Monday, March 14, 2011
I got a haircut yesterday. It's a lot shorter than I'd intended, but I kinda love it! Here's how it looked after I went to the gym this evening:
The closing on my condo is a week from today - getting closer and closer to being ready!
Exercise, eating, and in general being organized in my life are all going really well. I've been reading Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi, in which she talks about her eating disorder. I decided I better try not to lose weight too fast, so I sort of planned to not lose any weight this past week - and I didn't. I'm holding steady at just under 160 - I was 159.8 this morning. I would like to lose a pound or so this week though, just to keep my morale up. I'm starting to even think I'd like to start trying for a baby in a few months....Jess wants to wait until we have a house. I have hemmed and hawed in the past, but I do think it would make my life feel more complete, and it would make me fall even deeper in love with my hubby. I just hope I could be a decent parent!
We've been cleaning and organizing a ton with the move, it's got me in a nesting mood I guess. We'll have less space, so we're talking about creative storage solutions like racks to hang our wine glasses to keep more cabinet space for other things. We scoured Lowes and a few other stores yesterday. We also talked about growing some fruits and veggies in a window box or even on the roof of Jess' (soon to be mine too) condo building! Imagine being hungry and going to pluck a ripe tomato for a snack - so exciting. I just hope we have more success with growing than the few lame attempts we've made in the past. Living in one place has to help though - we can actually water our plants every day.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
It's been a week, so I figure it's time for a blog even though I don't have much to report. Work is busy. Last Sunday we got up early and went to Wachusett for morning skiing before a lunchtime birthday party, and then we went to the gym. So there was a LOT of exercise and a LOT of eating that day, and the next day my weight was up six pounds! Funny how I didn't feel like blogging after that, huh...anyway, it took me until yesterday to get my weight back down to pre-Sunday levels. Today I'm at 159.6. In sum, I've lost 8 pounds in 7 weeks. Not bad.
We've been slowly but surely starting the moving process - each time I go to Jess' I bring a box of stuff over. The closing is March 21 - just over two weeks away!! I am pretty sure I will join Work Out World after I move.
It's a little past 9 A.M. right now. At 10 I have Body Pump...Saturday classes are soooo crowded but I'm not sure I'd be able to make it to class tomorrow after staying at Jess' tonight. And then at 11 I have Body Combat - I'm doing a double this morning. :) And then Trader Joe's...I loved Chef Meg's White Chicken Chili the first time I made it, so I'm going to buy the ingredients to make it again.
Have a great weekend, all!
Friday, February 25, 2011
WARNING - The section on gym research is extremely boring and is written mostly only for me to sort out my own thoughts. However, if you feel like commenting on it, I'm most interested in people's thoughts on these two issues:
1) As a die-hard late-day exerciser, should I attempt early-morning BodyPump??? (See section on the Needham location of Work Out World below for details)
2) Are there other gym options I haven't considered yet??
It's starting to seem more and more definite that I'm selling my condo and moving in with my husband in Dorchester on March 21, just over three weeks away! GULP! I have such mixed feelings about this, but ultimately I must do it in order to move on with my life.
My Life Plan:
1. Sell my condo
2. Move into my husband's condo (imagine that - husband and wife sharing an address)
3. Save a lot of money
4. Buy a house
5. Have children (maybe!?)
So as you can see, I must sell my condo in order to move on with my life plan. Having the two mortgages between us, we aren't saving any money.
I'm getting slightly off-topic here. The most relevant part of this for SP is the fact that moving means finding a new gym! I have been doing a ton of research and here's what I've concluded:
I have been soooooooooooo lucky with my gym situation here. My gym is relatively inexpensive and has THE BEST CLASS SCHEDULE! Yes, I complained a bunch when they moved, but they only went from being a two-minute walk from my front door, to being a 7-minute drive. I COULD continue to go to my gym, but it would be a 34-minute drive from my husband's condo.
I looked into the YMCA but have just about crossed that option off the list because it's more expensive than my current gym and they don't have BodyPump. However, they do have other classes, and many locations near my husband's place. (However, some of those locations might not be options because they could be in dangerous neighborhoods.)
My current gym is Gold's, and I could go to a different Gold's, but the closest one to my husband's place doesn't have BodyPump - what the heck? Plus it's not that close to his place, and it's in the opposite direction from work. There is also a location near my work, but it's in the opposite direction from my husband's place and the classes aren't at convenient times.
I've also looked into a few other gyms that are too expensive, not in convenient locations, don't have good class schedules, and/or don't allow men (I want hubs to be able to come with me).
So far my best option seems to be Work Out World. They have three locations situated not far from my commute from my husband's condo to my work, and their website says that for $1/month you can visit their other locations...though I have to figure out whether that means unlimited. Only one of the three locations has a decent class schedule including plenty of Body Pump choices and that particular gym just happens to have the same group fitness director as my current gym! It's the Needham location, which is not the closest to either work or home, but it's only a few minutes farther - 23 minutes to Jess' condo and 28 minutes to work. And this might be totally crazy, but they have Body Pump from 6:00-7:00AM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They also have it in the evenings, but if I went in the mornings I might have JUST enough time to make it to work on time (I have to be at school at 7:45 A.M.), and then I'd have my afternoons/evenings free for cardio, and I'd never have to be tied down to a gym schedule on the weekends or at night, unless I wanted to. I have never been an early morning exerciser or even an early morning person, although the older I get the more I have shifted toward being a morning person. Still, even without going anywhere before work I have to be up before my husband in the mornings, and I was wondering if once I live permanently at his place if I'd have to get up earlier than I currently do (which is 6AM on weekdays) in order to make it work on time. We like to watch DVDs at night and go to sleep around 10:00-10:30 PM. In order for me to make it to a 6AM BodyPump class, I'd have to leave his place at 5:30 AM and I usually like to have an hour between waking up and having to leave, though maybe I could figure out a way to shorten that a bit, but still, getting up at 4:30 AM would be a HUUUUGE change for me. Even if I could manage getting ready in just a half hour, getting up at 5:00 AM would be a huge change too. Plus Jess doesn't get out of work until several hours after I do, so for me to go to the gym after school ends but before he's done with work just fits so neatly into my schedule. The evening BodyPump classes in Needham are at 5:30 or 6:30 pm on weeknights, and they have it on Saturday and Sunday mornings at reasonable hours (9:30Sat, 11:00Sun). So I could go in the evenings, except I'd want to go home first and then backtracking 23 minutes to get to the gym afterwards seems like a bit of a waste of driving. However, there's also that $1 access to their other locations thing. The closest location to Jess's is West Roxbury, which is only 17 minutes away, but they only have Body Pump Mondays at 7pm, Thursdays at 5:30pm, and Sundays at 8:30am. This could work, especially since I have the other locations as alternatives if these times don't work out for me. The third nearby location is Norwood, but they don't have ANY BodyPump! Grr! They do, however, have a few strength classes - "Chiseled" and "Strictly Kettlebells."
Oh, also Work Out World is cheaper than Gold's. I currently pay $35/month at Gold's and Jess pays more - $42/month, I think, because he didn't originally sign up with a year or two commitment (silly boy - he has now been going for years and has been wasting $7/month all this time!). Work Out World has an annual fee of $50 and then two levels of membership - $20/month if you want classes and $10/month if you don't (Jess doesn't do classes so he'd save a ton). Plus $1/month for access to other locations. And, they also have the option to bring a friend for free for life - so maybe Jess wouldn't even have to pay at ALL, but the catch would probably be that he could only go with me, never by himself.
ON2VICTORY posted the following link on his latest blog post:
You can manage your Spark Friends list there. I discovered there were 120 people who had added me as a friend without reciprocation - sorry!! I have now added all 120 of them. I remember way back I used to receive an email every time someone added me as a friend - now I have no idea when someone has done so.
Second day below 160:
Self-explanatory ;) Yesterday 159.6, today 159.4 so today even if I round off to the nearest whole pound I'm still below 160! And no magic weight-loss cake this time!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I'm guessing most people would be rather turned off by wedding cake that's been in the freezer for a year. I know a lot of people skip the tradition altogether, or they just have a symbolic taste and then they throw the rest away. But I was really into that cake. At my wedding they took my piece away before I even got one bite of it (excluding the taste Jess and I fed each other during the cake-cutting ceremony) so all year I have to admit I was looking forward to this. And it definitely tasted like it had been in the freezer for a year, but I still loooove frosting, and I love cake almost as much as I love frosting. We kept the cake at Jess' condo, so I only had opportunities to eat some on the nights we stayed at his place. Each time I'd cut myself a very generous slice - I tracked it as 1.5 pieces each time - but I never went so overboard as to say I binged on it.
Anyway, this past Monday night I had a big piece, and the next morning my weight was down 3 pounds, to 160.2. When I told Jess, he joked, "Maybe it's magic weight loss cake." Yeah, or maybe it was just a combination of the fact that the scale at his place always yields a lower number, the ending of TOM, and just good fluctuations. Anyway, the next day I had no cake and my weight was back up a little bit, as I mentioned in yesterday's blog, to 161.6. Then last night I had a really generous slice - it was the last piece - and this morning I weighed 159.6!!! Yay for being back below 160! When I told (actually showed) Jess, he said, "Are you going to blog about the magci weight loss cake?" So of course I have to blog about it. :)
My weight has crossed from the 160s to the 150s many, many times in the past, and sometimes I haven't allowed myself to celebrate. But now I recognize that a) my weight never dips below 160 without some good solid effort on my part, so that's something to be proud of, and b) as I've been mentioning lately, I think I am fitter with more muscle now than I was all the previous times I weighed this much, so as a result I'm okay with my weight now just the way it is. That's not to say I haven't been fantasizing about continuing to lose weight between now and summer so I can actually be thin on the beach ;)
This morning my husband and I went to our favorite breakfast place, a little bakery in Jamaica Plain. They serve French omelettes (fluffier than regular omelettes and made with only 2 eggs!) with a really great salad (baby spinach, red leaf lettuce, arugula, and a nice viniagrette) and bread. I asked for extra salad and no bread. Anyway, my husband had to rush off to work, but since this is my week off :) I went for a run afterwards. I ran from the bakery to the pond, did two laps around the pond, and then figured I'd take a different route back to my car but I somehow got lost and had to ask someone for directions and ended up on a huuuuuge hill which gave me a better and longer workout than I'd been anticipating, which is good, but as soon as I hit over an hour of jogging my knees (and then hips) started to feel sore so I walked. I wasn't wearing a jacket (performance long-sleeved top, light gloves, and one of those headbands that covers your ears which I love because then my iPod earbuds don't slip out) and it was sunny and just the right temperature for jogging, a bit chilly when I was walking. About 35, I think.
I am really loving my life these days!
EDIT: Run stats from mapmyrun.com:
Time: 71 minutes
Distance: 5.49 miles
Average speed: 5.5mph
Average pace: 10:54 min/mi
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Ahh, I loooove a week off. Yesterday I slept in until 10:15 - I guess I just really needed the sleep! When I woke up I got on the scale and was down 3.0lb from the day before, and that's even after having had a huge slice of cake for dessert! (That cake is almost gone now, as are the Valentine's chocolates, phew.) I was back up a little bit today but that's okay because I am fully fine with daily fluctuations.
This morning my husband and I both woke up before the alarm - 6:45ish, which is really early for me on a day when I don't have to be anywhere. And I have been productive! I created a to-do list and have been ticking off items on it all morning. So far I have resubmitted my taxes and updated my name and credit card info on my bank account, cell phone account, and cable/internet account. I have also written a check for my excise tax. Boring stuff, but when better to do it than today? The big thing I have to do that I'm dreading is going to the RMV to change my name on my license. They closed down the branch closest to me and now I have to go to one on the Mass Pike, which is a toll road. So I have to pay just to get there, annoying. Plus the website is a little wacky so I hope I have the right directions. I should go there soon but am just procrastinating because I don't really wanna.
Yesterday I went for a jog at Jamaica Pond - two loops around the pond. Then I left to get to the gym in time for class, but ended up being so early that I did 20 more minutes of jogging on the treadmill. So in all it was almost an hour of jogging, then ab clinic, then Body Pump. I have been having great workouts lately!
Dinner last night was made by the hubs. He has always eaten relatively healthy, but lately he's kicked it up a notch and I am so proud of him. He invented a dish consisting of jasmine rice (I told him brown rice would have been healthier, haha), marinated artichokes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and red/yellow/orange peppers. He's eating less meat these days, a bigger variety of vegetables, and I've even got him having smoothies for breakfast!! I try to get him to take fish oil supplements but he'll only do it inconsistently.
Today is supposed to be very sunny and it should eventually hit the high 30s/low 40s....I'm waiting for the warmest part of the day for an outdoor jog.
Sorry for being so boring today. Can you tell I'm just babbling on so I don't have to go to the RMV? I must go!!
UPDATE, APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS LATER: I went to the RMV. It was easy, and they have a U-turn place so you don't even have to pay the Pike toll. For some reason, the fact that this is done has me super excited. Can't wait to get out in the sun for my jog!!! I now officially have the same last name as my husband!
ANOTHER UPDATE A FEW HOURS LATER: The jog wasn't quite as wonderful as I'd been anticipating. There was still a lot of ice on the sidewalks so I stopped to walk a lot. Stopping and starting the running was somewhat difficult psychologically. It was 67 minutes, 4.7 miles, average speed 4.21 mph or 14.26 min/mi, and 376 (only!) calories burned according to MapMyRun. Now my mom's here. She's going to help me pack and we're going to check out exercise bikes for her.
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