My Rude Awakening

My friend and I have a weight-loss bet right now. He wants to lose some weight to improve his golf game and I’m hoping to tone my body. The bet is that he’ll lose 10 pounds and I’ll lose 2 pounds by August 15. The winner gets $50. We haven’t really decided yet what we’re going to do if we both lose the weight by August 15. We’ve been tossing around a few ideas with the help of our other friends and so far the winning suggestion is having a slap fight. I’m pretty sure I’ll win the tiebreaker.

Last week in my normal obsessive way, I decided to go get a DXA body composition test. It’s essentially an x-ray of your body. Now, most people think I don’t really need to lose any weight but I knew I needed to lose some body fat. I was shocked and appalled to find out that my body fat percentage was nearly 30%! Just in case you didn’t know that’s in the fair category for my age group. My BMI is just under 23%, which puts me in the normal category. I think that’s why I was so shocked! I carry most of my weight in my midsection.

I took a few photos before I had the DXA Test as a baseline.

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At first when I got my test results, I wanted to eat a large pizza and six cheeseburgers all by myself. I figured if I was going to be fat I was at least going to enjoy being fat! Of course that only lasted about 10 minutes and then I contacted my previous personal trainer. The very next day I went to her yoga burn class so that I could stretch out my tight leg muscles from the running I’ve been doing. And the day after that I started training with her again.

Last Friday was the first day of training and it was back and shoulders. We do three circuits of five or six different exercises for 15 reps each for total of 45 minutes. I must say I didn’t do too bad considering it’s been probably a year since I worked out consistently.

My trainer also put me on the zone block diet plan for a small person. Let me tell you that was not enough food for me. When I don’t eat enough I get cranky. Really cranky! So today I convinced her to bump up my food so that I didn’t have to chew off the arm
of one of my workout partners. I’m sure tomorrow will go much better, food wise.

As far as exercise, my plan is to continue running in the mornings and go to the workout classes in the evenings. Tomorrow is core day. I’m really looking forward to it because I know I need it!

Last night we had the most amazing sunset here so before I go I’m going to share a photo of it.

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Isn’t it incredible!

I’m Back at It!

After a really long hiatus, I’m back at it. I’ve started running again and am essentially starting over. It’s not as painful as the first go round because I’m in a little bit better shape. I have been using an Iphone app called Run Training Pro.

My training log

I’ve used Nike+ before and was happy with it but decided to try something different for a while. I’m currently doing the 10k training plan and started with week 2. I’m not really training for a race at this point, it just helps to have a written plan for me to follow. I like to have goals and be able to see a visual improvement as I get better.

With weather like this, how could you not want to be outside?

My first run, Saturday, was pretty bad. I felt winded and was pretty tired when I got done. This morning was a much better experience and I actually enjoyed it. The weather was beautiful at 5:30 this morning despite it being really cold (37 degrees F). When the sun is out, I enjoy being outside a lot more.

I’m also trying a new food plan. I signed up for Weight Watchers online and so far it seems to work for me. I think what’s helping me the most is that I am keeping track of what I eat. It’s so easy to forget what you ate earlier in the day, or just go on a carb binge and overload the calories. I don’t really need to lose a lot of weight. My goal is really to tighten up in certain areas, especially my Abs. This will be the summer I rock a bikini! I am determined to own it, if you know what I mean.

Do you have a health goal right now? Please share and let me know what you are doing to stay on track.

HYC Update!

I’m down about 1/2 pound this week. That isn’t really anything to get excited about because of all of the fluctuating my weight has been doing in the last 3 months or so. Basically it’s up a pound and then down a pound. If I was sure that the plateau had been broken then I would definitely be excited!

Today is a run/walk day. Because I skipped a run this past weekend I’ll be doing 5 min. run/1 min. walk today instead of 8 min. run/3 min. walk. The weather has been so cold and windy here since late last week that it’s not a whole lot of fun to be outside. At the same time, I get really bored with running for an hour on the treadmill so my plan is to be outside today.

I’ve been very happy with the quality of food I’ve been eating. By that I just mean, virtually no junk food and lots of good whole foods. I have been loving Costco lately. They are really increasing the number of Organic foods that you can buy there. Yesterday I saw three different varieties of organic apples for the same price as non-organic apples. It seems every time I go there I find a new organic product that I didn’t realize they carry. I love that!

Another new item I bought at Costco yesterday was fresh butternut squash chunks (unfortunately not organic). I have really been craving homemade butternut squash soup so today I plan to make some for dinner. Since the squash is already in chunks, it should be so much easier to make the soup! There are so many different spice combos out there for this type of soup so I am having a hard time deciding which one to try first! Curried soup sounds delish!

My workout plans this week include 3 strength training sessions with my trainer and 3 run/walks. I’ll try to fit in some walking on the days I don’t do the run/walks.

I think the cold season has caught up to me. Half of the people at work are sick and now I think I’m sick too. I’ve been sneezing nearly nonstop. Seems all of the vitamins I’ve been taking didn’t prevent the cold. After I conquer this cold I’m going to get a flu shot. I don’t want to get the flu this year.

October Goals

I can’t believe it’s already October. Where has 2009 gone? This month will be a challenge since it’s Halloween time again. I always start eating the treats weeks before Halloween. This year my plan is to buy the candy a day or two before so I can’t just sit and eat all that sugar.

 I am a candy corn addict!  I usually buy four or five bags before Halloween which I quickly polish off with the help of my hubby and two kids. I’m doing my best to resist that urge this year. We have already eaten one bag. If I don’t buy it, then I won’t eat it!

Up until now, I have really only had one goal: lose weight! I thought this month I would give myself some smaller goals so that I can look back and feel like I’ve accomplished something. The lack of weight loss for two months has been really difficult for me to deal with and it’s been hard for me to go forward. Frankly, it sucks.

In the spirit of keeping my chin up, my October intentions are:

  1. Lose five pounds.
  2. Work out with trainer 3 days per week.
  3. Continue with Run/Walk program. By the end of the month, I will have completed week 7 and be able to run 20 min./walk 1 min./run 5 min.
  4. Complete the Pumpkin Pacer 5k.
  5. Eat between 1200-1400 calories per day.
  6. Allow myself one treat per week.
  7. Walk 2-3 miles on the “off” days of the Run/Walk Program.
  8. Lose 2 inches in the waist.
  9. Have fun!

Good luck to everyone this month!