Tuesday, August 03, 2010
My goals for the month of July I did horribly. I am starting a 90 day weight loss challenge tomorrow so I am redoing some of my goals and WILL do much better!!!
1. Finish organizing my kitchen by Thursday August 5 - already emptied out the bad stuff, just need to shop for good stuff and organize it.
2. Eat within my calorie range, will be changing over the course of the challenge starting with 2000 this week then dropping by 200 each week until I get to 1200. This is how I plan to get my body used to the lower calorie intake and an attempt to minimize the chance of going into starvation mode.
3. Track EVERYTHING I eat and no bad days, or very few ^_^
4. Exercise 60 minutes per day, 5 days per week
5. Start getting up early to go swimming at least 1 time per week
6. Blog/Vlog at least 2 times per week
7. Keep my team goals tracked and up to date.
8. Swim across the lake and back at the cottage. I don't know how far it actually is. I'll try and find out. It's a narrow lake though so it wouldn't be more than a km I think.
9. Have a great start to the $10,000, 90 day weight loss challenge ^_^ by losing at least 15 pounds in the first month, more if possible.
I'm trying to lose an insane amount of weight during this challenge, probably an unhealthy amount but it's worth the $10,000 and hopefully with 3 or 4 months being good hopefully afterwards when I slow down my weight loss it'll be that much easier to stick to healthier choices. This is not a long term change, merely an attempt at a jump start into the healthy lifestyle.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Ok so a few things are going on right now.
Mainly, I have gotten way off track again so this weekend, I'm working on getting back on track. There's a 90 day weight loss challenge at my gym and the prize for losing the most % of body weight is $10,000. 2nd and 3rd get $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. All participants also receive one month free membership for every 5 lbs lost so I figure it's worth a shot. I'm going to try really hard to do very well because I know if I stick with it the whole time I have a real chance of winning. The last winner lost 98 pounds so I know I have to really work hard. It starts on September 7 but they're weighing me on tuesday so I get an extra month. Of course I know I'm not the only one who's going tt get that advantage. They probably do it for everyone just to give people a good start and to make them feel good about it. I bought some training sessions and I will be doing half an hour 2x a week for the duration of the competition, as well the usual martial 2x and dancing 1x. I will also be trying to include the swimming whenever I have the energy and time. I will be cutting back my daily calorie range to 1200 - 1500 calories per day. I will be doing a lot searching the net this weekend, especially on spark, and I will be cleaning out my kitchen. I'm getting rid of all unhealthy food and finding recipes to make ahead of time so I have no excuse not to eat at home and healthy, it will be done already ^_^ I'll make big batches and freeze it in individual servings so I can just mic it and I'm good. Cooking won't be an excuse for me anymore. I've already started making breakfasts that way just this week so I'm off to a good start. I'm going to the dollar store to buy a whole bunch of containers to freeze all my single meals in. I will blog several times a week with an update on how I'm doing with the competition and I ask for everyone's support. I have 10,000 more reasons to do well this time but I know it's going to be hard.
If I win one of the top 3 prizes I'm not sure what I'll do with it all. I'll definitely pay off some bills and use some for more dance lessons, new clothes for sure lol. Maybe an HD tv, maybe not. I'm going to decide on a few things I want to do with the money so I have specific things in mind to motivate me and I will be making a motivational poster or something to put up at home to keep me going strong.
I start tuesday night after my weigh-in and I'm getting impatient for it to start already. I'm going to drink as much water as I can before they weigh me for a temporary gain lol, then at the end I'll try and get my weigh-in to be in the morning so I can have a slight advantage lol. I'm sure others will be doing the same but not everyone will think of it ^_^ My family is going to support me with this as well, and my mom has graciously agreed to pay for my kitchen overhaul lol, with the condition that if I win, I pay her back.
Work is going well, though a bit stressful. They've given me an entire tower to do. As a student, I've only been doing little bits here and there but now I'm going to do a whole guyed tower by myself. Of course, I'll have help, they know I don't really know what I'm doing, but still, it's exciting and stressful at the same time lol.
Anyway, I hope you all have a great weekend, and for those of us in Canada, enjoy the extra day off!!! Except for me lol, I work saturday too!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wow, an interesting day so far.
First of all I'd like to mention a challenge I will be doing. It's through my gym and there are cash prizes. It's a 90 weight loss challenge and I'm going to do it, it starts in september, as a way to motivate myself. I don't think I'll win as the last winner lost 98 lbs in 90 days which is both crazy and unhealthy. So I'll work hard and do my best while not going overboard. Every participant gets 1 month free memebership for every 5 lbs lost so even if I come in last, as long as I lose some, I come out a winner. 1st place wins $10,000, 2nd gets $5,000 and 3rd gets $2500. I've already done the math and if I wanted to try for 90 pounds in 90 days I would be eating 1200 calories a day, no more, and having to burn about 2000 every day so I'm not going to go that crazy. I just figure I can try my best and hopefully get some free months at the gym ^_^
Ok so today, I went out with a co-worker to buy some shelves to install in our closet. We are trying to organize the office a bit better. We bought some really nice ones but have had a tough time installing them. The walls in the closet are concrete bricks, so we bought some special screws, but the screws just keep turning. They don't seem to want to grip the concrete, they just keep stripping the holes. So we're leaving it til monday and are going to get some special anchor things, I've never intsalled shelves at all lol, never mind in concrete. I will be though, I bought a closet organizer for my bedroom. I think I'll put it in this weekend because I'm not going to the cottage and I have sunday off.
Last night was interesting too. I'm exhausted today. See, my power went out last night, but it was really weird. It went out in only part of my apartment at first. I thought I blew a fuse but when I checked them no, and the new one didn't make a different. My bedroom light and one outlet were off, my bathroom, hallway and my fridge were all not working. I emptied my freezer because I had no idea why only some of the power went out when it wasn't a fuse. I put all the stuff into another freezer I have and went to bed and I would ask the super in the morning. Well at about 2 am all my power went out, I checked though and out in the hallway the lights were still on, so I'm just getting more confused. I only woke up because my CPAP machine turned off when the power went out, it's kinda hard to breathe without power in one of those things lol. So anyway, I was up for a little while, but then randomly the power came back on, all of it, thank goodness. I went back to sleep but of course, I was about an hour short now. So this morning I ended up being late for work, forgot to reset my alarm, and I'm still so tired. I am starting to feel better though ^_^ The prescription the doctor gave me is helping, I just need more sleep lol. I swear I'll be in bed at like 8 tonight lol.
I'm actually doing ok for eating today ^_^ better than I have previously. I did have a McDonald's egg McMuffin for breakfast but I had a fruit and fiber muffin with it instead of the hashbrown. I only ate out today because I was running late thx to the power outage. For lunch I had chili and a whole wheat bun. I also bought one of those health drinks with veggies in it. Normally I hate them but this one is apple, kiwi and greens so I mostly taste the apple and kiwi. I got myself a banana for a snack and I'll figure out dinner when I get home. I will still go over my calories today but my goal this month is eating healthy foods, as much as I want, not staying within range. I should only go over a bit though and I have made better choices today. At least I'm getting some nutrients in me ^_^ and hopefuly by the time the challenge starts in september, I'll have some good habits under my belt ^_^
Hope everyone has a great weekend ^_^
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I just got back from the doctor and I got a perscription. So soon, everything will be good ^_^ No more problems I hope lol.
As for my exercise regimen I have decided on how I will be changing it. I am going to do my martial arts every monday and wednesday night and dancing will be thursdays, either a lesson or one of the practice parties. I will also be going to the gym every monday, wednesday and friday morning, one day a week will be swimming and 2 days will be strength training. Of course, I'm going to be flexible about the days, some days I need the extra sleep in the morning and sometmies I may go on the weekend, but it will still only be 3 days a week. I'm trying to not to overdo it too much while still having some evenings off and weekends as well. Of course when I go to the cottage weekends I will be swimming then as well. So now I have every tuesday and friday evening off, and weekends as well. This will be good as I was getting very frustrated with never having time off for myself. I've gotten quite behind on my house work too so now I'll have some time to catch up on that.
The biggest challenge for me now will be getting up early to go the gym, but once I do I always enjoy being up early, it's just getting out of bed lol.
Anyway, hope everyone is having a good week so far ^_^ mine is looking better now!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Warning: This blog contains information about my health you may not want to know!!!
I posted in an eralier blog about some problems I've been having and purposely left out any details. As a result, people misunderstood, though I do appreciate the helpful advice ^_^ Everyone assumed that my problem was constipation, but really it's pain and bleeding everytime I go to the bathroom. I have been trying to up my fiber intake to make it less painful. I also have an appointment to see my doctor tomorrow morning. I am so not going to like that one, a rectal exam not looking forward to that!!! I've been trying lots of different things to make it less painful, only homeopathic things I read on the net. I tried garlic - nothing, probiotics - so far no help, taking a tbsp of oil ion the morning - it helped but it is so gross I couldn't do it more than once, and now I am trying aloe juice.
I've seen it go through my cash on my weekend job at the grocery store and have always wondered what it would be like. I read online aloe taken internally has a whole host of benefits so I though why not, I may as well taste it lol. I bought it worried about the all the little chunks floating around in the green juice. I bought a plan one and a pomegranate one. They of course have sugar and stuff added to make it taste better. They're not bad actually, I like the pomegranate better. The chunks take some getting used to, it's a bit like orange juice but the chunks are bigger and there are more. It actually makes me think of the flesh in an orange or a grapfruit, with consistency a bit like Jello. It's definitely not a drink for everyone, but it does seem to be helping, it's not quite as painful today. I just hope the effect lasts.
I do apologize if this was way too much info but I put the warning on the top just because I thought not everyone would want to hear about this. I'll let you know now, if you did read this and comment or not, I do appreciate it. I'm actually putting it up here because I feel completely uncomfortable talking to my family or friends about it, I don't even want to talk to the doctor about it but I know I need to.
Now on to some other stuff. I haven't been doing that well this past week. I keep being stuck on the big picture and thinking I'll never lose all my weight, it's too much. I've been trying to focus on the small goals but this week it's been very hard. I have a hapkido grading coming up on the 24th and I won't be getting my belt. I've already spoken to the instructor and he says I've missed too many classes, which is so true. I knew that would happen and I don't mind at all. I have too much to learn in under 2 weeks and this will also give me another 3 months to work on my fitness level. The fitness requirements are a little too much for me right now.
I will be redoing my fitness routine, it will still include the hapkido 2x per week, but the dancing I am going to drop down to once every 2 weeks for lessons and then parties each non lesson week. So still once a week, but no more than that, sundays however are different, if I feel like going dancing I will, but lately I've been too busy to go on sundays anyway. I have been swimming a little sporadically, I will be including that at least once per week, most likely in the mornings. I will also be adding twice at the gym in the mornings to strength train which I have been neglecting lately. So hapkido 2x per week, swimming once, weights twice, and dancing once. I am going to go over my schedule and set specific days and times for each activity so I can specifically schedule some down time for myself, which I really need. That's actually part of the reason I have been missing so many classes, because I'm always on the go and need more me time. I really want to earn my green belt at the next grading, and I want to feeel prepared for it ^_^ Some weeks I will also be going a 3rd time to hapkido to work with my classmates, but only if I feel up to it, just to get more practice, there's no instructor that day, just an empty classroom we're allowed to use.
I have also been doing not so good with my eating, but I am working on it and I hope to be doing better by the end of the month. That is my goal for the month anyway, to be making better food choices. I need to go grocery shopping anyway, so I will be going on thursday, as tonight is me time, I'm seeing a friend ^_^ and tomorrow is hapkido. I will make a list before going and try to only get what's on my list. I would actually love some tips on breakfast ideas and snacks that are both healthy and fast. I will be getting stuff to make some breakfast bowls which I have had suggested a few times. High fiber and vegetarian are my preferences as I'm not much of a meat eater. Any suggestions are welcome and much appreciated ^_^
Hope everyone is doing well ^_^ have a great week!!
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