapy center). I tell her that would be nice. I didn't realize that she meant right that minute, though. So she leaves and goes and gets this guy who is WAY cute, and brings him over to where I am, of all things, doing "frog hops" across the gym floor, and breathing heavily and sweating like a pig. Anyway, he was very sweet, and I explained that I clean up nice.
So that's pretty amazing, that in one day, two different people ask me if I am dating and suggest they introduce me to someone. It's nice of people to think of you that way, I think. It's also interesting to me that people assume that if you are "uncoupled", that you might want to be with someone. I kind of like my single-girl alone thing. But the PT was prettty darn cute. :-)
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