eleventy bazillion blogs since I first started Couch to 5k and/or blogging, and this is the FIRST TIME it occurred to me to use this title????!?!?!?!?!!!?? (though I have never seen the movie) (but seriously!) (also: heh!)
But yeah, I went running today.
I'm so glad I started "slowly getting back" two weeks ago, it has made everything easier!!
Basically I took one week of trying to eat better, but without tracking, first. Then I started tracking again on the 12th. I'm glad I did - this weekend my family was visiting + the last weekend of the play + the cast party. I was definitely over my calorie range after the cast party, but the day overall was not horrible. And I stayed in range even with eating out with my parents which is amazing.
Originally I had been thinking to myself that I wouldn't re-start tracking until after the play was over, but I'm glad I started a week early (plus that week of pre starting to get me in gear for it). I've already lost 7 or so pounds of the about 15 I gained! Yay! Head start! From here I think it will come off slower but it's nice to be back in the 250s after having seen once a few weeks ago 264 and freaking out. NO FANK YOU! I'm beyond ready to see below 255 but I will just have to be patient and put in the work. I am going to try to focus on patience and habits, plus be thankful that first 7 came off as fast as it did, rather than being impatient for the next 6 to come off.
The numbers are: Lowest reached over the winter or whenever it was: 248.
Highest I saw in the last few busy weeks: 264 (NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE)
Today: 256 something. Probably really 257, if it was like 256.8. I always round up. haha.
So I guess that would technically be 16 gained (though not all of it during the run of the play. The first 3 or so was well before that, I didn't stay at 248 very long and spent a lot of time bouncing between 250 & 254.) and so far 7 lost. Almost halfway back.
I'd like to spend the summer blazing into the lower 240s but we'll see how my body cooperates. haha.
I've been for a couple of swims, which was relaxing and fun. However, I've been wearing my HRM and the calorie burn is not what I'm hoping for. It's better than nothing, but if I want to get a jump start on summer and get all the stuff I regained off I do need more exercise than ~2 swims a week. Good to know! It just would be NICE if I could get away with it. Hahahaha.
So I went for a run this morning. I started WAY back at Couch to 5k week 3, but I'm glad I did because my speeds were amazing! Way faster than I have ever run, at least when I've been tracking speed! So I'm going to work my way through the weeks again and try to keep my speed up.
I've been doing pretty well drinking my water, and eating a ridiculous amount of vegetables. Assuming I eat the same dinner I already tracked, today will clock in at 13 servings. INSANE. I will calm down and be more normal soon, I just went kind of overboard buying produce, haha.
Speaking of overboard, there are three pineapples in my freezer. Cut up and peeled! But still. 3. Pineapples. (It's much cheaper to cut and freeze your own, and/or to peel & cut yourself. About $1 per pound. The already peeled stuff, fresh or frozen, runs $4 a pound and up. Always check the unit price!!)
Um, make this. Right now. YUM!
It's about 90 calories a serving with regular sugar (I suspect I would not like Stevia, I'm very susceptible to weird aftertastes) which is not bad. Also, SOOOOO tasty. Also, I can split a recipe (makes 3 servings) with Mr. Turtle & have a big bowl of pineapple "ice cream" for ~135 calories! woot!
So I'm doing pretty well. I have a few struggles with treats around - my family brought back a big thing of garlic cheddar biscuits from Ruby Tuesday's, the night I had to go to the theater early & they went out without me. Tasty, but grrrr they're over 100 calories apiece for a tiny biscuit. I'm in a good mindset right now so I just haven't been eating them. I'm mostly angry at said biscuits for being so many calories for such a small serving! Like, "I would like to eat one so they don't go to waste, but so not worth it!" hahaha. Also my mom brought me some Girl Scout cookies. Same issue: I want to eat them, but I look at the calorie count and I'm like... I don't want a full serving of calories on my day because I want room for other things. But I know I can't just eat ONE cookie, I will want more. So I'll just eat zero, because GRUMPY. hahaha.
It's a better place to be in than eating more than I want to and then feeling guilty/upset about it. It's just kind of funny.
So that's where I'm at. My good friends are visiting this weekend so hopefully I can keep up the momentum of tracking and eating relatively well. I know we're eating out somewhere fancy at least once so I'll try to plan well for that.
I'll keep running and eating produce like a madwoman and such. I will try to be around here and there but tracking and washing/cutting up veggies will keep taking precedence over blogging/commenting/etc. I need to keep hold of this momentum through summer!
I'm torn as far as goals go.... My body almost never cooperates with specific goals, except for that one time (oh my garsh, how many times am I going to bring this up? a billion!) I lost 10 lbs in a month. But maybe it's self-defeating thinking?
On the one hand I want to say I'm going to just focus on habits - stay in range, eat lots of veggies, drink the water, burn burn burn as much as I can, and the weight loss should follow, and however many pounds it is I'm happy, lah dee dah dah...
But then again I have said that many times and just maintained and gotten nowhere so I wonder if I am sort of... subconsciously self sabotaging? Because I don't have an idea of where I should be? I don't know.
I don't want to be all depressed if I don't weigh 240 by August 1 or whatever, but I also don't want to still be 256 by August 1st. I don't want to set myself up for failure by not having that plan in mind.
I shall think on this more...
Kisses, pretties! Love you all!