losingit: (scale)
It would be really easy to not be honest with the weight thing. After all, you guys are just reading this and I'm not at some meeting or something.

But easy isn't going to get me healthy. When I started this, I said I'd be honest about things. And I have been. No reason that's going to change now. Especially with the mentioned-in-a-previous-post physical (at least I think it was) coming up in October.

It's time to get real and get my ass back in gear.

My numbers for today:
weight - 195.6
body fat - 35.7%
water - 46.7%
bone density - 6.7%
BMI - 31.4

So yes...that's up about 10 pounds from my lowest. I'm not a happy camper, but I know it's all on me. I lost it before, I can lose it (and more) again. I just have to buckle down and DO IT!

On a positive note, my water and bone density are in the "normal" range. Now to just get the rest of the things into the normal range.

I'm determined. I can do this and I will!!

And here is my ticker!!! (I bopped the starting weight back to 200, which is about where I was when I got serious about it all.)

Created by MyFitnessPal - Free Calorie Counter

Rest Day

Aug. 26th, 2010 11:11 pm
losingit: (spiritual)
So as I said i was going to for the knee, I took today VERY easy. I didn't leave my apartment until I heard the mail come, then I walked the less than 10 yards to the mailboxes. At that point I decided to see how I did with steps, so I went about halfway up the stairs that lead to the second floor and came down.

NO PAIN!!!

And I was good after that. I didn't say "Oh, no pain so I'll go work out." Nope! I still kept resting the knee.

I was going into Manhattan for a gig a friend of mine was doing, and I decided to go in a little early and get a pedicure - I usually splurge and get myself the one that includes a leg and foot massage. SOOOOO good!!! Then rather than walking down the 30+ blocks to Joe's Pub, I took the subway to 8th Street so I only had a few blocks to walk.

Concert was AWESOME! My friend can totally sing!! I <3 her!!!

I did walk up about 8 blocks to Union Square to get a couple of running books (Marathoning for Mortals and Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running) and a couple of blank books (for fiction writing class and for NaNoWriMo) at Barnes and Noble. Knee still felt good. Twinged a LITTLE on the stairs going down into the subway - the first set. The subsequent sets it didn't hurt that much. I'm almost inclined to think that I psyched myself into it hurting that one staircase by thinking how the knee hadn't really hurt much and I had just walked a good bit.

I'm thinking I may do yoga tomorrow anyway - just take it a little easier and not pressure it so much. Then see how it goes and determine what I'll do on Saturday.

I did get a new scale tonight. It's one that tracks and does body analysis - BMI, body fat %, body water %, and bone density. I'll get back to my Friday weigh-ins in the morning.
losingit: (running)
Ok, it may not seem that impressive, but it's 2 minutes less than the last time I attempted it. AND I ran all but about 10 minutes of it - 5 minutes walking for the warm up and a song and a half that I walked through (though not in a row). AND it was with an incline of 1 as opposed to 0. I feel accomplished!!

Of course my right knee has now decided to cramp when I go down stairs. What fun. I can sit with it bent, I can walk on it on level ground - no pain. Literally no pain unless and until I go down stairs. Then I go down stairs and, crampy. So I'm resting it well tonight (I iced it...may use the heating pad later on) and will rest it tomorrow as much as I can. MAYBE do some yoga, but I'll see how things are feeling. The last thing I want to do is take myself out of commission just when I'm getting into things better. AND have two races coming up - the WTC Run To Remember on 9/5 and the Komen Race for the Cure on 9/12.

So overall, it's a yay...but with some caution.
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Yeah...I stepped on the scale this morning, and let's just say it wasn't pretty. :( I knew I'd eaten more - and different - stuff than I've gotten used to, and I knew I hadn't done my exercising like I should have. So I shouldn't have been surprised, but...YEOUCH!

So this morning, first thing was a trip to Trader Joe's to get my frige and cabinets stocked with healthy foods!! I will probably end up making another trip in the next few days just because I have to carry everything, so two bags' worth is my limit, and they tend to get weighed down!! But I've got healthy foods again!! Woo!!!

Then I hit the gym!! Decided to "play" on the new cross-trainer machines they have. It's like an elliptical, but it changes up tilt, resistance, speed, and height, so you're constantly working different muscles. I opted for the "hill interval" program and went for 35 minutes. One big advantage with doing that is it's harder to actually change things while you're moving (it's obviously possible, but not as easy as just decreasing the speed on the treadmill...or at least not yet as I've never used the machine before), so once I was going, I was going. And I made it! Then got a good stretch in, which always feels good. Granted, my quads aren't necessarily so happy with me right now, but oh well. It's a good pain!

Tomorrow? Better eating and back to the gym!! Probably a run tomorrow. We shall see!

Yeouch!

Aug. 22nd, 2010 07:41 pm
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OK, so I've been on vacation at my parents' house this week. I've been *ok* with the exercise - not great, but overall not horrible - but crappy with the food. SOOOOOO getting back on my routine when I get home!! My jeans still fit, but they're starting to get tight. So...yeah.

I have done a couple of runs outside and done better than I anticipated - especially considering that I'm on hills. I'm not running for the full 40 minutes of my playlist - or even the 30 minutes that's not warm-up and cool-down, but I'm doing pretty good. We'll see what happens when I get back to the gym.

Speaking of my playlist, I've been asked what's on it. If I could put it in a file and sendspace it I would, but several of them are purchases from iTunes and so they won't come through. What I can do is list the songs. :P Warm-up is the first one and cool-down is the last one (that may be obvious, but oh well.)

I Want To Come Over - Melissa Etheridge
Fifteen Pounds (Away From Your Love) - Stephanie J. Block
Message To Myself - Melissa Etheridge
Born To Fly - Sara Evans
Come To My Window - Melissa Etheridge
Dive In - Jennifer Knapp
If I Wanted To - Melissa Etheridge
Notes To The Coroner - Chely Wright
I Run For Life - Melissa Etheridge
Learning To Live - Beth Hart

Yes, it's Melissa Etheridge-heavy, but her stuff is good to run to, at least for me.

Alright...time to pack. Tuesday I'm back on the exercise and diet!!!!

Wow...

Aug. 11th, 2010 05:00 pm
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What a difference a month makes! At least when you're being consistent with something like c25k (even if not as much with other things).

I've finished 6 weeks of c25k and am now (well as of tomorrow) into the solid runs rather than intervals! Yesterday I managed almost all of my 25 minutes at 4.7mph. I had to drop down for a little while to get my breath/not puke because the poster child for why people shouldn't be allowed to use body spray BEFORE working out chose the treadmill right next to mine and I wasn't sure if I was on the verge of puking or an asthma attack. If something like that happens again, I'll say something to the gym staff - like suggest that if they feel they can't say "please refrain from using body spray before your workout" could there at least be "body spray free" locations in the gym. Nevertheless, with my 10 minutes warm-up and cool-down and the 25 minutes of running (maybe 5 at a fast fast walk or slow slow jog) I managed 2.5 miles! So woo!!

My plan today had been to either do No More Trouble Zones or Banish Fat Boost Metabolism (both Jillian's) today, but. We had a cookout at work, and I ate FAR too much lunch. So that meant PUNISHMENT! Which meant Bob's Cardio. Which I last (and first) did a month ago on July 10. And almost died doing it! So much modification. So much cursing at the computer (I use the dvd player on there because there's no room in my bedroom where the dvd player and tv are). Given how long it's been since I did it, I expected the worst.

But guess what? I did it! Very few modifications - and the ones I did do were more on the strength moves than on the cardio moves! I actually did it! By no means was it easy! I'm not crazy!! But it was significantly "easier" than the last time. I guess all the running really has increased my endurance!!
losingit: (tiny little t-rex arms)
It wasn't pretty, but I did it.

I think I need to try and focus on time rather than distance. I was looking at the coolrunning.com "spreadsheet" and realized they're basing their distances on a 10-minute mile. And I'm not there yet. I can't even do a full 15 minutes at 5mph (a 12 minute mile) - I have to drop down to 4.7 or 4.8 for at least 30 seconds. Or I have the past two runs.

Saturday - which will be early as I've got Lilith Fair tickets starting at 3pm - is the two 8-minute run segments. And then Monday will be the first 20 minute run. EEK!!! Definitely making Sunday a rest day before that!!!

I suspect that part of the issue may be that I've been something along the lines of a slug as of late on my non-run days - and not doing the Yoga thing after my runs. Must get back on doing more workouts! Like TOMORROW!!!
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I've still been doing my workouts. Well, at least the running ones. I've just been busy and not really updating. Sorry!!! I'll do my best to be better!!!

I'm in week 4 of couch to 5K. Today was day 2. It's still crazy hot, so I haven't attempted a non-gym run yet. I need it to get cooler so I can plan some of those - specifically ones that will include some hills since Central Park has them. I'm also thinking that I may try a practice run on the route during the week before my 5K.

Week 4 is that of the 3 min run/90 second walk/5 min run/2.5 min walk times two. This morning, I started my run segments at 4.6mph. I still felt really good after the 5 min run, and decided to push up to 5mph for the next 3 min run. Made it! And then my mind flashed to Jillian's admonition to not whimp out at the end of the workout but to push harder then, and decided to go for the 5 min run at 5mph. What the hell, right?

I made it!!! All 5 minutes at 5mph!!!

I gotta say...I felt slightly bad ass after that. I know I've got a long way to go, but that really felt good!!!

Oy!!

Jul. 10th, 2010 07:23 am
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Updating on yesterday's workout early since I was out late.

I decided (at the urging of some online exercise buddies) to give Bob Harper's new Inside Out Method Body Rev Cardio workout a whirl.

How bad could it really be, right? He's the "nice" one isn't he?

Um...I've felt pretty competent and like I was getting a good workout with Jillian's dvds up to now.

PAIN!!!!!

OMG, this dvd is unlike anything I've ever encountered. 60 minutes (a little more including warm-up and cool-down) where you don't stop. Or you're not supposed to. I did take a couple of "breaks" here and there. And I definitely modified some of the exercises - either all the way through or partway through. The one thing that's comforting is you can see Bob's three minions - or at least two of them - struggling themselves. I did want to reach through the computer screen and STRANGLE Becky when she tells him her thighs aren't burning and he punishes ALL of us for that.

I cried a couple of times (namely in the long-held squats), and did utter more than one "Oh HELL no!" when he said what we were going to do. Nevertheless I usually did it - or adapted it.

I was DRENCHED in sweat when it was over. I think the sports bra I had on is STILL wet.

It's definitely a great workout...but I'm definitely going to have to work into it.

Weigh-in

Jul. 9th, 2010 05:43 am
losingit: (scale)
Finally a loss! :)

Last week: 187
This week: 184.5

So technically back to my lowest point from before I was bad and slacked off. Now to just keep on losing!!!
losingit: (running)
So today was Day 1 of Week 2 on C25K. It was tougher than I'd anticipated - especially the later intervals. I did drop the speed from 5mph to 4.7 or 4.8mph in the last couple of intervals. BUT I made it all the way through the run.

I don't know if it was all the jump or if it's the way the program is set up so you have two days off between weeks, but I definitely struggled. Oh well...if it's not a struggle, I guess I need to push harder to make it a struggle, right?

Still, I came home and did Yoga Meltdown too. Not gonna lie - I was shaking through that workout like I haven't before (I managed to hold both of the T-stands, though I did fall out of one during the Rolling T part). I'm sure it was because of the running earlier - that combined with the heat and humidity probably. Yes, I was drinking plenty of water. Yes, I had a snack (a luna bar). So I'm sure it was mostly the added stuff from the running.

But I made it through both workouts, and I'm still standing. I feel proud.

Rumor has it that we're getting our first summer school checks tomorrow (I'm sure the mayor or chancellor or whoever decided to go with the 7-10-15 day split on the checks so they'll ultimately get more taxes from us than the 10-10-12 split we had last year), and if that's the case, I'll have my first "real" running shoes either tomorrow night or Saturday!! :) Woohoo!!!

And now? This melted little girl is off to take a well-deserved shower!
losingit: (bike)
I'm not calling it a "spin bike" because it's NOT a "spin bike" - but it is a stationary bike. :) (It looks just like the one in my icon.)

Went for the "Random" program, set it for 45 minutes on Level 4, thinking that level would push me but not be too overwhelming since it's been a while since I have done a bike workout. I'm not sure if I've gotten stronger or if something was wrong with the bike, but it wasn't THAT hard. Oh don't get me wrong - I definitely worked up a good sweat (on top of the sweat I had going in), and my heart rate was up. But my legs didn't feel like they were working THAT hard, even on the "steep" bits that popped up.

My butt is definitely sore though!!

My left leg is a bit sore on the back of my thigh - and steps weren't necessarily fun on the way home. But it seems to be feeling better now. I hope so!!! Tomorrow it's back to running!! (Speaking of which, I need to make sure to load the week two podcast onto my iPod.)

I am thinking I'll get in bed soon - partly to get my 7-8 hours of sleep so I can take advantage of those good fat-burning hormones that only come out when you're sleeping deep and partly to keep from eating something because in spite of having a good dinner of TJ's multi-grain waffles and berries, AND my treat of 3 TJ's peanut butter cups, my stomach is trying to convince me that I need to eat something else. WRONG ANSWER STOMACH!!!
losingit: (chilling)
With temps in the triple digits - and high humidity - I made the executive decision to declare it a chill day. Just walking to and from the subway (and a side trip to Trader Joe's), I sweated quite a bit. Also, my apartment has only a window unit a/c and a couple of fans, so I decided not to push it. I'm hanging in my bedroom with the lights off (conserving at least SOME electricity, plus lights put out heat) in my underwear to stay cool. It's that kind of day.

If it's this hot tomorrow (I need to check the news), I'll take stuff and go to the gym and do a workout on a spin bike or something. At least they have something resembling central air.

That said... I have a new running goal to add on!!!

First goal is a 5K in September. I'm leaning towards the Komen, but not positive yet.
Second goal is to run the Disney World half-marathon in 2012. I'm not going to rule out doing the full, but the half feels like a good initial goal that's subject to increase. I'd rather start "small" (like 13.1 miles is "small") and then before I have to choose say "You know what? I can do the full!" than start going for the full and have to drop back to the half. Does that make sense? (I'm also not silly enough to think I'd be ready for even the half in 2011. I want to push myself, not kill myself.)

So... Yeah!! Another sign to make and hang up!! I seriously need to get a bulletin board and make it my goal board!
losingit: (tiny little t-rex arms)
This morning I went to the gym and finished up week 1 of my C25K program! It actually wasn't that bad overall. The first interval was a bit of "GRRRR" but I made it, and by the last one was surprised at how quickly it came up.

I did get new earphones, so I wasn't spending half the time once I got sweaty arguing with the earbuds I was using. I hate earbuds. I don't think my ears are the right shape for them. I either need something IN my ear or ON my ear. Not the weird in/on mesh that buds do. Well, not the free-flying buds. The new ones I got are technically ear buds, but they're the kind with the over-ear clip to hold them in place. MUCH BETTER!!!

And I'm not gonna lie - I did pick a treadmill in front of an air vent, so I had cooling as I ran. Advantages of getting to the gym in time to get a good one! :P

There was a "coach" (my gym doesn't have "personal trainers" but they have people who do small group training...today he was roaming and helping as needed) today who was helping someone else on a treadmill and noticed I wasn't exactly sure what to do with my arms. He told me to think of my arms when I'm running "like tiny little t-rex arms" that are just kind of there. It made me laugh, but it seemed to help. So yay for tiny little t-rex arms!!

My next date with the treadmill is on Thursday. Woohoo!

Did yoga meltdown a little while ago. I managed to stay in the held Rolling T (ok, I realize that makes no sense unless you know the program... Jillian has you moving in each pose, then you hold the last one for 15 seconds. So by "held Rolling T" I mean the last one in that circuit) for all 15 seconds without tumbling out of the pose onto the floor. Yes I was shaking, and yes I was at the point of collapsing into said heap on the floor, but I pushed through and I made it! :) Woohoo!!!

BFBM!!

Jul. 4th, 2010 07:09 pm
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Today was an off-day from running, so that meant a dvd. I decided to go with BFBM.

Now...this is either a sign of how much exercise is becoming part of my life or a sign that I'm really starting to lose it mentally...but it was actually FUN! :) Even with my allergies flaring, it was fun.

I'm not saying it wasn't work, because it was. The segment where we're doing what Jillian calls "Supermans" in the 30 Day Shred (I don't think she calls them anything in BFBM), my carpet got a little wet spot in it from me resting my forehead there. I was definitely sweaty.

But it was a great workout! I really am loving it - now that I know what to expect. Hee!

Tomorrow (hopefully) is running again! (I say hopefully because the sign on the gym said "We will reopen at midnight on Monday July 5." Now to me, that means they WILL be open tomorrow. But a lot of places around here don't really get that midnight changes to a new day - the subway has their signage say "12:01" for clarification. So I figure I'll give them a call tomorrow and either just say wrong number or that I was just checking to make sure they're open assuming I'm correct and they ARE open.)
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I think I've decided I really like this combination - go to the gym and do my walk/run in C25K, then come home and do Yoga Meltdown! :) It makes me happy and feel really good!!

Got up this morning - at 6:30ish, but considering I went to bed at 9ish last night, a full night's sleep, and my body really wasn't having any more sleep at the time. Drank my banana breakfast shake (LOVE!!!!) and some water and some green tea, then got changed and headed off to the gym.

Did Week 1 Day 2 of C25K. Today I decided to try and push my running up from 4.5mph to 5mph, and I succeeded! :) Granted, there were times I was having to visualize Jillian or Bob standing there pushing me to finish a running interval (seriously? one or both of them need to do a C25K podcast!!!), but I made all the way through. The weird thing (? or maybe not so weird?) is that while I was really struggling and wishing the next to last couple of intervals were over, the last interval seemed to fly by.

My left hip muscle is protesting a little bit, but I think it's because it cramped up badly last night - or I slept on it weird...not sure which, but I woke up with it screaming at me and had to manually move my leg around. I pulled it back in 7th grade, so it's been susceptible to cramps ever since then. Weirdly it didn't cramp up the night after my first run, so I'm leaning towards I somehow slept on it weird. At any rate, it was ok for the run, so woo! And yes, when I get paid on the 15th, I'm hitting a running store that does video analysis for fitting and getting my first "official" pair of running shoes, so if it IS my shoes (though again, why a day later) that should get taken care of soon.

Then I went and stretched a good bit before heading back to the subway to come home.

Got home and did Level 1 of Yoga Meltdown. Completely love that workout!!

Now I should probably go and fix lunch since breakfast was about 4 hours ago. :P
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I'm not sure if I should still be counting, but oh well. I will.

It's one of my "off" days from C25K, so I opted to do the 30 Day Shred today. Got through it fine. Definitely still a challenge. But yay!

Weigh-in this morning wasn't great. Up to 187. Though really? As bad as I've been it could have been much worse!! I have to admit, though, I was a little afraid to put it in the weight tracker on jillianmichaels.com. I didn't know if a voice was going to start screaming at me from my computer when I hit enter or what. But I was pleasantly surprised. A nice little "Ok, so you slipped up a little. Just resolve to do better." message. :) And I am already working at doing that.
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So after joining Planet Fitness yesterday and being pointed in the direction of the Couch to 5K program, today was my first day to start running.

It wasn't horrible, but honestly, if I didn't have the foundation I've gotten from Jillian's dvds, I'm not sure I would have made it. I'm using a podcast I found to help get me with timing and stuff, and that helps a lot. I may scout around and see if I can find others that perhaps use different music. (Anyone know off-hand if there are any with showtunes as the music rather than club stuff?)

But bottom line is I did it! I'll head back over to the gym on Saturday and do it again. I think my three days will be Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. So woo!

Came home and did Jillian's Yoga Meltdown to keep stretching my muscles while they were still relatively warm. I love that workout!!

I figure my off days from running will be the Shred or BFBM or one of Bob's dvds when they get here. Keep myself active and going! :)
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While my brain thought it was just a peachy keen idea to do both levels of YM yesterday, my legs and shoulders begged to differ this morning. (They're still begging to differ if I'm being honest.) I'm trying to convince them that it's a GOOD thing...

So today I decided since they didn't seem to be too happy with yesterday's option, today was BFBM (Burn Fat Boost Metabolism in case you forgot). Man...that is a tough workout. I was drenched when I finished it.

Take that muscles!!! :P

On another note, I was looking at gym options. Through the Department of Ed, I could get a "discount" on NYSC membership - $72/month. When I was going to Trader Joe's this morning, I was on the bus and actually SAW the Brooklyn Planet Fitness - I'd figured it was somewhere hard to get to, being stupid and not hopstop.com-ing it. Turns out it's an easy 4-stop subway ride or short bus ride from my apartment. AND I can go there directly from school without having to change trains! AND for a membership at that club only it's $10/month. So I went to check it out today. It's new, it's got cardio equipment upstairs and downstairs, and it seems really friendly. And did I mention it's $10/month? It doesn't have classes, but realistically with my DVDs (soon to include Bob's new series which I ordered today), I' not going to be taking that many classes anyway. So...

I signed up! :) I'll go tomorrow after summer school orientation!

AND since I've now got access to treadmills, I'm going to teach (train?) myself to run! I've always wanted to, but haven't really managed to succeed - mainly because I've not had access to a track or treadmill on a regular basis to get in the habit. I've found a schedule for a C25K (Couch-to-5K) program I'm going to use.

And I'm shooting for my first 5K to be in early September. I'd thought I'd do the WTC Run to Remember on 9/5 - registration for that isn't open yet. Then I was doing some more investigation and discovered that the Komen Race for the Cure is 9/12. We're out of school that weekend (Thursday through Saturday), and I'd planned to go up to Provincetown, coming back Sunday...but now I'm not so sure. I've done the Komen before, but as a walk. Because I've been close to several people who have had breast cancer, it would mean a lot to make that my first one. So...I'll need to make a decision soon about that.

But at any rate, I hope that by this time on 9/12 I will have finished my first 5K...running.
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Yesterday I was trying to wait out a possible coming storm which could have shut off power mid-workout and accidentally fell asleep. I had a concert to go to last night, so I didn't have time to squeeze something in AND get a shower before I had to leave. So I swore I'd double up today.

My thinking was I'd do BFBM since it's twice as long as your average Shred.

What DID I do? Yoga Meltdown. Level 1 and Level 2. Back to back.

Apparently I'm crazy?

To be fair, I did fall out of some of the level 2 poses and resort to Child's Pose (I've done yoga before, so I know it even if it never makes an appearance in Yoga Meltdown) a couple of times, but overall I did it. AND when it was time for the hold in Goddess, I held the entire time. Not all the way down like Basheera, but at least down as far as Maddie.

I don't know if I'll do this on a regular basis, but right now I'm pretty damn proud of myself right now!

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Acronyms You Should Know

30DS or The Shred = The 30 Day Shred (Jillian)
BFBM = Banish Fat Boost Metabolism (Jillian)
YM = Yoga Meltdown (Jillian)
TBL = The Biggest Loser
C25K = Couch to 5K

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