Aaand… BREAK!

November 14th, 2008

Finished Day 9 of Level 1 for the 30DS. Whooo… just when I want to stop, it’s over. So glad it’s only 20ish minutes. Did my daily run and decided that I can’t run 6 times a week. Methinks that is too much and my legs are paying for it. I have really bad knees. As a kid, I twisted my knee 3 times. Once in dance class, once in karate class, and once while rollerblading. Today, I got mega calf pains so I think I need to rest it for a bit. I’m moving on to Week 2 for C25K next week, regardless if I can make it through. I need to increase my stamina.

Today for breakfast I had Stoneyfield’s Blackberry Nonfat yogurt. I don’t like the consistency that much. It’s kinda runny. I think I’m going to switch totally to Chobani greek yogurt. It has so much protein! Plus it’s so creamy and nommy :D

Last night I made snickerdoodles. Funny story, the first time I made it, I forgot to put the eggs and it came out all crumbly and hard. lol. I had to throw it out. I did try it again and they came out wonderfully. They’re HUGE! My boyfriend snuck in some chocolate chips in a couple. He’s going to give it away to one of his friends.

Runnin’ Runnin’.

November 13th, 2008

Woke up and did the the 30DS. I was screaming at the TV as I did the cardio portion. I was like, “I hate yooou Jillian!!!” Srsly. Then I went out for my 30 minute run. ahhh. How good it feels to run. My boyfriend and I ran into some very rude teenagers today during our run. We were walking in back of them waiting for them to move to the side so that we could run past them. So they turned to walk towards the drugstore and we ran past them and one of the girls started yelling, “Run, run, run!” and laughed. She should talk. No offense, but she could use a good run herself. I know for a fact I was not like that as a teenager. Maan, don’t I sound old? lol. I’m only 26! lol.

I had a very yummy breakfast today: Irish oats with blueberries, 1/2 banana, cinnamon, brown sugar, and granola. MMmm. I couldn’t finish it, so I’m saving it for a snack later on. I’m starting to take pictures of all my meals. I like taking the time to make the food look pretty :D

Election Night.

November 5th, 2008

After all the excitement from last night’s election, I didn’t get to bed til almost 6 in the morning. Seriously. It’s a good thing I don’t have work or go to school so I got to sleep in. Got up after lunch, did the 30DS and went out for a 30 minute run. I had a very yummy breakfast of yogurt + granola + bananas and one egg + slice of cheddar + whole wheat english muffin. Last night I was hyper and decided to experiment with oatmeal. I learned how to cook Irish Oats (aka Steel Cut Oats)! Soooo goood. The first batch was a fail. I tried to make a pumpkin pie-ish oatmeal, and all I could taste was the damn pumpkin. Gross. I made the second batch much simpler and added just cinnamon, brown sugar, blueberries, and some granola. OMG.. best oatmeal ever! The texture and sweetness was just right. The Irish Oats does take quite a while to cook, about 30 minutes, but it was well worth the wait. I guess I’ll just make a big batch for the week and reheat it.

Good things: The run was so good today. I felt so strong and free. My legs felt so light and I think I’m finding the right stride for me. I’m also slowly but surely getting through the 2nd cardio set in 30DS. It’s still hard, but I’m trying to push it a little at a time.

Not so good things: Ate 4 slices of pizza last night. At least it was homemade and it was a spinach + garlic + mushroom pizza. Plus I ate it with carrot sticks so how bad could it be right?

I Voted.

November 4th, 2008

Happy Election Day :D Did you go out and vote today? I did! *raises hand* I didn’t have to stand in line either. I just gave the dude my absentee ballot, got my sticker, and left. Can you tell I really wanted the “I Voted” sticker?

Anyhoo, I did Day 2 of 30DS, Level 1. It was just as tough as yesterday, but at least I almost got through the jumping rope / jumping jacks portion. Tomorrow, I’m going to push it. I also used 5 lbs for the chest fly’s and I definitely felt more burn. I went for a short run today and found that it was actually harder to run than yesterday. I’m not sure why?

Ate a lot of nommy things today. I had yogurt + granola for breakfast today. The granola was cinnamon goodness! mmmm. For snacks I had bread + pumpkin spice cream cheese. I looove cinnamon this time of year.

Good things: On my way to vote, I had to climb this hill. In the past, when I would climb that hill, I would be winded and would have to constantly take breaks. This time, I walked up with no breaks and didn’t feel tired at all :D

First Impressions.

November 3rd, 2008

Today was the first workout with both Couch to 5K (C25K) and Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred (30DS). 30DS is killer for a 25 minute workout. Srsly. I was sweating up a storm. It was all dripping in my eyes, into my mouth. Gross, but true. I never knew jumping jacks could be such torture. The squats and lunges weren’t so bad. Probably because Debbie Siebers trained me well :). I need to up the weights in some exercises such as the chest fly’s and bicep curls. I didn’t feel any burn at all for those. As for C25K… that was gooood. It was tough, but I felt so energized afterward.

I tried some new foods today. My pre-workout snack was 1/2 a fuji apple and 1/2 a cinnamon roll Larabar. Nomnomnom. It gave me the energy I needed to push myself hard. The Larabar was surprisingly tasty for an energy bar. Plus it only had 6 ingredients (all pronounceable!): dates, walnuts, almonds, raisins, cinnamon, and cashews. After our workout, I had OIKOS blueberry yogurt sprinkled with some Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal, 1/2 whole wheat english muffin w/ a slice of cheddar cheese and 1 egg. Filling and delicious :) For lunch, I’m having some leftovers I had from last night’s meal at “Whole Paycheck”. lol.

Good things: I “sweat-ed”… A LOT!

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*

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.