Monday, February 28, 2011

Weigh-In | 2.28.11

Friends, I'm sorry I've been MIA so much lately!  I know my last post said I was burned out - and I was...briefly!  However, I'm back with a vengeance... haha. 

Today I was down from last week by 5.2 lbs.  I didn't quite get back every little bit, but it was close enough, I suppose.  Things will look even better next week, I'm sure.  On Friday, I turned 31.  Wow, that still feels weird, even after a year.  I sure don't feel thirty-one.  Anyway, I took the day off from work and didn't exercise.  I hung out with my husband and went to lunch.  Then I grabbed the new book he got me as a gift and headed to Starbucks and read for a while.  Here's the book:

So far, the book is really good.  As I sat at Starbucks with my huge Light Java Chip Frapp w/ Peppermint (thank you, Starbucks for the free celebratory treat), I quickly realized that it's more than just a book.  There were many thought-provoking questions for me to answer.  I found myself leaving to go buy a little journal to start writing in.  Some of what I read was familiar to me.  I've had some similar ideas in the last couple of months.  Perhaps I'll post more about this book in the next week or so?  I've been so busy the last couple of days and haven't had the chance to re-visit it!  I meant to bring it to work today so I could read on my lunch....but, I forgot.

In other news, when I walked out of the church doors yesterday, I was so, so, so happy to feel some WARM air!  The first thing I said to my husband was "I know what I'm going to do this afternoon!  He knows me well....he said, "Run!"  And run I did!  I went to the local track and timed myself running a 5K.  I hadn't ran that much in a while.  It was hard.  No lie.  I did it, though!  My time was 40:38.  I was a little surprised by my time.  I really thought it would be faster.  At the same time, it was empowering.  I did it!  I didn't push extremely hard for it or anything.  I just kept running.  Tracks are boring, but I really wanted to get a time on flat & easy terrain.  My neighborhood is quite hilly - so it probably wouldn't have been as good. 

Speaking of 5Ks, just before I started this post, I registered to run the local Susan G. Komen "Race For The Cure."  I'm so excited to do this!  Not so long ago, I lost an aunt to breast cancer.  Debbie was such a great woman and she is greatly missed.  I remember as a little girl, Debbie sat across from me at table and so seriously told me, "This is YOUR life, Jo Ann.  You can do whatever you want to do with it."  Pretty simple......but, somehow, I've never forgotten that.  Right now, I choose to be healthy.  That's what I want to do with my life.   Be healthy.  So, this one's for Debbie.  My 2nd ever 5K.  I'm going to work hard to prepare for it, and shave some time off.  I'm going to raise some money for a cure.

So friends, you haven't seen much of me lately, but, I'm still doing this thing.  I'm still bound and determined to make it happen!  Thanks for sticking around!

Oh - before I forget!  If you're a Facebook person...check out my new "Skinny Girl Set Free" page!  I'd LOVE it if you "liked" my page!  Come on over and see what's going on! :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Burn Out!

Say it isn't so?!

Yes.  I'm burned out.  Can you tell?  Ugh.  Probably so.  I've lost some enthusiasm along the way lately.

Am I finished?  NOT A CHANCE!!!!  Right now I'm kind of evaluating what exactly needs changed and how I'm going to do it.  More on that later.

While I'm here, I'll go ahead and tell ya... I weighed in yesterday.  It wasn't pretty.  I was up 6 pounds.  Yep.  You read that right.  Wow.  I knew well in advance that I was NOT going to like the number on the scale.  I had a weird week.  Some it was emotional.  Nothing horrible...but, I ate my feelings a little bit.  Six pounds worth?  No way!  I worked out.  Not as hard as usual - but, I was far from sluggish.  Oh well.  I'm moving on.  I'm sure some of this will come off by next week.  We'll see.

Stay tuned... this ISN'T over.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Weigh-In | 2.14.11

First things first...I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day.  V-day is the reason I'm checking in late today.  I thought about posting yesterday.  I really did.  However, my hubby & I were both off all day - and I decided to let the blog world go for a day and just be with him.  We had a great time together.  We slept in, had breakfast, we had some delicious Thai for lunch.  Had some Starbucks.  We went to see the new Adam Sandler movie "Just Go With It."  We had Mexican for dinner.  Ice cream for dessert.  Some candy.  Can you say cheat day?  Yeaaaaah.  I overindulged just a little tiny bit. (Lie, lie, lie).  It was a lot.  I threw caution to the wind and let the fat girl eat yesterday.  It was fun - but I'm feeling the effects of it today.  Blech. 

In other news, you know....the reason I'm posting today... I'm down 1.2 lbs.  Not bad.  I'd love to see a bigger number, but, whatever.  It's coming off.  It's going to keep coming off.  On the 10th I hit 6 months on this journey!  Six months!  I've been here blogging about this 6 months?!  I'm going to see this thing through!  I don't know how long it's going to take, but, it's going to happen! :) 

Oh - while I'm at it, I should mention that I'm doing "ok" with my a.m. work out challenge.  Last week I bailed 3 days in a row...was SOOO sleepy!  This morning I got myself back in the game with some Turbo Jam.  So, it's major breakthrough with this challenge so far.  There's still time, though.  Who knows?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Weigh-In | 2.7.11

FINALLY, the number on the scale moved in a way I'm happy with!  I'm excited to report that I've now lost 30.4 lbs!  It took FOREVER to hit the big 3-0, it seems!  I was slightly holding my breath when I stepped on the scale today, though.  I didn't work out Saturday OR Sunday!  Plus, I had a great piece of wedding cake over the weekend and splurged on some yummy Mexican food as well!  I had been pretty darn good all week, though...with food & exercise, so I guess it all evened out.

I'm 3-for-3 with my A.M. Workout Challenge!  Thursday & Friday were pretty easy, but today....a different story!  I was LA-ZY! I kept hitting snooze until I couldn't do it any longer.  I did it, though.  I got up in just enough time to do a 20 min. Turbo Jam workout!  I'm going to the gym tonight, and I'm ready to hit it hard!  Can I just say, I really love to work out!  It may sound crazy to some, but I do!  I'll admit, there are days that I'm lazy.  However, I have found myself eagerly awaiting my gym time in the evenings lately! 

I've been noticing some visible changes lately - which has been encouraging.  I have to admit, I took my measurements this morning...and the ones I took 2 weeks ago HAVE to be off.  They showed me gaining inches!  Which is just not possible.  I have tightened my pants this week!  I have a couple nice pair of pants that have little flaps to adjust your pants.  I thought they were just for embellishment until recently! I tightened one pair, and the other was snug until today!  Sooo, I believe I will be taking a little more time with my measurements from now on.  They can't be right!

Well, that's all I have!  Good luck this week, everyone!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The A.M. Workout - A Challenge

The a.m. work out.  *Sigh*  Every morning my alarm sounds in time for me to get up and get in a work out.  And every morning - I hit snooze with a vengeance.  Over and over again.  I'm sooooo lazy!  I LOVE the way I feel after working out in the a.m.!  It energizes me!  It's completely different from a p.m. work out.  It's just so hard to get me there. 

So, after my success with the run challenge,  I have been feeling as if I need another challenge to push me.  Tonight as I was working out, I had an "a-ha" moment.  I am going to attempt to get up every morning of the work week and work out this month.  Starting tomorrow.  It is NOT going to be easy.  I'm hopeful that through this process, I'll learn to love or at least make a habit of working out in the a.m.

Here goes nothing...stay tuned.

Psst...would anyone like to give this challenge a go?  Let me know!

Weigh-In | 1.31.11

I know, this weigh-in post is a little tardy.  Let's get straight to the facts.  On Monday, I did weigh in.  I was down 0.4 lbs.  I was furious quite irritated that for the 2nd week in a row I had been down on Sunday, but back up on Monday.  I'm talking 3.5 lbs difference!!!!  I was down 4 pounds on Sunday!  Weight-loss makes no sense sometimes!

So, I kind of hit the ground running on Monday and have been meaning to post, but, is crazy sometimes!  I'm not going to lie....I wasn't throwing a pity party for myself on Monday or anything, but, I just parked my rear on the couch and just didn't do anything.  No exercise.  No blog.  I was happy with that.  I haven't worked out since Saturday - and it's driving me nuts now.  I would really like to go to the gym tonight, but I have my Bodybugg coaching session.  Soo, it looks like I will most likely do some kind of DVD tonight.  I doubt I'll go back out to the gym....I wish it were a little closer.

In other news, being the compulsive weigher that I am... I did weigh myself this morning.  I am down 4.4 lbs from Monday!  See?  That's crazy!  So at the moment - I am down EXACTLY 30 POUNDS!  I am not going to count it as "official" right now.....I will see what next Monday's weigh-in says.  I think one reason I've been so annoyed is that I want to get past that hurdle.  I've been soooo close for so long.  I've been working out so hard - and haven't seen much of a difference.  It's maddening, I tell ya!  Haha!

So, you may ask, "Jo, do you have any non-scale victories at all?"  Well, I did finish my run challenge 8 days early.  I also have noticed my pants are a little loose this week.  It may sound silly, but I bent over to pick something up yesterday and thought, "Hmm...that felt different..."  It was easier somehow.  Hmm.

That is all.  Hope you're all doing great this week!