18 April 2012

The Lessons We Learn

This month has been nuts.  I can't think of a month that hasn't been nuts since last November, but this one feels particularly nutty.  Between hiking and learning Dutch (Hallo - leuk om je te ontmoeten!), a crown (tooth), the final planning stages for Europe and eye doctor apts, I feel like things couldn't possibly get any nuttier!

Here's an update:
So yesterday I had my follow up eye doc apt. I was getting major headaches from the RX she prescribed me a week ago, and it turns out that it's because my right eye RX wasn't strong enough. It was a big confusing perplexing thing for the eye doc, because I was testing differently than the RX I required, but we got it all sorted out.

Today I have an apt. to get my permanent crown  put in. I'm not excited about this, but I'll be glad to have the permanent crown and hopefully I wont have to worry about it anymore.  I am just now getting used to the temporary crown so I expect it will be another few weeks before I adjust to the permanent.

Also, I was down to 188 in my last weigh in, but it keeps yo-yoing so I'm sure that was just water weight.  I'm hoping that I can "officially" be 188 by the time we leave for Europe. I know I wanted to be 184, but with only 17 days left, I'll settle for 188. It's not like that would be bad!

About those lessons...
So last night my boyfriend (and I) learned a fun lesson. I can't say that it's just him who learned the lesson. This is a lesson I had to learn the hard way, and so did he, and even though I already knew it, I learned a little bit of a tweaked version.

Before I begin you should know: We're both trying to lose weight, and I'm a bit more advanced in my journey than he is as I've been at it for years.  He's never really had to lose weight before.  He's doing so much better than he was when we first started dating, but he still slips up - so do I, no one is perfect. I still love him, and vice versa.

So we were starving for dinner and decided to "indulge" in Chic-a-Filet.  I got the 12 piece chicken nugget and he got the chicken sandwich, plus an 8 piece chicken nugget, and we both got large sized fries and drinks.  A TON of calories, to be sure.

So we eat, and we're STUFFED. And we both have a cookie afterwards. I felt SO GUILTY about what I ate.  I knew I should have only gotten the 8 piece nugget and the small fries and no drink. I knew it as I asked him for it, but I WANTED the 12 piece!

This morning I realized that I eat more because I know he'll eat more. I've read countless blogs about how people in relationships gain weight and women eat bigger portion sizes because their men do etc, but I never really thought I had fallen victim to it until last night, when I realized I really HAD.  Oh  man.

Now, you should also know, I often comment on what my boyfriend orders, because he orders a lot of food, and I've been gently trying to inform him that it's too many calories, and remind him of his commitment to weight loss etc. I don't like to do it because I feel like I'm nagging, but I do when I can without hurting his feelings (I hope). 

This was no different - he ordered too much food, but I didn't say anything because I didn't want to nag.  This morning he woke up feeling sick from it.  He had a revelation, which he shared with me.  It went something like this:

Me: You're only having an apple for breakfast? That's not breakfast.
G: My tummy hurts.
Me: I'm sorry, you're not getting sick are you?
G: No, I think I just ate too much last night.
Me: Your eyes were bigger than your stomach, eh?
G: Yes.
Me: What did we learn?
G: That I should either get the nuggets or the sandwich, and we should both limit ourselves to the small size fries and drink and the 8 piece nugget.

I was so excited to hear him say that! I knew it was what I needed to do, but it would be extra hard without his buy in.  Plus it makes me sad to see him eating so much knowing that it's not good for him, and he knows it's not good for him, but yet he still eats it.  

He had to come to this realization the hard way, just like me, but I'm glad we both did! I think we'll be able to lead much more proportionate lives now, and I'm not going to feel guilty reminding him about portion sizes anymore!  Now that he's had this revelation, I'll just remind him of it. (insert big cheesy grin here)

Only 17 days left before the trip! I'm so excited!  I've got a big hike planned this weekend - probably a good 7 or 8 miles, and I've been doing fitness breaks during the commercials for my shows on Hulu+.  Last night I did push ups, Russian Twists, lunges and squats. Whee!

Stay Shiny!

05 April 2012

30 Days of Dutch

As if April wasn't mad enough with my Hiking Madness setting in...I've decided to also do 30 Days of Dutch.

See, as of today there are exactly 30 days until my best friend and myself set off on our journey to the other side of the pond.  One of the things that I've been trying (not very well) to do is learn Dutch before we go. I get distracted, you see.  But with only 30 days left, I feel the pressure is on... and while I'm not pressure prompted, sometimes the promise of a fast approaching deadline and a swift kick in the arse is all that I need to get me going.

So here is my plan for 30 Days of Dutch:
Mon - Fri = 30 minutes (minimum)
Saturday = 1 hour (minimum)
Sunday   = 2, 1 hour sessions (minimum)

The day before we leave (May 4) I have a half day at work. I'm going to go home, pack and finish whatever segment I'm on.  Then I'm going to relax.  This is a good plan for me.  It's strict, but bendy, and will ensure that I'm doing it at least once per day.  Even if I only do the minimum of 30 minutes on weekdays, I can still feel good about myself and what I've accomplished.

Plus, 30 minutes on weekdays is perfect.  If I go for a hike after work, I don't get home until after 6.  I'll have time to have dinner and shower and 30 minutes won't interrupt the flow of my night. I can still relax or read or do chores.  30 minutes is nothing.

On the weekends I tend to have more time, so I can easily spend an hour or more on it.  The trouble will be getting me to sit still and absorb for that long, but I'm confident I can do it.  It's an aggressive plan, to be sure, but I can do this.  All of this.

I won't be hiking today, either.  I AM hitting the gym, though. I'm going to walk for a half hour and hit the stair-climber for 15 minutes.  That's a pretty good combo, and it will only help my endurance for walking and hiking.  The only downside is that I can't study Dutch while I'm doing it! That would be awesome!  I think I'll be too out of breath on the stair climber to speak, though, and my computer isn't portable, anyway.

In other news, I'm feeling pretty good. I haven't checked my weight all week, but I feel slimmer.  Even if that means I haven't actually dropped any pounds, I'm sure that my fat is being replaced by muscle.  Those hikes are killer!

I told my BF this morning that our hike on Saturday will be a tad different. He seems apprehensive.  This is nothing new - he's often apprehensive when I'm really excited about something physical like a hike.  I tend to push him pretty hard, but only because I know he can do it.  He just needs to believe in himself, too. That's one thing I've never had a problem with - believing in myself!  True Dat! haha.

Anyway, I've got April Hiking Madness and 30 Days of Dutch on my plate, plus work (which has been blessedly calmer), and prep for Europe, my boyfriend and my personal time.  Life is busy, but it's good, and I feel like I can handle anything. 

My BFF & I are going shopping on Saturday to pick out a few cute outfits for the trip.  We don't want to look like tourists the whole time we're there, and our wardrobe needs to be freshened up a tad. I've got a few outfits I'm planning on bringing already, which, speaking of... I should probably go write that down so I don't forget!

Stay Shiny!

04 April 2012

31 Days of Hiking Madness!

There are 31 days left until I leave for Europe.  Only 31 days! EEEEEEE!!

The next 31 days are what I'm going to call "hiking madness".  One of the things my BFF & I will be doing a lot of in Europe is walking.  I mean a LOT of walking. Walking everywhere! Walking all over the place! We want to see the sights, the people, the architecture; we want to explore and enjoy ourselves! Plus, we REALLY don't want to drive in the cities! 

On top of that, we'll only have a car in Ireland, and only in rural Ireland. So sure, we'll drive around to get from place to place, but once we're at our destination, no more driving! We'll park and walk! 

So, to prepare, I'm doing a lot of hiking.  It's great exercise, it's a lovely setting, and it's great practice for Europe.  I put together a calendar for April.

My April Calendar

So, obviously, I have some planned hike's in there, but most of it is blank.  This is because I figured out that if I plan out my calendar a whole month in advance... I get bored and I don't do it. I need to make it up on the fly! ON THE FLY, I SAY! (I'm a tad hyper this morning).

So every Saturday (or Sunday - if Saturday doesn't work out) I'm going to go for a long hike. I've got the 4 mile hike's down, so starting this Saturday (the 7th) I'm going to do a 6 mile hike.  My boyfriend will just LOVE that. He doesn't know yet. hahaha.  Then the Saturday after, I'll up it to 8 miles.  Then down to 6 again, then back up to 8. Then... EUROPE!

During the week, I'm going to walk and hike as much as I can.  X's represent days when I didn't work out, and I'll fill in the blanks with whatever I did on any given day.  I won't hike 2 days in a row, though.  Just to be fair to my body.

So, yesterday I went for a 4 mile hike.  Today, I'm thinking I might do some yoga + a little strength training, and maybe walk around the park.  Tomorrow I'm thinking of hiking again.  I'd like to do 5 miles.  I just have to figure out how to accomplish that.  The trail I'm working on is called the Gateway Access Loop (it's part of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve ring of trails) and it's 4 miles all the way around.  There are a bunch of trails that shoot off of it.  There's one called Bell Pass that I want to try for the 6 & 8 mile hikes.  There's another one that starts with a W (I think Windgate pass) that I'm also interested in trying.  So I think tomorrow I might explore Bell Pass for a 5 mile hike.  I'll just go until I hit 2.5 miles then turn around and go back. 

Fortunately for me I have a pedometer that tracks my mileage. Plus the trail's are pretty well marked with mileage. 

Hiking in the afternoons presents different challenges, too, so I don't want those hikes to be tooo long. 4 or 5 miles will likely be my limit.  See, it's hot in the afternoon.  And the sun is out.  Normally I hike early in the morning when it's still cool, finishing before 10.  Adding the sunshine and the heat makes it a little bit more interesting, but still doable. At least for the month of April.

Other than that I'm just working and gearing up for Europe.  I've lost 4 pounds so far, so I only have 6 to go to reach my goal of losing 10 pounds before Europe.  It would be super cool if I could lose more than that and be at 180 by the time we shove off, but I'm not going to hold my breath.  haha.

Updated pictures and measurements will come this weekend. I've been REALLY painfully behind on that, I know.  So I'll be sure to post those this weekend. 

Stay Shiny!

02 April 2012

33 days + hike

So, this weekend was pretty darn good!  I went for a great 4 mile hike with my boyfriend on Saturday, got a haircut, went grocery shopping and then went out with some mutual friends (after a nap!), Sunday we cleaned for 2 hours until the apartment was sparkling (love that feeling!) then we were SO LAZY the rest of the day, plus my weigh in has me at 190! It was great! then of course, as of today only 33 days until Europe!

So yeah, awesome weekend (even though it's THAT time). Here's a few pics from the weekend:

gearing up for the hike!

awesome flowers on our hike!
just as the sun is rising = so pretty!

I picked up some Daffodils over the weekend!  So pretty!

Saw these lovelies as I was heading to the hair apt. :)

Stay shiny!!