Friday, January 31, 2003

Another great day yesterday, and I'm feeling grand. The only fly in the ointment is that I checked the "Protien drink" that I drinking in the mornings and discovered it is a "Meal Replacement Drink" with 27 Carbs per serving! Gack! The good news is that I've only been drinking it for two days. No wonder I liked it so much! So, I skipped the drink and had some eggs for breakfast. I guess it back to finding a protien drink I can stomach. I liked having that convienance in the mornings. I liked the premade drinks from EAS, so maybe I'll look for the powdered form for my morning meal.

I'm SO glad that today will be a 'rest' day for my workout. My calves are SCREAMING at me! I got up in the middle of the night last night and found I couldn't straiten my legs. I had to hobble to the bathroom. I knew I had overdone my calf workout, I just didn't know how much until last night. Other then that... the workout last night was GREAT. I ran/walked my 1.5 miles in 21 minutes and still managed to hit a 10 on that workout. I'm continuing to take my weight workout easy.. not going for the 10 yet... it's obvious that if I had worked the rest of my body the way I had my calves that I wouldn't be able to get out of bed this morning. Maybe I'll add a body part at a time and take it to failure. It's a thought.

All other parts of the day were great too.. food was good, water great.. got 8 hours of sleep... another 5 star day! I had to battle the cravings monster lastnight when I went to clean up the leftover cookie dough. I LOVE to eat cookie dough and could almost taiste it! Instead I chugged some water and filled the bowl full of water. It didn't look so appitizing after that.

My darling Fiance informed me this morning that he's gained 2 lbs already :) I'm hearing dance lessons in my future. In the mean while, I'm signing up for ballet classes, and adding that to my workout schedule. I took ballet for 8 years as a kid and am looking forward to doing it again.

So, my goals for today are:
Stay under 20 carb grams
Journal my intake
10 minutes of pilates
62 oz of water
less then 62 oz of soda
Read some more success stories to stay modivated
I already took my vitamins
I plan to get 8 hours of sleep

weight today - STILL 189... but I'm getting stronger already, I can tell!

Thursday, January 30, 2003

Let me start off with a great big.. Wooo hoooo! I had a GREAT day yesterday, and I've continued the trend so far today. I think I had a 5 star day! :) Let's calculate, shall we?

Food - Journaled, and of good nutrition.
Exercise - Lower Body workout, 1.5 miles ran, 10 minutes of pilates, and all journaled.
Hydration - drank 62+oz of water, and had 52 oz of soda
Attitude - journaled (a lot!) and got some motivation off the net
Energy - 8 hours of sleep and took my vitamins

Yep it was a five star day!!

I took it a little easy on the weights.. until I did calfs then I overdid it a bit. My legs were shaking when I was done with that. By the time I got to the treadmill my legs were rather tired, but I still managed to get 1.6 miles in 23 minutes. Not the three miles I had hoped for, but it has been a long time since I tried to run seriously. The best news was even though my legs were VERY tired, I got out of bed and was able to put full weight on my foot this morning. No pain!

I've managed to bypass several temptations today as well. The cravings hit when I drove through Burger King for a soda. Boy those cini-minis looked good! and then at lunch when I got my car cleaned they had these chocolate cresaunts that made me look twice. But I kept my goals in mind... #1 to kick my DFs butt in the complition we're having. First one to lose 10 lbs is the winner.. and if I win.. I get dance lessons for the two of us! Needless to say that's quite a motivator for me. We're also talking about a small pay off for each day one of us goes to the gym and the other didn't. He's going to owe me SO big. :)

My goal today is another 5 star day...

I've done good in food and journalling - Tonight I'm going to the gym for a upper body workout, an 1.5 mile run. And then later 10 minutes of yoga. to be documented of course! I need to get started on my water, but I've stopped drinking soda for the day. I think I'm finally at a good point in that addiction. I'll maybe work to eliminate that entirely eventually, but one step at a time. I'm going to stop somewhere and check out some success stories for some motivation as soon as I'm done here. I already took my vitamins and I'm planning on 8 hours of sleep.. :)

Yay me!

Oh, and I'm down 1 lb since yesterday.. I KNEW I was feeling lighter.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

I just have to say that my Fiance is the best! I talked to him today about my frustration with my motivation and he immediatly stepped up to the challenge. We're working right now to come up with some goals and rewards and we're going to keep each other on track. I don't know what I would do without him! I've also desided that one of my goals each day is going to be to read something inspirational, or motivational - it doesn't have to be wieght related, but I've found that reading the success stories on the various web sites has done much to lift my spirts and renew my 'can do' attitude. AND - I've been a good girl food wise today. It's 4:00pm and I'm still feeling pretty energized.

I'm working on my first bottle of water, have journaled all my food, and have a date with my DF (Darling Fiance) at the gym tonight, so I'm looking forward to having a 5 star day! Umm.. or maybe I need to come up with some sort of raiting system. Let me think about this. Here are areas where I can struggle or do well...

- journal
- nutrition
- Weight training
- Marathon Training
- Stretching
- Journal
- 62 oz of water
- Less then 62oz of Diet Soda
- Journal
- Motivational Reading
- 8 hours of sleep
- Vitamins

So that's 5 areas At the begining of each day I'm going to evaluate the day before and give each day a number of stars - So far today

I've got 1 Star for food as I've been journaling and eating nutritionally sound
-- a 0 for exercise, but I've got a plan in place to make that a 1 as well
-- a .5 for Hydration as I've only had 52 oz of soda, and I'm on my way to another .5 as I guzzle my water
-- Attitude is a a slam dunk for a one because I've done nothing but journal and look for motivation today
-- Energy, well I have a .5 there as I took my Vitamins, and hopefully I'll get 8 hours of sleep tonight.

I think I like this!

Oh, and I can already tell I'm eating better today. I feel lighter, and just.. BETTER already.
Forgot to set some goals for today -

- Take vitamins
- 3 mile run
- Lower body workout
- 10 minutes of Pilates
- 20 net grams of carbs
- drink 2 bottles of waters

I've accomplished 1 already. Took my vitamins this morning.
I don't know what happens to my energy levels. I really do need to get in to the lab and get my blood work done. Yesterday I was feeling grand, looking forward to going to the gym, and then, by the time I got home I was exhausted and it was only 5:30! Needless to say I didn't make it to they gym. I used the excuse that it would have been awkward with my fiance's car in the shop, but I could have made it work if I had really wanted to. It reminds me a little of the bible verse that says something like... I know the things that I must do, and yet I do not do them... it certainly applies here. I just another of those 'educated' fat chicks. I know what I need to do. I know the things that will make the changes in my body, and yet... somehow I always manage not to do them. It's really nothing more then lazyness. Well, lazyness and a love for food... *sigh* BUT, today's a new day. A day when I can do the things I must do. I'm three weeks into this challenge with nothing to show for it, but a gym membership and a cupboard full of vitamins. But, on the other hand, there are over 8 weeks left in this challenge. Still time to make some major changes for the better, do be one step closer to the lifestyle that "I" want.

I just had an idea. You see, although I know that I am at an unhealthy weight I really don't think I look that bad. I never had issues with the opposite sex, and my fiance makes it very clear that he loves me the way I am. In fact he worries that my goals might be too stringent and that I might get too skinny. My Dr, though has made it clear she wants me to loose weight, as she's worried that it may begin to effect my health. It was she who suggested I alter my eating habits toward a lower carb lifestyle. I did that and have lost SOME weight, but as always I've stalled around the 185 mark. But, I think one of the reasons I've stalled is that I'm trying to reach other peoples goals. Loosing weight because my Dr, or society tells me I need to. Intellegently I know that my health will suffer unless I make some changes, but that doesn't seem to matter when I come home tired after a day of work, or when someone announces that there are paistries in the break room. Still, there are some things that I want to change. I'm tired of being tired. I hate that I wake up exhaused. I know that healthier eating, and exercise is supposed to change that. So, I need to come up with goals for ME... yes, reaching 130 is a goal for me, but it's not priority... it's not enough to make me change... But perhaps some other things will.

My wish list

1 - To have more energy
2 - Run a Marathon
3 - Wear size 8
4 -

I think I'll continue to add to this list and perhaps ever post it up somewhere. There has got to be something out there that will motivate me!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Back in the saddle again.... Everyone sing with me! Back in the saddle again! That time of the month hit me, and I couldn't seem to put enough food in my mouth. I blew it BIG time. The good news is, I'm ready to start, again. One good thing that's happened is that I finally got my gym membership. Horray! Another step in the right direction is that I've cut WAY back on my diet soda intake AND I've gotten a good supply of all the vitamins I think I'll need. It's a little daunting to look at that handful of pills, but I've been taking them for several days and I think I might be starting to feel a difference.

So, I'm wondering. Is there anyone out there? Am I talking to myself? I'm wondering if posting a food log might help me stay honest. I think I'll try it. So, if there IS anyone out there, check up on me, and help me stay on the right track. I'll be going to the gym tonight for the first time as an 'offical' member. It's the middle of the week, but I'm going to start where I should be - 20 minutes of aerobics. I'm going to try to get up early in the morning to work out, but I'm NOT a morning person so it make take a while for my energy level to go up, then I'll think about morning workouts.

One of the things I'm struggling with, is that last year I set a goal of doing a marathon this year. I had started training, until I strained the arch of my foot, and I had to stay off of it for a while. I got treatment, and I'm feeling pretty good. I even ran on my foot and was pain free. But, the BFL FAQ suggests that you NOT do the program while training for a marathon. If I'm going to do a marathon this year, it will mean starting training now... The good news is that my current training level is light. It probably falls within the 20 minute aerobic workout even... But I may have to modify the BFL program as the training progresses. (provided my foot holds up to the strain)

Lastly - I want to publically state my current "short term" goal. On May 3rd 2003 I plan to be at or below 160lbs. That's an obtainable rate of 2/lbs per week. Of course that means sticking with my program. But I KNOW I can do this. I finally feel like I have all the pieces in place. And, as I said before, the addded motivation of a wedding in 2004. I picked May3rd because that will be the second anniversary of meeting my fiance, but it is also 1 year before our wedding date. That will give me 1 year to get off the final 30 lbs. That's doable right? I figure with me loosing weight and he coming to the gym to workout, we should have to problem getting over the threshold.

So, my "to-do's" for today -
1) Link an on-line food journal on this page.
2) Hit the gym for a 20 minutes aerobic solution - (at least 2 miles per marathon training)
3) 10 minutes of Yoga for today's stretching

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Well, I know I've been quiet, but things are going really well. I haven't done as well on the excercise as I would like, but I'll be getting my gym membership soon, and that's going to make things a LOT easier. Food wise I've been doing REALLY well though. The weight is dropping and that's what really counts. My plan so far is to eat when I'm hungry, and not get too full. I'm drinking too much soda still, and I'll be working on that next. But one hurdle at a time. I'll probably not be making some glorious transformation in the next 12 weeks, but I expect I'll be making some major changes. For now, I'm feeling better each day.

Weight today 182

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Day two! I feel GREAT! I got up and went to the gym this morning. I paid the day fee so that I could run on the tredmill and do my cardio workout for the day. It felt SO good, I am still feeling the high. I really have to remember this feeling everytime I'm laying there making excuses for not getting out of bed. Eventually, I'm hoping to feel this good after my weight workout, but we'll see. The rest of yesterday went good. I got 5 meals in, no problem, and feel as though I really stuck to the plan. I'm feeling really strong and alert today, so maybe the good food is making a difference already. I do need to get cracking on taking my vits though. Taking pills has never been my strong spot, so I'll have to work on making that a habit. I'm also planning on getting all my blood work done tomorrow. Just one more way to measure my progress. The only thing I haven't done, and don't know when I will get to it, is figuring my body fat percentage. I saw a website once that figured it using the Navy's method, maybe I'll look for that again.

Weight Today: 185

Monday, January 06, 2003

I know that in order to make positive changes in your life, you have to start with changing your mind. This seems to be my major struggle right now. For some reason I'm having trouble convincing my brain that it's possable for a woman, 50 lbs overweight is capable of making major changes in her appearance in only 12 weeks. 12 weeks, 3 months, 84 days - This is the time limit I've given myself to make noticable changes in my physique. I sit here remembering the lumpy body that graced my before photos, and I find myself doubting. So, where do I go to find proof? I'm an american, and a child of the 80's. We want our results and we want it NOW. It's not enough to just know I'm doing good, I want proof. I know that these are the thoughts that I need to overcome in order to make it through these 12 weeks. Otherwise I WILL faulter. The thing is, I have to deside NOW that I won't quit. I guess that's the key. Make the promise to myself not to give up, and then sticking with it. We'll see, it's a little hard to belive right now.

Today's the day! I really wonder about myself sometimes, as yesterday I was already ready to quit, and I hadn't even started yet! But, I pushed on, got my shopping done, and pictures taken and so far, I've been on track. I was a little discouraged because I havn't gotten my gym membership straightened out yet, but I set up my total gym before going to bed last night and made it work for my workout this morning. Because I'm so terribly out of shape I desided to go easy at first, so instead of doing the full five sets I only did four, and I didn't increment my weights because it's very cumbersome to do on the total gym. I'm a little dissapointed that I'm not doing the whole program (My all or nothing attitude raising it's head) but this is better then doing nothing. I have to admit my pictures last night were VERY inspirational. There is no way I can look at those and NOT do SOMETHING! I know I'm 50 lbs overweight, but I rarely see it. The pictures really opened my eyes! All my planning is paying off though, as today's meals are all in place, and I've got three meals sitting in my lunch bag ready for later. I think I might have eaten too much at breakfast, but I guess I'll see how things go. I am a little bummed because Ieft my water bottle at home, but luckily we've got a soda machine here that has water in it, so I'll be able to improvise. It's almost time for my second meal!

Weight today - 186

Thursday, January 02, 2003

I've been trying to set myself some mini goals before the start of this challenge, and have found myself failing misserably. I really need to work on being prepared for the next day so that I don't have excuses for straying from the path. The good news is, I have new motivation for loosing weight. The new year started with a proposal, and I'm now engaged. With a tenative wedding date of May 3rd 2004, I think that will give me pleanty of time to get a bikini body before we go to Hawaii to tie the knot. 4 days until the start of the challenge and I'm doing all I can to get/stay motivated!

Weight today - 185.5