Friday, July 31, 2009

Workouts & Must See TV

Tonight I went to the gym to catch a 6:00 p.m. yoga class for the first time at this gym. Although I studied yoga both in college and in my 20s, I have not taken a class since that time (Read: 10 years ago). My gym offers one on Friday evening, but since they do not have the childcare room open at that time I usually forget all about it. Since the child was with her father tonight, I took advantage of it.

It was a great class! The instructor was wonderful, and she really helped me to focus on and isolate the stretches and poses with some subtle cue and great tips and tricks. I was able to do Downward Dog without too much pain, and that is HUGE for me!

So I finished the hour long class and then decided to go on the elliptical machine for awhile since it was a rest day for running. It was 7:09 p.m. when I got on the machine, and I was off!

I noticed that there was a new show on. The first thing that I saw was a large man in a suit standing and greeting some lovely plus sized women as they exited a limo one by one. It reminded me of The Bachelor for bigger folks. And that is what it is about, I guess! It is called "More to Love", and after the women came out I was hooked and needed to know who was eliminated. Why am I so curious about these reality TV things?!? Once I turn them on, I need to know how they end... grr.

Tonight that character flaw was actually a benefit, though, because I stayed on the elliptical for 51 minutes until the show was over!!!! And I was going at a good clip so I burned almost 600 calories in that time. Woo-hoo!

Thus, I got in a bonus day of exercise because going to the gym was unplanned tonight as I was supposed to go out drinking for Happy Hour. Frankly, I will feel better in the morning without the drinks, and since I have my second Zumba class tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. I will be even more thankful then!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's Been Awhile

My goodness, the summer has flown by! I have been so busy enjoying the pool with my daughter after work that I have not made the time to post on a regular basis. I guess that is the point of trying to get healthy and lose the weight... to go out and live my life, which I have been doing.

I have been averaging three runs a week, but have decreased my weekly mileage to less than 10 miles a week. Instead, I have tacked on 30 minutes on the elliptical and then 10 minutes on the weight machines to each workout. So, even though my overall mileage has decreased, I am working out longer and burning more calories with each workout. This is in line with my weight loss goals and, once I hit my goal weight and figure out how to maintain it, I will focus on increasing my mileage.

The good news is that my normal mile is now in the 11 minute zone. That's a big movement for me! So I have improved my speed during this time of decreased mileage, and thus I get in more mileage in a shorter time period.

Additionally, I took my first Zumba class last weekend (thanks, Jolene!) and loved it! I plan to make this a regular Saturday morning activity as it is a good break from the gym that actually blasts the calories in a hour-long class.

I have also reinstated my stair climbing at lunch, and now am up to 13 floors of stairs down and then back up in about 8 minutes. It is something, and it is a good mid-day break to detach my bottom from my office chair!

In other news, I broke my 1 1/2 month plateau, but the scale is still declining very slowly. I have about 28 pounds left to goal, so this may be a trend that I need to get used to from this point on... although I hope not!

Now that my "catch up" post is done, I will try to be more regular in posting so that don't have to do one again!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Thank Heaven for Little Girls!

I hit the wall while waiting for the shuttle to take me from work to the train station to catch my train home tonight. I was so tired that I paid $3.00 for a South Beach bar at the train station to try to wake myself up enough to go to the gym tonight.

No luck.

When I picked my daughter up from summer camp, I told her that we were going to skip the gym tonight because Mommy was too tired to go... and she started crying. Which made me feel tired AND guilty. And crabby. And guilty.

Now I know that the biggest reason that she looks forward to Tuesday nights at the gym is because she gets to eat McDonald's afterward (how's that for a screwed-up scenario... the child eats junky fast food after the parent finishes a hard workout). But she also likes to play in the childcare room while I am at the gym, and she (like her mother) is a creature of habit who likes her weekly routines. Whatever the reason, I changed my mind and told her that we would go.

After a quick stop at home to change and fuel the child with some popcorn, we headed back out to the gym. I wasn't much into running tonight, so I just did a quick 1.5 miles and then went to the machines. 25 minutes on the elliptical, and then upper arm weight machines. 575 calories burned, and I felt like a million bucks afterward.

I then proceeded to create my own future monster because I told my daughter that her "new" job at home was to make sure that mommy went to the gym every night I was supposed to go, no excuses. I can see this backfiring on me, and I predict tears in the future (probably mine!). But right now she is the little angel sitting on my shoulder and making me do what I should do, and I have to capitalize on that while I can!

As we walked back to the house from the van, she accidentally touched my sweaty (and at that point, cold and clammy) shirt and asked "Mom, is that the same sweat necklace from last time you went to the gym, or is that a new one?" How funny!!! I told her that I made a new "sweat necklace" every time I went to the gym. :-)

I love that new term because that is exactly what I have when I leave the gym... a huge sweat necklace that I wear with pride because I made it myself. From the mouths of babes!

Monday, July 13, 2009

My 100th Post

And it's all about the NSV (non-scale victory)!!!

I wore a pair of jeans today that I have not worn in 10 years. They are the only pair of jeans that I saved from my pre-weight gain days because I just loved them. Calvin Klein, 5 pocket, medium blue denim. And one of the guys at work called me "Skinny" today as I was walking down the hall.

It was a good day. :-)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Healthy You Challenge Update

I have decided to change the day that I post my Healthy You Challenge updates to Sunday because this seems to be the only day of the week that I have time to post so far this summer! That's actually a good thing because it means that I have been keeping myself busy and away from the computer (and thus I have been keeping my bottom OUT of my comfy chair)!

I broke through my plateau last week, and only have 23 more pounds to go until I hit my Weight Watchers goal. I have 32 pounds to lose to hit my personal goal, but frankly that is still up in the air because I am going to base it more on how I look. Right now the remaining weight that I want to use is clustered as fat in a few places: My stomach, inner thighs, and upper arms.

I was down 2.9 pounds for the week, and I had so much activity that it was crazy! I was at the gym before 8:00 a.m. on each day of my three day weekend, and did each of these three activities each day: 1) Running on the track, 2) Elliptical machine, and 3) Weights. I also climbed stairs at work at lunch almost every day, and swam many an evening. I am really enjoying an active summer, and that makes me very happy. :-)

I went to the pool today with my daughter, for the first time in the afternoon when there were a bunch of other neighbors there. And frankly, I just put my self-consciousness behind me and had a good time in the water. I even spent about 30 minutes laying in the sun afterward, and now I am a bit pink around the edges!

As I was laying in the sun, I was daydreaming about what it will feel like to be at goal next year. After massive weight loss, I know that my body will never be "perfect" again, but it will be nice to be a healthy weight again where I feel good about myself. The best part of it is that I am enjoying the summer that I have now, at the weight that I am at now, which is something I can't really remember doing as I was always waiting for "next year", and assuming that the next year would bring me to the weight I wanted to be so that I could start living. But the living has started, and now it will just continue to improve!