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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Week 4 Weigh-In

Last week's weight: 243.8
This week's weight: 243.0

Week progress: -0.8 pounds
Total progress: -2.6 pounds

I don't have much to say other than I only worked out twice, I've been sick since Wednesday and I was pleasantly surprised with the weigh-in. I want to get back to feeling normal again. Between my cough and runny nose, this girl is not a pretty sight. Hoping to get rested up this weekend and get back on track next week.

Hope you have a good weekend!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 27 of 2011

No workouts today. I have an incredibly massive head cold that has my nose running like a faucet and my head feeling like it's pinned between a rock and a hard place. My stomach isn't feeling so hot either.

So, hope your goals are being achieved today. I'm trying to find comfort on my couch.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 25 of 2011

Well, I did it. As I promised, I worked out for at least 30 minutes. I was actually an over-achiever and worked out for 36! According to my trusty heart rate monitor watch, I burned 466 calories thanks to Mr. Billy Blanks. Now, people have given him a lot of crap over the years with his various methods, but I find his workouts challenging, energizing, and I can feel the burn.

Now, back to school work...oh, by the way, it's the 100th day of school tomorrow. I know I teach 4th grade, but the kids still get a kick out of it!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 24 of 2011

Have you ever had a day where you can't shut your brain off? Today's that day for me. This job hunting process has consumed my thoughts and I'm having a hard time shutting it off. I'm thinking about my paperwork, the deadline, being called or not being called for an interview, the interview, questions possibly being asked, asking them questions, seeing the school, being offered or not being offered the job, etc.... I even had a dream about it last night.

The best part is...I haven't my paperwork yet. I'm still waiting on a hard copy of one of my letters of recommendation which I will get tomorrow. Then, I have to sign everything on the application and send it off Wednesday.

On top of that, I've been working on a case brief for my Special Ed Law class that I have to present during Wednesday night's class. Let me tell you, I can tell you any little factoid on Least Restrictive Environment in schools. Basically, you have to give a student with disabilities options to learn in an environment with non-disabled peers while receiving all of the accommodations they need. I am briefing a case from my state of Iowa where the state ruled against the school district and in favor of the parents.

Throughout all of this, I'm struggling to maintain my sanity. I am truly watching my food intake, but I haven't been able to workout. I'm taking a mini 5 minute break right now while working on my PowerPoint to write this to let you know I'm here.

If anyone ever told you that working full-time and going to grad school was easy was not being honest. But I'm proud of what I've accomplished, even though it has consumed an enormous amount of time.

Tomorrow night, I have a date with Billy Blanks in my basement. I'm going to bring my "A" game, even if just for 30 minutes. But for tonight, back to my case brief...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day 22 of 2011

Well, the weigh-in this morning wasn't horrible, but I'll take it considering how this week went.

You know how I promised you that I'd work out for 30 minutes today? Well, according to my friend Polar F6, I burned 402 calories in 30 minutes thanks to Billy Blanks and part of his cardio inferno.

I did it. Did you?

Week 3 Weigh-In

Last week's weight: 243.8

This week's weight: 243.8

How's that for maintenance? On the dot.

This week was not a great week for me, but I still kept in the back of the mind what and how much I was eating. Now, it's time to get back to moving. I promised you 30 minutes each day this weekend, and I'm going to abide by that promise. I owe it to you, but more importantly, I owe it to myself.

Sort of non-scale victory last night...I play Bunco once a month with a bunch of girls I work with. Normally, I would consume 3-5 beers. Last night? One. And then I drank my liter of water I brought with me. I consumed over 3 liters of water yesterday. I felt better. So, as of now, I have 32 ounces down....a good 70 to go! With tae bo waiting for me, that shouldn't be a problem.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 20 of 2011

Hi. Remember me? Yep, still here. I'm updating Thursday on Friday because that's what kind of a day Thursday was!

Calories were good...a little over 1700. But...I didn't work out like I said I would. I didn't get home until 7:10. Then I fixed dinner and by the time I actually sat down, it was after 8:00. I was exhausted. My body was exhausted. I'm still fighting something off. I don't know if it's a cold or what. My husband told me I looked like crap (in a sweet way, of course!!) and I made the executive decision to not work out.

This job application thing is nuts. I have 1/4 of the letters of recommendation I need. All of my things are done, so I'm just waiting on others. The reason I got home so late was because I stayed after school yesterday with my principal and went through all of my paperwork. She was impressed with the narrative I wrote, so that made me feel good.

Friday is off to a good start. My teammates and I are having a tech work day. We're going to work on creating lessons with our new technology stuff we've gotten at our school. So, I was in charge of breakfast. Usually, that would be donuts or bagels. But what did I do? SUBWAY!!! Oh my gosh, if you've never tried their breakfast sandwiches, they are delish! I got the Western Muffin with egg whites. It's a whole wheat English muffin, egg white, black forest ham, green peppers, and a half slice of cheese. Toast that baby up and it's like heaven. Only 180 calories!!!! I did also get the four little hashbrowns which added about 100 more, but all in all, not bad. Especially when I could have had a 400 calorie donut or bagel that wouldn't fill me up and would make me feel like crap!!!!

Goals for the weekend:
-Workout both Saturday AND Sunday for minimum 30 minutes and record calories burned.
-Weigh in tomorrow morning, even though I've only worked out once this week. I'm okay with what the results are and would be pleasantly surprised with a loss.
-Drink lots of water!
-Track calories

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 18 of 2011

Calories: 1831 calories
Exercise: None :(

So, here's how my day has, come home, spend an hour getting new phones (hubby had to have a new one because his kept dying and we didn't want to pay to fix it), grocery shop, and go home and eat. Now, I'm working on finishing up my cover letter, resume', application, and answering four narrative questions.

Stress level is high because my grad school book is sitting here staring at me because I'm supposed to read two chapters for tomorrow night's class. Speaking of tomorrow night's class....means another night of no exercise. I'm to blame because I'm bringing most of this stuff on myself.

Thursday night, I am working out for a minimum of an hour. No questions asked.

I'm still not giving up. Still tracking calories. I've been too fat for too long....

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 17 of 2011

Calories: About 1900
Exercise: None

So, today I had a teacher inservice, drove to and from work in snow which turned to icy rain, had no power at home for over two hours and then ended up eating Wendy's for dinner because it's hard to cook/eat/see in the dark.

Now, I have a headache and sore throat :( I've been on the couch most of the night. Hoping it goes away and doesn't turn into anything.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 16 of 2011

Calories: 1,993 calories
Exercise: 41 min. Advanced Tae Bo (calories burned=525)

I used my new F6 Polar Heart Rate Monitor during my workout today. A couple of observations....I'm completely and utterly out of shape and here's why. The watch beeps if you are either below or above your target heart rate range. I believe the range is about 132-154. My highest was 184 and my average was 165. So, because I'm so overweight, my heart has to work harder to make it through the workout due to my lack of cardiovascular capabilities...or something to that effect. The beeping was not loud, but when my wrist was remotely close to my head, it drove me nuts. Otherwise, Billy Blanks was drowning it out. Interesting to actually see this is how many calories I burned. Anyone else have one of these or something similar? How did you use it to help you with your lifestyle changes, etc.

I was busy working on my resume' today as well as calling my references. My current principal is ecstatic and is excited to help me through the process. I may not even be given an interview, but I'm still excited for the process. We'll see how things go!

Oh and by the way....don't work out 11 days in a row, take 4 days off and then expect to just pick up where you left off. Your body will hate you.

Week 2 Weigh-In

Starting Weight: 245.6 pounds
Week 1 Weight: 245.0
Week 2 Weight: 243.8 pounds

Weekly loss: -1.2 pounds
Total loss: -1.8 pounds

This week has not been a consistent week for working out. I'm amazed at the results and I'll take them! I'm throwing a curve ball into my balance of life by applying for a job this week. I'm currently an elementary teacher getting my Master's Degree is Principalship. I won't be done until December, but I can get a provisional license to until then, so I can apply for jobs for the next school year. A rural district that's about 30-40 minutes away has an opening for their elementary school due to a retirement and I'm applying. Doesn't mean I'll even get an interview, but I'm going to try.

The process is a complex one, so I'm really going to focus this week on getting everything together, sounding great and try to mail in my application by the end of the week.

In the process, I'm still going to try to track my calories, workout as much as I can, and test out my new heart rate monitor. If you don't get daily updates, it's not because I've given up. I promise.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day 13 of 2011

Calories: 1565 calories
Exercise: Rest day :(

So, yesterday was a happy face rest day and today is a sad face rest day. My husband is a non-traditional student who is currently student teaching. He's four days in, exhausted and has been frustrated with some of the things the teacher he's with is doing and saying. After our grocery store/other store shopping venture, we had this long pow wow about everything and he just needed me to sit and listen. It is now 9 PM and exercise is not going to happen tonight. My husband apologized up and down because he knows how seriously I'm taking my health right now. But he did need me to listen. We had tears and venting, but he feels better. We just both need the weekend here.

On an exciting note, I got a new toy!!!! When we were out running errands tonight, hubby let me get a Polar F6 heart rate monitor watch!!! I'm so excited to finally get an idea of the amount of calories I burn during a workout. I'm going to wear it all day next Wednesday when I don't workout just to see how much I burn on a normal day.

Tomorrow is Friday, which I'm very ready's been a long week. I'm also ready to get working out after a two day hiatus...I don't want this to be prolonged any more....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 12 of 2011

Calories: Not sure...see below
Exercise: Rest Day :)

I have been a good girl's my meals:
Breakfast: Oatmeal and skim milk
Snack: String cheese
Lunch: Turkey/Cheese on Whole Wheat, Baby Carrots, Peaches
Snack: Trail Mix....I admit....I did take some of this so I don't know the calories
Dinner: Chef Salad and Diet Coke (salad had ham, turkey, tomatoes, cheese, and a chopped hard boiled egg. I was handed a large cup of ranch because that's all I can stand to eat on salad, and I barely used 1/4 of the cup of ranch)

Thoughts....I felt good about my food choices. So, for shits and giggles, I stepped on the scale tonight. When I do this at night, I figure I can subtract about 2 pounds and that'll be my weight tomorrow morning. My weight tonight? 248.0 pounds. WTF?!?!!! Are you freaking kidding me?

So, I went on a rampage throwing out "f" bombs everywhere. My husband can only come up with water retention due to the trail mix and Diet Coke. Seriously? I'm retaining water from that? If this weight holds true, I will have GAINED weight this week. GAINED! Un-freakin-believeable. I have worked my ass off last week and this week and I passed up a delicious ham and cheese soft pretzel sandwich tonight for a SALAD.

Trying not to panic....I've got two nights of workouts and two days of good eating (even though I've been good otherwise.....grrr) before I weigh in Saturday morning. My husband's trying to console me saying everyone loses at different rates, I'm on thyroid meds, blah, blah, blah. I'm tired of being the one who can't lose a frickin' pound.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 11 of 2011

Calories: 1514 calories
Workout: Treadmill workout as follows...
0.25 mile @ 3.5 mph
0.25 mile @ 3.6 mph
0.25 mile @ 4.0 mph (slow jog)
0.25 mile @ 3.6 mph
0.25 mile @ 4.5 mph (fast jog)
0.25 mile @ 3.6-3.7 mph
0.25 mile @ 5.0 mph (run for 1/2), 4.5 mph (other 1/2)
0.16 mile @ 3.8 mph

30 minutes=1.91 miles

I had almost talked myself out of working out for tonight. I kept saying to myself, "You've worked out 10 days in a row. You're tired. It's okay to skip."

Then, Biggest Loser came on. There are some women on this show who weigh less than I do. I felt the motivation build. So, I told myself that I would just walk for 30 minutes. Yeah. Try just walking while you're watching them do their last chance workout! They pushed and I pushed. It's been a week since I was on the treadmill last and I felt so much stronger tonight than I did last week.

Tomorrow is my day off of working out because I have my first grad class of the semester. Challenge for tomorrow is getting something within my calorie range for dinner. I've been scoping out places to grab a bite to eat. As much as I love french fries, I'm putting a restriction on them right now. They're full of fat, sodium and calories that I don't need right now....even though they taste awesome.

Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels, right?

I'll report back tomorrow night on my day. I almost feel some anxiousness coming on about not working out tomorrow. I've been on such a good roll, I don't want tomorrow to mess it up. But then again, that's my choice. I will be back to working out on Thursday. That's a promise.

I feel so good about my weigh in coming up on Saturday. After that weenie 0.6 loss last week, I have high hopes. I can do this!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 10 of 2011

Calories: 1641 calories
Exercise: 45 min. of "This is Tae Bo"

I made homemade pizza tonight and counted every calorie. I figured each piece rounded off to 250 a piece. I made a cookie sheet size pizza so hubs and I can have leftovers.

As for my goal of fruits and veggies, I had two fruits and two veggie short of my goal.

I'm going to be honest here...I'm already feeling a burn out. I've worked out 10 days in a row for a minimum 30 minutes. I have one more day and then I'll get Wednesday off because i have grad class from 6-9 PM. This is a choice I made. But my body is tired. I have done tae bo 10 days in a row. My legs are sore. My arms hurt. So, tomorrow, I'm simply going to walk on the treadmill during Biggest Loser.

I don't want to burn myself out. I just wanted to force myself into the habit. But my body is tired. Walking on the treadmill tomorrow will be good, even though it won't be the burn tae bo is.

One positive to the working out? I sleep so well!!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Day 9 of 2011

Calories: 1572
Exercise: 50 minutes Advanced Tae Bo (Holy sweatness!)

Today's thoughts: I feel better emotionally today after yesterday's horrible excuse for a weigh-in. Maybe my 45 minute nap helped today! I really pushed hard through my workout. This is old school Billy Blanks and let me tell you, I was sweating just as bad as the chicks on the video!

Eating was good today. I did another one of my breath tests today. This one was for fructose intolerance. It took four hours, so I didn't get to eat until a little after noon, so I again, just ate two bigger meals. I had talked about my sister making a casserole yesterday and not knowing the calories in them.

Well, tonight I made tator tot casserole for dinner. It's a pretty easy recipe...hamburger, cream of mushroom soup, frozen peas, and tator tots. I was a good girl and didn't put cheese on top (hubby did on his). I made an 8x8 pan. One fourth of the pan was 425 calories. With limited ingredients, it's easier to figure out calories for portions. I also saved out just under 1/4 for lunch tomorrow. I figured it out to be about 300 calories for tomorrow. I'll pair that up with some fruit.

Looking back at my meals for the week, I want to set a goal this week of adding more fruits and veggies. So, my goal is to have two servings of fruits and three servings of veggies every day this week (Monday through Friday). Watch for my progress!!!

Have a great week everyone! This is the first five day work week I've had in four weeks, so hoping it goes well!

Day 8 of 2011

Calories: Not sure...see below
Exercise: 40 minutes tae bo

I did one of my breathalyzer tests for my gastroenterologists, so I didn't get to eat until 12:00. That will be the same today. I ate twice yesterday and my sister made a casserole for us to eat for dinner while we babysat my nephew, so I'm not sure the calories in that. I would guess that I ate around 1200-1300 calories.

Had fun babysitting my 15 month old nephew. Little kids never cease to amaze me. He has learned so many words already, but he still has that adorable baby babble!

Still torked about my weigh-in this morning. Unfortunately, I think I will be for a while until I see some progress beyond 0.6. That's just how I handle things....

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Week 1 Weigh-In

Starting weight: 245.6
Week 1 weight: 245.0

Results: -0.6

I hate scales. I hate the three digit number that defines me.

Struggling with this result this morning and I have to figure out how to change this for next week.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 7 of 2011-Happy Half-Birthday to Me :)

Yep, that's right....I'm 28 and a half years old!!! Remember when you were younger and someone asked you how old you were? It was never "I'm 8." It was "I'm 8 1/2 or I'm ALMOST 9!" This is completely irrelevant to ANYTHING, but I thought it was fun to share!

Calories: about 1800....explain more later...
Workout: 50 minutes "This is Tae Bo"-Billy Blanks newer version of his classic Advanced Tae Bo...Holy crap, I'm dead tired.

So, today's Friday. Awesome. I finally get to sleep in tomorrow. Today had some temptations. In elementary school, when it's your birthday, you obviously bring your fellow classmates treats and then go around and share the extras with former teachers. So a student I had last year brought me a cookie. I said thank you, gave her a sticker and put it on my desk. This was fine as when I'm teaching, I'm anywhere but my desk. Then, when I came back from lunch, I sat down to check my email and there was that evil cookie. It sat there on that napkin, looking so delicious. The colorful M&Ms popped through the dough and I could tell it was one of those soft ones.

"It's okay, Nicole. One bite isn't going to kill you," said my conscience.

So, I took a bite. A large bite. Holy goodness. Chewy. Moist. Sweet. Melt in your mouth, not your hand...

"One more...then that's it." Took another bite. I look at the cookie. Half of it is gone. WHAT ARE YOU DOING??!? I didn't know what to do, so I took the napkin, wrapped it around the cookie, and squeezed it all up. In the garbage it went.

Now, I don't want the "it's okay, you only ate half" lecture. I know that. But I didn't need it at all. But what's done is done and it's time to move on. So, not sure how many calories were in that.

Another temptation....Wendy's for dinner. I was exhausted, I forgot to take something out for dinner and I had no idea what to make. But instead of getting fries, I got chili. It tasted great as the wind chill tonight is around zero, so that was an overall success.

Watched a movie until 8:30 and I stared at the clock. Should I workout? Tonight could be my night off.... What to do, what to do. Well, I got off my duff (while husband continued to sleep on the couch) and did another one my of new workouts, This IS Tae Bo with Billy Blanks. Fifty minutes of torture. You would think the older he gets, the slower he'd get. He NEVER stopped moving. And in between sets, we didn't march in place. Oh no, we were bouncing back and forth, swinging our arms like robots. I'm going to be sore tomorrow.

Now, finally, scale time tomorrow morning. I'm not optimistic. I've been working out, tracking calories, with really only one slip up. Generally, you'd think I'd lose 3-5 pounds. I just have a bad feeling and I don't know why. My body hasn't been cooperating with me for a while, so why would it now? But I can't give up. Something will click at some point, right?

Dear Scale Fairy,
Please be good to me tomorrow. I've been a pretty good girl this week.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 6 of 2011

Calories: 1594 calories
Workout: 30 min. cardio tae bo

I didn't end up working out until 8:15 tonight because I was Miss Betty Crocker and made homemade chicken cordon bleu! It was super yummy. I took an 8 oz. chicken breast, beat the crap out of it to flatten it, put a thin slice of deli shaved ham, a slice of provolone cheese, rolled it up, put a toothpick in it, dipped it in egg wash and coated in plain bread crumbs. Turned out to be about 300 calories and I kept myself to one. Had that with a side of broccoli and yummy in my tummy! Best part is I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Friday tends to be a tricky day at school. Lots of teachers like to "order in" on Friday so they don't have to bring their lunch. This can be pizza to deli sandwiches (not the healthy kind), so I feel good about being prepared for tomorrow!

I'm also proud of myself with handling the candy jar in our office. This week, I've only had two bite-size Snickers and about 10 mint M&Ms (holy crap those are good). This is a HUGE step for me because every time I go through the office, the bowl sits and stares at you. Thankfully there have been no birthdays, so treats in the lounge haven't been a temptation.

Now, I know a lot of people say that you need to eat small meals 4-6 times a day. Right now, I'm sticking to my three meals a day because I need to work on control of my eating. When I feel in control there, then I can vary and add in snacks.

My first week weigh in is on Saturday (I know I mentioned Friday earlier this week...but forgot I weighed in on Saturday last week, so I want to keep it consistent). Hoping that time of the month doesn't affect my weigh in this week as we all know how that can wreak havoc on our whole life!!! Regardless of what the number is on Saturday, I'm still proud of myself this week and I'm going to work hard to make this a part of my life consistently. Yes, easy to say now during week one, but I really want to work at this. The thing I'm most proud of is getting back to working out and doing it now six days in a row.

What have you done this week that you're proud of?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 5 of 2011

Calories-Not sure....going to spill my guts....went out to dinner for Mexican tonight and ate too many chips and salsa....and maybe some cheese sauce. I did only eat half of my dinner and took the other half home.
Exercise-35 minutes of advanced tae bo

Thoughts: I regret making the choices I did tonight and after struggling through a workout, I feel so, so guilty. But one thing I did realize...I still worked out. That's not normal for me. Normally, I'd gorge and eat my ENTIRE meal and then lay on my ass on the couch. But I didn't. I let my dinner settle for an hour and put in 35 minutes of a workout. Will it compensate for what I ate? No. But it won't damage me as much as it would have otherwise.

An update on my trip to the doc (gastroenterologist)...while he doesn't want to diagnose me quite yet, he's leading towards irritable bowel syndrome. I got a blood test done to rule out Celiac disease and I have to do breath tests (think breathalyzer times 4) to rule out lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance and bacteria inside my sorry, I know almost TMI...

I go back in mid-March to found out the results of these things and figure out where to go from here. Also got the results back from my thyroid blood test. My regular doc said I'm still borderline low, so she upped my dosage again. She's wondering if this could be one reason I'm struggling some with weight loss. I guess time will tell.

So, I made a mistake today, but I didn't give up. And I'm not going to give up. You just wait and see. Five straight days of working out...that hasn't happened in a while.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 4 of 2011

Calories-1672 calories
Exercise-45 minutes fat blasting cardio tae bo

Thoughts: First day back to work was a success. I'm happy to report I had 2 mini snickers (bite size, not fun size) and that was the only thing outside of my planned meals. I found it harder to consume water at work than during break at home. I bring two one liter bottles of water and I went through half of each. I drank more at home, but my goal is to get through those two liters at school.

Tomorrow is my gastroenterologist appointment, so we'll see what the doc says there. I don't think it will be anything that changes my plans for anything. My regular MD wanted an updated blood test to check my thyroid levels, so I should know the results tomorrow.

Until then...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day 3 of 2011

Exercise-45 minutes of Tae Bo Cardio Inferno (bought it last night when we bought our new DVD player....either it's really hard, I'm really out of shape...but probably just both!)
Calories-About 1400 after dinner (I know it's a little lower, but since yesterday was higher, I'm trying to compensate some)

Tomorrow is my first day back to work after having 12 days off. Work means candy dishes, treats in lounge, etc. as temptation. At home, I got rid of the temptations, so there's no room for slip ups. This is where I have to dig deep into my willpower.

On Wednesday, I will go to the gastroenterologist about my stomach issues I've had. Funny...haven't really had issues the last month. I'll be anxious to see what the doctor says, but I have a feeling I'll have to do testing (colonoscopy...yuck) and then I'll hear that they didn't find anything wrong. Whatever.

Again, I feel good. I'm going to do this. You just watch. First weigh-in on Friday. Hard not to step on the scale until then :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Day 2 of 2011

Calories: about 1960 (little more than I wanted, but stayed under 2000)
Exercise: 35 minutes on treadmill...2.06 miles

Thoughts...might need new exercise shoes. When I got done with the treadmill, my left foot felt tender like it might get a blister. Sure hope not! Guess that's what friction will do to you when you haven't done it in a while!

Tomorrow is my last day of break. Thank you to my school district for giving us the Monday off!!! Time to plan out the menu for the week and workouts!!!

I feel good. I know it's only day 2 but I feel good.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day 1 of 2011

I'm back on the saddle again....I hope I can stay on the horse this time around.

Breakfast: Cheerios in skim milk
Lunch: 2 small slices from medium pizza, salad
Dinner: Roast Beef, potatoes, green peas (Didn't go back for seconds!)

Calories: 1680 calories
Exercise: Treadmill (walk 3.5-3.7 mph for 1.76 miles) 300 calories burned

I wanted to do one of my DVDs but our DVD player in the basement isn't reading discs, so we're going to have to get a new one.

This is the first day of the rest of my life.