HOLY COW I lost a pound! Thank heavens! And now that I am back on program the ball should just keep on going. :-)
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Having taken four days off program in the last week, I am not expecting good things from today's weigh in. But tomorrow is a new day!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
HOLY SHIT, Y'ALL!! 158.4 pounds!!!!! I thought for sure I was going to see a gain this week and instead I lost 3.2 pounds!! WOOT!!! Not only am I out of the 160s, I am 1.4 pounds away from 20 pounds!!! I cannot tell you how absolutely thrilled I am! :-D
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
While I was cooking dinner last night, I got in 30 mins on the Active 2. After dinner I did 45 minutes on the elliptical machine. I had been thinking I'd do another 30 mins Active 2 after the elliptical, but I was beat. I will be getting in a 40 mins Wii workout this evening though! Even with the workouts and tracking like a madwoman, I'm pretty sure there will be a gain on the scale tomorrow. Going to be a pretty severe kick to the ego, but I am going to try to just stay on program and work harder for the next weigh in.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Today I am trying like crazy to get everything back on the right path. I'm eating on program, but didn't get up early enough to exercise this morning. Was already planning to get in another hour of Active 2 and now I'm thinking I might do that 30 mins of elliptical I was supposed to do this morning later as well.
I can't tell you how disgusted I am with myself. I know that people make mistakes and this thing is a lifelong journey. I cannot expect to be perfect all the time. But I have been a weight loss idiot the last two weeks! I have GOT to get 100% back on program and stay there! The plan is easiest at the beginning. That is when you are losing the most. If I can't keep myself on plan now, I'm going to be ridiculous later. I have to make this work. No matter how on-program I am Monday-Friday, if I'm going to fall off the wagon every weekend, I am going nowhere fast. :(
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
My youngest niece (who is in band) has a Christmas concert tonight that I promised to attend. So I woke up this morning and dragged myself upstairs. I am really not a morning exerciser. That was AWFUL! But I did it. 45 minutes of moderate activity kicked off the day today. I would love to get in a session of Active 2 this evening, but it will depend on time. It would have to be after the concert, but before 9pm (don't want to get heart rate up right before bed, or I'll never get to sleep). Since the concert doesn't even start until 7, that seems really unlikely to happen, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Otherwise, I will have to make up the workout tomorrow.
The weekend is looming straight ahead. Going to try to log into the blog Saturday and Sunday to stay accountable to The Program. And as counter-intuitive as it may seem, I'm also going to try to spend some time on the computer this weekend. Surfing Fitness pins on Pinterest seems to help me stay motivated.
Small victory this morning that I'm not sure I believe: Liar scale at home this morning said I weight 160.5. That was post-workout but before breakfast and like I said - that scale is evil and likes to screw with me. Guess we'll see what the WW scale says next Wednesday!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Yesterday's Active 2 workout had a lot of shoulder and back exercises in it, so my shoulders are a little achy today. I loosened the shoe laces on my workout shoes around the middle of my foot and toes and that, happily, seems to be helping my toes not hurt so much. Planning to buy new shoes soon, but there are several big-ticket items on my horizon that are taking precedence over shoes. :-( I will work with what I have for now!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Let's have a great week of healthy eating and exercise!
Friday, December 2, 2011
Yesterday, I got in 50 minutes on the Active 2. I was POOPED!! Both workouts were lower body, so I was totally worried that my legs would be too sore to run today. I'm feeling pretty good though, so I'm going to commit to at least 2 miles. Shooting for 4.
WW released the PointsPlus 2012 program today. Knocked me down from 29 PP a day to 26. Going to do my best to stay within that amount and my Weeklies. I have yet to touch an Activity Point and my goal is to never eat those. That's where the weight loss happens!
Okay everyone - let's get out there and have a great weekend!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Today's Goals: stairs and water, finish out the "week" on the Active 2. Pretty sure that is going to kick my butt! I want to get the week completed though so I can get in a run tomorrow! My Shmoo (a very, very good friend) and I are supposed to run a marathon together next September! NEED TO TRAIN!!! Right now, a 3 mile run kicks my hiney. 26.2 miles might kill me!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Got in 45 minutes on the elliptical machine last night and another 20 minute workout on the Active 2. I'm amazed at how good a workout that video game is! I'm still in the "getting started" portion of the game (the first two week program), so I'm hoping that's why the workouts are only 20 mins long. Should finish the Getting Started portion next week and then pick a new goal for myself (Weight loss, toning, muscle strength...) for a longer program.
Today's goals: stairs and water. Walk/run to/from WW meeting tonight. Also going to get in another Active 2 workout. One of the cool things about the game is that it gives you a few different goals every week. It wants me to do at least 4 workouts (done), exercise 2 hours this week (need 50 more minutes), and burn 600 calories (need another 150). I have 2 or 3 more days to finish out the week, so I need to get in a workout tonight and one tomorrow as well.
I'll shoot out a weigh in post from my meeting later. According to the crazy scale at home, I am down a half pound from last week. I will be happy with ANY loss!!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Today's goals: stairs, stairs and more stairs, 100oz of water, Active 2 workout, and either another 45 on the elliptical or a 2 mile run. I need to hit Target on the way home tonight and pick up another knee brace. My right knee is feeling awesome, no pain at all, but my left knee is being cranky. So I will be that lady jogging down the road with braces on both knees that you drive by and think "good lord lady, if you're doing that kind of damage to your body, maybe you should stop!" Hoping my knees eventually get strong enough that the braces won't be necessary. I think all the squats and lunges on the Active 2 are doing a number on them though...
Monday, November 28, 2011
So here we are on Monday Funday. We were out of eggs this morning, so I didn't get my usual breakfast of eggs whites. I had a packet of grits instead and I'm already getting hungry for lunch. Going to be a long day. BUT! I can do this!
Today's goal: stairs, water (think I got in 60oz of water all weekend). I also missed Saturday's scheduled Active 2 workout and I have another one scheduled today. I'm going to do them both! It will hurt. It will be exhausting. Hopefully it will teach me not to skip workouts!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Weekly progress report: weight this morning (home scale): 166.5! I know earlier this week I was a little horrified to have a milestone victory right before a major food holiday, but now I'm thinking that was the best thing that could have happened to me! I also had the NSV earlier this week with the jeans.Those two things have kept me completely motivated this week! There was never any thought of "Well, I'll just coast this week and hope for the best." My two victories kept me mindful that "The distance between who I am and who I want to be is separated only by my actions and words." I'm determined to stay on program. I've enjoyed my progress and I want MORE! :-)
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
When I got home last night, I was pretty busy most of the night with Turkey Day prep and my Hubby (who wasn't feeling well) was hogging my TV while he laid on the couch. Around 8 o'clock though, I kicked him out so I could spend 20 minutes on the Active 2. I intended to do some Wii exercises afterward, but my balance board was completely drained of juice. :-( So yesterday's exercise total was an easy 45 on the elliptical and a good 20 on the Active 2. Not as much as I'd hoped, but I'm going to reconcile myself to the fact that holiday weeks are a little more challenging than most.
I did NOT work out this morning. I know - BOOOO!!!!! HISSSSSS!!! Trust me, the chorus of "slacker!" going on in my head is loud. I am going to get in 45 mins on the elliptical tonight if it kills me (and it might!). I'm also planning to walk/run to the WW meeting again. I have a sneaking suspicion tomorrow will be a non-workout day. :-( My family is coming over early to watch the Macy's Parade and will be hanging out most of the day. I will strive to do an easy 45 on the elliptical, but I have a feeling I will end up collapsed on the couch. My family really takes it out of me... Friday I will be up and at 'em and on the machine though!
Today's goals: stairs, water, do my damnedest to get in 45 on EM and run/walk to WW meeting. I will be doing lots of running back and forth cleaning my house and doing decorative things, but I'm not sure that counts as "exercise." ;-)
Happy Turkey Day everyone! May your meat be white, your veggies steamed and your pie worth the points!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
When I got home last night, I did 40 minutes on the Wii (EA Sports Active 2). Very, very nice workout! I was huffing and puffing and sweating like a dog. Every time the next exercise would come up I'd be all "OMG. I hate these!" in my head and then feel good when I was done with them. Downright comical really. I could really fall in love with the Active 2! Really good workouts with lots of variety built in. GREAT purchase!
This morning I woke up and hopped on the elliptical. My toes were KILLING me halfway through, so I lowered the resistance to zero and did the rest of the workout in easy-shmeasy mode. A little disappointed in myself, but at the same time, I don't want the elliptical to become something I avoid. I'd rather do an easy workout on it and something a little more strenuous later on (Active 2 anyone?) than push myself on it while in pain and then avoid it for my next workout. Really need to do some reading online to see if there's something I can do for the toe thing. Would taking a break every 15 minutes to flex my toes lower my heart rate sufficiently to negate the workout? Things to look up...
Today's goals: STAIRS (you'd already guessed that, hadn't you?), 30 more minutes on Active 2, 100 ounces of water. I also want to get on the Wii Fit for a few minutes just so it doesn't squawk at me about how I'm neglecting it. ;-)
Monday, November 21, 2011
Saturday - I used some of my birthday money to buy myself the EA Sports Active 2 "game" for Wii. Tried it out Saturday (50 minutes) and I am *STILL* hurting! WOW! That thing is a real workout! Really puts the Wii Fit to shame! I was sweating like a dog and huffing and puffing like I'd never done cardio before! :-) I might have a new favorite workout even though it was brutal! Squats, lunges, mountain climbers, reverse crunches. Oi! $40 very well spent on that game. It suggests you set up a calendar for when you can devote time to it. I put in Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for my Active days. So more tonight! WOO HOO!!
Sunday - Even though I was totally sore yesterday, I still managed to spend a hard 45 minutes on the elliptical. Then my sister came over and we started prep work for Thanksgiving. The big day is at my house this year and I am a little anal about organization. We prepped all the food yesterday and sent it home to my sister's freezer. We will defrost it Wednesday night and start casseroles rotating through the oven very early Thursday morning. After we were doing cooking, I managed to get it an easy 30 mins on the Wii Fit (stuck to the snowball fight and the Kung Fu). Totally stayed within points.
My family is really big on turkey day. We are having a roasted turkey, a fried turkey, a ham, squash casserole, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, corn casserole, mashed potatoes, dressing, and cauliflower mountain (cauliflower with melted cheese and a mayo-based sauce). My cousin, who is a pastry chef, is bringing 3 pies (pumpkin, cherry, and pecan). I will be making a trifle and a 7-up cake as well. Is it any wonder people put on weight at the holidays??? OMG!! And my grandmother's dressing recipe calls for FOUR cans of "cream of" soups and 6 boiled eggs!! HOLY COW! My plan of attack is to only eat the foods I really love (and small portions of those!). I'm really not a huge dressing fan, so I'm not going to eat it! Green bean casserole? YES PLEASE! I also bought containers so that I can send leftovers home with other people! That food is NOT staying in my house! Hubby loves Thanksgiving. He loves leftovers. I'm going to have a hard time getting him to let go of the food. Which is ridiculous because we'll probably have several of these dishes again at Christmas. *sigh*
Monday Funday - stairs, stairs, stairs! Sports Active. 100 ounces of water. I would really love to get in a 30 min run as well. I might try to do that before the SP. I know there's no way I'll be able to do it after ;-). I really want to get back into running! I've been doing all this cardio trying to ready myself to run. I got my knee brace ready now and I want to hit the track! :-) Let you know how things turn out tomorrow!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Weekly progress: down to 168.5. So we're slowly making weight progress. Energy levels and general "feel good" measures are up though, so I know we're seeing progress! YEAH!!! This weekend is going to involve a LOT of house cleaning and food prep. We're hosting my family for Turkey Day this year, so the "Tavern" as we like to call it must be spit polished and putting it's best foot forward. I *will* still get in at least an hour of exercise both Saturday and Sunday! Gotta get as ready as possible for gluttony day, oops, Thanksgiving. So let's get out there and do it! Let's work our butts (literally) off despite the fact that there's a food-centered holiday next week. See y'all later!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Today's goal: drink 100 oz of water. STAIRS. Not drink more than 24oz of beer at tonight's beer event. I will volunteer to be DD for Hubby so he can have fun. :-D
BTW - WW weigh-in last night? 168.4!! WOOT! And I walked the 2 mile roundtrip to the meeting.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Today's goals: eat with points, stairs to potty, 2 mile walk/run this evening. If I can get in 30 mins on the Wii, I'll consider it a bonus.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I unfortunately did not work out this morning. I'm pretty sure my groggy brain actually cussed itself out for suggesting it. So, I will be hitting the elliptical machine after work today. And very likely the Wii as well. Dinner will be an easy affair of spaghetti with Italian sausage, so that won't distract me too long from my workout. I do need to cook one of the Thanksgiving turkeys tonight though (yes, we have two). The plan is to get the bird in the oven, workout, cook dinner and eat, carve the cooked turkey and freeze it until next week. Our freezer is PACKED right now. Hubby loves side by side refrigerators which have such TINY freezers. I've been asking for a standing freezer for the utility room for years. Might just buy one for myself as a special X-mas gift. Would be so nice to be able to store food!
Anywho! Going to shoot for 45 minutes (HARD) on the elliptical tonight and at least 30 on the Wii. Let you know tomorrow how it goes!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
This weekend kicks off Houston Beer Week. Hubby and I are volunteering at the Monsters of Beer charity event tomorrow (MUST work out in morning!) where there will be free beer samples. Going to try to only have samples of beers I've never had before. Hoping this will minimize intake. Sunday we have tickets to a very limited-invite beer tasting. Going to employ the same plan: only try things I've never had before. In the mean time, I will be working out (the *hard* elliptical workout) every morning. I haven't used any of my WW weekly points this week, so I have those and all my fitness points to swap. Hoping it'll be enough to get me through the weekend and Monday, which is my birthday. I have a weird birthday treat I give myself every year. I always get myself a cheesecake ice cream from Marble Slab. YUM! This year I will be doing a bowl instead of the waffle cone (which is usually stale anyway, so save the calories and skip it). I usually get myself a McDonald's McRib too. I don't know what it is, but I love those nasty things! Think I may skip the McRib this year though. I know I won't have the opportunity to get one for a year, but seriously - priorities! I'd much rather have the ice cream than the sandwich and there are a lot of beers coming my way next week. Need to try to be smart. Just hard to be smart once you start drinking! ;-)
I'm having some confusion with when to measure my progress. My 90 Day Challenge at work weigh in date is Fridays. WW weigh in date is Wednesdays. So I think I will post my progress both days and my weekly goals on Friday. Work for you? Good! ;-)
From last Friday, I am down 2.5 pounds!!! Which brings us to 169.5 lbs. WooHoo!! I also did measurements and the most impressive one (which I'm not sure I should believe): 1 inch off my hips! WOW!!! Exercise is awesome! Goals for the coming week: to be honest, I just want to get through next week without a setback. I know we have a lot of Houston Beer Week events on our calendar, my birthday is next week, and I'm also taking next Friday off to have a girls' day brunch (while watching Twilight! HA!). It just SOUNDS calorie-soaked, mostly alcohol! So, I'm going to try to eat as sensibly as possible and avoid eating at ALL after drinking. I'm going to do my utmost to exercise every single morning and on nights when we don't have an event. It's going to be tough and I'll be okay if the scale doesn't go down...I just really don't want it to go back UP! Wish me luck!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
As for yesterday - another case of "the best laid plans..." My intention yesterday was to go home, put on comfortable shoes and walk to the WW meeting by my house and then walk home. By the time I got out of the freakishly hellish traffic, it was too late. :( Seriously - there's NEVER traffic on the way home and I was stuck for-evah yesterday. So, I did what any irritated Weight-Watcher-ian would do: I hit the elliptical for 45 minutes! And then the Wii for 10. The Wii for 10 was really so much more about getting in a body test than any real exercise. Still - not bad for a girl who still has some trouble breathing. I will make I sure I leave work EARLY next Wednesday so that I can become a part of the WW group. Truly irritated I didn't make it over there last night. At least I didn't decide the whole evening was shot though and couch.
Today's goals: STAIRS (cuz you know, I already exercised this morning!) BOO-YAH! My nieces are performing a dance at a very large event tonight, so I will be driving into the greater Houston area, which means I will have to find a parking spot and WALK this evening as well. Probably nothing drastic, but every bit counts, right??
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
This week's successes: STAIRS! LOL! I am rocking the stairs. Food - I've been tracking everything I eat and even planning the next day's food the night before.
TODAY'S goal: stairs (no brainer), WW meeting at 6. Workout for 45 mins before meeting. Walk to meeting (about 1.5~2miles round trip).
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
I found out there is a Weight Watchers meeting a mile from my house every Wednesday night at 6. I will be joining WW next Wednesday! All this working out is useless if I don't get a handle on food. I did WW a few years ago and it REALLY worked! I lost over 30 pounds in six months. I quit because I was tired of spending $40 a month on it and thought I could go it alone. To say I was wrong is a massive understatement. WW has so many tools that help you on your journey. I'm really going to need the help going into the holidays. No more guessing at how much of something I can eat - time to measure and count!
For the 90 day challenge at work, week 1: weight loss ZERO pounds. :-\ Hence the Weight Watchers...
Today's goals: stairs, stairs and more stairs, 150 jumping jacks, 45 minutes on elliptical. I'm also going to try to get my BF to check out a walking trail that is between our houses after work.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Today's goals: more and more stairs, 45 minutes on the elliptical (got two episodes of "Unforgettable" yet on the DVR!), 150 jumping jacks. If I get on the Wii at all tonight, it will likely just be for the Body Test. A co-worker's last day is tomorrow and he is having a farewell happy hour tonight. I feel like I should stop by and say goodbye. Tuesday's experience told me I don't like to work out so much after a drink. :-\
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I went to bed with the intention of getting up this morning and hitting the elliptical machine to start the day so I wouldn't have another late-nighter like yesterday. The Brats had other plans though. The dogs wanted out THREE TIMES last night! Most nights they don't go out at all. It's like they were trying to sabotage me. Needless to say, I did not work out this morning. I did however bring my gym bag with me and I'll be going by the gym instead of going home this afternoon. Going to try a very light running/walking combination and see how the knee holds up. Still planning to buy a brace Friday regardless. Not taking any chances!
Today's goals: continue working to potty (this is really working. I am up and down three flights of stairs 8 times a day! LOL!), 150 jumping jacks, 45 minutes run/walk, 20 mins Wii
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Today's goals are very similar to yesterdays. Stairs to potty, scads of water, 150 jumping jacks. Think I'll vary it up with some Wii tonight. And/or maybe a little run. :-D
Monday, October 31, 2011
I was a little worried this morning about when to get in my workout. I figure the Trick or Treaters will start ringing the bell around 6:30-7 tonight. Hubby isn't really the passing out candy sort of guy. So I need a fairly quick exercise routine with lots of impact. I'm thinking 30 hard minutes on the elliptical machine and 150 jumping jacks. I read something on Pinterest the other day that said if you do 1,000 jumping jacks, you've burned a pound of fat. Well, 1,000 jumping jacks in one fell swoop is not happenin'. I figure I can do 150 a day though. By the end of the week, that should be a pound gone.Even if I need to break that up into smaller sections. At least it's getting done.
Another goal I have for the week: working to potty. LOL!! I am trying to get my water intake up to at least 80 ounces a day. That means frequent potty trips.My desk at work is on the fourth floor of my building. I figure every time nature calls, I will take the stairs to the first level and climb my way back to the ladies room. Again, not a whole lot of effort in each "set," but I figure 3 flights of stairs once an hour is a whole lot better than merely walking the 100 feet to the bathroom.
Hope everyone has a happy Monday, a great week and a fabulous Halloween!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
In the meantime, Hubby and I have been doing pretty well on the food front. Been eating my usual breakfast (scrambled egg, piece of toast and glass of milk), a sandwich at lunch and then smaller portions at dinner. I know Hubby and I well enough to know that if we tell ourselves we can't eat certain foods, we will fail at this. Our only hope is eating moderately and stepping up the exercise. I cannot WAIT to start running, but I think I'm going to buy a knee brace before I let myself get started. I always love running. I always hurt my knee. Time to stop the vicious cycle! I also moved one of our TVs into the room with the elliptical machine last night. Hubby is going to hook up the cable box on Sunday. Plan: I'm only allowed to watch my favorite DVR'd shows while on the elliptical machine! "You wanna see NCIS? Get yer butt upstairs!!"
Still pumped up about all this. Heading into the weekend though, which is usually where I get derailed. Plan of attack - work out in the morning so I can do weekend stuff the rest of the day. Wish me luck!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
So a crazy thing I've noticed. I have exercised exactly 3 hours in two days and I already feel amazing. What is that about anyway? I knew this would happen. I have exercised before and I'm always euphoric. So the question becomes: Why do I stop?? I know the last time was because of a knee injury while running. Instead of giving up entirely though, maybe I should have gotten a pool pass. Motivation to exercise is really strong right now, but not strong enough to get me out of bed in the morning. The dogs got up at 6 this morning and instead of getting out of bed and putting on the clothes I already had laid out in the bathroom and heading upstairs to my elliptical machine (I know, I know), I let Hubby get up and feed the Brats. Hoping to get back into morning exercise. I used to love knowing I was done for the day before I even got to work. Need to force the issue tomorrow. :)