Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Workin' out!

Yesterday, I started my new routine of going to the gym and lifting weights. I work at a University where there are several fitness centers available to all faculty/staff/students for free. So, I went with my friend Jess that I work with at my part time job, with a workout that I printed from weightwatchers.com. I ended up kinda following it but wanted to try all of the machines. So, I did 2 reps of 12 on each machine with a 30 second break between reps. I chose a weight that I felt like I could barely complete 12 reps. I lifted each weight slowly and controlled and never let the weights touch in-between reps. These are all things I've read when I was trying to learn how to use lift weights. I am much stronger in my legs since I have walked around carrying 323 pounds around. You never realize how little you use some muscles. My arms and shoulders feel a little sore and tired today after the workout but its a good feeling! My legs only felt a little sore during my walk to work but nothing really big. I should up the weight next time. :) Jess and I are going to try a different gym on campus this Wednesday to see which location we like best. Most of the people that came into the gym last night used the elliptical, treadmill, stair-climber, bikes, etc... So we were pretty much alone in the weight area last night. That was nice.

Tonight, my water aerobics class starts again! YAY! It feels like its been a year since my last class...but its really only been since the beginning of July! I love water aerobics! I have soo much fun and don't sweat too much since I am in the water. (I hate to sweat!) But don't get me wrong, it is possible to sweat while working out in the water...just easier to cool off. haha! My instructor is also a personal trainer and he works us hard! When you are done with the workout you should be tired...no matter how many years you've been doing the water aerobics. If you don't feel tired then you aren't pushing yourself hard enough! I watch some of the girls in my class barely move. They don't push themselves hard enough and I can imagine that aren't burning as many calories as they could. There are some ladies in my class that have been doing the classes for over like 15 years and they still get a good workout! They move soo fast and keep right up with him. I just move as fast as I physically can. I weigh a lot more than them and it just isn't physically possible for me to move as fast as them. I will get there. :)

I am still doing my walking during the week also...as much as I can. So, I am a moving machine! :) I've started reading this booked called "What to Eat" written by Marion Nestle. She is a Nutrition professor at NYU. She is a wealth of information! Her basic principles of a good diet are so simple! They can be summarized in just 10 words: "Eat less, move more, eat lots of fruits and vegetables!" and for added clarification, a 5-word modifier can be added: "go easy on junk foods!" Isn't that easy to memorize!? I will be sharing great information I will be learning as I read along. I am soo excited about this book! :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Update on my weightloss...

I re-weighed myself this morning just to see if maybe I was retaining fluid yesterday when I weighed in. And my weight was 262! That is 1 1/2 lbs down from last Friday. :) So I am now up to 61 1/2 lbs lost! So I was all depressed yesterday for nothing! :)

Today was a long day of work. I worked from 8 am to 7:30 pm. I wore my pedometer and walked 8853 steps today just working...not bad! I packed a breakfast and lunch today and thank goodness I did. I was busy from 8 am until 4:30 when we were finally allowed to take a break! I did well with my points today! I still have 1 1/2 points left. Yesterday I went over by a few points but not much. So this diet week is off to a great start. :)

I am looking forward to tomorrow and getting to chill and just watch some football and have some yummy football food! :) I am going to make a lower fat spinach dip to eat with baked scoop tortilla chips and we are going to have some Turkey Chili too. :) Yum!!

Well, I am off to bed to rest my poor sore body! Although, I remember hurting a whole lot more last year this time working events, when I was 60 lbs heavier! I love not hurting soo much any more and just crave this feeling good! I look forward to loosing more weight!! :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Weigh in day!

It's been a busy week at work. That's usually when I find time to blog. I don't spend a lot of time on the computer at home in the evenings because I am on it all day during the day. So, today is my weigh in day. I don't really want to talk about my diet week but I am forcing myself! ha ha I told myself last night that I was probably only going to lose like 1/2 a pound because I lost soo much last week. So, you would think that I would be prepared to be ok with whatever the scale reads, right? Well, when I got on the scale today it read 263.4! That's only a .2 pound weight loss. It's better than gaining right? That's what I try to keep telling myself! But why am I still so down today. I'm grumpy and people are noticing.

I keep thinking about what I could have done differently over the week. I stayed under my points all but 2 days. 1 day I only went over by like 3 points. The other day I had a slight binge...if you want to call it that. I made homemade applesauce for a class project last weekend. Everyone loved it! I brought it into my supervisor for her to try and she loved it also. So she took the container home to wash it and brought it back to me with almonds in it. Good for you right? Ya, but A LOT of calories! And then when you sit and pick at them all day and end up eating 1/2 a cup of them (10 points) you eat 1 1/2 lunch meals worth. A 1/2 a cup of almonds does not fill you up like 1 1/2 lunches does. Just shows why you should choose low cal snacks that will fill you up with fiber or fruit that is full of water. So, I got home from work and was starving. I don't usually eat dinner until 7 pm because that's when everyone is home. So, I ate some flavored popcorn from one of those tins. Not that bad right? Well, if you sit there with the whole tin in your lap and just keep eating and eating until you are full...that's not good! It was very hard to estimate how much I ate. But I felt like I ate half of the tin! So, ya, I could have chosen worse snacks to binge on but I also could have resisted!! I am still mad at myself about it and I bet that I am blaming that one afternoon on my non-weight loss!

I also could have walked more this week! Last weekend I worked all afternoon Saturday and went apple picking that morning. Sunday was spent recouping from working all day. So, not much walking during the weekend...just whatever I did at work. During the week I walked at lunch twice, and walked to work everyday but not home everyday due to either weather or other things I needed to do. So I probably walked home 3 times this week. Next week water aerobics finally starts again twice a week and I plan to start trying to work out at the SU gym this week on the nights I am not doing water aerobics. I will let you know how it goes. I have a friend doing the gym with me and we are going to learn how to do it together. ha ha I found some workouts on the weight watchers website that I want to try.

So here's to my new week and starting over. I want to try to stay under or at my daily points this week and I want to get more exercise in each day. I am working all day tomorrow...8 am to 8 pm. So, I will start by packing my breakfast and lunch and only eating out for dinner. The only walking I will do is whatever I do while working. When I work on the weekend its for my part time job and I stand almost the whole time and walk around parking lots a lot...but not fast. (I don't know how to describe it.) Sunday will probably be spent recouping again but I am going to try to get a walk in. During the week I will start my 2 new exercises...so that will be more than this week.

I think I tend to be harder on myself than necessary. But I really want to get all this fat off of me! I know its never going to get easy, even after I lose all of my weight. That's going to be just as much work to maintain! Eek! But I don't want to think about that. I need to get there first! One day at a time!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Finally gonna talk numbers!!

I started blogging for my an assignment in Social media class this summer! I've continued blogging because I have enjoyed it and met some fabulous people through Fitblog on Twitter and through the wonderful blogs I have found. I have been so embarrassed of my weight, I have yet to talk about numbers or sizes!! Well, I've decided today that I finally need to get over the fear of those numbers and just be completely honest with myself!! So, here we go....

When I started Weight Watchers and losing weight in the beginning of March this year, I weighed in at a whopping 323.4 pounds!! My highest weight EVER!! Last week I weighed in at 266.4 and had lost 1 pound. I challenged myself this past week to really work hard at staying below my daily WW points and walking everyday. I succeed in both! I wanted to try to walk an hour everyday, which I almost did. I walked over an hour 4 out of the 7 days this week. But I did still walked everyday!!

Today is my weigh in day. I weigh in every Friday morning first thing before I eat or drink anything. That is when I can most accurately measure my body weight since water weighs more than fat. So, what did the scale read this morning?! 263.6!! That is a 3 pound weight loss from last week! So I have now lost 60 pounds total in 6 months!! My hard work this week paid off! I am almost out of the 260's!! Yay!

I set a short term weight loss goal is to lose 75 lbs by the time I go home to TX for Christmas...but it turns out I won't be able to go home now! I wanted to be able to say, "I've lost 75 lbs!" when I saw all of my friends and family I haven't seen in a year. Now it looks more like April when I can go to TX...so maybe I will shoot for 100 pounds by my birthday?! (April 25th) :) It sounds like such a large # but I would have 30 weeks to lose 40 pounds. That's 1 1/4 lbs a week. I don't know...doesn't sounds too hard if you say it like that. I am still going to work towards my original goal by Christmas and then work toward my new second goal by my birthday. I just gotta keep doing what I am doing, which is my plan! I know I've said it a few times but I am not setting a final weight loss goal for myself, I am just trying to lose weight, the healthy way, and I don't want to know how much I need to lose. Long term goals can be overwhelming!

Last week I ordered a new swimsuit from Amazon.com. It is supposed to be chlorine resistant and I got one with a higher neck line (to hold things in place) so it is better for water aerobics. The chlorine in that pool water tends to eat up the elastic in my suits! I wasn't sure what size to order because I am in-between sizes. I started out my weight loss journey in a size 26/28. The suit I just ordered is a size 20W! I was nervous ordering that size because in clothes I am in between a 20 and a 22 right now. So, I got my suit in the mail this week and tried it on and "Ta Da" it fit!! YAY! I thought I was ordering to small and I would fit into it in a few weeks...what a pleasant surprise! :)

Friday's are also Jean day at work. And I have this pair of jeans that I have yet to fit into. They were my smallest size jeans I had in my drawer. I had tried them on a few times in past weeks and got them up but not buttoned. So, last night I was getting out my clothes for the morning and looking for a pair of jeans to wear and decided to try on that pair of jeans. And THEY FIT!! I am soo glad I kept all of those jeans that didn't fit me anymore. Less clothes I have to buy right now the better!

So, this week I am going to do the same thing I did last week! Work hard to concentrate on my daily points and staying below them and I am going to walk everyday! It was not as hard as I thought it was going to be and I felt great all week! :) Water aerobics finally starts in a week, I miss it! What a great workout! If you are looking for something different to do for exercise I would definitely recommend it!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Life is Good!

Tuesday after work I wanted to go to Rite Aid but didn't have a car so I decided that I was going to walk there and then walk home. I have walked that much through out the day but never that far. It took me 37 mins to get to Rite Aid and then 40 mins to get home. I might have been walking slower on the way home because I was tired. But I did it! I am very proud of myself. I was pretty tired when I got home but it felt good and I felt accomplished. It's good to challenge yourself every once in a while...keeps things interesting.

This week I have done very well to stay below my daily weight watcher points! I have also exercised everyday as well! One more day until I weigh in! I went to a guest lecture today at SU. Her name is Marion Nestle and she has written several books like, Food Politics and What to eat and several more. I looked up her books on Amazon.com and found some great deals on them. I would highly recommend them. She has some great insight on how food is marketed and how it is could be one of the causes of obesity in the United States. I am soo interested in Nutrition. I maybe an IT student but I wonder what it would take to do a duel major?! I don't know...that maybe too much. I think I want one degree for now...maybe I could go back for a second degree?! ha ha Just me, dreaming out loud!

I wore one of my new outfits today that I bought last week. I got some great complements today!! Like 3 or 4 people said that I am just melting away! I said, Ya?! That's my plan! I hope to keep motivated into next week and work as hard as I have this week! I am feeling really good this week and love feeling this way! Well rested and just Feel Good!! Life is Good!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Feelin' Gooooood!

I have been feeling great this week! Better than I have in a month! I wonder if my eating the right amount this week is really effecting my body that much? I was only able to walk 30 minutes yesterday. Mother nature did not agree with me. :( Both at lunch and after work it was raining. I had my umbrella and could have still walked but it was also a little chilly. I was a little angry at myself for not still walking. Plus, I had to baby sit after work and needed to be home as early as possible so that I could relieve the other person because they needed to be somewhere...but then they didn't go. Ugh! Nothing worked out toward exercise yesterday. :(

But, today is a new day and I walked to work this morning and will walk home today! It felt great to walk today! No sore muscles and it was a bit chilly out so it was great walking weather! I don't have to watch the baby after work so I will be able to walk no problem. But I have my class today so I take my lunch hour to go to that and can't get that extra walk in. :/ Oh well.

I also am wearing new clothes today. I Love wearing new clothes...it's like the first day of school! ha ha I went clothes shopping last Wednesday and bought 3 pairs of pants and 3 tops. I am in-between sizes right now and my legs seem to be shrinking faster than my stomach, so it is hard to find clothes that actually fit and of course not all clothes fit the same. But it is nice to be getting smaller! :) Sometimes I wish it would fall off faster but I am doing it the healthy way and letting my body adjust slowly. I learned in my Nutrition class over the summer that 2 lbs a week is the fastest you should lose it. Up until now I've lost an average of a lb and a half a week. :)

Lastly, I want to make a little plug to the “Lose For Good” campaign and ask that you please get involved by visiting WeightWatchers.com/LoseForGood. Lose-A-Palooza is a one-day social media event created to encourage participation in the Lose For Good® campaign to benefit "Share Our Strength" and "Action Against Hunger". For every accepted mention or acknowledgment of “Lose For Good” made on September 14th through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and check-ins via foursquare, Weight Watchers will donate $1 – up to $60,000 – to Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger. Please help, it's very easy! :) You can start showing your support by commenting on this post. :) Thank you!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Having a Great Weekend!!

Last blog I made some goals for myself and I am happy to report that I am doing very well so far!! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I have stayed within my weight watchers points and didn't go over. I didn't snack on Friday at work! It's soo hard when there is almost always food sitting around there. Either snack foods that someone brought in to share with everyone or left over food from meetings. And where do they leave the food? In the copier room right near me! It's soo easy to snack and just eat something because it's there. But I resisted on Friday! :)

Today was Football Sunday! :) Last year, at this time, we made all sorts of fattening snacks and ate them all day until we were overstuffed. Today we made queso dip that we love and used to eat but used low fat Velveeta cheese instead so it was less calories and we ate the dip with baked tortilla chips. :) As another football snack we had peel and eat shrimp with cocktail sauce. Yum! For actual lunch we made pizza with Boboli Whole wheat crust, boboli sauce, turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni, veggies, and part skim mozzarella cheese. :) Very tasty. We ate soo differently compared to last year!

I also walked Fri, Sat, and Sun. :) Yesterday, we went on a long walk. Before we started eating better and walking we set a goal for ourselves that we were going to walk up this hill on SU campus called Skytop hill. Well, we did it! We walked from home up skytop hill and down the other side back home. It took us just over an hour...about 70 mins. My legs were burning all the way up but it felt soo good when we got done! This morning when we walked, our legs were sore from yesterday, but we still walked about 25 mins. :) A short walk is better than none at all. It is going to be a wet week to walk...but I hope to get some walking in each day...at least an hour. Will just bring my umbrella. :)

Now it is the end of the day and I still have 4 points left over for the day. :) I am working very hard this week so far and will continue to do so thru the next 4 days of my WW week! :) Wish me luck! Will blog again soon.