Work It! Work It!

{January 8, 2014}   Hey there, 2014.

*sigh. I let the over time turn into moving an hour and a half away from the gym I love, into never going back to the gym. Much sad.

I am around 200 lbs right now. I think 198.  So disappoint.

However, I have been getting on and off WW since October. I keep getting sick 2 weeks after I start. In October I was walking 2.5 miles a day and doing yoga every day. It was great. Now the weather is crappy and I refuse to go outside unless I need food. Although I did walk a mile, in the snow, Saturday.

The good news is I am back on WW as of Monday (yesterday) and I am doing Nerd Fitness ( I have a main mission, which is to lose 40 lbs of fat and gain about 30 lbs of muscle.  This is going to take awhile.

My first 6 week missions are:

1. Follow WW every day…so far so good.
2. First 3 weeks, 2 body weight work outs a week and 1 yoga, no matter how long. Second 3 weeks, 3 body weight work outs, 1 yoga, 10 minutes of rowing. … This is my first official week of the challenge, but last week I did all the work outs. I am up from 3 reg push ups and 7 on my knees to 5 reg push ups and 5 on my knees.

3. I do not drink soda. So far so good.

I haven’t looked at this blog since I stopped posting, almost 2 years ago. How does time even go that fast? It kind of freaks me out. However, I really like the way I had all the calories I burned and such in the first posts. I don’t have a heart rate monitor any  more and I don’t even know if those are very accurate. I do have an UP, by Jawbone. I haven’t been wearing it because it is a bit uncomfortable to sleep in. Also, it is in  my RV (I live in an RV now) and right now I am at my “job” where I live with a 94 yr old woman during the week. This is only for a few more weeks though.  Then I will be heading to Florida.

Anywho, enough about  me, let’s talk about fitness.

I really miss that old gym. It was the only thing that really helped me, exercise wise.  But, I am still trying and I am down 7-9 lbs from when I started in October. I will know for sure tomorrow. I am excited I managed to maintain that.

I’m picking myself up and starting over…again.

I’m doing a mix of Paleo and Weight Watchers. I want to get back to The Good Mood Diet, but I will do that by making small changes.

Tomorrow I will list what I am doing now, as far as my work out program and where I plan to go with it.

I did not want to work out today, but I managed to get going and once I warmed up I got into it.


{April 8, 2012}   Slowly, But Surely

I started CX again yesterday. It’s only temporary though. I am working 10 hour days right now and there’s no way I can get to the gym. Even if I did make it to the gym I would have to go to bed as soon as I got home and we all know going to bed after a hard-core work out really isn’t possible. 

I have steadily been losing. As of last Monday I am at 186.2.  That’s 17 lbs.

I have not been eating well though. I’m really stuck on what kind of snacks to eat and what to eat for dinner. Breakfast and lunch are easy and healthy. However, with 10 hour days a girl can only carry so much fruit. My awesome boss brings in donuts every day. I usually cave every other day. 

My plan is to get up at 4:45 am. (WTF, that is disgusting.) This will give me a bit of time for a work out before I leave for the job. Then I can just fall into bed when I get home. I’m determined not to lose all the progress I’ve made over the last few months. I want to keep my strength up. I’m hoping that after the month of overtime I will be able to hit my gym again. And maybe finally hit that elusive 20lb mark. 

On the plus side I feel so good about myself. Sure, I still have a fat day here and there, but my clothes fit better. I don’t worry about looking fat any more. Probably because most people don’t believe me when I say how much I weigh.

Not that I go around telling everyone how much I weigh. That would be weird.  

{February 16, 2012}   Woot Woot

This week is the first time I made it to the gym 3 times in one week. I’m exponentially getting stronger and more endurance. The first month it seemed like nothing changed. Then it seemed like I could never make it to the gym, although I guess I did about once a week, except once when I just worked out once at home. It was still one of his work outs. 

My goal is that by weigh in next week I will be down that 20 lbs. I haven’t weighed in in what seems like forever. It will be at least a month since the last time when I finally do. I have been unofficially weighing in and it doesn’t show any change.

I’ve also been eating very well this week. Monday I had some diner food when I took my Gram’s out, BUT  including my work out points from that day I had 30 pts to cover that food. Then I have an additional 18 pts from the last two work outs. AND I still have all of my weekly allowance. I get 31 pts a day. Although I will need to change that once I get into the 180’s officially. But by the time I weigh in I’m hoping to be down to 183 so I will have to recalculate the next weigh in as well. 

Even though I don’t see significant changes in the way my body looks, I am SO much stronger now.

My trainer told me today that he thought I wasn’t going to make it during the first few weeks, then he said that I proved him wrong and he can’t believe how fast I’m improving.

I can’t say I don’t completely care about that scale, but I’m starting to care much more about how I feel once I’m finished with the work out and how strong I’m becoming. It feels like losing weight is becoming secondary and that’s how I’ve always wanted to feel about working out.

It’s also giving me a reason to keep going back. I can tell the difference and I want more. I can tell that before I know it, my body is going to be rocking. 

I know that, even though it may be 6 months to a year before I feel like I’m “prefect” I’m going to like the way I look a lot sooner than that.

I have been taking photos of what I’ve been eating, but everything looks like a pile of throw up. It’s delicious, just not attractive. I took a photo of a chocolate angel food cake I made from scratch, it looked like meatloaf. The strawberries on top looked like the ketchup.


{February 4, 2012}   Wuz UUUUPPPPP?

The past couple of weeks I’ve slacked a little bit. I didn’t have gas so I didn’t make it to the gym more than once a week at best. I was pretty bummed about a few things and didn’t have money for healthy food so I just had to eat what was already in the house or what my Grandma made. 

Yesterday I went back though and I realized I could do the standing tricep dips (with out a machine assist) with knee raises when the first day I want I could barely do just the tricep dips.

I was pretty proud of myself. My triceps are probably the second weakest money right after my delts.

It’s hard getting back on tracking my food, but when I do these work outs it is really easy to eat healthy. I just find it really hard to eat out of my points range because I worked so hard. I don’t even eat the 9 points I earn from the work out.  Although yesterday’s points are going to what I’ve eaten this week already. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good and it wasn’t tracked. 

My goal is to be in shape by this summer. For reals. Since I am building muscle I’m hoping that I could only need to lose about 40 lbs total and replace 30 lbs of fat with muscle. I don’t know how long that would take, I’m just hoping that I notice the changes faster. 

{January 13, 2012}   Melting!

I am down 12 lbs and 4% body fat from my highest weight. Well, 4% body fat since I started these work outs. I was down about 6 lbs before I started. 

I’m pretty excited. 20lbs seems to be my “big” goal. It never seems real until I hit that number. Although this is only the second time I’ve really started losing weight, the few times I’ve lost 5 or 10 lbs before, it just never seems like I’m getting anywhere until I hit that mark. Or at least it felt like that before and I keep seeing that 20 lbs as the first goal.  So 7 lbs left to go.

{December 28, 2011}   Why, hello there.


My breakfast!  Since I now have a smartphone I can take pics of my food and post them relatively effortlessly.

I’m back on weight watchers and I signed up for 25 sessions with a trainer.  They are not necessarily private but they are kicking my butt.

This breakfast is 11 pts because my coffee creamer added 3. It’s scrambled eggs with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach with low fat mozzarella.

I think I am down 10 lbs, but I won’t know for sure until the trainer weighs me. I mean 10 lbs from my highest weight and about 4 from when he first weighed me.

I also may have found a running buddy. He has run 7 marathons. I am going to try for two sessions with the trainer, two running, and one yoga a week. At least until I am better at the running and the sessions.

{November 25, 2011}   Happy Holidays

Yesterday and the day before kind of kicked my ass. Wednesday I was feeling pretty bummed all day and then the fucking bar down the street kept me up until 2am. Thursday I did not have time to work out before heading to see my Gramps at the nursing home since the whole up til 2 thing. Then I went to two other dinners. I didn’t eat anything at the second last dinner and took my desert from the first one home. 

So technically I am behind a day already this month. I have not decided if I am going to do two work outs one day (one would be an ab work out) or if I’m just going to chalk it up to the holiday.

My eating has been pretty bad as well. Not just the holiday but the day before, since I was feeling bummed out, I went to a diner. I wanted to get out of the house and just chill somewhere. It helped while I was there, but as soon as I left I was bummed again.

Today my Grandma made biscuits and gravy since my Uncle was leaving right after. They were tasty. Although after my work out today (Scuplt 30) I had my chocolate milk and for dinner I will make fish tacos. MMMMM. 

Tomorrow I am going to the St. Louis Art Museum with my niece. I probably won’t be able to have my snacks, at least not the first one, but for lunch I think we will get Subway to take with us.  Or maybe I will take us out to St. Louis Bread Company.  That would be tasty.

{November 22, 2011}   I am feeling a …

I am feeling a bit under the weather so it is a good thing today is my first day off this week. I plan on spending the day in bed (now that my class is over) reading and napping. I am also drinking Naked Drink’s Green Machine and tons of water. 

I feel pretty good today otherwise. My muscles have that good sore feeling.  

I started the day eating well, but after class I had to run a few unexpected errands (one of which to get the Naked drinks) and when I arrived home my Grandma had lunch made. I felt way too icky to make anything myself so I just ate what was there, but in moderation. 

Yesterday I made fish “tacos” twice. Once for lunch, once for dinner. I could eat that all the time. I do hope I feel well enough to make them again tonight. After I nap for awhile. Mmmmm. Oh there’s no tortilla so it’s not really a taco. I really don’t like whole wheat tortillas. 

I don’t know if I will eat my second snack yet or just sleep until dinner time.

{November 21, 2011}   More GMD

I went back to read the part about doing the diet exactly as it is supposed to be. This part isn’t really necessary, but the author recommends it for the first two weeks. It’s balanced enough to do it long term, but you don’t have to. 

I decided I do want to be very exact with it for the next month.  

I noticed two things right away. 1. I am not in the right group. I should be in group 2 for the work outs I’m doing and I was eating in group 1. That is a difference of about 400 calories. Or a difference of adding 1 bread serving, 2 very lean protein servings, 1 vegetable, and 1 fat per day.  That protein would help a lot for my recovery. 

Also, I noticed that she highly recommends chocolate milk after work outs and that helps people recover a lot faster. I’m going to try it. I will take my milk from breakfast and add it after the work outs. I hate sports drinks so this seems like a good alternative. Of course it will be skim milk. 

I’m kind of excited about drinking chocolate milk after my work outs. Talk about a treat.

When I first read this book I was not working out. I’ve gone back to read a few sections here and there, but I missed the group part I guess. 

I’m going to switch up my usual fish dinner too. I really love fish tacos. (After steak it’s my favorite thing to eat!)  Instead of making fish tacos every night, cuz I’m lazy and they are battered and fried, I’m going to find some salsa and some cabbage and some chipotle mayo and just put all that on my broiled fish, which is what I eat almost every night. I love shredded cabbage and chipotle mayo. mmmm.  The mayo will actually take the place of one of my dinner fats so I don’t need to worry about hurting the diet. 

I hope the extra calories and the added protein and chocolate milk after my work outs will help with the whole 45 EZ problem I’ve been having. I will not be adding those work outs back, but like I said before, they are not all gone from the next month and a half, just most of them.  Plus once I start the real schedule I am going to try to go back to the full 6 days a week routine. 


{November 20, 2011}   One Month Down

Today was Core 20/Stretch 10. I find this work out a little lame since I don’t use the resistance bands. I may substitute one of my other ab work outs. Probably not, but maybe. 

I have scratched out almost every 45 EZ work out from now until January. If it was scheduled for two in one week I kept one.

Scratching those out actually makes me excited to keep going.

Today is the last day of month 1.  I may weigh myself later, I may not. 

I am not sure what I want to do yet, as far as this month’s goals. Part of me wants to just do working out for 30 days straight again. However, I am planning on traveling around Christmas again. It will be easier to stick to a work out, but I don’t know.

I also want to just focus on no sugary drinks, but I don’t think that will be too difficult if I focus on eating the good mood diet, strictly, for 30 days.

I think that will make me feel the best and I will be more likely to work out because I will feel good. I did great on the first week. Also since I have a week or two until I start PMSing again, I should have a head start.

Plus I believe I lost 6 lbs the first week of working out, when I was doing both. I really need that incentive at this point.

Although, today I am buying myself flowers. I worked out more than 3/4ths the month. It wasn’t what I had hoped, but I wasn’t sitting on my ass either.

et cetera