Nov 102014
 

I had a pretty good weekend. To be honest, the last few weekends have been a struggle for me. The weather was ugly, the darkness was making me tired and I was feeling very distressed about my weight. I was starting to get into the “must restrict” mentality and when I ate something I deemed to be “not healthy” I felt like a failure and would beat myself up about it. All weekend long. One slip-up, even if I hadn’t gone over my calories, felt like I failed. It sucked. It was kind of a dark place to be. I felt resentful of (seemingly) everyone else on the planet that could eat and drink whatever they wanted and not worry about their weight. I felt like I wasn’t making any progress. I actually broke down and bought some clothes in one size up because I was tired of crying every time I put on my pants and they felt skintight.

So that’s where I was the last few weeks. This weekend I didn’t feel like that too much. I was on track with my food. I was feeling more positive. I wasn’t feeling STARVING all the time like I had been for the last month and a half. And I had some good workouts. This was the Warrior Room on Saturday (and I went up in weight in the kettle bells!):

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It was a great workout and I am reminded just how important the Warrior Room routine is to my knee health. I noticed that when I took time off when I was sick, then the wedding, then the honeymoon, my knees started to bother me. But when I go to the WR consistently my knees are happier. It really does show how unbalanced my body is naturally. I need to work extra hard to keep those glutes strong to keep my knees strong!

This was Sunday’s workout — despite feeling a little stiff and sore I was able to get in a 2 mile run on the treadmill before yoga class:

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The yoga teacher seemed to psychically know that I needed extra hip stretching because most of the moves in that particular class worked on the hips (thank goddess!).

I also ate really healthy foods. I wanted to share one of the finds because it was so delicious. Years and years ago I was a vegetarian but I wasn’t very good at it and didn’t eat in a healthy way, I just didn’t eat meat. There also weren’t a lot of options for vegetarians 15 years ago. The faux foods weren’t good and I think the only option was Morning Star, which I’ve never liked.

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I got these veggie burgers at Trader Joe’s on a whim and I’m so glad I did! They were amazing! I loved them. For dinner on Sunday night I cooked up one of these veggie burgers and had some sauteed Brussels Sprouts with onions (cooked in coconut oil) with some cottage cheese on the side. It was a really filling dinner and it was only around 400 calories. I loved these burgers!

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If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, I highly recommend you give them a try. I will be buying more of them and working them into my meal rotation. The only downside is that you have to cook them in a skillet. I don’t know if they’d turn out in the microwave, so I don’t know that it would be a feasible option for lunches at work. But on the weekends it would be a great lunch option.

The weather was also really nice on Saturday. I got so much stuff done–a lot of the usual chores in addition to a bunch of yard work (and planted some plants from a neighbor). I also went through a bunch of stuff and got a box and big bag full to donate. Plus, Michael and I took Bella to the dog park.

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(That picture was actually taken by our dog walker in the backyard but it’s too cute not to share.) The dog park was packed with dogs because it was so nice out! Bella had a blast running around playing and chasing dogs and there were two rambunctious puppies (one pitbull and one mutt) that were super spazzy and Bella loved them. They all had the same crazy energy.

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Once Bella was done playing (she stopped paying attention to the other dogs) Michael and I walked with Bella around the park. It’s a huge park with trails and a few different fields, there was even a fenced horse area! Crazy that this huge park is so close to our house and we had no idea.

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It was just a really nice way to spend the afternoon–sunshine, blue skies, fall leaves and a nice walk.

Back to the food. I was under my calorie goal every day for the weekend AND I had some leftover Halloween candy too. It just goes to show that I just do not do well with restriction and moderation is what works. For weeks I tried to restrict and NOT eat any of the foods that I deemed on my “no list”. No pizza. No dessert. No “fun” foods. Just eat whole foods, fruits and vegetables. But denying myself these things just made me want them more and made me feel more miserable and frustrated with my lack of progress. It just goes to show you how much of weight loss is MENTAL.

I haven’t weighed myself to check in for two weeks. I will do it this week and see if I’ve made any more progress.

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Oct 222014
 

Despite previous posts, we didn’t just spend our ENTIRE trip eating (although it may look like that and my waistline sure reflects some of that). We did enjoy some fitness too! Our condo was in a great location. Not only did we a have a view of the ocean and Kamaole Beach 1 from our lanai, this was the view on the other side:

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Pretty gorgeous! Our condo had a yoga mat and I was SO EXCITED when I saw that when we first arrived. For awhile I had had grand plans to do yoga on the beach at least a few times on our trip. Sadly, that never actually happened. I’m disappointed by that but we just got busy going to the beach. :) Despite that, I DID get a lot of fitness in, it was just different kinds of fitness.

First, we did a kayaking/snorkel tour for 2.5 hours. That is quite a workout in itself. The next day we were both extremely sore in the calves (from snorkeling) and sore in the shoulders from kayaking. Second, almost every single day that we were in Maui we spent the morning at the beach. I would snorkel and swim for hours on end. While I wasn’t tracking my calories or my exercise, that still counted for burning some calories!

I did go for a run a few times. AND MICHAEL JOINED ME. Wow. I was so shocked. It was a honeymoon miracle!! And I have proof!

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And he didn’t complain AND he didn’t hate it. :) We ran around near the condo along the water and did 2.2 miles! It felt good to run and nothing hurt. Nice weather tends to do that…

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It was nice to run with Michael. It’s something we’ve never done together before and it is always better running with a buddy. We did some sight-seeing as we ran and chatted about things. It was good bonding time. And then of course, after our run:

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A little treat. :) I’ve never had shaved ice before and it seemed kind of silly, but damn it was good! We relaxed and watched the people and the ocean and enjoyed our shaved ice on a hot day after a hot run. After that we went to the beach for some swimming.

Another morning we went for a run and ran the opposite direction (north) in Kihei along the water.

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We ran all the way up to Kalama Park, which was really cute and huge. There was tons of stuff for kids there and a bunch of covered picnic areas. There was also this fantastic trail that ran along the ocean. It was picturesque and so perfect for running.

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We paused for a minute to watch people getting a paddle board lesson:

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This was something else we had planned on doing and never got a chance to. We’ve both wanted to try SUP and it was fun to watch everyone do it. Next time for sure! We headed back to the condo and ended up doing 2.53 miles total.

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I had planned on running more in Maui and just didn’t. We got busy going to the beach every day and I chose to swim and snorkel instead of run. Also, by the end of the trip my knees were starting to hurt a bit and even got swollen one night. I think it was all the snorkeling and using the flippers. I rarely use fins when I swim and I think that was a little hard on my knees. The last two days at the beach I skipped the fins and just swam without them and felt a lot better.

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I feel like it was easier to stay active and WORK OUT in Kona a few years ago. I think part of that was that we were traveling with friends and they were often slow-moving in the morning. I’d get up and go for a run and then be back ready to shower and eat when everyone else was up. I think I also needed more “me” time on that trip and running was an easy way to do that. This time it was more about Michael and I spending time together (obviously).

I’m reasonably happy that I stayed active during our honeymoon but also slightly disappointed that I didn’t make more of an effort. I had also planned on doing some body weight exercises along the beach in one of the parks with grassy areas. It would have been a great workout–squats, jumping jacks, push-ups, HIIT stuff. Can you imagine a better setting for working out? I can’t.

In the end I think my body and my brain just needed a break. I hadn’t really taken a break (other than whenever I got sick and took a few days off) from working out for like 8 years. It was nice to just relax and do active things without TRACKING or feeling OBLIGATED. We just enjoyed the sunshine and the ocean. :)

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