Friday, October 28, 2011

October 28

7:30 - glazed donut (I know)........

8:00 - 3 miles elliptical, 32 oz water

10:00 coffee w/creamer (70 calories)

11:30 - oatmeal (130 calories)

1:30 - 3 miles elliptical, 16 oz water

3:00 - 2 cups spaghetti w/meat sauce (co-worker home cooked)....estimated calories.....

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October 27

Weighed in again at 247.0......yay! I successfully beat the post-binge bloat!

6:30 Slim in 6 pack

7:00 2 tbs chlorophyll, OEP, 12 oz water

8:30 oatmeal (130 calories), 1 tsp coconut oil (45 calories), half n half (40 calories), multivitamin

10:00 coffee, 1 tsp coconut oil (45 calories), creamer (70 calories), 20 oz water

11:30 20 oz water, OEP

1:30 4 miles elliptical, 20 front shoulder presses, 20 lateral raises, 20 upright rows, 20 oz water

2:30 chicken/broccoli/potato soup, (380 calories), multivitamin

5:00 20 oz water

6:00 3 miles elliptical

7:00 protein shake (300 calories)

9:30 1 cup Beenie Weenies (290 calories), 10 tortilla chips (140 calories)

10:30 2 glasses moscato


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 26

down half a pound to 247.0.....I'll take it! Especially after yesterday's sugar and sodium-filled day. Vowing to do better today :)

7:30 - 2 tbs chlorophyll, 8 oz water (something new I'm trying, for general health and internal body cleansing)

9:00 - packet oatmeal (130 calories), 2 tbs half n half (40 calories), multivitamin

10:00 coffee with 2 tbs creamer (70 calories), 1 tsp coconut oil (45 calories), 20 oz water

12:30 - uh oh. This is embarrassing to post but that's the point I guess. Went on another lunch date to Zaxby's....sigh....I could easily have gotten a grilled chicken sandwich or salad or something, but what did I get? The Wings n Things meal, complete with buttery texas toast and french fries. Well at least I drank water with it :-/ to (fearfully) check the calorie count.........
OMG.....I consumed 1490 calories. in one meal. Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!

1:00 12 oz water

3:30 20 oz water

5:00 20 oz water, 8 oz hot tea

6:00 4 miles elliptical, 20 oz water

7:30: 20 oz water

TOTAL CALORIES: 1770 (not too shabby)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 25

9:00 Pop tarts (strategic cheat - I didn't bring enough food with me to work) - 410 calories, multivitamin, 16 oz water

10:00 coffee with 2 Tbs creamer (70 calories), 1 tsp coconut oil (45 calories), 16 oz water

Skipped lunchtime workout to go to the grocery store with my coworker..

1:00 Healthy choice entree (350 calories), 2 bites of my co-workers bourbon chicken (100ish calories?), multivitamin, 16 oz water

4:00 coffee with 2 Tbs creamer (70 calories)

5:00 16 oz water

6:00 2 miles elliptical, 50 bicycles, 16 oz water

7:30 small apple (80 calories)

8:30 1 slice papa johns pizza (pepperoni, canadian bacon, ground beef, onions, banana peppers), --400 calories, 16 oz water


Monday, October 24, 2011

October 24 - Diet

I must log every single morsel i consume this week. I haven't been pulling the numbers I need to be, despite my heavy workout schedule, so that means I need to take a real close look at what i'm eating.

8:30 : 1 packet oatmeal (160 calories), 2 Tbs half n half (40 calories), 1 tsp coconut oil (45 calories), multivitamin, 16 oz water

9:30: coffee with 3 Tbs flavored creamer (105 calories), 1 tsp coconut oil (45 calories),16 oz water

12:00 OEP, 8 oz water

1:00 3 miles elliptical, 30 squat/side lifts, 60 bicycle crunches.........16 oz water

2:00 frozen meal (290 calories), multivitamin, 16 oz water

3:30: 16 oz water

4:30: snack pack cheese and crackers (200 calories).......16 oz water

6:00 3 miles elliptical, 50 bicycle crunches, 15 pushups, 16 oz water

7:00 protein shake (300 calories)

8:00 - on: 32 oz water


October 24

One week to go in October, and I'm stuck at 247. Not one pound lost last week, even though i worked out 2x per day 4 days in a row. Only 2 reasons why this could be:

-My diet needs to be cleaned up and monitored more closely.

-After a decade of yo-yoing, I've finally, officially, ruined my metabolism.

When i was in my early 20's, I could do a little cardio every couple days and loosely follow any random diet plan, with plenty of cheating, and still drop pounds easily.

I admit that I had some slipups last week, but I STILL dieted at least 75% of the time. And i still drank a ton of water and endured 8 sweaty, hard workouts. What gives?? I don't put in all of this effort to hover around 250. At this weight, the pounds should be freely falling off. If it takes this much work now, how much is it gonna take the closer i get to my goal weight?? Scary thought.

This is so unfair. I'm really discouraged and annoyed.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 19

haven't posted in a while. I need to stop slacking on this, it's what keeps me going!

In a nutshell, I did great on workout consistency last week, and not too shabby on the diet part. All in all, I lost 3 pounds last week. As of my last weigh in (on Saturday 10/15), I'm 247.6! yay :) the same time, that means I've only shed 2 NET pounds for October. Not wonderful. I dont like losing the same weight over and over. No more backsliding!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 13 -

Skipped 30DS last night, went o bed early for some much needed rest.

Woke up at 248.2!! Yay! I've lost all the weight i regained (plus the period water weight), so now i can continue losing REAL weight :)

6:00 Slim n 6 Pack, 1 mile walk to the train station (I tried to do 30DS but my laptop kept spitting it out for some reason. I'll do it tonight)

9:00 protein shake

10:00 coffee with cream, 20 oz water

1:00 1 mile elliptical, 1 mile run, 20 oz water

2:00 baked chicken breast with skin, 1 cup corn, multi

3:30 20 oz water

5:00 protein shake w/coffee added

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 11

Woke up motivated! I want this to be a big week!

6:00 - OEP, 30 Day Shred, 20 oz water

8:30 - oatmeal with 2 Tbs Half n Half, 1 tsp coconut oil, 10 oz water, multi

10:00 - coffee with 2 Tbs cream, 1 tsp coconut oil, 20 oz water

12:00 - OEP

1:00 - 3 miles elliptical, 20 oz water

2:00 - baked chicken thigh and wing (with skin), 1 cup green beans/corn, multi, 20 oz water

Happy hour - i skipped dinner (not on purpose) because i was havin too much fun! Had 2 (real strong) Long island iced Teas.....not sure of the calories but do you think I cared? lol........

Monday, October 10, 2011

October 10 - Re-starting 30 Day Shred

I went out of town for a friend's wedding festivities and fell off the ball with 30 Day Shred. Starting over today!

9:00 oatmeal with 2 tbs half-n-half, 1 tsp coconut oil, Activit multi

10:00 coffee with 2 tbs flavored creamer, 1 tsp coconut oil, 16 oz water

12:00 16 oz water, OEP

2:00 - 2 mi run/walk (30 min), 16 oz water

3:00 - 300 calorie protein shake, activit multi

5:00 apple, 16 oz water

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kreativ Blogger Award & Seven Things Tag!

Thank you Ebony from Longing 4 Length for awarding me the Kreativ Blogger Award! Her hair blog is fantastic, complete with tips, reggie and progress pics! Plus she's so pretty and she's very supportive of other bloggers. Hey girl hey! Here are the rules:
  1. Link back to the person who passed you the award
  2. Complete the form below
  3. Award 10 Blogs & drop them a line about it
  4. Share 7 random things about yourself
  • Name your favorite song:  Oh man, that's hard! At this point, it would have to be my favorite song "of the moment", cuz there's far too many to name....really ANYTHING by Frank Ocean (I'm in love with the man ya see), "Gibberish" by Ryan Leslie, "Made in America" by Jay-Z/Kanye/Frank Ocean......and Eebsofresh's rendition of "Swim Good" beautiful! It will bring tears to your eyes.
  • Name your favorite dessert: again, too many! ugh.....probably cheesecake, or creme brulee. Or Krispy Kremes (hot). Or anything chocolate. Especially tiramisu. And brownies. And french vanilla ice cream. And any flavor Frappuccino.
  • What pisses you off: Catty women. Men who lie. General stupidity and ratchetness
  • When you're upset, you: Cry. Vent to my BFF. Eat. 
  • Your favorite pet: Dogs and cats! I love both equally, they each have their advantages. i used to have an ADORABLE chihuahua/papillon mix named Sophie (I gave her to my parents when their dog died). I now have a cat named Kitty :)
  • Black or white: Black. Cars, clothes, coffee, and men :)
  • Your biggest fear: Dying a painful death or becoming a victim of a crime, going to Hell
  • Best feature: my eyes. They're big and make me look young, sweet and innocent. Boy do they fool people!
  • Everyday attitude: Laidback, easy, happy, positive, cool :)
  • What is perfection: God is perfection. We humans can't wrap our minds around the concept.
  • Guilty pleasure: trashy reality TV: Basketball Wives, Bad Girls Club, Top Model, Love & Hip Hop. 
7 Random Facts About Myself
  1. My first celebrity crush was Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers. I framed his RollingStone cover (with his blue eyes against the blue background----*sigh*). Random, I know. Although my tastes have changed, I still think he's gorgeous.
  2. I played volleyball in high school for 2 years. Then i got my first weave before my senior year. Deciding I wanted to be cute instead of an athlete, i ditched the team. And the weight battle began....damn you, Milky Way Yaki!
  3. I could watch an episode of Sex and the City every day for the rest of my life. They're all so relatable!
  4. I'm a huge kid when it comes to Halloween. I dress up every year.
  5. I am a natural supplement FREAK. i love reading up on things like coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, chlorophyll, aloe vera, and all kinds of other granola-type things for health and beauty. is my weakness lol...
  6. Math was my favorite subject in school. Specifically, algebra.
  7. I name all of my cars according to make. There was Helga the Honda, Kiki the Kia, and Mimi the Mazda. The Intrepid shall remain unnamed. Hated that m*&^%#!** lemon.
I'll come back to link to some cool blogs!

30 Day Shred - Day 2

Weight: 253 (ugh)

Overslept this morning, so i'll have to do 30DS after work tonight. I'm committed to making today a good diet day. I'm tired of sabotaging all my hard work!

7:00  16 oz water

9:00  oatmeal with milk, 16 oz water, Activit Multi vitamin

10:00 coffee with cream, 16 oz water

1:00 2 mi run/walk, 32 oz water

2:30: rotisserie chicken breast, 1 cup corn/green beans, Activit multi vitamin, 16 oz water

(side note: starting the day with a bottle of water on my way to work really helps me get a jump on the day's water consumption----I successfully consumed a whole gallon yesterday, and since i started so early and spread it out over the course of the day and night, i didnt feel like i was running to the bathroom all day)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

30 Day Shred - Day 1

I vowed to start 30 Day Shred on October 1st, but I'm just now starting today (4th). i made it my first priority today when I woke up. I thought I would miss the thorough-ness of Debbie's workouts, but man is Jillian efficient! She had me dripping within minutes! I'm definitely going to try and keep this a part of my morning routine every day in October.

6:00am: 30 Day Shred, 16 oz water

9:00:   300-calorie protein shake, 8 oz water, Activit multi vitamin

10:00:    Coffee with creamer, 16 oz water

1:00: 3 miles elliptical, 32 oz water

2:00: 2 homemade salmon patties, 3/4 cup corn, Activit multi vitamin

5:00: 16 oz water

I'm feeling like myself again! Glad to be back on the ball!

6:00: 300 calorie protein shake   <------i intended to make this my dinner. BUT....

8:00: rotisserie chicken leg quarter, small side salad  (not so bad, right? read on.....)

10:00 onward......
huge piece of tres leches cake and FIVE Otis Spunkmeyer sugar cookies :(

sigh.....i was doing sooooo good. I should have just went to bed after Biggest Loser. Dammit!

Monday, October 3, 2011

5 Motivation Mind Games That Never Work

From SparkPeople: (this couldn't have come at a better time)....I need a motivation makeover!

5 Motivation Mind Games That Never Work

Why They Fail and What You Can Do Instead

-- By Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert
Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count on. But, with so many motivational tips and tricks to sift through, why are we so often losing our motivation rather than reaping the rewards?

One reason is that some of the most popular motivation strategies people use are mind games—games that don't really work for the long term. At first glance, they all seem helpful, but most are actually bound to fail. Instead of playing Russian roulette when you’re choosing a weight-loss strategy, read on to find out how you can beat the odds and pick a winner.

Mind Game #1:  Going for the Gold
You have your perfect weight and pants size in mind. With a big, bold goal to aspire to, you start biking to work, cooking lighter, packing your lunch, skipping that morning latte, and taking the stairs. Then, three busy, butt-busting weeks later…the scale hasn’t really budged and you’re trying on the same size in the dressing room. Deflated, you start snacking a bit here and slacking a bit there, and your dream of a whittled waistline slowly fades from view.
Motivation Makeover: Going for the gold is a great way to start your weight-loss plan; setting a long-term goal can help you to keep an eye on where you’re headed. But it’s also important to remember that your goal weight is far from the only benefit of incorporating healthy eating and exercise—and it could be a long ways off. Taking note of smaller, more subtle changes (more energy, better sleep, lower cholesterol, better mood, etc.) can help you stay motivated, even if the pounds aren’t coming off as quickly as you’d hoped. Setting some shorter-term goals (1 pound, 5 pounds)—especially ones that aren't based on the scale (like getting to the gym 5 days a week) can also help you stay on track.

Mind Game #2:  Starting Out Super Strong
It’s Sunday evening and you realize that you spent the weekend indulging on brews, barbeques, and binges. A twinge of guilt has you psyched to start speeding down the road to wellness first thing Monday. So you restock your pantry with healthy eats, download a hardcore training app to your phone, and plan out the next month's food and workouts. You figure that going full throttle is the way to reach your weight-loss goals as quickly as possible. And why not? You're excited for it! But two weeks into your overhaul, your muscles are so sore you have trouble rolling out of bed, you’re sick of salads and you’re already thinking about throwing in the towel.
Motivation Makeover: Maintaining motivation is like running a marathon. Instead of starting at full speed and running out of steam, it is better to focus on simply putting one foot in front of the other. Set small, achievable goals so that you can build momentum and feel successful in the beginning, and pat yourself on the back when you conquer each one. No matter how long it takes to reach the finish line, you’ll be reaping the rewards for years to come.

Mind Game #3:  Taking the Road Less Traveled
There will always be a new diet or exercise program that promise fast progress and fantastic results. Reading about the latest food fad or watching a perky personal trainer push sweat-drenched clients through an infomercial workout can definitely spark your motivation. Who wouldn’t want to try an effective 4-minute workout or slim down fast with a celebrity-backed diet supplement? Deep down, we all know the truth: People are getting paid for those advertisements and whatever motivation you’ve mustered up during the commercial break will fade fast if you don’t get those "as seen on TV" results that were so motivating to you. Trying every new fad that comes on the market may leave you broke and brokenhearted.
Motivation Makeover: If you want a plan that works long term, stick with the tried and true. Keep your eating close to the earth with whole fruits, veggies, grains and lean meats. Get up and moving with whatever activity suits your style and schedule. Remind yourself that following through with real nutrition and fitness habits is a process: It takes the proper planning and commitment that can’t be found in a book, a box or a bottle.

Mind Game #4:  Flying Under the Radar
You’re already feeling self-conscious about losing weight, so you certainly don’t want your friends and family making more of a fuss. Besides, you’re confident that you can do this all on your own! So what if your plan to be stealth has you skipping out on lunch with friends and sneaking veggies to parties in your purse? Going it alone may seem like a good idea, but it is actually counterproductive. Soon enough, you’ll be feeling lonely and left out, and that’s no way to maintain success in the long run.
Motivation Makeover: Call in the recruits! Whether it’s a neighbor down the street, a fellow play group parent or a Facebook friend, get someone to join you on your weight-loss journey. Studies in behavior science show that changes that you make in the public eye have a much better chance of sticking in the real world. Plus, sharing your weight-loss goals with friends opens you up for great personal payouts like counsel, camaraderie, and accountability from the people who know you best. SparkPeople Community, anyone?

Mind Game #5:  Staring Down the Scale
There’s a scale in your bathroom and one next to your treadmill. You check in twice a day and diligently track your weight on a chart on the fridge. Still, even though you’re eating well and exercising, some days the numbers just don’t show it! Seeing real, objective results can be super motivating but being tethered to the scale often becomes a burden. Even though you know that body weight fluctuates throughout each day and hydration (or lack thereof) is usually responsible, unpredictable digits can be deceiving and downright disheartening. If you find yourself frowning at your feet during morning weigh-ins, then your scale is likely sapping your mojo.
Motivation Makeover: Stick that scale in the closet and find inspiration in other numbers (besides your weight). Track specific behaviors to gauge your progress; how many push-ups you can do in a minute, how many miles you walk or bike each week, how many flights of stairs you take each day at work. Keep tabs on a variety of positive results and you won’t be left wanting for fitness focus.

Making use of motivational mind games can really boost your fitness morale. But sometimes, techniques that seem perfectly logical can end up leading you astray. Mastering your own motivation doesn’t have to be a crap shoot. Bet on the time-tested strategies above to get your mind right and you’ll be sure to cash in on long-term wellness!

October 3

Welp, I pretty much bombed last week. Lost motivation (why? i don't know), skipped a TON of workouts and ate whatever i wanted all last week and through the weekend. Not sure what happened there....

I'm back up to 256 today :( :( :(

I know some of that may be water, but it still sucks that it's so easy to throw away all my hard work this month in just a week.....this is really discouraging. Why is weight loss such an uphill battle? Why does it have to be so hard, and then the results are so fleeting?