Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I'm not giving myself an A+ for yesterday, but an A- at least.
I didn't track my dinner IN sparks but I believe I was within or just barely over range by my mental calculations... :) ALSO I did a short Pilates routine at work -- about 15 minutes, but it feels like more when all that time is spent contracting your abs! HAHAHA. But actually it did involve a couple rolldowns and whatever you call it when you're laying extended and roll your upper body up and over and stretch and some spine stretching, too. Just did Hundreds, single bent leg stretch, single straight leg, double whatever the heck (where you're closed up and opening up again), bent leg lowering thingie (kinda similar to a reverse crunch)... yeah. Today is upper body! RAWR!
This morning, I went a little nutso w/ the breakfast.... our PB was almost gone and so I went ahead and took all of it even though it was more than 2 Tbsp left.. then I had some cereal, and a bit more... and a bit more. EEK!
But then I stopped. And now I'm feeling nicely full and I don't think I'll be that hungry at lunch.
I'm thinking I might be one of those people that needs to eat a larger breakfast? (not as large as today's, which was like 1000 cal... HAHA) Prior to the marathon I think breakfast (or at least - pre-work food) was the largest of my calorie groupings throughout the day so now that my overall calories are reduced maybe I need to shift a larger percentage to breakfast to help myself feel more balanced throughout the day.
In any case -- I believe I will be a little over my calorie range today. But actually I had put in a range in Sparks, and then changed a couple of things on my fitness area and it reset it automatically (although I had already put in what I wanted) and it reset it lower. So I don't really mind if I'm within like... 300cal over what it says occasionally -- but I'd prefer to aim to the mid range. (which is around 1400 cal, 300 over would be like 1850? I think?) It'll be better once I can start getting some cardio in and counting SOMETHING of a calorie burn.
One of my rowing club teammates is going to erg tomorrow morning at 8AM so I am planning to join her to get my heart rate up! WOOHOO! Then run by the store quickly for a few things, and then home, shower, PACK!
I didn't get a lot in the packing vein done this morning, but I did to something that was an annoying tedious task that I was putting off. You know how you get things in the mail that need to be shredded??? Well I had a stack of stuff to shred. Our shredder SUCKS. MAJORLY. It jams all the time, can only handle about 2 pages at once... yeah. So I procrastinated that a lot. I plan to pack up more of whats in the office tomorrow, and I really wanted to do some of that today but instead it turned into sorting and shredding. It's good PREP work for packing, but nothing to really show for it but a trash bag. :P
It was tough cause this morning my DH reminded me that a year ago today is when we adopted our dog, Roscoe, who has been missing for almost a year. (gone Jan 3rd!) We had him such a short time, but it was like... 100% family time since it was the Holidays and we had seriously bonded and loved him like crazy. We still worry about him, wonder if he's dead, or if someone found him, or if he's still stray... he's a beagle mix. He's microchipped so, in theory, someone could take him in and he'd be scanned and we might (in a fantasy world) still get him back.
We also started to adopt another dog once, Columbus -- but DH couldn't handle how much of a puppy he was and not only that it was really too soon since Roscoe and he couldn't handle how NOT ROSCOE the dog was (Roscoe was like his freaking doggie soulmate) so we had to take him back. It was so heartwrenching because we didn't want anything bad to happen to him. But we did find out that he got adopted by a family with a yard (that dog LOVED being outside and we lived in an apartment w/ no yard, and honestly they shouldn't have adopted him to us in the first place) - he ended up better off.
BUT ANYWAY - since then we had decided to wait much longer, and then finances and situation really have gotten in the way of us getting another dog and we decided it would be better for us to wait until DH gets an actual JOB and we can live somewhere with maybe a small yard at least, and maybe a place we can actually have the kind of dog we would like to have (like we would love to rescue a pit bull).... so today I was cleaning and came across all the paperwork for Roscoe and Columbus. Columbus's microchip company actually sent us a card and a little keyring tag thingie w/ his picture on them... I threw away all of Columbus's paperwork, but I kept Roscoe's.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I'm looking forward with positivity, because looking back over the weekend is... eh.
I am choosing to call Saturday Night's party debacle my "cheat meal" of the week... even though I didn't really start eating very well until Wednesday this week. And then Sunday my DH wanted to get Chinese food after we spent all midday working on packing and moving stuff to our Storage Unit (which is next to this REALLY GOOD Chinese food place... :P) so I said... as long as I find something on the menu that is fairly healthy, otherwise I will eat at home.
Well I picked something with a ton of veggies and meat that isn't battered and fried, got steamed rice w/ it. I DID eat one of the crab rangoon appetizers and one of the other things my DH got. But I didn't eat anymore of them.
I also ASKED FOR A BOX AT THE START OF THE MEAL - which I have NEVER done before regardless of how many times I've read about doing it.
We didn't eat until like 3PM for the day... YEAH. It was crazy. I need to remember to eat regularly. But I put most of the food in the box until what was left looked like a smart serving size.
Then at home I had two other meals of my leftovers. :) I ate again at like 6PM and 10PM which is kinda close to how I normally eat, except my first meal is usually much earlier obviously, first snack at 3PM, then lunch at 5PM, snack at 8ish, dinner after 10PM when I get home.
I'm very proud of how I dealt with the food yesterday after the initial mistake of waiting too long to eat coupled with the curveball of Chinese food.
I weighed today and was only up .5lb from pre-weekend numbers and I'm guessing I may drop again by Thursday which was when I had a drop last week.
I'm still having some pain in my hip/knee on the left leg and in my ankle/foot on the right leg. Very very mild/minor -- but I definitely do not want to run again until I feel really great. I don't need to, so I might as well recover. BUT - I definitely WANT to. I'm feeling impatient about it somewhat, but definitely not impatient enough to be stupid and run. :)
So this week I intend to keep up my strength training, and get SOME kind of cardio in... maybe I can get to the aquatic center to erg.
ALSO - today is my DH's 30th birthday. He's sooooooooo not thrilled about being 30. He took himself to lunch at this "Bama Wings and Fish" place that just opened up near our soon to be OLD place. (This way he could have a meal out without tempting me!) I don't think we'll be doing any food related celebrating, and as far as gifts we're waiting till next year. Although I did donate some remaining "Fandango Bucks" to him so he can go out to a movie sometime on his own while I'm at work free of charge (and free of seeing a movie w/out me guilt). :) That's my present to him! hehe.
Friday, December 11, 2009
So... the only bad thing is -- there was another mouse in a trap this morning! EEK!
PLEASE NO MORE!!! :(
But we didn't find any bad evidence of filth or destruction anywhere... just how are they getting in?? I dunno but it's irritating. We're just gonna keep keeping things clean (I disinfected our floors again this morning) and I know our food is LOCKED DOWN now, so there's no way they're getting AT it or INTO it... it's just so creepy. :P I'm guessing it might be why we caught this one, it was forced to a trap cause it couldn't get any food elsewhere. (THANK GOD!) I wonder if the pest control will even come today. I'm so glad we're moving -- there have been times they were supposed to put our apartment on the list (you have to call and REQUEST pest control, they don't just come on a regular basis - LAME), and then no one came. BOO.
BUT! In other things, stuff is still going good.
I got my core exercise in last night -- it wasn't anything big compared to what I used to do, but it was SOMETHING and I'm being careful now to let myself take baby steps to build consistency and not worry about doing anything elaborate. Going from nothing to something consistently is a great step right now. (OK, so it's not like I did NOTHING before, but no strength training for a good while now!)
My calories were good yesterday, within all macronutrient ranges -- but I've been a little high on sodium and a little low on calcium so I do have some tweaking I can still do to make sure I'm getting everthing I need. Fiber just BARELY below 25 (past two days and today so far: 28, 24, 23 but I still have dinner yet to track). Woot.
This weekend is going to be interesting... first weekend at home without a major run planned! I do have things I need to do, but unlike the past 4 months I don't have to fit a long run between them. :) Hopefully that means I can get some more things done around the house.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
So, yesterday went GREAT.
I tracked all my food -- ended up at one of my LOWEST calorie days in AGES. WOW that takes me back. HAHA :D But I need to be eating that low right now due to my lack of activity.
And I also got in my upper body strength training at my desk at work. WOOT.
I have 2 12lb dumbbells and 1 10lb kettlebell at work.
Here's what I did (all seated):
2 sets of tricep extensions w/ 1 12lb dumbbell
1 set of single arm shoulder presses w/ the 10lb KB
1 set of regular shoulder presses w/ the 12lb dumbbells
2 sets of bicep curls w/ the 10lb KB
2 sets of .... an incline chest press type thingie? w/ 1 12lb dumbbell.
I set my chair to the farthest back tilt it could go, and sat at the edge of my chair to exaggerate that, then held one 12lb dumbbell sideways across my chest and pressed up! Not sure I love that one... but eh. I did it.
I know at least my triceps are feeling it today!
Sooooooo last night I found out that my DH had to give a final today and needed to be at his office by 11AM. With one car and him teaching class at noon I have to get dropped off at work at 11AM - which is TWO HOURS ahead of when I'm supposed to be here. This would require me being dropped off at 10AM - 3 full hours prior to my shift.
NO. So I realized hey -- I work this Saturday, I could take my half day off on Thursday. (Our work week runs Thu-Wed, and on the week's I work Saturday ( a half shift) they make us take off during the week so we don't get overtime. LAME but hey I have a job!) So YAY I didn't have to sit around at work all day! And it also meant I could get stuff done at home.
So I finished cleaning out and sanitizing our pantry, I got our CD's and remaining video games packed... and then it was time to go get DH and go shopping. FINALLY!! GROCERIES!!! I haven't been shopping in like 3 weeks because of all the out of town stuff. We also bought like... a MILLION food storage containers so we don't have ANYTHING being stored in cardboard or plastic bags anymore. Yeah -- we're officially paranoid after the mouse situation. But the good news is that my pantry looks gorgeous now. :) I love our new containers.
I actually LOVE containers... and diaries... things that are pretty and are meant to hold things, ideas, pictures... (so yes, frames and photo albums are also on my list...) I get so excited in the journal section of places. Or stores that sell containers. hahaha.
ANYWAY MOVING ON. I had BARELY enough time to slap together a sandwich and eat an orange and get dressed and get to work after all that.
But the other good news is that my calories are on track so far today. And I plan to get on the floor and do some core work here soon. So woot!
Also we got a microwave popcorn popping bowl thingie. It was on sale at Target and I threw away all our paper lunch bags and I figured this would be more "green" anyway... I will review it as soon as I use it!
You know what? I'm soooooo grateful that I have a good enough understanding now of how our bodies work from reading on SparkPeople and the books I've gotten from the library, and Jillian's Making the Cut -- so many great resources out there... I know that now that I'm barely working out, my calorie intake needs to be reduced. And to lose weight it needs an additional reduction. I know that eating clean and drinking lots of water helps my body work it's best.
I didn't know ANY of this before -- it makes me feel so empowered that no matter what life throws at me I can adjust and make my reaction be a healthy one. WOOHOO!
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
OK, not that I ever really left -- but honestly the marathon was such an amazing dream come true it feels like it a little. :)
Not only that but the massive calorie burn I was rocking is OVER now, so time to do a reality check of where I AM not where I've BEEN recently. :)
I very begrudgingly clicked to look at the official race pictures from the marathon that showed up in my inbox today and it was NOT A PRETTY SIGHT. MAN running photos can be soooooo unflattering... it just really hit home some things I've been feeling for a while now re: my body and whatnot unfortunately...
Reality: I'm not doing any exercise probably this whole week - meaning NO calories burned (well ya know, other than my BMR/RMR)
Reality: I'm still up from my goal weight from my gain in August. It went somewhat down and then back up again most recently in my marathon foodfest.
Reslity: Calories must go on LOCKDOWN!!!!!
So anyway, yesterday I worked on lowering it -- I did good except for one MAJOR exception. A coworker made the most amazing cupcakes for a birthday yesterday and I definitely had one. This is not a frequent work treat type scenario and they are worth it. Still -- didn't really meet my goal of lowering the calories majorly yesterday. But I also didn't track in Sparks...
So today -- I'm tracking everything again. I've changed my input and my goals are adjusted. So far today I'm doing really well with my new goals.
THANK YOU to those of you who complimented my appearance in my last blog!!! :) I know I'm not a giant whale, I'm still well within the healthy range for my height, I am not THAT far from my goal and hopefully less once I really get rid of some of this water retention I'm still dealing with...
but it's still tough not being where I LIKE being in my body and noticing the differences is not fun. :P
My plan right now is to do some Upper Body and Core strength Training for the rest of this week, and if I feel like I have time/ feel well enough - rowing on Sunday. My body is getting back to normal -- meaning I'm walking ALMOST normally today -- but I still don't think running will be a good idea so soon, but rowing is full body cardio without putting any weight on my feet and whatnot. So we'll see. Trust me -- I'm not having any problems telling myself NOT to do stuff right now, but I know it's gonna start driving me nuts.
Today when we went outside the weather was SOOOOOOO gorgeous -- of course I thought -- what a great day for a run!!! :) :P
Anyway -- I'm feeling super motivated to eat healthy in reasonably reduced amounts this month. I won't be so anal as to completely eliminate any splurges from the holiday season, but I'm thinking kind of in the mindset of my first Christmas on Sparks when I was just breaking the 200 barrier and I did SO well on my holiday break with my family. Well this year it's my family's turn at Christmas again, and not only that but we're MOVING at the end of this month so there will be some additional physical demands to help keep me active. Of course with moving comes some challenges with cooking and food, but we're only moving across town so we should be able to shift kitchens quite easily and I will really have no excuse.
OH. The beginning of this week was also a bit hard foodwise because... THERE WAS A MOUSE!!!!!!!!!!! in the pantry!!!!!!! We had to clean out the pantry, throwing away lots of stuff we didn't use that was contaminated, and other stuff we just felt paranoid about, and disinfecting other things because we're just like that. All morning was spent cleaning and disinfecting and trap setting, but I HOPE we've got the culprits now and we don't have to worry about that anymore... but on the plus side it helped us prepare our kitchen somewhat for moving already. HAHA. ugh. Tomorrow morning I will be able to finally go grocery shopping to get some healthy foods. My hubby is like -- lets not get a lot of things that go in the pantry... (all our currently used items are now out on the counter haha) and I'm like -- all the better!!! This will force us to eat more fresh anyway.
It's so much easier to eat in a way that's filling and low calorie when you COOK. Processed food just adds so many unneccessary calories and sodium that it's just not smart to go that route when your calories are limited. (Honestly it's not so smart even when you have a bigger allowance... haha)
Anyway -- Although I've been feeling a bit down about this weight situation for a while, I'm happy that now post marathon I feel safe doing a big enough calorie reduction to really work on it -- especially this week with me sitting on my butt. :P haha. I feel the energy and hope of a new start!
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