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!
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
This Saturday, I'm participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on the National Mall here in Washington, D.C. It's my first one!! I'm kind of excited about it!! I have a number and a t-shirt and everything!!! lol (Giddy like a school girl!)
I haven't trained. I haven't even been walking as my cardio lately. I suppose I should do some this evening. Yea, I'll do some walking this evening...
But, I'm not overly concerned about it. That's feels really great to even say! I'm doing a 5K "spur-of-the-moment" and I'm not concerned at all. Awesome!! That is a testament to the physical condition I THINK I'm in. (Wouldn't it be terrible if I really wasn't as fit as I thought... LOL)
But the reason I haven't trained is because I wasn't supposed to be participating in this race. My mom was supposed to walk this 5K with my sister, but because her schedule has been so busy, she asked me to take her place. So, now it's gonna be me and my sister (HEALTHYAMS) and her friend.
I don't really have any goals associated with this race. It's my sister's race, really. She is challenging herself and she has a goal to finish it under an hour. I think that's a decent goal (20 min/mile pace). My job is to stay with her and make sure she finishes. But I really DO want to set a goal for myself for my very first 5K. Just finishing it isn't enough. I already know I can walk 3 miles. But finishing it with a goal in mind...something that would stretch me...something that would push me...something that would make it a race worth reporting..a baseline for future 5K's. I want to have that feeling of accomplishment that I had when my mom and I finished our half marathon last year... that feeling that I pushed myself beyond where I thought I could go and I came out on top!
Hmmm... I'll really have to think about this before Saturday.
But there is something else I'm curious about (for those of you who have done 5K's)... since it's my mother who is registered, what will happen in regard to my results? Is it the participant's race number or name that's important. My mom is over 60... what if I place in HER age group? LOL What if I get lost?? Is that even possible? How does this stuff work?
Thursday, April 28, 2011
It's Day 40!!! The 40/40 Challenge ends today!!!! Wow!! I am thrilled! I made it to the finish line!! Now it's time for my victory lap! LOL
I really accomplished something during this challenge... I gained exactly what I set out to gain: CONSISTENCY. I really don't see a problem with this now. I KNOW that I can consistenty maintain a workout routine. I KNOW this because I've done it for 40 days. Sure I missed a few days here and there but I can count them on one hand. I think that's pretty good. I feel good about it. I know that I can PUSH myself even when I don't feel like it. I can MOVE and DO SOMETHING!
I want to thank all who supported me during this challenge...leaving comments, sending goodies, and encouraging me to continue and celebrating WITH ME! I sincerely appreciate it. I can't tell you how much it's meant to me to have you in my corner. Just awesome!!
I'm sorry I left you all hanging for 5 days! LOL I haven't blogged since Day 35. I was just taking a little Spark break. But, really, what could I say that you didn't already know... I was walking.. LOL I proclaimed that that is what I'd be doing for the remainder of the challenge and that's what I've been doing. Pretty boring stuff, huh? LOL
So what's next for Ness....
Well, I won't be exercising EVERY day like I tried to do for the 40 days. It was great to challenge myself in that way, but I think working out EVERY day is a little much on MY body. So, I'm scaling back to 5 days a week. I don't know what 2 days will be rest days...it'll depend on my body. But it won't be two days back-to-back. I think that would be damaging for ME.
And, I have GOT TO add in some strength training... I'm not really sure how I'm going to go about that at this time.... maybe I need to do a strength training challenge or something. LOL Nah! Right now, I'm about DONE with challenges. I need a break. Let's see what my own will does without the technicality of a "challenge." Let's see what May holds...
But for NOW... I see... SUCCESS!
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