Saturday, May 30, 2009
Hubby is off to his manly man camping trip and my son is helping friends in Denver move to another apartment, so I've had the house to myself. It's been very quiet around here! I did the Ultimate Abs ball workout and for those who asked, yes, this workout DOES make my abs sore, but I've been doing it long enough that it's not too bad anymore. Did some weight lifting, too. Will do the treadmill in a little while.
Friday, May 29, 2009
I made this for my hubby's birthday. Kept forgetting to post the photo. For those of you new to my blog who may not know, I'm a chocolatier with Dove Chocolate Discoveries™, the direct sales division of Dove Chocolate. (You cannot yet order chocolate on my website, but we're hoping for that later this year.) It's the funnest job EVER. :-D And yes, I have lost quite a bit of weight since starting this job, so no, chocolate is not the enemy. You can find more yummy recipes at the Dove corporate website.
Today I dropped off my car to be serviced, then walked to a nearby Walmart. Tried out my new pedometer after spending 20 minutes trying to figure out how to set it up! It was about 3 miles of walking and over 6000 steps. Then I went to pick up my daughter and take her out to lunch. Since I got less than my normal 8-9 hours of sleep, I was totally wiped out when I got home, so I napped a lot this afternoon.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
From Denise Austin
Make a Date to Motivate!
The thing is, working out should be a priority. And one way you can start incorporating fitness into your lifestyle is by scheduling the gym into your day. Hey, you carve out time for lunch with the gals, hair appointments, bank errands, and meetings with your boss. Why not carve out an hour in the name of health and wellness? After a while, sticking to a regular routine will be second nature!
Figure out what time of day is going to work for you. If you can get yourself out of bed to hit the gym in the wee hours, go for it! Can you leave the office at lunchtime for a midday? If the mornings are too challenging for you or you can't slip out of the office during the day, join the legion of nine-to-fivers who work out at the end of the day. Plan to meet a friend at the park or sign up for a class at the gym so you won't be tempted to skip out on it.
Make workout "dates" with yourself or with a friend — before long, you'll see and feel the effects!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Total loss for the challenge is 8 pounds. When I started, my digital scale said 188.6, but I couldn't get a photo of it, so I used my son's scale. It said 187. This morning, my digital scale said 179.6, so I thought "Woohoo! That should make it loss of 9lbs and the other scale should say 178. No dice. It also said 179. What the.......?
I'm thrilled that I've lost 8 pounds, though I personally will count it as 9. But for the challenge, the photo evidence is EIGHT. I figured out that if I hit save on the digital scale, I had time to get off, pick up the camera and get a photo of it. Grrrrr. Wish I'd have figured that out at the beginning! The body fat percentage said 37% with my first weigh in and I was pretty happy with that since it's the lowest it's been. Plus I've lost 3 inches over the challenge, so I consider it a success, though I know there are a couple of challengers who lost quite a bit more. Kudos to you gals! Not sure I'll have time to check in with everyone today. I have a chocolate party tonight and need to get ready. And another point, I made chocolate last night and did some sampling. I was a little surprised to be at an all time low this morning!!!! First time on the digital scale below 180.
My updated photo (I'm going to need to take these capris in, the hips are rather baggy. WOOT!)
Monday, May 25, 2009
This weekend was our pistol class. During the round robin where students get to shoot all KINDS of guns, I instructed on the 380 semiautomatic, hubby instructed on the 410 shotgun. So I shot that a few times. My shoulder hurts today, but it's not bruised, it's muscular, so I think I pulled a muscle, it wasn't an improper hold. No, really! ;-)
And remember to honor and support those who are putting their lives on the line right now.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
One more week on the challenge. I'll make the most of it.
Wow, I missed my Blogiversary. I started this blog on May 8th, 2007, so I've been at it for 2 years. I started getting healthier a couple years before that, but my weight loss was very slow. Definitely established healthier habits, though and that's the most important part.
Oh, and for my CD giveaway, I'm obviously a novice. I should have specified that it was for U.S. residents only. APO and FPO addresses are OK for military who are overseas. Sorry about that. I just didn't think about it. :-(
Read some good articles on Bonnie's site.
Setting Realistic Weight Loss Goals quote "Unfortunately, research shows that unrealistic expectations boost the risk of dropping out of a weight loss program. And though at least one study has found that dieters may temporarily eat less if their expectations are too high, that under eating may be replaced by overeating at the very next temptation.
Overall, experts concur, unrealistic weight loss objectives are not productive, and can trigger failure. The best way to go: smaller, realistic goals, says Janet Polivy, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada."
The Weigh to Better Health - quote "To retain the health benefits, keeping the weight off is most important. It's best to lose weight slowly - no more than 2 pounds a week - and make permanent lifestyle changes, including regular exercise and a healthy diet.".
Very good info in both articles. Be sure to go read the whole articles!
The winners are.........................
Little Miss Fatty Pants
Happy Skinny Girl
Congratulations, ladies! Please email me with your mailing address so I can get the CD in the mail to you. JournalingYourHistory@yahoo.com
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
So when you hear again and again and again that you need to add strength training, not just do cardio every day, BELIEVE IT! And just DO IT!
Monday, May 18, 2009
OK, need an amendment here. It wasn't a huge, solid wood armoire. It's pressed board, so enough of the Hercules talk. LOL And I definitely count the moving stuff as valid activity. :-)
I've been doing pretty well with the food choices other than the full sleeve of Ritz crackers I ate after staying up waaaay too late one night. :-P
Friday, May 15, 2009
And thanks to all of you for your kind comments on yesterday's post. :-D
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Since getting back on track on Feb 9th of this year, I've lost 20 pounds and this CD is almost always in my car's CD player when I'm out running errands. And I love wearing my "Incredible Shrinking Woman" t-shirt. :-D This picture is from last April. I gained 10 pounds after this photo later in the year, then lost it and another 10 since Feb.
Oh, yeah, and since I started at my highest weight, I have lost FIFTY POUNDS! Not sure how I missed that landmark!!!! :-D It's taken me about 4 years to lose that fifty. And I lost 20 just since Feb 9th when I started the Flat Belly Diet. I guess I finally found what really works for me!
From Denise Austin:
Set a Nightly Teatime
There's nothing like a hot cup of tea to make you feel all warm and relaxed before turning in after a busy day. Not only is tea delicious, but routinely making a mug at night might help you unwind and sleep better — especially because some caffeine-free herbal teas, such as chamomile and peppermint, are said to help relieve insomnia. Here's a list of teas that might help you catch some extra z's!
* Chamomile: Besides being able to soothe the occasional upset stomach or bout of nausea, chamomile is also a calming sleep aid with no known side effects.
* Peppermint: Although it's associated more with relieving indigestion, peppermint tea is a relaxing before-bed treat.
* Jasmine: Known for its ability to help relieve headache pain, this soothing herbal supplement makes a fragrant and flavorful tea that's effective in promoting sleep in adults; it's considered mild enough to treat children's sleep disorders too.
* Sage: Said to be an effective sleep aid, sage may also help alleviate depression and certain nervous conditions that might keep you from getting a good night's sleep.
With so many types of teas, and flavors, to choose from, you'll really be able to make this a personal part of your nighttime ritual. Feeling relaxed and calm in the evenings — I'll drink to that!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
*Tape it up on your blog somewhere.
*Pass it along to 5 fellow super bloggers, and comment on their blog to let them know how lucky they are today!
*When you present your Super Blogger awards, link back to the super blogger who gave it to you.
Many of my favorites have already been tagged with this. Hopefully I can find a few who haven't already been awarded. There are many who leave encouraging words for me here. Wish I could list ALL of you.
Annette at Annette's Awakening always has a sunny outlook and it's evident that her family is her priority. Love the adorable photos she puts up of her family.
Bonnie at Seriously Too-Weight For It! is another bright and shining light on the blogosphere. She has been kicking butt by walking her hiney off.
Darci at My Road to Weight Loss does an awesome job of photo-journaling her healthy eating habits. She's also an Iowan, so has a special place in my heart. ;-)
Jessica at Pudget often posts very yummy recipes that are great on a tight budget. She has an evident joy for life.
Jen at Prior Fat Girl. Can't believe someone hasn't already tagged her. She's an inspiration to many of us, has lost about 100lbs and has a wonderful sense of humor.
Recipe for a BBQ Challenge
I just LOVE Greek food. Lived in Greece on the island of Crete for 18mos when I was in the Air Force. All the research says that the Greek diet is VERY healthy. So if you are going to a BBQ, take some Greek fare!
Greek Chopped Salad
4 c romaine lettuce, chopped into small pieces
2 c cubed cucumbers
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 c finely chopped red onion
18 pitted kalamata olives, sliced
1/4 c roasted red peppers, chopped
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp drained capers
Combine above ingredients and sprinkle with
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed
Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.
Per serving: 210 calories, 8 g protein, 17 g carbohydrates, 12 g total fat, 17 mg cholesterol, 4 g dietary fiber, 759 mg sodium
Extra workout challenge - on Monday I did two 30 minute cardio sessions. Yesterday, I worked my butt off all day and made several trips up stairs moving my daughter out and moving her stuff into her apartment. Thankfully, she's staying close by for a while. :-D Still have some work to do around the house here, gathering things she needs, so I'll be checking in with everyone later on! Hope everyone had an awesome week!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Anyway, with the moving thing today, I'll be getting my cardio and strength training at the same time hoisting boxes! Kisa is probably at the apartment complex signing the lease and getting the keys right now. She worked this morning, so it's going to be a pretty long day for her. She gets up for work at 4am.
Oh, one other funny thing one of my cats did when I was exercising one day. I was in a plank position and dipping alternate hips to the floor and Nico, the big kitty, came and plopped down beside me and rolled onto his back. It was sooooo funny. Never have the video camera going when you really need it!
Well, back to work! Will have to put my husband's car in the garage and load it, too. He took his motorcycle to work today.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Finally got back into the cardio routine today. Did the stationary bike for 30 minutes in the afternoon, then walked for 3o minutes with hubby when he got home. Need to try to remember to wear my pedometer. Will be getting in a lot of steps helping my daughter move this week. :-D
Oh yeah, also wanted to mention that you should have seen my cats watching me when I was doing the happy dance today. It was too funny.
Today is another new low!!!!! 180.8 on the digital scale, 179 on the challenge scale. Figured I would get an updated photo as well. In medium leggings. Woohoo! Still a couple of bubbles in the belly, but that ultimate abs ball is definitely working on those!!!
A great email from Denise Austin
Walk the Pounds Off!
Do you walk the recommended 10,000 steps a day? If not, it's a great health goal to strive for! Japanese researchers were the first to set that number of steps to take a day; it is also about equal to the U.S. government's recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Taking 10,000 steps burns approximately 300 calories and, over time, has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and help with the maintenance of a healthy weight.
Does 10,000 steps sound like a lot? Don't worry! You don't have to walk all 10,000 at once — and they don't even have to come from what you normally think of as exercise. If you go grocery shopping and walk through the aisles for 45 minutes, you've walked 2,000 steps or so right there! It's easy and exciting to find new ways to rack up more steps!
Tracking your steps is easy with a simple device called a pedometer. Simple attach the pager-like piece to your waistband and let it count your steps for you. While there are expensive pedometers with lots of extra features — like a heart rate monitor and radio — you really only need an accurate one, which you can buy for about $10 to $15 at a sports or discount retail store.
Research has proven that people who wear pedometers walk more. The best way to start out is just to wear your pedometer for a few days as you go about your normal activities. This will give you a starting point — the number of steps you take in a typical day. If you're pretty far from 10,000 a day — say you take about 4,000 steps a day — set your first goal lower so it's more realistic to achieve. For example, aim for 5,000 steps a day for the coming week. As you hit your goals, keep setting them a bit higher until you're getting in the recommended 10,000 a day. You'll be surprised at how many steps you can accumulate just doing your daily activities. Don't be surprised to get more and more motivated to move once you see your number of steps rise! Now, who's ready to go for a walk with me?
Sunday, May 10, 2009
We went out to eat twice on Saturday to celebrate our daughter's last weekend at home with us. She gets the keys to her new apartment on Tuesday! For lunch, I had a California Fritatta at Rosie's Diner. We had a late dinner at Chili's. I ordered the half-size chicken quesadillas with a side salad. Rather bland meal, I must say. Just ate half of the quesadillas. Also drank a frozen strawberry margarita.
Had mini-meals today. Didn't want to go out anywhere, so we stayed at home. Hubby and the kids got me a beautiful cross necklace. They seemed to understand my need to lay low today.
I've done the ultimate abs workout every day this weekend, but no cardio.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
My abs are killing me from that ultimate abs ball workout! We did an hour of intermediate waltz last night and I was feeling every one of those muscles!
Here's a message from Denise Austin:
Put Your Thirst First!
Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I definitely do! Soft drinks, sweetened coffee drinks, and some fruit juices might not seem like much when you're drinking them, but they can add hundreds of calories to your diet — and your waistline! The diet versions are a little better, but only a little. They're still crammed with sodium and chemicals. Their sweet taste can even trigger cravings for other sweets!
Remember that you can have a can of soda or your favorite latte! Just be sure to consider these drinks as treats and not an everyday part of your eating plan. To quench your thirst, try herbal tea, seltzer flavored with lemon or lime, or the most sensible drink of all — refreshing water!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Did all 3 Ultimate abs workouts this morning. Wow! I sure can feel it.
For photos of our ballroom dancing and of family, check out my family blog.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
What are your goals for the month of May?
I would love to lose 10 more pounds by the end of the challenge. Will do cardio six days a week and strength training 3x a week. Must have one day of rest.
How do you plan to accomplish these goals?
Getting it done first thing when I get up. Sometimes my walk will be with hubby after he gets off work, though.
If you had problems in April, what will you do differently this month to ensure that nothing gets in your way and that your goals are met?
Well, a death in the family is an unexpected and unavoidable stress-maker with traveling and lots of comfort food available. I did pretty well even during that period, but will keep active to let the exercise decrease the stress.
What did you learn about yourself in April that will help you reach your goals this month?
I am able to keep up my healthy habits even under great stress, but am realistic enough to know that it's OK to have an occasional treat or a meal that is not completely on track with my 400 calories per meal.
Then I had to get my skirt done on Saturday and decided to find an elastic belt to sew the gauze to instead of making a waistband, which was a total pain on one of the others I made. I was also supposed to shorten my dress by 7 inches, but there was so much material, and just not conducive to making a hem. Total nightmare. Decided my dress would just be longer than the others! Couldn't find a good applique, so I got a black and silver boa to put around the neckline of my dress. I sewed that on while in the car on the way to the dance! Went to put it on and I hadn't stretched the neckline enough, so the thread snapped. Sigh. Such a stressful day. My daughter helped me pin the boa at the shoulder and I looked fabulous! ;-)
After my weight being up all week, it's back to 183 this morning. Whew, that's much better. I figured it would sort out after the traveling, stress, etc. I'd like to lose at least another pound by check in days this week, so I'll get busy with my workouts again. I had to give myself a break this past week. Oh, and Thursday night my hubby and I went to Carrabba's for dinner. I had a salad with grilled chicken, but splurged on the drink, getting a pomegranate martini. Oh, my! It was quite yummy. Had a mini tiramisu for dessert, too.
I'm pretty sure all of our dancing last night burned off the calories of a few days! :-) We had such a good time and really enjoyed our waltz routine with the 3 other couples. We video taped it and if I can ever figure out how to upload our videos, I'll post it on YouTube. Haven't viewed it yet, so don't know how well it turned out. OH, and our 21yo daughter did a tango and she and her partner were FABULOUS! We are quite proud!