Saturday, September 01, 2012
As I have discovered, clothes shopping sucks no matter what you weigh. I didn't like it when I was heavy, I still don't like it now. But, shop I must since my clothes seem to be going through a growth spurt... Nothing fits!
I went to 6 stores. I found a nice top in 1, but it was on sale and the size they had left was far too big. 3 stores I was far too old for (bright pink pants are a teenage thing, I guess?) and 1 store had some nice things but nothing grabbed me. I ended up at The Warehouse, which I suppose is the NZ version of Walmart. Cheap and cheerful, not awesome quailty, but wearable. I ended up trying everything on and walking out with 3 tops.
I must mention here that all the tops I got were a size SMALL! A freaking SMALL. And they are a little big. I KNOW the store just runs big, but it is still nice to be able to say that I bought 3 size SMALL tops! I even had to pass on a really nice cardi because I was swimming in the smallest size.
One of the tops
The jeans are new but old. I got them years ago and planned to shrink into them. I have never worn them! I tried them on a month ago and they were snug. This morning they fit perfectly! $100 pair of jeans, brand new? Gotta love that! And I didn't even have to leave my house.
The other 2 tops are simple tops with a nice pattern around the neck. They are the same in different colours. Hey, if you like something get one in every colour? As per usual I spent way too much time in the workout clothes section. I didn't buy anything from there since I really don't need it (well I need a new sports bra). It is still fun to look!
Today I have also
- Been to an average spinning class. The instructor was having a bad day. Too much talking, not enough working. At least I did something, right?
- Had coffee with an old workmate.
- Treated myself to 2 gourmet chocolates. They were small, but good quality.
And that is my day. Not a bad start to September!
Friday, August 31, 2012
Weight goal: Lose 1kg, taking me to 13.5kg lost and 73.5kg. Heading closer and closer to that normal BMI!
Nutrition: Track occasionally to keep me on track. That seems to be working for now.
Exercise: 2 days cardio, 3 days weights. On Monday I am trying cardio kickboxing for the first time. I was literally the first person on the sign up sheet, so I’m clearly very excited. The other day of cardio could be walking, running, spinning or boxing. Mixing things up!
My long term fitness goals are to do a full push up and a full pull up or chin up. Not fussy about which one, really. I want to be able to do both by the end of the year. My trainer is helping me with this by giving me lots of upper body focused exercises. I need to push myself by upping my weights as often as I can. I WILL meet this goal!
I have a non fitness goal that I wanted to mention. I want to be happy this month. Because this is just a blog, a snapshot of my life, you guys don't see a lot of what goes on behind the scenes. My life is currently filled with a lot of unhappiness, with the main culprit being my relationship. My boyfriend and I have been together for 6 and a half years, since just after high school. We have been through a lot and it is so hard to let go after such a long long time together, but I am no longer happy in my relationship. Everything I do seems to annoy him. Sometimes I just have to breathe the wrong way and he gets angry. We never see each other or spend time together and we no longer have anything in common. He is mean and nasty to be 90% of the time, and he pretty much makes me feel like crap every single day. BUT we have been together for so long it is not as simple as just breaking up. Assets and pets needs to be divided, he would need to move back with his parents or find somewhere else to live, etc. We have a whole life together, so it is not as simple as saying that I want to break up. Also, and I know this is the worst reason in the world, I don't want to be alone for the rest of my life. I am actually really shy, and I am terrible at meeting people and making friends. I have no social life outside of the gym and this computer, and I wouldn't know where to start meeting new people. My best friend moved to England, and besides her my only friend is my boyfriend. Facing the possibility of being completely and totally alone for the first time in my life is terrifying. I thought we were going to get married, we even have the rings, so it is very hard to just let go of this person and this part of my life. I know I need to do something, and soon, but I'm just not ready for that step yet. Maybe soon, but not right this moment.
So, bared my soul a little... eek!
Friday, August 31, 2012
I think I'm on the mend!
Warmed up with 5 minutes on the treadmill. I managed to run for 4 of those minutes, which is a big thing considering my recent health. I didn't push it, kept it slow and short. Felt great to be moving!
On to the weights area. Added weight to my bench press, 1.25kg on either side, so 2.5kg total. I also decreased the counter weight for my assisted dips. Small steps! I need to add more weight to my military press and bicep curl next week, as well as my leg press and hack squat. I am going to kick this program so hard it won't know what hit it!
Got home and inhaled a bowl of cereal and yogurt!
Nice day out today. Great weather. Spring has sprung. The students were mental all day, all over the school. Mine couldn't even handle marking their homework! BAD day to be observed by my boss, but they managed to hold it together well while my boss was in there. A few things to work on, but other than that the observation was all pretty positive.
Now I am going to have a relaxing evening with an early night! This weekend I am meeting some friends for coffee, going clothes shopping, doing marking and getting a workout in!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
It is the end of the month tomorrow (well for me it is) so here is my August recap!
Weight goal: Lose 1kg, taking me to 12kg lost and 75.3kg. As my goal weight comes closer I know that I am in for plateaus and for my weight loss to slow, but I'll stay positive and keep aiming for 1kg a month for as long as possible
I actually lost another 200g in July, so my starting weight for August was 76.1kg. 1kg lost would have taken me to 75.1. I weighed in at 74.5kg, which is 1.6kg lost this month (OMG! A RECORD!) and a total of 12.8kg lost. 1.5kg until a normal BMI! SO my weight loss seems to be speeding up instead of slowing down… Remind me of this moment if I don’t lose much next month to compensate!
Translation: Lost 3.5 pounds. Went from 167.7 to 164.2
Nutrition: Keep tracking as often as I can. Lets aim for 2 weekdays and 1 weekend day.
I didn’t track often, but I still lost weight.
Exercise: 2 days cardio, 3 days weights, minimum. More is fine, less isn't unless I am sick or tired. Lazy is not an excuse.
(kinda). I stuck with my 3 days of weights like it was my job. The cardio was more up in the air. I did 2 days most weeks, but some weeks a cardio day was a long walk, which doesn’t get my heart rate up like other things, like boxing, spinning or running. BUT I figured that as long as I was active it was all good. My recent illness (AGAIN) put things on hold a little, too.
My 8 month progress photos
Start and now (87.3kg and 74.5kg)
Start, 3 months, 8 months (87.5, 82.6 and 74.5)
This top no longer does me any favours. It is too billowy around the middle which makes me look thicker there (I think). BUT holy skinny legs, Batman!
And to finish, here is a cat
Thursday, August 30, 2012
I knew it would be there this morning. Water weight. Gotta hate it! BUT, because I weigh everyday I know my body and its patterns well. I know that I weighed 74.9kg (slightly up from where my ticker is) yesterday, so when I weighed 75.8kg this morning I was able to cringe, accept it and not cry. I know I didn't eat 7000 EXTRA calories yesterday. Maybe 700! The scale should go down in a day or 2, and maybe it'll lose count and accidentally take another 200g? 13kg even would be nice...
I had a lovely night out with my girlfriends last night. We had each ordered a chocolate dessert and shared. I ate more than I usually do, but less than I used to. My friends couldn't stop talking about my weight loss, which was nice. These girls are skinny, and I hated being the fat friend. They are also both tall (one is a basketball player) and super smart (law degree and medical science degree, respectively). Luckily for me I have a super smile and a winning sense of humour...
I had a good day at school, for the most part. My course yesterday was a wonderful refresher in teaching writing, something that I struggle with. I tried some of the techniques I learned and we did some great writing! Then it had a carry over effect on the rest of the day. Reading, maths and topic all went really well! The woman who ran the course is amazing. She works with a friend of mine and I am so jealous!
No gym today. Coughing a lot, and not much sleep because I got home late last night. Just a quiet night in with mum (who is also sick)!
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