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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Early Bird and Weigh-In Thursday

After sleeping in all week, today I actually got out of bed at my alarm’s (rude) request even though I had zero plans to workout. There was no reason why I got up other than the fact that although I was groggy, my body felt done with sleep, and so I got up. Hmm, I wonder if lessening my caffeine intake (by the ways of replacing my coffee habit with jasmine tea) made it so that I received better rest last night? We’ll see how early I’ll get up tomorrow – I won’t be surprised if this was a fluke because this gal loves her sleep!

On the calf, it seems to be on the mend. Although I can get more movement out of it today, it did feel strained as I got out of bed, but it almost instantly felt better once I wrapped it. At this point, a workout on Monday does not seem likely, but perhaps I will be able to by next Wednesday or Thursday, which would make it exactly two weeks since injuring it. Of course I wish my calf would heal faster, but sources do say that two weeks is about right for healing time for a strained calf. Hmm, maybe I’ll try increasing my protein intake to help speed it along.

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 127.3 lbs Total Loss: 2.9 lbs

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 127.3 lbs
Total Loss: 2.9 lbs

WEIGH-IN

Starting Weight: 130.2 lbs
Current Weight: 127.3
Total Loss: 2.9 lbs

Goal Weight: 109 lbs
Weight to Lose: 18.3 lbs

WELL! Would you look at that: 0.7 lb loss from last week.

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

  • Exercise: Worked out last week on Thursday and Saturday but not since (thanks to my calf, hmph)
  • Beverages: Replaced coffee with tea (only since Tuesday), consumed minimum of 100 oz of water a day
  • Food: Cut out two of my biggest trigger foods – chocolate and pastries, increased my fiber intake (cereal for dinner, anyone?), ate lots of butter (heh)

Of course, the total 3 lb weight loss in two weeks (I’m 5’0, so this is HUGE) is probably nothing more than just the bloat that every one loses in the first month of living a healthier life. I am also determined to get this calf healed so I can work out again, because I am not willing to go on a low-calorie diet just so I can remain inactive. But that’s just me. 🙂

EXERCISE LOG

None *sigh*

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine Tea: 12+ oz
  • 118.3+ oz (14.8 glasses) – I was thirsty today

Breakfast

  • 45 g Special K Vanilla Almond cereal
  • 1 banana
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk <– ran out of Greek yogurt, gotta buy some more!

Lunch

  • Leftover chicken parmigiana, spaghetti squash with Arrabiata sauce and steamed veggies

Dinner

  • Cereal <– Cereal for dinner… again. I can’t get enough of this stuff
  • Almond milk

 

Where did you go, Soreness? And Weigh-In Thursday

Something weird happened today – not only did I wake up with legs significantly less sore than yesterday, but I happened to walk faster today as well!

Hmm, that whole tip about walking the stiffness away must be working here.

Hey, I’ll take it. 🙂

Today’s Goal: Prep for bed at 8:45 pm, in bed by 9 pm

Tomorrow: Rest day or leisurely morning walk with the dog

WEIGH-IN4/10/14 Weigh In

Okay, so I consider today’s weigh-in in a total doozy, as I just weighed in on Monday. What kind of changes do I expect to happen within a few days? And if there is a weight loss, how real could it be?

I did it any for the sake of staying on schedule and oh would you look at that! It says I “lost” two pounds. I don’t believe it though; either I was super bloated during Monday’s weigh in or I lost a lot of water weight. Who knows. Only the next few weigh ins will tell. 🙂

EXERCISE LOG

Cardio

  • 3.1 mile walk – 47 minutes (207/210 minutes for the week)

ST

  • 2 sets of squats (15 reps) <– Easier today!
  • 2 sets of crunches (25 reps) <– The burn felt delicious

Stretching

  • Forward Bend
  • Down Dog
  • Pretzel

FOOD LOG

Total Water Intake: 101.4+ oz (12.7 glasses)

Pre-Workout Snack

  • 1.5 tbsp soy creamer
  • 12 oz coffee

Breakfast

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

Lunch

  • Pan-fried chicken breast
  • One quarter steamed yam

Dinner

  • Cereal
  • Almond milk

 

Back in the Saddle

THOUGHTS

Today is the DAY I jump back on the saddle, my first step towards my previous, healthier and active self!

Today’s workout was supposed to be a 5-mile hike, but at the 2.5 mile mark, I noticed that my right knee was aching, possibly from lugging my heavier self at a weakened state? I don’t know. What I do know is that it went away when I stopped going uphill and returned to flatter ground. I am sure after losing some weight and strengthening my legs again, hills will no longer be a problem.

As for emotionally and mentally, I feel great. I forgot how amazing working out in the morning makes me feel throughout the day! I did experience a little energy dip in the late morning causing me to lose focus, but I’m sure that’s from my body not used to the workouts. I’m sure that will dissipate in time.

Today complete, I am ready for tomorrow. One bite at a time, folks. 🙂

Starting Weight

130.2 lbs – 21.2 lbs to go!

STATS

Height: 5’0

Weight: 130.2 lbs

BMI: 25.4 (Overweight by .4)

Pounds to Go: 21.2 lbs

EXERCISE LOG

Cardio

  • 3 mile hike with dog – 60 minutes (150 minutes to go for the week)

ST

  • 2 sets of lunges (15 reps/side)
  • 2 sets of 30 sec plank

Stretching

  • Forward Bend
  • Down Dog
  • Pretzel Pigeon

FOOD LOG

Total Water Intake: 110 oz (13.75 glasses)

Pre-Workout Snack

  • 1.5 tbsp soy creamer
  • 12 oz coffee
  • 1/2 serving Nature Valley granola bar (1 bar)

Breakfast

  • 3/4 cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 60 g Special K cereal (was supposed to be 31 g, but I was at the end of the bag and couldn’t resist dumping the entire contents into my bowl. oh well!)

Morning Snack

  • None (I was crazy stuffed from the double helping of cereal this a.m.)

Lunch

It’s Panera day!

  • You Pick Two Vegetable Pesto Soup
  • You Pick Two Thai Chicken Salad
  • Whole wheat baguette

Afternoon Snack

  • 40 pistachios Wasn’t hungry from my big lunch, so skipped this

Dinner

  • 8 oz steak bites
  • steamed veggies
  • Restaurant shrimp fajitas
  • One flour tortilla
  • One tortilla chip
  • One bite of pork tamale

Dessert

  •  One gigantic nectarine Ugh! After eating the fajitas, the last thing I wanted was more food. So, I skipped this.