Exercise Challenges 6/29/09 - 8/9/09

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I am getting nowhere with losing weight. I do well during the week, eat a lot on the weekend, and start where I left off the previous week. I am REALLY GOOD at weighing 160. The fact that the weather is KILLING ME doesn’t help matters. I am tired ALL THE TIME and depressed. I get tired 8 hours after waking up, go to sleep, and feel sleepy after getting up again. I feel bad for Steve.

I’ve told a few people my plans to walk 3 miles a day minimum during pennsic, 5 or more being better, as I am not going and won’t have enforced walking. Then I decided to make a 120 mile goal from July through the end of Pennsic. I am cahnging that to today, and making a goal that is really a stretch, with a minimum.

There are 41 days between Today and August 9th, the last day of Pennsic.

5 miles a day makes a 41 day goal of 205 miles

The minimum goad is 3 miles a day, for 123 miles.


If anyone out there wants to join me in this challenge (any distance variant) that would be totally awesome.

I also want to do strength training 3 times a week. This means 2-3 segments of my Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones dvd, for 16-24 minutes. I REALLY NEED this one, as I don’t do any strength training and it will probably help A LOT at this point to increase muscle mass a bit.

Catch-up

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I like the hula-hoop. I did it for like 20 minutes on monday and was too sore to do it on tuesday. I was still sore wednesday but not nearly as bad and did it like 30 min. I tried like 1 min last night (got home late) but may have been too sore. Its not as bad as tuesday though. I guess I’m getting used to it.

However, I don’t think it helps them uscles much, lol, its just fun:) Maybe if I learn some dance or move around more (which requires more space) it would be more of a work out.

This week was sort of like, damage control, though I have a hard time believing in the extent of the “damage” I am seeing from last weekend. I was at 158 last thursday, and today I am “back” down to 159.6 or something. Like, I know that I ate more than normal during the camping trip, and had pizza and cake sunday, but not enough to gain 3 pounds or whatever, and it’s kind of pissing me off, especially since the last couple of days, due to coming home late, I have UNDEReaten if anything. But whatever. I just need to stick it out until the end of June, and stuff. I suppose I might be retaining a little water from sore muscles, but I hate that excuse.

With the exception of the weekend (which I don’t think was really that terrible, either), food has been good. I haven’t been recording calories, but I keep a rough tally and it ain’t been over 2000 I think all week, which I guess is my unofficial high that I don’t love to go over. Oh, and I like raspberries. I buy frozen ones and put splenda or stevia on them and it is yummy. Oh, and Kashi chey bars are gross and flavorless and I totally wasted my money on them.

EXERCISE

Monday night I went to the gym and used the treadmill.

Tuesday was taiko. I decided after taiko i didn’t feel so hot and went home instead of swimming. I did talk to Iris for a while, one of the women who just started Taiko and she is very nice

Wednesday I hula’d for like 30 min, and did (most of) the first two circuits on Jillian Michaels “No More Trouble Zones” video. She kicks my ass. Constantly. That wa slike, 15 minutes and I was wiped. I felt physically ill and decided to call it quits. Next time I will try to do the next 2 or all 3 remaining circuts. I will work my way up.

Thursday was a walk around Lake Quantapowitt, ~3 miles, and then I foolishly decided to go to the Liberty Tree mall and look for shoes. White, flat, closed toe shoes in wide width. Which, apparantly, DONT EXIST.

Today I need to take a walk in the sun. It will either be around where I live, or I’ll suck it up and go get steve and drive up to wakefield again, because I like that walk, or go into the fells, which I haven’t done yet. Considering traffic and that I can go to the lake after work in two weeks the next time its sunny, I amy try the fells.

Hula Hoop

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So I bought myself a 2lb adult hula hoop. It should come in a few days. Supposedly it is very good for working the core muscles, which I need, and (hopefully) make my waist a bit less, er, space-comsuming and squishy???

I found my favorite pair of pants from when I lost weight in high school. That is only 10 pounds away from now, but the waist is 5 inches narrower than my current waist (they sit at the NATURAL waist, not this low rise crap). So like, either the next 10 will be VERY INTERESTING, or something is different between now and 15 years ago. Only time will tell, but I’m IMPATIENT! Argh

The pants in question have a 30 inch waist. The tag says it and I measured it. My current waist is 35 inches, do to the HUGE FAT BULDGE in front. When I tried them on, they sit at the NATURAL WAIST LINE! (Hurray!). So, this means that at 150 pounds I will have a 30 inch waist line? Really??? REALLY?????!?!? Or were they a bit tight in HS and I just don’t remember? Why are 5 inches squished into 5 pounds? If this is true, my Bodyline skirt will fit!!!!

In other news my boobs are TOO FUCKING BIG. And, the last 3 pounds I lost came off my bust, but not in the usual way.

Rant about people not realizing how bad restaurant food was for them

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So I have been in this diet long enough to have used up the usefulness of diet forums, and most of the threads are full of the same misinformation and poor juedgement, but I can’t help reading them anyway. So then I read threads about how people didn’t realize just how many calories were in restaurant food until the nutritional information became available, and how “shocked” they are that restaurants persist. the Cheesecake Factory is often ragged on.

So, here’s the deal. HOW THE FUCK DID YOU NOT KNOW IT WAS BAD FOR YOU???????

The entrees are CLEARLY big enough for 2 or 3 meals

They GLISTEN!!!!! Butter, oil, you name it. If there’s a little puddle on the plate/food, you can bet your fat ass its not water

They are filled with sour cream, guacemole, cheese, fried potatoes, fried chicken, sauces of all kinds, including sweet and creamy.

Any salad that has anything other than vegetables in it and no dressing is just like an entree, because it is substantive.

OF COURSE these entrees will be between 1000-3000 calories.

Don’t even start me on dessert. For god’s sake, it’s DESSERT! It is made out of sugar and fat. that’s why it tastes good!

And don’t complain about how they cook. They use too much butter. Too much oil. The food is damn good, thats why you keep getting it. And you know why? Because it is loaded with fat and carbs and salt, all things the body CRAVES because it is FUEL. they cook the way people cook when they want it to taste good! Going out to eat is supposed to be special, not an everyday occurence. A cellebration! One giant meal isn’t going to hurt you. And seriously, you don’t have to eat the whole thing. Who in their right mind thinks that’s a whole meal, anyway? At 255 I could eat the whole thing, and sometimes did. Hell, at 160 I still could eat the whole thing. I just (usually) don’t let myself. If I’m served 3 meals worth of food, I can take it away and have 2 more meals.

And it ain’t hurt my dieting efforts in any noticeable way. The only time I EVER gained weight back in the past year that hung around for more than a few days was during thanksgiving. And I eat out anywhere from 0-4 times a week, depending on what’s going on.

Lengthy food update

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I have FINALLY started getting some regular exercise again, and there are signs it is paying off. I want to keep it up until the end of June, because 3-4 weeks is probably the amount of time i need for some real results and also, July 1st is sort of my unofficial date for when I “GOT SERIOUS” last year.

I haven’t updated food for a LONG LONG TIME. I’ve got a whole week worth tracked in the daily plate, so I’m going to upload that week. All of it. Here. This is (obviously) a long entry. As usual, items without nutritional labels that aren’t stuff like fruit that can be weighed easily (i.e. anything eaten “out” or not made by me) have estimated calories. Servings are what is written on the packages I have.

June 8, Monday

Exercise - walked about 3 miles, around lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield

Breakfast

Fiber 1 caramel delight cereal 1/2 serving 90
Fiber one plain cereal 1/2 serving 30
Shredded wheat 1/2 serving 85
Silk light soy milk 1 serving 70
cottage cheese 3/4 serving 70
Frozen strawberries 1 serving 50

Meal total 395

Lunch

Apple chicken sausage 140
frozen broccolli 2 servings 100
unsweetened applesauce 1.2 servings 60
navel orange 1 smallish 65
wild rice 1 serving 140

Meal total 505

Snacks (I think not part of meals)

Baby carrots 1.2 servings 40

Dinner

Nectarine ~100gm 45
Peach ~100gm 40
Frozen strawberries (with splenda) 1.5 servings 80
Frozen pepper/onion stirfry vegetables 1.5 servings 40
Frozen shrimp ~2.5 oz 30
Wild rice 1 serving 140
Pork meatballs I made, so estimated 370

Meal total 745

Day total 1685

June 9, Tuesday

Exercise

Taiko class

Treadmill at the gym, ~40 minutes at ~3.5 mph, ~9% incline

Breakfast

Fiber 1 cereal 1 serging 60

Shredded wheat 0.4 servings 70

Fiber 1 caramel delight 0.6 servings 110

Cottage cheese ¾ serving 70

Silk lite soy milk 1 serving 70

Nectarine ~180 gm 70

Meal total 450

Lunch

Wild rice 1 serving 140

Frozen broccoli 1.5 servings 75

Apple chicken sausage 140

Unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon 1.1 servings 55

Navel orange smallish 65

Meal total 475

Snack

Birthday cake – 400 (estimate)

Dinner

Bluberries ½ serving 20

Apple chicken sausage 1 and other sausave ½ 210

Frozen strawberries 0.8 servings 40

Maple syrup ¼ 50

Quick oats ¾ serving 105

Silk light soy milk 0.55 servings 55

Spinach 2 sercings 15

String cheese 1 90

Meal total 585

Dessert/Post workout

Shake I made with my blender I’ve had since my birthday, haha

Banana 120 gm 110

Almond Milk 1 serving 60

Designer Whey Protein chocolate 1 serving 100

Cinnamon!

Meal total 270

Day total 2180

June 10, Wednesday

Exercise – walking around the Burlington Mall, fruitlessly looking for clothes that fit

Breakfast

Fiber 1 caramel delight cereal 0.6 serving 110
Fiber one plain cereal 1serving 60
Shredded wheat 1/2 serving 85
Sunrich soy milk 1 serving 90
cottage cheese 3/4 serving 70
Granny Smith apple 1 serving 80

Meal total 455

Lunch

Wild rice 1 serving 140

Frozen broccoli 1.5 servings 75

Apple chicken sausage 140

Unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon 1.1 servings 55

Navel orange smallish 65

Meal total 475

Dinner

Apple chicken sausage 140

Spinach 2 servings 15

String cheese 1 90

Portobello mushroom 2 servings 20

Nectarine 0.8 servings 45

Maple syryp 0.2 servings 40

Trader Joe’s multi grain hot cereal ` serving 130

Sunrich organic soymilk 0.8 servings 70

Meal total 550

Day Total 1480

June 11, Thursday

Exercise – none

Breakfast

Fiber 1 caramel delight cereal 1/2 serving 90
Fiber one plain cereal 1serving 60
Shredded wheat 1/2 serving 85
Sunrish soy milk 1 serving 90
cottage cheese 3/4 serving 70
Banana 100gm 90

Blueberries 1/2 serving 20

Meal total 495

Lunch

Wild rice 1 serving 140

Frozen broccoli 1.5 servings 75

Apple chicken sausage 140

Unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon 1.1 servings 55

Nectarine 0.7 servings 70

Peach 1 serving 40

Meal total 520

Dinner

Apple chicken sausage 140

Spinach 2 servings 15

String cheese 1 90

Portobello mushroom 2 servings 50

Trader Joe’s Soyaki sauce 1 serving 30

Nectarine 0.8 servings 45

Frozen Strawberries 1.5 servings 80

Maple syryp 0.2 servings 40

Trader Joe’s multi grain hot cereal ` serving 130

Sunrich organic soymilk 0.75 servings 70

Meal total 690

Snack at Stacey’s House

1 peppermint Snowball Cookie 110

Day Total 1815

June 12, Friday

Exercise walked ~3 miles around Lake Quannapowitt

Breakfast

Fiber 1 caramel delight cereal 1/2 serving 90
Fiber one plain cereal 1serving 60
Shredded wheat 1/2 serving 85
Sunrich soy milk 1 serving 90
cottage cheese 3/4 serving 70
Banana 100gm 90

Blueberries 1/2 serving 20

Meal total 505

Lunch

Wild rice 1 serving 140

Oriental Stir Fry vegetables 1.5 servings 75

Apple chicken sausage 140

Unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon 1 servings 50

Nectarine 0.8 servings 75

Peach 1 serving 40

Trader Joe’s Soyaki sauce 1 serving 30

Meal total 550

Snack

Fiber One Oats and Peanutbutter bar 150

Banana 100gm 90

Meal Total 240

Dinner

Chicken Breast 2.5oz 105

Spinach 2 servings 15

Mozzarella cheese 100

Portobello mushroom 2 servings 50

Trader Joe’s Soyaki sauce 1 serving 30

Wild Rice ½ serving 65

Trader Joe’s Satay Peanut Sauce 1 serving 30

Frozen Blueberries .3 servings 20

Frozen Raspberries .3 servings 20

Frozen Strawberries 2 servings 100

Avocado ~2oz (guestimate) 100

Meal total 535

Day Total 1830

June 13, Saturday

Exercise walked ~3 miles around Lake Quannapowitt with my sister, and ~3/4-1 mile with Steve while waiting for the pizza

Breakfast

Sunrich soy milk 1 serving 90
cottage cheese 3/4 serving 70
Peach 1 serving 40

Blueberries 0.7 serving 30

Trader Joe’s Multigrain Hot Cereal 1 serving 130
Nectarine 0.4 servings 25

Meal total 385

Lunch (aka disaster no.1)

A great many estimates lie below

Hamburger 210

Hot Dog (Hebrew National) 150

Grilled Chicken Breast 2 oz 90

Hot Dog Bun 120

Baked Beans ¼ serving 60

Corn on the Cob 155

Relish 25

Italian Rainbow Cookies (made my Mike) 2 250

Banana Bread (made by Mike) 300

Meal total 1360

Dinner (aka disaster no.2)

Alfredo’s kitchen Mama Maria pizza 2 slices 700

Meal Total 700

Dessert

Strawberry Charleston Chew 260

Day Total 2685

June 14, Sunday

Exercise err, walking around the MFA and Quincy Market? A little?

Breakfast

Sunrich soy milk 1 serving 90
cottage cheese 3/4 serving 70
Blueberries 0.8 serving 30

Frozen Strawberries 1 serving 50

Quick Oats 1.5 servings 210

CoffeeMate sugar free hazelnut creamer 25

Avocado ~50gm 80

Meal total 555

Lunch/Dinner

Lobster Bisque Breadbowl - ~800

½ slice of Bavarian chocolate cake that was mostly chocolate lol 420

Meal total 1220

Snack

Fiber One Caramel Delight cereal 1 serving 180

Meal Total 240

Day Total 2015

June 15, Monday

Exercise walked ~3 miles around Lake Quannapowitt

Breakfast

Fiber one caramel delight cereal 1/2 serving 90
Fiber one plain cereal 1serving 60
Shredded wheat 1/2 serving 85
Sunrich soy milk 1 serving 90
cottage cheese 3/4 serving 70
Banana 100gm 90

Meal total 485

Lunch

Wild rice 1 serving 140

Frozen Broccoli 1.5 servings 75

Apple chicken sausage 140

Unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon 1 servings 50

Navel Orange 65

Trader Joe’s Soyaki sauce 1 serving 30

Meal total 550

Snack

Fiber One Oats and Peanutbutter bar 150

Banana 100gm 90

Meal Total 240

Dinner

Spinach 2 servings 15

Mozzarella cheese 1.3 servings 120

Portobello mushroom 1.4 servings 35

Trader Joe’s Soyaki sauce 1 serving 30

Wild Rice ½ serving 65

Trader Joe’s Satay Peanut Sauce 1 serving 30

Pork/chicken meatballs (??? Made ‘em) 280

Frozen Blueberries .2 servings 15

Frozen Raspberries .2 servings 15

Frozen Strawberries 1 servings 50

Meal Total 655

Day Total 1930