Archive for February, 2011

Living in ‘the big picture’

Posted: February 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

‘Life is a marathon, not a track meet’.

So. I intentionally stepped off the wagon last week, and let FAT GIRL stay for 4 full LONG days. We ate, we drank wine. Then I kicked her butt at the gym on Tuesday morning, and said goodbye…I thought she left, but she lingered on Tuesday, and said ‘hello’ a couple of times on Wednesday…too long of a visit FAT GIRL!!

Finally, today, after almost a full week, I feel like I have regained control, for the most part. FAT GIRL cost me 4 lbs. Yup! 4 lbs. While most of them are gone now, what a surprise! I didn’t freak out, or tried not to, but it was difficult to step on the scale. While FAT GIRL was visiting, I gave thin Lizzy a break from the scale.

This maintenance thing really is a journey for me, and yes, some days I have a bad attitude about having to work so hard, but, when I think about all of the reasons that I do this, live and eat healthy, 4 main reasons come to mind. Jeff, Kai, Zay and baby Kaeden. I will continue to do what I need to.

Life lasts a LONG time. Eating healthy, working out daily, taking time for self, takes balance, discipline, and stick-to-it-ness. Sometimes I have it in me, sometimes I don’t. But when I do, I give it 110%. When I don’t, I am going to try to give myself a break. I get some really good advice from friends, about being kind to yourself, and looking at the big picture. This is SO true, and VERY important.

So, thank you FAT GIRL for allowing me a few days of bliss :). I know I’ll see you soon…but hopefully, not too soon.

Working out….

Posted: February 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Okay friends…

Quick post. Looking to vary my workout routines to keep things fresh….what is everyone doing out there??

My current routine is:

M- 60 minutes of cardio

T- 45 mins of cardio 30 minutes of weights upper body

W – 60 minutes of cardio, 30 mins of weights (lower body)

T – 60 mins of cardio

F – Whatever I feel like.

Sometimes I do my cardio at the beginning, sometimes I do my cardio at the end…what works for you guys??

Hi, My name is Liz…

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

….and I am an emotional eater.

I keep thinking that this is just some kind of excuse to eat junk, and maybe sometimes it is, but it is a very real roadblock.

I said that I would share the good, the bad, and the ugly…so here we go. Time to share some ugly.

The last week or so has been terribly challenging, and without the intention to do so, I let myself fall off the wagon. I ate everything there was to eat. I got in my car, drove to the corner store, and bought myself all kinds of candy…then, ate it all, and then some. Cheesecake, bowls of cereal, you name it, I ate it. I also vowed that I would weigh myself daily. Yah, that didn’t happen. Truth? I was scared to see the damage.

And here I am today. New day, feeling a bit better. Still sad, still using food as a crutch. So, with today being the anniversary of my dad’s passing, I am going to give myself the day to do whatever I need to. Tomorrow, I will bravely step on the scale, see the damage, and get on with it. Ick. Not looking forward to this, but, accountability works.

Maintenance….a fine balance

Posted: February 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

Maintenance. This is the part that I have trouble with, but this time around, I have a plan. Usually, what happens when I get to ‘goal’ is that I go crazy, and eat everything in sight. This time around, I have a concrete plan. Here are a few of the things I am going to do to help myself be successful at maintaining.

1. Set a goal ‘range’ weight, not an actual number.

I must admit, seeing ‘my’ number on the scale DOES indeed make me feel happy. I did get to see this number, and I was quite happy. But being somewhat of an ‘all or nothing’ kinda girl, seeing the same number on the scale daily is unrealistic. There are SO many variables that would make your number on the scale change. Some of these include…workout vs. no workout. High salt consumption, low water consumption, that ‘time’ of the month…evening vs morning weigh in…etc. Having a weight range is a much more realistic way to look at things. Based on this, I have given myself a 4 lb variance, which sets me up for success instead of failure and which gives me some flexibility for…

2. 1 weekly ‘treat’ meal.

Yup. You read correctly. Not a weekly treat DAY, just a weekly treat ‘meal’. In the past, I have allowed myself a weekly treat day, and guess what? That day turned into 2, then into 3, which for me, translates into 5-7 lbs easily. This WILL be challenging, because of all of the social things that happen in our day to day lives. Planning is key. To be able to keep with one cheat ‘meal’ means that I will have to make sure I plan accordingly.

3. Accountability

This may be the single BIGGEST point that will help me keep within my goal range. Accountability for me means a couple of things. Having someone else, once a week, look at the number on my scale, and tell me what it says. I HATE this, but it keeps me honest. In addition to this, I weigh myself DAILY. This is accountability to self. Sometimes when we stray, it’s really easy to say ‘ah, I won’t weigh myself today’, but you know, it is much easier to correct 1 or 2 lbs, than 10-12 lbs.

4. Keeping a journal.

This has been a habit of mine for years. One which I sometimes take for granted, but it’s another thing that is very useful. I write down every single morsel of food that enters my mouth…looking back at some of my journals, and weight (I also record my daily weight) I can see on weeks where I am more successful than others, what I ate, how much I ate, and If I am having a tough time, I go back and look to see what I could do to jumpstart my body. I also do try to limit my BLT’s (bites, licks and tastes). Sometimes, after cooking dinner, I have ‘tasted’ so much, that I am no longer hungry for dinner….but I still eat!! Now, whenever possible, the boys, or Jeff, get to be the taste testers, and I stand clear, until meal time!

5. The Gym!

Taking care of my insides are just as vital to taking care of my outsides. Going to the gym keeps me centered, focused, calm, and makes me feel strong. When I feel all of these things, I feel I am less likely to eat emotionally…which is a huge issue for me.

So, with all of these things in place, let’s see how I do in this whole maintenance phase. I am still going to keep this blog going, probably weekly, sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly. Cuz I am sure I will see ‘Fat Girl’ from time to time, which is alright. I am just hoping to limit her visits… 🙂

I would LOVE to know what works for you girls and guys out there, where maintenance is concerned. Please let me know what things I can add to my list!!