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Doing GOOD!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I realized it's been a while since I wrote a blog and I need to update things a bit. I'm now down 17.5 pounds and 13.5 inches lost. I'm staying under 1500 calories per day - with summer being here and watermelon and cantaloupe being abundant, I have no problem staying within the calorie range - actually I have to force myself to get to 1200 some days.

On the exercise front, I've been going to the fitness center 3 times per week but have backed off of that just a bit this last week or so. I started my first class for my Master's degree so I'm changing things around a bit.

My goal is to do my workouts before I start homework - gives me that added boost before I have to sit in front of the computer. My routine is to ride bike 10 miles and then run (jog) 3-4 miles. I also run with a group on Saturday morning and two weeks ago I did the 4 mile course and actually finished it in 37.54 so I shocked myself. The next time I ran the 3 mile course I had it down to 9.08/mile so I'm feeling pretty good about it.

We went backpacking in the Big Horns last week and this is the first time I've ever been in better shape then my husband - he wanted to know why we were 'racing' up the mountain and "can't we stop for a drink?" I loved it!

I've always wanted to do a marathon and I'm starting to think this may be the year - I've got a great start so I'm going to look into the Marathon in Des Moines IA in October.

And the first Master's Class has been going really well.

Life is Good!

  


Memorial Day Weekend & Graduation Parties

Monday, May 28, 2007

This was a tough weekend - having a 3 day weekend but also having 9 graduation parties to attend. I stayed under 1550 calories by eating less for breakfast and lunch so I would have calories for the parties but I avoided most of the food and just had fruit. I was close to getting a cookie at one party but avoided it. I could almost taste the caking frosting and really wanted that too but decided it wasn't worth the calories I would use up.
I did get my 4000+ burned calories in for the week and did a 90 minute spinning, cardio, weight training combo class in so that should get me started for the week.
Two more weekends, 5 more graduation parties!

  


Pretty good week

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

This last week was pretty good - I lost 1.5 pounds on weigh in Wednesday, had 6am Birthday breakfast at McDonald's Saturday for my dad's 77th - but only had a fruit & yogurt parfait. Then I worked out for 2.5 hours - Turbo Kick class, 47 minutes on elliptical & 10 miles biking. (I was behind on my goal for calories burned for the week) Can you tell I knew I had a rough day ahead - 3 graduation parties. I passed on the desserts at all of them and luckily they all had fruit or veggies I could munch on, so I stayed under 1550 for the day and burned 4000+ calories for the week. Let's hope weigh in tomorrow is 2 pounds or more!

  


Need to look on the bright side

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Weigh in was this morning and I'm bummed. My weekly goals have been 1, 1, 2, 3. I've been at 1.5, 1.5, 2.5 but only 1.5 today. I'm still losing so I should be thrilled and I've lost 7.5 inches (3 just on my waist), so that's all good, but I'm still really bummed that I missed this weeks goal. First of all because I didn't realize I had 3 pounds for this week. If I had filled out my goals after I knew it takes burning 3500 calories for every pound of fat, I wouldn't have put any week at 3 pounds. I just need to realize I'm down 7 pounds & 7.5 inches in 4 weeks. That's probably better progress then I've ever had before, so I need to be happy with that. It's just my competitive nature that I don't want to 'not meet' a goal I've set. I was released to start gradual jogging/running again, so hopefully that will help with meeting my weekly goals.
This week will also be hard to get in all the exercise because of activities - I'm meeting friends to celebrate a friend's college graduation tonight, plus we have 3 graduation parties this week and 10 next week (so far). Willpower will have to be huge this week!

  


Doing pretty good

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Things are going pretty good. I've kind of gotten myself into a set exercise routine, without really meaning to. Since last week I've been walking two miles per day and biking 10 miles. I also do a spinning class on Tuesday night, and circuit/strength training on Thursday night. Since my son has a vocal concert tonight, I switched to the 5:15am spinning class this morning. It wasn't too bad and I hope it gives me extra energy the rest of the day. I may even try to squeeze in the 5:30pm class if I can get done soon enough to get to the concert on time. (Made it for 30 minutes of spinning tonight)
Eating has been going well too - not too much trouble staying under 1550 per day. I am still low on the fat % so I've found Slim A Bear ice cream bars that are only 100 calories, w/7gms of fat - just what I need as a treat for good days.
Weigh in tomorrow - crossing my fingers for 2.5#'s lost!

  


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