Monday, December 19, 2011
I was really worried about this past weekend for a few reasons...
First, my boyfriends family Christmas party. I know from years past that the host (his aunt) always makes pasta for Christmas dinner. Before this year, this was great... I loved pasta! Now... not so great! Pasta is something I've tried to cut out completely cause its just empty calories that only taste amazing. I didn't do too bad. I did have a a few stuffed shells and an Italian sausage link. The deserts were tempting and I had a small piece of turtle pie and a cookie. I probably ended at about 2000 or so calories for that party (with appetizers from earlier in the day... mostly veggies though!)
Then, the 2nd reason I was worried about this weekend is because my best friend was coming over. She comes down about once a month or so and I know on those weekends, I'll be drinking. And eating. Annnnnd... not sleeping. So it makes for a lot of stress when I'm trying to be soooo good.
She came over after the party and we went out to the bar... of course. We tend to go to only one bar cause the bartender is cute and gives us a lot of free drinks! So we drank and then of course wanted Taco Bell. Damn you Taco Bell for being so tasty!! I gave in... I only ordered one thing, but with the tortilla and the meat and the sour cream, it was easily 600 or so calories. UGH!!!!
Sunday was horrible. I got up and was so sick. Runny nose that just would NOT stop. I went to the gym, got my hour work out in on the elliptical and wanted to go home and sleep. Of course not though cause my friend was over and we had to go shopping. Shopping wasn't bad... the best part of the whole trip was that I tried on a pair of size 24's at Lane Bryant and they FIT! They are maybe a smidgen too tight, but should fit GREAT soon! If I could make the font bigger here I would. Size TWENTY FOUR!!!!! That is amazing and feels so excellent. I came out of the dressing room smiling and my friend asked what I was smiling about... I said "I'm just happy!". She is tiny... a size 6 at least, so she has no idea how this makes me feel... but she was happy for me too!
So all in all the weekend wasn't too bad, but not great by any means. I know that there are at least two more dinners coming up that I am worried about this weekend. I just need to eat small portions and fill up on water. I like the way the 24's feel so I'll have to keep thinking about that when I shove anything into my mouth.
Still going good with my gym goal. I haven't missed a day yet in December and don't plan to until Christmas eve (i'll be out of town, but I'm still gonna try to get a walk in if it doesn't snow). The new gym opens today so they should be open 24 hours and on Christmas Day when I get back from my families houses.
Met, beat and surpassed my goal that I set back in November to lose 20 pounds by December 31st. Yay! New goal, once I see the new gym and get my feel for it, is not gonna be a weight goal, its gonna be a 5k goal!
I probably won't blog again before Christmas, so I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
How do you lose sizes and inches? I am losing weight just fine, but my inches are pretty much sticking. I started at a TIGHT 28 at 337 and have lost 59 pounds (now 278) and am only at a tight 26... Is it supposed to be going down more than that? I have started to step it up a bit and get back into strength training and have started using the stairmaster for about 10 minutes a day so far. I want these inches to go down, down, down!!! Am I just still too big for them to go down any?
Thursday, December 01, 2011
1. What did you eat for breakfast?
Oatmeal with raspberries
2. How much water do you drink a day?
Not enough. Mostly depends on the day. About 2 big glasses throughout the day at work, two more after working out and one or two with dinner. Gotta be careful or I'm up all night!
3. What is your favorite workout?
Elliptical - all I really do so far. Gotta branch out!
4. What is your favorite fruit?
Raspberries and Cuties (oranges)
5. What is your favorite vegetable?
Corn and asparagus
6. How many calories do you burn a week?
I try for a lot... 4,000 or so
7. How many calories do you eat a day?
Around 1200-1600 depending on the day
8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
Hot Pocket, lean cuisine, salad
10. What is usually for dinner?
chicken, lots of chicken. Rice. Chili, spaghetti sometimes, healthy meals.
11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
13. What is your least favorite exercise?
14. What is your favorite exercise?
15. What are your "bad" food cravings?
16. What is your go to workout song?
Lately its been Britney Spears - Till the world ends
17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
multi every morning
18. How often do you eat out?
Once a week for sure, Tuesdays. Panera night. Otherwise once in a while on the weekends depending on whats going on.
19. Do you eat fast food?
Not normally. I have had taco bell twice in the past 4.5 months. That's it.
20. How do you stay motivated?
Looking at the progress I've made and knowing how badly I do NOT ever, ever, EVER, want to go back to 337!
21. Who is your biggest supporter?
My boyfriend. He keeps telling people how much I've lost and saying how proud of me he is!
22. How much weight have you lost?
51 pounds since August 15th, 2011
23. How did you determine your goal weight?
Just wanted to be anywhere below 200.
24. Do you have a gym membership?
Just signed up for Gold's gym. Currently going to a different gym till GOld's opens in the end of December.
25. How often do you work out?
No less than 6 days a week. Often times 7.
26. How did you find Spark?
Just surfin' the net, needing some inspiration... FOUND IT!!!
27. How much sleep do you get a night?
I try for 8 otherwise I'm a major crab!
28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
I used to do it in the mornings and realized I couldn't push myself as hard. Now, during the week, its right after work.
29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
If I do it's normally on a Saturday after I weigh in. But I try not to. Sometimes you just gotta though!
30. Do you drink soda?
Only if I'm really craving it. And its always diet. Regular is disgusting!
31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
Vodka... not much though. Maybe one or twice a month.
32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
Definitely the inspiration and motivation you can find by just reading a blog or chatting with a friend.
33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
Right now... I dislike almost everything. However, i LOVE that my fingers are getting slimmer, as well as my face. I have a waist now too!
34. Do you have a workout buddy?
Nope. Sometimes I drag the boyfriend to the gym... but that's hardly ever.
35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
So far, nothing. lol Just that fitting into a smaller size is nice. I haven't lost that much yet so the changes are a tad noticeable, but not as much as I'd like!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Hi everyone! Things have finally started to settle down a little bit over here and I finally have some time to blog.
Updates from the last time... not much! Been so busy with Christmas shopping, baby showers, friends over for the weekend, cleaning and so on that I haven't had time to do much else! I have only missed two days of exercise in the past three weeks though! I'm making a very conscious effort to get to the gym whenever possible, even if I only have 30 minutes to work out. 30 minutes is better than nothing at all!
Thanksgiving came and went no problem. I was very good on Thanksgiving day/night by watching my calorie intake and making sure I got a good workout in before even starting my day. Weigh in days are Saturdays so I tend to go weigh in in the morning and take my "off day" after that. However, these off days are never too far out of my calorie range. I did have a second thanksgiving with some friends and I had a piece of pecan pie, which was FULL of amazing goodness. That put me over to about 2500 for the day. I'm hoping that all my working out this week will take that piece of pecan pie right off! It was worth it though. It's nice to splurge every now and again... just not all the time!
So for the biggest loser challenge I was the biggest loser of the week for last week (thanksgiving week) with 4 pounds lost! This is my 2nd time being the BL for the week! Whoo hoo! My goal was to lose 15 pounds in this 8 week challenge and I'm at 19 pounds so I think I'm doin' good!!
My goal for 12/31, which has been changed twice now (first it was 300, then it was 290) is at 280. 6 more pounds to go to get there and four weeks. TOTALLY DOABLE! These small goals are what keeps me going. I have to focus on the small picture before even looking at the big picture. I look at how much I have to go and it seems SO daunting. 130 or more pounds?! Good god! But 10 pounds here and there... now that I know I CAN do it, is nothing! This goal of 280 is actually now 277 in my mind. That would put me at 60 pounds down in 4.5 months. I am gonna push for 277, but if I only make it to 280, that's ok too. I know I worked hard to get there.
So other than my weight goal of 280/277, I have a few more I want to make for when I hit that goal. Starting at 280 I want to start strength training on a regular basis. Right now its kind of a "when I feel like it" sort of thing. I want it to be at least 4 days a week, worked into my routine just like cardio is.
I also want to start running. I am absolutely terrified by this. I remember having to run a mile in high school and I HATED it then... I'm still scared of that 225 pound girl not being able to do it without being so winded... what about now?! I am going to do the C25K as soon as I can build up enough courage to do it.
I've never stuck by ANYTHING for this long. I am still amazed that I'm still doing this. I'm doing it for me and nobody else. I have willpower... who knew?
Thursday, November 17, 2011
**This will probably be long and rambly...I apologize in advance!**
Tuesday night I had a free physical health assessment test with my new gym (Golds). I knew it was going to be figuring out my BMI/Body Fat Percentage, where I am health wise and so on, but the whole thing kind of threw me for a loop...
I get there and of course this trainger is BUFF. Muscles on muscles and physically fit. He gets some information about me and asks my weight. I tell him it is 292 and he gives me the once over... I ignore it. I then have to hold my hands onto this machine that gets my heart rate and body fat percentage (45.9... eech!) He immediately starts talking about how that number is too high and how we have to get it down and focusing on that number more than anything else. I understand that its high, I understand that its not his (he had to tell me his was 21), but I'm working on it!! He asks if I've been eating healthy and working out and I told him I do the elliptical every day for about 45-65 minutes and eat around 1400 calories. I tell him that I have lost 40 pounds since August and all he says is "You're doing it wrong."
Don't congratulate me or nod your head in approval or anything... scold me and tell me I'm doing it wrong! He finally started to explain that because I haven't started weight lifting yet, I am not incorporating everything I need to to lose weight the right way. I know I need to start weight lifting, I just wanted to get my weight lower so that when I did start to weight lift, I felt ok doing it next to the big guys in the back, hanging on the machines all the time.
The whole time he's telling me this he's looking around blankly, not focusing on me or what's going on, just spewing information. He then says that he wants to see where I'm at physically. He puts me on a bike for 4 minutes and tells me to keep it above 65. No problem, piece of cake. Next was squats holding a weight out straight in front of me. This one was harder, something I know I'm going to work on (after this week, my legs are KILLING ME right now from those 30 squats!) We did a few more exercises and we go back to his desk and puts some information into the computer. He doesn't tell me how I did, what I need to work on, where I'm at or anything. He presses a button and viola... Prices for physical training appear. For two times a week for a year it says $312. For one time a week for a year it says $254... I think these prices are fine, I'm about ready to sign up when he springs it on me... These are per month....
I'm sorry? Excuse me? $312 a MONTH?! That's $39 a session... that's $3,744 a YEAR! Are you insane? You must be, because with that amount of money I could go on vacation, TWICE, or put a downpayment on a car or any number of things. I understand its to get me healthy, but I'm already paying for a gym membership and using it much to my advantage so no thanks!!!
I guess I didn't expect it to be a sales pitch... I expected it to be a "here's where you are, here's where you want to be" type thing.
So overall, other than the not weight lifting... Am I doing it wrong? I can't afford a physical trainer for that amount. I'd be able to spend maybe $90 a month, but any more than that is just insane to me... I have bills to pay just like anybody else.
If I don't weight lift is my body fat percentage going to decrease a lot slower than it would if I was? I'm going to start on Monday, but I had to get that guy outta my head... "you're doing it wrong" Grr!
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