Thursday, January 24, 2008
BACK TO THE GYM TONIGHT.
That is my vow. I'm tired... but I MUST do it.
Remind yourself Dana --
1) Working out gives you more energy.
2) Working out is a great stress reliever.
3) Working out helps alleviate cramp pains.
4) If you don't do it it'll be over a week missed!
5) Think of your teams! Think of your Gripiron fitness match!
Think of your lean muscle wasting away!
SO! I WILL DO IT. I don't care if I feel tired or lazy, I know I'll feel better when I've done it. Tomorrow I get to work a regular shift (not a ridiculously long shift) and I will be off on Saturday, so HOORAH!!!!!!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Since more than one person asked me what a "Hush Puppy" was -- I've posted the PICTURE and a link at the bottom to the Wikipedia entry about Hush Puppies. Basically they are delicious, and the ones at the place I went have whole pieces of corn in them as well.
ANYWAY! NON FOOD TOPIC NOW.
So today's weigh-in was ok. I'm not going to the gym again tonight -- after talking with DH, it seems like a good decision. I really really feel like I'm on the brink of getting sick and I know I'll be at work tomorrow from probably 8-9AM till 10PM... so I think it's best right now so I don't wear myself ragged. :( It's just a bummer because I really miss it and it's bugging me right now, but it's good to be aware and careful with your health.
ANYWAY! Back to the weigh-in! I'm down 1.4lbs from last week (last week's weigh-in was technically 193.6 but my BLC challenge does .5lb increments so I rounded it down). for the BLC challenge I'm rounded down again this week to 192, but I felt like .2 was too big to round down for my SP weigh-in so I put it in as is. But now I'm only 2.2lbs away from 100lbs lost! WOOHOO!!!! :)
The best thing is that now that I'm able to track body fat percentage... I can know that I did not lose any muscle mass last week. :D In fact, I lost 2.4lbs of body fat and gained 1lb of lean muscle mass!!! I don't know if that's accurate or not to the T, but I definitely know that I was losing fat and not muscle last week and that makes me very happy. I'm going to do my ST at home tonight so I make sure I'm keeping that up even if I have to take a cardio break due to scheduling and potentially getting sick concerns... I want to keep improving that body fat composition.
I'm using this thing that a SparkPeople.com member created -- MHENNE02. It's called "Gripiron Fitness League" (at gripiron.com), and basically you enter your stats (weight, measurements, body fat % and water %) and it calculates all your lean tissue mass, dry lean mass, body fat mass, etc. And based on the workouts you report and your measurement reports you earn points, and people get ranked. It seems pretty awesome so far. :) EDITED TO ADD: There's apparently a sparkteam for it and a Spark League on the site? I'm in the generic GripIron league. *shrug* oh well. hahahah :)
ANYWAY! I may not have to work this weekend OR next weekend which would be AWESOME considering all the OT I'm getting during the week. I need to make sure to discuss this with folks tomorrow to make sure...
Monday, January 21, 2008
I wasn't ULTRA bad this weekend, but I wasn't as good as I intended to be either. My DH was dead set on two restaurants that really don't have many healthy options. Well... one of them has ZERO healthy options, and the other has like... one. HAHAHA. We ended up going to the one that has slightly more healthy appeal, since it's not JUST a burger joint... but I didn't do the super most healthy things. I got Black Eyed Peas as one of my sides, and I don't think that was probably too bad, but I also got hush puppies because I'm in love with them and almost never have them. But I did get the smoked chicken tenders, which means no skin or anything!! Just lean meat with flavor! But I also ate some fried crawfish tails. Eh. It was somewhat bad, but I didn't go crazy all day. Just that.
And then yesterday we were invited to someone's house for lunch and I hadn't eaten anything yet all day (just drug myself out of bed and to church), but luckily what they provided wasn't too bad. It was potato soup and homemade bread -- now -- the soup was not heavy. It was good, but it was not like - -CREAMY. It was more just potato-y. And with corn. So it didn't seem too bad.
All in all... I have no idea how many calories I ate this weekend, and that bothers me, but I don't think I did an awful job.
I weighed this morning, and although last night I did have a couple higher sodium items, I still weighed down a teeny bit from last week. I didn't even get to the gym this weekend!!! We decided to change our gym schedule from T/TH/Sat to M/W/Sat, so we were going to go yesterday, but then we realized we were going to go Monday as well, and we were busy anyway, so we're just starting on the new schedule today. I'm hoping after being supergood today, tracking every bite, eating low sodium, and working out tonight, I'll have a good weigh-in tomorrow.
I'm definitely still in healty BMI-land and that's what's most important for me this week!!! It's TOM this week and I just want to keep it together and stay on plan and hopefully still lose a little. :)
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Yes, I've been at work for almost 6 hours now and it's Saturday about 20 after NOON. UGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH. hahahaha
And it was snowing? Not sure if it still is, but this is ALABAMA. ??
So anyway -- this week has been relatively successful. After weighing in very skeptically on Tuesday, I saw it go up a lb on Thursday, but yesterday I weighed in for Scale Back Alabama and it showed a 3.2lb loss from last week's Scale Back Alabama weigh-in, so hey! I guess I really did lose around 3.5lbs probably! I'm hoping to at least maintain that loss, or hopefully lose a bit more, by this coming Tuesday's weigh-in. The only bummer is that I can't go to the gym today.
I'm kind of relieved because I'm so worn out, I don't think I would have really been able to give my all.
But kinda bummed.
Anyway -- we're going to go tomorrow. My DH's school computer DIED so we have to go do computer saving/replacing activities today. We will probably end up eating out for lunch, and I am going to be a VERY GOOD GIRL. I'm so determined not to go out of the healthy BMI now that I've reached it, I am not slipping one bit! Now... depending on where we go, I may not be able to get nutrition facts or anything, but I am definitely going to go for something healthy and not "justify" any kind of splurge. I ate a really high sodium dinner last night and I don't want to extend the bloat. HAHAHAHAHAHA.
TOM is coming up, too. :P
Working this much overtime is definitely a bit exhausting, but I can't wait to see my paycheck!!!!! ;)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I have come a LONG WAY this year.
I'm going to really start considering where I was December 2006 -- I felt like a totally BLOB. One of my SparkFriends (*BETHIE*) blogged about how she felt "blob-y" and how it helped motivate her back to Sparks. WELL LET ME TELL YOU. I couldn't believe she used the same exact words. She described EXACTLY how I was feeling at that point.
I felt uncomfortable at every moment, just because of the state of my body. I couldn't help but notice how lethargic I felt, that I was doing nothing all day, and coming home and doing nothing. I felt ugly, and just BLAH.
Then I go to the Dr's to get my annual exam and some birth control, and step on the scale to see the number 294 flashing. I couldn't BELIEVE I had let myself just balloon up to this weight. I had ALWAYS been overweight, but not always obese. At 294, my BMI was 37.7. Morbidly Obese starts at 40. I was MINDBOGGLED. I could not believe my weight was so close to 300.
I had already been kind of thinking about it, but that really pushed me over the edge. NOW was the time to do something about my health. I set a New Year's Resolution to GET HEALTHY. I talked to my husband about the possibility of getting me a gym membership. I researched local gyms, and the best value was getting added to my husband's membership at the University Rec Center.
I started working out on 1/6/2007, and went grocery shopping and bought what I thought were healthy foods. I realized that I really needed to learn how to eat right. I knew the basics -- what foods were more healthy and what foods weren't. But I didn't know WHY or HOW MUCH I should be eating, or ANYTHING about how much protein vs. carbs or anything like that.
I searched for a resource. While looking through healthy eating type communities on livejournal.com, I saw a few different people mention SparkPeople.com. So I checked it out. At first I was skeptical about it being FREE. I figured I would sign up, then it would say, to use this feature and this and this (the things I would want of course), pay $$$ each month! But no! :) To my delight it was free, and it had so much more than I even imagined!!! I signed up for my account on 1/15/2007.
I don't have my inches numbers in front of my right now, and I'll come back and edit this entry with the details...
But I've lost at least 10" from my waist, I think at least 10" from my hips as well. I've lost a few inches from my neck even!!!! I didn't start measuring my biceps, calves, bust, or thighs until later. But I have definitely decreased in size.
At the beginning of 2007 I purchased some new clothes. I said I needed them because my old clothes were worn out, but the truth was, only one pair of pants I had still fit me, and they were stretchy. Nothing would fit me at any store but Lane Bryant, where I purchased some size 24 dress pants and jeans.
Just recently, after Christmas, I purchased some NEW clothes. Size 16 pants now.
I have lost 4 sizes. :)
I've lost, since starting with SparkPeople.com at 290, 96.5lbs.
My BMI now is 24.85 - IN THE HEALTHY RANGE. :)
I set a goal to start learning to run once I had lost 50lbs.
I started the C25K program and on Thanksgiving 2007 I ran my first 5K.
The most important change is how I FEEL. I feel infinitely better than that BLOB I was in 2006. That person is gone FOREVER. I now CARE about what I put into my body for fuel. I feel the relationship for how I treat my body and how I feel. I KNOW the difference between me eating healthy and working out, and me eating crap and doing nothing.
I have confidence to take on pretty much any goal which may come into mind because I NEVER really expected to do this and succeed -- and now that I have, I know I can do ANYTHING.
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