Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Yes, I'm double blogging. Today is the start of June, so I need to make sure that I have all of this in one place.
Weight beginning of May: 403.0
Weight goal for beginning of June: 395.0 (-8)
Actual Weight beginning of this month: 395.6
Actual Weight lost in May: 7.4 pounds
Sunday was weigh-in day, but I missed it because we were out of town. Instead, I hopped on first thing yesterday. I was really quite upset for a little while that the numbers had gone up, but I did have a rough week and those drinks at the wedding. I'm not killing myself over it. I still ended the month just .6 shy of 8 pounds down. With graduation and the wedding, I think I did a pretty good job!
In May I:
Lost .5 in the waist
Lost 1 in the neck (WTF, dude? *lol*)
Gained 1 in the thigh (SERIOUSLY?)
Lost .5 in upper arm
Total for May: Lost 1 inch (2 lost - 1 gained = 1 lost) In my neck. Really? Who the heck cares about my neck right now? How about in the stomach! Or those stupid thighs of mine. I'm really frustrated by this...but what I need to remember is what is below.
Lost .75 in the waist
Lost 4 in the hips
Lost 1 in the neck
Lost 1 in the thigh
Lost .5 upper arm
Total inches lost = 7.25 since April 19th
(And I'm attributing the thigh issue to bad measuring last time on my part...)
May Goals were:
Weight Loss Goal
Be down to 395.
...okay so I'm .6 off, but I'm giving it to myself!
Work out every day for at least 15 minutes.
I just couldn't keep it up EVERY day this month. But this month is all about consistency, so this month I will make this a reality. Just have to start small and baby this knee. Went out on me Friday and it's still sore and loose.
I want to learn to cook healthy all the time.
I have swapped so many of my old recipes and learned so many new ones in May! I'm really getting the hang of healthy cooking!
Of course, this is the month to end my smoking addiction.
Major fail. Working on it.
I want to see some changes in my appearance.
I've seen them, and others have seen them, but the newness of it has worn off and I find myself staring, waiting for something to change. I have to get over this mindset if I want to really succeed!
Finally, and most exciting for me, I will head this month to the lake/park and get back into hiking, rowing, swimming...
Have yet to head out to the lake, although I have found some fun outdoor activites to participate in with the kids and hubby.
"May - the month I graduate from college! This month is looking to be an awesome, amazing, wonderful, unforgettable month!!!!" ...That's what I said at the beginning of May. It turned out more emotional and upsetting than I had anticipated, but I still accomplished my goal of graduating college - I deserve credit for this from myself and have demanded such!
Weight Goal: 387.6 (-8)
Workout Goal: 30 for 30!
15 minutes a day every day.
Strength training 4 times a week.
Increase speed of 2 mile (from 22 minute mile).
Try Zumba (class tomorrow...wish me luck!)
No more "treats" every day. Once a week is good enough.
Find more "quick and easy" options and keep them on hand for lazy days. These are a reality for me sometimes, so I need to be prepared!
Lower the fat and up the protein and carbs! Try to stay on target here!
Breathe easier. I'm just going to leave it at that.
Apply to at least 5 jobs a week. Make sure to check job sites every day for new postings. Spread the word to increase the chances of finding opportunities through friends and acquaintences - NETWORK!
Go camping one weekend this month.
Go hiking once this month.
Go swimming at least once.
Go rowing at least once.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Okay, so I'm not Tina Fey...but she is pretty darn cool, right? Anyhow, this weekend was crazy busy.
Well, as you know I was blah and then made better by a batch of strawberries picked at a local strawberry farm. There are still at least 2 pounds of strawberries in my fridge right now, which if I don't use tonight I will freeze for smoothies. I felt pretty good about myself by the end of the night and went to bed ready for the next day.
I woke up around 9am or so and felt like not doing a darn thing. Seriously. I knew I needed to get ready to leave, but I spent about an hour just sitting on the couch with my son talking about what I needed to do and wasn't doing. I hate it when I do that!
I did finally get up and started packing everything we needed. We were headed back up to Columbus for a friend's wedding later that night. The plan was to leave the house at 11:30am, drive the 3 hours to my mother's house to drop off the kids and drive another hour and a half to Delaware for the wedding. Then we would have to find a cheap place to stay the night in Columbus before heading back down on Sunday to get the kids and heading the 3 hours home after that.
I know, it sounds insane right? I do what I have to do and nobody in Columbus was volunteering to watch my two wonderful boys for us...but it ended up happening very differently as I spent the 30 minutes from 11:30am to noon trying to convince my husband that he needed to get in the shower and get moving and the next half hour screaming at him to get his butt in the car. Didn't go well... We left to late and were scrambling to figure out what we were going to do. Hubby's advice? Just drive to Columbus and "We'll wing it." Yep, he said wing it...
Anyone who knows me (Capricorn) knows that I'm not so good at "winging it." I'm a planner through and through. Without a plan I'm lost and hopeless...or at least completely stressed out and overwhelmed. Things turned out alright as hubby got an uncle to watch the boys (he had 2 computers hooked up to the internet...the kids were in heaven!) and got permission to spend the night from a friend.
The wedding was beautiful and the food was amazing! The great thing about our friends up there is that most of them are vegetarians and the others still eat very healthy meals. The reception dinner included a lot of vegetables and just small pieces of chicken for those who were interested in a meat portion of the meal. For a free meal at a wedding, you couldn't have asked for anything better! I did have a few small bites of wedding cake, but that was all. The only problem I had at the wedding was the open bar. Yep...open bar = disaster. Truth is, I've only been to 2 weddings in my life that have been open bar. And most of our friends are either married or are not interested in ever taking that path. As weddings go, we're mostly done I think. So while I didn't get drunk and I didn't go crazy, I did have about 4 glasses of wine in about the 3-4 hours we were there.
Friends from the wedding begged us to stay a little longer the next day in order to catch up. We haven't really seen them in a couple of years, so we obliged and drove over to their house around 1pm (once hubby, who did drink a lot, finally got up and showered). We stayed about 3 hours or so before finally heading out to drive the 2.5 hours home. The worse part of the trip was the McDonald's there and back. This is a road trip tradition and, unfortunately, in all my screaming at hubby I never thought to take a moment and pack some healthy food and snacks for me on the trip. So I stuck to McChicken Sandwiches and tea.
Yesterday....yesterday I did absolutely nothing. I didn't shower or get dressed or even walk outside my house. I spent the entire day playing video games with my 8 year old and reading. Part of me is wondering why I wasted the entire day when I could have been doing so many things...but the other part of me, the most important part, really needed that day. It was my holiday. I've spent the past three years being on, and since graduation I've been going strong on this new lifestyle - cooking healthy, exercising every day, focusing on everything I put into my mouth, counting every single calorie, logging everything - and I've spent the rest of the time pushing forward with job applications and resumes, trying to find something great, something better, something that pays more than two nickles on a good day. I guess I was wore out, so I took my yesterday and I really enjoyed it. (Though I didn't enjoy the pizza - holy crap, didn't realize how used to "good" food my body had become! I felt crazy sick after eating that!)
So onward and upward today. I had my day of rest. Today is the start of a new day, a new month, and a new plan. This month it is about one word - consistency. No matter what I try to do, I need to keep trying to do it until it becomes a habit I don't even need to think about or stress over. June = Consistency.
Friday, May 28, 2010
5 Jars of Freezer jam made
3 Chocolate Strawberry Milkshakes (for me, hubby, and Ethan)
About 10 strawberries eaten throughout the day.
1 bowl dropped off at the in-laws' place
We were picking for about 40 minutes or so, about an hour's work including walking, standing, leaning over, picking, etc. Good work out (sweat was POURING!) and hubby was suddenly so happy that we had ventured out for this adventure. Ended up with a little over 11 pounds of strawberries and only paid $13.95 for the whole bunch!
Thank you, all of you, for reminding me to push through the Blah. I knew it, I swear I did...but I just felt so darn BLAH! "Hearing" you guys "say" those things helped so much! I'm not 100% --- In fact, my knee did end up popping out when we got back to the house...it's really sore now. But I'm alive. I'm healthy. I'm full of yummy, fresh, completely ripe, locally grown, hand-picked strawberries.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Seriously, hold me back! I'm trying to become...an athlete! ACK!
I took my regular walk to the market yesterday on my lunch break. I thought about trying for my 2 miles, but I knew (1) it was really hot outside, (2) I only have a 45 minute break and I didn't know how long it would take me, and (3) there are no showers at work. Instead, I took my regular route...it's about a mile walk total, not including any walking I do inside the market. (BTW - picked up a great haul including some amazing peaches and that fig bar I'm in love with now!)
But all afternoon I realized I still wanted to try my two miles. I guess I could've just waited until today, but I didn't want to wait. (I'm not real good at waiting for anything...) So I went home, kissed the hubby, announced that I was going on a walk and changed my clothes. The boys ask, "How long?" *lol* Cautious, I see. Afraid of another 3.1 miles! *lol* I informed them it would be 2 miles and Ethan says, "Oh, well I can do 2 miles!"
This is one unexpected twist to the 5K attempt this weekend. Sure, all of us were complaining. (I probably cursed more than any mother should around her children.) I was hot. I was tired. We ALL were! But when I announced to my sons last night that we were going to do 2 miles, both of them shrugged and said, "I can do that!" I have a feeling that a week ago their response would have been different...something more akin to "TWO MILES!? AT ONCE?! BACK TO BACK!??!" Suddenly, in the afterglow of our accomplishment this past weekend, 2 miles was just a spit in the dirt. "Easy-peesy, lemon-squeezy!" as Ethan would say.
So I (we) head out for my two miles. I make myself take it slow for just a little bit (warm-up) and then I push myself to go quickly the rest of the way. (I swear I tried to slow down at the end, but I knew I was timing myself and I just couldn't keep my feet from moving as fast as they wanted to.) Ended up doing 2 miles in 42:59.9. (See, I saved myself from 43! *lol*) I didn't have a specific time in mind, I just knew that this would be a starting point for me...
Also after that 5K Sunday, I have found myself, on more than one occasion, looking up information on races in this state and those neighboring it. I even started mapping out a plan for doing one a month every month! I have decided on one for sure - I will be doing the Charleston Distance Run 5K on September 4th. I haven't registered yet for the simple fact that I don't know whether I'll be walking or running this one. I'm fine to simply walk it...but I don't want to hold myself back if I'm ready for something a little more advanced by then. I mean it's more than 3 months away - and look at how far I've come already in just ONE month! So, I have until the end of August to register. (Also, I think I'm secretly hoping to be down a shirt size so I can actually order a shirt from the race...*shrug*)
And last night, before I went home for my 2 miler...I drove past the skating rink again...the one that has been holding Zumba classes for about 2 months now. These things are so darn popular the parking lot and road around the rink fills up each night! So I called them to ask when classes where. Apparently M & W classes don't start until 7pm...so guess where I'll be next Wednesday? Best part? Only 3 bucks for an hour workout! Beat that big cities!!
And it turns out...I'm okay being the "athlete". (This isn't the right word...I need to combine fake and athlete somehow - fathlete... *lol* Fat Athlete - Fathlete! I'm using it!!)
So it turns out I'm okay being a fathlete! I'm looking into buying some good walking/running shoes this weekend while I'm in Columbus for a wedding. And I've got an order all ready for Old Navy workout clothes (I think I'll even order one shirt a size smaller...just in case *wink*) and a new gym bag! It's exciting, yo!
But...you knew there was a but, didn't you? But, I need to make sure I pace myself here! The last time I went out too fast and furious and I injured myself several times over. Only, I kept pushing through the pain. And the doctor encouraged that because she knew what I was trying to do and she felt like if I could manage the pain then it wasn't too bad for me to stop. She simply told me to listen to my body and prescribed some 800mg Ibuprofen. (And I'll be making an appointment to go back to her for advice next week...all a part of being a fathlete.) But I got burned out and I stopped. And I don't want that this time. So if any of you have suggestions for what to do/what not to do...let me know!
So far the plan is as follows:
New workout clothes (that fit!)
New shoes (without holes and wear/tear)
A sweatband (I totally get this now!)
A mini MP3 player of some sort and sport headphones
A better water bottle of some sort...easier to carry
Cycling (for real and on the inStride)
And Work Toward:
Walking 2 miles comfortably
Running a mile
Walking that 5K without dying!
and ...eventually...running that 5K!
Truth is, I'm having trouble figuring out what kind of schedule I need because the runner training schedules are too advanced (even C25K right now) and there isn't a lot out there otherwise ...at least not that I've been able to find. *sigh*
Ah-well...this fathlete is off to plan her next workout. (Probably not walking tonight...don't want to overdo it, so I'll only do my walks every other day...that sounds about right. Right?) Tomorrow I will be picking strawberries as my workout! YAY YAY YAY!! Can't wait to have some fresh strawberries in the house!
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