Saturday, January 26, 2013
Gosh, there is so much to say. I almost don't know where to begin.
Let's talk about goals this week. My goals are to:
1. Exercise at least 30 minutes, five times per week. I'm on track to meet this goal.
2. 4-8 PM: eat protein, fruit and veggies. Avoid junk food. This one is, by far, the most difficult for me. This is where I usually fail. I'm hungry when I get home so I go straight for the chips. Then I get really tired and have to go lay down as soon as I can - and have no energy for exercise. So I'm glad to report that I've been really good this week. I've been eating lots of veggies and almost no junk food. Just a couple of tortilla chips one evening.
3. Drink one green drink. I've been doing this! And I'm loving them! I wish I didn't have to make them. I'm so busy cooking for the children and getting their lunch bags cleaned out, getting their food ready for the next day that I'd rather not take the effort to make a green drink. But it's so worth it... and I've been doing it.
4. Add more magnesium. Yep, check this one off too.
5. Get a buddy. Well, I have a buddy. I'd love more buddies. Anyone interested?
I've been doing the turbo jam work outs and I really love them. Kick, punch, firm those abs. All good. I asked (and received) for the Turbo Fire work outs for Christmas. To take it to the next level. I tried the starter one today, but I'm just not ready for it. It'll have to wait.
I've been reading this book, "Becoming Odessa". It's written by a young, 20-something, woman who hiked the Appalachian Trail. Then she ran it and got the women's record in the least number of days to through hike the thing. Then she ran it again and got the men and women's record in the shortest through hike. But this book is about her first trip. And she talks about how, when she got more muscular, she got hungrier. She had to eat more food just to keep her body weight. She was always eating. I have a friend like that. He bikes all the time - and eats - A LOT - all the time. And he's extraordinarily skinny.
And that's the point. That the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. The higher your metabolism.
When I was training for my marathons, I would eat a huge bag of doritos every day. And I weighed 110 lbs. And now I eat almost nothing and gain weight just by looking at those chips.
It's a good thing to remember.
So I need to keep building muscle. I'm on the right track. I just need to keep going.
And that's what I've learned this week.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Today has been an incredibly emotional day. In addition to it being crazy busy at work, and having a coworker and dear friend fighting for her life going through chemo and radiation while trying to work full time (out of necessity), one of the puppies I've fostered died. He had "water on the brain" (hydrocephalus). Ugh.
Then to make matters worse, I had to go to small claims court. I was suing AAA Car Care Centers for charging me $2,200 for a clutch repair and not doing the clutch repair and for putting my truck on the lift incorrectly and damaging the vehicle in the process. Ugh! And they wouldn't do anything about it. You'd think that AAA would be honest, reliable, and dependable - they are the absolute worst! Avoid them at all costs! In fact, before I took them to small claims court, I went through the better business bureau and found 90 claims against them, 40 in the past 12 months. It's the sleaziest business ever!
I'm really proud of myself for my defense and I won the cost of the repair. The court didn't award me the cost of the repair of the body damage because I couldn't prove that they did it. I didn't have photos of the truck just before it went to the shop. Who knew I would need that? Seriously, AAA Car Care Center - avoid them at all costs!
Anyway, even though I was emotionally and physically drained, I still worked out! I did a 40 minute Yoga Booty Ballet dvd. Woo hoo! Now I'm going to go pass out!
Monday, January 21, 2013
Today is the day we formally remember Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. And what a legacy it is. Each year, I take the opportunity to read his story to my children and I'm in awe of what he did. Moreover, he knew he was putting his life on the life for the principles in which he believed. I'm not a person of his race, but I'm still grateful for his accomplishments.
Now, getting back to fitness, health, and weight loss.
As you know, I'm incredibly demoralized at my lack of weight loss. It's been a month since I started tracking my fitness and diet and I've lost a whopping one pound so far. So I figured that I'd measure myself - and perhaps track progress that way. No change. Well, one change - my hips are now two inches wider than before. How did THAT happen? How CAN that happen? I'm guessing that it's my measurement error because if it were true change, then my pants would be too tight. And they're not.
So maybe my accomplishment is that I haven't gained any weight. Maybe all my diet and exercise efforts have kept me from GAINING weight. And I know I need to just keep going, that eventually I'll get where I want to go. It's just really frustrating in the meantime.
Today is January 22nd. For some reason, I am not able to add a blog entry. But I can edit one.
I feel a lot better today. I've been sticking to my food plan today and am dressed to go exercise - which I'll do as soon as dh gets home from work and can take care of the children. One day at a time. I need to stop looking at the scale. If I can, I'll put it in the back of my closet.
Thanks for your support; I really appreciate it.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Here it is, January 20th and I've been doing great with all of my goals. Amazing! I've been working out - hard - five days a week and watching what I eat. The first two weeks I tracked EVERY morsel. I ate 1500 calories/day and, in the end, I lost a fraction of a pound each week. This past week I had a lot of work events - which include food and/or eating out. I did manage to keep with my workouts and all my goals - not overeat at night, drink lots of water, 30+ minutes of cardio, work on eating more nutritiously, and don't eat those chips (ok, one night I ate chips. But that's one night out of more than 20 nights.)
So I feel like I'm doing well. I wish I'd see more progress on the scale. I'm trying hard not to focus on the scale, but it's hard. I truly feel like I'm doing everything right, yet the scale just doesn't want to budge. Maybe I need to take it below 1500 calories - that will be difficult. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and maybe one day I'll weigh less.
Wishing y'all a great week!
Monday, December 24, 2012
Here it is, once again, we're nearing the beginning of a new year. And new years mean new beginnings. I know I've been here before, an maybe I over-promise. So this year, here are my resolutions:
1. 30 means of cardio every day
2. work on eating better
a. remove the chips from my diet (those darn chips!)
b. find ways to keep me from over-eating at night.
3. drink lots of water every day
Happy Holidays everyone!
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