Monday, March 29, 2010
So…it has been almost a month of officially following the CF workouts of the day. I took my measurements on March the first and I took them again today…Mainly it seems that I have been staying the same size or gaining an inch or so. Why? :(
Bust-35 1/2 inch
Abdomen (belly button) 38 (same)
Arm-11 (the same/-1)
Weight- 176…so in the scale world I gained 2 pounds
I think…that measurements are faulty. I think I might be doing them wrong? :( SO, I put on my tightest pair of pants and a tight shirt! I think the shirt is for children…lol. I bought the jeans but I found the shirt at a giveaway. It didn’t used to fit, now I can get it over my head. I can comfortably sit with these clothes on, but they are tighter than I normally wear or am comfortable wearing. I figure that, if the shirt and pants get looser over the months, I am losing fat, even if the scale goes up and my measurements are faulty. On the other hand, if my clothes become tight or I can’t get them on, then I know that I am gaining, probably fat. Does this sound like a good way to measure progress?
I don’t know what my measurements are telling me. I am eating better than I ever have! Especially this month! I have cut all yogurt flavored w/ HFCS and other awful sweeteners. I no longer eat alot of processed foods, only occasionally and it is usually a lean cuisine or a kashi bar. I have been eating oatmeal & eggs some mornings, instead of all kashi. I’ve been eating more protein, less carbs. I aim to eat in the middle of my sparkpeople.com range. I eat 4-6 times a day, I do Crossfit workouts…I get enough sleep, water ect.
So I am driving myself crazy! What do you think? Am I looking at all smaller? I don’t think so…but we are our worst judges…I guess I am doing everything a healthy person does and I will have to do this, even at goal weight…so I’ll keep doing it?!?
^w/ a black tank top under my shirt…so see it does fit & I can layer clothing under it.
Please ignore the dirty mirror! lol
Friday, March 26, 2010
Hi, a while ago my friend joined a weight loss competition. She had already lost about 70 pounds on her own, but then she joined this. Not only has she had success with losing inches, learning new things and losing pounds, but she made it to the final 10!
If your not too busy, and have an e-mail address, would you consider voting for her? Thanks. If you do decide to vote, it is one vote per e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail when you vote, and will have to click a link to confirm your vote. My friend's name is "Jennifer Orr" and her profile is as follows:
If you don't mind, please take the time to follow this link, enter your email address, vote for her and confirm.
Here is her bio:
With lots of hard work and determination I lost 70lbs on my own in 8 months. I started to to love myself again, then weight loss took the back burner to everything else in life. I knew I still had about 40-50lbs to loose to be at a healthy weight but I just couldn't get focused. I am probably the most competitive person you will ever meet and when I saw the article in the paper about the contest and Cori (last years winner) I knew that was exactly what I needed. In order to live a happy and healthy life I need to take this weight off for good. My goal is to win the contest, but more importantly make the necessary changes to get to my goal. My starting weight is 222.2lbs and my goal is 179lbs. Five adjectives that would best describe me would be: competitive, determined, loyal, caring, and independent. Three things that are important to me are my family, friends, and living a long healthy life. My biggest pet peeve is bad drivers.
The last two months have been a great experience. I have never worked so hard at anything. The results are what makes it all so worth while. I cannot wait to see what the next month brings. The competition has kept me focused and motivated. Loosing 70lbs on my own took a lot of hard work and determination, but I started to loose focus and now I am more focused and motivated then ever. I have made many changes since starting this challenge such as seeing a trainer two times a week and the biggest one is not having a cheat day! Before I would work so hard all week and then have a bit too much "fun" on the weekends. I have learned how to make healthier choices and still enjoy myself. When not seeing the trainer I started jogging to get my heart rate up and I have really started to enjoy it. Who would have thought I would have enjoyed jogging?
Every Thursday night after the weigh-in and nutrition talk we have a speaker come in. The modeling lessons were so much fun and being kind of shy it helped me let loose. The seminar on How to Dress for your shape at Pistachio's was a blast as well, even better I tried on a size 12 dress because there was no 14 and it fit. I have learned so much from all the seminars. This contest has had such a huge impact on my life, I am finding myself again. My goal is to run the 5K Run For Water on May 30th. The sky's the limit from there!!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
So, I was all ready to go to the gym today with my friend, but she never showed up at the lunch area! We were supposed to meet there, then walk up the the gym. So, I ate lunch and then decided to go check out the gym. I figured she might have forgotten and might be there already waiting for me…well she wasn’t, and she never showed up! I think she is sick…:(
But, I worked out alone! I started on the stationary bike to warm up, and just watched people, what machines they did, how much weight and their form…
I started watching this old guy who looked like he knew what he was doing. So when he was done with one machine, I would grab it and use the weight that he was lifting. Obviously, I had to change the weights to be lower (that was great…) but then while I was on the machine I would keep him in the corner of my eye and see what he was doing on the next machine…so I basically “stalked” him across 5 machines. But then he left :(
I found a machine and just used it based on what the guidelines said. Then a girl came around so I started following her around…
Gym things I learned/facts:
1. I learned that my left side is weaker…I did only machines but some of them you could use unilateral meaning one arm does not depend on the other arm. Especially when I was doing this one chest machine, when I lifted my right arm would be able to do the last few reps and my left arm would be jello and barely even move…lol
2. I can do the ab crunch machine!! In a class in fall 2008 we had to workout once in the gym, which I hated…I was around 260 then though. I couldn’t do that machine at all! But then I didn’t feel bad though because one of the classmates, a girl, who was skinny and good at all of the athletic games we played could not do that machine either! But I must have gained strength somewhere because I can do it now!
I even watched the one girl try to do it before me, then I checked out the instructions to make sure I was doing it right. I think it was, no cheating and I can them!
3. I did at least 11-12 weight machines, plus the stationary bike. I just stuck to the machines for today…I might work on those for 6 weeks, get a good program and then try their free weights…
4. I might not be as dumb as I thought…with the lat pulldown machine, I specifically thought that you don’t pull the bar down & behind your head, right? I read that somewhere last night when I was trying to research gym machines & how to use them. Girls/beginners hold onto the bar with their hands far away and advanced people can keep their hands closer together to make it more difficult. Yet, despite all I read at least 2 people pulled that bar down behind their head! arg…
5. I think the next time I workout, I will work my chest & back first (working the big muscles first, right?) And maybe abs…somewhere I need to do legs (when?) and then last arms (like the shoulders, biceps and supporting small muscles) Does this sound right?
I don’t think my mom understands and I don’t think she is talking to me…this morning before leaving the house we heard on the radio it was supposed to snow. I said I hoped not because I really wanted to go to the gym with my friend! I have been looking forward to this for a long time! Well…she said she has been looking forward to not being in pain. I had no idea how these things relate? Last week she had this pain in her left side and got prescription medicine because it is a urinary track infection.
She was mad/is mad because I said I didn’t understand why that related to the gym. It might be me, but that was just a weird thing to say or reply with to me saying about looking forward to the gym? I am upset that she is in pain, but I believe it is due to all the weight she has, how she eats, ect. And I always invite her to walk with me, but she won’t…so what am I supposed to do :(
So, she is not speaking with me. I told her I was going to send my friend an e-mail and she said “whatever” and then when I asked if she was mad at me, she said no. So I dunno :(
Monday, January 11, 2010
So, as you know my house is temptation island. My mom brings in just about anything unhealthy-cookies, cakes, chips, pastries, ect. and I have to fight my temptations to not have any. So guess what she buys today? 10 boxes of brownies…yes, I wrote it right, 10 boxes of brownies. The kind where it is the mix and you do something to it, bake it and by magic you have tons of those little chocolate brownies! Why would she do that? She claims it was a great deal…you bought 10 boxes for $10…it was a sale. You save money…but apparently not your waistline.
So…would you buy the 10 boxes of brownies? Do you think it is such a great deal?
Oh, and she claimed my nieces is coming next week and wants to bake…but that kid is only 9, how is she going to bake 10 boxes in a day? I said, well she can make them and then take them home with her!
Who will avenge my death if the brownies win the battle? Do I have back up? If I had Jillian’s number, I would totally call her right now…maybe she could visit and put some sense into my mom. Apparently I am not doing a good job of that!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Background: This is a project I have been working on all semester for Desktop Publishing. Desktop publishing is an office thing, much like Microsoft word. But with Publisher you have more control over designing things like brochures. So we had to do a final project. I had no idea what I wanted to do, but then I came up with an idea. I would make it health related because I try to integrate healthy things into my school work. It is my interest and hobby, so if I do a paper or something about health or fitness, it gives me an excuse to learn new things that I can apply to my healthy lifestyle!
So my first plan on the calendar was that it would be the health theme of the month. There are national awareness themes for each month, like Diabetes, cancer and so on. I figured I would research one of these and design a calendar around that month with it. However, some months just did not stick with me, so my calendar developed into just a healthy living calendar.
Since I used to be a member of Curves, I decided that my audience would be Curves. I considered this while picking the themes because my audience is all women (sorry men) and I tried to figure out what would appeal to them. I also (happily) tried to keep the calendar/month part small so that I could add more information. I justified this by assuming that these calendars would be in Curves gyms and so the purpose of them would be different. They would be to inform and no on would have to write long to do lists on the calendar anyways. Also, while going to Curves there were sometimes articles on the wall that many ladies would pause to read on the recovery stations. So I figured that if this calendar was in Curves, they would simply read it in a minute or two and not need to use the calendar part as much.
So here it is…
Theme or Content page
March (Organic food)
April (Cancer prevention)
May (skin cancer prevention)
June (non-dairy calcium sources)
July (Super foods list)
August (psoriasis month)
September (Trans fat)
October (lung month, pollution)
November (Thankgiving tips, Diabetes quote)
December (healthy gift ideas)
Since I did research and used alot of information I found, even quoted things, I made an informal reference page. I made a list of all of the months and then put in the websites that I browsed while doing research and some of the links to the quotes here. I figure that this does two things, maybe three. First it makes my professor happy that I cited my sources (though in a calendar I don’t know how the best way you would do that), it makes my calendar more credible, and I figure it gives whoever has the calendar a way to learn more!
References page 1
References page 2
Sorry this was so long! But if you have any suggestions, I might consider them. I plan on printing this next Tuesday and taking a copy or two to my local Curves, since of course it was made for them! :D
I hope it is good grade-wise too! I think I used almost everything that we learned in class…formatting, design objects, ruler guides, I increased my margins, I used tabs (I hate making tabs), and I made a table, bullets, clip art…but as I mentioned before my designing is not the best! There are some months that I just hate looking at :( But others I think are really good…
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