Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wed. April 23

Looks like I've found a way to get a different type of exercise this spring/summer.

My dad was cleaning out the garage earlier today and pulled out my bike. I hadn't ridden a bike in years, but I figured I'd ride it to the gym and see if it's something I could get into again. And it definitely is. It seriously cut down on my travel time AND I burned more calories and used a few different muscle groups. Way better than using a stationary bike at the gym.

So, I had my weigh in today and it was about as bad as I thought it be. Can't change the past though. Been trying to be a little better though. I had salads yesterday and today and low-cal soup today as well. Nothing major, but little things are better than nothing. I also had a bunch of my smoothie today and killed it at the gym. Hopefully next week will be better.

One thing I've been thinking about doing lately is seeing if I can go 5 days or a week without meat. Part of me thinks it's a good idea cuz you can totally survive without it. Those weirdo vegans do and they're skinny as hell. On the other hand, your body doesn't store protein, so if you eat too much, it's not gonna make you fat the way carbs do. And you need protein to build muscle, which I am trying to do. Hmm, might have just talked myself outta that idea. Maybe no carbs for those days instead. I've also been wanting to do days where I only have one type of food. Like only oatmeal, or yogurt, or just smoothies and veg. Gonna need to be a day that I don't get together with friends (for food) and where I have work, so I won't be sitting at home, wanting to binge on everything. Or I could make a rule for myself: no cheats 2 days in a row. For that, I'd try to be as good as possible, but if I do have a cheat meal/snack, I can't have a cheat the next day. There has to be at least one day of clean eating between being bad. *sigh* So many get thin quick "schemes". If only I had the balls to put them into action. :/

Anywho, time for bed. Asses and names aren't going to kick and take themselves tomorrow. lol

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tue. April 22

Old habits die so hard.

I've been trying to do better, but it's hard. I've definitely been eating how and what I used to; stuff that's really caused me to pack on the pounds. However, I dunno if I'm getting older, or if my body's trying to tell me that it's not putting up with this anymore. Last Tuesday, I ate a crapload of chocolate and gummies before bed and woke up thinking I was gonna throw up. Then, on Saturday, I had a decent breakfast/lunch, ate a bunch of sweets again, and by the time I had a really late dinner, I was feeling pretty sick again. This worried me partly cuz I hate being sick like that, but also cuz I was going to a buffet on Sunday afternoon. It looked like my stomach recovered fairly quickly though, cuz I didn't feel sick at all after the buffet. I actually probably coulda gone for a couple more plates of food, and I didn't appear to eat any less than I usually do. But anyway...

I feel like my work outs aren't as good as they've been in the past. I've been increasing the weight on my hand weights and weight machines, and I've been using the same cardio equipment for the same amount of time, but it seems like sometimes my heart rate doesn't get as high as it used to. Maybe it's cuz I've been going after work more recently and I'm already a little worn out from that (as opposed to going shortly after I've woken up). Or I need to up my resistance during my cardio. I'll see. At least any work out is still better than no work out. Kinda debating if I'm gonna go today. I went after work last night (at 11:30) and my thighs seem pretty sore today. Definitely gonna make a batch of smoothies today. Maybe I'll do that right after this and see how I feel.

Well, that's all. Weigh in tomorrow and I do not have high hopes.

Post buffet, lol

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wed. April 16

I feel like crap.

I know I've been eating pretty poorly for the last several days and I feel like it. I also weighed myself this morning and was up several pounds. On top of that, I had a bunch of chocolate and gummy candies last night and thought that I was gonna throw up several hours later. Why do I keep doing this to myself? -.- And, ya know what? I'm super excited to be going to Mandarin with my parents on Easter and stuffing my face. *sigh*

In other (slightly good) news, I got a 15 cent raise at work. And then, in June, minimum wage goes up, so I'll be making another $1/hr once that happens.

Ok, that's all.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fri. April 11

Why do I keep going for long periods of time without blogging? If was this lazy in my weight loss, I wouldn't be as far as I am.

Anyway, let's get down to business. So, my birthday was this past Tuesday. I went out clubbing on Saturday night and then had a big dinner out on Wednesday. Both events were fun and it was nice to be able to hang out with some friends I don't get to see very often. I wasn't able to reach a mini weight goal I had set for myself for my BDay, but I got pretty close. I'm now bouncing between having lost 23-25lbs in total. I guess this is why you're only supposed to weigh yourself like once a week. Otherwise, your weight can be all over the place and it's hard to see the progress. But I really shouldn't complain. Slow and steady still wins the race.

I was talking to a friend recently who's been working on losing weight after having a baby and she just got to her goal weight. She looks good and all that and it got me thinking about my current goal weight. If I have approximately 6lbs left to lose and about 10lbs lost equals a dress size smaller, I'm definitely gonna have to re-evaluate my goal once this is all said and done. Like, I'll probably set myself a new goal of losing another 10lbs and then another 10 after that, instead of setting myself the daunting task of having to lose another 20-25 in one shot. I feel like I can do it. I just know it's only gonna get harder from here.

I think that now that all my birthday stuff has calmed down, it's time to refocus and really put a lot more effort into my weight loss, but mostly, just the eating properly. Lots of healthy stuff is gonna be on sale in the coming weeks and months. And I really need to stop looking at menus when I go out to eat. I know the healthier options for all the restaurants I frequent. I just need to order a salad ASAP so I'm not tempted by other delicious things. And I need to keep reminding myself that all my cravings are just cravings. I can live without them and try to not be an emotional bitch when I don't have chocolate or ice cream. Seriously. lol

I think that's all I'd like to say right now. REALLY gonna try hard to post something at least every few days. Even if it's very short. Alright everyone, enjoy your weekend. :)

Updated lol

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sun. March 16

I coulda sworn I'd posted a blog entry at least once this month. Apparently not though. Sorry guys.

Alright, so, first things first. As of Friday, I'd lost 21lbs since new years. Obviously, I'm very happy about this, but I'd just like to acknowledge something for those who may not know. Losing weight is not a steady decline. There can be a lot of ups and downs on the scale. For me, once I see that new lowest weight, that's the number that I stick with until the next lowest. Now, there actually hasn't been that much fluctuation for me in a while cuz I've been doing my best to eat well. But things like a full bladder or not having a bowel movement for a couple days can make it seem like you've put on weight or not lost any. This is why people say to pay attention to the inches more than the scale. And I've been trying to, but it's hard to not want to know. It's a constant struggle, but I have seen the inches get smaller, so at least I know I'm on the right track.

Ok, so, the game plan for this coming week is to make a huge batch of smoothie with added spinach as a low cal filler, go to the gym like 4 times, buy a lot of grapes cuz they're finally on sale (lol), and continue to purge all my really old Cosmo magazines. When I was cleaning the crap outta my room last weekend, I decided to start getting rid of some of my old Comsos. And when I say old, I mean it. My first copy (which I just came across yesterday) is from May '04. But mostly I have issues from about 2006 and on. What I've been doing is going through each issue really quick and tearing out any pics or articles I want to keep, but there haven't been too many of those. Overall, it feels good to be freeing up that space and de-cluttering my room a little.

I think that's all I have to say for now. Hope everyone has a good St. Paddy's day. My mom wants to go to a bar for green beer. It's kinda uncharacteristic for her, but whatever. lol


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wed. February 26

Well, I did it. :)

3 days left in the month and I was able to reach my goal for February; I got back into the 1X0's. Oh God. It's been so long and I'm so happy. Especially after the crappy weekend I had. This puts me at 17lbs lost total and now means my next mini goal is to get to 20 lost. I guess I can make that my March goal, but I'd like to think I could aim a little higher. However, slow and steady still wins the race.

I'd like to report that the 21 day challenge is going well, but... it's not that it's not, it's just that it could be doing a lot better. As you know, this past weekend was not great, but I was able to recover a bit over Monday and Tuesday and I was doing well today, except that I did split a poutine with a friend at dinner. Between the calories I burned at the gym and all the "better" things I ate today, it's probably not gonna ruin things in the grand scheme of things, but it's obviously a cheat. I'm probably doing worse for those this time around, but I'm really trying not to. Today is almost the half way point, so I have a bunch of time to redeem myself, but I really gotta be better prepared for temptations; both with healthier snacks and knowing what the healthier options are at the restaurants I frequent.

Things at the gym have been going well. I've gone everyday this week and I see no reason for me to not go tomorrow and Friday as well. Even a minor cold/sore throat couldn't keep me away. I know, it's not nice to go out in public when you're sick and risk making other people sick, but I made really good friends with all the hand sanitizer stations. And if I'm sitting at home, in bed, I'm gonna binge. I know it. Also, I've been trying to help shrink my stomach a bit by wearing a waist-training corset at night. Not some store bought thing with plastic boning. A real deal "my ribs are hurting and I can't bend over properly" corset. I'm sure there are findings that prove that this works, and some that prove it doesn't, but it makes me feel better and if I'm not hurting anyone but myself, why not? I'm wearing one as I type this and have it almost completely done up properly (with both halves at the back touching). At the beginning of the year, that would not have happened, so it helps me feel good about the inches I've lost. Speaking of which, I was able to fit into another pair of my old jeans fairly well today. So happy. :)

And one last thing making me happy is that apples and oranges are finally starting to go on sale, along with a few other veggies I can tolerate. Makes me feel like this is all so do-able and I'll be looking super good for my BDay (in April) and bikini season. Oh! And remember those dresses I posted pics of? The "sailor" and "tattoo flash ones"? I tried them on today for kicks and the zippers went up a lot easier and the sailor one may be a smidge too big now. Good thing I sorta know how to sew and take things in. haha

Alrighty, that's all. Gonna try to find a comfortable position to sleep in cuz I gotta kick some more ass and take more names in the morning. :)

The back of my corset. And a lot less back fat. lol

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sun. February 23

Belated blog. Sorry. Sorry. Let's get right to it.

So, I'll save you some long winded stories and just say that since I've started the 21 day challenge again, I'm down 4lbs. That puts my grand total of weight lost to 16lbs. I'm so proud. And it's been so long since I've seen that number. I'm like 1lb away from getting into a new, lower weight "class". So exciting. :)

My work outs have been going pretty well. I feel like I'm slowing getting stronger and my tighter work out pants are starting to fit a lot better, along with all my other clothes. I've also been trying to do other little exercises during a little free time at home or on the weekends (when I don't make it to the gym). Just some jump squats, simple push ups, and bicycle crunches. I know it's not much but, it's definitely something and every little bit helps.

So, yesterday, I had a huge cheat day. Like, it was super bad. I went to a Marlies game with some friends, so I knew there was gonna be bad food there, but I figured I could just find the healthiest food option I could and have that. I'd had some watermelon for breakfast, so I figured I'd just keep the good food trend going... and that did not happen. When we got there, we got poutine. I got just a plain one, thinking it wouldn't be as bad as if I got bacon or pulled pork on it or whatever. Then ,on the way out, they had these huge garbage bags of unsold popcorn. I happened to walk by a bag that was open, and just stuck my hand in to grab several pieces and started walking away. Well, my friend decided he wanted the whole bag. So, he just picked it up and started walking out. We all started pigging out on it and, after a while, I could tell it was having an effect on me. I was painfully bloated and just felt like crap. After hanging out for a bit, we went to a local Boston pizza to watch the UFC fight and I ended up hvaing 8 slices of a large meat lovers pizza. They were thinner slices, but still.  I knew there were going to be serious repercussions, so I just started drinking a ton of water. I had probably 8 glasses. Maybe a little more. Went pee a few times and started to feel better. In hindsight, I should've just bought my own "healthy" food at the area, not had so much popcorn, and passed on the pizza for a salad. I can't change the past, but I'm hoping next time I know better. I also hope this doesn't have a huge effect on my weight loss efforts. I'm sure it wont. One day won't make or break this, but still. Good thing I have a few days for grease and sugar to clear my system. Either way, I ended the day.

And so, onto today. I woke up just before 6am to get read to go back to that same Boston Pizza to watch the gold medal hockey game. Met up with some of the same people from last night and had another good time. They had a special breakfast menu on, but none of it seemed that appetizing. So, I just started chugging water again. Personally went through at least 2 pitchers, had a few BP mints, and that was it. Ending up going to a pub for "breakfast" at like 11am and had bangers and mash. Probably not the best choice again, but the caesar salad at this place is really crap and I thought I'd give something new a try. After that, came back to my friend's place, napped for a good few hours, had an apple and some of my homemade smoothie, and I'm now sitting here, typing this while feeling achy with a stuffed nose. Perhaps I should just go back to bed and try to drown this sickness with fluids. I'll see. Hopefully I don't stay sick for long cuz it kinda looks like I could possibly make it to the gym like 5 times this week, if I really try. At least 4 for sure.

So, that's everything up to this point. Hoping for some more good numbers this week. Just 1lb away from reaching my February goal and 1 week to do it. Pretty sure I can. Have a good week everyone. :)

P.S. - Go Canada! :D