Saturday, July 19, 2014
I know I am getting stronger. A few months ago I struggled with any amount of jogging. I couldn't handle 30 seconds at 4 mph. Since then I have completed the walking 5k your way program. I have done the elliptical for 20 straight minutes - first time on it I struggled to last 5. This week I started the couch to 5k program. The first week involves walking for 4 minutes then jogging for 1. This is done 4 times for a total of 20 minutes. Granted, I've only completed 2 out of the three days, but yesterday the walking part was 3.5 mph and the jogging was 4 mph.
It wasn't as hard as I expected. It went quickly and actually felt good. I may become a runner after all!
Now the downfalls. I am consistently gaining weight instead of losing. I know I shouldn't focus on the scale, but I also haven't noticed any change in how my clothes fit. I know exactly what the issue is though.
I started eating sugar, processed GF food, and drinking diet pop. Why? Good question. The answer: because I don't sleep worth beans. I drag at work so I decide I need caffeine. Caffeine leads to low blood sugar. Low blood sugar leads to eating sugar. The eating the crap GF food is from joining a GF group on Facebook where many of the conversations involve the great finds people are getting. I haven't wanted cookies in forever so why did I buy a package of GF cookies last week? Because I could apparently.
Back to the sleep issue. Why don't I sleep? Easy, I can't shut my brain off. Why not? Because I'm thinking about cleaning and organizing everything. I have never been a clean freak, but now it's all I think about. I bought a binder and recipe box to organize my recipes. Now I'm freaking out because I can't find one of my folders with recipes. I want to get the bedroom better organized as well as just about everything else. I feel like I have no time to get everything done so I am considering taking a day off work just to clean. I have plenty of PTO to do it. Maybe then I would feel more in control.
Yesterday I decide to give up diet drinks and told myself after 30 days I will get a new pancake pan. I had one a couple years ago, but it broke. I have been trying to get the banana/egg pancakes just right and realized last weekend how nice a new pan would be. Maybe I should cut out sugar instead or as well. That will be harder, even though today was hard enough not touching the diet coke staring at me.
At least I know what needs to get fixed. Now I just need to fix it.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
I just realized that Friday was my 2 year sparkiversary. Wow, two years and I'm still here. Have I met my goals? Nope, not even close. Is that ok? It sure is!
I may not have reached my goal weight, in fact I think I am currently at pretty much the same weight I was when I started. I guess it's good that I haven't gained. Sure, I wish I weighed less, but that doesn't mean I haven't improved.
When I first started I was afraid of vegetables. Not all, but most. Especially cooked. Today I made tacos with chopped mushrooms mixed with the meat. I also had my tacos on butter lettuce leaves instead of taco shells - and loved it! I can't wait for summer to get here so I can have zucchini. I've started using spaghetti squash for my spaghetti noodles and could probably eat a whole head of cauliflower popcorn.
When I first started I was sick. I had horrible stomach pains and felt bad almost everyday. I discovered I most likely have celiac disease. Lots of people think that when you go gluten free you will lose weight. For some this is true. I started losing weight until I started eating the specialty GF bread products. I was dealing with being depressed over what I couldn't eat and tried to replace what I thought I'd lost with high calorie, carbohydrate filled substitutions. They never tasted as good and always left me wanting more, yet I ate them.
I would join the weight-loss contests at work and lose weight, even winning last time. Yet I always went back to my old ways. It was easy to blame it on the weather. The moving to a new apartment. Starting a new job. There was always an excuse.
Then I started noticing how I felt better when I didn't eat the GF stuff. I realized I liked getting on the treadmill. I started feeling better when I did something on the weekends instead of watching movies all day.
So I've been here for two years, but haven't embraced it like I could have. This weekend I didn't let my husband buy me Doritos. This weekend I bought two types of
lettuce for lettuce wraps and chicken breasts for a healthy lunch. I made double batches of quinoa egg muffins and oopsie rolls so I have my freezer stocked with healthy GF options so I don't rely on the more expensive frozen entrees when I have to work late.
My husband says this week he'll start going on the treadmill with me. We'll see. Either way I plan on getting my exercise in. Tuesday and Thursday I plan on using our treadmill since I like them more than the ones at work. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be the exercise bike/elliptical at work. I figure Monday and Friday I will be more tempted to skip a workout so if I do it before coming home it will be easier. Plus a mile walk on my break when the weather cooperates.
I have a plan. Now I need to follow through.
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