I cannot find our original intro, but here i am. Hope someone is out there. I have been out of town twice in Feb to the regional conference with the students, and i just got back from Clearwater where it was fabulous for another conference. Next year's conference is in Banff (near Calgary, Alberta) so it will be quite a different scene from the beach!
Have not done the best with tracking but with 3 months until my next conference, i am setting a goal to lose 10 lbs. I would like to feel better in my clothes and have better selection.
No word yet on department chair position. Spring break is next week and i cannot wait.
Men's basketball team made NCAA tournament, so hoping we do well.
How are things going. I'm still struggling along with my work. It's a challenging period.
I'm dragging a bit.
That sounds great abut your conferences. I find tracking faithfully really helps me to lose slowly and surely. Even when i eat too much I track it. The mathematics of it is very in your face and it's no big mystery in term of winning and losing. I'm just a couple of pounds over goal range at present, but very mushy. A lifelong very physically active person, i have low WO motivation as of the last year or so.
I used to have disapproval and incomprehension of people who didn't want to WO but now i understand totally, unfortunately. Eating healthily seems to have an effect on if i want to WO or not; plus habit probably.
Hello! Hello! Glad you are still here. Thanks GS for keeping the thread alive! Oh Banff! I'd choose that over the beach anyday! I've never been, but the pictures make it look like a mountain paradise! I'm so jealous. Is this a conference I could submit my concussion work to? (he he he). Z, it's good to see you too! Tracking is so painful. Been doing it too, and it's no surprise that I'm not losing when (yet again) I'm consistently eating more than 2000 cals per day. I too have little to no motivation to work out. I am still going to my TRX class on Mondays and Wednesdays, but I've not been running or walking nearly as much. A big part of that is due to the disruption of my routine. Not having to walk the dog 2x a day means I don't have to get up and do *anything,* I can just lay in bed an extra half hour, or 2 hours, and not have any reason to get out of bed. The dog hurt his back and had to have back surgery. He is better now and probably will be up for going for short walks again soon, but for the last 3 weeks he's been barely able to get up on his own. On top of that I've just felt lazy and unmotivated. Like GS, I need to lose 10 to feel good about myself and at least 5 for my clothes to fit. I'm down to just a few pairs of pants and tops that I can wear, and even then they don't feel good (even the tops are tight across the girls, and that NEVER has been an issue for me!).
So, I'm here again looking for some support :-) I'll check back soon. KS
Hi KS nice to see you. I'm sorry about your dog and his ailment's effect on your WO. I track on Myfitnesspal. I ate out the past couple of nights and so that brought the week's average way up. According to MFP if i continue as I have over the past week, I will lose at a rate of 0.3 lbs a week. How long have you been tracking regularly? MFP tells me that if I ate 2000 calories per week, (without much WO to counter it) I would GAIN 0.9 lbs per week, according to my height, weight, age. That sounds very accurate to me.
I'm gonna go for a 25 min run with intervals today. I am aiming for 2 runs a week at present and 30 min walks 4 other days of the week. I should vary and supplement that for upper body work, but that's where i am at at present.
Hi, ladies, I had a good workout yesterday with 70 min Spin with a U2 song and video theme, so that was good. I am not sure if I have a very slight cold or if it's just allergies. The pollen counts have already been vert high here. Although, crazy, we had a dusting of snow this morning but it was gone by about noon. Lots of snow will be falling in the northeast. It will also be quite cold, in the low 20's. It's crazy because we've had everything from windows open and driving the Mustang to washing the flannel pajamas.
I am on break this week but I have grading and other things to work on. I will go to Zumba tomorrow!
March madness has begun! Our team is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, and then PhD alma mater at night.
I am cutting out wine, though DH can still lose weight with wine. Stocking up on the San Pellegrino. We make a "no-jito" with San Pellegrino, lime, and mint.
HI GS and Z, Z: I hope your runs are enjoyable! Perhaps it will help with your stress as well. There is a t-shirt I'd like to get that says "I run to burn off the crazy." GS: Enjoy your break! It sounds like you have a lot to keep you entertained! I haven't followed BB much this year, so I don't even know if DH's teams are in the playoffs. The only thing I do know is that the Lady Vols are NOT going, which I think this is their first time in something like 20 years! Good for you in cutting out the wine :-)
Z, I use MFP also and yes, at 2000 cals I will gain and I have. I can loose at 1600, but I struggle to keep it under 1800. I'm not sure why. I eat a lot of whole grains, lean meat, veggies and skim dairy, but apparently, I eat too much of all of those things. Like you said, eating out mucks it all up as well. Even when I order something healthy, there is always too much of it :-( The only way to keep me from eating unhealthy amounts or unhealthy foods is to simply not have it available. The only way I've found to be able to control my eating when we go out is to just not go out! But I'm not willing to compromise my social life and my relationship with my husband (date night!) for calorie control... Even when I try to bring 1/2 home in a box or something, I still end up going over budget. You are probably familiar with American portion sizes. They're absurd. No one should eat that much in a whole day, much less in one meal! It's just so discouraging...
So, I'm trying to up my exercise. I'm going to try to burn 2500 cals per day. According to my Fit-Bit, I usually burn about 2000 cals per day. I figure that's probably an over-estimate, but as long as I'm doing more than that, it's got to be good.
OK, time to go make some edits to a rejected manuscript (fix the typos they found) and decide where to send it next. KS
Post by gsciencechick on Mar 15, 2017 13:41:28 GMT
KS, I just saw a news story on that dining out is one of the worst things for weight loss. Of course, we almost never go out to eat, and we cook at home. I weighed myself this morning, and I lost 0.2. I will keep on. I am tracking. I can keep it to 1500-1600 without AU. Like I said, I have no real events other than a few concerts between now and the end of May.
Super cold this morning! I think the low was 22. I did not go to early morning Spin at 8:20. It is very hard for me to get so sweaty when it is so cold out.
Have eye exam and hair color today, so I have to drive down to campus. Getting ready to head out soon.
GS how is your break week? Did you get another type of WO since you skipped spin?
KS, i do feel of more balanced mind when i get some WO. I was gonna suggest the boxing half when ordering that some suggest and practice but it sounds like you've got that down. That's a lot of calories to burn in a day. In the past it was easier for me to WO more than to eat less. Now it's the opposite.
I stopped tracking last 3 days; I need to get back to that. Also no walk nor other WO on mon or tues.
GS: Yay for the SV, keep at it! Super cold here too! Down to the teens! Makes it hard to want to go out. Z: Hope you were able to get back on track, sunny weather makes me want to get out and walk :-)
Went for a check-up on the dog. He's doing well but still no long walks or jumping up on the couch, which he thinks is just us being mean to him. He whines and cries to be let up but even if he did get up, the vet is worried jumping off could hurt him too. So, we resist. That also still means no long walks with the dog every morning and evening like we used to do. I'm getting better though at walking on the TM by myself in the mornings, and trying to find time to walk during the day, but I'm still not close to what I used to do. 2500 cals in exercise is a lot, but I think it can be done! I have been getting about 2300 the last few days. Just need to eek out 200 more!
Speaking of eating out, we might have 2 occasions to do so today. First, we had planned our appointment with the tax preparer just before noon so that we can go out (a tradition we started many years ago to celebrate having it done), then of course it's st patricks day and there is a pub-crawl planned for downtown so we'll probably also go out to that. Often it's warm enough for us to walk home after, but I'm not sure that will be the case tonight! It's still cold here (34 deg at 8:00am). So we'll see.
Hi GS, you prefer the TM to walking outside sans dog?
I went to an event today led by a very minor celebrity. With quite a young person we are supposed to work together to interview him in a few weeks. The co-interviewer suggested we could just write to him after the event instead of going to speak to him. (There were only about 30 people there including organizers). He was talking to one person, so she said, "oh he's talking to someone" I said "no worries". I went over and we just waited a few seconds 'til he was done and fixed a time place and date and exchanged numbers. She had written to him a good month previously with me in copy and he, surely overloaded, hadn't answered. He only had 2 possible dates and only 1 was possible for my co-interviewer and I.
We are asked to interview him on a specific past project. I considered one element of the event we went to today and thought there could be one connected question, which is also linked to my research. My co-interviewer was freaking out. She was repeating over and over that i was completely off track. We had already previously discussed questions and did not 100% agree on them. I can't remember exactly, but i didn't find hers all that interesting, and she found mine off track. and for others we were ok. At that time i suggested we could leave a little freedom to one and other to ask questions as we saw fit. She seemed to agree with this proposal; Today after a few minutes of saying I was completely off track she said something like "I can't let you ...." and i said that she can't really decide what she can or can't let me say, since there are two of us, and our questions don't need to be identical. She got really upset and didn't want to talk at all and stormed off. In a nutshell she seems to want to narrow in and i want to expand out. The work we are to interview him about is one he is not doing any more and i'm interested in the evolution of his thoughts on that in connection to more recent work. She insists that the work in question in completely separate from all other work, and so on. This seems to be the vision filled with certainty, that is common to a very young person. For example, if the speaker said something previously, for her that is definitive and forever unchanging. Of course, having been around the block for 50 years, I know that even the most adamant of convictions (which is not the case here- simply an esthetic affirmation) can and usually do change, decade after decade.
She seems like a sweet, non-conflictual girl, but i think she lacks tolerance. When there are seminars she often leaves early because she considers the speakers' talks uninteresting, and complains about them afterwards. I don't think she is incredibly brilliant, but more a lack of openness and has an excess of certainty and often erroneous (in my mind) notion of purity, which is rather common to youth.
I have no issue with her personally, but if she believes she is guardian of the truth in a common work, and wants to hash out every sentence endlessly, I think we may be in for some challenges.
Oh gosh, zeee, that is crazy. She should defer to you as the more experienced professional, but I'm sure she's not thinking that. Your questions do seem interesting to me at least!
KS, happy to see your pup is on the mend. Yay!
Oh well, cold snap over, and now we are back to 80 degrees today and some rumbles of thunder. We had small hail on Saturday.
Just a crazy week back from break. Our team played well but did not win their game, and now our coach has been poached by another university. They were quadrupling his salary, so impossible to turn down. That happened with the last good coach, too. He got a lot of money to go somewhere else and is still successful in the NCAA tournament. I thought the players seemed a little down in class today, but it seems they found out today before class, and the rest of us after class, really through news reports. An official statement just came because the athletic director was out of town.
Doing OK on calories and most days have been good step counts. I went to Zumba on Sat and Spin on Sunday. I had weights today.
HI, everyone. I'm pretty discouraged, because I've upped my walking thanks to a fitness challenge at school (on snow days it was 8 miles each day on the treadmill!), but I've gained 2 more. Like KS, I need to lose 7 to get anything to fit, and 12 to feel comfortable. I put on a uniform vest for 3/17, and the buttons didn't even reach across the girls. I'm hungry ALL the time, no matter what I try. Did a yogurt, hard-boiled egg, and large apple for breakfast for a few days, and it doesn't even last 3 hours. When I get home in the afternoon, I end up with a snack resembling a meal in pieces and then dinner later. It's gotten ridiculous, and I can't stop.
My team lost their second game, so not watching any more basketball.
Hi All, I'm still tracking, been able to keep things closer to 1700cal but some days I still go over 2000. CT: yay on upping the walking! I hope you are done with snow though :-) Z: Bizzare behavior on your colleagues part. Was there a miscommunication? As for walking outside vs the TM I would very much prefer to walk outside, even when it's wet or cold, but the dog is not supposed to be left unsupervised, so I either have to put him in his crate while I walk, or wait until DH is available to watch him. He barks in his crate so it won't do to put him in while I walk outside if DH is still sleeping, and if DH is gone, I just can't bear to put him in his crate when I can walk on the TM. Yes, my life really does revolve around my dog. GS: Sorry about your team and your coach. My undergrad football team (which you all know I love to watch) has become one of those stepping stone schools too. It's disheartening sometimes. Just when you are doing good, someone poaches your coach!
In totally unrelated news, DH and I are going to see Niel DeGrasse Tyson tomorrow! (Thursday) So excited!
As for sabbatical work, today... I folded laundry while service people replaced the garage door opener, then I went to TRX class to work out, then to the grocery store, then I came home and showered, started dinner in the crockpot, laid in bed and read a fiction novel for an hour, fell asleep and took a nap for an hour, then got up and tried to clean the spot on the carpet where I spilled coffee last week, and ended up making it worse. Yeah... Getting LOTS of research done (ahem, not). KS
Post by gsciencechick on Mar 25, 2017 21:02:25 GMT
KS, so cool on Niel DeGrasse Tyson! I would love to see him!
Crazy update on the coach: He backed out of the new school. They were supposed to introduce him at a press conference, and 30 min prior he backed out. He is staying here. Have no idea how much of an increase in $$ he got here. I'm sure the players are happy.
I did lose another 0.2 this week, so I will take it. So slow. DH has a cold, so we are lying low. Weather today is nice, and then it is supposed to rain.
Spin instructor is out of town, so I went to Zumba today. Lost my Fitbit again! I have tried to find it, but no luck. I lost it sometime on Wed and have not been able to track it down.
GS: thanks for your support of my ideas. That sounds like good news about the coach.
CT: do you track your food? You could maybe increase fruit for breakfast if you don't have sugar issues. A yogurt, an egg and an apple sounds too light to me. That's probably less than 300 calories. What about lunch? Do you have any early snacks? Can you plan the afternoon snack: for example lots of water or herb tea, a little protein, fruit and raw veggies, for example. Have you tried myfitnesspal for tracking. It calculates calories in calories out. I find it quite rational.
KS: I can't say for the colleague. Wow about the dog constraints, to the point of not even being able to go for a walk. That would be too much for me to sacrifice. Are you able to lose if you go over 2000? Do you have any tricks for ways to cut back? How was NDGT? You are on sabatical this year?