Wednesday, April 14, 2010
See ya there!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
On the wagon, off the wagon, on the wagon, off the wagon.....
Fatty-bo-batty has taken over for the last few days. Still been making it to the gym for the most part but stuffing my face every chance I get with the worst kind of garbage....will power weak....not exactly the life adjustment I was hoping for. So shame on me....
On a positive note - been working out still, even though I haven't been writing:
Week 8, Day 32 - 1500 yd swim and indoor soccer on 2/23/10
Week 8, Day 33 - TurboKick class on 2/23/10
Week 8, Day 34 - RPM spin class on 2/24/10
Week 8, Day 35 - Body Attack class on 2/27/10
Since my shin splints are preventing me from running - I have decided to break up the routine with some classes - they are super high energy and help me with motivation and prevent me from getting bored with only swimming, biking and running.....and I walk out of them with my rear being kicked!!
Also on a positive side - caffeine free for 9 days!! Only been drinking water - and not a drop of alcohol....
Because I am a little discouraged by my continued bad habits, I have decided to not hand myself another poo sandwich by weighing and measuring myself this week....
We are now starting over with week 1 from the schedule we have been following - with more intensity and speed this time around!! Soccer tonight for workout #36.
53 days until triathlon!!!!! Yikes!!!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Biked today - little less than 10 miles. Then headed to the track and was able to run 2 laps (little more than .25 miles) before shin splints about made me cry and unable to walk - no fun. Got home and since Adam and I would probably just keep driving on our snow covered driveway until the snow melted, I figured I would go ahead and shovel - and heck, burn some extra calories....my forearms are so tight, I can barely write or type....oh well.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
ALSO!!! Even though it hasn't been 4 weeks since my last weigh-in, I was curious to see how I had done, especially over vacation with the yummy Dominican food! So HAPPY!!! New weight - 173.2 lbs! That's down 2.4 lbs from my last weigh-in 2 and a half weeks ago and a total loss of 8 lbs! I didn't do all my measurements, but got a little curious and measured my waist too. New waist measurement - 31.5"! That's down another 1.5" from my last weigh-in with a total loss of 3.5" in my waist alone! My next weigh-in and measurement will be March 1st and I can't wait for the results of that.
Little less than 2 weeks ago, I was definitely having some motivation problems and eating and going to the gym were about the last things on my mind (haha, let me correct that....eating is always on my mind - I mean eating healthy wasn't on my mind) A loss of 8 lbs and getting closer to be in the 160s has definitely given my motivation a boost! Being down a dress size sure didn't hurt either!
Ok, ok...enough of the weight loss portion of this journey.....triathlon in 64 days!!! Lots of work to do!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Stef's wedding is in June and I'm so excited to be a bridesmaid for it. Since it's getting closer, I needed to order my dress and went last night to David's Bridal. I tried on dresses a few months ago to narrow down which one I wanted (Stef's letting us pick our own!) and had been trying on size 14......but I fit perfectly in a size 12 yesterday!!! Woohoo!!! If I lose even more weight before the wedding, alterations will be something I'll be very happy to pay for!!!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I did end up working out on 2/4 and 2/6 and twice during vacation on 2/12 and 2/13. I tried not to be a huge pig on vacation and there was a lot of walking and swimming so that helped to keep my butt moving some of the time. Now it's back to the swing of things. Before vacation, you can definitely call the path I was on - Fatty-bo-batty RELAPSE! I can blame it on being busy packing and getting ready to be gone for a week and the face we didn't have groceries or I didn't have time to work out....I could probably make a list of 100 things I told myself to justify why I was "behaving" before we left. So, back to training schedule and eating better. Being a fatty-bo-batty American in a one piece bathing on the beach with my thunder thighs and belly with gorgeous people all around - it helped motivate me a teensy bit. How many more months until summer?? Bring on the two pieces....I'll be ready!!
Week 7 will begin this week with workout #28.
67 days until trithatlon!!! EEEEEK!!!
Adam and I have already signed up. Jimmy is now signed up and friends, Tim and Meghan also signed up!!! So more like 3 guys, 2 girls and a triathlon!! Woot!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I promise I will run with Adam and the puppy tonight in the neighborhood! I promise I will let someone else buy that delicious, wonderful, happy bag of M&Ms....and not let them near my mouth.....haha
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Ok....bad food day. Good workout though. Swam 2100 yards today (~1.2 miles). Did much better than Monday and I am feeling comfortable breathing on both sides. I can swim several laps with only taking about 4 breaths per 25 yards so it's definitely getting easier! So the workout may half cancel out my fatty-bo-battyish ways today??
I also did something that I have never done before in my entire life!!!!.....it's a secret....and NO, I didn't pee in the pool.....
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Today was a good day. Encouraged by my 4 week results, I was motivated to eat a good breakfast and lunch. No 'official' workout today but I do have indoor soccer tonight - and that is definitely a high energy workout.
On a different note, I dreamt about the triathlon last night. I don't usually remember my dreams, but this one I could remember some vague details. The swim in the dream was at Riverplex, the gym I belong to now. The bike was indoor and it was an inflatable arena so everyone was moving very slow. There were food carts at different points of the race and I remember I stopped at one, put my bike on the back of someone's car (and just quit??) and helped myself to sliced roast beef at one of the carts?? I haven't asked the folks organizing the Sullivan Civic Center Triathlon if we will have the option of roast beef during the race.....
I'd also like to give a shout out to Jimmy! (guy #2 in the 2 guys, a girl and a triathlon) Jimmy is officially registered for the race and has been smoke free for over a week!! Wohoo!
Monday, February 1, 2010
- Weight - 175.6 lbs *down 5.6 lbs!
- Hips - 38.5" *down 1.0"
- Waist - 33" *down 2.0"
- Belly - 36.25" *down 2.25"
- Chest - 37.5" *down 1.5"
- Arm - 12.75" *down 0.5" each - so 1.0" total
- Thigh - 26.5" *down 0.5" each - so 1.0" total
So a total of 5.6 pounds and a total of 8.75 inches in only 4 weeks! Celebrate!! Lots more to go, but I'm happy with my 4 week success. I need to learn how to reward myself that doesn't involve food either - because naturally I step on the scale, see the loss, and my first thought? McDonalds for dinner??! I need someone around in times like that to just knock some sense into me. Hehe.......I didn't get McDonalds :)
83 day till Triathlon!!
Only 8 more days until I'm wearing a bathing suit in Dominican Republic!! Wohoo!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Weighing myself Monday - I hope whatever happens or whatever the numbers are, I realize that I've alraedy made progress with working out and eating better and being overall healthier....we'll see....
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I am a fairly regular donor because I definitely see the importance of it. You can donate every 56 days, and I stick pretty close to that when I can. Here are just a few facts taken from the Red Cross website on why you should too!
- Every two seconds someone in the US needs blood - in 2006, 5 million patients received blood in the US alone
- More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer every year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood
- Two most common reasons cited by people who don't give blood are: "Never thought about it" and "I don't like needles"
- One donation can help save the lives of up to three people
- Share of the US population eligible to give blood: Less than 38 percent
For more interesting statistics: http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/blood-facts-and-statistics
Of course it's not necessarily an 'enjoyable' process (I don't like needles either!), but when you think of what you are doing or the fact that millions of people require blood each year, it should help motivate you (And usually they give out free food or snacks wherever you donate!). If less than 38 percent of the population is eligible, what fraction of that actually donates?
Go DONATE! Workouts can wait until tomorrow!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Swam almost a mile today. It's getting a lot easier. I tried to focus on breathing on both sides and I am getting to the point where I don't need to breath every stroke either. I, once again, tried to do the flip thing....oh dear. I need to google how to learn that because my method is obviously not working. HA!
Weigh-in and measurements are coming in only 4 days! I'm nervous and hoping this work is paying off!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
I've never been a huge believer (or user) of 'positive thinking' or affirmations but I will give it a try - Adam is always trying to convince me of the positive effect it can have on attitude and achievements!
Also, I pretty much know what has NOT worked in the past with Weight Watchers so I want to make sure I address them this time around. Here are also some of my wonderful 'excuses' that have not helped me to be successful in the past:
1) If 1 serving is 4 points, that does NOT mean that 2 servings minus one bite is still only 4 points - seriously?? this is the kind of "reasoning" I use
2) If I eat out at a restaurant - I do NOT have to eat french fries with my meal - a meal can be just as complete with a salad or
3) If a food item does not have nutritional information on it, it does not mean there are no points
4) If no on actually sees you eat the food, it doesn't count - no one will know, hehe
5) If you eat the food standing up, the standing up part counts as exercise points so it cancels out whatever food you are eating - I usually use this one as a joke....unless......
OK, OK, so most of those I'm just kidding....sorta....HA!
I could go on for days at some of the ridiculous things that come up in my head - excuses that I make and I just hurt myself when I'm trying to meet my goals. Hopefully this time around I have the right 'formula' to make it work. Thanks for everyone that has been supporting me so far! - specifically Adam and Jimmy.....they help to keep me 'in line'.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
I am getting a little discouraged after 3 weeks. I have been working my little rear off in training almost everyday and for sometimes hours at a time and I feel although I have seen improvements in my abilities in swimming, running and biking, I am not getting closer to my goal of losing weight. I sneaked a measurement last night and don't see much of a difference anywhere....I will definitely stick with weighing and measuring myself in another week and posting my progress.....
Thursday, January 21, 2010
94 days until race day....
I'm eyeing the pants in my closet....
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
During the workout we continued to swim 2100m (1.3 miles)! Because we are overachievers, we also went to do the optional bike after the swim - our first transition workout from swim to bike. After over a mile of swimming, I couldn't get more than 20 minutes of biking - I was worn out.
We went home, sore......
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
So besides running a sprint and losing weight (used generally, I guess I don't have a set goal for weight loss)....I want to tack on another goal to this journey. There are 2 pairs of pants in my closet that currently have a purpose of gathering dust, rather than covering my rear end. One is a pair of jeans that I love and I would love to fit in again (I haven't fit in them in 3 years....am I asking too much here??). The other is a pair of dress pants that I bought and they fit EXACTLY. I wouldn't have been able to fit a penny in the pocket - I'm talking, exactly fit. I wore them once about a year and a half ago and then I ate an apple (ok ok....it was probably a candy bar) and never fit in them again. That one day I wore them I looked good though! HA! I can currently fit in them and practically button and zip them - it's just NOT a pretty site. I'm setting myself to try these on April 24th - the day before the traithlon and we'll see how it works!
Monday, January 18, 2010
So if I had to give myself a grade for this weekend: D-
I didn't completely fail with an F because I didn't do EVERYTHING wrong. We had Subway for dinner Friday and lunch Saturday and with those meals alone, I would have given myself a B-. Saturday night and Sunday........ not as good. Buffet for dinner and of course every option looked good.....except of course the vegetables, so I passed on those. A million choices of wedding cake.....yes, please - had to have a piece. At least I had Diet Coke in my rum instead of the regular cola, right? HA!
Sunday breakfast in the hotel: C-. Lunch Sunday, drive-thru Wendy's: F for food, B- for effort. I should have followed what I said I would do - let Adam order for me. I got a grilled chicken club...meal with fries. Adam blurted out "Cheater!" and my own guilt got to me, so as I pulled away from the drivethru, I dumped about 75% of the fries out in the garbage. OK.....let's get back to a regular schedule and go get some groceries so I can get back on track!
I did workout today though - swam 1500 yards...and I'm tired. Tomorrow will be another transitional workout - bike then run.
Getting back on track TODAY will be the key! Not wait until next week or next month or a date that's an even number or a day of the week that starts with M.....NOW! I can't beat myself up for my D- that I gave myself - that does not do me any good and this is a principle I've failed to pay attention to in the past. My pattern seems to be that once I do poorly for a weekend or day or even one meal, I seem to think that I've blown it and have a hard time continuing with what possibly was wonderful progress for weeks before that. I refuse to let myself fail and struggle for a lifetime that could be filled with so much more instead of being unhappy with myself or the way that I eat. NOW! TODAY!
Friday, January 15, 2010
So now we are heading out of town to Ohio for the weekend for the wedding. I'm optimistically packing workout clothes, this will be a true test of determination if I actually USE said clothes. :) Have a great weekend!!!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
One more workout this week (Thursday) since we will be out of town for a wedding this weekend. Hopefully we will get home Sunday (after a 7 hr drive) and something will motivate me to workout.....not sure if that will work, but I'll try. Since I am usually fairly successful with meals and workouts when I have a set schedule to follow, this weekend will be my first challenge by breaking that routine. I will try....I keep telling myself I can DO IT! "Only one piece of wedding cake, only one piece of wedding cake, only one piece of wedding cake." :)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I came home to a home-cooked meal from Adam - still staying on track with the food. Have only eaten out once in the last week and a half - Saturday for Ariana and Patrick's shower. This weekend will be the next test with food. We will be traveling to Ohio for Chris and Lauren's wedding. That means about 4 meals on the road that I'll have to do my best to behave. :)
Tomorrow is going to be a tough workout - 1500 m swim. Can't wait!
Monday, January 11, 2010
I know I said I wouldn't look...but I couldn't resist. I was drying my hair after the pool and the scale was just looking at me, just asking me to jump on it......so....I did - 178.2 lbs! That's a loss of 2.9 lbs in one week! That definitely helps with motivation. And I didn't do it by starving myself either, which is also promising. I tried to make good decisions on what food I ate and tried to eat less, but I would not say at all that I deprived myself. When I went to Weight Watchers meetings, one of my favorite phrase that I took away was "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." Although the person who came up with that obviously had not tried the chili-cheese fries I ate Saturday night while I was drinking, it does make sense. Even the thought of losing 20 lbs makes me so excited. To be able to fit in half of the things that are in my closet again would feel amazing!
102 days until the triathlon!!
Oh yeah....so last week I said we'd sign up right away to race...however, to sign up you need to know your 400 m swim time. Since I've just started, I want to wait at least a few weeks before I submit a time. I know there is still plenty of room for improvement!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I ran a mile straight!!! I know this doesn't seem like a very interesting accomplishment for most people, but for someone that couldn't run two laps straight a week ago, I was very happy!! I made it almost a mind game with myself - "just one more lap, just a half a lap more....just one more" until I had run a mile! I continued to run/walk for another 2 miles and then walked to finish out about an hour and a half workout! Feels good (without hardly any signs of a hangover!).
One week and six workouts down.....
Friday, January 8, 2010
Even after only four and a half days of improvements, I feel better. I would almost consider myself hyper today! I feel great - motivated, energy is up, looking forward to getting off work and going to the gym (and read more of the book that I'm reading that I almost didn't want to put down after lunch today!) - and I swear it's not caffeine either!
I will say that I'm so thankful for Adam helping me. He's on board with eating healthy with me (and for himself) and working out with me. He gives me the right amount of support to get me to do what I know is right. For example - with ~8 inches of snow on the ground yesterday (and it was still snowing!), we were heading out of the gym and we both knew we had no groceries or anything to make for dinner. He suggested we hit the grocery on the way home. In this weather!??! Wouldn't drive-thru be easier.....and warmer? We detoured to the grocery and had a much better dinner last night and meals for the next few days rather than a #1 with no pickle.
Soooo...........Week 1, Day 6 is tomorrow.....Saturday....a weekend.....sleep in day and be lazy.....workout??? Definitely turning over a new leaf.....
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Even as those words were coming out of my mouth this morning to Adam, I chuckled to myself. I definitely hear some of my mother in that comment (no offense, Mom). I definitely know that if somebody was giving away free food on the other side of the city, come rain or shine or 8 inches of snow, I'd find some way to make it there. But to the other side of the river to the gym? That just doesn't sound safe :) This is just the kind of example of the types of excuses that I have told myself for years! "I can't go to the gym because I'd get sweaty and then I'd have to shower and I don't feel like showering twice in one day because it'll dry out my hair. But I have to be showered, because I have plnas with friends for dinner. I just won't go to the gym then." Don't judge...I can't be the only one that does that! Back to the rules - No Excuses. If those ridiculous explanations aren't the world's worst excuses, I don't know what is. I'll have to forget those! (or get better at making up good ones! Haha)
Workout #4 complete.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
There is a reason Michael Phelps has the back and shoulders of the hood of a small SUV! Today was my first swimming workout. Even before the workout, I asked Adam to buy me a workout worthy swimsuit...my drawers are full of ones that are beach worthy, but might not hold up to me flailing around in the pool for exercise purposes. Ok, so thanks to my wonderful hubby, I now have a swimsuit...CHECK. Goggles...CHECK.
Adam says the idea of this workout is to keep moving in the pool during the laps. Speed is not the goal, the point is to get used to the water, work on form and keep your heart rate up...and my own personal goal - trying not to drown or lose consciousness because I'm so out of breath after only 1 lap. :)
I had this idea in my head that I would be a great swimmer and it would be a piece of cake....oh dear heavens almighty, was I wrong! Workout complete. I will definitely have to work on that one.
3 days down....15 1/2 weeks to go....
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Another breakthrough today - I was reading an article on CNN.com about new year's resolutions that people tend to break and it gave a few pointers if losing weight and working out were one of yours - lightbulb!
"Set specific goals...Avoid thinking that you want to run a race somday. Sign up for a 5K during your first session." http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/01/05/trainers.new.year/index.html?iref=allsearch
Duh! I will sign up now for a triathlon sprint! [A triathlon sprint is a shorter version of a true triathlon. It's still swim, bike, run, just with shorter distances]
I researched a few in Illinois and I think we will decide this week which one we want to sign up for. No excuse will get me out of that one - my name will be on the race list (and the check will be cashed). One of the races we are leaning towards is April 24th!! EEEK! That's only 16 weeks away! Right now, I probably can't do an individual leg of the event, much less the entire thing. I hope there will be CPR certified volunteers at this event.....
Monday, January 4, 2010
Adam convinced me, and I sort of guilted myself into going to the gym today - sadly, I hadn't gone since before the wedding...over 5 months ago!! So the additional 10+ pounds since then nor the $30 per month seemed to motivate me to get in there...but with a little help from my hubby, I finally decided to go.
I regularly complain that I'm unhappy being overweight - I complain about not feeling good, I complain about my appearance, I complain about not being able to fit in clothes I may have fit into less than a year ago. Seems like enough motivation to me to work out and eat healthy, right? I know this...
I know HOW to lose weight and remain healthy, but because of my love affair with fast food, chocolate, binge eating, ice cream, eating, drinking and being lazy on the couch...I have not actually been successful at the actual losing of the weight and remaining healthy part of that equation.
So while walking around the Riverplex track with my hubby, we discussed the motivation that should be at the front of my complaints - myself. During this walk, I began to make excuses on why I haven't regularly worked out or eaten healthy and blah blah blah. I was convinced that I would join him and Jimmy in their training for a triathlon sprint with my goal being to race one with them this year. Adam gave me three rules he uses when he coaches (taken from John Wooden) - No excuses, No complaining, No pointing fingers. If I was going to train with him and Jimmy, I would have to be there to work hard and not be the girl whining that it's too hard or that she was tired. I accepted the challenge.
I'm not a writer and definitely never been a blogger, but I figured that this might be a way to keep myself motivated - the thought of someone reading about my progress or lack of...
Against the little voice in my head telling me not to, I've also decided to include my progress with weight and measurements with my progress of the workouts and diet. I figured if I met my goals to get healthy, these numbers should follow and I would then not be embarrassed, right? Since I'm trying not to be a believer of obsessing over the numbers everyday, I will only plan to weigh and measure myself every 4 weeks.
- Weight - 181.2 lbs
- Hips - 39.5"
- Waist - 35"
- Belly - 38.5"
- Chest - 39"
- Arm - 13.25"
- Thigh - 27"
Let the work begin...