Tuesday, March 06, 2012
So I got bit by a spider yesterday around lunch. Or at least I think I did. I noticed a pain, like a bee sting now that I think about it... and a piece of skin was missing, so i just thought I somehow scratched it on something.
Then about 7pm when I was getting ready to get on the treadmill, I looked down and there was a bullseye on my finger, white center and a big red ring... so I instantly googled some stuff and flipped out (I'm a full on hypochondriac). I called my sister who's a doctor and she told me not to worry, it was probably just MRSA or staph (can you tell she's slightly sadistic?).
My dad wanted me to go to urgent care, but I was actually being really mellow (and not wanting to pay the fee). So today its still there, but its not red anymore--its more pink and the ring didn't spread, so I'm going to be optimistic that this isn't a big deal. And I will be working out tonight no matter what--I felt so lazy last night since I had taken Sunday off as my rest day. But considering that if it was a spider bite -- one day not working out, is a lot easier to deal with that losing a finger.
Today at work is going to be super busy. I just forced myself to eat the lunch I brought -- I have to work on my study animals from 12-3ish today, so it was eat now or wait another 4-5 hours before I get a break. I have eaten so much honeydew melon lately -- it is my new obsession! I may have to run back to Shnucks and get a few more. So I guess treating myself to honeydew is better than ice cream -- and right now I'd rather have the honeydew.
I tried some dairy free ice creams Artic something and another rice based one --- Ick! They were so bad, and they cost me $9 for the two pints -- so lesson learned. A very expensive lesson -- non-dairy ice cream is not ice cream. Its expensive and doesn't hit the ice cream spot. So I think my new friend honeydew is going to help get me through the summer without indulging in too much ice cream.
Its a ridiculous 76 today -- I want to get home as soon as I can and soak up some rays in my hammock!
Monday, March 05, 2012
I had a ridiculously good weekend. One of the best weekends this year so far.
On Friday I had a pretty mellow night. I met up with friends and ate out a new British Pub themed restaurant in town. The food was good, the people were fun, and I didn't go over my calories even though I had fried haddock fish and chips. I planned ahead and had a very low calorie, high veggie/fruit breakfast and lunch. Then I headed home to work out... but instead I spent a few hours helping a friend in a rough situation, which was more important. (She might be coming to stay with me for awhile to deal with a situation at home.)
Then Saturday I made the decision to start watching The Walking Dead from AMC. Season 1 is on Netflix and I had been recording season 2. SO needless to say I didn't clean my house or get my chores done, but dang the adrenaline rush I got watching the show propelled me on the treadmill! And then afterward with more strength training, so I got in a more than decent work out. Chores no... exercise with zombies = yes.
Then Saturday got really good. This weekend was the True/False Film Festival, an annual documentary film festival held here in CoMO. One of the big draws this year was Morgan Spurlock's new Documentary "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope." Its about Comic Con from the perspective of four different people and a lot of famous nerds. These are my types of people btw (if you haven't noticed my background is Doctor Who related) -- so I LOVED the movie. And he was in town to talk to the crowd, as were some of the people featured in the documentary (one of the guys is from CoMO).
After that I rushed with my group of friends to see one of their friends do comedy at a free show. It was okay, only about half of them were funny -- but it was free so why not? Then as soon as we found out that Morgan Spurlock was headed to a local bar to meet fans -- we dashed over. I actually got to tell him how much I loved the movie. Seriously if you're a nerd at all, you need to see the documentary. So that was an epic Saturday as far as I'm concerned... and I even set up a date for later this week with one of the guys I met on eHarmony... and then another date with a guy from OK Cupid for this weekend... so next weekend might be just as good... ;-)
So I had a late night, I went to bed about 3:30AM and got up at 8:30AM since I've reached the age where I can't sleep in anymore. I didn't really work out on Sunday. I wasn't too hungover, but there was definitely a lack of sleep and my feet were killing me. Between doing over a 5k on the treadmill and then wearing 3" heels all night all over town... my feet are still mad at me even today. I did eat pretty sensibly though so I was around my calorie range for the day.
I went to work for a bit and then headed out to a Trivia Night. It wasn't that good. It started late, ran late, and the questions were so random and ridiculous that our team sucked it hardcore and came in last place, which is never fun.
So today I slept in a bit, cleaned the kitchen that I had been avoiding all weekend and cut up a bunch of fruit before going to work. Honeydew melon is delicious! I used to hate it for some unknown reason -- but now my tastebuds are changing and I can't get enough. I think I'll pick up a cantaloupe the next time I go -- I also used to hate those as well, but who knows now?
I need to hit up the grocery store on my way home for some protein. I stocked up on freggies, but somehow managed to not get any meat. Or legumes or anything. I don't plan on doing the meatless March challenge on here. I have had trouble meeting my protein goals with animal products, so cutting those out would require more research on my part. Has anyone bought the $2.99 eBook that Spark just wrote? I was thinking about getting it since its only $3 - but I don't know how useful it would be for me...
SO here's to another great week! The scale didn't move one way or the other, but today I'm not going to let that bug me at all.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Where did February go? Holy crap it's March... and I'm thinking about graduating in August... so yea -- this FREAKS me out. December is looking better and better and better...
So I started 2012 at 200... I made it to Onederland before 2011 was out thankfully, and in the last nine weeks I've managed to drop another ten pounds so I'm down to 190. Right now I'm only 14 pounds away from having 100 pounds total lost. I can do this! My goal is to get there by my birthday on May 10th. So I've got nine weeks to lose 14 pounds... that's doable, right? In my head, I'm going to make it doable. Hopefully Mr. Plateau will leave me be and I'll have some smooth sailing.
Its surreal to think I'm that close to 100 pounds lost. I had my reality check in early April last year -- at a conference. So at this year's conference I'm going to be a completely different person! It's also in Chicago, so some of my Chicago friends who haven't seen me since last year better get ready to be impressed ;-)
I'm headed to the grocery store in a bit to stock up on some good freggies. It took about three days for my stomach to settle down after the bad watermelon (or stomach bug, whichever) so I had my first real meal at lunch today... not the healthiest, and my body is kind of regretting the fries right now -- so dinner will be fresh and clean for sure. AND I'm getting on the treadmill and doing a 5k no matter what tonight.
I started doing fitness magazine's defying gravity exercies... and let's just say, dang, I am feeling it today: You can see those exercises here:
So here's to March getting fitter and healthier!
I will drink 12 glasses of water a day
I will do cardio 4x per week and strength train 5x per week
I will eat more fresh fruits and veggies
I will switch completely off dairy milk to soy milk (Aldi's has light vanilla soy = cheap!)
I will avoid cheese, it does bad things to me... and no migraines is better than all the cheese in the world
I will limit ice cream to veeeeerry special occasions in March and then only small portions -- I'm going to try and make this my only dairy cheat
Anytime I have a negative thought, I'm going to force myself to say three positive things afterward
I will actually read the stack of Shape and Fitness magazines from this month and the last two months
Monday, February 27, 2012
So I have reached a plateau. And it sucks. I've been stuck at 192 for over three weeks now and I am so annoyed. I thought it was because I wasn't working out hard enough... or that I was eating too much or too little. I've been tweaking things and nothing seems to be working.
I know I shouldn't let the scale annoy me, but it does. I think it bugs everyone, we just have to learn not to complain about it. But on the positive side, my jeans feel more comfortable so in my head I'm thinking that I'm switching muscle for fat. And I'm going to keep telling myself that so I don't chuck the scale.
I finished my 30 day challenge on my Wii EA Sports Active. I remember dying when I tried to do it over a year ago. This time around, I did hard the whole way through, and worked out after I was finished with the Wii. BUT I don't think I got as effective of a calorie burn as I was getting on my treadmill and my own strength training plan. Also, in my head I thought I was getting a gold star for completing the work out, and didn't really do as much as I could have afterward -- usually since my quads were burning. Seriously squat holds are the worst!
So now I'm back to my treadmill and I am going to see if I up my calorie burn there, will the scale move. I did a 5k on Saturday and Sunday at about a 18 minute/mile rate -- so not running but walking reeeally fast (I still hate running) on a 5% incline -- so I definitely got my calorie burn in over the weekend. BUT my sister was here. I think she's mad at her husband for wanting to stay in BFE Missouri instead of moving to Chicago -- so she came to stay with me for two days and ended up staying for four.
I tried to not let her be a bad influence, but I cracked. I definitely didn't eat clean. Part of that is my fault for not having good food in the house -- and part of it was her determination to eat at a chinese buffet. I swear I stole all of the broccoli out of the beef and broccoli -- but I also had a few fried eggrolls *sigh* why does chinese food taste so good -- yet its SO bad for you!
So now she's gone. Once I get paid on Wednesday, I'm headed to the store to stock up on fruits and veggies that I will eat -- and I will avoid beef and other non-healthy proteins. I will track my food. I will drink 12 cups of liquid. I will try not to PMS too much this week and not indulge in any more chocolate than I already did for breakfast today. I will try and avoid everything fried like the plague.
And my mini-goal for the week is to do another two 5ks. That usually just means spending an hour on the treadmill. Apparently the EA Sports Active did help out my knee. That and taking it easy for the past three weeks on the treadmill. I'm going to have to incorporate more squats and leg exercises into my strength training from now on.
So yea. I'm annoyed at myself, but not enough to make any stupid mistakes. I am not going to let a little plateau keep me from continuing to lose. Plus I took some new pictures over the weekend in a new $10 pencil skirt I got from JC Penny (seriously -- they have ridiculous deals) and I got a ton of positive feedback. Both from my friends on Facebook and the guys on the dating website -- so I got a little shot of good mojo sent my way. Whenever I'm feeling crappy about where I am right now, I can look at the comments and realize that I am so far away from where I was last year, I can't hardly recognize myself. So now I am just going to use this annoying plateau as fuel to push harder.
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