Monday, June 11, 2012
June is starting off pretty well. I had a really busy week but managed get good workouts in and to eat clean most days. However, I ate a lot of bread and drank a good amount of alcohol on the weekend and I just think it's not only about calories in/calories out. I really think that junk makes a difference, even when staying in my calorie range.
During the week, when I'm working so hard in belly rehearsal and doing my home workouts, it's easy for me to eat well but when the weekends come up, I make mistakes. Friday night was ok, I had 3 glasses of wine at a little get together but the food we ate was super healthy - lots of veggies and chicken and my sister made some low calorie almond milk ice cream with fresh berries, mmmm!
Saturday morning I had a great walk with a friend to breakfast but I got the bacon and egg sandwich. It was on two huge pieces of whole wheat bread and I ate most of it. That evening I had two pints at the pub and later, after lots of walking around to and from metro stations and the ballet, I had two glasses of wine plus, being ravenous by then, I ate a good amount of bread while waiting for a friend to join us.
Sunday, I was home brewing and needed a quick lunch so we ordered sandwiches from Jersey Mike's - so much bread! Oh yeah, and bagels that morning! Sheesh! (I did have a thin bagel so it wasn't as bad. Yeah, but still.) It was the weekend of bread!
So, a new hard rule of no more than 3 drinks in an evening and keeping up the low carb rule on the weekends. I want to stop just breaking even in this weight loss game. Alcohol always makes me crave carbs the next day so I really need to reel all that in even more. Is 2-3 drinks per day every weekend reasonable? Or do I need to give that up entirely to reach my goals?
I've just joined a home brewer's club and had my first brew day and first meeting on Sunday. I'm very torn because I worry that being so involved in a brew club will hinder my weight loss goals but it is something I am really enjoying so I'm going to give it a go and try to be wise about it!
Lots of working out planned this week and lots of goals to work on! Must stay strong! Woohoo!
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
I had one really good week in May - hard working out every day, eating well, meditation and re-focusing at night. Lo and behold I lost 2 lbs. that week! Well, whatdya know! Wonders never cease! To think that if I had done the same for the other three weeks I could have potentially lost 8 lbs. makes me more than a little regretful.
So, I need to work on finding ways to keep all of that up when vacations and belly dance shows come up. While I don't like doing an intense workout the day of or the day before a performance, I could still aim for getting a longer walk in the day before. It would probably help ease the nerves, as well! Key to getting this accomplished is being packed and ready well in advance instead of leaving everything to the last minute and stressing myself out!
I also found that scheduling morning and evening workouts helped me so much because even with skipping about half of them, I still had great workouts every day because I had so much scheduled! I just got Les Mills Body Pump so I'm excited to start those and I will come up with a Turbo Fire/Body Pump hybrid am/pm schedule for June! I also have lots of belly dance goals going on for our Bedford Winery dinner show on 6/23 and my 5k training to keep up. I am excited and ready for the hard work and fun times in June!
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Results/Reflections: Well, I did not lose 5-10 lbs., only 1 lb, which is nice but not fast enough progress for me. Looking back at the month, I realize that even though I did reach my goal of 1500 fitness minutes, went over, in fact, there were too many break days where I did not work out for whatever reason - going on weekend trips was the main culprit - and there were too many days of not staying in my calorie range - emotional eating!
For May, I will watch my meals more closely and work harder at making morning workouts a habit so that when I go play on Friday night, the workout is already done and I don't have to choose. I feel like a nightly yoga/meditation routine instead of tv will help to keep me focused, too. I need to make my weight loss goals happen more quickly! I want to go into my 40's looking hot and feeling great!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Dessert that is! Ok, once in a while is perfectly fine and I would never beat myself up over a few bites of something as superlatively enjoyable as chocolate volcano cake with creamy french vanilla ice cream - don't forget the lil' sprig of mint! What I realized, though, is many times I reach for dessert when that's not necessarily what I want. Often, what I'm really hungry for is some sweet comfort and relaxation!
This week I have pushed extra hard in my workouts and have put the kibosh on sweets and I can't say it has been easy. Every night after dinner I have been antsy to run to the freezer for some ice cream that I know is just sitting in there waiting for me, but, alas, I have stayed strong and suffered through my dessert denial.
Last night, after a truly rigorous workout and warm shower, I changed into my "lounge wear" and settled down to a nice, veggie-ful, balanced dinner. I had previously been in an enthusiastic conversation about beer with some fellow sparkers and couldn't get it out of my head so I decided that I'd have some beer with my dinner, because, darnit, I've earned it and I could still fit it within my calorie allowance for the day.
So, there I am, relaxing with my feet up, my muscles pleasantly fatigued from the workout, nice and clean and comfortable, super relaxed from the good meal and beer. Daisy, my sister's little chihuahua, whom I was watching for the evening, came to curl up on my lap and I noticed how utterly content I was, how wonderfully comforted and relaxed!
I realized that this was the feeling I longed for when I had been denying myself dessert and I had gotten it without all the extra calories. It's true that beer is still considered a "treat" and one could argue that I still used food to find that comfort, but it wasn't about the beer. It was really a combination of everything that night...and even with the beer, my dinner was one the of the lowest calorie dinners I'd had all week.
The lesson is, I realized that I have many sources of comfort at my disposal and that I love that deep contented relaxation at the end of the day even more than I love dessert! And I got to thinking that I could use some relaxation techniques that I have learned (yoga, meditation, music, walking, aromatherapy, etc.) every night and I think I wouldn't "need" dessert as much.
So, while it's perfectly ok to enjoy dessert occasionally, I don't like feeling like I "need" it and that antsy, jittery feeling I get when I can't stop thinking about it. I will keep the image of Daisy curled up on my lap and content feeling I had last night in mind whenever I'm tempted to use dessert for relaxation. I will work on cultivating a nightly relaxation ritual that does not involve sweets!
Friday, April 13, 2012
I have been absolutely lovin' the TF! But lately I've been a bit disappointed in my calorie burn. My HR has been around 166-168 when I do Turbo Fire, which is definitely pushing myself yet pretty comfortable for me to sustain for longer periods of time, and spike it to around 182 for short intervals during the fire drills.
I'm finding that the better shape I'm in, the harder it is to burn calories. I feel like I'm able to do so much more physically but my calorie burn is less and less. I used to burn around 560 calories during a 55 minute Turbo Fire routine, now it's more like 490. And in the HIIT workouts, where I used to spike at 187-190, now I can rarely get above 182....and yet I still feel like I'm gasping for breath the same as always!
I noticed I have to go a little more nuts, too, in the FIRE workouts to keep my HR high, which is a good time but I feel like i'm working just as hard, if not harder than ever, yet less calories are being burned? Maybe I need longer workouts? Or perhaps more variety or trying out Insanity even though it looks super hard and I'm scared of it!
For now, I'd like to start back up on my running program because running has always been super intense for me. It'd be nice to get to the point where running 3 miles is comfortable and I have a feeling I'm pretty close to being there now! I read in a Spark email today that running is meditative because of the repetitive motion and I remembered how I used to really like that!
So, I'll work on doing the longer TF routines and really pay attention to my intensity. Ask myself if I can go harder and max out the workout as much as I can. My goal is trying to burn as many calories as when I first started the program. I will never move on from TF since I love it so and it's the most fun workout I've ever done, but I will add variety, like running....maybe Insanity! It might be the summer of Insanity! Yikes!
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