Monday, June 30, 2014

ALL the changes.

Wow. While it's not necessarily out of the ordinary for me to drop off the face of the planet this blog for small periods of time, this particular dropping off was fueled by the entrance of a new schedule.

I picked up another job for the summer, and I've been training for the past 2 weeks, which basically means I've worked every single day, for 14 days, some days involving both jobs. All of this has been a whirlwind of weirdness, and it's even managed to throw off my biological schedule.

I've gained some weight, I think. My menstrual cycle is off by 4 days (but definitely not pregnant, guys), and I'm sleeping more or less, depending on how you look at it.

However, now that the newness is dying down, hours are being rolled back a bit, and the sun is shining, it's time to get back on track and get in (some sort of) shape.

My goal for this week is simply to track all my food. Summer is a time of mindless snacking. Often, these easily reachable snacks are safe volume foods like watermelon (yum!) and strawberries. Other times, it's cheese and crackers at an outdoor picnic. Even more often, it's white wine and various summer beers. There's nothing inherently wrong with any of those things, but if you aren't mindful of what you're consuming, there's a tendency to go overboard.

Bonus points will be awarded (to me, by me) for any intentional exercise outside of riding my bike. I plan to play with my Teemo app while I'm feeling motivated for small bouts of exercise, and I'd really like to make time to get to the gym. We are, however, headed out of town for a long weekend. I'll have 3 days off in a row! There will be swimming, paddle boarding and many unscheduled walks - and therefore, many rewards! I'll take my bonus points in the form of smooches with my Manpanion, sleeping as late as I want, and board games.

I'm going to try to note the things that keep my motivated this week, in order to call back upon them when I fall into a slump in the future.

What drives your motivation when you return to the game?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Weighing In - 6/10/2014

Previous weight: 164.6
Today's weight:  166.2

This week's result: +1.6 pounds

No big deal. Seems like the first week back to really staying on track is always a very positive result, or negative as it were. This week, I was a little hasty with the rewarding, and also the laziness. I also realize that by having my meals delivered, while it simplifies most everything, I don't always know the actual makeup of my food, how much of what went in, and where things might have been a little liberal.

I also ate a whole bag of caramel corn and a whole pint of ice cream, which I made a special trip to the store for. I had the calories for it, but I definitely ate back most of the calories I burned this week, so a gain makes some sense.

As the first day back, I'm motivated to track seriously this week. I like starting my weeks on Tuesday now because Tuesdays are both meal delivery day, and my on-the-farm pick up of my CSA share. It's a day full of food, and it's a great day to have my head in the game.

I've been spending a little time reviewing some math for a placement test, and drinking lots of coffee this morning. I'm somewhat avoiding taking to the streets for my run, but also splitting up my necessary actions this morning because both of these things need to get done.

I'm rearranging my running route today to make a stop by the gym to drop off the Rewards form for my new(ish) health insurance so I can start getting my reimbursement again, but that would mean also stopping by the gym at all, so that is in the cards for the week: Get thy butt to the gym, and turn in the form that rewards these actions.

You know what is not interesting? Attempting to relearn college algebra.


It makes running look GOOD.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Small Successes: Take 2.

Today is my BFFfffFFFFFffffFFFf's birthday, and a ladate (lady date) celebration was of utmost importance. First we did a little lunching at Barbette, a lovely little french bistro in town, and then we rode over to Glamdoll Donuts for our version of cake.

Glamdoll's "Night Moves" donut: blackberry jam and 
blackberry Hennesy (yeah, like the pimpin' liquor) glaze with brown sugar bits.

So not only am I celebrating the BFFfffFFFfffffFFF's transition into her next year of life, but also... the little things. 

Like how today, I skipped out on having a bloody mary at lunch, even though it sounded pretty good. I stuck to coffee. There's definitely nothing wrong with having a bloody mary at a birthday brunch, but I needed to keep my wits about me throughout the day to stay on track. I'm also trying to limit drinking during the work week to make the weekends a little bit more special and cut back on empty calories, so chalk that decision up as a win!

I rode my bike. 

I stuck to one donut, even though after I finished it I really really wanted another one. When I got home I treated myself to a La Croix pamplemousse water instead. 

I found a $10 bill in my dryer. Score! (I love finding my own money.)

I'm here, blogging at you. That means I'm keeping my health goals in the forefront of my mind. HOORAY!

What are you celebrating today?  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Weighing In - 6/03/2014

Previous weight:  166.8
Today's weight:  164.6

This week's results: -2.2 pounds!!!

Hooray! I forgot that if you just track, and stay the course, this weight loss thing can actually be pretty simple. The abundance of spring vegetables and fruit doesn't hurt either, nor the extra excuses to be actively outside. 'Tis the season for yardwork, longer bike rides, chasing butterflies, festivals, et al. It's CSA season, so there will be TONS of veggies to go around. 

My reward for being back on track was both delightful and necessary: NEW BRAS.  was having a 20% off sale that I jumped on. Here in America, it's harder to find small band/large cup wonders, even the companies that are dedicated to such a thing generally start at a band size 30, and those only go up to DDD, and the E-K sizes are reserved for larger women in general. I wear an OBNOXIOUS bra size, which fluctuates between 28G-H. European styles offer a GG, which is like a glove for my chest, and Freya is my favorite. Now I own this pretty, this pretty, and this amazing bra-sized bikini top that is going to save my summer! 

Having good undergarments really REALLY helps boost my confidence about my figure, plus... when the letters get that high, you can generally assume the boobs aren't. High, I mean. I'm trying to make a joke about sad, saggy, weight-loss boobs. 

I've been utilizing this amazing meal service that opened here in Minneapolis a few months ago called The Green Fork.  It's a plant-based diet plan (diet meaning the food we consume, not the way we eliminate calories), and Renee delivers it straight to my door. I get all the benefits of bulk batch cooking, which ends up with a heavy variety of vegetables prepared in interesting and delicious ways, all at a way less cost to me than if I bought and prepared it on my own. The container labels are water-soluble and can be reused and/or recycled. It's such a winning situation for this ultra busy time in my life, I am extremely grateful it exists. Today is delivery day and I'm psyched for my second round of Jackfruit, something I'd never even *heard* of prior to the Jackfruit "Carnitas" Tacos that were part of my delivery a few weeks ago. Cheers to new food!

Today is the beginning of my health-week, so it's time to get out and complete my Couch-to-5k training, which I started over last week. I'm starting all over again... from scratch. I'm trying to give myself a break that I went from completing personal record races to suddenly having a difficult time running for 1.5 minutes off and on, but that's endurance. It goes away if you don't practice, so I'll be practicing. It's also food delivery day, so that saves me all the time of a meal plan and prep. Tuesdays are also a day off for me, so there will be errands, mowing the lawn, and general tidying up. 

What do you plan for your days off? Fun in the sun? TV lounging time? Catching up with old friends?