Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The scale is a tool.
In order to be used properly, you must make sure you are weighing under the same conditions to get a consistent reading. If you don't your results are sure to vary due to varying conditions and you will make yourself CRAZY. (See blog from 12/16)
Weighing in after little to no sleep = different.
Weighing in after eating and running around for a few hours = different.
Weighing in after eating very uncharacteristic foods = different.
I was going on Monday and Tuesday's weighins mostly and sometime last week RIGHT after the break-in, which I'm sure I didn't get any sleep that night either.
But because the numbers were similar on 3 different weigh-ins I believed them -- even though I KNEW they were under different conditions than I NORMALLY weighed in.
Last night - ate right, got plenty of sleep, drank tons of water yesterday.
This morning's weigh-in - 168.5 (roughly the same as prior to Thanksgiving)
This morning's measurements - roughly the same as my last entered into SP.
So! Forgive my freakout yesterday. Don't get wrapped up in the numbers. I think I was personally FEELING a bit out of control and weird, but it might have been more due to recent events than my health actions. This morning when I woke up my body felt RIGHT somehow -- I'm sure there are those of you out there who can relate to that feeling. Anyway -- I was still expecting the scale might be higher due to my confusion as to whether it was THIS SCALE or not(and if it was different still I was prepared to adjust my maintenance range), but lo and behold, it was apparently all of the other factors.
I entered my weigh-in on SP and set my goal for 167 by 12/24, so another 1.5lbs in a week theoretically. It upped my calorie range a little bit, so that's nice. Now I just gotta burn all the calories I promised to burn. ;) hehehehe.
Time to go do a bit of Christmas shopping and some workin out!
P.S. -- Roscoe is doing great. :)
P.P.S. -- Thanks to those of you who sympathized/reassured/buttkicked/commented on doggy on my last blog. :) I really appreciated it and needed it! All of it! haha :)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I'm feeling a bit frustrated and disgruntled people.
1. The scale has gone UP not DOWN since weighing in after Thanksgiving.
2. WHAT GIVES?
That's really all. HAHAHA I didn't need to make a list. The real list is reasons why I think this might be:
1. My post Thanksgiving weighin could've been on a DOWN fluctuation and therefore a little too forgiving
2. I'm using a different scale -- maybe I never really made it to "165" as a true number. Or maybe I did and my backup scale is heavier? I dunno cause the gym scale seems to concur with this scale.
3. My recent weighins have both been after a night of like 4-6hours of sleep.
4. It's the week before TOM and I always weigh more the week before TOM.
Yep. Those are all my explanations to myself or possible reasonings for the WTF feeling I've got looking at the numbers.
This morning I started expressing my concerns to my husband and he was so surprised I was feeling like this. He thinks I look even firmer maybe. (All that strength training paying off? And now that I think about it, there were a couple of times recently that people made a "you need to stop losing weight" comment again -- to which I said I'm not!! In fact I put on a few at Thanksgiving...hahaha)
And my clothes feel fine. I'm not going binge crazy -- I had my splurge on the birthday, and pizza on Friday -- but I didn't go crazy with the pizza and everything else has been very healthy and good!!! The worst thing I've had to eat was some kinda salty popcorn from the christmas tin, and few chocolate covered items yesterday.
I feel like -- the scale is a good tool. I want to continue to use it so that I don't let myself slip and gain the weight I've lost back. But I don't want to let a number psych me out like this and make me feel like I'm gaining it all back when I know that's irrational deep down inside. Maybe I just need to adjust my maintenance range to like... 168-173? Still 5lb range, and maybe it's the same as where I was maintaining before I just didn't know it because I had a "generous" scale?
Thoughts? I'm not giving up on my "lose a lb or two before vacation" kick. I still think it's good for me to really work hard on focusing my healthy attentions and maybe losing some weight before Christmas vacation... I'm just trying to make sure I'm not making unreasonable expectations of myself and driving myself crazy.
If I'm being totally honest, a scale at the gym in our hotel on Thanksgiving vacation weighed me (in gym clothes) at 177. And I thought, this scale must be totally bogus. But maybe I was really closer to 172 without some fluctuation from eating crazy on vacation? And I've lost the water weight already? Maybe it was accurate and my scale before was less accurate. I've always weighed a bit more at the gym and at the Dr's but I attributed it all to clothes and being awake a bit more and eating something.
And even now I feel like I'm thinking about this too hard and analyzing the numbers too much. I mean, I didn't pick 165 because I just loved that number so much. I stopped there because of how my body was looking and my upper body getting too skinny and whatnot. So the true number is not that important (although I really wish I either knew what it was, or had my same scale still so I could be consistent with my measurements).
I think I'll take my measurements tomorrow morning -- after (hopefully) not waking up super early again, getting some GOOD SLEEP.
Had to take Roscoe into the vet this morning to get neutered so we got up super early. Then I went pet food shopping (examining all the labels to make sure I'm getting a very good one), and some other pet related items we forgot (pet hair rollers!), and then grocery shopping. After getting everything put away, I had no time to workout. :P Also I realized I can't do a home workout video from Roku because those thieves stole the remote to it and it has no buttons. *DOH*
OH! And I want to take a million pictures of Roscoe for you all to see because he is so gorgeous, but those darn thieves stole my digital camera. BOO!
SO! My food was good yesterday and today -- ended up not being hungry for my snack yesterday, so I skipped it, had a simple dinner of a sandwich, and went to bed just fine. Within ranges easily. Today -- looking good.
GOT to get to the gym tomorrow. :)
Monday, December 15, 2008
So yesterday was the big splurge day -- DH's birthday -- and I have no idea how many calories I had, but it was a lot. Well. I dunno. It might not have been TOO too bad, but needless to say this morning my weight was... 173. WHAT GIVES? That's 1.5-2lbs UP from where I was before.
I'm hoping it's due to splurge day being yesterday AND getting maybe 6 hours of sleep. BECAUSE...
We got up early today and got a DOGGY! :) WOOHOO!!!
His name is Roscoe and he seems to be a Beagle/Lab mix of some kind. Sooooooo cute. And he is mellow and sweet and cuddly.
My eating has been kinda random today because of the schedule.
We went to Sonic for breakfast and I had no nutrition facts with me but all the breakfast food looked so fatty, so I got a smoothie. Turns out the calories weren't that much less, but at least I saved on fat. :P 440 cal for a 12oz Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie made with nonfat yogurt and milk supposedly! :P Anyway... was not really anticipating it being quite that high.
I ate a quick healthy lunch at home and then came to work and was confronted with holiday goodies, which I partook of a bit. I've entered in approximates on the tracker and my planned snack for this evening, and I've only got 240 calories left for dinner. :P So I dunno. If I forgo the snack that's 6 hours without eating. If I eat it, what can I really eat for dinner? Tilapia, quinoa, veggies... I think I can actually swing that for about 300 calories which won't be too far higher.
But yay we have our doggie!!!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
So I'm at work on a Saturday morning, what better time to post a blog??? :P
Anyway -- yesterday I took a look at my deficit tracking so I could more accurately see what kind of a loss I could even hope to expect from this week's hard work and I saw that my deficits each day were definitely not large enough to create close to a 2lb loss -- which is ok with me. But it does kinda make me curious as to how Spark's is seeing it? I guess if I stuck to 1200 instead of going any higher? But I'd be really happy with a one pound deficit this week.
Last night we went to visit a friend of mine in the hospital and we ended up staying far longer than I ever anticipated, so we ended up ordering pizza (AT the hospital this is!!! If we had been going home I certainly would have eaten something at home and not ordered anything). I am semi-proud of myself for only having 3 slices. I'd have been way more proud of one or two, but I tend to go NUTS with pizza, so 3 slices is not too shabby for me. Plus we got SOME veggies on the pizza -- alongside some pepperoni, but still. Means less pepperoni and some veg factor. Papa John's doesn't really have any nutrition facts except for their specialty pizzas, so I just put it down as pepperoni, even though I'm sure there was less pepperonis than on a full pepperoni pizza (meaning less fat, less cals), but even with that I was at 2020, which is high for trying to stay within a 1200-1550 cal a day range, but it's within my old maintenance range!
So far for the week, including last night, my deficit is 2531, meaning I'm looking for another 1000 calories of deficit.
Since I stayed at home on Wednesday to do ST and did SOME KB work that day, I decided today would be a GYM full body ST workout instead. So I'm hoping to get a nice calorie burn today from that.
OH also, on Wednesday night I went over my new lower cal range -- I didn't realize it, but I ate some of that popcorn trio type popcorn and when I estimated the amounts into my tracker, I came up to 1732 calories that day -- which is still not HIGH HIGH, but not within that little range.
So I could have done better this week -- but considering all the madness, I'm pretty happy with how I've stuck to my guns for the most part.
I really actually think creating a 1lb deficit in a week is more reasonable for my current weight and how much I'm trying to lose as a rule, although I thought since I was maintaining for a while I might be able to get away with going for a larger deficit for a week or two, but maybe that's just an unreasonable expectation anyway.
Um, I think I'm rambling now...
But I took the Christmas Tin Popcorn Trio and actually measured out and bagged it into 1oz servings of each kind to make it easier for the future tracking and portion control. :)
Just the weekend, a week and a half, and it's VACATION TIME!!!!!!
Friday, December 12, 2008
So apparently being robbed is when you're present and when you're not present it's burglary?? I dunno.
But in case anyone actually KNEW that ;) (I sure didn't), we WERE NOT there.
Oh and Hope -- they did not burgle my kettlebell. :) hahaha (that's funny)
But yeah, we're safe. The jerks *thinkingmuchstrongerwords* kicked down our deadbolted door and stole basically all the electronics in the front rooms and every video game. They left the CD's and movies... but looked through lost of stuff (luckily none of our bank information appeared to even been TOUCHED, and nothing missing from that stuff). And we do have Renter's Insurance.
We filed a police report, the cop that came only found one area that was able to be photographed for shoe prints on the door, all other fingerprint type surfaces were too dusty OR too textured to be able to lift prints from. (Leaving me wishing I had done a total top to bottom DUSTING that morning! GRRR stupid electronics that collect dust like magnets!) They opened my flute case but left the flute, moved other stuff around, but basically it was just electronics that were taken.
Luckily I had my iPod with me, so they didn't get that, but they took the little MP3 player I used for running with and also my digital camera (with some pictures on it I hadn't uploaded yet :( wah) and yeah.
Just everything of that nature.
We brought our LITTLE BITTY TV from the bedroom to the living room, but it's so sad. It's almost worse to be sitting there looking at that tiny little TV. haha.
They took my gym bag, library book bag, and my DH's bookbag -- emptied in haste, of course. Obviously used to help cart our belongings out. But now I have no gym bag. :P GRR. And my gym ID was in there so I have to get that replaced -- which is a pain in the butt because it's a University rec center and so I have to go get a new Uni- ID card. :P
Other good news? I didn't turn to food for comfort. I still went to my Spin Class yesterday morning. Then we had to make detailed lists of the items that were taken for the insurance company, and go to the PD to do a supplemental report that detailed everything and the few things we didn't realize were taken yet that night.
Our door and doorframe are new now, yeah... I dunno what else to say. It sucks.
Then we went over to the Animal Shelter since it was so nearby and looked at dogs. We've wanted a dog for ages and we might get one now -- our apartment complex has offered to waive the pet deposit for us (since my DH mentioned we were thinking of getting a dog after this). But I dunno. All the reasons we've been waiting to get a dog still apply -- too busy to give it lots of time and whatnot. No yard. I think we could make it work, though... it's still on our minds but I'm thinking we're not going to. Although after seeing all the dogs at the shelter it's hard to not want to do what we can to take care of one of them because they are so sweet and need someone. :P
Also my inner thighs are RIDICULOUSLY SORE. Like I'm walking funny. I think two days of spin class with a day in between of upper and lower body ST -- meaning squats and lunges did occur -- just DID ME IN. hahaha. :)
I feel like everything's ok, but just has a kind of damper on it now.
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