Monday, March 28, 2011

Weigh-In | 3.28.11

Woo hoo!  I had my biggest loss in a while.  Today I'm down 2.8 lbs!  Sooo close to 3!  :)  That puts me in the 240s, baby!  FINALLY!  It's amazing to me that it has taken me so long to lose 10 lbs!  I know plateaus happen, but, I'm not sure I've ever experienced one that lasted 4 months! 

It makes me think.  The last 4 months have been tough.  I stuck it out!  I totally could have quit by now!  Honestly, there have been days that thought has gone through my head.  Recently.  In the last week, even.  I'm not quitting, though.  Even though the scale has been kinda "stuck," I've definitely reaped some benefits!  Lately, I'm really seeing the difference.  Here & there...some places more than others.  It's kinda cool to walk by a mirror and think to yourself, "Whoa...wait a second."  I keep seeing glimpses of the person I'm becoming.  The skinny girl I've always wanted to be.

I see great differences in my fitness level.  In running - and as of right now, I haven't pushed myself much further than 5K.  As soon as this weather truly breaks, watch out!  I've done more than that before, but it has been a good 6 years.  I keep finding myself wondering where this road or that road leads.  What the mileage is.  I'm anxious to get out and explore a little past my neighborhood.  Turbo Kick has been helping a lot in the last week or so.  Tonight starts a full second week.  I'm planning on taking a water aerobics class later in the week.  I've never done it, but my friend invited me to try it.  I love the water, so I'm sure it will be good.  It's great to try new things and trick the body some!  At this point, I don't want it to get too comfortable!

So - I'm going strong... I'm not going anywhere but down!  Have a great week!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Idle Hands

So, I have been kind of kicking this idea around for a good while.  I love to eat.  Ya'll know that by now.  I'm a fatty!  I'm bad about snacking at night.  That's definitely when "mindless eating" strikes me.  I'll have a perfect day - and can blow it like CRAZY in the evening!  Ugh...stupid idle hands!

You see, one thing you may or may not know about me - is that I LOVE crafts.  Love, love, love, love loooooooove them.  I totally enjoy the satisfaction that comes with making something by hand.  Even more so - when it ROCKS!  I'm a HUGE fan of making something out of practically nothing.  I've been wanting to bring more of my personal life into this blog.  It does get kind of tiring writing about my diet and exercise all the time.  Well, what if I could incorporate crafts into the blog?  That's exactly what I'm going to do.  I'm going to tie up my idle hands with craftiness - and show YOU what I'm doing!  Maybe I'll inspire you to make something fun!?  It's not necessarily going to come from ideas of my own.  I follow a bunch of craft blogs.  It will be fun to feature their work!  However, I would love to share a tutorial of my own from time to time! 

The craft I'm going to start with (tonight...@ 11pm - ha!), is a cute little jersey knit bracelet that I wanted to make a while back.  I found the tutorial in my reader tonight (so glad they posted it again!), and thought, "Heh - Perfect!  This is literally going to tie up my hands!"  

Go check it out!  Let me know if you try this!  Post a picture on my Skinny Girl Set Free Facebook page!  Have you "liked" me over there yet?  What are you waiting on?!  If you're not into crafts, do you have a similar tip or trick to keep yourself from random munching at night (or anytime, really)??  Please share!  

Hmm...what color do should I make this in????

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Weigh-In | 3.21.11

Argh - another late post!  I totally meant to post yesterday.  I usually post on my lunch on Mondays, but ended up doing something else.  So, I pushed it back until evening....and then when I actually remembered, it was just TOO LATE.  I was beat.

So, yesterday I weighed in 1 pound lighter!  I'll take that loss - although I was honestly looking for a higher number.  I weighed myself on Friday and was down over 3 lbs!  I was so excited.  I was pretty good on Saturday, but Sunday was a little different.  I didn't log my food, which was a tragic mistake.  Ha!  Now, I wasn't horrible...but, I wasn't great either.  My nephew's birthday party was Sunday - and I didn't plan very well - so, it is what it is.  It was a day of random snacking - with food that was hard to guess values.  Whatever....

In other news...................yesterday I was wearing a pair of pants that I couldn't get into a month ago!  Score!  Truth be told - they were tight on me Saturday!  But, I wore them to work yesterday - and it was nice.  Today.......... haha...I'm wearing a pair of pants that are TOO BIG!  They need to be retired, even though they're one of my favorites!  I'm glad to see these little things.  No lie - I'd really like to see the scale go down, but, hey... it's all about the inches!  That part is happening!

Last night my SIL debuted her new Turbo Kick class at the Brickhouse Cardio Club!  I'm pretty excited about this class - because I love the workout, AND it's close to home!  Last night was very basic - and I still burned 694 calories!  I can't wait for the full-out class tomorrow night! 

Well, that's about all I have at the moment... I hope you're all having a good week so far!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Weigh-In | 3.14.11

Oh friends... sometimes I think I'm never going to get out of the 250s. 

This week, I'd like to thank my friend, the Girl Scout cookie for keeping me in the 250s. 

Yep...these two are my favorite.  3 boxes of each.  All 6 are now gone.  Yeah.  Now, I will defend myself.......I did NOT single-handedly eat every one of these cookies.  I do have a husband...and he likes cookies.  I think we both demolished a box each on our own.  Me - Tagalongs.  Him - Thin Mints.  However, I put a hurtin' on 'em.  Stupid cookies.  I'm super-glad to support the Girl Scouts.  NOT happy to gain 1.2 lbs. this week.  No Girl Scout shoved cookies down my throat.  Let that be known.


I'm up 1.2 lbs.  This week.....mark my words.  I WILL LEAVE THE 250s.  Did I say that last week?  Maybe I did.  This week - it's gone.  I'm done.  This is BEYOND ridiculous!

I'm super-stoked about the time change that happened yesterday!  I know it's going to boost my activity!  I worked out twice yesterday!  I ran about 3 miles yesterday by myself.  Then, in the evening, I convinced my hubby to go do some laps around the track.  I'm gonna make a runner out of him....I think.  He had fun.  We just alternated running & walking some laps.  He wanted to challenge himself, so he just kind of took off and started running full-force.  He made it look soooo easy!  He's in great shape, really.  I'm hoping I can talk him into going with me more.  It would be an amazing thing for us to both like to run!  We're headed in the right direction!

I got a FABULOUS new pair of running shoes last week.  My runner friend, Marshall told me I would benefit from a "real" pair.  I've always gone to Kohl's or Shoe Carnival/Dept.  or somewhere like that.  He said they're cheaper, because they're made cheaply.  I went to a special running/walking shoe shop in our area (Robert's - if you're near me) and plunked down some cash for a new pair of Mizuno Wave Alchemy.  I LOVE THEM!  I was experiencing a little bit of knee pain when running - and now that's clear!  They are sooo cushy!  I'm so glad I splurged!  I can really, really tell a difference! Here they are!

I'm also gearing up to start taking some live Turbo Kick classes again starting this week!!  My sister-in-law teaches, and she's starting a new class close by!  I love it! :)

So... I know the activity level is picking up momentum... I'm ready to start shedding some pounds!!!  Eating IS going to be in-check this week!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Weigh-In | 3.7.11

No loss here today.  Annnnd no gain.  I maintained.  I'm ok with that today, I suppose. 

I had a great week!  This week I ran over 9 miles!  The weather was pretty "decent" this week.  I was able to get outside, and let me tell ya - I'm loving it!  I simply cannot wait until the weather REALLY breaks!  One night in particular - I went to the local track to run, and ended up seeing my doctor there.  You know, the one who wants me to have shed 30 lbs. by May?  Talk about motivation!  Ha!  I have yet to lose ten since January!  I have a lot of work left to do before May.  I know things are going to get better once the weather breaks and the time changes.  I am simply ITCHING to be outside more! 

Over the weekend, I had some encouraging things happen.  I went to my friend's son's birthday party - and was so happy to hear the emphatic words "You look great," upon entering!  It was a great feeling, and it was unexpected!  I'm not in it this thing for the compliments, but, wow.  They help!  Honestly, I'm not sure if it was the comments I got or what...but, when I got home that evening, I passed by a mirror and kinda did a double-take!  I literally passed by and backed up and looked again!  I can really see a difference in my upper body.  In and around my shoulders and upper back.  It's exciting!

Also, yesterday driving home from church - I felt very bored & restless...if that makes sense.  I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do...where I wanted to go...nothing.  I knew I should have made myself exercise, but the weather was too yucky for outdoor stuff!  I didn't want to work out at home, my gym was closed....and I just didn't.  I did, however go to the store.  I sucked it up...I hate going to the store!  I went, and bought lots of good stuff.  When I got home, I started putting things away - and this crazy urge struck me.  I have been so up in the air whether or not I really liked my Bodybugg or not.  I've mentioned before - the food-logging system leaves much to be desired.  I have known for a while that I just needed to sit down and plug in the foods I eat.  So, that's just what I did.  Practically every item in my house!  I got kinda lazy toward the end and left out a few condiments and jellies.  Wow.  Was that ever exhausting!?  While I was at it, I re-arranged my pantry and refrigerator!  I can find things!   I know what I have in the house.  I feel so much better about food right now!  The logging thing will need tweaked here and there, but I now feel like I can use my bugg like it's should be used.  It's unfortunate that it took so much work to get it there, though! 

So, I'm looking forward to this week!  I'm ready to kick it into high gear and lose some weight!  I'm soooo stinkin' tired of camping out in the 250s. 

Who's with me?  Are you going to have a good week?! :O)