Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I did Zumba today, and it was so much fun, and effortless exercise because it's fun. Tomorrow, I'm doing Pilates. Not my fav, but the instructor just came back from maternity leave, and she's really nice and she asked me to come.
How Much Exercise do you REALLY Need to Lose Weight?
I unhitched exercise from weight loss. I exercise daily to increase my mood & energy. It's a great stress reliever. Exercise is also great for bone & heart health. So definitely people should exercise. Any calories burned are a bonus.
Nutrition is more important for weight loss. Have a small caloric deficit most days. I like to focus on portions control, especially not having second helpings at dinner. I also only have dessert once a week. Besides saving 500 calories a day, it's more of a treat when I have dessert on a Saturday night. If I really need a sweet after dinner, a nice piece of fruit or a yogurt will do.
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I weighed in yesterday at 170.8 (-1) I owe it all to portions control, including not having second helpings at dinner, and dessert only once a week. If I have to have something sweet, I have a fruit or yogurt (if calorie range allows!).
Saturday night I had a very nice dessert of French silk pie. It was so good. I had a second portion. But then I was stuffed full. Or maybe it was all the wheat I had that day. I seem to be ok with a small portion of wheat, say 1 oz, like a slice of bread. But too much and my stomach is in distress. My stomach growled so loud it scared the cat!
So I decided to give up wheat for a week. That lasted less than a day! Well, I revised my goal to 1 oz (or less) of wheat a day. See how my stomach feels.
I went to Zumba yesterday at lunch time, and it was effortless. Today is circuit training. Tomorrow is Zumba. Thursday total body workout, Friday circuit training.
Some surprising good news. DS22's girlfriend decided to Couch to 5K! (her dad & I are already doing C25K) DS22 is going to do it with her. I'm so happy she's taking an interest in fitness. And what she's interested in, he's interested in. I worry about how much weight they gained in college, but I zipped my lip about it. They know and don't need me giving flack. All I can do is work on my own self, and maybe set a good example, or inspiration. They're flying to California today, and DS22 starts his new job on Monday.
So I have to find time for C25K 3/wk. Maybe after work M, W, F. Or T, Th, Sa. Anyone want to join me?
Besides losing a pound with week, I also had a non-scale victory (NSV). I bought a pair of size 8 shorts as 'goal pants' and they fit! I am in a single digit size! Of course, my negative voice pops up saying they're just cut big, but I'm also wearing 10 and 12, and besides I don't have nice legs. I'm kicking that negative voice to the curb.
Friday, July 18, 2014
I was planning on circuit training class at lunch, but it was cancelled. Boo! I walked the track a bit instead. Well, it's ok, my booty is still sore from all the weighted squats & lunges yesterday.
8pm I went out for a 45 min walk to get to my 10,000 steps today. I didn't have seconds at dinner for 8 days in a row! Tomorrow is my once a week dessert night. We're going to visit DS22's girlfriend's family. They are really into civil war re-enactment, and there's an event this weekend. And then I'm leaving DS22 there, because the kids are flying out to California early Tuesday so my son can start his new job as software engineer at Yahoo! My baby! I'm so proud of him, but I'm going to miss him, too. I love the girlfriend, and her family too. It's all good.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
FitRPG (Role Playing Game) is a fun free app! It turns your accomplishments on the Fitbit into a game. I can improve my character, BlueYork, a Dream Weaver by battling bosses and Fitbit friends, going on quests. The app syncs with my Fitbit data (use the app only near the dongle), like sleep, steps, overall activity. I went on a quest yesterday to get 15,000 steps in a day to be a StepMaster (or whatever), and it motivated me to jog in place while watching TV just so I could complete the quest and win gold. You use the gold to buy equipment like armor, swords, shields, so you can battle and level up. I can't see me playing it forever, but a novel way to motivate me to move more.
If you're a nerd like me, and have a Fitbit, you will love this game. Add me as a friend!
There's no graphics, just text. I would enjoy seeing cartoon characters, drawings of weapons, etc.
When I was having trouble losing weight & staying focused, I adjusted goals to the process, not the results. My goals were not to lose weight this week, but instead to do just 2 things: not have seconds at dinner & only have dessert once this week. Exercise, I do daily to keep my mood & energy up, not to lose weight.
Motivational Quote (care of PIXIE-LICIOUS)
"If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control - myself." - Stephen R. Covey
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
"Do you want the last burger?" DS22 asked.
"No, I'm going to bring it for lunch tomorrow. They were great burgers your brother made. This makes the enjoyment last longer. You know this makes 6 days in a row I haven't had seconds for dessert?" I said.
Later, he said, "I'm getting ice cream for dessert, would you care for some?"
"No," I said, "I only have dessert once a week, on Saturday night. It's more fun that way. Remember how much fun we had making s'mores?"
I played racquetball with DS27 on Monday. He beat me both games.
Tomorrow, I tell you about FitRPG (role playing game) app, to motivate me to be more active.
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