Wednesday, August 01, 2012
I'm going to make this an awesome August. I can feel it. August is going to be a major breakthrough month! (Now let's just hope I can keep this positivity up)
For starters, the scale today was my friend. We broke up a little yesterday (he decided to go back up to 180.0), but this morning I was surprised to see 178.6! Woo hoo! I know I'll probably fluctuate back up a bit--but hopefully no more than 179.something. So maybe, just maybe, I have broken my stupid 180 plateau. A few weeks ago after a very bingy weekend, I was up to 185 -- so I'm glad I'm finally moving in the right direction.
My body though is telling me to take a break today. For the last two days I've done over an hour of cardio both days, plus strength training yesterday, and had a 1100+ calorie deficit for the last two days, so I was so tired this morning. Apparently I ate something that kept me awake all night. I'm exhausted today. I think I only got like 3 hours worth of sleep. But can I sleep now? Nope. Feel like a nap? Nope. Silly body -- don't you know I'm supposed to be able to push you to the limit? Luckily I was able to get to work and set up the robot to load my plates into the plate reader... Yep. My lab has a robot (be jealous!), it only costs $20k. (NO JOKE!)
I'm still working out as much as possible right now. I am 27 days away from surgery and 27 days away from not being able to work out for 3 weeks! I don't know what scares me more. The surgery is exciting. No regrets. Just a little stress about covering the cost of the surgery and hurting my budget. Not working out? At all. 3 weeks? Eeep. I've gotten to the point where I do SOMETHING 6 out of 7 days a week, and almost feel bad that other day. The "rest" day, is starting to feel like my lazy day. I know its not lazy, its recuperation, but I still feel annoyed at myself. So if one day makes me feel like that. What will 3 weeks do? On the plus side... I'll be losing 2 pounds in 2 hours ;-) I'm going to try and ignore the massive amount of pain I might be in.
So for August.
Work out. A lot. Mix it up. Keep it interesting.
Eat less. More specifically, eat within my calorie range.
No emotional binges. Heck, let's go for no binges the entire month!
One cheat day. Don't feel bad about it. Don't freak out about it.
Get a fellowship application submitted! Its due August 25th. I need to focus on my post-grad school future.
Take work seriously. Get some writing done on the thesis.
Ignore the drama with my coworker. She's setting herself up to fail; I don't need to push her over the cliff. I just need to stand back and watch. (She's the worst!)
Monday, July 30, 2012
I just hit up Schnucks for some food. I did preeeetty good if I say so myself. So much so, when I came home -- I took a pic of my haul.
(for some reason Spark decided to post these upside down, but you get the idea)
I got a huge bag of apples, broccoli, black apricots, sweet potatoes, eckert's peaches, apricots, plutos, organic black plums, green grapes, red grapes, two cartons of strawberries, lean pork, 99% fat free ground turkey, air popped popcorn (my addiction!), Louisa's meatsauce (you StL people know), and some reduced fat buttermilk to marinate my chicken in.
I get most of my veggies, eggs, and soy milk at Aldi's -- but the fruit at Schnucks is top notch.
So far today I've only had 1000 calories, had 3 full meals and a snack! I'm going to dip into those strawberries + truvia for dessert and then hop on the treadmill.
My weigh-in this morning was again the silly 180.4. I think my scale is stuck. I weighed in at 179.6 last Thursday -- so I thought my plateau might be over -- but nope. Back to the same, very specific weight of my last two weigh ins. *sigh* I'm going to be in the 170s next week!
And 29 days until surgery (but who's counting )
Sunday, July 29, 2012
You have got to check out this article: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics--bri
A female Olympic weightlifter was harassed on Twitter for having too many muscles such that no man would ever find her attractive. Read on to see her awesome response...
British Olympic female weightlifter fires back at her Twitter bullies
Tue, Jul 24, 2012 9:04 PM EDT
LONDON – An angry British female Olympic weightlifter put an online bully in his place with a spirited and eloquent response to a series of offensive Twitter taunts.
England's Zoe Smith's popularity increased after a BBC documentary. (Getty Images)
Zoe Smith, 18, was targeted on the social networking site, with one user in particular issuing a stream of disgusting remarks that accused her of lacking femininity and questioned her sexuality.
Smith, who will compete in the 58 kg category, had the last laugh by confronting her tormentor on Twitter, then writing about the experience on her personal blog.
A user called "infidel1978" initially made disparaging comments about Smith and teammates Hannah Powell and Helen Jewel after the trio was featured in a BBC documentary about their training called "Girl Power – Going For Gold." When Smith responded, the pair then engaged in an ongoing web battle which the weightlifter can claim to have comfortably won.
"I wouldn't even look at you," infidel1978 tweeted. "I'd think you was a bloke and so would 9 out of 10 lads."
"Your futile attempts at insulting us have brought me many giggles!" Smith responded. "It makes me laugh that you think we'd give a toss what a closed-minded, clearly weak fool like yourself who can't handle a bit of muscle thinks anyway!"
Infidel1978: "In other words your insecurities are kicking in lol. Now piss off back to the kitchen and make your boyfriend a sandwich he's hungry."
"Meh, not particularly," Smith responded. "I just find it funny to argue with idiots on the internet. What a very original comeback, you are a credit to men everywhere. I bet all those feminine women you speak of are queuing round the block for a chance with you!"
Smith has since changed her Twitter handle, while infidel1978's account had been deleted as of Tuesday evening. Smith and her colleagues have started to attract a strong following since the Girl Power documentary showed their grueling training regimen and bubbly personalities.
Not all of the attention, however, has been positive. Smith discussed the issues her and other female weightlifters have faced in a post on her own blog.
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"We don't lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that," Smith wrote. "What makes them think that we even want them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we're flattered. But if you don't, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place?
"Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our 'manly' muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favorably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?
"This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren't closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any woman with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren't weak and feeble."
Women's weightlifting was introduced at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and has enjoyed a gradual growth in popularity. Many of the women's sessions in London have been sold out for months, especially those featuring the home-grown trio of Smith, Powell and Jewel.
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