Week 3: Back to Reality

Work is back to normal hours! WOOHOO!!

Last weekend was wonderfully relaxing. The kids stayed with my in-laws Friday night and Marcus and I headed to our hotel that night. We enjoyed a nice dinner (I got a yummy salad) and slept in a bit on Saturday. We had the entire day to do whatever we wanted. We did a lot of driving, and a nice amount of wandering around poking into shops here and there. We even found Christmas gifts for both our moms! We had a really nice time and didn’t argue or bicker once. It was more like the old days. Before kids. Don’t get me wrong, we love our kids and are grateful to have them. But it was also really nice to enjoy some time together. We definitely need to do more of that.

Life is s l o w l y getting back to normal. Whatever normal is! Evenings are still busy, of course, with the kids. But at least I don’t have to work after they’re in bed. Now I can attempt to keep up on dishes (we don’t have a dishwasher) or relax in front of the TV. I’m looking forward to getting back into reading before bed too.

I suppose now is as good a time as any to report my weigh-in for the week. I didn’t eat well all weekend, but have been basically back on track since Monday. I somehow managed to lose .4 lb this week. I’ll take it!! Now I need to keep this up and I should see a nice loss next week. I need to pick up the pace here if I want to fit into my wedding dress next October.

I am back to doing my wii Biggest Loser workout. I do the shortest workout I can (for now) and it’s helping me get back into the routine. I’m not sure how much jogging I’ll be doing outside this winter, so I need something else that I know I will do. I also set a goal that I will do when I work at home once a week. My fitbit pedometer records flights of stairs. The most I had previously gotten was 25 flights, which I thought was pushing it. But last week I decided to go for the next badge, or “sticker”, and go for 50 flights. I did it and it wasn’t too bad! So I did it again this week. I plan to do that once a week. I’ll have some killer thighs and buns before too long! haha!

Next week is a short week for me, then I am taking a FULL WEEK off of work! I haven’t done that since I have been at this job (nearly 9 years), other than maternity leave which does NOT count. The kids have school and daycare, and I am beyond excited for this Me Time. I desperately need it. One day my sister and I will have our annual shopping trip, and the rest will be filled with household chores, miscellaneous projects, possibly painting, and relaxing. I cannot wait!!

I promise to catch up with all of you soon. I have fallen behind on my blog reading and miss all of you!

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The jogging continues

I went for two jogs this weekend. Yay! My legs are feeling stronger and I’m not sore anymore after my jogs. I know my endurance will continue to improve if I keep it up. Yesterday was quite hard on the way home. It was WINDY and I was against the wind on the way back.

I really hope I can keep this up in the winter. The stress relief that comes with running is amazing.

Regardless, it’s time to start being more active since my work project is almost wrapped up. I have about another week to go, but any evening hours will be minimal…and can be done while watching TV if I choose. NO MORE WEEKENDS!! Marcus and I are going away this weekend. I definitely need the time away, and we really need some quality time together. Then I start focusing on adding more exercise. I think I will get back to my wii Biggest Loser workout.

My eating has been all over the place. Some days I do good. Really good. Others I start out good and end bad. I am determined to make this a great week and see a nice loss on Thursday.

Let’s make it a healthy one!

October Plan

My Healthy 30 kind of fizzled out at the end. But I made it 26 days!! For that, I am extremely proud. I lost 10 pounds, and am sitting at 242. I feel a bit bloated, so hope some of that is fluid retention.

I’ve learned I do better when I have a solid plan. So I need to go into October with some solid goals. I have decided I am basically going to do the same thing I did in September. My rules are here. The big difference is I am going to give myself 4 cheat days, to use when I feel I need them most. My cravings have subsided, so I should have a couple of weeks before I really want to use one. I also can’t use 2 cheat days in a row. This will force me to get back on track immediately.

I am hoping to lose another 10 pounds this month. Then another 5 before Thanksgiving. That will give me a total loss of 50 pounds, and I really want to hit that before going into the holidays. I’ll worry about holiday plans when they get a bit closer.

I have also been thinking I should get back to some sort of regular exercise. But I’m also realistic. I worked 55 hours last week, and will have similar hours through this entire month. I do enjoy my wii Biggest Loser program, so will look to see if it has an option for workouts just 3 days each week. And I’ll stick to the smallest time commitment as well. For now.

Here we go…onto October! What are some of your goals? Let’s crush them!

Day 13: Dreary Weather

We finally got some much-needed rain last night and this morning. It has been very dry so the rain was welcome. Today it is cool and cloudy, but still a nice day (at least I think so) despite the dreary weather.

I am going strong with my 30 day challenge. I weighed this morning and hit 35 pounds gone! WOOHOO!! I know I’ll be up tomorrow but plan to make this official when I weigh in on Tuesday. I am getting SO close to the 230s! I am really excited and still incredibly motivated!

I am technically on plan today, and will still be under the total calories I can eat according to MyFitnessPal. But since the weather is a bit cool, I am enjoying some nice warm coffee (with creamer) this afternoon. I am going over my 3 cup rule today, but it’s okay. The worse part is I’m just not getting my water in today. I need to work on that the rest of the day!

I haven’t done well on the exercise front. I don’t have any good reasons, except that I got out of the habit. Marcus finally hooked up our wii after our living room update so I’ll have to get back to my wii Biggest Loser program. I really enjoy it, and since it’s been easier getting up in the mornings, perhaps I just do it.

Hope the weather is nicer in your neck of the woods!

A few updates, and some BIG GOALS!

First I’ll start with a few updates.

Remember my possible phantom ankle pain that I wrote about here? I am ignoring it and going about my day, and it’s definitely not getting worse. It still aches a bit, but I have noticed very few shooting pains. I really think this has all been in my head.

My right foot has been bothering me more. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m really working on increasing my daily steps, or because I have been eating too many carbs and sugar (or both). But as of now, I am getting that under control. More on that in a bit.

I’m also working on keeping myself on task by scheduling exercise and chores for myself. I first wrote about it here. It is still going really well, although I admit I skipped my chore last night. I have decided I can have an off night once in a while. So tonight I have to do last night’s chore, which was cleaning our sliding door. This includes cleaning the glass, the track the door slides on, the vertical blinds (which I hate and want to get rid of…in due time…), and any cob webs in the vicinity.

The good part is I did my wii workout last night, even though I tried to come up with reasons why I could skip it. No reason was good enough, so I did it. And of course I felt better once I did it.

Now onto my goals. A friend of mine is in the mindset to get back on track as well. I won’t share a lot of details about her in case people we both know read this. But I’m already finding it extremely motivating that she’s ready. We’re talking about our diets and are both making a big effort to drink a lot more water. Yesterday I drank 114 ounces which is a big water day for me.

My friend and I LOVE Tim McGraw. We have seen him probably 15 times. Maybe more. I’ve lost count. We go every time he’s in Minnesota. I missed once because Kody was only a month old and I was recovering from a c-section. It was a hard decision, but it was the right one. Anyway, we’re going to see Tim again the first part of September. Just a few minutes ago, I set a goal that I want to be down 50 pounds by then. This is an absolutely huge goal, and one I will prove to myself I can do. I have 27 pounds to go. I lost 13 pounds last September when I gave up sugars, bread, etc, so I know it’s possible. Not easy, but possible. So as of RIGHT NOW, I am back on my Sugar Strike (except in my coffee, that is my ONE exception)!

I may also switch to weekly weigh-ins. I’m finding the shorter goals are working well for me right now.

This will in no way be easy. But I want to prove to myself I can do anything I put my mind to. I can do this! I will do this!

Ups and Downs

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Weight loss is full of ups and downs. Peaks and valleys. Call it what you want. It’s part of the weight loss process for many of us.

The past few days, I am heading downhill again. UGH! It’s time to turn this around before I’m too far gone. I haven’t been eating terrible, but have let my diet slip a bit too much. My steps are down the past few days. But I have a plan.

I think part of what I need is a more concrete schedule. I have printed out a blank calendar and am filling in some exercise sessions. I really enjoy my wii Biggest Loser workouts, but half the time I forget when I’m supposed to do them. Having them on my calendar will help. They’re short sessions (for now), so there is really no reason I can’t get them done. I am also adding “choice” sessions numerous times each week. This can be a walk outside, my 30 Day Shred DVD or a Walk Away The Pounds DVD. I have options depending on my schedule, the weather and my mood. There is no excuse good enough to skip my exercise.

I am going to see how this works for the next couple of weeks. I think having it in black and white right in front of me will help.

We finally have a beautiful, sunny day here, so I am excited to get outside tonight and walk!

Changes and Variety

I feel like some changes are happening with my body. My jeans fit better right out of the dryer – yay! I’m tempted to try on a pair that is one size smaller and just see if I can get them on. If I can, that’s big progress.

Last night I pulled out my Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds DVD. I haven’t done it in a while, and it felt great! I also love how it added about 2500 steps to my day. J I ended the day at just over 9,000 steps, which is a big deal for me.

Flexibility with the time and type of my workout is something I’m working on. Variety is the spice of life!

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I would love to get back to exercising in the morning, but if not, I need to do it at night. I am also trying to add some extra activity throughout the day. Every little bit helps!

I am trying to vary my exercise as well. Running regularly seems to be out with my foot issues, although I will see how much I can handle once things dry out a bit (it is still raining a lot). When I can’t get outside, I have numerous workouts I can do. Wii Biggest Loser, Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, a few Walk Away the Pounds DVDs…I can mix and match depending on my mood of the day.

I have a LONG ways to go, but I know I’m on the right track. I am making progress, and I know the changes I’ve made will stick. I don’t want any “quick fix” or “miracle pill”. I just want clean food as natural and whole as possible, with more physical activity. I am enjoying life and my kids more. I will not go back. I am getting healthier and stronger, inside and out. I might lose slowly, but I am on my way!

Is this really me?? On track and going strong!

Even though my allergies are kicking my butt right now, I’m feeling extremely positive. The scale is still dropping! I can hardly wait to see where I’m at June 1, so I have to keep up this momentum. Maybe it’s a good thing we don’t have any plans for the long Memorial Day weekend. It would be nice to grill out a couple of times, but I can keep my meals healthy with that, so I expect a healthy weekend overall.

I am eating really well. For the most part anyway. Last night for some reason I just had to have a bowl of cereal. I decided to use almond milk and was surprised at how much I liked it! It had a really nice, nutty flavor. I am logging every single thing I eat, and I think it’s making a big difference. I stopped at the bowl of cereal last night knowing I didn’t want to log more calories. And I really wasn’t hungry anyway.

My right foot/hammertoe/whatever causes this pain still hurts from my jog last Wednesday. It most definitely helps when I wear tennis shoes in the house, so I need to be diligent about that. I can’t get lazy! As soon as I put them on, I feel relief. I am still planning to jog when I can, but am focusing on just being more active for now. On work days, 6500 steps seems to be reasonable. I want to push that a bit and see if I can get closer to 8000 on a regular basis.

Somehow I have stopped doing my wii Biggest Loser workout. I got back to it today. I think it’s great for doing exercises I wouldn’t normally do, and will definitely help to strengthen my core since I’m doing the “belly blaster” program.

It has been raining a lot here for the past week. Fields have standing water, so farmers can’t plant crops. It’s supposed to rain much of the coming weekend too. Marcus and his dad are going to be cranky, I have a feeling. It doesn’t look like they’ll be able to start planting until closer to June, and that’s getting a bit late! I hope the forecast changes and the ground dries up so they can plant.

I have some boring data entry type work to do this afternoon. Since this is my day to work at home, I am going to enter an item, then go up and down the stairs. Enter another one, do another flight of stairs. It will help to keep me awake for the afternoon, get some steps and flights of stairs in. Have I mentioned how much I love my fitbit?? 😉

Wake-Up Call

Yesterday was my first full day of wearing my FitBit pedometer. I knew it would be a very inactive day, but wow, I was surprised by just how low my steps were! I didn’t exercise, and my desk job was especially slow. I didn’t even clear 4000 steps!! Yikes!

So today, I put it on and did my wii Biggest Loser workout. It didn’t add many steps because my current routine focuses on core strength, but it still felt good to do it. Then I did my first C25K workout before starting work. Luckily, I’m working at home today so had time to do this after dropping the kids off at daycare. The first workout wasn’t super hard, but it definitely pushed me. I’m sure I will be sore tomorrow. It felt great and is definitely a great mood elevator. And I have already surpassed 4000 steps by 7:30 am!!

Perhaps the kids and I can go for a short walk tonight and get some more steps in.

It’s going to be a great day!!

Back to Business!

The last few days have not been good, foodwise. But the good news is that TODAY I am back in the saddle!

For the first time since my calf injury, I got up this morning to exercise! It wasn’t a real long workout, but still felt good to do it. Assuming my calf doesn’t give me any fits, I WILL be back to my routine! Right now I’m focusing on doing my wii Biggest Loser workout 4 times each week, and sneaking in as much extra walking as we can. I just met someone downtown, so that was an easy 20 minute walk that I wouldn’t normally have. I really should do that more often during the work day!

I missed a few days logging my food with MyFitnessPal, but am back to counting calories today. Even if I go over, I need to log it!

I am really tired today, and it’s not because of lack of sleep. Allergy Season seems to be here, and I’m feeling the effects. But, I am thrilled spring is finally here, so you won’t get any complaints from me! 🙂