At the same time I've been reading The New Evolution Diet. Does anyone else read more than one book at a time? Maybe have several beside the bed that you read? Anybody? It's an "ok" book but one thing that I've taken away from it is the idea that we shouldn't be so concerned about losing weight but changing body composition. We don't just want to lose weight, we want to lose fat and gain muscle. That's the real goal. What good is it to lose a lot of weight but still be flabby and jiggly when we move? No, I want that firm body that looks good in clothes. (and out)
So what's my target here? I've been looking at a target weight of 150 pounds and when I reached that goal I was going to join Bayou City Outdoors, an outdoor adventure and social club. But now I'm reconsidering my goal (target).
I have an image in my mind of what I'd like to look like. I have no idea what weight that actually represents. 150#? 140#? I just know that it's important for me to fit in size 8 clothes again (it's what I wore in high school and I think I look best at that size) and I want my belly shrunken and my arms to be thinner and my legs more toned. That's what I really want. But should I change my target?
Changing a target changes what "weapons" you choose and weapons choose which movement you use (all from Unleash the Warrior Within). If I change my goal to a certain image instead of a number, what "weapon" will I use to achieve that target?
Weapon 1: food. I will have to eat low carb because that's what my body responds to. Having issues with insulin, PCOS and thyroid it's the best way for me to eat. Believe me, I've tried other things. Some things work a little. Low carb worked the best for me. And out of all I think it's the easiest for me to follow.
Weapon 2: exercise. To achieve a tight body I need to strength train 3 times per week. Cardio should be intense but is not as important as the weight lifting. So 2 days a week of some kick-ass high intensity interval training including plyometrics (which I dislike).
Weapons determine movement.
Movement: planning menus, choosing what I'll eat at a restaurant before we go out, making it a priority to exercise in the morning before the day gets the best of me, getting plenty of sleep, walking.
I think weighing in is still important because it is a good way to see if you're on track. It's kind of hard to gain 30 pounds and say "well, muscle weighs more than fat". It keeps me honest. But the main goal is the image that I see for myself. And I think that when I reach that realistic image that I will be at goal. Size 8 and firm. I'm 5'7" so anything less than size 8 on my frame just doesn't look good.
Where am I now? Size 12 and firming up but not as much as I'd like. Some of my size 12s are getting loose. I may try on a pair of Rachel's 10s to see how far I have to go before I can shop a new size. I know I've been eating out a lot lately and not always having what's best. The rest of the time I stay right on plan and work hard when I exercise. It's still not enough. That means I'm still not 100% focused.
Guess what: it's not happening today. We have a beer dinner scheduled for tonight. Fun opportunity that I did not want to miss. Life happens now, not when I reach goal. You may not agree with splurges and that's ok. I understand. I've just made the choice to enjoy some things right now.
This weekend is my big 4-0 (I swear I'm still 17 inside....maybe 21). I will probably have a nice celebratory meal with the family in San Antonio (got a great deal at Travel Zoo!!) and do a lot of walking. Tonight I will enjoy my beer but be picky about my eats. There will be sliders so I'll remove the top bun on one and eat just the meat of the others. There will be seared tuna salad and parmesan chicken. And I'm going to love every minute of it because life is way too short for regrets.
Rachel has been hired to make a teacher appreciation cake! Yesterday we went all over town getting the ingredients for her cake and found one place that would rent the book cakepan that she wanted. I'll post pictures when she's finished.
While out shopping I happened to stop by DSW (it was so close to Michael's!) and got a cute pair of sandals.
|Oh dear. Time to do the toes. Gosh, it looks like my big toes have been broken! My toes were gripping the sandals because I was leaning over to try to get a picture of the shoes. LOL|
Yesterday I posted some pics of our wine tasting at Dry Comal Creek vineyards. What I didn't post were the wines that we ended up buying:
|This wine was so fruity and light that I think it would go great with a light summer dish. Maybe a grilled chicken salad with some melon on the side?|
|Another table wine that Dry Comal Creek uses for their sangria. It's not very heavy but has a nice flavor to it. I also like the novelty of it. It is wine used from their foot stomping contest in August.|
|On the back of the bottle are the names of all the participants in the foot stomping contest. You know I want to do this!|
|NOT from Dry Comal Creek was this 2005 Bordeaux. It was a pick from Cook's Illustrated on Wine. They send out emails about select wines with discount prices.|
|I may have purchased more than one. ;-) This is ready to drink now but I may just have to save a bottle for when I reach my target. An interesting blog post about the estate.|
Have a wonderful Tuesday and enjoy life to the fullest.