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Feeling so amazing!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Today I had a shift out at the State Fair grounds working the Living Green Expo. I was hesitant to try biking it, since I have a heavy cruiser, the road I would be taking was REALLY hilly and the route I picked was over 5 miles one way. Still, I got myself out of bed an hour early, sucked it up and did it.

I feel like an AMAZON right now. I'm tired and I'll be sore as heck tomorrow but I did that ride and didn't ever poop out. I biked all the hills, never walked the bike and made great time.

I'm even happier knowing that the main road I took would be the one I'd ride from my new apt. to work. That ride is a bit over 5 miles each way and now I know I can do it!

I know I've been this size before, since I'm fitting into old skinny clothes, but I've never felt this fit and AMAZING before.

I got myself a pair of bamboo/organic cotton capris at the expo as a present for all my hard work. Hooray! I'm going to spend my 29th birthday on Monday knowing I'm strong and doing a great job, no matter what the scale says tomorrow morning. I'm down another half inch in the waist (31.5!) and all my skinny clothes fit super well. Once again, HOORAY.

Life. She is good. ;)

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HEZLIZZIE 5/3/2009 12:09PM

    A great big hearty HOORAY for you, Amazon Pook! I'm so, so proud of you!

Your new capris sound comfy and cute, too :D

I hope you have a fabulous birthday tomorrow. I'm excited that you have a cell phone now so when I sing to your voice mail you won't be able to keep it forever this time - hee!

Go you!

p.s. Thanks for the kettlebell system link; I ordered it too! I'm excited for the variety of workout DVDs that come with it. I upgraded it and ordered the 8lb bell, too; so I'll have those two and the 10lb one I got from Target as I get better at it. Yay for us, indeed :D


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So... much.. waterrrr...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Okay, I have NO idea how the folks who drink 8 plus cups of water a day do it.
I'm up to about 6 a day and, I swear, my new hobby is PEEING.

Gotta go.


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SCHIZO 4/25/2009 1:34PM

    haha me too!! I also feel proud of myself if I can get up to 6 a day, and now that I'm consciously trying to drink more water, it seems like I have to pee ALL THE TIME. I must've been super dehydrated before or something...

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HEZLIZZIE 4/22/2009 8:55PM

    LOL - it's true! And you know my bladder is the size of a freaking pea :D

So what number are you on a scale from one to ten with ten being I'm peeing now?!


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REBASO 4/22/2009 6:08PM

    I still pee all the time!!! it gets a little better....but just think, all that peeing means you're flushing out your body of toxins! get a big water bottle - I don't even notice that I drink so much and some days have been drinking up to the equivalent of TWELVE a day!!! (I always have to stop a few hours before bed or I get up during the night to pee of course...) emoticon

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CHAVEZ55 4/22/2009 5:52PM

    don't worry you would get used to it, keep up the good work emoticon

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NSV * Non-scale Victory

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tried on my "skinny" pants last night. They actually fit. Heck, I almost wore a pair today but I'd like them to be a bit looser. They zipped up comfortably and looked pretty good! Which is definitely awesome! Even the not-at-all-even-a-bit-stretchy cotton ones fit well.

This brings me to a funny thing.

The pants all fit in the waist, etc. now... but I've gained so much muscle in my thighs that they are a bit tight in the legs. LOL. My legs look thinner to me and crazy toned but I had no idea my actual muscle mass was getting to be so much more. My legs tone up really easily and I gain muscle in them really fast, so it's not surprising that I'm seeing improvement... the fact they are bigger than before, apparently, IS surprising!

If I had to choose between the pants not fitting right due to weigh gain or due to incredible muscle tone, I pick the latter! And my big muscular legs are burning extra calories every time I work out. Win-win!

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MELISSR 4/21/2009 10:31PM

    you are amazing. I am so proud of you!!

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HEZLIZZIE 4/21/2009 8:47PM

    Hooray for you and your hot legs!

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My life is not greatly improved by the presence of a scale...

Monday, April 20, 2009

I know I probably shouldn't be upset with myself, but I am.
My weight went up a bit due to PMS stuff and, while it's dropped a bit as I near the end of my cycle, it's still about 2 lbs higher than before. I worked out every single day last week, even when I felt like crap, and I didn't overeat or splurge like a crazy woman. I went over my goal calories burned by a lot, like over 2X the calories!

I know that, if I had no access to a scale, I'd be just going by how I look... which is great(!) and how I feel (also great!) instead of that stupid damn number. I mean, I look thinner and waaaaaaaay more toned, my waist is down another half inch this week for a total drop of 1.5˝ in two weeks. My lower tummy measurement is even better, down about 2-2.5˝ and even my hips are down a bit (I don't tend to carry weight in my hips so a smaller loss is a-okay). I know, in my head, that I'm making progress and that the scale amounts means not much. I know that but I'm still bummed!

I doesn't help that I weigh myself at all different times of day from day to day.
I should just stop weighing myself daily... but the damn WiiFit scolds you for missing Body Tests and I hate that. Though, honestly, I think I hate the stupid scale drama more. :/

I'm sure if I lost lots of inches, went down two pants sizes and felt hawt but still weighed around the same due to muscle, I wouldn't mind a bit. I just need to focus on things that are more real and tangible than a number that can vary from hour to hour, amirite?

That's it.
I'm doing weekly weigh-ins at as close to the same time each week as I can muster.
I'm sick of the emotional drain of watching the weight bop up and down. I just need to focus on eating right, being active and keeping my stress level lower.


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HEZLIZZIE 4/20/2009 5:21PM

    You are competely right - I think you'll feel a lot better if you do weigh ins once a week and at the same time of day. Whenever I weigh myself every single morning I end up getting super angry/frustrated about the little gains that wax and wane due to hormones and water weight and dozens of other factors. I've been only weighing myself first thing on Sunday morning and that's working for me.

You are so, so awesome - congrats on your inches loss dear! That is fantastic! You're going to blow me away with your crazy strong guns the next time I see you :D emoticon

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SCHIZO 4/20/2009 3:58PM

    My scale broke. Maybe you should break yours...on purpose...with a hammer! I bet it would make you feel better. And if you really get into it, it would probably also burn some calories. LOL! emoticon

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PJMARGARITA 4/20/2009 12:47PM

    I think your thoughts about not weighing in daily is a good plan that I too need to stick to. It is kind of annoying. Saturday I was down and today I am up. And that doesn't make me feel good. I think you should focus on how you feel . Don't do the body tests on WiiFit, no need to do them and ignore the little scale dude. :) If you can do it I can do it and if I can do it, you can do it!! :) Way to go on your loss so far!

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Feeling a bit inadequate...

Friday, April 17, 2009

I look at my friend's exercise logs and they are doing SO much more stuff than I am. One gal is burning like 800 calories a day! I feel like I'm doing well, working out every day, but then I see what others are doing and I feel like a slacker. :/

I can't help but think part of it is that the calories burned totals for the Wii here on Spark aren't accurate enough. So much of that workout is what you put into it. It can be easier or harder based on what exercises you chose, etc. so I'm not sure the counts are accurate for me.

I try to tell myself that a lot of folks have gym memberships or machines while I only have me, my bike and tapes/the WiiFit and that it's perfectly possible to get in good shape just from biking alone ... but... I feel like I suck in comparison. I just cannot afford a gym membership or fancy machine and that's that. I'll have to make do with what I do have and think about the fact that I AM making progress.

I'm more moderate now, maybe, but perhaps I'll have better luck maintaining this amount of activity since I'm only depending on me and easily accessible tools? If I were going to a gym, I can see finding excuses later to not keep it up.. cost, time, etc. So, this may be better in the long run. Who knows? Still, wish I could do classes with Hez. :(

Need to focus on me and my goals.
Stupid hormonal induced self loathing gets me nowhere!


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GOODBYEXL 4/17/2009 3:54PM

    It seems to me like you are doing fantastic! Try not to compare yourself to others. If you are working out every day, you are doing far more than most people. Most days I only have an extra 20 minutes, so I use it on my bike. While this may be less than many SP, I can assure you that it is more than anyone I work with does.

I also agree that if you workout like mad, it is not as easy to maintain. My 20 min per day is something I can do for the rest of my life.

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HEZLIZZIE 4/17/2009 3:29PM

    I wish you could go to classes with me, too!

I think that you're an inspiration - you are doing so much with what you have available. I'm just trying to take advantage of this short term free gym membership while I have it and I know things will really change when that isn't there anymore.

You are rocking every day. I can't believe some of the amazing things you can do on your wii fit - you calorie incinerator, you! emoticon

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