Friday, January 15, 2010
Three years ago today, I found the website that changed my life and made the difference between a vague attempt to get healthy, and having the tools to make that a reality. :D
Right at this moment, I have to say I'm a LITTLE bummed because of some bad news the scale gave me this morning, but here's what I know about that:
I just calculated my deficits since I started my streak and I've got a deficit of about 1.6lbs, not counting my cheat meal day. However the scale was UP 3lbs this morning -- and I KNOW I did not eat an extra 15,750 calories (4.5lbs) on that cheat meal by having a piece of cake AND a brownie. :P I did look and see that my sodium has been WELL over 2500mg every day during the streak, though. AND I'm starting a weight lifting program for the first time in ages. AND TOM is due next week. AND I didn't get enough sleep last night and that last one ALWAYS screws with the scale for me -- big time.
These are the kinds of things I would not have even known to THINK about before joining SparkPeople.
Since joining SparkPeople:
I've lost over 125lbs and maintained over 100lbs of loss once reaching my goal, never leaving a healthy weight range for my height.
I braved a gym for the first time ever and since then have used every cardio machine available, ran on the indoor track, used a lot of the tools in the Strength Training Room (including finally using a barbell! YAY!), and taken classes.
I've taken pilates, strength+cardio type class, Funk-HipHop-Let'sDANCE-andZUMBA cardio dance type classes, water aerobics, and a cool Runner's Yoga series! P.S. - CAN'T BELIEVE I FORGOT - LAFTERSFREE reminded me - SPIN CLASS! LOVE IT!
I SWAM. in a PUBLIC GYM POOL. LAPS even. :D Now I was veryvery slow, but I did it. I even did swimming drills and pretended like I knew what I was doing.
I ran my first 5K! And then another, and more. :) I achieved my original running goal of running a 5K in under 30min!
I ran an 8K race while on a trip to San Diego for the Spark Convention.
OH YEAH -- I was a featured successful member at the first ever SparkPeople Convention!!!!!
I trained for and completed my first marathon, reaching all of my goals for the event and being thrilled to freaking DEATH! :D
I became bold enough in my fitness to join a local athletic club -- the Black Warrior Rowing Club! I have learned to row, and competed in a regatta - winning a first place medal for our event! :D
Let's not forget one of the BIGGEST lessons learned -- HOW TO EAT HEALTHY.
How much food does a body need? What kinds of food are there? How much of different kinds should one eat?
I didn't know ANY of these basics when I started. Sure I knew that a salad was better than a burger (in general, now I know THAt isn't even always true), but I didn't really know where to begin.
Now I almost never eat fast food, if I do, I'm usually getting a salad. Fast food burgers just do NOT appeal to me anymore. I avoid them like the plague.
I also almost NEVER drink soda anymore. It is supersupersuper rare. I really prefer water to all else. I remember a time when I would go out to eat and drink endless refills of SPRITE. I shudder now to think about the amount of calories I was consuming of liquid sugar.
I eat fruit and veggies on a daily basis. :)
I like oatmeal. HAHA Growing up I HATED oatmeal. I would get mad at my mom for not remembering how much I hate oatmeal and always offering it to me. Now -- love it.
I could go on and on -- but really: I'm a different person than when I came to SparkPeople.
I'm a truer, better version of myself. ME - minus the extra weight and bad food habits.
But it's not just that -- I feel MORE in my own skin. I am in tune with myself in a way that I wasn't before. I feel in control of my life and excited about my future because of what I can make of it FOR MYSELF. Not because I'm looking forward to some unknown in the future to maybe make my life better, I hope. Like some Snow White dreaming of her Prince Charming. No. I hate when people are like -- ohhh I can't wait for the future to bring something good my way.
NO. YOU bring good things your way.
The scale is not giving me love right now, but I am bringing good things my way for my body by giving it good quality workouts, and the right amounts of food. Something I can work on next week -- improving the quality of food somewhat. I know I can bring my sodium down to something more reasonable. I'm not going to let myself get SPOOKED when I know I'm on the right track. :D I must have PATIENCE!!!!! Faith and confidence in myself and my actions.
Oh and finally take my measurements soon so I can keep track of those as well, still haven't gotten around to that.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Granted -- I went over by about 10 calories yesterday. Sparks says 20 but the cals for that Reese's Fast Break (yes I had one) were 10 cals less on the package than in there and I don't feel like bothering with it. :P But seriously, 10 calories? I'm ok with that.
I have been saying no to those Fast Breaks ever since they came into the house even though I'm a HUGE reese's fan. DH was like, do you have calories? And I was like... yeah! ... .Whhhyyyy? And he pulls out a frozen fast break from the freezer and says, these are sO GOOD frozen. Well. It was. :) And the benefit of it being frozen is it forced me to take my time, which is something I can be really bad it. I will do it with treats... but with regular food I sometimes just eat SO FAST. :P
I came in over 120g of protein yesterday, but it wasn't my best day.
Today I'm going to struggle with that a bit, too I think. rawr! I didn't have much time to eat this morning. But I DID run!
ALLLLmost 2 miles. Over 1.95 so... yeah. :) My heart rate was much better -- didn't go over the 170's at all, and average was 159 which is MUCH better than any run yet, so I'm very happy about that. My plan is to run 3 miles this weekend. WOOT.
Tomorrow morning is NROL4W Stage 1 Workout B. AND PROTEIN TOMORROW! YES! Gotta get it in!!!!
I should have brought tuna for one of my snacks today but I was rushing and just grabbing things. :P Today and tomorrow and my streak goal is completed!
I recently received some TargetGift Cards at work for Christmas. HAHA
I was gone for the holiday and they just remembered to give me mine. In any case -- I've decided I will use them to reward myself for completing my streak - because I WILL complete the streak!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
So! :D Only 3 more days (including today) to complete for my streak goal to be over -- however I believe I will continue those habits that were Sparked, except for the 10min a day one. It was fun for a while, but even while streaking I had to take a day off.
OK anyway -- yesterday I ended up 40-something cals within range and at 140 ish g of protein -- today I'm looking low, so dinner's gonna have to be something spectacular. My lunch wasn't as heavy in protein as it usually is and I was too short on time to prepare a yogurt thingie and we have all those hardboiled eggs so I grabbed one of those, but maybe I should've grabbed two, or that AND a prepackaged yogurt or something. Eh. It'll be alright -- I got in my protein smoothie right after working out so I'm happy about that.
I'm also very happy with how my workout went today!
I planned my wakeup time to allow myself to have time to do my NROL4W workout and run afterward if I had enough energy, so I woke up on time, got to the gym only a little while after I had planned to.
I did about 5 min on the erg, got 1000m for my challenge - WOOT! That is such a great way to warm up the ENTIRE body! :D
Then it was NROL4W Stage 1 Workout A (2nd Time). OK so...... bonehead me -- the workouts don't change until the THIRD TIME. HAHA So actually I could have done it yesterday and been fine. :P But oh well -- I got it done today. It felt really good -- I'm still doing squats as body weight only, and my pushups are from the wall, but I was able to up the weight again on the seated rows, the step ups were better, the prone jacks were MUCH BETTER.
So I'm feeling very positive about all that and I'm hoping to add some weight to the squats soon, maybe decrease my incline on the pushups as well, so that is exciting. It's also going to be a change of reps/sets so that will be interesting to see how that goes.
then I was feeling good -- the workout for NROL4W did not take long, even with all the proper resting periods, and I felt like I had a good amount of energy, so I went for that run! I actually brought a Gu with me to the gym in case I needed a boost before the run, but I didn't feel I needed it. WOOT! I took a route I THOUGHT was almost 2 miles -- turns out it's only like 1.75, but it felt really good. No pains, HR a little high but not anything crazy like 200's HAH. Today's run definitely made me feel a bit more confident about the upcoming relay, even though it was a short one. I feel confident that I will be able to add on distance fairly easily, just gotta keep running.
I plan to do a run tomorrow to keep things rolling, and then we'll see -- I think I'd like to do the NROL4W Stage 1 Workout B on Friday... then running and Zumba Saturday? Off day/rowing Sunday? Something like that sounds good.
OH! I'm late for my snack! :) Hope everyone else is having a sparky day!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I'm not going to discount yesterday's off day away from my streak because I reallllly needed it. :P
Everything else is streaking perfectly though! :D
Looking at my nutrition tracker, my protein was a little low yesterday and the day before for my goals -- 105 Sunday, 114 Monday. But Friday was 160 and Saturday 152, so that's pretty good... So far today I have 103 so I need to make sure I have a good amount of protein with my dinner, should be good. Gonna play around with a couple of dinner options and see will complement the rest of my day the best.
UMMM this morning I did kind of a bonehead thing -- I forgot that the sets and reps and rest periods CHANGED from week to week with the NROL4W until I was already at the gym... so I had no idea what to do. I might have just done last week's workout, but since last week had me so sore and I did it only twice, I'm thinking twice a week will be the plan untill I get tougher, but then again the workouts should get tougher as well so we'll see. If I only do it twice a week, that's ok with me. The book says two OR three times a week.
SO! Since I had that option, I decided I'd rather do it tomorrow and do it ON PLAN than do something random, and instead I erged. It was annoying not to be able to stick to my original plan, and also not be able to run since I wear OLD retired running shoes to the gym that I do not want to run in anymore... if I had known I would have just run today, but I got in some more meters for the erging challenge. So that's good.
Tomorrow the plan is -- NROL4W Stage 1, Workout A (2nd time)! AAAAAANd, I'm going to give myself enough time that I can run afterward if I have the capacity to do so.
My Marathon relay is a month from this weekend and I need to be able to run 6-7 miles by then! I think it's going to be doable but I will need to stay committed to getting my running in this month!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Seriously, this is one of the best weekends I've had in a while.
Saturday I slept in, then I read a bit and ate breakfast, then hit the gym to do NROL4W Stage 1 Workout B.
UM -- it was almost all awesome. Except I kinda tweaked my back a bit doing the deadlifts -- I could tell when it happened. I was kind of losing focus, my mind was wandering around the ST floor and then oops. :P But I was able to continue the workout and felt ok, no PAIN really, just... not quite right. :P However later, my legs and BUTT especially were SO SORE.
That night my back was really feeling out of wack. :P wah. But -- I had so much fun hanging out w/ my hubby. I read and cooked (homemade pizza), while he played a video game I got him for Christmas (HE LOVES IT -- Dragon Age: Origins). We watched some stuff, and then we played Beatles Rock Band and Rock Band until late. :D It was fun!
Sunday I went to church and then grocery shopping, came back and did some cooking. I wanted to make sure my eggs were still good, so I cracked one. GOOD! YAY! So I hardboiled the rest, and then cooked 3lbs of chicken cause I knew I'd be making this White Bean Chicken Chili from the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook at some point in the week and it needed cooked cubed chicken. Well -- after I got done I realized I had boiled all the eggs that I was going to need 1-2 (can't remember) of to make the salmon cakes for dinner that night! OOPS! hahaha
So I made the chili for dinner instead -- HEALTHY MEAL NIGHT! YES! It's BACK!
I read - I'm engrossed in the Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse series at the moment. (a little sexy FYI) And vinished volume 2, DH playing the video games, and then I hit up the gym for my first ever ZUMBA CLASS!!
It was as fun as reported. :) Although my legs and butt were seriously mad at me for the one song that she decided to do sumo squats, squats, and lunges during. :P GAORJAOSTHAOSJR. I wish I could go do a fun dancing class and not be surprised w/ body weight strength training. My lower body was not happy! But otherwise I loved it. :)
Afterward was healthy meal night, got to hang out again with LAFTERSFREE (she and BRE...74227? Ok sorry I don't remember off the top of my head, but another Totally Tuscaloosa Sparker! were at ZUMBA as well!), and her bf, and we watched Gran Turino. I also made dessert of StonyField French Vanilla Yogurt (lowfat? I think? fat free?), w/ berries and crumbled Kashi GoLEAN CRISP which is AWESOME btw.
So because of soreness and whatnot (oh and bTW, my back was mostly cool Sunday, it still feels wonky from time to time but it doesn't hurt (except occasionally when I've been sitting forever or something) and it mostly feels fine.), I'm deciding to take today off. I might try to walk for 10 min or march in place tonight or SOMETHING to try to keep my streak up but after the back to back lower body hit and that I need to recover more than anything else. :P
Leftover Chili for lunch! :D WOOT!
OH! and I tracked everything into the SparkTracker this morning --
I was over calories on one day by like...150, on another by 50, and on another I was within range.
BUT I was also over on Calories Burned by like 800 calories!
And considering how close I was to my goals with some guesstimation on my part and manual tracking I am very happy! :)
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