Thursday, December 18, 2008
Had a great workout this morning -- ArcTrainer and Rowing Machine.
That ArcTrainer!!! It still burns a lot of calories, but not as many as the little estimate thingie guesses... at least for me it didn't. By the end of the workout it was of by about 55 calories I think? For 20 minutes? But still, got a great burn because between that and the rowing machine I spent about 35 minutes of time working out and burned about 437 calories. ! WOOHOO!
Then I went to the Mellow Mushroom for the first time ever and had a really amazing salad. It was ridiculously priced, but it was good. :)
*sigh* Two more work days this week. Then a break. Then 3 more days. THEN VACATION!!!!!!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Got nearly all my Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop! :) WOOHOO!
Also got some other things picked up, and the Target lady (anyone love that SNL sketch??? :D hehe), well, her register was acting crazy and it took her a while to check me out so I was later getting to the gym than I wanted. I was leaving the locker room to go workout at about noon and I usually head to the shower at 12:20.
But did I let this phase me?? NO! I hit it HARD. I briefly considered doing Cardio so I could burn "more" calories, but I decided that was a cop-out and I know I can burn a comparable amount of calories by really rockin that ST. So that's what I did!
Compound movements, moving swiftly from one machine to the floor, back to the machines, over to the ab mat, incorporating some standing Mountain Climbers and Jump Squats to help keep the HR up. I burned 275 calories in 25 minutes, and a couple of minutes at least were me stretching and cooling down. I usually don't stop my HRM until my HR gets back down to at least the 120's.
So I will be able to hit the gym tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. That's the plan anyway. If I get a super awesome calorie burn on one of these days I might take another day off, but I know I won't really workout Friday morning, just being honest with myself, and Wednesday is the day we start vacating, and I have to be at work at the crack of dawn, so no workout that day either.
P.S. -- The first weighin after Thanksgiving was 171 (and that was under normal conditions so I think it might have been accurate), and I didn't start loss mode until 12/8, so since then I've lost about 2.5lbs probably? So that's a good reminder.
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!!!
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