30 September 2011

Here are my totals for yesterday:
Calories burned: 2307
Calories consumed: 1620
Deficit: 687
Nutrition: Protein - 27%  Carbs - 42%  Fat - 31% 
Steps: 4,459
Physical Activity: 27 minutes
Not super great.  My protein was way better, which is always of the happy, but my fitness yesterday blew. I'm not even sure how I managed to burn 2307 -- 300 more than my BMR.  I didn't workout.

It was probably from setting up my coworker's desk for her birthday.  I blew up a bunch of balloons and hung them up.

I was just SO TIRED when I got home that I couldn't find the energy to do anything.  I reheated dinner even though I was going to cook food, I watched my Netflix and then I went to sleep.  Seriously.  I went to bed at like 8pm.

Tonight I have errands to run and strength training to do, then tomorrow I'm going to get up really early and go for a nice hike.  I'm hoping that I can complete the trail loop at McDowell Mountain preserve.  I couldn't, last time.  That would be quite the accomplishment. =)

Then Sunday is my official weigh in, progress pictures and measurements day for October. I'm hoping that I've lost at least as much weight this week as last week but we'll see. Fingers crossed!

29 September 2011


Here are my totals for yesterday:
Calories burned: 2649
Calories consumed: 1262
Nutrition: Protein - 18%  Carbs - 52%  Fat - 30% 
Steps: 7,460
Physical Activity: 61 minutes
Can I just say, I love the biggest loser. No, for real, I LOVE THE BIGGEST LOSER!
Last night I was feeling BLAH and I wasn't going to workout, but then I knew I had the biggest loser in my Hulu+ Queue so I turned that baby on and BAM. I went from Blah to Yeah in sixty seconds! 

I watched 2 episodes, did my strength training and then hopped on my stationary bike for 60 minutes! YEAH!  I did modify my plan this week.  I was supposed to do strength training sun, mon and tues, but instead I'm done wed, thurs and fri.

I snuck a peak at the scale this morning, too and it said 195.2 - which is officially a whole pound down from last Sunday.  I'm hoping that the number stays that way for Sunday, or moves lower!  I have my official October weigh in, measurements and progress pictures this Sunday, too.

I'm planning a hike on Saturday.  Next week I've signed up for my first personal training session at a gym on the way home from my work.  I'm hoping that he actually does a workout with me and doesn't just show me around the gym for an hour.  We'll see.  I'm hoping I get more out of it than I'm expecting, but it is free.

Today I'm going to sign up for a bootcamp for next Thursday, and the week after that I'm already signed up for my coworker's bootcamp - which is supposed to be amazing.  I'm pretty thrilled, not going to lie.

And my BFF finally got the approval for the time off for our Europe trip - which means it's ON! Officially! I'm so excited!  But I only have 7 months to lose as much weight as possible... it's going to be a challenge, but I know I can do it!  I don't want to look back at pics of me in Europe and think "Wow, what a chubbo." ya know?  I want to be able to keep up with her and run around and walk all day and have energy!  So that is my motivation, my mantra.  "Europe - 7 months, 57 pounds"... and already officially 1.2 pounds down!

28 September 2011

Yay MetaFit Pass!

Here are my totals for yesterday:
Calories burned: 2397
Calories consumed: 1504
Nutrition: Protein - 25%  Carbs - 52%  Fat - 23% 
Steps: 9,203
Physical Activity: 1 hour 17 minutes
My total deficit for the week so far is 2894 of 7000. Not too bad. I'm only a little over 100 calories shy.
Also, my MetaFit pass went into effect yesterday.  I got a super great Groupon - for $20 I get this MetaFit Pass, which lets me attend 30 bootcamps/classes throughout the valley (at participating locations) plus I get 2 free personal training sessions. It's a value of $400 and a super great deal.
I can only attend each class 10 times, some of them only 5 times (like the Yoga classes) and it doesn't expire until next March.  I'm pretty thrilled about this, to be honest. I'm going to try to get in for one of my free personal training sessions next week and then after that it's bootcamp, baby!  My coworker does a really awesome bootcamp that is participating in this so I'll get to attend that 10 times. WHEE!

In other news, it's that same coworkers birthday this weekend so I'll be hit with another temptation of bar food and drink.  I'm going to avoid it. Maybe have one beer.  I mean I'm still going but man, it's going to be tough!

27 September 2011

Moving along

Here are my totals for yesterday:
Calories burned: 2272
Calories consumed: 1359
Nutrition: Protein - 24%  Carbs - 55%  Fat - 21% 
Physical Activity: 29 minutes
OK, not excellent, I'll give you that, but I'm definitely eating less fat and more protein, which is good!
Today I'm going to punch it!

26 September 2011

I Will, I Will, I Will.

Here are my totals for yesterday:

Calories burned: 2682 
Calories consumed: 1594 
Nutrition: Protein - 27%  Carbs - 51%  Fat - 22% 
Physical Activity: 1 hour 37 minutes
So, not too shabby.  My total deficit for last week was only a little more than 400 calories short of 7000 calories and I lost 1.2 pounds.  I'm very happy about that.  I started this week off right with an invigorating hike and a deficit of 1088, which is 88 more calories than necessary, which is definitely in the plus column.

"Stop saying I can't and start saying I am."

I'm hopeful for this week, because I want to maintain my weight loss.  I want to reach my goals.  I need to just keep telling myself I WILL I WILL I WILL because it's the only way I'm going to succeed.

Never give up, never surrender!  It's challenging, sometimes, when all you want to do is sleep, but I'm going to PUSH IT.  Because this week is PUSH IT WEEK and because I want to, because it feels good and because I'm worth it.
I'm considering getting a new scale.  Mine doesn't seem to be working properly, but I'm going to give it another week and see what's up with it.  Hopefully I don't have to get a new one because I really don't want to spend the money on that right now.

Today I'm having a yummy salad for lunch and I'll make healthy taco's for dinner... after my intense workout!  Strength training tonight (Burn Baby, Burn!) and then at least 45 minutes of cardio... and possibly a walk, just because.

25 September 2011

Sunday Stat Day

Here are my totals for yesterday:

Calories burned: 2772

Calories consumed: 1461


Nutrition: Protein - 15%  Carbs - 42%  Fat - 43%


Physical Activity: 77 minutes
Ok so I know I'm a little late writing this, but it's been a crazy day.  The BF and I went for a nice hike this morning, and we had dinner at America's Best Taco Shop last night with some of his friends (who I love, btw).
I'm officially down 1.2 pounds since last week.  I'm pretty happy with that number. It's not 2 pounds, but it's better than nothing! Especially considering that I was sick for 2 days.

This week I have my strength training routine mon-wed plus 30 minutes of cardio each day, then Thursday 60 minutes of cardio and Friday 45 minutes.  Saturday I don't know what I'll do, but Sunday will be another hike if the BF is up to it.

I'm pretty excited!  It's been a great week and I know it will only get better!  I made sweet potato fries to celebrate and I'm going to watch some BONES and read some tonight to reward myself.

24 September 2011

Saturday Check In

Just a quick check in because I'm super busy today.

Here are my totals for yesterday:

Calories burned: 2471

Calories consumed: 1669


Nutrition: Protein - 20%  Carbs - 49%  Fat - 31%


Physical Activity: 60 minutes
So, my nutrition is getting much better. I don't think I'll hit my 7000 calorie deficit for the week but I'm going to come darn close.
Today I hit the store, picked up a bunch of Greek Yogurt, concord grapes, Asian pears, lettuce, ground turkey, goat cheese, hot sauce and a few other things.  I did my workout, had a turkey-bacon, lettuce and onion sandwich for lunch, and now I'm having some tea.

I'll head over to my boyfriends' place soon, we'll go to dinner (Ceviche) and then tomorrow morning we'll have ourselves a nice, long hike.

Fingers crossed that I've lost at least 1 pound this week, but since I was sick I'm really doubting it.  We'll see, though, we'll see.

23 September 2011

2549 is the Number to Beat

Here are my totals for yesterday:
Calories burned: 2271
Calories consumed: 1236
Nutrition: Protein - 19%  Carbs - 65%  Fat - 16%
Steps: 5,571
Physical Activity: 37 minutes
I'm at 4451 of 7000 calories for the week, which means I have to have a deficit of more than 2549 calories in the next two days to reach my 7000 calories per week goal.

I'm going to try my hardest.  Friday's are technically "off" day's, but since I was sick Tuesday and Wednesday, and yesterday I took it easy because I was still feeling a bit off... well, today I'm going to work out.  And tomorrow I'm going to do something extra.

I don't know what, yet.  I'll have to clean my apartment, so maybe I'll go for a jog in the morning or something.  Hopefully there will be time for a walk in the evening.  Sunday is stat-day but I won't be near my scale during my normal weigh in time, which is unfortunate.  I'll make due.  My numbers just might be weird for a few weeks. haha.

In other news, I purchased a Groupon for a MetaFit pass.  I'm really excited about it.  It's a 400$ value!  For 20$ I get 30 passes to go to a bunch of valley-wide fitness locations.  I can use them up to 10 times at each location (some of them are only 5 times) and there is a wide variety... MMA, kickboxing, yoga, bootcamps... I'm thrilled!  I also get 2 free personal training sessions, a nutrition and wellness plan AND a 100$ gift certificate to use towards a future purchase!  Seriously, it's a super good deal! I'm very pleased with this pass.

Plus, my coworker's bootcamp (Rockstar Bootcamp) is one of the listed participating locations, so I can try hers out 10 times!  And the Groupon doesn't expire until the end of March next year!  Booya!  I'm going to try Yoga and MMA and several different bootcamps, crossfit and I'm going to get 2 personal training sessions at a local gym!

I'm actually pretty excited about the sessions.  The gym is on my way home and it looks like a really great place.  When I perused their website I discovered they have a program called "Commit-To-Fit".  It's basically 3 months of free personal training (twice a week) and nutrition planning if you meet certain requirements (which I do) and blog about your progress and post photos and are committed to being fit.  I think I would be a really great fit for the program, but unfortunately they're not accepting applications for that program - bummer!

That's ok, though. I'm going to get fit without them! Well, mostly.  I'm going to cash in my two free personal training sessions with them.  Probably I'll do one next week or the week after (I want to be plenty healed from my sickness and able to give 100%) and then I'll do another one maybe 3 months or so after that.  I don't want to do them both close together because I'll need another one as my body changes.  If I save one for just after the beginning of the year, all the better!  By then my body will have changed and I'll need different things.

So, today and tomorrow I'm going to work extra hard and try and burn burn burn baby burn as many calories as possible to reach a deficit of 2549 in the next 2 days.  Then Sunday morning I'm hiking with my man -- after my weigh in.
Love, Peace & Elbow Grease!

22 September 2011

What, No Taco Salad?

Before I get started...
Here are my totals for yesterday:
Calories burned: 2095
Calories consumed: 1210
Deficit: 885
Nutrition: Protein - 18%  Carbs - 43%  Fat - 39%
Physical Activity: 16 minutes
Again, not my best. Again, I was sick. I still managed to be a little over 100 calories short of my deficit, though, which isn't too bad, though I burned next to nothing, which is really sad for me.  I love physical activity.

Anyway, I slept most of the day. Caught up on The Office and Bones, too, so that was nice.

Today I'm jumping back into my workout plan, which is strength training and cardio.  I'll take it a little easy, since I'm still feeling sick PLUS I have seasonal allergies. yippee....

"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places."

Also, I have my first temptation this weekend.  My boyfriends friend invited us out to dinner on Saturday night.  I figured wherever they picked there would be at least one healthy option, or some way I could modify something to be healthy, because that's your typical restaurant, right?

Boy, was I wrong.  Yesterday evening he informed me we're going to "America's Taco Shop".  You can view a pdf of the menu here.  There isn't a single healthy thing on that menu!  It's all loaded with guacamole and cheese and sour cream and mayo!  In fact, the only item that is remotely healthy is the Ceviche, except it has "salsa guacamaya", which I imagine is some combination of mayo and guacamole and peppers.

I'm going to have to ask what the salsa guacamaya is.  Actually, I'm going to look it up online right now! [fevered google searching] Ah, ok.  Guacamaya appears to be a specific brand of hot sauce favored in mexico.  I can deal with that, hot sauce is pretty delish, after all.  Ok, so it's looking like the Ceviche is going to be my only option. They don't have nutritional information, unfortunately.

"He conquers who endures."  ~Persius

Anyway, that will be a bit of a challenge, since I love all things Mexican food - tacos, enchiladas and burritos, oh my!  I'm just going to stick with it and hopefully lose at least 1 pound this week, despite being sick.

Keep it up!

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."  ~Newt Gingrich

21 September 2011

I Loathe Being Sick.

No, really.  I hate it.
And I'm sick.  Not deathly sick.  But I'm still sick.  A bunch of people I know have been sick lately and I said I wasn't going to get sick and here I am, sick.

So my numbers yesterday... pretty fail.

Here are my totals for yesterday:
Calories burned: 2163
Calories consumed:  1636
Nutrition: Protein - 15%  Carbs - 53%  Fat - 32%
Physical Activity: 22 minutes

Yeah, not me at my best.  I'm at 2531 out of 7000 calories for the week, but that's ok.  I'm only 400 some odd calories shy. I can make that up. The power of positive thinking, right?  I slept most of the day (hence almost zero physical activity and steps) but that's what you're supposed to do when you're sick.

I ate soup, crackers, a grilled cheese and drank OJ.  Yeah, not the best choices, I know. Well, the soup was good. the crackers were too.  But who would have thought one serving of whole wheat crackers and 10 oz of OJ would have 257 calories?  Not me.

Why can't I have the kind of sickness that makes you not want to eat?  I could deal with that.

As it is, my nose is still stuffy, my ears are still ringing, my head still feels vaguely like it might explode from the pressure, there's a vein in my left temple that has been dancing the samba since I woke up, but at least the fever has finally gone.  I feel like uck, and I obviously won't be working out today (especially considering I sweat just sitting here), but I'll get better, and then I'll get back to it.  At least I can get being sick out of the way, right? RIGHT.

20 September 2011

Pushing Past Obstacles

Here are my totals for yesterday:
Calories burned: 2486
Calories consumed: 1749
Nutrition: Protein - 13%  Carbs - 60%  Fat - 27%
Steps: 9,304
Physical Activity: 1 hour 17 minutes
Not too bad. My total deficit goal for the week is 7000 and so far I'm at 2004.  I was under yesterday by about 250 calories, but I was over the day before by about 250 calories.  I should be at a deficit of 1000 per day, so 2004 for 2 days is about even steven.
And I managed to lower my fat intake a lot. So that's definitely a plus.  Still not there on the protein, though.

I wasn't feeling super great yesterday.  I think seasonal allergies are hitting me hard.  Last spring they were super bad, and this fall isn't looking much better.  My throat is dry, my eyes itch and I get sinus headaches really easily.  

But it's just another obstacle.  I need to push past it.  I went for a 45 minute walk yesterday, because I had 45 minutes of cardio to get in.  It's not what I was hoping for, but it was better than nothing.

Actually I think it might be time to go see a doctor about these seasonal allergies.  Normally I try to stay away from them as much as possible, but this is just plain ridiculous.  Claratin doesn't seem to be helping anymore.  There's one more herbal remedy I want to try before I cave and go see a doc.

Anyway, today is my strength training routine and 30 minutes of cardio.  I will accomplish both, but I may be stuffy and tired because of my allergies. We'll see.  Here's to hoping they aren't too bad today!

19 September 2011

Viva New Program

So my new program is all set up.  I don't think I really mentioned it yesterday. I may have, but briefly.  In my new program, I need to burn 2750 calories per day.  I need to consume 1750 calories per day.  If I follow the rules, that should leave me with a deficit of 1000 calories.  Add that up and you've got a deficit of 7000 calories per week, which should equal out to two pounds per week.

I get that a lot of things can affect weight loss. Salt intake, water retention, having your period, stress... but I'm hoping to overcome those.  At least, most of the time.

I did really well yesterday.  I got up at 6am and did my strength training workout, then immediately walked over to the fitness center and got an hour of cardio in.  I mixed it up, starting off on the elliptical and switching to the treadmill.  Later that afternoon I walked to the park and back.

Here are my totals for yesterday:
Calories burned: 2932
Calories consumed: 1665
Deficit: 1267

Nutrition: Protein - 16%  Carbs - 43%  Fat - 41%
Steps: 16,047
Physical Activity: 1 hour 49 minutes

I'm pretty proud of what I accomplished yesterday.  I knew that I had been sitting on my butt (albeit, watching season 11 of the Biggest Loser) so I got up at the end of the day and went for a walk, ensuring that my burn would be more than my required 2750.

My nutrition still has a few bugs. I was 18 grams short on my protein and way over on my fat intake. I had 1 T of organic mayo on my sandwich for lunch and then 1.5 T of organic peanut butter on my PM snack.  I should have had one or the other.  I could have put hummus on my sandwich, but I just wasn't thinking about it.  Gotta make smarter choices.  

My problem with fat intake is this: I really like nuts and cheese. I mean, I REALLY like nuts and cheese. I could eat nuts and cheese with every meal. I've been really good at cutting back on the nuts.  For example, if I put a little bit of walnuts on my salad (I'm big on portion control because of the fat content), then I won't have almonds with my snack later.  I used to put walnuts on my salad and have an apple and almonds for my PM snack. Yeah, they both have good fat, but its still a lot of fat!

So I suppose I need to buckle down on that and really pay attention.  It helps that I try to enter in what I'm eating for the day at breakfast, because then I can see exactly what my totals will be early and make adjustments.  I haven't done that yet, but I'll start, by golly!

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”
~ La Rochefoucauld

Even so, I'm still very pleased with my Sunday, the first day of this new program. Speaking of my new program, it will run from yesterday (9/18) until the end of October (10/30).  By the end of the program I need to have lost 12.25 pounds (that's an average of 2 per week), putting me at about 184 pounds.  At the end of the program I'll create a new one that will carry me through November, and then another one for December and so on and so forth.  I really like that I can create these monthly programs, because it makes my goals closer and easier to achieve. 

So far today I'm on point with my nutrition.  I've entered in everything I plan on eating through my PM snack (because I don't figure out dinner until I get home) and I'm at 28g of fat (my goal is 47g).  I'm also at 39g of protein but I need to be at 88g.  I don't have any greek yogurt at home right now, so I can't make my smoothies, which is frustrating because they have a lot of protein.  

Speaking of my smoothies: I can't find the Stonyfield Oikos brand anywhere!  Fry's recently had it on sale in an ad, but when I went to the store they said they didn't carry that brand and that the sale applied to the Dannon Oikos brand.  I showed them the picture in their flier (which very clearly had the Stonyfield product) and they apologized but told me to get the Dannon brand. No thanks.  To this day, my favorite Greek Yogurt is Stonyfield. I effin love that stuff!  But so far, the only place I've found that carries it is Target Marketplace, and I don't live next to one of those anymore. [extreme sad face]

Other than that, I have my "before" picture, but I'm really nervous about putting it up here for all to see.  It took me forever to post my current pics on weight-loss websites, where everyone was going through the same struggles.  But my before picture is from 2009, and I've come a long way since then, so I'll post it... eventually.  I'm not taking current pictures until the beginning of October so maybe around then, eh?

Until next time ~

18 September 2011

Sunday Stat-Day (9/18)

Well, that was not what I expected. Not in a good way, either. I was hoping for 190, but expecting 193.  What I got was 197.2


Yeah, to say I'm not happy right now is an understatement.  But I can only control 24 hours at a time.  All that time in the past where I managed to put back on 11.2 pounds... I can't control that - its done.  I can't control the future, but I can control today.

I got up early (6am on a Sunday - GASP!) to do my workout. I haven't started yet (it's a little after 6.30) but I"m going to soon. I needed to set up my new program online.

OK, so here's the plan:
I need to lose 57.2 pounds in 7 months.
~8 pounds per month
~2 pounds per week

Based on that, by my October 30 weigh in, I need to have lost 12.25 pounds and be at 184.9
That's actually not too terrible, considering I was hoping I could hit 180 by the end of October.  Yeah, I get it, that's a huge loss.

My program has me consuming 1750 calories per day, and burning 2750, for a deficit of 1000 calories. Which is what I expected.

What are the base numbers?  Well, I'm going to update my progress page but here they are:
weight: 197.2
waist: 35.5
hips: 46
thigh: 22
calf: 15
upper arm: 13
lower arm: 9.5
body fat: 32.7%

Clearly, I have some work to do.  So, how am I going to do that work?  Well, this week is cardio week.  I like jogging, and I can run a 10k, so I can push myself on the treadmill, but some days I have to switch to the elliptical because of my knee. I try to push myself no matter what I do.
Here's my plan:

Sunday: Burn Baby Burn* + 60 minutes of cardio
Monday: 45 minutes of cardio
Tuesday: Burn Baby Burn* + 30 minutes of cardio
Wednesday: 60 minutes of cardio
Thursday: Burn Baby Burn*, + 30 minutes of cardio
Friday: Off / walk
Saturday: Hike

*Burn Baby Burn is my strength training routine.  It has several moves, including tricep push ups, rows, two types of crunches and some leg work.

Challenge task: Jog 1/2 hour each day

I'm pretty confident that this routine will be a good one.  In order to lose 2 pounds a week, I need to really crack down on my diet, but on top of that, I have to actually put in the time at the gym.  I need 60 - 90 minutes each day of physical activity.  I work in an office and sit at a desk all day, so it has to be 60 - 90 minutes. I'm not getting the calorie burn during the day.

So. That's the weight, the plan for this week, and the short-term goal. 
Deep breath aaaaaaand go.

17 September 2011

Checking in

So tomorrow is the big, official weigh in.  Tomorrow morning I will see just how much weight I managed to put back on.

Yeah. Nervous is pretty much the word of the day.

See, previously I had managed to get down to 181 pounds. But then I had a vacation. And then I had an injury.  And then it was summer and it was hot.  And then I got in the habit of it being easier to just...not.

Well, no more. This week has been great.  I've been doing great with my workouts and pretty OK with my eating, so I'd like to start the weigh-in off right.  I'd be thrilled if it was no more than 190. THRILLED.

My guestimate, however, is about 193.  That's what I'm thinking. 193. We'll see, though, right? Positive thoughts. Positive thinking is really so powerful.  I think it's usually taken for granted.

Next week is cardio week. I'll post my plan and stuff tomorrow.  But for tonight, I'm feeling kind of sick and I'm having a hard time sleeping (an hour and a half later and not a wink to speak of). I need to sleep so I can get in my workouts next week, but especially tomorrow, to kick it off right.

But I can only control 24 hours at a time. I just have to keep telling myself that. 24 hours at a time.

Tomorrow, we'll see what the scale brings. For now, I'm going to attempt to sleep some more.

16 September 2011

To be great: think great and act great

"Energy and persistence conquer all things." -Benjamin Franklin 
This week has been full of accomplishments. With the summer heat finally leaving the valley, I feel like I have more energy.  It's kind of strange - most people gear up for working out in the summer.  They get outside and sweat, they run, they play, they look forward to summertime.  But here, in the valley of the sun, it's much different.  Here, we buy gym memberships specifically so we can workout in the summer.  We stay indoors and we walk with umbrella's outside to protect ourselves from the heat.  Sure, there are the hard-core runners who still run in the summer, and sure, if you get out early enough it might still be nice.  But for me, running at 5 am when it's already 95 degree's outside is just not my idea of an exhilarating workout.

So I'm glad that fall is asserting it's dominance over summer. Good job, fall. Keep it up.

Of course, it does mean that over the last few months, I've really let myself slip.  I hate working out in the summer.  It's hot - 100+ degrees - and by the time I get home from work I'm exhausted.  Even the drive home seems to wear me out. Excuses, excuses, excuses. I know.

 "It's not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. " -Anonymous 

My situation has dramatically improved.  I now have a 15 minute commute instead of a 45 minute commute.  There's a really great fitness center at my apartment complex, whereas before I was paying for a gym membership and I had to drive another 20 minutes to get there.  I am happier where I'm living now, and that happiness affects every other aspect of my life - including my workouts.

But this week has been about tiny acts of greatness that are helping me re-assert my control over my body. And this time I'm determined they will stick. This week, I've been thinking it one day at a time. I've determined that it's very important for me to take things in small chunks, otherwise I get overwhelmed and am more prone to failure.

What can I control? Just 24 hours at a time. Not even that, more like 16 - 18 hours. I wake up and I say: I am going to have a great day. I am going to have challenges, but I'm going to face them and overcome them.  I don't even bother thinking about my workout until it get's close to after-work (on weekdays) because I'm not there yet.  Once 2 pm hits, I start to tell myself I'm going to do it.  When I tell myself I WILL do it, it becomes something that I MUST do. If I tell myself I HAVE to do it, I'm more likely to skip it.  Sure, I HAVE to do it, but if it feels like a chore, I won't want to.

My Bodybugg is a great help.  If you've never heard about one, here's the scoop: the link to the apex website is on my links page, you should check it out. You wear it on your arm and through some miracle of science and probably magic, it calculates your calorie burn.  They wear them on the biggest loser, and I first heard about them through an awesome gym - Pure Fitness. You keep track of your calorie intake (very important!) and upload the bugg's data, then input your calorie intake and viola, you have charts and graphs and all kinds of helpful things.  I'm really happy that this was something I chose to get, because it helps keep me accountable, even if I don't want to be.

Speaking of Pure Fitness, I'm still in mourning that gym.  They went bankrupt and were bought out by LA Fitness.  I tried going to LA Fitness for a while but it just wasn't the same.  Pure Fitness was personalized. Every Saturday they had an hour long seminar where they would give you a hard core workout for free.  The trainers really cared about you and your personal goals even if you weren't paying for their services.  They were more than happy to take some time out of their day to help you learn a new move or piece of equipment.  And they were much smaller gyms, so you really got to know the people that went there.  It felt more like family.

Now I have the fitness center at my apartment complex, which is kind of like a miniature version of Pure Fitness.  There are 8 treadmills, 3 ellipticals, 4 weight machines, a whole rack of free-weights and a few pieces of misc. equipment.  It's small, but pretty nice, and its definitely nice to have it so close to home.  Not to mention I have a Wii, the Wii Fit series, and Zumba for the Wii, plus a trove of workout videos from a variety of trainers.  No boredom here!

So this week I haven't missed a single workout.  And I've completed my challenge task every day (this week it was to do 25 lunges per-day).  Tonight is a rest day, which I'm really looking forward to. Tomorrow morning I'll be hiking at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  I've never been there, but it looks like there are a lot of great trails to explore.  Then Sunday is my official weigh in (to kick off my 50 pounds in 7 months challenge) and the start of a new week of workouts.  

Next week is cardio week.  Which means in addition to my regular strength training routine, I've got a lot of cardio on my plate, too.  And my challenge task for next week is to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio each day (even my off day).

The week after that is already planned, but I won't get into that yet.  One day at a time. One week at a time. right? Right.  I have a strength routine planned for October already, too, but only because I like to think ahead.  November I'll need something that doesn't involve a lot of effort (to plan) on my part, so I'm thinking I'll do the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels.

BUT TODAY. Today is Friday. My rest day. I may go for a walk later. Either way, I'm starting things off right.

15 September 2011

F.I.T. Girl, reporting for duty

Once upon a time, there was a girl.  She was active in sports and in life.  She rode her bike everywhere.  Then that girl let life get her down.  Then college took up a lot of time and she slipped some more.  After college, there wasn't time or there wasn't money or it was too hard to be fit.  The girl is still around, but a little lighter. She's started and stopped her journey to becoming fit again several times. She's given up and given in and given it her all.

This girl [points both thumbs at self] is so tired of starting and stopping and not achieving her goals.  So this girl is going to do something about it.

I needed a place to write out my thoughts. To post my achievements, my successes, my failures, my goals.  I've tried many different platforms before, and even if no one reads this, the simple act of typing it out and having a record of these events will help push me forward.  I'm going to try to write every day.  I'm going to post my statistics. My progress photos.  My thoughts and goals.

I may not always make sense.  I may not always have much to say. I'm going to try not to be too complicated or convoluted. Hopefully I'll be a little bit humorous. I don't want to post about my Nanowrimo here, or my work life, or my boyfriend or my cats.  I want to write about fitness. My journey.  My transformation.

I have a few problems. I know this.  They are challenges to overcome.  Sometimes my willpower doesn't win out.  I have a sweet tooth.  I enjoy the process of preparing and eating a delicious meal.  I also enjoy a cocktail every now and again.  If I were to have one of the 7 deadly sins, it would be sloth.  I love Netflix (movies and TV shows alike), The Sims 3 and reading -- these are not active activities. I have a weird knee that doesn't always like the exercise, and it's easy for me to make excuses for it.

But I have many goals.  I've learned, through trial and error, that setting short goals is better for me.  If I look at a monthly calendar and try to plan out my month I'll likely fail at my attempts, because it seems too overwhelming.  So I put together weekly calendars, but I still set monthly goals.  I have long-term goals, too, that I work to achieve every month.  So far, this summer has not been a successful one, but with fall and winter approaching, and spring not too far off after that, I am feeling the pressure and I MUST succeed.

I know about fitness. I know about eating healthy.  I don't know everything (who could?) but I know a lot. I just have to put that knowledge to use.  I have a library of exercises.  I have a bodybugg. I have several recipe books. I have meal plans. I have fitness plans. I have access to equipment, Wii fitness games and I've tried several different activities and classes to see what I like. Weight loss is all about (the right) calories in vs. calories out.  You need to eat the right amount of food, and the right kinds of food.  You need strength training to build muscle which will, in turn, burn more fat, and cardio to increase endurance and torch fat cells.  

I'm not interested in negativity. I'm not writing this to be put down or made fun of or ridiculed. I'm not writing this for anyone but myself. Sure, I'm going to pretend I have a large audience of rapt readers, hanging on my every word, cheering me onwards and applauding my successes (kind of like what I do when I watch the Biggest Loser), but even if no one reads this blog I'm going to do it for me anyway.  So if you have something bad to say, try to exercise some self control and just don't. m'kay?

HERE'S THE THING: My best friend and I are going to Europe in May of 2012. I want to be at or very near my goal weight when we get leave (more on that in my official weigh-in blog this Sunday). So I have... [counts months on fingers] ...7 months to achieve this goal. SEVEN. MONTHS. I haven't "officially" weighed myself in, but let's just assume that I have 50 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight (I know it will be close to that number). 

That's an average of 7.1 pounds per month. 1.8 pounds per week.
1 pound of fat = 3500 calories. 
That means I have to have a deficit of 6,300 calories per week.
7 months.
50 pounds.
aaaaand go!