30 March 2012

36 days, 25 work days, "3" pounds

So only 36 days... 25 work days left until Europe.  SO EXCITED.

I started a travel blog here: http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/uniqueink/1/tpod.html

because I felt that Blogger wouldn't give me all the cool travel features that I wanted.  So that's pretty exciting.  I like it a lot!  The mobile app is really easy to use, too!

According to the scale (or as I like to call it, the "Scare-l") this week I lost "3" pounds.  I'm sure that's not true. Probably just a lot of water weight etc since I've been on a blended mushy diet.  But if I finish off the week with a 2 pound loss, I'll be SO happy!

Because you know what that means? That means only 8 more pounds to my goal! Yippee!!

And I didn't work out much this week, unfortunately.  But tonight I'm doing Yoga and tomorrow the BF & I are going hiking.  WHEE hiking!  Tomorrow should be really busy.  Hiking, then a hair cut, we have to get groceries, plus we're going out with some friends Saturday night.  Sunday I haven't figured out what I want to do in the AM yet. I'd like to do another hike (maybe?) or at least get up early and go to the gym. I definitely need to clean.

This weekend I'm going to post my first "Travel" blog -- it will be a lot of preparation stuff and probably some pictures of my bag, shoes etc. Just so I can get the hang of it, ya dig?

Anyway, cheers to Friday and a fun weekend! Stay Shiny!

28 March 2012

38 Days + The Crown Diet

So only 38 days left. I'm a planner, so I feel like I'm not ready yet. There's so much left to do!  Part of it is that I can't do some of it until just before... like jeans shopping. That's going to take a whole day probably the weekend before... because I want to make sure they fit right. I'm losing weight, you know.

Speaking of, yesterday was another yucky day with my mouth.  My jaw was still sore all day and my tooth hurt, still.  Plus I've been having a hard time sleeping because if I lay on that side, it aches.

Anyway, I'm on the "Crown" Diet. wonder what that is? Well, I invented it.  Basically, just find the need to have a crown put in! Viola! Your mouth will hurt so much, you won't WANT to eat! Plus, you'll be so paranoid about popping out the temporary crown, that you'll stick to soups & smoothies & shakes! ha.

But in all seriousness, I don't mind it.  I really like soups and shakes. I'm only 2 days in, though. So we'll see how badly I start to crave "real" food.  People do juice cleansing's all the time, right? This isn't anywhere close. And I'm still getting my nutrients and calories in, so it's no big, as far as I'm concerned.

I didn't hit the gym on Monday or Tuesday because I just felt so awful (still). But it's definitely on the docket for today.  I'm going to try to go to Target AND the gym. Busy schedule, I know.  We'll see how that works out.

Stay Shiny!

27 March 2012

39 Days + Owie.

So yesterday I had my temporary crown put on. Not. Fun.  They pumped me so full of Novocaine that I didn't feel anything, but they were in there for almost 2 hours. And I have a tiny mouth, so they were cranking me pretty far open to get all the way back to my last molar.  Plus they were trying to fit a bunch of equipment and like 3 hands in there.  Not cool.

On top of that, grinding away the back tooth revealed a cavity between the two teeth, which I got filled, and because my mouth is so small they had to file away the filling on the tooth above the tooth getting the crown to make room.

Once the Novocaine started to wear off I was a right mess.  I bit my tongue really hard and didn't realize it because it was numb, so that started to sting, plus my whole mouth hurt and my jaw and my head and I had a krick in my neck from the angle I was stuck at, plus I was stuck at work 2.5 hours late.  Yeah.

I was miserable yesterday, for sure.  My jaw still hurts today, and I still have a headache.  Plus, I'm totally paranoid about eating anything because I don't want to pop this temporary crown off... they're MEANT to come off. You know?  And my diet consists of a lot of the things the dentist said I should avoid... nuts, carrots, celery... crunchy things.  Salad is ok but it always gets stuck in my teeth... and if I floss the wrong way I could pop this temporary crown out! No thanks!

So I've decided to do a mostly liquid diet for the next 2 weeks.  It shall consist of soups and smoothies.  So far, so good.  I had a really yummy smoothie this morning that had vanilla protein powder, almond milk, ice, pineapple, blueberries and Kale. It was a lot better than I expected.  Last night all I could stomach for diner was chicken broth.  

I'm having a banana right now (because it's mushy enough) and for lunch I'm going to have tomato soup. Dinner tonight will either be another smoothie or some kind of chicken-broth soup. Maybe I can get the carrots super-duper mushy.... 

I also purchased enough protein shakes this morning for me to have one at work for the rest of the week.  I'll have to get more for the weekend and next week, but that's ok.  Plus, I'm drinking everything with a straw, and I have bendy straws so at least it's fun!

I have 39 days until Europe.  39 DAYS! Whee!  I'm thinking that at the very least my mostly liquid diet should at least help me lose some weight prior to the trip, and help me along in my goal of losing 10 pounds before May 5th.

I mean, really, it's about 5 weeks which is about 2 pounds a week, but I can't think of it like that or I'll get overwhelmed.  I have to think: 10 pounds in 39 days is SO doable! Because let's face it, 39 days seems like a lot longer than 5 weeks. Silly perception.

So, onward with the day and hopefully this week finishes much better than it started!  Stay Shiny!

26 March 2012

40 Days & A Temporary Crown

As of today there are only 40 days until Europe. That's not very many days, actually. A little over a month, in fact.  Over the weekend I ordered a few extras (a towel, shampoo etc) and picked up my travel items... travel tooth paste, face wipes, floss etc. Thought I have to say, travel face wipes are a huge scam.  Sure, the packaging is smaller, but there's only like 10 of them in there, and they want about $2.50 for the package... you can buy a package of name-brand face cleansers for $4.50 and you get 25.  Serious rip off.  So I went with the larger package and I can always just put enough into a plastic bag to make it smaller, ya know?

I also broke in my shoes this weekend.  The boyfriend and I went for a nice walk on Sunday so I could break them in.  They're very comfortable, if not a little warm. I think I was wearing the wrong socks.  Socks... I need to get more socks... 

My workout on Saturday was killer, though.  I did curls on the ball, lunges, squats, push ups, more push ups and planks. Plus I jogged, and the day before I'd done 30 minutes (5,000 meters) on the row machine. Needless to say, I was VERY sore on Sunday. Very, very sore. So Active rest it was.

Today I won't make it to the gym.  I'm taking a day.  I have to go to the dentist and get a temporary crown put on.  I'm anticipating I'll eat lots of soup for the next 2 weeks... and shakes. Soups and Shakes. I love nuts and dried fruits and all kinds of foods that could potentially pop this sucker off my tooth, and let me tell you: that would be awful! I'm super paranoid that I'm going to pop it off when I'm eating something... Super, insane paranoid.

I have to live with the temporary crown for 2 weeks... I don't get my permanent one installed until the 18th. At least I'm getting it done before Europe! haha.

Stay Shiny!

23 March 2012

43 Days & Counting...

The countdown has been on for quite some time... but now it feels so much more real! Only 43 days until my best friend and I embark on our flagship trip to Europe! We're flying into Shannon, Ireland, driving around and ending up in Dublin, then flying to London, spending a few days there, taking the train to Brussels and spending the day/night, then taking trains up to Amsterdam (stopping in Gouda, of course) where we'll spend the remainder of our trip.

One of my goals was to be at my goal weight by Europe... which won't happen.  My new goal is to lose 10 pounds before Europe. With 43 days left, I'm pretty sure I can do it, I just have to commit.

It's been really hard, actually.  I've been working 10 - 14 hour days at work, and it's been really stressful.  I haven't been eating terrible, but I haven't been working out like I should be.  I didn't think it would be that hard... but it is.

I joined a gym because I kept missing bootcamp... because bootcamp was only at 6:30 pm and only on Monday - Thursday.  I wasn't getting my work outs in, so I decided on a gym (LifeTime Fitness) that offers a lot of classes and options.  I love the gym, but it's still been hard to get there...

I thought, "How hard can it be? I get off work at 6, I can still make it to the gym!" But at the end of a 14 hour day, the gym is the last thing I want to do... I find myself mentally exhausted and in no condition to get myself there.

I'm not 100% sure how to fix it, either.  Part of it is mental. I just need to suck it up and do it.  Tell myself I'm going to, then do it.  I'm really excited to get to the gym in the morning, but by the afternoon I've lost my drive, so I need to figure out how to carry that drive on throughout the day.  Maybe a collage?  I don't know yet...

I think once I get in the routine it will be hard for me to miss out.  Taking that first step is hard.  This week I went to the gym 2 days already, and tonight will be day #3. So that's a start, at least.  Slowly but surely, right?  I have plans to get up really early tomorrow morning and hit the gym before the boyfriend and I pick up our Bountiful Basket.  Then we're going grocery shopping, then (hopefully) I'm getting a haircut.  

Sunday we're going to see The Hunger Games with my BFF and I hope I make it to spin class that afternoon.  I don't know if we'll be back in time, but if we are -- I'm going!

I really want a bike.  One with a basket so I can run errands in it.  The only problem is we don't have a lot of bike rack's in the greater Phoenix area to which I could lock it up in.  Also, it's quite the expense for a good one.  Which sucks.

As if all that weren't enough (yeah, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed, ya dig?) I went to the dentist yesterday (new dentist and I love them) and I have to get a crown!! When I was a kid my parents got me metal fillings (even though I begged for enamel, but it was too expensive).  Now, they're starting to crack, chip and decay is getting in underneath them.  One of my fillings is so bad that the dentist said we couldn't wait - and it had to be a crown.  The others we'll get to over time (they aren't too bad yet) and they'll likely just be fillings.  But this bad boy... nope. He's a crown. Fortunately its porcelain. 

But I have to go in on Monday to get the temporary one put in (not excited) and it costs an arm and a leg.  I'm going to consider offering them my first born, even though I never plan on having kids.  Joke's on them! haha! Just kidding.  Maybe.  Anyway, insurance covers half of it but it's still stupid expensive.  And I have an eye doctor appointment in a few weeks because I need new contacts.

All of this I wanted to get done before Europe, and I didn't think I'd have any cavities or any problems.... lo and behold, I do. Sad.

But it's better to get it taken care of, that's what I think. 

Anyway, I've been eating pretty well.  About once a week the boyfriend and I have Chic-a-Filet (what I consider to be one of the least evil fast food places) -- at least we know the chicken is real!  And the service is fantastic.  I'm trying to whiddle that down to once every two weeks, then only once a month.  The biggest problem I have right now is sweets. I WANT THEM SO BAD! I've had about 3 Cadbury Eggs this week and I need to just NOT.  But part of the problem is that I've been working such long hours that I don't have enough food with me, so then I get hungry and then I make bad choices.

I'm trying to correct that by purchasing healthy snacks and keeping them at the office.

So my plan for the next 43 days is this: 
  • To get to the gym as often as I can, slowly working my way up from 2 - 3 times a week to 6 times a week.
  • Reduce the fast food.  We don't eat a lot, and generally we make healthy choices, but we can always do better.
  • Increase the healthy foods -- get a basket every 2 weeks.
  • Keep healthy snacks at work.
  • Overcome my excuses. So I just worked 14 hours. Who cares? There are people who work 16 hour days then come home and take care of kids and only get 2 hours of sleep a night.  I can do this. I will do this.

All of this together should get me down the 10 pounds I want to lose before Europe. I'll keep an eye out! In the mean time, if anyone has any suggestions on how I can keep my morning excitement for the gym in my mind throughout the entire day... let me know!

05 March 2012

Dear Work: Seriously?

Work has been nuts. Just nuts.  I've been working 10 - 12 hour days for the last few weeks, and the days when I arrive and leave on time make me feel like I'm somehow shirking my responsibility... it's pretty awful.

I haven't been eating as great as I should be. I haven't been working out as I should be.  Basically, lately I feel like one big ball of fail.  I'm not, but I feel like one.

So I finally joined a gym.  That's right, I did it.  I've had gym memberships before, but when my favorite gym went bankrupt and L.A. Fitness bought them, I cancelled my membership, because I didn't want to be a member at LA fitness. That wasn't what I'd signed on for.  Then, for about the last year, I've been doing Groupons & Bootcamps, but I haven't found a place that's both affordable and fun.

Rock Star Boot Camp - which I really enjoyed - is just too expensive for me to do long term. So I broke down and joined a gym. I'm now a member at LifeTime Fitness and loving it. I can go to the gym after work, which is nice! Boot camp was just mon-fri at 6:30, so if I didn't get off work in time, I couldn't attend.  This way even if I get off work at 6:30, I can still get a great workout in.

I'm really excited about the gym and I've started a new eating regime, too. I'm looking forward to a healthier, happier, fitter me :)  I even tried my first spin class last week! It was intense (and my butt hurt for 3 days from the seat!) but really great.  I'm looking forward to trying out their rock wall and a few other awesome features over the next few weeks.  I've also gotten more into interval training, which is great because it'll really help my breathing and endurance.

Other than that, I've just been working.  Seriously. It's been a lot of work and not a lot of fun, but Europe is just around the corner! Whee! Hopefully work will chill out soon and my new workout & eating regime will start to pay off!

For now, I have to just keep staying positive and take it one day at a time. That's what it's all about :)