Sunday, December 14, 2014
As I write this, I've lost 13 lbs and 10 1/2" since the beginning of November. I'm down from a size 16 to a size 14 and people are starting to take notice. But I'm struggling at finding a perfect balance to sustain this weightloss pattern.
My THR is to be 121 to 148. On the bike, I'm even at 128/132. But on the elliptical, I cannot sustain myself under 148. I keep jumping to 151. And from what I've been taught, you burn muscle rather than fat at that heart rate. So, what do you do? I can't go any slower on the elliptical as I'm already at 100 strides/minute, which is the lower end of the goal I'm to achieve by NYE. I've thought about doing 15 minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes on the bike, then another 15 minutes on the elliptical, and a cool down on the bike. As I've also learned, I can't even get my heart rate down during a cool down on the elliptical. I seriously do not want to have a heart attack.
Also, finding balance with the diet. The foods I'm eating (30g of sugar and fat a day, no starch, and the rest of the carbs from non-starchy veggies and berries, plus protein) are good and healthy. It's when I eat, how often I eat. I usually had a protein shake in the morning, then breakfast when I got to my desk at work, lunch, a mid afternoon snack, a protein shake, dinner, and a sweet snack (low cal and low sugar dairy snack). I apparently need to move breakfast to when I get up, my protein shake to when I'm traveling to work, and the rest would still be good to go.
How many protein drinks I have a day is also important, just as much as the type. I was relying solely on EAS Advant Edge protein shakes. It turns out that while, yes, they are low carb and have 17g of protein, it was too much sugar and fat each day to drink 3 or 4 of these a day to meet my body's need for protein each day. So, I've switched to Syntrax Nectar protein powder. 1 scoop is 28g of protein with 0g sugar and fat. I can have 2 of these plus an EAS Advant Edge at work (no smoothie maker at work) and keep within my body's needs.
So, as you see, I'm still trying to find the perfect balance in my diet and exercise plan. I'm getting close. I know what I'm supposed to do, and how to do it. It is just a matter of tweaking it ever so slightly so that my body does not fight back with me.
Friday, December 05, 2014
Studies show that getting at least 6-8 hours of sound sleep a night helps promote not only a healthy attitude, but weight-loss, too.
Well, someone forgot to let my dogs know this. Generally, they leave me alone at night and allow me to sleep peacefully all night long. Not last night. They decided that it was play time. Not only did they decide it was play time, but play time in my room with a toy that makes chattering noises!!!
Luckily, they understand the command "bed" and both sulked back to their respective pillows on the floor. And the rest of the night was completed in relative peace and quiet. Just not as deep of sleep I had hoped.
Well, on the weight loss front. I had injured my back/hip a week ago trying to lift weights that were more than I was ready to handle. I then followed that up with 2 hours of raking and mulching leaves in my front yard (there were a lot of them and the mulcher doesn't exactly hold a lot). The weight of the blower/vac/mulcher made my back hurt much worse and laid me out for a week. The doctor gave me strict orders not to exercise for one week. So, tomorrow I will resume my regularly scheduled workouts.
With that, I'm down another pound so far this week, but official weigh-in isn't until tomorrow, and I had way too much sodium yesterday...so the scale at home might be slightly tainted today.
I hope you all are having a great week!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
I've been doing great these past two weeks, except that I had been sick during most of that time. I've lost very little weight this past week and with official weigh-in looming ahead before the big holiday, my scale has stopped moving.
Sure, losing 10 lbs in a two week period of time is a huge accomplishment, but I kind of feel like I'm on the Biggest Loser with my chance to stay on at the "ranch" balancing delicately upon my weigh-in.
Right now, I stand at exactly 10 lbs away from where I was this time last year. It is frustrating to think that I got that far, and screwed it all up this summer. Why do I do this to myself?! I don't know.
But I did reach a milestone. I'm ready to move beyond 20 minutes on the treadmill. I could have last night, but my legs were already screaming at me. I gave myself an early Christmas present of an iPod Touch and have downloaded some fitness tracks. While it isn't a fitness track, I've found that Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits works just as well as any of the other tracks.
I hope you all have a great holiday week!!!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Well, I just finished my first full week of Onion Camp. I learned quite a few lessons this week, including how much sugar and carb withdrawal can effect the mood (I'm bipolar). It was NOT pretty to say the least.
But I also learned after the fact, that I wasn't getting enough protein which was feeding my mood swings and irritability. So, yesterday, I added in protein drinks (100 calorie EAS protein drink in chocolate...tastes pretty good, too). Today I feel more "stable".
I also started adding back in cardio yesterday by using what the trainer lovingly calls "The Beast": The elliptical trainer. Yesterday I got 15 minutes on it, today only 7 1/2. I did supplement it with the bike as it was my legs, not my heart, that gave out. Need to build endurance on that thing. Any suggestions?
With that, fully clothed and fed last Monday night (boots and a heavy sweater) after a full meal, I weighed in at 217. Fully clothed with sweats and tennis shoes on and after breakfast, I weighed in at 209 (I weighed in at 204 this morning buck naked before eating or drinking anything). I also lost 5" overall (inch off chest, waist, belly, and hips, and 1/2 inch off arms and thighs). I think that says quite a bit...I did it! I really did it!
Now that the hardest week, IMO, is over, I'm ready to conquer this next week. Tomorrow I add in weights to my workout and will continue to build up my endurance on The Beast.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Today, I made an important step in attempting to shed the pounds I've been so frustrated with over the past 6 years. I joined a group called "The Onion Factory" in Anderson, Indiana. My "friend" suggested it after I had confided in him that I wanted to lose weight. He was relentless in his pushing me to contact this group after his mom, sister, and ex-girlfriend had all seen positive and amazing results from being there. So, Saturday begins that journey.
But how did I get here...in 1995, I had the figure of a healthy 27 year old doing work at children's homes as a missions trip. I was a size 8, happy, healthy and ready to take on life:
Even as recently as last fall/winter when I hit the 50 lb mark and a healthy size 14 hanging on the verge of a size 12. I again, was healthy, happy, and ready to take on life.
And as of October 2008, I was a size 10 who was in love and content in her choices. But that is when the weight started to come on. My thyroid went kaput and the weight came on viciously...starting with a 30 lb increase in a matter of a month.
But here I am (on front right) post cancer operation and the weight at 208. It needs to come off. And it needs to come off now.
I'm praying for encouragement, determination, discipline, and will-power during this time. I'm really doing it this time. No more excuses. No more blaming it on the thyroid...I lost 50 lbs with that thing. No more blaming the drugs the doctor has me on...I can beat those, too.
But most of all...I need your love and support!
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