Monday, October 03, 2011
My Shakeology came in the mail late last week, and I started my Shakeology meal-replacement routine yesterday. For lunch yesterday I had the Greenberry Shakeology with mango-pineapple juice and orange juice. It was pretty awful. The ďGreenberryĒ flavor is a thick green tea flavor, with very creamy (sort of chalky) undertones. Iím going to try the Greenberry with milk and a little bit of honey next time, and see if that tastes any better.
For breakfast today Iíve got the Chocolate Shakeology with a frozen banana (ďChoconanaĒ recipe). ItísÖ OK. Better than yesterdayís Greenberry citrus punch taste, but still with that distinct chalky undertone. I drank about half of my shake yesterday and added more water, and that helped, so maybe some more water would help this shake as well.
So far, not too impressed with Shakeology.
WHOA!! The boss of the next group over just came to my cubicle to give me a flyer for United Way week (this week) and as he was about to leave he said, ďBy the way Ė I donít know what youíre doing, but youíre looking REALLY great.Ē SQUEEEEEEEEEE. =D I also had a lady Iíve seen around the floor but donít actually know tell me in the elevator on Friday that Iím lookiní fantastic, whatís my secret? I told her about SparkPeople and Zumba (my two loves). Over the weekend my mother-in-law and grandma-in-law kept exclaiming about how great Iím looking too.
It sure does feel good and uplifting to have people notice my weight loss. Iíve gone from 217 lbs on Jan 1st to 188 lbs today (went up another pound this week). Thatís almost 40 lbs, which is nothing to sneeze at. Iíve also gone from a size 20/22 to a size 12/14, so thatís pretty awesome. =)
Yesterday was Day 1 of my new 12-Week challenge. I did my Shakeology for lunch (yuck) and went to Zumba as planned. I didnít do Day 1 of Turbo Jam (Learn & Burn), but I DID go to 30 minutes of Cardio Dance (which was AWESOME!)
Tonight I have Core Fusion at Curves. I HATE this class. I signed up for this 10-week class, which cost $46, and today will be week 4. I was sick week 1, went week 2 and hated it, and skipped week 3. I still havenít decided if Iím going to go tonight, or just give up on it. I feel like I SHOULD go because I paid for it, but itís AWFUL. Iíd almost rather just throw my money away than suffer through this class. Itís not just that itís difficult, the instructor is a crazy person. She made us go into a squat for what felt like FOREVER, then pulse it, then hold, then pulse again. By the end of the first hold my legs were SCREAMING and I couldnít, I just COULD NOT hold it, I had to straighten my legs or they were going to go to jelly under me. I straightened up to stretch them out a bit and the instructor snapped, ďI DIDNíT SAY YOU COULD MOVE!Ē
Seriously. Total crazy person.
Iím going to make a deal with myself: If I go to Curves after work and do both yesterday AND todayís Turbo Jam sessions, I donít have to go to CoreFusion. If I havenít done those three things (Curves, Learn & Burn, and TurboJam: 20 minutes) by the time class starts at 7, I must go to CoreFusion Ė do not pass GO, do not collect $200.
SoÖ yeah! Thatís whatís up, kids. Now Iím going to go try to choke down this Shakeology shake. Iím going to give each flavor one more chance, and if itís not at least bearable then Iím going to return this nasty stuff to BeachBody and get my money back. YUCK.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
So I gained another pound this week - back up to 188. Urgh. It seems I've been stuck in the 180's for months now. I'm not terribly surprised - I weighed in the lower 180's through most of high school, and in the upper 180's through most of college. My body remembers this weight, and is holding on to something familiar. I've also been less than exacting in sticking to my exercise and nutrition plans.
TODAY I start a new 12-week challenge (through TeamBeachBody.com). I had originally set pretty high goals for myself, but I think part of my problem with G.O.A.L. Operation: Halloween was that my end goal was going to be just barely achievable if I was 100% perfect.
For this challenge (and for the next phase of my weight loss) I've got some new goals and new plans.
Goals: 180 by Halloween (8 lbs this month)
170 by end of Challenge (Christmas Eve - 20 lbs in 12 weeks)
Shakeology for lunch every day
Turbo Jam 4-Week fitness program
After Turbo Jam 4 week program, start Turbo Fire 12 week program
Curves (strength training) 3x/week
My goal for this year (that I set on Jan 1st) was to lose 50 lbs this year (and 50 lbs next year). Where I'm sitting right now, I've lost 39 lbs. I CAN lose 11 lbs in the next 4 months - all I need to do to meet my goal for the year is stick with it and keep going AT A CONSTANT, STEADY PACE for the rest of the year. The weight will come off. Even if it's only 3 lbs a month, that will be enough.
I can't keep telling myself "I'll get back on track tomorrow," and I can't keep letting myself get derailed by small failures and small disappointments.
I hope that by switching down a gear and doing Turbo Jam (instead of Turbo Fire) to start will help with having successes. Throwing myself into Turbo Fire + Zumba + Curves would have been challenging and difficult, which very well could keep me from trying for fear of failure. Turbo Jam should be much easier, and I love Zumba, and Curves is mostly just taking the time to go there for half an hour. They're all things I can do, and I think Turbo Jam will also be fun. =) I should be able to do this workout schedule and SUCCEED, which should hopefully set me into an upward spiral - hopefully through the rest of the year. =)
Time to go eat a little breakfast, then do Day 1 of Turbo Jam ("Learn & Burn"). Wish me luck! =)
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Fell right back off the horse again. A week later, Iím back in the saddle again. *sigh*
COME ON, SELF! Pull it together! Youíve only got 9 lbs to go and then youíll have hit 50 lbs lost! The halfway mark! NO LONGER OBESE! You can get yourself your 50 lbs reward (the new Star Wars collection DVDs, yaaaay!)! 9 lbs is not that much, you can really do this.
Had a great start to the week last week, then kind of slid down a rocky slope. Weigh in on Saturday morning showed I gained .7 lbs. Thatís POINT-SEVEN Ė less than a pound. Yet for some reason it made me go AHJKShtklaeruwgks vjfgawluwhi! And eat a bunch of greasy fast food, drink all sorts of (non-diet) sodas, and drink. A lot.
The thing is, even though I was sliding ďout of control,Ē I was still exercising like a madwoman and was still within SparkPeopleís recommended calorie ranges. I was just over my personally set (very low) calorie ranges. SO. Now I donít know whether to go back to my low calorie range and keep working at a 1,000 cal+ daily deficit, or to listen to SparkPeopleís recommendations based on how many calories Iím burning.
WHYYYYY canít this be a more exact science?!?!?! ARGH!!!!
ANYWAY. My Shakeology should be here by Friday, which just happens to be the final day of September. Oct 1st Iím going to start drinking my Shakeology meal replacer shake for lunch every day, and Iím also going to start TurboFire, I think. Iím not liking Metamorphosis so much Ė itís boring and repetitive, and I feel like there are better workouts out there.
Iím also starting Jillian Michaelsí Detox & Cleanse today. Itís two little purple pills in the morning, and two in the early evening, for a week. Once thatís done, thereís a probiotic that Iíll take twice daily for a week. At that time Iíll also start taking her Fat Burner, though Iím going to do 1 pill twice a day (instead of 2 twice a day) for just a little extra kick of energy.
Speaking of energy!! I went to Zumba last night and it was CRAZY AMAZING!! In the 1 hour workout I burned 1,030 calories. THATíS CRAZY!! It was a lot of fun Ė I wish this Zumba instructor or my old instructor taught at the Y I go to. I might have to start travelling to other YMCA locations to take the Zumba classes. This one Iím taking on Tuesday is a separate thing through a local community center, and it was $46 for 6 classes. Thatís crazy when Iím already paying for a membership at the Y, which offers free Zumba classes.
ANYHOO! Iím outie for now, kids. And if youíve fallen off your horse on your path to your goals, well, itís time to get back in the saddle again, yíall. ;)
Friday, September 23, 2011
I need to quit posting here what I PLAN to do, and instead post what I DID. Posting my plans seems to make them more like I HAVE to do them, which makes me rebellious and not want to do what I say I will. Silly, but there you are.
Yesterday started to go downhill around lunch time, when I got cafeteria food. Should have taken the time to pack my lunch, and just said ďNOĒ to ďCentral American Cuisine.Ē The pupusa was AMAZING, but lunch ended up being around 550 calories and sat quite heavily in my tummy.
Then I shouldnít have gone home for that hour between work and my Cardio Kickboxing class. I KNOW that once Iím home and comfy on my couch, I donít really like to go out again. It didnít help that my hubby skipped class last night. Instead of leaving for class at 4:30 like he usually does on Thursdays, he sat down next to me on the couch with a bag of chips.
Yeah, it was pretty much all over then. Had some potato chips (greasy bits of heaven in a crinkly bag, I forgot how delicious potato chips are), a cookie, another cookie, half of a frozen cardboard pizza, two more cookiesÖ It actually ended up being under 2,000 kcal, so it really could have been worse. And bonus, now all the cookies are gone, so they wonít be there to tempt me. Didnít go to Cardio Kick, didnít do Metamorphosis. Hung out on the couch watching Americaís Next Top Model, then 2 episodes of Top Chef: Just Desserts, then the season premieres of Big Bang Theory, and then I went to bed at, like, 9 p.m. because I was exhausted from eating junk and watching TV.
I feel bad about screwing up yesterday, but Iím going to shake it off and not let the stench of greasy failure cling to me. Having a healthy breakfast of egg whites, oatmeal, and skim milk, and Iím going to try to get to Turbo Kick on my lunch break today. I figure that way Iíll sort of make up for skipping Cardio Kick last night. Then I should have just enough time to squeeze in a session at Curves before I meet my friend to go flower shopping for her wedding tonight. =)
I'm excited for the wedding tomorrow and can't wait for the DANCING!!!! =)
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Itís funny Ė the more I blog, the less people commentÖ Am I boring you?
I didnít do so well with my G.O.A.L. mission yesterday. I did my ďmustĒ workouts (2 mile lunch walk and Curves weight-lifting), but ended up not doing my ďextrasĒ (Metamorphosis and a Zumba class) and then I had cookies for dinner. I just didnít feel like eating my spinach & artichoke chicken once it finally finished cooking. So I sat on my couch and read a romance novel while dunkiní some cookies in an ice cold glass of milk. Mmmmm.
I ended up going over my calories by about 400 kcal, but since I burned 500 kcal exercising Iím going to call the entire day a scratch. Broke even, score is 0, moving on for a GOOD score today. =)
Iíve decided Iím going to order a monthís supply of Shakeology from BeachBody and try that out. I havenít decided yet if Iím going to use the meal replacer for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Most likely Iíll use it for lunch, since my egg whites and cereal arenít high cal to begin with, and I like cooking dinner for myself and my husband. Packing lunch can be such a pain. Iím excited to start trying it out, and canít wait for it to be pay-day so I can place my order and get started!
Todayís plan is to walk on my lunch break, finish my work day, eat a light dinner, do Cardio Kickboxing (the full hour!) at 5:30, do Metamorposis 1-6 after that, then have a light snack (cereal?) and hit the hay early so I can get up and get to Curves tomorrow BEFORE work (as I have after-work plans).
My weigh-in goal for Sunday is 183.5 Ė thatís 2.5 lbs down from this past Sunday. I know I can get there if I work really hard today, tomorrow, and Saturday!! Iíve got a wedding to go to Saturday afternoon/evening, so that should be interesting. =) Iím limiting myself to one drink, eat half of whatever is on my plate for dinner (unless there are truly healthy options, which I may eat all of), and half a piece of wedding cake.
Iíve got a plan, now all Iíve got to do is stick to it! And ooh, I hope thereís dancing Ė I love dancing!! =)
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