Thursday, August 10, 2006

taking it easy

I hate to say this for fear of jinxing myself, but in the last few days it has been easier for me to follow my program and I have been feeling much more body confidence. I am sure that the good weigh-in and shopping trip helped. I also checked the khakis I bought at J. Crew that were just a little too snug when I bought them -- they now fit. They are still very close-fitting, but not in a bad way. I am starting to like what I see in the mirror again.

I think one thing that has helped is that since my race, I have cut back a bit on the intensity of my exercise but have been doing more workouts. So this week I have had two long easy bike rides instead of going out and hammering it one day. I also took sort of a day off yesterday -- I lifted weights but didn't do any cardio. I think I had been trying too hard to "whip myself into shape," and ironically, since I've eased up on myself a little, I've seen positive changes. I'm sure part of it was that I was rewarding myself for those killer workouts by not being as strict with my food plan.

I know myself too well to think this honeymoon period will last forever, so I'm enjoying it while it lasts.


  1. I had never heard of Ann Taylor Loft - but low and behold - there is one HERE! Whenever I get to the point of buying clothes (to keep) - I will definitely check it out.

    I loved seeing your food - I love to see everyone's food - it always so interesting! do you have idea of calorie range that these points equal? I was curious.

    I took that quiz with honest answers and it told me 125 pounds. Then I retook it with the worst answers possible and it said 225 or 245 - can't remember which. Did you notice that it didn't ask for height????

  2. That's interesting that you think things have improved as a result of changing your exercise level/intensity. You really do enjoy what you do in terms of exercise and I am so glad for you.

  3. The calories-to-points conversion is tricky, it is a formula that uses fat, fiber, and calories. I think that they average around 50 calories a point, but it really depends on what you eat -- high fat stuff takes less calories to make a point, high fiber takes more.

    I am guessing that it ends up in the range of 1700-1800 but I'm not sure. I don't worry about it too much because if I stay within my points, I know I'll lose. I don't lose fast, but that is fine with me (most of the time).


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07