Sunday, February 20, 2011
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MAKE ME STRONG!!!
Current Weight: 159 pounds
1. Natural Waist- 32
2. Hips - 38
3. Thigh - 22.5
4. Calf - 14.5
5. Upper Arm - 12
6. Chest - 36
Amount of time you can reasonably dedicate to exercise EACH DAY (oh yeah I went there): 1 hour (for me, that IS reasonable, if not on the low end).
Number of Rest Days needed per week (maximum): 2
Is your goal for this challenge...
A) Lose weight
C) Lose inches
D) Prepare for a race
E) Surprise yourself
F) Get stronger
G) Start exercising
H) Exercise regularly
I) Break a plateau
J) *****Combination of these options******: Lose inches, prepare for a race, get stronger, and lose weight (less emphasis on the losing weight, though).
Do you have the balls to take a new before pic or use one you already have? I will add a picture tonight. Just have to make the time here!
Do you have any physical restrictions due to injuries, babies, vampirism, living dead syndrome, severe laziness, etc? Nopers. Though I like the idea of being a vampire....
Which muscle group do you want to start with?
A) Upper Body (back/arms/shoulders/chest)
B) ****Core (abs/back)**** especially abs
C) Lower Body (legs/ass)
D) Total Body (all of above)
Which of these things are you excelling in the LEAST and which do you think is your BEST area?
A) Cardio (BEST)
B) Strength Training/Toning/Scuplting (LEAST)
C) Weight Training (heavy weights)
D) Flexibility Training (stretching)
E) Agility Training
F) Speed Training
Do you have a goal outfit or an upcoming even that is motivating for you? The Fargo Marathon is the most motivating for me, since the stronger, leaner, faster I am, the better the race will go for me.
Which kind of Motivation has seemed to work best for you in the past?
C) Your own progress
D) Combining with other activities (such as gardening, volunteering, babysitting, etc)
E) Other _____________
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Whew! Yesterday was a toughy. DH came home with his usual balloon and rose in a vase :o} What a sweetie. No card, but....well, that's okay. (I'm kind of a card girl...rather have the card than anything else because I save them, but really, who am I to split hairs???).
We were without child for the next few hours, so we......went to Red Pepper, shared a grinder and each had a taco, went to Target, and then went home, to....Clean. Yup. We took this opportunity to clean our house! He knows me so well. It was great to do that. We didn't get to the nursery, my office, or our bedroom, but that is easily worked on as I go. I am just happy the main part of the house is clean! Woohoo!
But, when we were in Target, I gravitated right away to the boxes of chocolates. Oh, how so badly I wanted just the smallest freaking box. Just some chocolate..c'mon. Then, DH gently steered me away and said, "maybe next year...don't torture yourself like this!"
I am so glad he did that. Because seriously, I "saved" my points/calories for the eating out, but not for chocolate. As it was, I knew I would have to run this morning to sweat away some water weight for the weigh-in. Today, and then one more freaking weigh-in to hit lifetime. Then, NO LONGER a slave to that scale but for once a month! At least for a while. If I see myself sliding back and not progressing in the month following, then I will go back to weekly weigh-ins. My DH still wants me to weigh-in weekly with him, and I said that is fine, but I will NOT look at my weight. It is for his eyes only, and he is to not say a word.
So, my back felt so much better even yesterday evening. Great overnight, and completely fine this morning, so it must have been just a muscle twinge, and my body telling me to take a rest day, which I did. I went to the gym this morning at 5:17 (too early) since Kaylee woke me up at 4:30 and I was bored.
I was planning on running 3 miles, but felt great so just kept going. I ran for 48 minutes and walked the last 12. I put in 5 miles of running in the 48 minutes and another 0.75 mile of walking.
My goals yesterday were all met except for my water intake. It is interesting that I am faltering on that lately. I need to get that back up because it is too important.
Today, my goals are to:
1. Eat right, healthy, with good portion control and mindful eating habits.
2. Drink 80 ounces of water.
3. Run 5 miles (already did) plus chip the ice out of the driveway. Walk the dog. Clean the office and nursery, and bedroom if time. Weigh in at WW. Go to bed at 9 or earlier. Watch an episode of Grey's Anatomy after Kaylee goes to bed (my new treat for myself). Yay for Netflix instant streaming!
How many days until Cancun, you ask? SIXTEEN!!!!! OMG.
Monday, February 14, 2011
My weekend had a lot of ups (race, Bronze Boot steakhouse, time with my daughter, warm weather, walking outside, taking a nap), and a few downs at the end (multiple leaks in our family room due to an ice dam on our roof and then hurting my back for no apparent reason).
I did get the results of the race. It was different from my Garmin (phooey). It was not a chipped race, though, so I know that was the reason :o} I ended 24th out of 42 females, 68 out of 101 overall. My time was 58:30 (not 58:16 like my Garmin said).
I haven't received my pictures pre-race from my friend yet, and they apparently haven't posted any pictures yet online otherwise from the race.
But, I was searching online this morning, and I found a blog about the race and found it REALLY interesting. See, it is a mom/daughter blog, and they each posted their experience in here with pictures. They talk about a runner they were trying to beat and who was pacing them, trying to pass them. Hehe. That was me. (heehee) Unfortunately for me, I didn't pass them because they found more oomph at the end than I could. But, they each had a finishing photo that shows me behind the daughter (I am in pink). I thought I'd post the link to that blog if you are wanting to see, or read it. I was seriously tickled pink (oops, pun) that they were talking about ME! As their competition! I love it. That makes me wanna run more and FASTER!
Here are the pictures they took....I am not really really visible, but I am the runner in pink:
But, alas my back is preventing that for now. I was bending over to pick something up last night when I felt a stabbing pain shooting across my mid back. Not upper, not lower, but mid back (bra line area). My God...I was near tears. I finally just went to bed after having DH put Kaylee to bed because I just couldn't stand the thought of picking her up... I woke up about 5 times during the night with the pain, and this morning it still hurts a lot, but as this morning goes by it seems like it is getting better. It just makes me nervous now because we ate out a lot this week, and though my weight was down yesterday, my weight is up this morning. Without exercise, I need to REALLY watch what I eat, but that is something I should be doing anyway.
So, my goals for today are:
1. Nutrition, to eat very clean, fruits, veggies, chicken breast for dinner with veggies.
2. Fitness: None except for walking because of my back.
3. Water: 100+ ounces...I kind of failed on drinking water this weekend, and need to get that back on track.
4. Stay busy.
That's pretty much it for the day. Keeping it simple and not overdoing it.
Oh, and here is a shout out to Becky and Paula ~ Totally had a dream about our get-together in March! And oddly enough I had just had my "tummy tuck" done before meeting up with you guys....and it looked great, but they forgot my boobs! Nice...
Here's to making my Monday GREAT despite some challenges :o}
Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!!!!
ETA: Got an email from the mother, and it wasn't me they were pacing with! Oh, well. I still kept the daughter on her toes ;o}
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I wish I could make this as detailed as possible, but I have to go out to dinner soon...
The race started at 10, but registration opened at 8 a.m. I went early at 8:15 to beat the lines, and because I had some errands to run in between.
I got back at 9:15 and it went from about 20 people to over 250! This is in a smaller building, so trust me it was crazy.
The temperature today was unseasonably warm, and in the late 20s, early 30s. I wasn't sure what to wear, so ended up with 2-1/2 layers on the bottom (shorts plus base layer and yoga pants), 2 layers on top with a fleece pullover, my calf compression sleeves, Garmin/HRM, MP3 player, headband (for my ears), and went w/o my YakTrax for 2 reasons...I can't find them right now and also they said the trail was clear and with very minimal ice.
I got the swag bag with the really awesome technical shirt that I'll add a picture of later (with the other pics of me at the race). I then lined up at the start line about 1/3 of the way back from the front. The 10K runners were running with the 5K runners for the first 2.75 miles of the race.
The gun went off, and there we went! I started out stronger than I would have liked at about a 9:30 pace, but just went with how I felt. First off, there was a LOT more ice on the path than the director said. I was really wishing I had my YakTrax, and had to keep my eyes down on the path the WHOLE time and slipped a few times but thankfully didn't fall.
My stomach started hurting around mile 3, which stunk. My legs and everything felt great otherwise. I also felt the need to pee about 1 mile into it..actually at the start line but I had no time left to go.
I really kept an eye on my heart rate and pushed myself according to that. I didn't want to go above 169 bpm, but wanted to stay around 160-ish. I noted at 3.1 miles that my time was 29:13, which I was real happy with, but I knew I would have to keep my pace or even run faster if I wanted to finish the 10K under an hour, which was my goal.
I started passing a few 10K-ers around mile 4, and started reeling them in slowly. There were not so many people running the 10K (mostly 5K today) but I knew every person I passed was 1 person closer to the finish line that I beat. Yeah, not the best thing to be thinking, but I like "reeling" them in :o}
There were a lot of hills on this course, which threw me off. There was also a sharp wind the first part of the race. The way back was better, but then I started feeling too warm. The last mile was the hardest mentally because I wanted to slow down but really didn't want NEED to. My legs were still feeling strong, but my tummy was still hurting.....
Well, I then crossed the finish line and pressed stop on my Garmin for the first time in a race, looked at my time, and saw it was 58.16! Super excited.
I have 1-mile "laps" on my Garmin, so they are not exactly split times, but here is what they show:
1 mile: 9:33
2 mile: 9:04
3 mile: 9:20
4 mile: 9:02
5 mile: 9:22
6 mile: 7:53
0.2 mile: 2:58
Okay, I converted them the best I could, but anyhoo....
I will update with standings when they post along with pictures, but thought I'd get this out there quick!
Friday, February 11, 2011
So, as I have hinted at (or basically said), I bought KFC Wednesday evening for dinner. I ended up getting this $10 deal where you get 7 pieces of chicken (drummies and thighs, my favorite) and a large side and 3 biscuits. It was about the same price as an individual meal for me plus a kids meal for Kaylee, so I liked the idea of leftovers for DH when he got home from work. The side I ordered was potato wedges.
I had 1 thigh and 1 drummy, 2 biscuits, and a good portion of those potato wedges. I had allowed myself X amount of points, and I stayed in the ranges. Being in the ranges, though, doesn't account for how you feel after a meal like that. My daughter had 1/2 biscuit (if that, the rest went to the floor for the dog), 1 drummy (which was a shocker because she seemed to hate chicken), and 4 potato wedges.
Yeah, bad mommy/wife alert!!!! The next day, my belly was so nauseated, that I couldn't eat. I just couldn't (this was yesterday). I ate my first meal of oatmeal at 2 p.m. with an apple. My DH calls me up at noon, nearly whimpering because his tummy is hurting him so much and he doesn't know what to do....should he drink water? What medications could he take? And that he didn't have access to any Tums, Pepcid, Pepto, or the like.
I go to pick Kaylee up at 4:25, and the daycare lady informs me that Kaylee was so constipated today that she had to help Kaylee out with it (Sorry, that was probably a TMI alert). And that it was covered in blood My daycare lady has a tendency to be overdramatic and she seems to be a pathological liar, too (I have heard so many stories about her personal life from her that....I really just can't believe it all). But, I do believe that Kaylee was constipated and needed help, but COVERED in blood? I checked her bum out later and she had another poo and there was not a hint of blood. I just don't know.
What I do know? KFC will never be purchased again by me. Never. That was truly horrible, how we all felt, and I just feel horrible for inflicting that much pain and suffering on all of us, especially DH and my daughter.
For other news, DH and I were supposed to be celebrating our 8th anniversary yesterday, but ended up just going out for Red Pepper and shared a grinder and tacos (yeah, bellies felt better by then). Then, we went swimsuit shopping at JC Penney's.
Okay, mini vent. WHAT THE HECK are these designers thinking????? Why are they labeling these swimsuits like jeans? Seriously....size 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16...WTF????? How do I know what size to grab? So, I grab my jeans size (10-ish) thinking that 8 would definitely be too tight, and no one wants a tight swimsuit unless you are stick thin.
I grab 4 suits. I grab a few 12's just to be safe. DH comes into the room with me (because there is no way I am leaving the dressing room with them on multiple times) and I try them on. Okay, so after 5 frustrating try-ons, I am realizing I am a 14-16 in these suckers, because my chest is JUST too BIG for these suits! And they are creating fat rolls that I swear I have sweated away. *sigh*
By the time we left the dressing rooms, I was deflated. Not by the suits so much as looking at myself nekky in the mirror multiple times while trying these on. And seeing that loose skin, and noting for the first time in a long time that I have inner thigh loose skin. Nice. And that my 36D boobs look deflated when pressed on by a swimsuit. Which looks...weird. Not natural. I cried to my DH in the car about how this November I want a tummy tuck with a bit of lipo outta my thighs, and a boob augmentation. I don't care if they are smaller or bigger. I just want them to look/fit normal in bras/swimsuits again. The pregnancy and now this weight loss has just KILLED my boobs.
I will give mad props out to my DH, though. He did tell me what I am sure I wanted to hear, and finished up with this (paraphrased): "I can never look at you and see the skin, the 'flat boobs'. I see my wife, and in the last 8 years, I have grown to love you more and more! I love you even more now, not because you are even more attractive now, but because I hit the jackpot with you. You are so much more than looks, Erin. I was scared before, scared of your health and if you were going to get bigger and bigger, but I never thought you unattractive. I never will! But I am so proud of you now, because you are doing things I never thought you could do. Run? I laughed when you first said you were going to try running. Now look at you. Look at your accomplishments, not the mirror."
*sigh* Yeah, that's why I keep him around...and he did agree to "let" me have the surgeries if I still feel the same way in the fall.
Yesterday was an emotional day, but the whole week has been that way (DANG YOU TOM!!!!). I am just hoping to get out the other side intact and within the 158-162 range!!!
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