Wednesday, December 02, 2009
So this morning I weighed in; the scale was not good to me. I KNOW I did not eat an extra 2.5 pounds of food this week. Anyway, I was bummed. I mean, like *really* bummed. I tried so hard not to let it bother me, but it did. During my whole morning workout, I was pretty blah.
Came home, got ready for school, still feeling blah. I can't believe I let the scale dictate my morning like that! But this story has a happy ending, so this blog is not one giant pity party.
Today's events that gave this day/story a happy ending:
- One of the girls at school called me "skinny." Never in my LIFE have I been called "skinny." She said "I wish I was skinny like you!" (Floating on air at this point)
- One of my first grade girls said "I really like you." In all my teaching classes I learned "Don't worry if kids like you or not." But when a student tells you that, it's still a great feeling.
- Met a friend for coffee after school (this part has two happies) and he said "you look like you're losing weight." And I see him a lot, so this was really cool. The second happy is that even with my coffee and my pumpkin bread (it was SO good - didn't look up the calories until I got home - YIKES), I stayed within my range today. Wahoo!
- Went shopping after coffee; at my gym they have a Christmas tree with names of needy kids and what they want for the holidays. I picked up a name last week, and bought some super fun things for a little girl. Got her a sled, a winter coat, some really cute sparkly Hello Kitty shoes, and some fun clothes. The girl ringing me up told me "you're going to Heaven for this. She's going to be so excited. What a great thing you are doing." Made me want to cry.
So despite the scale telling me I gained 2.5 pounds, I had a pretty good day. I'm considering boycotting the scale for a while - I know what the other signs of success are; the scale has been taking up too much of my time. I don't need that stress. I LOVE going to the gym and working out. I think as long as I keep it up, I will see the results I want. For a fleeting moment today I thought "Why the hell do I bother with all these great workouts if I'm not losing any weight? I may as well stay home and sleep." But then I closed my eyes and remembered what I used to look like (see the "Whoa" picture on my Spark Page), and cranked up the resistance on my bike.
It's bed time. Tomorrow morning is swimming and a day off from strength training. Pilates is my evening class... looking forward to another super workout day.
Monday, November 30, 2009
So today I am reflecting on the holiday weekend.
What I need to work on for when Christmas comes:
- Keep my wine intake in check. Just because it's there doesn't mean I have to drink it.
- Really evaluate dessert. Is it worth eating the whole piece of pie/brownie/cookie?
- Remember that hors d'oerves (sp) have calories, too. Especially cheese and crackers.
What went well and can easily continue through the season:
- Drinking lots of water! Took water everywhere with me so I kept hydrated.
- Eating slowly kept me from eating too much dinner.
- Eat the really good food and enjoy it. Homemade pumpkin roll is hard to beat.
- Keep everything in perspective. What seems like really horrible eating wasn't really *that* bad. In fact, at this time last year it most likely would have been even less than "normal" holiday eating
- Schedule workouts into the week, no matter how hectic it gets.
- Stay organized and on top of to-dos. Meaningful lists worked well for me this weekend.
- I didn't use this weekend as an excuse to eat too much. In fact, I probably was a little too hard on myself today when I went to lunch with a friend. We went for burgers - I was craving a burger and fries - and it's certainly not an everyday thing for me. There was probably a little too much guilt, especially because I didn't eat all my food, drank a ton of water with my lunch, and ate only a little bit of dessert. I must remember that this is for life, not for just this year.
- I stayed accountable and entered in most of my food. Must continue this through X-mas.
So all in all, it was a pretty good weekend. Weigh-in day is Wednesday and I suppose I must get on the scale. It is what it is, and I can't continue if I don't know the truth.
On a related note, I changed my nutrition tracker to reflect a 1 pound weight loss per week, even though I would be thrilled with 1/2 pound gone a week. This will keep my calories in check, I'm hoping.
Back to a normal schedule this week! Wahoo! Tomorrow morning I'm going to do a bit of swimming; I was going to run, but I think I'll swap my Tuesday and Thursday cardio this week to give my legs a little more of a break.
Last but certainly not least, I want to thank all my SparkFriends for their kind words on my blogs and page. I'm so glad I started getting more involved in leaving comments and writing on the boards - I think it really inspired me to give a good push for the end of the year. I am truly thankful for all the support and Spark Love.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Just re-read my last blog about how I was going to stay in control over Thanksgiving.
1) Eat slowly - check
2) Drink a ton of water - check
3) Not too much wine - um, not so much
My dad and his wife visit the Finger Lakes often and bring back some really good wine. Yesterday we polished off some Gewurtztraminer with the turkey and some ice wine with dessert. I'm going to be bad and justify it, though. I have not had wine in about 2 weeks (!!!) so yesterday's wine tasted EXTRA good. I really enjoyed it. So there is my excuse.
Wearing the skinny jeans helped - I didn't have seconds of anything, and I didn't let myself get too full. I was definitely full, but I didn't feel sick. Small victories count!
So today it's lots and lots and lots of water, some running, ST and maybe some elliptical this morning (depending on how I feel), and some cleaning this afternoon. Back to normal eating.
I felt very lucky yesterday - I have a lot for which to be thankful. I have a wonderful family and a wonderful honey. I am very loved.
Happy Black Friday - I don't do shopping today; tried it once, and once was more than enough for me.
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