Thursday, December 6, 2012

What A Vacation


They say its the "Happiest Place On Earth" and I am beginning to believe them.  We took my daughter to Walt Disney World and it was the BEST time ever!!!!  I've mentioned before that she is four years old now, and let me tell you, she was at the perfect age to enjoy everything.  She is a BIG fan of the Princesses so she was in awe to meet them and get their autographs.  She even had breakfast\brunch with Pooh and Tigger and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.  
Of course she had to dress up in her Princess outfits and she was even able to get her hair and nails done up like Belle at the Princess Boutique (I forget how to spell it correctly, but it was called something like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique).  All I can say is they really know how to make children (and adults for that matter) happy!  Needless to say, I am in need of a vacation after the vacation!
I weighed my self before we left because I wanted to see what the damage would be when I returned.  Now mind you, I was on vacation and told myself that I would have what I wanted but I would not overdue it and make myself sick.  So, that is what I did.  I enjoyed chocolate and ice cream and french fries.  I did, however, start everyday with a healthy breakfast of a multigrain cereal.  So, when I came home, I stepped on the scale and you know what???  I LOST 3 lbs!!!!!  Yes!!!  I know it had to do with all of the walking we did.  I mean at the end of each day  I was COMPLETELY wiped out!
I told myself that now I just need to keep the activity levels up.  I have not been to the gym in weeks so I need to get back to my daily routine.  Even if its not the gym, I just NEED to move somehow.  It just reminded me how important physical activity is.  
Well, that's all for now.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Temptations

Well the holidays are upon us.  I just love this time of year!  We spend a lot of time with family and friends and it seems like something is always abuzz.
I have to make sure no to overindulge at every party\gathering that we have.  I know that at work there will be delicious temptations everywhere.  I will try to be mindful of what I am eating, but I also want to enjoy the food and festivities at the same time.  Maybe I will try to implement the rule that its ok for me to sample several things as long as I don't eat all of everything.  I think that way I will still be able to feel like I am enjoying myself and not depriving myself.
How do you intend to handle the Holiday season with so many delicious temptations around?
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

All I can say is Thank God we made it safely through the storm!  Let me tell you that it was scary to say the least.  The wind and the rains were horrendous.  My prayers go out to all of those that were affected by the storm.  There is some major damage out there.  I just saw on tv where one family had a tree destroy their house and two cars.  Its so sad.  Its going to take awhile for people to recover from this.  Mother Nature is really something else.
The New Jersey shore has been hit relly hard.  The pictures are devastating.  Words cannot express my feelings when I look at the pictures.
I just wanted to make a quick post to express my feelings.  I hope everyone stays safe!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cold, Damp, and Dreary

I can't believe how cold it is today!!!  Well I guess its not really cold but Fall is definitely here.  Its dreary and damp too....which I do not like!  This is the time of the year when I seem to constantly put lotion on my hands.  I cannot stand that dry feeling.  I probably lotion my hands every 5 to 10 minutes!
Anyway, I have been really conscious of what I am eating lately.  I have been tracking everything and it seems to be helping with the choices that I am making.  I just came back from a trip to Whole Foods.  I only needed to pick up a couple of things, like oatmeal, milk, salad, green juice and some yogurt.  Oh, and I also got some non fat frozen yogurt.  I am going to use that as my treat when the rest of the family is eating ice cream.
Last week I went to the gym three times and this week I am on track to do the same.  So far I have been warming up by walking on the treadmill and then I ride the stationary bike.  I am still easing myself back into the routine so I have not done any weights yet.  I would also like to work my way back up to going five times a week.
I have been drinking plenty of water and I have also been incorporating my protein shakes into my daily food intake.  Last week I used all of my points plus the weekly points that I get.  I am only weighing myself on Wednesdays.  So, that means tomorrow is a weigh-in day.  I can only hope that I am down some!
Time to go pick up the little one!  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Meal Planning

Well today is Sunday and this week I am aiming to try something new.  I am going to plan/write down all of my meals for the week.  I am determined to eat what I have planned out.  I am hoping that this will make me have better choices.  I need to have the will power to stick to the plan.  I am back to counting points as that is what worked for me in the past.  I am still working with the nutritionist too.
I am going to the gym tomorrow morning.  My bag is already packed....there is no turning back! I have to stop this madness.  I looked in the mirror and DID NOT like what I saw.  I am the only one who can fix this.  I am struggling but I am getting my will power back to where it needs to be in order for me to succeed.
Tomorrow I will have a Protein Shake for breakfast, yogurt and cheerios for my mid morning snack, a turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread for lunch, string cheese for my afternoon snack, baked chicken and broccoli for dinner, and if I need an evening snack I will have a Protein Shake or Protein bar.  The plan is also to have endless amounts of water.  I will keep you posted.
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Scale Can Go Down

Hello all!!!  Its been awhile.  I am still here and struggling to get the weight off.  I am still dealing with a medical issue, but I am making steady improvements.  I will be able to get back to the gym in about 10 days so I am looking forward to that.
I was down and out for a little bit last week and lost about 6lbs, but that was only because I wasn't really eating.  When I did manage to eat, I was eating soup and plain bagels.  I believe I gained about 2lbs back, but let me tell you....it was really nice to see the scale goind down for more than a pond or two!  I was beginning to think that something was wrong and that I woulnd't be able to lose anything. I tell ya, this weight loss thing is frustrating.
Anyway, my nutritionist emailed me and said that I have been doing really great with my evening meals for the most part. I still have a tendency to slip up (hey, I'm human) with somethings throughout the day.  This is a work in progress.  He said that as long as  I continue to make steady improvements, he is happy.
Well, I must go!  The rest of the week is going to be crazy.  We have swimming lessons, tennis, dance class, and a birthday party!!!!  Should be fun!!!
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Must Get Back To The Gym

I cannot believe how the summer has flown by! We have had a blast with some nice road trips in the past couple of months.
I have been doing well with my eating.  The frustrating thing is that the scale is not moving much at all!!!  I have to get to the gym more often to see if that will help things along. I mean I am teeting back and forth with the same 1-2 lbs gained\lost.  I need to get out of my rut!!!
I have to take care of a medical issue and when that gets resolved within the next two weeks I really plan to bump up my game again in the gym.  I might even start back up with the personal trainer to kick start some things, but we will see.
At any rate, I am in this for the long haul!  I just have to keep myself motivated.  I have been reading a lot of blogs that are helping me too!  Gotta go for now!
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Weekend Whirlwind

Whew what a weekend!  We went on a little getaway to D.C. and what a blast we had.  I took my daughter to see her first ever WNBA game and she loved every minute of it.  The highlight of the game for her was when she was dancing and they put her up on the big screen!  I think at that moment she was the happiest little girl in the world.  Seeing her face and feeling her hug me just made my day!
I made sure to keep myself aware of what I was eating.  Some friends had us over to their house before the game for some lunch.  I had chicken salad with some delicious pita chips.  I had a couple of pieces of tortellini and salami from the pasta salad, and I had two (maybe three) deviled eggs.  I watched my portions and managed to not over do it.  For dessert we had some out of ths world sweet watermelon.  What a way to cap off a meal.  During the game I had some popcorn and some water.
I really do need to get back on the exercise track!  I can definitely feel myself slipping.  I did manage to take a little walk around the parking lot at work yesterday and it felt good.  I can tell though that I have lost some of my cardio that I worked so hard to gain.  I will get ther again...I am determined!
Well, gotta go get some work done.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Small Victories, One Step At A Time

I am making progress and getting used to my new eating plan.  I have been having protein shakes for breakfast around 630 or 700 am and then around 1000am I will have a piece of fruit or some greek yogurt.  I am also working on my water consumption and although it has not been great, it is improving.  I still have my one cup of coffee in the morning.  That is something that I just don't want to get rid of.  At least not right now.  I managed to get to the gym yesterday morning and although I was only able to squeeze in 20 minutes on the bike, I was proud of myself for at least getting there.  I had been on this terrible procrastination streak with the gym.  Every evening I was saying that I would go to the gym the next mornng.  Sadly, 9 out of 10 times I never made it.  It is easy to get out of your routine and make excuses as to why you cannot make it.  
I was so proud of myself last night.  My daughter had tennis lessons and she did excellent.  She is really doing well and she really likes it too.  Anyway, she wanted a cheeseburger for dinner so I stopped on the way home to get her one.  I wasn't really hungry so instead of allowing myself to eat something that I shouldn't I just opted to drink a protein shake.  YES!!!  It was a victory for me!!!  I felt great about my decision too.  It may have been a small victory, but it was a victory non the less. Hey, I am taking things one step at a time these days.  Slow and steady will win this race!!
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Protein Shakes

I cannot believe that it is August already.  Where has the summer gone?  I still have a couple of vacations lined up for this year so I am happy about that.  Since I met with the nutritionist I have been meaning to go pick up some protein powder for my shakes.  I wasn't sure which one to get so I asked a couple of people and the nutrtionist suggested some. Yesterday one of my co-workers\gym buddies suggested Pure Protein.  So last night, off to the store I went.  I picked up a 2lb container of it.  Normally I would mix my protein shakes with almond milk, but the nutrtionist wants me to just use water. So last night I decided to give it a try.  And you know what???  I liked it!  I got the frosty chocolate flavor and it was smooth and creamy.  It didn't taste chalky to me at all like some of the other ones have.  I will have a shake for my 10am and my 3pm snacks today.
Not much else is going on.  I went to the gym yesterday and did some cardio.  I did the elliptical and the stationary bike.  It felt good.  Tomorrow I will do cardio and weights.  I managed to eat a good meal for dinner last night as I am continuing to concentrate on bettering that meal.  I had a turkey burger without the bun and some mixed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots) with some iced tea.
Gotta go for now.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.
Disclaimer: These are my own opinions.  I did not get paid to promote any products.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Positive Thinking

I can't believe I wrote a post for this and TOTALLY lost it!!! So, let me try to think of what I said and redo it.....
I met with the Nutritionist on Wednesday and I must say that I was very excited and impressed by him and the things he was telling me.  We met for about 30 minutes since we both had to get back to work.  He does the nutrition thing on the side.  Anyway, he said that we are going to start slowly since this is a lifestyle change and not some "fad" diet!  I absolutely agreed with him.  We are going to work on getting me some healthier snack options and also work on my evening meal.  It seems that I am eating too many carbs in the evening.  Which is not good since I do not do any activities in the evenings to burn them off.  So, we will see what happens.
On another note, has anyone been watching the Olympics?  I just loved, loved, loved watching the Women's Road race.  I can't believe how fast they were going!  Especially since the conditions were so treacherous.  Amazing athletes.  I also like to watch the swimming and the basketball.  Actually, I just love it all!!
Time to get to work.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hectic Summer Days

What is happening?? I cannot believe that July is almost over. The summer is going so fast. I think its because I have been so busy. My daughter is now taking tennis lessons and she absolutely LOVES it. I'm happy because it gives me a chance to get her interested in sports at an early age. I also realized that I can get in a quick 40 minute bike ride while she is having her lesson. Win-win for both of us! I'm now signed up with a nutritionist. I will have my first meeting with him later on this week. Probably tomorrow because the rest of my week is crazy hectic. I'm excited to get started with him and see what ideas\options he has for me. I just need someone to tell me what to eat and when. I need to get concrete meal plans in order for me to stick to something. This healthy eating thing is hard for me, but I know it is something that I MUST do in order to be here for my daughter. I have been such a slacker when it comes to the gym lately. I have not been in about 3 weeks and that is really unacceptable. I just lost my mojo and I need to get it back. Each night I say to myself that I am going to the gym in the morning, but when morning time arrives, I let the devil win out and I don't go....ugh!!! I need to work on this and make going to the gym a habit for me once again. I better get to work now, but I wanted to let ya'll know what I have been up to. I think that once I get a plan from the nutritionist, I will post what I am eating. Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I Feel Like A Real Rider

Happy Fourth of July!!

Its such a beautiful day.  The weather is a little hot but I don't mind it at all.  I am enjoying this day off.  I figured since my daughter was taking a nap, I'd take my bike out for a ride.  I got to the trail and it was empty! Yes!!!  I wouldn't have to worry about the walkers or anyone else.
I intended to do 10 laps.  I got my shoes, helmet and gloves on.  Put the water bottle in the cage and headed to the trail.  I hopped on the bike and started to pedal....something didn't feel right.  I was saying to myself, "hmmm something is going on" and before I knew it, I was on the ground!  Yep, while I was trying to figure out what was wrong with the bike, I completely forgot that I was clipped in and went straight down....HARD!!!  I scrapped my knees and my midsection (read fat gut) hit the drop bars....ugh!!!  I'm ok, but the minute I got up, I said to myself, "you are now a real rider" since all of my rider friends told me that I would eventually take my first dive.
Sorry no pictures since I was alone. However, I am sure it was not a pretty sight to see me laying on the ground....lol.
I didn't get my ride in because now the brakes are rubbing the tires and I need air in the tires too.  I think also think the drop bar is crooked so I will be taking it to the shop this week just to have them look at it and to give me peace of mind that all is ok with the bike. :-)
So, I am back home and sweaty although not from a workout. :-( I will have to see if I can get some other type of activity in for the day.
Hope you all are having a great day!  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.
How long did it take you to have your first fall once you started using clipless pedals?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Loving the beach

Whew! What a whirlwind of a vacation! I had so much fun at the beach with my family. We ate, we drank, and we played! I just love being by the ocean. It's such a calming feeling for me. My daughter was so much fun this year since she was really able to enjoy the water and the boardwalk. She loved the rides and playing all sorts of games. It does amaze me though how much of a ripoff some of (maybe all of) those games are. I don't even want to think about the actual amount of money that we spent during the week. I guess you can figure that I did not eat well AT All during the week. Well, I did manage to eat my yogurt during the day but after that, things just kind of went down hill. I am not upset because I knew it would happen. Heck, I am the one who allowed it to happen. My goal starting today is to get back on plan and start tracking again. I will plan my meals ahead of time and do my darnedest to stick to it. I have six months until we go to Disney and since we will be doing a TON of walking, I want to feel comfortable. I am going to try to post some pictures of what I am eating. I say try because it takes me forever to get pictures up and a lot of times I just don't have the extra time. So, we will see what happens. Let the summer begin! Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sick and Tired

Well, I'm still around but I have been struggling. I have been under a lot of stress at work and for me that is not good. It's not good because I realized that I am a stress eater. This has caused me to go on binges that are not good. I justify all of my bad eating decisions on the fact that I'm having a bad day, minute, hour,etc. That only spells disaster for me. Then I wonder why I am only stuck at a small loss on the scale! Ugh!!! I really need to get it together. I just keep telling myself that I really do want this and that I really am sick and tired of being fat! I will conquer this.....one painful pound at a time!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Still Alive and Kicking

 
Things have been mad busy for me lately.  I am trying to get through my daughter’s dance recital, work has been crazy, people are constantly wanting play dates, and I have not been feeling so well. My allergies have been really acting up lately and it is causing me to feel extremely sluggish.  I made it to the gym twice last week, but my intention was to go no fewer than three times.  Hopefully I can make that happen this week.  Oh, I haven’t been going to the SPIN class on Friday mornings because each time I go to sign-up, the class list is already full.  UGH!!!! Why all of a sudden is everyone wanting to take the express class in the morning???? 
Since I have joined back up with WW, I have really been trying to watch what I am eating.  I realize that I need the accountability of a weekly weigh-in to keep me in check.  I was up .4 last week, but that is much less than what I expected because I REALLY enjoyed myself for Mother’s Day weekend. 
Since we have a three day weekend coming up, I really hope I can get a couple of bike rides in.  I am itching to get back out there on the bike since its been awhile.
Well, gotta go.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.
Oh, almost forgot!  I was just coming back to my desk and there were tables set out in the open area at work with tons of cake being given away.  I walked past it twice and declined the offer of cake twice!!!!  YES!!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ramblings

Hello, is anyone there? I haven't posted in awhile but I am here. I am still trying to get through this thing called life. I seem to be stuck at a weightloss plateau....ugh!!!! I lost two pounds two weeks ago but nothing since. Let me tell you it is completely discouraging and frustrating. I mean, I know I have made some bad choices foodwise, but I have not done that consistently. Besides, I have been exercising too so something should be coming off!! On another note, I have some scheduled days off from work coming up and I cannot wait. I plan on taking some nice bike rides with some friends. I hope I will be able to post some pictures. I saw this girl at the gym last night and she was simply AMAZING!! I don't know how she was able to do the exercises that she was doing! I tell you what, she sure had me working out harder and pushing myself harder. I was trying not to stare but her arms were cut to perfection and her legs were built! I can only hope that I get to that level of fitness one day. Well, I better go get this day started. I am doing good so far with food. It's still early so all I've had is a chocolate peanut butter protein shake. I'm drinking coffee now and plan to drink a ton of water today. Please, please let me stay on track and have a good day. Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Could Be Doing Better

I'm a little late but I want to let you know how I did with my March goals 1. Drink at least 64 oz of water daily....well, not quite. I think I was drinking more like 48 oz which I know is not nearly enough! 2. No fast food....I failed. I had McDonald's 3. Only eat the food that I packed for lunch....I probably did this 50% of the time....definitely need to work on this 4. Exercise at least 3x a week...MAJOR fail here....I did not go to the gym for two weeks!!!! I started back today and I am hopefully getting back to my routine. I am not trying to make excuses but I have been under a lot of stress at work. I know now more than ever that I am a stress eater....not good!!!! Today I had my chocolate protein shake before I went to the gym. After the gym I had my Greek yogurt. Around 10am I was starving and grabbed a soft pretzel. Not the best idea, but I'm moving on from it. I had a scoop of chicken salad on lettuce with some crab and asparagus soup for lunch. Not a bad lunch but then I came home and had chick Fil-A for dinner. Not such a bright idea either. Tomorrow is another day for me to make better decisions. I will try my best..... Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

My Eats

Ok, I'm just going to do a quick update on what I have been eating lately.

For breakfast I have been having a protein shake that consists of:
1 scoop of Designer's Whey Protein Powder
Handful of spinach
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup blackberries
2 strawberries
Dash of agave nectar

I just blend this all together in my Magic Bullet and off to work I go. I have been realizing that this keeps me quite full for several hours. Once I begin to feel hungry I grab a piece of fruit (an apple or banana) or some Greek yogurt. I have really been enjoying Fage Total 0% Greek yogurt. I like the blueberry with Acai and the strawberry with goji. I hope I remember to take a picture of it the next time (speaking of pictures, I really need to take pictures of all that I eat but I always remember when it's too late).

For lunch I have a turkey sandwich on rye with some pretzels or a 1/2 of a turkey sandwich with some chicken noodle soup and pretzels.

For my afternoon snack ( if I'm hungry) I will have a protein bar or some more fruit. If I haven't eaten my yogurt, I will then eat it at this time.
Throughout all of this I am constantly drinking my water. ;-)

Dinner is where I have been having issues. I will eat what the family is having which has not been a great idea lately. We had pizza one night, pasta the next, and then some Chinese food the other night. I just have to have my own dinners planned out and stick to it.

How do you handle family meals or do you make your own separate meals?

Ok, I said this was going to be a quick post but somehow it is longer than I expected.....oh well.

Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Whole Foods Hungry

Well, here we are into another month. I had a great weekend! Our friends were here from out of town so we spent most of the time catching up and reminicising. My daughter just loves them so she was on over drive the entire weekend.
Yesterday I decide to head over to Whole Foods to pick up some things for the week. They just opened the store near me about a month ago. Boy was it crowded. I got some fruits and veggies, some granola, yogurt, and quinoa. Then I started putting unnecessary stuff in the cart. Why???? Because like the crazy person I am, I went to the store while I was hungry!!!! Duh!!! It's my own fault and I should know better. I put a Carmel coated beignet in the cart along with some things from the hot foods bar like rice and chicken. Then I got one of those Odwalla drinks.....did I need that??? No!! When I got home and started eating the beignet, it was sickening.....too sweet and definitely too much Carmel! I threw half of it away which to me is a win since I would normally just force myself to eat the whole thing. I should have taken a picture of it so that you could see all the ooziness (not sure if that's a word). At any rate, I plan to have a great week food wise. I am going to track everything I eat and keep up with th points. I am even going to Weight Watchers this week! Hey, summer is coming and I want to feel comfortable.
On a side note, I ordered some padded bike shorts. Can't wait until they come in. Bike riding is definitely going to be my thing this summer.
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Missing In Action

You never know how much of an impact you leave on people. I had been going to the gym at work every morning consistently for about a year. I never missed a beat. Well, that was until about two months ago. I started going three times a weeke, then it dwindled down to two times a week. Then I hurt my back and stopped going but I told myself as soon as my back got better I would get back into it. Well, my back has felt fine for about two weeks now, but I still have not been back to the gym. Now mind you I have ridden my bike outsides few times and I have managed to go to the Y also, but nothing has compared to my everyday gym days. Several people, including my trainer have stopped me in the hallway to see if I'm ok and to say that they have missed me being in the gym. A coworker even stopped me to say that I was her motivation for getting to the gym and now that I'm not there, she has slacked off some. Wow! I'm not quite sure what to think of all of this. I mean it is great to be missed and to have people care, but it also brings about some pressure. It makes me realize that not only am I doing this for me, but I also have people looking up to me for inspiration. It is flattering to an extent though.
With all of that being said, I know that I need to get my butt back into the gym. It's so easy to get out of the habit. All I can say is that I am going to try.
Btw, I did get in a 10 mile bike ride the other day. I am loving my new bike!!! Just need to invest in some padded bike shorts. ;-)
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Bike

I'm sooooo excited!!!  I got a new road bike!!!  It took me awhile to decide and then the store that I went to was so extremely helpful and to top it all off they were having a sale!  Now mind you, I have a bike that I bought last summer, but it is a hybrid and is a little heavy for me.  I REALLY wanted a road bike because in talking to my friends and other people who have them, I have only heard great things.  I also want to do some races and this type of bike will help.  I love bike riding and kow that it is also a great way to lose weight.  I just have to have a plan and schedule as to when I can ride because I need to find someone to watch my daughter.  However, as the saying goes....where there's a will, there's a way.....so, I WILL find a way.
I know you want to see my bike so here it is.....all nice and shiny.....  :-)
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy!



Monday, March 5, 2012

March Goals

I am going to try to give myself some goals for this month. I think it will help me with my progress and will help me stay accountable.

1. Drink at least 64 oz of water a day
2. No fast food
3. Pack my lunch everyday
4. Eat only the foods that take with me each day
5. Exercise at least 3 times a week (one has to be a spin class)

I think this is a good start. I know that sometimes its better if you write things down and can go back to reference them later. I am hoping this helps me. I think I also might register for a bike race so that I have something to look forward to.

Wish me luck! Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Awesome Weekend

I was so excited for Saturday to get here because I was headed to the Endurance Sports Expo. I could not wait because I had heard it was a lot of fun. Since I am really into cycling, I was extremely anxious to take a look at the road bikes and the other cycling gear. The show didn't open until 10am, but I heard that a line forms early. They were also going to hand out swag bags to the first 750 people. So, I was there 1.5 hrs before the doors opened and yes, I was FIRST in line...YIPPEE!!!!

Here are a couple of pics of the bikes I saw and liked:



I seriously cannot wait to purchase my first road bike.  Of course some of these bikes were in the thousands of dollars range and since I am by no means a professional, I will be getting something on a much cheaper scale.  But, hey, one can dream, can't she???  That's it for now...until next time stay strong and eat healthy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Getting Back Into My Groove

i had a couple of days off so today I decided to head on over to the Y. I'm glad I did because when I was finished, I felt great! I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the bike. When I was riding the bike I was acting like I was in SPIN class so at one point I had the resistance up to 20 so that I felt like I was "peddling through mud" (as my Trainer would say). After my cardio work, I went and did some weights. I just concentrated on my arms. Tomorrow I plan on concentratying on my legs with the weights. I would also like to swim tomorrow, but I have to see how my schedule looks.
I also didn't do too bad with eating. For breakfast, I had an egg and cheese with one piece of bacon on a sandwich thin. For lunch I had 1/4 lb of seafood salad (which I probably should't have had but.....). For dinner I had some chicken and rice. I was only able to get in 32oz of water which is NOT good. I will strive to do better tomorrow!
Well gotta go! Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Uncontrollable Factors Derailling My Efforts

Well, here we are...its Friday and I am sitting at my desk when I should be in my SPIN class.  I am going to regret this I just know it!!! I am not going to complain because I have no one to blame but myself.  I am letting too many outside forces derail my weight loss plans.  (Note to self: not everything can be controlled by me)

I need to get a GRIP and snap out of this......NOW!!!!! Exercise would probably help me to relieve some stress.  Maybe just maybe I will go to the gym later on today.  I do have my workout clothes with me.  Someone please encourage me and give me hope.  I need it!!!!

Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy...(REALLY talking to myself here)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rough Days

It sure has been a STRESSFUL couple of weeks.  We are going through major changes at work and it is unclear of what the outcome might be so I have been a basket case for weeks now.  For me, with stress comes eating.  I eat just to combat the stress and 9 times out of 10, what I am eating is NOT a healthy choice.
I went a got weighed last week and I was up 2lbs!!!!  Uh!!! Not surprised but not happy either.  I had skipped the previous week's weigh in because I just knew it was going to be ugly.
I have still been going to the gym though.  I will NOT give that up because I know that it is good for me at this point - both mentally and physically. 
I just want to get through this week and then things should calm down and I can get back to concentrating on losing this dredded weight.  I am tired of being FAT!!!!!
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy -  I am definitely talking to myself here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Maybe Next Year

Well, I didn't get picked for this year's CNN Tri Challenge and while I am disappointed, I am not going to let this stop me from getting healthier and being the best me that I can be.  I am going to continue to do my thing with Weight Watchers and going to the gym.  Maybe I will try again next year to get picked.
This week I have been concentrating on mindless eating.  I know that when I am bored, I will eat.  I will eat when I am sitting at the computer doing nothing.  I will eat when I see my snacks just sitting on my desk, even if its not time for me to eat them or even if I am not hungry.  So, yesterday when I was bored and felt the munchies coming along, I took a brisk walk outside around my office building.  When I came back in I felt rejuvenated and didn't want anything to munch on.  I was able to hold off until my regularly scheduled snack break.  I am going to try to do these small goals each week and see how it works for me.  Does anyone else do this type of thing?  If so, what do you do and how does it work for you?
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Must Take It Easy For A Bit

A new year!!!  Whew!!  What a whirlwind of a holiday season we had.  It was busy, exciting, fun, a blessing, and exhausting all at the same time.  Now I am getting back into the groove of things. 
I have been tracking my food and also drinking a ton more water. I am concentrating on what my body is telling me and when I am full, I do not eat...hmmm...imagine that!?!? I get weighed tomorrow so we will see how I am doing.  I know I shouldn't focus so much on the number on the scale, but it is hard not to.
I have been going to the gym and doing my weights and cardio and I am taking on SPIN class a week.  I noticed that during my SPIN class, when my heart rate gets elevated, I start to get a really bad headache.  At first I didn't think anything of it, but then it happened again.  It then happened when I was doing some intense (well, intense to me, lol) weight training.  I knew that I had not been feeling myself lately.  I just felt kind of sluggish and just plain tired.
So, I went to the doctor and guess what???  I have bronchitis!!!  UGH!!!!  Well, I am thanking God that it is not anything more serious, because I was really worried about my blood pressure, etc.  So, the doc said to take it easy for a few days and he gave me some antibiotics.  We are also going to get some blood work done, but all should be ok.  Once I get back to feeling like myself I am going right back to SPIN class hoping that the headaches will be gone.
I think I might start posting my weight numbers just so that I can keep myself more accountable.....its just so daunting....I will have to think about it.
Well, until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.