Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Well I've got some numbers to review. I wrote this blog the other night and lost it all when I hit post for some reason!
Sunday I met my trainer for my monthly check in and new weight program. He is some kind of evil sweet doll. He kills me but he's so nice about it that it's hard to stay mad at him. Anyway he was kind enough to wait for me to weigh till the very end. I lose myself during the monotony of the scale and think I'm not making progress. In my mind I was up 4 lbs after lots of stress and some bad choices. Turns out I was still down 3 lbs from the last time I saw him and he didn't care about the gain. I had also lost over 1% bodyfat which is the most in any given month and he said I did a better job of gaining muscle and losing fat. I also lost 1/2 inch on my thighs. Always a good thing!
so since I started training with Mitchell in january I'm down over 22 lbs, 11 plus inches, and 4.3% bodyfat. I'll take it.
for those of you who know I'm blogging about my virtual trip to Forks, Wa to see my fav vampire as a way to track mileage and stay motivated....I'm now up to 402 miles. I've added 22 miles on the bike and 4.3 miles on the elliptical since I last posted. I need to get out my map. I may now be out of the state of Texas. As a tribute to my state, I thought I would share a picture of this chair that you can purchase at a store several blocks from my house. Presumably it would go on the back porch I think...
Truly...what other state would you find this in?
If you haven't checked out LosingJess page check it out now. She hit her one year sparkversary and has lost over 100 lbs. She motivates me to take pics of what I'm eating as a means for accountability. Turns out this helped me alot the last several days. I found that when I was taking pictures thinking I would post them on sparkpeople that I ate better and I enjoyed it alot. It was just what I needed to hold the line and get the scale going back in the right direction.
This is a new cracker I tried that I really liked. I put a serving in a baggie with a single serving size container of hummus and it makes a great easy snack.
When I earned my 80 lbs lost icon recently DH took me shopping and I got a couple of new things. The pic above is something I never would have dared dream of wearing a long time ago. I also heard him say something at the dressing room door I hadn't heard in a long time.... that's too big - let me get you a smaller size.
All in all I made through a very difficult month on the positive side and have to say okay like the song says...what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. It helped me to organize my pantry, fridge, read through about 7 months of my Clean Eating magazines, start tracking and packing my lunches, and getting support from my spark friends. Thanks to Julesana8818 who texts me everyday and the other members of my Text & IM Support team.
I have to say one thing that is very different for me this year than last. When I had an absolutely horrible day about two weeks ago I didn't stress eat. I got myself over to the gym and got on the bike and vowed not to get off until my playlist was done and I was past the point of wanting to do anything wrong. I rode for 2 hours and 5 minutes. Turns out my battery died before my playlist ended. That to me was a huge victory.
Thanks again to SP and all my friends. I wouldn't have made it this far without all of you!
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
I created a fitness bucket list a while back of things I wanted to be able to do as I lost weight. One of my original goals when I started losing was to be able to get back into martial arts. I have a first degree brown belt in kempo karate and quit years ago due to injury, moving, kids, etc.
Well tonight my DH (black belt in judo) and I went and tried a Krav Maga class. This is a form of Israeli martial arts and self defense. We had a really good time. My favorite thing that I will now tease him about relentlessly for a while...we had a drill where we had to stand back to back a couple of feet apart. Our instructor would either call side A (him tonight) or side B. Whichever side he called had to try and run away and the side not called had to turn around fast enough to tag them on the shoulder before they got away. So essentially a speed drill. Whoever lost had to do 5 pushups. He ended up doing 15 to my 5! I think all my cardio training has paid off!
One hour, a bunch of jogging, pushups, situps, punches, blocks, and drills later I felt like I had a good workout. Not sure if we will join the school or not but it was a step in the right direction and a celebration of sorts for me for losing my 80 lbs so far. This coming Sunday I'll meet up with my trainer for weights and measurements etc. A new part of our training will be with a BO which is a stick that you do martial arts weapons training with. Think the Disney Movie Mulan and you will know what I'm talking about. He used to teach in Washington before he moved to Texas.
For those of you new to my blogs, I started tracking a virtual tour to Forks, Washington as a way to movitave me to keep on moving. I'm now up to 376.5 miles. My highest mileage in a single trip came this weekend when I did 2 hours and 5 minutes on the bike in the gym. I went in the workout room where the spinning bikes are and no one was in there the whole time. I sang out loud to my playlist and really enjoyed myself.
My new song that I love is All your from the Eclipse soundtrack.
Thanks to all the people who have posted on my 80 lbs lost blog. As of today I was up to 98 posts. I'm trying to post back and say thanks but that is a lot of posting so it will take me awhile!
I love SP and all the support and love that comes from everyone. I'm excited to push towards my 90 lbs icon now. Who's coming with me? What is something new that you want to try?
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Well today was a difficult day for me. 36 years ago today my older brother was killed a in car accident. That in and of itself would't have been so hard due to the many years that have passed, but I had a personal issue come up from behind and kick me in the back of the head with no forewarning.
Quite awhile back I would have comforted myself with food. After ten months on SP and quite a few lessons learned, today I was able to not go there. Instead I went to the gym. I rode the bike for 2 hours and five minutes. I haven't gone that long in years. I don't advocate that for anyone who isn't conditioned to do that so please don't read into that. When I started SP I went and got a complete physical with my doctor and I have worked up to maintaining at least 1,400 fitness minutes a month. Also it is my nature to be an endurance athlete and I love working out a long time when I cam.
I tried to ride out my stress and get rid of my anger. I got on the bike and texted a friend and said I wouldn't get off until my playlist finished. After that I did 10 minutes on the treadmill to wind down and then spent 30 minutes in the sauna. My battery died before my playlist ran out, and I had reached my max by that time.
I came home and after a break met a goal of mine that I had been procrastinating on. I cleaned out my closet. I have a big box for charity, a bunch for a friend, and a lot of old clothes in random sizes in the trash can now.
I've gone down five pants sizes since I started losing weight two years ago. Needless to say I need a lot of new clothes. Sometimes I think I might have been afraid to throw away the old ones, but not anymore.
The extra working out and the accomplishment of cleaning out that horrible closet have made me feel better.
Here's to learning new habits, and shedding old clothes.
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