Monday, September 23, 2013

Back on the hamster wheel...

Two weeks ago, I had a GREAT and healthy week.  I ate healthy the whole week even through the weekend and had nine workouts.  I lost 2.6 pounds for my efforts and that was great!  But I think I pushed myself too hard and I got sick. 

Last week, I had zero workouts, ate healthy for the beginning of the week and then just stopped.  I saw a gain of 1.4 pounds.  Annoying results, but I made the choices that got me there.  It is a new week with a new plan.

Food:  the key is the weekend.  I always do well M-Th and then lose it on the weekend.  So, my plan will be to organize my meals for the weekend during the week.  I think I will make some soup on Saturday and I thought I would grill on Sunday, or vice versa.  That will keep me from eating out or picking up junk.  This is the key.  No matter how hard I work out or no matter how perfectly I eat during the week, if I do not stay focused on the weekend, it will all be for naught. 

If you have any healthy but hearty soup recipes, let me know!  I especially like ones in the crock pot.

Fitness:  Eight workouts planned.  But if I start feeling bad again, I will not push myself.  I will listen to my body.  Two weeks ago, I did not do that and I regret it.  But after 10 days of antibiotics, I'm practical the Bionic Woman, so I should be all good.

Monday - lunch workout (I'm going to make a stab at running today.  I haven't decided how long and how fast, but I'm going to try again.)  & Jazzercise
Tuesday - CrossFit
Wedneday - Lunch workout & Jazzercise
Thursday - CrossFit & lunch workout
Friday - CrossFit

The past weekend was a fun one.  Friday, BFF & I went out to dinner and just hung out together.  Saturday, we went to the Red Bull Flugtag which was crazy and kind of awesome and then caught up on some TV.  Sunday, we met Debi for dinner and then went to the Maroon 5 concert.  It took 2 hours and 20 minutes to get the 2 miles to the concert venue.  We missed Kelly Clarkson and it was crazy crowded, but we ended up having fun.  I had packed for CrossFit thinking that I might be home by 10pm.  Ha!  It was more like midnight.  I got about 5 hours of sleep last night so it will be an early one tonight.  I'm definitely going back to CF tomorrow even though it is going to hurt.  :-)

Hugs!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bad news and Good news and a Total Win

First the bad...  I have been "trying" to get sick for a while.  Allergies are horrible right now but I kept fighting it taking Claritin and netty potting every day.  But Monday morning, things were just beyond what I could handle.  I got up for CrossFit and was all ready to go when I realized that I felt absolutely horrible and I needed to go to the doctor.

The doctor said that I had an ear infection that she hoped would be fixed with antibiotics.  She also diagnosed an upper respiratory infection that she thought was probably viral.  Those things along with a terrible ragweed season, put me over the edge.  I won't even get into the sore muscle or pinched nerve in my neck. 

Today though, I feel better.  The antibiotics made quick work of the ear infection and I think they must be helping with the URI as well.  If it weren't for my sore neck, it wouldn't be too terribly bad today.  But at least I'm back at work and that takes my mind off of it for the most part.

Now for the good news!!  After trying really hard last week and being extra diligent over the weekend:

Weekly Weigh InLoss for the week:  2.6 (!)
Total Challenge Loss: 11
Total Left to Lose:  29

The real difference came from watching my food over the weekend.  I met my friend Debi at the movies on Saturday morning and instead of having the popcorn that I wanted, I brought a granola bar.  Then afterward we went to Zoe's Kitchen which was healthy and delicious.  Then that night, I had BFF over for dinner.  I grilled sausages and veggies and baked sweet potatoes.  Also healthy and delicious!!  Sunday I ate the chili I cooked for my leftover lunches for the week.  I did have some guacamole Saturday after noon and some chocolate throughout the weekend, but it was controlled and I was rewarded.

The total win came yesterday.  When I'm sick, I generally comfort myself with food.  However, instead of heading to Fuzzy's or Chipotle, I ate my leftover chili for lunch and sausage for dinner, just like I had planned before being sick.  (Debi even emailed me and told me that I wasn't allowed to go to Fuzzy's or Chipotle just because I was sick.  I'm so predictable.  Ha!)  I did end up having some popcorn when I was hungry, but again I was controlled.

Since I'm not working out these few days, I will have to be super diligent.  I want to lose 7 pounds this month and I'm right on target, so I need to continue to work hard!

Hugs!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Little Victories

Yesterday was a productive day.  I followed my food plan, worked out twice and had an all around great day.

I went to the Rangers game last night with my besties.  We had the sweetest seats on the first row at third base, right next to the visitors dugout.  As you can see, I stand out from my friends.  One of the Pirates went to my high school (albeit a "few" years later).  I couldn't get myself to wear Pirates gear, but I supported him this way.  The sad thing was that he didn't even play this game (he is usually a starter), so I didn't get to interact with him at all.  Oh well.
I really need a haircut.  :-)  In the end, we made a big rally which could have resulted in a walk off win, but we couldn't quite get it done.  Not even a little victory for my Rangers.  But I'm ever the optimist, so I believe that today will be different!  Go Rangers!

When I went to the game, I budgeted 2 regular hot dogs and that's it.  I could have zero calorie drinks, but no beer, no popcorn, no french fries, etc.  Hot dogs are not all that bad for you and quite filling, so I went for that.  I ate my two hot dogs (one before the game and one around the third or fourth inning) and that was IT.  They had free samples of beer and I passed it over.  There were all sorts of different food options and I ignored them.  I was so hungry on my way home from the game, but I managed to go straight home and go to bed.  No late snacks and no wasted calories.  I say it was a little victory, but it was actually a pretty big one.

I'm going to start documenting my calories in and out each day...just for a little while.  I need to see on paper how much the little things affect the big picture.  I am working on one month of good behavior...now through 10/10.  That is my focus.

Hugs!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

40 By 40 Update and Group

My little Fitbit didn't make it.  I had to put her down this morning.  However, because my BBF Debi is AMAZING, she gave me her old one and it is already sync'd up and ready to go.  It is a good thing because I need all the motivation I can get. 

Loss Goal: 40
August Loss:  1.4 GAIN
Total Loss:  8.4
Left to Lose: 31.6

I was really hoping to at least break even.  But I didn't.  So, I need to make September really count.  There is no reason it can't be my best month yet.  For extra incentive, if I lose 7 pounds by 10/10, I'm going to splurge and buy an awesome outfit for Vegas.  If I don't, then I will have to settle for what is in my closet.

On the positive side, I'm feeling well and strong.  I still believe that if I lose 10-15 pounds, my sleeping will get better.  I know that it isn't a race and my true challenge is for life, however, I think if I can just get it together and lose that 10-15, I will feel so much better as I chip away at the rest.

Last night I went to Support Group for the first time in a while.  It was nice to see some faces that I have missed.
Look at me all posing and getting my best side.  HA! After two workouts yesterday, my hair was pretty much done.  It happens.

Tonight I'm going to the Rangers game and I'm really looking forward to it because we have the sweet seats. 

Hugs!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fit"Bit" the Dust and other Monday Musings

Friday

Friday night BFF & I went to see our friend's art show in Dallas.  It is at the library of Baylor hospital in Dallas.  It was cool because all of the artwork in the show was inspired by slides she bought at an estate sale.  The slides were from an ophthalmologist and showed all of these different eye diseases.  From them, she made beautiful art.  Here is one of my favorites.
 There were a few that actually looked like eyes, but most (like the one above) looked like something else entirely.  They are amazing, I think.

Saturday

I got up at 4:00am to get ready to head downtown to volunteer for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.  This event is held in many different cities for first responders to honor the lives of firefighters and policemen that were lost on 9/11 or subsequently from injuries incurred or diseases developed from the events of 9/11.  They cap the number of climbers at 343 firefighters and 70 police officers to represent those that have been lost to date.  Each one carries around their neck the name and picture of the person they are climbing for.  It is just a beautiful thing.

BFF & I ended up at the merchandise table outside which was the perfect place for us.  We were selling t-shirts, taking credit card orders and in a groove almost immediately.  They said that we were hired for next year.  Ha!  Unfortunately, the merchandise table was in the back of the building where the climbers end up, so we missed all of the opening ceremonies going on in the front of the building.  I wish I would have seen that.  But I do feel that we contributed, so that's good.  We were so tired...


Once the climb started, each climber had to go up to the top of the 55 story building, then take the elevator to the bottom and do it all over again.  I spoke with a few of the climbers who said that floors 2-5 on the second half of the climb were just brutal.  Yikes!  One guy told us a story of last year, when he was watching the climbers on the live feed (there are monitors all around where you can watch) and one guy was obviously struggling.  Did I mention that they climb in full gear?  Yeah.  So, anyway, this guy was struggling and he stopped and you just see his helmet as he put his head down.  He was looking at the face of the lost person he was climbing for.  He took a deep breath and kept moving.  He didn't stop climbing because those people on 9/11 didn't stop climbing.  It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it.

During one of my restroom breaks, I was walking through the lobby where the climbers finished.  And witnessed one of the sweetest things...

What a special way for him to end the climb.  It was emotional for everyone around them.  Just lovely.

After the event was over, I went home and took a 3 hour nap.  No joke.  I was exhausted!!  I didn't even do the darn climb!

After I woke up, I found out that the Olympics...
...will be in Tokyo in 2020.  I was pulling for Istanbul, but I'm sure that Tokyo has a better infrastructure in place.  So, in 3 years I will be going to Brazil and 7 years Japan.  How exciting is that??  BFF & I went and had sushi.  It seemed appropriate.  :-)

Sunday

What was Sunday?  Oh yeah, the return of FOOTBALL and Red Zone!  I have a little crush on Scott Hanson.  I have to say, I was a little sad to see the glasses go.  But it was a super fun day of sitting directly in front of the TV for 7 hours watching play after play.  LOVE IT!

I went to church Saturday night so I could sleep in on Sunday, but I did mange to go to breakfast and get a little snuggle time with my godson.  I also watched the Rangers win.  Woohoo!

Also, I washed my Fitbit.  It is totally dead.  I put it in a bowl of rice like the website said, but hopefully it will revive when I get home tonight.  That little thing holds A LOT of inspiration for me.

Monday

This is like the longest post ever.  I went to CrossFit this morning and my favorite trainer totally called me out for not being consistent.  I should be very consistent for the next month though.  I'm committed to a super great Challenge month...more on that tomorrow.

We worked on pistols today.  Those are the one-legged squats.  I seem to be able to do them with one leg tucked behind the other, but I can't even come close with one leg straight out.  Lots of work to do.  My glutes are going to be hurting tomorrow!!

WOD was 5 rounds:
5 Power Cleans (supposed to body weight...yeah right.  I did 95#)
10 Jumping Lunges (I did regular lunges)
100m sprint (walk back)
2:00 rest

I was happy with my workout and I had the sweatiness to show for it!

Happy Monday and Hugs!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ten Things Thursday

1.  CROSSFIT!!  I'm back!  Thank goodness I'm free for a while because this one week on, two weeks off nonsense isn't working for me.  Things should be a little more routine for the next month or so.  I always feel so much better when I can go at least 3x per week. 

2.  Speaking of CrossFit, here was my ginormous class this morning.  I remember the days when we would average about 5 people!! 
3.  It was a brutal workout this morning so it was a great one to get me back in the groove!! 
12:00 AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible)
3 Power Snatches
3 Box Jumps
3 Toes to Bar (I basically hang from the bar and raise my knees to my chest.)
Add three reps each round, so round 2, do 6 of everything.  Round 3, do 9 of everything.

I got through the round of 12 (so 4 full rounds), plus all 15 power snatches and 2 box jumps.  I lifted 55# for the snatches which I felt was solid for 45 total reps.  My itty bitty baby box for the jumps was only 12", but I did jump the whole time and didn't end with step ups which I have done in the past.

4.  This morning activity has made me ridiculously hyper.  I'm jamming in my office and bouncing around everywhere. 

5.  NFL starts tonight!!  I have been so into baseball that I haven't paid attention to football yet.  I will have to balance both for a little while.  I absolutely can't wait until Sunday so I can watch like 7 hours of Red Zone.  Woohoo!!

6.  Friday night I'm going to a friend's art opening.  Fancy! 

7.  Saturday morning, BFF & I are volunteering at a 9/11 commemorative event.  It is our first time doing it and it seems like a neat thing.  We have to be there at 5:45am...yikes!  I'm looking forward to see what it is all about.

8.  Have you seen Drunk History?  I started watching it last night and I was cracking up.  It is seriously dumb, but altogether entertaining.  I'm going to have to go back and watch old episodes.

9.  I tried to catch up on blog reading last night.  Holy crap, I'm behind!  I need to see what is going on out there.

10.  I had planned for my parents to come here for Thanksgiving and I was going to go see them at Christmas.  But tickets to fly there around Christmas are wicked expensive.  I priced going there at Thanksgiving and they are almost $300 less!!  So mom & dad agreed to switch so now I'm going to Florida for Thanksgiving.  How fun with that be??  Then they will come here for Christmas and hopefully the weather will cooperate.  What is even more awesome is that my office is closed almost the whole week of Christmas, so we can go take a little roadtrip if we want.  Super fun!

Hugs!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cheesecake Factory is not the devil.

Yesterday ended up being a really decent day.  Our A/C was broken at work, so the office was 90 degrees all day.  That makes for some cranky employees!  (Meaning me!)  I did get my workout in though and knowing I was going to The Cheesecake Factory made it even more important.

I was happy to see that TCF had a Skinnylicious menu.  I did a little google research and found some options that people tried and liked.  Overall, I ended up with a calorie neutral day and that is fine with me. 

To give you a little review of TCF, they had some "skinny" cocktails under 150 calories each, but I'm fine with bourbon and diet coke.  Our table shared some chips & guacamole which wasn't on the skinny menu, but still a not-too-bad yet tasty appetizer.  I had the Factory Chopped Salad and I was worried about not having enough food.  That was not the case at all.  It was delicious and filling.  I would absolutely get it again.

They also had a full gluten free menu, so BFF was happy.  Since there are so many options for both of us, we felt like we should go back.  It was a place we both avoided before.  See, Cheesecake Factory...sometimes giving people information makes them WANT to come back!!

I went home and made the mistake of turning the Rangers game on.  Sigh.  So I was up entirely too late.  BUT...they won!  So that's good.  Plus, my favorite player is doing well right now and that is fun to watch.  Tonight I will have to make myself not even turn the game on at all.  I need to be in bed around the time it starts!  West Coast series are tough.

I woke up this morning and was glad to see that ALL my vacation bloat left in one day.  That made me very happy because I would be super sad to gain weight for my Challenge weigh in.  I have 2 pounds to go to reach my next mini-goal.  I don't know if I can do that by next Tuesday, but I should shoot for it!

I'm working out at lunch and Jazzercising today.  I have my food all planned out and it should be a good day!

Hugs!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Gettting back in the groove...

Hi all!  I haven't been blogging, so you know what that means.  :-)  Last week, I had some amazing dinners and so much business that there was no time to work out.  Then I went on vacation to see my brother's family and although I did get a workout in, it was vacation with all sorts of bad eating and lots of drinking.  So now I'm back and instead of just coasting through to the weekend and starting hard next week...I'm actually getting myself together and pledging to get the vacation bloat off before my Challenge weigh in next week.  I have seven days!

My plan for the week:

Today - I worked out at lunch.  Seeing as the A/C is struggling in my office today, this was a big one.  My super awesome BFF picked up some My Fit Foods at lunch today so instead of canned soup, I have flat iron steak tacos.  Woohoo!  Tonight we are meeting friends at the Cheesecake Factory (not my choice.)  I did see that they have a Skinnylicious menu.  Has anyone tried it?

Tomorrow - Lunch workout and Jazzercise.  Have MFF for lunch and some soup for dinner.

Thursday - Back to CrossFit!  (maybe.)  (probably.)  Lunch workout.  Jazzericse if I bail on CrossFit.  But I'm not going to.  (I hope.) 

Friday - CrossFit (for sure!!)

Now back to that vacation:

I flew into Indianapolis and spent about five hours shopping.  My two rules were:
  1. I couldn't buy anything that wasn't on sale.
  2. I couldn't buy anything that didn't look great!
I didn't buy this dress (it wasn't on sale!), but it did make me feel wicked skinny so I texted it to my mom.  :-)
 Then I met two of my long time besties for dinner.  I have known these girls most of my life and I love catching up with them.
Then I head to my brother's house.  It was so much fun hanging out with the family.  I love those kids.  I had lunch with my niece at her school on Friday and we all had family time for dinner.  Saturday, I went to my nephew's cross country meet and it was amazing.  For a milisecond, I almost wanted kids so I could go to that sort of stuff.  I got over it though. 

Saturday afternoon, I took my niece out for her birthday which is in a few weeks.  We had lunch at Genghis Grill (her pick), then had pedis and finished up with some ice cream.  It was fun girl time!  Her mouth is blue from the icee that started off the adventure.  Ha!
Saturday night, they hosted a back to school/end of summer party.  It was a really good time and I probably drank too much.  Go figure.  Sunday we spent the day out on their new boat.  I have burns and bruises all over myself, but it sure was fun!  Monday, we had a lazy day and ended my trip with their neighborhood Cardboard Boat Regatta.  My brother's boat won, of course.  But we didn't have any doubts!!

Me and my kiddos:

Hugs!!