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Back on the Scale

And it wasn’t that pretty. But not surprising, considering I was not in my own kitchen and wasn’t tracking for 5 days. So, here’s the damage:

Last week:  177.6
This week: 179
Difference: +1.4

I feel like I have been making excuses for the scale going up the last few weeks. And I have been. But it needs to stop, now. When I was visiting my parents, there was a serious lack of fresh produce and way too many carbs. I still feel all bloaty, like I’m up 10 lbs instead of 1.4. I did manage to get three runs in while I was away, which helped, but I still feel crappy.

I will be joining the gym again in about 2 weeks (after Labor Day) and I couldn’t be more excited. I think a gym membership is key for me. It’s a lot harder to motivate myself at home when there are so many other things I could be doing.  I’ve already printed out the class schedule so I can start planning what classes I want to try and when. It seems like they have a ton more than LA Fitness offered, because they have several more studios. And this chick ain’t complaining.

I also FINALLY have an interview scheduled to become a substitute teacher for the public school district.  It’s not as good as being a full-time teacher, but at least I’ll be in a classroom. And hopefully open the door to a teaching job.

And speaking of which, I’m thinking about going back to school to become certified to teach other subject areas. Music is one of the most difficult teaching jobs to get, mainly because there aren’t a lot of them, and it’s often the first thing on the curriculum to go. I’m going to need to talk to an admissions person about my options, but I’m thinking history, physical education, or elementary education (which is offered as an accelerated evening program), Decisions, decisions.

So I’ll leave you with my goals for the week:

1. Eat more fruits & veggies.

2. Get in 5 workouts.

3. Don’t overindulge.

4. Track!

I’m keeping it simple this week. Simple is best. Sometimes we get hung up on numbers. Eating a certain amount of fruits/veggies. Tracking a certain amount of days per week. Run a certain amount of miles. But getting rid of all those numbers gives us some wiggle room, and makes it a little easier to forgive ourselves when we DO slip up.

So, here’s to not stressing over the numbers. Have a great week!


Happy hump day!

Normally today would be weigh in day, but after much thought I have made the executive decision to skip this week. (If you missed last week, it’s here).

Today is gonna be a lazy one – with a dinner out this evening, not yet sure where.

Have a great day!


Starting weight: 230.2
Last week’s WI: 177 lbs
This week’s WI: 177.6 lbs
Difference: +.6 lbs

Yeah, I gained again. I was truly expecting more than just .6 lbs, considering that I ate way too much ice cream and bread. And not enough of the healthy stuff. I don’t know if it’s the heat, being semi-depressed about not having a full time teaching job this year, or just general laziness, but I did not feel like eating healthy all the time this week. It happens, I move on, no harm done.

Now let’s see how I did with last weeks goals:

1. Finish 30 Day Shred! Only 5 more days people! Check! I took Saturday AND Sunday off this week, but I still finished the Shred yesterday.  

2. Do 100 crunches a day.  Check! Again, I didn’t do them Sat/Sun, but I made up for it yesterday (and am paying for it today, lol). I try to do 25 upper abs, 50 obliques (25 each side), and 25 lower abs.

3. Cook 5 meals. Since I’ve started working evenings, cooking dinner has fallen by the wayside. I’ve got some recipes ready to go and did a big grocery trip earlier this week. (Today it’s gonna be turkey chili. Yum.). Check! Wednesday I made chili, which I ate for about 3 meals over the week. I also made a pasta primavera, burgers, , yesterday was a yummy stuffed pepper w/couscous. Haven’t planned any meals for the coming week yet, but there will hopefully be a grocery trip tomorrow afternoon after work. 

Here’s what I want to accomplish over the next 7 days:

1. Join the Y. I like working out in my living room, but I love to run. And it’s been too hot to do that outside. I also really miss my fitness classes and weight machines. I’m planning on going today and hopefully get a few days free before joining.

2. Get back to tracking. This week I was kind of half-assed with the tracking. This is what usually happens when I eat things I don’t want to fess up to (like too much ice cream). I am thinking about getting a cute little notebook/journal to write things in. There’s just something about writing in a pretty journal that makes everything better.

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Now, this is something that I don’t normally have trouble with. But when I get into “I don’t care” mode, they’re the first thing to go. This week, it’s back to basics.

There’s not really much else to say right now. We’ll see how my workout goes later today, there may be an update. Until then, happy hump day!

Scale day!

It’s that time again ladies and gents. Time to step on the scale and see what I did right (or wrong) the past 7 days. Here are today’s results:

Starting weight: 230.2
Last week’s WI: 177.4 lbs
This week’s WI: 177 lbs
Difference: -.4 lbs

I’ll take it. It’s the right direction. So let’s see how I did with the goals I set for myself last week :

1. Track 75% of what I eat. Yeah, 100% would be great, but that leaves a lot of room for error. Aim low, my friends, aim low. Check! I think I tracked everything that passed my lips except for the salad I ate before work yesterday and the bowl of Grape-Nuts & blueberries I had after work.

2. Make time for 3 runs. This weather has been so up and down, but I know if I drag my butt out of bed a little earlier I can do it. I actually do like getting up early to start my day. I also found a park to run in that has a 1.72 mile out and back path. Fail. I ran once, Friday morning, about 3 miles. I didn’t plan on the weather being insane and feeling like over 100 degrees. Boo. I did rack up 25 APs though, so I’m not slacking in the exercise department.

3. Create a new playlist for running. I haven’t made a new one since my half marathon a month and a half ago. I need some new tunes! Check! I’m actually still adding to it, as I downloaded some Elton John and Billy Joel yesterday that I’m still sorting through. Don’t hate, they’re classics. Once the playlist is fine tuned to my liking I’ll share it with you. 

Here’s this weeks goals:

1. Finish 30 Day Shred! Only 5 more days people!

2. Do 100 crunches a day. 

3. Cook 5 meals. Since I’ve started working evenings, cooking dinner has fallen by the wayside. I’ve got some recipes ready to go and did a big grocery trip earlier this week. (Today it’s gonna be turkey chili. Yum.)

In other news, I have a twitter account! I held out a long time, but I though it would be a great way to connect with readers and the rest of the world. And I think I”m addicted. (Matt, keep your comments to yourself, please.)

So, if you’d like to follow me on Twitter, click the little link and then send me a hello!

Hope you all enjoy your hump day. I know I will.

Weigh In Wednesday

Happy hump day bloggies!

So today is Wednesday which means…time to step on the scale!

Today’s stats:

Starting weight: 230.2
Last week’s WI: 179.0 lbs
This week’s WI: 178.6 lbs
Lost: 0.4 lbs

Hey, I’ll take it. And it’s not too bad considering I didn’t work out a lick over the weekend, ate ribs and a mondo bowl of ice cream Saturday night, burger Sunday, and some tortilla chips yesterday.

I have realized (again) that I do much better when I set goals for myself. Daily, weekly, monthly, whatever. I love to make a to-do list and then cross things off when they get done. Unemployment (hopefully soon to be over) has thrown me off-kilter a bit. But I headed to Staples yesterday to get refills for my pretty pink planner and have already made myself to-do lists for the next 3 days. Yay. So, here are my fitness-and-weight-related goals for the week:

1. Follow my workout schedule the best I can. It’s tough, but I want to kick things into high gear and get the last bit of weight off. I still haven’t totally finished planning workouts for the month, but I’m set for the next week.

2. Track every day. Things got thrown off a bit this week with being away and eating out/eating out of the ordinary. But this week I’m back on it.

3. Try a new recipe. I am so used to throwing together meat+veggie with what’s on hand. I like trying new things, and new recipes. So I’ll keep you posted on that.

4. Avoid impulse food purchases. I didn’t have too much trouble with this the past week, but when I am bored and browsing the aisles of the store things sometimes land in my cart. This week, they won’t.

Hope you all have a great week. Now, I’m off to kick my butt!