Three and a Half Pounds

April 18, 2014 Leave a comment

That’s how much my body reacts when I go off-plan.

So here’s the backstory: Wednesday I, for professional purposes, found it to be in my best interests to eat pizza for lunch with my team at work. I did what I could to mitigate the impact: Ate only vegetarian pizza, limited my intake to two slices (although they were fairly large slices), and skipped my afternoon snack. It was thin-crust, so I estimate about 300 calories per slice, so a total of 600 calories, when I normally have about 250 calories for lunch. That’s not a huge variance, but my body reacted with total hyperbolic outrage.

The whole rest of the day my gut gurgled and groaned and muttered as it processed this unexpected deposit of processed junk. And then when I got on the scale Thursday morning I was up to 188.5! That’s a pound and a half over my target weight, and three and a half over Wednesday morning’s number. Yesterday I was more scrupulous than usual about staying on track because clearly I needed to make amends with my body.

This morning I was back to 185. Whew! What a crazy reaction to a single slip comprised of about 350 extra calories… My body is such a drama queen. I will add this to my list of “interesting fluctuation anomalies” and keep this in mind when pizza happens in the future!

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The Slippery Nature of Exercise in a Weight Management Program

April 10, 2014 1 comment

Yesterday I went for a run for the first time in about 2 weeks. The cold really knocked me down and I was taking my time and reveling in the opportunity to just let myself rest and recuperate for as long as felt right, instead of trying to force myself to get up and out there. I mean…it’s not a race to see who gets over their cold fastest. And even if it were, well, I’m not a very competitive person, so I’d probably be happy to let you win that one.

Anyway, while I was running I was mulling on some truths about exercise. The first one is that you can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet. It’s just too easy to eat vastly more calories than you can ever work off in a day. The second is the corollary – that exercise alone is never going to be a sufficient weight management strategy. The third is that managing food intake alone DOES seem to be sufficient to manage weight. And the fourth is that even though exercise alone is not enough to manage a stable weight after weight loss, all the people I know that HAVE kept off weight for significant lengths of time exercise regularly.

While I was sick I spent two weeks not exercising, and I didn’t gain a pound, in fact I seemed to be trending lower by the end of it. What I’ve discerned over the years is that restricting food intake alone is sufficient to manage my weight for short periods. However, exercise seems to be the elusive glue that holds my mindset and program together long-term. If I’m not exercising regularly for no good reason (as in, I’m not physically unable to, like with my cold), I am unable to maintain motivation to control my weight through food choices. Over time, when I’m not exercising just because I don’t feel like it, I will eventually also give up on monitoring my intake to manage my weight.

It’s a slippery sort of thing. Mathematically you don’t need to exercise to lose or maintain weight. But mentally and emotionally…I can’t do it without regular exercise. And all the people I know that are doing it successfully are in the same boat.

Weight this morning: 184.5

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Still Alive

April 4, 2014 3 comments

I am, I’m still alive, I just feel like I wish I weren’t. It’s been a really, really rough week. Last Friday (a week ago now) I started feeling kind of bad. My husband and I had walked down the road to a carnival which had sprung up in an open lot, to ride some rides and generally be goofy kids on a date. On the walk home I started feeling really weak and dizzy and generally bad. I was coming down with a cold.

At the same time, my beloved cat of over 13 years was making all the signals that he was pretty much giving up the ghost. He’s had a heart condition for about 2 years now, and his heart was done. Sunday night he passed away.

They say sorrow can suppress the immune system and make sickness worse…well, I’d have to agree. I’ve spent the whole week being bowled over by alternating waves of grief and pain. I don’t think that, on its own, this was a particularly bad cold, but in combination with the grieving and sadness it has completely knocked me off my feet. I took Monday off from work, and worked from home the rest of the week but honestly…I don’t think I was bringing much value. The week was a blur of pain and misery. There were a couple of times where I knew I had meetings I needed to call into but instead I…was asleep. And couldn’t muster the determination to really care. I will likely have a lot of catching up to do on Monday. I am fortunate that in my position I am allowed the latitude to have and then make up for a very bad week.

Weight this morning: 182.

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Nipping laziness in the bud

March 27, 2014 2 comments

The rhythm and routine of my daily food and exercise plan has really gelled for me over the last few months. I’ve got a system right now that completely works. Example: Over the weekend I indulged. I knew I was going to, I enjoyed the heck out of it while I was doing it, and I hoped that my routine would absorb the damage over the course of this week. As of today, the few pounds that my body bounced up from the weekend are gone. I’m delighted.

This is despite only exercising once, on Tuesday, so far this week. This is not actually a good thing, because it reinforces my laziness. “Hey,” my mind says, “I dropped those pounds without barely even trying to exercise – 30 minutes over the last 4 days. I don’t need to exercise!”

That’s a bad message. I know it’s wrong, and I need to nip it in the bud. I had various reasons each day for why I couldn’t exercise, but let’s face, you can either have excuses or you can have results.

Ooops. I got my results while also having excuses. Anyway, that won’t last and it’s not a good long-term strategy. Today I have packed my gym bag and in order to remove any excuses I’m set for rain or shine – running clothes* for if it’s sunny, gym cloths for if it’s rainy.

Today’s weight: 184.5.

*I wear compression tights to stabilize my body lift scar when I run, as well as a more hardcore sports bra. Neither of these is required or desired for a gym workout.

Thwarted Again

March 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Ankle feels great today! Now it’s raining.pinkhair

I didn’t end up working out at all yesterday, in any capacity, because I was a little depressed as my cat of over 13 years is dying and I wanted to snuggle with him instead, so I did. Today I will go to the gym and do strength training, because it’s raining simply to thwart me. God knows we need the rain here in sunny California, I just prefer to run outdoors!

So I will go to the gym in a little while here and get that out of the way. Food is on track today. I’m rockin’ my new pink hair highlights today at work, too.

My sweet husband stocked us up on lean protein and veggies Sunday afternoon, so I’m looking forward to what he cooks up tonight.

Weight this morning: 186.

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Stupid Ankle

March 24, 2014 3 comments

I had planned to go for a run this afternoon, as I had a weekend full of perhaps too much festive eating. But as I was walking from my car to my office, my left ankle started hurting out of the blue. I was just walking, I didn’t misstep or twist it or anything it just…started hurting. I thought at first it would be one of those transient pains I get now that I’m in my late 30s, and after a few steps it would stop again like normal.

Well, now it’s 3pm and it’s been hurting all day – for no reason! I did nothing to my stupid little ankle to warrant this! I’ve been kind of limping around the office waiting for the pain to go away but it’s hanging in there. So I guess I won’t be running this afternoon, which is a bummer because I need to get back on track with exercise after too much fun food the last few days.

Alas, all I can imagine I’d be up for at this point is upper body strength training, so I guess I’ll do that. Food is completely back on track today, as planned. I always plan to be on track and follow my food plan, because that’s how I roll.

Weight this morning: 187, which is an increase from last week’s lows, but is actually my target weight! I’m happy with this.

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Hard start

March 20, 2014 1 comment

Screamed myself awake early this morning from a horrible dream. Worst I’ve had in years. *shudder* Kinda colored my whole day, waking up like that.

Anyway…still doing it. Small portions, lots of fruits and veggies and supportive, healthy foods. Dragged the husband along on a run this evening, even though it was late and his foot hurt. I’m a harsh task mistress. He’s a trooper.

Weight this morning: 184.

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