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Lots of fun stuff to discuss today.

I had a  great weekend!
My mom, sister, and I went up to San Francisco to go on our long-awaited birthday celebration for my mom.  (Her birthday was in February, but with the lousy weather this winter and then our busy schedules, this was the first weekend we could do it).  It was a perfect day!  We took BART to avoid the traffic and parking nightmare, and it was a really relaxing way to get up there.  Plus, my sister met us along the route, so we spent half the trip up there catching up and laughing.  A great way to start the day.  The weather in SF was absolutely gorgeous, which was amazing.  We’ve been having unseasonably cold and rainy weather here, and SF is usually even cooler, but on Saturday it was in the high 70s in the City, so it was a stellar day.  We went to the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market and shops and had so much fun.  I’d been to the shops at the Ferry Building before, but never to the farmers’ market, and my sister and mom had never been to either before, so it was a really fun experience.  It was packed, which is to be expected considering that it was Memorial Day Weekend, as well as a beautiful day in SF.  The farmers’ market was HUGE, but also really expensive.  I’m glad we went just to see the offerings, but we really didn’t buy that much.  I picked up a nice syrah from the French Mediterranean and some Rancho Gordo heirloom beans.  LC commented that I bought the beans more for the packaging than for anything else, and she is 100% right on that.  I mean, how could I not:

You guys know me, I love anything with that 50s retro feel, and these beans were absolutely beautiful (as much as beans can be 🙂  They’re a pretty brownish-purple and while color.  The vendor was trying to explain how to cook them, but I finally came clean and told him that I really just wanted to display them in my kitchen, and he laughed at me.  Other than that, though, the prices were too expensive.  For example, the cherries were selling for $7/lb, which is outrageous.  I went to my local grocery store and got some delicious cherries from central CA for $3.99/lb.  Farmers’ markets are great, but you do have to be careful about the prices sometimes.  Next time, I’d skip the farmers’ market and just hit the shops, which are a lot of fun to browse.  Plus, I have some really great, much more reasonable, farmers’ markets right in my own neighborhood, so why make the drive?

Sunday I caught up on housework, finished reading My Fair Lazy (which I highly recommend), did a Wii workout, and just lazed around a bit.  I was hoping to make it to the pool, but never got around to it.  Next weekend, for sure.

Today I woke up late, read the newspaper, did a bit of laundry and other household chores, got in another Wii workout,  and then went to my parents’ house for a bbq.  I’m so thankful that I have such a great family that I get along with so well, because they really make me feel so special.

All in all, it was a fantastic 3-day weekend.

Short Week

Because of the Memorial Day weekend, this work-week is going to be really short, which is wonderful.  These past two weeks at work have been really hectic and stressful, so I’m looking forward to having a somewhat lighter week ahead.  I have a few fun nights planned which also helps make the week more bearable: I’m taking my yearbook class out to dinner to celebrate a wonderful publication, I’m meeting a friend for a much-needed coffee catch-up, and then I’m going to see Sex & the City 2 with some girlfriends from work.  I also plan to continue on with the Scale Warfare’s EA Sports Active More Workouts Challenge, as well get back into some of my other workout DVDs.

I’m still avoiding the gym for my workouts for some reason.  I don’t really know why.  I like the gym, but if I have a choice, I much prefer taking my workout outside (walking, biking, or swimming) or doing the Wii or DVDs.  Once summer hits I want to make it a point to get to the gym more often, because I’ll be able to go during off hours when it will be less crowded.  Plus, I do need to use those personal training sessions that I bought.  I have enough to take me throughout the summer, so I might as well put them to good use.

2 More Weeks!

The countdown to summer vacation has officially begun.  That’s one of the great things about teaching – I get to have a long summer vacation, just like students do.  Although I’m not going on any big vacations, I still cannot wait for summer to get here.  I have lots of fun plans, including:

  • Lulu!  My new puppy is set to arrive around June 18 and I am so excited for her to get here.  I’ve got all the goodies I’ll need for her (water and food bowls, food, treats, blanket for her crate, toys, etc).  I also found a vet that is literally 3 blocks from my house, as well as a great groomer that’s only 2 blocks away.  Now all I need is her!
  • Going along with Lulu, I am going to enroll us in puppy training classes as soon as she arrives.  Well, I’ll give us a week to get to know each other first, but then it’s going to be twice a week training for both of us.  I think it will be a great way for us to bond, a good way for me to establish myself as the alpha of the house, and (I hope) a nice way to meet new people.
  • Working out:  I cannot wait to get into Bella Bootcamp mode again.  Last summer I was able to spend hours working out in various ways, and I really liked it.  Swimming, biking, working out at the gym – I enjoyed moving my body and seeing my progression as I did.  Now I get to add two daily walks with Lulu into the mix, which is even better.
  • Fresh fruits and veggies.  I love produce, and I really can’t wait to hit the farmers’ markets in my area on a weekly basis.  It’s going to be fun to keep my meal planning fluid so I can cook things that I find at the markets.  Improvisational cooking will be a fun experiment.
  • Reading – the one item I’m asking for for my birthday (July 2) is a Kindle, and I cannot wait to get it and start reading books this way.  I’m sure you’d expect an English teacher to like the old-school paper books, which I do, but I’ve also realized in recent years that I have a limited amount of bookshelf space left.  I’ll still buy the books  that I really want to cherish, but for fun reads and books that I’m not so sure of, I’ll be able to download them much more inexpensively and bring them with me wherever I go.
  • Netflix marathons – I love getting DVDs of tv shows from Netflix because it’s great being able to watch consecutive episodes without having to wait a week in between shows.  I know I’m going to watch West Wing (I somehow missed it when it was on), but I’d love to hear some suggestions of other shows you think are must-see.

There’s so much more I could write about what I plan to do this summer, but instead of dreaming about what I might do, I think I’m going to wait and see what I actually do and then write about that.

This week’s weight loss goals

I’ve been doing really well on my water and on the EA Sports Active Challenge, but what I’ve been slacking on is journaling my food.  I think that with the blood pressure scare I just needed to give myself a week or so off of it.  Not that I’ve been eating out of control, because I haven’t, but I haven’t been thinking as much about what I am going to eat.  I still plan my meals and eat a well-balanced diet, but I haven’t been counting points for a week or so.  I will get back to the journaling this week, for sure.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am going to go in for weekly blood pressure checks until my doctor returns from vacation.  I just want to make sure to record my blood pressure, to make sure that it’s not high.  I’m still getting those terrible headaches on an almost daily basis, and if they’re not caused by bp, I want to find out what the source is.

Another goal for this week is to catch up on my blog reading.  I’ve been really bad about it for the last couple of weeks because I haven’t had much spare time, but I’m going to try to make at least an hour a day so that I can offer as much support to all of you as you have been giving to me.  Plus, I always feel so much better after reading through your blogs.

Wow, this post ended up being a lot longer and I expected, but I hope it was worth reading.  Thanks for hanging in there through all 1600+ words, and I hope you have a great week.

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My focus for the next couple of months is going to be more on fitness and eating well, and to make sure I keep active I’ve joined a couple of challenges.

As you guys know, Scale Warfare has started an EA Sports Active More Workouts Challenge.  The More Workouts Wii game has a 6-week challenge that has you working out 4 days a week.  I’ve chosen Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, but you can select any four days that work best in your schedule.  I did my first workout on it this morning before work, and those 30 minutes were enough to give me tons of energy throughout the day.  I really enjoyed the variety of workouts it had me doing.  It begins with a 5-minute warmup of many different stretches, then moves on to a thirty minute cardio/resistance session with many different workouts.  Today’s included squats, “skipping” which is really more like jumping rope, lunges (both side and regular), running, and bicep curls.  Then it ends with ab/core work.  It really is a complete workout that you can do at home.  I highly recommend it, especially for people who don’t belong to a gym.  I’m sure I’m going to be sore tomorrow.

Once again The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans has another challenge going on:

I run with the Sisterhood which runs from Wednesday, May 26 through Wednesday, July 21 – 8 weeks to shrink a bit, move a lot, and feel great about your efforts.  The challenge is set up in teams, although you can also participate as an individual, as I am.  It asks that you report on your weight each Wednesday, but since I’m not going to focus on the scale right now, I’m just going to make sure I increase my activity for the next 8 weeks.  This definitely won’t be difficult to do because once summer vacation starts (June 11), I will have all day to workout.  Plus, once Lulu arrives on June 18 I’ll be taking her on walks twice a day, which automatically adds steps to my normal daily activity.  For my version of this challenge, I’m going to commit to getting in 10,000 steps each day.  I found this site, which gives the steps equivalent to non-walking activities like biking and swimming, which I plan to do a lot of this summer.  Swimming laps at a leisurely pace = 182 steps/minute (moderate pace = 212 steps/min), which means in 30 minutes I can “earn” 5460 steps.  Biking = 242 steps/minute, so in 30 minutes I can get 7260 steps. Which means, if I ride my bike to the pool at my parents’ townhouse complex and then swim for 30 minutes (and ride the bike back home), I can earn 12,720 steps!  That’s so impressive!  Talk about motivation!!!  Bring it on, baby!

I hope you’ll join in on one or both of these challenges, because they offer a great opportunity to see what you’re made of.

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This week I wasn’t as anxious about my weigh-in because I’ve been weighing myself daily, as per Dr. Beck’s directions.  The nice thing about the daily weigh-ins is that it definitely gives me a lot more information about my body’s natural ebbs and flows when it comes to weight, water retention, etc.  This was the first Wednesday where I wasn’t feeling “in the dark” when I stepped on the scale.

I was up quite a bit on Monday, down 2lbs from that on Tuesday, and then we come to today:

Which means I gained 0.3 lb (which is actually down from yesterday), for a total gain of 2.5 lbs in 2010.

This week I knew the scale wasn’t going to be pretty:

  • Thai food (oh, coconut milk!) on Saturday
  • A small handful of Valentine’s M&Ms
  • Chinese food on Tuesday (not the smartest food choice the evening before the weigh in)

I’m shaking this off, because really, what choice do I have?  I am pissed at myself that I’m a month and a half into 2010 and I’ve gained weight, but really, it’s been my choices and lack of true momentum that has brought me here. It’s time to “shit or get off the pot” as the saying goes. So where do I go from here?

Well, luckily next week I’m off for February Break, so I am going to work my ass off in true Bella’s Boot Camp style:

  • I’m going to make sure to cook nutritious meals (been slacking on that lately), and make at least 3 new recipes, since I’ll have the time.
  • I want to hit the gym and take a few new classes that I haven’t tried before, including: 24Lift (a group weight training class), Turbo Kick (kickboxing), and 24Cycle (spinning).
  • I’ll also keep up with my RLR training.  Next week starts a new level, so the fun will really begin! 🙂
  • Of course, I’m going to drink water ’till my eyes are floating.
  • And I’ll track everything I eat, per usual.
  • I’ll also FINALLY try out the EA Sports Active More Workouts that I’ve been meaning to try for over 3 weeks.

That should be plenty to keep my busy!  I’m actually really looking forward to it because it will be a bit of summer in February, and who doesn’t love that?

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This week’s recap can be summed up in one word – FAIL!

Yes, that’s right, I didn’t do any of the trainings this week.  And no, not because the fear of jogging for 3 full minutes took over.  😛  It was because I got a nasty cold that stayed with me all week. I knew I couldn’t workout at all this past weekend, because I was feeling so lousy.  I don’t need to get into all the gory details, but let’s just say, I could barely make it standing on my feet, let alone moving them.

I did attempt to do the training on Tuesday, but I was still just too congested.  I did end up walking for 30 minutes, though, so I got some exercise in, at least.

Ok, so where do I go from here?  Well, I just go on to the repeat week that’s coming up and keep on with the training schedule.  I’m not too disappointed in myself because I definitely had the desire to train, but the cold just knocked me on my ass.  It happens.  Getting sick is just one of those things in life we can’t control.

I’m looking forward to starting the repeat week today after work.  I am going to try to do 4 days of the training (adding one day), just so I can feel like I’m making up for some lost time.

Make sure to check out Scale Warfare’s blog, because I guarantee you she had a much more successful week than I did.

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In other news, I’ve made a difficult decision that is somewhat related to RLR.  Lately I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed with all of the workouts.  I feel like I never have any time to myself during the week, because every evening has something going on.  I’ve been feeling this way since January, when I started back with personal training.  My heart just hasn’t been in the training.

As much as I have loved seeing what I can push myself to do with Jimmy’s help, I really feel like I need a break from the personal training right now.  I texted him (our main form of communication) and it almost felt like I was telling him I needed a break in a relationship:

I think I have too much going on in my life right now to keep focused on personal  training.  I need to get some breathing space so I can get my drive back.  Can we put my sessions on hold ’till the summer when I’ll have more time and I can focus?  I really hate to disappoint you, but I feel like I’m being pulled in all directions right now.  Working with you has been so amazing, and I want to feel positive about training again, but I can’t put my whole heart in it right now with everything else.  I hope you know how special you are to me as a personal trainer and that you’ll let me train with you again in June when life gets less hectic.

Phew!  I really poured my heart out in the texts, but it felt like the right thing to do.  I’d been giving it a lot of thought these last few weeks, because as I said to him, I really felt like I was just going through the motions and my heart wasn’t in it.  Jimmy asked when we could talk about this, and I told him he could call any time, but he hasn’t contacted me yet.

Part of me wonders if I’m just giving up, but then most of me knows that I made the right decision.  I want to give my effort to the RLR training right now, and I feel like all of it is just too much.  I want to get back into using my Wii games – the Wii Fit Plus, EA Sports Active, Biggest Loser Challenge.  Not to mention the DVDs I have – the BL Boot Camp, BL Yoga, and Jillian’s 30 Day Shred.  I want to go to the gym and just get on the elliptical or take a group exercise class.  I guess I just don’t want the incredible intensity right now.

Maybe it’s just this lousy winter weather – maybe I would just rather be home and working out with DVDs/Wii instead of battling the rain and wind and cold (granted, it’s California cold, but sometimes cold is just cold no matter where you live) at 6pm or 7pm on a weeknight.

Plus, I just feel like I lose more weight the weeks when I don’t do the personal training, for some reason.  Yes, I’ve lost inches, but I haven’t really lost weight.  It’s discouraging.  I don’t want to seem lazy, but when I start feeling like this, I know that I get overwhelmed and then I just shut down and don’t do anything.  And I definitely don’t want that to happen.  I just want to enjoy working out, without any pressure.  I think putting the personal training on hold until the summer when I have more time is the best decision for me.

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Yesterday was really emotional for me, but in a good way.  First, I wrote that post, which was a huge admission and step forward for me.  Then, last night, we had the rosary for my uncle.  While many tears were shed, we also remembered and celebrated his life.  In both cases, I dealt with huge issues, yet came out of them feeling huge relief. 

I seriously feel as if I have lifted a major weight off my shoulders!  Now, let’s see if that weight translated onto the scale this morning:

 Which means I lost 2.9 lbs this week, for a total gain of 1.7 in 2010.  Even though the overall stats still show a gain, this loss was so important to my emotional health this week.  When I entered my weigh-in into WW.com, I thought it was hilarious when it said that I might be losing weight too quickly.  Oh, if they only knew.  Now that I’ve had this weight loss this week, I know it’s going to motivate and inspire me to keep it up in the coming weeks.  All it takes is a little hope, and now I feel like I have that. 

This week wasn’t that bad, believe it or not.  I did have some low points, especially on Monday night, but overall I exercised, tracked my points, and ate healthy, nutritious foods. 

My goals for the upcoming week:

  • Drink more water!  I’ve been getting in at least 6 glasses, but I want to increase this to at least 8 (64 oz), at a minimum.  I know I can do it. 
  • No bingeing!  This one is obvious.  If I start feeling the need to scarf food, I’m going to call my sister.  She’s the one person IRL whom I know I can confide in and be accountable to about this without judgement.   
  • Try out the new EA Sports Active: More Workouts Wii game that my sister gave me as a late Christmas present.  Her sister in law works for EA Sports and she was able to get the new game free.  Nice!  I haven’t done the Sports Active in a while, mostly because I hate the leg band.  This will motivate me to get back on it and maybe even start doing the 30-day challenge again.  (I haven’t been consistent with any of my Wii games ever since I started personal training). 

That’s about it.  I’ve been doing well with exercising, tracking my Points, planning my food, pre-packing my lunch, and cooking for myself.  All things to be proud of.

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Bad habits fill needs, so find good alternatives for them.”

– Martha Beck

Wow, this quote couldn’t have come at a better time!  With all of my goals for 2010, I am really trying to replace some bad habits (smoking, overeating) with healthy alternatives (exercising, eating right), and it is tough.  But I know that in the end, it will be worth it.

The “need” my bad habits fill is mostly boredom, to be honest.  The times I overeat and/or feel like smoking the most are the times when I’m bored.  If my mind is engaged in something, I feel no need to have a cigarette or to eat something I shouldn’t.  So the key for me is to keep my mind occupied and do something that’s fun and worthwhile.

Some of the things I’ve been doing to keep from smoking (the overeating thing is a lot easier to curb, but these work for that too):

  • “playing” the Wii FitPlus, EA Sports Active
  • cleaning – laundry, dishes, vacuuming,etc. You name it, I’m cleaning it!
  • organization projects: 1. getting my “to cook” recipes in order, 2. finding photos for some frames, 3. making a goal board
  • cooking – preparing meals for the week ahead
  • catching up with friends/family via phone and email
  • blogging – you’ve probably noticed the increase in writing; typing keeps my fingers busy, plus it lets me get my emotions out
  • playing Bejeweled Blitz on my iPhone – I swear that game is addictive!
  • Facebook
  • exercising – personal training, C25K training, fitness DVDs
  • chewing gum, drinking water/tea/coffee, eating carrots/celery

What are some of the bad habits (and their good alternatives) for you?

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Before I begin, I must admit that the idea for this post came from reading this one from Scale Warfare and this one from Merry.  I’m all about making goals, plans, and ways to help myself succeed, so this is the perfect post to begin 2010.

Each of these goals is another step towards success!

Bella’s 10 Goals for 2010

  1. Track what I eat every single day. Even if it’s not going to be pretty, I want to make sure that I’m being honest with myself.  Accountability is a huge part of eating on plan, and I want to make sure that I don’t shortchange myself by living in denial.  WW makes it easy with eTools and I also have the WW app on my iPhone, so there really is no excuse not to log it all in.
  2. Send Scale Warfare nightly food journal emails. This was a great way for me to stay accountable to someone other than myself.  Knowing that I had to send someone the journal made me think twice about whether I should eat something.  Plus, Scale Warfare isn’t judgmental, but I know that she’ll give me a good kick in the butt if I need it.
  3. Keep Sundays as my “get prepared” day. After waking up a bit late and reading the Sunday paper, I’m going to go to the grocery store to stock up on healthy food for the week and then prepare at least 2 big dinners that I can eat throughout the week.  I also want to make sure that I’ve portioned out all of my weekly lunchtime snacks, as well.
  4. Make dinner for myself at least 6 nights a week. This won’t be too difficult, especially if I continue on my Sunday ritual.  I do want to give myself at least one night a week (most likely Friday or Saturday) to go out or eat other food.  Still keeping it healthy, but allowing for some social interaction, as well.  Cuz a girl can’t stay home all the time, right?
  5. Move my body for at least 30 minutes every day. Some days this “movement” will be rigorous, such as when I’m in the gym at a training session with Jimmy.  Or when I’m doing the C25K training.  Other days it will be more laid back, like playing Wii Fit Plus, taking a walk, or riding my bike.  No matter what, I want to make sure that I’m active this year.
  6. Run a 5K by the end of June 2010. This is what Rubenesque Ladies Running is all about.  See the widget on the sidebar for more info, or click on “Bella’s RLR” tab above. This is going to be a huge challenge, but if I stick to my training program, I know I’ll be able to do it.
  7. Lose 82 pounds in 2010. This is an ambitious goal, but I think it’s one that I can reach.  It’s less than 2 pounds a week (1.57, to be exact), which is what everyone says is a healthy amount to lose.  Plus, it would be a little over halfway to my goal weight, which would be amazing.  Plus, it would mean that I  am finally in Onederland – under 200 pounds.
  8. Try 1 new recipe per week. I did this last year, and while I didn’t quite make my goal of 52 new recipes, I did make quite a few.  It was fun, and I had a good time discovering that not only do I love cooking, but that I’m a good cook (if I do say so myself!).  I have tons of cookbooks, magazines, and internet recipes.  The first step for me is going to be organizing all of it into a binder with page protectors so that my “new recipes” are accessible and ready when I want to try them out.
  9. Earn my rewards. On my “Bella’s Progress” page, I have a whole list of amazing rewards that I’ve planned for myself when I hit certain weight goals.  I haven’t earned any of them yet, but I want to make 2010 the year that I get to spend some money on myself because I’ve earned it through hard work and real results.
  10. No out of control eating. This is huge for me, because it is the #1 thing that derailed my progress last year.  I would do so well all day, but then it was like something took over my body (and mind) when I got home, and all I wanted to do was eat and eat and eat.  Most of the time the food I was eating wasn’t “bad,” but anything in such large quantities isn’t good.  This year I will repeat the following statements whenever I start to have that “out of control” feeling:

I am stronger than this; I can be in control of myself and what I eat.  I’m worth more than this.  I want to reach my goals more than I want this food.

So, there you have them.  These goals for myself are now “out there” in the universe, and I know that I will achieve them (or get pretty darn close, anyway).  I have a strong sense of determination, more than I ever have in the past.  Not only that, I am taking action so that I can achieve all that I am determined to do.  Of course, along with those 10, I am going to keep blogging at least 5 days a week, and if last year was any indication, probably more.

What are your goals for yourself this year?

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The reason I can’t wait until 2:25 is that that is the time when the final bell rings at school, releasing the students and teachers from all duties, obligations, and responsibilities for two weeks!!  Otherwise known as Winter Break aka Christmas Vacation (for the non-PC among us). 

I don’t have many plans for the two weeks off, and that’s just the way I like it.  I do have quite a few things going on this weekend that I’m looking forward to:

Friday – dinner at Cheesecake Factory (I’m so glad they have the nutrition info available on their menu now, it makes making good choices so much easier) and then seeing New Moon (we thought we’d let the teenage mania die down a bit before we started drooling over Edward and Jacob) with my good friend DH, whom I’ve known since high school.  Really looking forward to it.

The view from the Carnelian Room, SF

Saturday – AM errands (including a workout at home), but then an amazing dinner planned in SF at the Carnelian Room with Favorite Cousin and her dining out group. (This group of women is all over 40 years old, and most of them have never been married. They’re so much fun! They stay up on pop culture better than I do, and I teach teens! They all have a great attitude, and seem just fine with the fact that they may never get married. It’s quite liberating being around them, actually). The very cool thing about this dinner, besides the fact that it’s at an incredibly posh and chi chi restaurant is that the Carnealian Room is closing in early January, so this will be one of the last opportunities to go to this culinary landmark.  I’ve never been before, and I’m even more excited for this chance to spend a great night dining with wonderful women who always inspire me.  I have no idea what I’m going to order, but the menu does look like it has plenty of delicious, fairly healthy options.  What would you order?

Another fun part of Saturday will be the fact that I’m staying over Favorite Cousin’s house, because I know we’ll be out late, have plenty of wine and cocktails over dinner, and I’d rather not drive an hour home under those conditions.  Plus, it’s fun to hang out at her house with her.  Favorite Cousin is someone I’ve always looked up to because she is so hip, so fun, and so down to earth.  She has some very prestigious clients (she’s a personal assistant aka life manager) and is always “in the know” about the latest and the  greatest events in the city. 

Sunday –   Sunday afternoon my parents, sister, and her family are getting together to do our pre-Christmas celebration.  LC and her husband stay home on Christmas Eve to help Santa with the kids’ gifts and this year they’re going to spend Christmas Day with her husband’s family.  So, this will be a nice early holiday fête.  Of course there’s going to be food, but since my mom is a planner like me, I already know what’s on the menu: I”m bringing a cheese ball/log that I’m going to “healthify” as an appetizer; for dinner we’re having lasagna, Honey Baked ham, sauteed zucchini, and salad; and for dessert, LC’s making a Kalua cake.  So the plan is to keep my portions small and taste a bit of everything, but eat more of the veggies and protein.  I still have to wrap all the presents and buy one or two small gifts before Sunday.  I’d better get cracking!

As for the rest of my vacation?  I have 3 sets of essays to read, but those should only take about 2-3 hours or so, total, so I’m going to get those out of the way on Monday.  Then I plan to spend some time with friends a few evenings, including New Year’s Eve with Nicey and her hubby.

Overall, I’m looking forward to getting back to a bit of Bella’s Boot Camp that I had going on this summer.  I really need to get my butt back in gear now that I’m fully recovered from bronchitis.  So it’ll be many days in the gym for me, which I’m looking forward to.  I can’t wait to strap on my BodyBugg, attend a fitness class or four, and just burn some calories!!!

I have been looking forward to this vacation since school started, and I can hardly believe that when that bell rings at 2:25, it’ll be here!!!!

WhooooHOOOOOOOO!

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Can you believe that we’re in the first week of December already?  I can’t.  This year has flown by, especially since September!  But enough of me trying to avoid talking about the weigh in.  Without further ado…

 Yep, that’s right, I gained. 4.3 pounds to be exact.  I didn’t weigh in last week, so this is technically the weight gain for  the past two weeks, but regardless, it’s a big gain, which sucks. 

I wasn’t sure what the scale would bring, because it’s TOM time again, and I didn’t track at all while I was away for Thanksgiving.  It felt freeing, in a way.  I ate when I was hungry, tried to make the best choices possible, and didn’t put too much pressure on myself.  I didn’t eat as many meals as I usually do, but my portions were bigger than normal on the meals that I did eat, so I was thinking that thing would work out in the end.  I also got a lot of walking in once we got to Chicago, which felt good.

So, moving forward into these last 3 weeks of 2009, I’m going to slowly get back in to working out.  I haven’t worked out at all since I’ve had bronchitis, but I’m finally feeling better now. The plan for this week is all about the Wii – Fit Plus, Sports Active, and Biggest Loser game.  Between those three Wii games, I should get in a decent workout each day, and slowly get my body back into working out mode.  Next week, I’m going to incorporate going to the gym on my own, along with the Wii.  The final two weeks I’ll be home on Winter Break, so I can really kick up my workouts and take some group exercise classes at the gym to get back on track to start seeing Jimmy when the new year comes. I’m really looking forward to moving my body again.  I’ve missed the sense of accomplishment that comes with it.

One thing I’ve noticed this week is that even though it’s hard to stay on a weight loss plan when away from home, it was easier not to overindulge because I wasn’t by myself at night.  My parents have always been huge supporters of mine, in life and in weight loss.  My mom is naturally slim now, although she was a bit overweight as a child.  But she sees herself as much heavier than she really is.  Growing up, she was very concerned about my sister’s and my weight, and I think we were always a bit more conscious of our eating when she was around.  I noticed that on this trip, because my parents and I were together every waking moment, I was much more conscientious about my eating.  I didn’t give in and eat more than I should just because something looked good or I had the “need” to eat.  Being in the company of other people at meal times definitely made it more of a social thing, and less about just the food itself.

Living alone, I have a lot of advantages because I only have to worry about cooking for myself and I can make anything that tickles my fancy.  The down side of living alone is that I’m not accountable to anyone.  If someone were here with me I know I wouldn’t overindulge as much as I do at night sometimes.  Even if they weren’t paying any attention to what I was doing, I know I’d never binge eat.  I care too much about appearances.  As it is now, I sometimes give in to the urges, and it’s easy for me to rationalize it to myself.

What I am going to do in these last four weeks is stop this roller coaster of gaining some, losing some, and regaining it again.  It has to end.  The way it ends is for me to stop giving in to every food whim that pops into my mind.  Especially at night.  This isn’t a holiday food and parties thing.  This is a getting a handle on my eating thing.  I need to stop fooling around and start to take this seriously, otherwise I’m going to keep doing this roller coaster dance and I’ll never get to my goal.  I need to start now so that I can begin 2010 with a renewed sense of purpose and focus on my goal.

I feel like much of this year was spent getting myself into the proper mindset.  Finding the time in my busy schedule for working out, cooking healthy meals, and preparing for the day.  I’ve got that down.  I’ve made lifestyle changes that will stick with me.  Now I need to go into 2010 with the drive and determination to take this weight off.  I need to stop playing games with myself and rationalizing when I eat more than I should.

It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t.  It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” – James Gordon.

I’m ready to change! I am ready to take control! I am ready to get to goal!

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I hope everyone had a fantastic, long weekend.  As you know, I was away for Thanksgiving visiting my uncle in Niles, MI and then off to a quick jaunt to Chicago.  I wrote a bit about my trip here, if you’d like more details.  I took over 200 photos, many of which turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself:

Thanksgiving 2009 – Michigan & Chicago

My eating & exercise while I was away?  Not too bad, but not great, either.  Some highlights:

  • We didn’t eat 3 meals a day, but when we did eat, we had heavier meals.  I’m hoping that the net calories work out to about the same that I would’ve normally consumed, but we’ll see for sure on the scale tomorrow.
  • I didn’t track any points, but I  tried to make wise choices whenever we ate.
  • We got tons of exercise, especially in Chicago.  On Saturday alone we walked over 2 miles, which was great.

So, that’s about it, as far as the Thanksgiving report.  I’m so glad we went away, and I’ll definitely go back again as many times as I can.

Getting back on track for the week:

  1. I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s on Sunday and got tons of great, healthy food.
  2. Sunday I made the quick soup that I posted about, along with the HG crock pot chili that I love (I don’t think I’ve ever posted that recipe, so I’ll do that soon).  I felt so organized by making two dinners like this that I can have for lunch and dinner all week.
  3. I’m going to ease back in to working out this week.  I still have some congestion in the mornings and at night, but during the day I’m feeling back to normal.  Baby steps on working out is the best plan, I think.  So this week, it’s all about the Wii – Fit Plus and EA Sports Active.  I contacted Jimmy and told him I was going to slowly work my way back to the gym, and would probably put off our training sessions until the first of the year.  I don’t want to go too fast with working out and wear myself out, so I think this is a good plan.
  4. Track everything.  Scale Warfare and I are still emailing our food journals daily, which is such an awesome way for both of us to stay accountable to someone besides ourselves with our food intake.
  5. Catch up on all of your blogs!  I really missed reading them while I was away, but I really didn’t have computer access on the trip (other than my iPhone), so I’m going through some withdrawal.  🙂

I hope everyone is doing well and embracing the holiday spirit that’s swirling in the air!

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