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One Hundred Pushups!

Thursday, April 30, 2009



Yeah, HE can probably do 100 consecutive pushups.

Yesterday, after reading all the inspiring comments on my "In a slump!" post, I decided I could make a choice. Continue being in a slump, or DO something. If I chose to continue in a slump, I'd have to shut up, because it was a choice I'd be making consciously. Or, I could have a little fun.

So I decided the easiest, shortest workout I could think of would be the next day of the hundred pushups challenge. Check it out at www.hundredpushups.com if you haven't heard of it before. Given that I'd slacked off at the beginning of April, I'm back in week 5, rather than having already completed 100 consecutive pushups as I'd hoped. And it had already been 2 days since I did Week 5, Day 2.

Got on the floor and did the first set. Hmm. Not too bad. And the next. And the next. And the next. And the next ... did I mention that in Week 5, we do 7 sets, THEN the max set? No? Well, we do. :)

Managed a max of 31. Yay, me. 30 was the _minimum_ for Week 5 Day 3, so don't get too excited. :)

That was a total of 121 pushups. And I *think* but am not absolutely sure, that I did an extra set of 12 in among those sets, because I lost count of how many sets of 12 I'd already done. :)

[Ooh, there's now a 200-squats workout at www.twohundredsquats.com/ as well. I do squats very frequently. Used to be EVERY day while brushing my teeth, but the bathroom sink here is deeper - away from the counter edge, so doing that would be hazardous to my teeth. :) SO I do 'em AFTER brushing my teeth. IF I remember. :) But the other day I tried - could barely do 50 squats in a row - I'd been USED to do 120!!! Sigh. How quickly we decondition! :) Gotta work on them squats.]

Anyway, there I was, all pushup-ed out. And still wanting a bit of a challenge. What to do, what to do?

I'd been mentioning HIIT a lot recently, so I decided to give it a go. Jumped on the treadmill in my brother's basement, walked slow for 5 minutes, then hit the inclines (all the way up to an incline of 10 - his only goes up to 12, rather than the 15 I've seen at the gym) for another 10 minutes. Then my body told me it was ready for the HIIT, so I brought the incline back down to 2 and HIT it. :)

Managed 6 mph for a solid minute. Recovered at 2 mph for 90 seconds, then tried again - at 7 mph. Barely lasted 30 seconds. Recovery interval. THEN tried 8 mph. Umm. Yeah. 20 seconds was pushing it.

Okay, so I HAVE lost conditioning since my last real HIIT workout about a month ago. No surprise, somehow. But not too terribly. I managed to push through for 25 minutes, alternating the 6.5 to 7mph fast intervals (30 seconds to 1 minute at a time) with 90 seconds to 2 minute recovery intervals. Then did another 5 minutes of incline work, working down from 10 to 0. And a five minute cool-down, followed by a stretch.

Pheeeew! It felt good. Even though my niece walked in when I was doing the final incline walk and giggled at me - I'd left a plastic spider perched on top of the front door, so she HAD to come down to the basement and let me know it HADN'T scared her. :D Her little brother woulda SHRIEKED. :D Too bad I missed the entry. But she didn't scream, that's for sure.

One of my SP friends who lives really close to me (HIYA, Mel!) let on that Baskin Robbins was having a 31-cents a scoop special. So my sis-in-law and I took the kids there on the way home from picking up the little guy after school - I had the Rum'n'Raisin. Just ONE scoop. Not the 3 they had as max per person.

And came home and had a healthy dinner.

After allllll that, it was a let-down to see that today was GRAY. Gray, gray, gray. Little rain drop things all over the place. No oomph again. Rest day for the pushups.

BUT.

The Outlaws have signed up to do PUSHUPS today. Against other teams. SIGH!

So, what's an Outlaw to do? April challenged me to do "at least" 100 pushups. I couldn't let HER down, right?

So, I did 'em. In good form. Real military pushups. 100 of them - no, NOT consecutive. Spread out over 6 sets. Yeah. Really. 20-18-12-20-15-15. I'll do another set of military pushups this evening, I think. But I feel GREAT, knowing that I actually CAN do pushups on consecutive days without wimping out! Woohoooooo!

And that means I'll do my Week 5 exhaustion test on Saturday morning instead of tomorrow - no way will I risk doing that one without a full rest day, so that I can get properly hydrated and have strong core and back and triceps by then. But this means I can do triceps dips today, too - yay! I've grown to LIKE these little monster workouts. I think I want to aim for 100-triceps dips, too. Hmmmmm.

I'm not weighing in today. Not until the weekend. Maybe AFTER the Week5 exhaustion test.

Today, I have to move my behind and walk to the mall again in the afternoon. And it's supposed to RAIN while I do that. Grrrrr.

But all this rain is warming up the soil, hopefully, so there'll soon be pretty flowers in the backyard, and I may even get brave enough to plant tomatoes ... :)

Okay, I'm off. I don't plan to eat any Baskin Robbins ice cream (or any OTHER brand) today!

  
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HEPPME 5/5/2009 1:37AM

    Maya!!! I slacked off in week three of the 100 push-up challenge when I started experiencing the shoulder pain that knocked me out of my first attempt in the 5th week. Rather than giving up, I've been going to the gym pretty regulary and doing a variety of exercises for the arms/shoulders hoping to stabilize and get a better basis.
Now you've got me interested in trying it out again. I'll get to my exhaustion test by this week-end and see where I'm at now. Thanks for the reminder and inspiration!
heppme

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JUST_BEACHY! 5/4/2009 11:06PM

    Soooo.....how many did you do for the exhaustion test? Inquiring minds wanna know.

Way to go on sticking with it Maya.

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DIDI1967 5/4/2009 3:11PM

    He looks like a Marine. Which means that he can probably do 100 no problem. God Bless him! emoticon

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MELTEAGUE 5/2/2009 4:45PM

    Hey Maya!
WOw you make me wanna "drop and do 20!" pushups!
But unfortunatley that will have to wait until after Nationals Swimming Champs in 2 weeks!
I don't want to wreck my shoulder... I go to Physio on Tuesday and will let you know what they say....
but YES ...inspiring, it truely is an everyday battle isn't it!?
Hopefully the April Showers will be less now and we will see lotsa SUN!!!

Hey since we are so close, we should plan on meeting sometime in the future!

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RETRACMJ 5/2/2009 10:21AM

    Girl you did great! I started the 100 sit ups and haven't made it. I start doing them and my mindkeeps thinking what else I "should" be doing!! My mind doesn't let me rest!!
Guess I need to get back on track!

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KUNGFOOD 5/2/2009 8:27AM

    Go Maya Go!
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VAREEP 4/30/2009 9:01PM

    Great on getting yourself back into your workouts! I'm glad that you got your motivation back. You'll have to let us know how you do on the exhaustion test!

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MRSHONEYC 4/30/2009 5:21PM

    WELL LOOK AT YOU! And you said only ONE YEAR AGO that you "couldn't" do pushups! How MUCH you have improved! WOO HOOO MAYA!!!!
What happened to the TABATA training? Bored too quickly???

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BEAR14GSB 4/30/2009 4:17PM

    Maya, you make me smile. Good for you for pushing (or pushing up!) through. :)

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AHUNYU 4/30/2009 3:42PM

  emoticon emoticon That's a great comeback Maya....ice cream is very much in order so that this mortal being doesn't feel denied and go in panic attack LOL!!!!

Keep up the good work Maya!

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JENNA_SAIS_QUOI 4/30/2009 3:26PM

    Wow Maya, You're an inspiration! I will have to check out these squat and pushup challenges. Glad you're having a better day today!

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LISBETH04 4/30/2009 2:29PM

    Glad you bounced back! Keep up the great work...especially through the weekend!!!

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CHRISFIT1 4/30/2009 1:47PM

  Okee dokee; you've inspired me. I did 10 military push-ups this morning and then 12 modified and then 26 wall and 12 close wall. Later in the day I did 10 more military push-up. Can I or rather will I be able to do 100 push-ups in one day. Maybe so. I didn't think it was possible, but I'm going to go for 20 more right now (10 then rest and then 10) and we'll see if I get some more in later today.
It will certainly make my yoga stronger. Shoulders down the back; tuck the tail.. scootch that tail bone under... lift that belly.
I can do it! .. yes? Yes!
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CHRISTFIEND 4/30/2009 1:30PM

    Boy, Maya, when you recommit you recommit!! Great job on 2 days of push-ups in a row!! My team (Golden Gladiators) is the challenging team for the push-up challenge!! Good luck to your team but I think my team is rocking so we shall see.

Congrats on only having one scoop of ice cream!! You have strong willpower.

I keep wanting to try the push-up and sit-up challenges. I'm just afraid of the push-up one because I can't even do 1 regular push up!! I think I'll try the sit-up one for May.

Thanks for inspiring us even when you weren't inspired yourself. I knew you'd be back into the swing of things quickly.

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ABIZZLE7 4/30/2009 1:14PM

    yay, maya! Way to rock it out yesterday! I also did my workout, too - just for you (and a little for me). Today is a strength day. I also gotta keep eating well!

It sounds like you're getting some of your motiviation back! Keep at it!!! :)

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TNDARLINGTON1 4/30/2009 12:59PM

    Good for you on the 100 pushups. Keep going and you will being doing even more than you imagined you could do. Way to get back in the saddle and keep riding through the storm.
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In a slump ...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009



Yeah, that's what I look like right now. :D

Well, okay, not really.



Aha. THAT's more like it. Substitute a hamburger for that slice of pizza, and that's pretty much me! Oh, okay, the skin tone should be several shades darker - brown!

That little (?) red wagon? Yeah. Gone. LONG gone.

All last weekend and so far this week, I've been totally lacking motivation. Haven't been on the computer much, although I have made time to log what I was eating. Haven't done HIIT even once, but I did get in several LONG walks, and have kept up with the pushups challenge - today will be Day 3 of Week 5, and I'm leaving the exhaustion test for Friday.

All in all, NOT a stellar week. I've been feeling really blah, so just not into posting, chatting (in real life OR on "the net"), or generally taking any interest in anything!

If you were expecting words of wisdom or deep insights, sorry, this blog ain't it! I'm off to sulk a bit more now.

Oh, yeah, I haven't actually gained weight today (weigh in for BLC-10). Which is a minor miracle, and probably will be untrue by the time I weigh in tomorrow.

Have a great week!

  
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DEBDUV 5/4/2009 10:45AM

    I'm blaming it on the weather Maya...it's been soooo rainy here in the mid Ohio valley....everyone feels that way.

Just do something that you really really like...not food related...and before you know it, you will perk right up.

Deb

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 4/29/2009 7:02PM

    Oh my gosh ... one of our head cheerleaders in a slump.... what are we to do. LOL
It's ok ! We all have a right to feel that way every once in awhile. Maybe you are stressing out too much over loosing the weight and keeping up with those challenges. Maybe you need to slow down a bit... recoop... and then come back like the wild cat oops sorry wonder woman that you are. I hope you are feeling better soon. Remember we are here for you when you need us.
HUGS, Kathy

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JENNA_SAIS_QUOI 4/29/2009 6:14PM

    I feel you- we can hang out together- Slumpy and Crabby. It kind of has a ring to it! LOL!

I just keep saying that being happy is a decision that I have to make. Somehow, it helps- particularly when I say it out loud. (Hopefully when nobody else is around!)

Hugs-

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CHRISTFIEND 4/29/2009 4:52PM

    Maya, I'm so sorry that you are in a slump!! Chin up girl, it does get better!! You are so strong and so great at exercise that you'll be back in the wagon soon!! We are all here for you!!

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LISBETH04 4/29/2009 11:14AM

    Awwww, sorry to hear you're in a slump. This weekend was another bad one for me too and I did little exercise on Monday and NONE yesterday. I felt like yuck this morning.

But I did drag my big bee-hind outside to go for a walk. I ended up jogging instead and now I feel great. So my advice...just get back out there and on the wagon!!! We'll pull you up :)

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TNDARLINGTON1 4/29/2009 11:14AM

    Here is a motivation quote for you.

Trying is Succeeding:
The best intentions donít mean nearly as much as a actually trying, even if it means failing. Going after your goals may be tough, but trying can result in a BIG victory. The decision to try takes courage, which can be tough to come by sometimes. How many times have you longed to do something worthwhile but couldnít quite make yourself take that first step? Itís important to remember that success isnít always found in the goal youíre pursuing. You can be a success just by trying. You gain by learning, you gain by growing, and you gain by being just a little closer to your goal than you were yesterday.


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JAMIEHORN20 4/29/2009 11:02AM

    Sorry to hear you've hit a rough patch....but be encouraged in knowing that we all have those sometimes! You'll come out of it soon enough...and then you'll be back and better than ever!

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MARLIE13 4/29/2009 10:58AM

    Hang in there! We all go through it. How about making a list of all the things you're thankful for? Or, if you need to...have yourself a really good cry and then watch the funniest thing you can on TV. Keep up those walks and pushups so the endorphins can push through and cheer you up!

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AHUNYU 4/29/2009 10:48AM

  Maya,
I am right there with you. I get the workouts done and food logged but cannot seem to find the energy to blog and update the challenge until last night! Just know its a phase and it will pass. However, make good judgement on what you take in :)

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MRSHONEYC 4/29/2009 10:21AM

    MAYA! DROP THE BURGER!
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What ever happened to your HOOP!?!?! You know, you've hurt it's feelings ... totally ignored now. Shame on you!
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Okay, so my motivation is on the train - another night of horns, but NOT like they were (probably a different engineer) and only at 1 am and 5 am. Oh, thank goodness for "small blessings"!
Read AHUNYU's blog - nice story !

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SISTERCHICK1965 4/29/2009 9:52AM

    Maybe it's the weather, I'm the same way right now.

Just don't give up. This too shall pass.

I know you can get through this, and you haven't quit all together, so those are great signs.

Hope it gets better for you.

Hugs

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ABIZZLE7 4/29/2009 9:49AM

    oh man i am right there with you. I have been way too liberal with what i've been putting in my mouth these past 5 days, and i can totally tell. UGH!

Let's get back on that shiny red wagon. It just takes a few steps in the right direction to start feeling really good about it again! Let's make great food choices for the rest of the day, and i'm sure we'll start getting excited and motivated again! And, I promise that if golf is cancelled today, I will get my butt on the treadmill or elliptical, and will knock out a good 40 minute workout just for you - but you have to do the same for me!

we can do this, maya!

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BEAR14GSB 4/29/2009 9:45AM

    Maya, don't be so hard on yourself. Weight loss, like life, is a series of cycles. Some times you are at a peak and sometimes you are in the valley, but most of the time you are somewhere BETWEEN the top and the bottom. Just keep doing what is working - the walking, the pushups, logging your food. When you are up to it, add something else back in - like substituting a healthier choice instead of that burger or getting in a HIIT workout in.

As long as you don't quit altogether, you will eventually get out of your little rut and get back on the path. You're doing just fine and as long as you continue to push through, you'll make it to your goals. Life is truly a race at the tortous' pace. When we try to be the hare, we will become weary and fall asleep in the shade of the tree while the tortous passes quietly by. So, keep moving little box turtle! :D

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COZGIRL 4/29/2009 9:39AM

    That's OK Maya. We all have weeks like that. I just went through one myself. Just start with one thing. For me, it was getting the chocolate out of the house. (I won't tell you how I got rid of it) emoticon
Hang in there
Georgia

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Moving right along ...

Thursday, April 23, 2009



Okay, so my little red wagon still could use a little polishing.

I had to weigh in yesterday because it was weigh-in day for the BLC-10 challenge. But now I'm going to try to NOT weigh in until Saturday, and then again only on Wednesday for the next BLC weigh-in.

I did GREAT yesterday. Well, sort of. :)

Weight (a.m.): 197 pounds

Calories: 1590. But, I exceeded my fat grams allowance and went over on sodium. Both of those are directly attributable to the Indian fried-chickpea-flour, savoury snack things I munched on all afternoon. :) (They kinda look like fried chow-mein noodes - you may have seen them in the ethnic section of your grocery store.)

Cardio: Walked to the mall at a brisk pace - about 45 minutes. Plus, walked around a bit *inside* the mall, but I'm not counting that.

Strength: Should've been a rest day, but I wound up doing squats anyway, since I always do them. :) Only, yesterday they became squats with calf raise and overhead press - LOVE those compound exercises.

So, I weighed in at 197 pounds. That sucks. Especially when I look back and realise that on January 1st, I weighed 198 pound.

Grrrrr. 4 months and only ONE pound gone?

Sigh.

Gotta get (and STAY) focused if this thing is going to happen by July 1st.

July 1st? Yeah, Canada Day - the day Canada declared/got its independence. Yes, we still have a queen, but she's only a titular head of government.

No, that's NOT why it's my deadline. The point is, on July 4th, my friend has a wedding reception. (The wedding was months ago, this is just the reception - the party!!!)

But she's asked me to make a toast.

Umm. Yeah. First, I've never been to a wedding. Okay, I lie. I went to one wedding when I was about 6 - I remember running around with a few cousins. And I went to another one when I was 11 or so - I remember sulking because I didn't *wanna* go.

And now this. Er. Umm.

What does one DO at a reception? I ONLY know the bride. Okay, I sorta know her husband. And have met his parents a couple of times, and have spent a few minutes with a couple of the groom's friends.

I'm kinda one of the "bridesmaids", as my friend puts it. ALL her other friends are these lovely, skinny gals. Sigh. I'm SO going to stick out like a sore thumb!

And SO determined to be back in a size 10 by the 1st of July. And stay there or lower for the rest of my life, of course, but first we have to get to the size 10. I'm estimating that's a couple of ten-pounders away. Remember that I've just started fitting my petite 12 in pants - without a muffin top (YAY!) So another 20 pounds or so should definitely see me in a size 10.

BUT.

We then have to look at the fact that since Jan 1st, I've only managed to shave off ONE solitary pound. ONE. Look at it. Feel it. Weigh it. Say it HEAVILY. Say it lightly! ONE.

NOT NEARLY ENOUGH.

So, there are about 10 weeks from now to July 1st (yeah, I know, not quite, more like 9 weeks and a day or two).

To be down 20 pounds will mean just over 2 pounds per week. Let's say 3, to be on the safe side.

Which, truly, is NOT un-doable.

But I'll need to focus and STAY focused all the time, to get to that point. I *can't* just eat the yummy fried Indian snacks "because they're there and I feel like nibbling", and I can't just put off the HIIT because "aaaaah - tomorrow!" and I can't postpone the weights because "I'm just not feeling it today".

If this is going to happen, I'm going to have to do each of those things on the days I've allocated to them. Which means I'm gonna have to "allocate", as well. To plan. To work that plan. Waaah. I don't DO plans.

Okay, I guess I have a choice. I can choose. Plan, or plan to fail. Gee, it's simple when I look at it that way.

Right. This is pedal-to-the-metal time.

Ready, get set, GO!

  
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ELLIE_G 4/27/2009 1:21AM

    You can do it Maya!

Those weight loss numbers per week are do-able if you really stick to the program.

Whatever weight you are, when you make the toast you are there for your friend and your weight has NOTHING to do with it. I know being surrounded by skinny girls may make you feel .... noticed.... but do not let your weight stop you from doing what is important. There are several things in my life that I avoided because of my weight and I so regret them now.

On the road with you....

Ellie

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KUNGFOOD 4/26/2009 6:04PM

    You can do a 20# loss by July 1. But why not shoot for 15 and cut yourself a little slack at predetermined points along the way so you don't feel like you're on a forced march?

I imagine it will feel so nice to lift that glass and toast your friend on the new beginning she is making as "the better-half!"

If I know you (and I don't but I do) you will *exceed* whatever challenge you set for yourself if you don't think it is great enough.

Polish it up and put it out there! Let's go! emoticon

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CHRISTFIEND 4/23/2009 9:39PM

    Maya, you always do such a great job!! You are doing so awesome with everything!! I wish that I could stop sabotaging myself. I have one really good day then one stinky day.

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TNDARLINGTON1 4/23/2009 2:25PM

    I always ask myself, Am I eating because I have to to survive or am I eating because I am bored. You have to train the brain. I am a bored eater. So I keep myself busy. Probably should keep myself more busy with exercise. There is an idea for me. My GF is moving and getting ride of so much stuff, so I am going to ask her to use her stationary bike, she has a new one she never used. Or offer to buy it off her.

Back to train the brain. Lifestyle change is all mental, you have to program your thoughts, you have to remind yourself of what to eat and what not to eat. You have to clean out your cupboards and fridge and where ever else there is food. You have to only buy what is good for you. I did a few detoxi's as Rita says. I did one off chips, coffee, fast food and working on drinks still. But so far none since Saturday. I allow myself treats here and there of coffee or chips and McD's. You can get into a size 10 no problems by July even before that, 10 pounds is nothing. Take it day by day that is how I started and dropped 15 pounds in a few months. Don't look at the long run, look at the short sprints to the finish line. Break it down, step by step. That is the only way to do it.

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ABIZZLE7 4/23/2009 12:38PM

    Maya, you can TOTALLY do this! Just remember, all of those workouts will end up being a waste of your time if you're not eating properly. And, be sure to measure your food - use a scale for true accuracy if you don't already. The only thing I can truly say that has worked for me is counting calories, and logging everything. And the only way to really count calories is to accurately measure/weigh your food. Sure, it's annoying and takes time, but you are definitely worth it! Make that commitment, and you'll be in those 10s soon enough! Just stick with it!!! You can do it!


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LISBETH04 4/23/2009 11:36AM

    I can completely relate to the pounds just not coming off. It's so frustrating but I just keep trying to tell myself that I'm gaining muscle...maybe.

Your goal for July first certainly is doable and realistic. Like you said, it's pedal to the metal time!!!

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MRSHONEYC 4/23/2009 11:14AM

    Yeah, "only" one pound down in 4 months - but you've MAINTAINED 11 down since last year! THAT is good! Look at what you HAVE accomplished and be proud!
Good job on deciding to stay away from the scale - you can DO IT!
You're going to be GREAT at the reception! You are a people person! I've been to 2 - one in Spain. That was a boyfriends' family member and it was MASSIVE. The whole town got together - a LONG line of tables end to end. Sangria and spanish food galore. I was 16, so don't remember too much, but it was like a festival. Then I was matron of honor for my sister(the dr) for her first wedding (held in my step-dads mothers yard) but I've never done a "toast", so don't know what to tell ya! Just give them your best wishes/blessing on a long and prosperous union or something like that. And OF COURSE you're going to STICK OUT - you are a BEAUTIFUL woman and don't forget that! It's NOT about size - it's your personality! But I do expect that you are going to stay TIGHT in that saddle - I know you'll see that 10 because YOU WANT IT BADLY ENOUGH *NOW*! And remember that you're doing a LOT of exercise which IS muscle. Hmph - if you want to see loss, maybe you need to cut back on some time working out, or use lower weights - and WATCH those carbs which LOVE us both SO MUCH. Up the protein intake (I know --- HARD!)
You know, I am a chocoholic and they SAY that you can't "deny" yourself of a specific food if you want to make it a lifestyle change, but in order for ME to say "enough" with just 1 serving rather than the entire bag, I *DID* have to say NO. I had to "detox" off the stuff and those first 3 days were HORRIBLE - so maybe you need to "detox" off of YOUR *bad* foods? I don't "do" plans, either, but if I want something bad enough, I do, and as tough as it is, I stick to it.
And Maya - HAVE FUN. Don't make it all "work".
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MARLIE13 4/23/2009 11:07AM

    Do you have a visualization board? That was the first thought that popped into my head....besides "YOU CAN DO IT!!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!!"

PS YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

PPS This is how you do a reception, eat, drink, and be merry. Easy peasy! And you will look fabulous.

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LIKEAMORPHO 4/23/2009 10:23AM

    Exactly Maya!! You know what you've got to do - and I know you've got the drive to do it! You just have to set your sights on July and not let up until you get there... whether that's by setting a streaking goal or doing something else, find something that will help keep you motivated to stick with your goals EVERYDAY instead of just when it's convenient :)

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Ok Maya - YOU are in the driver's seat. You CAN do this b/c you are one strong determined lady.

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Climbing BACK on the wagon!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009



So, it's time to hop back on the wagon, after falling off, big time, over the weekend. I *did* have a good day yesterday, and today, I'm happy to report that 2 of those pesky weekend pounds are gone. However, I'm still about 4.5 pounds higher than the low of 192.5 that I'd achieved a few weeks ago.

It's time to re-focus. To look at EVERY bite that goes in my mouth. To make ABSOLUTELY sure that I do at least 30 minutes of high-intensity exercise, at least 5 times per week. And that I do some resistance training at least twice per body part each week.

So, here goes. I'll be POSTING my weight here every time I blog, and also my workout stats for the day. Starting tonight - I've done nothing so far today other than catch up with SP. :)

I want to see how long I can maintain a healthy-eating/intense-workouts streak during BLC-10.

Tuesday, April 21st:
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Morning weight: 198 lbs.

Calories: 1697 (Just 3 little calories short of my upper limit of 1700 - and we know these aren't completely accurate calorie numbers!)

Water: 16 8-oz cups

Cardio: 75 minutes of intense walking/jogging on the treadmill, 5 minute cooldown.

Resistance: Full body workout - pushups, biceps curls, squats, lunges, crunches - yay!

Yesterday was a GOOD day! Today will be, too!

  
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DEBDUV 4/27/2009 10:45AM

    You go girl!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 4/22/2009 11:46PM

    WOO HOO!!! Way to get back on the wagon.... we all fall..... but the important part is we are here fighting!! Best of luck to you!!
Kathy

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VAREEP 4/22/2009 8:55PM

    Great job on catching that little red wagon & jumping right back in! I'll be watching for your updates! Who know's maybe you'll get me motivated!



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MRSHONEYC 4/22/2009 4:22PM

    Okay, so now you're ACCOUNTABLE to everyone that reads your blogs!
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CHRISTFIEND 4/22/2009 3:51PM

    Way to go Maya!! What an awesome plan!! Glad to hear you are down 2 pounds from the weekend!!

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SISTERCHICK1965 4/22/2009 3:48PM

    woo hooooo!!!!! You go girl!!!!

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TNDARLINGTON1 4/22/2009 2:49PM

    "Don't give up what you want most for what you want now."--Benjamin Franklin

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TNDARLINGTON1 4/22/2009 2:47PM

    I love your little red wagon.

Weekends are "EVIL" emoticon. I struggle on the weekends as well.
You will lose those weekend pounds that smacked you in the A$$ when you weren't looking and decided to hang around for awhile.
We need to make a weekend pack group and set some goals to get through the weekend together. Because we are at hump day and we need to be accountable for this coming Friday. What do you say are you with me?

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BEAR14GSB 4/22/2009 11:07AM

    Weekends are always tough for me too. Just stick with it, Maya. You'll eventually reach your goals as long as you don't give up. :)

Now, my comment about the trampolines going on sale was actually for the full-size trampolines. Wal-Mart ALWAYS puts them on sale in May. We wind up buying a new trampoline every 2 or 3 years because of our moves. Once you take a trampoline apart it just never goes together right again. It's a lot of money but the kids and I really enjoy it and it's great exercise. So, it's worth it. Plus, it's cheaper than a gym membership and gets more use! LOL!

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DSHRBURR4 4/22/2009 10:59AM

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YOU ARE STRONG MAYA

YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY DETERMINED

YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL TODAY ONCE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!

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DON'T brag!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Waaaaah!

It always happens. Never fails.

I lose a few pounds, get some confirmation of that fact, tell everyone about it, and promptly proceed to stuff my face!

Grrr! I bet those lovely petite size 12 pants don't fit any longer!

Friday was good - I hung out with my friend ALL day. We ate at the food court, but it was Middle-Eastern food - nothing ultra-fatty: shawerma with rice and tabbouleh and pickled turnips and some yummy, stinky garlic paste. Yumm. Too big a serving, but we were walking all day, so hopefully that burned off some of it.

Unfortunately, Friday was followed by the weekend. And I totally abandoned all care and pigged out. For no real good reason. And got in very little exercise - just a short walk on Saturday and another on Sunday, and some playing/goofing-around with my nephew and niece.

And, I cooked yesterday - a yummy curried beef dish. Pigged out on that at lunch time, and then we had Chinese (my *other* weakness) takeout for dinner. Sigh.

When will I learn that a couple of weeks' worth of eating sensibly and working out CAN be negated by a couple of days of acting like an idiot?

Oh well, all I can say is, back to the drawing board! :) Those pants are GONNA fit again by the end of the week!

  
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MSUCLAN 4/22/2009 10:32AM

    I agree with the others...I bet you still fit those pants. I think our binges do more psychological damage than physical. Even If I haven't lost weight, if I'm exercising and eating "right" I feel better and slimmer. I'll bet you feel better after a few days of being back in the saddle. emoticon

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HEALTHYSHEILAW 4/21/2009 7:23PM

    Weekends are tough for all of us! Don't fret! You are strong, you work out and stay focused most of the time. We all slip from time to time, the important thing is getting back up again!

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AHUNYU 4/21/2009 3:21PM

  Maya,
I don't think you got out of your size 12 pants......try them on and you might be surprised! Weekends are so tough for me and I tend to pig out all the time. Actually I eat more when I don't work out. This past weekend was my DD 10th birthday! I ate pizza, cake and Ice cream like there is no tomorrow! Felt good going down but when it was done and said I felt crappy! Oh well, its a new day and I look forward to making better choices.

I like your positive attitude of getting back on the saddle (drawing board)! Blog when you fit back into the pants!

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MARLIE13 4/21/2009 2:25PM

    They don't call it hard core without reason. lol! It's not easy...but you're getting it!

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ELLIE_G 4/21/2009 12:38AM

    Crappy weekends of eating too much ARE occassionally allowed. Get back to your good habits and you'll be back in those pants (if you were actually out of them - I bet it wasn't quite as badas you thought!).

I can totally relate to the experience of achieving something great... then dropping the ball right ofter! That sucks! and it happens to me all the time!Why?!? Why!?!

Hope you have a great week!
Ellie

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DSHRBURR4 4/21/2009 12:07AM

    Now your talking Maya - great job on jumping back on and kicking into high gear.

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CHRISTFIEND 4/20/2009 8:44PM

    Maya, don't worry about the weekend! The way you are always moving, you'll be back in those pants before the weekend. You are doing an terrific job.

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VAREEP 4/20/2009 8:14PM

    Hey Maya, almost the whole team fell out of the saddle this weekend, so you weren't alone! Dust yourself off and climb back up. We are all in this together!

Hey, you said "I bet those lovely petite size 12 pants don't fit any longer", but did you try them? You may not have done as much damage as you think you did!

Hope you are having a great day!


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COZGIRL 4/20/2009 3:06PM

    Weekends are tough. I went way overboard on Chinese last night. I am chugging the water today. The trick is to not beat yourself up about this and just get back in the saddle. emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 4/20/2009 2:33PM

    It is not the end of the world. We all get lax on the weekend. You can get back up again. Sunday was my get back up day. I can relate to peps telling you you lost weight and then going home and eat everything but the bark off the trees. But here to never eating the walls down again. Hope you do not mind me tooting my mega for you emoticonGET LOST VOICES OF OVER EATING AND GET AWAY FROM ME TOO. emoticon

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MRSHONEYC 4/20/2009 1:37PM

    Now didn't I tell you to stay away from that scale?!?! "Fear of success" is knocking on your door. And I don't think you "blew up" out of those 12's! You just couldn't have. Sounds like EVERYONE had "one of those" weekends. ME TOO! Besides, a weekend of relaxing and splurging is NOT going to negate all your hard work - REALLY! Just get in extra water over the next few days and get your beehind back in the saddle! I see 175 looming in your future!


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CFIMBRES01 4/20/2009 1:07PM

    Girl the weekend is my weakness. My mom lives with me. Eats a lot of take out. So I'm going to have to talk to her about coming over with that. Makes me crazy. Yesterday she came home after church with Mexican. SUPER NACHOS my favorite it was sweet of her to bring it home to me. But enough is enough. So that was probably 10,000 calories. Was good tasten but was not feelin good about myself afterwards. Never AGAIN! Today is a new day.



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TNDARLINGTON1 4/20/2009 12:43PM

    My weekend went out the window as well had to a few beers with the girls at the pub for our girls night out. Said something to my friend she did like and got a fat lip from it. Needless to say she is not my friend anymore and that just went to show me that having some drinks can lead to trouble so that did it for me turned me right off of having a beer on the weekends now.

You will be in those size 12's in no time. Drink lots of water as it could be partly from all the sodium. It is a start of a new week and you will do your best. I know you always do.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/20/2009 12:10PM

    I have to say, this blog was not what I expected, lol. emoticon

I was prepared with my "Amen" thinking you were going to say that when we brag about our accomplishments we tend to intimidate others.

But I have to also say I like your blog very much! So much that I voted for it!!

You'll be in your 12's again very soon!

Love,
Linda


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AVONWITHJENN 4/20/2009 11:56AM

    Maya,

The weekends are so hard for me too. Not only did I have Chinese yesterday, but it was at a buffet!!!!! Yeah, that is really smart right???? I am back to the 200 club and hope I can get back to ONEderland here soon.

Lets just say goodbye to the past weekend and hello to today and the days to follow.

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LAMMB08 4/20/2009 11:27AM

    I have that SAME problem... I call it getting cocky! It never fails...you get so proud of yourself....forget how hard it was to get there, and then blow it! Just jump back in.....I think we'll eventually beat it into ourselves that gaining is SOOOO much easier than losing!! emoticon

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LISBETH04 4/20/2009 11:18AM

    That sounds like my weekend! I have to find some trick to break the cycle...seems like every week I head into Friday feeling great and blow it all over Saturday and Sunday. But, THIS is a different week and we CAN both get back down again by the end of it. With your new challenge this week, let's kiss those weekend lbs goodbye!!!

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CHESHIRECAT913 4/20/2009 11:08AM

    OH yes, I feel your pain.
The weekends are killer for me. It's like I lose my head and just dive in and eat everything. Then comes the--oh I can exercise tomorrow....
Yeah.
It's okay-we'll just brush off the crumbs and try again.


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