May Goals Review and June Goals

Today was a “meh” day, mostly because my nausea is back. The good thing is that it comes and goes, so when it’s gone, I can enjoy my Saturday. When it’s back, all I want to do is sit and stare blankly until it passes.

It isn’t fun, but these withdrawal symptoms reminds me that it’s best not to be on any medication unless you absolutely need it. After getting off a medication I’ve been on for years, I can feel my body try to manage itself again after not exercising control on its own. Lesson learned!

Sometimes when you feel totally crappy, brushing my hair is what I need to feel a teensy better.

Trying my best to manage an “I’m okay, really!” smile.

Continue my success in healthy eating. Slowly add in exercise, paying great attention to injury prevention.” 

DONE! Weight: Land in the neighborhood of 125-126 lbs. It’s not much, but I’m taking in consideration that I may not be able to work out hard enough to lose weight. If I lose, great! If not, I’ll be happy if I maintain.
Result: I ended the month weighing 124.3 lbs. I think that speaks for itself!
Mostly Done Food: Eat smaller meals, supplement with snacks if needed.
Result: Most of May I ate smaller meals that I used to, but they still filled me up to the point where snacks were not necessary, so the cutback was not enough.
DONE! Cardio: Get back into it slowly.
Result: I took a lot more days off than I wanted to, but my leg needed it. It paid off though, because towards the end of May, I was able to walk more than 2 miles on back to back days! Win.
Not Done Strength Training: 2 exercises/day (Day 1: Lunges, Plank, Day 2: Squats, Crunches)
Result: Zilch. Sometime in May I decided that I needed to mostly focus on rehabbing my leg so that it was well enough to walk. ST might have been overboard.
Not Done Flexibility Training: 3/day (Forward Bend, Down Dog, Pretzel)
Result: None. 😦
Not Done Bloggy Stuff: Write up the About Me page
Result: Oops.

  • Waking up early again. While skipping workout after workout benefited my leg greatly, sleeping in was a luxury that started to interfere with my productivity, and eventually, made it difficult to get going on the days I wanted to work out. Now that I’m working out more frequently, it’s a teensy less difficult to roll out of bed to do my thang.
  • Workout selfie. Erhm, yes. If I didn’t so this every time I worked out, I would be rushing out the door and underappreciating myself for enacting the discipline to do what I need to do. The selfies force me to take a moment and think about what I am doing and it makes me want to pat myself on the back for it.

  • Skipping flexibility training. Now that I am working out more, my muscles are tight! Plus, I need those few minutes to zone out and just breathe before the craziness starts in my day.


Although goals were not reached, I consider May a great month. For one, I took a lot of days off after workouts for my leg to heal; when I started doing so, my leg started healing at a faster rate. Second, I lost weight! And third, I finally broke down and plunked $$$ on a new pair of kicks that is not only motivating for me to wear and workout, but is so much better for my body than my old, crumbling pair of Brooks. These were the goals I most wanted to accomplish for they are actual steps toward my goals. So I’m happy.


Slowly build mileage, strength, and flexiblity while paying great attention to how my leg feels.

  1. Weight: I would love love LOVE to see 122 lbs… Or even 121 lbs!
  2. Food: Eat super small lunches and an afternoon snack during the week.
  3. Cardio: Reach 3.5 miles per walk.
  4. Strength Training: 2 exercises/day (Day 1: Superman, Plank, Day 2: Squats, Crunches)
  5. Flexibility Training: 3/day (Forward Bend, Down Dog, Pretzel)
  6. Unofficial Goal: Get a massage

Ohh-Emm-Gee it was difficult to get out of bed this morning. I still don’t know how I did it! Dawn and Saturdays do NOT mix.

There. I did it. I woke up at dawn o'clock on a Saturday to workout. Medal, please.

There. I did it. I woke up at dawn o’clock on a Saturday to workout. Medal, please.

Unfortunately, my 2.85 mile walk today killed my leg today. I should have known something was up before my workout, because while walking around the house I could feel tightness in my calf. I figured that whatever I was feeling must have been my imagination (because my bed was soooo cozy), so I ignored it. I went on my walk and within five minutes of starting, the tightness developed into a soft, dull ache. I ignored it again, thinking that it was just my leg needing a longer warm-up. Finally at 0.75 miles, the ache escalating into a pain and by the 1.0 mile point, I was almost limping home. Eek!

So it looks like my immediate plans to go on that 3.0 mile walk needs to be postponed a bit until my calf heals from all the walks from last week. I am so close though, I can taste it! I just need exercise a little more patience.

Since I was forced to DNF my walk, I decided that I should at least take a stab at accomplishing my new workout goals, so I completed the following:

Strength Training:

  • 2 x Superman at 30 seconds
  • 2 x Plank at 30 seconds

Flexibility Training: 

  • Forward Bend
  • Downward Dog
  • Pretzel

Although the pain experience during my walk was alarming, I am glad I did it because I got to learn how my leg is doing in the rehab process. Plus, it felt great to be outside so early in the morning when everyone is asleep! No regrets.

Tomorrow is a rest day, and I think my calf is going to be very happy about that. 🙂


6/7/14

Beverages

  • Coffee
  • Silk soy creamer
  • Water

Breakfast

  • 2 McDonald’s Egg White Delight with no cheese

Lunch

Um, I almost never crave burgers, but today I had to have one.

  • Turkey burger with lettuce, tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and Thousand Island dressing on a sesame seed bun
  • Side salad with a sprinkle of Italian dressing

Dinner

And this evening I had to have Mexican food. Bad idea, because I ended up being way.too.full. Another reminder that big meals make me feel terrible.

  • Asada salad (lettuce, rice, beans, carne asada, guacamole)
  • Chips
  • Salsa

 

Furry Furriday: Semi-Retro Edition

TGIF!

All the animal pictures featured on this blog thus far have been very recent; however, I am sitting on a lot of pictures of them all from our pre-October 2013 move. Would eight months be considered retro? Generally, no. But we are so very settled in our new house now that it makes everything in our old house ancient history. So to compromise, “semi-retro” fits, right? 🙂

Date: 10/13/2013. Here is one of the many trips Bruno and I took to move our stuff to the new house.

Date: 10/13/2013. One of the (very) many trips Bruno and I took to move stuff to the new house.

09/04/2013: A month and a half before we moved. I just bought a new Canon and Mya decided to show off for me. Silly thing!

Date: 09/04/2013: A month and a half before we moved. I just bought a new Canon and Mya decided to show off for me. Silly thing!

9/19/2013: One month before we moved. As soon as I whip out a camera and stoop down to his level, he always walks towards me and ruins the shot, so this is a rare time when he actually sits still for the camera. I'm sure he walked over right after this shot though. :)

Date: 9/19/2013: One month before we moved. This is a rare shot because Zack will always come over to me and ruin the shot as soon as I stoop down with a camera. I’m pretty sure he came over to me after this shot though. 🙂

 

EXERCISE

Rest day, so none!

RECAP: 6/5 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer
  • Water

Breakfast

I ran out of bananas so I doubled up on the cereal

  • 3/4 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt
  • 60 g Special K Vanilla Almond cereal

Lunch

  • Leftover pan-fried steak
  • Steamed veggies
  • 1/2 cup steamed rice (leftover)

Snack

None

Dinner

  • 1 Big bowl of cereal
  • Almond milk

 

Hello I’m back! And Thursday Weigh-In

Hello and long time no see!

Last Sunday, I put together a post announcing that I was not feeling well and would be back some time this week. Turns out, I was right to take some days off, because I forgot to hit Schedule (which I finally did earlier when I logged in). Whoops.

Aaaaaanyway! Not that I have big news to report, but here’s a quick recap of the going-ons while I’ve been gone:

1) In short, this:

In more words, I stopped taking a daily medication a few weeks ago and the the symptoms of coming off it (withdrawals?) was becoming problematic for me. Certain body parts felt sore, my energy level was …. well, what energy?, and strangely enough, my palette changed noticeably. It was getting to the point where I would collapse in the middle of the day to embark on a serious set of honkshoos, and I would look at sweets not in longing, but in distaste and favor savory foods instead. The latter is so NOT me, I promise you! The good news, though, is that the symptoms have finally faded enough (except the sweets part – I still want a burger) so that I can be productive during the day.

(Note: Although I am no longer eyeing sugary sweets with googly eyes, I am still eliminating it all from my diet because I know cannot handle it. There is no “I’ll just have one” when it comes to cupcakes/cookies/candy/chocolate/pastries and me. Instead, what this means is that my semi-aversion to sweets at the moment makes it easier for me to not have any at all.)

Feeling better

2) We took Bruno in for an emergency visit on Saturday. My fiance was playing ball with him on Friday when the he landed wrong, bent his paw too harshly and started limping. Because we are majorly overbearing and obsessed dog parents, we freaked out.

Our first instinct was to rush him to the nearest vet ER, but it was already after hours and the paw didn’t seem broken. The dog didn’t even flinch when we’d touch and squeeze his paw, so we compromised on taking him to the vet on Sunday afternoon instead (the earliest they could take us).

Luckily, the vet confirmed what we thought: he just roughed up his paw and would be better within a week. And the vet was right! By Monday morning, doggy was no longer limping. Instead of hiking, I took him on a couple of walks that included a TON of sniffing, and before you knew it, the pup paw was 100% and therefore was able to go hiking with his dad this morning. 🙂

Bloggy Notes: My May Goal Recap/June Goals will be on Saturday. I would have done it today, but today’s entry is already packed and tomorrow is Furry Furriday, so… Yeah. 😉

WEIGH-IN

Soooooo, last week I said that I wanted to get into 123-ville. Since then, I got four workouts in and ate well on most days. I was sure I’d make it even though a couple of days ago we went out to an Italian restaurant where I ordered and ate too much food for one person, but I still had a sneaking suspicion that I did it:

Starting Weight: 130.2 lbs

Current Weight: 123.4 lbs

Difference From Last Week: -0.9 lbs

Total Loss: 6.8 lbs

Goal Weight: 109 lbs
Weight to Lose: 14.4 lbs

 

FIST PUMPS GALORE! I am now officially less than 15 pound away from my goal weight.  Whoop whoop!

Next on my list is sliding past the 123 mark into the 122’s. Hmm, I wonder if I can make it out of 120-ville by August? (I aim to lose 1/2 lb per week)

A little recap since last week’s weigh-in:

  • Exercise: FOUR workouts since last weigh-in. It should have been six, but I skipped Saturday because I wasn’t feeling well and Wednesday because… I was tired?
  • Beverages: I haven’t reached my daily goal of 100 oz/day because liquids have been making me nauseous. I drink only when I feel better and therefore have made it only 60-70 oz/day.
  • Food: The great thing about craving savory foods now is that I can actually get full on most things I eat. For some reason, it takes a lot to make me feel full when I consume sweeter things, so this in combination of drinking water, serves me well. I still haven’t had any afternoon snacks lately, but I wonder if it’s because savory food is just more filling. Hmm.

What I will/need to work on:

  • Exercise: Reaching the 3-mile mark without any pain or aches, which is coming up! After that, I will aim for 3.25 miles, then 3.5 miles.
  • Beverages: Continue working on my liquid intake as the nausea allows.
  • Get to bed earlier: I’ve been making it to bed by 10 pm-ish each night which is a massive improvement, but I need to get this down to 9:45 pm or even 9:30 pm.

Wins:

  • 05/29/2014: I can now workout on back to back days!
  • 05/29/2014: Not only can I fit into my biggest pair of shorts, I need a belt now too.
  • 05/29/2014: I can fit into my 2nd biggest shorts, though slightly uncomfortably
  • 06/05/2014: I can now walk up to 2.85 miles pain-free

EXERCISE LOG

Although I wasn’t feeling 100% every day this week, I worked out anyway. I’ve got 3 days down so far this week and one more to go on Saturday. 😀

RECAP: Monday, June 2

I’m not sure exactly how far I walked on this day because it took FOREVER for my Garmin to hook up to the satellite. 😦 I got fed up, leashed the dog and went out for my walk. I think I did about 2.5 miles, which is the most I’ve walked in ages without pain up to this point in time. Woot!

RECAP: Tuesday, June 3

2.36 miles with zeh puppeh (unpictured) … with my new kicks 😛

RECAP: Wednesday, June 4

My fiance woke up feeling super sore from his workouts and decided to skip. I was planning on working out, but I decided that I was too tired to do so and joined him on an off day.

So, now workout on this day. 🙂

TODAY:

Ugh, I did NOT feel like getting out of bed this morning, but somehow I forced myself to get up, dressed and out the door.

But it’s a good thing I did it, because I ended up completing the longest mileage since I hurt my leg pain-free!

I am this close to my goal of 3 miles, which I’m aiming for on Monday.

Soo excited that I am almost 100%  healed!

RECAP: 6/4 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee
  • Silk soy creamer
  • Water

Breakfast

  • 3/4 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 30 g Special K Vanilla Almond cereal

Lunch

  • 8″ super cheesesteak sub (steak, peppers, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes)
  • A few chips

Snack

Not hungry enough

Dinner

  • Pan-fried NY steak
  • Steamed veggies

Dessert

  • Too full 🙂

 

Furry Furriday

TGIF!

Zacky, my little office cat.

Bruno, my big baller

Mya, my little house queen

EXERCISE LOG

Rest day, so none!

RECAP: 5/28 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer
  • Water

Breakfast

  • 3/4 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 31 g Special K Vanilla Almond cereal

Lunch

  • King Taco carne asada combination burrito with green salsa

Snack

None

Dinner

  • 1 Big bowl of cereal
  • 1 Banana
  • Almond milk

 

Thursday Weigh-In

WEIGH-IN

2014-05-29 Weigh in

Starting Weight: 130.2 lbs

Current Weight: 124.3 lbs

Difference From Last Week: +0.1 lbs

Total Loss: 5.9 lbs

Goal Weight: 109 lbs
Weight to Lose: 15.3 lbs

A gain of 0.1 lbs? I’ll take it! – Not that 0.1 lbs means anything. 🙂

After sitting on the lower end of 124-ville, I’m starting to feel motivated about losing the 0.3 pound to slide into 123. After all, I am able to (somewhat) workout now and losing that little amount of weight means that I need to create a deficit of only 1160 calories for the week (approx 165 calories a day). Sounds doable, I’m going for it!

A little recap since last week’s weigh-in:

  • Exercise: Two workouts for a total of 4.25 miles. Unfortunately, those workouts happened yesterday and the day before, which means none between last Thursday and this past Tuesday. Now that my leg is feeling better, I will be upping the frequency.
  • ST: Last week, I said that I wanted to incorporate some kind of ST into my program, but I nixed that idea for now. These workouts are already taxing on my leg and I prefer to focus on the very simple task of walking before I start adding other exercises to the mix.
  • Food: I’m still eating what I consider smaller meals, but it must not be that small because I keep feeling too full in the afternoon for snacks. Hmm, sounds like I need to review what I eat.

What I will/need to work on:

  • Exercise: Workouts I am good with but rest? I am the worst at scheduling and going through with rest days! I need to work on this for sure if I am to keep myself injury-free.
  • Food: Eating lighter meals so that I won’t feel too full to eat my afternoon snacks
  • Get to bed earlier: Third week in a row this has made on my list. Time to do something about it.

Wins:

  • I can now workout on back to back days!
  • Not only can I fit into my biggest pair of shorts, I need a belt now too.
  • I can fit into my 2nd biggest shorts, though slightly uncomfortably

EXERCISE LOG

I was going to rest today but I woke up roaring and ready to go.  Plus, my leg felt pretty great, so… Why not!

During yesterday’s fiasco, I ended up on a different route while trying to turn back home the second time. The change of scenery was so refreshing that I decided to go on similar streets on my walk today. However, my new route ended up being longer than the 2 miles I originally planned on and I ended up going 1/4 mile longer. Typically this is not a big deal and not even worth mentioning, but with my leg in the rehab process, I get worried about it. Turns out, everything was fine, although my leg was so happy that it was finished when I arrived home.

I will for sure take tomorrow off, but Saturday it will be back to it!

RECAP: 5/28 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer
  • Water

Breakfast

  • 3/4 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 30 g Special K Vanilla Almond cereal

Lunch

  • Roasted chicken breast
  • Broccoli slaw

Snack

None

Dinner

  • Brisket sandwiches with au jus
  • Steamed veggies
  • French fries

A New Wake Up Call

I finally found a solution to all my troubles in waking/getting out of bed early: place a coffee grinder nearby and have it go off at 4:40 am!

This was accidentally tested today to great success:

First, you have to know that our bedroom is next to our kitchen. Not ideal, but it is what it is. Anyway, while programming the coffeemaker last night for this morning, I realized that I ran out of ground coffee, which meant that I had to delve into my back up bag of coffee beans. Fast forward to 4:40 am, when my fantastic automatic drip coffee machine with grinder screamed as it whipped those beans into freshly ground coffee. Meanwhile, my fiance nearly jumped out of bed along with a cat next to me who leapt three feet in the air. I know it scared the dog in the living room too (on the other side of the kitchen), because seconds later, I could hear him jump off the couch and his nails tap on the hardwood floors to the kitchen tiles and then padding into our bedroom. But never mind that it scared everybody else, I was awake and ready to conquer the world!

My fiance, mystified that it scared everyone but me, may have asked me if I knew that the coffeemaker would make that racket those waking sounds that early in the morning, and I may have shrugged with a Cheshire smile.

 

One thing I was willing to admit, however, was that the coffee indeed tasted absolutely delicious today. Muaaahaaahaa!

Tastes like SUCCESS.

SUCCESS tastes delicious.

 

EXERCISE LOG

I worked out today!

This fuzzy early morning pic is brought to you by my wonderful programmable coffeemaker with grinder! Hee.

Actually, I almost turned back twice due to pain in my leg: once a minute after I started and another at 0.85 miles. The thing is, each time I turned to head back to my house, the pain would suddenly disappear, so I’d shrug and say, “What the heck” and keep on going. Toward the end, my leg definitely felt like it needed to rest, but at that point, I reached the mileage I would have been if my leg didn’t hurt, so it all worked out.

2 days in a row of workouts, whoop!

 

2014-05-28

RECAP: 5/27 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee: 12 oz
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer: 1.5 tbsp
  • Water: 90 oz

Breakfast

  • 3/4 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 31 g Special K Vanilla Almond cereal

Lunch

  • Leftover carne asada taco
  • 3/4 ear corn with butter
  • Steamed veggies

Snack

Wasn’t hungry, so skipped

Dinner

  • Pan-fried chicken
  • Steamed vegetables

Dessert

Strawberries in Greek Yogurt (with cinnamon and vanilla extract)

Back to Business Tuesday Mumbo Jumbo

After three luxurious days of sleeping in and relaxing, the last thing I want to do was wake up early for a workout.

But after almost a week of no workouts, there was no way I could skip today – especially since my leg feels okay again. So I took my time (read: 45 minutes) in sending step-by-step instructions to each muscle and limb to get myself out of bed. It was painful, but I finally did it and got dressed.

“Proof” that I got out of bed. NOT easy!

And tried to act thrilled about it.

YAY.

YAY.

But not after drinking a few big swigs of coffee. <– lifesaver

Cat on my office chair again. That little guy is such a boss!

Cat on my office chair again. That little guy is such a boss!

I pumped out 2.12 miles on my walk today, which may not sound impressive, but what was spectacular about it was that I didn’t experience any pain. There was a slight discomfort that started almost from the beginning, but it felt more like a stretch than pain or ache. In all, I consider it a massive improvement! Now to see if my leg will feel good enough to workout tomorrow as well… Crossing my fingers over here! 🙂


Random scenes from yesterday:

05/26: Weekend coffees are the best

Getting ready for a breakfast date with my fiance ❤

05/26 Brekkie: egg white veggie omelette, buttered wheat toast, bowl of fruit. Not pictured: 1/2 slice of white toast with butter

05/26 dinner: carne asada taco with refried beans and Cholula, 3/4 ear of buttered corn, and steamed veggies. Not pictured: additional 3/4 ear of buttered corn

EXERCISE LOG

Whoop!

RECAP: 5/26 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee: 12 oz
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer: 1.5 tbsp
  • Water: 90 oz

Breakfast

  • Egg white veggie omelette
  • 2 slices wheat toast with butter
  • 1/2 slice white toast with butter
  • 1 cup fruit

Lunch [pic]

  • Carne asada with 2 tbsp refriend beans on corn tortilla topped with Cholula
  • 2 – 3/4 ears of corn (1.5 total?)
  • Steamed veggies

Dinner

  • Strawberries with Greek yogurt (plus few shakes of cinnamon, a splash of vanilla extract, and a dribble of honey)