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)

Early Bird Rejects the Worm

You want to know what’s cruel? Waking up at 4:40 am on a Saturday. It’s one thing to have to get up that early to get ready to leave for a flight to Jamaica, for work to make money to sip colorful drinks with umbrellas and fruit in Jamaica, to work out so that you’ll rock that overpriced bikini you bought at Canyon Beachwear in Jamaica, or for an athletic event that you’ve trained for which may result in you celebrating your bad-assness in Jamaica. Unfortunately, the only reason my alarm went off this morning at 4:40 am had nothing to do with Jamaica.

No, this torture happened because it was time to apply my dog’s flea/tick meds and I have two cats. Long story short, the meds are deadly to cats, so our brilliant plan to coordinate this effort to get the stuff on him and let it dry while he runs like a crazy animal during his early morning hike. Honestly, the stuff is dangerous to kitties only if they lay on the dog which almost never, ever, ever happens no matter how many pouches Whisker Lickins I try to bribe them with. (To them, the dog is just a rude, rude beast who deserves a bat on the nose at least once a week) But to be safe, we opted to sacrifice our sanity on this Saturday morning to keep the dog protected from insects and our cats protected from our dog being protected from insects.

I think the rudest thing of all on my part, however, was that I did not crawl back beneath my snuggly covers after my fiance and the dog left for the hike. Nope! Since I was up and awake, I made the bed, started my pot for tea, sat down in front of my computer, and started this blog. Stupid-adult-thing-where-once-you-are-up-you-are-up.

On a positive note, I believe my problems with going to bed at a decent time, at least for tonight, will be solved.

EXERCISE LOG

I tapped into my inner 90s-ness today and went to my local mall. After walking around aimlessly looking for three things on my list, I realized that: 1) I’m so spoiled by online shopping, and 2) my leg has just a little bit more healing to go. So no walks for me just yet (and definitely no malls), but there will be more squats and planks in my future. 🙂

Other exercise today include walking to dinner and playing with the dog, which mainly consists of me throwing the ball 10,000,000,000,000 times and chasing after balls that get away from me.

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee: 12 oz
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer: 1.5 tbsp
  • Jasmine tea: 8 oz
  • Water: 101.4 oz

Breakfast

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

Snack

  • 2 tangerines

Lunch

  • Sushi

Dinner

  • Cereal with almond milk

My Cat is Boss and Thursday Weigh-In

Well, so much for my big plans to go to bed early. I was too busy watching – and then getting depressed! – the Clipper/OK Thunder game. Ahhh!!!!

On a different topic, can someone please ask my cat how I am supposed to work when every time I leave my chair for a minute, this happens?

Why yes, that torn up thing on my chair is an exercise mat, because it’s the only way I can think of protecting my chair when this little guy uses it as his personal climber and sleeping area every night.

And because it breaks my heart to move my little guy, this is how I end up working all day:

Ah, what can I say… I’m a pushover.

WEIGH-IN

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 126.4 lbs Total Loss: 3.8 lbs

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 126.4 lbs
Total Loss: 3.8 lbs

 

Starting Weight: 130.2 lbs

Current Weight: 126.4 lbs
Total Loss: 3.8 lbs

Goal Weight: 109 lbs
Weight to Lose: 17.4 lbs

I still can’t believe that I managed to lose 4 pounds in a month. Not only is this unimaginable for someone of my 5’0 stature, but to think that I did not exercise (thank you injury! <– sarcasm) and excluded only chocolate and confections out of my diet. Never did I say no to butter, and I’m really happy about that because, well, I butter makes life so much tastier. Maybe one wouldn’t think so, but this news makes me even more itchy to start up my workouts again.

It’s funny to think that not too long ago, weighing anywhere over 120 lbs for me was an omg-no-way territory, and now the thought of riding into the 125’s would make me do cartwheels down my street. (Reminder: at my height, 130 lbs is considered “overweight” according to the BMI scale. And let’s face it, I was.) After bursting out of my “fat” pants, I’m finally beginning to fit into them, and I know that soon I will graduate my fat clothes out of my closet in favor for my “between lean and big” outfits. It’s coming, I can feel it!

LeBron agrees because, obviously, LeBron knows best.

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

  • Exercise: My leg has its on days and its off days, but one thing is for sure: it is getting stronger. I am now able to bust out squats throughout the day and be actively busy, although when I do do too much, I “hear” about it the next day. At the moment, I am projecting Monday or Wednesday as my come-back-to-cardio date. 🙂seinfeldexcited
  • Beverages: I’ve consistently consumed 100+ ounces of water a day, but starting a few days ago, I’ve strategized it so that I drink a whole bunch before meals.
  • Food: One day, I realized that I so was tired of eating big meals and feeling so full afterwards that I decided to split total meals into five a day: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert. It was difficult at first to believe that that much less food on my plate would satiate me, but combined with my new water drinking strategy, it worked! Eating smaller meals also allowed me to introduce other fun things into my diet: juicy tangerines and sweet strawberries bought from a local farm. I also have a bag of pistachios sitting on my kitchen counter that I am excited to eat. And since I’m a person who prefers sweet over savory, it’s nice to have room at the end of the day with dessert again.

What I will/need to work on:

  • Exercise: I get so excited at my leg’s progress that I need to remember to sloooooooow it down. The chances of re-injury is at its most in the early stages of healing, so I need to take it in baby-steps and incorporate rest. (The latter, I need to work on the most!)
  • Beverages: Continue drinking 100 oz a day, with at least 8 oz before every meal
  • Food: Continue eating smaller meals,
  • Get to bed earlier: If my leg is going to feel better enough to start my workouts again next week, I need to get this one down ASAP so I can wake up at 4:40 am again!
    • Finish all my work and chores around the house before lunch.
    • Complete my blog post before dinner time.
    • Start dinner at 4:30-4:45 pm to eat at 5:30 pm.
    • Get ready for bed at 8:00 pm, be in bed to read the news by 8:30 pm.
    • Lights out by 9:00 pm.

EXERCISE LOG

No cardio, but I’ve been completing a set of 15 squats like a boss after each bathroom break.  Hoorah!

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine Tea: 16 oz
  • 101.4+ oz

Breakfast

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

Lunch

  • 3 oz Leftover pan-fried NY steak
  • 1 corn with buttah 😛
  • Sauteed veggies

Snack

None. Wasn’t hungry, possibly because my lunch was a tad too big.

Dinner

  • 1 bowl of cereal
  • Almond milk

Dessert

I never eat dessert after having cereal for dinner because the only thing I crave is cereal(because it is so sweet?). What usually happens instead is that I’ll have a bowl during dinner time and then have another an hour or so later, so they should probably be listed as two meals.

  • 1 bowl of cereal
  • Almond milk

 

Windy Tuesday

Nothing exciting going on here except to say that it was 96 DEGREES today! Oh yeah, and windy too. (Lesson of the day: Do NOT open windows on a windy day or your house will be covered in dust. Oops.)

Workout will probably not happen tomorrow because my calf was complaining all day today after my itty bitty little walk yesterday. So, I shall continue peering out my window longingly at all the sweaty people jogging by my house. 😦

EXERCISE LOG

None

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine tea: 20 oz
  • Water: 101.4 oz (12.7 glasses)

Breakfast

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

Lunch

  • Leftover super skinny crust pizza
  • Pistachios

Dinner

  • Poquito Mas: Nature’s Grill Tostada with chicken (no dairy) <– Felt kind of gross after. I am done with Mexican restaurants for awhile, I think!
  • Tortilla chips

Mini Moves Monday

WELL – I can officially see the light at the end of the tunnel!

The weather was summery-hot today (85 degrees, anyone?) and I was dying to go outside for some action after being stuck inside the house with this injury for the third week (get me out of here!). Since my leg was feeling abundantly better, I decided to test it by walking to my nearest mailbox – 0.4 miles roundtrip.

The trip was 90% success; my leg felt totally fine until it started to ache as my approached my driveway. But then I realized that I forgot to mail our Netflix DVDs, so… I grabbed it and walked to the mailbox again with the ache.

Total mileage for the day: 0.8 miles, with quite the achy leg at the end.

Conclusion? Rest tomorrow and see how it feels. And maaaaaybe start my workout routine again Wednesday or Thursday! We’ll see.

Sometimes I think that had I done more to help heal my leg, I would be working out by now. But really, it’s such a waste of time to ponder over things like that. I just need to remember that however I get there, I will get there, right? Right!

 

 

EXERCISE LOG

0.8 mile walk 😀

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine tea: 20 oz
  • Water: 101.4 oz (12.7 glasses)

Breakfast

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

Lunch

  • 8″ pastrami sub with lettuce, tomatoes, and mustard

Dinner

  • Gourmet salad
  • Super skinny crust Margherita pizza

TGIF! And maybe another week of recovery

TGIF people!

Today I came across an article on a sports injury clinic site that recommends therapy routine to strengthen a strained calf. Everything looked good and I was excited to get a plan together to work on my leg when I came across a sentence that said that once you can achieve three sets of 20 single calf raises pain-free, you can gradually ease into your regular workout routine.

Um, excuse me?

At the moment, my leg does not possess the strength to raise itself even an inch. It’s not exactly painful when I do it, but my leg generally shakes and feels very weak. So how can I even think of doing 60 calf raises?

I may need to tack on another week for recovery. May 7th now is my target date. Hmph.

EXERCISE LOG

None *sigh*

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine Tea: 24+ oz <– Lost count how many ounces I drank today, but it was at least three mugs’  worth. Maybe four? However much I drank, it was enough to get me buzzin’!
  • 101.4+ oz (12.7 glasses)

Breakfast

  • 2 Egg White Delight w/no cheese from McDonald’s

Lunch

  • A GINORMOUS salad from Chipotle – lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, green-chili salsa, fajita veggies, corn black beans, guacamole

Dinner

  • Well-done brisket pho with vermicelli noodles and bean sprouts

 

Puppy GIF’s and Thursday Weigh-In

If I could physically run around in circles from happiness today, I would … because my left calf feels stronger! I’m not sure at this point what types of therapy to use on it to help it recover even faster, but it seems that what I’ve been doing – walking and resting – is helping it anyway. So I’m shoving my excitement a few notches down by continuing to not put too much weight on it, and monitor it closely.

Me, if my leg was at 100%

I can SEE the light at the end of the tunnel here. I’m seriously thinking next Wednesday as my first day back on my workouts – albeit very toned down sessions at first. But I’ll be back to being active and hopefully can finally get me on a path towards really losing those 18 pounds. I’m doing it, it’s happening!

I'm SO close!

I’m SO close!

WEIGH-IN

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 127.0 lbs Total Loss: 3.2 lbs

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 127.0 lbs
Total Loss: 3.2 lbs

Starting Weight: 130.2 lbs

Current Weight: 127.0 lbs
Total Loss: 3.2 lbs

Goal Weight: 109 lbs
Weight to Lose: 18.0 lbs

HOLY CATS MOTHER OF BATMAN!

I was NOT expecting a loss, even one so small as 1/4 of a pound, especially after eating all the deliciousness on Easter. Yes, I stopped when I was full, but my meal (brunch and lunch the day after) was definitely more rich than what I am used to. Then, toss the in fact that my injury caused me to be a lot less mobile. I’ve already told myself that staying the same weight would be a super win, so a loss to me is like… winning the lottery three times in a month.

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

  • Exercise: With the exception of a teensy session of seated aerobics (which made my leg feel worse that day), a big fat zero. 😦
  • Beverages: Consumed a minimum of 100 oz of water and jasmine tea on most days. The two days I didn’t drink tea, I consumed 100+ oz of water and 12 oz of coffee
  • Food: Still no chocolate, candies, and pastries, but otherwise no limits. Continued high fiber intake. Still using butter 😛

I’m not sure how much farther I can carry my weight loss without exercise, but hopefully my calf will be well enough for some walks. We’ll see what happens next week!

EXERCISE LOG

None *sigh*

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine Tea: 20+ oz
  • 101.4+ oz (12.7 glasses)

Breakfast

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

Lunch

Snack

  • 2 tangerines

Dinner

  • Cereal
  • Banana
  • Almond milk