Friday, May 28, 2010

Weigh In!!

Steve and I had our weigh ins this morning. I actually wasn't sure what to expect to be honest, because last night we helped some friends move and afterward partook in some beer and pizza. And the pizza they got was meat, meat and more meat...including bacon. So yeah, sodium city. When I got home I chugged some water to hopefully flush some of that out of my system. Anyway, to the important item at hand, I weighed in at 184.8 lbs!! I'll definitely take that. I was hoping it'd be closer to 2 lbs lost, but as long as it's a pound or more each week then I'm happy. I knocked my next two goals out of the ballpark! I've lost more than 20 lbs and more than 10% of my starting weight! It feels good. I'm only 3.8 lbs away from my next goal. If I'm lucky I'll get it done in 2 weeks, but it's more likely to happen in 3 which is completely ok. And then there's Steve. He weighed in and lost 3.2 lbs!!! Must be nice being a guy. Lol. He eats more than me, exercises the same amount and loses more. Although at this point he's got more to lose as well. Overall, he's lost 6.4 lbs. I'm very proud of him. :-)

Next up are my measurements. No huge changes for me. A lot of stuff has stayed the same since the last time I did my measurements at the end of March. Anyway, here's the new measurements with the change since last time:

Neck: 13.0 (-0.25)
Bicep: 12.0 (no change)
Forearm: 9.75 (no change)
Chest: 41.25 (no change - Grrrr...this is one of the one's I REALLY want to go down)
Waist: 36.0 (no change...see above)
Hips: 43.0 (-0.5 Success!!)
Thigh: 23.25 (-0.25)
Calf: 14.75 (+0.25 - all that cycling I guess?)
Total: 193.0 (-0.75)

Like I said, a lot of stuff didn't change and my calves even went up (likely muscle though) and I'm perfectly ok with that. I am making progress and that's the important thing. Here's the month by month breakdown of what I've accomplished thus far:

December: 4.8 lbs lost and 4 inches lost
January: 4.2 lbs lost and 5.25 inches lost
February: 5.0 lbs lost and 5.5 inches lost
March: 3.6 lbs lost and 2 inches lost
April: 3.6 lbs lost and 0.75 inches lost

One reason I think I didn't see as much change in the inches department is because I haven't done much weight training lately. I really need to make sure to include weight training in my routine. I think Steve will really like it once he starts, but right now all he wants to do is cycle, cycle, cycle.

Speaking of cycling I set a goal for myself to cycle 100 miles this week. I actually ended up doing 95.01 miles. I was so close! A friend asked Steve and I to help them move last night or I would have been over the 100 mile goal. But what can you do. Life happens. I'm proud of those 95 miles that I cycled this week.

This next week I'm going to shoot for cycling 3 times and weight training 2 times. I just wanted to say that I'm so happy with how things are going. My level of fitness is definitely improving. People are noticing the changes. I'm feeling good about myself. You just can't beat that.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Almost There!

I've had a great couple of days. I've just been cycling galore...and of course reveling in being engaged. Lol. Back to the cycling, though. I'm already up to 79.35 miles and I haven't even cycled yet today. I've got two days to go and just 20.65 miles left.

On Saturday Steve and I did go for that long ride, as I mentioned, so that started me off with 33.53 miles. Then Monday evening we went for another ride and clocked in 25.52 miles. We couldn't go the full length of the trail partly because we were tired and partly because it was already getting late. Here's a pic of the two of us after the 25 mile ride.

In case you can't tell he wants to make sure everyone knows he hates getting his picture taken. Lol. I'm not allowed to post it on facebook, but it's ok to put up on my blog. He's so silly. I'm just proud of our hard work.

Then last night I cycled 20.30 miles and I made lasagna! Talk about multitasking. Just kidding the lasagna was cooking while I was cycling so it really wasn't that big of a deal. I'm just a dork. Anyway, here's a pic of me after my ride on the stationary bike last night.


Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to leave you with this picture of my cat Toby. He sleeps in the weirdest positions and this was no exception. He must have been enjoying the sun coming in through the patio doors. He's quite the interesting cat.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Holy Crap!

I had THE best weekend! Friday afternoon started out with us taking the puppies to check out this doggy daycare/boarding facility. It was awesome! They truly seem to love dogs, but I wouldn't expect much less from this kind of a place. The dogs were in heaven cause they had to do a temperament check which consisted of us leaving them there for an hour to meet and play with the other dogs. We picked them up and they were worn out from just that hour at the doggy daycare. Imagine how worn out they'll be if we board them there for a few days! Anyway, the place was great and the dogs loved it, so we're ecstatic to have found such a great place to board our dogs when it's necessary. And the fact that being part of the doggy daycare is included in the boarding price is just phenomenal. Other places made you pay extra for your dogs to be able to play in their doggy daycare. It just makes sense to include it to me.

Then on Saturday morning we woke up and got ready for our ride. We ended up riding a total of 33.53 miles! It was definitely harder than being on the stationary bike. Endurance-wise I was fine, but my shoulders were really feeling it toward the end since I was bent over the whole time and I'm a bit more upright on my stationary bike. Not completely upright, but just not the same angle as on my road bike. It felt great though. I was very proud of riding the whole trail. We had both brought two bottles of water which we drained and ended up having to pick up more water on the way home. I was definitely dehydrated! It was a great ride, though, I really felt accomplished.

After the ride we went home, showered and loaded up the puppies to take them to the dog park. We spent probably 45 mins or so walking around with the dogs while they ran and played. We wanted them to tire themselves out as much as we were. It's always fun watching them run around.

After that we stopped by the grocery store for Steve to pick up some things so he could cook me dinner. We went home, popped open a couple of beers and I just sat at the dining table and watched him cook. I was reflecting on the great day and was just in the absolute best mood. Steve started me off with some Shrimp Bisque. He added some fresh parmesan shavings to the bowl before serving it to me. He followed that up with some green beans that he cooked in garlic and butter. They were really yummy! He told me later that he made those because he knows how much I like the green bean fries at Friday's (although I haven't had those in ages since I know they are far from healthy) and he thought they might remind me of those. Then the main entree was steak, risotto that he served in a tomato that he had scooped out the insides topped with parmesan shavings and baked, and finally some asparagus. It was a ton of food, but he had definitely pulled out all of the stops. Right before we began eating he pulled out a certain little black box and PROPOSED!!! Talk about the perfect ending to the perfect day! Honestly I couldn't be happier. I love him to death and can't wait to marry him and start a family! For those of you that want to see here's the ring. I've always said that once we get engaged the ring will be my visual reminder to make healthy choices. This change I'm making is a lifestyle change, but getting fit for my wedding is now just an additional incentive.


I hope you all have an amazing week!

Friday, May 21, 2010

100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is my 100th post!!!! Woo hoo!!!!! I weighed in this morning at 186.2 lbs...I was soooo close to meeting my 20 lb goal. Oh well, I'll hit it next week, but dang. I weighed and re-weighed myself like 5 times. Lol. I tried expelling all the air in my belly, then I tried sucking in and standing as straight as I could, then I tried going pee, but alas it stood firm at 186.2 lbs. You can't blame a girl for trying. My BMI is now 27.9 which is awesome! I just keep inching closer and closer to my goal. I really can't ask for more than that.

Ok, so in celebration of my 100th post I'm setting a goal for myself this week. When it comes to exercise I've been slacking and I really want to get my butt in gear. So I'm setting a goal for myself to bike 100 miles between now and next weeks weigh in. I really want to kick my butt in gear and see a decent loss. Steve and I have already talked about going for an outdoor ride this weekend, so I'm thinking I'll try and talk him into going for a ride on the Monon trail again tomorrow but this time I want to go all the way up to the top. That's about a 30 mile ride. It shouldn't be a problem at all considering I just did that distance on my stationary bike. Steve will be stoked. He's been wanting to ride the full length of the trail, so he'll be excited that I'll now be willing to do it. After that ride I should have about 70 miles left and that should be easy peasy. Who knows, maybe I'll even throw in a little weight training too.

I definitely want to get back into weight training. Our home gym isn't set up right now. We had to disconnect one part, because we were missing a nut and bolt for another part and we needed to match it. We got the new nuts and bolts but have yet to put things back together. It should be relatively easy, so that'll be another project for this weekend. My friend's wedding is only 3 weeks away, so it'd be a good idea to get to work on my arms since the dress is strapless. Speaking of the dress...I still haven't gotten mine. It's supposed to arrive either today or Monday so I'll just have to be patient. However, I spoke with another big busted bridesmaid last night and she had some MAJOR issues. She couldn't even get close to zipping her dress up around her boobs. She says it's like it was made for an A cup, which we are both very much not. On top of that there's not enough fabric to let it out, so her seamstress has to go shopping for extra fabric. She's going to try to match it and she's going to add the extra fabric on either side underneath the arms. If she can't match it she's going to go for a similar fabric in black since there's this black belt on the dress. Ugh. I really hope I don't have to do that, but she gave me a heads up since at first she was freaked out and she wanted to give me a plan of attack should I have the same problem with my dress, so we can at least do the same thing. Lol, honestly having big boobs is not all it's cracked up to be let me tell you. My measurements are currently 1.75 inches less in the bust than the measurements on the sizing chart, but we'll see.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great weekend planned. We're going to have that bike ride and then we're also planning to get sushi, which should be a lot of fun. It'll just be Steve and I, but we always have a nice time when we go there so I'm really looking forward to it. Tonight we are stopping by Performance Bicycles to see if there's anything we need that we can use a 10% off coupon that we got in the mail. Have an amazing weekend!

***Edited*** Steve just weighed in and he lost 1.6 lbs for a total of 3.2 lbs in the two weeks he's been doing weight watchers with me. I'm so proud of him!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Doctor's Visit Stats

I went to the doctor yesterday and found out some very interesting stats about myself. First off I'm 5' 8 1/2", not 5' 8". That extra 1/2 inch is silly, but it totally made my day. You see, when I was in high school I always thought I was 5' 9". Then I did this stupid modeling thing and they measured my height and insisted I was 5' 8". I was totally bummed, because at the time I was convinced I wanted to model (even though I was painfully shy) and that inch does make a difference in the modeling world. Obviously all this modeling crap means nothing now, but to find out that I'm just a smidge taller than I thought makes me smile. Plus, that means that my BMI is ever so slightly lower than I thought it was and that's always a good thing. It was 28.5, but that half an inch drops it to 28.0. Woo hoo, that means hopefully (assuming I have even just a miniscule loss) when I weigh in tomorrow I will be in the 27's. :-D

The next thing was my blood pressure. It's kind of a long story, but basically a year ago I was trying to get the depo birth control shot. My insurance had switched and my doctor was no longer covered under the new policy, so I was assigned a new doctor. I call the new doctor to make an appointment and they inform me they don't do depo shots in their office. I don't know why they didn't, but whatever. We were moving from San Diego to Indianapolis in less than a month and I wanted to get the shot before we moved so I figured I'd just go to Planned Parenthood.

First off there were people standing out front with some nasty protest pics...not what I was expecting, but I digress. I get in, watch the Wedding Singer in the waiting room and am fully relaxed. They finally call me and a nurse does my blood pressure. She acts kind of weird and then eventually gets the doctor who then does the blood pressure again. She then tells me that my blood pressure is high and that she can't give me the shot because of it. She tells me I should go to the emergency room right away and get on blood pressure meds to bring it down. She gives me a pamphlet on high blood pressure and sends me on my way. I'm completely freaked out and am looking over the pamphlet and seeing all the crazy things that could happen, such as having a stroke. The freak out gets worse. I call Steve and I'm just bawling. He tells me to relax and to just come home. I get home and I do a little research. We had plans that evening with his family, since we were about to move away from them halfway across the country (and Steve had never lived anywhere but CA) so I felt guilty about thinking about canceling. In the end, I didn't cancel and I didn't go to the doctor. I saw a story online about a guy with high blood pressure who refused to go on meds and instead just exercised and improved his eating habits, so I decided I could do that too. And in the mean time I'd keep an eye on any weird symptoms should they arise and I'd eat healthier. Whether this was right or wrong is irrelevant at this point as this was the decision I made at the time. I was completely unsure of it, but that's what I did.
Fast forward 4-6 months. I haven't lost any weight. I have moved across the country, moved into a temporary apartment, then moved again into the house we bought, unpacked, got puppies and mostly forgot about the high blood pressure scare. Finally in November, 6 months after the fact, is when I got my shit together and got serious. Now 6 months after I began and a year after the scare my blood pressure is a healthy 122/80. I believe that's pretty much exactly where I want it to be, so that's a huge relief to know that it is now normal.

Another thing is my resting heart rate. I've always felt like I had a high resting heart rate. I have a few female family members that have had heart issues. One even had a valve replacement at 27...that's how I old I am. Needless to say this blood pressure and heart rate business have concerned me considering my family history. My heart rate was 70 bpm which is completely normal as well. However, considering my family history my doctor is going to check my cholesterol just to make sure everything is as it should be. This is the last piece of this puzzle to make sure my heart is healthy, but so far so good.

One last thing that I'm really happy about is that I will be getting a mammogram. I'm sure those of you that are older and get them probably don't look forward to them, however, I have been requesting to get one the past few years and doctors have talked me out of it. My grandmother had breast cancer (she beat it) and it has made me a bit more cautious. Add on top of that that Steve's mom had breast cancer (she beat it too) as well and Steve's focus for his PhD work is breast cancer research. All of these things make breast cancer very near to my heart in terms of research, but also make me want to be cautious for myself. Finally this new doctor of mine agreed to order a mammogram for me. Now I just need to find out if my insurance company will cover it...

Those were the big things from the doctors appointment. There are 2 more items I wanted to mention...my goals!! I am 1.2 lbs away from having lost 20 lbs and 1.8 lbs from having lost 10% of my starting weight!! I'm hoping that either this week or next week I will have reached both of these goals. Fingers crossed. Tomorrow is my weigh in, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Goal Achieved!

I set a goal for myself to cycle at least 26.2 miles last night. What I actually ended up doing was 30.03 miles in 1 hour 52 mins! That's a little over 16 mph. I'm very proud of that! I'm just happy that I set a goal for myself and I not only met it, but exceeded it. It was honestly one of the best rides I've had too. I just had this energy like no other. Usually there are times where I struggle through 10 miles, but the first 10 miles just flew by. One of the big differences about this was my frame of mind. Instead of going into it dreading it or worrying about it I was confident and excited to accomplish this goal. My thighs were definitely screaming by the end, but it was so worth it. I really felt great afterward. I am very proud of myself. Here's a sweaty pic taken after I finished.


Other than that it's just life as usual. I had a super yummy meatball (made with ground chicken) sandwich for dinner with brussels sprouts and it was awesome. I LOVE meatball sandwiches! I swear I could eat them every day. Anyway, back to work. I hope you are all having as great of a week as I am!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Guacamole Hummus/Biking Challenge

Has anyone out there tried Trader Joe's Guacamole Hummus? OH MY GAWD (Friend's reference anyone?)!!! It added some major flavor to a turkey sandwich I made today. I happen to love both guacamole and hummus, so this combo was right up my alley. On top of that it's just 50 calories (or 1 point if your a ww) for 2 Tbsp and you can't beat that. This will definitely be a new staple in my house.

One other thing I made recently that was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G was some boneless country style pork ribs. Usually I'll use barbecue sauce when I make ribs, but this time I decided to go a little heavier on the spices and see if I needed to add sauce after they were cooked. Turns out...sauce was completely unnecessary. I used a No Salt Mrs. Dash blend and generously poured that onto the ribs with a little salt and some pepper. Then I rubbed it in real good, flipped it over and did the same thing on the other side so it was coated in spices. I heated up the good old George Foreman grill and got to cooking. It was probably the best meat dish I've ever made! I should have taken a picture because they looked as yummy as they tasted. We devoured those ribs and just paired them with some veggies to keep the rest of the meal more low cal. I think I need to go to the store and pick up some more ribs!

On a completely different note, I was thinking last night about the Biggest Loser challenge where they had to cycle 26.2 miles on a stationary bike. I have done 20 miles numerous times, so I have no doubt about being able to handle it. Decision made! Tonight after work, in roughly an hour, I will begin this cycling challenge I set for myself and will cycle 26.2 miles. Who knows, if I'm feeling good I may up it to 30 miles! Have you set any major physical challenges for yourself? If not, I say set one! Push yourself to do something you think (thought) you aren't capable of. You can do this!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Weigh In!!

I weighed in this morning at 187.2 lbs!!! That's a new low for me. I lost 1.2 lbs since last week. :-) I'm totally happy with this. I'm finally going in the right direction and making progress and that's the important thing. Also, Steve has lost 1.6 lbs this past week, so he's doing awesome too!

I've mentioned before that I'm going to be maid of honor in my best friend's wedding. The wedding is June 12th, so it's coming up. We ordered our bridesmaids dresses at the end of November of last year...and they still haven't come in. The estimated arrival date is May 24th, because apparently they screwed something up (we were supposed to get the dresses in March!). The bride of course is freaked out. I, however, am actually glad for the delay. Just because I can keep focusing on losing a few more pounds before I have to get my dress fitted. I'll have to find a tailor/seamstress that can do the alterations in a short period of time, but I think it'll be fine. I just have this feeling that everything will work out. Hopefully I can stay this levelheaded when it's my own wedding!

Other than that there's not a lot going on for me. Life is busy as usual. We've got some errands to run this weekend. Taking the dogs to the dog park is on the list and that's always a blast. So far I've gone by myself and Steve's gone by himself, so it'll be nice to go together. I'm definitely looking forward to it. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Biking Galore and Puppy Graduation

Steve and I went for a great bike ride last night. It was kind of a last minute thing, but the great thing this time of year is how late it stays light out! We were out cycling until 9pm and it was just starting to get slightly darker. We cycled on the Monon trail. We used to live in a different area of Indianapolis and we were only about a block from the trail, so we could just hop on our bikes and ride to the trail and then just go for it. Now, however, we've got about a 25 minute drive to get us to the trail so we have to load up all our gear and our bikes and drive to the trail.

We started at 16th Street and rode up to 86th Street and back and that was about 18 miles total. It took us a little under an hour and a half, so not too shabby. One of these days we'll ride all the way up to where the trail ends and back and that'll be a little over 30 miles. We'll just have to do that on a weekend when we have a little more time and a little more daylight. It feels really good to know that I am more than capable of doing that. I think back to when I started this whole journey and the idea of doing 15 or 20 miles just sounded impossible and now I'm willing and able to do double that.

On Tuesday of this week I had my puppy Dot's graduation from the intermediate training class. She's still a little pain in the ass (which somehow makes her more loveable at times), but she did a great job and graduated. Here's a pic from her graduation. :-) Not the best picture of me after wrestling that cap onto her head and multiple attmepts at getting a good shot of her, but she looks adorable. I think it'd be safe to say she's a happy dog. It's great being a pet parent!


Check back tomorrow for my weigh in!!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Well Hello There!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was tiring, but a lot of fun. Everything seemed to fall into place with the bachelorette party I planned, so that was nice. The bride was very happy and you can't ask for much more than that. :-) I had a few drinks, but overall was pretty good and didn't indulge too much which was good considering I had a 4 1/2 hour drive home the next day, lol. Also, before we went out we had dinner and I made a very healthy dinner choice of seared ahi with a side of asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Yum!

I'm just feeling really good about life right now. Sometimes you just make a small shift in mindset and that completely changes your attitude and your outlook on life.

Steve had an amazing first year in his PhD program. He was surprised how well he did, but I never doubted him for a second. It's nice to see him realize what he's capable of. He's going to be working under a professor with an amazing reputation for the rest of the PhD program and was told by another faculty member that he has no idea how great of a choice that professor was and how he has set himself up for an amazing career by starting out working under him. I'm so proud of him I can't even put it into words.

I was feeling unhappy with my work and I realized it was completely in my control to be satisfied. I decided I'm going to just really put my all into my work and be appreciative of all the things that I have to be grateful for. I have a boss that appreciates me, coworkers that respect me, a good income, a flexible schedule and I am able to work from home. Honestly when I pulled myself out of my funk I realized how much I had to be grateful for in terms of my career and if I just really start investing myself in my work I'll be much more satisfied. I've only made this shift in thinking recently, but it's already made a world of difference.

On top of all that Steve's really been letting me know how much he appreciates me lately and that means the world to me. To know that you're loved and appreciated means more than people sometimes give credit for. I was gone for one weekend and he told me how much he missed me and how it was hard for him to sleep without me there. It's silly, but it feels good to be needed like that. While I was gone he just let me be and was happy I was having a good time with friends, but when I got back he let me know how he felt. It puts a smile on my face. :-) Then of course there were the puppies that were just ecstatic I was home. Lol. I mean since I work from home I'm pretty much with them all day every day, so they definitely missed me.

Overall, life is just good. Steve and I are both counting our points and making progress and I couldn't be happier. Now I better get back to work!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Weigh In

I've got to make this short and sweet. I'm getting ready to hop in the car and drive up to WI for my friend's bachelorette party this weekend. I weighed in today at 188.4 lbs. I'm at the exact weight of my previous low before I gained. I'm looking forward to a new low next week! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Weekend Update

I had a very productive weekend! Steve had to study for his last final and I'm going out of town this coming weekend, so I used the weekend to get a lot done. Saturday was errands, errands, errands. We picked up a brand new table and chairs for outside. Then we decided to stop at Goodwill to shop a little before Steve went back home to study. I ended up getting this really great find. It looked like it used to be on top of a dresser, but basically it's a mirror on top of a drawer that probably used to be used for storing jewelry when it was attached to a dresser. We're going to turn it into a vanity for me! I've been wanting a vanity, but we just haven't had the money to spend on something so obviously unnecessary. Then we found this bad boy and it was $13!! You just can't beat that. We're either going to just add legs to it or find an inexpensive table or a table at a garage sale or something and attach it to the table. Check out the pic below. There's a drawer, but we took it out when we were moving it around that's why there's just a hole where the drawer is supposed to be.


After that we took Steve home and I went back out. I went to Target to shop for a dress and some shoes for my best friend's bachelorette party next weekend. On impulse I grabbed this kind of trendy dress. I didn't think for a second it would look good on me, but I figured why not just try it on. I get it on and I totally think it's cute on me and am completely surprised! It's a little on the short side, but I really like it! Ignore the cut off head in the pic, I had no makeup on and my hair was a mess. Lol.


After that was grocery shopping. I was really proud of my purchases at the grocery store. Steve is a snacker and wanted some crackers, so I looked at nutrition info and picked out a few better choices for him. I picked out stuff that was lower in calories and fat and higher in fiber (making them lower in points values). I have this nifty calculator that does point conversions for me...of course I forgot it, but even without it I did a pretty good job. I got a lot of Kashi stuff and organic stuff and overall just made really good choices even on the snacky stuff and even considering the fact that I committed the ultimate grocery sin of shopping while hungry. I also got some good fruits and veggies. Yesterday's dinner included mussels, artichokes, cauliflower and strawberries. Yum!

Once I got home we unloaded everything, had some dinner and then I spent a while writing the points values on everything. When all was said and done it was 11pm and I hadn't even rested for a second. Sunday I got to chill a bit more, but said chilling was interspersed with taking the puppies to the groomers, doing laundry, picking up puppies, doing more laundry and more...and more. We had a ridiculous amount of laundry, but I got it all finished. And I'm sure walking up and down the stairs a million times with the laundry basket burned a few calories. Even though I didn't really "do" much I felt really good about what I accomplished this weekend. I hope you all had a great weekend!