Sunday, July 15, 2012
So yesterday I went to an Oriole's baseball game with my dad. It was a lot of fun. We got there around 1:30 and the game started at 4. We ate at a restaurant in the stadium before the game. I had a Jack Daniel's BBQ burger, but I got chicken breast instead of a burger and took the buns off. It was pretty tasty. I had gotten my dad the O's Legends package for his bday and fathers day. It's 2 tickets to each of the 6 games where they are honoring Oriole's legends. Everyone at the game gets a replica statue of the bronze statues being presented at the game. He was pretty excited about it. I splurged and got the best tickets for each of the game, so for this game we were 19 rows from the front right on the edge of the row. Cushioned seats and shade! Can't beat that.
Today I played tennis in the morning with a friend and then decided to take a walk around part of the reservoir near our house. It is 11 miles all the way around. I went 3.69 today. It is very pretty, but I've never had the nerve to just try walking it. It is fairly hilly, but nice scenery. So I started out walking in the shoulder, but then the shoulder disappeared so I walked in the grass. However, this became VERY difficult. The grass was about midcalf high and was more like a field versus if you were walking in your freshly mowed yard. I was stepping very high and my legs were starting to itch. It was around 89 degrees today (heat index 93), but the humidity high was 97%. There were a few times where the road went over little creeks, so i walked on the road instead of the grass for those. When I got to as far as I wanted to go before I turned around to head back I decided to walk in the road on the way back. This was much better! I know bikes are allowed to be in the road, but I've never really been sure what the rules are for people. The speed limit around the reservoir isn't that fast, but at this point I didn't really care and I walked in the road. I know you are supposed to walk against traffic and bike with traffic, so I walked against traffic near the side/curb. People saw my neon pink tanktop and neon yellow sports bra and no one had to struggle to get out of my way. Everyone slowed down well in advance and went around me. I've always kind of been the person that wants to get out of everyone's way and doesn't like to be a burden, but I was past the point of caring. You are driving in your AC... I am walking up this hill in the sun and heat trying not to die.... kiss my butt lol. Sometimes I've had to go around bike riders that were 3 ride before on very narrow, windy roads... I was not inflicting this inconvenience on people. I was walking directly next to the curb and was not 3 wide. If they were so close to me that i had to move off the road up on to the grass they would've hit the curb and blown out a tire anyways, so i stopped feeling bad. All in all I feel good about the day. I burned a total of 1233 calories today and i enjoyed the walk. My goal is to eventually walk around the entire reservoir, but maybe not during a hot afternoon. That sounds more like an early morning trip versus the hottest part of the day lol.
I really enjoyed the walk. I'm also feeling good about still steadily losing weight. It seems like after big loss days the next day it goes up a good amount... but overall by the end of the week I am still losing. I mean, this past week I lost 3.8 and the week before was 2.8! I couldn't ask for anything more. I know I have been giving it my all and I have been eating right. I log everything and I exercise most of the days of the week. I would still like to start running more to help keep on track for my half marathon in October, but I am also really enjoying taking exercise classes almost every day of the week. I don't have a specific goal for the half marathon... I would just like to finish. Even if I walked the whole thing I would be proud of myself. I have another 5k next weekend, so I should practice more during this week, but I'm not stressed about it. I am enjoying the ride and where the journey is taking me. It's nice to see people you haven't seen in a while and for them to flip out about how much different you look. It's also nice to get hit on by strangers in public lol.
Here are my weight loss numbers for each week since I started back on my journey...
Beginning of 2012.... -2
3/25-4/1... 0.4 (slight gain, but huge loss week before)
4/22-4/29... 1 (gain, but enormous loss week before)
Here are my last updates for photos. I took these when I was hanging at my apartment on Friday waiting for my car to get taken care of. I would still like to get smaller, more toned, tighter, and more muscular... but for now I am happy with how things have come along. I also liked in the second picture when I was laying in bed how my shoulders and arms looked. When I lost weight the first time I was pretty focused on the number and never really paid attention to things like muscle definition and toning and such... which is probably why I didn't stick with it, but right now I am liking how things are going.
Total since Feb 2012 I have lost the following totals...
Hips- 7 in
Waist- 6.75 in
Neck- 1.5 in
Stomach- 11 in
Chest- 6 in
Ribs- 4 in
I'm not sure how well this photo will show up, but that is comparing the first time I did SP in 08 to now. When I started this time my hips and stomach were 2 inches bigger. I think my stomach looks stranger now than it did when I lost weight the first time, but I think that's because overall before I was thicker. Now that I am getting muscular you can notice the fat on my stomach, but the rest of me is more toned. I have noticed my hip bones sticking out more and overall feeling smaller than I was then.