Monthly Archives: January 2013

My Hybrid Experiment – Month 1…

My Hybrid Experiment – Month 1…

First, I have to say that I ROCKED this weekend! I stayed on track completely and was under my calories every day. Actually, today will be day seven of being completely on track! Woohoo! For someone who has really struggled on the weekends, this is HUGE!

Now, on to Measurement Day! Today marks four weeks of doing my own personal hybrid of ChaLEAN Extreme and Turbo Fire, so it was time to do my measurements this morning. I lost a total of 2.5″ from all over, with the most being lost from my chest, calf, and ankle. Random places, I know! It is interesting though because I feel a lot smaller in some places (like my hips) but it does not show on the measuring tape yet.

Included in Measurement Day is, of course, my weight. I was really hoping for a bit number this morning, after really being in control all weekend. I even weighed myself TWICE this morning, just to make sure that I was seeing the number on the scale correctly… And I actually weighed even less the second time! Do not ask me how that happened. Lol. I have lost 2.2 pounds since last Wednesday!!!! Eek!!! I now weigh 155.2 pounds… I am officially at my lowest weight that I have ever been on my weight-loss journey! I am back in the negatives people! I am back to losing weight that I have not lost before! (My previous lowest weight, before I gained a bit back, was 155.6) AND I only have 2.8 more pounds left before I reach my next goal!! Yes, I know I have a lot of exclamation points in this paragraph but I am super excited!!! I have now lost a total of 62.6 pounds!

So, yes…. I will definitely be continuing on with my ChaLEAN Extreme and Turbo Fire hybrid. Not only do I really enjoy it but it is definitely working for me!

Ok now… I am going to be really brave and post some pictures on here. It is really making me nervous, so please do not make me regret doing this! Here goes nothing!

My Very First 5K!!!!!

My Very First 5K!!!!!

I am completely flabbergasted right now. I signed up to do a virtual 5k today, that my friend Sara from Sara – Use It To Lose It arranged. It was a way for people from all over the world to participate in a 5k together. She even was fortunate enough to have Mizuno show some interest in the run/walk day, and they have sponsored a prize that she will give away every month, after the 5k’s are over. Anyway, when I signed up, I told her that I was going to try to run as much of it as possible, but would be doing a combination of walking and running. Which was totally fine with me. I have only been doing Couch to 5k since the beginning of the year and definitely did not consider myself to be a runner. In fact, I only recently (as in a couple of days ago) started thinking that maybe I could sign up to do a 5k run later this year, once my Couch to 5k training program had run it’s course.

I started off my 5k thinking that I would try to run the first five minutes… that turned into ten minutes. When I got to the ten-minute mark, and realized that I still felt fine and that I had already run a mile (which is by far the most I had ever run up to that point!!!), I thought to myself “why not?”. Why not really push myself and see what I am truly made of? So I decided to try to get to the twenty-minute mark, thinking that I would just start walking if it got to be too much for me. I made it to the twenty-minute mark. With really no problem! I was SHOCKED to say the least at this point. The last time I set out to run as long as I could, I only made it five minutes. So I decided to do it… I was, at this point, determined to run the full 5k. And I DID IT!!!! I, Jessii, ran a 5k tonight!!!!! And the even crazier thing is, I think I could have actually run even longer!! I was so overcome with emotion at the end that it was all I could do to stand still long enough to take a commemorative picture! (as you will see at the end of this post)

I am soooooo amazed at myself right now!!! I did not set out to run a 5k today. I honestly was not even in the mood to do the run most of the day, which is why I ended up putting it off until after dinner. It is crazy what you can accomplish when you stop telling yourself that you “can’t”! My official time, by the way, was 32:30… not too shabby, I think! This from the girl who, in middle school, could not even manage to walk/run a mile in the twelve minutes that we had to do in gym class. I am seriously flabbergasted right now. This may be my favorite post ever!

The first picture is my “before picture”. The second one is my “I am so excited, I cannot even stand still long enough to take a picture!” picture. The third is my official “after” picture… notice that I was so excited that I did not even realize that my bib was upside down? And the fourth is when I got so overcome with emotion that I started bawling! Yep… This was so worth it!

A HUGE thank you goes out to Sara for setting up today’s run.. she put a LOT of time and effort into organizing it. And I NEVER would have accomplished what I did today if it weren’t for her virtual 5k! THANK YOU Sara!!!!!

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Today has been a busy one already and it is only halfway over!

I brought Zeeva out to have fun with a mommy and me group this morning. We have only been to two activities thus far (visiting the pumpkin patch back in October was the first time). They meet twice a month and I would love to go every time but it is a half hour drive for us and involves getting up quite early (for us!)… So it does not always happen. This morning’s activities included some gymnastics (which I had to hold Zeeva during for most of it because she was being so shy! That counts as part of my workout today, right??), making cinnamon PlayDoh (which smells amazing), having a snack, and Zeeva running around after all the other kids (because she finally loosened up a bit!). Then we ate lunch with Grandpa (my dad)… Zeeva claimed she wanted pizza but she would not even touch it. Instead her meal consisted of lots of bread (just the innards because crusts are apparently yucky), half a fruit cup, milk, and about a dozen bites of MY salad. She is on a kick this week where she really wants to eat my food. If it gets her to try new things finally, I am all for it! After lunch, Zeeva got to walk around Grandpa’s work and see all the Garfield stuffies. She had a blast and was worn out for the car ride home! So worn out that I called in reinforcements to help keep her awake… She talked on the phone with her Grandma (Thomas’s mom) for almost a half hour. It definitely kept her awake! She is now knocked out in her crib (and I am heading for a nap as soon as I am done writing!).

I am super proud of myself… I planned out my food for today last night because I knew I was eating out for lunch, and that I can be very tempted to make poor decisions at this particular restaurant. And I am proud to say that I stuck with my plan! I did not eat even a BITE of the awesome bread and oil that they serve! It was definitely tempting to finish off some of those crusts that Zeeva rejected, but I was really good about it. :o) YEA!

Today was also weigh-in day… My final weigh-in day for my week-long experiment. Here are my daily results for the week.

    Day 1… -1.4 pounds
    Day 2… -0.8 pounds
    Day 3… +2.6 pounds
    Day 4… +0.9 pounds
    Day 5… -0.4 pounds
    Day 6… -0.5 pounds
    Day 7… -1.1 pounds

That gives me a cumulative total of -0.7 pounds, which is not bad for a week for me. But I have to say, I am not going to be weighing myself daily again. I know some people do it that way all the time. It would drive me bonkers though! I am a bit bummed that I had a couple of huge days there but then only ended up losing less than a pound for the whole week. I know part of that is my own fault for going off track for a couple of days. But I think I will just stay more sane if I stick to once a week! I am now only 1.8 pounds away from FINALLY being back to losing real weight (from the little bit of weight I had gained). I have today, I am SICK of this yo-yoing back and forth in the upper 150s! I know my body is making major changes that are not showing up on the scale, but I am soooo ready for my next decade!

Speaking of tracking numbers, next Monday is my tracking day for this round of ChaLEAN Extreme and Turbo Fire! I am SUPER excited to see how my measurements and pictures look! I need to stay STRONG this week and weekend so I can have a strong finish to this round!

POLL: Should I start putting my pictures on here? I have not been… Honestly, because I did not know if it is actually something people would want to see! Lol! I could maybe even just put up new pictures every three months or something like that. What do you all think?

My Rockin’ Day!

My Rockin’ Day!

Today has, in a word, ROCKED!

First of all, Zeeva was all snugly for a good portion of the day. She normally likes to snuggle some, but I think we snuggled for a total of over two hours today! Our house was really cold because of the arctic chill outside, so I think that was part of the reason. But I will definitely take it!

Second, I made quesadillas for dinner, which is something that I normally have two of when I make them. But I remembered being mad at myself the last time I made them because two added up to more calories than I realized at the time. So I only ate one tonight and then ate a bunch of grapes. That was a win in my book!

Third, I tried to exercise this morning… I even started the DVD. But Zeeva started getting really fussy and wanted to snuggle, so I decided to listen to what my daughter wanted and snuggled with her instead. The same thing happened when I tried to work out after lunch. So I started wavering on whether I would exercise today or not. But I did it tonight after dinner! I did ChaLEAN Extreme, Couch to 5k, and I just did a 42 minute yoga video too! That was not planned, but I really needed to get stretched out. Even after a bath, I felt very tight. So I am extremely proud of myself! AND of Zeeva, who actually did some of the moves with me! It was soooo cute to see her trying to do push-ups and stretches! I was watching The Biggest Loser while I was working out and they were pushing the huge tractor tires over and over and over. And then Zeeva started pushing our ottoman around like that! LOL!! It was so cute, it was hard to be mad!

Fourth, I was totally planning on having a serving of ice cream tonight. I had plenty of calories for it and had already planned on portioning it out so I did not end up eating more than that serving. THEN I started thinking about all the hard work I have done tonight and how my official weigh-in is tomorrow and I decided to make a better choice. I had the calories for the ice cream and could have eaten it with no problem. But it would have been empty calories and I really needed food that would be more filling tonight. This is a choice that I rarely make, so this was HUGE for me! I even find myself craving an apple right now!

Weigh-in tomorrow!!! Tune in to find out how I do!

Gloomy Gus…

Gloomy Gus…

I am being such a Gloomy Gus right now. That is a term, isn’t it? Anyway, I have just been so exhausted all week! I do not know what the deal is, but it really need to go away. I bought some vitamin D to take, which I am hoping will help. And tonight, I went from just fine to completely moody in a matter of moments. I do not like that one bit. So I am currently taking a breather and getting a few “me” moments.

Part of the problem is that Zeeva hardly took any nap today. She only slept for probably 45 minutes, which means I did not get my daily break from her. She was thankfully pretty good during grocery shopping, otherwise I am sure I would be in a much worse mood!

Highlight of the day? We bought Zeeva’s potty today!! Woohoo! She was so excited! She kept giving it hugs in the store and saying “peeeeee!”. Lol… Everyone who saw her couldn’t help but grin at her. :o)

Ok… That’s all I have for now. Sorry for the totally unstructured post. Sometimes you just need to get it “out”.

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

I am up 0.2 pounds on the scale this week. I have to say, I feel a bit deflated from that, after having had such an unexpectedly great weigh-in last week. Yes, it may be water weight from using weights and from eating out last night. In fact, I even feel very puffy in my hands today. But it is still a bit of a bummer. Oh well… It happens.

I am currently trying to get myself doing something. I am so incredibly tired today that I just keep thinking about how good sleep sounds! Lol… But I have no time for sleep! I am hoping this means I will sleep MUCH better tonight than I did last night!

My game plan for the rest of this month is simple… Keep focusing on exercise, do better on the weekends than I have been, drink more water, stay within my calories, and only eat out one more time. We are celebrating my sister’s 27th birthday this Saturday and (I believe) we are going to Red Lobster. So, when I could not sleep last night, I went ahead and took a look at their menu and planned out what I am going to have to eat there. One of my goals is to not eat any of those evil little biscuits. You hear that family? Keep the biscuits away from me!!

Here’s to hoping and praying for a better week all around when I check in with my next weigh-in Wednesday post!

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Weigh-In Wednesday…

Hello all! This is my first official weigh-in Wednesday post of the new year! I actually had a hard time sleeping last night because I was so looking forward to weighing myself this morning. And, yes, that sounds crazy for me to say. Lol!

I will be honest… I was not sure what to expect when I stepped on the scale. I was actually kind of expecting a bit of a gain, because I just restarted ChaLEAN Extreme and that is typically what happens when I start a new weight lifting workout like that. Muscles retain water in an attempt to repair themselves, so you have a false “gain”. I was prepared for that but was really hoping for at least a little bit of a loss after all the work I put in (bad weekend excluded!).

I actually ended up weighing myself twice this morning because I simply did not believe what the scale said. I lost 2.8 pounds! I had the best loss that I have had since MAY!  Talk about a fantastic way to start off 2013!!! I am psyched! And even more determined to do an AWESOME job working out and eating right and getting all my water in for the next week… I am so excited to see how this year goes! I just know that 2013 is going to be FANTASTIC!

Here’s to Starting (and Finishing!) 2013 RIGHT!

Here’s to Starting (and Finishing!) 2013 RIGHT!

Thank you all for being patient with me in my delay of this post. For those of you who do not know, I had planned on writing this post yesterday but was SLAMMED with a massive migraine mid-afternoon that lasted until the wee hours of the morning. Even now, my head still hurts a bit, but it is much better than yesterday.

SO… On to my favorite achievements of 2012!

    I walked 104 miles in March, as a part of a challenge that many people on Facebook did.
    I worked out 1,819 minutes in November, which is just amazing to me!
    I ran for the first time in a long, long time… Not far, but I did it!
    I walked/ran/biked a total of 361.23 “official” miles (not including just normal walking for shopping and such). That is a huge number for me!
    I worked out a total of 13,676 minutes. Thirteen. THOUSAND! Six-hundred-and-seventy-six. Minutes! WOW!!
    I was able to shovel snow for probably the first time ever and now feel like I was going to die after five minutes!
    I made Zeeva a quilt, my very first one ever, and she loves it! (I know, this is not fitness related, but it is still something that I am very proud of!)
    I have lost a LOT of inches, including more than five just off of my hips and another five from my waist, just in the past year!
    I have started getting really toned in areas that are hard to measure… I actually like my arms now (for the most part lol!), which has never been true before.

Those are just the achievements that I can think of off the top of my head… I am sure there are many more! Maybe I should keep a list of them somewhere this year so I can quickly glance back at them. Oh, I did forget to mention one of my biggest achievements… I have lost 29.8 pounds in the past year!!  My starting weight for 2013 is 160.7. As it stands right now, I am currently 32.9 pounds away from my final weight-loss goal… And I KNOW this is the year I will reach it!

And I also have to say that I have started 2013 right! I got in my main workout yesterday (I was unable to do the rest because of the migraine, but am transferring them to today), and ended the day with 43 calories left to spare. And I did all of my scheduled workouts for today (ChaLEAN Extreme, abs and the dreaded first day of Couch to 5K… Which was actually not neariy as bad as I thought it would be), plus I did the yoga viseo that I missed from yesterday (I seriously needed it… Talk about SORE!)

This is a side-by-side comparison of me from January 2012 to January 2013… 29.8 pounds down from the 2012 picture, plus I have lost another 29 pounds on top of this (between September 2011 & January 2012)! And, no, my hair is not blue right now… Although this picture kind of makes me want to give it a try! ;o)