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.

3 comments:

  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????

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  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.

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  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).

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