Monday, February 27, 2012
I have come to a realization. I look at my "spark streaks," and I think that I over-estimated how often I am compliant with my diet. I think the streak page is more accurate; I am like 40% compliant with my diet and exercise. I gain weight, lose a couple, gain more, and slowly but surely my weight has crept up pound by pound. I am back to 146 or so. I was 136 and trying to diet on here just 8 months ago. I even touched the 120's! Now here I am, 20 pounds heavier than when I started seeing my husband, only a little over a year ago. THAT is a significant weight change. I am horrified.
I am listening to these lectures on www.fatloser.com for free 21 days. The first few stress than I must be 100% compliant with my diet and exercise until I reach my goal weight (or "natural weight"). I can't remain 100% compliant for more than a few days. 4 tops. I always fail. I usually blow my diet out of the water Friday-Sunday. That is a conservative estimate.
What to do?
Friday, February 24, 2012
Coincidence? I think not.
I did my '30 Day Shred' video before noon today, which for me is quite a feat. I usually put it off for a while, but I had a job interview at one and wanted to get it done. It seemed difficult, as it should, but slightly easier today. I feel more physically fit, somewhat. I was able to do the push ups and the pain-inducing squat and dumbell raises thing which usually kills me. Normally I have to stop for a few reps, but I pushed myself and when I thought I couldn't do any more, that part of it was over and I'd made it through the whole thing without skimping on any of the exercises!
I went to my interview and was offered the position I was seeking, too! I am not completely saying "I have a job" yet, because I am scared they will change their minds. It's weird, but I am not going to feel secure until I start working!
Anyway, real excited here. Stuck to calorie ranges after a major detour yesterday (think: a whole sleeve of thin mints). I feel like things are falling into place!
EDIT: OK, so that Mexican Chicken Breasts that I made-over (for less sodium and meat) was SO GOOD. Like, devine! I split an 8 oz. breast into two pieces and coated with 2 tsp. taco seasoning. Baked for 25 min. and added 1 cup of salsa on top. Cooked 5 more min, topped with 3 tbsp. light sour cream per breast and my husband and I gobbled it up. On a less positive note, I drank 3 glasses of wine which put me above my total. But it's all good!
Calories eaten: 1726
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
This feels so good. Success.
Calories eaten: 1513
Ratios: 26% protein, 49% carbohydrates, and 25% fat
I did my 5k training today, which was 20 minutes of walking 4 minutes and running 1 minute 4 times. It was a lot harder than I though! I ended up doing 1.6 miles. I felt super winded after my second jog, but I pretty much ran 3 out of 4 of my jogs. I did not do my video today. I think it is reasonable to do it 3 times per week, as it is circuit training with a focus on strength exercises, and then alternating that with the 5k training, which I have to do 3 times per week. I felt pretty healthy today. I ate toward the top of my calories, but included 30 grams of fiber. I went over my sodium, but it was all due to one item: Velveeta's "Ultimate" (glue-like) macaroni and cheese. I only ate .5 cup, and I felt super full afterward. I ate half of a bag of broccoli, steamed, with a few sprays of 'I Can't Believe it's Not Butter" spray, and 2 oz. pork chop cooked with olive oil cooking spray. Half of my plate was the vegetables, so I felt pretty good about that.
I love frozen fruit, and we went to the store earlier, and I purchased some no sugar added frozen sliced peaches (my favorite snack!), and also some frozen raspberries. Tomorrow I will try them!
Feeling over-all good today; I actually felt like I looked somewhat good today (until I tried on some pants I haven't worn in a while - muffin top central!). I am working on myself, and that is what's important! DOING something about it, rather than THINKING about doing something, or just giving up and eating everything in sight.
I admit, my ratios of protein, carbs, and fat, weren't perfect. I will do better tomorrow! But where my normal "dieting" foods mostly included carbs, I feel like this time I am putting more of a focus on eating vegetables, not just fruit, and getting fiber from the foods I eat, rather than fortified foods with unnatural fiber. I eat those too, but I am not relying on them to meet my goals. I ate a BUNCH of food today, and my calories were pretty darn low before the velveeta addition. I ate it, it tasted good at first, but I didn't make myself eat my original measured portion (2/3 c). I stopped myself, probably before I'd eaten a whole 1/2 cup, but tracked that amount to be sure I didn't track dishonestly on purpose.
Hope you all have a great night! I can't wait to sleep, rejuvenate, and start it all over again!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Despite getting up uber-early, like some sort of preternatural creature (4AM), I did not work out today! *gasp* But it's OK. Tomorrow is a new day. I stayed on track food-wise.
Calories eaten: 1427
I ate early today, so that meant I felt hungry a lot more today. I was tired all day, and now I am tired but can't sleep. Sometimes when I am restricting my food, I seem to get a case of "baby insomnia," where I have a tendency to have trouble falling asleep. Not sure why. In any case, my ratios of macronutrients today were 38% carbs, 36% protein, 26% fat. The goal is 40% carbs, 30% protein and fat. Perhaps the lower fat (oh, and most importantly, only got 20 grams fiber today, as opposed to the 25-35 I normally eat) is why I felt so hungry. I had to eat a few almonds to stop the growling.
I planned out tomorrow's food and my ratios are perfect, by accident. I think it is a sign. Lately I have been doing somewhat good with my eating. I indulged in a normal-sized glass of wine (5 oz), and didn't have the chocolate today. I looked up a bunch of recipes today; I am so excited to try a few new things!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Today I woke up super early. I was restless. I think it was my psyche's way of telling me to spend some time on here today. I randomly read a blog on here that mentioned this website. It is fatloser.com. On that website, it has this free motivational and neat mental fortitude thing. I am totally into it, and will go on there every day for the next 30 days. I also went to the 5k section and signed up to do the 8 weeks to a 5k training! I am really excited. It seems very manageable. I can do 4 minutes of walking and 1 min jogging somewhat now, I think, and things get easier the more you do them! It seems gradual and something that I could really do successfully.
So, my goals are...
- Stick to my dieting plan.
- Exercise daily. "30 Day Shred" combined with walking.
- The 5k "training" 3 times per week.
I know the will start moving in the right direction if I continue to make these positive changes.
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