Saturday, January 23, 2010
Woohoo, only one week to go on the insane Meltdown program! Don't get me wrong, it's been a great experience pushing my physical and mental limits farther than I have before, however, I really miss cheese and could stand to workout one less time per day. I'm considering keeping the fasting one day a week though, I think that could work for me, and save me money in groceries. We'll see.
Anyway, I promised measurements and pics again, so here we go 1/1 -- 1/23
Weight 163.4 -- 157
Hips 40 -- 38.75
Waist 32 -- 31.5
Chest 42 -- 40.25
I like the pics best though!
Yay! Anyway, I was backtracking through my Wii Fit weight, and realized that this past July I was way down in the 140s and somehow gained it back in the second half of the year. So, two things have come out of this, 1) I think my final weight loss goal will need to be closer to 135 to get the look I really want and 2) that CANNOT happen this year, I will make this a healthy habits year and not a gain it back after summer year. That's the plan, Stan.
Okay, I need sleep, badly.
Onward and upward!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Today was our second fast day. I think I figured it out this time. I ate a good dinner and some grapes, corn chips, and carrots with ranch immediately after dinner last night until about 7:30pm. Then I played 3 hours of D&D with no nibbling at all. I drank my tea all day and stayed busy until 5pm, when I had some yogurt and peanut butter and took my metformin. I came home, had a nice low-carb chicken cacciatore dinner, and did not get the serious munchies the way I did last time. So, new plan: break fast slightly early with small snack and take blood sugar controlling meds. This I could totally do.
Anyway, I also did my workouts today, 3 rounds of DB Matrix which makes my abs work so, so hard. Food is good, body is good, and I get to sleep in tomorrow.
I should start a Meltdown countdown: 8 days to go!
Tomorrow I will have new measurements and photos too. Post-fast day should mean happy Wii Fit Balance Board!
Onward and upward!
Friday, January 22, 2010
I realize it is the 22nd today, but this entry is for yesterday because I was busier than usual. I was just recently challenged by a blog I read to put together my goals for not only this year, but this decade. Yesterday, I only completed 2.75 of my 4 workouts, but I gave my 100% time and effort, and I reminded myself that's what counts. Then I wrote this:
I made one New Year's resolution this year, and it was no excuses. I know what I want to do in my life, but I always find excuses not to get there. Last year was a string of excuses for why after 2008 was my year of 45lb weight loss and in 2009 I didn't change my body at all.
This is my year. This is the year that I am learning how to put myself first and learning to defeat the demons of emotional and mindless eating. This is the year I will kiss my gut goodbye. This past December I ran my first 5k, and this year I will run a 10K and maybe even a half-marathon. I will crave healthy foods and kick my sugar habit to the curb forever (already 22 days without sugar and counting). I will focus on my work, make connections, and push forward the research on microbial ecology and bioremediation to better our world.
This is also my decade. I will land the tenure-track professor job I have worked so hard for, and be an inspiration to my students to learn and understand science and the world. I will start my family with a child, and we will teach them from the start about healthy living rather than learning it on our own in our 20s the way me and my husband did.
Without excuses, I can accomplish anything I want, but most of all, I want to never again feel like I could have done more. This year and this decade my goal is do what I can and work for what I want, because that it the only way to get it.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
So, this is the 2/3 mark of my Meltdown with Dax Moy of www.londonpersonaltrainingstudios.co
I am feeling pretty much great. I sailed through the last two low carb days, no problem. Well, this evening I started getting dizzy again, so I had some grapes and an orange, but it was a high-calorie burn day for me since I was up doing experiments for quite a while more than usual.
My workouts are fabulous, though tomorrow is going to be tough because we're playing D&D in the evening so I will have to do all four workouts before dinner, and two at work instead of one. I have an idea of how to manage that, although I might look pretty silly since I think I'll do the Power Circuit outside on campus.
Tonight I made a white chili, which was yummy, although pretty spicy. I really threw in the peppers, two jalapenos and a serrano, along with green chilis of sorts and black-eyed peas and corn. I had my new favorite homemade guacamole on the side.
This morning I also hit the 11lbs lost since I came back from Christmas vacation mark! My high weight for last year was 168.4 on 12/29 and this morning I was 167.4, 23 days later. I know a chunk of that was water weight, but it still feels good. My spark ticker is also accurate again.
Okay, well, everything is done for today and I'm going to go be a geek and write Supernatural fanfiction as a reward. Hope everyone out there is working hard!!
Onward and upward.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Before I get into dinner, a few notes on my first fast in a long time yesterday:
I did better than I expected with the fasting, just two minor issues. 1) at about 23hrs I started getting dizzy when I stood up, so I took that as a sign my blood sugar was too low and broke the fast early and had a few grapes and some peanut butter. I've had this happen when fasting before, so I think I may need to break my fast a bit early with a high protein snack ahead of that time (at like 22 hours) to be safe.
2) I couldn't take my drug that regulates blood sugar in the morning (it makes me hypoglycemic when I exercise if I don't eat), and so after dinner I had serious munchies problems (common for me when the sugars/insulin aren't regulated). Now that I'm aware of that though, I should be able to adjust better next time, smaller snack bits more often after dinner until bed.
The other thing was that I didn't experience any mental clarity, and actually was really tired and ended up lying on the couch for an hour in the afternoon. I'm a bit behind on sleep (not by choice, by stupid arms falling asleep and waking me), so I'm not sure if that worked against me. However, I was not really hungry at all, so that's good. I did take down herbal tea like a maniac, but I do that on a normal winter day too!
Now, back to eating. I made vegan pesto! It was a combination of olive oil, almond milk, garlic, fresh basil, almond slivers, and nutritional yeast. It was good. I served it over chicken and spaghetti squash with broccoli and cauliflower. It's a low carb day, but I allow myself things such as squash because if I drop carbs too low the meds screw me up, however the pesto would be just as delicious just over veggies and meat. I did add parmesan cheese to my hubby's meal and gave him rice spaghetti, but no complaints, yay!
I also finished my pyramid tonight! I hadn't actually come all the way back down in 20 minutes before, and I finished the whole thing with a minute to spare. It was awesome.
Oh, I also have post-fast updated weights and measures and pictures! Everything is Jan 1st. followed by Jan 19th
Weight-163.4--157.9-- down 5.5lbs
thigh (4in above knee) 17--16.25-- (-0.75)
thigh (8in above knee) 19.5--18-- (-1.5)
hips 40--38.75-- (-1.25)
waist 32--31-- (-1.0)
arm 11.5--11-- (-0.5)
Total inches lost: 6.25
You know what? Those pictures call for a !!
Onward and upward!
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