Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Weekly Update, 9/9/09

What's New?

First of all, thanks for all of the comments and encouragement last week! I appreciated it very much! And lots of great ideas for post-workout snacks, too. My workout week was pretty light last week, so not a lot of opportunity to try them out, but this coming week will be different.

"Shrink for Good" update: Sad to say, I'm up 3 pounds from last Wednesday...at least it's not back up 5.6 pounds to my starting weight (or more!), but it still makes a sad picture.

Thank goodness this was a 7 week challenge, not a one week challenge. I want to get those cans back on the stack, and add to them!

Weekends are a real challenge for me, and this past one was no exception. I don't *feel* the struggle per se, I just go with the feeding flow...but then, I feel it later.

Interestingly enough, the challenge was not the art festival we went to. (It was more the grilled meats at home.) Lots of walking around in the redwoods, enjoying the fresh air and movement and beautiful arts & crafts. Part of our fair-going involved selling cookies; it's one of our school's big fundraisers. I took Things 1 and 2 around with a cookie wagon, and Mr. Handsome-and-Handy worked at the booth. Rich irony indeed, a person with type 2 diabetes pushing cookies as big as my head to fair-goers...but it was all in the name of education. Of course, no one said I had to *eat* any of the cookies, but I did eat some parts of my kids' and husband's cookies. I usually prefer chocolate chip, but the peanut butter ones were superb.
See? They really were as big as my head. (My shirt reads, "Come to the dark side, we have cookies... -V" I thought it was an appropriate for the occasion.)

Must say I'm loving the school scene! I helped with library inventory for about an hour yesterday and this morning. Some of the titles cracked us up.
"...Three Days to Perfect..." said the guy who was helping, reading the title off the card catalog card.
"Wow, only three days? Took me at least five..." I remarked.

Progress last week

7-day blood glucose average: 110 (met goal of less than 120)
7-day fasting blood glucose average: 107 (met goal of less than 120)

Weight goal: +3 on the week-to-week, -2.6 since the start of the challenge.

Food goals:
- Got in 3 meatless meals but no fish meals.
- Getting there with fiber; at least 4/7 days were over 30.

Exercise goals: Hmmm...while I met my goal of doing at least 30 minutes of activity 5 days/week, I only got in one strength workout and one swim (no bike or run).
- Wednesday: 60 minutes - BodyPump class.
- Thursday: 30 minutes swim
- Friday: 60 minutes yoga
- Saturday: Nothing
- Sunday: Walked for hours up & down hills at the fair.
- Monday: Nothing
- Tuesday: 30 minute walk at lunchtime.

Goals for this week

7-day blood glucose average goal and fasting numbers: below 120.
Weight goal: Maintain or make progress toward goal.

Food goals:
- Keep tracking.
- 4 or more meatless, low-fat meals and 2 or more fish meals.
- Track fiber. Minimum 30 grams fiber/day. (Include both insoluble and soluble sources.)

Exercise goals:
Minimum of 30 minutes of activity 5 days/week. My workout schedule is going to be a bit wonky this week--with school and family events going on--but I'm hoping to get in at least 1 BodyPump, 1 run, and 1 spin class before next Wednesday. (Yeay, I got in one 30-minute run this morning...I popped awake at 5:15 a.m. and decided to...run?!? Usually that sentence ends, "...roll over and go back to sleep." I know, I'm wondering what they put in those dry-roasted wasabi edamame beans I had for lunch yesterday, too! Found them at Whole Foods, they are really tasty!)

Misc. goals:
- 7 or more hours sleep/night.


Christy - The Sisterhood said...

Your photos CRACK ME UP. Seriously. I love your creativity. I'm sorry about your gain this week, though. Ugh. Been there, and it sucks. I hope you have a great week this week, and it sounds like you have some awesome plans/goals.

Love your shirt, too! You really are getting into the spirit of the fundraiser!!

Heather D said...

Great goals. Don't worry too much about the gain, if you stick to your guns, you should see it come off, plus more, by the end of this challenge.
Oh, and that cookie? I want it.

Lori said...

That is one giant cookie LOL! My DH would be all over that.

Christie O. said...

HAHAHA your pictures! you're killing me with the missing cans! too funny. and yes, yum for the big cookie head! oh that's ok on this week, it happens. but i know all the crap you're doing so it'll be off before you know it!!

MizFit said...

ok at first I thought the tee said COME TO THE DORK SIDE...
and I was ALL IN :)

and as always you have the right attitude. that it wasnt a one week challenge but a 7.
its not a sprint but a marathon.

FitnessSurfer said...

Love the cookie photo with the V reference...LOL! I still swear by the scale out the window thing. I know I still need to keep track of what i eat and exercise every day. If i still feel energetic, and my joints are fine and I'm eating healthy and exercising then who cares what the scale says =) That just my thing, and I'm loving it.

Brooke said...

love the pictures. sorry about the gain. :(

debby said...

You are more evolved than me to be able to spend an afternoon with a wagonload of cookies. I fear there might be a runaway wagon involved in this tale!

Pubsgal said...

Aw, thanks, everybody! Yep, next week WILL be better and (cross fingers, so as to keep them from picking up handfuls of salty nuts) the cans will be reunited!

Miz: "Dork side" would definitely be appros to me...I'm more Geek than Sith. ;-)

Fitness Surfer: Oooo, girlfriend, you've thrown down the gauntlet! ;-) Just kidding...I know that works great for many, but I'm not sure how well that would work for me. Maybe I should try...perhaps a counterpoint to the "Shrink for Good" challenge is done: a "Scaleless for Good" challenge, to see how well that would work for me over the course of a month.

Debby: Oh, it's more the meter than willpower keeping me in check (mostly!) with sugar things. Now, if we'd been selling salty roasted nuts, well, that wagon may have had an unfortunate mishap....

Anonymous said...

I'm right with Cristy - the photos this post are hysterical. "Have you seen me?" Snort. Love it.