Monthly Archives: February 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Happy Leap Day everyone! Today is a GORGEOUS day here in Indiana… 68 degrees in February? Yep, we’ll take that! It is also nice and sunny. Crazy windy though. I am planning on getting outside with Zeeva after her nap this afternoon… I am hoping that the wind dies down a bit by then so I do not have to worry about her being outside.

Ok, I have to admit that I was VERY nervous about stepping on the scale this morning. I have only seen gains for the past three weigh ins and, while I definitely worked out more this past week, I really did not know what to expect from the scale. Sometimes it surprises me. Well, it pleasantly surprised me today… I lost 2 pounds! Yea!! That almost erases all the damage of the past three weigh ins. I only have half a pound to lose before I am back on track! I feel great right now!

I am currently trying to figure out my game plan for March. I know a few people who are doing a 100 Mile Challenge for the month. That is less than 3.5 miles per day, which seems totally do-able to me. And the walking seems to be working, as that is pretty much all I have done for the past week and i had a great weight loss this time around. So I am seriously contemplating doing the 100 Mile Challenge. I also want to get back into my toning workouts. I have not done any real strength training for a few weeks now. And it is definitely something that I need to start focusing on again.

So that is where I am at. Tomorrow is measurement day, if I decide to measure this month. I have not made up my mind on that yet. I am doubting that my measurements have shanked much in the past month, but I could be wrong. So maybe I should measure just to see how I did. 

My Excitement…

My Excitement…

I have a confession for you all today… I normally do not wear shoes when I am exercising. If I am inside, I am barefoot. And I exercise inside probably 95% of the time or more! I know, I know… It is horrible for my feet and shoes provide support and protection and all that. I have reasons why I do not like to wear shoes when working out. The main one is that my workout space is also Zeeva’s place space, and I do not like to track dirt into that area. I am a bit of a nut about that. And, honestly, I am lazy… When I am ready to exercise, I tend to want to just dive right in. I do not want to spend the five seconds that it takes to get socks, and the minute that it takes to put those socks and shoes on. Lol… Yep, I am lazy! Also, until recently, most of the exercises that I was doing really did not require footwear. They did not even wear shoes in the videos that I was following!

But, as some of you know, I injured my foot last week because of my lack of shoe policy.  Oops!  Thus, I started to reevaluate my feelings on shoes.  So, on Saturday, Thomas and I headed over to Shoe Carnival. His tennis shoes were grass-stained and literally falling apart, so he was in definite need on some new ones. I was not really planning on getting some, I just wanted to look. But they had a really good deal on athletic shoes. So we both ended up getting a new pair of shoes! Thomas was kind to me and shared his gift card with me, so we only ended up paying $5 out of pocket for both pairs of shoes… Score!  :o)

Here are my new shoes! Exciting times for me… New shoes, new glasses… It is like I am a new person!  ;o)  These will only be worn inside though, so most people will never even see them. That was my solution to the tracking in dirt issue. Smart, huh?

I wore them today for my workout… Well, part of my workout. I was lazy for the second part and did not put them on. I have to say, I could definitely tell the difference. I will not be doing that again!  

But I have to share my workout with you! I am doing Leslie Sansone’s 21 Day Challenge, so my schedule is set for me. Yesterday’s assignment was five miles but I did not get a chance to do it. So I added it to today’s two miles. Yep, I did SEVEN miles today!!! I split it into two different sections, but they were within two hours of each other. And I made it through! I was getting a bit sore by the very end, but I am proud of myself for sticking with it and pushing through. And for making up for yesterday’s miles.  Yesssssssssss!! I may have begun February in a rut, but I am finishing strong!!!

Motivation…

Motivation…

Ok…. Confession time. I decided not to walk today because of my foot. And I had a million things to do today, so no other exercise happened either. I had decided that I was ok with that. I honestly even forgot about doing my daily plank (today would have been day 10!). That is, until I saw Dana from 2011 – The Year of Fit, Healthy and Slim post her link with her plank video from today. I could not just sit there on the couch and see her do her plank, and not do one for myself. So, I got up off my butt, got down on the floor and did my plank… At 12:20 am. Yep, a.m. It is never too late to get motivated!

And the exciting news is that my effort paid off… I have a new plank record! 1:23!!! Yippeeeeeeeee!! Thank you Dana for inspiring me today!

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Let me start out by telling you about how my “reset” has gone… Last week, I hit a reset button on my weight-loss journey. I was sliding and I knew it was time to act before I slid too far. I would say that my reset has gone decently… Not perfect, not wonderful, but it is definitely a good start! I have been doing Leslie Sansone’s 21 Day Challenge… She has a different amount of miles that you are supposed to walk every day. I have also been doing planks every day for about a week now. I was inspired by one of the weight-loss blogs I follow on Facebook… Dana from 2011 – The Year of Fit, Healthy and Slim is doing a Plank War with someone else. Her blog was the very first weight-loss blog that I started following back in September and I have always been very inspired by her. Seeing her participate in this Plank War has been really motivating to me. I have gone from being ale to hold for about 15 seconds at a time to holding on for 1 minute and 19 seconds last night… All in less than a week! And I honestly do not think that I have just suddenly gotten so very much stronger in that short period of time. I know my muscles are working and I am sure that I am getting stronger… But I think the real change has been a mental one. I have been holding on longer because I believe I can. That is something that I have definitely been missing for a bit now and I am so glad to have it back!

Food since my reset has been… Not horrible but not great. I definitely need to work on it and I am working on it. I am really trying to decide right now what exactly I want to do. I really do not want to have to spend the rest of my life keeping track of my calories or points (if I were doing Weight Watchers). That is just not a way that I want to live. So I think I am going to go back to focusing more on portion sizes. I think that will help quite a bit, actually.

So that brings me to today’s weigh-in. Not great people… Not great. I gained 1.3 pounds this week. And I have to say that I was (and am!) pretty shocked by that. I was not expecting a huge loss… I was even prepared for a tiny gain, although a huge loss would have been awesome. I was definitely not prepared for such a large gain. I will be honest, it made me cry. My weight has been slowly creeping up the past few weeks and I am sick of seeing that. I am also getting way too close to the next decade of weight, which scares me. 

With this week’s gain, Thomas and I have come to a decision. I am going to go back to my higher dosage of Metformin. I just think that my body is not ready to be on the lower dosage right now, especially since I am not doing as good about sugar intake as I was back when I switched my dosage. I do not want to have to fight my body on this and I want to give myself the best health and weight-loss opportunities possible. 

So now you know where I am at. Today is the start of Lent… I am giving up all soda, unless I get sick and need a ginger ale. Yes, I know that many people would think that is a cop out, but I am just being prepared for that possibility… It is always the only think that sounds good when I am sick. Is anyone else doing anything for Lent this year?

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Ok, I am going to be honest here… My workouts have really not been great this month. I could say that I have just been sick a lot. I could say I have been exhausted. I could say I have been feeling unmotivated. I could say all those things and they would all be true… but they would also all be excuses. Yesterday I even found myself wondering if I should exercise… I thought about just giving myself one more day of rest and starting over tomorrow. ****ALARMS BLARING IN MY HEAD!!!!**** Ahhhhh!! This is sooo the “I’ll start Monday” syndrome trying to beat it’s way back into my life! I cannot believe that I let it sneak back in after five and a half months of hard work! So I decided to send it packing… I hit my “reset” button. I did two minutes of plank exercises (52 seconds in a row on one! Man, was I shaking!) and followed that up with a four mile Walk at Home DVD workout. Take that “I’ll start Monday” syndrome! I win, you lose!!!

Ps… The really funny thing is that I was watching The Biggest Loser later that night and they were talking about saying you’ll start after the holiday… Which is exactly what I was thinking of doing yeterday! Good timing! And I am so proud of myself for not taking the easy way out!

Oh, I guess I should say how my weigh-in went! LOL! Completely forgot about it! I was not expecting a loss and I was right… I gained 0.4 pounds. I am not stressing about it though, I know I had an off week and am now back on track. I will get back to losing with my next weigh-in!

Zeeva’s New Skirt…

Zeeva’s New Skirt…

I did it! I have actually finished my very first REAL piece of clothing! I made an adorable tiered skirt for Zeeva Z. It is grey and will go with all sorts of colors. I had some help making the ruffles from my mother-in-law (thank you so, so much!) and a few technical questions, but for the most part it was all me! I even lost my tutorial that had the original instructions that I was going to use, so I really winged a lot of it. And I think it turned out AWESOME! I am definitely happy with it. It looks even cuter on her than I thought it would too! I did have a slight mishap and added a bit too much elastic in the waistband though… It kept falling down her tushy when I first put it on her. But I got creative and sewed an adjustable bow feature to the waistband, so I can now pull it as tight as I need to. She should be able to wear this skirt for a long time! The really funny thing is that I now think that the bow totally “makes” the outfit… It is the perfect accent! (and does double duty by masking a few stitches!) :o)

Zeeva also thought the skirt was fun… She kept playing with the different layers and twirling! So cute!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Today was… Interesting. Thomas and I already celebrated the holiday on Saturday (which reminds me that I still need to blog about our date!), so there was not really much to set today apart from any other day. We did have brownies for dessert, which is definitely not the norm. Zeeva was INCREDIBLY fussy today… Teething really stinks! I was about to pull my hair out a few times and I HATE feeling that way… It makes me feel like a terrible mommy!

In other news, tonight was Zeeva’s last nursing session. At least, that is the plan. We will see how it actually goes. I have so many mixed feelings about weaning, it is really hard to decide how I am feeling about it. It is definitely a bittersweet feeling. On the one hand, Zeeva is now 15 1/2 months old and she was starting to get a little aggressive during nursing sessions… i.e. batting at my face and scratching my neck… Nothing too terribly bad but definitely not a good pattern to get into. But she was also still nursing just fine and my milk supply was doing great (thank You Lord for letting me nurse her for so long!). So part of me wishes that I would have just continued with it. But another part of me is relieved to be released from that particular “chain”. We can now stay out on date nights past her bedtime because I am not needed to nurse her to sleep. And I will be able to wear whatever I want and not have to make sure it has an “easy access” point. And I can now wear whatever bra I want! LOL… anyone who has ever nursed will understand that one! And I now have two whole shelves in my cupboards that I can clear out and use once again because I can put her bottles and the breast pump away. The bittersweet feelings come when I think about Zeeva snuggled close to me, nursing peacefully… It is such a special bond, one that I am so incredibly blessed to have experienced and one that I will definitely miss. And part of me worries that she will not want to snuggle anymore… I love Zeeva snuggles!

All in all, I know that it is the right time for both of us to stop with the nursing. It will be a definite adjustment, I am sure, one that I pray goes as smoothly and painlessly as possible!

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

I gained 0.9 pounds this week. Honestly, I was not at all surprised to see that. I started weaning Zeeva off of her morning nursing session yesterday, so I have probably half a pound of milk weight in me right now. Lately I have also just been feeling… off. I cannot really explain it. I am just tired all the time. Even right now, I m sitting here typing, just feeling completely drained. I am not sure what my deal is but I hope I snap out of it soon.

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

I am now going on day FIVE of not feeling very good. I have not exercised since last Friday. My diet has mainly consisted of saltines and Sprite or Ginger Ale ( with some ice cream, breadsticks and a sandwich thrown in there!). I really thought I would feel fine when I woke up this morning, but I was definitely wrong. And I am completely sick of not feeling good. I am, however, sooooo glad that whatever I have does not appear to be contagious… Thomas and Zeeva have not shown any sign of having even a touch of it. Thank You God! Please keep it that way!

So, with how I have been feeling and my lack of real food, I really had no clue how this week’s weigh in was going to go. I know I have not have much to eat, but what I have had has not been exactly low-cal foods, by any means! When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was ecstatic to see that I lost 2.2 pounds! I know most of it is probably from being sick, but I will take it!  ;o) And maybe some of it is my hard work from the past few weeks finally catching up with me.

Today was also measurement day for me. The largest amount that I lost was 1.625″ from my waist, which is actually right around the same amount I have lost from my waist every month since September. I find it funny that it has been so steady! This month, I am planning on really working on my abs more, so hopefully that number will change even more the next time I measure. With this round of measurements, I lost a little across the board… 3.25″ all together. I was surprised that I did not lose more in some areas, but I do realize that I have been at this for five months now and I have less inches left to lose and it is going to take different work to keep losing. So I am happy with my results. And I am really happy with the results I got in my arms… I lost 1″ in my arms alone, with 0.625″ from just my upper arms! I guess that is why I can finally see some muscle definition in my arms!  ;o)

Another thing that I am excited about is my workout total for January. I decided to keep track of my workout times, so I can look back and see how I did. I also joined a Facebook “challenge” group… That has really helped me stay motivated this month. I also kept track of how many miles I walked using my Leslie Sansone Walk at Home DVD… I kept track of that just for myself. I am planning on keeping track of both of these things for the whole year, so I can look back and see all my hard work. Now for the totals… I walked 41 miles and worked out for 1556 minutes! And that includes two days of rest and seven sick days! (Was I seriously sick for seven whole days in January?? That is crazy!) I am very happy with those totals, I know I definitely worked harder in January than I ever have in my life.

My February plan is similar to what I did in January, with alternating days of arms and legs, cardio every day, and ab workouts every other day. But I am going to be doing some different workout videos. I am going to focus a lot on the Turbo Jam DVDs that I got in December as a weight-loss goal reward. I am hoping that I will get some great results from the series!

In other news, Zeeva now has four teeth! Yea! And she has, for the most part, been a real sweetie while I have been sick. She has been cuddly and has mostly kept herself entertained. Last night was the first time in a few days that I felt well enough to get on the floor and play with her… She was soooo happy! So many giggles and squeals… She loved it!