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Friday, March 4, 2011

Crazy Busy!

Today was a busy day! I actually did not eat breakfast or lunch. Yes, I know that is bad and it was NOT my intention. I woke up late and then during my lunch break Chris and I went to check out a daycare center so I missed out then too. I had Chinese food at dinner (9:15 ish) and that's it. So, even though I didn't eat enough, the good side is that I didn't over do it!

I used my under desk cycle thing a bit today. It is rough to use for me, personally, though. My knees hit my desk so it is a bit awkward to use but I did it! I had to steal my boss' chair because it has no wheels. When I use it in my chair, it rolls me backward and I spend more time scooting up than cycling. Then I had to take my shoes off because my go-fasters (what my mom calls sneakers) don't fit well in the pedal straps. So, as crazy as it sounds - i MacGyvered everything to make it work.

Tomorrow I think we will be doing some yard work so that will be good for me too. Plus, I plan on riding my bike even if for a short time.

Oh, I did step on the scale. I am lost. I got three readings in four tries so I guess I will go with the one I got twice.

1st: 253.2 (NICE!)

2nd: 259.7 (ok but not as nice)

3rd and 4th: 269.4 (bollocks)

So, I started this thing at 271.2 lbs on November 8th 2010

To date I have lost a grand total of 1.8 lbs! Un-woo hoo. Granted, I have lost more than that and then gained it back. I have not stuck with this as I should have but I also have not gained it ALL back, so that's a plus, right?

I am back on it now and ready again. I go through these phases all the time though. I do great and then do bad but usually I gain it all back and more. These last few times I have fallen off though, I don't do that. I catch myself sooner and right the wagon. Here's to continued use of my brain!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Man, you guys! I have not been on here in SO long! It’s just that I have been SO busy.  What, with Lars, and working, and all the running and exercise I have been doing, I just can’t keep up. Oh, wait, that’s not me – that’s Becky doing all of the working out – I get so confused!

The rest is true and I HAVE been exercising some.  I have my stationary bike and when I ride it, I ride about 5 miles.  I was doing it every day, sometimes twice!  I am getting back into it.  In fact, when I am done typing here I will get on and ride tonight too. 

As of this moment, I do not have my stats.  I will get them back up tomorrow though.  Let’s see, I have not been keeping track of my food.  I know I should but honestly, I feel I am doing ok.  I am being conscious of every single thing I eat and drink.  There are some days I do a bad job and make up for it doing a great job the next few days.  I have to say, it felt horrible keeping tack and going over my idea of an ideal calorie count.  I don’t want to be THAT hard on myself.  I am still working on this though.  In fact, people have said I look like I have lost some, although I don’t feel like it.  We will see tomorrow when I weight myself. 

I miss you, blog.  I really do.  It feels good to have a place to go and let out what I am feeling about how I look.  It also keeps me in check. 

Becky, I think the girl sold the treadmill! I wish I had gotten it, actually.

OH, so this couch to 5k thing. I too was always envious of runners.  I thought they were so cool with their little ponytails and cute running shoes.  So, I thought I would do it. In fact, I was using the exact same program Becky mentioned using.  I am a damn fool to think that was a good idea. It was HORRIBLE for me.    I did the first session; which was supposed to be 5 minute warm up walking (brisk), then alternating 60 seconds of jobbing with 90 seconds of walking until you reach a total of 20 minutes. Yeah, I got the 5 minute brisk walk down ok and then did, what felt like, running until I felt like it had been longer than my 60 second limit only to see that it had been 37 seconds.  I can’t even run for the full 60 seconds without feeling like I am dying.  I MAY try it again, I have not decided totally against it but I really don’t see it happening.  Chris even told me he would buy me a new laptop if I worked all the up to the 3 mile mark.  Yeah, not worth it.  Not worth it at all. Hot damn, it sucked.

Part of me says to keep going, you can do it.  Then the other 99% of me is laughing like a batshit crazy person saying, “are you effing mad, woman?”.  It really is not for everyone. 

My main problem is I get this severe pain when I walk (or run) for more than 10 minutes or so.  It is on the outer side of my calf.  Almost like a shin splint I guess, but on the side rather than the front.  It gets so bad I have to stop sometimes.  I almost had to call for a ride the other night.  I don’t get this when I ride the bike, so that is the numero uno reason I am thinking I may just not even give the running thing another think. 

ok – if I am going to ride tonight I need to get my ass on the bike and pedal.  So – I WILL be on here again very soon. Smile with tongue out

**Update: I rode the bike!
5.86 miles
301 - 546 calories (420)
Depending on how you figure it.
The bike said 301
Based on my weight and average speed the internet said 346 - 546 so I have no clue says i burn approximately 15 calories per minute equaling 420. That is in the middle so I will go with that. Plus it is easier to figure out with that method.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Procrastinating from studying

Okay, I have a test this afternoon at 2pm. It's in my linear algebra class. I should probably be reviewing right now, but I really don't want to. So I'll waste a little more time before starting research and studying. Blech. Can't wait for the class phase of grad school to be over so I quit getting interrupted by having to go to class.


SW: 260
CW: 247

Total loss: -13 lbs
1st goal loss: -26 lbs


So I went down another notch on my belt this morning. Go me! The scale was very nice to me, with continued loss. My website says that my trendline for weight loss is at 252 (it smoothes out the fluctuations). I'm halfway to my 1st goal, though, which is pretty cool. Hopefully, I'll be able to get out and do the jogging thing again tonight. This cold has been kicking my butt. I feel fine for most of the day until about the middle of the afternoon, then I get a pounding headache that sticks around until bedtime. Makes it really hard to exercise, and I don't think I can get out of bed at 5am to do it (especially not since Patrick no longer gets up at that time). Sleep is too nice. Plus, you are supposed to make sure that you get adequate sleep (all the time) when you are losing weight, so, there ya go.

I really like the website that I use to count calories. There are apps that do it, other websites, other programs, that I'm sure are just as good, if not better sometimes. I just like the fact that I have somewhere to keep track of all this, rather than just my head. It's so easy to go over the allotted cals for a day without even realizing it. And I mean significantly go over. My goal is 1600 per day, as I'm sure I've mentioned (repeatedly) before. That gives me about 400 each for breakfast and lunch, 100 or 200 for snacks, then about 600 for dinner/desert. Sounds just about right. But that amount goes quickly when you buy a Cadbury egg (170 cals), then have a bag of Sun Chips (170 cals also), an apple, 8 oz of carrots, and then three slices of cheese. That right there totals up to be about 600, maybe a little over. Snacking like that, especially the chocolate, while eating healthy meals, puts me over 2100 for the day. Normally, that's not bad (which makes me feel better about if and when I ever get to a maintenance diet), but when you are trying to lose weight and not really able to exercise yet, it's kinda frustrating.

So counting calories has made me aware of two things: the calories in food, especially my favorites, and food choices. In the above example, I could either eat a Cadbury egg (love them!) or 8 oz of carrots (which is kind of a lot; measure it out) and an apple and feel pretty full. Now I know what my mom was talking about when she kept harping on empty calories (thank goodness for *diet* Dr. Pepper). I want to be able to eat more, not less, so I am starting to choose the things that have less calories. Yes, this should be an obvious choice, but sometimes it's hard to make.

Food choice is a recurring thing with me. I say that I'm on a diet and that I want to lose weight, yadda yadda, but when it comes down to it, I have to wonder how serious I am about it. If I am serious about it, that means that I need to start making "food sacrifices", at least until I have some serious weight loss under my belt, so to speak. For example, every Friday night is fast food night at our house (no judging), although with a 6-year-old and 2-year-old, it might be more accurate to call it McDonald's night. It's Friday, pay day, beginning of the weekend, so we celebrate. And I partake. I've moved myself down from (way back when) a double quarter with cheese (no onions), super-sized, with a Dr. Pepper. I shudder to think of eating that now. First I dropped the super-sized. Fairly easy to do, although if you replace the super-size part with a Drumstick (ice-cream cone) for dessert, you really aren't gaining that much. Recently, I've talked myself down to just the quarter-pounder, not the double. I mean, really, who needs a 1/2 pound of meat in one meal? Not me. Now, I need to move myself down further (cause it
s really hard to stop going - I love McDonald's). Maybe that can be my goal for this Friday (and beyond, of course). Instead of a #3, get a double cheeseburger. It doesn't save me much, only about 60-75 cals, but it's a start in the right direction.

I love fast food. I love going out to eat, but I almost can't do that anymore. Most meals at restaurants, especially the yummy ones, are about 1600 in *one sitting*! maybe that can be a splurge thing. Even though I'm dieting, I want to still be able to enjoy food. Otherwise I would eat rabbit food all day, every day.

Okay, to sum up: down 13 pounds, halfway to my goal. Looking for new, low cal lunch recipes (under 400 total). I'll stop rambling and obsessing about food, although if you have any suggestions for lunches, let me know!

Go me, go me!