Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Oh why not?

I try not to post too frequently - like twice a day - because I don't want anyone to stop reading my blog! But I can't help myself. I'm watching the biggest loser. This is dangerous for me because it's so inspiring that I want to get out and do all this crazy stuff to get healthier. I think that what I'm doing is probably sufficient for the time being. However I do have some different things I want to try once I've gotten a bit further with my couch to 5k program.

Here's my list so far:

Water Aerobics - I started to do this once and I loved it, but then I had a bunch of snafus that prevented me from getting into it regularly. I think that these can be resolved now since we've moved and I got a card for the local parks and rec.

Some form of Martial Arts - I did this some as a teenager and I really enjoyed it. Problem is that it's not cheap and it's a bit embarrassing to do as an adult in a beginner class. I'm sure they have classes for this reason though. I just like kicking and punching stuff! This would probably be super fun if I did it with a friend too!

Dragon Boat Racing - This may be difficult to get in to. I feel like I should find someone who does this to help me get started. I checked a website for portland area teams and it seems that you need to be good to join a team. Weird right? Well, I can't get good if I don't start somewhere! I think this will have to wait until summer.

As I've been watching this show I've also been contemplating my dinner. I had a whole avocado light caesar salad. I got some really delicious light caesar dressing some cherry tomatoes and hearts of romaine that I cut an avocado over. I feel like I should be guilty for this being my dinner, but then I thought of how rarely it is that I have a salad for a meal. And I decided there are much worse things that I would normally be eating for dinner. Avocados may be fatty, but they're not red meat fatty and they have lots of vitamins that make my hair and skin healthier.

I think this weekday Vegetarian plan is going to be good. I feel like I do better at things when there are bigger overarching rules. That is likely why I did so well with Atkins. I could look at a food and say yes or no without having to think about whether I could work it in to my food plan for the day. This is not an argument supporting Atkins at all, just the idea that you limit what you eat to certain specific foods.  I think this is where I failed so often with Weight Watchers. It gives you too much room for negotiation. This is only the 6th day of my attempt at half-assed vegetarianism - i like weekday vegetarian better but let's call it what it is just once right? - so I can't really make any strong judgements yet about whether it's working. I can say that so far is I've been eating tons of fruits and vegetables and tons of bread and cheese!  I suppose I'll have to be better about the cheese, but all in all I'd say that's pretty good!

Right now the food and running have pushed my weight up 5 pounds. I'm a bit annoyed by this, but I'm willing to give it more time to work.  The biggest loser contestants wouldn't give up! Then again neither do their personal trainers. I guess my blog is my trainer haha!


  1. What if you are gaining weight from muscle you are creating with running?

  2. I just read an article the other day that says Swiss Cheese is a fat fighter because it's very high in calcium. So if you're gonna do cheese - do Swiss Cheese. Also, oranges is on that list! Other fat fighters: edamame, berries, almonds, cinnamon, mustard and sweet potatoes. You're doing good. Keep it up!

  3. I'm excited to read what Shellice wrote because I love Swiss Cheese! Have you ever done kick boxing? I did that about 9 years ago. It has the martial arts feel, plus aerobic. I took mine class through a local Community College and it was pretty cheap, if I remember correctly. I would love to do it again, but can't with my back issues.

  4. You're doing great!

    Remember, your weight fluctuates all the time, so this isn't a setback. Continue to push yourself and you will continue to see results!

    Have you tried the waist/leg/buyst measuring? I found that I noticed inches before pounds!

  5. Thanks for all the support!
    Amber it's totally possible that it's muscle increase.
    Shellice, thanks for the cheese tip! I love the rest of the list as well so I'll try to eat more of those foods.
    Kristi kick boxing sounds like it might be fun. I've always been a little scared of it, but I'm also scared of running haha!
    Julia I'm totally going to do that. I have a tape measure right now!

  6. I wish I would have started measuring myself from the beginning in inches vs. watching the numbers on the scale. My pants hang on me, so I know I am slimmer - but the scale tells me I'm not.