Monday, July 18, 2011
Maybe I could find a better current picture, but I like it.
SMURFETTE made one of these for herself and I liked it so much I had to have one, too!
It reminds me what success I've had in maintaining for the past few years and I may have to fight the regain, but I will keep fighting, and running, and working at it - because I LOVE my new healthy and fit lifestyle!!! :)
Monday, July 18, 2011
No, not surving - the waves of the scale! :) Hahaha.
That's what daily weighing gets you - you learn to just deal w/ up fluctuations and appreciate trends. I used to do this when I was losing, most of the time, and I got away from it as I was maintaining (which I think is fine - just weighin every now and again while successfully maintaining to check in worked for me) but then after some time splurging and emotionally eating and not weighing - that's when I gained.
I have never gone out of a healthy weight since I was on the weigh down with SparkPeople because I still checked in enough to make sure that never happened.
After a particularly indulgent Christmas, following a dissapointing marathon (successfully finished, but with an injury and not with the finish time I expected) - and not much exercise because of that injury either - I checked in on 1/25/2011 on physicsdiet.com for the first time at 189.5 at the beginning of February I was only down to 188 and at the beginning of March, 187. My last weigh-in in March was at 185 and my average weight at that time was 186.
Since starting logging my weight again there 7/6, I've weighed in almost as many times as I did the whole first part of the year! I started at 186.5, had a low weigh-in of 180.5 (Previous low for first part of the year was 184.5), and my average has come down to 184.
Today's weighin was actually 182 - I'm hopeful to see more and more lows, but it's taken a lot of lower weighins this July to bring the average down after those first weigh-ins of the year, and I know the average might truly be better since there are a lot of daily weights missing between then and now and the report doesn't take that into account, but I like it. It's keeping me looking at the trend. I've gone from Avg BMI of 24.33 to 23.63 - All healthy weight range, but I want to be a little lighter for running and a bit more comfortable in my clothes.
So to sum up - things are going well.
My weekend was NOT 100% on track, still working on that whole thing, BUT - I had all of this in mind and I ate better than I might have otherwise, and it wasn't totally off base or anything. I did fairly well.
The "Food Tent" at the game was a couple of tables set up w/ pasta, salad, and a little slice of garlic bread from a local pizza place and drinks. We got water and one plate of a little of everything and that was it! Not at all what I was expecting, but I think it came out in my favor! :) We did get some concessions candy - peanut M&M's and sour straws - but I got them for my DH and not for me, so I had 1 straw and 2 M&M's I think...
But then I did have some of my sister in law's birthday cake, and then some more on Sunday and then ENOUGH even though there was a lot more cake leftover and someone tried to offer me more last night. Other than cake I ate really well, very healthy and light.
So all in all, I give myself a thumbs up.
OH! and also I ran 10.47 miles on Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First double digit run since the marathon, first of this year! YAY!
I have another 10 on the schedule for next weekend, weekend after that is my 10K race.
After that my LR progression is - 10, 12, 13, 8 - TUPELO 14.2!
Then another 10K!
Then it's 13, 10, 14, 12, 14, 15, 12, 10 - SOLDIER HALF!
8, 12, 10 - Latin Music Miami Beach Half!
So these are my thoughts on the races based on the time I ahve to train for each -
Tupelo - make it through, run how I feel, cover the distance - automatic PR because the distance is funky. HAHA.
10K - make it through after a recovery week post Tupelo.
Soldier Half - PR? :D
Latin Music Miami Beach Half - take it all in stride and enjoy the music!!!
In those weeks before the Soldier Half there will also be a 5K for charity that I did last year (if we're still in town) that my MIL plans to do this year walking (sO PROUD OF HER - she's lost 130lbs using Medifast and hit her goal weight this past weekend so she is transitioning into maintenance!) so I would really like to do the race "with" her - she doesn't expect me to literally walk with her but I do want to be at the start and see her at the finish! :)
Please help pray (if you pray - or send positivity or however) for my DH to find a job. We are really hoping for a job local as it will make a much smoother transition and allow me to keep my job, but really - we will go anywhere.
Friday, July 15, 2011
This morning's weighin - 184.5
WTF? hhahaha. Stupid scale. Granted, dinner was late AND high sodium last night (soup mix chili w/ added chicken andouille sausages) but it was well within calories and tracked!!
Thing is, that weight is still down 2lbs from my start of this challenge, it's halfway through July, and my goal was to lose 4lbs! So EVEN IF this isn't part of an up fluctuation (which I STILL think it is), I'm good with it. I'll take it.
Had a great rehearsal last night for Gospel Group - we're doing this masterclass thing this weekend and we REALLY had to woodshop a song that was pretty tough. I think I really helped us work it out and by the end of rehearsal - yeah there were still parts that individually needed work, but I think everyone at least GOT IT even if it's not under fingers yet. I loved it. HAHA. It was really fun to play and I can't wait to actually do the masterclass - tonight is a rehearsal all together w/ the choir I guess that's doing it.
Today we had lunch brought in from Firehouse Subs - I took a box lunch, saved the sunchips for another day and/or to share w/ hubby, ate the pickle spear - gutted the veggies from a veggie sub, put them in a wrap with my own wrap, chicken, hummus, and avocado, and had an AWESOME lunch. I basically used our brought in lunch for some more exciting veggies than the slaw mix I brought. HAHA. (shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, green peppers yaya!)
Also there was some watermelon (and a few other fruits) that I got to eat instead of my brought clementine. So more exciting, negligible difference foodwise. I also did sample my friend's salsa that she made homemade and slaw, and ate a few tortilla chips in the process - but NOT a lot. Like less than 5 chips, and they weren't large chips. Her homemade salsa was THE BOMB so I'm glad I ventured there, plus that's just more veggies and deliciousness.
So I'm very pleased with staying on track still in spite of catered in lunches (I looked up the nutritional info for the place to ensure I did not partake of any unexpected calories!).
Hooping was great at lunch -
OH and bellydancing was great last night. :) I hadn't been in a couple weeks or so and it was geat. Another reason why I'm not stressing the scale - I was mesmerized with my reflection in bellydancing class, I was lookin so FLY! ;)
10 miles in the morning!!!!!!!!! :D Here's to a GREAT weekend!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
So last night - SPLURGE MEAL.
We went to my favorite Chinese food buffet. I ate too much. Afterward, I was like - yeah yeah, I know I ate too much, but I didn't do so bad did I? I started thinking about what I ate and was like ok not so bad, maybe my stomach is just shrunk OH WAIT that big plate of SUSHI, TOO!
But I did my weigh-in this morning, and it wasn't so bad - 183. Considering I ate out TWICE yesterday, and the later in the day one was a splurge meal at a Chinese food buffet - I'm really impressed that my up fluctuation is still 3.5lbs DOWN from my starting weight for my challenge. :D 4lbs down goal looks GOOD right now.
One of the goals I set in the RockStar challenge also was to make sure I stick to ONLY ONE SPLURGE MEAL A WEEK!
Which means I will be tracking EVERYTHING this week and weekend - and this weekend will be difficult. We have tickets to a soccer game with a free pass to the food tent. I forgot that was this weekend... My goal is to make the most of the calorie burn that morning from my upcoming 10 mile long run and be sure that even if I go over on calories a bit, I don't eat up my deficit, keep as much of it as possible, and still track everything. I always drink water anyway, so no big deal there - I really have no idea what to expect from the food there since we've never been. *shrug* But I will be smart about what I intake and I will track it all! I'm determined not to be swayed from my plan. And we're also probably going to Happy Tummy, but I know I can choose wisely there and track within ranges as well.
This morning was a 4 miler on schedule, I got 3.95 - close enough. Since my schedule this week was 3/5/4 and I got 3.1/5.5 - I figure .05 of a mile is just FINE to leave off this morning. :)
I did my stretching, including a couple of moments in triangle pose on each side to fulfill the daily yoga challenge. This week the challenge pose is Crow - but I need to work on that at home w/ blankets and stuff in case I fall over. HAHAHA
I also pulled out the old freestyle trainer straps and did a quick workout - SUPER QUICK. But the straps ARE fast because you can easily move from exercise to exercise:
Then some nice deep lunges w/ the straps overhead - just to stretch out, not repeated for strength, just holding a nice stretch.
Um. My nephew is MEGA SUPER CUTE, btw.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
So... yesterday did NOT go as planned.
I found out that no you CAN'T rollover vacation time without prior management approval, so I have 36 hours of time that are currently in jeopardy. (A request is being reviewed by HR! Wish me luck!)
Then I leave on lunch to go take my trombone to the shop and, WAM -
flat tire/blowout. on the highway. And it's 100+ heat index outside.
I called AAA, and the estimate for the guy to be there was over an hour out. UGH. I called hubby and he said they'd come meet me, but there were some delays and AAA guy came sooner than expected as well, so they ended up meeting me at Sam's Club where we bought a replacement tire.
We're at Sam's and I realize - my beautiful lunch I packed will go un eaten!!! :( WAH!!! We eat from the little food counter up front - I got a Chicken Caesar Salad kit - ate not all the cheese and almost none of the dressing. Used the dressing as kind of a dip for my fork and I really used almost none of it. I can't imagine the calorie count on that dressing - it was super thick and there was a ton of it. My poor salad would have been utterly overwhelmed if I had dumped it on top. It was gross. But my version of eating it was good! Also a soft pretzel and shared churros w/ DH.
Then we took the trombone in and the estimate was about what I expected so we went ahead and left my baby. :( I mean :) . well - I'm glad it's getting repaired, sad that I had to leave my horn!
The up side to yesterday? I knew I wasn't going to make it back to work with any reasonable amount of time left in the day so I called in the rest of the day and got to spend lots of time with DH.
This morning I got up on time, early, for a 5 mile run - my longest mid-week run to date this year! I was a little nervous about it and apparently my nervous legs just started flying - I kept trying to slow down, but the first 3 miles were still below easy pace (around 12mm vs. 12:25-12:55) - after that I made a more marked effort to slow down and hit 12:56, 12:34, 12:11 (last 1/4 mile) so good job there. Tomorrow is 4 and Saturday is 10!!! :D Excited to hit double digits for the first time since the marathon as well! :) (5.55 miles total today)
I did some stretching, then headed home to quickly shower and get on my way, and I see that my SIL is there! YAY! :D She, her man, and her baby - my nephew! - are in town for a visit, and I knew they'd be getting in around the time I'd be getting back from my run, but they beat me. So I briefly got to talk to my SIL and wave at her man and the little man before showering and heading off to work.
AND I just found out my request to rollover time was approved. *PHWEW*
Oh and 180.5 this morning. This is really helping fuel me to want to stay on track! My group at work is going out to lunch today and we're going to IHOP - I researched menu items and picked 4 contenders from the Simple 'n' Fit menu selections to choose from (ranging 400-590 in calories). Woot!
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