Saturday, 25 November 2017

Time to Shred It!

It's a only a month until Christmas, so I'm going to prioritise cardio fitness now that my eating is under control and my stress levels are way down. Although I am active every day for at least 30 minutes by power-walking, and always bring groceries home from the store on foot, it's really not enough to reshape my body. To maintain, yes; to change, no!

Consistency is key here: I need to exercise six days a week with one rest day. I've printed off a blank calendar, and I get a smiley face for every workout. Not much of an incentive, but it'll give me a certain satisfaction to see a month full of smileys. Outside the weather here is, uh, yucky to say the least. Rainy, grey, cold, a few snow flakes, some ice, so any exercise will have to take place indoors. Too slippery for much power-walking.

I seem to need direction and timed workouts these days. Not sure why, but anyway, Jillian Michaels is going to be my buddy on this ride since I already have some of her DVDs gathering dust on my shelf: 30 Day Shred, Shred-It with Weights, Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, Yoga Meltdown.

If I (or my knees) get tired of her, I have the Ultimate Body-Challenging Workouts for Weight Loss which in itself has a variety of workouts. And on my shelf there are other DVDs like Caribbean Workout - Kickboxing and Aerobics,  Mari Winsor Pilates, and a few other less intense workouts.

I do still have my elliptical and a Rebounder, so if I get bored in the middle of a workout, I can just pop down to the basement and go exercise on those. I already do maybe a few times a month, but that is definitely not enough to shred some of the fat off.

I've already started this morning with the 30 Day Shred, and had to make modifications but I didn't lose pace at all with the workouts. I sweated, and now I feel great. After the workout, I had a protein and fruit smoothie, and a small bowl of Bran Buds and oatmeal.

A small Non-Scale Victory, my man left some mango ice cream in the freezer a couple of weeks ago, and it is still there... untouched! Usually I would succumb to temptation and it'd be gone. But there are no cravings, even though I've passed through that time of the month. I'm not going to press my luck in this though. My food rules are still in effect: No junk in the house!! 
I'm still not confident I can handle a bag of chips or chocolate singing their siren-song from the pantry.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

An Experiment

I've been bored as heck with my diet, and it didn't seem to be working for me,  so I signed up for a week-long plant-based regime with a nutritionist I know. Recipes were provided, as well as support. Some of the recipes were more complicated than I'm used to, and some of the ingredients unfamiliar like nutritional yeast!  One of the good tips was to eat until feeling 3/4 full, but it's sometimes a challenge to actually do. 

I'm happy to report I did feel good at the end of the week! Good energy through the day, no heartburn. Being lactose-intolerant, missing dairy was not an issue since I've eliminated a lot of it, or use alternatives. But I did miss eating fish and poultry... and the little bit bacon I do allow myself to have! Beef not so much, although I do like a good steak once in a while. 

After the week-long experiment was over, my man and I went out to a restaurant (not fast-food) for some fancy burgers. Oh boy, was I sick that night. Heartburn, bloat, the whole nine yards of digestive turbulence. He ate the same thing without any side-effects. 

This past week, I've been taking it easy, and not eating junk. Pumpkin and squash soups, buckwheat pancakes with berries, vegetarian chili, California rolls, roasted chick peas for snacking, grilled fish with roasted veggies.

Going forward, I'm certainly going to incorporate more vegetarian meals into my diet.

Weight this week has been bouncing from 194.5 to 191.7 lbs.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Crunched, literally

That was some kind of break!  It's been so long since I've posted!  Here's what's been going on...

Just after the Christmas holidays, an ice storm hit the area, and I badly awkwardly, slipped and fell on some ice while I was coming down my front steps. Result: A bunch of broken and cracked bones. Including in my hands, leg, ribs. Of course it was my dominant hand that was broken! 

My body has healed and is pretty much back to normal, and physiotherapy has really helped. Being off work was tough; I didn't think I'd miss it, but I really did. I missed the work and the daily routine. So glad I have great health benefits! I had the hardest time with mobility of course, but also with being very dependant on people when I first had my accident. At first, even doing the most simple things was a chore.

This Summer, I was hospitalised with an infection. Fighting that off took a while, and lots of doctors visits. Ugh.

As for weight loss and exercise... well... not much happened on that front. I did keep an eye on food portions and tried to eat only when I was hungry, but I had a hard time moving, so I gained weight. This Spring, the first time I was able to weigh in without casts, I was at 212 lbs. 

And I just haven't felt like posting anything here. Not sure why... it's not like I've replaced it with Instagram, Snapchat, or whatever. I've been coasting, not overeating. I've not wanted to put in the work (tracking calories and exercise) to lose the weight, until now.  This morning I weighed in at 197.5 lbs. Time to move in the right direction! 

Friday, 23 December 2016

Holiday Crunch

Where on earth did the time go? This past week flew by, and I forgot to post on Wednesday. Between work, volunteering, and shopping and then parties, it's been more of a whirlwind of activity. More than other years. Maybe it's also a good way to keep busy and keep my mind on other things, hmmm. It's been really hard to get workouts in there. I've only been able to twice... and that was on the weekend.

Navigating parties, pot-lucks, and restaurants has been hard. Temptations everywhere!!! A couple of times I was able to eat at home, then head to the party, but a few activities have taken place at work, or right after work. A couple of the restaurants had little to be desired on the menu--lots of deep-fried and pan-fried, not grilled or baked anything. I'm getting tired of ordering big salads for supper.

I do weigh myself almost every day, but I record it on Wednesday. This time only a small dip 202.9 lbs. It's been lower and higher through the weekend, but I just don't want any January regrets. A higher number on January 4th is not in my plans. A number below 200 lbs is possible, but I'll have to work hard to keep moving, and to stay away from all the goodies... In all honesty, I mean to stay away from most of the goodies! My mother bakes the best apple pie, and another family member makes a really not-too-sweet Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake) and I'm planning on one piece of each. Some goodies are not bad and make you gain--I'm also looking forward to those little oranges, so yummy.

I don't get to see all my family very often, so I'm especially excited about that. In previous years, food was the main way people used to show love, but not as much anymore. We play games, watch movies, go for a walk if there's no snow-storm or ice-storm, and hang-out. Hopefully we'll be able to build a snowman!!

Happy holidays everybody!


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Wednesday Weigh-In

Everything's going well. A kitchen clean-up did a world of good. Unopened processed foodstuffs went to the donation box; stuff like crackers, cookies, juice boxes and cans of soda. I did a bunch of meal prep for lunches for the work-week and have been eating in the staff lounge rather than at my desk. No more being a desk lunch hermit for me! Might as well be a little more sociable while I'm trying to change. Everything's being tracked in MFP, and I'm trying to aim for 1600 cals or less.

Since we were inundated by almost two feet of snow this week, I got a good dose of shovelling in. I don't know if it burns as many calories as the elliptical, but when I'm done after an hour, I'm as a sweaty mess. And I just looked out the window, and more snow!

Forgot to add that I did have a nice spa day. Relaxing swim, sauna, massage, mani and pedi. Although I am a bit self-conscious about my body, I've realized with the help of a good bathing suit, there's no real reason not to enjoy swimming at a pool, or being at the beach, or enjoying a day at the spa.

Morning weight was 203.1 lbs. Down about 2 lbs from last week.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

The Plan

Looking back through my past posts, any success I had was due to being consistent and committed, every single day. 

I'm going to go back to a Clean Eating template - natural whole foods, minimally processed. Meal prep is on Sundays for the workweek.

  • Food  - Lots of vegetables, some protein, some carbs, some fruit. 
  • Exercise - Daily walking outdoors, 5 x week cardio workout, 3 x week weight routine
  • Mental - Continue working with therapist on issues, read health and wellness books from library to keep focus on getting fit and healthy.
  • Accountability - Tracking food and exercise in My Fitness Pal, and at least weekly blog posts here with Wednesday weigh-ins.


Avoiding my pitfalls

  • Impulse buys at the grocery store - Keep as much as possible to the perimeter where the produce, meats, fish, dairy and frozen stuff are kept. I gained weight on packaged pasta mixes, cookies, chips and other items located in the middle aisles of the store.
  • Veggie boredom - I sometimes get tired of eating the same things over and over again, so I'll be sure to seek out new recipes, online or from vegetarian cookbooks.
  • No temptations come into the house - Talk with my man again about not bringing in ice cream and chips. If it's in the house, I will seek it out and eat it eventually.
  • Alcohol - with Holiday parties coming up, it's no excuse to go overboard.
  • TV, Internet, and the sofa - these are distractions and I can easily get sucked into them for hours on end. Will be placing time limits on these.
  • Vending Machine at work - I wont keep any loose change with me, so I wont be able to buy anything.


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Starting Over

What do you do when you feel like you've lost everything in the world? I asked for help, leaned on loved ones, but I wasn't able to pull myself out of the black hole of depression. I've previously vaguely mentioned some medical issues from time to time here, those are fertility issues. This last miscarriage required hospitalisation due to complications.This has been heart-breakingly tough. All of it. Feeling like a failure is probably the worst aspect. Also not being able to see friends with their babies without crying, and the neighbourhood moms with their babies in strollers which would made me tear up uncontrollably.

With help of a therapist, I'm starting to come out of my black hole, but I do have to start facing facts. Health-wise I've gained a lot of fat and my muscles have become smaller. My cholesterol numbers could use improvement.

The way I've handled this, eating myself into oblivion was the worst solution. I know I did this to myself. Eating my feelings again... I know happiness can't be found in the bottom of a bag of chips, Doritos, chocolates, or baked goods. That didn't stop me from doing it anyway.

My weight this morning was 205.3 lbs. I've not regained all I previously lost, but I'm coming effing close to my highest scale number of 220 lbs in 2012. I can't believe I ate my way to a 40 lb gain in six months... but it's true.

I'm picking myself up, dusting myself off, and starting over again.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Still Hanging in There

Just an update... I'm still around, and I have not regained any substantial amount of weight. Many bloggers also stop posting when things in life get tough or busy, and that's happened to me. 

Health issues related to my kidneys, and a few other issues have plagued me since my last post. Add in dealing with depression. Life has been rough, but I'm getting through it with professional help and support from loved ones. Still quietly reading blogs from time to time, and it's really nice to see a lot of bloggers making progress. I'm still swinging back and forth in the 160 to 170 lbs range, and today I'm at 165.5 lbs.

Here's to blue skies ahead, rather than dark clouds.