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bilbl_superToday’s edition in Adventures in Fitness is just that – the story of a crazy adventure I had while attempting some water fun.

Over the summer I bought an Amazon Local deal for stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).  Several of my friends on FB had posted pictures of themselves giving SUP a go at Lake Tahoe and various other locations around CA.  I’m always up for a new fitness adventure, especially when it involves water sports.  So, I purchased the $15 deal.

Ani and I arrived at HMB Kayak, and I was surprised to see that it was basically a tent on the beach.  (I’d expected more of a proper storefront, I guess).  We decided to forgo true wetsuits (there was no way I was going to try to squeeze into one of those) in favor of our dri-wik yoga pants and wetsuit jackets.  One of the employees gave us a very brief (and I mean very brief) basic intro on how to paddle, and we were on our way.

How many of you are thinking that I should’ve chosen a tamer waterway for my first SUP experience, rather than Half Moon Bay, open ocean, on a windy day? Oh, and it was also high tide.  Yeah, hindsight.

I started out on my knees, keeping balance pretty well.  A few moments later, Ani had dropped into the water, and was having some difficulty getting back up onto the board.  So much so that she needed the employees to come out and help her.  All the while, I was still floating along, balancing on my knees.  I was having a good time, amazed at my balance. I’d been out there for about 15 minutes. So when I was feeling super confident, I decided it was time to try to stand up.

Not a good move. I fell off right off the paddle board. After failing to pull myself out of the water and back onto the board, the way the guy had told me, I decided it was time to make my way back to shore and switch to kayaking.  As I mentioned, wind was really strong, and it was high tide, so I’d gotten pretty far out in the 15 minutes I’d been floating on my knees.  To get back to shore, I had to swim for 20 minutes, against the current, lugging the paddle board behind me (attached to my ankle). That same employee came out to check on me, and I assured him I was a strong swimmer, and didn’t need any help.  Which was true – I swam back to shore without too much trouble, but I have to admit, I was very tired by the time I’d hit land.

So, I decided to try kayaking. Again, after very minimal instruction, I was out and trying to get myself into the boat, balance, and get out on the water.  I fell out of the kayak a bunch of times close to the shore, but finally righted myself and found my groove.

I kayaked for about 25 minutes, and was really enjoying myself. I got pretty far out, was enjoying the sunshine, the ocean, the boats, the harbor, the sea lions. Feeling so proud of myself and lucky at the life that let me enjoy an afternoon of fun at the ocean on a Friday afternoon.  Just as I was finding my zen…  the kayak flipped over!

The current was so strong, and I was so exhausted from falling all the other times, as well as the huge swim, and I couldn’t even turn the boat right side up, let alone entertain the thought of pulling myself  back into it. I had the oar in one hand, and was trying to keep a hold of the kayak with the other, while staying afloat. (I did have a lifevest on, thank goodness).

At this point, I knew I was too far out to get myself back to the shore.  I wasn’t pancking, but I was a bit worried about how cold the water was, how close the sea lions were, and how far I was from where the employees of HMB Kayak could see me.  Then the current started to really pick up, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to get back.

Just then, some women who were walking along the pier saw me, started yelling, and tried to get help for me.  I told them I was fine, and that there was no emergency, but they said to hang on and that help would be there soon.  I was feeling utterly embarrassed that I had to be saved, but I realized that it was true, I needed some help.

Luckily for me, a wizened, old fisherman with a small motor boat came to my rescue. When he pulled up, I told him I was too heavy for him to lift up, but he assured me that he could get me out.  He pulled me out of the water, and I was angled directly into his lap.  Awkward!  But I wasn’t worried about it at a time like that.  He got me into his boat, made sure I was ok, which I was, and brought me back. When I told him how embarrassed I was, he said that on the open ocean, things can go from “fine” to “bad” in no time.  And I know he’s right.

Ani saw what was going on and grabbed my iPhone to capture the rescue.  LOL.

Ani saw what was going on and grabbed my iPhone to capture the rescue. LOL.

I was just grateful to have his assistance, and to make it back to shore safely.

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All in all, I am glad I tried it, but my adventure helped me realize a few things:

  1. I need to do more research about the company I use.  HMB Kayak was terrible. They gave little instruction, sent me out ill-prepared, and I’ll never use them again.
  2. My next SUP/Kayak will be done on a lake or smaller body of water.  The ocean is way too rough for a beginner.
  3. I am strong.  I have come so far, and I have so much to be proud of.  When I look at myself in this photo, I notice significant changes in my body.  I have a ways to go, but I am happy with the way I look now.

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Autumn has arrived! Which means that life is back to normal – school’s in, my schedule is busy, and obligations abound. But I won’t use those as excuses to slack on my goals. The great thing about fall is that the weather is cooler and there are no holidays or other social commitments to derail me from strictly adhering to my food and workout plan. I’m determined that fall 2012 will be when I achieve my pre-surgery weight loss goal. Since weekday mornings are hectic, I’m moving my weigh-in day to Sunday. Sundays are the perfect day to weigh in because I don’t have any other morning obligations and can focus on my weight loss. Plus, Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

This week was fantastic!   I stuck to the plan all week, got some great (sometimes frosty) workouts in, and just felt really motivated and proud of myself.

That’s wonderful Bella, but what were the results on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 303.6, which is a loss 2.8 lbs this week. Which means I now have 23 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. Even though I didn’t lose all of the weight that I’d gained last week, I did lose more than half of it, and 2.8 is completely on track for my December goal.

All week I felt confident and happy about what I was doing to promote my weight loss.  I didn’t let the pain of the plantar fasciitis get the better of me, and I braved the freezing pool twice.  I also got in a dance party and a kickboxing workout.  I tracked my food, stayed on plan, and drank my water.  My goals were to get back to basics, and that’s exactly what I did.

This morning I went to the new JC center, and I love it!  The center itself is bright, clean, and very organized.  I felt happy just walking in the door.  My consultant, Sherri, was wonderful!  She’s energetic, knowledgeable, and so confident in the information that she’s giving.  As she was asking me questions about myself and my weight loss goals, her responses let me know that she really cares.  Their scale had me down almost 4 lbs today (I think the two scales must be weighing differently, which is another reason why I’m glad that I do my official weigh-ins at home), and Sherry was so enthusiastic and positive.  She high-fived me!  Talk about a turnaround compared to my old consultant – night and day!!  I am so happy that I made the change, because I know that I’m going to look forward to my Sunday morning JC weigh-ins now.

Sherri also gave me a really great tip that I thought I’d share:


Another great thing that happened this week was that I woke up pain free this morning – that hasn’t happened in more than a month!  I took two rest days in a row on Friday and Saturday where I didn’t even give Sofi a walk, and I think that did the trick.  I’ve also been good about doing the stretches and taking Aleve to help with the swelling.  Even though I know I might have lost more weight if I’d gotten two additional workouts in, I think it was more important to get some relief  from the pain.  I feel like a new woman, ready to get out there and tackle anything that comes my way.

My workout plan this week is to continue with swimming, but rather than fight the elements at the unheated, outdoor pool, I’m going to start swimming at 24 Hour Fitness.  I avoid swimming there because it is so heavily chlorinated, but with my foot being the way that it is, swimming is one of the best options I have.  I will also ride my bike (or the recumbent bike at the gym), and go to Saturday morning Zumba.  5 workouts equaling at least 225 minutes of exercise this week.

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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Yesterday I got home from my frosty dip in the poolto discover a box on my doorstep. I wasn’t expecting anything, especially something addressed to me through my blog.

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What could it be?! How fun!

20121017-200834.jpg The box was from Dasani, and now I was even more intrigued.

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Why, Dasani, thank you, flattery will get you everywhere!

How cool is it that I got this box sent to me from Dasani Drops?  Completely unsolicited, I might add.

Inside, there were four different flavors of Dasani Drops: pink lemonade, strawberry kiwi, pineapple coconut, and mixed berry.  They also included that cute little 80z bottle of water and the cool pen.

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What can I say, I’m an office supply nerd. I love the “lava lamp” feel of the pen and think it’s a clever marketing tool.

I am always looking for ways of getting my 8+ glasses of water in.  Lately, my goal has been 10 glasses/day.  I like the way plain water tastes, but after a while, it’s just, well, too plain.  Sometimes I like a little something in it to jazz it up a bit.  Yesterday I decided that I was in the mood for mixed berry.

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I love the “grab and go” appeal of this little container. Easy to pop into a purse, gym bag, or carry on. This little container makes 32 8oz servings. Not bad.

I will say that these “drops” are more like a quick stream than anything else.  I tried my best to just add a drop, but it didn’t work.  Still, the amount of “flavor enhancer” you add to the glass is completely controllable, which I love.

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This is how my water looked with about 3 drops/streams.  It tasted great!  And look how pretty that glass of water is.

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This glass holds about 16oz.

I really appreciated that I could decide how much of the mixed berry flavor I liked.  I love that it’s “buildable,” so I can change it depending on my mood.  I really also like that it’s as easy to get the right flavor in a small glass of water as it is in a large 32oz Naglene container.  I haven’t found the same to be true for the powdered packets.  Whenever I want to add them to my Naglene, 1 is too bland and 2 is too much.  With the Dasani Drops, I can make it “just right.”  Ok, sorry, was that too Goldilocks and the Three Bears?

Since I’m not a huge fan of pineapple or coconut, I brought that flavor enhancer over to my sister’s house, and my nieces loved it!  My sister said she was glad that it was flavored using natural ingredients and that they didn’t use aspartame to sweeten it.  (It does have sucralose, though).  I wish they were sweetened with stevia instead – this is really the only downside, in my opinion.

Today I tried both the pink lemonade and the strawberry kiwi flavors, and I liked them both, too.  The Dasani Drops have a light, fresh flavor that I really appreciate.  They let water remain crisp and refreshing;I’ve found that some of the powdered packets do not.

Overall, I’d absolutely buy these Dasani Drops. They’re convenient, easy to use, and they taste great.

Do you think you’ll try them?

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What a day! And it’s only 11:24am.

I knew this day was going to be interesting when I woke up around 4am and just couldn’t go back to sleep. Since it’s only about an hour and a half before my normal wake up time “should” be, I figured I might as well stay awake.

One of the first things I do when I wake up and several other times throughout the day is to check the LillyBits FB Group and webpage.  (Heather is the breeder and LillyBits is the name of her company where I’m getting Sofi from.  Heather is amazing, and I really can’t think of a more nurturing person.  I would highly recommend LillyBits!!).  It’s like I’m obsessed or something.  I want to make sure I don’t miss a thing when it comes to those puppies, especially since “selection” is starting soon.

Lillybits’ selection is actually a really fair process.  Each client is given a spot/pick in a certain numerical order, depending on when they contacted Heather inquiring about a puppy.  I was given pick #4 out of 6 from the litter.  Which means that there will be 3 puppies to choose from when it’s my turn.  But since I want a girl, that could mean I only have 1 choice left because there were 4 girls born in the litter I get to choose from.

Anyway, this morning I looked on the FB Group as well as on the website  and saw that two of the puppies had already been selected.  OMG!!!  (My original favorite, Winnie, was already headed home to be with two little girls who can’t wait for her arrival).  Then I saw that on YouTube, Heather had submitted a selection video, giving clear views of all of the puppies:

Watch that video and tell me that it doesn’t just brighten your day!  It actually made my heart melt.  They’re all so cute!!  Winnie and Whimsy are both selected already, so that leaves Honey and Boo.  And both of those puppies are just so cute, so there’s really no bad choice.

I was so excited that I sent an email to many of my friends and family and then posted something on FB, too.  I was thrilled that today was the day…until Heather contacted me and told me that there’s a bit of a snafu with the people in the #3 spot.  They’re locals (LillyBits is located outside of Seattle) and wanted to come to see the puppies before they made their selection.  The only problem is that they’re away on vacation and won’t be home until Sunday.  Sunday!!  Heather is going to try to make the process go a bit more quickly than that, but who knows.

Which means I should just calm down and know that I’m going to get a great puppy, no matter what.  But I have this sense of excitement coupled with nervousness and anxiousness because there’s still that unknown factor.  I just want to KNOW which little love bug is going to be mine, you know?

Feel free to send calming vibes my way today, because I can use them.

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Outfit of the Day

I’m not sure if this is going to happen everyday because I only have so many cute clothes, but for now it’s been fun to show off my outfits.  Plus I figure these photos will be good “before/during” photos once I reach my goal weight.  I snapped this photo before I finished my hair and put my makeup on, so just focus on the dress, LOL.  This morning I decided to wear my Easter dress to school:

I love the colors  – wearing this dress just puts me in a good mood.  I got the dress, shoes, and the shrug on Avenue, if you’ll recall, and it was really inexpensive.

Other than all this puppy madness, the day is going really well.  I’m already down on the scale and the weather outside is great.  Wearing a cute dress puts me in a great mood, as do the thoughts of puppies, which are swimming in my head.

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Water

Lastly, I have a question for you about water.  How much do you drink?  I know there are several different theories.  Some say stick to 64oz.  Others say that might be too much (although I don’t think so).  Still others say to drink half your body weight in water, which for me would mean 144oz, or a little over 4 -32oz jugs.  What’s your opinion?  I guess it can’t hurt to try to increase the water consumption, right?  I may try it this week to see if it aids in weight loss.  I’d love to hear what you guys think about this.

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This has been a great week in many ways, but most of all with my positive attitude and the fact that I’ve been so much more active lately.  The other great thing about the weather warming up?  I naturally drink more water.

I’m really pleased with the scale results this morning, and anxious to share the news, so here’s the scale shot:

Which means I lost 3.4 pounds this week, for a total of 8.5 pounds lost.  WhoooHOOOOO!

I attribute this weight loss to three things:

  • post-TOM weight release
  • increase in activity with the walks I’m taking, even though they’re not “power walks”
  • increase in my water consumption

I feel so incredible seeing this weight loss.  Not only does it show me that I am on a roll, but that I can keep it up beyond the initial “shock to the body” that occurs when you change something about your eating or exercise.  I am completely encouraged and motivated, although I do know that I won’t have this big a loss every week.

Sisterhood 21-Days ChallengeWhich leads me to my other check-in for the morning, with the Sisterhood’s 21-Day Challenge. My goal is to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, and with the exception on Saturday, I did it all week.  I always bring water with me to work, but I need to get in the habit of bringing it with me on the weekends to.  That way, when I’m doing my errands or driving here and there, I can keep sipping the water, because we all know that the little sips add up.

So that’s it, folks.  The mini goal of the week is to keep it up, because it’s obviously working, and that feels fine!

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AprilshowersbringMayflowers.AprilshowersbringMayflowers.AprilshowersbringMayflowers. Or, at least that’s what I am repeating to myself today to keep me from missing the sun too much.  So far, it’s not working that well. 

This week marks the downhill slope that educators and students alike look forward to throughout the school year.  Only 9 more weeks (including this one) before we are out for summer vacation.  Let the countdown begin!

In her post this week ScaleJunkie  asked us what our short term goals were.  I responded that my goal was to stay motivated throughout the next 9 weeks and basically “keep on keeping on,” which means:

  • track my Points everyday
  • eat within my 28-Point target
  • exercise 4-6 times a week (at least)
  • drink 8 glasses of water each day

Speaking of water, my 21-day goal (inspired by Seattle Runner Girl) was to drink 8 glasses of water a day.  I have to be honest, it’s been a struggle, especially on work days.  Some days I’ll get all 8 in and then some, and other days (like yesterday), I’ll barely get 2 glasses in.  The thing is, I like drinking water; as I mentioned before, it’s the nature of my job that I really can’t go to the bathroom whenever I want to.  In fact, there are only 2 set times I can actually go, and I have to rush to fit that in. 

So, instead of making excuses, I’m just going to TAKE ACTION and do another 21-day challenge beginning today with the same goal – drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Bottoms up!

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And I couldn’t be happier that this week is flying by.  I don’t have one specific topic share with you that would fit a whole blog post, so I thought I’d give you a few tidbits:

  • Spring Break is next week, and I cannot wait for a glorious week off.  No specific plans other than to get lots of activity in.
  • Ever since the extra credit assignments, many of my students have continued to watch and talk about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. A few of my colleagues have told me that they’ve overheard our mutual students talking all about the assignment and the show.  I’m really happy that I gave them an assignment that has excited them enough that they’re discussing it outside of class.  The show seems to be a big hit, and it’s catching on, which is awesome.
  • Yesterday was the first day of the 21-Day Challenge that I’ve made my water goal.  I got in all 8 glasses and then some!
  • I had an epiphany yesterday: So often I try to be “perfect,” and that’s when the self-sabotage rears its ugly head.  If I allow myself treats from time to time I think it’s a better way to make it a lifestyle, rather than getting so frustrated and ending up with a binge.  As long as the Points are counted and tracked, I’m not going off plan by indulging every once in a while (not every day).
  • I was contacted by the people behind a new iPhone App – PumpOne Fitness Builder.  I just downloaded the app and look forward to trying it out.  It’s supposed to be like a mobile fitness trainer with tons and tons of workouts.  I’ll give it a full review after I’ve tried it for a while, but you guys know how I like to try new things and how much I love gadgets.  I may even be able to give a few of you a chance to try it too.  Stay tuned.

I hope everyone has a great day.  Only one more day ’till Friday!!!

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Thirteen weeks.  Thirteen is considered  an unlucky number (Friday the 13th and all), but 13 has always been my lucky number.  My Spanish teacher in high school once said, “In Spain, Friday the 13th is never an unlucky day.  How can a FRIDAY be unlucky?  It’s the start of the weekend?”  And from that point on, I rebelliously chose 13 as my favorite.  The question for this week was whether 13 was going to prove lucky on the scale.

I’ve been doing a lot of exercise lately, and I’ve been eating well, but my TOM is on it’s way (all the tell-tale signs are there).  Plus, I was sick on Friday, and I couldn’t keep anything down.  Which might have the opposite effect, knowing how my body reacts to things.

Which means I gained 4 pounds this week, for a total gain of 5 pounds in 2010. When can I get off this rollercoaster?  I’m disappointed, but because my weight keeps fluctuating up and down, I’m becoming almost apathetic to the changes.  Which isn’t good.  I still have the desire to lose weight, but I seriously don’t know what I need to do to see success for several weeks in a row.  Although, as I mentioned above, I’m about to get TOM and I did have a strange week in terms of being sick, so I’m not going to be too upset.

As I mentioned, my eating has been good, but I know that I can do better in terms of sticking to more whole foods, rather than a few low cal processed snacks that I tend to gravitate towards.  My exercise is going well, and on Friday you’ll read about all that I’ve been up to; I’m actually really proud of all that I’ve been doing, because I’ve stepped it up a lot.  The one thing that I keep falling short on is my water. Water.  A key component to flushing toxins out of the body.  It helps hydrate from the inside out.  And I like water, so what’s the problem?  Well, one of the things is that I don’t get to take bathroom breaks whenever I’d like at work.  Since we operate on a bell schedule, I can only go at certain times during the day, so it makes drinking a lot of water between 8am-3pm difficult.  But I can’t let that stop me.  I can and should be drinking more water when I get home.

So, I’m going to join Seattle Runner Girl’s 21-Day Challenge.  And my goal for these 21 days is going to be to get in my 8 glasses of water each and every day.  Period.  Whatever else I drink during the day (coffee) won’t be factored in.  And once I achieve my goal for those 21 days, I know it will be a habit that sticks.  For the next 21 days, I’m going to Twitter my water intake each day so that you guys can keep me accountable, too.

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This week I really felt like it was a guessing game how things would end up on the scale.  I did complete my 3 RLR workouts, but I didn’t do a whole lot of other activity.  I ate well, and tracked all my points, but I didn’t necessarily feel that much lighter.  I did have a couple of “thin” days this week, but I also had some “fat” days, too.

Now let’s get to that scale shot:

Which means that this week I lost exactly 1 lb, for a total of  0.7 lb gained in 2010. Which isn’t great.  I mean, I’m happy with the loss, even if it is more modest than I’d like, but I do not like that my overall “balance” for 2010 is a gain.  Next week it will show an overall loss, even if it kills me.  😉  There are a few factors as to why the loss was so meager; TOM is coming, and I have the pimple to prove it, but I know I can be more diligent in a couple of areas.

What can I do to improve for next week?

  • Drink more water. I had this on my goals for last week too, and while I did better, I can still get more water in.  I’m finding it difficult to get all of my water in, so I am going to really have to make more of a concerted effort in this area.
  • Get in more activity. I can definitely do better here.  I took the weekend off last week, which was a mistake. I really need to use those days off from work to get in more exercise, even if it’s just going on the Wii for 30 minutes.  Or one of the many workout DVDs I have.  Maybe it’s time to pull out a bit of Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred.  I have the time on the weekends, so it’s just a matter of not being lazy or coming up with other things to do.

Other than those two things, I have been doing well.  I stayed within my points, and even had some flex points left over this week.  I’ve been tracking everything, and sending Scale Warfare my nightly emails with my food journal for accountability.  I’ve been good about eating at home and planning and preparing my meals ahead of time, so all good things there.

It is what it is.  I know I have some things to work on, and I need to get on those right away, otherwise, I won’t see any movement on the scale.  I’ll fall into a slippery slope of losing a slight amount one week and gaining it back the next, and so on as I did for most of 2009, and I really, REALLY do not want to repeat that cycle in 2010.

I’m also going to use all of you as inspiration.  My competitive nature wants me to do as well (if not better!) on the scale as all of you are, so I do get a ton of inspiration when I see you putting up great numbers on the scale. I know I can do better than this, and next week I’ll prove it.   Just watch me.

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BTW – If you need some new workout music (and who doesn’t, really?), why not enter my giveaway.  I spent a few hours Monday night burning and organizing all of the CDs, and I want to make this giveaway a success.   It ends at 11:59pm Pacific TONIGHT, so there’s still time.  Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.  Good luck!!

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It’s hard to focus on anything besides Obama’s inauguration today, but I wanted to make a quick update for the Healthy You Challenge.

For the past two weeks, I’ve gained weight, totaling 3.4 pounds.  Not good.  One week I chalked it up to TOM, but this last week I had to admit to myself that I could be doing things a bit better.

  1. Getting enough exercise.  I have been feeling exhausted, but I can’t give in to that excuse.  Life gets busy, it gets stressful, etc., but I have to remember that I don’t have to take care of anyone but myself.  If I can’t fit exercise into my daily routine, that’s sort of pathetic.  There are so many moms (like my sister) who work full time outside the home and then put in a full night’s work taking care of the kids when she’s probably exhausted, too.  If she can do it, I can surely find the motivation to exercise each day.  So far this week (which starts on Sunday, my weigh-in day), I’ve gotten 8 APs.  I took a long bike ride on Sunday (7 miles round trip, 1 hour) and Monday I did the Biggest Loser Boot Camp DVD.  (I’ll be writing a review of it later this week).
  2. Water.  I wrote all about this yesterday, but basically, once WW announced that any liquid intake (including coffee, juice, etc.) could count toward the water intake, I sort of slacked off.  No reason for it, either, because I actually like drinking water.  It was pure laziness on my part.  So, I’m back to getting in a minimum of 64 oz of water each day.  I have a feeling it will make a huge difference.

So, rather than wallow in the despair of gaining weight for two straight weeks, I’ve decided to make significant changes that should have a positive impact on my weight loss.  I know eventually these efforts will show up on the scale, and in the mean time, I’m proud of myself.

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