Tuesday, January 31, 2012


When I was talking to my bestie earlier about my workout plan for tomorrow (get up at the butt crack of dawn to run), I TWICE used the word "try" and had to change it to "will." These seemed like an appropriate quote. Tomorrow, I WILL TRIUMPH over my laziness and run before work!


Last week, I decided I wasn't getting quite enough of a workout on Active 2 with the resistance band, so I switched my preference to 5lb hand weights. I am definitely thinking this was a good decision for me.With the resistance band, I felt I was just repeating a motion without "working out." No more!! Yesterday, I did two Active 2 workouts to make up for being a slacker on Saturday. 55 mins of pure video game torture.  I HURT!!! The pain is good though. It's the kind of pain that reminds you that you have muscles and that you've been active, or in my case, Active 2 (sorry, I couldn't resist!).

On deck for tonight: another Active 2 workout and hopefully also 45 minutes on the elliptical. Not that I want to use the elliptical, but I'd REALLY like to have a good loss this week. I'm planning to run tomorrow morning before work (we have some friends visiting from out of town and will be meeting up with them after work), so I don't want to do two A2 workouts and be all sore for my first 8 min runs tomorrow (Yep - starting week 5 tomorrow!). I figure the elliptical will burn some calories and count as a workout without being too exhausting. Since we're going out with friends tomorrow night, I am also planning to take an hour at lunch to go to a WW meeting at noon. So I need to get up before the sun, do W5D1 of C25K, get to work at a decent hour, take an hour at lunch for WW and then meet up with hubby and friends. Tired just thinking about it! So let's get out there and do this! And keep your fingers crossed for a really kickass weigh in tomorrow! :-)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Damn Sloth

Aaaaand....the SLOTH came back over the weekend. Friday night was a zoo of activity and I never got onto the treadmill. Saturday I just didn't do a whole lot of ANYTHING. I am happy to say though that I hopped on the treadmill yesterday for W4,D3 of C25K. I'm halfway through the program! WOO HOO!!!! I think I need to reassess my workout calendar. Right now, I'm supposed to be exercising 7 days a week (Sun, Wed and Friday running, Mon, Tues, Thurs and Sat Active 2). That just doesn't strike me as plausible. I need to figure out a way to do some doubling up. I just don't know how I'm supposed to run for 45 minutes and then do Active 2 or vice versa. But I need a day (at least ONE!) of rest every week!Will need to figure that one out sooner rather than later. In the meantime, I haven't had any ice cream (go me!) lately. Hoping my two days off of exercising doesn't put me behind. As it is, tonight's Active 2 workout will be a double since I missed Saturday. I did it to myself.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

WW Weigh In Fail and a Little Inspiration

So last night's WW Weigh In was not the smashing success I was hoping for. Though I have still not had a week of gain, I have now had 2 weeks in a row of minuscule loss. This week I am down .6. I have not used all my daily PPV this past week and I used like 5 of my Weekly PPV. I earned (and didn't use) 25 activity PPV. A little discouraged, but I think I know where the problem lies, and I am actively fixing it. I have been putting aside enough PPV every night to have a scoop of homemade ice cream. Even though it was within my PPV, it was SIX PPV every night of pure sugary, fatty goodness. That little trend needs to stop. If I must eat ice cream every night (and really - I don't), I can eat the 1 PPV fudge bars by WW. Save the divinely yummy homemade stuff for the occasional treat. So that is my plan going forward with this week. Keep up the exercise and eat less ice cream. :) Hubby and I are going to a Stout Beer festival this Saturday at a restaurant with amazing burgers. Going to have to behave myself not just with the beer, but with the food! Wish me luck!!

So one good thing did happen with yesterday's weigh in. I happened to look at the receptionist's name tag. I can't for the life of me remember her name, but I remember seeing "I lost 120 pounds in 2010"!! I looked over at the other receptionist's name tag and saw (even better!!) "I lost 170 pounds in 2008"!! HOLY MOLY!!! My goal at the outset of this journey was to get healthy...and lose (AT MOST) sixty pounds along the way! I would be happy with 40 pounds and ecstatic with 50. Sixty would actually put me at the unhealthy end of BMI. The one receptionist (pretty, petite young lady about 30ish) lost more than I weigh right now!! Can you IMAGINE?! That takes perseverance and will power!! I was blown away with pride for them and admiration for what they accomplished. If they can do that, I know I can reach my goal as well!

I know I haven't been updating too much lately. Just to keep you in the loop, I have finished W4,D2 of the C25K program. I'm working on my breathing rhythm and pace and feeling wonderful about the program! I have also been doing my Active 2 workouts! So all in all, I am getting in AT LEAST 7 workouts a week (3 running, 4 Active 2) and occasionally, I also jump on the dreaded elliptical machine for 45 minutes of TV viewing.

So that's where I am right now. I'm disappointed with this week's weigh in, but moving forward with a plan to improve future ones. I'm on program as far as working out, progressing nicely with C25K and feeling upbeat about my journey in general. Just gotta get that scale moving again!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Two Requirements for Exercise

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Still on Program

Did TWO Active 2 workouts last night. Totally whipped my butt, too! But it was totally worth it! Planning to get in at least one tonight, and quite possibly two again. Tomorrow is a run day and my WW Weigh In. Seriously hoping this week of being OP has worked! My 90 Day Challenge ends in two weeks and I need to lose almost 4 pounds to hit the goal I had set! :-D MUST WORK OUT!!! ;-) I promise to post a REAL blog post soon. This week has been a little crazy and stupid. Hoping things settle back down starting tomorrow.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Funday

I finished W3 of the C25K program last Friday, going strong. Saturday I went prom shipping with my sister and nieces, so other than walking for 5.5 hours, did not exercise. Yesterday, I did W4, D1 which required 4 minute runs. I cannot believe I did it! The 5K101 coach, Todd is stressing getting your breathing down during Week 4 and I have to admit, that is a problem for me. I have got to figure out my breathing! LOL! Can't wait till Wednesday's W4D2! Tonight I have to make up for Saturday's laziness with an extra Active 2 workout. Been keeping myself within points so I'm super hopeful of a great weigh in on Wednesday. Sorry for the flyby post, but today was crazy busy and it's not even close to over! See you tomorrow!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Continuing On

Even though I have been living in a cloud and operating on auto-pilot, I have been on program. I got back in to Active 2 last night. I was having password problems and couldn't get my profile to access the interwebs, so I gave up and created a new profile. Figured not working out because I was fussing around with trying to get online was counterproductive and it wasn't like I was actually losing credit for previous exercise in the only way that actually matters (weight loss and health). Yes, my online profile says I have one workout under my belt instead of 40-something. I know the truth though, so I just let it go. I also cut my daily serving of homemade ice cream (ADDICT!!) from a 1/2 cup to a 1/4 cup. Today is Week 3, Day 3 of C25K. I'm looking forward to my run!! :) I'm up to 4.5mph which I know is nothing to crow about, but it's a huge improvement from where I started! :) So life is going on. Even though we're ticking off days left with our sweet puppy, we are also ticking off days in our own lives. I want each day to count in every way it can! Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Beautiful Baby

Eight years ago, Hubby (then Boyfriend) gave me the most wonderful birthday present I'd ever gotten (and HAVE gotten, to date): an 8 week old Golden Retriever puppy. We named her Abbey and I had HUGE plans for that puppy! I wanted to do competition Obedience and Agility with her. I wanted to make her my running buddy when she was old enough (you shouldn't run a Golden until they're 2 or you can damage their bones). We found out when she was a little over a year old that she had dislocating kneecaps and would need surgery on both her hind legs. All dreams of competition went out the window. Abbey became our resident couch puppy. She is the sweetest, most pure soul I have ever had the privilege to know. A few weeks ago, we noticed she would occasionally choke while she was eating. Since she is VERY fond of her food, we figured she was just being a little overzealous in her inhaling and started giving her meals a little at a time. I kept worrying about it though and made Hubby go with us to the vet on Monday. Abbey has cancer. :( We took her to a Canine Oncologist on Tuesday and he said there is nothing they can do. The tumor in her throat is inoperable. Radiation would ruin her esophagus and she'd never be able to eat or drink again. This type of cancer does not respond to Chemo. We've been told we have maybe two more months with our baby. The beautiful, sweetsie, Perfectly Precious Princess Pooh. I should tell you that Hubby and I practically own a zoo. We have three dogs and three cats at our house.But Abbey is special. She has always been special. We've always told everyone we know that the boys are indeed dogs, but Abbey is human. That's our child. I've had a bit of a hard time staying on Program. Monday night, Hubby made queso and I DEVOURED it! And topped it off with a big ol' bowl of ice cream! I know food shouldn't be used as a crutch or for comfort, but knowing that and practicing it are two different things right now. I'm also using running to make myself feel better. I'm trying to get myself together and keep myself there. Just so, so sad! :(

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WW Weigh In

There has been a lot going on. My life has been turned upside down and shaken to the core. I promise to post about it soon.  I'm still trying very hard to be on program and exercise. I'm having limited success. Today's weight is 154.2. Down .8 from last week.  I'm not happy about it, but I'm not surprised. Hoping I can get past all this sadness and get back into the swing of things. Baby steps right now though...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Before and After

I found a cool website off of Pinterest today that lets you "build" a model of yourself using your height/weight and general body shape. Here's my before and after (where I hope to end up)... That's the current me in the middle. :)