Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend damage

Friday morning was a happy scale day.  I was back where I was when I lost 5 lbs.  Seriously - how much back and forth can one person do?   This is a constant struggle.

The fat % creeped down a bit so that's good I think!?

Friday morning my husband and I left for Nashville TN. 

We love going to Nashville.  This is our 3rd trip there.  The last 2 times we went to see Vince Gill (First at the Grand Ole Opry and then at the Opry at the Ryman).   He's my all time favorite and I'm in love with him.  This time we went to see Lennon & Maisy from the ABC TV show Nashville.  We also got to see The Band Perry and Carrie Underwood. 

Those photos are hijacked from the Orpy's Facebook page.  Our seats were not so good as it was sold out show and we bought tickets 2 weekends ago.   

I try to eat well on vacations, but let's be honest here.  I like food.  I like trying new foods.  So Friday morning I ran 5 miles before we left.   Saturday I did not run as we didn't get back to the hotel from the Opry till after midnight (we were at the 9:30 show).   I didn't sleep good as my body didn't like the hotel bed and I was basically in pain.   So Saturday morning I just got up and we ate breakfast at the hotel.  The Drury has amazing breakfast - pancakes, waffles, biscuit and gravy, eggs, toast, bagels, cereal, yogurt, fruit. . . etc.  I don't normally eat a breakfast like that and while I didn't stuff myself I did eat "bad" things.

We went to tour the Belle Meade Plantation.  That place is amazing. It's so rich in Thoroughbred history.  I had no idea!  You can see the mansion behind us. 

Nashville is home to Gigi's cupcakes and I have quite the cupcake addiction. I fully planned to go to Gigi's and I did:

Basically 2.5 of those are mine.  I still have one left! :)  

I had some (many) drinks on Saturday . . .  It was a fun day and everyone needs a fun day every now and again.   This is me with a Flying Monkey :)  (I love Monkeys!)

Sunday morning I ran 3 miles on the treadmill at the hotel before breakfast.   Again it was bigger than normal breakfast for me.  When you have a smoothie every morning for breakfast, it doesn't take much to be bigger than normal.  We drove home on Sunday, but I still got my 10K steps on my fitbit.  I did every day Fri-Sun.  Though on Friday I had them before I finished my run that morning. Lol!   

So today I'm back at work.  I thought about not getting on the scale this morning, but I had to.  Curiosity won out.  What's the damage? 

 FOUR pounds!  I can't say I'm surprised cause I know my body and I know what it reacts to. But seriously.   I worked out 2/3 days.   I was more active than I am on a normal work day. Yesterday may have been the exception since we drove home and I was pretty lazy once home.  But I did work out!  On vacation!  The "old" me would never have done such a thing!  Ha ha.  But since Jan 2012, when we went to Cancun,  I've worked out every single vacation I've went on (not counting Rolex as a vacation - but Rolex involves so much walking it doesn't matter).   I just get kind of frustrated by a large jump in the scale.  My husband gained 2 lbs.  TWO!  I'd be thrilled with just 2.  And really he doesn't know what day last week he was on the scale.  So it could have been even less really.   Geesh.  Men!!!    I don't regret anything I ate or drank this weekend, I just wish the number was a fair representation.   I expect to gain some, but when you subtract activity, there's no way I ate (or drank) 4 lbs of calories!  That's why when people say it's cals in vs cals out, I get so frustrated.  It's not that simple for every body.  Each body is different and mine is clearly not very mathematical.  I wish it were! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Staying the same. . .

I had *really* hoped to post a loss today.  Really I was on track.  But I was sick.  And when I'm sick I'm not so strict on what I eat.  I have a sore throat so I like to eat constantly. :(   Plus I like soda cause the bubbles feel good.  I was way slack this week, but still getting my runs in.  I know my weight was down, but I guess I should be happy that it stayed at 203.8 today and I didn't gain this week.   My fat % was 35.2 last week and that went down. . . 

So maybe the fact I was lower on the scale this week helped.  Or maybe that was a fluke.  Who knows!

I'm a bit worried cause we are going out of town next weekend.  I'm still going to weigh on Friday and hope that I'm down a bit cause I know I'll go up next weekend. I'm ok with that mentally though.  Here's the thing - we need a break.  We need a bit of time together.  I need to get away and have a day off work.  So I intend to enjoy it.  And if there are some cupcake purchased next weekend (GIGI'S!!!!!!)  then that's just life. :)  I'm totally ok with it.   

I wish I had more to post, but I feel like poop.  Who gets sick in July?!  This is unbelievable.  At least it's not blazing hot outside.  I can still run and I don't feel totally awful.  It's really only my head that is sucky.  Head and throat.  I wish it was stomach cause then I would not eat! :)  

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

2 weeks of the yo-yo

I feel like I'm getting no where.  3 weeks ago I was at 203.0 

Today . . . 

That's where I was last Friday as well.  So basically I'm not getting anywhere.  I'm less than I was 2 weeks ago, when I posted about a gain. But geesh. . .    I think there are a few factors here.  I'm not strict enough on the weekends.  So I go up a couple pounds and fight like hell to get back to a good Friday weight. 

I'm discouraged, but I also feel like in some way my body is starting to tone.  I was at my barn last night wearing lightweight shorts and a t-shirt.   I had a Dr appt and wore the lightest clothing I own.  A lady asked me if I was losing weight.  I said it was an optical illusion cause I'm not in breeches.  She said no I don't think so, weren't you wearing breeches and a pink top last night?  I said yes.  She said 2 people mentioned to her that I was losing weight.  Hmm.  Why can't they tell me?  That's certainly motivating to say the least.  If my fat % monitor was showing a loss I'd believe that I was looking smaller, but it's not.  However, I think I'll keep on the same path and see where I go.   Maybe with a bit less back to back days of running. . . . 

Last night I had a Dr appt.  I see a naturopath Dr for my thyroid but she has become my primary Dr.  We talked about my afternoon fatigue and possible adrenal support.   Stress really messes up the adrenal glands and they help the thyroid.   So she put me on ashwagandha - a herb - twice a day for adrenal support.   We briefly talked about running and I mentioned that I don't lose weight and that I seem to slowly gain.  She said too much stress on the body and the adrenals are releasing cortisol.   So this herb will help out.   Well. . . I find that I get myself in this rut of having to run run run every day.  At lunch this week I ran M-W.  I forced myself not to run yesterday and quite frankly it was hard.  Of course it was about the best weather day of the week so that didn't help.   But I think running 7-10 days in a row, even when many of the weekday runs are just 2 miles, might not be the best thing.  So I need to shake it up some more.  It's just *so* easy to run at lunch and then not have to deal with it the rest of the day.  So I'm going to ponder this some more and think about what to do.  I still want to do a fall half marathon so maybe now is the time to relax my running to just 3-4 days a week.   However, today is one of those days.  I love my Friday runs.  I run 3 miles and then I pick up a Imo's salad lunch special.  It's my one "bad" lunch that I get during the week at work.  Since I run right before I don't feel so bad.  As the best time to eat would be right after a run. 

I should also mention that I asked my doc about doing a round of HCG in the fall.  It would have to be after my marathon and that's getting really close to the holidays.  So I'm not too sure. But if I can't get below 200 and stay there on my own I might do another round.  I have to get myself in the mental state though and that's tough.  I would like to have birthday cake on my birthday and that would likely not happen due to the timing of this round based on when I want to do a marathon.  But it would be worth it I think? 

On the 4th of July I was off and while I did photograph the scale I didn't post.   We went to a Cardinals game that evening.  (one of the reason my weight goes up - dang ballpark food and drinks)

Here is a selfie and a view from our seats in one photo.  I need to make use of dual camera mode more often.  Though my eyes are practically closed here. 

Following the game there was a fireworks show.  It was just so awesome.  Everyone stayed in their seats and there was anticipation in the air.  Almost like an encore at a concert.   The show was really well done and the fireworks were released all the way around the stadium so every seat had a great view.  These were the only fireworks we saw this year and they were fantastic. Unfortunately I suck at photographing them so many of my photos don't do them justice.  They are tricky to photograph. 

Have a great weekend! :)