Tuesday, March 26, 2013
So I have been eating clean since Feb 11th and starting March 7th I increased my calorie intake. I realized that I am not really worried about a scale number anymore. I am good at cutting weight... I have perfected that over the past year, but I want to look better. I want to be tighter and more toned. I want to build muscles. In order to accomplish this your body needs food. Right now I am 133.2. My goal was originally maybe 128-130, but why? I don't know. It seemed like a good number. No one in the world knows my scale number unless I tell them, so I have abandoned worrying about the scale. I want my muscles to increase and my body fat percentage to decrease. When I had it tested on jan 22nd it was 27.4%. I am having it retested next month and am hoping to have it drop.
This picture really summarizes things for me right now. (*Note, this is NOT me. I found this picture online, but it really speaks to me that scales really don't mean a thing).
Right now, things are still going well. I am packing my boyfriend 5 meals a day in a cooler lunchbox. I started doing this on march 4th. So far it has been going well. He has been sticking with it and only eating what I pack (I log his calories and make sure everything is in his ranges). In the first two weeks he lost 4.4 lbs, so definitely moving in the right direction.
I have been doing pretty well with exercising. I had vertigo pretty badly two weeks ago and couldn't work out for that week. This weekend we had nice weather so I ran outside. I haven't ran outside in FOREVER! It was great. I did the 6 miles of hills going from my house to a nearby trail. It took me 77 minutes (exactly my 10k time from last Sept- but that race did not have any hills). I compared my times and paces from when I had done this hilly route before. The first 3 miles is mostly downhill and the last 3 is mostly uphill.
7/30- 95 minutes
Mile 1- 13:25
Mile 2- 14:12
Mile 3- 13:23
Mile 4- 19:43
Mile 5- 16:53
Mile 6- 15:24
7/31- 119 minutes
8/7- 85 minutes
Mile 1- 13:16
Mile 2- 12:55
Mile 3- 11:07
Mile 4- 17:44
Mile 5- 14:44
Mile 6- 13:11
12/2- 100 minutes (with a friend. Did 6.7 miles)
Mile 1- 16:41
Mile 2- 11:50
Mile 3- 14:51
Mile 4- 17:27
Mile 5- 18:02
Mile 6- 17:06
Last .7 of a mile- 12:23
3/23- 77 minutes
Mile 1- 12:33
Mile 2- 12:21
Mile 3- 11:52
Mile 4- 15:00
Mile 5- 12:35
Mile 6- 12:30
Last .03 of a mile- 11:56
I am quite happy that even though I haven't run for a while I was able to shave off over 2 minutes from the difficult mile (mile 4). I am looking forward to improving this even more. The first half marathon of this season is going to be the beginning of May, so it is quickly approaching. I am going to have to work up my mileage so I am better prepared than I was in Oct.
Here are updated pictures.
Stomach 9/22/12 (old picture of stomach skin)
Stomach 3/15/13 (newest picture of stomach skin. It is slowly decreasing!)
Muscles- I am noticing an improvement, even though it is slow moving.)
New running shorts and shoes (It has been a year since I bought my last asics. They are starting to wear out and my shoe size has changed... so I got myself some new shoes. The confetti Noosa's are for running and the GT2000's are for everyday wear. I also got myself some running shorts. Bring on hot weather! I am excited to try to wear running shorts for the first time ever)
Nice date with friends on a nearby trail- I can't remember if I posted this or not. We went walking on the trail near our house with friends and our dogs. It was a slower pace than I am used to, but it was SO much fun to do something active. Here is a pic of my bf and our boxer)
Trying on Bridesmaid dresses for a friend's wedding
Oh, I also forgot to add that I've had around 5 people from middle school, high school, and college contact me asking about some of the recipes I've been posting and a healthier lifestyle. Some of them are going to try a 12 week challenge and others are going to try some new things with foods. Spread that spark:)
Monday, March 04, 2013
My message for today is everyday counts.
I was looking at my weight loss numbers per month. Some months I lost more than 2 lbs a week. Some months I only lost 1 lb for the entire month... but since last January I kept MOVING FORWARD. Yes, there were holidays, birthdays, parties, and celebrations. Yes, school started. Yes, grad classes started. Yes, I participated in Restaurant week. Yes, I went on vacation and out of the country. Yes, I went out and enjoyed times with friends. No, I did not quit. No, I was not perfect. Life will continue to move forward, but small things add up. As long as you don't give up you are always moving towards your ultimate goal.
Here are some recent outfit pics and muscle comparisons.
Overall, my life has been wonderful. I got hired to bartend at a strip club. I am very excited. I was nervous to apply. When you apply for clubs they ask for your information and a picture because they want to hire "attractive bartenders." Who defines what that entails? I decided to say f*ck it and send them my picture. What did I have to lose? The worst that would happen would be that they would say I wasn't attractive enough lol. The guy was very interested in meeting me and the interview went well. It seems like they are very open to suggestions on how to improve the club. It is currently not being managed very well so people have gotten kind of lazy. The facilities are nice so there is definitely room for improvement and has a lot of potential. The corset picture above is what I am going to wear. I get to choose my outfit and we have friends that worked at another club that wore corsets. I think it is flattering, but not too naked lol. I am hoping to make some nice supplemental money to help me pay off some of my student loans. Our friend who bartended at a nearby club made enough money to buy a house and pay for nursing school. Maybe this is the source of income I have been looking for. If it doesn't work out then no harm done. I am also proud that I was confident enough to even submit my info to be considered for the position. This is huge for me!
Grad classes have been going VERY well. I am doing well in the statistics class and the education class has inspired me to take risks with my teaching. I have come up with more interactive activities so students are discovering the math versus me trying to show them what to do. So far so good. It can be scary admitting that you can improve and trying something that is unfamiliar to you, but again, what do I have to lose:)
The rest of my life has been going well. I have been enjoying hanging out with my best friend (pictures of us are in older blog posts). My bf has also been great. He decided this weekend that he wants to get serious about food again. I packed him a cooler bag of food for the day this morning, in addition to my own food for the day. I am excited to hear how it went for him. I planned everything and tracked it all for both of us last night, so it made preparation easier this morning. Wish us luck:) We went to the gym last night and it was fantastic!
I hope everyone has been doing well. I signed up for 4 races this year. A half marathon in May, a 10k in May (a friend asked me to do this one with her), a 5k in June (I did it last year and am completing it with some friends from work who are new to walking/running), and a half marathon in October (this is on my birthday and is the same half marathon I completed last year). I am pumped for the two half marathons. It is called the Maryland Double. If you do both of the half marathons then you get another metal that is really cool. It has a crab and the flag on it. I haven't really run since Nov, but I did 4 miles this weekend. I can't wait for warm weather so I can run outside. I run much better outside than on treadmills. As always, I will keep you updated.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Hey, SP. Things have been quite busy. Grad classes started and I have to be out of my apartment by the end of this month. My sister had her second baby yesterday (a girl). Things have been going well with school and with life in general. Exercise hasn't been as much as it was before, but food is going very well. I am doing Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet (this is my first week). I was already doing a lot of things, like not eating white flour, but there were some things I needed to learn. I didn't know I was eating so many things that had added sugar. Monday I didn't plan enough and was in desperate need of food by the time I got home in the evening. Tuesday I have grad classes and am out of the house from 5:30 AM until 9:00 PM. I made sure that I planned better and it went great! You are supposed to eat every 3 hours and have 5-6 small meals total. Here is what my day looked like...
Tosca Reno No Bake Energy Bar (raw honey, PB2, almond butter, oats, vanilla protein powder, raisins, and slivered almonds). Quite tasty!
Plain chobani greek yogurt with raw honey, oats, and raisins
Frittata (chicken, spinach, quinoa, and powdered egg whites)
Banana with almond butter, raw honey, and unsweetened cocoa dip
Strawberries and a hard boiled egg
Meal 6 (optional if you are still hungry. I chose this meal because it was one of my longer days and I still had some calories left)
Goya pink beans and quinoa
The day's worth of food took a half hour in the morning to prepare, measure, weigh, and pack. I was very content all day. I have also lost 1.4 lbs after doing this for a few days. I definitely feel like what I am putting into my body is much better and I feel well fueled.
Here are some random pictures.
Tosca Reno cookbook and Tosca Reno eat clean diet: stripped (losing the last 10 lbs)
Stomach comparison shot.... 6.5 weeks left of the 12 week challenge.
What I wore to an engagement party on the 2nd.
Trying to wear more accessories (think this was around the 6th).
The only other thing that has shaken life up a bit was that Monday I got the news that my student teacher from last year was killed in a car accident that morning. On his way to teaching in a nearby county his car went over the line (possibly due to ice), he was hit by a school bus, car burst into flames, and he died on the scene. He was 23 years old and was a first year math teacher. It has been sad having to break the news to my students from last year. They have been very supportive and it is evident that even only having him with us for a short few months that he made a huge impact. It is hard though dealing with the flow of former students in my room constantly asking about the accident and wanting to talk about it. I am glad that they care so passionately about him, but it is also hard being the bad news liaison and having the responsibility of that role for my entire school. I can't imagine how his parents, siblings, and students must feel. We haven't heard yet when services are going to be, but it is going to be very emotional. I sat out of Zumba on monday because of what happened, but I am trying not to let emotions impact my eating. So far so good. Life can be a difficult journey, but it just reminds us to value everyday and enjoy everything we do.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Saturday I went to Philadelphia with a friend. We walked around the city for 5 hours (in wedge boots!). It was incredible. We went to an art museum, visited the "magic garden" (a labyrinth of art made out of broken glass and recycled materials, had dinner in a very nice rooftop restaurant, we to a club/lounge, etc. We had everything very well planned out so we did not spend a lot of money. We spent the night and came back sunday. We packed our lunch and snacks Saturday morning, so the only two meals we ate in the city were Saturday night and brunch sunday morning.
View from Rocky Steps
R2L (rooftop restaurant... tried lobster mac and cheese, truffle flatbread, calamari, and mini sliders. The desserts were a warm vanilla cake that was like a caramel lava cake and "variations of chocolate")
Smokin Bettys- (open face omelette, fruit, and fuzzy mimosa)
Latin night on Sunday
12 week challenge update
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