Saturday, August 24, 2013
Somehow I managed to lose 1.5* pounds last week! I'm assuming most of it was water weight, as I couldn't have created THAT big a calorie deficit... but I'll take it! I'm now at my lowest weight since I started sparking, by a few ounces.
*Edited... I did have 2.5 before I realized I subtracted wrong!
I didn't totally stick to my plan for this week though. Here's how things went:
-I drank a lot more water. At least four cups a day, five cups on the day I went to the gym.
-I went to the gym on Tuesday. The rest of the week... I was worried about taking out time to go because of all the reading I have to do for classes, plus I was tired. I know, those are excuses, and I'll do better next week! That said, the campus rec center is AWESOME, and I really enjoyed my 30 minutes on the tread mill there there.
-I ate healthy for the most part. They gave us pizza for lunch at orientation, but other than that, I ate every meal at home, and it was all healthy except for one night when I ate a bunch of cookies. I may just not be able to keep that kind of cookie in the apartment, because they're hard to resist!
-I tracked... some. When I don't track, it's out of laziness, not embarrassment (especially since I don't share my tracker). I'm going to do better about that too.
So overall, I did well, but no balloon this week since I was planning to reward myself for consistency. I'll try harder next week!
Outside of health, it was a good week. I have lots and lots of reading for my four graduate classes, but there's lots of fun stuff I want to do in town too. Next Friday I'm volunteering at the animal shelter, which I hope will keep me from getting too insulated in the English department! I came home this weekend to see my mom, dogs, and boyfriend, but I'm driving back on Monday. Still a busy weekend though, with reading to finish up, errands to run, etc...
Friday, August 16, 2013
I'm still here... In fact, I've been logging in daily to spin the wheel. But I haven't been making an effort to do much else!
Sunday, I go back to my apartment for the first week of class. From here on, I'll be up there during the week and on some weekends. A few weekends, I'll be home with my mom.
I see this as a good chance to restart, because I'll be in complete control of what's for dinner every day, with little to no eating out because I won't be with my boyfriend. So today I weighed and measured, and I'll start tracking again.
The good news is I've only gained a pound since I quit "sparking," and my body fat percentage is the same. I hadn't measured since last December... and amazingly, I've lost an inch and a half from my hips, and an inch from my upper arm! My waist is up half an inch, but I don't feel too bad about that with the losses elsewhere.
The biggest change I'll be making is to start exercising again. Monday I've got orientation stuff most of the day, but Tuesday is free, so I'm going to the campus rec center for the first time that day. I'll also be able to go Wednesday afternoon after class, and Friday morning before I drive home. I think I'll be able to work four visits a week in when I go home on the weekends... and up to six when I don't! Although my apartment complex has a pool, so I'll probably swim some days instead of gym. I'll just have to see how my schedule works out.
So anyway, I'm very excited about everything... school, living on my own again, and getting healthy :) I even bought my first sports bra yesterday, lol! Today's plan is to pack my clothes for the week, track my food/eat in range, and work on drinking some extra water.
My last reward balloon finally ran out of float this week, so it's time to work towards another :D I think I'll buy a balloon for my apartment as a reward if I can track/eat close to range this whole week and make my planned gym visits.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I keep eating more than my body wants/eating when I'm not hungry/eating unhealthy things. My body always complains afterwards (I feel too full or just yucky), and I KNOW I'm going to regret it, but when I'm eating whatever it is, I don't care. Argh.
I just feel like a mess right now, both health-wise and organization-wise.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Yesterday poking around Spark, I heard about a "low amylose diet" which is supposed to be good for PCOS. Normally I ignore diet plans, especially ones that eliminate reasonably healthy foods... but the person who blogged about it said it really worked for her.
You are supposed to eat foods that are high in amylose (despite the diet being called "low amylose"... I'm confused), because amylose is slower to break down during digestion, and they don't release glucose as quickly.
Unfortunately, this plan eliminates a lot of my favorite healthy foods-- bananas, carrots, potatoes, corn, rice, wheat, and the list goes on! Any vegetable grown under the ground is also off limits. Of course sugar is off limits too, but that's to be expected.
But... some of my favorites are still allowed: celery, cucumber, peanuts... oh wait, livestrong says carrots ARE high in amylose. Whew!
Some more Googling led me to a book by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, who came up with this thing. Maybe I'll just get the digital version of the book and read it rather than relying on what's online. I hate to spend money on what may be a gimmick, though, so I don't know.
In other news, I got my driver's license renewed today. I'm 20 pounds lighter than I was when I got my last one. I don't look a lot different in the photo, but my face is a little thinner.
Also, I've been using Flylady's "baby steps" approach to decluttering in different areas. (I canceled her emails because she mostly seems interested in selling her products. However, a few of her concepts are helpful to me.) One thing I'm doing is trying on an article of clothing after my shower to see if it's too big or worth keeping. I'm working on my dresses right now, and of the four or so I've tried on, two were too big! I've also come across one I really like but sort of forgot about, so it's almost like having a new dress :)
Monday, July 29, 2013
I deleted the content of this entry for fear that someone who knows me in real life will find it. The act of writing it helped me figure some things out though, so it served its purpose :)
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