Friday, March 15, 2013

Weigh In

Weigh In's

1/4/13:   212.2
1/11/13  207.2
1/18/13  201.8
1/25/13   ?
2/1/13    199.0
2/8/13    197.6
2/15/13  197.2
2/22/13  191.4
3/1/13    188.2
3/8/13    184.4
3/15/13  182.2

And there you have it. Down 30 pounds since January 4th. I've almost lost 70 total since the birth of Oisín. Not too shabby!

Although since I gained 100 with him, I still have 30 to go. Well, 32.2 to be exact.


Sunday, January 27, 2013


I just set my alarm for 4:30am and laid out my gym clothes.
Plan is to get in 45 minutes of cardio and 60 minutes of Body Pump (weights).
All before 7am.

Let's see how this goes.....

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Long Time

Long time, right?
That happens a lot in this blogging land.
So, I changed the title of this blog and decided to start thinking bigger.

It's not enough to just want to lose weight. Which, to be honest I still want to do.
But even more so I want to be healthy and strong again. I want to run and break down barriers and bike to yoga and lift weights and sweat during spin class, and yes I really want to run a marathon.

I know that's a lot of wants and a lot of me, me, me.
But it's the truth, and I want it all more than I want my skinny jeans.

Luckily the two things go hand in hand.

I've been running again for the last 2 weeks or so. And of course by "running" I mean, jog walking.
I can do about 3 miles at this point in around 35 minutes if I truly push myself. As usual I am trying not to watch the clock and meerly get the feel for 3 miles and get comfortable in my own running shoes once again.

Again, again.

This marathon has been in the making for a long time now, for a few years actually. Two years ago I was all set to train for the SanFran marathon, and I made it through the majority of my training schedule, up to the 18 mile mark, before my IT Band gave out and made it impossible to run even one mile, let alone 26. That was hard.

I keep thinking about how I'm going to do things differently this time so that an injury doesn't rain on my parade once again.

So for now, 3 slow miles is what I am working on. The marathon isn't until October 6th, so I have some time.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

No Hair Tie? No Problem.

Day Ten.
Slacked on my food photos.
Aside from what's featured below I had some spinach soup, a string cheese, a lovely dinner of pork roast, tiny potatoes and brussels sprouts, a bosc pear and a GF chocolate chip cookie for dessert.
Phew, so much easier to take photos (reminder to self).

Went to the gym and stayed on the elliptical for 60 minutes. 750 calories.
Forgot my hair tie and almost skipped my workout because of it.
So glad I didn't.

Things are about to get really hectic for a few days and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, but I will not let that translate into poor food decisions or no time for exercise.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sushi Happens

So there I was minding my own business while eating some of these beauties....

When all of sudden the phone rang and the next thing I knew THIS was happening..

The rest of the day was on point though and so I just have to allow myself to enjoy the occasional night out and remember that sushi happens.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Smile (plus weigh in # 2)

Day 8.
Wow, made it through the first week and it didn't feel "hard". Ever. That is saying a lot, because I've had a lot of false starts, enough to know that this isn't an easy thing to do.

Last week 223.0
This week 214.6
Loss of 8.4

That might sound like a lot, but the 223 was probably a bit inflated, 216/217 has been more of my baseline over the last month. So no freaking out about how 8 pounds is too much, because I find it highly unlikely that it will happen again.

I feel good, I've been eating wonderful food and getting enough to feel satisfied. I'm still nursing my darling baby boy, who is well over 15 pounds by now and never leaves a feeding feeling hungry or only half full. Plus I'm still pumping 10 ounces once a night (in under 5 minutes might I add), so my milk supply is doing just fine.

I did 60 minutes outside today for 650 calories.
Fartleks, same as yesterday and I even got adventurous with the route.
These fartleks are proving to be just what I needed.
By the end I was sort of annoyed every time I had to run again, but then I just reminded myself that it wouldn't be for very long and so I pushed through.

Also, there was smiling.
I've decided that I'm simply going to smile and say hello to everyone I pass.
You'd be surprised by how many people try to get out of doing this.
Such a small thing.

Goals for the week:
Exercise 250 minutes. Remain GF. Go to one yoga class, but practice at home at least one time (it doesn't even matter how long, just try it). Get my eyebrows waxed, seriously they are scary. TERRIFYING even.

Tomorrow I will take the dreaded "before" photos.

P.S. Chobani yogurt is 1,000 times better than the Yoplait crap I tried today.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Day 7.
Today, following my friend's advice (thank you Joyce), I decided that Fartlek is the way to go with my "training". I charged my iPod, dug out the heart rate monitor and took to the streets for some run/jog/walking. Fartlek training as far as I can tell is all about switching up your speed for shorter intervals. I'm pretty sure it is used for speed training and used by people who are actually running, but I'll be one of them someday so I'm just going to say it applies to what I did today.

50 minutes, 550 calories.
50% jogging, 50% walking.
And since I wasn't worried about distance, I went off the beaten trail of my usual route and felt totally free.

My stride was sloppy and that of a struggler (yes, I know it's not a word).
I struggled.
I also saw a lot of other runners out there who weren't struggling, I smiled at them.
I did come across one other struggler along the way and I smiled at her too.
She didn't smile back. That's okay, it's hard to be a struggler.

Food was on point. I added ground flax to my breakfast. Did you know ground flax was supposed to be refrigerated? Me either until a few days ago. I saw it on FB and so it must be true.
Plus then I bought a new bag (to replace the one I had been keeping in the pantry) and sure enough "refridgerate me" was printed right on the bag. Just one more health food thing my husband will be thrilled to find taking up space in the old ice box.

I hope it's nice out tomorrow. Fartleks are much easier to do outside.