Lessons In Moderation


Weird
June 8, 2011, 7:32 pm
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It’s so weird that I like blogging so much but when things get busy I never carve out enough time to do it. 

You know what else is weird? The fact that I have lost 7 pounds and maintained it for a little over a month and I didn’t jump right on here and shout it from the proverbial roof tops.  Did I mention that I maintained it even though the month of May was one giant business trip (1 month, 3 destinations, 6 airports).  I would like to say that I have been exercising like a maniac, but it’s been more portion control and healthy choices than excercise that has been my saving grace this time.

Goal for the 4th of July is to try to drop 5 more pounds and get some muscle back.  I just bought new running sneaks so I’m going to start amping up the cardio and eventually incorporate some weight training again.  The puppy has also done her part in helping me lose weight.  I walk her at least a mile or two every day (longer on the weekends) so although we aren’t pounding the pavement, I still walk at a good pace.

I know I’ve talked about walking vs running before but I have to ask again.  What are your thoughts on walking versus running?  Do you think one is better than the other?

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Spring Cleaning…..Workout Clothes Edition
April 4, 2011, 6:08 pm
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After the snow on Friday, the sunny weekend really put me in the mood for spring cleaning.   Well let me re-word that.  The sunshine gave me a glimmer of hope that summer will actually come, which means I will need to be in a bathing suit so I have to really start consistently working out but I hate all my work out clothes and the closet that I keep them in looks like a bomb went off so I need to get on the ball.  How is that for a stream of consciousness…

I wrote before about the importance of good workout clothes, but I really didn’t do too much about it.  Aside from a few sports bras I haven’t purged my current workout “collection” and invested in some good stuff that will help motivate me.  So this week my goal is to bag up some of my old/un-flattering t-shirts and pants and donate them, but then that will leave me with about 3 pairs of pants and a few t-shirts so I’ll have to re-stock.  Here is the low down on what I need and some of the issues I’m facing.

1. Sports bras – I mentioned that I have bought a few over the last few months but I would like to get a few more good ones.  I’m not Dolly Parton, but I do wear two for extra support so I go through them fast.  I find if you wear two you can get away with the cheaper ones.

2. Pants – The age-old challenge for short people.  I want a flattering workout pant in dri-fit (is that only a Nike thing?) or some other moisture wicking material.  People rave over LuLu Lemon but it’s hard for me to justify the cost when I wouldn’t pay that much for pants that I would wear to work.  Is LuLu or any other high-priced brand worth it or are you just paying for the name?

3. T-Shirts – I really don’t have a problem with these, other than the fact I have too many and most of them have shrunk enough so they hit me right at the belly button…that’s no good.  So even with a good purge I think I will be all set on that front.

So hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have the ill-fitting stuff out the door and I will have a better idea of what I really need.  What are your thoughts on work out clothes?  What’s the one item you can’t live without?



It Was All Coming Together So Nicely
March 31, 2010, 6:37 pm
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This past weekend was one of the best weekends in a while as far as diet and exercise go.  The push up breakthrough in bootcamp inspired me to commit to the couch to 5K plan. It worked for me the first time I decided to start running and it helped me get over the mental block of “if I can’t bang out a 5K as easily as I did a few years ago then I’m not doing it.”  My food choices were all pretty balanced…there was a splurge of beer and nachos on Saturday night but the nachos were in place of dinner so although not healthy, not piling more unnecessary calories on top of my 3 squares.

Monday came and went with no exercise but good food choices…..Then there was Tuesday.  Where should I start?  First of all I had to be at work at 5:30 a.m. which means being up by 4:00 a.m.  Not too great.  Tuesday entailed me being in a conference room all day with b-fast, lunch and snacks being brought up from the cafeteria. Plus I would be missing bootcamp.  Breakfast was ok…I stuck to fruit and coffee but I blew it after lunch.  I had a boring green salad with oil & vinegar plus half a veggie and hummus wrap.  Doesn’t sound too bad right? Then I had two cookies.  Then a bag of Smart Food (100 cals, but still).  Then another cookie.  Then another bag of Smart Food.  What the hell happened?  I was in a conference room eating coma!

Left work around 6:30 p.m. feeling really gross and tired and got home to find another basement flood…awesome. So dinner was deffo on the fly.  We ordered out and I got a grilled chix sub with veggies, feta and house dressing which I think is a greek dressing.  It was just ehhh, but I ate it all.  I slept the early (or late depending on how you look at it) shift so the boy pumped the basement from 11:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. and I pumped from 2:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Today is a new day….I started off the day with oatmeal and banana, had salad for lunch and am snacking on a honeydew melon right now (and I had 1.5 left over cookies from yesterday….see how much sleep I got in the last two days? I need a sugar high or something to get me through the day).

So Tuesday was one of those days… How do you deal with a day like that?  I’m trying to move on but I swear I’m still full from yesterday but it doesn’t stop me from eating.



I Can Feel It!
March 26, 2010, 2:21 pm
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Sometimes I feel like I’m trying to be healthy and get in shape and it’s all for nothing.  I’m not losing weight, my clothes don’t fit my better etc…. Well yesterday during bootcamp we had to do push ups, which I always dread.  I am lucky enough not to be cursed with the dreaded “sausage arms” (yet) and I feel like my lower body needs so much work I would rather be lunging all day long than suffering through push ups. 

So I get down to do a push up and guess what?  I could feel the difference finally!!! After weeks of bootcamp and upper body if finally clicked and I could feel that doing push ups are getting easier to do.  I remember when this happened to me during my first session of bootcamp.  I was doing triceps dips which I hate more than push ups and all of a sudden something clicked and I just felt like my muscles were taking over! It was so cool.  Deffo motivation when I was feeling a little down in the dumps fitness wise.

I have been getting in a good cardio workout almost every day and doing bootcamp twice a day so hopefully I will be sliding into my skinny jeans too.

I really want a pair of wide leg jeans and the ones I have don’t fit me.  I actually considered buying a pair this week but I stopped myself.  Why spend money on a new pair of jeans when I have the exact pair of jeans I want in my drawer and they are only a couple of healthy food and exercise choices away?  I decided those jeans will be my benchmark.  When I can fit into them my goals will be met!

What is your goal clothing item?



Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines…
March 4, 2010, 7:30 pm
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When I set goals for myself I like to assign deadlines.  Doesn’t mean I’m going to meet them but at least it gives me something to shoot for and forces me to have some kind of structure in my life.

Here are my fitness goals and deadlines for 2010:

July 31 – I am in a wedding, the dress isn’t clingy but it’s a halter so I would like my arms to look buff.  We will most likely be in bathing suits at some point during the weekend so I would like to be 10 pounds lighter by the end of July.  That is completely and totally doable.

Next deadline is November 6.  I will be on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and assuming I meet my first deadline, I want to lose an additional 5 pounds by November and tone up my legs.  Again, I think this is a very realistic goal.

So I know what I want need to do, but will I do it? I think know I can. . How is that for positive thinking!

One a side note, I took my second meditation class yesterday and it was perfect timing because its been a sucky week.  I don’t think I really meditated but we got to lie down on the floor for 15 minutes and I think I dozed off for a few minutes.



Damn You Doritos!
February 11, 2010, 2:06 pm
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I wouldn’t say I’m a junk food junky because I do enjoy eating healthy but I have  a few foods that I really have a hard time saying no to and Doritos are one of them.  Let me paint a non-Doritos related picture for you and then we can focus on those nacho cheese flavored devils.  I loved Toaster Strudels as a kid, you know the kind with the frosting?  Well my husband mentioned them a few weeks ago and when I was at the grocery store I saw them and picked up a box as a treat.  I love the taste of them, but they didn’t tempt me and I never ended up eating one .  No harm done and a victory in the will power department.

Now back to the Doritos, for some reason I have no restraint when it comes to nacho cheese Doritos, so I just don’t keep them in the house. Why tempt fate? Yesterday my husband was having friends over to play cards so he went out to the store to buy some munchies and what does he come home with??? A monster sized bag of nacho cheese Doritos!!! No big deal right? I will make myself scarce (aka catch up on my trashy DVR shows up in my room to give the guys a female free bonding zone) before the bag is even open.  Even though that was the plan all I could think about for the rest of the afternoon were those damn Doritos. 

Well my husband, being the loving and caring person that he is and knowing my love of Doritos, packed me a little care package of Doritos to take upstairs with me.  Score/Fail! I polished off the bag. It was only a small baggie but I was doing so good that day eating all non-processed foods it was a little disappointing.  Oh well…back on the wagon today and still hoping for at least a 5 pound weight loss by the end of Feb even with the 2.4 pound set back.

What is your weakness food? The food you just can’t say no to no matter how hard you try?  I have a few 🙂



Pants Aren’t Quite so Painful!
February 5, 2010, 7:38 pm
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I have been really pretty proud of myself for incorporating a lot more veggies into my diet and I put on a pair of jeans today that are still snug but don’t put me into a rage so I went ahead and wore them.  The last time I wore these jeans I seriously had to unbutton my pants halfway through the day because they were really hurting me! yikes! So there is a deffo improvement.  I feel like I have lost a little weight but I don’t want to get on the scale yet because the numbers could ruin my outlook (silly I know).

I get a big F for exercise.  I think in the last few weeks I have only exercised 4 times which is not good.  There is a good news though, there is a nurse on site at my work who was looking to put together a wellness program and I told her about my bootcamp classes from the summer and I think they are going to start doing them right on site in a few weeks!  How awesome would that be? If that does happen I will deffo weigh myself before I start because I’m curious to know how much weight I lost before I may start gaining back some muscle.

What are your thoughts about waiting until the end of February for my weigh in? Do you think that’s too long? I used to be an every day weigher (when I was at or around my happy weight) and it became a little compulsive so I’m looking for a happy medium.

If you are going to a Super Bowl party this weekend make healthy choices! Easier said than done right? 😉