Saturday, June 18, 2011
This is going to be SUPER short...
Last week, when I denounced calorie-cycling (for ME) I changed my plan to eat between 1000 - 1350 calories with ONE "over-calorie" day and ONE "under-calorie" day per week. Well, that plan has resulted in a 3 lb. weight loss for this week's weigh-in. That's great!
Unfortunately, I did not knock out my strength training this week. I did only one day of Jillian's No More Trouble Zones and no more. I also only did cardio one day. So, this week in the exercise category could have definitely been better.
But, I give myself a pass because of everything going on with my uncle's death. Everything's been moving so quickly and steadily since Tuesday. We had a small viewing and memorial service for him last night for the family and friends that live int he DC/MD/VA area. But, next week we'll be headed out of town to have the official funeral service down in North Carolina for all our family there. So, the busyness really hasn't stopped yet.
To, my EPIC team, I'm sorry my numbers weren't as good this week as they have been the first two weeks. I know you will accept my apology because you are such an AWESOME team and AWESOME group!! Thanks for your support! Next week, I'm going to work super hard every single day until I leave on Friday. I'm going to have to report my points super early and take an "after" picture early too. So, please work with me.
Okay, that's it!! Gotta get ready to go and spend time with the fam. One of the cousins is having a cookout so that everyone can just wind down.
Later!! (Sorry, I guess it wasn't "SUPER" short afterall.)
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
My uncle has been suffering with Stage 4 colon cancer for a while. He had gotten to the point where he couldn't really keep down substantial amounts of food. He was weak. He was hurting. He was restless. He couldn't stay in the house by himself. He couldn't care for himself. The doctors said there was nothing else that could be done. The cancer spread throughout his body.
So, my mom was staying at his house every evening and others stayed with him during the day.... just caring for him and being with him and making him comfortable.
Today my mom contacted me and told me that my uncle had passed and that she was at my uncle's house. So I headed straight over there to help my mom and to be with her. My uncle's son, daughter-in-law and my aunt were also there.
But, when I got there, I was surprised to find that my uncle's body was STILL THERE. I was NOT expected that at all. I don't know what I was expecting. I guess I assumed things happened faster than that.. like on television. It was 1:40p when my mother contacted me. I guess I thought the coroner would have arrived, made the official pronouncement of death and would have taken the body... out of the house. But that's not how it goes.
First, the hospice nurse was contacted. She is the one who came and made the official pronouncement. My uncle had actually died at 11:30am but you're not "officially" dead until an "official" pronounces you so. So, he was "officially" dead at 12:30p. After that the funeral home was contacted. They indicated that they would not arrive until between 4:30p-5:00p. So my uncle's body was there, laying in the bed. My mother had washed him and put him on some fresh clean pajamas. He looked really good... like himself. So family members actually came into the room, saw his body and said their goodbye's.
When the funeral home directors actually showed up, they had a body bag. A BODY BAG??!! Huh? What's that for? Really?! Seriously? I thought that was only for crime scenes... like you see on cop shows or something. This isn't a crime scene! I assumed that he would be taken out on a stretcher, not in a body bag!
I couldn't look. It was the only way I really held myself together. I've never seen such a thing in real life. That was just toooo "ridiculous" for lack of a better word. "Ridiculous" ... yeah, that's the word. It was just ridiculous. Crazy! Just unbelievable... maybe that's a better word: UNBELIEVABLE!
I just wasn't expecting any of that!
For those of you who believe in prayer... and who know my God who answers them... please keep my family in prayer. Everyone is doing okay. But prayers are much appreciated... and needed... ALWAYS!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
The scale is up again for the 2nd week in a row. It's just up .7 lb (nothing drastic) and it is about that time of the month... but...
I do believe that I'm officially DONE with calorie cycling! It was fun to try but it's definitely NOT working for ME. It's awkward and I'm just not burning enough calories to offset those high or even medium calorie days. It doesn't feel completely natural for ME.
What's natural for ME, is eating when I'm hungry and not eating when I'm not. That feels natural... normal.
Also, working out moderately, is normal for me too. I'm just not a high calorie burn girl. I need to be consistent at things that I love to do (walking, jumping rope, aerobics, swimming)...that works for me. I don't want to get to the point where I am dreading working out because I have to burn a ton of calories to offset what I've consumed. That's not me either... And, it certainly won't last in the long run.
So, I've adjusted my plan once again for this week.
I'm STILL enjoying the strength training and I'm so glad that it was the improvement part of the EPIC challenge this leg. It's something that i feel confident I will stick to and improve upon even after EPIC. So, strength training is a keeper whether I'm gaining weight because of it or not. I don't care.
Many of you have advised me to take my measurements so that I will be encouraged by the disappearing inches. But, I'm not a measurements girl. It's awkward for me and I'm never consistent at it. I'll take the beginning measurements but not the ending. I'll doubt that I'm even doing the measurements correctly. So, I'll just not know for now. Maybe I'll care later as I get more into strength training, but for now... no measurements. My scale does do body percentage so I'll use that as an indicator.
Other changes: The calorie range is going down. It was waaay to generous with calorie cycling. I had it at 1000 - 1700. It's going down to 1000-1350. I know that some of you will have a problem with the range being as low as 1000, but it's staying there. Sorry. When I'm eating mostly fruits and vegetables then it takes a lot to get up to 1000. I've been looking over my Calorie Differential Over Time Reports and I reviewed my calorie consumption during weeks when I actually had a weight loss. During those weeks I consistently ate about 1000 - 1350 calories. So, I'm going to try that and see what becomes of it. If I find that it's not enough and that I'm starving, believe me, I will change the calorie plan mid-week. No worries.
Next change: More water!!! I need more water!! When this was an EPIC improvement challenge I was really focused more on it. But, I never did meet that goal. Now that I'm not focused on it, I'm even less likely to meet the goal. So, back to focusing on water! My body needs it!
Final change: Increase the fiber. When this was an EPIC improvement challenge I absolutely LOVED getting in all that fiber! It was great! But, I've kind of dropped the ball in that category since the challenge ended. So, time to focus on fiber again!!
That's the plan for this upcoming week. Fingers crossed!
Sunday, June 05, 2011
After a week of exercising 5 out of 7 days, doing strength training 3 out of 7 days and eating within my calorie range 6 out of 7 days, I weighed in today to report on my EPIC team's challenge thread and found that I GAINED 1 lb.!! I am shocked! Those were not the EPIC results I was expecting. BUT, they aren't too terrible. I'm still ENCOURAGED.
I'm trying to think of reasons why...
Maybe it was muscle gain since it's the first time I've added strength training to my weekly routine. I did SP generated strength training last week; but this week, I'm planning to turn to Jillian's No More Trouble Zones circuit plus strength training workout. It COULD result in a gain again though because I'm sure I'll be working muscles that did not get worked last week. It's going to be challenging, but I'm looking forward to it.
Maybe it was my awkward first week try at calorie cycling. I planned a high calorie day for Saturday because it's the weekend; but I didn't consider that it's also the day before weigh-in. Duh!! Next week, my calorie cycling plan (high, low, medium days) will change slightly so that a low day is right before weigh-in. I don't know if that'll help or not. We'll see....
Maybe it was the intensity of my cardio. I thought I gave a valiant effort last week. But maybe I just didn't burn enough calories on days when my calorie intake was a little higher. I did workouts based on how I felt, not based on how I was planning to eat. But, I see now that I can't really go about it all willy-nilly. I have to have a PLAN for that too. If I have a high calorie day then I also have to have a high intensity cardio burn that same day if I want there to be a deficit. Still learning...
So.... changes are a'brewing... Let see if the changes bring about the weight-loss results I seek.
Here's to week 2 of EPIC 2.0!!!
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Today I walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This was my first 5K, but I can¡¦t even reduce my discussion of the event to 5K gibberish.
This was more than a 5K. This was truly an EXPERIENCE. Seeing all those survivors and families and friends who walked in support and celebration of them¡K and also seeing those who walked in memory of loved ones who lost their battle with breast cancer, but who walk in hopes of finding a cure¡K It was truly overwhelming and inspirational.
During the opening ceremonies, the Survivors (who all wore dark pink shirts) marched in waving their flags to one of the American Idol contestants (I forget who) singing a song he wrote especially for this event. I got a little teary-eyed and choked up. I really did feel emotional about it. Not because I have been personally affected by it--though I have an aunt who is a survivor--but just because of the stories that had to be behind these women being there... stories of OVERCOMING. I loved it! I just took that moment to praise the God who gives all life for preserving theirs. So many reasons to make us truly thankful!
(Sorry about whatever that green line is...something with my cameraphone no doubt.)
It was clear at the starting line that this wasn't going to be a race wherein we could go for a certain time. Amongst the walkers, I don't think there really were folks going for their "best time." There were just too many people. It took quite some time for us just to clear the mob. There were thousands of participants--more than 40,000 estimated. Some people were still *starting* as we were looping around at mile 2 headed for the finish. Soooooo many people. But, they walked TOGETHER, and we walked with them... a show of true solidarity for the cause. It was awesome just being amongst them!
Along the way, we had entertainment and walkers stopped and stood around them to appreciate it and to take pictures. I snapped a few.
Overall, like I said earlier, it was just AN EXPERIENCE. My sister and her friend and I finished in 1:27:16...
clearly not our "best time" but that's okay, we enjoyed ourselves tremendously AND we burned some calories too!
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