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 🙂

 

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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

 

Thursday Weigh-In

WEIGH-IN

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 124.5 lbs Total Loss: 5.7 lbs

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 124.5 lbs
Total Loss: 5.7 lbs

Starting Weight: 130.2 lbs

Current Weight: 124.5 lbs
Total Loss: 5.7 lbs

Goal Weight: 109 lbs
Weight to Lose: 15.5 lbs

Um, WOW.

Here I was wishing and hoping that I would see 125 lbs today, but never did I expect to surpass that! Of course, this may have something to do with the fact that TOM is now over, but I’m going to forget I mentioned that and pretend that I sweat extra hard this past week to make this happen, so:

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

  • Exercise: I finally worked out! – twice. Two walks, though very limited in speed and distance. It’s something though.
  • Beverages: I’ve consistently consumed 100+ ounces of liquid a day and continued to drink at least 8 oz before meals.
  • Food: I”m still doing the smaller but more frequent meals thing. I do, however, eat bigger meals sometimes and when that happens, I am surprised at how full I actually feel when my snack or dessert time arrives. I end up skipping it because I am just not plain interested in food.

What I will/need to work on:

  • Exercise: I really want to get up to 3 miles walks, but I know that my leg is not up to that just yet. So my goal is to continue going slow until it feels good to actually walk two miles.
  • Beverages: Continue drinking 100 oz a day, with at least 8 oz before every meal
  • Food: Continue eating smaller meals.
  • Get to bed earlier: This ended up on my “to work on” list because I’ve made zero headway on it. I think though that as I continue to work out in the mornings, this will end up happening more often.

EXERCISE LOG

After all the action yesterday, my leg screamed at me to NOT work out. It’s feeling better today, but not 100%, so I gave myself a rest day today. We will see about tomorrow though!

RECAP: 5/12 FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • 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

  • Philly’s Best: Philly chicken with peppers and mushrooms wit wiz (oh the wiz!)

Snack

My lunch was kinda big, so I skipped.

Dinner

  • 1 pan fried pork chop
  • steamed veggies

Dessert

  • Strawberries in Greek yogurt

 

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