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Day 135 – Weigh-In

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 12, 2010

Today was a weigh-in, as will be every Tuesday now. I weighed in at 294.2lbs! Yes! I’m on track for my monthly 10lb goal. So, I’m at a total of 55.8lbs lost! I had a great workout today. We’re working on my coordination, flexibility, and agility. I need all of that for fencing, especially.

Looking ahead to my race schedule, I’ve got three 5ks coming up in February and March where I want to see some real progress in my time. Along with training for those, I start training for two mini-triathlons coming up in April and May.

For this start of the year, my primary fitness goal is get more of this darn weight off. Yes, I will be progressing in muscle-building, endurance, etc., but I’m focusing on my diet to get the pounds off quickly. I am really tired of having a gut, so it’s got to go!

Some other news and points of interest:

  • My wedding ring is in my jewelry box for the time being. It’s too big. Every time I go to wash my hands, I’m in danger of it going down the drain. I almost lost it three times in one day, so that was it. It was also just flying off at random times.
  • People I haven’t seen in a long time are shocked when they see me. People I have recently met are shocked when they see YouTube videos of me from a few years ago. When I get down to 200, nobody will recognize me! It will be even worse when I get to 175 (goal weight!)

The Biggest Loser is on tonight! Tune in at 8/7central on NBC to see who’s going home tonight!

Okay, so here’s the food plan for today.


7:30 Woke up, took meds, drank water.

8:00 Training with Maggie and weigh-in.

9:00 Breakfast. Protein shake from Maggie.

11:00 Snack. 6oz fat-free Yoplait yogurt, 1 apple.

1:00 Lunch. McDonald’s Grilled Chicken Caesar salad with Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette. Our family has sworn off McDonald’s for 2010, but today our LEGO robotics team is meeting there for lunch and awards before heading to play mini-golf. This is clearly an exception.

4:00 Snack. 1/2c fat-free cottage cheese, 1/2c frozen blueberries.

6:30 Dinner. 5oz salmon, 2c broccoli.

9:00 Snack. 1 scoop EAS protein powder.

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Day 128 – This is the year, baby!

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 5, 2010

Holy cow. It’s Day 128. I’ve taken 3 full weeks off from writing on the old blog here and guess what? I haven’t lost any real weight since then, either. I’m going to deduce that there is indeed a correlation between the two! I’m back to blogging everything because I want to hit my goal weight this year!

This morning, I had my first personal training session of the year. 38 degrees in Tampa, Florida, is just crazy. I was warned last night by my trainer to dress warmly because we would be “playing outside” this morning. Double ugh! It was quite cold this morning. Oh, I had a weigh-in, too! I’m down to 297.4 pounds for a total loss of 52.6 pounds! Woohoo! No gain over Christmas and New Year’s, and a small loss! I was just so happy to still be in the 200s, I about flipped! Before I got on the scale, I gave a million excuses. “I’m wearing more clothes than usual.” “I ate like a pig over the holidays. This isn’t going to be good.” I was fully prepared for that scale to say 305 or possibly worse. I’m pretty pleased with myself.

As far as the workout went this morning, we ran/walked 1 mile outside, which was awful. It was so cold, and I’ve been seriously slacking on my cardio over the holidays. Then we stayed outside and did a lot of agility work. What does that mean, exactly? Circuit 1: run the agility ladder (tip toe hopping, really), jump rope 20 times (haven’t done this in 30 years and promise to practice this daily to figure out how to do it more than 1 jump at a time), run zig-zags around 12 cones, 20 jumping jacks. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Circuit 2: high-step the agility ladder, jump rope, cones, pick up weights (10lb dumbbells) and lunge 15 yards, 10 dead lifts, lunge back. Repeat. After all of that torture, we went into the toasty gym and worked upper body. Lots of heavy weights today with short sets. Thursday will be all about the upper body because I have a 5k at Disney World early Friday morning.

Speaking of which, I am a little worried about this 5k simply because I’ve been slacking a little. I did a 5k on December 19th that really frustrated me. It was really cold, the start was delayed (so we were standing out the cold for much longer than necessary), it was extremely windy, and the race course went through a hilly downtown, then over a huge causeway bridge, then back over the huge bridge. Did I mention how windy it was? It was really a beautiful day, except for the cold and wind. My time was not so good: 52:52, I think. After that, I felt a little discouraged and really slacked off. Of course, this is the opposite of what I should’ve done: train harder. It’s not rocket science! I should’ve picked up the pieces and trained diligently. If I’d done that, I’d feel a lot more prepared for Friday than I do right now. My biggest concern is that I won’t make the pace requirement, which is 16 minutes/mile. I need to get my best 5k time ever and come in under 49:36. As long as it’s mostly flat, and the Disney people are cheering their hearts out, I think I can do it! My personal record is 50:26, and that was at Thanksgiving. I’m really excited and nervous! My family is going with me and we’re staying at the Pop Century resort Thursday night. I have to attend the Fitness Expo on Thursday night to pick up my race packet.

I just am really excited that this is happening. I set a goal in September when I started training, and that was to do this Disney 5k with a pace requirement. I am starting 2010 fifty+ pounds lighter and reaching a goal! I’ve done the hard work of eating right, exercising, and participating in FOUR 5k races to mentally prepare myself. I’m doing it!


7:30 Woke up, took meds, drank water, stretched, got ready for cold day of training.

8:00 Weigh-in. 297.6 lbs. Personal training session (as described above).

9:00 Breakfast. Protein shake from Maggie.


12:30 Lunch. 2 slices whole wheat bread, 2T raw almond butter, 1 banana.

3:00 Snack. 2 clementines

5:30 Dinner. 6oz chicken breast, 1/2c yellow rice, 1c green beans.

8:30 Snack. 2 slice Muenster cheese.

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Day 101

Posted by iwanttodothat on December 9, 2009


7:00 Woke up, took meds, stretched, got ready for training and weigh-in.

8:00 Weighed in at 299.6 pounds, which means I’ve lost 50.4 pounds! I’m in the 200s now!!! Had a killer training session.

Stuck with my eating plan all day. I’m getting good at this, finally.

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Day 95

Posted by iwanttodothat on December 3, 2009

Confession time.

I have fallen off the wagon regarding my eating plan for about a week.  I want to chalk it up to having my period, but that can’t account for all of my poor choices. It all started last week on Tuesday night when I ate a huge Thanksgiving meal at a church service, and ate everything including 2 rolls and a piece of pecan pie. Seriously. I don’t know what got into me. Then there was Thanksgiving Day, when I ate some of everything, but didn’t make myself sick. I haven’t been strict since. So, I’m here right now pledging to document my food starting with lunch today. I’m going back to basics and taking pictures of everything I eat, again. That seems to work for me. I want to hit my 50-pound mark on Day 100 (next Tuesday) and that’s the only way it’s going to happen. So, I’m back on the wagon!


7:00 Woke up, took meds, stretched, got ready for personal training.

8:00 Personal Training session #26. Wow. Today was hard. I was digging my heels in and felt like a slug. I felt like I was just running out of steam on my whole makeover. The exercise regimen, the eating plan, everything is just getting to me a little. I’m tired because I haven’t been eating right this past week, and am feeling weak (in my head.) My self-control is lagging, as is my motivation. I need to get a handle on this!

9:00 Breakfast. Smoothie by Maggie.

11:30 Snack. 1/2c fat-free cottage cheese, 1/2c frozen blueberries, 2 packets Truvia.


3:00 Lunch. 1 flatbread turkey sandwich from Subway, no cheese, veggies, mustard.

Lunch, Day 95

5:45 Dinner. 6oz shrimp, 2c zucchini, 1T olive oil, 1T low sodium soy sauce.

Dinner, Day 95

7-9:00 Exercise. Fencing. Had a great time!

9:30 Snack. 6oz fatfree coconut creme pie yogurt (100 calories).

10:30 Bedtime.

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Day 86

Posted by iwanttodothat on November 24, 2009


6:30 Woke up. Stayed in bed until 7:00.

7:00 Got out of bed, took meds, drank some water, stretched, got ready for training and weigh-in.

8:00 Personal training and weigh-in. I’ve lost a total of 45.6 pounds!!! Wow! I think I’m figuring it out! I think my lifestyle change is really sticking, and I can see the 50-pound mark within sight. Maybe I can make it by December if I stick to my plan and do my cardio every day like a good little girl. Okay. Personal training today was mostly fun. My 1-mile time went back up to 16:50, but I’m so tired and sore from yesterday that it’s a miracle I did that well. The rest of the day was filled with kickboxing training. That was really fun. I’ve never donned boxing gloves before and it was a blast beating up on Maggie! I took my loaner foil for a little show & tell, and demonstrated some of the stuff I’ve been learning at fencing. Maybe she can come up with some new forms of torture to help me with that.


9:00 Breakfast. Protein shake by Maggie. I’m moving the rest of my breakfast to my next snack.

11:00 Snack. 1/4c (uncooked) steel cut oats, 10 almonds, 1/2 grapefruit.


1:30 Lunch. 4oz tuna, 1/2c brown rice, 4c lettuce, a few grape tomatoes, o&v.

3:45 Snack. 2 stalks celery, 1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese.

6:00 Dinner. Tonight, I am playing for the Thanksgiving Service at the church where I serve as organist and accompanist. I will be joining other congregants in a Thanksgiving dinner before the service, so I am treating this as a trial run in self-control for Thursday. I can definitely eat turkey and salad. I might have a bite of all the other goodies and skip dessert. That’s my plan. I’ll add to this later tonight.

Failed my self-control test miserably. Even ate a piece of pecan pie. Boo.

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Day 81

Posted by iwanttodothat on November 19, 2009


7:15 Woke up, took meds, stretched, got ready for personal training.

8:00 Personal training. New personal best on 1-mile run/walk… 16:24!!! I smashed my last time by a full minute! Was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment for the remaining 40 minutes.

9:00 Breakfast. Smoothie by Maggie.

11:15 Snack. 1/2c fat-free cottage cheese, 1/2c frozen blueberries.

1:30 Lunch. Chick-fil-A. Grilled chicken and fruit salad.

4:30 Snack. 2 stalks celery, 2 wedges Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese.

6:30 Snack. 1 Yoplait Light yogurt.

7:00 Exercise. Fencing. I had my first official fencing lesson tonight. I was so excited that I had to lie down at 5:30-6:00 to get myself under control. I got to the rec center and was given a glove and a foil. Coach Terry got her hands on me and gave me the 411. I learned what to practice for the next week and half until we meet again after Thanksgiving week. For my own note taking purposes, I will list it here.

  • “En garde” position. Feet at a 90 degree angle, shoulder-width apart, in an “L” shape, knees bent, back straight, shoulders relaxed, R elbow about 1 hand-length from torso, foil grip tucked into wrist, thumb at 12 o’clock, blade tip aimed at opponent’s eyes, L arm bent in a right angle, hand relaxed, low center of gravity.
  • Advance. Short steps, knees bent, pick feet up, R foot heel first, move L foot forward quickly, head shouldn’t “bob”… smooth movement.
  • Retreat. Short steps, knees bent, pick feet up,  same principles as Advance, but in reverse.
  • Lunge. Extend blade arm, use back leg to push body forward, L hand should drop backward to help with balance.
  • Recovery from lunge. Return to “en garde” position with blade extended, then bring it back.
  • Basic drill. Start “en garde”, 1-extend, 2-lunge, 3-recover, 4-retract blade. I know there is some other name for 3 and 4, but I can’t think of it right now.
  • Point drills. Find a point and hit the target with tip of blade  by extension.
  • “6” position is defending my right side
  • “4” position is defending my left side

I think that’s probably enough to keep me busy for about six months! The maestro gave me a foil and glove to borrow until next time! Woohoo!

10:00 Dinner. 4oz salmon, 4c mixed baby greens, 1c broccoli, o&v.

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Day 79

Posted by iwanttodothat on November 18, 2009


7:00 Woke up, took meds, stretched, got ready for training.

8:00 Personal training with Maggie. Ran nearly half of the time of my cardio walk, but am still not cutting time like I should be. It’s frustrating me! The rest of the hour was focused on triceps and legwork. I won’t be able to move tomorrow.

9:00 Breakfast. Protein shake by Maggie.

1:30 Lunch. Chick-fil-A. Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad, no dressing, no sunflower seeds, no croutons, no tortilla strips, and a Coke Zero.

5:30 Dinner. 3c mixed baby greens, 4oz chicken breast, 1c squash/zucchini, o&v.

8:00 Snack. I did a bad thing. I ate a few cookies and a brownie. I couldn’t control myself. What a mistake. I’ve got to pick up the pieces and do better tomorrow.

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Day 74

Posted by iwanttodothat on November 12, 2009

After today’s very successful weigh-in, I have a renewed commitment to really sticking with my clean eating plan, daily cardio, and plenty of water. At this point, 74 days in and 39 pounds gone, I have a short term goal of hitting the 50 pound mark by December. This puts me in good shape for the holidays and will reaffirm my lifestyle to persevere through all of the parties and other “eating” activities that will certainly take place over Christmas. I can’t let up now. That 15-minute/mile pace is really weighing on my mind, and the only way I’m going to get there is to faithfully adhere to my cardio program and get the weight off! I’m excited and worried at the same time. My biggest fear right now is that I will be picked up from the back of the pack at the Disney 5K in January for not being able to maintain the required pace.


7:00 Woke up, took meds, stretched, got ready for training.

8:00 Weigh-in: total loss of 39.2 pounds! Personal training session. Lap personal best by 2 seconds, agility training (suicide drills, jumping jacks, lunges-all types, jumping, squats, etc.)

9:00 Breakfast. Shake by Maggie.

11:00 Snack. 4oz. nonfat cottage cheese, 1/2c blueberries.

1:30 Lunch. 4oz chicken breast, 4c lettuce, 1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese, 1T o&v, 1/2c blueberries, 1 pear.

6:00 Dinner. 4oz salmon, 4c lettuce, some grape tomatoes, 1T o&v.

7:00 Fencing. Planning to go observe again tonight. We bought a Wii today, so we had a family game night!

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Day 72

Posted by iwanttodothat on November 10, 2009


7:00 Woke up, took meds, stretched, got ready for training.

8:00 Personal training. 18 min. cardio with arms/back/shoulders strength training.

9:00 Breakfast. Smoothie by Maggie, 1 pear.

9:45 Exercise. 45-minute walk/jog with the kids.

11:15 Snack. 10 raw almonds, 1 small apple.

2:00 Lunch. 2c mixed baby greens, a few grape tomatoes, 4oz chicken breast.

5:00 Snack. 1/2c blueberries, 1/2c low-fat cottage cheese.

8:00 Dinner. Pulled pork sandwich. This was a total breakdown in my will to pass on the bbq and eat my scheduled food. OMG. I need to get it together!!!


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Day 65

Posted by iwanttodothat on November 3, 2009


7:00 Woke up, took meds, drank water, stretched.

8:00 Personal training session. Did one big lap of walking/running. Slowed down… 17:48 or something. Boo. Full body strength training including lots of lunging, shuffling, and jumping over things. I’m worn out.

9:00 Breakfast. Protein shake by Maggie.

10:00 Breakfast continued… 1/2 grapefruit.


Noon. Snack. 10 almonds, 1 small apple.

3:00 Lunch. 1/2c brown rice, 1c zucchini, 4oz chicken breast.

5:30 Snack. 1/2c strawberries, 1/2c low-fat cottage cheese.

8:00 Dinner 4oz chicken breast, 1c sugar snap peas, 2c mixed baby greens, 1T o&v.

10:00 Snack. 1c plain non-fat yogurt, 1/2c blueberries.

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