Wednesday, May 9, 2012

7 weeks down

Well total weight loss for the first 7 weeks is 12.4 pounds and 21.5 inches! I wanted to do some new full body shots but I wasn't able to get any taken yet. I added a new head shot in the photos page. I can really tell the difference in my face now.  My appetite is next to nothing too. I never thought I would get to the point that I could forget to eat. Also, I can get by on a lot less food now. I used to feel unsatisfied after a small portion and now a large portion seems unimaginable. I use tiny plates to eat dinner on and that seems to be helping. I still fill the plate and I feel like I got a good sized meal in without overdoing it.
I am proud of my ability to ward off fast food and junk food also. The only fast food I have allowed myself to have is Subway since they have the healthy choices and nutrition counter right there. I have not had alcohol either, it just isn't worth it! I repeated phase 1 of the body revolution program and this is my last week of phase 1 (again) so I will be starting phase 2 and summer semester at ISU. It will be keeping me busy but the busier I am, the better I do. Less snacking and more movement.
This is also TOM's week to visit. I have not gained the water weight that I have in the past, so i am looking forward to starting Phase 2, I will most likely be repeating that phase as well, that will take me to the end of my summer semester. It works out perfectly with my schedule.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Finals week...

Well I have been a lump on a log this week as far as working out goes. Worked out 2 times this week and that is it. I have been studying for my final exam and writing papers. This weekend I am going to bite the bullet and do my measurements again.  I haven't done them in nearly 5 weeks, I hope to see the numbers go down. I hit a plateau for the last 3 weeks, no pounds lost. Well this week I jumped on the scale just to see where I was at since I have been slacking on my workouts, and I was down 4.4 pounds!! I have been sticking to my diet and my appetite has been nearly non existent.  I have been eating 2 scrambled eggs, with cheese, Canadian bacon and spinach mixed in for breakfast, some kind of salad for lunch, Greek yogurt for snack and protein and carrots for dinner. My water intake could be better too, still working on that one. I hope that I don't have a sudden gain on Sunday and gain the 4 lbs back.
TOM is coming to town soon, I was able to avoid the bloat last month and not gain anything. I hope to repeat that this month as well. I will post my results on Sunday, here's to hoping for LOW numbers! I will post new pics too, I haven't updated them in a while.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Good bye dance class!

I had the last session of class for my beginning dance class this afternoon. I enjoyed the class, but I am happy to have it done with. I was getting very sore heels from jumping and leaping barefoot on a hardwood floor.  I did get some of the best stretches I have ever had. I will continue to use my daily stretch DVD in place of the dance class. Big changes coming soon to my work/school schedule. It will make things a little easier for me. I won't be getting home quite as late and I will be doing 2 classes at a time rather than 3.
Doing good on workouts and dieting this week. Back on the band wagon and ready to see some results.  I hope I can report a loss of either inches or pounds next week. As a non-scale victory, my wedding ring is getting too big for me. I had it taken out after my second child was born and it is getting big enough I do not want it to fall off my finger! I don't want to rush into getting it re sized just yet since this is only the beginning of my journey, but it is still pretty exciting!

Monday, April 23, 2012

whoa there...

Well I did 3 workouts last Tuesday and during my dance class that day, I injured my big toe. Well I took the rest of the week off from physical activity to let it heal. I was planning on getting back into the workouts this morning, BUT my house was so hot last night I could not sleep until 4 AM! I was so tired when I got up at 6:30 to take the girls to school that I came back home and slept from 8 to 11; I really needed it, I am still super tired though.
Last weekend was also my 12th anniversary. SoOo, I went out to dinner and grabbed some McDonalds for lunch one day. I went with healthier options, but still went over my calorie limit for those days. Even with working out and cheating on my diet, I didn't gain anything this week. Phew!
So my goal for this week is to find a way to cool off my house so I can get some sleep tonight, get up early enough to not only get my workout in, but to make my dinners and lunches for the week. It prevents the fast food and what not. Also, pounding the waters! With the higher temps, I can feel my self getting dehydrated.
I am glad I took a little vacation form the workouts, for the first time in 5 weeks I do not have any sore muscles.
***I did mow my lawn for an hour yesterday, I will gladly count that as a workout! I was sweating buckets and a lot of upper body work to dump all the grass and push the mower around. Every little bit counts right!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pete and Repeat were in a boat....

and Pete fell out, who is left? Well, I have decided to do Phase 1 again, thanks to all of your advice and comments. Thank you all for your input.  It will work out really well with my work/school schedule to do it that way also. Instead of doing workouts 1 and 2 for the first 2 weeks and then workouts 3 and 4 for the last 2 weeks, I am going to do all 4 workouts every week, for 4 weeks. That way I will be doing a different one every day and I will get a good variety of exercises. I did not lose anything this week. I was so disappointed that I did not do my measurements either. At least I did not gain though, so that is good I guess. I did stray from the diet plan a bit, but I didn't think it was that bad. So this week I am really going to cut down on calories, dairy, and fat.
Still struggling with water intake too. Just can't seem to get it down. I think that has been an issue for me all of my life. I just don't like drinking water. Going to try and do the 1 cup per hour thing again, maybe the smaller amounts will help get more in me.
I have been extra stressed this past week too. School is nearing finals and I need to wrap up a few projects, work will be shifting gears to head into summer semester, and I have been battling grief all last week. Well this week too, for that matter. I just can't get enough restful sleep and I think that has played a factor in my weight loss too. I go to the doc for my yearly check up on Thursday. I do not remember what I weighed that last time I was in. I am pretty sure I have lost around 15 pounds since then, I will ask the nurse when I go in. Maybe that will be somewhat of a motivator also.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Week 4 and some thoughts

Well this is supposed to be my last week of Phase 1 of the program, my husband was watching me do my workout the other day and he suggested that I repeat phase 1 before moving on to phase 2. The reason for this is that he noticed that I am struggling on my form and balance. I am also not doing as many reps as the people in the video. Should I perfect the base workouts before moving on? Should I move on and just do the workouts the best I can, even if I am not doing them as well as I should? I am not sure what to do on this. I posted this same question on you tube and I was told to move on to phase 2 and just do what I can. I do not like only doing half of the workout, it feels like I am not getting my full benefit that way.
Still going good on the diet, I must have a very slow metabolism. I noticed that it takes 2 or 3 days for foods I eat to catch up with me. I could go into detail, but I won't. Just noticing that it takes 2 days after eating corn, for example, to make an appearance.  I wonder if that is normal, it didn't used to be like that when I was eating like crap all the time.
TOM finally left town, so I am curious to see if I got the normal 3 to 5 lb weight gain that I usually get. I have felt a little bloated but not too bad. I had a terrible headache yesterday, so I did not really stick to my diet plan. I just ate what was quick and easy. Some left over potatoes for breakfast, ricotta cheese and nuts for lunch and hamburgers and tater tots for dinner. I went over my calories a bit, but I still got a workout in before bed and I did the "power stretch" afterward. I feel sore today, but not terribly. Well I will be anxiously waiting for your response, I don't trust you tube comments as much as I like the comments from my blog.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Week 4 update

Week 4 is well underway. I did a full body stretch workout before workout 3 yesterday. I think it really helped. I thought I might be pushing myself a little too hard, I was having some pain in my right quad, I did the stretches and the pain went away completely. So I am going to continue doing the stretch DVD before the workouts. There is also a night time stretch that I am going to do tonight before I go to bed. I have a lot of stress and emotional stuff going on right now and I think that will help me relieve some of it.
I had to go to a funeral for a friend today. He was 1 day short of turning 40 when he passed. It was a very difficult service to be a part of. He has 3 young children and a wife he left behind. Due to that, I missed my workout this morning, but I will pick up again tomorrow. It is odd how emotions can drain your body so much; I am exhausted.