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

 

Faux-Sunday

Happy Faux-Sunday!

Sundays are my least favorite day of the week – mostly because Mondays loom a little too close for comfort – but where Monday is a holiday, it makes that Sunday feel like a faux-Saturday, and then that Saturday feel like faux-Friday, and then that Friday feel like 48 straight hours of wonderfulness. Oh how I miss the days of working 10/4!

Some random and pointless pics of my day… (There would have been more, but I got a bit too relaxed and got lazy when noon came around)

Starting my faux-Sunday relaxed and well-rested.

Starting my faux-Sunday relaxed and well-rested.

This is a picture of Mya right before I left the house. It is also how I found her when I got back. The life this princess leads!

This is a picture of Mya right before I left the house. It is also how I found her when I got back. The life this princess leads!

Saw this guy when I visited my local farm to pick up from fresh produce. He was singing on top of his lungs! What a ham...

Saw this guy when I visited my local farm to pick up from fresh produce. He was singing on top of his lungs! What a ham…

EXERCISE LOG

No workout because my leg was killing me today! The pain was similar to how it was when I first injured it and even debilitated my ability to walk. I rested it a lot today and made sure I wore my compression socks. I’m hoping it will be ready for a little workout tomorrow.

RECAP: 5/24 FOOD LOG

Beverages

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

Breakfast

Egg white veggie frittata, 2 slices wheat toast with butter, 1/2 slice white toast with butter (unpictured), 1 cup fruit

Lunch

Lazy Dog Cafe:

  • Edamame
  • Mediterranean Half Crisp

Snack

  • Strawberries in Greek yogurt

Dinner

  • 1 bowl of cereal
  • 1 banana
  • Almond milk

Furry Furriday: Honkshoos Edition

TGIF!

Zack

Zack

Mya

Mya

Bruno with his own pillow, blankets, and side of the couch <3

Bruno with his own pillow, blankets, and side of the couch ❤

 

EXERCISE LOG

I would have worked out today except that yesterday I sort of twisted my leg when getting into the car at the bank. It was a good thing too, as my leg started complaining today while I was at Costco and walking to the post office box. I do plan on working out tomorrow, however, so hopefully it will shape up in time to do so! 🙂

RECAP: 5/22 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine tea: 32 oz
  • Coffee: 12 oz
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer: 1.5 tbsp
  • Water: 70 oz

Breakfast

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

Lunch

  • Leftover pan-fried steak
  • Steamed veggies

Snack

Wasn’t hungry, so skipped

Dinner

Indulged in my cereal cravings again…

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

Snack

I was about to go to bed when I suddenly felt super hungry!

  • 2 peaches
  • 1 hard-boiled egg

Thursday Weigh-In

WEIGH-IN

SW: 130.2 lbs; Total Loss: 6.0 lbs

Starting Weight: 130.2 lbs

Current Weight: 124.2 lbs

Difference From Last Week: -0.3 lbs

Total Loss: 6.0 lbs

Goal Weight: 109 lbs
Weight to Lose: 15.2 lbs

Okay, honestly? I was expecting a gain this week. Last week’s 2 lb loss seemed too good to be true, and I was already thinking in my head that if the scale showed a 1/2 lb gain, that that’d be a win! So to see any type of loss – even 1/4 lb, was surprising. Not bad with how little I’ve done over the past week.

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

  • Exercise: Two workouts for a total of 4 miles. Not much, but plenty for what my leg is currently going through. I’ve also played with the dog multiple times a day every day and been more physically active around the house, so all must have helped.
  • Beverages: I started drinking coffee during the week again. I didn’t want to, but I haven’t exactly been perfect in doing the going-to-bed-at-a-decent-hour thing, which makes me tired in the morning and need coffee. And then, like a vicious cycle, I’m sure the coffee then lends into me staying up late even though I drink it only in the morning.
  • Food: I learned my lesson on eating large/rich meals! From that point on, I started paying much more of a conscious effort on what I am eating. It’s still hard to believe that that much less on my plate can fill me up! It also feels that much better to not be overstuffed while we’ve been going through this blazing heatwave.

What I will/need to work on:

  • Exercise: I’ve been hesitant to start ST again, only because my calf seems to be sensitive to whatever I do – even something as calf-irrelevant as planks. I’m going to explore what ST moves feels okay and create some kind of program to get me stronger. As far as cardio is concerned, my goal is to be able to reach 3-mile workouts, but I need to accept that it’s not up to me; it’s up to my leg. So second thing for me to work on in this area is to take care of my calf so that I can do more. 🙂
  • Beverages: As long as I keep this awful bedtime routine, coffee will be in my morning repertoire. I’m okay with it for now, but mainly because I didn’t realize how much I missed the taste of coffee.
  • Food: Continue eating smaller/light meals and stuffing my fridge with ripe, delicious fruits.
  • Get to bed earlier: On my list again because this takes the most work! Probably not helping that I have coffee available to me as a crutch.

EXERCISE LOG

It was a struggle to wake up super early this morning only to discover that my calf was screaming, possibly from playing more actively with the dog yesterday on top of my workout. So, no workout. 😦

RECAP: 5/21 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee: 12 oz
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer: 1.5 tbsp
  • Jasmine tea: 32 oz
  • Water: 70 oz

Breakfast

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

Lunch

  • Leftover pan-fried steak
  • 1/2 ear corn
  • Steamed veggies

Snack

I didn’t think my lunch was big enough to keep me full, but it did and so I skipped.

Dinner

I was actually still full from lunch (from the steak maybe?) and felt like the only thing I could go for was something light and snack-y, so breakfast it was again.

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

Dessert

  • Strawberries in Greek yogurt

 

Whisker Wednesday

Bloggy Stuff:

  • I have no idea why and how the cats always get photographed with a nice camera, yet when it comes to the dog, he gets my iPhone? I promise you he’s just as loved and gets the most treats in this house. I mean look: he has his own blankets, pillows and his own side of the couch. Spoiled much?
  • This will be the last Whisker Wednesday because… I’m moving it to Furry Furridays! For me, TGIF is never without a cute pic of something cuddly and furry, so why not my blog too, right? Right! 😉

Zacky

Mya

Bruno

EXERCISE LOG

Once again, waking up this morning was torture, but I did it:

And completed 2.04 miles. Woo!

Today was a GREAT workout – not the kind where my heart is about to beat out of my chest or where I turn bright red in the face (I miss those days), but for the simple reason that by the time I was done, I could have pushed for another 1/8 to 1/4 mile! It’s all the sign I need to know that my leg is healing for sure.

Normally, I am that crazy person who would celebrate that realization by pushing for that last extra distance, but I plan to work out tomorrow, and planning my first attempt at back-to-back workouts since I hurt my leg is already asking for a lot during the rehab process. Furthermore, even though my leg is improving, it did experience that familiar ache at 1.5 miles again, so I should just be grateful and not push it. 🙂

RECAP: 5/20 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine tea: 32 oz
  • Coffee: 12 oz
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer: 1.5 tbsp
  • Water: 70 oz

Breakfast

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

Lunch

  • A really, really REALLY big salad filled with good stuff

Snack

Wasn’t hungry, so skipped

Dinner

  • Pan-fried steak
  • 2 half ears of corn (1 full ear?)
  • Steamed veggies

Dessert

  • Strawberries in Greek yogurt (with cinnamon, vanilla extract and honey)