Fitness Friday: Being Accountable {Week 7}

This is one blog post that I really don’t want to write – so I’m going to try and keep this short.  I, honestly, could have skipped this one today, but the whole point of me starting Fitness Friday was to be accountable, so I’m just gonna have to ‘fess up on last week.

I did absolutely nothing fitness related.

There.  I said it.

Last week my fitness buddy (my daughter) was sick and unable to go to the gym.  Could I have gone without her?  Sure.  But I love our bonding time together at the gym and it just didn’t feel right to go on my own.  So I didn’t.  Instead I sat at home, or went out for Mexican food (and had flan), and met with my girlfriends twice where I indulged in some alcohol and a variety of sweets.

Motivation Week 7

Not the best week.

So, as much as I don’t want to post this, here are my stats for the week:

Starting weight:  171.5
Month 1 Weight:  165.8
Week 5 Weight:  166.9
Week 6 Weight:  166.7
Week 7 Weight:  168.0
Total lost so far:  3.5 pounds

So looks like I’m almost back to square one.  But the huge lesson I can take from this is: It only takes a short period of time to undo all the hard work you’ve done.  If you fall off the wagon, get back on track ASAP!  I’m headed to the gym today!!!

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Fitness Friday: Workin’ It {Week 6}

Another week and I’m still in the game.  I can hardly believe that I’m 5 weeks into this already, but am so proud of myself for sticking to it this far.  Let’s hope I make it to week 50 or something consistently…I really want this to be a lifestyle change.  It’s been working so far.

This week I’m bummed that I did not stick to my resolve to use the MyFitnessPal log.  I think I ate OK, but I don’t know for sure since I didn’t take the time to log anything in – and it does take a lot of time.  The one thing I do know if that my water intake sucked this week.  I know I don’t drink nearly enough, and some days I probably didn’t drink any.  That’s another reason I want to get back to the app, since you log in how many cups of water you drank too.

Motivation Week 6

Here are this week’s stats.  Marginally better, but still not where I should be. I lost this week, but I was still smaller at the end of Week 4.

Starting weight:  171.5
Month 1 Weight:  165.8
Week 5 Weight:  166.9
Week 6 Weight:  166.7
Total lost so far:  4.8 pounds

What I Did:  Honestly, I’m surprised I didn’t lose more weight this week.  I hit the gym 4 times this week and only lost 0.2 pounds since last week.  I do incorporate weight training into my workouts, so I’m hoping that’s the reason the scale is barely moving.  I entered this week with a workout plan though, and I’m happy to say I stuck to it.  Day 1 was an All-Body Workout (30 min treadmill, then 30 min cardio/arms/legs), Day 2 was Arms (30 min treadmill, 30 min weights focusing on my arms), Day 3 was Legs (30 min treadmill, 30 min weights focusing on my legs), and Day 4 was Total Cardio – a full hour of cardio on different machines.

Fitness Friday Week 6

Challenges:  Not anything specific I can think of, but I guess logging in my food and activity has been a little time-consuming so I haven’t done it.  Hopefully I can get in gear for next week and have a more significant loss.

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Fitness Friday: Another Gain {Week 5}

Looks like Fitness Friday turned into Shape-Up Saturday this week – whoops!

Ugh – this is why I get so discouraged with eating right and working out.  On a week where I’ve thought that I’ve done pretty good – BAM! – another weight gain.  Sure I’ve eaten out this week (seems to be the norm with me) and, other than finishing off a little of my son’s food, I still make good choices when I eat out.  I just don’t get it.

I said last week that I need to be better about keeping a log so that I can better pinpoint where I’m going wrong, but I still didn’t get to it this week.  It’s just so time-consuming!  But I guess if I’m really serious about making this work I’ve gotta do it, right?

Here’s my motivation for the week:

Motivation Week 5

Here are this week’s stats.  I’m not exactly proud of them, but it is what it is.

Starting weight:  171.5
Month 1 Weight:  165.8
Week 5 Weight:  166.9
Total lost so far:  4.6 pounds

What I did:  Planet Fitness is finally open!  I actually went to the gym three whole times this week in the first time since…well, forever!  I love this gym too.  Sure, I wish they offered fitness classes, but you really can’t beat the price.  I find that I can run a little bit faster and for a little while longer, and I try to make progress each time I go.  It’s one of the reasons I’m baffled that I actually gained weight this week – the workouts alone should have had me losing.  Hopefully the scale is my friend next week.

Fitness Friday Week 5

Challenges:  And, wouldn’t you know, looking through my pictures for the week I just realized that I went out of town last weekend and kinda, sorta, maybe, made some bad food choices.  Well, they tasted good – I had a pork sandwich with WI cheese curds, ice cream, crepes, and a few other things I probably shouldn’t have had – but they really weren’t good for me.  I think my entire weight gain can be blamed solely on that trip.  At the time I would’ve said it was worth every bite, but since my weigh-in I’m singing a different tune.  Let’s hope I don’t make the same mistakes next week!

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Fitness Friday: Back on Track {Week 4}

This whole eating right/working out thing is HARD.  Don’t let anyone tell you any different.  I’ve been at this now for four whole weeks, and it still doesn’t come natural to me yet.  I started this Clean Eating and workout regimen with the hopes of making it a lifestyle change, and not just an “I want to lose a quick 10 pounds” kind of diet.  That is still a goal I want to reach, of course, but I thought that by now it’d be a little bit easier.  It’s not.

Motivation Week 4

Each time I reach for a snack or try to figure out what to eat is a conscious choice, and not one I make easily.  I still crave sweets, chips, and plenty of other things that aren’t good for me, and it hurts a little bit each time I turn them down.  I allow myself a treat every once in a while, but I know myself, and all those little “once in a while” treats start becoming more frequent.  But I know my goal – and I really want to put in the work to get there.  Slowly but surely, I will.

Here are this week’s stats.  I’m glad I lost a little this week – hey, any loss is better than a gain – but probably should up the workouts.

Starting weight:  171.5
Week 1 Weight:  168.0
Week 2 Weight:  166.7
Week 3 Weight:  168.2

Week 4 Weight: 165.8
Total lost so far:  5.7 pounds

What I did:  This week I tried to stay on track with my eating habits.  I did have a chocolate/marshmallow milkshake that I shared with my son, but I wasn’t about to turn down a yummy shake on a lunch date.  I wish I photographed more of my meals this week, but I must’ve been so hungry that I forgot.

Fitness Friday Week 4

For workouts this week, I started off the week slow and didn’t work out at all, but then spent 3 days in a row doing Zumba for over an hour on my Xbox.  I have a Zumba class punch card that I hope to use for the first time in months (probably a year) this week.

Challenges: My challenges this week were all in my head.  Every time I laid down on the couch to watch a show I would tell myself that I would workout after.  That rarely actually happened.  I need to be better about making the time to workout before I sit down for the night.

Do you have any fitness or motivation tips to share this week?  I need all the help I can get!

Fitness Friday: Cheating Always Leads to No Good {Week 3}

Ugh…after such great momentum in weeks 1 and 2, I’m sad to say that week three’s cravings got the best of me.  I found myself unmotivated, bored, and hungry, and it shows in my Fitness Friday: Week 3 results.  Normally, right about now is when I would throw in the towel and forget the whole exercise and healthy eating thing.  I get discouraged easily and – after just one week of negative results – I’d quit.  I’m such a lazy quitter.

Not this time though.  The gain this week is only motivating me more to continue my workouts and to get back on track with eating well.  I’ve put in the work before, and I know this method works.  Eating less/eating better + moving more = weight loss.  Unfortunately I lost sight of that this week and decided that it was ok to indulge – multiple times.  Of course a treat day is totally ok sometimes, but probably not multiple times in a week. Sad smile Here are my stats for this week:

Starting weight:  171.5
Week 1 Weight:  168.0
Week 2 Weight:  166.7
Week 3 Weight:  168.2
Total lost so far:  3.3 pounds

What I did:  Well, the week started out with my daughter’s 15th birthday.  We had a small get-together at the house and ordered chicken wings from Buffalo Wild Wings (her favorite) and pizza.  Unfortunately, I had both plus soda and chocolate cake from Portillo’s.  (Anyone from the Chicago area will tell you that it is impossible to pass up some Portillo’s cake.  So, already starting off on a bad note, the rest of the week continued with much of the same.  I skipped way too many workouts and even ate Chinese takeout last night.  (In related news:  We spend way too much eating out.)  I also neglected to login to My Fitness Pal all week.

Clean Eating Week 3

On a positive note, I did manage a run outside and did about an hour of Zumba.  I really have to focus on keeping my eye on the prize next week.  It probably doesn’t help that I had a Starbuck’s Grande Mocha this morning.  Ugh!  But starting this very minute, I am back on track.  I hope to see a loss next week.

Challenges:  A birthday celebration and a general laziness took over this week and it was hard for me to stick to my plan.  It could’ve been a whole lot worse though.  With my weight gain this week, I really hope I’ve learned my lesson and will post a nice loss next week.

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Fitness Friday: Trying Not to Cheat {Week 2}

You would think that changing your eating habits would get a little easier in week 2 right?  Yeah, me too.  But sadly, that was not the case.  It seemed like temptation was everywhere this week but I managed to keep my cravings in check – even though I probably would’ve killed for a Cherry Pepsi.  Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good week.

Starting weight:  171.5
Week 1 Weight:  168.0
Week 2 Weight:  166.7
Total lost so far:  4.8 pounds

Clean Eating Week 2

What I did: This week I slacked a bit on my workouts at the end of the week, but still did some Zumba and other cardio exercises.  I was also able to go for a run outside for the first time since last year.  One of my goals this year is to run an entire 5K this year – no walking!  But judging by how hard this outdoor run was, we’ll see.  I did 2.2 miles in 32.53 minutes for a 14.55 min/mi.  Not great, but it’s a start!

I also signed up for a membership at Planet Fitness – a new gym that will be opening by me next month.  So, even though I can’t use the membership yet, my good intentions should count for something since I fully intend to be there in April! Smile

Challenges:  I went out to eat a lot this week. The Olive Garden for my sister’s birthday, The Lucky Monk with a friend, Champps Americana with my daughter, and attended a birthday party.  Can you believe that I still managed to eat right, even when dining out?!?!  Yeah – me either, but I totally did!  YAY!

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Fitness Friday: Getting it Started {Week 1}

If you asked anyone that knew me how I looked 5-10 years ago, mostly everyone would probably say “different”…more like “really different” probably.  For years & years I maintained a healthy size 6 figure and…looked damn good if I should say so myself!

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Want to know what I look like now?  Just add 40 pounds to the girl in the photo above.  40 frickin’ pounds!  I always used to watch daytime talk shows about weight loss and how women used to cry, complain, and claim that they have no idea how they got that big.  I would watch those women and think “Bullshit.” 

You mean to tell me that you don’t know how those extra cupcakes, 2 liters of soda, slices of pizza, and years of being sedentary happened?!?!  You just woke up one day and suddenly realized that you weighed the same as a small baby elephant?  That your “extra-large” status was narrowly teetering on the verge of “double x”.  Yeah, right!  Right???

Well, recently I was walking through a store and happened to glance sideways to see a full-length view of myself in the mirror and I thought to myself, “How the hell did THAT happen?!?!”

It was then that I realized that I was that woman.  I had let myself go, and now I’m determined to bring her back.  So – before I start crying – I’ll let you know my weight when I started on Monday, and where I’m at today.  Then every “Fitness Friday”, I’ll let you know what I did that week, what worked, what were some of my challenges, and my progress for the week.  So…here goes nothin’!

Starting weight:  171.5

Week 1 Weight:  168.0

Total lost so far:  3.5 pounds

What I did:  Thanks to a new friend, I started trying to eat “clean” this week.  That means no processed garbage from the grocery store.  It means reading labels, looking for whole ingredients (not things you can’t pronounce), and being more conscious of the fuel we’re adding to our bodies.  I thought there would be nothing for me to eat.  Not so!  I had lots of yummy meals this week and this whole “clean eating” thing isn’t as hard as I thought it would be.  And, by the way, steel cut oats are the bomb!  My new favorite breakfast!

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I also started working out.  I hit the treadmill twice (30 min each time for a total of 3.55 miles), plus I started using my Daily Burn account and did 2 Cardio Sculpt workouts and a Zumba workout on my XBox.  Phew – it was a good week!

Challenges:  I forgot to pack a lunch for work one day this week and, instead of buying a sub or a yummy burger, I opted for a Fuji Apple Salad from Panera. YUMMY!

Fingers crossed that I have just as much success next week!

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Friday Faves 1/4/13

So I’ve started weekly posts in the past and never really followed up and they just kind of die within a couple of weeks.  However, this time, I hope my Friday Faves stick around.  I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for a long time, but never have.  In order for you to get to know me a little better, I hope to share some of my favorite things from the past week.  They can be products, websites, experiences, TV shows, or just whatever tickled my fancy this week.  So here goes. the first – of hopefully many – installment of my Friday Faves!

Quit Yes

1.) Illinois Tobacco Quitline – As you already know, I have decided to quit smoking this year (still going strong 4 days in!).  I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday (just a regular checkup) and I shared my quit plan with my doctor.  We talked about how expensive  smoking cessation products were and she then told me about the Illinois Quitline.  Did you know that they will supply you with the patch for up to 8 WEEKS for FREE?!?!  Those boxes cost more than $50 each at the store for a 4-week supply!  I’ve already told all my smoker friends and I really hope they give it a try.

EA Active Sports 2

2.) EA Sports Active2 for the XBox – I’ve had this XBox game for 2 years now but, to coincide with one of my New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve been using this a lot lately.  I love how they explain all the workouts for you and your “trainer” is performing the exercises along with you.  I was kinda hoping that they would’ve created a third installment (or at least started working on one), but I couldn’t kind any info on that anywhere.

3.) CoverGirl Blast Flipstick – As a member of BzzAgent, I received three of these to try recently and I LOVE THEM!!!  When you buy one, it’s like getting two lipsticks for the price of one.  The colors are blendable too so, really, you’re getting three great colors.  One side is a creamy color and the other side is shimmery – put ‘em both together for a simple and sexy look.  They come in 13 stunning shades so I’m sure you’d be able to find one that’s perfect for you.

So that’s it for the first of my Friday Faves for 2013!  Come back and see what I’ll be raving about next week!

MeMeMe Mondays

I’ve seen a few variations of this ME concept on other sites and thought I’d take a stab at it.  (Imitation is the best form of flattery, right?)  Every Monday I’ll let you know three random things that are all about me.  I’m new to the wonderful world of blogging so thought I’d give the folks who check out my site a few tidbits about yours truly.  (‘Cuz you know you’re dying to know. LOL!)

1.) I just purchased an Ab Glider!  Soooo excited about this one!  All that talk about not working out is ending…NOW.  This gal is finally ready to get her pre-baby body back.  The estimated time of delivery isn’t until the beginning of April (apparently a bunch of other people have also made the same commitment) but I plan to start taking my health a bit more seriously – starting today.  Take that, summer!

2.)  I hate driving in the rain…or the snow…or any other day when the sun is not shining.  I am really serious about this one.  Not only do I hate it, but I’m terrified too.  Rain and fog – I can’t see.  Snow and ice – I’m slipping and sliding.  I should only be required to drive on bright and sunny days.

3.)  I don’t eat carrots.  Ever.  I’m not really sure why either.  All I remember is being a kid and telling everyone that I was allergic to them, just so I wouldn’t be forced to eat them.  To this day, I have a strange aversion to them.

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