Weekly Update Blog #3 and General Update
Sunday, October 07, 2012
It feels like it's been ages since I've been on Sparkpeople, just because I've been really too busy for a lot of the social aspects lately. I have been logging in and doing my food logs everyday, but I find it so hard to find the time to send a meaningful and thoughtful response to a lot of the messages I get. So if any of you are waiting on a reply from me, that's why and I'm aiming to get back to you all sometime today!
This week has been an amazing one for me. I've not been so busy in a long time and a part of me loves it. I love staying busy, especially since coming to an empty house can be so busy. I'm also loving all the opportunities I get here and the fact that for once I'm attending a school which has resources to offer it's student population! As much as my overactive mind loves being this busy, my body kinda hates me for it. This week I've been getting sweet cravings for the first time since I started and completed the Curb your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I know it's a result of the combination of stress and fatigue and have only given in to it a few times this week. However, I know I should be taking measures to stop those cravings again before they get out of control and my body begins to start it's cruel circle of emotional eating again. So... I'm going to go to the grocery store today and buy some of my favorite replacements to trigger foods and allow myself to actually sit down and enjoy them.
Despite this stressful week, I have managed to drop 2lbs.. which is a lot more than I ever thought possible. I didn't think I'd gain any weight but I didn't expect to lose any either. This increase in walking really seems to be helping more than I can comprehend. This officially puts me at 251! One pound from being under 250 and the lowest weight I've been in several years. I'm very excited. I think I'll have to treat myself to a nice manicure and pedicure if I manage to drop that extra pound after this next week.
My goals for last week were:
1 - Boost walking to atleast 30 minutes a day, taking the long way when possible. Also, to go along with this, make sure I'm never rushing on my way to school so I can take the long way and enjoy my walks!
2 - Definitely add 2-3 cardio workouts for this week and make sure I continue my strength training regimen.
3 - Stay within my respective ranges. In addition to this, make sure that if I'm going to drink I have no more than 2 drinks. The day I went over my calories was a result of a little too much beer.. and it's not nearly satisfying enough to justify!
4 - Get 8 hours of sleep every night and get to class prepared and ready!
I managed to succeed in all of these goals to some extent. I boosted my walking and seemed to walk an hour most days, just for fun. The only day that I missed was yesterday because I allowed myself a designated recovery day!
I also only managed to add one cardio workout this week, but I've proved to myself that my lungs are healed enough to withstand it! Strength training wasn't so good, I only did one day again this week. I stayed within all my ranges except for one day when my brother came to town and treated me to dinner, and even then I was only over by 40 calories. I've cut down on drinking as well, only allowing myself 2 drinks. And finally, I've somehow managed to get used to my new 7am waking up time and have managed to get 8 hours of sleep everyday this week. It feels amazing.
So my biggest failure was sticking to my workout plan, simply because of lack of time. So I think I'm going to only set two goals for this next week so I can actually focus on achieving them.
1. Do my strength training on my Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. But instead of my typical approach, each time I'll change out the workout so I prevent getting bored. I've been doing the same routine for ages anyways and really should switch stuff up.
2. Research strength and interval training. Workout my own personal routine, incorporating my knee exercises into it. Perhaps put upper body, core and lower body each on a different day to maximize workout time to muscle fatigue time. Have some idea of what I'm talking about by next week!
Beyond that, this has been an interesting week. I tried out some of the challenges for BLC #16. I had already been keeping a pseudo-food diary and just enhanced that. Hope everyone else has had a more productive week!