Planning for the worst.

October 31st, 2008

There will be quite a few obstacles I’m going to face in the month of November that have the potential to sabbotage my efforts thus far. I have to be realistic about it and not set myself up for failure. I’m just going to take it as it comes and try to squeeze in a workout anyway I can. The whole “everything in moderation” mantra is not going to cut it either. The mantra is now going to be “eat slowly and savor every bite”. Here are the coming events and potential problems that may come with it.

  • Halloween Night: I’m going to the Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Studios. We’re probably going to leave pretty early and stay out late so I’m going to have to work out early, which sucks because I like working out at night. I’m just going to have suck it up. There’s also the candy issue. It’s Halloween! How can I NOT have candy? Srsly.
  • Vegas Trip: I’m meeting my family in Vegas next weekend and they are an unhealthy bunch indeed. It’s going to be buffet, buffet, buffet, restaurant, food courts, midnight snacks, vending machines. Yeeshk. I’m going to counter it by walking, walking, walking. Oh and also shopping :D
  • Bay Area Trip: I’m spending Thanksgiving in the Bay and my cousins are binge eaters… srsly. They can eat whole chickens and boxes of cereals and pop tarts in one sitting. I’m not kidding. When I’m with them, we have the best time gossiping and eating. It’s an issue really. Hopefully we’ll burn off some calories walking around San Francisco. Oh and also shopping :D
  • Hawaii Trip: Christmas in Hawaii for a whole 3 weeks. That’s going to be DANGEROUS. I grew up there so local food is the one of the things I miss the most. Plate lunches, Matsumotos, Zippys, Candy… AHHH! The list goes on. It’s going to be hard, but hopefully my Mom will cook some good veggie filled Filipino food. I’ll eat a lot of fruit too. I’ll bring along my workout DVDs and try to keep up with my running. Oh and also Christmas shopping :D

It’s going to be hard until the end of the year. Food, parties, cold weather. All recipes for disaster for someone who is trying to adapt healthier habits.

Good things: My boyfriend told me my form is much much better for my guy push-ups. Woo hoo! I’m ready to take Jillian on. Also, My arms and legs are rock hard. I don’t even have to flex to feel the muscle. My abs are taking shape too, but there’s still a layer of fat over it. That’s the first place I gain so it’s going to be the last place to lose. It’s genetics. My whole family is that way. :(

Grocery List.

October 30th, 2008

Yay I finally have money to by food again! I’ve been planning out my menu next week and decided to try a whole new mealplan and try some new foods. New foods I want to try:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Steel cut oats
  • Granola
  • Basmati rice
  • Canned pumpkin

Hopefully, I’ll find a new favorite food in the process.

In other news, I did my workout for today :) Ahhh… Like yesterday, it was a good and sweaty one.

Not so good things: I’m feeling really bloated. I have no idea why. It’s getting near to that time of the month so maybe that could be it.

Aoi Sakuraba.

October 28th, 2008

I was feeling low again today. In addition to being broke, I got a text giving me some bittersweet news. Bitter for me, Sweet for them. I put off my workout until 10pm tonight. I was even thinking about throwing the towel and just mope around with a pan of brownies in my lap. I thought about it. I ate a small piece of brownie and watched Ai Yori Aoshi (one of my favorite anime). Aoi Sakuraba is the main character in the series and her motto is, “Always do your best.” So I sat there asking myself, “Am I doing my best?” Really, what am I going to accomplish by sitting on my ass right now. So I got up and did my workout and it was the BEST workout I’ve had EVER. It actually felt GOOD. Usually I feel lightheaded and out of breath after 30 minutes. However, this time, I did the whole thing and felt the burn, but I did not feel sick. I felt sooo strong. It’s also the most I’ve ever sweated (Is that a word?) in a single session.

Yes folks, you read that paragraph right. I mentioned the word brownies. My boyfriend and I really felt like baking. You know, mixing, measuring, the whole nine yards. All made from scratch. No store bought goodies here. It is a really decadent, rich, chocolatey brownie. I couldn’t eat the whole thing if I wanted to. I only ate a 2″x2″ morsel and that was enough for me… plus we didn’t have any milk ;p

Good things: I actually have arm muscles again. When I flex, there’s this sexy muscle peeking out from my forearm. I can do 30 man push-ups now. Another thing, when I sleep on my side, it’s comfy again. It’s the little things that count.

Weak.

October 28th, 2008

I felt weak today. I tried to push through on the lunges, but I could barely lift my legs up. Methinks OneRepublic wasn’t the best choice for working out. It made me sad and made me think about someone. I did get through all the leg lifts and did 25 man push-ups today. I didn’t do the push-ups all at once. I did 3, then 3 more, then another 3, then 4, then 6, then 6 more.

Ate pretty healthy today. Haven’t had any sugar at all. Ate a not so healthy veggie - corn. Trying to make up for that with tonight’s dinner.

Not much good things today. I felt pretty down today, due in part that I found out about things and talking to my mother. She can drain me emotionally with just one call.

10/27 Weekly Health Goals.

October 27th, 2008

  • Try not to eat a lot of refined sugar (with the exception of Halloween night ;p)
  • Push harder during the workouts, especially during the lunges portion.
  • Don’t let the stress and bummed-ness get to me.
  • Cut down on the brown rice.
  • Complete Slim In 6.

2 lbs.

October 26th, 2008

Wooo, after my 5lb. gain last week, I was happy to see the number 167 on the scale. Still safely in the 160s. I don’t want to see the 170s ever again. Srsly. I’m also down 1 inch on my waist at the belly button, and down 1.5 inches on my pooch area. I still can’t see a difference in pictures, but my boyfriend assures me my body is changing. I’m really hoping that I can fit into my size 10 jeans by the time I go to Vegas in 2 weeks, or at least by the time I go to the Bay during Thanksgiving. I haven’t worn a size 10 in almost 3 years. I’m going to cry when I can fit into those jeans comfortably again. I can zip them up and button them, but there is major muffin toppage going on. Not a pretty sight.

Weight loss is a slow thing, but I’m not complaining. Slow changes are better. I don’t feel pressured to be perfect every single moment and creating good habits, little by little. I have that “all or nothing” mentality and I need to stop thinking that way.

Good things: I haven’t had an ounce of fast food all week, granted I don’t have money to spend on fast food, but still!

Not so good things: We baked cookies last night. We made 9 and I ate 2. It was really nommy when it came out of the oven, but when I had my second one earlier, they were kinda tough and too chewy. *shrugs*

On Guy Pushups and more.

October 26th, 2008

I reviewed the 30 Day Shred DVD the other day and saw that Jillian does guy pushups! *gasp* I totally panicked because I do girly pushups (you know… on my knees and all that jazz). I made it a mission to learn how to do guy pushups. I asked my boyfriend to coach me on my form. The first day, my wimpy (but big) arms could only do 3 measly man pushups. Well, my friends, I can now do 20 man pushups :) I made the breakthrough today. In addition, I can now get through the grueling leg lift portion with ease. Oh how good it feels when that waterfall of sweat runs down my face. Sweet victory.

In other news, I’ve decided to remain totally anonymous. I doubt you’ll guess who I am. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Fuji Apples, 88¢ / lb.

October 25th, 2008

I’m in desperate need of some fruit in my life. I went grocery shopping today with my remaining forty bucks and bought the cheapest fresh fruit I could find, apples. It’s a good thing they’re in season :) I wish I had the cash for the Farmer’s Market, then maybe I didn’t have to spend almost $8 on 2 onions and a measly box of mushrooms. Oh woe is me. I also got some canned goods that were on sale: turkey chilli and canned diced tomatoes (I make a mean tomato sauce from scratch). I also picked up some frozen broccoli and shredded part-skim mozarella cheese.

The good thing about being broke? No excuses to spend money on fast food. Muahaha.

More good things: I tried on the outfit I had on that day on the mountain (where I got that slap on the face to change my ways) and it was loose :). Also, my pants are loosely hanging on to my hips. I’m in between sizes right now and I just want to fit into my old jeans, even though they are a size 10. 

I haven’t worked out yet, but I like to workout when I have the most energy, and right now I’m dead tired. The boyfriend was excited about getting his coveted LittleBigPlanet game that he dragged me outta bed after a late night. I need some food in me and maybe a power nap before I can tackle those stationary lunges thank you very much. Don’t worry about me though. I’m not going to quit after I put 5 full weeks into this workout. Hell no!

Hi.

October 25th, 2008

I worked out today - Day 29 on Slim in 6. I’m still having trouble with those darn stationary lunges. It kills. Seriously. I can get through the entire Slim and 6-pack without taking any breaks, including the fast portions. I remember when I couldn’t even get through one segment.

Good things: my arms are noticeably thinner, my pooch is slowly but surely shrinking, my ankles were sweating during my workout (weird, but true).

My food intake lately has been okay. I’m down to my remaining dollars this month so I am scrimping on the veggies. I only have onions and garlic left. I’ll be sure to stock up on frozen and canned veggies next month for times just like this. 

Next week is my last week on Slim In 6. I’m planning to do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I also got this new Kundalini yoga DVD that I want to try.