Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday!!!

Starting Weight: 250.3
Last Week's Weight: 210.8

This Week's Weight: 208.6 (-2.2)

That is the same as 2 weeks ago. I'm okay with that. Coming out of a week of the flu, and a really stressful work week this week, I am really happy that I went back down. So overall, I lost 6.4 pounds this month. The way I see it that is awesome. That averages out to be about a pound and a half week, which is spot on. So hooray!

This coming week I am doing something different. Tiff at Project 365 had the brilliant idea to spend a week celebrating successes by writing down your successes on post it notes, and then sticking them to your scale. It's called the I Am Worth More Challenge. I have been focusing a lot on numbers lately, and it's really hard for me to remember what I am doing that is good. So I'm going to be doing this challenge this week, and skipping next week's weigh in and just focusing on celebrating all the successes I've racked up during the week.

In other news, 1/2 marathon training is going pretty well! I didn't get to work out on Tuesday, and Wednesday's workout was a bust, but Monday and yesterday were spot on. I'm loving that on this plan I'm following, Fridays are rest days. But that does mean that I have three miles scheduled for Saturday, and five for Sunday. I'm looking forward to running outside!

I went to see my doctor yesterday for a meds check up for my Wellbutrin. I'm loving it, and we talked about it a little bit, but most of the time, she spent gushing about my weight loss. Like, she was seriously impressed that I had lost 4 pounds since the last time I had seen her. She was so excited, it made ME excited all over again! I am going back in five months, and I can't wait to see her reaction then, haha. It's good to have such a supportive doctor.

Alright friends, I've gotta go get stuff done. I hope you all have awesome Fridays and weekends!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

wrong side of the bed

Today I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Which is hard, considering I sleep in the middle. But something was just off. Granted, I didn't get as much sleep as I should have last night, but that is not usually a problem, and I just power through. I woke up today irritated and grouchy.

Then I went to work, and that only made everything worse. Today was the day from hell at work. Drama central. First, there was this whole thing where a dad of one of the kids in our center came to pick up his kid, but he didn't know that the mom had had a court order placed so that he couldn't pick up the kid until 3pm. (Parents were never really together past getting pregnant, I guess.) Anyway, dad throws a fit in the lobby, and hangs out there for hours. Finally mom comes in, the kid is upset and won't talk to her (age 2, btw). Mom leaves, it gets to be 3, dad finally gets the kid. Whew. Next, a kid in the room next to ours falls and hits her head so hard she gets a concussion. The teachers didn't really do anything until half an hour later she decided she was going to go to sleep. THAT was when they realized she had a concussion. 911 was called, parents showed up pissed off, etc. Thankfully, neither of these things happened in my classroom.

But here is what did. We had FOUR accident reports filled out today. If we have 4 in a week, that is on the high end of average.
1. Kid falls and hits his cheek on the table. He has a bruise, no biggie.
2. Kid falls and hits his head on the hard edge of his cot at naptime. He bites his lip open, blood everywhere.
3. Kid bites another kid.
4. Kid who did the biting is running around later, trips, and whacks his face onto the edge of a shelf. He gets a bruise, bloody nose, and also bites his lip open. MORE blood everywhere.

Then of course, everyone who was injured was in bad moods for the rest of the day. The joys of working in childcare, especially when they are all at an age where walking is still kind of new, and they are still kind of klutzy.

Anyway, I was hoping working out would make me feel better. It actually made me feel nauseous. I did half an hour on the elliptical and came home.

I feel like I just can't win today. So I'm going to make some dinner. (Pasta, ground turkey, pasta sauce, broccoli, maybe a glass of milk.) And have dessert. (A couple bites of yogurt.) Watch some Olympics, shower, and go to bed.

Tomorrow HAS to be better than today was.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

not much going on today

I am just sitting at home. Waiting to leave for work. Maybe stopping for coffee because I have a giftcard to a local place.

My chicken salad yesterday was good! It was pretty sweet, probably because of the fruit and the sweeter than normal yogurt. I put it in half a pita and it was delish! Today I have a turkey/cheese/spinach/mustard sandwich. MMmmmm. With carrots and an apple. Then I made a pan of Blueberry French Toast casserole for a dinner that I am going to tonight with people from my church. I hope they like it!

I did end up working out last night. I warmed up on the treadmill for 3/4 of a mile, and then lifted weights. It felt good! I was really happy that I didn't tire out too soon, although by the end of the workout, I was ready for it to be over. Today, I am taking a break, and will be back in the gym tomorrow night.

Well, that's all I've got. Told you, nothing much happening here. If you feel like it, stop by my mom's blog. The link is http://wellnessproject2010.blogspot.com/. She is working on her eating and exercising just like most of us, and she has some great posts delving into the issue of emotional eating. Plus, she is my mom, so by default, she is awesome!

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Chicken Salad

I made some chicken salad this morning to take with me for lunch! (This is the recipe I said I was going to make up for you yesterday.) This was super quick, and even though I am not eating it until lunch, I tried a little bit and it is delicious! This is a recipe for one serving.

Ingredients:
2 chicken tenders (about 3-4 ounces)
2 TBSP Greek or Greek-style yogurt (I used Honey flavored.)
6 grapes of your preferred (or available) color
1/2 TBSP raisins

Cook your chicken in a pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Once it is done, put it on a cutting board to cool a little bit, and cut your grapes. I cut them longways in half, and then longways again on each half. When the chicken is not super hot, cut it into small pieces and put it in a bowl with the grapes and the raisins. Mix in the yogurt, and then you are all done! Yum! Eat on sandwich bread, or in a pita, or hey, all by itself!



This could also be really delicious with: apples, walnuts, craisins, dried cherries. Use your imagination - and whatever you have in your kitchen! =)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

good news, and a grocery dilemma

I weighed myself again this morning and I am back down to last week's weight. I knew there was no way I could have gained two real pounds. For one, I exercised pretty intensely on Monday and Tuesday. And also, my eating was not that bad. Not great, but not terrible. So anyway, I am relieved that I did not actually gain two real pounds this week. It was probably the combination of being sick and eating salty things such as soup, that are required when you have the flu. (And don't even think about mentioning low sodium soup to me, I have yet to try one that is not horrid. Okay, I guess you can mention it if you have tried one that is amazing!)

I am supposed to start my official half marathon training tomorrow. Luckily Monday is stretch and strengthen day. I think I will go to work planning on working out, and if I feel really bad, I will just stretch. But I think I can handle a light warm up and weights. I guess I'll have to wait and see how it goes tomorrow. The rest of the week... I'm not going to push myself. The last thing I want to do is make myself feel worse when I am trying to recover. So it will be a lot of planning to do lower intensity workouts, and then listening to my body when I am doing them. I am very excited to officially start training!

In this journey to becoming healthier, I feel that I have working out pretty much under control. I love going to the gym both for cardio and for lifting. If I have to skip a day at the gym, I am not happy. In fact, I might even be cranky.

But I still struggle so much with eating. In my house, I live with three other girls. Each month, we put in $80 for groceries, and then spend $80 a week. We make meals together for dinner at least 3 nights a week. But we all just pick our own recipes, and unless I'm making the meal, I have no control over what it is or what the nutrition behind it is. Also two of the girls are vegetarians, and while I have no problem with that at all, I really want more meat in my diet.

Out of the four of us, I probably spend the most on extra groceries. I buy my own chicken, ground turkey, different bread, yogurt, frozen waffles, applesauce, rice cakes, etc. There is a lot that I eat out of the shared groceries - milk, juice, graham crackers, fruit, veggies, cereal, eggs, whatever anyone makes for dinner. But I don't eat the Nutella, or the ice cream, or any of the desserts that we buy or my housemates make. (Well, I did sometimes eat the cookies, but usually only a couple.)

The dilemma is that I am really wishing that I was just cooking for myself every night. Not that what my housemates cook isn't tasty, just that sometimes it is pretty high calorie or I don't even know the calories. If I could have chicken with veggies and rice every night, I would not mind that at all. And if this were the case, I would probably spend more of my own money on my own food, and put in less for community groceries. But I really don't think my housemates would go for that. I don't know. I'm just rambling now.

I just really want to get my eating under control. And it's hard when several times a week... I am not in control. What I would really like to do is to get a bunch of chicken cooked up on Sundays, so that during the week I can use it for salads, sandwiches, wraps, etc. Or cook my own dinners and keep them in the fridge/freezer and just heat them up and eat with my housemates, but eat my own food.

If any of you have suggestions, or have been in this situation before, please let me know what you think! I don't mind spending more on my own groceries so that I can have more control over what I eat. I think that is just what I am going to have to do.

Okay well, I am going to wrap this very long entry up. I have a lot of stuff to do today including:

-shower
-pick up my bridesmaid dress
-grocery shop, at least for my food
-cook some chicken
-PLAN MEALS!!!
-clean/finish my laundry
-invent a new recipe to share with you
-church

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday... First the bad, then the good.

Starting Weight: 250.3
Last Week's Weight: 208.6

This Week's Weight: 210.8 (+2.2)

I'm back up 2(.2) pounds. That sucks. I am honestly having a hard time caring right now, though. See, I am sick. I think I have some sort of flu. Every part of my body hurts. I am coughing and I have a sore throat. Yesterday, it took all the energy I had to lay on the couch all day. I fell asleep every couple hours. Not for very long, usually about 20 minutes at a time. But still. I couldn't even stay awake all day. It took me 20 minutes of laying on my bed before I finally decided that I needed to put on jeans and go to the store for food and fluids. I don't see today going any differently.

I haven't exercised a lot this week. I haven't been caring what I'm eating. (I have been eating what sounds good, which lately is applesauce and soup...) I have been drinking a lot of fluids though, most of them 0 calorie, a few are low calorie sports drinks. At times like these, I kind of wish I still drank soda. A Diet Sprite would be sooooooooo good. Ah well.

So I have a gain. It's not the end of the world. I will feel better soon (I hope... I MISS EXERCISE!!!), and I will be back in the game. I will also not be downing cans of fairly salty soup with soda crackers.

This post has been pretty depressing so far. So let's end with things that are good:

-Jack gave me a shout out in his most recent blog entry. How sweet! It was just the thing to make me feel better. Mentally, that is. Sadly, it does nothing for my aches.

-The Olympics are awesome. So are Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn. I fell asleep to a good hockey game yesterday, and later, a pretty boring curling match.

-I love my warmy thing. My parents sent it to me in a package. It is a cloth pouch filled with rice and sewn all up. Then it gets nice and hot when you microwave it for 2 minutes. It has been very helpful this week.

Okay, that is it. I hope everyone is doing better than I am. Does anyone have fun weekend plans? I am going to lay on the couch. Haha. =)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

twitter revival.

I see that many of you have Twitter accounts. I have one that I have not used since last summer, but since you all do so much of it, I thought it would be nice to join you!

If you want to follow me, here is a link: http://twitter.com/kmae1028

If you have a Twitter account, let me know what it is so I can follow you too!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lent.

First, I must say that I am a little disappointed that Lent starts tomorrow and my church is doing a combined service with another church, and it starts at 6. I get off work at 6, so even if I tried to go, I would be getting there about the time the service would end. BOO!

Anyway, I wanted to do a post about what I am going to be doing for Lent.

What I am adding: A time for meditation/prayer/quiet. It is rare that I am not doing something all the time. I am always distracted - watching TV, reading, cooking, cleaning (haha, I do need to do more of that, though...), blogging. I am not very good at just being quiet and listening. So I am adding in at least 5-10 minutes a day to just be silent and focus on listening to what God is trying to tell me. I think night time will be a good time to do this, so that I can also process my day and prepare myself for sleep.

What I'm losing: Junk food. Yes. Even though I write a weight loss/exercise blog, and I would like to think I have been fairly successful so far, I still eat junk food. Not in insane amounts anymore, thank goodness. But enough. A little bite here. A chip or two there. A piece of cake for someone's birthday. I am able to justify a lot of food to myself, even while reminding myself that it won't be so great on Friday morning if I am eating all this junk. I am confusing like that. So now is an ideal time to cut it out. I will have an extra reason. No more chips, candy, cookies, cake, brownies, frosted mini wheats, fudgesicles, whatever. Carter, I might need your help with this one, haha.

I think 40 days without this stuff will be great for my weigh ins, and I think it will also make me a lot stronger. So there it is! My plan for Lent. I'm excited for tomorrow and to start this new challenge.


quick 5K update

OMG. It was so cold this morning. 18 degrees.

My house is kind of near the park, so I decided to run to the place we were starting. That part of the running today was the best part. It was still dark when I arrived, and there were a dozen or so other runners there. In the end, there were probably closer to about 2 dozen people who ran.

Starting off, I was doing fine. Then I got to about a mile, maybe a little more, and just couldn't do it. So I walked back to the start line and didn't do the final loop around the pond. I don't feel bad about this at all, especially when I heard that last year's marathon WINNER didn't even do the whole distance. I think the cold played a big part in my decision to not do the whole distance, and also the fact that I had a fairly intense lifting session yesterday and I think my muscles were like "WHAT are you doing? Tuesday is supposed to be an easy day!" Hehehe. Anyway, I met up with my housemate Carter in the parking lot of the starting line, and we got free waterbottles from Kaiser (those nice metal ones! fancy!), and there was also a drawing for prizes. I didn't win anything, but Carter won a yoga mat. Then the two of us walked/ran back to our house. Overall, I am pretty sure I put in more than 3 miles this morning, so I'm considering that a good workout.

I have taken a shower since then and I am STILL cold! Yikes! Brr!!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Picture! Day off! 5K!!!

I hope everyone had a fun Valentine's Day. Personally, I did nothing to celebrate, but I did eat two small chocolate hearts that they handed out at church. It was my splurge for the day. =) Anyway, I was messing around with Photobooth on my Mac, and decided to update my Facebook picture while I was at it. This is what I ended up with:


Not bad for just messing around on my computer at 11 PM! I do need to get my bangs cut though...

That is not the only thing I wanted to post about though. Do you all have days off tomorrow (Monday) because of the holiday? I kind of do/kind of don't. I have to go in to work from 7-3 for a teacher inservice. I guess we are doing activities, training type things. I have never been to one of these functions before. Chipotle is serving lunch... I'm thinking of making my own. However, I was just looking at a nutrition fact calculator... if I just get crispy tacos with carnitas and tomato salsa... it is only 390 calories. That is not bad for a pretty filling lunch. What do you all think?

Lastly, I wanted to tell you about the 5K I am doing Tuesday morning! It is taking place in the park near my house, and it is FREE!! It is being organized by the race that I am doing in May. How cool is that!?!?! It is at 6:30 in the morning, which means I'll have to leave the house by 6 at the latest, but there is just no way I can pass up a free 5K. I will have to time myself though, this is pretty much just a show up and run type deal. Anyway, I'm excited. I will let you know how it went when I can on Tuesday.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Here is what I bought...

First I went to Runners Roost. I ended up going with the same shoes that I have been buying for years. (Asics Foundations.) I could feel the difference between the new ones, and the ones I had been wearing the minute I put them on. I didn't even have to stand up. But then I did, and walked around, and ran on a treadmill for a minute. They felt wonderful. If it's not broke, don't fix it, I guess. Of course, there is the added bonus that I have owned three pairs of these shoes in the past and they were always blue, but my 4th pair that I bought today, are PINK!!! As if there wasn't enough pink in my life already. Now my running shoes are pink. =) Here is a pic:



As you can see, I ended up getting more besides just shoes. I got 4 gels, which I probably won't need for a month at least, until my long runs start getting up there in milage. But there was more flavor variety here for the caffeine free flavors, so I stocked up. I also got some BodyGlide, which is pretty much required for me, aaannnnddd a new pair of socks. In blue. To balance out the pink shoes. =)


Next, I went to Whole Foods and got my favorite yogurt. They didn't have them in the 1 pound containers, so I bought two 8 oz. containers instead. I got blueberry again, and also decided to try honey flavored. If you live in Colorado, pick some of this up ASAP. Delish.

Also, I ended up going to Sephora last night. It was on the way home, and I couldn't help myself, even though I had to walk through the mall in my workout clothes. Don't tell Stacey and Clinton! I smelled all the soaps, and ended up getting my tried and true scent, Amazing Grace. All the food ones just smelled too sickly sweet for me. Plus, now my body wash is the same as my perfume. I like matching. While I was there, I used my Beauty Insider points for some free Philosophy moisturizer. It is a small bottle, so I'm going to stick it in my purse. I also got a free sample of Armani Mania perfume. Wow. If I didn't have so much Amazing Grace, I would probably go back and buy some. It smells incredible. Maybe I will save for it... or maybe it will be a reward in the future (80 lbs lost?).

I am still considering what to do for my next reward. Consensus is for shopping, which I love the idea of. But then Carter offered to go with me for mani/pedi's. I'll have to think about it some more.

How are your weekends going? It is beautiful here, just a little cool. I opened my window to let some fresh air in. It is lovely.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday stats, and a poll for you!

Starting Weight: 250.3
Last Week's Weight: 211.8

This Week's Weight: 208.6

That is minus 3.2 pounds from last week. (And, strangely enough, 3.2 is the same amount I lost last week...)
And minus 41.7 pounds total.

Which means I get this:

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And this:


Hooray!!! I certainly did not expect to have such a loss. I was planning on like... just hitting my goal of 210.3 and I went pretty far past it! For some reason, now that I have passed 40 pounds, this whole process seems so much more real. I have no idea why. But I like it. I am soooo close to being in the one-hundreds!!! Wow!!!

So since I reached my 40 pound goal, that means I need to set a new goal. I decided awhile ago (with help from all of you!) that my 50 pounds lost reward was getting my favorite ring resized. I don't usually do 10 pound goal increments, but 50 is a big number, and should be rightfully celebrated. My next 20 pound goal is 60 pounds lost, or 190.3.

What should I do for it? I will let you all vote. Here are your choices:
A. Manicure and pedicure.
B. Massage.
C. Smallish shopping spree.
D. Other - suggest something I haven't thought of yet!

Tomorrow will be spent driving all around and spending money. The mall for Sephora, Runner's Roost for new running shoes (desperately needed), and Whole Foods for my favorite yogurt, which I learned I can get there in addition to the Farmer's Market. Whole Foods is a lot more convenient, so unless I want to get other stuff besides yogurt, I am taking the Farmer's Market off my weekly schedule until they start getting fresh fruits and veggies.

And that is it for today! Expect a picture update in the near future. And let me know what your vote is for for my next reward!!!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I feel oriented!

Tonight I had my weight room orientation. My first though was "YES! I am excited to work with this trainer!" I have seen her around the gym a lot, and she seemed great. And it was true. She was very nice, and great to work with. She was very good at explaining how machines worked, what muscles they worked, etc.

When I first met her we sat down and talked a little bit about why I wanted to start weight training. I told her about my half marathon and also that I was losing weight and wanted to make sure I was losing fat, not muscle. I filled out a form similar to a doctor's office, basically assuring them I was okay to work out, and then signing.

Then we went into the weight room. Here is the first thing I was surprised to learn:

You don't need to use all the machines to get a full lifting workout!!! Maybe I am dumb, but for some reason I was like, wow, I have to use all these machines? No. I don't. Out of the twenty some odd machines, I am going to be using 7 in my workouts. Many of the machines work only one muscle group. Others work several groups, and they usually have one primary muscle set being worked, and a couple others that are secondary. Most of the machines I am using are the ones that work a couple muscle groups at a time.

I have two leg machines, one for my butt, one for my lower back, a twisty sort of one for my obliques, a shoulder/arm one, and a row machine, which is for my upper back/arms. Don't ask me their real names, I have no idea.

Anyway, we went around the room, and spent about 8 or 9 minutes per machine, talking about what they each did, and how to fix the adjustable parts so that I could use them - mostly based on height and range of movement. Then I would do some reps while she watched me and told me what to change, if anything, or how I could work different muscles by doing different things. We also did a lot of trial and error figuring out how much weight I would need on each machine. Most of the time, we started lower and then I needed to add more weight. There were only a couple times when I needed to go down.

As we were doing all this, she was marking everything down on my own personal chart, so I would remember how to set everything, how much weight to use, and how many reps I should be doing. (I am starting with one set of 12-15 reps for each machine.) Then we put that paper in the filing cabinet, and anytime I go to lift weights, I get it out and keep track of what I am doing.

After that was over, we went downstairs, and she showed me the stretching area. It is a good idea to stretch after you lift. Then she gave me some free t-shirts (I guess they have a lot?) and we chatted for a few more minutes before it was time to go. I had a GREAT time, and can't wait to start lifting on a regular basis (twice or three times a week, max.). I am also supposed to set another time with her in 3 or 4 weeks so we can reassess where I am, and up my weights and reps/sets.

Hooray, hooray! Now that I know exactly what I am supposed to be doing and how to set the machines up for my body, I feel a lot less intimidated. And also because it is a relief knowing I only had 7 machines to learn.

So that is what I did tonight! All in all, it took about an hour and a quarter. I can't wait to do weights now! But I have to wait until Friday, because I am not supposed to do my plan two days in a row. I also learned that once I start lifting, I may need more sleep because that is when muscles heal, when you are sleeping. I never knew that!

If you feel intimidated of the weight room, I highly recommend getting an orientation and having a trained professional walk you through it. At least for me, it really helped a lot!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

my chin is cold

My boss told me I don't have to come in until 11 tomorrow! Hooray! Now, that doesn't mean she won't call me and ask if I can come in earlier if someone else calls off. But hey, even the possibility of starting later is good enough for me.

I ran 2 miles after work today, one at 4.5, the second at 5 mph. Tomorrow I have my weight room orientation, and I'm getting excited for it. I think it will be fun.

After working out I went to Chipotle because the Y was doing a fundraiser there. Sooo that probably cancelled out my workout. But I'll be back in the gym tomorrow, so I'm not going to worry about it. I have also been drinking a ton of water, so any sodium in my system this week doesn't even stand a chance. I am almost done with 96 oz. for the day, and plan on getting another 16 in before bed.

Now I am watching Biggest Loser on TV!!! And I won't have to wait until next week! I will know who gets eliminated! Wow, I love having cable!!!

Okay I'm going to end this now, since pretty much none of what I posted is really any kind of news. Hope you are all having good Tuesdays. I'll let you know how the weight room went tomorrow night!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

exhausted

I am literally about to drop. In fact, I was at 3:00. In the afternoon. That is how tired I am.

I work one weekend a month, and it is an overnight, all weekend job. (Not the Y.) I am allowed to leave when I have volunteers at the front desk, but usually my only reasons to leave are to go grocery shopping, exercise, or church. I tend to stay at work and do as much as I can.

So I have been working for the last 7 days straight now. 5 more to go until a day off. I have been working a ton these past few weeks at the Y, and this coming week will be no different. One of my co-teachers has jury duty, so I will probably be coming in early all week.

It is not surprising at all that I have a cold. I meant to exercise today, but just couldn't. I could barely manage to stay awake. I hate feeling like this, so here is the plan. Go home. Take a shower. Go directly to bed, do not pass go, do not collect $200.00 or get distracted by our brand spanking new CABLE on TV. (We got it specifically for the Olympics, but honestly, I want to keep it past then. I don't really care about having to pay more, I want TV!!!)

Anyway that is the plan. I apologize for sounding extremely whiny.

To leave this entry on a good note, I had a great time at church today, and I'm really excited that I am getting more involved. I signed up to come in at 6 AM one Saturday in March to do a shift for our concert of prayer. I got on an email list to do monthly service projects around the city. I signed up for a weekly dinner group with other people from church. I hope I can make more friends. I am also really excited for Lent. I am still thinking about what I want to do, but I am leaning towards establishing a specific time for meditation and/or prayer every day. Probably in the evening. Turn the lights off, maybe light a candle, some incense, and just have a time to be silent and let go of the stress of the day. I think I would really benefit from that.

Anywho. I am off now. Only half an hour til I can go home, and a little over an hour until I will be asleep! Glorious!

P.S. I cannot WAIT to hit the gym after work tomorrow! This cold will not stop me!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

bored at the front desk.

I am working this weekend. My 4-6 volunteer didn't show up, and neither did my cleaning guy, so I'm just chilling at the front desk. Nothing has happened yet as I have been sitting here. So here are my usual random weekend thoughts, ideas, and happenings!

I remembered what I had been going to write about yesterday. I counted out months in my head, and realized that on March 29th, I will have been at this 6 months. And then I thought about goals. Here is what I am aiming for: I am officially putting it down in writing that it is my goal to have lost at least 50 pounds by March 29th. That means I have 11.5 to go. I think this is an attainable goal. It would be pretty cool to be at (or past) the halfway point of my weight loss at the same time as the halfway point of the year. (Well, the year as I started this journey!)

Today I went back to the farmers market. I had totally planned on trying the mango yogurt today, but when I got there, there were NEW flavors!!! Blueberry and honey to be specific. Both sounded amazing, but I am a sucker for blueberry anything. So blueberry it was. I got back to work, mixed it up, and tasted it. Freaking amazing. It is so smooth, and rich, and TASTY! I bought a pound this week, so it should last me until I can go again next week. I'm an addict. This yogurt is insane. I also bought a tiny berry pie (really, it was even smaller than what you would think a tiny pie would look like), and a loaf of white chocolate lemon mint bread. I cut up the bread and left it in the kitchen for my weekend volunteers, though.

I've been wanting to exercise SO bad today! But I haven't. As much as my brain wants the activity, my body has asserted that after six days of workouts, it needs a rest day. My muscles and joints are thanking me today. Tomorrow, however, they will not get off lightly. I am hoping to go for a run, but it will depend on my volunteer coverage. If I can't go out, I brought my yoga mat and 30 Day Shred and I'll just party it up in my room.

I bought an Ace cold pack today for $10 at Safeway. It's reusable, and covered in a nice, soft outer shell. I hate ziplocs full of ice, and since we don't have an ice maker, it's even more of a hassle to put them together after a run. Also, I tend to forget about them and then inevitably they leak all over my sofa/pants/sheets/blankets. So I'm pumped for an easy, fairly cheap, reusable option!

Since I worked so many hours these last two weeks, I am going to be getting a pretty good paycheck next Saturday. (Gosh do I love direct deposit, or else I'd have to wait until Tuesday!) I have already decided that part of that money is going to new running shoes! After doing some research, I found out that my local Runner's Roost does gait analysis, which is something I really wanted to have done. So next Saturday is shoe shopping!

That is all I have for now. Are you watching the Super Bowl tomorrow?

Friday, February 5, 2010

TGIF!!! Stats and more!

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I could not be more happy that it is Friday... even though I have to work all weekend. This week was good as far as exercise went, I went every day. Some days it was only for half an hour, but I put in more than two miles on the treadmill both of those days. Eating was not so great at the beginning of the week, but then I kicked my own butt and got back on plan. I drank a TON of water, too. So that was this week. Now for stats!

Starting Weight: 250.3
Last Week's Weight: 215

This Week's Weight: 211.8 (-3.2)

Holy cow. I was so surprised to see that number, I weighed myself twice! But it is true. I lost 3.2 pounds this week. I only need a pound and a half more to reach 40 pounds lost. (210.3) I can do it this week!

Highlights of the week:

1. Running a 12 minute mile. Yes. Yesterday I was running and was just like eh, what the heck, let's see how far I can get at 5 mph. And I pushed myself, and I made it a whole mile! I slowed down to 4.5 the rest of the run, but the last quarter mile I went back up to 5 mph. I like finishing strong.
2. Signing up for a weight room orientation. I am very proud of myself for doing this, for some reason I am still so intimidated of that room. So now I have someone to show me how to do all the machines, and who will hopefully help me create a lifting plan. I am going to ask all my questions, and if I go too far into personal training territory, I hope she will tell me and then I will sign up for a personal training session. I refuse to not lift weights, especially with training starting in a few weeks.

Hmm I know there was something else I wanted to talk about, but I have no idea what it was. Oh well. Maybe there will be another entry later today, haha. I am now off to have breakfast and get ready for the day. I have to leave early for work today, because on Fridays I go to Starbucks. It's my reward for making it through the week, and if I know for sure I'm getting it on Fridays, I can successfully avoid it the rest of the week! It seems to be a great plan, because it has been working!

Have a great Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Attention!!!!!!!!!!

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!

My real life very best friend Kate has made the decision to get healthier! I highly recommend you follow her blog. She is awesome. Even more awesome than me. Leave her lots of notes of encouragement and support as she joins us on this journey! I can't imagine anything better to write my 100th blog post about. =)

Here is the link to her blog: Fearless Kate.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bleh. Do not feel good.

I have to admit something. I have been eating like crap lately. And I hate it. It doesn't make me feel good, or make my body function well. I have been trying to avoid addressing it because my workouts have been so great lately. But I can't anymore. I just don't like the way I feel, physically or mentally. I need to get it under control.

So no more junk. No more eating school food. No more not measuring portions of things I know I should be measuring. It is so easy for me to lie to myself, and I need to get past that habit. Hence the confession.

I love that at any moment, we can start fresh. We don't have to wait for the next morning, or the next Monday, or the next January 1st. Do you have a habit that needs changing? Do it. Do it. Do it now. Because you can, and because you will feel better.

My positive for the day was an awesome 2 mile run on the treadmill after work. I am seriously beginning to love the treadmill, and that is something I never thought I'd say. I finished the run strong at 5mph, (well, the last 1oth of a mile, anyway), and you know what? It was just a little easier than the last time I was at that speed. I'm so excited to see where training is going to take me over the next three/four months.

(Lastly, I am feeling very bloated and crampy. For the obvious female reason, but that doesn't mean I'm not annoyed! Time to double up on my daily water intake.)

Monday, February 1, 2010

I'm being watched.

Yes. But not by a stalker, whew!

I was leaving on my lunch break today, and on my way out I saw Katie, the sister of Sarah, who I work with. Katie works at the Y too, but in a different department, so we don't see much of each other. We said hi, and then Katie said...

"Sarah told me you lost a bunch of weight, you look bangin'!"

Those were her exact words, haha. Then Katie proceeded to tell me how Sarah told her that I had inspired her to lose weight and that she wanted to run a marathon or a triathalon, or something. (Sarah has much less weight to lose than I do.) Katie asked me how I was doing it, and commented several more times how good I looked.

I felt so flattered/weird! Flattered because, well, who doesn't love compliments. Weird because I have never had anyone not a family member make such comments to me. And the fact that it was in the middle of the lobby of the Y, haha. As we ended the conversation, she said, "Well, next time I see you I'm going to say something again and make you blush!!!"

It was such a nice happening in my day today. It makes me wonder who else is watching me. I know my boss has been catching on, because now when I see her at the end of the day when I log out, she says "Have a good workout!" I seem to have become quite predictable, haha.

I don't mind being predictable, though. I had a good workout tonight, I am trying to get myself in a similar pattern to my training plan, so I didn't run today. Mondays are supposed to be "Stretch and Strengthen" but I didn't really do that either. I did do an hour on the elliptical. Then it was home, dinner with the housemates, tea and boggle, and now I am getting ready to take a shower and go to bed. Tomorrow is going to be another long day!!!