Tuesday, July 29, 2008

That is a Frickin' Lot of Weight...

I lost three pounds on today's weigh-in, bringing the total lost to 32 pounds.


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cleaning Out My Closet...

...and it's pretty empty! I have lost enough weight that a lot of my clothes no longer fit - or while I can still wear them, I look and feel like crap. So a bunch of stuff went into the garage sale pile, and let's just say that I will have to do laundry really often now! I do have a few new things that are in my smaller size (thanks Mom!), but not much, because hopefully I won't be in this new size for too long. I have to say that when I do wear the smaller clothes I really feel like I've been successful with this diet and exercise thing - moreso than when I wear my older, now baggy clothes. So I'm going to wear the new clothes even when I'm just hanging around the house as a reminder of why I'm doing this.

I am happy to announce that my thighs are no longer killing me when I do the Step Aerobics with WeeFee...and that I'm up to a good 45 minutes a day with it. I *think* my legs are getting a bit firmer - this exercise thing might just work out after all!

The one thing I am having trouble with is eating. Anytime I feel full, even if it's after drinking a shake, I feel like I've blown it. I have had issues with "over-dieting" in the past and I know that I really have to watch myself...I can get insane and depressed over not doing anything wrong with the diet plan, but feel like I have. That is why I am only weighing myself once a week - to protect me from my crazy mind. Still, there are definitely times when I am sure that I've blown it...keeping track of what I eat each day helps...but some days are bad. Why does normalcy elude me?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I Stepped On The Scale And The Angels Sang...

...and it was good. Very, very good. Six pounds good. In one week. Apparently sticking to the diet and exercising every single day DOES pay off!

Monday, July 21, 2008

A Wii Fit Victory!

...I had to laugh...today WeeFee told me to take a break!!! I did the Step Aerobics for 43 minutes (!!!) today - that was when she said I should take a 10 - 15 minute break and drink some water. I have never gotten that message before, but then again, I've never gone past 38 minutes, either! This is what I have been doing with WeeFee: I start with the Basic Step, and it's three minutes of pure hell. Then I do it again, and it's only purgatory. Then I switch to the Advanced Step, which is five minutes back in hell. By then, I'm warmed up, so the next five minutes is fun. As are the next three sets. Then I am back to purgatory. Then I decide whether I'm done (most days) or try and soldier on (like today). I actually think, between the bike riding and the Wii Fit, that my legs are getting firmer. Well, less flabbier. Whatever. I'll take it!

My very sore knee is getting better. Heat and Motrin are my friends!

I stuck to the basics of the diet pretty well over the weekend, with the addition of Dreyer's No Sugar Added Fruit Bars. They are 30 calories each and hit the spot with the dessert cravings that I've been having lately. What can I say...I just can't do this diet perfectly!

Tomorrow is the weigh-in - with WeeFee and the doctor's office. I hope I'm down a couple of pounds!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Day Four of the New and Improved Dieter

So far I have been sticking to the checklist pretty well. Of course, this being Saturday, I will have to be careful because weekends tend to do me in with seeing everyone else eating. The plan for tonight is to grill some chicken, mushrooms, and whatever other veggies that look good when I go to the store this afternoon. NO ICE CREAM!!! Why must you tempt me so? Bad, bad ice cream.

One thing I think I am going to start doing is "rewarding" myself on a weekly basis with a new piece of clothing. Nothing expensive, but a lot of my tops are too loose, and although I can (and do) still wear them, I feel fat. A few weeks ago I bought a cute purple top on clearance in my new size, and I really like how I look and feel in it. So I'm going to get something new each week - maybe on Tuesdays after I weigh in - and stop wearing the bigger tops. I have a large Macy's shopping bag sitting on the floor of my closet that I've been tossing my too big clothes into...today I got to throw in a pair of jeans! Why, you might ask, would I wear jeans in July in Texas? Well, dear readers, because I freeze at work! I spent Thursday and Friday in a sweater and was still cold, so today I'm wearing jeans. And they are comfortably loose. Woot - I'm warm and thinner!

On the exercise front, my left knee has been hurting for a week now, and it's getting really annoying. Last night Jeff wrapped the heating pad around it - I left it on for several hours and it felt better. I think the thing that started the hurt was one of the Yoga exercises on WeeFee...I knew almost as soon as I did that pose that there would be trouble. I haven't done it since that one time, but I have been doing the Step Aerobics and I think it's been aggravating it. This makes me mad, because I am finally enjoying exercise and now it hurts...even riding Ipoholo bothers me. Stupid knee. Tonight I am going to play the Wee Sports games - the bowling and tennis are fun, and use the upper body and arms more than anything, which I have been neglecting. But I have lost more inches from the upper body, which I haven't been exercising, than the lower, which I have. Go figure.

Oh! I'm signing my dog, Paco, up for an agility class in August! He got a taste of it during Puppy Kindergarten a year and a half ago, so I know he will love it. Plus I will get to run around with him - sneaky exercise, and I'll take it!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This Post Has No Title

Well, I saw my doctor yesterday for my two month weigh-in and visit...and I have lost 23 pounds all together! Of course, most of it was lost the first month, but hey, at least I'm still losing! Which is kind of amazing considering some of the things I have eaten lately. So. Back to basics, because I still have a ways to go. One thing I have been falling off on is actually drinking the shakes - many days lately I have had only one. And then (surprise, surprise) I'm hungry. Gosh, who would have guessed?!? Today I made up a nifty (if I do say so myself) daily checklist on Excel with the basics that I need to do each day (minus the water intake - more on that later). Shakes, veggies, LC meal, V-8, popcorn (the 100 calorie, 94% fat-free kind from Orville R.), IpoHolo and WeeFee. As of this moment, everything is checked off except for two shakes and the V-8. Pretty good!

On to WeeFee. Should I start with the body aches (knees, tops, backs and sides of thighs) or the fact that I'm enjoying it? The positive reinforcement is nice, and I have discovered that you can weigh yourself every time you use it or not. I'm going for once a week weigh-ins on it...I just don't need that kind of pressure on a daily basis. I have to say, though, that WeeFee is consistently impressed with my posture - I am very balanced! Although I still can't do that Yoga "Tree" pose to save my life. I should say that I am very balanced on two legs! I have totally become addicted to the "Step Aerobics" that they offer - it is supposed to improve your rhythm and believe me, I need it...I can never seem to get the beat in anything. DO NOT ask me to clap along in a crowd...I will be the one who is off. Back in the day, the only dancing I could do was New Wave, because all you did was jump up and down. Yes, I am that bad (the first step is admitting you have a problem!). So anyway, for three days all I was able to do in the Step program was the "right foot on, left foot on, right foot off, left foot off" deal, even when you were supposed to go side-to-side, kick, etc. Today I finally got the side-to-side!!! Woot! Small victory, I know, but it's all mine! As for the sore legs, obviously I am using different muscles than I use bike riding. Hopefully the soreness will go away soon.

One thing I have noticed is that when I ride IpoHolo on a day that I've done WeeFee, my thighs feel like jello afterward. But it's all good, I suppose. Plus I got my matching "Hawaiian" pink bell for her...hey, a girl has to have accessories!

Water intake...another thing I had let slide. I am now using my cute pink (naturally) water bottle - it holds 24 oz. and I'm trying to refill it at least three times a day. This is definitely helping with feeling full and not being so tempted by stuff that is not on my diet - this includes you, fruit! According to my doctor, "juicy" fruit is pretty much all sugar, which converts to carbs, which is not what you need when you are trying to lose weight. Sigh. He didn't buy the "it's fruit, it's good for you" argument from me. So goodbye pineapple...I'll see you in a few months.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Home Sweet Home

I got to sleep in my own bed last night! The trip to Denton was fun, but I was ready to come home and get back on track with my diet and exercise routines.

I hooked up the Wii and Wii Fit today - no small feat for me as I have never had to do anything like that (having two computer/gaming nerd sons has made my life easy over the years!), but figured since everyone is leaving home I should know how to do it.

The Wii Fit has a great feature - it lets you password your weight!!! Some things should just stay private, ya know?!? Anyway, I had a goal of doing 20 minutes on Weefee (yes, I named her, too!) and I managed 21 minutes - yay me! I did the yoga (for the most part, my trainer said I have good posture - amazing!) except for the "tree pose" (like that's gonna happen without having a stick to balance with!) and I definitely felt it...my thighs especially. Surprised me a bit, because I know I've been exercising my legs with IpoHolo, but I guess it's using different muscles. I only did each pose two times, because I was wanting to move on and try out other things. The hula hoop was fun, and they toss more hula hoops at you to (try and) catch. The heading a soccer ball (not sure what it's really called) was crazy! You get points for each ball that you head, but lose points every time a shoe or some other random object hits you. And I got hit a lot! The most fun game was the ski jump - kind of like doing squats, only more entertaining. I tried the step class and was ok going front-to-back, but the side-to-side threw me and the game kept pausing to (try and) let me get back on the correct foot. Another one that I will have to work on! I was ready to stop when my 20 minutes were up...although I really could have gone longer, I didn't want to be too sore to do this again tomorrow. So far I like it and I think using Weefee will help keep me honest (you get to stamp your calendar for every day that you exercise) and on track.

I'm back to the shakes/V-8/LC meal/popcorn routine...hopefully this will propel me to lose another 10 pounds by the end of July. I don't have anything crazy, food-wise, coming up until the weekend of August 15 - 18, when we will be once again in the Denton area (this time I won't be coming home with a kid!). So I have a good month to get myself smaller before I will have to make more food choices. Speaking of that...I had a cookie at Panera Bread yesterday. It was good, but I'm glad I'm away from all of that temptation for now!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Still in Denton...

I'm at Sam's apartment in Denton...he's at work, I've eaten my LC pizza for dinner, so I'll attempt to type on Max's laptop. I may be in the minority here, but I am really not a fan of laptops. Flat keyboards, no normal mouse, and they are hot! Give me my bulky desktop anyday!

I had fruit today for the first time since I've started this diet almost 2 months ago! I had the Strawberry Poppyseed salad at Panera Bread for lunch - fresh strawberries (naturally!), blueberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, pecans and romaine with a fat-free, low sugar dressing. It was so good...but I couldn't finish it. Which is good, because that means that I actually listened to my body cues and stopped eating instead of stuffing myself! Woot - progress!!! Anyway, back to the salad. I just looked it up online and it only has 190 calories!!!!! I am so happy!!! I didn't go off my calorie count for the day, even though I ate out (again). I think I tend to punish myself when I don't eat my usual items (shakes, LC meal, grilled veggies, V-8 and popcorn), and I have got to get over that. Real life has options, and I am learning that I can choose good options and still stay on track. Who knew that this diet would entail some psychology along with exercise and weight loss?!?

Speaking of exercise...I bought a Wii Fit today! I could not believe I actually found one...I have been trying to get one for almost two weeks now, with no luck. Why did I buy a Wii Fit when I have IpoHolo, you might be asking? Well, I have been wanting to do some exercise during the morning on the days that I don't work, and after looking into a few options (boot camp - not ready for that yet!), I decided that the Wii Fit would be fun...because basically, I am all about the fun. If I happen to get into better shape while having fun, well, that is a bonus! This will also be nice to have if it is raining and I can't ride. I am looking forward to getting home tomorrow and hooking everything up. And then going for a ride on IpoHolo and seeing how many miles I can go.

Oh, one thing that has totally surprised me...I have been able to walk around the UNT campus and not die of exhaustion! When we did this three years ago I was so miserable...and even though I don't feel like I've done a ton of exercise, apparently all the bike riding has really helped me. Yesterday, we walked from the dorms to the coliseum and I was fine! Then we walked from there to a sub sandwich place just off campus, and then back to the dorms and I was still fine!! What a shock!!! I was very pleasantly surprised at this...really didn't expect to see this kind of benefit so soon!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

This and That

Long time no post! The pseudo-Canadians came home and have been keeping me busy, eh!

We finally got the odometer on my bike to read and guess what?!? I've actually been riding close to three miles on a good evening (no wind) already! I was pretty surprised to see that...and now I can set some goals with regards to increasing the amount. Of course, I'm leaving for Denton in a few minutes, so I won't be able to actually ride Ipoholo until Wednesday, but the plan's half the battle, right?

One thing with everyone home, I've discovered, is that I tend to want to eat lunch when I see them eating it. So even though I'm not really hungry, or I know a shake will stave off the hunger pangs, I am feeling deprived. Sigh. Will I ever change?

Jeff and I ate dinner at Chili's last night and I swear, I am still full from it today. I had the Guiltless Grill Chicken Sandwich, which came with black beans w/pico and steamed broccoli, all for 490 calories. I was uncomfortably stuffed almost before I was finished - probably shouldn't have had the beans at all, just the veg and sandwich. I haven't felt like this in quite a while, and I don't like it! Good reminder to eat small portions. Rationally, I know that I didn't blow it big time, but geez, I sure feel like I did.

I've packed my shakes, mixer and a couple of V-8's to take to Denton. Planning on a dinner out tonight at Panera Bread (sooooo good!), but I have checked the nutrition facts online and have my meal already picked out. Target is right by Panera and I'll get some LC Pizzas for the rest of my stay...maybe I'll get my son Sam hooked on them!

Well, it's time to get going...Max will be all registered for Freshman classes at UNT by the time I get home on Wednesday...my baby's growing up!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Category Four...

So I finally heard from the wayward travelers this morning - they were en route to the airport in Minneapolis and should arrive here tonight around 8 - 8:30 pm. Finally! I am tired of living alone. Although I have spent this much time away from my husband, he's always available by phone, so this has been harder than I thought it would be. With no one to talk to, things have been building up and Hurricane Shelley struck, leaving a path of destruction. Landfall was made several times - not pretty. I was finally able to get myself together yesterday afternoon and interact with people in my normal, nice manner.

I weighed in yesterday, really expecting no loss due to the winds and busy evening schedule interfering with my bike riding. I was very surprised to have lost two pounds! I went to the store afterward and tried on a cute new outfit in a size I haven't seen for a long time...and it fit! Shock!!! I didn't buy it, because it was full price, but still, it was nice to see myself in smaller clothes!

Over the weekend, I bought a couple of small grilling baskets and a grilling "tray" for doing veggies on the bbq. I have been having mushrooms, zucchini, summer squash and onions along with my LC meal for the past 3 nights - so good! I've been marinating everything in Italian Dressing (considering I practically char the veggies I figure most, if not all, of the fat burns off). This is a nice change from a salad or steamed veggies, and it's been really easy for me to do. I'll have to go back to the store (World Market) and buy the larger basket so that Jeff and Max can share in the veggie goodness!

The winds have finally died down and I have been able to ride Ipoholo normally again...hopefully with Jeff home he can help me get the sensor to "read" on the odometer so I can have an idea of how many miles I'm riding - that way I can set actual goals!