Saturday, July 31, 2010
I'm at my in-laws, who are lovely people with whom I have NOTHING in common. But they are great cooks and foodies and I'm sorry to say I have fallen off the wagon. And I am in a place where I'm thinking, the damage is done. But I am going to try to eat healthy food, at least, for the rest of the weekend, and stop with the cookies and chips . . . and start counting calories again on Monday. Sigh. Well, life does include setbacks, and I am not perfect at this weight loss stuff. But I do feel that, with Spark, I can get back on track.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I am starting the third week of my new strength training program, and I love it! I've been lifting weights for a couple of years in a half-baked way, never keeping track or increasing from one workout to the next. It helped, but I'd definitely reached a plateau.
For inspiration, I read a book (THE NEW RULES OF LIFTING FOR WOMEN). I am doing their workout program twice a week and keeping track of my weights. I am also taking a BodyPump class once a week.
My muscles really feel the difference! I am challenging myself to keep track and increase the weights a little each time I lift. I've learned some new moves (hello, Squat Rack) and gotten my husband and some kindly men at the gym to help me figure stuff out. And the BodyPump class is just fun, with tons of sweaty women and loud music.
To go along with my new routine, I'm eating more protein. And I can say that after just two weeks, I can see a change in the mirror. Not so much on the scale, unfortunately, but I like the way I look a little tighter all over and a little bigger in the shoulders and more defined in the arms.
Would love to hear others' stories about how strength training has helped you.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
So here's a question. Last week, my pastor spoke about the discipline of fasting as a way to get insight into a particular issue into your life--a day of prayer, bible reading, meditation, and of course, not eating. It sounds like a good idea for me right now; for one, I have a personal issue I need to gain some insight on, and two, my daughter will be away at camp for part of the week, so I actually have the time and space to focus on my own stuff.
But I'm a little worried because of my weight loss journey. I've been going up and down with some binging and emotional eating, having about five days per week on track and a couple of days of overeating and feeling bad about it.
Maybe fasting would be a good discipline, but maybe I would get so hungry that it would send me into an eating frenzy (this has happened before with overly strict diets).
Opinions on fasting, anyone?
Monday, July 12, 2010
Once again I did fine while my company was here, and then overate massively after they left--a 1.5 day eating spree to match the 1.5 days I deprived myself while they were here. It's like I become a different person who has no control over the impulse to walk into the kitchen and grab any and every unhealthy food there, and eat it.
Does anyone have any advice? So far while doing Sparkpeople, I've been in control (and within my calories) about 5 days out of 7. Feeling somewhat deprived and hungry on those days I comply, as I am a tall woman and I lift weights and run. Yet, I'm so pleased when it works and I lose weight.
But each week I've had a similar setback, and I wonder if I'd do better to just try to eat healthily but not limit calories? Would that help me to stop the binge cycle?
Friday, July 09, 2010
I'm thrilled to be back on the wagon with eating, good habits, and exercise. And now comes the weekend. My sister and niece are visiting, and although my sis shares my interest in diet and weight loss, we have also "bonded by bingeing" many times. We enjoy letting go and eating all the chips, candy, and junk we can find. We've coped with so many of life's issues this way, including the loss of our mom. On the good side, we also like to walk together and we inspire each other, so if one starts losing weight, the other often follows suit. I need to figure out how to do more of the good stuff and less of the bad this weekend.
Then, as soon as she leaves, my daughter and I head to a gals' party which, again, involves bonding through eating. Four of us moms, plus whatever daughters are available, sit around a table spread with great food, talk, and EAT.
Why do we DO this? Why, when we all have weight issues, do we love to let diets go and overeat together? Why does that feel so good?
So, my plan: I am cooking up some healthy food to take to the gals' party, and I have been surfing the message boards for tips. Best ones: I need to sit as far away from food as possible, and chew gum when I'm done eating a healthy amount. Also will try to get my hands busy helping with the cleanup or the kids. Does this sound as fun as chilling out, laughing, drinking wine, and forgetting about my goals? No, it does not. But I know I'll feel better the next day if I stick to my plan.
For my sister's visit: lots of veggies and low-cal hummus on the table when we sit and talk; sit in a different chair than usual (sounds weird, but I have a chair where I always overeat); and long walks together. Plus a pre-emptive heavy workout with weights before they arrive.
Will report back in on Monday . . . will my weigh-in at least maintain my losses? Could I even lose half a pound this weekend? Tune back in . . .
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