Friday, June 15, 2012
I've been in Alaska about three days now, and it's a beautiful place. As you would expect, people here in Anchorage live in the 21st century, but there's still a frontier-like vibe to the entire community. Many men sport beards, plus crocs and hiking boots seem to be the most popular footwear in addition to the ubiquitous sneaker--even in fine restaurants.
The scenery is beautiful; something that a camera can't really capture. Mountains, lakes, wetlands, campgrounds, streams, rivers, hiking trails are abundant here and a part of life for Alaskans. They are also somewhat moose-obsessed and I can understand why. Anywhere you go, you are likely to encounter a moose. I saw my first one my second day here. He was standing next to the street just feeding. We stopped the car and I got a couple of pics before we moved on.
The daylight definitely fools you. It does go to dusk at night, but doesn't get completely dark. Yesterday, at 11pm, it appeared to be about 8:00 pm on a summer evening; full daylight, but long shadows. Just amazing.
Yesterday, I went white water rafting which was amazing. Later in the week, we'll take boat tours of wildlife and the glaciers. We're scheduled to take a train to Seward for one of the glacier trips. I am totally looking forward to it!
I'm only somewhat compliant with my SP plan. I've been eating intentionally, but have indulged during a few meals. I also need to get back on track with recording my intake. Still, I've been good about drinking my morning smoothies and not overeating. I think I'm doing well enough to maintain my weight, which is fine with me. The good news is, I'm getting some exercise in, so that will help.
Well, back to the real world. Today, we're hitting a hiking trail.
Onward and downward.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Yesterday, I dodged a bullet that was my appetite. I was absolutely ravenous, but somehow I managed to stay within my calorie range. I was looking at my nutrition tracker and realized that when I copied over my breakfast from Friday, I copied over some foods that I did not eat on Saturday. Therefore, when I was tracking my calories that day, I was about 200 calories off. Once I made the correction it turns out that I ate only 1300 calories on the same day I went on a 90 minute hike. It might explain yesterday's big appetite.
Today, I'm not feeling that great. I started my period yesterday and it's particularly heavy and crampy. A gift from mother nature right before vacation. Yeesh. I also learned that they are forecasting rain for the entire week I will be in Anchorage. Yech! Regardless, I'm determined to relax and enjoy the change of scenery, even if it's going to be cold and soggy outside.
I am supposed to go to the gym today. I've been pretty faithful to my workout program. I plan to go, but may only work out for about 20-30 minutes instead of 45+.
Last night, there were thunderstorms in the area and I did not get to sleep until about 3.a.m. This morning, I got up about 6:30 a.m. and I am groggy. Somehow, I'll manage to slug though this day although I'd prefer to stay in bed, pull the covers over my head and sleep for the next 24 hours.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Why am I so hungry today? I'm really having a tough time of it. Most likely, I am going to go over my allotted calories today because I've been snacking incessantly. Here's what I've eaten so far today:
Breakfast: My usual smoothie
Snack: frozen coolwhip and graham cracker "sandwich"
Lunch: extra lean ground beef hamburger on whole wheat sandwich thin, lettuce, 1/2 serving guacamole
Snack: frozen coolwhip and graham cracker "sandwich"
Snack: 15 slices of turkey pepperoni
Snack: graham crackers, coolwhip and raspberries
Snack: 32 oz diet coke
I skipped the broccoli I was supposed to eat with my burger. Why? I just didn't want to eat it. Also, I wasn't supposed to eat all those snacks. Sunday evenings, I have a very odd habit. In lieu of dinner I eat popcorn. Now, because I've been snacking on semi junky stuff all day, I might have to deep '86 popcorn night.
I guess the good news is that I overdid it on the stuff I keep in my kitchen. If I had hit a fast food joint, things could've been worse.
What is really going on today? Was it yesterday's hike? Maybe it's that time of month? Maybe I'm thirsty? Or is my body rebelling at being 30 lbs thinner? Maybe because I'm at home watching reruns of "Mad Men" and "The Sopranos" by myself and just bored?
It's taking a lot to stay focused and avoid additional lapses today. Hopefully, this is just an anomaly. Regardless, I'm doing the best I can to avoid getting frustrated and discouraged. Thankfully, tomorrow's another day.
Saturday, June 09, 2012
What are you doing this weekend? Will it move you toward your SP goals or away from them?
Weekends can be tricky, because they are so unstructured. The office gives way to picnics, junkets with the family, kids' baseball, soccer and softball games, and invitations out to dinner.
All of these scenarios put us in situations that test our resolve to adhere to healthier habits. For me, these situations are particularly tough and I handle some better than others. Here are some examples from the last few weekends:
Baseball game: I banked my calories and ate a bratwurst and a diet coke. That worked extremely well and I didn't feel deprived. Grade: A. I made a plan and stuck to it.
Social: I left work and went to the social, which had various snack foods, and wine. Grade: F. I did not plan well. The social was during my regular dinner time and I brought my appetite to the event. Bad move. I ate too much cheese and had more than one glass of wine. Next time, I will eat a light meal or snack before I go to a social.
Restaurant: I ordered chicken and vegetables and ate a small garden salad as an appetizer. Grade: A. I reviewed the menu online and already knew what I was going to order before I got to the restaurant.
Chinese Buffet: I was with my family and they decided to go to a buffet after attending a graduation ceremony. Grade: C. I tried to make conscientious selections, avoiding fried foods, and starting with a salad, but I ate too much sushi and meat dishes.
What I've learned about myself is I HAVE to go in with a game plan and the game plan has to be realistic for the circumstances. If I'm too strict with myself, I fall flat on my face. Likewise, I can't eat with total abandon.
The critical lesson here is that banking calories and going in with a modest but realistic plan works. If we don't handle situations perfectly, its okay. Just figure out what happened, make a new plan and see if things go better the next time.
Get your weekend eating plan together before you start your day. Good luck!
Friday, June 08, 2012
For the first time in awhile I don't have any specific topic on my mind. Considering how chatty I can be, it's quite remarkable, actually. Instead, I've collected an assortment of random thoughts:
1. I can't believe I'm going to be hiking in Alaska next week! How awesome is that going to be? I'm ready for it; I bought a new pair of hiking boots and will test them out on a hike this weekend with my meetup group. This time, I'm covering my arms as well as my legs so I'm not covered in ticks when I return.
2. They say losing weight is a marathon for a reason; it really does take a long time! I'm glad to be down 30 pounds, but the kicker is it took me more than five months to get here. Persistence, not perfection is what counts.
3. Sometimes I can see the weight loss, other days I can't. I'm 5'7", and am only halfway through my journey, so the change in my appearance is subtle, not dramatic. Honestly, I think I'll need to lose an additional 20 pounds before it's obvious to everyone I meet that something's changed. I don't need that validation like I used to, but it is icing on the cake.
4. I shopped at whole foods yesterday. I decided to pick up organic ingredients for my morning smoothies. I never worried about pesticides before, but that's because I wasn't eating a lot of fresh foods. Now that I am, I can understand the concern. I plan to sign up for the tour and their cooking classes one day.
5. Yesterday, I wore my favorite summer skirt. It's a size 1x and doesn't look quite right anymore. Dang!
6. Am I getting Spark People obsessed? I'm all over this website every day. I'm constantly reading articles, looking at recipes, checking message boards, reading weight loss success stories, etc. It really does help me stay motivated, though.
Onward and downward.
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