Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring In2 Action Weigh In #2

Spring Break wasn't the easiest, weight-loss wise.  Being home, led itself to easy access to food, but besides that MY STUPID ANKLE STILL HURTS!!  By last Thursday, it felt great, I decided to hit the gym and try to run on the treadmill.  It felt great, right until I hit 1.5 miles in.  the twinges started and I stopped at 1.75 miles and walked.  I iced it and it was better by the next day, and it feels good now.  But I'm too scared to try again.  Friends have been telling me I should switch to the elliptical.  I just really want to run.  I want to do the virtual 5k with The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, and I want to run a race in my town with my husband at the end of May.  He's running 5 miles easy and I'm sidelined.   It just sucked.  I lost weight this week, but I'm not happy about my activity level!

Challenge starting weight......175.8

Last week.............................175.6
This week.............................174.6
Weekly loss..............................1.0
Challenge loss..........................1.2

Total Loss.......................19.2

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring In2 Action Weigh in #1

Spring break is in full motion here.  Which is great, because without any snow days this winter, there were no days off of school.  The natives, and myself, have gotten restless and we were all looking forward to a few days off the regular routine.  What is bad about spring break is the break in the routine of eating healthy.  A visit to my in-laws is always dangerous--lots of treats and great food.  then the easy access to snacks here at the house is a pitfall as well.  ugh, it is hard.  Not to mention the fact that my ankle is still not right.  I think I will give the treadmill a go tomorrow.  I haven't exercised or run in almost 2 weeks and it is killing me.

However, spring break has allowed me the opportunity to read two of the three Hunger Games book (and see the movie). I also steam cleaned all the carpets (except the basement) in the house.  I'm feeling pretty productive!  Tomorrow, all the girls go to daycare and I have a day to myself.  Not sure what I will do yet, but I know I will enjoy it.

Here are this week's numbers:

Challenge starting weight .......175.8

Last week.............................175.8
This week.............................175.6
Weekly loss..............................0.2
Challenge loss...........................0.2

Total Loss.............................18.2

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring In2 Action

The gals over at the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans has a new challenge beginning TODAY!  This is just what I need to keep my motivation going following the last challenge and the "biggest loser" competition at work. 

This week's challenge is to take Action and figure out some goals for this challenge and create a motivation board.  I've set one up on Pinterest.

Ultimately, I want to be in a much healthier place.  Assuming my ankle heals nicely, I want to keep running and run in a 5K at the end of May.  I'd love to be down another 10-15 lbs too!

Starting weight:.................175.8*

*I can't believe I just posted my weight....ugh


I'm not quite sure how it happened, but I injured my ankle last week.  I ran on Wednesday and felt fine.  I woke up on Thursday morning a little sore and stiff, but that's nothing new.  Thursday afternoon, the inside of my left ankle hurt when I run. not a lot, and I just figured it was stiff and I didn't warm up enough.  About a mile into my run, the pain stopped.  when I finished the run and started my cool down, the pain returned. 

I didn't run on Friday because my schedule didn't allow for it. I also took Saturday off just to give the ankle a bit more rest.  Sunday I headed to the gym determined to take it easy but to get a work out in.  It hurt as soon as I started to run.  The ankle brace I also wore felt ridiculous and started to hurt as well.  I was only able to run for 20 min and then had to stop.  I clearly screwed something up.  It's a little swollen and sore to the touch.  Icing it helps, but not enough.  I can function and walk on it, but a workout is out of the question.  It nearly brings me to tears to not be able to work out.  I can't believe I actually just said that!  I have really gotten into a groove with running and feeling great about it.  I worry that this setback with have lasting effects on my motivation.  I haven't ran since Sunday and I probably won't even try until after we return from a trip visiting my in laws this weekend.  It just makes me sick!

Despite no exercise, I have lost weight this week.  Which is great since tomorrow is the final weigh-in for our "biggest loser" competition at work.  But in reality it is bad because I'm pretty sure that means I've lost muscle mass and not fat!  Again, lasting effects!!!  UGH.  I will tell you that I am both happy and upset that this competition is ending.  I can't wait to have the pressure off me a little bit (or at least for a few days) so that I am not constantly worried about my food intake/workouts. But then again, competing with my co-workers has kept me accountable and on the right path.  There is little chance of me winning 1st place (since I'm currently in 4th), but my department team may be able to win the team competition!!  Here's hoping!

The numbers this week:

Starting weight ......1*3.8

Last week...............1*0.0
This week...............1*5.8
Weekly loss...............4.2

Total Loss...........18.0

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Checking in

It's been a few weeks since I checked in here.  Sometimes, life gets in the way and I forget to check in.

The weight loss competition at work is in it's final two weeks.  I've done pretty good, but am currently in 4th place for the women.  The woman in first has lost like 3lbs a week for the last two weeks and I've slowed down.  Actually, earlier this week I crept down into the next 10lb category. Unfortunately, hormones and water weight have me up again.

Fitness-wise, I've tried to step it up. I'm running 5 days a week, usually, and have managed to actually run for 3.5 miles without stopping a few times.  It feels horrendous and awesome all at the same time.  I need to figure out how to work some weight training into the routine though. there just isn't enough time.

Pat's competition is winding down too, but we both are committed to making this stick, especially the running part.

There is no challenge through the Sisterhood this week, but am still checking in

Starting weight .....1*3.8
Last week...............1*0.8
This week...............1*0.0
Weekly loss................0.8

Total Loss...........13.8

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Shrink Yo'Self Weigh in #8

After 8 weeks of this I would have liked to have seen a bigger drop on the scale. I know that the "slow and steady" approach is always best, but it still would have been nice! Not as much time to work out this last week or so. Work and family activities have kept me busy, unfortunately. I am determined to keep trudging along, however. I've decided that I must watch my schedule closely and be sure not to over schedule other things!

Starting weight .....1*3.8
Last week...............1*5.0
This week...............1*3.8
Weekly loss.................1.2

Total Loss...........10.0

Yes, I'm pretty excited about a 10lb loss!!! Hoping I can keeping it going!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Shrink Yo'Self Weigh in #6 & #7

I totally forgot to write my post last week. and then I totally forgot to do it again this week. Life is getting busy, but I am trying to keep moving forward. Last week on weigh in day, I had gained a pound. but by the next day I was down almost 2. The constant fluctuation drives me crazy. I'm do 3 different weigh ins each week: Wednesday for Shrinking Jeans, Friday for "Biggest Loser" competition at work, then Saturday for Weight Watchers. It is hard not to step on the scale daily.

Here's the numbers for Weigh in #6

Starting Weight.................1*3.8
Last Week..........................1*6.8
This Week..........................1*7.8
Weekly loss..........................+1.0

Total Loss......................6.0

Here are the numbers for This Week Weigh in #7

Starting Weight..................1*3.8
LAst Week..........................1*7.8
This Week...........................1*5.0
Weekly loss.............................2.8

Total Loss......................8.8

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Shrink Yo'Self Week #5

It's Wednesday so that means it's weigh-in day for the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans Shrink Yo'Self Challenge!

I feel like I've spent the last month really working on changing my eating habits and paying attention to what I eat. the beauty of Weight Watchers is that I can eat just about whatever I want, as long as I work it into my points for the day. I've had a few days where I wasn't so good, but for the most part, it hasn't been too hard. Having my husband along for the ride has definitely helped too!

Getting my exercise is always a challenge. right now, I am hitting the gym immediately after work about 3 days a week. Since we just started a new semester, I haven't been bombarded by requests for parent teacher conferences. Once those start up again, that means my 45 min at the gym may get lost. I'm hoping I can figure out a way to keep my exercise going!

Here are the numbers for this week!

Starting weight...1*3.8
Last week...........1*8.0
This week...........1*6.8
Weekly loss............1.8

TOTAL LOSS.....7.6!!!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Shrink Yo'Self Weigh in #4

I feel like it was a great week. My husband is on board with weight loss too, and that makes it SOOOO much easier. We have conversations about what we ate, how many points (even though he is not officially doing WW, he is following along with me- he has no idea how many points he is allowed, but figures it's a few more than me.

On Saturday at my WW weigh in, I learned that my home scale is off by .4lbs from theirs. I weighed myself in my clothes right before I walked out the door and was .4lbs heavier at the meeting. Good thing to know!

I got back to running this week and am hoping to be back on track with running 2-3 miles straight withing a few weeks!

Here are the numbers:

Starting Weight 1*3.8
Last Week 1*0.0
This week 1*8.0
Weekly Loss 2.0

Total Loss 5.8

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Shrink YoSelf Weigh-In #3

I re-joined Weight Watchers on Saturday in order to help me on this journey. After the births of my first two kids, it was very helpful in losing the "baby weight". Well my last baby will be four this April, and I am still carrying around the weight I should have lost after she was born AND before I got pregnant!

The point structure has changed a little bit, but the concepts are the same. What is great is that I can use the app on my iPhone to keep track of points, etc. The first few days have not been very difficult. However, the WW scale is different than my bathroom scale. This week, I'm going to have to weigh myself in my clothes right before heading out the door to the meeting just so I can figure out what the difference is...and not be so depressed when my weight is more at the meeting.

One of the big things I struggle with is the amount my weight fluctuates on a daily basis. I can be down 3 lbs and then overnight gain back almost all of it. It is a constant battle. Maybe I Shouldn't get on the scale so often, I don't know. So this week was not great, despite the WW tracking of points. Maybe when I weigh in on Saturday with them I will see greater changes. I was up a few pounds over the weekend, but have dropped back down to where I was last Wednesday.

I worked out 6 days this past week, and hope to keep that up (part of why I am so frustrated with the lack of weight loss though!). After two weeks of just getting back to the gym, I started running on the treadmill again. I had to dial it down quite a bit, but am hoping to get back to running 2-3 miles soon!

Starting Weight 1*3.8
Last Week 1*0.8
This Week 1*0.8
Weekly Loss 0.0

Total Loss 3.0

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shrink YoSelf Weigh In #2

Week two and I'm feeling ok. While I lost a few pounds right away, I did mess things up over the weekend. I had one day of not so great eating and have spent the last three days trying to undo it!

I did stick with the workout challenges. I did at least 35-40 min of vigorous activity for 4 days this week. I hope to do at least that much each week, and hopefully increase it. I totally slammed my water this week too!

The last week or so, I've been just working out on the Elliptical or doing Zumba in the basement. Next week I plan on getting back to running.

So, here are the numbers for this week:

Starting 1*3.8
Last week 1*1.4
This week 1*0.8
Weekly loss 0.6

Total Challenge loss 3.0

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Here we go again

I'm a little late in posting my annual New Year's goals/resolutions post. But better late than never, right.

I was a little disappointed in my year last year. Turning 40 was a huge milestone for me and I didn't get to where I wanted to be (mentally & physically) by my deadline. However, I am not going to let that stop me. Here are my goals for the coming year:

Get back on track with exercising regularly
Begin running again
Run a 5K
Focus on healthy eating as a family
Have more one-on-one dates with my girls
Schedule regular date nights with my husband
Socialize more with friends
Keep the house tidy longer
Pay down debt

I've really decided that this is the year of me. In order for me to feel good about myself, I need to get physically and mentally in better shape. I need more quality time with the people I love (including myself!).

As a mom, it is so easy to lose yourself in your children and their activities. Between working full time and parenting 3 kids, I rarely have time for me. What that results in is meals on the go, little time for exercise, and the pounds start creeping up. That also results in mom being cranky and snippy and quick to lose her temper. I hate yelling at my kids and I absolutely need to fix that.

I want to rejoin Weight Watchers, and will hopefully get to do that this weekend. Of course, finding the time to make it to a meeting is a struggle. My husband is on board with all of this, so that definitely helps.

I am also back on the wagon with the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans! The initial weigh-in was on Jan 1, but I waited until after my New Year's meal of pork and sauerkraut!

My weigh-in on Monday was depressing, I have put on so much weight that I am now at my heaviest in a while. However, with my new goals, I am determined to fix this now! I've been really good about tracking my calories and have worked out everyday this week, so far.

Here's the numbers so far:
Starting weight 1*3.8
This week 1*1.4
Weekly loss -2.4

Total Loss -2.4

Here's to 2012, the year of ME!