Thursday, January 28, 2010

One Week!

One week from today, I turn 30!

Maybe that's why I'm on this latest health kick... Nah, I kind of doubt it. I started getting healthy years ago. It's been an ongoing process with ups and downs.

Starting February 1st, I'll be doing another 30-day challenge on EA Sports Active. My sister's going to start the same day, so we can encourage each other to finish. I'm also thinking of starting the couch to 5k program again. Last time I made the horrible mistake of not waiting long enough after eating to start jogging... Horrible pain in my stomach! Blech!

Today I did some yoga and some fun games in the Wii Fit Plus. I thought I'd try a running one, and it was about 45 minutes after I had breakfast (cereal and a banana). Didn't wait long enough again. I really hate that pain! I waited another half hour and tried running again, and it came back again.

I just have to work on my timing. I usually get up and workout before I eat (which is probably not a great idea...), then I have breakfast. If I'm going to run, too, I'm going to have to try to fit that in somewhere... And I don't want to be doing too much at once, either.

Yesterday, I had two halves of a candy bar... Mr. J bought them from a charity raising money for cancer research. It was too difficult to resist... and then I had a couple swedish fish before bed. That's a tough time for me, I think.

New product:

Wheat Thins make a new cracker called Fiber Selects. Each serving (18 crackers) has only 120 calories and 5g of fiber! Woo-hoo!! The Garden Vegetable flavor is pretty good. When I first tried increasing my fiber, I had a difficult time getting the 25-35g required. I considered using a supplement, but I kept trying for it naturally. Now I have to watch to make sure I don't get too much! But for those days I'm a little behind, these crackers will help out!

Totals for today:

Breakfast: Frosted Mini-Wheats, banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 8oz Trop50 orange juice
Lunch: Homemade Wonton Ravioli (and probably a big salad and some grapefruit)
Dinner: 2oz Lite Turkey on Arnold's Sandwich Thin, 18 Wheat Thin Fiber Selects crackers
Snack: Hershey's Almond Bar

Wii Fit Yoga: 10 minutes, 14 calories
Wii Fit Games & Running: 10 minutes, 21 calories
EA Sports Active: 15 minutes, 62 calories

Total: 35 minutes, 97 calories burned.

Good news for my husband: He lost 10lbs since starting January 5th! He fluctuates 2-3 lbs per day, though (and once he went up 5.5lbs in one day!) He's learning that he can't go completely off his diet on weekends and still expect to keep the weight off. I think it's okay to give yourself a treat, but he can't start eating fast food every weekend...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

lost another pound

I doubt I'll get much sympathy for this, but my current complaint is that I'm losing weight without trying! I lost another pound, a total of 3 lbs lost over the past 3 weeks when I was trying to maintain my weight.

I'm eating within my calorie range and working out almost everyday. According to how I set up my goals on sparkpeople, that's supposed to keep me at the same weight, but I'm losing slowly. The thing is, according to the BMI calculations (which I don't entirely trust...), if I lose 5 more lbs., I'll be considered "underweight," which to me is just as dangerous as being overweight.

Right now, I do mostly strength training and some yoga for exercise. I don't do as much cardio, as I'm focusing on toning and increasing flexibility.

I'm not sure if I should increase my calorie intake a little. I'm afraid of gaining weight, too... I never realized how hard it could be to maintain weight!

Oh, and I had a bit of a setback the other day at work. I had cereal for breakfast at home, then a banana when I got to work. Then I didn't get to eat anything for about 4 hours, which is difficult for me. My blood sugar drops crazy-fast (which is why I eat several small meals & snacks throughout the day), and when my blood sugar gets low, I have absolutely no will-power! Sure, I had fresh fruit, veggies and a sandwich, but instead, I went and bought two candybars! I could have stopped at one, but instead I had two. To make it worse, after work (when I felt better, normal blood sugar), I bought a small bag of potato chips!

I let stress get to me sometimes. I was having a rough day, and I felt like I deserved something unhealthy... I believe I was still within my calorie range (or close to it), but I felt bad for eating junk with little-to-no nutritional value.

Anyway, my goals to work on currently are maintaining (rather than losing) weight, and dealing with stress in a healthier way.

Friday, January 22, 2010

I cheated.

Okay, I'll admit it. I cheated yesterday. I had a bit of macaroni & cheese and a little piece of cheesecake. Working at a grocery store makes it difficult to avoid temptation sometimes!

The thing is, though, that I'm feeling like I should be eating more than I am. I'm following my diet by staying within my calorie range of 1340 and 1690. That's supposed to be for me to maintain my weight. But I've lost 2 lbs in the past 3 weeks. I'm at 104 now. If I get below 98, I'll be considered "underweight," according to my BMI. (I calculate it using this website: Also, the Wii Fit Plus calculates my BMI every day.)

Of course, while BMI (body mass index, or the percentage of body fat) is an easily calculated number, it's not the best for judging if you're overweight, normal weight, or underweight. It doesn't take several factors into consideration, like muscle mass and bone density. For instance, it's been telling my husband that he'll have to weigh 165 to be "normal," though we both know he's probably not going to be able to be that low of a weight. He's a really muscular guy, one of those "barrel-chest" type of guys, you know? (He just also happens to have a gut, lol)

Anyway, that's my reasoning for snacking sometimes.

Yesterday's recap:

EA Active for 14 minutes, Wii Fit Plus (Core Strength Training) for 6 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Calories burned: 55


Breakfast: Cereal with light soy milk and a banana
Lunch: Salad, one half roll of sushi, fresh fruit salad (plus mac & cheese & cheesecake) :-(
Dinner: Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce (awesome!! recipe:, baked potato (light sour cream, chives, bac'n bits & 1 tbsp cheddar), sweet corn
Snacks: imitation crab, a tootsie roll, skittles, 2 tbsp peanut butter

I didn't do too well with snacking yesterday... We have dinner around 5pm, and by 8pm, I'm starting to get hungry. By 9pm, I'm searching for anything to eat in the house!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

All or Nothing

I'm one of those "all-or-nothing" types of people. When I resolve to get healthy, I obsess. I read articles, make charts, keep a detailed log of all nutrition and exercise. I can't help it. That's the type of person I am. Smile

Of course, I have my off-days. I just try not to beat myself up about them. Tomorrow's another day, I tell myself.

I had a pretty good day yesterday. I worked out for over an hour! Bigsmile I'm looooving having Wii workout games! It mixes up my routines to keep me interested and motivated. I love getting to see how many calories I'm burning!

So I started the day with 20 minutes of yoga, 10 minutes of strength training and 30 minutes of aerobics. Not bad, especially for a "rest day." Laugh


Breakfast: Coffee, cereal with light soy milk, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a banana
(peanut butter is magic, I swear! I've read that it's important to have protein after doing strength training to build muscle. I'm going to look into protein powders to add to smoothies, but in the meantime, I thought I'd have some pb. At first, I didn't like that it was going to add 100 calories to my day, but then it kept me feeling not hungry for a long time! Normally I'm really hungry by 10am, that's why I split up my lunches normally. Yesterday, though, I didn't get hungry until Noon!)
Lunch: 3 pierogies, fresh fruit, and 12 tortilla strips with 2 tbsp salsa
Dinner: tuna salad on an Arnold's Sandwich Thin, 1/4 mixed nuts, 3 Utz multi-grain pretzels

I should have had more veggies yesterday... I try to have at least 3-5 servings of fruits & veggies per day. It seems like I get either fruit OR veggies, though.

Today's plan:
Breakfast: coffee, cereal with light soy milk, and a banana
Lunch: Wendy's chili, fresh fruit salad
Dinner: Pan-friend tilapia, roasted potatoes and sweet corn
(I still need 300-500 calories somewhere, so I'll try to have a healthy snack or two)

I took it easy on exercise this morning because I was a little sore from yesterday's workout, plus I won't have as much time today. I did my scheduled EA Sports Active workout, which was only 13 minutes long, all upper-body stuff today. I'll finish my first 30-day challenge this Saturday! I'm going to be starting the next one on February 1st with my sister.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Healthy Living

My goal is a tricky one - to maintain my weight.

Over three years ago, I lost 30 lbs. It wasn't necessarily by choice, as I had panic attacks and anxiety relating to eating and food. I ate just enough so that I wasn't starving. Sometimes I just dealt with the starving... I tried to eat fresh veggies as much as possible, as I felt it was a "safe food," though I ate junkfood, too. It was a pretty horrible year...

I'm not totally over panic/anxiety. I think I'll be dealing with it forever, but the point is that I'm dealing. I analyze why I feel the way I do, and I have coping skills. I'm trying to live more "in the moment, and I'm doing all of this without medication (except for the occasional dental visit which requires half a tablet of Klonopin. That place freaks me out!) and without abusing my body by not eating right.

The thing is, I'm at my ideal weight right now. I'm about 5'1" and I weigh 105. It's my goal to stay at that weight, and I'm doing it by watching what I eat and by exercising regularly. I never realized it could be so difficult to stay at one weight!

My husband has recently gone on a diet (a healthy one, not a fad), and I'm eating healthy with him, because it makes me feel good. I feel like I have more energy and I generally feel good about myself when I'm eating sensibly and exercising.

I'm all about being a healthy me. :) For me, it's about making good choices and sticking to meal plans. And not beating myself up when I slip. ;)