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Two NSV’s in one day!

February 10, 2012 3 comments

This week has been another rough one.  I continue to have sleep disturbances due to the new medicine I’m on and it is really starting to affect me physically.  Last night was the first night in many that I actually was able to stay in bed all night.  I still woke up plenty, but at least it wasn’t the wide awake, staring at the ceiling, not wanting to leave the comfy-warm-snuggly that is the bed.  So, here’s hoping that tonight will be even better.

This shouldn’t be an excuse to eat poorly, but I let it become one this week.  And it is a lesson for sure that even though you eat salad for lunch, if it is a salad from a restaurant it doesn’t come cheap in the calorie department!  Panera chicken Caesar salad and a Quiznos cobb salad were in store for 3 meetings this week.  And of course I can’t just eat half of one, so it ends up being a 500 calorie lunch.  Not completely awful, except when you add the Panera cookie…ugh!

Of course this all means that I’m not looking forward to my weigh-in this weekend.  Just going to chalk it up to a bad week and work harder next week.

Regardless of what the scale reads, I had two non-scale victories today!  First, I exercised just over an hour today.  Usually I do 30 minutes and call it good.  But tonight, I rode the recumbent bike for 20 minutes and walked (to my favorite Wii game, Walk It Out) for 45 minutes.  YAY!  My DH and I take turns putting our son to bed, so on my “off” nights, I have a little more time to exercise.  If it gets past 8:00, I try not to because it leads to poor sleep, but before then is fair game.  So, let’s see if I can make this a regular thing.

The other NSV is the fact that when I put on my jeans this morning, they were loose.  They’re normally a little tight (though lately have been fitting “well”) until they loosen up a bit, but this morning they were literally loose from the start.  So, for shits and giggles, I figured I’d try on a pair that I had bought a few years ago that were a size smaller.  AND THEY FIT!  They are a little tight in the waist, so I’m going to wait another 5, maybe 10 pounds before putting them into the rotation, but it felt realllllllllllly good!

Gotta love progress, right? 🙂

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Categories: Exercise, Weight Loss

I need a challenge!

January 4, 2012 1 comment

I’ve had an idea for quite a while now and haven’t been motivated to act on it until tonight.  While reading some of my favorite blogs, I saw that one blogger is taking part in a challenge – there’s a weight loss part and a fitness part.  Right now I’m not so keen on the weight loss part, but I would like to find a challenge where you can log your miles – walked, biked, etc. and see where it takes you around the world.  I’ve seen a couple of sites that have these for walking, so would it be cheating to also include miles biked?  I don’t care so much to compete against others…it is more to see where *I* can go.

Tonight I rode the recumbent bike for 20 minutes at a pretty decent speed (about 11.5 mph).  While I rode, I lifted some light (2 lb) weights.  Maybe that’s bad to do while riding, though.  Then, I “played” my Walk It Out Wii game and walked another 20 minutes or so.  Needless to say, I’m feeling great about my exercise tonight.  My plan is to ride the bike for 30 minutes on nights where I put our son to bed – and on alternate nights (when my husband does bedtime duty), I’ll mix it up a little and hopefully get more than 30 minutes of exercise.  Sounds like a good plan right now anyway!

Do you know of any challenges or websites where I can track my miles walked/biked and see progress on a map or something like that?  Do you have any favorite weight loss and/or fitness challenges?

Found – Basic Strength Training Exercises

January 1, 2012 5 comments

I read frequently that while cardio exercises will burn the greatest number of calories during the 30 minutes or whatever that you exercise, it is building lean muscle mass that increases your metabolism and helps you to burn more calories while just sitting around.  That’s why I’m trying to find some good resources on strength training for women.

A couple of years ago when we saw this particular fertility doctor, she mentioned to me a DVD called Lift Weights to Lose Weight and said it was an excellent resource.

So I went right away to Amazon.com and bought it.

And I’ve used it 3 times in my entire life.

It really isn’t the video itself that is bad – I mean I think I would really enjoy it.  However, many of the sets (is that the right word?) required the use of a bench on which to either sit, lean, or lie down.  Of course, the perky instructor suggested substituting a chair if you don’t have a bench but I gotta tell you – I didn’t feel all that sturdy trying to lean onto the folding chair that we have down in the basement.

I think I’ll set that video aside for when I lose a little more weight and if I can commit to this, maybe we’ll invest into a regular, plain, weight bench or something.

In the meantime, I’m searching for resources online.  One site that I found last night has 6 easy-looking exercises that don’t require anything other than a set of dumbbells (or dumbbars, as my son says) – which I have.  If my forearms stop aching (we painted the hallway last night and this morning), I might just give these a try tonight!

Strength Training exercises

Focusing In

December 30, 2011 4 comments

The holidays are almost behind us and it is time again to look forward to the promise of a new year.  Where past failures melt away and the allure of a clean slate shines brighter than the glitter on my son’s last art project from school.  I try not to make resolutions, but I can’t help but think about how I would like for 2012 to go for me.  This year, I would like to focus on three specific areas that I believe will help me in my journey to lose weight: exercise, nutrition, and overall well-being.

One of the biggest victories I can boast from this past year is the fact that I’ve been exercising on a consistent basis.  Looking back at my first forays into riding our recumbent bike, I am amazed to remember how I started riding for 10 minutes at a time, 3 nights a week.  Then 4 nights and 5 nights.  Then, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 25 minutes – until I’ve worked my way up to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  This year I’d like to vary my exercise routine – including Wii games, workout DVDs, and strength training.

Nutrition is something that I’ve always felt I knew about on the surface.  You know, green = healthy, fried = artery-clogging.  But this year I’d like to not only learn more about nutrition, but also try new foods and new ways of preparing foods.  Fish have been on my will-not-ever-eat-even-if-paid-a-million-dollars list since I was about 12.  This year, I’d like to try at least 1 fish dish.  If I still hate the taste/smell/texture of fish, so be it.  But at least I’ll give it a try!  I would like to learn more about beans and greens – like swiss chard and kale.  How can you prepare them and/or incorporate them into existing dishes?  Who knows, maybe I’ll become a veggie-holic!

Finally, I’d like to focus more on my mental/emotional well-being.  During my more introspective moments, I’ve come to realize that I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to my weight loss efforts.  I know what I should eat and what I should avoid.  But..all that knowledge goes to hell the minute I’m bored, stressed, celebrating, bummed, etc.  So I need to find ways to better deal with what bothers me and to stay busy so I don’t veg in front of the TV after a long day and nibble.

How’s that for going almost as far as naming some resolutions, but not quite!

How about you?  Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions?  Or are you going the route I am?  Or doing something altogether different?