Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I exercised today

With a new school year starting - for the kids - not me this year - I decided it was time to work on the scheduling of my time. Today I followed the mental plan, by exercising during my son's homework time. Picked up DD, which isn't usually my job, and got dinner together before DH got home. Whew.  It was 30 minutes, but it was really a step in the right direction.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


So what I decided to do with my found time on Thursday was to go home and get my son to run with me on a local trail. I suspected my daughter might want to come along, but I planned (and succeeded to leave her at the playground on the way with grandma).  What I didn't count on was my son getting tired. Ugh, I did run 10 minutes, but then couldn't keep it up with waiting for him and jogging in place. We covered 2 miles total, so it wasn't a total loss. Ran some intervals racing him to various milestones. I did run my 25 minutes on Friday and felt pretty good. Sat and Sun were spent with my mother in law visiting, so no work outs. We did walk 3 miles today downtown touristing. Food hasn't been completely on base, but I did make Ham, Asperagus and couscous for Easter dinner. Course that followed a large slice of cheesecake I had at a friend's house on Sat night. Been losing weight - weighed in at 158! Why does the scale only treat me right the week of TOM? I just move between 2-3 weights the rest of the month. SO Frustrating! This week I am at an offsite training class, which will be a challenge. They have breakfast and snacks each day for the students.
Are you running towards your 100 miles this week?!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

So begins the weekend

No, not an April Fool's joke here. Due to the large amounts of snow and craziness of the school schedule the central office folk are being given the Friday of Spring Break off to make up for working President's day. Whatever, but let me tell you - the weather is FINE here in DC, so much better then Feb - I'll take it.

So here is my problem. It's a running day. I have been REALLY good about running every other day (notice I didn't say jogging? I am practicing for the real thing) - but as you know I SUCK at running outdoors. Do I say doesn't matter, get out there and do what you can or go the safe route and finish my 25 minutes in the gym where I know I can? *sigh* plus I have a headache. Nonetheless, my MIL is here for the holiday, so there will be drinking involved this weekend and I need to get on the stick. So torn....

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

2 milestones in 24 hours!

I completed my first 25 minute run! yea. It wasn't pretty, but I kept my speed from 5.2 to 4.6 the whole way. I was definately tired at the end, but as has been my habit completed the rest of the 5k walking. I am averaging under 45 minutes on a regular basis now, so that is an improvement. 2- 3 more times of running 25 minutes before I have to increase again.

Then I came home to an empty house (that never happens), made myself some leftovers and proceeded to feel very ill. NOT happy at all. Luckily (or unluckily) this typically means the arrival of TOM. Great timing - not as my MIL was about to walk in the door. Medicated and powered on though.

THEN this morning my weight had a 5 in it. As in 159.5. Woo Hoo! I still have that cute little computer bag sitting waiting for me to hit 155. Getting there way slower then I want to, but I am also eating at a level I can sustain and not feeling hungary all the time. So that is critial to making this a life choice rather then just for this summer, or my reunion etc. Running every other day is a goal that I have committed to, so I am a little worried when I run out of C25K program. Cross that goal when we get there. I only have about 18 passes left at the rec center and then I can buy a monthly program (I bought passes for when I lapse - which I majorly did before - so I don't lose my investment). There are a ton of good classes that I should/could take to get the tummy and arms involved in this revolution.

how did you do today?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Keep Moving...

That seems to be the only goal I can achieve lately. My to do list runnth over, my mental list is even bigger (I don't dare write it down!). I can't control that so much, but what I can do it to take things one step at a time. I have had to prioritize by due date - something I try not to do because then I finish things just prior to the due date and not before.

One thing I cannot put off is my goal to move more and eat better! Due to some stressful encounters with my daughter, I did a little bit of drinking this weekend. (after she finally fell asleep) Not more then 2 drinks, but it makes the snacking come on. So there were some tortilla chips. Maybe more then a few. Eliminating late night snacking alone could shed some pounds! So there is a goal.
Couch to 5k - still plugging along. I ran W6 day 1 and 2 with no problems. Day 3 (a 25 minute run) was a little more challenging. I ran in the morning, which I rarely do, but we were already at the rec center for the kids swimming lessons. I ran the first 10 minutes, walked for about 2.5 minutes and then started running to finish. I was thinking about giving up after the first 10, but then said to myself - that is just dumb - you know you have run 20 minutes in a row - get going! (yes there is a lot of self talk going on during these runs!) So I finished strong. Week 7 is all 25 minute runs, no intervals, so I get to get right back on and try again (tomorrow). Goal: do it!
Looking for a challenge - Jill and I are co-hosting the 100 mile challenge. New this round- pick your poison 100, 200 or even 300 miles in 3 months! Check out 100milefitness.blogspot.com to sign up! Goal: sign up - I did, will you?

Another success is that I signed up my son and I for the frst 5k I am going to RUN in April. Got to get through the next 3 weeks of running and I will be ready to go. Wonder when I can call myself a runner? :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I did it!

No suspense there! I made 20 minutes and didn't feel too bad at the end. What I do know is that I can't do math and run at the same time! That is why I love the podcasts that are available to do all that fun stuff for me. Next round is more intervals and then a 25 minute run. I might be able to run the 5k I signed up for with my son in April. Run the 5k, not walk. :) Mentally I am still feeling like a poser, but I am actually doing the work, so let's hope I see the results.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Gearing up

Today is my 20 minute run.  I have been focused on water all morning long and now have to go to the bathroom way more then normal - but at least I am getting up from my desk. It is raining outside, so this is definately a treadmill day. eating wasn't horrible, but wasn't great this weekend - mostly the carrot cake Sat night - blah. I cut back on almonds - because while good for you, I could eat them all day long! Feeling very full right now, but I plan to head to the rec center in about 3 hours, so should be good to go. I am working on a positive attitude for this run.
No 30 day shred this weekend as I have family in town and taking up the family room to get all sweaty is just not a hospitable option at the moment.
Wish me luck!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

9 days.... but they have been fun!

ok - 9 days since my last post - I hate it when bloggers do that! Don't they know we are out there waiting for their newest thoughts and adventures. So what have I been up to?

I worked out 7 of the last 9 days in some capacity. (I am counting 1 day of just tourist walking - but the rest is valid!)
I completed week 4 of the couch to 5k and did day 1 of week 5 yesterday. That included 2 days of failed attempts, but I kept going and am looking forward to conquering W5D2 which is 2 8 minute runs. Then comes the dreaded 20 minute run. I figure if I can do that, the rest is just keeping on.

I have not gained or lost any weight. Is this frustrating - very. I had that bizarro week the end of Feb that was related to PMS - but that 5 lb lose has stayed lost. If I only lose weight during that week of the month, I am not sure I can keep up my efforts!! Goodness - doesn't my body know there is a reunion, shorts weather, swim season and all sorts of other good reasons to dump some of this weight? Plus I AM running - ok maybe jogging- 3-4 times a week. Runners are skinny. I want my skinny too!

Between run days I am going back to the 30 day shred. Getting some arms in, which is oh so important! No new veggie this week. We were just beat from being away all weekend. I did get a costco box of spinish that we used in a pasta dish and have been using for salads. I also signed us up for a half share of a co-op, so we will have fresh veggies during the summer to check out, delivered each week.

the weather is fine - but my body is not ready!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Family Meet the Artichoke

So this week's veggie was artichokes. I didn't really think the kids would go for it, so I only bought 3 at the store on Sunday. I decided to cook them tonight since we were just have sausage and potatoes. Boiled them up and taught everyone how to eat them. Well they were somewhat of a hit. I have to say I was surprised, but everyone dug in and kept at it. I was so proud!

Yesterday I didn't work out (Sat was a rest day- so I definately wasn't due!) but I wasn't feeling great and decided to just take a break. A slippery slope, but I did manage to get dressed and go for a "run". I say that because I didn't run all of Week 4 Day 2. I did day 1 fine on the treadmill, but outside seemed harder for some reason. It was so nice out, it seemed a shame to spend money on going to the rec center, but I am not feeling good about the results.
Tomorrow is a new day.

I have not lost any weight since my giant loss, so that is discouraging, but you never know when another breakthough will come. I have a cute bag waiting for me in 5 more pounds!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Status March 8, 2010

well after a fantastic week the end of Feb, I have managed to keep stable. In some ways that is a victory, but I was a little disappointed since I worked with a personal trainer or was running my Week 3 of the C25K plan all week. (Saturday was my rest day) Thursday and Friday I went a little over board on my snacks and had alcohol, so that could be the difference. That being said I want to eat and drink in a way that is sustainable. Leave the "dieting" to the boring weekdays when nothing exciting is going on. Take this week for example, no evening plans at all.

100 mile challenge - (2/26-3/5) 17 miles for a total of 134 to date. I doubt I will make it to 200 by the end of March (it will be close), but have been continuing to move!
Weight has been from 160-161. So my fears of shooting back up to 165 seem to be just that, fears.

Personal Trainer

Personal training seems like a good fit for me. I have to make an appointment - so someone is waiting for me. There is someone to do the thinking/counting for me - which I am convinced as to why I didn't complete the C25K challenge previously and I sweat. All good things. My Wednesday workout was focused around boxing, which I have wanted to try. It was "hard" in that I couldn't complete the reps, but it did make me sweat and I liked the trainer. Friday's workout was with another new trainer (they have 4 at this place) and it introduced me to kettle bells. He had me to a circuit of 4 exercises - some kind of body lift, squats, kettle bell swing and ellipical. 15 reps, 12 reps and then 9 reps. Kettlebell killed me. Other then that I was fine. However, I felt this workout the most the next day. I had to keep the obligitory sell session on Friday and gave the owner some feedback she didn't seem to happy to hear. Basically I didn't feel like my sessions ever hit the 45 minute mark. If I was paying over 60.00 a session, I would have been more aggressive about it, but I thought she should know. Yea, didn't take that well. Hrm, might have to rethink my decision to go there next fall once the weather starts to cool off.

Overall though, I felt like I had a good experience, but maybe wasn't pushed very hard. It is a little hard to guage because I had a new trainer each time and I am sure they don't go hard core on the newbies as to not scare them off. At this point I am thinking I will look into the rec center and what they have to offer.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


So many things to catch up on this week.
First- I ended the week at 160. yes 160. 5 lbs in 1 weeks. Did I really lose 5 lbs in one week - no way! but that is what my body told the scale. Let's just say the three of us are not in a circle of trust. So far this week I have bounced from 160.5 to 161. That I will take. Let's not see 165 again!!
Second - I had a coupon from a personal training place for 3 free workouts. Well of course I was going to take them up on that. So I started on Monday, have a session at lunch today and am squeezing in the last one on Friday despite my crazy week. First was was good. I felt like I worked out, but didn't see that it was much different then a good session at the rec center. Which by the way I plan to talk to and see what their personal trainer run. I am still all over the place with a plan, but I am working out, so that is the point right? Anyways this place sells 20 and 40 visit packages, averaging about 65-69 dollars per visit. That was a big number to see in writing. I just don't think I am there at this point in time (see kitchen designs) and with the warm weather coming, there will be a) more time issues b) more things to do outside. So not looking forward to that conversation, but maybe next winter.
Third - veggies. My DH is great in that he plans and shops for all the food for dinners.  We eat out pretty rarely, so this isn't a small feat. We do our best to expose the kids to food they will eat, but isn't kid food. We cook out of the weight watchers cookbooks quite a bit, but let's face it a little distorted portions and it doesn't matter if it is weight watchers or not. Anyways to my point. I did the shopping this week - good things too, cause he had forgotten quite a bit. Anyways, I am trying to bring new veggie options into the house. Few weeks ago I did Speghetti Squash, and this week I did cauliflower. First dinner I just steamed it. he didn't want any. :) Last night I got crazy and made cauliflower mash by adding milk, butter and a small amount of instant potato flakes. It wasn't really mash (I should have steamed the cf instead of boiling it) but it was still good. P declared it tasted like ice cream! ha! H didn't like it, but tried it, which is the rule around these parts.
Fourth - C25K progress. So far so good, except for my fail last night. I was to run Week 3, Day 2 and didn't feel like getting to the rec center after putting the kids to bed. I had seen that some people do it on the elliptical, so I thought I would try that. Fail. period, end of sentance. I was on it for 38 minutes (more then the 20 minutes of running) but didn't feel like anything other then an elliptical workout. blah. Plan is to run again on Thursday and if I get through it ok, I am just going to move on. how's that?
Fifth - MAJOR nacho craving last night. resisted. Almost stopped on the way up to bed to grab 2 girl scout cookies, resisted. applauding right? well I had red licorice and sweet tarts in the office, so it wasn't a completely sweet free day. I have a feeling those nachos will be happening before the week end though.

wow - that didn't take as long as I thought. So much going on in my head, but it doesn't always make it to the blog. make good decisions today. Don't worry about yesterday or tomorrow.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Seriously now!

ok, I am perhaps not the poster child for best food choices (see 2 rice krispy rock walls in 2 weeks time) but this menu is ridiculous! http://www.mapleaverestaurant.com/dinner  Fried Cauliflower? Really, what did that dear sweet veggie due to deserve that? UGH! This is where my mom's group has decided to have dinner tonight. I am wondering what to do. Eat before and just have a salad there? Try the grilled chicken, which based on the rest of the menu is sure to be torpedoed with something bad in it, and frankly doesn't sound great. The best offense would be to do some research and suggest another place, but I don't have time to do that right now. (much more important to whine about it, right?)
On top of my dinner challenge, my body has been playing cruel and unusual tricks on me. Well maybe not so unusual, but that would be depressing. I was an amazing 165.5 on Monday - what?! you got that right, but today am weighing in at a much more respectable 162. What happened? no idea. really. not a clue. I have been eating better this week, but at the same time, other weeks see a similar (although not as startling a starting weight) up and down movement. I think this is why I am not in favor of the 1 week weigh in. What if I had been carrying the thought of that 165 with me all week. Motivating or defeatism? could be either, depends on the week with me. Essentially, to tie this all together. I am not in the mood to squander my 162 on carnival funnell cake - despite it being my MOST favorite fair food. Good thing is that it is so related to the fair or the beach in my head that I can't imagine eating one INSIDE, sitting in a restaurant! So food sucks, company is good and very much craved for. What to do?

Off to search the internet for a restarant before my next meeting!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Couch to 5k working it

I have only "run" 3 times, but am committed to working this program. I started this program before, but didn't complete it. One of the challenges for me was to focus on timing the intervals for walking and running. Well that problem is solved with a great set of podcasts that I downloaded. Music, with verbal cues on when to walk and when to run. So perfect, I am just focus on my stride and getting through it. It has made me excited to do the next session. Ha! who would have thunk it?! I did Week 1 day 1 and 2. Day 3 was the same and I was doing fine, so I skipped it and went to day 1 of week 2 instead. A small cheat, but I will need all the days I can get as things get busy these next 2 weeks. Tomorrow I plan to run w2d2 at the rec center.

I am down 2 lbs from this frightful weekend I had. Did I mention I was right back to where I started. yea. not feeling the love. Ah well. I pulled back the food journal, which keeps my daytime eating under control. The last 2 days I have actually felt hunger. Something I haven't felt in a long time. Too much face stuffing perhaps?!
Anyways, I am using this last week of Feb to work up to my new month, new plan. Getting all my tools in line and moving forward. Still a chance I can wear a bathing suit this summer without being frightened. (or frightening!)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

So frustrated!!

I am just feeling so frustrated at this point. It has been 7 weeks and I have lost no weight. I am just jumping from workout to workout - when I bother to work out without a real plan. I need to get my head together and really start to take this seriously. I am not happy about my weight or my outlook on life right now. The next 2 weeks are going to be very busy, but that is just the way things are.  With the wedding in May and many other every events coming up this summer, I just need to get going.

Like I said, I haven't been able to get settled on a workout routine.  I was doing the 30 day shred - got to day 23 I think....in about 45 days. Ugh. Now I have done 2 days of the couch to 5k - granted in 4 days (with rest days, this is actually on time) My challenge here is going to be getting to a treadmill. There is still quite a bit of snow on the ground and let's face it I am just weather challenged to begin with. I have also done an old Denise Austin video (yes VHS!) and elliptical. I need to get my days with ANY type of workout up, but really, let's face facts - it is all about what I stuff in my mouth. No more birthday cake!(among other things.) Thankfully there are no candy focus holidays between now and Easter the end of March.

Ok, vent over.

I am still reporting time to the 100 mile challenge and have surpassed 100! I am shooting for 200 miles by the end of March, so should be able to meet that goal. Tomorrow I plan to hit the rec center for W1, D3 of the C25k. I really would love to like running. It seems like such an effective workout.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

still riding the wagon

I haven't been updating the blog, but I have been exercising, and I guess that is what is important. Although I feel my progress is about the same in both areas. Ugh. I am just not seeming to get anywhere with losing weight. While that might not be factually true, it certainly feels true and some days that is all that matters. I haven't seen 165 since Jan 25th - and actually my weight was 161.5 today. I think it is mostly dehydration though, so I am not going to get too excited until I start taking in my water regularly. I have been doing about 45 minutes to an hour. You would think being home with all this snow would give me lots of time to work out, but really it has wrecked havoc with my schedule.

I did report 19 miles for the 100 mile challenge - so that is great - my best week to date! back to Jillian after a week off. Just couldn't face her, but have done level 3 the last 2 days.

so just checkig in to let you know I haven't fallen off the wagon, might even be making progress I haven't seen yet. Olympics have started so expect to spend more time on the elliptical watching the action!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

small steps

3 days at 162.5 and reporting 18 miles on the 100 mile challenge (which I have adapted to be more miles each week and at least 200 miles.
Went to the caps game last night. Ate tuna fish on crackers beforehand to avoid the arena dinners. Success there. I did have some of DH's popcorn, and 2 beers. Dh bought me another beer, but I decided I would forget about the money faster then the pounds. Had a rather emotional conversation with DH on the way home and after taking the babysitter home. It will most likely be the start of many. We had plans to go to a party tonight, but the snow is keeping us in. Less drinking and no hotel food should help me start the week off right. :)
Did level 2 and 3 of jillian with my ever helpful kids this morning. Since I didn't do anything Thursday and Friday, I won't start level 3 in earnest until Monday at the earliest, so this was just a preview.

So no huge leaps or bounds, but entering Feb much better then I entered Jan!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Progress has been made!

It seemed like it was never going to happen, but all of the sudden my body woke up and noticed that I have been working out. Whew! I was starting to worry there a little bit. Today I weighed in at 162.5. Not a huge change - but MUCH better then 165!! I am less stressed then last week and have been doing my best to eat well, rocking the speghetti squash I cooked earlier in the week as my dinner side as everyone else eats the carbs. Feels good to have an alternative. I just have to keep one available, my DH, not so good with remembering the veggies for meals.
Anxious about 2 planned nights out this weekend. I took such a hit with our night out at the melting pot, I have to figure out a plan. I think I can eat dinner at home tomorrow before we go to the game. Usually I would just wait to eat at the rink, so that will help. Not sure about Sat nights function. Hotel food. Maybe just eat little portions. I think it is the alcohol I am really concerned about as I will want to drink, some at least.
Time to go get the kid to start the round robin for tonight. Tonight will be day 9 of level 2 on the 30 day shred. I plan to take tomorrow off, then move to level 3 on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January 26th, 2010 - status

I did it times 2!!!

First I did level 2 all the way through!! I didn't stop any exercise before she said I could. :) I still don't think I am doing the last set of abs correctly, but I still did it.

The 2nd is a little more silly, but just as fun for me. I got through the bubble balance game on the Wii. I have serious spent too much time in my life on this game, but it is good for the abs. Now I have unlocked the advanced level. What have I done?! LOL.

Did great with eating today. only treat was my sunchips with dinner. One of hte bloggers I read is doing the experiements from the Beck diet. Today's was to understand that hunger is not an emergancy. I kept that thought in my head all day. Even though I took a granola bar to TKD, I didn't eat it. progress.

Doing much better on my sleep this week. Still haven't lost any weight, but I feel better. Today at least.

Monday, January 25, 2010

I have not gone off the deep end.....not yet anyways.

Last week was really a busy one and that will be a continued story for the next 3 weeks. I was sleeping poorly and going to bed too late last week, as well as, skipping meals and making up for them with bad food decisions over the weekend. Basically I need a reset. Today was pretty good way to start. Ate only what was in my lunch box; yogurt, apple, blueberries, sun chips, eating well frozen meal. Made speghetti squash to go with some yummy fish for dinner. Did Jillian level 2, and 53 minutes of wii - mostly cardio.
I reported 17 miles in the 100 mile challenge last week and my goal is to increase my milage every week. What I achieved was fewer days of working out, but more time and hopefully more intensity to the days I did get it in. I am hoping this week won't be so hard with many fewer plans in the evenings, which allows me flexibility for post work or post bedtime workouts - or both. :)
I did give up my vow to give up soda, but I am still working on having it only every other day and in small amounts. I still have all my nails. After 37 years I can't believe it. I can't get cocky now, but I am having to put the polish on them less and less.
all that being said - time for bed!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I was right!

 I knew this week was going to be hard and I was right. I didn't figure out how to work out on Tuesday or Thursday, but did do the 30 day shred level 2 (day 3)and 20 minutes of elliptical on Wednesday. Will get back to it tomorrow, if we have a snow/sleet delay, I might even get it in early! Tonight I went out with friends to say good-bye to a friend moving to CA. Fun night, but bittersweet. We have been hanging out for about 3 years now, hard to believe.

I think I must have eaten 6,000 calories at Melting Pot because I am definately still fighting to get that back off. Ugh, such a set back. I am feeling fat and looked like I was poured into my clothes today - so not in a good way!

 I have given up on my no soda pledge for the moment. I still have all my 10 nails (yea!)and decided that my workout routine should be my next habit change to focus on. Don't want to take on too much and then fail. Speaking of taking on too much, I really need to cut back on my volunteering! So much going on.

Very much past my curfew, which has been out the window all week. I am sure the lack of sleep isn't helping anything!

Night, Night.

Monday, January 18, 2010

SOO tired. January 18, 2010

I had the day off and I am so far past my internet curfew! UGH, UGH, UGH. I couldn't face Jillian today either. Now I wish I had. I did do 50 minutes on the elliptical and 30 stupid minutes on the Wii trying to master a balance game. Tomorrow and this week should be VERY interesting and will challenge my ability to keep to good eating and working out. that being said, I have to get up at the crack of dawn to get to a meeting afer I drop my daughter off. All I wanted to do tonight was read my book.....best laid plans. 


Sunday, January 17, 2010

January 17, 2010 - status

Good day today. power went out this morning, so went back to bed and slept late. LOVE IT. 

Did 30 minutes on the elliptical and then did level 2 of Jillian. maybe should have waited in between. I wasn't my usual perky self. :)

164..... I looked at my calendar and I am average of 1 lb less each week. its something.

I did get a new computer bag to reward myself with when I hit 155. Let's hope my current bag doesn't fall apart before then!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I haven't had much to say have I? status

Well the Melting Pot was in a word YUMMY. I fully enjoyed the food, which is something I can't always say. I find I just eat because it is time to. I, of course, have control over breakfast and lunch, but dinner is always with the family, so happens by 6:30 no matter if I am hungry or not. I find I have loaded up during the day and eat more then I should because it is there. I am proud of myself today though. After such a treat last night, we had breakfast for dinner tonight. I didn't like the way the potatoes cooked, so I didn't eat them, even though they were on my plate. I also didn't eat the bacon I cooked up for the kids. Veggie omelet, and milk for me. Overall a good eating day. I should think so after last night!!

Workout: 30 minute elliplical and day 11, level 2 of 30 day shred. I have done level 2 before, but this is the first day I did it officially. Just like level 1, kicked my butt. I did more then I expected though. Played Wii with the kids, but not anything worth counting for exercise, just plain fun. We don't worry about the weight since we know last night was a bruiser. :)

What gets me is that I had all day pretty much to work out, but still waited until 4:45, which is when I work out during the week.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Quick update

Waiting for the babysitter to come so we can head to the Melting Pot for Restaurant Week. Did level 1 and 2 of 30 day shred today. Just a few minutes of Wii today, all balance. Didn't do too well. 163 wiegh in. Keeping steady. Fully expect the wine and food tonight to push me back up a little. But at least I prepped with a good workout.

Got to run. More during the 3 day weekend. Yea!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jan 13, 2010 - status

ok, well I did so well until I finally sat down tonight. Just been running around so much today and tomorrow isn't going to be any different. Ate well, well.....ugh except for those damn candy cane hersey kisses. I think there are only 5 left in my bowl in the office.  I think I kept it to 6 today. This is the first time I am eating after dinner and I have a small bowl of pita chips.....and a glass of wine. Only 17 minutes to internet curfew. I went to be earlier last night, but didn't actually go to sleep. Maybe tonight, I am certainly tired enough.

Weight 163.5 (again), 30 day shred level 1 only today. 20 minutes on Wii. Not steller, I had every intention of doing level 2 of 30 day shred, but after bedtime got caught up in picking up and planning for the cub scout meeting tomorrow.

On to tomorrow.....I don't think I will workout at all, but we will see.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jan 12, 2010 - status

today was just, um....worthless.

I was exhusted when I woke up this morning. Got to work late. Had a meeting I wasn't too into. Had lunch - what was left of it since I ate most of the morning. Bought another bag of sunchips from the vending machine. Did NOT have a soda all day though! After lunch I went home and slept for 3 hours. I wouldn't have gotten up if I didn't have to get my son to TKD. Did that, then ate dinner with the family - even though at this point I wasn't reallt hungry. Good news was I did level 1 and part of level 2 of the shred. no Wii tonight. Now watching the Biggest Loser with no snacks for the 2nd week in a row!

time for internet curfew. I have decided that night time computing and TV watching is really negatively impacting my schedule.


Monday, January 11, 2010

Jan 11, 2010 - status

ugh, I just need to keep my hands out of the damn pantry! I should work out my calories today, but I haven't gotten on the logging site yet. I had yummy white chili leftovers for lunch today. Much better then the usual hummas and pita!
Another thing, why do my shins hurt so much after the first routine in 30 day shred? The rest is fine.

Today - 164, 30 day shred, elliptical came back out of the closet and I did 20 minutes. No Wii time, DH hogged it.

I wonder if I can do 200 miles for the challenge? Hmm.....

Nailbiting and next steps.

well, my workout schedule has taken a hit or two, but overall a positive change, that I need to work into my life permanently. Another change I talked about was nailbiting. I started again (maybe for the 120th time in my life - at least!) before Christmas with a new determination. So far I believe I have been on target for 21 days and I have had only 2 casualities. That is really good! I did find my hands being drawn into my mouth earlier today, but just pulled out my trusty icky tasting polish and put it right on. My hands still look a mess because of the dryness of the season and my cuticles, but at least the next time I go in for a manicure she will have something to work with! I wonder when you can declare a habit dropped? Is 30 days enough?

Been pondering the next victim in the list of bad habits - soda. That would be a financial AND diet benefit. I am going to let it simmer for a little bit. I know I need to go back to my can every other day like I was doing before. I fear I am addicted and HATE the withdrawal symptoms. Not a good reason to keep drinking it though! If only water was more exciting.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Jan 10, 2010 - status

Did so well the first part of the day....then the packers game came around. Some heartbreaker. Snacks, snacks and more snacks. at least some of them were veggies.
I didn't do Jillian today for no good reason. Basically I couldn't get the DVD player that is hooked up to the TV with the Wii to work and was too self conscious to work out in front of DH. I did do 15 minutes of cardio, 10 minutes of strength, so not exactly the same, but close. :)
I felt pretty proud for doing even that though since I was up for 2 hours in the middle of the night with DD.

New week. Let's hope it is a good one.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

100 mile challenge

I posted 11 miles the first week and that is after missing a few days! I earned 4 more miles today!!

Jan 9, 2010 - status

I am beat, of course it is almost 11 pm, so that should be expected I imagine. Today was just a mismash for some reason. I ate too many nuts in my passes through the kitchen, but was determined to get my workout in since I took yesterday off. It was delayed until after the kids' bedtime because I actually left the house by myself this afternoon and went to the mall. Unheard of for a few reasons. One, it isn't in my nature to shop.  I am not very good at it and I find I have a lot more money if I don't even try it, unless necessary. Why I was so moved today is a mystery and to make things even stranger I went to the "big" mall in the area. OMG, the traffic was so horrible. I kept thinking, how did I make it through Christmas with NO trips to the mall and now I am here? One garage had absolutely no parking and I was ready to bag the whole thing, when on my way out I decided to try one more place. Got into a space zippylike and hustled into Macy's. I had some sweaters to return, a giftcard to use up and determination. I went through the handbag section about 4 times (I told you I am not good at this) convinced I had missed something. Nothing was calling to me until I found this one bag. Of course no tag, no clue how much it was, although everything was about 50% off. Anyways, the original price was more then I have ever spent on a bag, but with all the returns, discounts (ALWAYS ask at check out if they have a coupon you can use, I got an extra 15%) it was only 30.00 for a 160.00 bag.

Anyways, today - 30 Day Shred day 6, Weight 164.5, eating was grazing like. 200 calories for breakfast, but more then made up for that in snacks. 40 minutes on the Wii. overall not too bad. May make up for the 2 glasses of wine last night.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Jan 7, 2010 - update

ok, too tired to talk much tonight. 163.5 this morning. Split my workout in 2. a little Wii before TKD and Scouts for DS and then Jillian day 5 after bedtime. DD screamed through the whole workout. I wish she could put herself to bed. We did ignore her though - ferberizing a 4 year old?

treats - had 2 hersey kisses, a handful of spiced nuts (d&^% him for bringing them into work again). avoided the maggiano's return at work and had pita and hummas for lunch during book club.

think I might go pop a 100 calorie bag of popcorn and finish watching the game. tomorrow I will report my miles for the 100 mile challenge.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Jan 6, 2010 - status

ok, too tired to talk much today.

Went to work, had our holiday lunch at Maggiano's. I did ok. 1 bruchetta, 1 stuffed mushroom, 1 italian salad serving.  4 entrees, I filled the plate with tastes of each. I did notice it was a smaller then usual plate. water with everything. Taste of cheesecake and tea for dessert.

Dinner at Founders Day meeting. chicken, rice, salad. 2 glasses of wine. Might have negated the gain/loss I had this morning. :(

weight 164, 30 day shred day 4, 20 minutes on Wii.

must go to bed.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Jan 5, 2010 - update

Today was very exciting because I met with 2 kitchen designers. One was a followup to a meeting I had in early December. She came over to show 2 concepts she had drawn regarding the room. The one with moving no walls was almost exactly the same as Home Depot and other outlets worked up for me. Reassuring, but not very exciting. The other was interesting, but she did keep the 2 dining spaces. We had a great talk about moving walls, putting the laundry in a cabinet vs room and other options.
The 2nd visit was with a new designer and she seemed to have some good ideas. I am pretty sure I am going to work with her on a fixed price basis to work up some designs.
I slept horribly last night, so did not get up again today. *sigh* I did do day 3 of the 30 day shred right after the bus stop. Did 30 minutes on the Wii this evening.
Last night I joined the 100 mile challenge - see sidebar. 100 miles in 3 months. every 15 minutes of working out equal a mile. Should be a motivator for me. 7 miles so far this month!
weight 166, waist 37, eating pretty good. No sugary snacks!!

2009 Goal recap continued

They wouldn't be goals if we didn't evaluate our progress would they?

Ok - weight goal of 140 - I think I have already let the cat out of the bag in letting you know what 2010 looks like, that not only did I not lose the 10 lbs intended for 2009, but picked up a few new/old ones as well. I am sorry to say the last month of the year was actually the worst (approx 6 lbs gained), when I was actually thinking about getting back on the band wagon. Too much thinking I would take care of it tomorrow I guess. Alright, well we are back on track and thinking clearly again, so enough about that.

Enjoying exercise. Ugh, will I ever become one of those people? I think there is hope, but it is a sliver of light at this point. I have worked out more than I ever thought I would in my lifetime, so I would say I am making slow progress in liking how exercise makes me feel. I still believe the key to this is to pick active activities to do with my family. That takes mental energy to think/plan, but is possible.

Nail biting, another fun one. So my latest research says that breaking a habit takes 21 - 32 days depending on who you ask. At this point I have gone about 14 days with only 2 nails taken down. I purchased new anti bite polish and carry it in my purse, so if I notice my hands in my mouth - which is the main issue - I can whip it on right away. This has helped a great deal more then, just saying I couldn't bite, but not being as worried about my hands being close to or in my mouth. Trust me this stuff tastes gross. My nails are not growing as fast because of winter maybe, and I think this is actually a help. I am working to keep them filed down as well.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Jan 4, 2010- status

ok here goes today.

started the day with a major fail - either I can't set an alarm or I slept through it. Either way, my plan to fit Jillian in before the bus stop was not happening. (to be honest I haven't set an alarm consistently in um like 8 years - yes my oldest child is 8!) Will try this again tomorrow. Working from home, so just have to fit the workout in, not the shower too.

However, I did rush home and get day 2 of the 30 day shred in. I also did about 20 minutes of Wii, including a 10 minute run. Totally don't trust that thing. There is NO WAY I ran over a mile in 10 minutes. I average a 14 minute mile. But hey I jogged for 10 minutes, there is something there. :)

weight 165 - I know I shouldn't weigh in everyday, but really I don't get too upset about an up trend as long as it doesn't last. Overall I am just looking for a downward trend. I haven't revisited calorie counter, or seen what Sparkle people is like, but that is on my list.

Food - did pretty well today. 2 Hershey kisses at work, scary snacking right after my workout while cooking dinner - but really amounted to about 20 almonds, 1/2 piece of banana bread and I think that is it. Feeling a snack coming on now though. Just need to resist. I already had my peanut butter cluster for dessert! Going to get some tea.

total fail on the signing up for classes. They started on Sunday. I think I could still get into Pilate's on Sundays, but really want to take the INOVA class on Mondays. Just have to get DH to agree to do kid duty that day. That class doesn't start until the 25th.

I said I was going to measure my waist today, but haven't done it yet. Since it is so damn cold today, I may just put it off until tomorrow. Snuggling in my quilt with my computer for warmth right now!!

2009 Financial goals

to be honest I have to start here as I feel the best about my progress in this category. :)

1. Home Equity Loan - well I haven't exactly paid the last cent on this puppy, but I have a good reason- honest! I went from a balance of 34,876 (approximately) to 8,000 at the end of the year. I have the money to pay off the loan - more on that in a minute, but didn't because part of our "relationship" balance with the bank is this loan. I need to keep 15k in the bank to maintain the interest rates, lack of fees etc for our service level. For now I am not interested in switching banks, so slowing my payment plan was part of maintaining our target "relationship".

The reason these funds were important was because I was busy syphoning off any available money into a ING account with the title of Kitchen. (so excited!) I met with 2 contractors in September to discuss my thoughts on the kitchen and to double check my budget ideas. They both agreed we could remodel the kitchen for the proposed 30-40k. At this time we have 28k in the ING account. I am going to continue to plan for and select contractors for this effort, but won't kick off the actual project until the budget for my job becomes clearer - maybe May. So I have about 5 more months to put aside some more money - which I may need since my eyes are getting bigger the more I research this project!

Goal 2 - Education
I have been reading and meeting with the financial planner this year, so I consider this checked off. We purchased term life insurance and are poised to make some changes to our retirement and/or 529 savings. I am not sure exactly what this will look like yet. I would like to get a better feel for our taxes for 2009, which I will do in Feb.

2.5 - Energy Audit. I had this done over the summer and was surprised that we didn't seem to have the leaks I thought we would. We did add more insulation to the attic - my bedroom seems warmer, so maybe it is working. Unfortunately the ceilings cracked in many places and had to be fixed. The company took care of it, but it was a pain - everything had to be patched then repainted.

3. Mystery Shopping. I did about a C on this. I was very strong through the spring with picking up assignments, but I have a lot going on in general, so this became more intrusive. I also think because we were meeting our savings goals it was much harder to see the 10-15 dollars as important in the whole scheme of things. I still get alerts, but haven't acted on any assignments in awhile. I think this is ok for now.

4. No new debt. In short - check. We had some dicey months with fixes and new tires on the truck, etc, but I just pulled back on the kitchen fund for the month and made it work. We seem to have sailed through Christmas with little damage, so unless there is some huge bill lurking out there, we will start the year out in good shape. I did my best to buy things with cash/debt - including the wii and it seemed to work.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Jan 3, 2010 - status

165.5 weigh in
30 day shred level 1, 30 minutes on Wii - 309 calories
Food - meals were good, snacking at Pack planning meeting on nuts and various other treats. Water = 3 glasses

A new year 2010

ok, I will get to reviewing my goal success and fails in 2009, but first 2010. Looking forward!!

Fitness has to be my number 1 priority this year. In 2008 I lost 20 lbs, but managed to gain it all back, most of it in the last 6 months. Turning things around has been on my mind, but not in my actions. Certainly the treats of the season were not kind and I did nothing to stop them.

We received a Wii and Wii fit from ourselves (aka Santa) this Christmas, so I have been investigating that as a fun way to squeeze a few more calories out of a day. It is, of course no way to get real weight loss progress. So I have been working on 20-30 minutes. More of a routine creating exercise, then anything else.

So 20 lbs is my goal for 2010, but more then that number is making the time and enjoyment for exercise. If we can make more active activities part of our life, then that is the real change. I am also nooddling, but not yet committing to something like walking a marathon. I want to spend more time checking out the training timeline and see what marathons are walker friendly. If I can walk a marathon, maybe someday I can actually run one! Mentally my mindset is not there yet. So one foot in front of the other until then.