Friday, March 23, 2012

Turning Over A New Leaf . . .

Hopefully, it stays turned over!  Well, I had to give myself an attitude adjustment.  I haven’t been happy and a lot of why I’m miserable, I can’t really change so I was hoping for a distraction and hopefully some feel good hormones.  I had to go back to the gym.  For more than just weight loss.  I also needed the endorphins to just make me feel better and I needed to do something with myself to try to move out of the funk and get off the couch and stop eating!!  So far so good!!  I started off the week at 220.0 pounds even.  Gulp.  As of this morning, I’m showing a loss already so I’m happy with that.  Part of the boost that I needed.  I decided Monday was the start day for the Y. 

My Y (source)
On Monday, I emailed a friend who had done a Tuesday morning spin class challenge over the winter.   I wanted to see how it went and if she was still going to the Y.  See if I can find some peeps to see while I was there!  She loved the challenge and said that it got her started on working out in the morning before work.  That means arriving at the gym at 6am to slug out 30 – 40 minutes and then race home to shower and get ready for work.  GULP!!!  The more she talked about it, the more I figured I could give it a try.  Not every day but maybe a couple days a week.  How awesome would it be to come home at the end of a work day knowing you’d already worked out!  And boosted your metabolism early in the morning too.  So here’s how my week went down so far . . .

Monday – Y in the evening, 30 minutes on the treadmill – 2.81 km.
Tuesday – Y at 6am!!  40 minutes on the treadmill – 3.85 km
Wednesday – Walked partway home by not taking my transfer bus – 19:53 –1.89 km, thanks to Runmeter app.
Also Wednesday – Y at 6:45 pm for Barbell Blast class – my favorite class at the gym.  45 minutes and I had strength-trained my whole body.  I ache a little.  It’s good pain. 
Thursday – Y at 6am!! 35 minutes on the treadmill – 3.26 km (got there 5 minutes late and I absolutely have to be gone at 6:40am in order to get to work on time).
Friday – ??? maybe nothing actually, I have Barbell Blast Saturday morning.

I'd say that 3 hours of activity over the last 4 days is about a billion times better than I was doing. Getting there for 6am actually wasn’t bad and I did have much more energy throughout the day.  I’m going to try to do this Tuesdays & Thursdays consistently and if it’s going well, maybe I will add Monday too.  I won’t do Wednesday’s because I love the Barbell class in the evening and I probably won’t do Fridays because I don’t want to be completely bagged every Friday night. 

My eating and tracking is going well too.  I find that if I’m working out, the desire to eat really bad for me foods just isn’t there.  It’s like I have the mentality that I just worked really hard at the gym so do I want to blow that whole thing on a bag of chips??  Not really.  Trying to get in more veggies.  My favorite this week has been celery and laughing cow cream cheese of any flavor.  I used to love celery and Cheez Whiz as a kid and this really isn’t far from it.  I’ve packed a lunch every day too. Mostly a frozen entrée and then I add fruits, veggies, fiber one bars, and greek yogurt to the mix.  I don’t necessarily like to bring a frozen entrée every day but it gets me into the habit of preparing things the night before.  Hopefully in the next couple of weeks as I settle into a routine, I will just be bringing the convenience lunches on Tuesdays & Thursdays when I have less time in the morning.  I haven’t used any weekly points yet and I haven’t used my activity points.  I wanted to only use them if I was feeling particularly hungry and not just eat because I have them.  Good attitude right?  Besides, there will be weeks where I consume every single one, hello pms, I’m talking to you. 

And onto my time wastage . . . 
Amazing Race – Love Mark & Bopper, can’t stand Rachel & Brendan, I’m on the fence about the border patrol guys, Art & JJ??  Can’t remember but anyway, they are kind of fun when they are racing and they do really well but as soon as the producers interview the darker haired one, his arrogance becomes a little too much and I find myself wanting to take him down a peg.  Yes, you’re doing well, be thankful but be humble.  One hard task and you could be last.
Biggest Loser – I keep hearing about this supposed “walkoff” but I so far it hasn’t happened on the show and if someone really did get disqualified, I hope it’s Conda.  So far she’s been a bully and her brother is giving her a free ride.
Survivor – Ahahahaha!  I feel bad for laughing but come on!!  He deserved to be out!!  Colton meet Karma, Karma meet Colton.  Karma 1, Colton  -$1million. J  And I’m really glad he didn’t give Alicia the immunity idol.  I also hope they took his souvenir because I thought that Survivor kept those and auctioned them off for charity.
The Walking Dead – What the hooded f*ck!!!  I’m not a reader of the comics so I’ve learned a little about who the hooded person is from different comments on show recaps.  But man, I let out a huge gasp when that happened.  I couldn’t believe when they drove off leaving Andrea there.  I know they thought a walker got her but they didn’t even give her a second to get up!!  I will be waiting eagerly for season three to begin in the fall but in the meantime, I can be thankful for the return of Mad Men to fill the slot. 

So that's it for now . . . I'm about to try a new recipe.  My favorite Smart Ones WW meal right now is the Sante Fe Rice & Beans and I was hoping to find a recipe that was close.  I made something pretty close the other day but I think it could be better.  Found a recipe that had rave reviews so I'm giving it a try, I'll post the link if it works out well!!

Hope everyone is having a good week!  If not, feel free to bitch & complain because I do!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Grumpy Grumpy Grumpy

Keep trying to think of something to write about but I'm grumpy!  I've been grumpy for a while, like weeks.  Feeling a little anti-social, which is likely best because everyone lately seems to piss me off.  I think  sometimes it comes down to how annoyed I am by living here.  I would so love to be living in BC near the rest of my family but it's not financially plausible at the moment and I don't see any time in the immediate future when it would be unless I won some sort of lottery of big bucks.

When I'm down in the dumps, I eat and eat and eat and eat.  I weighed in this past Monday with the intention of jumping into tracking my points and I was 219.0.  I'd like to say I don't know how that happened but that would be bullshit.

The one extremely pleasant break in the madness has been the weather.  All of a sudden, winter in Winnipeg seems to be over.  I secretly think it will come back for another couple of months as is a normal winter here.  We have pretty much no snow left and the high tomorrow is 28.  If you are not running for cover and expressing shock and cursing global warming then let me tell you that the last 6 years or so have ranged in temperature from -5 to +3 for the same day.  28!!!!  I've gone for a few walks which has worked wonders at least temporarily.  So the idea for the next week . . . more walks.  The weather is supposed to stay higher than normal, not 28, but higher than normal still.  Phew!!  This week, I'm going to walk home from work a few times.  It's about 7km and it takes me just over an hour.  Now that sidewalks are clear of ice and mostly puddle free, it's time!!!  I might even venture to the Y.  If I'm going to be anti-social, I should at least be anti-social at the gym!  There are tv's on the gym equipment so I could time it so that I can pass the time watching my shows and working out.

On to my shows!  Loving the Amazing Race, except Brendan and Rachel of course.  They need to go ASAP.  I hope they make some crazy mistake and get eliminated.  Survivor took a turn for the better once the teams got mixed up.  Colton is out of control.  He can go too.  The Bachelor, thank goodness that mess is over.  I can't decide if they are faking or what but real or not, I don't think they stand a chance of lasting.  And yes, because I am a glutton for punishment, I will watch Emily as the Bachelorette, hahaha!

From my great walk at the Forks on Friday.  We walked on the riverwalk which is usually under water due to flooding until about July.  Not sure if there will be flooding this year since we didn't get much snow and it's pretty much melted.  This is why I"m suspicious of a second bout of winter.  I'm scared we're not done yet.

Well, that's it for now.  I feel better actually just having a post even if it is blah.  Hoping for a better week!!!!  My project for tomorrow is cleaning out my porch.  I have a three-season porch on the front of my condo and it kind of turns into a storage room in the winter.  I really like sitting out there on weekend mornings with my coffee and a book.  I need to bring it back so I can take advantage of it for even longer this year.  :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Fridge

It's been a rough couple of weeks and the scale has shown it.  I haven't even looked for the past few days because I just don't want to know.  Just made this sign for my fridge.