Saturday, September 21, 2013
I'm making slow but steady progress. My fat clothes are practically falling off, and I've taken two loads to the consignment store, but the size 12's from when I was near goal are still barely big enough for one leg:( Not sure about the exact weight loss, since I have been afraid to get on the scales for the last three weeks after imperfect weekends.
I have been AF 5 days a week since school started back, and under my calorie goal on SP, in target range based on my Fitbit activity levels. Doing at least 6000 steps daily, usually 10,000, and 15,000 yesterday. Have made it to the gym twice a week before work (a big deal for me since I'm not a morning person,) taken long hikes on weekends, and walked daily after work. I also get in lots of steps at work walking up and down the halls doing supervision, picking up groups, and visiting classes.
Weekends are the hardest though. DH likes to cook up a big breakfast (with some kind of fatty meat) and it's not a weekend to him without adult beverages. I weaned myself off alcohol for almost a month, but special occasions, celebrations, vacation, and lake trips always seem to involve drinks and foods I don't normally bring into the house. A couple of Martinis with jalapeņo olives or a breakfast with bacon, eggs, and waffles, can blow my calorie count for the whole day (not to mention sodium!)
We've traveled several weekends, and that has included meals out. I've done well during the weeks, but on weekends I'm just trying to at least keep my calories under my BMR so I don't gain.
In 2006 I lost 65 lbs. in 7 months. I slowly gained it back beginning in the fall of 2008. Although I'm impatient, maybe going slower this time will help me be better prepared to maintain for life.
I know I'm never going to be perfect, but if I stay on track 90% of the time I think I will get to my goal weight eventually without too much pain, and hopefully learn to live a life of moderation. So, a bad day doesn't make it a bad life, and if I mess up, I won't give up!
Sunday, August 04, 2013
I had a great week last week. Stayed on the low end of my calorie range, and exercised every day. TWICE every day Monday through Friday. Partly to try out some evening exercise classes for when I go back to work in two weeks (ugh!) and partly to make my Fitbit step goals. And DH took off Friday afternoon to hike with me. My normal routine this summer has been to walk 3 miles at the park on M,W, and F, and 30 minutes on the elliptical and weights at the gym on T and Th. I've also been trying some yoga and pilates videos on SP and YouTube. I meet my exercise buddy every morning at 7:30. I've kept that routine while adding the classes, evening walks, and Friday's hike.
So anyway, after such a great week, I hit the wall yesterday. I was completely exhausted, so I took the day off. Then I was irritable and moody from not exercising. To treat myself, I made cheese sauce for my broccoli. But being so virtuous, I tried a light version with no butter, and it was NASTY! (One T. of the good stuff would have been better than the 1/4 c. of the fat-free nastiness I ate!). So by then I'm really feeling sorry for myself, as DH is freshening his martini. I convinced myself that after working so hard all week, and having such a lousy Saturday, that I really deserved one too...then another. Next I found the pineapple rum left over from vacation and treated myself to that too. Blew my calorie count for the day, and felt like crap this morning.
And today was my weigh-in. With all that exercise I was hoping for a 2.5 lb. loss (I counted a 12,000 cal. deficit for the week, at 3500 per pound it made sense to me,) but the scales showed only 1 pound!
Today was a new day though, so onward and upward. Hiked about 4 miles, and stayed mid-range for calories. My Fitbit showed I had climbed 62 flights of stairs..lol! And I made my 10,000 steps, but not 15,000 like I did on Friday.
Happily, I also discovered today I could change the settings on the nutrition tracker to adjust my calorie range to my activity level, allowing me to eat more calories on super-active days. I will still try to stick to the low end of the range, but I think it will help prevent feeling like I did yesterday.
LESSON LEARNED: MODERATION! Too much exercise or too few calories can set me up for failure. And a little real food is better than a lot of "diet" food. I felt I was able to drink in moderation during vacation and stay in my calorie range, but only lost .6 during that 2 week period, in spite of being very active. Staying alcohol free is the only way I am going to be able to meet my health goals and keep the weight off for good this time. (So perhaps being AF is moderation for me?).
I got it right today, and tomorrow is another chance to get it right. I'm in it for the long term, and I'll make mistakes along the way, but mistakes are for learning!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Got my FitBit today! I had already done my 3-mile walk this morning, so of course I had to go back out and try it this evening. I usually use the Gaia lite app on my iphone to track my mileage and speed, and they matched exactly! And it showed on my tracker as soon as I logged in. This is going to be fun and motivating.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
It's true, there's no fool like an old fool!
In my attempt to find some exercise options for when I go back to school I've been checking out some evening classes at the gym. Yoga last night was great.
Tonight I tried a kettle bell class. I should have taken my first clue when I realized I was twice as old and twice as heavy as anyone else in the class! I expected it to focus on weight training, but didn't realize how intensely aerobic swinging those weights is for an old fat woman. The instructor was encouraging, but didn't show many options for adapting the moves to my fitness level. There wasn't much cool down or stretching at the end either.
Not one to back down, I doggedly hung in there, but I way over did! Now my thighs are twitchy, my knees are sore, and I can hardly move! I'll see how I feel tomorrow before I decide whether to try it again...if I live!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Moved my ticker down 3.2 lbs. today! (That includes the .6 from the 2 week vacay.) Still makes it a good week:) No alcohol since vacation has made a big difference, as well as eating in 7 of last 8 nights.
Great 3 mile hike today. If I count it as a "hike climbing hills carrying less than 10 lbs." it is 720 cal. If I track the mileage and time (65 min.) it only gives me 320 cal. I counted the lower amount, and whatever over is all good I guess. Have also tried some of the SP abs, pilates, and yoga videos this week in addition to my walking or elliptical and weight machines. I love the 20 minute Yogalites workout, think I will order the video when I get paid.
Also thinking about a FitBit. If anyone out there reading this is using one, please let me know how it's working for you. I walk a lot at work going to classrooms and picking up students, and it's a big building. I know that's not cardio, but I would be interested in how many steps. And maybe it would give me a better estimate of whether walks like today are a hike or a 3 mile walk.
Looking forward to another good week, Hopefully the rain has moved out for a while so I can spend more time outdoors,
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