Thursday, July 29, 2010

Weigh In

This is going to be short and sweet. My weigh in today...no change. Honestly I just haven't been tracking my food and that obviously isn't working for me. This next week I really need to track my food and utilize the classes at the place where I paid for unlimited use for the month and then I should really start to see things moving again. I did take my measurements and here they are:

Neck: 13.0 (no change)
Bicep: 12.0 (no change)
Forearm: 9.5 (-0.25)
Chest: 41.0 (-0.25)
Waist: 34.5 (-1.5)
Hips: 42.5 (-0.5)
Thigh: 23.0 (-0.25)
Calf: 14.5 (-0.25)
Total: 190.0 (-3.0)

I've lost 3 inches overall since I last took my measurements 2 months ago and 20.5 inches since I began. I'll definitely take that. Now I'm off to work my butt off today and then celebrate my birthday this weekend!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Open House and My Birthday!!!

I have been a busy bee as of late. Monday I took my first Pilates class. I really enjoyed it! It wasn't the hardest thing I've ever done, which is a good thing, but I can definitely see how it would help lengthen your muscles and make you look long and lean. It did get me sweating a little, so it definitely wasn't exactly a piece of cake. Overall I really liked it and I look forward to returning every Monday (I bought a month unlimited pass for this place since it has the Zumba class I took on Saturday, the pilates class and it also has spinning classes which I plan to take).

Yesterday I was going to take a spinning class, but then my realtor informed me he wanted to do an open house this Sunday. I'm all for it since we've only had one person in the house so far and the house has now been on the market for a month. I'm hoping we at least get a few people in here during the open house. Anyway, since we're having the open house on Sunday I need the house to be picture perfect. I'm going out of town this weekend, leaving tomorrow evening actually, so last night and tonight were the only nights I'd have to get everything I needed to get done taken care of and Zumba's tonight, so I decided to put off spinning last night to get stuff done and then tonight I'll go to Zumba and then finish up everything else that needs to be done.

I'm really looking forward to this weekend! My 28th birthday is on Monday, so I'm leaving tomorrow evening after work and driving up to WI to stay at my best friend's house and then I'll head back Monday evening. It should definitely be a great time. My last birthday wasn't spent with any friends or anything, so I'm looking forward to really getting to celebrate with friends and just have a great time. I'll try and remember to take a few pictures so you can share in my birthday celebration with me!

I'm going to weigh in tomorrow, a day early, since I'll be driving up to WI tomorrow evening. I'm also going to do measurements since I haven't done them in forever and it's time to get on top of that. Till tomorrow...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Zumba, The Dog Park and Painting!

I had THE best weekend. Friday night I had some wine and watched movies and just hung out with my dogs. Then Saturday morning I got up and went to my first Zumba class. I absolutely LOVED it!!!! I've heard a lot about people taking Zumba classes and really enjoying it, but I just hadn't gotten myself out there to try it. First off, walking into the place that offers the class I immediately liked it. There were a bunch of women in the room waiting for the class to begin and they just seemed like a bunch of friends. I feel like a lot of these women use this class as a chance to socialize as well as get/stay fit. I'm hoping I hit it off with someone and maybe get a new friend or two out of it, but who knows. I tend to be a little shy in situations like this and just keep to myself, but if someone approaches me, then I'm an open book and am completely outgoing. Anywho, the class started and I immediately had a huge grin on my face. I'm a dancer at my core, even though it's been quite some time since I've actually danced. So when we started dancing I was immediately on cloud nine. Plus, since I love to dance I put that extra little oomph into each of the moves which helps me burn even more calories. The moves were a lot of hip hop and salsa/latin type moves, which I really enjoy so that was fun. Overall it was just great. The first half hour I was rocking it, but the second half I did have to push a bit harder. I think that's a good thing though, it just means that the class challenges me. I will definitely be back for more Zumba!

After the class I went home and showered and loaded up the dogs and took them to the dog park. It was fairly hot out, so the dog park was completely empty. Luckily my dogs have each other to play with so it wasn't a big deal. Since it's basically just a huge fenced in field we just walked around the entire park a few times and spent about half an hour there. The dogs loved it of course.

After that I took the dogs home and went out and did a little shopping. Lately I've been coming out my shell a bit more in terms of how I dress and my "style". I'm just enjoying buying things that really make me feel good about myself. I'm still on a budget, so I didn't go crazy but I got a couple things at Old Navy. Here are pics of a few of the things I got and the colors I got them in:


I also got a long black sun dress that I couldn't find a picture of and a pair of black exercise shorts. I went to Victoria's Secret too and bought some new bras. Let me tell you, that was LONG overdue. The bras I had just didn't fit well. I've known for a while that I should get a few new ones, so since it's my birthday in a week and Victoria's Secret sent me a coupon in the mail I figured what the heck and bought myself some pretty bras that actually fit! What a concept, lol.

After my little shopping spree I went home, had dinner and then I painted! Two of my hobbies checked off in one day! I painted the picture for a friend of mine, so I don't want to post a picture of it before I give it to them, but I think I did really good. More importantly, though, I enjoyed it. Painting is just soothing. That was the end of my day and I couldn't have been happier.

I woke up on Sunday feeling energized and a little sore from Zumba, but I was still just feeling really good about life. I met up with a friend and we went to this little store that opened recently near her place where everything in the store is handmade. I bought these cute earrings and couple hair pins with flowers. Then we went to the movies and afterward got some pizza at this great pizza place. It was definitely another great day.

I'm just feeling really good about life right now. I'm happy about these changes I'm seeing in myself and my attitude. Life is good. :-)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Weigh In

I weighed in this morning at 182.4 lbs. That's a 0.6 lb loss since last week. Nothing huge, but hey, it's a loss, so I'll take it. :-) I need to really focus on exercise these next two weeks or so, because I'd love love love to get down to the 170's. My low weight last time I attempted to lose weight was 176.5 lbs, so I can't wait to surpass that. I got there way faster than I am this time around, but this time I think it'll stick. So even though it's taking a while I don't think I'll end up putting the weight back on again. I just won't. Anyway, I'm hoping to get into the 170's over the next two weeks or so. That would mean I'd have to lose an average of 1.3 lbs per week. I can do this!

On another note I had some great food yesterday. In the afternoon I was feeling hungry, so I decided to have a more substantial snack. These shrimp were actually huge! I had 5 shrimp and a sweet chili sauce to dip them in. I only used half of the sauce in the picture. It was a great snack and it was only 130 calories.

Then for dinner I wanted to use up some lettuce in my fridge that was going to go bad if I didn't eat it, so I made a huge salad. I washed and chopped up the lettuce, chopped up half an orange heirloom tomato and a little red onion. Then I cooked a chicken breast on my George Foreman grill and chopped that up. Finally I topped it off with this peanut vinaigrette dressing I have. The whole thing was just 266 calories. Not too shabby!


I've really been making an effort to track my sodium and keep sodium levels down and it's much harder than I thought. I'm shooting to keep it under 2000 mg a day. That is NOT easy. The first day I had nearly 4000!!! There were a few things I ate that contributed to it being that high. The Fiber One pancake mix had 440 mg, pasta had 488 mg, some light italian dressing (that I LOVE) had 720 mg, some turkey lunch meat had 632 mg, meatless meatballs had 608g and finally a piece of naan had 390 mg. It was just crazy to me how much sodium was in some of these items. I did much better yesterday, but it's definitely something you have to be conscious of or it's so easy to go over.

I guess that's all for now. I hope you all have something fun planned this weekend!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yummy Eats and High Blood Pressure?

I made the most amazing dinner last night. I grilled these boneless pork ribs. They were soooo good! All you need with these bad boys is a little salt free spice rub and they are good to go. On the side I made a cold pasta salad. I made some spaghetti and while it was cooking/cooling I chopped up a cucumber, a tomato, a little bit of red onion and some goat cheese. Then I mixed it all with a little light italian dressing. Yum!


I also got in some cycling last night. I did 20 miles in 81 mins. That's just under 15 mph. Nothing mind blowing, but it was a decent ride. It felt good to be active.


Finally, this morning when I woke up I just wanted a warm breakfast. I used some Fiber One pancake mix and added some frozen blueberries and made one big blueberry pancake with a little light syrup. I also had like a cup of fresh blueberries on the side.


One thing I wanted to mention is that I've been having blood pressure issues. I've gone to the doctor and it's normal and I've gone again and it's at the low end of high, so my doctor suggested over the next few weeks I test myself sporadically and then go see her with the results. So while I'm doing these random tests I'm also going to track my sodium intake and make sure I exercise daily. The last thing I want is to be told I need to go on blood pressure meds, so I need to do what it takes to get myself to where I need to be so that these high blood pressure readings no longer happen.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hobbies

When I started this blog I said that I wanted to get back to the person that I used to be. I think I've made some major strides toward that, one hard, but necessary thing, being the break up. I feel much more like "me" than I have in a long time. However, being single again and living in Indiana in a big house all by myself leaves me with a TON of time to do whatever it is I'd like to do. I don't have to check in with anyone or make plans based on someone else's wants or needs. I can just focus on my own wants and needs. That's definitely a freeing thing.

One thing all of this free time has helped me realize is that I'm not doing anything to foster the hobbies I used to have. So many times over the past few years people would ask me what my hobbies were or what I did for fun and I felt like I never had a real answer. I would think of the things that I used to do, but it just wasn't something I made a priority in my day to day life, which is sad. I had fallen so far away from doing the things that truly make me happy and it felt impossible to get it all back.

I'm going to start to work toward changing that. I do have things that I truly enjoy doing that really make me happy. One thing that I've always held onto is reading. Every night before I go to bed I read. What I read is not this amazing literature that's going to change the world, but I read trashy romance novels and murder mysteries and I'm ok with that. It helps to just be able to lose yourself in a story and forget about all of life's problems for a period of time and that's what reading does for me. I can guarantee that for the rest of my life I will read and it will very likely be a trashy romance novel on my bedside table.

There are a few hobbies that I was a part of in the past that I'm going to work toward bringing back into my life. The first is dancing. I absolutely love dancing. Dancing is another one of those things for me where I can let go of all my inhibitions and just "be". I took dance from the time I was 5 and even taught for a few years in high school and was part of a traveling dance troupe. Then college came along and I was much busier and I took the occasional dance class, but since the arts were not my area of focus it just kind of fell to the wayside. Then it was kind of funny, because I had gained some weight and I stopped dancing because I didn't feel comfortable next to a lot of the other dancers since they were mostly fit. It was funny, because it was kind of a self fulfilling prophecy. I didn't dance because I was overweight, but if I had danced maybe I wouldn't have been overweight. Dancing is a great thing for me to get back into, because it accomplishes two goals at once. It gets me additional exercise in which will help me get to the healthy weight I want to be at and at the same time it'll make me happy because I'll be doing something that I truly love that'll just make my soul happy. Now I need to get out there and see if I can find a belly dancing class or a hip hop class or something fun like that!

One other thing I'm going to start doing more of is painting. Now, I've never taken any sort of painting classes (although I've always wanted to), so I am about as much of a novice as I could possibly be. However, I find true joy out of painting. My thought is this, I'll start painting for fun and see where that takes me. Then once I move to Milwaukee I'll see if there are any painting classes I can take to help me learn a little about this hobby I know nothing about, but enjoy.

One last hobby that I love, probably more than anything else, is singing. Now the problem here is I don't know what to do about this hobby other than singing in the shower or singing in my car (which I already do of course, lol). This is a hobby that it's not exactly easy to keep going as an adult, unless you're religious and want to sing as part of a church choir (which I'm not) or you're looking to do it on more of a professional level. I'm not sure what exactly I can do to foster this hobby, but I'll definitely put some thought into it and see if I come up with anything.

So those are some of my plans for the near future. Do you have any hobbies you let fall to the wayside that you'd love to reclaim?

I went to this great little market yesterday! Basically it's a year round indoor farmer's market, or at least that's how they refer to themselves. It's this little storefront that has tons of fresh fruits, vegetables, pies, honey, bread, cheese, etc. Everything comes from local farms and is wonderfully fresh and flavorful. It's a little bit of a drive from my house, but totally worth it. Plus they gave me this cute wooden basket to take home all of my wares. :-) I got peaches, blueberries, blackberries, goat cheese, a yellow onion, a red onion, a couple heirloom tomatoes, a regular tomato, a green zucchini, a yellow zucchini, a cucumber and some lettuce.

This morning I decided to make a yummy breakfast using the fresh blueberries I picked up last night, so mixed together oatmeal, vanilla greek yogurt, blueberries and walnuts. It was fantastic!


That's all for now. I hope you're all having a great week!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Weigh In

I've got to make this short and sweet. I weighed in this morning at 183.0. I was totally surprised I stayed the same. My clothes have been fitting so much better I thought for sure I'd have a great weigh in. But alas, it stayed the same. It will go down in due time. I'll just keep at it and I'll get there eventually. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Good News!

I had my first showing of the house today! I know that doesn't really mean anything, but I'm just happy to at least have gotten my first people through the house. Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky. Really I'm just happy to have at least gotten one showing. We'll see if anything happens from here.

Aside from that I had a pretty good day yesterday. I made good food choices and rode my bike for almost an hour and a half. I'm planning to ride again tonight and to continue tracking my points. I'm planning to really be good this week and hopefully that will result in my first decent loss in a while. Anything over a pound would make me ecstatic.

I'm in much better spirits today than I was before. The showing helped, the good food choices and exercise helped and just time in general helped. I knew it wouldn't take me too long to get over my "blues" and that's proven to be true. Also, I've got plans to drive up to WI and see friends this weekend, so that'll be great.

Anyway, I hope you're all having a great week!

Monday, July 12, 2010

This is really hard...

Yesterday and today have been really rough for me. Not food-wise or really even in terms of the relationship, just with where my life's at at this point. Yesterday Steve took three of the cats to his new place. I've been looking forward to it in some ways, because with five cats and two dogs there's just so much pet hair. Then there's litter boxes and the fact that we're trying to sell the house and I just knew everything would be easier once some of the cats were out of the house. Also, I've felt for a while now that we just had too many pets. I knew it'd be hard and I'd miss them, but it was harder than I expected. I work from home, so they are always with me. I've still got the two cats we had the longest, but it was hard nonetheless. I was the one that put them in the carriers. With each one I started crying a little more. When he left and I just had to let go and let myself cry it out a bit. I know it'll be alright, but right now it's tough.

Then on top of that I just don't feel like I have a lot of support down here. I have friends, don't get me wrong, but they are mutual friends and I feel like there are certain things they just don't want to hear or don't want me to talk about so I can't fully open up. Now is a time when I need to be around people I can just let it all out with and I just don't feel I have that. I have other friends that I can be completely open with, but one is in CA and another is in WI. I have others that are supportive, but really two people have been there for me the most throughout this and they're just not close by so it's hard.

In a few days I'll probably be feeling better. I think it's just the cats being taken and me being down here alone this past weekend that's made it more difficult. I'm hoping to go up to WI again this weekend and stay with friends. This too shall pass...right?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Weigh In!!

Hey guys! Sorry I haven't posted for over a week. Things have been extremely hectic for me. I've been doing lots of projects around the house to get it in tip top shape, helping Steve move stuff over to his new place, cleaning, packing some of my own stuff, etc. On top of that I went out of town this past weekend, so it's just been crazy. The past two days have been especially crazy. We had a photographer coming to take pictures yesterday, so we had to get everything picture perfect. That meant finishing off all of those little projects (touching up paint, etc.) and then putting away EVERYTHING. We stayed up till after midnight Wed night finishing everything and putting everything away. Then yesterday we had our cleaning lady and her daughter come over to get every last hair, so that the house looked spic and span in the pictures. And then when they were thisclose to being done the photographer showed up, so there was this overlap of trying to get them out so he could get in...it was just crazy. After he was done we were starving and treated ourselves to a burrito.

This morning when I weighed in I thought for sure I'd see something in the upper 180's. I have been doing a lot around the house, but I haven't really been watching what I eat all that much. In fact, while I was out of town I had a lot of liquid calories. Although, I've been doing a lot of green smoothies for breakfast so at least I was staying nutritious there and was trying not to overeat even if I wasn't eating the best thing. Let me just cut to the chase. I weighed in this morning at 183.0 lbs. Nothing mind blowing, but hey that's a decrease and with everything going on I'll take it!

I want to get into better eating habits, so when Steve officially moves out this weekend I'm going to overhaul my diet a bit and just start planning better. I have to transition from shopping for two to shopping for one, so I think if I have a planned menu it'll help me not overbuy. I have a tendency to buy more than needed for two, so imagine what that would mean if I'm only buying for me! Anyway, I want to fix these bad habits so I'm going to come up with a plan and stick to it.

Tomorrow I'll definitely be getting in a ton of exercise since I'll be helping Steve move all of his stuff to his new place and I believe it'll just be the two of us. After that I can really start to focus on me and I'm looking forward to that. :-)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mmmmmm...breakfast

Good morning everyone! I had the most amazing breakfast this morning and it was inspired by another blogger. Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point has a really great blog. It's a must read for anyone trying to live a healthier life. I feel like her life is literally what we'd all aspire to have. She makes herself and her husband amazing meals and it's always consisting of fresh whole foods. On top of that she's a runner and a cyclist and seems to be exercising non-stop! Her lifestyle is definitely what I aspire to. Who knows, maybe some day I'll get there. I'm working on it.

Anyway, the reason I brought her up is because of my breakfast! She makes these things she calls oatmeal messes or yogurt messes or something like that. Basically she takes raw oatmeal, greek yogurt and then tosses in whatever else she feels like having that morning. The oatmeal doesn't get cooked, you just eat it raw and you mix it all together. Here's my first attempt at an oatmeal mess:


It contains:
1/2 cup raw oatmeal
1 container Dannon Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1 banana (123g)
5 strawberries (88g)
slivered almonds (7g)

Nutrition info: 438 calories, 6.7g Fat, 9.75g Fiber

It was phenomenal! I really loved it. This definitely won't be the last time I enjoy this for breakfast. Other breakfasts I've tried of hers are a Grilled Banana Sandwich and Green Monster Smoothies (made with 2 cups spinach, 1 cup soy milk - she uses rice milk, 1 banana, 15 frozen cherries and 1/2 cup oatmeal if you want to give it some more substance or not if you just want a pick me up). None of her breakfasts so far have disappointed. They've all been very flavorful and filling. You can't beat that. I'm going to have to try some of her other recipes for sure. Now I just need to get as active as she is!

I'm leaving tonight to drive up to WI for the holiday weekend. I'm very excited! A little time with my best friend is just what the doctor ordered. I hope you all have a great 4th of July!