Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 83, 84, 85 - Monday Weigh-In Week #12

Song of the day:  Jessie McCartney - Leavin'

Well, this week has been a downer as far as working out, eating right, weight loss goes.  I haven't done any of the above, and really I know exactly what I've done so I'm not surprised at all.  We spent all weekend going though stuff and packing.  We also had to eat up all our food so I ate stuff that was OK for me, but I had way bigger portions than I've been trying to eat.  My scale is now packed away, so this is my weigh-in from Saturday night.  Granted, you weigh more at the end of the day then you do at the beginning, but I am pretty sure I've gained.  I've been eating like crap and haven't been drinking enough water.  Also, I'm cleaning the kitchen today, so we're done cooking, which means we're having chinese take-out tonight and pizza tomorrow night.  And we won't be unpacked until the 2nd, so that means even more eating out is in my future.  

1/3/11 - 232.6 lbs
1/10/11 - 224.2 lbs
1/17/11 - 220.8 lbs
1/24/11 - 218.8 lbs
1/31/11 - 217.4 lbs
2/7/11 - 213.8 lbs
2/14/11 - 214.8 lbs
2/21/11 - 211.2 lbs
2/28/11 - 206.0 lbs
3/7/11 - 207.0 lbs
3/14/11 - 205.4 lbs
3/21/11 - 205.9 lbs
3/26/11 - 208.8 lbs

Weight loss for Week Twelve: +2.9 lbs
Weight loss Total: 23.8 lbs

*Weight loss since my heaviest (5/22/10 - 264 lbs): 55.2 lbs 

*Granted I was 9+ months pregnant at my heaviest, but Elliot only weighed 10 lbs, so I'm going to track that as well.  :)

Today will be my last blog until the 2nd since we have to pack up the uhaul tomorrow.  So, I guess I'll talk to you all again in 5 days!  Have a great week everyone!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 82 - packing, packing, packing

Song of the day:  No Doubt - Spiderwebs

Well, packing is going great, working out, not so much.  I didn't get the gym yesterday either, but I'm going to make myself go today.  I have to or I'll be super off my c25k training.  On the plus side, I still burned a ton of calories yesterday!  Elliot's bathroom is all packed up and cleaner than the day we moved in.  I also went through most of my clothes and all of my shoes and accessories.  I got rid of about half of my shoes.  So, so sad!  I didn't really have an option though since the once I got rid of didn't fit anymore.  A negative of pregnancy.  But now I have room for more shoes!  Right?  :)

In other news, I'm packing more today.  That's really going to be the theme of my blogs until April 2nd when it's all finally over!  Ah, one more week!   

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 81

Song of the day:  Jennifer Lopez - On The Floor ft. Pitbull

Wow.  I wish I would have ordered these shoes months ago.  They feel absolutely amazing and all I've done is put them on!  Yep, I didn't workout last night.  I really wish I would have, but it was like 10:40pm by the time I would have gone and that just seemed really late.  And 5:00am seemed just too early this morning.  I'm a little off now on my 5k training, so I'm going to run tonight, early Saturday morning, then late Sunday night.  I know I won't be taking that much time off between workouts, but it will still work.  I'm really excited for my run tonight!    

I'm really glad to see that the winter storm that hit West Salem seemed to miss Mount Horeb.  It's still really cold, but no snow!  And the cold is fine since we need to be inside packing anyway!  I feel like today should be Friday or Saturday.  This week feels like it's going by faster than it really is.  And I just remembered that not only do we have to eat everything out of our freezer, but we also have to eat everything in our fridge... why I didn't realize that at the same time, I don't know.  So we're going to be having odd combinations of foods this week!  Good thing is that it's all healthy food, and I really need to get back into eating healthy.

Due to stress and convenience I've been eating crap.  I'm really not expecting much out of my weigh-ins until the move is over.  I really wanted to be under 200 by the end of March, but I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen.  I think I'm just going to hover around 205 for a while.  Oh well I guess.  I'm still less than I was at the beginning of the year!  

Oh, and Michael is proposing to Holly tonight!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 80 - snow?!?!?!?!!

Song of the day:  Counting Crows - A Long December

Yeah, it's not December, but it mine as well be.  I'm so sick of snow!  We were supposed to be heading home today, but I'm not sure when we'll head out due to the weather.  It looks like it clears up towards the Dells, but it's still getting there that's the issue.  If it was just me I'd go, but with Elliot in the car I tend to be more careful.

We didn't really do much yesterday, but to celebrate my dad's birthday again (since his actually birthday was yesterday) I made a chocolate cake from a recipe my mom found on the internet.  This could possibly be the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted.  And in no stretch of the imagination is it in any way healthy.  It mine as well be a Paula Deen recipe because most of the frosting is whipped butter and there's about 4 cups of sugar in the whole thing, but oh, oh so good.  Go ahead, click on the Paula Deen link... it doesn't lead to her webpage, but to a more awesome webpage that will guarantee that you get nothing else done today.

Today is my c25k week 3, workout 2, and apparently my shoes were delivered to our house on Monday, so I'm hoping they're still there.  :(  We don't use our front door and have left packages out there for 2 weeks before, so I'm not really too worried.  I'm thinking if we leave around 1:30 then I can workout with my new shoes tonight!  Hopefully this snow lightens up.  :/    

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 79 - 'say yes to the new house cake wars'

Song of the day:  Lostprophets - Last Train Home

I seriously cannot wait until my new shoes get here.  I have major shin splints, oddly enough just in my right leg, but oh my, I'm in pain.  It's not enough pain that I can't walk, or can't work out, but after my workouts I have to ice for a while.  Other than the pain, I had a great workout!  I really enjoyed the next step of the c25k program and actually had no problem running for 3 minutes straight.  I'm really looking forward to this 5k and I hope to do some of my later workouts outside.  

Other than working out, I really didn't do much yesterday.  Lots of driving.  For dinner we had wok vegetables and grilled sesame chicken.  It was really really good!  But I love everything with sesame oil in it.  I spent the rest of the night watching HGTV, or as my dad puts it a "say yes to the new house cake wars" marathon.  I'm thinking that today will be another marathon since it's going to rain all day!  I just hope that the rain doesn't decide to rebel and become snow.  I just can't take anymore snow.  If it wasn't for family, I honestly don't think that I would stay in any snow infused climate.  I like winter from Christmas Eve to New Years Day, and I think the weather should work with me on this one, lol.         

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 78 - Monday Weigh-In Week #11

Song of the day:  Timbaland - Carry Out ft. Justin Timberlake

So, I kind of screwed up.  Kyle and I went back home last night and I was supposed to get some stuff and then go back to my parents for the week, with the plan of leaving early this morning so Ethan wouldn't have to change any poopy diapers.  Well, that didn't happen.  I missed my alarm and woke up late so I had to get going right away.  I forgot to weigh-in while I was still at home and was starving on the road.  I've had water, coffee, and a scone before my weigh-in, so it's off, and I'm not sure by how much, but whatev, I guess.  

1/3/11 - 232.6 lbs
1/10/11 - 224.2 lbs
1/17/11 - 220.8 lbs
1/24/11 - 218.8 lbs
1/31/11 - 217.4 lbs
2/7/11 - 213.8 lbs
2/14/11 - 214.8 lbs
2/21/11 - 211.2 lbs
2/28/11 - 206.0 lbs
3/7/11 - 207.0 lbs
3/14/11 - 205.4 lbs
3/21/11 - 205.9 lbs

Weight loss for Week Eleven: +.5 lbs
Weight loss Total: 26.7 lbs

*Weight loss since my heaviest (5/22/10 - 264 lbs): 58.1 lbs 

*Granted I was 9+ months pregnant at my heaviest, but Elliot only weighed 10 lbs, so I'm going to track that as well.  :)

So, apparently I'm up .5 lbs, but that was after eating breakfast and drinking quite a bit of liquid, so I'm really not worried about it.  I know that I worked out really well last week, but I definitely could have done better on my eating habits.  My goal is to eat better this week.  I've let a lot of my old habits sneak back and I know my weight loss has suffered because of it.  Because I'm feeling better and looking better I'm letting myself eat a little worse, and I know that it's not a good thing.  I need to remember what it was like 26.7 lbs ago, and how I'm still not where I want to be.  

On a good note, even though I'm theoretically up .5 lbs, I know that I've lost inches.  This morning I put on a pair of pants that I haven't worn in over 1.5 years.  That feels more awesome than whatever the scale says!  

I didn't work out yesterday, and today I am going to start week 3 of the c25k program.  So now I do a 5 minute brisk walk warm up, 90 seconds of jogging, 90 seconds of walking, 3 minutes of jogging, and 3 minutes of walking, repeat, then 5 minute brisk walk cool down.  I'm hoping I can do it!  Going up to the 2.0 incline has definitely increased my effort output, so hopefully this increase in jogging time won't tire me out too much!  I guess we'll see!        

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 77 - that's what I love about Sunday

Song of the day:  Craig Morgan - That's What I Love About Sunday

I really don't understand Sundays.  I get up at the same time every day and for some reason it's so hard to get up on Sundays.  I think it's because we jam pack our day full on Saturday and are exhausted by the time Sunday morning hits (and annoyed when Monday morning hits).  Our Saturday was definitely jam packed.  Elliot had a really fun time at Kynzley's birthday party, and he only was afraid of her twice!  Lol, this is a great improvement from the last time they played together.  Elliot had part of a cupcake and he really enjoyed it.  When we got back to my parents Elliot went down for a nap and Kyle and I just relaxed.  When Elliot woke up we fed him dinner, then he played while our dinner was cooking.  We celebrated my dad's birthday which, of course, included cake.  We gave Elliot a slim piece of cake and he loved it!  Since we were at home and he had to have a bath anyway we just let him go at it.  Hello, sugar rush!  His eyes were pretty much bugging out of his head and he was wired!  About 30 minutes later he was ready for bed, and went down really easily - after a much needed bath.  

I really didn't have much motivation at this point, but I knew if I didn't workout that my c25k training would be off, so I got dressed and went to Snap.  I'm really glad I went because I always feel good afterward, but ugh, I was pretty tired when I got home.  I also did some strength training, though not as much as I normally do.  I'm starting week 3 of the c25k training on Monday, and I'm hoping that my new shoes will be here by then!  Probably not since I paid for the cheapest shipping possible, but it'd still be nice.

Today we're going to church, having lunch, then will be heading back home.  Depending on my energy level, I may head to Snap later tonight to do some light cardio.  But lets be honest, I probably won't go, lol.  I hate traveling days, it sucks the energy out of me!  

We only have two weeks left until we move so we'll be going through clothes this week!  I'm kind of excited to go through all of my clothes and get rid of stuff that is too big!  I don't think I've ever gotten rid of something because it was too big.  Ever!  I'm actually kind of excited!  :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 76 - lots of cake.

Song of the day: Relient K - Life After Death And Taxes

Well, yesterday didn't go exactly as planned...  I fed Elliot breakfast, and had a good breakfast myself, then Elliot and I went and got Ethan.  On the way back Ethan was really hungry so we stopped at KFC.  I figured, 'Oh, what the heck, I'll just have a low-cal dinner.'  So I had a chicken snacker and potato wedges.  When we got back I fed Elliot then we all decided to take a nap.  When Kyle got home he saw that everyone was napping and decided to join in.  I finally woke up at 5:45 and started packing.  We got to my parents about 8:45 and ordered pizza.  I definitely went over my calorie count for the day, but whatever, I guess.  

Today we have Kynzley's birthday party at noon, then we're celebrating my dad's birthday tonight (his birthday is Tuesday).  So, lots of cake!  Between the parties I'm going to go work out and do some strength training and my last day of c25k week 2 work out.  I may do some extra cardio since I went over calories yesterday and will probably go over today as well.  I've been having shin splints again in my right leg :/ but my new shoes will be here next week, so hopefully they'll help.  

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 75 - It's Finally Friday!

Song of the day:  Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby

The tacos we had last night were so good!  We had ground turkey with a lower-sodium taco seasoning packet, and then I sauteed a red bell pepper, a green bell pepper, a jalepeno, and two small yellow onions.  Kyle made the observation that he could tell we're eating differently because all of the vegetables were gone and there was still a ton of meat left.  So true.  

After all our TV shows I got dressed and went to Snap.  When I got there I opened my bag and quickly realized I forgot one shoe.  It's not like I forgot my headphones, I forgot a shoe.  What to do?  So I got back into my car, drove the 2.5 miles back home, went inside, got my shoe off the couch, and went back to Snap.  I'm very very very proud of myself for going back!  The whole way home I was going back and forth between just staying home or going to work out.  Snap won out because I'm training for the 5k, I may not be able to work out Friday (today), and I knew that I would have to write on here that I gave up and didn't go.  So, I went, and had a great work out!  

Yesterday I did some research into running shoes.  I stopped using my reebok easy tones for running, and that helped a bit with my shin splints, but the current shoes I'm using are about two years old.  I have high arches and that causes me to walk on the outside of my feet (underpronation).  When I run (or walk) my foot doesn't absorb the shock correctly and instead there's more shock absorption by my bone.  This is also the cause of more shin splints.  I'm sure there's a way more scientific way to explain this, but you can google it if you really want to know more, lol.  Anyways, I did some research on which running shoes are best for my type of feet, and Asics has this great chart which their shoes that help you pick out which style is best for you.  So last night I ordered their 'gel plus 2' shoes and they should be here next week!  And by April 30th they should be broken in quite nicely!

Today Elliot and I are heading to Whitewater to go pick up Ethan and when Kyle is done with work we're all heading to West Salem!  We plan on doing some DnD gaming tonight then Kynzley's first birthday party tomorrow!  And you know what, I'm going to eat cake!  Yum!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 74 - Happy St. Patrick's Day

Song of the day:  Riverdance - Thunderstorm ... I figured it was fitting for today!

Ah, I know I've said it every day for the past few days, but I love this nice weather!  Yesterday Elliot and I played on the porch and watched the birds in the tree across from our porch.  They didn't stay for too long since Elliot kept yelling at them, lol.  When Kyle got home from work we had dinner then went on a family walk.  I love that it's staying light later and that it's warm enough for us to take a walk.  Elliot stayed awake for about 75% of the walk and was "telling us" about all of the things that he saw.  

Today's high is 62!  It's supposed to rain though, so we'll see if we get to go on a walk or not.  Either way, I'm just excited that it's so warm!  This is day 3 of having the heat off, and I'm hoping we don't have to turn it back on!  

Tonight we're going to have ground turkey fajitas.  Kind of like tacos, but with soft shells and veggies.  Thursday's are always my favorite night for TV, so I'm trying to decide what to do for a workout.  I think I'll do a strength training type video (thank you Netflix) at home, then head to the gym for my c25k workout after Outsourced.  When I run on the treadmill I add 1.0 incline (I'm not quite sure what that means, but I do it) and I'm thinking about going up to 2.0 incline.  I looked at the route and it goes through La Crosse neighborhoods, so thankfully, no big hills, but I still want to be prepared for the endurance.  Six weeks and two days left!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 73

Song of the day:  OneRepublic - Stop and Stare

I am loving this weather!  Yesterday we went for a 5 mile walk and it was so gorgeous out!  Today is supposed to be even nicer, so we'll be out again!  

Once Kyle got home I went to the gym and did some strength training and the week 2 workout 1 of the C25K program.  It went really well, and I feel really good about my training so far.  I'm really excited for this!  I'm not looking to do amazing, I'm just looking to finish, and hopefully not last, lol.  

Since we're going on a walk, I am not going to the gym.  Our 5 mile walk consists of a lot of hills and we stay at about a 3.7 mph speed, so I burn quite a few calories.  I'm also working on packing and have already packed away all of our movies.  Our living room is starting to look so bare!    

I feel like this week is going by so slowly.  Maybe it's because I'm excited for the weekend.  We are heading to West Salem for Kynzley's first birthday!  Hopefully she and Elliot get along better this time, lol.  I can't believe she's a year old already!  That means Elliot will be a year old in a little over 2 months!  This past year has gone by so fast!  I'm hoping to be down to the 180's by the time his birthday rolls around.  That's about 2 lbs a week, which is a realistic goal.  I'll definitely have to stick to eating right.  In the beginning I could make myself eat right but the exercise came hard, now I have no problem going to exercise and then I feel like since I exercise I can be more lax on what I eat.  It's not really my choice of what to eat, it's my portion control.  Portion control has always been my issue, so I guess I'm not surprised that it's creep'd back into my habits.  But awareness is always a good place to start, so I'm going to make it a point to really look at my portions this week, and going forward.  

Well, Elliot's down for a nap, so it's time for me to get some more packing done! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 72 - spring, spring, spring!

Song of the day:  Jesse McCartney - Shake

It felt so nice to take yesterday off.  And to know that I wasn't going to work out instead of deciding last minute that I was too tired, or didn't feel like going.  That being said, I'm ready to get back to the gym tonight!  It's going to be a late night workout since The Biggest Loser is on, but I would like to get my C25K workout, and some strength training in.  I actually kind of like going to the gym later because there's not as many people there.  I hate feeling crowded when I'm trying to stretch.    

For dinner we had shrimp stir-fry with broccoli, mushrooms, red bell peppers, and garlic.  Lots of garlic!  For the sauce I mixed together some pino grigio, tikka masala curry paste, low sodium soy sauce, szechuan, and sriracha sauce.  Right before it was ready I added some lime and coconut.  So many flavors, so much deliciousness!  Tonight we are going to have steak, roasted potatoes, and brocolli.  I'm really excited that the weather is so nice and we can use our grill!

Elliot and I went to the park for a little while yesterday, but everything is still pretty snow-y and/or wet, so we weren't there for very long.  We're going to go for another walk this afternoon because it's even nicer out today than it was yesterday!  Thursday is supposed to get up to 60, but it's also supposed to rain, but at this point I'll take rain over snow!    

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 71 - Monday Weigh-In Week #10

Song of the day:  The Lonely Island ft. Akon - I Just Had Sex   ...this song randomly played on my ipod during a workout, and it's great to run to!  It's now my most played song, lol.

Side note:  It's really funny how much your parents still affect you even when you're an adult.  I'm 24, married, and we have a kid, and I'm still squeamish about my dad reading that I'm listening to a song called, 'I just had sex.'  Lol :)

I had a really good workout last night.  I did a ton of strength training then did the Week 1 Workout 3 of the c25k training program.  It's great because it gives me more of a structured workout, instead of me deciding what I'm going to do when I turn on the treadmill.  Tomorrow I start "week 2" of the program.  So instead of running for 60 seconds then briskly walking for 90 seconds, I'm going to run for 90 seconds and briskly walk for 2 minutes.  That seems like kind of a long time to walk, but I guess they know what they're talking about!  I haven't had any lasting issues with shin splints, but I think taking a day off from running will help keep them away.

Yesterday we dropped off a ton of stuff at Goodwill then did some shopping to replace the stuff we just got rid of.  Lol, not really... but kinda.  Since we were out at kind of a weird time, and we had a late breakfast, we decided to stop at Arby's for a late lunch.  I got the chicken pecan salad sandwich meal.  Yes, I had the small curly fries and a small diet doctor pepper.  And I don't feel bad about that at all because I had a sensible breakfast and had planned a sensible dinner (shrimp stir-fry).  When we got home I went to the computer to enter my food and -WHAT!!!?!?!?!??  My seemingly harmless and what I thought was healthy meal was 1200 calories!!  And I got diet soda!  No wonder I wasn't hungry for dinner!  The low end of my calorie range is 1200, and I had that in one meal!  Thankfully I stayed under my top end of 1550, but jeeze!  That should come with a warning label.  WARNING: You may thing you're being healthy, but you're actually eating 1200 calories and 57 grams of fat (which is 1 over my range).  In one meal!!  I would have been better off going with a small roast beef sandwich!  Ugh, but at least I know now - and so do all of you.  Stay away from the pecan chicken!

I did pick up a fiber and calcium supplement to go along with my women's one a day multivitamin.  No matter what I ea,t I tend to not get enough of either.  So hopefully they help... help do whatever they're supposed to do, I guess... :)

Today is supposed to reach the 40's so we may go for a walk depending on the wind.  It's terribly windy here.  But Charlie Shortino (NBC's local weather guy) is saying we may even hit 60 later this week!  I can't wait!  Ok, all right.  I guess it's time...

1/3/11 - 232.6 lbs
1/10/11 - 224.2 lbs
1/17/11 - 220.8 lbs
1/24/11 - 218.8 lbs
1/31/11 - 217.4 lbs
2/7/11 - 213.8 lbs
2/14/11 - 214.8 lbs
2/21/11 - 211.2 lbs
2/28/11 - 206.0 lbs
3/7/11 - 207.0 lbs

3/14/11 - 205.4 lbs

Weight loss for Week Ten: 1.6 lbs
Weight loss Total: 27.2 lbs

*Weight loss since my heaviest (5/22/10 - 264 lbs): 58.6 lbs 

*Granted I was 9+ months pregnant at my heaviest, but Elliot only weighed 10 lbs, so I'm going to track that as well.  :)

I guess that's all I can really expect from my last ditch effort this weekend, lol.  But like I've said before, weight loss is weight loss, and I can be happy with that!  Could I possibly be winning??  Oh, Charlie Sheen.  Lol.  Here's to this next week!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 70 - daylight savings

Song of the day:  Fall Out Boy - The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes

Why is it called daylight savings when they take an hour away or precious sleep?  Yeah, we're saving daylight but we're killing sleep.  Daylight savings has such a positive connotation which is so the opposite of what it really is.  It should be called "Less sleep and a crappy morning filled with confusion because not all of your clocks are the same since some change automatically and your forgot that it was daylight savings time, and for the whole day everyone talks in 'well it's 9:30, but it's actually 10:30, but I kind of feel like it's 8:30.' "  What?  But I guess daylight savings fits easier on calendars.  

Anyways, we got a ton done yesterday!  We went through all of Kyle's boxes and some of our other boxes in the garage and did some major condensing, and now my car is jam packed with things that need to go to Goodwill.  I think we're going to go through our clothing today, which is good since I also did all of the laundry yesterday.  I'm also going to be getting rid of a lot of my shoes.  :(  I have so many pairs that I absolutely love, but pregnancy has left me with bigger feet.  :(  So sad.  

I also had a really good workout where I did the C25K training for 30 minutes, then a rolling hills program on the treadmill for another 30 minutes.  I also added a little bit of an incline because I heard that simulates outdoor running, and the 5k is outdoors.  I feel like my body is waking up again.  I can feel muscles changing and getting stronger.  Definitely a good thing!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 69 - cup of noodles

Song of the day:  Taking Back Sunday - Cute without the E

It was so nice yesterday!  And today it's icky.  Yay, Wisconsin!  Elliot and I had a really nice walk, and I think the fresh air and exercise really made me feel better.  It's like that line in Legally Blonde when Elle says, "Exercise gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't."  So true.  Thanks Elle Woods.  

So, yesterday I registered for my very first 5k.  I also did my very first c25k workout.  That means "couch-to-5-k" workout.  There's a whole program on that comes highly recommended.  It's a 9 week program with 3 workouts a week.  Well, the run is 7 weeks from today so even if I do the workouts every other day I will still miss 2.  Since I'm not really going from the couch to a 5k, more like a mild jogger to a 5k, I'm going to do the first 6 workouts in a row.  That way I should be ready by April 30th! 

I feel a little more "back on track" than I have in the past few days... or week and a half...  I can tell that I am really ready for spring, I'm ready to move, and I'm ready to be in school.  I hate waiting for things to begin.  I really do not have patience for things I don't have the option of changing.  Everything has a set date, and I can't make it come any sooner!  I know the move will go fine, and that once I'm in school I'll wish that it was over, but I just get so wound up before hand.  Notice that I did not say that I'll miss winter.  :) 

While Kyle goes through all of his boxes, I'm going to go work out!  Hopefully Elliot decides to have a major nap day and then we can get a lot done!  Kyle has requested that we have chicken with lemon-leek linguine for dinner.  I'm glad that he likes the new food that we've been eating enough to request it!  

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 68 - emoticons and punctuation

Song of the day:  Ethan Andres - League of Legends Champion Rap  ...for gamers only...

I feel like I'm unraveling.  I hate being sick.  My body isn't really hurting anymore, but I constantly have a major headache, and nothing seems to be doing the trick.  I think I just really need some fresh air, and thankfully today is perfect for that!  It's still kind of cool our right now, but I do have one of the smaller windows open to start the fresh air.  After lunch Elliot and I are going to take a walk to the library so I can return a book I've had for far too long.  Then we'll stop by the post-office so I can get some more stamps.

I did do some grocery shopping yesterday, so I will be eating what I normally would, and I think that will help my mood/headache.  At least I hope it will :/ .  I never know what to do with emoticons and punctuation.  And I don't think there's an entry on that in either MLA or APA "how-to" books.  I guess it's something that I'll have to google.  I also think that it's one of those things that no one really knows, but people just think they're right.  I'll admit that I have no idea.  I know that I do a lot of "don'ts" in my writing, but I pick and chose the things that I like to make sure I always "do."  My "do list" typically consists of things that when I see others do, it annoys that crap out of me... that goes for a lot of lists in my life actually, lol.  

I'm in a sour mood.  And ready for the weekend. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 67 - on the up and up...

Song of the day:  Relient K - Up and Up

Well, I think I'm feeling better, but I guess only time will tell.  My body isn't hurting as bad, but my glands are definitely swollen.  Last night I finally made the roasted pork loin with sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic.  SO GOOD!  And I love crock-pot cooking!  You still have to do prep work, but it's so easy!  And since the food cooks for 6 hours you've forgotten all about the prep work by the time you eat!  I'm really excited for the leftovers for lunch!

Yesterday as I was making our moving/packing schedule, I realized that we are going to have to eat everything in our refrigerator because we won't have access to one for about 29+ hours.  Lame.  It's definitely going to be hectic, but I feel much better about it since I have it all planned out and written down.  I like visuals, lol.  

The weather looks like it's going to be nice tomorrow, so I'm hoping that Elliot and I can get outside for a nice walk!  This weekend we are going through all of our boxes, and hopefully all of our clothes and get some stuff packed for the move.

I'm hoping that I am actually feeling better, because I definitely need to work out.  I have been eating really well, so at least I haven't gone completely off plan, but I would really like some cardio - but not the pounding headache. :/

Hopefully tomorrow's sunshine will help with this last bit of cold!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 66 - Just Giving In

Song of the day:  Songify This: Winning - A Song By Charlie Sheen

Ok.  It's official.  I'm sick.  I realized this at about noon yesterday.  It's weird because normally when I get sick it's all about sinus issues with a headache.  Right now my sinuses are completely clear, but my whole body just aches, including my head.  I took some ibuprofen last night to help me sleep, and it helped a little bit, but I can't lay in one spot for more than 15 minutes before I start to hurt.  And to top it all off, Elliot still has a pretty bad cough and runny nose.  :(  Ugh, is it the weekend yet so Kyle can take care of us?  Thankfully he took care of dinner and Elliot last night.  

I'm not sure the next time I'm going to get to work out.  I started doing some strength training at home yesterday, and about 5 minutes into it is when I realized that I was really not feeling good.  I am eating well though, and I guess I have to just focus on getting better and not losing weight right now.

-and what's the deal with all this snow?!?!?!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 65

Song of the day:  Enur feat. Natasja & Mims - Calabria

Well, yesterday didn't go exactly as I had planned.  Elliot didn't take a very good morning nap since the washer and dryer were on so his afternoon nap was much longer than normal.  I also fell asleep and woke up to Kyle asking me how long I had been sleeping for.  I wasn't really sure, but I was really groggy.  My nap, although needed, kind of screwed everything up so we ended up ordering pizza (I got healthier pizza) and I didn't work out.  I did stay in my calorie range though, so it will still create a deficit!  Unfortunately, I also didn't get to the grocery store, so I'm out of ingredients for my normal breakfast.  I'm thinking oatmeal will end up being on the menu!

I'm starting to get Elliot's cold (that showed up yesterday).  I'm feeling really groggy and my ears feel stuffy.  :(  Ugh, I know I've said this before, but I HAVE to work out tonight!  The last time I worked out was last Tuesday!  Going over a week is just unacceptable.  Thankfully The Biggest Loser is on tonight, and that always helps get me motivated!  

Monday, March 7, 2011

Day 64 - Monday Weigh-In Week #9

Song of the day:  Britney Spears - Hold It Against Me

Well, after a week of only working out once, and a weekend filled with lots of food, drinks, and odd sleeping hours, I have no expectations for this weeks weigh-in.  

1/3/11 - 232.6 lbs
1/10/11 - 224.2 lbs
1/17/11 - 220.8 lbs
1/24/11 - 218.8 lbs
1/31/11 - 217.4 lbs
2/7/11 - 213.8 lbs
2/14/11 - 214.8 lbs

2/21/11 - 211.2 lbs
2/28/11 - 206.0 lbs

3/7/11 - 207.0 lbs

Weight loss for Week Eight: +1.0 lbs
Weight loss Total: 25.6 lbs

*Weight loss since my heaviest (5/22/10 - 264 lbs): 57.0 lbs 

*Granted I was 9+ months pregnant at my heaviest, but Elliot only weighed 10 lbs, so I'm going to track that as well.  :)

Eh, I gained a pound.  Whatev.  It was TOTALLY worth it!  And it's probably due to lack of water and lack of normal sleeping patterns, so I'm really not worried about it.  Also, I'm still under my pregnancy pounds so that's good!  But now it's time to get back to business!  

Tonight we're going to have boneless pork sirloin roast with BBQ seasoning (we got if season from the grocery store).  I'm going to toss it in the crock pot with some onions and sweet potatoes.  It looks really good, and what I like best is that I don't have to do any real cooking!  I'm going to make sure that I do my workout tonight too.  I'm still feeling exhausted from the odd sleeping schedule, but I know by tomorrow I'll be normal again!  I know I gained a pound, and if I had worked out more before the weekend that probably wouldn't have happened, but I had such a great weekend, and feel so relaxed, that I don't really care!  I guess it's really all about balance .... and moderation.  :)

Day 62/63 - What. A. Weekend.

Song of the day:  Cee Lo Green - Forget You

This weekend was so much fun!  I got to Chicago at about 11:30, then it we went to lunch at Flo. Well, it was really more of a brunch since we both had egg dishes, but oh, so good.  We then did some shopping and I got some patterned tights, a new purse, and really really cute black boots.  I really had to get them because the weather took a turn for the worse. :(  We didn't let the weather get to us though!  We went back to Alyson's and laid low for a little bit, then got ready to go to dinner.

We were on the wait list for Coast Sushi Bar at 8:30, and were sat right away.  We started with some edamame (steamed soy beans) then had 3 rolls.  If you ever go there, get the White Dragon.  Ugh, it's like a hug for your taste buds!  We had mochi ice cream for dessert.  It's like a ball of ice cream wrapped in a gum drop.  The red bean flavor was my favorite!  Thankfully Alyson knew all of the amazing things to eat!  After dinner we went over to Alyson's roommate's friends house and had a few drinks there before going out to a bar.  I'm not exactly sure what time we got there, but we did a lot of dancing.  Lots and lots and lots of dancing.  We ended up leaving at 3:30 am!  I haven't seen that side of 3:30 in ages!  We ended up falling asleep at about 4:30 am.  

We finally woke up at 4:00 pm the next day.  So much fun!  We got ready and I packed up my stuff and we walked to Jerry's for dinner.  I had the best hamburger that I have ever had in a restaurant!  Probably because most of my restaurant hamburger experiences are limited to McDonald's.  I felt muscles in my legs that I forgot existed!  But I guess that dancing for 5 hours in heels will do that to you!

I got home about 9:20 pm and had no energy to work out.  So I only worked out once this past week.  But we did a lot of walking and a lot of dancing, so I think it counts!  I guess we'll see! 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 61

Song of the day:  J. Lo - Aint It Funny

Ah - I'm so glad it's finally Friday!  I feel like this week has taken forever!  Elliot had a fever so we didn't do anything yesterday.  He woke up about 6:30, napped from 8:30-12:45 and 2:00-10:00, then went back down to bed again at 11:00, woke up at midnight and we cuddled for about half an hour, then he was out.  I didn't work out because I wasn't sure when he would wake up and I wanted to be here when he did.  I know I should have worked out, and that Elliot was probably just an excuse, but I didn't.  

I'm not expecting anything out of this weeks weigh-in.  Tomorrow morning I'm heading to Chicago to hang out with Alyson for an impromptu mini-weekend trip!  I'm going to try to make good food decisions, but I'm also going to eat what I want and have a fun weekend.  I'm going to try to work out tonight once Kyle gets home from work.  Maybe do a mega workout so I can bank some calories!  :)

I'm still having some shin splint issues, but I'm really not liking being so stagnant.  I don't want it to get worse, but I think stopping working out won't make it better.  I guess we'll see tonight! 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 60 - Two Months Down!

Song of the day:  The Used - Taste Of Ink

Random thought.  Is it workout, work-out, or work out??  I hate that I don't really know, and I see it written every which way.  Also, I'm forgetting which one I started with and I hate when I don't have consistency in my word choice.  Sorry if this annoys anyone else too... :)  

Elliot had a long day so I had to skip working out with Miranda and hang out with the kid until bedtime.  It was actually a pretty nice evening.  :)  I have really bad shin splints - still! - so I read up on them.  Turns out I should get different shoes, and should probably take some time off from running until the pain goes away.  BOOOOOOO.  It even hurts to walk so I skipped working out yesterday.  I even got dressed and all ready to go, but they were hurting so bad, so I went back upstairs and changed into pj's.  The pain is really making me worried about Monday's weigh-in.  Ugh, I guess worrying doesn't really do anything, so I'm going to have to try and stay active without running/walking/jogging for a couple of days.... hhmmm. 

Anyways, I have two months done!  There's a lot that has changed since the beginning of the year.

1.  I weigh less.  I mean, duh, this is a blog about weight loss, but when I really think about the weight, it's amazing that I used to carry an extra 26 lbs around!  That's more than Elliot weighs! A gallon of milk weighs 8.5 lbs.  That means I've lost 3 gallons of milk!  Pick one up the next time you're at the store, it's a lot more weight than you think.  

2.  My clothes fit differently.  Again, duh, when you lose weight clothes fit differently, but I feel like I have a whole new wardrobe because I can wear more of my clothes!  And the clothes that I still fit into have a better shape about them.  I don't feel like I need to cover everything up with a sweatshirt.  I still have 71lbs to go, but I actually look forward to getting dressed now.

3.  I eat SO MUCH BETTER!  Even though I still have cravings for chips and dip, salsa, and junk food in general, I much rather eat something with flavor and nutritional impact.  Salsa can be relatively healthy but I prefer to make it myself instead of buying jarred stuff.  When we go grocery shopping we barely get anything from the aisles.  The amount of produce we eat has gone up like 400%!  I always knew that I ate bad, but I didn't realize how bad it really was.

4.  I have so much more energy!  Granted Elliot sucks it all up, but I'm thankful I have the extra to give!  I can run up and down our stairs, over and over again, while carrying Elliot, and not get winded.  I feel like I can face the day, and actually face the whole day!  I do everything.  I mean I still have lazy days, but I do housework, I cook all meals, I take care of Elliot, I spend time with Kyle, and I still find time, and have energy, to workout.   

5.  I look forward to working out.  I never thought I would say that.  I don't know if it's because I look forward to some time to myself, or that I'm actually really liking exercising... probably a bit of both, but I like it.  I feel stronger and healthier.  I still have work to do, but I can feel my muscles really taking shape.

6.  I have a renewed self confidence.  I have proved to myself that I can do this.  I can lose weight.  I have control over myself and my future.  My biggest fear is failure, and I think that's part of the reason I never really committed to losing weight.  This hasn't been just a weight loss journey, but a whole lifestyle change.  There's not a magic pill or a all-in-one perfect body workout.  It's hard work and takes thought and planning.  But I've done it.  I've reminded myself that I can accomplish anything that I put my mind to.  

I'm really looking forward to the next few months - and for the weather to get nice again!  I really want to be able to go for a walk outside!  Spring is so close!  :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 59 - na, na, na, na, everyday...

Song of the day:  Iyaz - Replay  ...I thought this was Sean Kingston??  Apparently not.

I had some major struggles with wanting to eat crap yesterday.  There's really not many temptations here, but there is a lovely candy dish full of reese's peanut butter eggs.  They.  Look.  AMAZING.  In the past I would scarf down 3 or 4 in one sitting, no problem.  Well, yeah a problem, but you know what I mean.  Really, I have the calorie allowance that I could eat one and not kill my day, or week, but I know if I have one today that I'm going to want another one.  And another one the next day.  The next thing I know I would be having one every day.  Those eggs are a slippery slope, and thankfully I had enough will power to resist!

I've discovered Swiss Miss diet hot chocolate.  It's only 25 calories per serving (6 oz) and it helps curb my sweet/chocolate cravings.  And since it's 6 oz and hot, it takes a while to drink the whole cup, so I feel like I'm having a lot.   

Ugh.  Did anyone watch The Biggest Loser last night?  The beginning of the episode showed everyone going home and I just cried my eyes out through their homecomings!  It's just so cool to see them all reunite with their families and to see how proud of them their families are.  Ugh, since having Elliot I start crying at any hint of family, love, or anything sentimental.  Lol, I'm so lame.  :)

After The Biggest Loser I really didn't want to go workout, but I knew that I really needed to.  I sucked it up and headed over to Snap.  It's really not the workout that's hard, it's just getting there that I don't want to do.  Once I'm there, I'm fine, my heads in the game, and I'm ready to go.  I was trying to decide between doing a fat burn brisk walk or working on my mile time/5k training.  By the time I got there I had more energy, or at least fake energy from the cool weather, so I decided to do 30 minutes of each.  I started with the walk and worked my way up to the run.  I upped my mph to 6.0 and ran a mile!  That means I'm back at a 10 minute mile - and I feel like I could have gone faster.  That's the one thing that sucks about a treadmill - you set your speed then run to it instead of just running.  It's been a long time since I've been able to run a mile without stopping, so I'm really proud of myself!  Bad news is that I have MAJOR shin splints in my right shin.  My left hurts a little, but it's nothing compared to my right.  I iced when I got home and that helped.  I think that it has something to do with my Reebok Easy Tone shoes.  They are raised so your body has to use different muscles to balance.  I really don't think that they've done a whole lot more than normal tennis shoes, but whatev.  Anyway, they're fine for walking, but I think that when I run my body has to work more to stay balanced, or something, and that's why I'm experiencing shin splints.  I could be completely off, but it's one possibility.

Today, Elliot and I are going to go play with Kynzley and Maria!  They haven't had a play date since November so it will be nice to get them together again.  Tonight, Miranda and I are going to do the triple threat and ballet toning classes at Snap.  I've never done the triple threat class so I'm excited for something new!  -And to let my shins have a little break!