Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Oh look, a week has gone by

Today's Weight: 207.0
Difference: +2.6
Total Difference:  -4.3
I have no excuses about my gain. I spent a week and a half not being as careful as I should have been, and I suffered the consequences. Last week wasn't as bad but this weekend apparently was a bad combo of a couple of indulgent meals [one unplanned because I wasn't cooking] and a couple too many drinks. Back up I go.

I think I'm pmsing, I'm really grumpy today [nothing to do with my weight] and I just can't shake it. Hopefully after I exercise today I will feel better.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Meh with a dash of blargh

I think I want to bang my head on a brick wall.
Today, I took some personal, aka naked, progress pics. I had thought it would be a nice pick me up to see how my results had changed my body, up close and personal.  Except when I compared them to the ones I took 2 months ago... no difference. I was flabbergasted. Sure, the angles were a teensy, tiny bit off from each other, it's difficult to recreate the same shot perfectly. But as I flipped back and forth, back and forth, nothing. Since it seems my scale wasn't lying yesterday, the weights aren't all that different in the pics. I have come to the conclusion that the only reason there was difference in the pics is because the day 1 pics were taken right after I got back from Florida, bloated with salt, alcohol, and carbs. While my recorded starting weight was a tad high for the challenge, after it dipped back to my more normal weight, it shot up again, with what I assumed was water weight from building muscle, but now I can only conclude I was gaining weight.  a week and a half before my extended end date of the challenge, I had dropped down about 6 lbs, and I was ecstatic. I maintained it for about 3-4 days, then, I started gaining weight. Again, I assumed it was muscle water weight because I had added the kickboxing in. I have gained back 4 of the 6 lbs I dropped, and while I know my diet wasn't pristine in the last week and a half, 4 lbs in 2 weeks is really horrible.
Maybe I'm just whiny. My measurements didn't really improve since the beginning of the year. I was so excited about that, when I thought they had improved. But when I did measurements today, it seems I got them wrong last Saturday. My hips seem to measure differently each day of the week. blargh.

On a different note, doing Jillian's kickboxing and Bob's yoga in the same day will make you SORE the next day. it's been a while since my legs were this damn sore. Today is just kick boxing Because my muscles need some rest.

My vague thoughts for the next 3 weeks:

M: KB w-o 1
    30DS lvl 2
T: KB w-o 2
    30DS lvl 3
W: Yoga or TBT
      KB or 30DS [optional]
Th: KB w-o 1
      30DS lvl 3
F:  KB w-o 2
     30DS lvl 2
S: KB w-o 3

Since I'm busy on the weekend I'm not going to try to do a second workout because I will be too tired in the evenings.

Another thought that has been on my mind, I wish I had a weight-loss buddy. Not someone to workout with, in general I don't care for working out with people. Yoga class at the gym is one thing, it reminds me of PE, at least what I had in grammar school where we lined up and all looked at the teacher. Tad less goofing off at the gym though. Anywho, the MIL is by no means a supportive person when it comes to our shared interest in weight loss, on the contrary she tends to big dick me when we discuss what we've been doing. I read plenty of blogs, but the non-tumblr blogs don't seem to be in the community mood, and that's their prerogative. I don't have the desire to create a second tumblr, and try to maintain one more weight-loss 'journal'. I'm sure I could get the support I crave if I did, and maybe I'll do it eventually if I still crave support. [myfitnesspal forums are not that active].
Don't know....

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday Weigh- in cancelled today

Today my scale seems to be spazzing and refuses to give a consistent, or anywhere near accurate reading. 

In 3 more weeks I get to start Jillian's Body Revolution. I'm looking forward to it. I'm really loving my Kickboxing DVD though, and it's definitely something I can work on getting better at while waiting for my turn with Jillian's BR. Right now my heart rate is staying in the high 85% area while doing it, but it's been spiking to  90%.  From what I know, that's not the best, but I'm working on it :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Challenge End! Results!

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Starting weight: 212.0
Waist 41.5
Hips 53.25
Bust 45
Underbust 36.5
Thigh L 29 R 28
Bicep L16.5 R 16

Ending weight 204.4
Waist 40.5
Hips 51.5
Bust 43.5
Underbust 35.5
Thigh L28 R27
Bicep L16  R15.25

I missed more than five days, but I feel I made up those by adding in the kickboxing workouts.
Level 1 is decent, good for getting your feet wet again. I don't like Level 2, it kills me. I never mastered it, but I found myself hating it every time I did it. I love Level 3, it's fun. Sadly, it doesn't keep my heart rate up as much as Level 2 because of all the floor work.  I love most of the moves in it though, and I shall continue doing both the levels until I've mastered them.
I failed utterly at doing all the advanced moves days 6-10, but I was able to start to add in a few reps of advanced, or some moves I could do the advanced, but I couldn't do the whole workout advanced.
I would recommend this to anyone, eve those with knee problems like me. Anything I knew would aggravate my knees, I did something alternate. I marched, I squat-and-punched, etc.

So as you can see I got tiny results, and it makes me happy. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012


They say it's good to repeat meal throughout the week because it prevents over eating at mealtimes because the taste is familiar. I'm not sure how true it is, but I know for me, it's all about not having to think about what I should make. When I don't repeat meals, I end up taking way longer to eat because I can't figure out what to eat. Tends to be bad for the system.
I've been really enjoying my repeat meals recently, and thought I'd share.
Savory Oatmeal - Spicy Cheese
Oatmeal made with 2% milk, mixed with string cheese and chipotle Tabasco sauce with pepper.

Tuna Dip Salad
Spring mix salad with tuna dip. Tuna dip is light tuna in water [drained], liquid smoke, chipotle hot sauce, sour cream, mayo, and pepper.

Normally I don't add the mayo, especially since it's on the no-no list for bringing down cholesterol, but this week I felt like a treat. I was using the extra 180 calories to reach my net calories for the day, which is proving difficult because of my tendency to panic when I hit 500 calories. It's beyond ridiculous, but it stems from when I first had to go on the 1200 cal diet a few years ago and worrying that going over the 1200 would mean I would get the heart attack or stroke my doctor threatened me with. Not to mention, I seemed to hit 500 by lunch.  Yes, they gave me a diet, but it was really big on fish, and I hate fish. Yes, I'm aware that tuna is fish, but salmon is nasty ad I refuse to eat it :D

anywhoos, I'm procrastinating packing and I need to.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday Weigh-in, Yadda

Today's Weight: 204.3
Difference: +0.8
Total Difference:  -6.9

Eh, the weight gain was mostly my fault this week. Whole new week to try again :)

Ok, so Jillian's kickboxing? Frickin awesome. I did Workout 1 yesterday as a second workout, and when I was done I was so pumped! Workout 1 focuses on upper body, and my shoulders are sore today. I love a good workout sore. Also, for the first time, it is a true 20 minute video. Not that I mind her other dvds where you have 20ish minutes of workout and 7ish minutes of warm up and cool down. But in 20 minutes  I burned 200 calories, and that was with taking breathers because my heart rate was soaring and because I would need a moment to watch the combos. I am not sorry at all that I got this dvd. Today as a second workout I will do Workout 2, which focuses on lower body.  I hope tomorrow night I can squeeze in 3, which is abs. I work on Friday so I'm not sure if I'll get to workout then.
This Saturday is the new end date of my 30Day Shred challenge. I'm excited. Even though it has been kind of disastrous, and I'm now adding in extra workouts [but hey I started after my original end date], 
 at least I didn't give up on it completely. I will write more about it sometime this weekend. Saturday night I will be going to a concert so it looks like Sunday for picks and summary.

:D Happy Hump day everyone!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


yesterday was the original end date for my challenge. I still took pics. I will take more next week too.
I have just finished reviewing Jillian's new Kickboxing DVD and damn am I excited to start it. Looks like some awesome cardio, and I recognize some moves I'll be doing in her Body Revolution too, woo-hoo. I think it's a bit sad that I have enough Jillian DVDs to recognize some of her back up.
I like the Kickboxing DVD for the fact that it's in a group this time instead of just her 2 back ups. It's the same in the BR series, although that has both guys and girls, this DVD has just girls.
I have been contemplating mixing the kickboxing DVD with levels 2 and 3 of 30DS since those never became easy. Level 2 is still more challenging for me than 3.  I'm adapting to 3 better than I did 2. So until BR time, I think this will be my plan. Also, 1 day for yoga [cuz I miss it] and my Bob DVD. since I now have a part time job, the next 3 weeks will fly by. wonder what change it will bring? Can't wait.

Also, as of yesterday, I haven't had soda [other than a few accidental sips when grabbing the wrong cup] for 30 days, which was my goal, to not drink soda while on my challenge. I miss soda, but at the same time the thought of the taste of it in my mouth is gross go me. I want to allow myself the option of the occasional soda, but my challenge was extended, should the soda thing be too? I never did notice a health shift by giving it up. Well, ok, one thing, I have been getting sleepy more early in the evening. Even though my teas have caffeine in them, I think I'm still consuming less caffeine with them than all the soda I was drinking. Quandary.....

Thursday, March 8, 2012


I'm happy with the changes I've made with my life, my healthy choices and what I'm striving for.  It's mildly paid off, though not like I'd like it to have.  I make an effort, every day. I make choices everyday.
But I'm still human, so to go pants shopping with someone I know who makes no health effort, actually eats unhealthy [she hates me talking about healthy foods for too long, it makes her long for a cheeseburger/etc] and has managed to loose weight, and wears pants 4-5 sizes smaller than I. While she has never been as heavy as I have been, it's damned depressing. Especially since last time I was this weight, I was in a size smaller, and I'm not anywhere near being there.
I could be bloated, but I glanced at myself in the mirror today and I look like I did at the start of my challenge. I took day 15 pics and there was a difference. :(
It's mostly me and my frustration that I'm working hard, getting little reward, and someone I know doesn't and they do get reward.
Also, arms, stop being silly, I can see how cut you are on top, be taut on bottom tooooooo! [I've been reading too many memes on tumblr]

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wednesday Weigh-in, Getting back on track

Today's Weight: 203.5
Difference: -3.5
Total Difference:  -7.7

There's still crud in my lungs, which means I need to take it easy while exercising. 
Yesterday I started my job that I will have for the next few months.  Last year I held this job for 2 weeks at the end of the season and I enjoyed it alot. However, reflecting back, I can tell I wasn't eating enough during my labor-intensive days. I think this contributed to my first tachycardia/arrhythmia event [and the exlax... let's not go there]. Which led me to making a semi-idiotic food choice for breakfast. I did not want any kind of repeat so I got  a chili burrito. It was sinfully delicious, but I knew I should've picked something else. I will look at the menu online to find something a little more healthy.
I'm also excited because yesterday my email notification came saying my Jillian Kickboxing DVD is on it's way. Since the MIL's first month is going to be a a week longer than it should be, I have time to do the kick boxing on it's own. I find it funny how I'm now trying to figure out how to do all the programs I'd been planning on, now that I have the 3-month Body Revolution program to go through.  I will be doing the kettle bell month after my BR is done, or maybe I can  figure something new.  I have tons of options so I can always do something. I'm liking being on programs right now, gives me something to look forward to. For some reason in my mind August is the cut off point. I'll be exercising then too, I plan on it for the rest of the year, well, life really but I'm thinking small-term right now. Maybe it's because I have a fitting in August.

Ok, enough rambling...

Monday, March 5, 2012


My challenge has been extended 5 days to make up for the fact that I've been too sick to do them.
I'm not sure I'm 100% but it's driving me nuts not to exercise.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Still sick

and annoyed as hell about it. I normally don't stay sick for long.  I feel well enough to exercise today, but I missed two days of the challenge, so I thought about how I'm going to make them up. I'm ok with missing 1 session and just making up 1 by doubling up sometime soon. This weekend will prove interesting since I will be going upstate to stay with some friends and be doing some wedding stuffs, But hopefully I can get it done.