Friday, February 29, 2008

Weight Loss Paradox

I have started reading Tom Venuto's "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" again, and I am starting to think that doing the low calorie diet is no longer going to work for me. It's been almost a year that I have been about the same weight - I had gained a little and now I am back to approaching that 170 pound threshhold. I got under 170 pounds exactly twice in the last year, and then right back up. Working out, WW and calorie counting in SparkPeople is just not doing it for me.

So I am going to try something new. It can't hurt. I have all the time in the world to lose the fat, as long as I eventually do it, right? My calculated BMR is about 1550 calories a day, and my activity level bumps my daily maintenance goal to about 2400 calories a day. If I were to remove 500 calories a day for a weight loss goal of 1 pound a week, that gives me 1900 calories to eat a day. If I did a modest calorie reduction of 20%, it's about the same number. The other thing I am going to do is give myself a "cheat" every four days bringing my calories up to maintenance.

This all sounds counter intuitive, but take last week versus this week. Last week I only went over my SparkPeople calorie goal once, and then the rest of the week I was well under the top of my goal (which incidentally is about 1800). I lost nothing. This week I was on Vacation and had three HIGH calorie days (2200 cals a day or so) and then was within my calorie goals but at the high end of my range, and I lost a pound. I also didn't exercise like I should have this week compared to a great week of exercise last week. I think there might be something to this. Plus the fact that I am not always starving. So I'm willing to try it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

College Drama

I thought I was over it 10 years ago when I graduated, but now I am putting myself right back into it. LBCC still hasn't sent my transcript and the FAFSA expected family contribution was estimated at over $37K a year. Ummmmm..... over half that 2007 income I had to report was mine.... and I won't be working. Not to mention that is a ridiculously high percentage of our current annual income, and we live in the OC. Not cheap, tyvm. In fact, that amount is twice our mortgage payment. LAME. Well, hopefully my stupid transcript will arrive today so I can just apply and try to stop worrying about what I will do if I actually do get accepted, instead of worrying about not being accepted like I was last week. Blech.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Hurry up and wait

So, last week, I got some great news! I can apply to UCI's Undergraduate Nursing Program with a minimum of repeat work! The even better news is that since I will be going for my second bachelor's degree, they are going to allow me to still apply for FALL 2008! Which means I might be back in school (and finsihing) sooner than I thought! So I have to get my application submitted (which includes a personal statement that I am now agonizing over), and have to complete the FAFSA to see if I get any Federal aid. It's seriously scary, and exhilarating all at the same time. I'm sure I'll get over all the excitement soon, because I won't find out if I've been accepted until mid to late April. At least I have some hope for my new career.

In the meantime, I have been running! Did 5K in 41:17 on Thursday, and then ran 1.8 Miles in 24.28 on Saturday, so doing good on my 13ish mph pace. Maybe in another month, I'll be doing a 12 mile pace. Nothing like making progress! I LOVE my Garmin - it really helps keep me motivated and I really like being able to get instant and overall feedback. I haven't loaded the training software onto the computer yet, but I'll get to it.

The last important thing was the five year milestone of life with my H. We have only been married 5 months, but met five years ago on V-day. Still going strong! He drives me crazy, but I knew that before I married him. I work really hard at driving him nuts right back, which is probably why our marriage works.

Monday, February 11, 2008

First Post

Ahhhh... here I am, starting a blog. I was initially inspired by some fellow nesties... but then I realized that I had a lot to talk about that my husband was sick of hearing, the people around me couldn't hear (at least not yet), and the other OC nesties might be sick of hearing as well. I'm going to treat this like an internet diary. Get things off my chest. Give me a chance to sleep at night. You know. Release. So here it is.

What am I going to write about? Mostly, the trials and tribulations of figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, and getting back into school. I also want to continue to document my weight loss journey, as well as my plunge into the world of running. I'm sure I'll talk about my dogs, my husband, alcoholic beverages and food, and much, much more.

So sit back, relax and enjoy my musings, rantings, and hopefully epiphanies.