MUFFIY831's SparkPeople Blog MUFFIY831's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's the Food, Dummy. I am five months away from turning 40. <BR> <BR> (!!! Pause for momentary freak out !!!) <BR> <BR> I've started to backslide after losing 30 pounds. That has to end. Turning 40 is momentous enough. I do NOT want to be 40 and still fat. Or fat again. <BR> <BR> I have five months to lose about 12 pounds. I can do that. I know that doesn't seem like much of a hurdle to a normal person, but I am far from normal. More than two pounds a month is really, really, really hard for me. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 09:32:19 EST Pushing 40: The Reckoning I made several goals for 2018, including to run a race every month. Some of those will coincide with my friend's race schedule. She is training for her first marathon this year. She is also 10 years younger than I am. So we signed up for a 10K over the weekend. <BR> <BR> I was: <BR> <BR> 1. Just home (like for 18 hours) from an overseas trip. <BR> 2. Completely untrained. <BR> 3. Not happy about the 18 degree temperature at the start of the race. <BR> <BR> I DID IT. Even though I hadn'... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 09:14:03 EST Running Into 2018 One of my #8in18 goals is to run a race every month. That means I have to start running again. I KNOW, HOW OBSERVANT OF ME. :) <BR> <BR> Last year I only did 2 races all year, and I haven't really run since the second one last September. <BR> <BR> So I did my first 5K in January, on a ridiculously stupidly cold day, and finished in 31:59. Not a PR but a very solid performance for me. <BR> <BR> Now I've signed up for my February race, a 10K. This race is: <BR> <BR> 1. Feb 3rd, the coldes... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:35:35 EST The Week One Check-In My last post spelled out my 8 Goals for '18. I was motivated. I was determined. I was ... <BR> <BR> getting sick. <BR> <BR> Like, really really really gonna-die-not-leaving-the-couch-ever-again<BR>-omg-please-kill-me-now sick. I am a little whiny. <BR> <BR> The good news is I basically just ate soup and cheez-its for four days. Not that cheez-its are a nutritional win, but at least the calories were low. <BR> <BR> Finally, on Saturday I started feeling *slightly* human again and I've ... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 11:44:38 EST Obligatory 2018 Goals Post First off, HEY STRANGERS! I swear I didn't fall off the wagon entirely, but I simply got out of the habit of blogging regularly. Let's fix that. <BR> <BR> I set a simple goal for the holiday season - just don't gain. Well, that was a bit ambitious, but I'm only up about 2-3 pounds depending on the microsecond (stupid scale) so overall I'm OK with that. It really could have been much worse. But now I'm back to my regularly scheduled programming and continuing along on this journey. <BR> <B... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 15:23:39 EST Going Off the Rails On a Crazy Train ... Thanks, Ozzy Osbourne, for the title. <BR> <BR> This weekend got a little messy. I'm a homebody, see, but this weekend I packed all my social activities for the month into one weekend. And when I'm out of my house, I am off my game. Off my diet. Off my sanity, apparently. <BR> <BR> Eat a healthy breakfast, go volunteer all day ... and they had muffins which I ate just because they were there. <BR> <BR> I ate a good healthy dinner and planned to go out and not eat or drink anything else.... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:30:27 EST SUCCESS!! Last weekend, I went shopping. Though it's still upper 70s to mid 80s and 472989284% humidity (rough estimate), fall will be here eventually and I needed fall/winter clothes. <BR> <BR> (Side note: A few weeks ago I posted about how I was having a hard time getting rid of my latest round of 'fat clothes' because I still can't imagine that they even are fat clothes - they were goal clothes for so long. Anyway, those two bags of clothes have at least made it into the garage. They're not out of... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:28:38 EST 250 Day Streak - A Self Pep Talk I've logged into this site every day for 250 days. <BR> <BR> Obviously I've made huge progress, right? <BR> <BR> Erm. <BR> <BR> Not so much. <BR> <BR> I've lost roughly 7 pounds in just over 8 months. Not exactly lightning speed here. <BR> <BR> I suppose a loss is a loss, granted, but when I stop to look at how slow the scale is moving I can't help but get a little depressed. <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> A loss is a loss. <BR> <BR> Right? <BR> <BR> I have healthy habits. I've ha... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:59:17 EST The Backslide ... IS POSTPONED (And Meal Planning!) I am home now and not going anywhere for ~7 weeks. Time to buckle down, again, and get things moving in the right direction. I did a bunch of meal prep on Friday which is KEY for me, and I'm back to class regularly. Gotta get back on the train. <BR> <BR> I'm up about 4 pounds. This WILL NOT be the start of the backslide. I've been here before. It's just a pound or two, it's fine. It's just five pounds, it's fine. I'm just not going to weigh in this week, it's fine. Next thing I know, BAM, m... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:40:36 EST Ditching The Fat Clothes ... I am a big believer in getting rid of 'fat clothes.' As soon as something is too big, off it goes to charity. Then if I start to backslide, I realize I have no pants left and I better put down the pizza and pick up some broccoli or I'm going to have to go buy new pants. Again. And that costs money. And I don't have much of it. So I better get my ass in gear. <BR> <BR> Brief history lesson: I have fluctuated from a size 12 to 16 for about 15 years now. I'm now the lightest I've ever been, an... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:55:58 EST Out of Africa Last week was kind of a mess. I was in South Africa (which was lovely!) but it's 26 hours of travel each way, plus jet lag, work stress, and too many social events that I can't really say no to. <BR> <BR> 1. Too much wine. But GOD I LOVE STELLENBOSCH! ;) <BR> 2. Too much food. <BR> 3. Not enough exercise. <BR> <BR> The upside is there were tons of clearly marked veggie options, which is pretty rare. <BR> <BR> I'm back, and feeling very sluggish and fat and off track. And I'm only home ... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:18:08 EST 39 and Feelin' Fine - 5 Good Things to Celebrate Today is my 39th birthday! <BR> <BR> I didn't hit my weight goal, and even though I knew it was a HUGE stretch and extremely unlikely, I'm still a bit disappointed in myself. BUT. I'm writing this to convince myself of my own awesomeness and shut up the little voices of negativity. So here's what it amazing. <BR> <BR> 1. I have lost almost 4 pounds this month! That is *enormous* for me, and brought me closer to my next goal than I actually thought I would get. I've lost 28.8 pounds, 1.2 sh... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:11:15 EST Weight Loss Problems (The Good Kind, I Guess!) I have an embarrassing backlog of dirty laundry piled up, so it was pretty slim pickins when I went to get dressed this morning. But I found a pair of pants I haven't worn in ages and they were always the tighter cut so I figured they'd be a bit loose by now but still wearable. And they are, mostly. But they are *very* loose, and now that they've been on my body for a few hours they're stretching out and getting looser so now I have a major case of saggy butt. CUTE. <BR> <BR> In addition, t... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:11:06 EST Need Advice: Not Hungry is a Thing?? A little background: I am not, nor have I ever been, one of those people who forgets to eat. I plan my days, my life, around food. And, honestly, even more so when I'm focused on my health. OK we can do x, but what will we have for lunch if we do that? What restaurant is nearby and can they feed a vegetarian something other than a plate of cheese pasta topped with cheese with a side of cheese? <BR> <BR> I'm hungry, in general, is what I'm saying. Partially due to my emotional dependence on ... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:04:14 EST Frustrated and In Between Sizes I'm stuck. <BR> <BR> I mean, yes, the scale is a bit stuck at the moment, but I'm working on that part. But, practically speaking, I am stuck between sizes. In EVERYTHING. <BR> <BR> I seem to be: <BR> <BR> A Medium And A Half in shirts <BR> A 33 in bras <BR> An 11 (and not in a junior's department sort of way) in pants <BR> A 6 3/4 in shoes <BR> <BR> Seriously, i feel like nothing ever fits. I'm not sure it'll be any better in 5, 10, 20 pounds, but at least if I'm thinking, 'oh woe is me... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 09:34:38 EST The Proof Is In the Pudding. Or Jeans. Whatever. I'm still up 1.6 pounds from my pre-travel madness weight. It's not that big of a deal, but it annoys me. I'm also hormonal, which isn't helping matters. So this weekend I went shopping and I felt like an utter cow. Udder cow? Anyway, I was feeling pretty terrible about my body but I saw some clothes and decided to try them on figuring it was a terrible idea and of course nothing would fit because I am a cow. <BR> <BR> You know. Typical conversation in my head. :/ <BR> <BR> But you know w... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 14:23:02 EST Buckling Down to Prevent the Slippery Slope I just made my third and final* appointment at the GWU weight management lab. My last DEXA scan and consultation with the RD. I had the first two in a month, but then I started traveling and since that third session doesn't expire I wanted to get through all of the travel and give myself some time to get back on track and see what I can do. So, on 1 September, I'll go back and see officially how it's going. Obviously the scale will be an indicator in the meantime, but as the RD has so rightfu... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:48:41 EST Choo Choo ... Back on the Train I had a rough 3 weeks with too much travel and therefore too much food and booze and not enough routine and exercise. And the scale shows it. <BR> <BR> Overall, it's not that bad. I'm basically up about 2 pounds. But given it takes a month (if I'm lucky) to lose 2 pounds, that's a significant derailment of my efforts. <BR> <BR> I did some things well while i was gone. I had pretty healthy breakfasts (lots of egg whites and protein shakes), I exercised fairly regularly, and I limited my dr... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:46:21 EST Benefits of a Proper Trainer I've been around the block enough times to know the difference between a good trainer and a bad one. I've had bad trainers. The ones who took a 10 hour course and signed on at the local gym who just hand you a weight and call it a day. The ones with a one-size-fits-all mentality. So I'm pretty picky about who I want to work with, and that's why I've been doing the same boot camp program for 3+ years now. It's just that - a PROGRAM. It's not your typical boot camp where it's just running all t... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:33:53 EST My Mysterious Body I am so confused by my body sometimes. I went on a (much longer, granted) vacation and came home up about 3 pounds. One came off, but the scale remained up. Then I left again, only for four days this time, and truly ate horribly, and came home half a pound down from when I left. HUH? <BR> <BR> Body, you so crazy. <BR> <BR> I mean, I'll take it. Don't get me wrong. But what the hell? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I jumped right off that wagon and ate everything I shouldn't in the last four days. I'm... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:01:57 EST The Good, The Bad, and the Protein-y. I'm back from vacation and up about a pound and a half. Honestly, I'm good with that as I thought it'd be worse. <BR> <BR> What I did well: <BR> <BR> 1. I did the Grouse Grind! <BR> Length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles) <BR> Elevation Gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet) <BR> Base: 274 metres above sea level (900 feet) <BR> Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet) <BR> Total Stairs: 2,830 <BR> Average Time: On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike. <BR> <BR> (I did it in 1:3... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:53:22 EST Sometimes Slow & Steady is Really F%$@ing Annoying. Let's start with the good news. <BR> <BR> I lost 3.6 pounds in the last 4 weeks after this new diet change. My efforts haven't been perfect, but I've really cleaned up a lot of my habits lately, and I'm feeling really good overall. There's definitely been a learning curve, too, and weeks 3-4 were much closer to perfect than weeks 1-2. <BR> <BR> I went back to the RD for my 4-week follow-up and on their scale, I only lost 2.5 pounds. That was a little disappointing, but a loss is a loss is... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:39:17 EST In The Groove ... Mostly I go back to my new RD for a 4-week checkup on Thursday. I shared yesterday that I've managed to lose 3.6 pounds this month which is a holy miracle, so I suppose that means something is working. Digging into my handy stats via the app, I realize: <BR> <BR> Average calories: 1572/day. Goal: 1500. Not terrible, but I could do better here. <BR> <BR> Average protein: 118.84/day. Goal: 134. Again, SO MUCH MORE than it used to be, but not quite up to the goal line. The last *week*, though, I've ... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:25:28 EST My Weird Brain ... But a GREAT WEEKEND! So, a few things happened over the weekend that make me think I might be slightly crazy. But for once in a good way? hahaha <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. The scale has been stuck for two+ weeks. Welcome to my world. But I got on the scale Saturday morning and it was miraculously down 1.5 pounds. WHAT? YAY! I try not to weigh myself every day because I'll just drive myself bonkers, but I got on the scale Sun... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:39:06 EST June Commitments Thing one: I have 15 days until I leave for vacation. (Yay!) <BR> <BR> Thing two: I have been going over my calories way too many days lately. <BR> <BR> Therefore, I have 15 days to GET MY ACT TOGETHER. Honestly, I can do anything for 15 days. <BR> <BR> Pre-Vacation Commitments - June 1-16: <BR> a. Under 1500 calories. <BR> b. 130+ grams of protein per day. <BR> c. 5 classes per week. <BR> d. 2 weeknight extras (strength/running/biking/step/whatever) per week. <BR> e. Long runs (4-6 mi... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:29:26 EST Memory Lane Yesterday, I shared that I'm officially (by 0.2 pounds, but whatever) the smallest I've ever been. I was trying to think back to when I might have been this size growing up and my best guess is somewhere around 5th grade. That seems crazy, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> I was always a chubby kid and just got bigger and bigger over the years, but there are a few points that stick out where I remember specific outfits. (For reference, I'm currently wearing a pretty solid 12 petite.) <BR> <BR> Age 11.... Tue, 23 May 2017 10:49:19 EST SQUEEEEEE! Adios Plateau, Hello Lowest Weight SO FAR. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG you guys! This morning I officially weighed in the lowest I have ever been. Well, since approximately 5th grade or so?? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A few months ago, my old Registered Dietician (RD) upped my protein significantly. After an 8 week plateau, I finally lost a pound. I mean, yay progress, but not exactly the speed I was hoping for. <BR> <BR> Last Thursday, I did a bunch of metab... Mon, 22 May 2017 11:30:53 EST Meatless Meathead A few months ago, I decided to go to a Registered Dietician for some diet help. Part of the reason I went was because they offered metabolism testing and I wanted to know my resting metabolic rate (RMR). I've been operating on the assumption it's freakishly slow and that's why it's so freaking hard to lose weight. Well, she was nice and she had some suggestions for my diet, increasing my protein to about 80 grams per day, which is a LOT for a vegetarian. But, long story short, she kept refusi... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:04:43 EST There's A Dent In My Fat Roll. I Love It. This definitely falls into the TMI category, but since I presume: <BR> <BR> 1. 97% of the people on this site are women, and <BR> 2. 50+% of the women also have fat rolls, and <BR> 3. 100% of us are on the weight loss struggle bus ... <BR> <BR> I am sharing my non-scale victory. <BR> <BR> i have a fat roll. OK, I have several. But one in particular on my stomach. It's been there basically my whole life, and while I may not necessarily embrace it, it's something i've come to terms with. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:27:46 EST Meal Preppin Like a Boss Went to the farmer's market and the grocery store this weekend and am ready to tackle the week. <BR> <BR> Breakfast Options: <BR> Yogurt/Granola <BR> Eggs/Toast <BR> Protein Shake/Fruit <BR> Protein Bar/Fruit <BR> <BR> Lunch Options: <BR> Leftovers (see dinner) <BR> Salad & Burrito <BR> Chickpea (mock tuna) salad sandwich on 5 seed bread & fruit or pretzels <BR> <BR> Dinner Options: <BR> Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole (OMG SO GOOD) <BR> Egg Roll in a Bowl (haven't made it yet) <BR> F... Mon, 15 May 2017 09:46:54 EST Bad Attitude, But I Went Some days my heart just isn't in class in the morning. I've been really sore since Monday -- everywhere, really, but particularly in my butt. I almost slept in this morning, but eventually got my sore butt out of bed and headed in. <BR> <BR> Trainer: Good morning, how are you today? <BR> <BR> Me: Everything hurts and I hate you. <BR> <BR> Trainer: What hurts? Upper body? Lower body? <BR> <BR> Me: Yes. <BR> <BR> Trainer: Which is worse? <BR> <BR> Me: Lower body. <BR> <BR> Trainer: ... Wed, 10 May 2017 09:36:27 EST So!Many!Vegetables! Last night I made a delicious dinner that was enormous and also really low in calories. <BR> <BR> I just sautéed: <BR> <BR> Onion (1 small) <BR> Garlic (2 cloves) <BR> Mushrooms (8oz package, chopped) <BR> Broccoli (2 cups, microsteamed for 1.5 minutes before adding) <BR> Bok Choy (2 cups) <BR> <BR> in a little olive oil, added 2T of store-bought veggie stir-fry sauce, and served over 1/2 cup of leftover rice. <BR> <BR> It was a *giant* plate full of food, and SO GOOD. And start to finis... Tue, 9 May 2017 11:07:10 EST Lessons from the road I went to Orlando for a couple of days to celebrate my niece's college graduation. GO HER! I tried to stay on track as much as possible. Things I learned: <BR> <BR> 1. Adding eggs back into the diet has made breakfast SO. MUCH. EASIER. Most places we went I could get eggs and toast or an egg beater scramble. Keeps the protein high and the calories lower. One place we went had calorie counts on the menu which is both good and bad. The crazy stuffed french toast sure sounded good until I saw ... Mon, 8 May 2017 10:23:52 EST Regrouping. WITH SCIENCE. OK, my last post was kind of a downer. I get it. But I am better. I've decided to ditch my RD in favor of someone who will work with me. I did some research and found the GW Weight Management and Human Performance Lab just 10 minutes away from my house. They have a program called the Starting Line that includes: <BR> <BR> "... a DXA scan for body composition, an RMR for metabolism and a meeting with us <BR> to design your nutrition plan. We use the metabolism to create a calorie goal and the... Tue, 2 May 2017 15:38:49 EST A 90-Day Check-in (Warning: Downer!) I recently passed a 90 day login streak. I've been pretty frustrated because the scale is not moving. So this morning when I checked in and saw that it's day 93, I figured I'd go look back three months and see all my fantastic progress and feel better because hey slow and steady is good and I'm just focusing too much on the current plateau and certainly the numbers will look good over three months. <BR> <BR> 2.2 pounds. <BR> <BR> I've lost two freaking pounds in three months. Mon, 1 May 2017 08:58:44 EST I Miss Running. Whaaaaat? I haven't been running much. I trained for the 10-miler and then my foot hurt and then the weather's been bad and blah blah blah. <BR> <BR> This morning I found myself thinking of running this weekend and came to the realization that I miss running. <BR> <BR> WHO AM I AND WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MEGAN?! <BR> <BR> But, it's true. I miss it. And so this weekend I will go for a run. Friday and Saturday are crazy busy but Sunday I should be able to get out for a nice long run. And I'm looking... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:36:44 EST Laziness Works In My Favor For Once! I went out at lunch time to run a couple of errands. I had my lunch already planned and even logged, but I found myself contemplating all the restaurants around said errands and what I could get. <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> It's raining. And the ones that sounded the best were slightly out of the way. <BR> <BR> And it's raining. <BR> <BR> And I don't eat anything from a drive-thru because I have this weird thing about insisting on eating real food. ;) <BR> <BR> And who wants to get out... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:09:57 EST Protein Protein Protein My protein quest (ha!) continues. I'm still obsessed with my Quest chocolate milkshake protein, and my friend let me try this Syntrax fruit protein powder that I liked so I ordered the sampler of all their flavors. They seriously taste like Kool-Aid. Today's choice is grape. I got a blender bottle and so I sit here at my desk sipping my protein Kool-Aid. :) <BR> <BR> The Syntrax is heavily marketed to people who have had bariatric surgery, like my friend. I ordered the sampler on Amazon and ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:38:33 EST Spring Cleaning ... The House and The Diet Yesterday I talked about some small changes I've been making. Today I'm looking at more high protein vegetarian recipes to mix up the rotation a bit. I just found these Greek Yogurt Oatmeal pancakes that look good so I will try them this weekend. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=2697296 </link> <BR> <BR> Other suggestions are welcome! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to make today a lighter calorie day. I've been frustrated with the slow pace on the sc... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:55:06 EST Making Small Changes Not much new to report, but I'm making some small changes to my diet to, I hope, continue the extremely slow but forward progress. <BR> <BR> 1. Smart Water. <BR> <BR> I've always been pretty good about drinking my water (about 100 oz per day), but I've gone back to what my old trainer called Smart Water - adding cucumber slices, 1/4 lemon, mint leaves, and a chunk of ginger. <BR> <BR> * Ginger is chiefly known as an anti-inflammatory agent, nausea reliever and digestive aid. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:34:00 EST The Big Tire If you've been around me for awhile, you know I kinda love flipping tires. See: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=5479444# </link> <BR> <BR> I feel like an utter badass (the one above was a fitness challenge so was far from the biggest tire I've ever tackled). I feel strong. I feel powerful. <BR> <BR> Today, Jake rolled out the two big tires for class and I got all excited. But he put them right next to each other in the far corner of the room... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:50:26 EST Frustrated. The scale is still stuck. To give myself credit, it did budge 0.2 pounds down, but OH MY GOD WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG? I am doing the right things. I am eating right. I am exercising. I am drinking sh*t tons of water. I'm still not back where I was before my work trip 10 days ago. I do think there's a hormonal factor at work right now, but good lord this is frustrating. <BR> <BR> I know I have to just keep plugging along. That it will happen. I've all but given up hope of reaching my 10-p... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:27:14 EST I *REFUSE* Got back from a work trip with the scale up, which I expected. But, honestly, I also expected it to go back down pretty quickly once I was back home and in the swing of things. Well, it's now Thursday and the scale has refused to budge. It even crept up a bit. <BR> <BR> I WILL NOT LET THIS STAND. <BR> <BR> I have been pretty hungry this week, so over, but close, to my calorie range. I'm going to have to buckle down and do a few low calorie days. I'm shooting for under 1300 at least today ... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:44:45 EST Back At It (Again) I knew Chicago would be tough on the scale, and sure enough I came home 5 pounds heavier. It's amazing how easy it is to gain weight. Three of them came off pretty much right away so water/travel/whatever. <BR> <BR> But, I'm still up 2ish pounds, which may not sound like a ton, but that's basically a month's worth of work for me. I'm determined to get it done, of course, and am hoping it'll be faster than another whole month. <BR> <BR> Getting back into the swing of things is always so ha... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:35:41 EST **CRUSHED IT!!*** Yesterday was the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in DC. My longest race in over 5 years. Early this year, once I knew I was in via the lottery process, I set a goal time of 2 hours. That's a 12 minute mile. That's doable, but fast for me, especially at longer distances. <BR> <BR> I trained for it, but not particularly hard. My training runs tended to hover around a 12:30/mile. But, hey, as long as I beat the sweep bus, that's all that matters, I reassured myself. <BR> <BR> The last few races I'v... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:23:39 EST Why Is This So Hard? First, let me give myself some credit. This week has actually been much better than a lot of work trips I've taken. <BR> <BR> Things I've Done Well This Week: <BR> - Exercise every single morning <BR> - Limited booze <BR> - Skipped some snack breaks <BR> - Healthy breakfast in the room <BR> <BR> Buuuuuuuuuuuut. I'm still way over on calories. When I see food, I eat it. I just can't seem to stop myself. Greek yogurt and granola in my room. Yay! Healthy start! But then I go down to the meet... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:38:35 EST The Fitness Challenge Jake sent me the regular workouts for class all this week, but today's was lots of suicides and some partner stuff, neither of which was possible in the hotel gym. So I went back to Tom's tried and true 5-4-3-2-1 Fitness Challenge <BR> <BR> 500 Jumping Jacks <BR> 400 Squats <BR> 300 Push-ups <BR> 200 Sit-ups <BR> 100 Burpees <BR> <BR> You're supposed to do it in about 50 minutes. Normally in class I don't quite finish but I wasn't time constrained today so i did the WHOLE THING in right abo... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:23:31 EST Workouts Jake sent me the workouts for the week so I am muddling through them. This is today's list. <img src=""> Kinda not the same without my friends to complain to loudly the whole time. :) Definitely going over on calories but trying to offset the damage with exercise a bit. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:56:46 EST A Good Start in Chicago Got to Chicago yesterday afternoon and will be here for the week. I'm off to a good start. My trainer sent me the week's worth of workouts and I did the first one this morning. (Side note: It's not the same when you don't have your friends there to complain about it with!) <BR> <BR> I'm also really happy that they provide an empty fridge in the room (so many hotels now have these weighted sensors so you can't even move the existing contents without being charged. They make me angry.) so I w... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:09:51 EST The Chicago Diet Test I tend to keep my weight loss efforts under wraps with most people in real life. Maybe because of this deeply rooted fear of gaining it all back. But, this time around, I've been a little more open about it. Instead of "oh, you know, a few pounds" when someone notices, I proudly proclaim "22 pounds and counting!" Maybe that's a good sign?? <BR> <BR> 22 pounds in, people *are* noticing. People I don't really talk to that much, or see very often, see me and immediately make a comment. It's ve... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:14:58 EST