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Mixing Up Cardio

Posted by Susan on August 3, 2009

Today was the first day of my 3 Meals A Day Challenge. I feel like I have been really over doing it on the snacks, and was wondering if maybe , since snacking seems like a trigger for me, what would happen if I just cut them out altogether. At least Mon. – Fri.

So today was day #1. I tried to up the calories for each meal to 500 calories including fruits and vegetables, and of course dessert at night with dinner. Being that I work during the day , it is not so hard. If I don’t pack it, I don’t eat it. But I realized that I wasn’t really hungry between meals, and that proves my theory that I may have been eating because it was time to eat, not because of actual hunger.

We’ll see how the rest of the week goes, but so far so good.

I also mentioned yesterday that I wanted to mix up my cardio workouts this week. I feel like I am doing the same things and I think my body is getting too used to it.

While in the shower last night I remembered something I’d read on another fitness blog . Cardio Cards! I have acquired a lot of cardio equipment over the years. I have a spin bike, a treadmill, and an elliptical trainer. I’ve also been wanting to incorporate some outdoor walks into my routine.

So I took some index cards and I wrote down all the different things I can do on all of my equipment, like spin class (I have tons of spin classes on DVD) HIIT on both treadmill and spin bike, walking on an incline on the treadmill. I like to do 60 mins. so I wrote down each exercise in 30 min. increments.

So on cardio days I will shuffle the cards up and pick out 2. Whatever the card says, I will do that day. This way I will have a different combination of exercise each day.

I am going to try it for a week. I do 3-4 cardo days every week. This will help keep my body guessing , and cut down on the boredom . I will try it for a week and see how it goes.

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Never the same again ………

Posted by Susan on April 23, 2009

As I get closer to my goal weight I have been thinking a lot about all the things that will never be the same. My life will be different . It has to be in order to maintain the weight . I will need to live differently than I have in the past. I will not be on a ” diet ” anymore , but will be trying to live ” normally ” . Normally , but with a twist.

I will never be able to look at food the same again. No more mindless eating , no more stuffing my face until I am so full I feel sick . No more eating out of boredom , or stress , or any other emotion I don’t want to deal with . Never going back to the binge mentality , because I know now it never really helps a situation , it may numb it temporarily , but whatever feeling I am trying to numb will be there regardless . I will always have to pick the healthier choice , I will always have to practice portion control , I will always have to eat mindfully .

I will always have to exercise . I will always have to make it a part of my life , even when the weight loss goal is met . I will never maintain the loss without it , so it is juat a fact of life for me . Thankfully I like working out for the most part .

Life after weight loss will still hold it’s challenges , and still have it’s slip ups I’m sure . But what I most want to make perfectly clear to myself is that it is not over when it is over. It is something I will have to get used to living with , and it is something I have to accept if I am going to maintain. I never ever want to go back to the woman I once was . It is so important to me not to allow that . I figure as long as I keep my eyes open , pay attention , and continue good habits , like exercise , eating healthy , and watching how much I eat , I can somehow pull it together and live my life as a non – fat person.

The thought of the next stage in this jouney scares me a little . The best I can hope for is that I’ve learned something from where I’ve been . One thing I know for sure , my life will never be the same again ………….. If I plan on maintaining what I’ve earned .

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Saturday Morning Weigh-in !

Posted by Susan on March 7, 2009

Relief !!!!! I wanted to sleep a bit later this morning, but in my head, the scale was nagging me. So I got up, made sure my bladder was an empty as possible, and stepped on the scale. SURPRISE !!!!!! I am down 2.6 lbs !!!! I am sooooooo relieved !!!!!! Although this week did not turn out as planned……it was definately NOT a typical week for me. The only thing I did do was to eat well…the rest of it was out of my hands. I had a swollen knee, TOM, and a birthday dinner planned with my husband……and inspite of all the challenges the week held…I lost anyway ! I am extremely happy !
Here are my stats. for this week:
Weight : 162.6 : (2.6 lb. loss)
Fat % : 24.2 : (.2 % loss)
BMI : 37.0 : (1 loss)
The bad thing about early Saturday morning weigh-ins, is that is is too early to tell anyone ! Everyone is asleep !!!!!! Oh well….I am still happy…..now I must conquer breakfast out at the diner.
The most important thing this week has taught me is that no matter what happens, I can always keep my calories under control, and I am so grateful for finally listening to advice I’d gotten a year ago. I had a free consultation with a dietician, and she told me to keep a food journal and track calories…I did it for a while, but got tired of it, got tired of weighing and measuring, I got sick of it all. I thought I could just eye it and be fine. Funny but the eye seems to warp measurements after a while………. I am sooooo glad I went back and took advice from an expert. The way I see it now, the advice was priceless, I have gotten excellent results since going back to basics !!! I will have to let her know what a great gift she gave me next time I see her !

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