Howdy. Well this was another good week – 5 pounds down! Wahooooooooo! I really put some quality time in at Koko FitClub this week so I’m glad I had positive results! Even better is that quite a few people are noticing my weight loss now. Someone told me I was “disappearing”! Yesterday I dug out one of my old favorite pair of jeans and they fit SO well. I might wear them every day now 🙂
Even my baby girl “flips for joy” over her mom’s weight loss. Just kidding – this was from her Trampoline & Tumbling meet on Sunday – 1st place out of 13 girls! So proud!
Going to 3+ bars has been a good change. I like having the flexibility in the evenings – if I want another bar then I can have one. Most days I choose this option but not always. I just take the potassium supplement with the 3rd bar.
I attended 2 classes this week. On Tuesday the class was called “Food is a Social Event” (taught by dietician and fitness trainer, Tiffani Bachus) – basically it addressed strategies for not over-eating at parties, etc. She gave us a few good tips – like eating something healthy before the party so you don’t arrive starving and unable to not dive in to the spread of food. Other suggestions: Being careful with alcohol, drinking lot of water to fill you up, making a small plate of food and enjoying it instead of grazing for hours. She also suggested, when possible, to pick another activity with friends that doesn’t involve food at all – like hiking, walking, etc. So, all of these are pretty obvious things but I think we all need reminders. It all seems so hard though…this instructor is really fit and thin and I guess it just makes me see how much “effort” and self-control people like that need. Clearly I have never had that – and growing up skinny certainly didn’t help me learn those lessons!
The other class, the next day and by the same instructor, was a re-do of “Taking Fitness to the Next Level”. The last time I took the class I didn’t feel like I got a lot out of it so I decided to try again with a different instructor (this is actually encouraged by Scottsdale Weight Loss to give you several viewpoints on a subject). This time the class was made up of more people similar to me – those that already work out regularly and were looking for some specific insight/suggestions. Tiffani gave some specific examples of people she trains at her fitness class – ones that kept doing very high energy spin classes 5 days a week. One of them changed things up a bit – added more protein/food to her diet with her workouts, added weight training and other cardio rather than high intensity spin classes – and she actually lost more weight. This was encouraging and made sense. My workouts at Koko already incorporate quite a bit of this thinking but I do realize now that slower, easier walks on the treadmill or easy elliptical workouts might be beneficial since they keep me in a fat burning zone longer. Having some “easy” days actually makes me more inclined to go to the gym too instead of dreading another intense workout. So I tried some of that this week and, with a 5 pound loss, I can’t say it hurt anything! Tiffani also asked us to think about the activity that we really enjoyed as a child – basketball, gymnastics, dance, etc. – and to think about re-incorporating that back into our lives even if that seems impossible or crazy. We can start by just doing the activity in the privacy of our home. There was a 52 year old woman at the gymnastics meet performing a trampoline routine and trying to get some of the parents to sign up for trampoline classes – she gave her testimony about how it has brought her joy and changed her life. I thought she was nuts. Now I wonder if she was on to something. I’m pretty sure I’m exceeding any trampoline weight restrictions currently – maybe in a few months….
And finally Friday night I hosted my beloved Bunco mamas at our house. We all take turns hosting about once a year. We haven’t actually played Bunco more than a handful of times in the past 5 years – it is just a great excuse to get together with drinks and food and hang out. Well, since I’m not eating or drinking, I decided to take it easy this year and not try to cook a bunch of stuff. I ordered dessert from a yummy bakery and ordered PeiWei party trays for food. Easy peasy. It was a little difficult not eating but I don’t really enjoy the food much when I’m hosting anyway since I’m running around getting stuff ready, etc.