Saturday, June 20, 2009
Oog. My husband and I woke up this morning feeling sick to our stomach and with potty problems. Without going into too much detail, I've been ill a couple of times already today and made countless trips to the bathroom. My SIL and nephews just got a "24 Hour" flu, so I'm hoping that it passes pretty quickly and isn't something more serious. I'm warming some chicken noodle right now and hoping that I'll be able to have some. I've eaten dangerously little today because I just couldn't (and I was doing some extra sleeping). Oh good, the soup is done heating. I tested out my ladle and found out it scoops up a little more than .25 of a cup at a time. I thought it gathered far more than that, so I'm glad I measured it. I'm just going to start sipping some broth 'cause this soup does not smell appealing right now.
ANYWAY, I'm happy to report that my recent attempts have been working! I don't know if it'll affect the scale, but I definitely have been on track measuring foods, and had 5 out of 7 days within nutritional ranges and exceeded my planned fitness minutes and calories almost every day last week.
Goal - 40 mins / 390 cal each day:
Monday: Cybex Arc Trainer (25 mins/355 cal)
*Had to cut it short to pick up my husband, but I was glad I didn't do my normal 900 cal burn since it'd be more than twice what I needed.
Tuesday: Yoga in the am (60 mins/?? 200-300 cal)
................Cybex Arc Trainer in the pm (41 mins/572 cal)
*ST and cardio. :) I attempted to do the push ups in the yoga class and during the 2nd set rested my belly on the floor but focused on flexed my arms and pushed up the top of my torso with good form. This time *I* took myself off of the Cybex that night since I burned well past my calories for the day and didn't want to be able to justify overeating because of it.
Wed: Zumba! My 1st attempt (60 mins/ 796 cals)
*I used the "Dancing fast" exercise on the tracker and that's the # it gave me. Trust me, I pushed myself like mad and in between songs when everyone just stopped I kept my feet moving. It was fun to do the Cumbia, Salsa and other steps. If I burned as much as that says I did, I accidentally did twice the cal burn that I needed - OOPS. Also went over my food cals by 300, within ranges for everything else. There were so many arm movements involved that I felt like I also did more strength training.
Thurs: Cybex Arc Trainer (43 mins/625 cals)
...........10 crunches upstairs, 10 crunches in another machine
*Since I'd been exercising every day I went up to the highest setting I'm (slighly un-)comfortable with, 7, on this machine. It was a treat to go to that gym again since my husband wasn't working (and this is the only one that has this machine, and I usually only go when he's working out there because I drive him.) He went to the insane and mean Aqua Aerobics class (by himself!) while I did something I liked too. **Since I had some extra time I tried doing crunches with a laying down bench and then downstairs on the circuit training sitting machine. Let me just tell you that I can't do crunches. So instead of making excuses to not try it, I just waited 10-30 seconds in between each one. After completing my cardio, I did full stretching, but then I TOTALLY FORGOT TO STRETCH after the crunches. :P
Friday: Walk outside w/a friend (60 mins/ 381 cals)
*I invited a friend to walk in the morning with me on a local trail. It was good, and a slower pace from the rest of the cardio this week. I awoke at 7 am, and didn't go to bed until after going out with my husband and friends until 3:30 am. Lots of extra calories this day.
Saturday: Today - I'm sick. My muscles are killing me. My abs started hurting last night, but weirdly hurt on the right side and then across the top of my stomach. I just thought that they were tired from the crunches I attempted on Thursday (with the no stretching), but since I we woke up sick I don't know anymore. I've still just been trying to gently stretch my torso to relieve some of the tightness.
So, in summary, the 3 big things I've DONE are:
1. I added more strength training to my routine. I picked up some fitness magazines at the library for 25 cents a piece and will continue to find a ST set that I can try on a regular basis. I want to do 1 day that I made up and 1 of the Spark recommended calisthenics routines.
2. I'm trying to not OVERDO my cardio too much on one day and then skip the next day - which was the pattern in May that made my exercising a little too sporadic and (OBVIOUSLY) not as effective.
3. More reasonable nutrition.
My main goal today is to feel better. I'm so happy that it's been mostly cloudy and cool today. After writing this long blog I've barely been able to get through .25 cup of my soup. I might try to go back to bed again or wake up my husband to eat something.
Sundays I usually walk at the Lake with some SparkiFriends in the morning, but since I'm so miserable today I'll have to cancel with them. If I feel better tomorrow, I might drag my husband out onto the parking lot at night here at the apartment complex.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I like driving at night with the windows down and the music turned up.
While driving (sensibly, of course) and singing with the music there's often so many scents that it seems like there's something new after each block. It's a treat for all of the senses and so different from the normal, everyday driving that's like being on auto-pilot. You know when you're just going to work and thinking about the things you need to do? Or running errands and lists in your head while driving? Bleckh. Lately (hello 2009!) I've been managing my nutrition more on auto pilot. And I've noticed in the past few weeks that my old habits and "cravings" and junk has been creeping in. It's like, since it's on auto pilot those old tendencies are sneaking up on me and trying to get a foothold.
While talking to my good friend that's gone up and down but has a net loss of 4 pounds this year I pointed out she's been maintaining. I think that's just as important as losing weight. Maintenance is a stage we will all need to get used to at some point.
I've recently been getting a number of SparkMails asking for advice for new SparkPeople member's success, based on my own. And in thinking about my responses, I've grown to realize that I'm not doing the same thing that I did a year ago. In fact (and I think because of that) it's really no surprise that I, myself, have been essentially "maintaining" since the beginning of April.
my goal is to lose 75 lbs (hit 199) in 2009:
FEB 2009--271/267 (actual 269 2/2/09)
MAR 2009--267/259 (actual 264 3/5/09)
APR 2009--263/251 (actual 261 4/13/09)
MAY 2009--259/243 (actual 257 5/5/09)
JUN 2009--255/235 (actual 258 6/1/09) *Last week I weighed 256 one day, and 261 two days later when I stepped on the scale...*
I'm not getting down on myself, I'm just trying to think about what I'm doing differently now as compared to last year when I was about to turn 30 and had lost 50 pounds. This is not a plateau, in my mind. I know that I'm often eating at the top or above my nutritional ranges and that my exercise had become a little more sporadic.
I want to re-energize some of those healthy habits that I might have kind of "forgotten" about and put them to use again. I'm going to go from auto-pilot to firing up the pilot light! So I am using my measuring cups and tablespoons. I am designing a regular sleep/work schedule to get into a routine that includes a morning walk break and stretching in the morning & afternoon. I'm going to reread some of the great SparkPeople articles that I keep recommending to newbies. ;) (Oops.. make that, I AM rereading some of the great SparkPeople articles that I recommend. I had changed all of the "I'm going to" sentences to "I am" but missed this one.)
There's a difference between thinking of and doing. But I'm in the driver's seat. All I've gotta do is roll down the windows and pump up the music.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I found out last night that I am not a "boot camp" aerobics person. The woman that was running our aqua aerobics was yelling at the class to do more, try harder... I had already started out full steam ahead, and try as I might, I couldn't help but take the comments personally. She yelled at us that we couldn't leave (as I was feeling light headed). Look, I'm no wimp, I pump up the intensity of my workouts to the highest they can go. The entire time, I wanted to do the opposite of what she said. I let her comments affect me, and afterward when she asked me personally "Did you have fun?" I admitted I didn't. I ended up crying in the shower - NOT my kind of motivation.
1. I am active because I love my body, not because I hate it. I will continually strive to be stronger, healthier, faster, and to take care of myself.
2. I am working out because it feels good, not because "Don't you just hate it? Hate the workout, but it burns calories" (Yeah she was yelling that.)
3. I am not a "big loser", EVER. I know people find inspiration from that show, but I am never a loser. I can't disconnect that word from the negative connotation. (Yeah she called us that too.)
I'm about to go hop on the elliptical at the gym, but before I go, I have to post 2 cool things!
A. A neighbor that I don't know stopped me on the sidewalk and asked if I lived in the apartment on the end. :D After I said yes, she said, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING? You look so great!" and later said that my husband and I look so wonderful and to keep it up. **A COMPLETE STRANGER complimented me. That was pretty cool.
B. I gave away my BIG clothes for the first time. :) LOL! I worked for a company about 6 years ago and we were required to wear a standard polo shirt with the logo embroidered on it. I picked up one of the 4X Men's shirts that I had from then and since my husband fits into size 3X now, told him it'd probably fit AND IT DOES! That's great because now he has a few extra shirts to knock around in. This'll help him keep his regular work clothes nice since we can't afford to buy new stuff. I still have plans to donate my other stuff to a local women's shelter (just down the street). I need to get some time to get it all together.
And, thanks to RONICA892, I was introduced to Picnik.com today, where I made this:
I recently went to karaoke and was sleeveless for the first time in my adult life (in public)! It was amazing, and part of my plan to become more comfortable with my body. I will not wait until I'm a size 10 to get adjusted, I will try to do a little at a time so that when I am a size 10 I'm not struggling to catch up!
Done covering up!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
~ Here's the recipe ~
Sunday: 5k with a tote bag slung over the shoulder; other hours of activity with a backpack
Monday: Unplanned out dumbell weight lifting, heavy on the arms & shoulders. Trying out the basketball/crunch game near the weights for the first time. Dribbling and playing basketball with friends... Well, okay, shooting hoops (each with our own basketball).
Tuesday: Ultra challenging 24 Hr Fitness YOGA Stretch class with EUGENE, body builder trainer dude that likes to hold the poses for an IMPOSSIBLY long time. **THEN** Bounce and hold your friend's 9 month old heavy baby... for like, 90 minutes. Oh yeah, and ignore all the pain and haul around a few loads of laundry and stuff.
Okay, my arms are SORE. My arms haven't been this sore in a long time... and it's not really in a good way. Yesterday while at the gym I noticed that there's FINALLY a Zumba class here. I wanted to do that at 8 a.m., but around 10 last night I realized that would be STUPID.... talk about overload! All of those dance/cardio moves have the accompanying arm grooves. It's so hard to not burn out my arms. I'm trying to rest them today because I know that we're planning on doing another Aqua Aerobics class tomorrow night. The only thing I lifted today was a load of laundry, then later 6 bags of groceries.
The good news is that I'm getting lots of activity in. I just want to prevent disability... After all, I need to be able to type! ;D
Sunday, June 07, 2009
I did my first 5k today. I walked the Del Mar Iron Girl event. And I was lucky enough to share my first 5k with LOTS of local SparkiFriends!!! Honestly, I can't imagine what it'd be like without them. Support from FHAMWEY, SPRING4FAL, KATHYK24, SOCALGIRL, WHITEDUC, DISNEYSMOM, BGAIL1, JENIUS_PANDA, AMISETTE (wait! crud, now I can't remember if I have her username right)... and anyone I might have missed... Anyhow, it was amazing sharing this with these women. The experience even convinced my friend Donna that she might want to join SparkPeople. She said, "Everyone was so nice!" and she even ended up walking with 2 of my SparkFriends instead of me. LOL!
Anyway, I also got to run into a few other Sparkers like CGEM61! There was a team of 3 ladies in Orange SP shirts with some kind of sign on them that I tried to talk to, but they needed to pick up their registration packet. Since I didn't have a SparkPeople shirt, I carried my I HEART SP bag from the SparkPeople '09 Convention. That group of 3 orange ladies saw it from across the street when we were all walking and we were all hollering "WOOHOOooo!"
I don't think I could've asked for a better 5k experience. And the rest of today I've really been thinking about everything that brought me here. (I'm trying not to cry right now because we're supposed to leave and meet my husband's friend from high school for coffee.) I used to not be able to walk 5 minutes without my legs and feet hurting. I couldn't walk less than a quarter of a mile when I started on SparkPeople. I went from walking 5 minutes to walking a 5k. And the enormity of this milestone hasn't escaped me.
THANK YOU so much to everyone that has helped me along the way, or encouraged me. Having that encouragement in person today meant SO MUCH to me. I can't even adequately express it here. I love my SparkFriends and I love SparkPeople.
We got a free shirt and a free AFLAC duck along with some samples.
I'm an Iron Girl for life. I want to do 2010.
WOLFKITTY, SOCALGIRL, DISNEYSMOM, JENIUS_PANDA
My friend Sarah & me
...More pictures later.
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