Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Had to write this entry about my pitiful attempt to do Cathe's Upper Body Pyramid chest with 5, 8, and 10 pound weights!!! Oh have I let myself go. I used to be able to match Cathe's 12, 15, and 20s!!!! I got through the rest of the workout using roughly half of Cathe's weights. LOL.
I suppose I let my strength training lapse when I got hooked on Zumba and when evening soccer started for my son, I couldn't even do that. I have started again but only with Kelly Coffey Meyers 30 Minutes to Fitness DVDs and they are wonderful but not quite as challenging as Cathe. I guess I've got some catching up to do.
That's okay, I'm excelling on other fronts. In my last entry I talked about getting back to (actually below) my Weight Watchers Lifetime goal quite by accident while eating intuitively. Well I got so excited that I decided to see what I could do with tracking.
To give myself a challenge, I actually had them LOWER my Lifetime goal. It's a bit scary because it doesn't leave me as much leeway on weigh in days but that's what I use WW for. Accountability. I tracked all last week and this morning, weighed in 3 pounds BELOW my new lowered goal weight. A 5.2 pound loss. Yippee!!
I'mmmm gonna keep this up.
Now here's the thing. Even though I advocate Paleo/Primal and carb controlled diets..... I can't really follow them. Apparently 40 years of eating disorders trump the invariable restrictions required by these diets. For me, they start out well but the restrictions inevitably trigger my ever lurking binge tendencies and it's not worth it. The knowledge that I gained while following/ researching these diets was invaluable and I still use some of the principles but a poster child for Paleo, I am not.
I eat intuitively (honor my true hunger with what my body asks for), track my intake (to quell any mindless eating that may occur) and use Weight Watchers to keep me accountable. It's not perfect but it's ME (73 pounds LESS of me I might add ).
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Hi Everybody. The last month has been a bit hectic. My dad hasn't been doing well and last week I had to go back down to see him but he stabilized and I'm back now.
I took Turbo Fire with me and worked out a few times while I was there but I didn't expect to see any results when I got home. To my surprise, I went to WW this morning and I'm below my WW goal of 132. I weighed in without shoes at 129.8 !! I've been trying to get back to goal forever so I'm thrilled!!
The interesting thing is that my entire week in Florida, I was inadvertently, intuitive eating. I bought healthy stuff but didn't really eat much of it. What I DID eat/drink was the LARGE bag of M&Ms, Cheetos and Lays and the case of Schweppes Ginger Ale (NOT DIET) I bought the first day I was there. By the time I left they were gone. Don't judge, it was a stressful week, I was comfort eating.
Anyway, HOW did I lose those stubborn pounds eating all that crap? I fully expected to gain weight with all the junk I was eating so I just ate.
When I felt like, how much I felt like. I didn't eat 3 square meals. I rarely ate breakfast. I ate a big lunch and no dinner except for the junk most of the time. Totally intuitive. I certainly cannot discount the 400- 500 cals I burned in the 3 workouts I did but that's less than I'd been doing at home.
What is a further mystery (over share coming up) is that this was my pre-menstrual week in which I normally eat like a crazy person and gain but this time I lost weight. AND it wasn't water weight either because my body fat percentage also went down. Curious.
SO, this morning I worked out and didn't eat until I was truly hungry which ended up being 12:30pm. I ate a soda, a sandwich and some potato chips; about a serving and a half I would guess. I finished up with a 120 cal Fiber Bar and some gum.
For the rest of the day I had access to pizza, candy, chips and cookies (my usual weekend indulgences with the kids) and had no urge for any of it. At 6:30pm, I ate a strawberry and drank a cup coffee because that's all I felt for. I'm loving this!
I'm grateful for the past week because it reminded me how relaxing and rewarding it can be when I allow my cravings AND my body's hunger signals to make the decisions. That's really how I best lose weight. I only "diet" when I panic and it's much more stressful than trusting my body.
Now I will continue to go to Weight Watchers because it's free (Lifetime Member) and it's accountability has proven useful for keeping me in check. They do encourage healthy eating and they also have great recipes so there's that.
Well, let's see what tomorrow's numbers bring.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Okay, I went back to Boot camp yesterday and he was true to his word. He let me do as much or as little as I wanted and even had a sense of humor about it. It wasn't uncomfortable at all but again, taking Zumba after showed me how much I really don't 'enjoy' it. I don't look forward to it like I do Zumba an all my other workouts and that's important to me. I think it may be my last for a while. The good thing is that he is planning to a kickboxing class and he knows I'll be all in for that so he won't take it personally.
I'm taking a much needed rest day today but I'll be back to Zumba tomorrow morning. No one is more shocked than I as to how much I'm enjoying group exercise. Who knew?
Texting in the movies on date night with my hubby so I'd better go before I get busted.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Okay, sorry for the lack of post yesterday but after back to back Boot Camp and Zumba, I only had enough strength to update my status .
It did get through Boot Camp but it was awful . The instructor was great in that he kept encouraging us to go at our own pace but I get embarrassed when I don't keep up. I pushed myself so hard that by midway, I don't know how to explain it, I felt afraid, almost panicked.
Afterward, I decided that a workout that hard could only serve to raise my cortisol levels and thus negate the desired progress. Besides, the muscle fatigue it caused made me useless for the subsequent Zumba class which dampened the fun for sure.
This morning I did Kelly Coffey Meyer 30 Mins to Fitness Boot Camp and it was way more fun. Anyway, this evening I took back to back Body Blast (sculpting) and Zumba and at the end, the girl that was in the Boot Camp class begged me to come back tomorrow morning. I explained that it was so far above my fitness level that it scared me and she again reiterated what the instructor told me. "Go at you own pace".
I told her I would come back but I'm going to modify so much that it's going to look like I'm taking another class. LOL. If the instructor really doesn't mind then I'm going to give it another chance. I NEVER push myself that hard and if I really want to get to the next level its just what I need.
SO tomorrow morning, glutton for punishment that I am, I will be going back to the 5:15AM Boot Camp class . Wow, do I swing for the fence or what
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