Wednesday, January 20, 2010
So, I have been tracking my food again for 4 days now, and I have noticed something. I am eating way too much food! Especially for snacks. And too many carbs, way too many. No wonder I am not losing weight! Golly! When I started tracking my food again, I did it with the intention of developing a 5 day streak. I planned to make no changes to the choices I made, just to see exactly how bad I am eating. I am eating pretty bad. Tomorrow, I will have tracked 5 days in a row. Friday, I am going to start planning my food and start a 3 day streak of eating within my calorie range. I have been making some serious baby steps here to get back where I am losing weight again, because the "TODAY IS THE DAY I WILL START DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT" attitude just wasn't cutting it. Back to basics is working so far because I am not trying to change the world, just one habit at a time. It worked for me in the past, so I am going to stick with it. Also, I am bumping up my cardio just a little bit. Typically, for months now, I have been following my running training program. It tells me to have two rest days a week. I have been really enjoying those rest days I tell ya, but I am beginning to think that might be part of the reason my weight isn't going down and staying down. So, I will still rest from running on those days, but I am going to get in 1 hour of another form of cardio to bump up my calorie burn and stay in the "zone". Sparkpeople tells me that my calorie range is 1200-1550. In the past, I have found that to be low when I am running, so I might just go a little high on my long run days, and on my rest days with lighter intensity cardio, go towards the lower end of the range. I need to get some success going on to build on. I have also added back strength training to my regime. I am not following a planned list of exercises, just flipping through the exercises I printed off when I first started on Sparkpeople and doing what I want for as many sets as I can handle at whatever weight I think is good. I am not tracking it, just trying to fit it in with no pressure. Come on success! I am ready for you!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
So, I talked about making a boredom busters list, I thought I would share with you guys the list I have started with, feel free to use this idea, it is really helping me right now.
Scrapbook Area ( whether to organize, tidy or play)
Call friend 1
Call friend 2
Talk to hubby
Read to my kidlets
Take out garbage
Basketball arcade (my kids got this huge basketball net arcade game for Christmas, tons of fun to play and a good distraction)
Play in snow
Drink Green Tea
Take a bath
Play Mini sticks with kids
This is a start, I have one full note page on the fridge, and a second note page started. I will post them in the places I go when I feel tempted, hopefully they will distract me enough to break the boredom eating habit. If you have any suggestions I could add, it would be so helpful, the more ideas the better!
Friday, January 15, 2010
So, I reached my mini-goal of 170 pounds, but I bounced back up 1 pound. I imagine I will be back down in the next day or two, because I am finally getting a handle on my eating. The boredome busters are really helping, I totally avoided caving to a craving tonight by making my way down the list I made, plus my dishes and laundry got done! Another thing that is really motivating me right now is my mini-goal reward for 165 pounds. I am going to spend a day scrapbooking once I reach this weight. I had it set up as my 155 reward, but with the weight I regained since Christmas happened, I have changed it, because golly I sure need the motivation right now! I am still getting all of my workouts in, and really enjoying the boot camp, and now that my food is starting to fall into place again, I am really looking forward to making some progress again.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I keep deciding that this is the last time that I am going to work towards my goal weight because I am going to reach it this time, no matter what! However, I keep getting in my own way. December really set me back, I ate so recklessly from the 12th of December, and really, I am still not tracking my food consistently. So, what am I doing that is getting in my way?
I read an article here that talks about a solution focused weight loss approach. It really changed my way of thinking. It will take work to make myself think this way in the long term, but it sounds like a new way of doing things for me, instead of expecting new results from the same thing. One of the tips it gives is to focus more on the things I am doing right, so here goes.
What I am doing right to get the results I want.
- exercising very consistently
- drinking water
- tracking my calories burned
- making use of my support system = friends and family, Sparkpeople buddies
One of the other tips is to figure out what you are getting out of the bad choices you are making. Some of the bad choices I make a lot are - eating too much, too often, too many unhealthy choices and not planning ahead. What I get from these things - the eating is often a response to boredom. The eating too much is often because I don't stop and check my body signals. The not planning ahead is trying to save time. It suggests finding other outlets for those needs.
Boredom issue - I will make a Boredom Buster list to post on my fridge, cupboard and pantry shelf so when I feel like eating I can have ideas right in my face of what to do instead.
Body Signals - I can slow down when I eat and make sure I don't go back for seconds the instant I finish eating.
Time management - Reality is that planning ahead really does save time, so I need to take the few minutes to plan our meals and shopping trips to make the most of them.
I am really hoping that by trying this new approach I can really make this a lifestyle change that sticks long term.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
I did it! I really did it! I was able to complete my 20K training run. It is the longest distance I have ever run. It took me a total of 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete, and I actually continued running when I was done because I wanted to start my cool down closer to my house to get in out of the cold sooner. That added 3 minutes to my time, for a total time of 2 hours 58 mins. The weather left a lot to be desired. I had originally been planning to run this distance on Saturday, but the blizzard that rolled through town delayed us. Sunday wasn't any better! I spent a lot of time running through snow covered sidewalks, slush covered roads, and avoiding traffic. By the end of the run, my shoes were soaked, but strangely enough, my feet weren't cold until after I was done the 20K and closing the distance to my home. I wonder if the snow insulated them? I wasn't cold for a lot of the run, my momentum kept me warm. There were a few times I had a hard time seeing because the snow was still coming down and got pretty thick a couple of times. At the 2 hour 45 minute mark, a really interesting phenomenon occured. I got a second wind! Who knew that it would take me that long to catch my rhythm, but at that point, I honestly felt like I could run forever! I was completely drained physically after my run, not to mention how cold my skin was! Emotionally and mentally though, I have never felt better! What an incredible rush! I ended up having a two hour nap in the afternoon and was willing to trade hips with any willing individual(no takers on this one), but it gave me confidence. If I can survive 20K in a blizzard, I can surely take on the 30K in March! Next Sunday is 16K and 18K the week after, the third week takes me to 21K, before 25K in 4 weeks. I am looking forward to these runs, they are very important for my physical training, but even more so for my mental training. There are going to be times during the 30K that I will want to give up, and I won't believe there is any way I will finish. I will think back to runs like this one and remember that I persevered and survived. It will make me tough! Honestly, I still am amazed that I am able to cover this much territory on my feet! I never would have believed anyone who would have told me two years ago that I would lose 45 pounds and be training for a 30K race right now in my life! Believe me, if I can do this, anybody that sets their mind to a goal can achieve it! There is no limit!
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