Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Um....100% awesome? :)
I did VALENTINE's DAY ZUMBA! A TON of awesome ladies dressed in red and pink were SHAKING IT at the gym last night - my friend from work came with me and got a great workout along with me.
They did a drawing for these cute Zumba tanks w/ hearts on them and a month free gym membership, but I didn't win anything. :( But it was ok. :) It's hard to be down after all the endorphins are rushing.
They had a lovely spread of healthy looking snacks afterward, but my Fattitude Adjustment teammate and I passed on by, heading home to our honeys! :)
She was preparing a much more elegant and healthy meal than I was (steamed shrimp and grilled asparagus) - whereas my DH requested BLT's! :) HAHA.
I budgeted my calories wisely, allowing room in case there were any surprise valentine's treats but to my amazement I was NOT bombarded with any! The department next door had a spread of donuts and cupcakes, etc.etc. - but my department was surprisingly devoid of commonly shared goodies.
Then my DH wisely gifted me with NO food items, instead a GORGEOUS pair of earrings from an artist we have visited at one of my favorite places in the world - the Lowe Mill / Flying Monkey Artist's Market. Local artists rent studio space in this converted Mill, and they also host a bazaar type market on Saturday afternoons at which other local artists set up tables on the 2nd floor area to peddle their wares. This artist makes jewelry, cheese trays, spoon rests, and candle holders out of recycled glass. The cheese trays and spoon rests are basically glass bottles melted flat and they are so lovely! The cheese tray comes with a little knife. hehe. The jewerly is a wide variety of earrings and pendants that are shining and gorgeous. The candle holders are chains w/ wire votive holders on the bottom that have a bottle attached over the chain w/ the bottom cut out and decorated w/ dangling beads. You slide the bottle UP the chain in order to switch/light the candle inside - so pretty.
Anyway - I've been lusting after her earrings for ages now and he surprised me with a color I don't remember ever seeing! She has like reds and some yellow, lots of green and blue colors - some with little specks. We got my mom some blue w/ DEEP red (can be seen as brown or dark red depending on what's complimenting it) earrings for Christmas. DH found some that were CLEAR w/ black flecks! There are little bubbles and/or white flecks inside that just catch the light so beautifully. I can't wait to wear them! (I didn't today because I'm wearing the most brown outfit ever, pretty much the one outfit I own that just doesn't really go HAHAHA, but TOMORROW! FOR SURE!)
And an amazing card, also from the artist's market, with an amazing heartfelt long message inside. He's the best!
I'm getting into my knitting and beginning to enjoy some birthday gifts. My sister gave me a gift card - last weekend I used it to purchase a makeup bag set (one small one larger - Hello Kitty!) because my makeup has been in a heavy duty ziploc for AGES now. HAHA. It's about time. Also got a compact mirror, and some JEGGINGS. Yes - Jean leggings. I need to wash them so I can wear them cause of the dye, but oh so cute and I had to keep sizing down! HAHAHA. Apparently I might be a smaller size if my particular shape didn't restrict me from certain areas of the pants I try on because to get a waist that didn't feel like it was just gonna disappear off my bum I had to go down to an 11! Either that or these are ridiculously upsized becaue usually if I try on a juniors type sizing, I gotta be in a 15. It was flattering, but nonsensical. HAHAHA.
So anyway, back to the knitting I started the first project in my FEARLESS KNITTING book which really isn't a project, but a little sampler learning ribbing techniques. I learned to purl finally! WOOT! and a Long Tail cast on - soooooooooo much easier than what I was doing before even though it looked kinda complicated in the instructions, once I figured out what to do it was a piece of cake. I won an ebay auction lot of knitting needles - not quite sure what's in it but there were so many for such a little price and it ended in 15min that I had to go for it - 2 round needles in a size 8, and the remaining description was 4 plastic sets and 10 metal sets, various sizes. So I'm HOPING that will give me a good variety of sizes to work with as a beginner without having to invest too much money until I know what I'm doing more. ($4.24+$3.95 shipping = $8.19 for all that!)
And now I'm getting some yarn and stitch markers. YAY!
Friday, February 11, 2011
So final weighin day for Scale Back Alabama is a Friday, so I'm resetting my start date kinda.
I'm still going by my start weight, but I got a few extra days basically.
Today I weighed in 2.5lbs lower than my starting weight for scale back - WOOHOO! :D It's not a 2lb a week loss, but given the struggles I had last weekend and stuff, I'm very glad to still be on track for losing the 10lbs I signed up for, and hopefully I can improve my performance going forward as well.
If not, I'll still be a lot closer to my goal so it's all good.
Wednesday I skipped my aquajogging workout to go to a birthday dinner for a friend. I picked healthy options for dinner and had a tiny piece of birthday cake. It was perfect. :)
Thursday I rescheduled aquajogging, but then bailed on it. HAHAHA. Due to the weather, many people didn't come to work and only one person was ready to do zumba, my friend Ashley. So we did our own thing - some ST first: pushups, tricep dips/presses, ab work - then Zumba: two bonus songs from my normal routine and squats are included in one routine as well so we hit lower body ST - and then YOGA! :) So I figure, I worked out for 80 minutes, I burned almost 800 calories - my aquajogging rehab plan is not incorporating those kinds of workouts.
I COULD have still gone to the gym and did my aquajogging, but honestly I knew I would be tired and miserable when I got home, and instead I decided to give myself credit for what I DID do and forgive the missing aquajogging workout that was postponed and then killed, and have a nice rest of the evening w/ my DH and that's what I did! :)
I will be going straight to the gym after work today to get in the regular Friday Ladder Workout, and then Saturday I will get up bright and early and see if I can hang out in the deep end w/ a tether of some swimming lessons and do that workout. (5 min warmup, 5x5 hard w/ 1 min easy, 5min c/d - 40min total) and be on track only having missed on workout. No big deal.
The tactic of having my DH ask me if I've tracked that day has been great so far. :) Mostly I've been able to say YES! and just feel a great sense of accomplishment and he'll be like, GOOD GIRL! and it's like YAY all around. And if not, then I can say - no, let me do that now! And no big deal. No judgements about what has been eaten, just making sure I'm taking that action to track my foods.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
I'm sitting here at work listening to my songs for Zumba to remind myself of the choreography. I'm pretty 2nd nature on almost all of the songs except for the Que Te Pica (by Notch in case anyone wants to look it up) - I know what part's supposed to happen by the music, but I have a harder time remembering what order everything happens in that song for some reason. The structure isn't 100% predictable to me I guess.
I posted my playlist to a message board but I don't think I ever shared it here:
1. Ceelo Green - Forget You (Warm-up: grapevine, slide touch, etc.)
2. Britney Spears - Circus (Cumbia based)
3. Notch - Que te Pica (Reggaeton kinda thing - Zumba Routine, look it up on YouTube!)
4. Shakira - Objection (Tango) only not really cause it's the Spanish one and I can't remember the Spanish name - BOOTY SHAKIN. Borrowed from an awesome bootyshakin YouTuber. :)
5. Black Eyed Peas - Hey Mama (Salsa based)
6. Gym Class Heroes - The Queen and I (Mambo Chacha based w/ SQUATS!)
7. okgo - The Last Leaf - COOLDOWN!
It is very very fun, and an amazing workout. I burned almost 481 teaching last week's Thursday class in only 39:xx min - and that includes the cooldown!
So we're doing that again tonight - I'm going to continue with the same routines for a while until my class gets really good at them all and then rotate in a new song here and there.
After that I'll be headed to the pool for aquajogging -
Last night's aquajogging went well - the time goes SO quickly when the workout has quick intervals. Last night was 2 sets of 6x1:30 + 30 sec recovery - two min between the sets, 5 min warmup cooldown. It's supposed to be 36 min, I got an extra minute + getting to the ladder and whatnot, but it flew by. Tonight's workout is 5min for both warmup and cooldown - 7x2:30 +30 sec recovery. So longer intervals than last night, but only 7 of them. I remember last week's workout for Tuesday had only 6 but I remember being pretty spent by the last one. HAHA.
Another aquajogger came in after I had been going a while - girl had 0% body fat, I was like woahhhh. And not creepy ribs style, she looked like she is a really fast runner style. Not super muscular but healthy and super fit and lean looking. Anyway - I was like hey! She's doing aquajogging, and so am I?!?!?!? ahaha :D It made me feel slightly validated? She tethered to the end of the pool - I saw those bungee straps and wondered if they were there for that purpose but haven't tried it yet. So I just kept going back and forth and she stayed put.
I haven't succeeded at my scripture reading plans yet, but I did at least pray yesterday. I figure I set small goals working up to where I am now with fitness and so I should make sure not to get discouraged just because I messed that one up on the first day - try again today!
I tracked every bit of food from yesterday and ended up just within my ranges. I finished off the leftover Mongolian food that my sister and I made this weekend, and I made recipe estimates in SparkRecipes so that I could track them well. :)
I NEED TO GO GROCERY SHOPPING!!!! I have no fruit left after today. EEK! I'm sure I could make up things for dinner with what I have, but the fruit thing is making me concerned. I won't be getting home until late today and even later tomorrow so I'm just not sure what I'm gonna do about that, I guess just do without unless I can send DH on a mission (but that involves borrowing a car or getting driven somewhere since I have the car at work... so yeah).
Knitting group was fun last night, I worked in wool instead of the poly I had been using so that was fun. I got a gift card from my sister for my birthday and apparently there is one waiting for me in HR from my work for my birthday too! I'm thinking maybe of getting some of my own knitting supplies with part of that. :)
Monday, February 07, 2011
Thursday - didn't track, did well.
Friday - tracked everything except dinner, did well.
Saturday - didn't track anything, did okayyyy....
Saturday - started a tracking, but didn't add everything, and then went haywire mid day.
OK! I NEED TO TRACK! I GET IT!
It would have helped me a LOT yesterday had I actually been entering what I was eating, but I didn't, and I just kept eating. At least I kept it light at dinner - my explosion was kinda mid-afternoon. Lunch just kept going - Sandwich, then some little treat thing, and another, and then a pear, and then later popcorn. And then I finally stopped. And salad for dinner - granted it was buffalo chicken salad, so it wasn't a super healthy salad, but I kept the dressing very light so it was just the premade boneless buffalo wing nugget things that were less healthy. And a bit of a dessert they had for dinner.
So anyway - yesterday was crazy go nuts.
I just tracked everything I think I will eat today and I came in within range, so I really just need to make sure I stay on track on the weekends - weekdays are MUCH easier for me.
1) I want to eat when I'm bored.
2) I want to eat when I have stress/anxiety
You'd think #2 wouldn't be a factor on the weekends, but sometimes it still is.
Also I missed my last workout last weekend because there was no opportunity for me to get to the gym during pool hours. Should be able to do it this weekend though, and I definitely surpassed my 2000 calorie a week burn goal last week anyway. Although given how my eating went, I would have liked to get in more of a burn.
I have a REALLY HARD TIME with messing up!
LET ME JUST SAY THAT NOW! I beat myself up a lot. But I try not too -- but then I think, well if I don't feel bad about it or take it seriously, how do I learn not to do it again next time?
Just now typing that out makes me realize that the GUILT and the BEATING UP doesn't help me learn not to do it next time, it just makes me feel like crap. The learning comes from thinking about how I made those decisions and how I can avoid making them again in the future. Right???
SO! What happened this weekend?
1. I was feeling anxious about not having tracked my calories on Saturday. I don't like not knowing!
2. I was feeling anxious about my sister leaving and lonely because my husband was sleeping.
3. I avoided tracking to face what I ate during the lonely and anxious time.
I gotta learn how to recognize signs BEFORE I make the poor choices - but then again, I think the best way to keep me from making them is to make sure I keep tracking. I will definitely still allow a splurge MEAL once a week, I know I did no tracking at all on my birthday this time - I think I was too easy on myself. I should have picked a meal to splurge on and called it a day. I can do that for other special occasions as well - eat healthy the other two meals of the day and splurge one meal, and that meal be the only one for the week.
I asked my husband before to help me if I was going to make a poor food choice by subtly and secretly asking me if my body really wanted that food. That has not gone over so well. HAHA I asked for it, but I realize it makes me feel rebellious and upset. I have now asked for a different kind of help - asking me about tracking things. Did I track my food today, etc. That is less charged I think, and getting me thinking about tracking my food will help me make better choices on my own instead of being questioned on a particular choice.
I think it's good for me to ask for help - this is better than him being more like a food police. HAHAHA. But still helpful. But again, this only helps if he's THERE. I need to learn how to be strong on my own so I'm not dependent on someone triggering those thoughts FOR me. It all really goes back to mindful eating. I'm still trying to learn this!!! I'm good at it sometimes (felt really in control Thursday, Friday....) but then other times not so much. It's a work in progress!!!
My mother posted a great quote on her blog that really hit me so I must share it:
"There are cautions and considerations to make, but once there has been genuine illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing. If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now. Don't give up when the pressure mounts . . . Face your doubts, Master your fears. 'Cast not away therefore your confidence.' Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you." - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland - one of the General Authorities from my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)
So we know that we make a good choice and we let doubts and anxieties and fears lead us away from the right path. I think the cautions and considerations in this path are not to become obsessed with the numbers to become restrictive and punitive toward myself about food, but I cannot use those cautions to prevent me from taking the good actions that I need to in order to succeed, which is TRACKING MY FOOD! I KNOW that this works for me, it has worked in the past, and I can MAINTAIN while not tracking, but losing weight requires me to be diligent in tracking my food.
I also had a great insight for spiritual progress during church on Sunday. We had a lesson about Faith, and it has been discussed before in my life that faith must be EXERCISED to be strong and that it grows, like a muscle. But that was BEFORE I ever exercised! The teacher talked about how we make plans to exercise because otherwise other things may get in the way and prevent us from acheiving our goals, and encouraged us to make an exercise plan for our faith.
And I was like - *DINGDINGDING*
I thought of it like marathon training, and here's what I've come up with.
Daily prayer and scripture study are like the daily regular run - a little 3-5 miler that is there to keep you running. (Granted when running not all of us run every day, but it is important to have these things in our life every day!)
Then I extended the metaphor:
Speedwork - exists in training to push you to stretch and grow and improve. We have a program in our group here that creates a goal book for the women's organization (Relief Society). There is a program in the Young Women's organization called "Personal Progress" that the young women work to achieve various goals and receive a pendant for completing all the goals for a certain level, and when they achieve ALL of them, there is another special pendant. Well, my RS group last year did charm bracelets. :) I'm not sure if there are charm bracelets as the reward this year, but this is not a standard program across the entire church. Just something that the church sisters here felt inspired to create and I think it's very cool.
SO ANYWAY - working toward these goals will be my speedwork.
Weekly Long Run - Regular church attendance.
Races + the Marathon -- we undertake these small goals so that we can succeed at a larger goal. I feel like temple attendance is like the Marathon - the end all be all of spiritual goals and learning. But we don't run a marathon every month, so I am also including fasting and Visiting Teaching (a program in my church where-in two sisters are paired together and visit other sisters in the group to give a spiritual lesson and see how they are doing) in this category. Like 5K's and 10K's. :) haha.
So then now that I had identified all the things I felt I should be doing, I realized I knew all this but putting it into this framework helped me to feel more motivated and invested somehow - but I needed to figure out WHEN and HOW I am going to accomplish the simple daily goal of reading scriptures and praying.
My sister had some good suggestions - she reads while eating breakfast and likes to listen to talks and other stuff while running. I can definitely download some stuff to listen to while aquajogging. I'm not sure I give myself enough time to do any real reading during breakfast, but I'm going try it. And I'm going to give myself the backup plan of reading at night before bed - I have a book light now (christmas present) so I should be able to manage that.
Tonight that'll have to be it since I didn't have time this morning. BIG BLOG.
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