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Archive for January, 2010

Day 152

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 29, 2010

Remember: Success comes with planning, so here’s today’s plan!

AM

7:00 Wake up, take meds, drink water, stretch, get ready for walk/run.

7:15 Exercise. 3-mile walk/run.

8:15 Breakfast. 1/4c (uncooked) steel cut oats, 4 egg whites.

10:30 Snack. 1.5 scoops protein powder, 1/2c strawberries, 1T heavy cream.

PM

12:45 Lunch. 4oz ground turkey breast, 1c broccoli.

3:00 Snack. 1.25 scoops protein powder.

5:30 Dinner. 6oz tilapia, 3c lettuce, 1/4 tomato, 1oz green peppers, 1/4 onion, 2T salsa, 1T olive oil.

8:30 Snack. 1 sugar-free Jello.

10:00 Bedtime.

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Day 151

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 28, 2010

I’m back on track and feeling good! Here’s the plan for today!

AM

7:00 Wake up, take meds, drink water, stretch, get ready for walk/run.

7:15 Exercise. 3-mile walk/run.

8:15 Breakfast. 3.5oz ground turkey breast, 1banana.

10:30 Snack. 1.5c strawberries, 1.5 scoops protein powder, 1T heavy cream.

PM

12:45 Lunch. 4oz tilapia, 1/2c brown rice, 4oz asparagus.

3:00 Snack. 1.25 scoops protein powder.

5:30 Dinner. 3.5oz ground sirloin, 5oz green beans.

7:00 Exercise. Fencing session. 2 hours.

9:30 Snack. 1 sugar-free Jello.

10:00 Bedtime.

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Day 150

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 27, 2010

Today is Day 150, and the beginning of my own personal goal of another 50 pounds off in 100 days. I’m ready for the day, and here’s what it looks like!

AM

7:00 Wake up, take meds, drink water, stretch, get ready for walk/run.

7:30 Exercise. 1.5-mile walk/run. Calibrated Nike+.

9:00 Breakfast. 1/4c (uncooked) steel cut oats, 4 egg whites.

Day 150 Breakfast

11:00 Snack. 1.5 scoops protein powder, 1/2c strawberries.

PM

1:00 Lunch. 5oz ground turkey breast, 4oz asparagus.

5:45 Dinner. 5oz albacore tuna, 3c lettuce, 1T olive oil, balsamic vinegar.

9:00 Snack. 1 scoop protein powder.

11:00 Bedtime.

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Day 149

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 26, 2010

Checking in here at Day 149! This morning I had my last session with my trainer for a while. This is kinda like my version of going home from the Biggest Loser to see how well I do on my own. As long as I’m setting small goals for myself and meeting them, I think I’m going to be fine. I’ve learned a lot since the first of September. I have a list:

  1. I can do anything I set my mind to.
  2. Controlling portions and keeping a food journal is key.
  3. Consistent cardiovascular exercise is critical. 3-4x/week for 30+ minutes is the minimum I need.
  4. Having a deadline keeps me on track (e.g. losing 50 lbs in 100 days, monthly 5k, etc.)
  5. Planning ahead, packing my food, and eating on schedule practically guarantees success!

I have really been maintaining over the last month and am ready to start some serious weight loss again. Starting tomorrow (Day 150), I will be relaunching an effort to lose 50 pounds in 100 days. So, by Day 250, I should be under 250!

March 18 is Day 200, and May 7, is Day 250. I’m excited about this and am ready to rock and roll!

Stay tuned for detailed food journals and exercise logs for the next 50 days!

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Day 145

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 22, 2010

I missed yesterday. Too tired and lazy to post, honestly. Tree pollens are high right now, and I’m suffering terribly. I felt enough better last night to go to fencing, but I left about 20 minutes early because I was just really wiped out. I slept all morning today, too. I’m obviously not 100%.

I’m feeling a little down right now on top of that. I haven’t been able to get back on my eating plan and stick with it, so I’m not having any weight loss progress. I’m at my first roadblock to conquer, I suppose. I’m feeling a little frustrated and depressed about it.

Agh! I’m just having a period of feeling crappy. I just don’t want it to turn into a weight gain, or totally falling off the horse. I can pretty much chalk it up to feeling overwhelmed by a lot of things. I have an opportunity to choose how to respond to it. I can let it get the best of me, cave in, eat, sit on my but, sleep, etc., or I can try to tackle a project at a time, make smart food decisions, and walk around the block a few times each day.

My body is seriously telling me to eat a lot of carbs and sleep (hormones, totally.)

I have a 5k 2 weeks from tomorrow. I really want to do better on it, so I’m going to get out there and get back to business this week. I swear it. I have come too far to throw it all away now.

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Day 143 – Sick Day

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 20, 2010

Sick Day

I woke up sick this morning. Sore throat, earache, sinus drip. Ran to the store for some Zicam, Mucinex, and cough drops. Hoping to feel better sooner rather than later.

Today’s regimen will consist of a lot of rest, lots of fluids, soup, soup, and soup. My throat hurts and I feel like crap. I am loading up on Vitamin C in addition to my regular multi-vitamin, and extra D.

I’ve got to lay low and take care of myself today so I can get back on the horse tomorrow, or Friday, hopefully!

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Day 142

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 19, 2010

This morning, I had a brutal personal training session. I didn’t do my cardio over the last week, so I’m really dragging. We walked/ran a mile with interval training mixed in (jumping jacks, criss-crosses, lunges, shuffles, you get the idea.) After that, we took it inside for some serious upper body work. My hands got a real workout, too, holding on to 25-lb dumbbells! You just really don’t want to drop those!

So, here’s the rundown:

AM

7:15 Got up, took meds, drank water, stretched, got ready for training.

8:00 Personal training. Read top of blogpost.

9:00 Breakfast. 1 protein shake from Maggie, 1/2 banana.

PM

12:45 Lunch. Took kids to Sweet Tomatoes. Ate way too much. It was all pretty healthy stuff, but too many carbs.

4:00 Snack. 1 scoop EAS protein powder.

5:15 Exercise. Cardio at the Y.

7:30 Dinner. Tilapia and steamed broccoli.

8:00 Watch The Biggest Loser!

11:00 Bedtime. This is the goal bedtime.

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Day 141

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 18, 2010

I’m taking a blogger holiday today. Move your body and eat good food!

Here’s something fun to do! Find out what your real daily caloric needs are to make your diet more effective!

Click here to check out the Daily Caloric Needs Calculator from Apex Fitness!

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Day 140

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 17, 2010

Nothing too exciting to post today except that I took Girl Scouts to horse camp all day yesterday. I saw all the other moms getting ready to ride horses, too, and I figured I might as well ask and see if there was a weight limit or if they had a horse that could accommodate me. Why not, right? Well, it turns out they do have a weight limit of 250 lbs for a rider, but they had a big horse named “Cirrus” who looked just like you might expect with a name like that, who could handle me! I tried on some boots, and managed to fit into a pair of actual cowboy boots! Not special order boots for extra wide calves or anything like that, but actual cowboy boots! They put a helmet on me and I didn’t have any time at all to back out. I was paired up with my horse before I could change my mind. Getting on the horse was difficult and it took me two tries, but I did it! What a feeling! I really cannot even describe how powerful I felt after overcoming a huge fear of actually getting on the horse, then sitting up there on top of him! Wow! I rode around the arena for a while, but we (the director of this experience and I) agreed that I wouldn’t go on the hour-long trail ride. I was totally okay with that, especially since I got in about an hour of horse time. I was a happy camper. After my ride, I successfully dismounted without hurting myself, the horse, or anyone else.

This kind of a day is what my journey is all about. I want to do that! I wanted to ride a horse and I did it! I’m tired of weight and size barriers, not to mention physical discomfort and limitations being in my way. From a laziness perspective, it’s a lot easier to change myself than to try to change the hundreds of situations that are limited to average-sized people. This is NOT the same as skin color or ethnicity, for instance, or even disability. This is about deciding what you put in your mouth and how much you move your body. Even physically limited people can lose weight. It’s not really rocket science. It’s definitely harder for some than others, but it doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

Here’s another external motivator regarding the horseback riding: This was a Girl Scout event. ALL sixteen Junior Girl Scouts in my daughter’s troop were on this adventure, and it impressed the hell out of them that I rode a horse. Some of the girls even cheered for me! One girl, who is probably the most critical of them all, even commented on my appearance saying, “Miss Ann, you look a lot better!” This was a huge compliment from this girl and I could see the other girls looking at me with a critical eye and nodding their heads. I’m not sure I could’ve smiled much more than I was smiling after that. They were all watching when I made my first attempt at getting on the horse, and couldn’t, then tried again. They saw how excited I was to be on the horse! They were excited, too! I just had to set an example of strength and determination, and they saw it. I think this was huge. It was huge for me. I didn’t want them to see that I was the only mom who went and didn’t ride. Why would someone spend all the time and effort to go all day to horse camp and not ride a horse? I didn’t plan on riding. I brought a backpack full of reading material and my iPod. I was certain that there was no way I was getting on a horse, in fact, I hadn’t even entertained the idea until late that morning. My initial thoughts were: 1- they won’t have boots to fit me, 2- I’ll exceed the weight limit, or they won’t have a horse that fits me, and 3- me on a horse? Am I insane? If I were to fall off, or be thrown off, it would certainly be a bad situation. All of those scenarios are excuses not to do it because of my weight and fitness level.

I think I’m starting to get somewhere with the mental aspect of this journey. Being fat is no fun. It is certainly not more fun that doing all the things you can’t do because you’re too fat! The bottom line is this: Lose weight, have more fun! Bottom line.

What did I eat today?

Breakfast. 1 Atkins chocolate shake.

Snack. Sesame Snaps. (Sesame candy from Poland. Shoot me.)

Lunch. 1/2 Publix Ultimate sub on multi-grain bread, 1/2c baked potato salad.

Took a LONG nap. I’m chalking it up to PMS.

Dinner. 1 chicken thigh (fried, took skin and coating off), 1 potato (cut into wedges and baked with a little olive oil), 1c broccoli.

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Day 139

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 16, 2010

AM

5:30 Woke up, took meds, stretched, got ready for an all-day Girl Scout horseback riding trip. No, I’m not riding today, but maybe next year.

6:30 Breakfast. 2 scoops EAS protein, 1 banana.

9:00 Snack. 1/2c fat-free cottage cheese, 1/2c frozen blueberries.

PM

12:00 Lunch. 1 roast beef sandwich on 2 slices whole wheat bread and mustard, 1 Yoplait, 1 packet raisins.

2:30 Snack. 1 apple, 2o almonds.

6:00 Dinner. I don’t know what I’m going to eat here, but will try to behave.

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