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

 

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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

 

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

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)

Whisker Wednesday

With Zack the Cat. I may or may not have been be holding him against his will...

With Zack the Cat. I may or may not have been be holding him against his will…

Mya with Zack mad-cattin' in the background

Mya with Zack mad-cattin’ in the background

Bruno

Bruno

EXERCISE LOG

I got up at 4:40 am this morning…

And went on a 2.13 mile walk!

At 1.5 miles, I felt my leg tug at me again, but I managed to push through and reach 2 miles. It was a good thing I was pretty much in front of my house by then because I’m not sure my leg could take much more. But still – I was able to work out today, so hooray!

RECAP: 5/12 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine tea: 32 oz
  • Water: 70 oz

Breakfast

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

Lunch

  • Leftover 3 oz brisket, 1/2 potato, 2 carrots, French bread

Snack

Wasn’t hungry, so skipped

Dinner

The weather was incredibly hot today, so I came up with a brilliant idea to eat something cold for dinner. I tried this “5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt,” but it didn’t quite work out. Maybe it was because I froze fresh strawberries, but my food processor would not and could not process all the strawberries, so I ended up with a lot of rock-hard frozen chunks. It got better as it warmed up, but then it became more soup-like. 😦 So I ate a few bites and then surrendered to a bowl of cold cereal, which I should have chosen for dinner to begin with.

  • 5-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (Recipe here)
  • 1 bowl of 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

 

Weigh-In Thursday, April Goals Review and Goals for May

And it’s Thursday! And it’s also now MAY! (Where did you go, January, February, March and April?)

And to celebrate May Day, I present to you this:

2014-05-01 weather

Oh yes, it feels like 89 degrees and not 93. And if I want to get reeeally optimistic, I will say that today is five to seven degrees “cooler” than yesterday. A wonderful consolation, says my dog who is passed out drooling in the darkest, coolest corner of my bedroom.

Please stick me in the fridge where it’s cool and I can be with all my delicious BFFs, namely Mr. Leftover pizza.

(I may have turned on some lights to snap a pic of his mug.)

Anyway, as if I needed a reason to eat cold cereal for dinner, today’s weather will serve as my excuse today.

WEIGH-IN

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 127.6 lbs Total Loss: 2.6 lbs

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 127.6 lbs
Total Loss: 2.6 lbs

Starting Weight: 130.2 lbs

Current Weight: 127.6 lbs (+0.6 lbs from last week)
Total Loss: 2.6 lbs

Goal Weight: 109 lbs
Weight to Lose: 18.6 lbs

Sooooo there’s an itty bitty 0.6 lb gain. I’m not entirely concerned because 1) I haven’t worked out, thank you hurt calf, and 2) TOM is knocking on my door, thank you cramps for telling me last night.

Although… I did step on my scale two hours later for kicks and found it to read 124-something lbs … Hmm.

As long as my calf reports continue to be boring from now to Sunday, I’m thinking Monday will be the day I start my workouts up again. I’m feeling it!

April 2014 Goals Review

April was supposed to be all about re-establishing my healthy habits, which went particularly awesome for a grand total of … 10 days-ish, when I realized that I strained my calf. Since then, I rested a whole lot, but continued the eating part at the very least, so April wasn’t a total wash.

1. Weight: Lower calories to maintain weight (this is so that my body can get used to eating less and not become shocked)
  >> RESULT: I lost 3.2 lbs and gained 0.6 lbs which made for a total of 2.6 pounds lost.

2. Food log:

  • Week 1+2 – Record only, no calories
  • Week 3+4 – Record + calorie 1200-1500

>> RESULT: I recorded everything I ate, but did not restrict calories because… Well, I didn’t feel that I needed to.

3. Cardio: 210+ min/week
>> RESULT: Abandoned it when I hurt my leg

4. Strength Training: 2 exercises per day

  • Day 1 – Lunges, Plank
  • Day 2 – Squats, Crunches

>> RESULT: Also abandoned… 😦

5. Flexibility Training: 3/day

  • Forward Bend
  • Down Dog
  • Pretzel

>> RESULT: Nothing after I hurt my leg.

6. Bloggy Stuff:

  • Blog daily
  • Thursday weigh-ins

>> RESULT: Done and done!

7. Unofficial goal: Continue drinking 100+ oz water/day
>> RESULT: I managed to drink 100+ oz of water almost every day! On the days I didn’t make my goal, I accounted for my morning tea, which brought me up to my goal.

What worked:

  • Drinking a ton of water. Food-wise, it helped me to snack only when I’m hungry and to feel more full during meals. Physically, I no longer get headaches and my joints are less cracky. I will definitely continue drinking 100+ oz of water a day.
  • Keeping a food diary. Now, I mentally commit to memory what I eat so I can remember to type it out here, but what it really does is make me review my decision. It is so easy to eat 15 cookies and just forget about it, but with a food diary, I actually need to remember that I ate those cookies! So because of the simple fact that I now record what I eat, I did not commit any mindless eating/choosing this entire month.
  • Not eating any chocolate and pastry items. This was super unofficial goal that I decided to undertake because right before I started this blog, I realized that my consumption of treats was getting out of control. Going cold turkey on the stuff helped me to reset my palate, stop craving sugar, and start wanting fruit instead again. In fact, there’s a BIG batch of chocolate chip cookies sitting on my kitchen counter right now that I have not even touched!

What didn’t work:

  • Doing too much too soon. I dove into my new workout too quickly and did not give my body enough time to rest. Total rookie mistake! In my head, I am still that person who walks six miles a day and runs 5 miles on a “short” day. When I get back to it, my workouts will be paced much slower with gradual increases.

May 2014 Goals

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

  1. 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.
  2. Food: Eat smaller meals, supplement with snacks if needed.
  3. Cardio: Get back into it slowly.
  4. Strength Training: 2 exercises/day (Day 1: Lunges, Plank, Day 2: Squats, Crunches)
  5. Flexibility Training: 3/day (Forward Bend, Down Dog, Pretzel)
  6. Bloggy Stuff: Write up the About Me page
  7. Unofficial Goal: Buy new workout shoes 🙂

EXERCISE LOG

SOON!

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
  • Banana

Lunch

  • Leftover pan-fried chicken breasts
  • Mashed roasted butternut squash

Dinner

  • Cereal
  • Almond milk