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!

Happy Saturday!

The weather today has been absolutely beautiful. I can hardly believe it’s fall. We are having temps about 20 degrees above normal. It was so perfect, the hubs and I went for a 2 mile walk this morning. My legs are pretty sore from running yesterday so I needed the stretch of a walk. It felt great to be outside exercising. The weather will turn chilly soon and I won’t go outside to exercise. I am a total wimp about being cold.

Lately, I have been so frustrated about my weight or rather my lack of weight loss. Up until the beginning of this month, I was strength training 45- 60 min. 3 days a week and interval training 45-60 min. 2 days a week with my personal trainer. I had to stop the interval training when school started due to the volunteering I do at my daughter’s school. I’ve replaced that with cardio at least 3 days a week but am aiming t0 do more.

I eat between 1200-1600 calories a day. I’ve cut out fast foods, with the exception of a hamburger every month or two when I get a craving. A girl’s gotta have a burger now and then! 🙂 My protein comes from chicken breast, I’ve limited the number of nonfat, no whip, tall mochas. I rarely eat processed foods or sugary sweets. No more refined carbs for me. I ate pasta on my birthday as a special treat and was able to eat only 5 or 6 bites. Anyway, you get the idea. I’ve made huge changes to my diet and haven’t seen much change.

There have been so many days I have wanted to give up completely. One of those days was the day I ate a hamburger for lunch. I’ve lost my motivation to get up early to exercise. I’ve been doing my cardio in the evenings, if I can fit it in with my busy schedule. I’ve been struggling to keep my motivation. I’m battling negative self talk.

But I have refused to quit. I am stronger. I can see muscle definition that I’ve never had before. And I love it! I have more energy and endurance. All of that keeps me going. So, I take one day at a time and try to remember the benefits from my new healthier lifestyle. Tomorrow is a new day!

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~Henry Ford

Success!

I did it! I completed the run/walk… 3.2 miles in 38:39! Yippy! I felt great for completing it! That run is the third run for week 2 in the Prevention Magazine Turn Your Walk into a Run Program. Sunday I plan to start week three which is Run 5 minutes/walk 3 minutes six times. I’ve mapped my run for 4.5 miles. I’m hoping to improve my pace a little but frankly, at this point, if I can finish then I’ll be a happy camper!

My trainer called to tell me that she can’t make it to the gym today for my training because she’s sick. Bummer. So instead of heading to the gym by myself, I’m going to do a bike ride in my neighborhood. If it’s too hot, then plan B is to ride my stationary bike. Today was leg day so if I do some intervals I should be able to get a decent leg workout.

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Look at that delicious plate! Lunch was a wrap with chicken, spinach, avocado, and salsa. Yummy! I’ve been totally craving vegetables the past few days. I baked an acorn squash last night with a little brown sugar for dinner. Loved it!

I’m looking for great salad recipes so if you have any, please post them in the comments. Thanks for sharing with me.