Monday, April 21, 2014
I'm quick to adjust the weight tracker down, but not so good when it goes up, telling myself, "it's just a blip, I'll wait until next week." It's a slippery slope. My weight started creeping up again a couple of months ago - not by much but by maybe ~2 pounds - but then with boot camp and a renewed focus on food it stayed the same for awhile. This week, it finally moved down a pound. I just updated it in Spark. It's actually a pound higher than it was in the tracker, but my last weigh-in was back in February. I'm going to try to be more consistent with tracking. Weighing in once a week (and ONLY once a week!) and recording it once a week. I need to get a tape measure and start taking measurements too, as I suspect that's the bigger difference. My pants feel a little looser - like I don't have to do 50 squats in my jeans when they come out of the dryer to loosen them up. (OH come on you know what I'm talking about!)
Today's boot camp class was another go-at-your-own-pace doozy. Seven exercises, to be completed in order, for as many rounds as possible in 55 minutes. His minimum was three rounds. I completed my third round with one minute to spare. ha! But I did it! And I actually ran the entire half-mile in each round - not a single walking step. (Though I'm sure rounds 2 and 3 were at a damn slow pace!) I told him I may be an overachiever in other aspects of life, but when it comes to boot camp I'm just impressed I managed the minimum. :)
1/2 mile run
30 bicep curls w/band
20 military presses w/band
20 leap frogs (front/back)
10 barrel roll push ups
50 leg raises
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Yesterday I talked about stepping up my food game but that I wasn't really going all out and tracking everything.
Then I tracked everything. Ha!
Though, I'm calling it pseudo-tracking because I'm taking some liberties. A lot of the food I eat is homemade and I don't have the time to input every recipe - if there even IS a recipe, which is doubtful - into Spark.
For example, my dinner yesterday was leftovers off the grill - squash, balsamic-marinated tofu, and half a portabella mushroom. So I tracked the veggies and 2 TBSP of balsamic vinaigrette. Aeh, close enough for government work. Also I found a recipe for this vegan orzo, mushroom, broccoli casserole thing that is delicious. I had a big serving spoon full of that. I don't really know how many calories are in there, but I found an "orzo broccoli pilaf" in the food tracker that seemed reasonable so I added that in there.
In the end, the calorie count isn't perfect, but it's a decent approximation. About 1900 calories yesterday, which is a bit high given all I did was 30 minutes on the elliptical but today, when I tell Spark I've done an hour of boot camp and burned 600+ calories, my low-end calorie range is 1951.
I know I need to eat more than 1200 calories to keep my body ready for all this exercise, but that silly 1200 number I feel has been beaten into my brain and I feel guilty somehow for eating more than that. I'd like to keep my intake to maybe about 1800 calories on boot camp days and a little lower on, say, elliptical days.
That's what I'm starting with, anyway. Then I'll see how my body feels - if I have the energy I need for boot camp, if I'm ravenous at 3PM, if I get cranky or dizzy or dehydrated, etc - and then I can reassess the situation.
This is why I don't track calories. I get obsessed with the numbers.
Why did I have 1mg of cholesterol yesterday? ONE? Silly.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I've been concentrating a lot lately on exercise. Boot camp boot camp boot camp! Active recovery! Spring = running!
But the fact of the matter is I've been back at boot camp for two months (as of Friday) and I haven't lost any weight.
I know how my body works by now and I *KNOW* I have to keep plugging along even when I don't see any results on the scale, and I am committed to doing so. And sometimes I look in the mirror and I think I see less chin. And J swears he sees a difference in my body. (I haven't taken measurements, which I probably should.)
Anyway, I'm now at the point where I need to really push the focus back to food. It hasn't been terrible, exactly, but it also hasn't been great. I'm still eating way more Subway and Chinese food than I ever did before I had boys living with me. I've had candy and cookies and more french fries in the last six months than I'd eaten in the previous two years. I've also bent the vegan rules more than once. Just one spoonful of J's ice cream or one bite of the chocolate cake he brings home from work.
It's gotta stop.
Back to clean, whole, vegan foods. I don't think I'm going to track just yet, but I am going to make a commitment to myself through the end of April to truly practice Mindful Eating. Then I'll see where it takes me and if I need to hold myself accountable to a food tracker, I will.
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