Friday, February 26, 2010

Weigh In Day!!!

I weighed in this morning...at 192.0!! Not too shabby. I was hoping it would be lower, because honestly it's been stuck at 192.0 since like Tuesday. Maybe I'm just not eating enough veggies to...keep me regular if you know what I'm saying. Oh well, it may be a little disappointing, but that's still a 1.8 pound loss for the week and I know it'll all even out eventually.

I also did my measurements this morning and here they are:
Neck 13.5
Bicep 12.5
Forearm 9.75
Chest 42.0
Waist 36.0
Hips 44.0
Thigh 23.5
Calf 14.5
Total 195.75

Look over to the right to see how much these measurements have changed from the start. I've lost a total of 14.75 inches since I started! That really is where I love seeing the numbers change. I like seeing the weight go down, but I'd take a decrease in inches over a decrease in weight any day. Also, I just wanted to mention that I'd been taking my Chest measurement without a bra (TMI?) and I felt that wasn't the best indicator, because with clothing and whatnot you'd need to be measured in a bra, so I switched it up this week. I measured with and without and I was an inch smaller without, so I increased the starting total by 1 inch since I plan to measure with from now on.

I also got my body fat percentage here. It came out at 27.6%. Do you think that's accurate? I feel like that's got to be too low. I don't know. It may not be exact, but at least it gives me a tool to see it decreasing even if it's off a little.

Finally, here's a quick rundown of what I've accomplished since I started.

December: 4.8 lbs lost - 4 inches lost
January: 4.2 lbs lost - 5.25 inches lost
February: 5.0 lb lost - 5.5 inches lost

That's all for today. I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Quick Question About Exercise Equipment

As you all know I have a stationary bicycle and that's my main form of cardio. We have also been playing around with the idea of getting some kind of home gym for weight training and a treadmill. I found a decent used home gym on craigslist for sale for $175. Here's a pic.



For the treadmill I'm on the fence about whether we should buy it used or not. I'm concerned about buying one, taking it home, only to find out it doesn't work and I won't have any company to complain to just some random person I bought it from. Since it's electrical, versus a home gym that isn't, that's the main reason I'm on the fence about buying it used. On top of that the price savings isn't that great. I might be able to get a used treadmill for $200-$250 (that's a big might, though, since there are plenty that are listed for more than that), whereas a new treadmill from Walmart (that's where I bought my bike) that has all the bells and whistles I'd want (I'm not too picky) is just $377. So what's your opinion. New or used?

Weekly Progress

The past two days I've been doing pretty good. I haven't gotten in quite as much exercise as I would like. Tuesday I hopped on my bike and things were going good, but then a friend of mine called. She's getting married in June and I'm maid of honor, so we got caught up in wedding talk and by the time we got off the phone it was getting late so I called it a day exercise-wise. I had put in 6 miles, so at least I did something.

Then last night I was planning to do 20 miles on the bike and the shred video. I started cycling and it was one of those days where you have to put in your all to just not quit. It seems so hard and you really don't want to be doing it. So, I compromised with myself and said I could just do 15 miles and not do the video. Well, once I got to 11 miles it was just getting so hard for whatever reason, so I pushed myself to do 13 miles and let it end there.

I still had decent daily deficits even given the low amount of exercise. Tuesday I had a 1,299 calorie deficit, since I hadn't eaten a ton that day. Usually I have an after exercise snack, but since I didn't exercise much I didn't eat anything else. Then Wednesday I had an 1,100 calorie deficit. Total since last weigh in I'm at a 6,095 calorie deficit, so I'd say that's pretty good.

Tonight I'm going to take the day off from exercise and just relax and get a good night's sleep, so I can hopefully have a good weigh in tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Exercise and Arguing

I did my 20 miles and the shred video last night and let me tell you it.was.hard! I wanted to quit after 10 miles I swear to god. I had this goal last night to do 20 miles and beat my best speed to date and while it was incredibly hard I pulled from the depths of my being and I did it. I finished those 20 miles and my average speed clocked in at 17.4 mph. That's right I beat my old best speed of 17.0 mph. Usually when I get a good speed it's on a day where I have this amazing surge of energy and I'm just flying without even trying (hey that rhymes), but last night it was sheer will. Now I'm not going to force myself to beat any speed goal tonight, because my body's already drained and I just want to get through it. Moral of the story, it was hard, but I did it. :-)

Now onto the argument part of my story. This morning I get up and I am dragging. My body is just so tired from all the exercise I've been doing and it was hard just to peel myself out of bed. I get out of bed, pee, hop on my computer real quick and then head downstairs. I let the puppies in from outside (he had let them out earlier), wipe off their feet (I hate mud!) and start my breakfast. I realize my water bottles upstairs, so I head up real quick to grab it. When I come back down here's how the conversation starts:

Him: Toby was trying to eat your cereal. (This is our cat and this is completely typical)
Me: Oh really? It's not cereal it's oatmeal. (Sincerely just assumed he thought it was cereal and was only stating what I was having for breakfast)
Him: Tania. Oatmeal is cereal.
Me: Well I don't think so, but whatever.
Him: Oatmeal is in the "cereal" category. It's like me saying "meat". It's just a category.
Me: I don't agree, but it doesn't really matter.

Then it went off from there, but you get the gist. Basically, he was trying to explain something to me and felt like I was blowing him off and didn't want to listen. And I was trying to say that this is so unimportant of a topic that I don't even want to waste my breath discussing it. I get him being upset if I don't want to discuss an important topic, but come on...we were talking about whether or not oatmeal was cereal. Ugh. In his defense I sometimes probably say I don't want to discuss something when we disagree when I should give him the opportunity to discuss it. But in my defense, sometimes two people just have two different opinions and either there is no right or wrong answer or the topic is so unimportant it's not worth it to potentially argue over the topic. Plus, I seriously think there should be a rule that if it's after 10pm or before 11am arguments are not allowed. Either way you're tired and easily irritable. I mean I hadn't even been up for an hour yet and suffice it to say I am not a morning person. Oh well. I'm already over it, since I never thought it was a big deal to begin with. Hopefully he feels the same.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Goal Pants

I've been pretty much stuck at a size 16 for some time now. I've gone from them being pretty tight to a little loose, but nonetheless 16's have been my go to size. Now that they're starting to get a little loose I decided to go through my pants drawer and see if I had a pair of size 14's that I could use as my goal pants. I found two pairs. One is a pair of size 14 gray corduroy pants. The other is a pair of jean capris. I tried them both on and the corduroy pants were definitely tight, but looser than the jean capris. So, I've decided I'm going to make the corduroy pants my goal pants and once those fit move onto the capris and then...I'll venture out and buy a new pair of size 12 jeans. I can't even tell you the last time I wore a size 12, so even imagining getting into those is huge. Anyway, my plan is to try on the goal pants after each weigh in (or should I just try them once a month?) to see how much closer I am getting to them fitting. I already pulled out a couple pairs of 16's that were too tight that now fit like a glove. I'm looking forward to being able to fit into those corduroy pants!

Weekend Free For All?

I had meant to post this subject on Friday as it's an issue I've been thinking about, but then I didn't have the time. I have an issue with my eating on the weekends. I don't really have a free for all as my title suggests, but I do end up forgetting to track my calories and letting myself be a bit more lax on my eating choices. Apparently there are others that also have this issue. I get coffee out, I get food from the grocery store's deli, I have little snacks I wouldn't normally have. In the past I've said that I let myself go a little on the weekends, so that it's easier for me to stay on point during the week. However, I'm starting to see that as just a big fat excuse and a hindrance to my overall progress. During the week I take two steps forward and on the weekend I take one step back. Is that little bit of extra food really worth impeding my progress? I don't think so any more.

Let me give you an example of what I ate Saturday. I sat down last night and tried to recall everything and here's what I ate:
- One Starbucks Tall Soy Caramel Macchiato 170 cals
- Half of a large butter croissant 136 cals
- Subway 12 inch Spicy Italian on wheat, no cheese, with light mayo, oil and vinegar and lots of veggies 1,130 cals
- Popcorn Chicken (from deli not fast food restaurant) 337 cals
- Honey mustard sauce 100 cals
- Seafood salad 174 cals
- Crackers 90 cals
- 2 slices 45 calorie whole wheat bread 90 cals
- all natural peanut butter 285 cals
- honey 64 cals
Total: 2,576 calories

Obviously my two big killers that day were eating a 12 inch sub instead of just opting for the 6 inch and using twice as much peanut butter as necessary. If I would just cut those two things in half my daily calories would have been 1,869 which would have been a much better number even for a high calorie day. The stupid appeal of those $5 foot long subs!

My main issue with weekends I think is lack of planning. I don't think ahead to what meals I could make. If I made a fun meal plan ahead of time where I made some sort of Chinese food dish or something, then I think I'd be less likely to go a little buck wild. Also, I need to make sure I track my calories throughout the day. If I knew I was at 2,137 calories for the day before I made that peanut butter toast I probably wouldn't have eaten it. I wasn't really hungry I just wanted something sweet.

Bottom line I need to start planning ahead for our weekend meals and I need to start holding myself accountable for my food decisions on the weekends. I tracked my calories this weekend and Friday I had a 448 calorie deficit, Saturday I had a 553 calorie surplus and Sunday I had a 2,129 calorie deficit (hello cycling!).

I wanted to mention some of the good choices I made this weekend. Friday I had a good friend and her boyfriend stopping by since they were going to be driving through town to go elsewhere. I was trying to think of what to eat when they were here and decided to order pizza. I went online to Domino's website and they can tell you how many calories per slice based on the toppings and type of crust. I got one medium hand tossed pizza light cheese with chicken and tomatoes. One slice was just 165 calories! Then I got another medium pizza, light cheese with pepperoni on one half (for my guests in case they're pepperoni lovers) and onion and mushroom on the other half. I don't remember how many calories were in the pepperoni since I didn't eat any, but the mushroom and onion were just 155 calories. The funny thing is everyone seemed to go straight for the chicken and barely even went for the pepperoni.

The other good choice was my workout last night. After my crazy eating on Saturday I really wanted to make up for it on Sunday. I only ended up eating 1,019 calories that day. Then for exercise I did 20 miles on my bike at an average of 16.3 miles per hour (my second fastest speed thus far). Then after that I did the shred. Just from exercise I burned 1,265 calories. That's awesome!

My plan for the rest of the week is as follows. Monday through Wednesday consume between 1400 and 1500 calories. Cycle 20 miles and do the shred. Thursday consume between 1200 and 1300 calories and have a rest day since I weigh in Friday morning. That means by Friday I should have at least a 7,700 calorie deficit since my last weigh in which would mean I should lose at least 2 pounds.

For tonight my cycling goal is to get my best overall speed ever. My current high is 17.0, so I'm going to shoot for an average speed of 17.5 mph.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Quick Weigh-In Results

Hey guys. It's been a busy day, but I just wanted to give you quick update on my weigh-in today. It was 193.8 lbs. Not quite what I was hoping for, but it's going in the right direction and that's the important thing. Anyway, I gotta fly. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Me? Witty Title...Not So Much

Yesterday was a good day. Nothing too crazy or interesting happened. I did however make a batch of Sof'ella Sin Free Fat Free Brownies. YUM!! Dinner was good, but holy crap it was high in sodium. I guess that's what I get for using all packaged stuff. Frozen shrimp scampi, frozen cheesy broccoli and a package of Alfredo noodles from the pantry. So yeah, the meal was nothing to write home about, but it was fast and easy as they say. I'm planning a better meal for tonight and I'll be drinking lots of water to flush out all that sodium.

I had a pretty good workout last night. I put in 15 miles on the bike, although I didn't do the shred. At least I got in a good bike workout, though. Then after the bike I took a quick shower and soaked in the tub. Have I told you lately how much I love my soaker tub? No?? Well let me begin. The tub is so nice and deep I can soak up to my neck. Oh yeah, gotta love that. And after a good workout there's nothing quite like relaxing in a steaming hot bath. However, my boyfriend got the sickness I had last week and so he has been taking hot showers at night to try and help him sleep better, so I haven't been able to take a bath or I'd use all of his hot water. Well, last night, he too wanted a bath, so fill er up. :-) Don't get too jealous...


So overall, yesterday was a good day. I ended the day with a 1,064 calorie deficit (and that's with having a brownie!). Weigh in day is tomorrow!! I'm excited to see where I'm at. My goal is to be at our below my weigh in two weeks ago of 193.6. The 192's would be lovely...we shall see.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Quick Update

I just wanted to do a quick post. I didn't work out yesterday. I had some financial stuff to work on and that took a while. Then I knew I really needed to do dishes (I've been putting it off for far too long...I HATE dishes). At the end of the day I came out with a 520 calorie deficit. Not too bad for a non-workout day.

I really want to get a GoWear Fit, but alas money is tight so for now I just can't afford it. In the meantime I use FitDay to figure out my calories burned versus calories consumed. However, I always wonder if it's accurate. Sometimes when I work out I feel like I burn more calories than it says and then when I don't work out I feel like it's got to be less. I mean on a non-workout day it says I burn just over 2,000 calories. Can that be right? Anyone who maybe used to use FitDay and then got a GoWear Fit or a BodyBugg that compared accuracy? I work from home, so there can be days where I get very little movement in. I just feel like I need the GoWear Fit so I can get a more precise reading of my calorie burn each day. But at the same time as long as I'm making progress it may just be a waste of money I don't have to spend.

Oh well, for now I'll just keep using the FitDay numbers and hopefully I'll keep seeing progress and not feel the need to go out and buy that next gizmo. I'd be better off putting my money toward a treadmill than a stinking calorie burn tracking armband. Anywho, I'll definitely be working out tonight. Only two days till weigh in. :-)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Workout Fever!

I had a great workout last night. I did just under 13 miles on my stationary bike averaging a speed of 15.3 miles an hour and then I did Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred. I just felt really energized and enjoyed the workout. Although, during the workout I did have a wee bit of a wardrobe malfunction. My biggest pet peeve is workout clothes that don't stay put or that ride up in places they weren't meant to ride up. Well, I was wearing an older sports bra of mine. I've probably had that bad boy for 10 years now, so needless to say it's gotten some use. Anyway, as I'm doing the shred I'm doing jumping jacks and almost immediately the sports bra starts to ride up and eventually ends up on top of my boobs. Yeah, awesome. So I spent the rest of the workout trying to keep that stupid thing in place (FYI -- It's now in the trash can). Now my boobs are pretty big, so that's no small feat. I'm a 38DD (was pushing toward a DDD at the beginning), so finding a good sport's bra is pretty hard. I probably need to put in a little research and get myself a few good sports bras. Anyway, here's me post workout:

After my workout I went to take a shower and I was in the best mood ever! I was literally in there singing Shoop by Salt N Pepa. "On your mark get set go, let me go, let me shoop, to the next man in a three piece suit. I spend all my dough, ray me, cutey, shoop shooby dooby like scooby dooby doo. I love you in your big jeans, you give me nice dreams, you make me want to scream ooh ooh ooh I like whatchu do, when you do, what you do, you make me wanna shoop." That's right, I know every word. Lol, and then to even things out I started singing Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hall-e-e-lu-jah. All the while my puppy Dot sits on the other side of the shower door watching me.

Not only do I have Dot, my shower buddy, watching me in the shower, but I also have a sink buddy. 3 of our 5 cats like to jump up on the bathroom counter...sometimes at the same time. However, 2 of the 3 like to actually lay in the sinks. So last night, here was my sink buddy:

That's Toby, the most recent addition to our clan laying in one of his favorite places in our house. Luckily I was already done brushing my teeth when he had decided to take over the sink.

Finally, I just want to leave you with my daily stats. I consumed 1,555 calories. I burned 821 calories through exercise and 1,924 calories in day to day activities. That leaves me with a daily deficit of 1,190 calories. Not too shabby.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's Day and such

I hope everyone had a wonderful valentine's day. I know we did. We celebrated on Saturday and started the day off bright and early. Steve had to go in to work for a couple of hours, so I volunteered to tag along and keep him company. We had planned to get coffee at this place where he always talks about this yummy coffee drink and when we show up...they're closed. Stupid on campus coffee shop. So we headed over to the hospital cafeteria and just got a normal cup of coffee and there may or may not have been a donut to go along with said coffee.

Then we went to his lab and we set up his laptop so I could putz around while he did his work. About half an hour in he informs me he wants help with something (which I'm used to doing when I go with him into the lab), so he put me to work labeling some tubes he was working with. Then he got down to business and I spent my time being the dork that I am reading financial articles.

Although, I found this really interesting website that has some great general financial advice that anyone could easily understand called Building a Brighter Future. And I found another website that has an online college savings calculator for saving money for your kids for college. Now granted we don't have kids yet (we're not even married), but kids are without a doubt in our future so I'd rather be thinking of this now rather wait until the kids are in high school and scramble to figure out what to do. I don't intend to fully pay for my college (unless we suddenly are making a ton of money and have the means to), but I would like to be able to at least help. I had a productive day of getting some solid financial goals in my head to lay the framework for the next 5 to 10 years. Anyway, this is sooo off topic.

We left the lab and went home to chill for a bit and got ready for dinner. We went to this seafood restaurant that's just a few miles from our house and it's on a lake, so it has a great view. Although, said lake was frozen and covered in snow, but it was still beautiful. They have outdoor seating, so we definitely plan on going back when the weather's warmer to sit outside and look out on the lake. Here's what we ate. We started out with crab stuffed mushrooms and chilled oysters on the half shell. Let me just say YUM!! The oysters were way bigger than we had ever anticipated. It was a great way to start the meal. Then we each got a small side salad. Then came our meals. I got a lobster tail and it came with mashed potatoes and veggies. Steve was in love with my mashed potatoes. Steve got filet mignon medallions and blackened shrimp with rice and veggies. His food came with these yummy spicy sauces. Finally for dessert we shared an espresso flavored creme brulee and a glass of champagne. Everything was wonderful and we left very full and happy. It wasn't the healthiest of meals, but for special occasions I tend to just let myself enjoy the experience and not be overly concerned with making perfect choices.

Yesterday was a lazy day. Steve has come down with my cold :-( I feel bad. Since he's in grad school it's not like he can take any time off. So he spent yesterday sleeping, which was good. And I just chilled with the puppies. Then this morning I woke up and went downstairs to let the puppies outside. Normally they sleep in our room, but last night they were keeping Steve up so I put them downstairs. All I have to say is holy poop and pee. Thank god we don't have any carpet downstairs. There were three puddles of pee and too piles of poop. Awesome.

I finally finish cleaning all that crap up (literally) and start making myself breakfast. I make myself some oatmeal, fill up my water bottle and head up to the office to start my day. I take my vitamins and am eating my oatmeal and I start to feel nauseous. I have two bites left, so I eat my two bites and drink some water hoping that will help. I know you have to take vitamins with food otherwise nausea is a side affect. I'm still feeling nauseous, so I literally run downstairs to try and get a granola bar in my mouth but it's too late. I run to the bathroom and puke up my oatmeal and water. What a way to start the day. I feel fine, so I know it has nothing to do with being sick and is just because of the vitamins. I guess maybe I should start taking them with lunch when I eat a bit more.

Anyway, back to the grind of work and counting calories and exercise. I hope you all had an eventful valentine's day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Weigh In

Ok, the moment of truth. A week of being sick and no exercise and not tracking food, so where does that leave me...195.2 lbs. Not too awful, that's a 1.6 lb gain. I'm hoping that some of that is fluid from being sick that by next week will be gone. My goal for next week is to at least be at my weight last week, but I'd prefer to be in the 192's. I hate to feel like 2 weeks were wasted, but alas, I have no control over the fact that I got really sick. I just need to work my ass off and keep my calories under 1600 every day and I should be fine.

Not much else to say. I just wanted to share this picture of Duke and Dot my 7 month old puppies. When Dot has something Duke wants (or really just whenever he feels like it) he sits on her. Lol. Not the most quality picture, but you get the idea. Have a great weekend and a great Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Woo hoo!!

It's been mere hours since I posted this morning and I'm starting to feel human again!! I found myself walking around picking up around the house and taking out the trash. That's when I realized I must be feeling better, because the past few days we've been building a trash mountain. Lol. We had the trash can full to the brim, a box on the floor full of trash and some items piling up on the counter next to the trash can. I just didn't have the energy to even care let alone deal with it. So yeah, it's looking like I'll be feeling just fine for dinner Saturday night and I will finally be able to get back into the swing of things. I'm scared to see what my weigh in will be for tomorrow though...I haven't exercised all week and haven't tracked my calories. Hopefully it's not too bad. Until tomorrow.

I just wanted to add that I just looked at my cough drops...15 calories a piece. Just icing on the cake. Lol, oh well we'll see what the damage is tomorrow.

Day 6...when will this end????

I'm still sick...go figure. Every time I think I'm feeling better I have a bout of sneezing and eye watering and nose running and I quickly realize...I'm not better yet. I'm not quite as tired as I was, so that's something. My newest thing, though, is my right eye is watering like crazy! I will get this twinge in my sinus where I feel like I'm going to sneeze and maybe I will, maybe I won't, but my eye will just water like there's no tomorrow. The result of said twinge and eye watering is the puffy eye syndrome below. You can see just the right eye is puffy (left in the picture, but it's my right eye). This had better start getting better soon because we have reservations on Saturday for our Valentine's Day dinner and I want to feel normal so I can actually enjoy myself. Ah well, we shall see.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Day 5 and counting...

Day 5 of my sickness and counting. Ugh, I just can't seem to shake this cold. All this sneezing, coughing, running nose crap is getting old. And don't even get me started on how tired I've been feeling. I haven't worked out once since this started and I haven't been counting calories. I've been trying not to eat too much and to make decent decisions. Being sick just sucks...and there I go sneezing again. Ugh.

Then on top of this I decided I was going to do some work today...and my computer wouldn't start. Not even a flicker. So we did a little test shooting and then called Dell. He tried to have me do a few things (things we had already tried) and still nothing. So their sending out a technician sometime in the next 2 days. In the meantime I get to use my old computer, which is now Steve's music computer (yes he has a computer just for downloading music, and additional hard drives). So I start trying to download the software I need to log into work and have to restart his computer...and his computer starts having issues. After 30+ minutes of trying to get it to work I finally get it to start and now I'm waiting for my IT guy to help me through the final steps so I can get back to work. This is definitely not the day I'd want to be dealing with this. Oh then on top of that I'm trying to log into the website to put in my time off request from missing work yesterday and my log in for that website isn't working. Seriously, technology just hates me today.

Just so you know I'm not faking it here's a picture...yeah not too pretty. I hope the rest of you are doing well and not sick like me.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Whoa Is Me

Sorry I've been MIA since Friday. I've been feeling really crappy. Saturday morning we took the puppies to the vet and I started feeling a little sick and tired on the way home. It just got worse as the day went on and I've been feeling crappy ever since. I have zero energy, my nose is a faucet, my throat is raw and I sneeze every five seconds. Yeah, I'm a ball of laughs these days. Anyway, I've just been trying to rest and haven't really been at the computer at all and I just wanted to update everyone on what's going on with me. Hopefully I'll get my energy back soon and start to kick this cold so I can get back down to business. In the meantime, my bed is calling...

Friday, February 5, 2010

Now That's What I Call A Loss!!!

Today was weigh in day and boy was it a good one. Last Friday I weighed 197.0 and this morning I weighed in at 193.6!! That's a 3.4 lb loss in one week! That's huge for me. I think there are a few big reasons why I had better numbers this week as compared to others.

The main reason was that we didn't eat out at all this week, only once last weekend. We had a meal out on Saturday, but that was it. Normally we'd eat out 2-3 times a week, so cutting that out has made a huge difference! Our fridge is currently full to the brim, so there's no excuse not to do the same this coming week. Also, I picked up supplies to cook a few meals in the crock pot this week, so that should make things even easier.

Another reason I think made a difference was that I didn't work out last night. My body got a night to rest and recover before the weigh in and that resulted in a good number.

Also, I switched it up and moved on to Level 2 of the shred. I know that changing up your routine can always kick your weight loss into high gear if you're at a plateau, so even though I wasn't at a plateau I think the new routine did boost my weight loss a bit.

Other than that things are good. I'm tracking my food and getting in my exercise and it's paying off!

Also, just as an aside, my dog Duke looked at me like he wanted to give me a kiss, so I leaned down...and he burped in my face. Awesome...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

30 Day Shred Level 2 - Suck It!

Lol, ok sorry but I'm laughing at my own title. Anyway, in case you couldn't guess I moved onto Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred. I've been thinking for a few days that I should move up and so last night I did. At first I was nervous that it would be too hard I'd have to go back to level 1, but then I remembered before I started level 1 I was nervous I couldn't do that and I managed just fine. Level 2 is definitely harder, but I got through it. I had sweat dripping into my eyes, but I managed each and every move (albeit the easier versions of some).

There's one cardio move in particular that I hate and love all at the same time. I hate it because I can't really do it, but I love it because I think it's going to help me to start to do "real" push-ups as opposed to "girl" push-ups. Basically you start out standing then you bend over, walk your hands out until your in push up position, do a push up, walk your hands back and stand up. And then you do it again, and again, and again...you get the picture. It's definitely not easy and I can only manage to go about halfway down into the push-up, but I know eventually I'll be able to do those stinking push-ups and I can't wait!

Then there was one other cardio exercise that kicked my ass. It was the double jump rope. In level one you just jump and move your wrists in one circle as if you were jumping rump. The double jump has you jumping up higher and moving your wrists in two circles, so it's definitely a bit harder. So I'm doing the double jump rope and they pan over to the chick that does the "easy" versions of each move and she's just doing the single for people that the double is too hard. Right around this time Steve decided he was going to come lay down on the couch and says "don't worry I won't watch, I just want to shut my eyes for a few minutes". A matter of minutes go by and we're at the point where they panned over to the "easy" version and he says "why are you jumping so high, she's not jumping that high" and I yell at him "because that's the easy version and I'm not doing the easy version. Don't talk to me, I know what I'm doing." Lol. That crap is hard and the last thing you want to do is argue over whether or not you're doing something right. He promptly said "Oh, ok" and shut his eyes and left me alone.

Overall, it just felt really good. I like pushing myself beyond my limits and feeling my body improve and learn to do the things I'm trying to get it to do. It's just a great feeling to know my body is getting stronger and leaner. It makes me look forward to this spring/summer when Steve and I will start cycling again and he will have to eat my dust, because I will have had months of cycling indoors and improving my muscle tone and it's just going to be great. Usually he's the one with more endurance (he's got big honkin muscley soccer thighs) and I'm the one just chugging along, but I think this year will be different. We'll at least be at the same level. Not to mention that I'll look much better in my cycling gear. :-P

Tomorrow is weigh in day, so stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Cycling + Biggest Loser = Awesomeness

Yesterday was a rough day as far as work goes, so by the end of the day I was wiped and ready to throw in the towel and not work out. Plus, right after we got done eating dinner my mom called and we ended up on the phone for a while so I just wasn't going to do it. Then the biggest loser started. About 10 minutes in I was like ok at the commercial I'll pause it (thank you DVR) go change and cycle for the rest of the episode.

I did just that and got in an hour of cycling and did 17 miles. That means I cycled 17 mph! That's the fastest I've cycled to date. I just had this crazy energy, whereas a lot of times I have to push myself just to finish. It felt so good really working hard while I cycled and I managed to burn 840 calories just from cycling! That's definitely an accomplishment.

Lately I've been noticing definition in my arms. This is huge for me, because as I gained weight usually my arms and legs stayed pretty slim it was usually mostly in my bust and belly that I carried my weight. So when I started seeing pictures where my arms looked flabby it was quite a blow, because it just made it clear how far gone my body had gotten. So last night after cycling I took a pic of my bicep to show you my progress. I'm very proud of that bicep. :-P


Other than that things are going good over here in my world and I look forward to continuing to see progress both in inches and in pounds. I'm looking forward to my weigh in on Friday, only 3 more days to go.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Month In Review

For the month of January I set some goals for myself, which I will tell you now that I did not meet. My goals were to cycle 180 miles and do the shred 18 times. What I ended up doing was 105.5 miles and I did the shred 10 times. The main reason I didn't reach my goals is because the first week of the month I really didn't exercise at all. I could have bumped up my exercise for the rest of the month to meet my goals, but that would have meant basically exercising every day and doing more miles on my bike each day. I didn't want to burn myself out, so instead I stuck to the daily goals I had planned for my work out days. Throughout the 3 weeks that I did work out I averaged approximately 4 hours a week and I burned around 2,400 calories a week through exercise alone. While that wasn't what was planned to reach my goal, it's still a decent weekly calorie burn.

This month I'll set my goals slightly lower, but still higher than what I accomplished this past month. I'll shoot for 150 miles and doing the shred 15 times. That's working out roughly 4 times a week, but I'll shoot for 4-5 times each week.

There was one other topic I wanted to discuss. Steve and I got into a discussion last night about snacking. We both have sweet tooths, so when we went grocery shopping I chose to pick up some cookies. Not chips ahoy or anything like that, but good bakery cookies that had nutritional info on them. He didn't say anything at the time, but later on argued that we don't need those and I can make healthier choices with my snacks. At the root of it, he's right, but I asked him if he planned to go his entire life without having another cookie to which, of course, he said no. I told him the whole point of my new "diet" is to make changes that are sustainable. To allow myself a cookie here and there as long as I work it into my daily calories limits. I don't want a "diet" where I get rid of every single thing I enjoy eating that may not be the healthiest option for me, because I know I wouldn't be able to stick to that.

I want to make changes that I can sustain for the rest of my life, not just until I reach a certain weight. I'm starting to look at food differently and to savor the things I really enjoy being it a little cheese or a cookie. Before I would have enjoyed it, but I would basically inhale multiple cookies and not get nearly as much satisfaction as I'm learning to get by savoring what I'm eating.

I think the bigger problem is willpower. I'm learning to have the willpower to stop after just one cookie and he hasn't learned that yet. He sees the cookies and probably eats 3 or 4, whereas I stop at just one. He doesn't say that that's the reason for him not wanting me to buy cookies, but I think it has more to do with him than me.

I know I do need to come up with healthier options, because I don't plan to eat a cookie every single day, but just once in a while as a treat. So on other days I need to have strawberries with a little whipped cream or heat up an apple and drizzle on a little honey. Choices like that are obviously healthier and are choices I need to make on a regular basis, but the occasional cookie isn't going to kill me as long as I have the willpower to stick to just one cookie.