Monday, October 29, 2007
... what about slow and UNsteady???
That... completes the race?
I seem to be kinda random in my weight loss lately. Thought I was catching up to my goal pace, 2.5lbs in two consecutive weeks, and then last week 1lb, this week 1/2 a pound.
I always work hard when I go to the gym... but I don't feel supersupermotivated in my other moments lately. This week is TOM, too, so maybe that has something to do with it.
I mean, I might be getting a little sick, too... hahaha.
SO MANY EXCUSES!!! But seriously. Saturday I had to be at work at 6:30AM which happens once or twice a month, but is always torturous as I usually work from 1-10PM. I got home, watched my recorded "What Not to Wear" (which my husband hates so much he refers to it as my "devil show" hahaha) while DH was asleep, then I fell asleep on the couch. When woken up to go to the gym I was like... I'd rather keep sleeping...
I WAS SOOOO BEAT. I could have slept all day, I think.
I said to DH, so we'll go tomorrow? He was like, no, we need to do laundry tomorrow.
Then the little go-getter in me said -- I'm not missing a day at the gym!!! NO SIR! (which I actually said, minus the NO SIR!)
So I hopped up, and I was like, maybe I'll just take it a little easier today...
NOPE! I get there and I pushed myself harder than I had this week. And it felt good.
Same for DH -- well, he didn't push harder than all week, but he did more than he intended to and still felt really good. So we were very glad we went.
I guess I should be glad I lost anything because I was kinda bad last week. We decided it'd be ok to go over on Wednesday night and splurged on going to Popeye's chicken. So good! I actually could have done without the chicken, and just had the red beans and rice and the biscuit. Anyway. Even not the biscuit. Just the red beans and rice! MMM. I may go back just for that.
But anyway, I ate 2 pieces of fried chicken AND the biscuit AND the red beans and rice, and I just had that overly full feeling in my tummy like I KNEW I ate TOO MUCH FOOD. I should have stopped.
Then on Saturday, it was the gaming group and I ate too much food really.. BUT!!!
I found some hot dogs we enjoyed that are only 45 calories each!!! The kosher beef kind 97% fat free. WOW! I got oscar meyer light turkey franks or whatever... and they're fine... but... I liked that kind and they're even less calories/fat so, why not?? So that was a fun discovery. Unfortunately I had 4 of them. HAHAHAHA.
But the rest of what I ate was veggies and fruit!! And a couple baked lays.
Oh, but then I remember the pumpkin bread muffins which I had 3 of. So yeah.
I did kinda good and kinda bad. If I had had ONE muffin and like 2 hot dogs I think I would have been proud of myself.
At least I know what is GOOD for me to eat now. That is one thing I did NOT know when I started this. Just had no restraint last week, apparently.
I'm not giving myself enough credit -- I did good most days on calories. Low to mid. But truth be told I did not eat enough fruits or veggies -- I didn't go to the grocery store last week until like... Thursday. So we had no fresh produce. Now we're almost out again, just have some bananas as far as fruit is concerned.
Anyway. A so so week. I can do better, but I'm still on the right track. :)
Thursday, October 25, 2007
ALSO. I had a bit of extra time today while shopping, so I swung by Old Navy to try on pants and see what size I really am now, also at WalMart.
In WalMart JUNIORS, apparently I'm like size 19, but in Old Navy and WalMart regular adult size jeans, not the big ladies sizes, but the normal kinds (Faded Glory), I'M ALMOST in a size 16. I can put them on, zip and everything, they're just too tight. The bummer thing is that the Old Navy jeans are like... baggy in the crotch. (not the 16's, but the slightly too big 18's) ? I remember having this problem when jeans shopping before my abdomen ... uh... FILLED OUT as much. So I'm hoping I can do better the smaller I get.
Well!!! So I'm wearing pants that are at least 1.5 sizes too big now... and probably until Christmas unless things get DIRE.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
It's funny now, but at the time it was a traumatic dream. After thinking about it, I determined I had it because I was nervous about a job interview the next day and looking schlumpy due to not having fitting clothes...
But I had this dream that I found a book in which my bigheadhonchoboss had written his opinions about the various management staff at about my level of management, including the one that recently left that I applied for her job. My title is technically a "Team Lead" and she and the other sup are "Supervisors". The distinctions basically being they're salaried and can administer disciplinary action and annual reviews. All other tasks are PRETTY much the same. ANYWAY!
I opened this book at work, and no one else was there -- it was after everyone else had gone home... somehow it was like I was sleeping there, woke up, and found the book.
So I start reading and it's talking about how awesome one of the other ones or the other is... and then it started talking about how I was horrible, lazy, and look sloppy and dirty all the time like a homeless person, and I'd never be able to make the "leap" from Lead to Supervisor. It was horribly awful.
So in the dream I start sobbing and I wake up Henry (my hubby) and I tell him, and he's like, "IM GONNA KICK HIS A**!!" Hahaha. Which was awesome.
But in the waking hours, it's kinda related to my frustrations with being told I'm not good at my job for un-job-related reasons, and also worries about looking frumpy in too big for me clothes.
There's a lady at work who says I look more and more poor everyday. That's her way of complimenting me that I'm losing weight, because poor folks can't buy clothes that fit. It's VERY AWKWARD when she says that... I think it's actually quite... I dunno... rude?!? But she means it in a nice way... so I try to appreciate the hidden compliment.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
So anyway... :) Yesterday I was thankfully without any gastrointestinal issues, so we went to the gym and I WORKED IT.
Also, yesterday morning I did some ST for the first time in ages. UPPER BODY LIKE WOAH.
Yeah. I was NOT feeling it yesterday morning, but yesterday night right before I was going to bed I had to reach up in a cabinet to get the fish food, and my arms were soooo sore. So, I've got that going on today.
Ok, so then at the gym I got on a treadmill for the first time in ages. The last time I used a treadmill (other than the distastrous running attempt 2 weeks ago), was BEFORE the running, BEFORE the elliptical... so like... at LEAST 3 months ago???
Anyway -- it went phenomenally well. I WALKED. Previously I felt somewhat challenged, but also competent, at about a level 6 incline and 3-3.5MPH. That speed at that level felt like NOTHING last night. I felt like I was taking a stroll in the park. So I kept upping it and upping it.
I finally started feeling exerted at a level 9 incline 3.5MPH and 10 incline 3MPH. OH YEAH!!!
Since I've been feeling all wonky when it comes to my running attempts lately, I had not been feeling as great about my physical fitness improvements, but that really showed me that my cardiovascular strength has REALLY improved... not to mention the loss of the weight I've dropped in those few months. :) So that was very exciting.
THEN, I got brave and finally did the ARC TRAINER!!! (Pictured above, link to the CYBEX website about it below)
I've been wanting to try that sucker out since I first went to the gym but was too timid. HAhaha. :)
Well, it's hard. I did it for 15 minutes. But it was awesome. I think I will be frequenting that machine now. :) It's my new challenge. And I am thinking I will try running outside on some gym off days.
AND this morning I did some lower body and core ST. WOOHOO!
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