Sunday, June 29, 2014

Healthy Relationships

I love Sunday mornings when the weather is nice. Why? Because my BF and I (along with DD on weekends that she is with me) take ourselves out to a park near his house with a great 1+ mile per lap walking/biking path. 

Today we started the morning with a 5.11 mile walk. Not only does it keep us active, but we have over an hour and a half to talk and catch up.  He is the first BF I have had that is interested in doing active things like this with me, and I really enjoy this healthy part of our relationship.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


63 minutes on the Arc Trainer today made these two things happen:

I wanted to slack off and skip the gym today after a late night out, but knew I would feel better after I finished a workout.  I was right!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekly Weigh In

After a solid week of daily workouts (minimum 25 minutes/maximum 60 minutes), I was down 4.8 pounds this morning. A kick start that gives me incentive to make it another solid week.

I went out with friends last night for a delicious dinner, complete with wine, and still had a great loss.  I can make it all work when I focus. I know that my big down fall is sugar. When I eat it I want more and more, and the downward spiral begins, often leading to a binge. Now that I have stayed away from it for almost three weeks, it is so much easier for me to just say no beforehand and walk away.

Off to my typical Greek yogurt and berries, hard boiled eggs, and salad with grilled chicken day. Tonight is date night with the BF, so I'll be saving up some calories and squeezing in a lunchtime workout at the Fitness Center in my office to prepare for it

Here's to another great week!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


As in "slow as".  That is what it feels like watching the scale decline.  Granted, I weighed in for the first time in a looooooooooooooooooooong time just last Friday, but it feels like I should have lost at LEAST ten pounds by now!!!

Of course I am joking about that kind of unrealistic expectation, but I am working very hard to build better habits.  I have exercised 12 of the last 17 days for at least 20 minutes, and I have worked out hard as in a big, sweaty mess.  I have also increased all of the weights in my weight training during that period.  I am generally more active, taking the stairs at work and walking to and from the store while DD is at tutoring.

So why am I not at my goal weight yet?!?

It's the old truism, that the weight comes on so quickly yet leaves so slowly.  I think it is even worse now that I am in my mid 40s and staring peri-menopause in the face.  Now I am doing the hard work of just sticking to it, knowing that I am making the changes that will bring me a healthier weight and lifestyle, and having faith that my body will soon start to reflect those changes in a way that is visible to me.

Tick-Tock, let's get this transformation started already!

Saturday, June 21, 2014


It's a beautiful Saturday morning. I just returned from the gym where I did 45 minutes of cardio and tested out my new Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor. So far Iove it! After I put it on, it automatically synced up with my iPhone via Bluetooth, and off I went.

It includes a Burn and Burst feature that tracks the time you spend in the fat burning range (Burn) and also in the short term range best for increasing cardio capacity (Burst). It determined my specific levels based on a quick test of my resting heart rate that I performed the night I received it.

During my 25 minute Arc Trainer workout, I tried to stay in the Burn fat burning range.

It felt much easier pace-wise than I am used to, and I could have sustained the pace for hours.

Then I did a 20 minute workout on the Elliptical (with moving arm handles) at a more typical pace.

It seems that I spend most of my typical workouts somewhere between the Burn and Burst ranges.  Definitely fun to try this feature.

The best part to me was the personalized calorie burn calculation. I never trust the numbers on the machines or even in apps like MFP. The Wahoo app not only tracks my workouts but, with the push of a button, uploads them automatically to MFP for me!  And that is just what I want.

So far, I am thrilled with the a Wahoo TICKR. It appears that they have a TICKR X coming out soon that will include some additional features like tracking while swimming and enchanced running analysis which I love to try, but this is where my money went so you will have to look elsewhere for reviews of that one when it is available.

Off to a BBQ to further this great day!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

7 of 10

I have worked out 7 of the last 10 days, and my body is tired.  Thus I made today a day of rest, and it feels good physically although I want to try out my new gadget.

I am using the Arc Trainer quite a bit and have been kicking my heart rate up pretty high, so I got myself one of these in order to monitor it a bit better and stay in the range where I want to be for fat burning.  And I can't wait to use it!

I have a streak going with my eating and drinking: I only drink when I am with the BF or out with friends, and I only indulge (in a restrained fashion) when I drink, so my weekdays are healthy and low cal a la the 17 Day Diet Plan. This is the third time I have followed it, and it makes my craving virtually disappear.

My meals are pretty routine: Greek yogurt  with berries for breakfast, big salad with grilled chicken for lunch, baked fish and veggies for dinner, and hard boiled eggs for a snack.  Other meals on nights out, and lots of water and tea in between it all.  It feels good.

Tomorrow night is my night out with the BF, and I am looking forward to some wine and a special meal.  He is a big support in my quest for a healthier weight and body composition, and thus I am hoping for a special yet goal-friendly meal together!

Once I get to try the new HRM, I'll let you know what I think. Until then, onward and downward (on the scale)!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Disappearing Act

Life did a 180 for me this year.  New job, new relationship, new challenges.  And a resurfacing of some old challenges in the form of a weight gain.  The good and the disappointing.

I have been at my new job for two months now.  I work for a growing company in the top 15 of the Fortune 500, and save 2 hours a day on my commute.  I am slowly adjusting and trying to learn after being the go-to person at my old job.  It certainly is a transition.

The new relationship is 5 months old, with someone that I worked with 20 years ago.  What's old is new in a brand new way, since he was married with a toddler and I was fresh out of college at that time.

These changes have brought a double whammy shake-up in my life, and I must admit that I turned to my old friend food, partnered with great wine shared with the new man who is also a fan of the grape.  And I am heavier and more out of shape than I can remember being since 2010.  Not a good thing for the psyche.

After buying some new capri pants for summer last weekend, I called bullshit on myself and hopped back on the wagon.  Back to working out (5 days out of the last 7), and back to basics with food using MFP for tracking.  I have not stepped on the scale, but plan to do so on Friday after I have an additional good week under my belt.  I know life at a much lower weight and higher fitness level than I am at now, and frankly I like it much better.  I am going back to that place, but with the new life circumstances that I have that make me happy.

It is frustrating to think that I have to do this again, but I know for sure that I CAN do it because I HAVE done it.  And I want that again so I AM doing it.

And I'll be back here on a regular basis to keep my focus.