Saturday, April 30, 2011

Joining the Club

Ok, I guess I need to start that I did a weigh in on Thursday Morning (as was scheduled) and I saw 184.0. Not too bad. About 1.5 lbs down from last week. I take it. I'm pretty sure that I'd be doing a lot better if I WOULDN'T KEEP EATING CRAP!!

I am joining the club, HECK I'm running for office! The club is one that many of you are very aware of, are a part of, or have been a part of in the past. If you have left this every growing club YAY!! Good For You!!! This club is called the Self Sabotaging Club. I'm not sure why we do such stupid things, especially since we strive and desire to be so good and healthy. It can sure be frustrating.

How do you cope? There are great days that I can simply say NO. But yesterday was just not one of them. And lately I haven't had very many NO days. I had a wedding, and by the time we were done decorating we went to the first place that looked good. Unfortunately it was Red Lobster. I did not make good decisions. BLAH!!! I'm going to do good today though. I am determined!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thank YOU (yes, YOU!)

First and foremost - A HUGE thank you to all those reading and commenting. I just LOVE hearing all the motivation, all the encouragement, all the ideas. It really means a lot to me. So thank you everyone for walking, jogging, yoga-ing, and zumba-ing with me. I LOVE IT!!!!

You know how I was talking about needing new cross training shoes? Well, I went out last Thursday and bought myself some New Balance shoes. HELLO!!!! My feet hurt less, and my shin splints are so much better. The bad news is that I am definitely going to lose the nails on both my 2nd toes. My disgusting feet have the 2nd toe longer than my big toe, and my toes were rubbing on the tops of my previous shoes.

Don't mind the crappy polish that's wearing off, or the crappy tattoo that I wish was wearing off. (This is why you shouldn't get a 2 for 1 tattoo. DUMB) You can notice the discoloration on the corner of the left 2nd toe on the left, and the one on the right foot is darker, and starting to bruise. UGH! I won't tell you what kind of shoes they were, but they were a high name brand. I'm never going back from New Balance. I just LOVE THEM!!!

Yoga tonight was a fast pace, hard workout. LOVED IT!!! I was sweating up a storm. This instructor is usually slow and focuses more in the isometric side. She gets deep into your muscles and hold the poses past the time they burn. But today we did a fast pace repetition workout. Then to top it off, we held those poses at the end. It was so hard to hold a Warrior One pose because it was burring so bad!! LOVED IT!!!! I even got my big butt (HEHE) into a a solid crow pose (below). WOW, I had to take some Tylenol tonight just to relax. Here's to Zumba tomorrow!!!

OK - so mine didn't look THAT good!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Time to Check In

Oh wow, it's been long enough since I posted I think. Sorry all. I have to let you know that it's wedding season and I'm really busy!!! I have three weddings to prep for this weekend. UGH! And, to top it all off, it's riding season, so if I'm not decorating a wedding, then I'm on the motorcycle. It's a great way to spend the weekends, but it is also a very busy time.

I went to Yoga last night, (Do you know how much I LOVE Yoga?) We did a lot of core work, and I loved it! I showed up a little early and jumped on the treadmill for a 1.5 mile run. I was sweating up a storm, but I felt great!!!

I really need to refocus on eating. I'm not eating bad, but I'm not eating very well either. I'll snack on something that isn't very healthy, and then I'll just decide NOT to journal my food. WHICH leaves me UNACCOUNTABLE for the food I ate. This is not good. I need to journal everyday! No matter how bad I eat.

Fitblogger Update

Well, how did I do this week? Not so much, once again. Why is that I wonder? I had two goals, 1) do five sun salutations a day, and 2) do the push up challenge with my wonderful husband. As for the push ups, I did that every time my husband asked, so that wasn't so bad, but it was still the lesser amount of days for the week. I think I only did the sun salutations about 3 times. (and I might be giving myself the benefit of the doubt).

During Yoga last night I realized that I have been very angry lately. So this week I'm going strive to use only kind words, no yelling, and find three things I'm happy for. OK, it's not "healthy" in ways of working out or eating, but it's healthy for the mind. And apparently I need it.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday, Weight Day

Well, today's weight didn't surprise me any. 186.4. Really, not TOO BAD considering last weekend, and I ate popcorn last night. YUM! Honestly, once that popcorn does it's high fiber job, I'll probably be down another half pound or so.  (HEHE, well, it's true!!!)

My wonderful husband went out of town on Tuesday afternoon so I had to stay home and exercise Tuesday and Wednesday. BOY do I need new cross training shoes!!! But I went for long jogs both days. I don't usually like to run too much because I get monster shin splints, but WOW did the runs feel great. I was able to run the entire distance both times, Very little pain (wish is always a good sign), and had decent times (for me). NO, I'm not going to tell you the times. We all know I walk slower than a baby crawls, so you can imagine how slow my "jogging" is.

As for eating, I am totally in a funk. I simply DON'T WANT TO! Isn't that pitiful. While I sit here, I long to be healthy, but when it comes times to eat, I want something simple and FRIED! Last night we did shopping, and I only bought healthy things, so I hope that helps as my whole house hold becomes healthy. But then we stopped for bugers on the way home. I guess it could have been worse. The girls had a hamburger (from McD's) and I grabbed fruit for them to eat with it instead of fries. I on the other hand had a hamburger and a McDouble. HMMM, I sure could have stuck with just the burger if I was craving something. OH well. I think the desire to see the 170's is stronger though. Today I'll be putting up reminders of 170. I really don't have that far to go on the scale to see those numbers so I guess I just need to get my butt in gear.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday Madness

You know those days that if you don't literally hold on to yourself, you  might go spinning off the face of the Earth? Yeah, that was me this weekend. Right now I'm feel as if I'm still trying to steady myself. Yesterday I had a good distraction with a visit from my mom and grandparents. I also took a break and went to Yoga. Have I told you how much I love Yoga (hehe)? I really needed some good energy. I ate GREAT today!!! However, this weekend I wasn't a very good girl, and I didn't really like myself because of it. So Yesterday I made sure I ate healthy. WOW, do I feel better.

I find it very interesting that I stepped on the scale yesterday morning and saw 188.8lbs, and this morning I saw 185.4. I know there isn't ACTUALLY a 3 lb weight loss, but it's the process of my body getting rid of all that crap from the weekend.

I've decided a few things. My official weigh-in day will be Thursdays, and I added a little something to the title of my blog. One of my motto's is to be centered. I always seem to be on one far end of the spectrum or the other, so I need to challenge myself to become centered.

So, I'm wishing you a very happy and CENTERED day!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fitblogger Challenge Update

Well, last week my goal was to do 5 Sun Salutations every morning. How did I do? HA! Not so much! I think I did it three times in the morning, and caught up once in the afternoon. If I had to grade myself it would probably be A for idea. F for effort. It was very bad.

So this week I'm going to keep my goal of doing 5 sun salutations every DAY (not just in the morning). But I'm going to add one. My wonderful husband asked me to do the 100 push up challenge with him. so I'm going to add that too. Do push ups every day (what ever it says to do in the program).

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Wedding Day

Not my wedding!!! For those new to reading about me, I decorate weddings, and we had a spectacular wedding yesterday. When decorating, it takes all day long to set it up, and then we go back at night and put it all away. It's a crazy business but I love it. I work with an incredible partner. It's amazing!!!

I don't get to work out because I'm basically running all day long. I didn't get a chance to eat yesterday so I choose (made a conscious decision) to eat a salad from Cafe Rio. Sure it wasn't the healthiest choice, but let's break it down. It was 6pm when I was finally able to eat anything all day long. I had the veggie salad; black beans, lettuce, rice, tortilla, dressing. I know the dressing has calories, and the guacamole wasn't that great, but come on. I needed some fat, carbs, and calories. There was NO WAY I was going to actually cook. It looks like the average salad from cafe rio was about 1250 calories. I think without the chips and meat, mine was a couple hundred less, but we'll stick with the original count. Add a chocolate chip cookie cause I wanted to, and a bunch of caffeine! I had a decent  day.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Zumba Day!!

If you haven't been to a Zumba class, You need to!! If you don't go because it's a "fad" and you don't like to follow fads, then get over it and GO!!! If you don't think you can because you have no coordination and you might screw up. GO ANYWAY!!! It's so much stinkin fun!!!

I am actually am starting to get the routines down, and the instructor made it a point as we were leaving to tell me that I was doing great, and she was so happy to see me there every week. My thought was; "you noticed me!" I am usually in the back trying to Zumba, and not always doing such a great job at it. Anyway, that made me feel great!

I am putting on a dinner for about 10 people tonight, so I was planning to NOT count my calories since it's bbq chicken and potatoes, I was just planning on eating a small portion. I had to go to the store, and I decided to get a snack. As I was picking it up, I was completely disappointed in myself.  It was cheese and crackers, one of  my favorite snacks. As I was eating it, I was disappointed in myself. Now, after I ate it, I'm totally disappointed in myself. Why, when knowing I'd feel disappointed, did I do it? As for those about to post; It's ok, or; we all do that once in a while. The truth is that it's not ok. It's habits and actions like that that I'm trying to STOP! So, here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to put a counter for days healthy on my blog. This is an addiction type of habit that needs to break!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tonight's Yoga

Ok, I only have one thing to say abou tonight's yoga class.


And it wasn't comming from just one area of the room. HEHE
OK, I am really excited about this give away. I've been struggling the past few months trying to find non-meat recipes and/or foods that my family (including myself) will eat. You can find the info on the giveaway here;

Wanna know what I love?

Ok, so I LOVE many things, but right now I LOVE counting my calories! I know it can be a pain the butt, but more than that, it's a life (or fat) saver. There are so many days, including yesterday, that I stopped caring and started eating. Then, out of the blue, I realize I've almost stepped out of my calorie restriction and I'm snapped back into a healthy reality! Oh yes, this happened yesterday with Garlic Mashed Potatoes. MMMMMMM!!! YUMMY!!! I know there are many different programs you can use, but I use I really like it, and I'm familiar with it.

Yesterday I decided to take it easy on exercise. I had slight pain in my sciatic in the morning while cleaning the house, and decided to skip the working out to make sure I gave it enough time to relax. Right before my husband and I were heading to bed he asked me if I wanted to do the push up challenge. Frankly, I almost said NO. But this was the first interest he's had in exercising that I HAD to say yes. So we started the 100 push up challenge. I WAS SHOCKED. It must be all those chaturanga's in Yoga because  I COULD DO REAL PUSH UPS!!!!! YAHOO!!!

Calories Consumed - 1550 (mmm, mashed potatoes)
Calories Burned - 0

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday (Day 1) Overview

So, we all know that yesterday was...well, a Pain In The A$$. Literally, my sciatic pain was so bad, and I can't figure out what the trigger was. But I decided to go to Yoga, and that was the best decision of the day. Have I told you how much I LOVE Yoga?  LOVE IT!!! There was a lot of moves and positions that I had to modify to keep the pressure off my lower back/hips/butt. But, it really helped loosen me up. I know it wasn't smart, but I did get into a crow arm balance. I was so proud of myself. Then I tried standing, and realized I should have probably waited for another day to try that one. Denise, the Yoga instructor spent some time after class stretching me out, and showing me a few stretches that should help. She's really an amazing woman.Here's a link to her blog;  It's amazing because she's been through so much, and I feel that I can understand what she's been through. I've felt it. I just love her, and I'm honored to take classes under her.

Calories Consumed - 1485
Calories Burned - 560

Yes, I was at the top of my caloric intake, but it was so hard NOT to snack!!!! ugh!
And I went for that short jog that really made my sciatic hurt, and then Yoga, so that's why my Calories burned was so high.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Crappy Monday

So, I decided to do this little challenge set up by Fitblogger. I'm still a little shaky on the rules, but I thought this would be a great way to help with some little challenges. I know I have my main large goal, but I need to develop healthy habits along with the main purpose. Faith, (HI FAITH) a new follower on my blog listed her goal this week as taking her vitamins every day. I LOVE THAT!!! I may have to use it, but I don't want to be THAT much of a follower, so I'll use it another week. This week I've decided to do 5 complete sun salutations (or my understanding of them) once I wake up. Wouldn't that be an incredible way to get your blood flowing in the morning. It doesn't take long, and it'll be a great stretch. Since I just made this goal and missed this morning, I'll do them for today before going to bed.

I'm not feeling TOO great today. After the weekend with decorating for a wedding, and then spending time with friends, I've let myself run down and I have the crud. Not sick, just stuffy, and BLAH feeling. I decided to go out for a short jog to clear my head and soak in some of this great weather. Well, my sciatic has acted up really bad. I can hardly walk now. I had some lunch and took a pain pill. I'm relaxing and am still planning on my regular Monday Yoga class. Yoga will really help me stretch and relax, so I think it will be great.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

After the Challenge

So my wonderful husband asked me after the challenge was over if I was going back to my "old ways". My answer was NO. I was so excited to have lost the weight. Well, even though I've been doing much better, I didn't keep the loss. I haven't gained it back yet, but with a few weekends around friends, I haven't been very good.

So, what's my decision to get back on track? LET'S DO IT AGAIN!!!!!

I am making a few changes to my Challenge, but the overall basis is going to be the same. So CHEERS to getting healthy!!!! again.