Monday, August 29, 2011
that freaking has GAINED weight while working on the farm! Alright, that's not true. Last year someone moved here from Africa and he managed to put on some pounds but aside from him, there is only me. And I thought the pounds were going to melt right off...
To recap, since it has been (erm) awhile.:
I now live and work on an 11 acre organic farm outside of Chicago, where I work long days, full of physical labor and delicious and nutritious food. So what's the deal? How on earth did I weigh myself this morning and weigh ten pounds more than I did in March?
Reason one: super big meals: We eat good here, and I eat like a dude, truth be told. I have two roommates, both guys, who have that enviable ability to eat anything and everything in front of them, then have another portion, then still lose weight. And I've followed suit, without the blessed boy-metabolism. dang!
Reason two: so many treats!: Or I should say "reason two: uncle bob's ice cream shop" because we go there every week and I get a monstor waffle cone full of homemade ice cream. then wednesday one of our volunteers brings us some kind of treat, Friday is our potluck lunch, and super early saturday morning I visit the dunkin donuts before the farmers market. And of course there are other treats sprinkled in there. sigh. the sweet tooth is back with a vengence.
Reason three: Different exercise "routine" : Before coming here, I walked everywhere, ran, swam, lifted weights (sometimes...) and played sports. Now I dig, walk, weed, rush around, but I hardly ever get my heart rate up the way I used to. It's funny-- everyone said that once they started working on the farm they lost so much weight but turns out they were going from no physical activity to 10 hours of outdoor physical labor. I thought I'd be the same, but alas, I already had a lot of exercise under my (now much tighter) belt.
so.... the plan is:
1. PORTION CONTROL
duh. I need food to keep my strength up, but not the same as these dudes who need to put on weight if they don't want to freeze come winter. One helping, tinier plates, vegetables for every meal. done.
2. LIMIT MY SWEET TREATS
I told you the four and those will be my only four of the week. It's not a complete break, but I'm not looking to lose a ton of weight, just eat better and stop gaining already! And I'll be smart-- instead of monster waffle cone, I'll have a cup, instead of three or four of whatever cookies or cakies the volunteer brings, I'll just have one.
3. FIND HEART RACING OPPORTUNITIES
so we have these hills here... why not run/super fast walk up them? If I need to cross the field, why not do it at a bit of a run? There is ample opportunity for me to move faster here, whihc will up the heart rate ad also make my boss happier, I'm sure.
Ladies! Wish me luck! I'm at a pitiful 195 right now (albeit pretty toned) and am wanting to drop some trunkage with out the help of ready internet access. I'll update you next week/ next time I'm online. Bye!