Week 7

Sun Feb 14
Wake up: 11am
AM dog walk: Yes
Coffee: 2
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None

Mon Feb 15
Wake up: 7:15am
AM dog walk: no
Coffee: 1
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 3.17mi 547cal
Stairclimber: No
Other: Abs/Back/Trainer
Food after 9pm: None

Tues Feb 16
Wake up: 7:22
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 0
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None

Wed Feb 17
Wake up: 7:05am
AM dog walk: no
Coffee: 1
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 3.25mi 538cal
Stairclimber:
Other: Arms/Chest
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Thurs Feb 18
Wake up: 6:50
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 0
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Fri Feb 19
Wake up: 7:25am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 1
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 3mi 505cal
Stairclimber: No
Other: Legs/Trainer
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: No

Sat Feb 20
Wake up: 10am
AM dog walk: Yes
Coffee: 1
Gym: No
Treadmill:NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None
Sweets: None

THIS WEEK’S TOTALS – Week 7
Coffee: 5
Gym Days: 3
Miles: 9.42(measured)
Calories:1585 (measured)

Ankles

I have been pushing myself a little too hard apparently the past weeks, particularly the last few. My ankles have been a bit tender, from the treadmill I assume. My trainer showed me some good exercises and stretches that hopefully will help, but he also advised me to tone down the running. The past 2 weeks I have been running like full blast for 2-3 miles when I really should be interval training. My ankles are important so I am going to try interval training and also try and sub in the elliptical a bit until my ankles strengthen up a bit.

The Incredible Shrinking Woman

Okay okay, no one has actually said anything to me about looking like I’ve lost weight, but I totally have and I see the changes in myself, my body and how my clothes fit.

I weighed myself today and saw I surpassed another mile mark in my weight loss. I went from one bracket of numbers to the lower one. For example if I weight 532 pounds before I am now 529 pounds. Granted I am hundreds of pounds less than that and still not comfortable to write the number, but I can say I am 10 pounds away from feeling comfortable enough with coming clean with my weight – on here at least.

So in the past 7.5 weeks I am have dropped: 13.2 pounds!
My disclaimer is half of that weight I put on over the holidays, but now in the last 6 pounds or so am I noticing, in my opinion, positive differences. I think cutting out sweets and writing things down and keep count of things is helping me. If I could drop another 13.2 pounds in the next 7.5 weeks that would be phenomenal and then if I dropped another 13.2 pounds in the 7.5 weeks after that I could actually be VERYCLOSE to my “goal weight.”

When you look at it that way it is so much more attainable instead of saying I’d like to lose 40 pounds.

5K

I booked my flight yesterday to Washington DC to run in a 5K in May called Race for Hope which benefits brain cancer, I’m very excited to be not only running in my first 5K, but to be doing it with a friend for a good cause and my future husband David Cook will also be there!

No Excuses

The gym I am a member at is like 5-7 minutes from where I work, so during the week I go right to the gym afer work. However my gym is like 10-12 minutes from where I live so on the weekends it’s sometimes more of a struggle for me to get myself there.

The funny thing is when I was first checking out gyms when I moved here I went to a Golds that was only 3-5 minutes from my house, but I didn’t love it – it was older and actually reminded me of my prior gym, which I didn’t love. I ended up joining a beautiful new Golds that was across town, but when I signed up it said I could have a “metro pass” or something that meant I could go to any Golds.

Well in the year and a half that I’ve been a member at Golds I’ve only gone to the new one and finally yesterday I decided to see if this “metro pass” thing was legit because I remembered that the older Golds didn’t have a card scan like mine did so I wasn’t sure how it would work. So I went prepared to drive to my Golds if this closer one wouldn’t let me in. Turns out I just need to sign in and write my membership number on their log.

It was a fine gym experience, I MUCH prefer my Golds, but this one had the same treadmills and it pretty empty. So I plan on doing on weekend workouts there or even an occasional evening one.

I still haven’t made it to the gym 4 days a week yet, but I think being able to use this closer Golds it will help. However I have bumped up my runs. I am doing at least 3 miles on the treadmill and feeling pretty good. My ankles have been a bit tender, I think I’m going to get some braces for them, but other than that my body is adapting well!

Goal Pants

I “weighed in” today and only saw a 0.4 change in my weight this week. I was disappointed, but at the same time – slow and steady wins the race right?! Even though I’m still about 11 pounds from the last time I felt good about my body I have been feeling good lately so I decided to try on some of my “skinny pants.” SHOCKINGLY some of the fit – some better than others and some I still have a little ways to go, but it didn’t seem so far off or distant. So even though I’m 11 pounds heavier than the last time I wore most of those pants – maybe it’s muscle weight or something. Regardless I am feeling great and dressing my body proudly and because I feel so great it makes it easy to go to the gym and get an excellent work out in.

I think weight loss and gain are cyclical they feed on each other.
When you have some extra weight you dress sloppier and get depressed and then eat and put on more weight which means going to the gym is a bigger challenge because you’re not as fit and carrying extra weight.

However

When you are losing weight you dress your leaner figure better and are more conscious of what you are eating and exercise comes easier because you are struggling less because you weight less and are gaining muscle.

I hope, pray, believe that I will keep my healthy cycle up…again 2010 is my challenge, but in reality, it’s a FOREVER challenge.

Lent

For the past 6 weeks I have been really trying to cut back on sugar and sweets, well for Lent I am going to try and AVOID any excess sugar or sweets. Goodbye cookies, ice cream, candy – not that I eat a lot of it, but for 40 days I want to see what would happen if I “just say no.” The ONLY exception I am giving for this rule is my friend’s wedding at the end of the month. I haven’t been to a wedding as a “adult” before and I want the full experience – wedding cake and all.

I also wanted to mention that twice this week I ran 3 miles on the treadmill instead of my usual 2.5 and actually this past Monday I ran the 3 miles at a pretty good gallop – between 5.0 – 5.5 on the treadmill, so I did about a 11:30min mile for 3 miles and didn’t die! I really feel confident about my ability to get to at least a 10 minute mile by May. I don’t think I’ll ever “LOVE” running, but I’m learning to hate it less – good music is definitely key. If anyone has any running suggestions I would love them.

Weeks 5 & 6

Sun Jan 31
Wake up: 12pm
AM dog walk: Yes
Coffee: 1
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 2.5mi 404cal
Stairclimber: 8min 100cal
Other: Arms
Food after 9pm: None

Mon Feb 1
Wake up: 6:50am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 1
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 2.5mi 391cal
Stairclimber: min 100cal
Other: Legs
Food after 9pm: None

Tues Feb 2
Wake up: 6:50am
AM dog walk: No
Coffee: 0
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: Non

Wed Feb 3
Wake up: 7:10am
AM dog walk: 0
Coffee: 1
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 2.5mi 373cal
Stairclimber: 8min 100cal
Other: Abs
Food after 9pm: None

Thurs Feb 4
Wake up: NA
AM dog walk: 0
Coffee: 1
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None

Fri Feb 5
Wake up: NA
AM dog walk: 0
Coffee: 0
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None

Sat Feb 6
Wake up: Noon
AM dog walk: 0
Coffee: 0
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None

THIS WEEK’S TOTALS – Week 5
Coffee: 4
Gym Days: 3
Miles :7.5 (measured)
Calories: 1468 (measured)

Sun Feb 7
Wake up: Noon
AM Dog Walk: 0
Coffee:1
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None

Mon Feb 8
Wake up: 7:15am
AM Dog Walk: 0
Coffee:0
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 2.5mi 380cal
Stairclimber: No
Other: Trainer – Legs
Food after 9pm: None

Tues Feb 9
Wake up: 7:15am
AM Dog Walk: 0
Coffee: 1
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None

Wed Feb 10
Wake up: 6:50am
AM Dog Walk: 0
Coffee: 1
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 2.5mi 408cal
Stairclimber: No
Other: Abs
Food after 9pm: None

Thurs Feb 11
Wake up: 6:50am
AM Dog Walk: 0
Coffee: 0
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: None

Fri Feb 12
Wake up: 9:30am
AM Dog Walk: 0
Coffee: 3
Gym: No
Treadmill: NA
Stairclimber: NA
Other: NA
Food after 9pm: Yes

Sat Feb 13
Wake up: 10am
AM Dog Walk: 0
Coffee: 2
Gym: Yes
Treadmill: 3mi 531cal
Stairclimber: No
Other: Arms – Trainer
Food after 9pm: None

THIS WEEK’S TOTALS – Week 6
Coffee: 8
Gym Days: 3
Miles: 8 (measured)
Calories:1319 (measured)

I’m down another 1.4 pounds
Bringing my 2010 weight loss to: 10.8 pounds!

Re-Energized

The second half of last week and into the weekend I felt terrible…I was outside all Wednesday afternoon without a coat and it got pretty brisk…later that night I felt a mild cold coming on.

Instead of hitting up the gym this weekend, I was hitting up airborne and Nyquil on the couch. I really THOUGHT about going Sunday, but convinced myself otherwise.

I got to the gym yesterday and saw one of the signs on the door that instantly motivates me “Showing up is half the battle.” It’s true. I’ve never gotten all the way to the gym and then had a shitty workout. If I’m there I go full force, but it’s the getting there that’s hard for me sometimes, especially on the weekends. My gym is about 7-8 minutes from work, but like 12-14 minutes from home – so I find getting there on weekends hard sometimes.

I have yet to hit my 10 miles a week yet…I also need to hit more 4 day work out weeks, as opposed to 3 day work out weeks – even though 3 days is better than 0 days. However my spare tire of a stomach isn’t gonna just fall off by itself.

I do however think I’ve found I way to perhaps finally get past my weight plateau and his name is Isaac. Isaac is my NEW trainer. Yes in 16 months I’ve gone through 3, well he is my 3rd. I was bummed that my last trainer drastically cut back on clients due to a new job, but within 10 minutes of working with Isaac I was pretty damn hopeful. Isaac is a good looking built black man who doesn’t take crap. I really prefer working with guy trainers – I feel they push me more and that I try harder. Isaac isn’t my type – however one of my best friends I could see falling head over heels for him – but it’s good that I’m not attracted to him because it’s easier for me to talk to him about my weight or what parts of my body I don’t like. So yesterday Isaac and I “eased” into legs and when I said eased – I mean he KICKED MY ASS (err legs) so hard they were noodle like today. That’s not completely true…I’m hurting today, but not like semi-paralyzed which is never a good thing. Isaac had me do lots of leg stuff, but no with machines at all. We did different squats, things with weights, jumps, lunges, leg lifts and calf raises. I feel like I not only learned a lot, but I enjoyed it. I think the big key to my weight loss is changing up my routine, I think my body acclimates to what I do so I’m excited to learn all kinds of new things and hopefully see results!

Wrapping up January

My first 4 weeks of measuring 2010 are as followed:

Coffee: 33
Gym Days: 14
Miles: 34.2 (measured)
Calories burned: 5816 (measured)

Weight Loss: 9.4 pounds
Note: I lost about 8 pounds the first two weeks because I jump started my exercise habits and was more mindful of what I ate as opposed to eating whatever I wanted over the Holidays. The next week I gained about 6 pounds back (I attest some of it to going away for a long weekend and also having my period). As of Friday I am down 7ish pounds which brings my grand total to 9.4 pounds for the month which I am very excited about. I hope to lose 4-6 pounds a month from here on out.