Weigh In Monday

Starting Weight: 268.8 lbs

Last Week:          248.6 lbs

Current:              246.2 lbs

Yay! 2.5 lbs gone. I have to admit, I was hoping for a bigger number with my increased activity, but I know that isn’t how the system works. I’m feeling good and that is what counts. I’ll be starting C25k Week 2 tomorrow. If I’m motivated enough, I’ll wake up early and take a jaunt through the woods instead of hitting the treadmill. I have been told that I need to stretch more, and once I did all my kinks started working their way out. I have to figure out a good time to stretch and just make it a habit. My knee brace is fitting better now too. It kept on fighting my thigh and sliding out of position, but now once I get it in place it is holding tight. Anyone know how to clean a brace? This one has metal supports in it. If it were just supportive material, then I would throw it in the wash, but the big metal pieces have me not wanting to do that.

After all my planning to avoid snacking on pumpkin sweets, my good intentions were thwarted by a red velvet cheesecake. Although it took me two days to eat one slice, that’s two days of giving in to something that I really didn’t need. Of course, I’m punishing myself today with a super strict menu. I’ll forgive me tomorrow and get back to my usual meals.

How did you do this weekend? Any successes or challenges you want to share?

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Week 1 and done

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Guess who dragged their butt out of bed on Sunday morning and completed their workouts of the week… Me! I feel accomplished. I have to say, I like outside way more than a treadmill. I seem to go faster and so does the time. I have more to look at than the numbers in front of me.

My only complaint is that my lower back is aching. Any ideas on what to do with that?

W1D2

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I made it! Not a peep from my ankle or knee. The ache in my hip went away as soon as I hit the treadmill. I’m not falling apart after all. I had to hustle to beat my distance from last time. I think I slowed down a bit too much for my walking parts. I’m looking forward to my next wog on Saturday. I’m going to try the bike trail and not the gym. My daughter will keep up with me on her bike. Who am I kidding? She’s going to ride circles around me, but it will be a good time.

I thought I overdid my breakfast and lunch, but I’m not drained like I was the first time. I’ll skimp on my dinner, but I feel good with my larger meals earlier in the day. That’s all I have for now 🙂

Wogging again

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W1D1 done…again. I even made it further than last time. The calories aren’t close to accurate, I didn’t set my weight. I’ll remember that for tomorrow. I had a free weight routine to do after the treadmill. I started it, but didn’t make it half way. I was so tuckered out. I didn’t spring back to life until after dinner. Perhaps I need a snack before hitting the gym…

Today, my hips ache a bit. I didn’t stretch enough. I’ll work the kinks out through the day and hit the gym again tonight. It will be an elliptical evening, so my joints won’t hate me in the morning. I’ll need to order lunch. While I did pack a lunch, it is lacking a protein and I will be ravenous by the time I get home. That doesn’t set me up well for a successful evening. My head is quiet today. I really needed that. Hopefully the beast will stay asleep.

Breaking a Sweat

Two solid days of packing and moving boxes in 100% humidity. I have been dripping sweat for hours. HOURS. I was miserable and cranky, but, my daughter’s room is completely moved. I have more boxes ready to be picked up, but I’m quite done for today. I need to relax and stretch before my back seizes up on me. I finished my final exam in time and even redid a low scoring assignment from the beginning of the semester. I have three weeks before my next class begins, and also before my boyfriend comes home. I hope that I can get the house into some kind of order that he won’t mind coming home to.

I have, in my purse, a notebook that has workouts for this week all planned out. I am bringing back the C25K sessions as well.  Every other day sounds good to me. My knee brace is still hanging out in my gym bag. Hopefully, I’ve figured out my proper form so that I don’t tweak my ankle again. If I do, then I’ll call it quits on the C25K and just live on the elliptical until I drop a couple pants sizes. This extra weight can’t be helping. I would really like to help it leave, I’ll do what ever I can.

This weekend has left me feeling very accomplished. I’m starting the work week with a very positive frame of mind. I couldn’t ask for more right now.

I Choose Me

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I have heard that you are more likely to cheat on a diet when you are tired. Today, I see why. I was in bed at my usual time last night, but I am so very tuckered out today. I arrived at the office and went to the cafeteria to grab a donut. I did not take one. I woke up enough to stop myself and scurry back to my desk and eat my peach I brought for snack. I have unhealthy carbs dancing through my head. Is this my brain’s way of looking for energy? I think it might be.

Today will be day 2 of the Couch to 5k program for me. I don’t want to do anything today, but there is no doubt that I will drag my butt to the gym and wog my way through 30 minutes on that treadmill. I will feel better after. I am certain of it. I could easily sit at my desk all day instead, but what will that give me? It’ll give me a cloudy head and guilt later. That doesn’t sound like an improvement to me. The hardest part is showing up, starting.

Creating a healthy life really is a journey. Even on days when you’re tired, not in the mood, or whatever, it doesn’t stop. I am deciding to move closer to my goal instead of taking a step back. I will thank me later. Today will feel like a victory instead of something that I need to make up for.

Goals and Moving

I stole a peek at the scale this morning and I’m down another pound. It isn’t an actual weigh in day for me, so it doesn’t count. I just needed to see improvement this morning. I had about 30 minutes home before my boyfriend got there. I decided to be productive. I emptied and filled the dishwasher, threw in a load of laundry, sorted the recycling, and washed the pans that were hovering around the sink. I like it when I keep moving. How does it go? An object in motion will stay in motion…

I’ve been reading a lot about goals. I’ve chatted about them as well. I would like to make an actual list to be revisited once a week. These aren’t just fitness goals. There are some general life things mixed in as well. Here it goes…

This week:

  1. Complete C25K Week 1
  2. Get all stored items out of my daughter’s room and move all of her stuff in.
  3. Remodel my closet.
  4. Determine baseline for push ups and crunches

By end of August:

  1. C25k Week 2
  2. Move all of my stuff into the new house
  3. Sign up for 5k in October or November
  4. Leave the 250’s behind!

By June 2014

  1. Take a scuba class.
  2. Run an entire 5k.
  3. Reduce debt by 50%.
  4. Organize all stored items in basement.
  5. Have a yard sale.
  6. Onederland

Those all seem reasonable. I’ll add more and cross off as I go. I won’t be running today, just walking. My ankle is a bit tender, so I need to watch how I step. That’ll keep me watching my feet as I walk, but at least I’ll be moving.

Wanted: running playlist

I’m sitting here reflecting on my time with the treadmill earlier. I am a big fan of using music to motivate or readjust my moods. I noticed that I ran a lot better/easier when my Eye of the Tiger remix came on. Tonight (or at least before my next session) I must make a playlist to give me a boost. I love all my songs, but some are better at getting me to wind down at the end of the day.

What do you listen to that gives you that extra oomph?

First wogging day done!

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I’ll call it wogging. I’m not walking. I’m not jogging. I did sweat my butt off and my heart rate was kicking around 140 bpm. I am so happy that I completed W1D1. I was even ready for another running spurt when instructed to start cool down. My knee brace held me happily. As soon as I slipped it on, I could feel the pressure come off. I’m slightly more confident that I can make C25K work for me now.

Today’s plan

Today is going to be my first day of C25k. I have my gym bag, knee brace, and no excuses. I’ll be hitting the gym a bit after lunch time so that the cardio room is a bit more empty. I’m only going to the gym instead of the street because I’d like to shower before heading back to work.

I had that fabulous breakfast burrito again. I think that’ll be my last one. I inhaled it and gave me a tummy ache. It really isn’t good for me to put breakfast off that long. I’ll stick to eating breakfast at home.

I found a lovely farm stand close to work. I grabbed some fresh lettuce and peaches yesterday. They make an appearance in today’s lunch. They had tomatoes, but they weren’t quite ripe. I’ll check again later this week.

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