Posts made in November, 2012

Weight Watchers {Week 12}

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Weight Watchers | 0 comments

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been four weeks since I last updated you on my diet. I guess I’ve been avoiding posting about it because I haven’t been doing the best lately. I’ve gotten into a bit of a dieting slump again where I’m tired of thinking about it so much. My weight plateaued at 144 for the last three weeks but then last week I finally lost another pound. So now I’m down to 143! With how I’ve been eating lately, though that might go back up.

I’m not sure why I tend to get into these slumps. Maybe I’ve lost sight of my goal. I’ve been thinking, “Hey, it’s close enough. You can stop here. No one’s going to notice those 4 extra pounds.” But then I think, “Come on! It’s only 4 more pounds! Power through it!” Ugh. It seems so stupid to give up when I’m so close to reaching my goal, but I like food too much! I think maybe I’ve had enough of a respite now to where I can get back on track.

I had a different experience this time when I veered off my dieting path. I didn’t want to stuff my face with desserts or fattening foods like I used to want to do. I’d surreptitiously eat them but made a mental note that I would need to be extra good in the future. And I would usually eat less than a normal serving size. So I think that Weight Watchers has taught me how to watch what I eat, even if I’m indulging. I don’t mindlessly snack anymore or guess at how many calories/points are in a food. I know how many points most of my favorite foods are and I let that guide me. I know what kinds of snacks to eat and default to fruit (thank goodness for bananas!). It still feels like I’m treading dangerous water, though. It’s all too easy to slip back into eating sweets whenever they’re available or to uncontrollably nibble bits of cake when you’re decorating a birthday cake (ahem).

I have not been tracking my food for the last week and a half, though. Terrible, I know. I have been sticking more or less to the way I’ve gotten used to eating on Weight Watchers, though, just with a few more indulgences. I also haven’t been running or doing my work-outs. I have been doing my roller derby, so at least I’m getting some exercise. My excuse is that, aside from my recent weight loss apathy, I’ve been really busy getting ready for Lex’s 2nd birthday party, which we had on Sunday. (It went really well, and I was very happy with how my decorations turned out. Hopefully I’ll have pictures to share with you soon.) Now that that’s over, I need to get back into my exercise routine.

I have tried for the last few weeks to get up early (at 5:00 am) and do my workout before Lex gets up. I have failed each time except maybe twice. So it’s back to nights after Lex is in bed. I also think I’m ready to start running again. At roller derby practice on Sunday, we did our timed laps and I was very much out of breath before I got finished. AND my time was a lot slower than last time. Of course, I also fell three times so that was part of it. But still. I feel really out of shape now and I don’t want to lose all that endurance that I worked hard to build up. So I’m just going to have to bite the bullet, bundle up and start running at night again. I think I also need to officially sign up for my next 5K so I have a real goal to work toward.

Thanksgiving is definitely going to be a challenge. I’m determined not to overeat and to limit my desserts. I don’t like being too full, and I feel like I’ve matured to the point where the taste of the food is not worth that bloated uncomfortable feeling you get when you eat too much. I plan to eat slowly and savor each thing. I’ll let y’all know how it goes.

Starting Weight: 158

Current Weight: 143

Goal Weight: 139


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Derby Thursday

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Hey everyone! Sorry I skipped Derby Thursday last week. It’s been busy around here, and, as a result, I wasn’t able to go to practice that week. I did, however, get to go last week, and OMG you guys, I can totally do cross-overs now! We did some drills where we practiced skating on one foot at the apexes, which is really hard for me, and I’m still not able to skate on one foot the whole time. But after we did those we just skated using crossovers and it just kind of clicked. I started crossing over so smoothly that it was amazing to me. But then if I thought about it too much, I started messing up. When I just go with the flow, it works. Crazy!

We also practiced more jumping, and I’m getting better at it. Soon I’ll be brave enough to try jumping the little cones instead of just the lines. Then we worked on the dreaded backwards skating. I got some help from Evie Duzzit and seemed to be doing much better. A lot of it is getting used to using muscles I didn’t even know were there. I’m still working on getting the movements for backwards skating down, but I’m getting there. I used either the wall or Evie for support the whole time but I’m sure soon I’ll be able to do it on my own.

In case you were planning on coming to the next bout which was supposed to be this Saturday evening, it’s been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. But there will be plenty of bouts next season! And CARD (Central Arkansas Roller Derby) has a bout that same day at Skate World in Little Rock. Go support your local roller derby!

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Derby Thursday

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Roller Derby | 0 comments

Hey everyone! Sorry that I’ve been slacking off a bit on my blog this week. I was in a bit of a slump, but I think I’m snapping out of it now.

You’ll never guess what I learned to do at practice last week– jumps! Yes, I mean skating along and then jumping up with both feet in the air and then landing. Maybe that’s not such a big deal to you, but for me, it was pretty cool. I busted my ass on my first attempt (just as I was sure I would) but that was the only time I fell during that drill. Most people jumped over the little cone things but I did not get that brave. I jumped over the line painted on the track. Baby steps.

We worked on our crossovers again, and I can almost do them without fear of falling down. I also tried to give an outside assist for the first time and immediately fell on knees and ass and elbows. I really had to laugh at myself with that one. My T-stops are getting better and so are my plow stops. Slowly but surely I’m getting closer to those Minimum Skills Requirements.

We did a drill where we practiced our falls, and it was the most tiring of the night. We would be skating and suddenly hear which fall to do followed by a whistle. Falling down and getting back up over and over will wear. you. out! BUT, I was able to do a freakin’ rock star fall! And not just once, but several times. It seems that the more unexpected it is, the easier it is for me to do, which proves that my problem is over thinking. I have noticed the same thing with pretty much everything in roller derby. I have to stop plotting how to do the thing and just let my body do it. It’s really weird.

We also worked on a little bit of edging, which I am terribly awkward at. I was told that I need to focus more on staying low so that’s what I will do. I need to do more leg strengthening exercises so that it will be easier to keep that low derby stance.

On Monday and especially Tuesday I was very sore. I fell awkwardly on my skate at one point and hurt my left ankle and butt at the same time. Left a nice little bruise on my rump. Then there were the other few times I fell flat on my butt. This is why we learn how to fall correctly. When we were learning baseball slides, I bruised my left upper thigh/lower hip area. As I’ve said before, I have just resigned myself to being sore the day after roller derby practice. Ok, I’m done whining now.

Mark your calendars, everyone! GRITS is having Mash-up on November 17th. A Mash-up means that skaters from local teams will combine and form 2 teams, in this case black and yellow, and play each other. It’s at the UALR Fieldhouse. Doors open at 4:30 and the bout starts at 5:00. I’m going to make every effort to be there. Most likely that means Lex will be with me, which means I’ll probably be doing more toddler chasing than derby watching. Oh, well. Come out and support your local roller derby girls!

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