Wednesday, October 22, 2008
So I picked up a book just now and a paper fell out of it where I recently took my measurements and noted my starting measurements.
To begin with I only measured Bust, Waist, Hips and Neck.
Starting Bust: 44, Current bust: 37 Lost: 7"
Starting Waist: 44, Current waist: 30.5 Lost: 13.5"
Starting Hips: 56.5, Current hips: 40 Lost: 16.5"
Starting Neck: 15, Current neck: 12.75 Lost: 2.25"
From those four measurements alone, I've lost 39.25"
I don't know when I started taking these other measurements, but I have the first measurement I took of them, and the most recent.
Starting Upper Thigh: 28, Current Upper Thigh: 23 Lost: 5"
Starting Calves: 16.5, Current Calves: 14.5 (one is 14 one is 15.. *sigh*) Lost: 2"
Starting Bicep: 13, Current Bicep: 10.75 Lost: 2.25"
Add those and it's a loss of 48.5".
And a couple current measurements that I have no comparison for apparently...
Current mid-thigh: 20.25
Current chest: 33.5
Things I notice from these measurements: I've lost more than a foot from the circumference of my waist and also from my hips. My chest used to be the same circumference as my waist. :) Although my boobs have gotten a lot smaller, their proportion to my waist is actually MORE hourglass. :D WOOHOO! hahahahaha. And I didn't realize how much my upper thighs have shrunk in some period of time since starting my transformation. I was so sad when my bicep was 13". For some reason knowing it was the same as my neck made me feel like my arms were huge. Now my arms are smaller than my neck. And wow my neck shrank, too.
Just fun to reflect on the progress sometimes. :)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Yeah yeah yeah. I keep telling myself I'm not going to be upset if I can't run for a while... but I can't run for a while. :( WAH!
I started out today nice and slow, but the twingy feeling in my knee came back right away, and after a bit it turned into slight pain. So I had to walk. Then I would get impatient and my knee would feel better from walking, so I'd start running again, and it'd come back and blahblahblah, anyway. I did this for 1.4 miles... a very short out and back (a portion of a neighborhood route I usually do). I really just wanted to just finish that part and get back home, and I walked a lot of it, but I ran at times cause I was kind of in denial about the knee still being a problem since it would stop bothering me but every time I started running it'd come back. UGH!
When I walk I can still feel it's not 100% RIGHT. It doesn't hurt. But it's not normal feeling either. So NOW my plan is going to be NO RUNNING until I feel 100% normal. *crosses fingers* I hope this works.
So I got back home and to be honest, when I was running, I wasn't going very slow. Well at first I was when I started, but my little bursts were faster. I finished with a little over 200 calories burned for 1.4 miles in 18min. THEN I made it back to my apartment and went straight into Jillian Michael's Cardio Kickboxing. I can't remember exactly how much time was in between, but by the time I started the video I was at about 260 calories burned... I think I stopped running at l ike 230 or something. Anyway. So I decided I could figure out how many calories I burn from the video. Well, it was about 20 minutes of activity for a total of 300 calories burned!!! WOW!!! And that video doesn't even really have any ST in it. There are some punishment pushups at the end (Some girl was joking around at the end saying "That's it??" And of course, Jillian made everyone do more stuff. HAHAHAHA so funny.) But other than that it was squatting, kicking, punching, jumproping, jumping jacks... yeah. Good burn!
Then I decided I wanted to see how many calories I could burn doing rock band drumming. It came out to between 15-20 calories per song I did. Not super great calorie burn. But between my heart rate coming down after cardio kickboxing and doing the drumming, I burned another 140-150 calories or something like that.
I WILL NOT LET THIS RUNNING BREAK keep me from reaching my calorie burn goal. I still have 1300 calories to go for the week. I didn't count any calories for yesterday's ST, but tomorrow I will be doing some ST again and I will counting ever burned calorie. I think I might go to the gym tomorrow... I haven't been in a little while. We'll see. Sometime this week I will go in for sure.
Cuban Black Bean Stew = HEAVEN. 1 to 2 Smoked Hamhocks, trim meat from bones and cut to small pieces (about 1.5lbs), one red and one green bell pepper, 2 medium onions - all diced to .5 inch. You put all that (including the bones) in a pan with 2 tsp of salt a bit of olive oil (Or I just used some nonstick spray). THEN when it gets cooked down and smelling good and some brown glaze on the bottom of the pan -- at this point, add a bit of broth (from a total of 28oz (or 3.5 cups) I use Better Than Boullion Chicken), 3Tbsp of tomato paste, 6 cloves of garlic chopped fine or minced, 3 bay leaves broken up, 1.5tsp of oregano, 2tsp of cumin. Cook that all up smelling AWESOME, scraping around the bottom to make sure you get the good stuff off the pan, then you add the three cans (drained and rinsed) of black beans and the rest of the broth and simmer for however long you want, like 20 minutes max.
SO FREAKING GOOD. I estimated 4oz of ham per hamhock as suggested on a cooking site in the nutrition tracker because I had no idea how to track them. This might make the nutrition count slightly inaccurate, but using that math (so a total of 8oz of ham), this makes 4 servings of 477 calories each. Each serving was about 2 and 1/4 cups. I'm not sure how this liquid will work for everyone because I added some water to get some more off the pan (I started in a sautee pan and switched to a larger pot since I didn't have a big enough stock pot as they suggested, this worked beautifully, BTW), so then before it really got simmering I used a measuring cup, removed some liquid, strained it, returned the good stuff, and repeated a couple times till I got the consistency I was looking for.
It was so good that my DH ate two servings and wanted to eat more but he was too full to even contain any more of it. He was in pure heaven. Personally, I was STUFFED after my serving. I very naughtily ate some animal crackers and chocolate much later in the evening to satisfy a sweet tooth. And I say naughtily because I was honestly still full. :P
There is just under one serving left, I had a 2 cup container to work with so DH polished off that last .25 cup hahaha, and I'm thinking of eating the remainder of it split into two servings with a serving of brown rice with each. :) MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
Sorry if I made everyone's mouths water but really, if the nutrition facts arent' that far off using the ham substitution as an estimate for the hocks, this is not a bad meal nutritionally. A lot of protein, not too high in calories... and you could definitely do as I plan to do and cut the serving size down and incorporate some brown rice or something, or serve it with a salad or whatever I dunno.
Ok now I'm really hungry. HAHAHA :D less than an hour to lunch.
I think that covers everything, though.
No running, good calorie burn, Cuban Black Bean Stew = awesome.
I got the recipe from the book in the link below...
The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper: Recipes, Stories, and Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show
Definitely some very delicious looking recipes in that book, but not all of them very healthy. Not all of them super unhealthy or anything, but it's obviously not the AIM of the book to provide HEALTHY recipes. :D hehehe. It's all about things being practical and tasting good. And it's very pretty. :)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
.. sooo I'm feeling quite lazy today.
I think it all started with not sleeping well. I tossed and turned, and then had a "nightmare" which after awake was not all that scary, just stressful... but you know how it is when you're sleeping. HAHAHA. My DH was causing a riot in a movie theater. He IS kinda particular about watching movies -- everyone needs to be quiet. No chit chat, no extra noisy stuff... anyway. In my dream the people behind us came into the theater with stacks of dripping hot wings and big dipping things of ranch. The smells of the food in the theater were just nauseating to me -- it was like all I could smell was the acidity in the food and it just smelled sour and disgusting. And of course they were being loud, licking fingers and all that nonsense. So I tell DH -- Stay here! I'm going to go get a manager. Thinking maybe it'd be better for me to handle it? When I get back to the theater the lights are up, the movie isn't running, there's yelling and shouting... I can't remember how exactly the next part happened, but they ended up out in the hall of the theater with the man (it was a couple) threatening my DH with his fists -- and he was running!! (So unrealistic, DH would've thrown down I think... hahaha but anyway)... I woke up around this time, tried to go back to sleep but eventually gave up on sleeping. It was like 8AM. I work 1-10PM. :P So anyway, I decide to get up and make our lunches and eat some cereal (part of the reason I was having a hard time going to sleep was I was feeling hungry...). (I think I might not have eaten enough the night before, or at least not the right kind of calories... more on that later...)
SO ANYWAY! I make lunches, come back to bed, read for a while, go back to sleep around 9:45-10ish... woke up at like... 11AM. Watched TV ... did some ST. Nothing major. My knee was not feeling 100%, so I decided it'd be wiser not to try running yet, and to avoid lower body ST. So I did a bunch of crunches and some upper body stuff, but it wasn't enough to really feel like a WORKOUT. You know?
So I guess that's the reason I feel lazy, cause I didn't really SWEAT today. Also because I was awake for so long this morning, I ate more than I usually do in the AM. :P WONDERFUL!!! But I entered everything into my tracker, and entered my dinner plan for tonight, and I'm still within range with a couple hundred calories to spare if I feel like I need a bit more tonight.
THE CONCERT!!!!!!!! It went well. :) Everyone complimented me on a job well done on my solo, so that felt really good. :D I didn't feel I did my best, but it was good. During our dress rehearsal they decided to ask me to stand during my solo. :D HAHA So that was new. I think it might have added to my nerves, but it was ok. :) UMMMMMMM yeah. Then there was the reception -- I nibbled on a couple of veggies, a couple of little sesame sticks (I love those things), but then I hit up the sweets table and ate a piece of two different cakes, about half a brownie, and a cookie. And then I also had some meat and cheese from the meat and cheese tray. But I did avoid the fried chicken fingers. (To be honest---they didn't really appeal to me that much! I guess we know my weakness is not fried food but SWEETS.) So then I felt like I was done, but looking back on it I might not have eaten ENOUGH that night. I might have just overdone the sweets and shut myself off from food because of that... or I might have been full and within range. I kept quizzing myself after we got home as to whether I was hungry or not, but I wasn't. I was just SO hungry this morning that I'm wondering... but oh well whatever. :) Overanalyze it NO MORE!!!!!!! I got full, I stopped eating. That is a pretty big deal for me in itself.
I also weighed myself this morning. I have to admit I was a bit fearful after the weekend buffet and last night not really checking myself at the reception when it came to the sweets, and I did it AFTER eating that early breakfast... but I'm still within range!!! Right at that same number I usually get. So yay on that.
I hope to be able to run tomorrow. I WILL I WILL I WILL TRY at least.
I will also be picking up lots of candy and whatnot. Next week at work we will be running contests and also giving out candy to everyone. I'm not buying any candy for me and DH -- we won't be home Halloween night and even if we were we have NEVER gotten ANY trick or treaters. So we'd buy some and end up with a ton of candy. So this way I get to buy some, and I'll get a tiny bit at work, but we won't have an overload sitting at home. :) SCORE! Plus it's for work contests so it's all on company dime, mwahaha.
Tonight - Cuban Black Bean Stew. :D I hope it lives up to my expectations. I will report back!
So to sum up: Concert = good, post concert treats = neutral, today's workout = did it.
Monday, October 20, 2008
So this weekend was pretty good. I guess let's start with the main event, the long run on Saturday...
AND the emoticons aren't working.
So picture a lovely runner here! :D HAHAHA. OK... so I ran 6.55 miles. LONGEST DISTANCE EVER!!! LONGER THAN A 10K!!! WOOHOO!! Longest time spent running ever -- 1:38:42 (or something like that, I'm not sure the seconds are exactly right but close enough). I burned 1252 calories. YEAH. KILLER. And killer. Because I jacked my knee up apparently. (NOT TOO BAD.) It feels mostly normal today, and mostly normal yesterday. Judging by where the pain is and reading some things, I think I'm suffering from iliotibial band issues. I've had problems in the hip before that I suspected were caused by te IB, and now this. I REALLY need to do those dumb IB stretches even though they are weird and awkward. I don't really feel them doing anything when I do them. Any suggestions? I've also heard about using foam rollers for that. ANYWAY. The good news -- I think I might be ok to run tomorrow, but if I'm not, I'm ok. I will make it through. This will not sideline me forever. :) It's only temporary.
NEXT! Um... I can't remember... I made an amazing dinner. It was a kind of BBQ Chicken Pizza on the fly. I cooked some chicken, shredded it, added BBQ sauce... then I spread some FF Refried Beans on some tortillas, added the chicken, some cheese, and snipped some green onions over them, heated in the oven and VOILA. DH was very impressed. The chicken part took a little while, but it really wasn't hard.
Friday night I made a big list of meals from new cookbooks to make this week so I'm very excited about that. :D I actually purchased Ham Hocks, people. But anyway -- more about those as I make them.
Um.... and there's a reception after the concert I'm bringing an apple and cheese tray. :D YAY! I'm having this horrible feeling like I somehow left my trombone at home but I KNOW it's in my trunk. I think I'll take a peek at it later to ease my mind. HAHAHA.
OH!!! And we went to Buffet City this weekend -- the chinese buffet by my house. I definitely overdid it in the amount of food I ate, but!!! That said, I'm actually very proud of what I chose to eat for the most part.
I ate some sushi - CHECK! Nice and healthy! :D
Mongolian BBQ - Pretty freaking awesome. You get to go choose what veggies you want and meat and they cook it up. Basically used a little oil and garlic on mine I'm pretty certain. But I had cabbage, green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, snow peas, broccoli, bean sprouts, carrots, and a tiny bit of chicken, pork, and beef. really tiny. It was like 90% veggies. :D SO GOOD.
FRUIT!!! for dessert.
OK. Bonus items: half a crab rangoon, a bite of a steam bun w/ red adzuki bean paste in the middle (so good, but my DH got the last one apparently which awesomely let me not overeat them and just have a bite of his - hahaha), a bit of a shrimp, a piece of baked whiting, about half of a tiny sliver of pecan pie (it was really tiny), a tiny bit of two other tiny cakes from my DH's plate, a fortune cookie... and a custard puff. A long list, but this was tiny samplings of these items, but in the interest of FULL DISCLOSURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY I wanted to make sure I got it all listed.
So yeah, recounting that I realize I did not track the whiting, shrimp, or steam bun in my estimate from yesterday, but I think I also overestimated the other calories of the day enough to possibly compensate. All in all I went between 200-300 calories over. Not horrible considering I faced a buffet!!!!!!! I know what I will do next time, which will be even better. But for my first buffet since starting SparkPeople, I think I did pretty freaking awesome.
YES PEOPLE -- FIRST BUFFET SINCE STARTING SP. (I'm pretty sure that's right...)
On that note -- I did NOT weigh myself today. I will weigh on another day this week when I have a few days of on track eating and excercising behind me, or wait till next Monday. (although next week is TOM so... we'll see). But I don't feel like I've gained anything. Probably still within range.
Monday, October 20, 2008
More of a real blog later with stuff about stuff. But follow the link to more pictures of the quilt!
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