Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
In the summer of 2007, I did some travelling. It was the summer after I finished my undergrad, and before I started graduate school. My mom and I took a bus from Toronto to Banff to visit my sister, who was working out there (yes, we were on a greyhound for two-and-a-half days. Both ways. I ate a lot of bus station food).
Soon after, I went to Halifax for 4 weeks, to attend a math summer school program that took place at Dalhousie University. I lived in residence, and ate (all you can eat) at the cafeteria 3 times a day.
There was a group shot of all of the summer school participants taken (a photo that I can’t find anymore). When I looked at it, I couldn’t find myself in the picture at first. I also saw, out of the corner of my eye, someone in the front row who was much larger than everyone else. That’s odd, I thought. I don’t remember there being anyone that big in the program. Then I realized that person was me.
After Halifax, I spent a couple of weeks at a cottage with my family (back in Ontario). While there, I found The Ultimate Healthy Eating Plan by Liz Pearson and Mairlyn Smith
I read the book quickly, and it made sense to me. Instead of being a fad diet, and instead of vilifying food, it told me how food could be good for you. It explained the importance and nutritional benefits of many different types of food, and had tons of healthy recipes. It also had a few sets of weekly meal plans, including one for weight-loss. I determined that as soon as I got back home, I would follow the plan and get healthy.
While growing up, I rarely weighed myself. We didn’t have a scale at my house, so I never knew exactly what my weight was. In August 2007, determined to really lose weight this time, I bought a scale so I could accurately keep track. On August 26, 2007, I weighed 276 pounds.
I have never weighed that much since. On my last weigh-in at Weight Watchers (on January 23, 2010), I weighed 191 pounds.
Here I am in June 2007, on my graduation day (when I got my Bachelors):
And about 2 years later on my next graduation day, when I received a Masters of Science (wearing the same shoes!):
Sunday, January 24, 2010
- I decided not to have ANY chips. If I'd decided to have "just a couple," I wouldn't have been able to stop. By making the decision not to have any, I didn't even have to think about it, or have an argument in my head (do you know the kind I mean?) about having "just one more."
- I also avoided all of the ice cream sundaes/toppings. I decided that ice cream really isn't my favourite and it wasn't worth it to me. (You may be wondering how I went overboard while avoiding all the chips AND ice cream. Yeah, it was basically because of the brie, not gonna lie. Oh, and the alcohol. And the appetizers...)
- I somehow realized that I was perhaps underestimating what I was eating, and I went to another room for a few minutes to track it. I've never actually tracked DURING a party before. I honestly thought I was maybe at about 16 weekly points... but I added it up, and I was at 36! The mini quiches that I remembered as being 2 points for 2 were actually 4 points for 2!! So the extras that I ate (and hadn't planned for) really did some damage!
Friday, January 22, 2010
I'm going to see how long it takes me to work my way through this (I'm hoping it will encourage me to eat more vegetables), and I may start having a wanigan delivered weekly or biweekly. Fun!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I swear, my lunches aren't usually this colour-coordinated! I brought plain yogurt with frozen peaches in it, some leftover curry with brown rice, a granola bar, and my bottle of water to work with me. I also had leftover (healthy!) pizza from last night and an apple prepared to grab for dinner. (The pizza had a whole-wheat crust that I bought, and I put kale and onion and green pepper and soy pepperoni and cheese on it! DELICIOUS!)
Yay! My lunch finally has a new home! Honestly, I know it's dorky, but things like this make me excited (and more motivated to pack a good lunch).
Sunday, January 17, 2010
- the Weight Watchers Good Health Guidelines (if you're not familiar with Weight Watchers, these include drinking enough water, eating enough fruits and vegetables, having enough servings of healthy fats, etc). I'm especially going to try and drink more water.
- exercising: gym & Pilates on Monday, Booty Camp on Tuesday & Wednesday, and at least one more workout on Thursday or Friday
- tracking my food and points honestly
- GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP!
Every now and then I had to shake things around in there so it would all blend... but I persevered... and blend it did:
It was delicious!! The amounts I used were:
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed
- 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice (not pictured)
- 2-3 kale leaves
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Only one thing could get me out of bed that early on a weekend: my Weight Watchers meeting, led by the wonderful Ashley! And today we got free samples of the cookies and cream minibars! Yum!
This week, I lost 7.2 pounds.
I know, I know... that's SHOCKINGLY high. It's like Biggest Loser high (did you see that guy lose 30 pounds this week!?).
Let's put that number in context: last week I GAINED 6.6 pounds. So really, in the past 2 weeks, I've lost, overall, less than one pound. Now, that number is a bit more sane.
My body has an amazing ability to fluctuate. I swear, once I lost 8 pounds overnight. NO JOKE.
I was really happy I had the same lady weighing me in as last week so I could show her that I'd lost what I gained... last week I was so embarrassed to weigh in. It's the closest I ever came to missing a meeting (but I never seriously considered missing it). I know that a lot of people gain over the holidays but like... almost 7 pounds! In 9 days! It's practically IMPRESSIVE!
But do you know what's MORE impressive??? Losing 7.2 pounds in one week. Bam!
Also: if we go by my (slightly overestimated) height of 5' 10'', I am 15.2 pounds away from being in a healthy weight range. I honestly never thought I would be a "normal" size. And I've reached a total of almost 90 pounds lost! 86.8 to be exact. Compared to that, 15.2 seems like NOTHING. And, at this rate, it should only take me a couple of weeks, right? Right?!
I started running in the summer by following the Couch to 5k program. I took a couple of months off, then I went back to it in September and finally worked up to running 30 minutes straight... but I hadn't been in a couple of weeks due to frigid weather (and, you know, laziness). BUT I am happy to say that I ran both yesterday AND today!! I used the gym in my parents' condo.
I was afraid yesterday of burning myself out (because I'm in SUCH DANGER of over-exercising...) so I ran 9 minutes and walked 1 minute twice, then finished off with 10 minutes of running. Not too shabby!
Today, I warmed up by doing 15 minutes on the cross-trainer, then I moved to the treadmill. I was afraid of trying to do too much (again, because I'm so hard-core, hehe) so I was considering doing 9 minute intervals again... but I didn't!! Maybe it was the music pushing me to keep running (Vengaboys, anyone? I know that I really stepped it into high gear when Boom Boom Boom Boom!! came on), or maybe I was still on a high from my excellent weigh-in this morning (more on that to follow), but I ran 30 ENTIRE minutes without stopping. BOO-YAH!
I finished off with about 15 or 20 minutes of stretching (my biceps are KILLING me from attempting the 30 Day Shred with 8 lb weights a couple of days ago).
One thing that I attempted yesterday and today was breathing in a more regulated fashion. It was MUCH EASIER than in the past--I think because I was indoors, not outdoors battling the cold air and runny nose. I've read that it's helpful to breathe in for 3 strides, and out for 2. It seemed impossible for me to breathe that way. I didn't understand how I could breathe out for less time than I breathed in and manage to get all the air back out!
I spoke to my friend Elizabeth about this dilemma (she's a runner!), and she explained that you exhale more forcefully than you inhale. Which makes sense, and also coincides with something I read once about alternating your exhales from the left to the right side so you don't put more stress on one side than the other, or something like that*. Anyway, it was much easier to breathe in this pattern on the treadmill. It also gave me something to focus on to help the time go quicker!
Last week I started Pilates class, and this week I'm starting Booty Camp, so I think I've got 2010 off to a good, healthy start! I'm going to start keeping track of the week's workouts in the sidebar.
*things like this are important for elite runners (like myself, with my 12.5- or 13-minute mile, hehe)
Friday, January 8, 2010
Operation Organize has begun!
That is the second big batch of clothes I've donated to my neighbourhood Value Village. They are all much too big on me. Some of the items, like an old university hoodie, were hard to part with, but I know I'm better off having the extra space in my closet:
Hooray! Now, to tackle my desk...