Friday, December 24, 2010
Been off work yesterday and today, so less time sitting at a computer, less blogging. But just tracked dinner from last night and thought I would check in to say:
1400's for Wednesday total and
1300's for Thursday total
I think my body is starting to adjust a bit! :) It hasn't been super easy, I feel hungry sometimes, but not crazy so. And when I eat I feel satisfied. Life is good! It will get harder today, tomorrow, Sunday as the holiday eating REALLY starts... but I feel like if I hadn't been working on adjusting my intake all week it would be a LOT harder. I have a solid base of 4 days of this new strategy behind me, and looking forward to a good weighin on Monday, I do not want to lose it!
I am planning for 1 splurge meal - and to still eat wise amounts and not overstuff - and also I have decided I will allow one small bite of any special treat that is being served at a particular special meal that I really just feel I MUST HAVE. That way I don't feel completely left out. But that is IT! My MIL deals by SMELLING things. :) it's kind of funny but I'm used to it now. She'll be like - oooh that looks good, can I smell it? And I will deal with a bite. I know it's not standard dieting procedure, but to make it through this gauntlet of treats I think it will help. And of course, I may choose NOT to have a bite. There have been treats this week that I have avoided 100% because that was easier and I will do the same with some things this weekend, I'm sore. 1 bite is the backup plan, splurge meal is the backup backup. HAHA
I went to the gym yesterday - just did a brief warmup on the arctrainer before hitting "Gentle Yoga" which was definitely up to it's title. Lots of gentle stretching and talking into poses. Engergizing the muscles through different little tricks and instructions vs. just holding some crazy pose with lots of demand on the body to leverage it that way. I mean she was making my muscles engage in a forward bend. All the leg muscles, core, arms, etc. Great teacher! I've gone to some of her regular old yoga classes, also her POWER yoga class... all great. :)
I didn't mention this yet but my InLaws have offered as my Christmas Present to give me the gift of subsidizing my gym membership! So I don't have to give up my classes, my rowing machine, having kettlebells at the ready! :) WOOHOO! I won't have to give up hula hoop class, or Holley's yoga, or Tasha's Zumba. :) I'm not zumba-ing right now, trying to rehab this achilles, but still. I get to look forward to being able to return to those classes. And continuing pool classes if I need/want to as well. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!!!! :)
So - today I'm hitting the gym for a bigger calorie burn to get my weekly total - The goal is 2000 and so far I have 1368, so I'll need 632, very do-able in a good session with the arc-trainer.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
So, my eating out last night was not PERFECT, but it was PRETTY DARN GOOD!!!! I am really proud of myself.
Yesterday my boss bought my group GiGi's Cupcakes (AKA HEAVEN in a cupcake - with frosting taller than the cupcake itself) - and I resisted. Yes. I gave it to a friend because I couldn't bear the thought that it was sitting there not being eaten. Because they're so good.
And a snack basket, and a fruit basket - ok fruit is good but I already had MY fruit with me and my calories were spoken for!
I went Christmas shopping right after work so I wouldn't have to wait around in the house where there is FOOD for an hour and a half or so before going to dinner when I knew I was hungry. This worked! haha. :)
I wrote myself a list of dishes that fit the calories I was looking for for dinner, as well as one dessert that I could add (at 110 calories I was going to go for it!). At dinner I added a couple bites of appetizers - NOT A LOT, and a salad - hold the croutons please, balsalmic vinaigrette please.
I did so good! :) Drank lots of water, made lots of conversation. It was a very satisfying eating out experience because I left feeling satisfied but not stuffed and also very proud of myself.
This morning I hit the Power Boot Camp class - Well... I have to be honest. It was not what I expected. There was swimming! But with an aquajogger belt on, so nonswimmers could definitely have made it. But I still lack propulsion. BIG TIME! hahahaha. The other two class attendees were boppin up and down the pool and I was struggling. But it was fun! And I got a workout! And it didn't aggravate anything! Except toe cramps a bit once I got some flippers to help with the kicking only drills. I think I might need to use flippers for EVERY swimming drill in that class. And fin gloves. HAHAHA.
Basically we started warming up before she got there, jogging up and down the pool (very comfortable with this except when I can't touch the bottom then it's like wait, what the heck, how do I go forward... hahaha) She had us jog on the shallow part and then swim in the deep part out and back 4 times. Um. yeah. I'm not sure I made it 4 times, after that she started just calling when we were supposed to turn around so that even though I didnt' make it to the end of the pool I would turn around and ideally we'd all make it back at the same time!
We did so many different ways of going back and forth in the pool. We did grapevining (Which turned into a kind of weird side stroke) and bicycling (which gave me ZERO forward movement once I wasn't touching the ground), with the flippers (for me and one other classmate, the other lady is a swimmer apparently haha) we kicked on our backs and then on our stomachs and then on each side out and back. We did some weird movement that I struggled with out and back. HAHA I won't even try to describe it... we sat on the kickboard things out and back, soooo hard to keep my balance. WE STOOD on them out and back. WHAT?! This was nearly impossible for me. HAHAHA. Then we removed the aquajoggers and the rest of the class was in the shallows - jogging in a circle - I rocked at this. HAHAHA. then backwards jogging in a circle - awkward. Then some stuff with some pool weights, which were really cool actually. Then some stretching. VOILA!
I burned 455 in 45 minutes - so pretty good! :) I feel like such a loser trying to swim, but hey - maybe this is a good thing because I can get better at swimming by being forced to do random drills and not have to stop because I feel like I'm going to drown or something (due to aquajogger not letting me drown). *shrug*
OK it's lunch time here. Gonna hit the gym tomorrow to try to get closer to my total calorie burn goal for the week - and probably Friday morning, too. The gym is closed on Saturday for CHRISTMAS. :) SO SOON!!!!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Yep, that's right - to make my goal more imagineable, tangible, reachable seeming, I just figured out how many days until the goal day I put on the calendar. 77 days is NOT a massively long time. I might re-evaluate my plan between now and then, but right now I feel good about it! :)
In any case, yesterday was my first day of the new lowered range - 1200-1550
I was over by 39 calories. NOT TOO SHABBY!!! I counted a truffle I sampled at the grocery store as well, so that should be fairly accurate, as accurate as calorie counting gets anyway. :)
So far today I have about 660 calories left to my max for dinner - so I need to go to the Macaroni Grill website and figure out what I'm eating at this Big Band dinner out!
I also picked up some "cookies" at the store last night - I dunno if anyone else has had Shasha brand Ginger Snaps?
Those are the SPELT version vs. the original, I think I've only ever had their Spelt cookies so far - these and the LEMON Snaps. BOTH of which are AMAZING.
Check the ingredient list for the Spelt Ginger Snaps:
Ingredients: Organic Spelt Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Filtered Water, In-House Organic Expeller-Pressed Sunflower Oil, Organic Malt Extract, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Organic Honey, Organic Spices, Organic Molasses, Organic Ginger, Non-GMO Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Non Aluminium Baking Powder, Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
It's not the shortest list ever, but of course they have to put ORGANIC in front of everything. And "In-House Organic Expeller Pressed" for example. And yes, Evaporated Cane Juice is SUGAR, but it's still less processed.
And 15 cookies = 130 calories for the ginger snaps.
Last night I bought for the first time the COCOA SNAPS - 15 cookies = 140 calories. They are like little heartshaped crackers that are about 1/16th of an inch thick maybe? I thought when I first bought them they might taste bad, or not be sweet, or whatever... NO! The flavoring of the ginger and lemon snaps are SO DELICIOUS! So I have high hopes for the Cocoa Snaps.
It's TOM this week and I knew I needed something nice and lo-cal as a treat or else it would be very difficult to stick to my plan. There is lots of Christmas Candy in the house (which is not MY house or else I would not have it... and I'm staying rent free... so it's not really my choice and there's no way I would ever complain about something so stupid to my gracious host and hostess (in-laws) when my WILL POWER should suffice!). SO! I needed a good substitute and I think these will work! :)
I also went to the gym this morning - last night didn't happen.
I went to the gym with my hoop all ready for hoop class only to find a bunch of cycling class people lined up outside the room and discover the schedule was wrong, so I could wait an hour (I didn't have proper shoes to venture on the weight training/cardio equipment) or I could just scrap it. So I did. I had grocery shopping to do, and another gym to check out.
Mine is too expensive. :( Right now I'm in on the cheap because my BIL has a membership, and mine is just additional, so it's cheaper. Well he can't afford it anymore and I can't afford to upgrade to a primary membership. So I checked out one of those bare bones places w/ cardio and weights stuff, $15 a month, no contract - I suspect I'll probably be joining there, and if my DH gets a job here there's a good chance I'll go back to my current gym because I love it. The cheapo gym doesn't even have rowing machines. :( But they DO have a pretty goood sized and good variety of weight training equipment, and two ok sized cardio areas with the usual - all Precor LifeFitness brand equipment, so no ArcTrainer either, but it'll do.
DH bought me some Kinesio Tape yesterday to try on my Achilles Tendon so I've got that going on today. We will see if that can help me recover faster!!!!!!!
POWER BOOT CAMP IN THE MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, December 20, 2010
So ever since mid 2009 I've been carrying around some extra weight.
I have remained at a similar weight since then, still within the healthy weight range for my height, and I still am today, but I am not comfortable at this weight.
I question my motives in losing some more lbs sometimes when I see pictures of me that look really cute, for example - but then there are those MUFFIN TOP CHALLENGE pictures... oohhhh my.
I am NOT marathon training right now. In fact, I am not running at ALL right now. I need to nurse my left achilles back into health - I'm convinced now that I'm dealing with some form of tendonitis, even if it's not the same as what is typically manifested with a lot of runners, there's somethin goin on down there! hahaha.
I have scoped out a cool class at the gym that I think will help me out - I was supposed to go for the first time this morning but I was way too tired after a late night type of weekend - it's called "Power Boot Camp". It says it's "specifically designed for athletes and upper levels of fitness." That you need not know how to swim, but to "be committed to an intense workout". OH YEAH. And this is - IN THE POOL, by the way. I am hoping this will give me a good workout, it's a 45min class, 6am (so not TOO early, I was just a weenie this morning) so good timing for me to be able to get ready at the gym and head to work, and hopefully it will not tax my achilles too much since it's a pool workout.
I will be trying it on WEDNESDAY! 6AM! And reporting back!
My backup plan for tonight is to go to Hoop Class - it's starting earlier now, at 5:30 vs 6:30 which means I can get straight to it after work. I am giving myself permission (and instruction!) to leave the class if it feels it is taxing my achilles. I will not be doing too much of the extra movements if it is bothering me. But I was dancing at my company Christmas Party on Saturday night, so I think I can handle some hula hooping. If I keep it super basic, my feet never even need to leave the floor.
If it's not working out, I will head upstairs and on a bike. I did a bit of rowing the other day and it didn't seem to agree with me. I may try again tonight barefooted (well with socks) if hoop class doesn't work out.
I have re-calculated my calories for a serious drop of 2lbs a week. I am not burning mega calories right now, I can handle a bigger deficit. (I did also readjust calories burned - it was at around 5000 I think? now I'm aiming for 2000 and will adjust if needed).
I'm thinking Power Boot Camp MWF - there's also "boot camp" on Tuesday and Thursday evening - Tuesday night is a meal out with the Big Band so no can do, but I might try Thursday night depending on how Wednesday goes - the instructor is the same so I can ask her about the difference between Power Boot Camp and Boot Camp and whatnot. hahaha. ORrrrrrrrrr since I'm off work Thursday, I might just go to the gym middle of the day.
There's "Gentle Yoga" on Thursday morning, with my favorite yoga teacher.
I went to her class on Saturday, after warming up my muscles a bit on the rowing machine and recumbant bike.
I'm not going anywhere for Christmas - I will be in control of every food option presented to me and make smart healthy choices. :) No excuses! Everything will be tracked!
It is going to take some serious adjustment to get used to my new calorie ranges again, but I did 1200-1550 as my ranges before and I can do it again. I need to remember how I used to eat then to make the most of my available calories.
Today was oatmeal and banana for breakfast, Snack orange and string cheese, lunch salad w/ chicken and avocado - hummus + baby carrots as well, snack - pear, string cheese and almonds.
For dinner I have a max left of 405! WOAH! IT's SOOOOOO DIFFERENT. But I need it to be. I need a big change to help me to be more strict with myself again. 405 is definitely do-able for dinner. I will need to eat even lighter tomorrow in order to prepare for dinner out - we are going to Macaroni Grill, which means I have access to nutritional information - YAY! - and can plan ahead in a very detailed way. WOOT. :)
I took a week post marathon to kind of partially reclaim clean eating and get in a different mindset, without the calorie counting, etc. - so there was a bit of a transition - but last weekend was also my company Christmas Party and a meal out for my 7th Wedding Anniversary (WHICH IS TODAY!) :) so there was some celebratory eating of sorts. I actually didn't do too bad at the Christmas Party. A bit more dessert than I should have had, but the food was good - steak, veggies - and I just drank water. And I danced. :) So there's that. Dinner for Anniversary was vietnamese - I had a big fat bowl of PHO! SO GOOD. beef brisket, tendon, tripe, noodles, best broth in the world - and the fresh veggies on the side, bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, fresh peppers, limes for squeezing.... hehe. :)
Anyway - enough food talk. I feel really ready to work against the muffin top, reclaim the skinniest of my skinny jeans, and get to feeling more comfortable in my skin again.
Friday, December 17, 2010
I had to hold myself back from the competitiveness - I went to a spin class and in classes I tend to push ALL OUT. Well, I pushed, within reason. I don't want to aggravate whatever's going on w/ my achilles, so I had to be mindful of that the whole time, and also that it's my first spin class since a long time ago in Tuscaloosa, and that it's my first workout post marathon. Still burned about 650 calories in an hour so I will definitely take that - HR average 140 max 178.
I haven't started tracking my calories again, but I'm loosely following a meal plan from the latest oxygen. Maybe I will follow it TIGHTLY soon, but there have been a lot of social meal things happening lately - my DH's birthday, work lunch, secret santa lunch, Work Christmas Dinner coming up on Saturday, our anniversary soon...
BUT! I've been eating well at these events! The downfall has been some random bonus sweets from time to time. Last night I had a mini chocolate binge after a very sensible dinner.
In other words, food is getting better but I'm not 100% on track yet, and I need to be, because my calorie burning is not up to standard yet! But I'm heading to the gym tomorrow for sure. Gonna pick up a Pool Schedule so I can get some cross training done in there as well. Planning on at least hitting the rowing machine and a stationary bike or something upstairs, doing some stretching. I'm gonna see how high on my heel my converse go, because my running shoes press on the sore part of my achilles. :P
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