Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Last Week's Accomplishments and the Upcoming Week

It's been eons since I've written one of these!

Wednesday November 13 - Tuesday November 19

    Accomplishments & Great Moments:

    • Tracking - I tracked all week! A full 7 days! I can't even remember the last time I did that. In the course of my first week on plan, I went to dinner with my Dad, hit the Vegan Shop-Up at the Pine Box (my favorite Saturday afternoon every month!), had drinks with friends, went to the bar for beer & pizza and had Chipotle for dinner one night. And I still survived! I tracked everything and didn't go over! I'm super proud. Here's a snapshot of the Points+ values I earned & used for the week -


    • Another exciting thing was join a new gym. I had quit the YMCA earlier this year since I rarely ever went but I miss classes like yoga, pilates & weights. I didn't want to rejoin the Y so I joined Chalk Gym in Williamsburg. It's a beautiful gym, fairly new, and although it's not as close as the Y, it's a short 15 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride. The other advantage is they have classes at convenient times. I knew I'd have to go to at least 6 classes a month to justify the $85 fee, and I can easily do that.
    • Since joining Chalk, I did a Pilates class. I can't even believe how much I missed Pilates! The great part about the class I took was that it incorporated a lot of stretching, including with a foam roller, and that's what I desperately need because I just don't stretch or do enough foam rolling on my own.
    • I also took another class called clASS and as you can imagine, it was geared toward the lower body. We did lunges and squats pretty much non-stop for a half an hour. I rarely ever break a sweat in spin or even running, but in this class, I was drenched in 5 minutes. This was another thing I missed, this kind of class, and it was great! I was sore for a day and a half.
    • As a post-marathon treat, I got my first ever massage! I went to a beautiful space called Body Mechanics, just steps from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. It's run by a woman named Beret Kirkeby, a massage therapist who is also a runner. In her practice, she works with a lot of runners and athletes, in addition to providing massage for mothers and really anyone seeking relaxation. She first spent time making me feel at ease - getting to know me, my history and making sure I was comfortable with the process before she began. The massage itself was on a heated table - which was awesome. It took me a little while to relax but once I did, the massage itself was great! I had a few expected tight spots (quads, hamstrings, glutes) but there were some areas in my back that I didn't even realize were tight until she got to them. When the massage was over, she even showed me how to put KT tape on my quads - which I'm going to try before I run my next half marathon, since my quads always get sore between miles 11 and 16 (it's what fatigued first during the marathon at Mile 11). I left there feeling like I was floating. It was a great first massage experience. Thank you, Beret!
    • On Saturday I went to Central Park to run one 4-mile loop with Melanie. She was running NINE 4-mile loops, doing her first Ultra Marathon! It was a 60K, which translates to 37.2 miles. Crazy, right?! By the time I got there, she was on her 7th loop. It was my first run since the marathon. I could *barely keep up with her*! Her slow pace is my fast pace and I think she was supporting me more than I was supporting her. It was fun to be there with her and share that special day. Congrats on your first ultra, Melanie!
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    • Here's a snapshot from my activity spreadsheet -



    What I'm Working On and Upcoming Events:

    • I'm hitting a different Weight Watchers meeting tomorrow night where I will see some old friends. I likely can't keep it as my regular meeting, but it will be nice to make a guest appearance.
    • I'm going to do a gluten free month as an experiment. I'm thinking of January. That will give me enough time to figure out the little adjustments I need to make and things I need to avoid (believe me, I know this includes beer!!!!) I don't expect to be gluten free forever, I just want to do a one-month challenge to see how different I feel.
    • I'm running my first ever Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving. It's in Prospect Park on Thanksgiving morning and yes, there's a medal :)

    As for what it's been like since recommitting, I already feel so much better just being on track for 1 week - mentally, physically and emotionally! The first 2 days were a little rough hunger-level wise, but I know they would be. They always are. I knew it was temporary while my body adjusted to taking in the right amount of food (as opposed to how much extra I had been eating). It's been 8 days now and I've adjusted a lot already. The hunger is minimal and far more manageable. I'm also not as tired as early at night, which is a nice bonus.

    Tracking is the key to my success, I always knew that. So I will make sure to track again every day this week and just get back into making healthy choices and returning to all my other healthy routines. It actually feels great to be back to doing those things, I missed how great it feels. Of course I want to keep this good momentum going so I will just keep working on it one day, one meal and one decision at a time. :)



    25 comments:

    1. I've already told you this on Facebook, but WTG on recommitting! I looks like you had a fantastic first week back on track. Keep up the great work!

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    2. You go girl! I can't believe you've never had a massage. I go once a month and would "sorely" miss it if I didn't. Thanks for sharing your story about getting back on track. I need to do that myself.

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    3. Wow, it's not even time for New Year resolutions yet! You're awesome!

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    4. Awesome job on the first week of recommitting!

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    5. Exciting update, Sheryl!! I'm so happy for you. Glad you enjoyed the massage. I need to look into KT tape...

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    6. I see you swap your Activity Points first before using weeklies. Did you do that before? Also, I am also going through a gluten-free experiment and although it can be hard, I'm discovering different things to eat and learning to appreciate wine. This is only temporary though, I can give beer FOREVER!!! Keep up the good work. Great to see you blogging again :)

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      1. Oh and I don't care about weekly vs activity. I usually use ALL OF THEM. but the eTools tracker deducted activity first. I honestly don't care. It's all 1 bucket to me.

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    7. What an awesome week! Hardest part is definitely recommitting, but you did such an awesome job keeping up with it even when you were technically "off". You are the best, most bad-ass role model out there :)

      Your friend is RIDICULOUS in the good kind of way.

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    8. Isn't it crazy to think you say things like: ...how to put KT tape on my quads - which I'm going to try before I run my next half marathon, since my quads always get sore between miles 11 and 16...

      It's nuts that you've brought yourself to this point. Awesome! But pretty crazy bones too! Miss you!

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      1. haha, yes, I guess that is kind of crazy to come out of my mouth! :) I miss you too!! xo

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    9. Congrats on getting back on track. I'm glad things are going well for you.

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    10. you know what i'm going to say.....YOU'RE AWESOME...keep shining!

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    11. We are GF and this saves us! http://omissionbeer.com/

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    12. Thanks for sharing your journey Sheryl. How do you track your activity points? Do you use an ActiveLink tracker from WW?

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      1. Yes, I use the WW ActiveLink, which calculates them automatically

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    13. This is truly an inspiration to me….you go girl and I will try to keep up!

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    14. A good friend of mine says "Make Today Count". Do the very best you can for today, make the very best choices. Just focus on making today the very best possible.

      Then sleep. And repeat.

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    15. I myself decided to recommit this evening and remembered your website. I visited just for motivation and inspiration. It was so nice to see that you've recently recommitted too! You rock!

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    16. Could you share your weight and losses as inspiration perhaps? if you wish to keep that private of course everyone can understand that.
      So glad you're back!
      And I love the way you love New York.
      Sheila

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    17. I love your blog. It's great to see all your accomplishments, and know that even the most dedicated of us fall off track sometimes. I am so glad to have found your blog, because I myself have been feeling like I'll never be happy about my own body. But realizing that you and I have almost identical body types, I just have to slap myself because YOU look absolutely stunning and healthy. Everything looks so much different when it's yourself you're looking at in the mirror. Cheers to the curvy ladies out there- and being proud to show them off too! Xoxo <3

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    18. Happy to see these posts again! They've always been a favorite of mine! :)

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    19. This is a great article and very informative. I have enjoyed lifting weights for three years now and I always change up my workout plans to try and keep my body overall healthy. I can't want for the holidays to eat all the good food but I defiantly will be working out at the same time. I usually do more of a cardio combined with light weights during times like this when I am off my usual diet. Also, I know a lot of people will be trying to start working out more in the new year. I would recommend first to learn about Fitness Blowout before picking a single workout to stick to. It is important to find the right one that will fit your body type.

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    20. Hi Sheryl! I have loved your blog for years. Thanks for another wonderful post -- I know how time-consuming it can be to maintain a blog and I appreciate you doing this. I hope you gain as much inspiration from it as your readers do!

      I don't comment often but I wanted to express my gratitude to you as well as give a shout out to your sweet friend Amanda. She has always been adorable in the photos you post of you two, but the more recent photos show a transformation! Her confidence really shines through.

      It must be totally weird to have a stranger call you out, but I couldn't help it! Sheryl, you're awesome and so is Amanda!

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