Okay, so here's a little (little? ha!) update:
I've been snacking, the scale hasn't been moving. I've been a little lax with measuring too. I started thinking about it...why did the scale used to consistently move 1.5-2 lbs per week, and lately it's been so stalled out? I need to change something. SO I played around with my fitness and nutrition trackers and goal weight page, etc. First off I had to cut back on exercise a bit this week(I'll explain further down). I figure even if I'm messing with this every month, I'd rather it be accurate. Also I thought about WHAT I was eating and it was the same foods all the time. They were healthy and nutritious, but overall I felt I needed to shake it up a bit.
Fitness minutes went down slightly, Calorie range also went down. I kept my goal weight and time the same - I had been ahead of the curve but was starting to slip behind (very minor). So I really didn't change anything on that page, I just submitted it again and my range changed. I wonder if it was because maybe it hadn't factored in my lower weight on it's own? It needed a little kick in the pants?
So I've been changing up what I've been eating - progresso soups for lunch have been amazing - yummy, low calorie and filling (I eat both servings). You don't even need to mess with the "light" varieties if you are eating it as a meal because the regular ones are light enough on their own. I've been having cereal and fruit or homemade breakfast burritoes more instead of smoothies (still going to make them, just not every day - I think I'll start making them smaller too). Snacking on carrots instead of "healthy" chips/crackers, etc.
I also kicked up my exercise majorly on Sunday, and as a result have had to take it easy since - took a day off on Monday as I could hardly walk, and couldn't jog yesterday, ended up walking. So what happened Sunday, Now I'll finally get to it:
I ran outside for the first time ever!!! It was SO rough at first. I immediately was telling myself - okay, I can't do this. I'll go pick up my shirt at the 5k and then just do the fun run with my son. I was automatically trying to go too fast, and also up a long hill. - not steep but man could I tell - felt like a mountain at times LOL Okay, not really. So I turned my music on (was going to try to go with the birds, but once I got away from the houses and by corn fields, not many nature sounds anymore). So I turned on my music, got my pace, made sure my stride wasn't too big (knees were hurting already - knew something was off). Also just walked when I needed too. I took a few longer walking breaks because I accidentally paused my interval timer on my phone and messed it up LOL. But then...I got into a rhythm. I had my music, I made it up over the first hill, I didn't care who saw me, the sun was bright and beautiful and all of a sudden I saw how far I was and I'd made it through a few 4 minute jogging intervals, etc. My confidence was growing and nature was giving me a much needed boost. I decided when to turn around and on the way back it was great. First off, I had lots of downhills - those were amazing! I felt like I was flying :) It still makes me giddy to think about. Also totally cool with outside besides the views (I have a country road) is that I can pick a spot on the road or a certain plant that I aim for and as I get closer, I pick another. Makes me see my progress more, and I don't feel as slow. I don't have that on the treadmill! ALSO the super amazing nature-y thing besides the breeze and the sunshine was the butterflies - I almost cried. It was probably in the last 2/3 to 3/4 of my run I started getting these big butterflies that would flutter along beside me for a while, then one would drift off and another would appear. It was so strange and magical - it was like they were escorting me for a while. I know that sounds weird, but it was very cool. my last run interval ended and I started slowing down and then I said screw this, I don't need to stop so I kept running - it was great. Of course first thing I do when I get in the house is get on the computer to map my run and found out that my pace overall matched what I do on the treadmill. Now I have a super confidence boost that I can get this 5k done in under an hour.
So then I got changed, grabbed a couple bags of ice and we headed to the forest preserve for that bird fest thing I mentioned in my last blog. I iced my knees on the way there as a preventative. So we walked around bird fest for a few hours and hiked a trail up to a bluff. I mapped that too when I got home. I think I got 4.5-5 miles or so in that day total. It was great. The weather was beautiful and perfect. I still ate well all day. How strange. Instead of using mother's day as an excuse to eat whatever or eat out at a restaurant, I chose to exercise the heck out of the day LOL. And that's why I couldn't walk and had to take it easy for a few days... from my foot up to about mid calf, all the way around on every side has been killing me the last couple days(not injury like, just extreme muscles soreness - imagine rotating your foot around and having sever muscle pain all around as you move it). Just makes it that much more clear that I need to strengthen those muscles more. between running on the road and then walking trails - so much uneven surfaces compared to the treadmill - that's what did it. I really want to get out for a run every weekend, and maybe as things go, in the evening too. we'll see :) My legs are almost feeling normal today so hoping I can get a good cardio video in :)
So I think that's all my good news. The little SP/internet break has been going well too. I've gotten a lot of reading done lately (mostly reading the three musketeers) and extra cleaning, etc. I'm still tracking my food and exercise throughout the day and trying to read people's blogs when I get on. My friends are doing AMAZING! I may not be able to comment as much but I'm still cheering you all on and sending good successful vibes your way!
OH DUH!!! all of this, the eating, changing things up, exercise challenges, etc have lead up to something. The scale moved again!!!!! I was stuck at 230-229.5 for a while and yesterday it was at 229 and today 228. Guess I just needed a jumpstart and the attitude that I have control over this. I just need to use my brain - do a little brainstorming and have a reality check about what I can change and improve and it's working!! I will of course change it again as I kick up the workouts again - I'll make sure I'm eating enough.
Okay, that's all LOL
Miss you all and glad things are going so well from what I've been seeing! I'm seeing weightloss, new swimsuits, new smaller jeans, health after sickness, etc.
Any other great news?