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!

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I’m Joining Another Mother Runner’s June Challenge

This has been rough week, both physically with my runs and with some tough stuff happening at work. I won’t go into the work issues other than to say that some of our employees damaged a few large pieces of equipment. Ouch!

This morning I had planned to do the week five, day 1 training run on the 10K plan on the Deltaworks Pro Run Training. The plan was to do nine intervals of 3 min. run/1 min. walk after the 5 minute warm up. Immediately during my first run I noticed that my right quad was really tight. I’m not sure whether it was from the sprints I did earlier this week or because I was running on the treadmill. I definitely prefer running outside but it’s really windy here today (20 mph with 30-40 mph gusts) & it just wasn’t appealing to run outside in that. So after practically limping my way through the first two run cycles I decided to try something else. I started walking & thought I would walk for 1/2 hr or so. Then I realized that I really wanted some type of running workout. So I improvised & did 8 minute sprint intervals with 1 minute of walking in between each interval. And I’m happy with that. No, it wasn’t what I really wanted to do but it was better than just giving up and ending my workout right then.

I had a really difficult time staying motivated this week. Probably due to laziness and the weather. I can come up with a lot of other excuses too. Instead, I’m going to join Another Mother Runner’s June Running Challenge.

This seems like a great way to stay motivated. I recently bought Train Like a Mother so I’m going to try one of the training plans in there. It’s always fun & interesting to change things up a bit. Anyone else up for the challenge?

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!

More About Me

Laura asked some really great questions in the comments on my last post so I thought I’d answer them here. 

1)  How many times a week do you work out (run, etc.) and for how long?

I strength train with a trainer 3 days a week for 45-60 min. We do a few cardio intervals as well. I was training 5 days a week with 2 days of HIT training but my schedule changed so now it’s just the 3 days of strength training. To replace the HIT training, I have started a run/walk program recently where I run/walk 3 times a week for 30-60 min. My ultimate goal is to be able to run 30-60 min. I’m definitely improving.  On the days I don’t run/walk I walk for at least 30 min. (Usually about 2 miles). I exercise every day at least once.

2) What kind of diet are you eating? Are pretty mindful of what you are eating? No hidden calories (even from yourself)?

 I am a fairly clean eater. My trainer wants me to eat only oatmeal, protein shakes, chicken breast, fish, brown rice, sweet potatoes and vegetables. Unfortunately, that’s too darn boring for me! I need more variety in my life. Not to mention, I love fruit.

My favorite breakfast is Kashi Go Lean Crunch with 1% or nonfat milk. Some days I eat oatmeal with a scoop of whey powder or an egg white omelet with veggies. For lunch I have salad (with no dressing), chicken or fish. For my carbs I eat brown rice (1/2 cup) or a whole grain pita, wrap  or piece of bread. I don’t eat white bread at all any more. (I guess I did have a Parker House roll earlier this month :)) I probably don’t eat enough fruit and veggies every day but I am working on that.

Now, I am not saying that I am perfect, by any means. I had a hamburger a few weeks ago. And I am embarrassed to admit that I had a Costco dog today. I know, I know… horrible! I was starving and made the mistake of going there hungry.

I love tall, nonfat mochas, no whip. I have one nearly every day. That’s next on my list of habits to kick. They have 180 calories, 32 g. carbs, 2 g. fat and 11 g. protein. The sugar in it is the killer. I hate drinking my calories! I drink lots of water every day (more than 64 ounces per day).

I do write down everything I eat in my food log. On average I eat 1400-1600 calories per day.

Thanks again for the support and the great questions!