Archive for March, 2012

So, I went out and bought one of the Biggest Loser DVDs.

Totally not money wasted. At all.

Here’s why I love it.

  1. It isn’t a bunch of skinny, pretty, models, running you through the workouts wearing make up and not sweating. They are people who look like me. They are over weight and doing the best they can.
  2. EVERYONE IS SWEATING!!!
  3. Not everyone keeps tempo.
  4. The trainer doesn’t spout out dumb things all the time. Yes there’s still the odd ball thing said here or there, but I’m not eye rolling the TV every 2 minutes.
  5. The trainer is constantly reassuring you without coming off like they’ve got their head up their ass.
  6. If you can’t follow the person doing the routine to tempo, there are three other speeds going at the same time. Follow the person that is making you work without pushing yourself too far.
  7. The combination of the trainers and the previous Biggest Looser contestants doing these routines, makes it a lot easier to push father and harder than I did before. There is someone bigger than me with sweat dripping off his face, and he’s doing burpees. There’s no reason for me to not do them too. See, I’m the person who, if you give me the out, I’ll take it. If I’m looking at pretty model type people not sweating, “well of course I can’t do all those burpees. Those girls weigh 120 pounds and are all toned and muscular. I’m fat and flabby, I’ll get there eventually, but not today.” Not with Biggest Looser. I’m looking at people having a really hard time, and still doing it.

In short, it’s like you’re following real, regular people. They are sweating, kepping tempo as best they can, and doing their best while struggling through it. You’re not following someone who had a marketable ass (Buns of Steel) and they built a workout routine around said gluteus maximus. (Seriously, she has come out as saying that she had that backside long before she was selling the Buns of Steel videos and the company thought she looked like the right spokesperson.)

That number 7 up there? It’s the biggest reason I’m in love with these DVD’s. It takes away my excuse. And, that makes all the difference for me.

Advertisements
Update:

So, I’ve started a few new things. First off, I’ve dropped my calorie intake goals and added a day to my exercise, I was working towards 1580 calories a day, now it’s 1280. I also went from a five days a week work out goal to a 6 days a week workout goal. Last week I had some difficulty sticking to the new calorie goals, but even when I went over, I stayed under the old 1580. So, I’m calling it a win.

I’ve also started this:

Stats:
  • Calves: 18.4″ from 18.4″
  • Thigh: 27.2″ from 28.1″
  • Hips: 46.8″ from 47.4″
  • Waist: 46.5″ from 47.2″
  • Chest: 39.3″ from 39.5″
  • Bicep: 16.5″ from 16.5″
  • Shoulders: 50.9″ from 51.8”
  • Neck: 15.5″ from 16”
  • Weight: 235.4 from 235.8

Yay’s: I lost a little bit and I started a few new things.

Meh’s: Not a lot of loss, four ounces. Had trouble with my new calorie goals.

Goals:
  • At least 75% of the time I spend watching TV will be spent on the treadmill. ~ Kind of replaced the treadmill with aerobics. Need to get some balance there.
  • Do not go in a grocery store more than once a week. Even then, if it’s not on the list, I don’t buy it. ~ No, must get better on this one.
  • Work on De-Hoarding our house, get rid of extra clothes, get organized. ~ A forever work in progress.
  • Get up every weekday morning and exercise. ~ Stopped doing this. Will start again this week.
  • Get house “Dinner Party” clean. ~ I get it there, it’s keeping it there that’s the problem.
  • Get a bunch of “Grab and Go” healthy food put together. ~ Not really.
  • Pack lunch the night before, so it’s not a mad dash in the morning. ~ New.
Progress:

My weight.

The last time I tracked weight on here I was at 230 (not the 220 it says, my scale was optimistic, remember?), so, this is showing ly progress for the last 90 days.

Net Calories Consumed

Here is the calories I consumed in total. Yes, they are all above my calorie goal. This is due to my calorie deficit. Have to eat back what I lose working out, otherwise my body will go into starvation store fat mode. And, some days I just plain went over.

Calories Burned

Here’s the calories I burned working out. A little sporadic, but I’m working on that. I also need to even it out a bit. I am all over the place!

Stats!

Posted: March 17, 2012 in Stats, Updating
Tags: , , ,

So, here’s the this weeks stats? I did ok with em’. I bought a new digital tape measure so the numbers I’m posting today are a lot more accurate than using the sewing tape measure. So, much like when I started weighing in at TOPS on a properly calibrated scale, these numbers here an there are a litte higher, and, well, correct. Also, I’m going to post everything the new tape measure records, so there’ll be some new body bit on here.

New baseline—–GO!

Stats:
  • Calves: 18.4″ from -“
  • Thigh: 28.1″ from 28″
  • Hips: 47.4″ from 47″
  • Waist: 47.2″ from 48″
  • Chest: 39.5″ from 41″
  • Bicep: 16.5″ from 17″
  • Shoulders: 51.8″ from-“
  • Neck: 16″ from -“
  • Weight: 235.8 from 238.4

Yay’s: I lost!

Meh’s: Again, spent last week undoing the previous’ week’s damage. One day, I’ll learn….

Goals:
  • At least 75% of the time I spend watching TV will be spent on the treadmill. ~ Getting there. averaging an hour on the treadmill a day.
  • Do not go in a grocery store more than once a week. Even then, if it’s not on the list, I don’t buy it. ~ No, must get better on this one.
  • Work on De-Hoarding our house, get rid of extra clothes, get organized. ~ A forever work in progress.
  • Get up every weekday morning and exercise. ~ Stopped doing this. Will start again this week.
  • Do at least 60 minutes of exercize a day. ~ Averaging this. Will re-evaluate this goal.
  • Get house “Dinner Party” clean. ~ I get it there, it’s keeping it there.
  • Get a bunch of “Grab and Go” healthy food put together. ~ Not really.

So, see y’all Sunday with my next update.

Well, you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting anything from the Roller Derby Workout Challenge.

That’s because I’m not following it anymore. It’s not that it’s a bad 8 week program, but well, I started out planning on following through to the end, but I wound up doing something different.

Basically, I’m doing what I should have been doing all along. Tracking everything I eat and all my exercise, and everything in moderation. RDWC ’12 was an amazing catalyst to where I am now. Joining My Fitness Pal was another wonderful thing I did, and through RDWC ’12 I have a whole bunch of new derby friends on that site. Everyday I get several comments encouraging me and giving me the push I need to keep going.

Yes, RDWC has fallen the way of the many diet programs I’ve tried over the years. Before, I felt bad when I’d drop whatever diet I was doing. I felt like I had failed at it. Even when I dropped 50 pounds on Atkins, not something to snub, I felt like I didn’t really follow through. This time, I don’t have that feeling of dread that accompanied every other time I quit. I think the reason I don’t have those feelings of failure is that I’m finally getting on track. I’m no longer sticking a band-aid over my cancer. I have been watching what I eat, exercising regularly, and slowly losing weight.

I’ve started to notice a significant drop in my energy level on days that I don’t get on the treadmill. I’ve started seeing food in the terms of calories and time on the treadmill. I see a really good brownie, the first thought is “that’s 45 minutes on the treadmill at 3.5mph.” I’ve put down several sweets because I realized how much they’d cost in treadmill time or because I could eat ahugebowl of oatmeal for the same calorie count (less in some cases) and be full a lot longer that with a few cookies or a brownie.

So, thanks, RDWC, for getting me on the right track, and, sorry I’m not sticking with it, but I seem to be doing ok on my own.

I’ll get stats posted today or tomorrow morning! I swear! I know I’ve been posting themway late, but I’ve got a new measuring tool. It’s the shiny new tool I can’t wait to use, it’s also digital, so it’s gong to bea lotmore accurate than the sewing measuring tape I’ve been rocking!

See y’all later!!

Hey all! So, Phillip was sick last week so I didn’t weigh in. I do have the stats from the week before that I never posted, so, there’s that at least. I’m going to weigh in tomorrow and see how I’ve done!

Anyway, two weeks ago stats:

Stats:
  • Thigh: 28″ from 28″
  • Hips: 47″ from 47″
  • Waist: 48″ from 48.5″
  • Chest: 41″ from 41.5″
  • Upper Arm: 17″ from 17″
  • Weight: 238.4 from 241

Yay’s: I lost!

Meh’s: I Phillip was sick so I didn’t work out nearly as much as I should have. Also, I turtled on my inches, but last week I lost inches and gained weight.

Honestly, guys. I really want to share this:

Not even kidding. Prior to January 31st, my fitness was non existent. Aside from general daily walking around the house/office, I didn’t do anything. you can see the days where I didn’t do much, but my goal is at least 10 minutes a day. Every week I’m going to try to post this report. It really hit me when I looked at this, I may not be losing as fast as I’d like, but in six weeks, I’ve gone from couch potato to burning about 300-500 calories a day. That’s not too bad. Imagine what another month will look like.

I’m also working on a rather long, this is what I’ve learned, post. The short of the long? Weight loss is weird y’all.

Stats!

Posted: March 1, 2012 in Stats, Updating

Ok, so I know I’m late getting this posted. But, hey, at least I had everything done and written down when I was supposed to. Anyway….

Stats:
  • Thigh: 28″ from 28.5″
  • Hips: 47″ from 47.5″
  • Waist: 48.5″ from 49″
  • Chest: 41.5″ from 41″
  • Upper Arm: 17″ from 17″
  • Weight: 243.1 from 241

Yay’s: I lost inches!

Meh’s: I gained weight….not sure how I lost inches, but I’ll take it.

Goals Update:
  • At least 75% of the time I spend watching TV will be spent on the treadmill. ~Got better, still not at 75%.
  • Bring lunch and snacks with me to work everyday. Back to the “If I don’t bring it, I don’t eat it deal. ~Yes!
  • Do not go in a grocery store more than once a week. Even then, if it’s not on the list, I don’t buy it. ~ Nope
  • Figure out some sort of Cheat Day/System. Maybe reach a goal then get a cheat day? ~YES!!
  • Work on De-Hoarding our house. ~Work in progress.
  • Go through clothes and get rid of a lot!!!! ~Nope
  • Get our stuff totally organized. ~Work in progress
  • Get up at 6 when Seth gets up for work and exercise. ~Gotten better about it!
  • Get house “Dinner Party” clean. ~Work in progress
  • Get a bunch of “Grab and Go” healthy food put together. ~Nope.
New Goals:
  • At least 75% of the time I spend watching TV will be spent on the treadmill.
  • Do not go in a grocery store more than once a week. Even then, if it’s not on the list, I don’t buy it.
  • Work on De-Hoarding our house, get rid of extra clothes, get organized.
  • Get up every weekday morning and exercise.
  • Do at least 60 minutes of exercize a day.
  • Get house “Dinner Party” clean.
  • Get a bunch of “Grab and Go” healthy food put together.

So, see y’all Sunday with my next update.