accountability update #4

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 in Fitness

Since we were traveling, I knew this week was going to be a struggle—and it was. I did a lot better than I normal doing with staying on track while traveling, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.

Food

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I was doing really well with food—until Super Bowl Sunday. We had a little Super Bowl party at my brother- and sister-in-law’s house, and even though the vast majority of the food was healthy, I ate way, way, way too much of it. There were chocolate chip cookies. And I lost count of how many of those I ate. And my hand kept finding itself in the chip bag. Unfortunately, that bad day kinda set the rest of the week off track. I tried to steady myself, but it never really got 100% back to pre-trip healthfulness, mostly because I stopped logging my food. And it’s hard to know if you’re back on track or not if you don’t have a clear picture of what you’re eating.

super bowl food

I am very proud of a few food things from this week. First up, I kept my booze intake to a minimum. Whenever we get together with Craig’s family, there tends to be a lot of libation enjoyment, but I kept it very moderate. When I did drink, I stuck with lower calorie choices (like raspberry vodka and club soda). What I did drink? A loooooot of water. More on that below.

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Secondly, I think I did pretty good during our actual travel days. I was still snacky, but I kept that snacking to a reasonable amount instead of drowning myself in trail mix to pass the time.

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Thirdly, I think I did a pretty great job of moderating my food when we went out to eat. Big thanks go out to my sister-in-law, Kim, who thankfully is on the clean eating bandwagon, too. She not only had some of my favorite staples stocked in the house already (chia seeds, woot!) but also made sure we hit up the healthy eateries in town—like the local juice bar and a local, organic restaurant.

the growing season menu board

How to improve next week: I think I need to really assess my sugar addiction. It was incredible how strong of a pull those chocolate chip cookies had over me. I know that sounds silly, but I literally could not focus on anything else with those cookies in the same room as me. That’s, uh, not good. I also just need to get back to tracking. I do really well when I’m keeping track of my food.


Fitness

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Last week I set my goal for this trip to just “get in two workouts of some sort”. I set the bar really low. I said even just a dance party or walk would work. Well, I’m happy to say that I did that and more! I worked out on both Saturday morning and Monday morning.

On Saturday, I did a few rounds of Tabata sprints on the treadmill, followed by a short kettlebell session (again, the joys of staying with someone who has a similar healthy lifestyle to your own). And then on Monday, I went hardcore cardio to try to counteract CookieGate 2013. I did about 40 minutes of alternating sprints and brisk walking.

Honestly, I was planning on getting another workout in right before we left, but I came down with a minor cold and would much rather my body use up energy to fight off my illness than put it toward a sweat session.

me gym treadmill

How to improve next week: I’m still fighting off my cold, and like I said above, I want my body to have all the power it can to conquer that little bugger. So I’m going to take it easy this week (or until I feel better). I’d still like to get in one or two light sessions of cardio—probably walking—and then one or two strength sessions. But right now, my body’s main charge is to kill the germy invaders!


Hydration

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Oh, I drank. I draaaaaaaaaaaank. I don’t know what it was, maybe the fact that Northwestern Ontario is the coldest, driest place on the damn planet during February, but I was constantly thirsty during our trip and constantly drinking. I was drinking so much I didn’t need to track my water intake, because there is no question I was hitting my 80 ounce a day goal (and much more). I would walk outside and get suddenly super thirsty. It’s like the air was so dry and cold it was leaching moisture from my body. I think our next trip to Thunder Bay will be in the summer. Experiencing -38° once in my life was quite enough, thank you very much.

me coat cold

Once I started to get sick, I struggled with drinking as much because my throat was so sore, but I still managed to stay pretty well hydrated. I basically just carried around my CamelBak Groove with me everywhere. It was awesome to have clean, filtered water no matter where I filled up my bottle.

water bottle

How to improve next week: I’m still struggling with drinking water when I first get up. I know it’s so good for me (it jumpstarts your metabolism and lubricates all the joints and cells in the body that were parched overnight), but it’s still a struggle for me. I’d really like to get about 16 ounces of water in before I start my day.


Weight

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Starting Weight: 272 lbs
Last Week’s Weight
231.8 lbs
This Week’s Weight:
 235.0 lbs
This Week’s Loss:
+3.2 lbs

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh. Part of me is hoping that’s still water weight leftover from the flights, but considering I did a pretty good job of staying hydrated, I’m gonna go ahead and guess that’s 3.2 pounds of chocolate chip cookie weight. I’m not too beat up about it. 3.2 pounds is a very small price to pay for the awesome visit I had with my Canadian family. And, honestly, I’ve had a lot worse post-traveling weigh-ins.

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How to improve next week: I’m resetting myself. Today, we’re heading to the grocery store to pick up lots of fresh, yummy, healthy food. I’ve got my menu and workouts planned for next week. I’m ready to get to gettin’.

How did your week go? Was it healthy? Did you hit your goals?

11 Comments

  1. I think you did great for a vacation! I love seeing your accountability updates every Friday. I’m there with you – on the healthy but not crazy train. I, too, went a little overboard at Superbowl but managed to balance out before my weigh in this morning. No loss but no gain! I will take it.

    Good luck next week!

  2. You are amazing! I’ve been wondering this for a while though – does your weight vary from morning to night. Mine will by normally 6 pounds but sometimes as much as 9. Is that even normal?! Do you weigh yourself in the morning or night? I’m so heavy at night and I just don’t get it. Am I the only one who fluctuates 5 pounds in a day, every day?

    • It definitely varies throughout the day. I only weigh myself in the mornings, right after I wake up. I never step on the scale after breakfast. :)

  3. Were you at Growing Season??? Love that place!!! I’ve been through TBay a few times on cross-country drives, and can’t drive through without hitting up Growing Season and Hoito – gotta love Hoito.

    • Sure was! It was awesome. We skipped the Hoito this time, but I’ve been there for breakfast before. Yum!

  4. I’m enjoying your accountability updates…it shows real life struggles and adaptations. Thanks for putting yourself out there. This week was better for me than last. Sunday was too much food, of course, but not as bad as years past. Monday, Tues, Weds I did workout. My food has improved significantly over last week.Progress! Good job and don’t worry about those 3 lbs…they will slip away as you return to your healthy lifestyle.

  5. The Superbowl throws all diets off!
    I spent mine with a baked Camembert and a blueberry cream cheese king cake, and not even a party of people to help me eat it. …I don’t think I’ll brave a scale until, maybe a week after Valentine’s day. :D

  6. What plan did you use for your Tabata sprints? I’ve been looking for a little speed work to do and this sounds perfect for me. :)

    • I just do the basic run as hard as you can for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds for a total of 4 minutes. It’s much harder than it sounds!

      • That sounds perfect! I’ve never done Tabata workouts on the treadmill, only the bike. I’m going to give it a try!

  7. the super bowl set back happens to a lot of us, i think. even if the food is somewhat healthy – if it is all spread out like that in front of me all night i eat too much, hands down. and chocolate chippers? forget about it. so – don’t stress too much you are only a woman. next week will be better…(i’m telling myself too)

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