Saturday, October 23, 2010
• Lose 5.2 or more lbs to hit my goal of at least 14 lbs lost
Lost 5.8 more lbs for a total of 14.6 lost during the challenge
• Cardio: at least 220, preferably 275, mins per week (880-1100 total)
• Measurements: Not going to set specific goals because my body WILL lose where it wants to. I just want the numbers to go down or at the very least stay the same (no increasing!).
Waist Went down 7/8 inch
Hips Went down 1 ½ inches
Bust Went down ½ inch
• ST—Abs: 2 sets of 15 reps each of regular and reverse crunches, 2x a day, 2 days a week (Add more exercises or more reps as strength increases)
Week 2 Didn’t do any this week
Week 4 (Note: I have to do these tomorrow in order to get 3 sessions in, but I have to post this blog early. I’m being optimistic.)
• ST—Legs: 2 days a week of ball squats, calf raises, hamstring curls, hip ab/adductions
• ST—Upper body: 3 days a week of chest, back, and arm machines
Week 1 Hit goals 2x this week.
I took Sunday off as an extra knee rest day due to my knee and therefore didn't have access to the machines at home.
Week 2 /
Chest & Back 3x this week/ Biceps 0x & Triceps 1x
Week 3 Hit goals 2x this week.
I took too many days off from gym to ST upper body on non-consecutive days
Week 4 (Note: I have to do these tomorrow to get 3x in, too.)
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“ Has your life changed any? Is it better? Is it worse? List how you feel.”
My life hasn’t changed for the better or worse but I feel very proud that I managed to achieve as many goals as I did. Having a weekly checklist of exercises to do kept me on track. I learned where my strengths and weaknesses are, and I think this goal list is going to give me some opportunities to brainstorm on future improvements.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This intermittent, sometimes severe/sometimes mild pain thing with my knees was really beginning to worry me. Last week I decided to bite the bullet and schedule an appointment with an orthopedic doctor. If I had to dip into savings to pay for an MRI, so be it. Today was my appointment. First off, I got x-rays done; after examining them, the doctor told me it was a very straight-forward problem and I don’t even need an MRI (phew!). I have runner’s knee. [I find this very ironic because I’ve had these knee problems since before I started running and they were the very reason I didn’t think I should start.] Anyway, my anatomy is such that I don’t really have a “running body.” The doc said that if I were to tell him that I wanted to run a marathon, he’d tell me to expect a LOT of pain; running is basically always going to hurt me but it won’t cause damage. He gave me the go-ahead to run again. Yay!
The doctor also told me that I could try wearing braces if my knee straps don’t help. If I want, I could get cortisone injections for pain and inflammation or joint fluid injections for lubrication shot into my knee(s) if I wanted. I decided to pass on the big needles and just took a one-time prescription for physical therapy to learn what exercises I should and shouldn’t be doing. That bill’s going to really hurt to pay out-of-pocket, but I think it’s probably a good investment for my health.
In other news, I had a $10 gift card from Sears that expired tomorrow so I went shopping after my doctor’s appointment. I bought 3 pairs of (smaller) underwear and a super cute bra for my shrinkified boobs that originally totaled $42. They were on clearance; I only had to pay $1.16 total.
Friday, October 08, 2010
I was at the grocery store with my mom and of course, they had Halloween candy at the entrance (right next to what we went there to buy in the first place). I looked at the candy but wasn't planning on getting, remembering how badly I lost control last time when I got candy corn. Well, my mom and I have both been craving crap lately and were both hungry at the time on top of that. She picked up a bag of gummi pumpkins and I was thrilled to throw my resolve out the window. [God, do we enable each other.]
I was expecting gummi worm consistency but they were more of a mix between Jujubes and gumdrops, minus the sugar. NOT at all what I like. And yet I ate a lot of them. To make matters more interesting, the nutrition info only listed the serving in grams, not fractions of a cup. I have no clue how many friggin grams I ate. I did my best to guesstimate how much I ate based on the number of servings in the bag, and I tracked the calories for my estimate. But now I'm hungry and I'm already over my calories for the day--which I wouldn't have been had I not ate those damn things.
Why do I do this? If I'm going to binge, I should at least limit it to things that I genuinely enjoy. I'm trying to be positive and give myself credit for at least tracking the calories as best I could. Hey, I'm still staying accountable to myself. But I'm still mad and disappointed in myself that I did it. It's not like this was some great quality cuisine like in NY. This was just junk. Junk that didn't taste good. Junk that wasn't even worth it.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
I'm so incredibly proud of myself for the healthy choices I made yesterday during my day trip to NYC. I still have plenty of room for improvement. But I made much better food choices than I have in the past--thank you, NY, for mandating calorie counts on menus!--and, although it wasn't cardio, I got plenty of physical activity in.
• Ordered a Raspberry Tart (490 cals)..Saw a pic on the website and decided I was going to splurge.
• Had 3 pieces of pizza. It was thin crust, though (less dough = less cals), and I'd never had real NY-style thin crust pizza before, so this was a splurge. Plus, they didn't sell by the slice; my mom and I didn't want to have to haul around leftover pizza.
• Had gelato. This was superfluous after the rest of the day's food, but neither my mom nor I had ever had it before. Upside: we split it.
• Ordered the Chicken Curry Salad Tartine w/ Harissa-Cranberry Chutney (570 cals) instead of the Grilled Chicken and Smoked Mozzarella Tartine (690 cals)
• Ordered Lemonade Iced Tea (40 cals) instead of Homemade Lemonade (70 cals) or Mochaccino (170 cals)
• Packed a breakfast and snack to save cals and money. Nutri Grain bar, apple, juice and muffin = 407 cals
• According to Google maps, I walked *at least* 4.5 miles. (I was hoping and planning to do even more walking than that, but I hurt my knee about 2 hours in and couldn't really bend my leg for the rest of the day.)
• Drank 8 cups of water. (This is a HUGE accomplishment. I don't usually get 8 cups in at home, and when I go on trips I usually end up dehydrating myself because of finding public restrooms for my overactive bladder.)
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