Monday, March 30, 2009

Not so bad

Happy Monday!! It is a nasty rainy Monday here in CT, It is days like this I don't mind coming to work. So the weekend was mostly good. Friday after work I decided to go hiking with my friend Pablo & Ben (my dog). Ben just loves to go hiking. We went to Sleeping Giant park, I had never been before, It was a steep climb up but it felt great. It was a nice hike, next time I will bring my camera so I can post some pictures. We thought we would burn about 300 calories on the hike but to my amazement we burnt over 400 (according to my heart rate monitor).

Saturday I went to the 2 hour personal training class, it was great we did a lot of leg & arm work then 45 minutes of high impact aerobics then abs. A great workout all around. When I got home I started my spring cleaning for about 4 hours then I was pooped, my back was hurting so bad I had to put a heating pad on it. Sunday I did more cleaning, I was a bit sore on Sunday morning from Saturday's workout but the more the day went on the better I felt. Some friends came over for dinner last night & I made a pork roast out of the Biggest Loser Family cookbook, it was sooooo yummy. I would recommend it.

I did great with my eating all weekend until last night. I was not very hungry yesterday so I did not eat much, then when the friends came over I went overboard. I ate peanuts, chips, dip, then dinner. I made a low fat peanut butter pie for desert & I had that & some fat free ice cream. The pie was 330 calories with being low fat so I defiantly went over my daily points but I am still good with my extra weekly & all the exercise points I earned.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Ready for the weekend

I am so ready for the weekend. I get out of work at 11am this morning & it is going to be around 66 degrees out today. I am torn do I go bike riding or do I take Ben (my dog ) hiking? I am not sure which I will do yet. I will probably go hiking so I can take Ben. I could take him bike riding with me, last year I bought one of those carts for the back of your bike to put a kid in & I put Ben in that, however I don't think he likes it very much. This weekend I am going to do some much needed spring cleaning. The good thing about that is it keeps your mind off food & you are getting some activity in.

Last night in my personal training class he had a bunch of different stations set up & we went Through them all 2 times. Boy was it hard, but I did burn 700 calories. I really like that class, it is something different almost every class & it is such a great workout. I wish it was longer then 3 months. I could buy another 3 months but it is so expensive I will have to see where I am at money wise when the time comes. Hope you all have a great weekend. ( my computer at home is broken so I probably won't be writing this weekend).

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I will not let this bring me down!!

Last night I said to my husband, I think I am going to have a big lose tomorrow at weight in. My clothes are feeling looser, I ate healthy all week, I did not go out to eat once & I still have my exercise & most of my weekly points left. I was feeling so confidant this morning, looking forward to seeing a number under 200. I step on the scale & the leader is like good job, I got all excited then she says you lost .8 almost a pound. Well that just totally burst my bubble. I know I should be happy it was a lose, but when you do everything right & see such a low number it is upsetting. Especially seeing the week before I went out to eat 3 times & lost 1.6 pounds. I just don't get it. I will not let this get me down however. It will just push me to work harder so next week I have a bigger lose. I just went & weighed in for the Biggest loser competition & that scale said I lost 2 pounds, that is more of what I expected. I don't know why the 2 scales are so different. I wonder if the Weight Watchers scale could be off. The leader does cart it in & out of the office every week, It could make the calibration off. I don't know. I do know I am feeling lighter & better & that is what I should focus on & not the number. (but I just can't help it).

Monday, March 23, 2009

Not a bad weekend

I think this is the first weekend in months that has gone by that I still have 19 flex points & 15 activity points left. I feel that I had a great weekend food wise, I also got in over 10 activity points on Saturday. Saturday I went to the 2 hour personal training class. It was great! I sweated so much it was pouring down my face. We stated off with the warm up then on to a lot of butt work ( I am feeling it) and arms/shoulders. The 2nd hour was all cardio & I actually kept up through the whole class. Saturday afternoon I convinced my husband to go hiking with me & Ben (my dog). We went on a nice hike to Southford Falls, It was so nice to get out & go hiking. Ben & I really enjoyed it, I don't think Chris (my husband) enjoyed it that much. On the way down I took him on a steep trail that he did not enjoy. I am defiantly going to make hiking part of my life. Sunday was ok, I did go over my daily points but stayed with in the flex/activity. I did not get in any real exercise but I did clean for like 6 hours. I made the most amazing lunch. I made a Panini out of an Arnold sandwich thin, cheese, turkey, & little barbecue sauce & a bit of I can't believe it's not butter & grilled it on the George Foreman grill. It was so yummy, I would highly recommend it.

I made my goal last week of exercising 5 days out of 7, this week I will exercise 4 out of 7 which is still within my goal (4-5 days a week) but I should have done 5. Oh I almost forgot, I had a huge Non scale victory last night. Our friends called to see if we wanted to go out for pizza. Now pizza is my weakness, I love love love pizza. But we declined, it did help that we are not going out to eat for a month, but usually when we try that we give up with in a week. We are now one week into our month.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Only a week

Do you think you can actually feel a difference in your body in only a week? I have been working out with the personal training group for only a week & I swear my body feels different. The scale said I lost 1.6 pounds this week but I must say my pants are feeling loser & I feel thinner. I think this class is really working. I have also been eating really healthy this week which I think is also helping. I think not going out to eat for a month is really going to help me.

I have been reading a lot of blogs this week that talk about binge eating. Not that I am glad other people go thru binge eating like I do but it is nice to see I am not the only one who struggles. I have been binge free for I think 3 weeks now & I feel great. I hesitate to say it but I don't even have the binge cravings. I look forward to my snacks of fruit & yogurt, & seeing how healthy I can eat. I think when I am in binge mode I just zone out, I don't even pay attention to what I am eating as long as it is getting shoveled in. I remember times when I would go to the store not sure If I wanted cookies or chocolate or both. I would not even wait till I got home most of the time & just scarf it down on the ride home. I hope I never go back to that way of binging. I am working hard to control it & I will succeed at it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday Weigh in!

Isn't weird how you can weigh one amount on one scale & over a pound more on another. I went to my meeting today & I lost 1.6 pounds. I am happy with that, I went out to eat 3 times this weekend so I will take it. I then weighed in for the biggest loser contest at work & according to that scale I lost 1.8 pounds. I know not much difference in the actual pounds lost but one has me at 203.4 & one has me at 202.2 which is over a pound different.

I went to the personal training class yesterday, it went well. I need that butt kicking workout he gives. I didn't' burn as many calories in this class as last week but I think that is because we did a lot of lunges & stationary weight training. I have to remember you burn more calories after a weight training session. Tonight I might take off or I might do the treadmill. I want to do the treadmill but I don't want to over due it & then crash. So I will make up my mind when I get home.

Monday, March 16, 2009

2 Hour workout

Saturday was my 2 hour work out with the personal training group. The first hour was mostly high intensity cardio. I did OK, I had to modify the jump n jacks a bit but other then that I kept up. After the first hour he asked who was staying for the 2nd hour. I did not know there was an option but it did not even cross my mind I stayed. The 2nd hour was interval training, he had all these different stations set up & we went from one the other after I think a minute. It was hard but again I kept up. After class the trainer came up to me & said I did great & that he was impressed. That made me very happy. Yesterday I woke up to a sore body. Well not the whole body mostly my calves. Must have been from the jump in jacks or the mountain climbers. I did not end up exercising yesterday but tonight I plan on doing the Biggest Loser Yoga DVD & maybe some treadmill. Tomorrow is the personal training class again.

Food wise I did not do so well this weekend. I went out to eat 3 times. Friday night we went out to Outback for my friends birthday. We did not get any appetizers & I did not drink any alcohol which is a plus. I stayed in my points on Friday night. Saturday night we went to On the Boarder & I did not do so well. I had chips & salsa ( I think they have the best). Then I got a Chicken burrito & rice, planning on only eating half, well that did not happen. Then yesterday we went to The Wooden Tap, I did better then I usually would. I would usually get a burger & I got the chicken sandwich instead, however I was so hungry I did eat chips & salsa again. That is it for restaurant eating for a month. My husband & I decided to go one month with out eating out at all.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Big thank you!!

I would like to thank all the followers of my blog for the support you give me. I remember when I started this blog I thought of it as a way to be accountable for my eating/exercising. You all have made it so much more for me. I was so happy when I had 5 followers then when it went to 10 I was like oh my maybe one day I will get to 25, when that day came I was so excited & proud. Now the count is at 32 can you believe it? I sure can not. Maybe someday I will reach 50! So thank you all so much, I love reading your blogs & thank you for reading mine.

Last night my friend Pablo & I went to meet with a personal trainer at the gym. We ended up taking his class (after I did 15 minutes on the elliptical). The class was an hour long class of weights for the upper body, a bunch load of squats, lunges push ups & the dreaded jump n jacks ( the girls 00 do not like to do jump n jacks). I sweated so much my knees were sweating. I ended up burning over 800 calories between the class & the elliptical. We really enjoyed the class so we signed up for a 3 month session. It is with a group so it is cheaper but the group is people at your level. The classes are Tuesday, Thursdays & Saturdays. The class is an hour on Tuesdays & Thursdays & 2 hours on Saturday. I think it will kick my butt where it needs to be. I am a bit scared for the 2 hour class tomorrow but I will survive.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Personal Trainer

Not sure if I mentioned it or not but I convinced a couple friends to do a 1/2 marathon with me in October. I have bee wanting to do a half marathon for some time and so I mentioned it & they all agreed to join me. I have been wanting to do it for some time & decided this would be the year. I have 7 months to train for it and I will need every last day. Tonight one of my friends & I have a meeting with a personal trainer at the gym to see about hiring him to train us. I am a bit nervous to see what he will have planned for us.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The brownies did me in!!

I think the brownies that I caved in & ate on Sunday did me in. I went to weight in today thinking I did pretty good this week. I still had points left, did not eat any of my exercise points & exercised 5 days, I should lose at least 1-2 pounds. What happened you ask I did not lose, I gained .2. Now I know that is not much but any gain is going in the wrong direction. I knew I should not have had the brownies & that is probably were the gain came from. Another theory I have is maybe I did not eat enough of the good food. I did get 20 exercise points in & I probably should have eaten more to make up for it. Not sure but I am going to try to eat more on the days I exercise this week & see if that helps.

I used my new treadmill last night (even with the hurt hip, had to get in my last chance workout) let me tell you it is so much better then the old one. I can actually hear the TV without turning it up to the max. It is so much quieter & keeps the speed so much better. I got in a good 45 minute work out running about 35 of those minutes. Boy did I sweat, it felt great. I stretched a bit after, my problem is I don't know what stretches to do. Any ideas would be helpful. I am taking today off from exercise, Hoping to get my hip all better, It does feel a bit better today but I think I need a rest.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I am almost at another week totally on program! Tomorrow is my weight in day & I have been on program all week. I still have 11 weekly points left & 12 exercise points. I don't see me using any of my extra points today, and I should get in a few more exercise points tonight. My hip is feeling a little better I took Doug's advice & tried to stretch last night with my new Yoga DVD. I really enjoyed doing yoga & the DVD was great, I would recommend it. You can choose between 3 different routines depending on how long you want to go for. I am going to try out my new treadmill tonight. I ended up getting the ProForm XP Trainer 580 from Sears. It was not as easy to put together as the reviews say but it got done.

Monday, March 9, 2009


Yesterday I (this is a bad pic but whatever) ran the Shamrock n Roll 5K road race. I started out kind of shaky. I was not sure if I would be able to run. Friday I went to the gym and wanted to see how long it would take me to run the 5k. Somehow I hurt my left hip. I did not end up doing any exercising on Saturday hoping it would be better by Sunday, well it wasn't. I did end up running most of it, the odd think is that when I was running it did not hurt so much, when I walk is when it really hurts. For some reason during the race I was so very thirsty, my mouth was so dry it was hard to run. Running outside feels a lot harder then the treadmill. I finished the race in 39.38 minutes which is not to bad for me. I wanted to finish with in 40 minutes and I made that goal.

Food wise I did not do to bad this weekend. Saturday we ended up getting pizza for lunner (my combination of lunch/dinner) I did end up having 4 pieces but it was both lunch & dinner. My pizza had tomato & onion on it so I could get in a few veggies. Sunday we went to a brunch after the race, I brought fixings for yogurt parfaits so I had some of that & some fruit, I did not have any of the quiche, muffins, Danish or bagels. Last night we went to a fund raiser pasta dinner. Now I did not do good at the dinner with having had 2 brownies, but somehow I managed to still have 11 weekly points & 9 exercise points left after my weekend so all in all it was not too bad of a weekend. The real test will be on Wednesday at weigh in.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Treadmill shopping

Yesterday I had planned to go to the gym with my friend Pablo however at the last minute we decided to skip & go treadmill shopping. We went to Sears to check out a few, they had a couple that we tried but I was not going to buy last night ( my husband would not be happy if I bought with out him checking it out first). The lady at Sears was nice & all but not very knowledgeable. We then went to Sports Authority, At first I was getting kind of frustrated as nobody seemed to be around to help us. After awhile I went & found help. The sales associate was very knowledgeable & was able to answer all our questions. Pablo ended up buying a treadmill, I did not. I wanted to research a bit more & bring my husband. (which is huge for me, I am very impatient & usually impulse buy). So I did some research this morning & I am leaning towards a model at Sears the ProForm XP trainer 580. Does anyone have one?

So the weekend is upon us & that is usually when I do not do so well with my eating. I do have a few obstacles this weekend but I will overcome them. Sunday we are doing a 5K then going to a friends for brunch, then Sunday night we have a pasta dinner fund raiser to go to. I think I will be ok, wait no I know I will be ok.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Updated weight tracker

I updated my weight tracker to include the weight I have lost since I began Weight Watchers back in September of 2005. (boy has it been that long). I originally started the weight tracker about 2 months ago & used my starting weight at that point, but why cheat my self? I have come a long way & want to show it. I would have thought I would be at goal by now but I have not been dedicated. My goal is to reach goal by this September. I am going to set mini goal to keep me on track, each mini goal will lead up to the big goal. My mini goal for this month will be to get in at least 4-5 days of exercise a week.

I am in search of a new treadmill. Mine has pretty much kicked the pail. Does anyone have any recommendations on a good, sturdy treadmill that is not too expensive? I am thinking of spending between $500 & $700.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Weigh in results

I am so very happy with my weight in results, can you believe I lost 5.2 pounds this week. I guess sticking to the plan does work. I was a bit worried because I only exercised 2 times this week, on Sunday & Yesterday. I lost more this week then I do when I exercise 6 days a week. That make me think maybe I should cut down my exercise, maybe I am over exercising. I will have to do an experiment.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Feeling better.

I feel so much better this week, I am not hacking up a lung & my nose is no longer stuffy one minute then dripping the next. I finally got back on the treadmill on Sunday for 55 minutes. I did a five minute warm up of walking at 4.1 then jogged at 5.5 for 25 minutes, then walked at 4.0 with an incline then I did sprints. I actually ran at 7.0 for a minute. According to my heart rate monitor I burned 646 calories. I think the interval helped.

I did not get in any exercise yesterday as I am taking Monday's off. We did get snow yesterday & goober me did not call work to see if we were opening at regular time & wouldn't you know I get in at 7am to find out we are not opening till 9am so I was there 2 hours early. I was not happy!! When I got home I had to snow blow the driveway which was so much fun….NOT. The snow kept blowing back into my face. My face & legs hurt so much from the snow it took an hour to warm up.

I am doing good so far this week with my points. I still have 21 points plus my exercise points left for the week, along with my daily points. I did not get in much exercise this week but I am somewhat happy with my food so I am praying to see a loss on the scale at weight in tomorrow. I am still having trouble getting in my fruits & vegetables however. Any suggestions??