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Monday, December 27, 2010

New Games

I got a new game for the Wii today, one that works with the Balance Board. I am very excited and can't wait to try it out!

There's really nothing to report, but I did finish last week's chart so I thought I would post my totals.

Totals for 20-26 December:
   Veggies: 46/63 servings
   Exercise: 6/7 Days
   Water: 45/56 8-Ounce glasses
   Vitamins: 7/7 Taken

Not bad considering it was one long holiday all week! Having the Wii really helped after Christmas day because neither Fiance or I had the energy to do much else. Hooray for modern video games!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Joy and the Sore Muscles That Come With It

As a joke,  I told my parents that Fiance and I would like a Wii and Wii Fit Plus for Christmas. I know how expensive that would be, so I did not count on actually getting one.
They got us one!
I literally face-planted on the box and started crying. Not a lot, just a little, and I think I might have cracked one of my dad's ribs when I hugged him. Needless to say, the rest of the day we plotted about the best way to set it up and by the time we hit our front door the PS2 had been deemed obsolete. I know they've been obsolete for a while, but I just love all my games! (And a PS3 is WAY outside the budget)

For those who don't think Wii Fit Plus will give you a workout, I am here to squash your doubts! Like any workout, you have to do it with intention. I've gotten my heart rate going while catching digital hula hoops and racking up as many spins as possible. My balance has improved since I started headbutting soccer balls, though I'd be better if I could just avoid those flying shoes!

Not only are the games affective, but they're fun too! There is a Body Test option, in which you are weighed, your balance tested, and your Wii Fit age calculated. The weight is rather accurate and it keeps track of each user. 

I could go on and on about the virtues of this system, but that is not what I started this blog for. So on to the developments!

The Wii Fit Plus was our biggest development. We've also managed to avoid any major eating pitfalls, other than when we are eating. Being on the road most of the weekend has messed that up pretty badly. We should be getting back to it after tomorrow though, which will increase my weight loss rate.

And, of course, it is almost time for my first official weigh in! I know I've lost weight, but I don't know exactly how much. Soon I will be moving the little scale at the top of my screen towards my goal.

Next month we're going to take a trip back to my wedding dress so I can give it another go before classes start again.

It's scary to think of classes being so close, there is so much I have to get done for the wedding! I had better get busy, though it will probably have to wait until the rest of the world is awake.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

No Cardio for Me Today...

And I hate it. In a moment of "brilliance" I decided to make cookies for all the parents on my list. This totaled 18 dozen cookies ( that's 216 cookies for math-impaired bloggers like me), with a few left over because my recipe makes about 4 dozen at a go.

And I didn't eat a single one!

But that could be because I've only had 3 servings of veggies today and have yet to work out. All things considered, it's no surprise that I feel like an ox. It's funny how things can change in two short weeks!

I'm exhausted, my wonderful accountability blog, so I'm logging off with after my short blurb. Hopefully tomorrow morning I can tell you that I worked out despite the late hour, and a rousing (yet slightly "illegal") meal of salad and V8 rounded out my veggie count and rescued the day. I'm hoping, but I am definitely not holding my breath!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Jillian Michaels and Jarritos Or, Why the Letter J is Today's Letter...

That Jillian Michaels is one tough lady. I made it through about thirty more seconds of her "Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism" DVD than I did yesterday, but it still hurt. I also did it without taking a hit from my inhaler, which I totally gave myself kudos for. I followed it up with a floor routine aimed at working the shoulders and back. I have problems with neck tension so it probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, but my back is definitely a problem area. Normally I would beg Fiance for a shoulder rub but he just got stitches in one finger and it's in a splint. Finger splints are not very conducive to shoulders rubs.

This is the second day in a row that I have whooped my own butt, and it hurts! But when I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror I feel proud of myself, and that is something precious. The shrinking waistline and toned arms help.

My eating has improved again since getting home. We went out for groceries and now have several kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables in the house, as well as fruit cocktail in a can and some turkey bacon. I've also looked up new recipes to try at lunch so I can have some variety for little money. A variety of dishes would definitely help keep us motivated in eating heavy meals for lunch and light meals for dinner.

In other news, I have found a loophole to my "No Soda" rule, and it is not carbonated water (which is actually a pretty decent substitute). Jarritos soda, usually found in the "Hispanic" food aisle (Eye roll implied) is a soda that contains NO high fructose corn syrup. It still has a lot of sugar, but as long as you don't drink a ton of it and exercise as normal, it's no worse than some fruit juices. They don't carry the usual flavors like cola or root beer, but they have fruit punch, pineapple, and tamarind. All of them are very tasty! Next time you're shooting eye daggers at your beloved for having a Dr. Pepper, remember Jarritos! It sure saved Fiance's hiney at dinner the other night. ;)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Definitely Paper

The pomanders are almost certainly going to be made out of paper. My mom found a great blog that provides a DIY for the paper flowers, which I will link below. The only alteration I would make to the instructions is this: When you're gluing the flower on to the Styrofoam ball, keep a pen handy. Decide where your flower will go, then use the tip of the pen to break a hole in the ball, large enough for the stem of the flower to fit in to. Fill the hole with hot glue, then insert flower. This lowers the height of the flowers and prevents them from tipping over.

And now for the link: The Smith's Paper Pomanders

That's all I've got for right now, but most of my free time has been devoted to making one of these as a test product for my wedding so I've been a little hyper-focused!

It's Been A While...

Okay, so it's only been three days. Considering I was double and triple posting the first week, that is still a long time!

Sunday Fiance and I drove home, and while I am glad to be back, I am going to miss that stationary bicycle. The Rec center should be opening up soon, so I can use theirs but it won't be the same as having one handy to use while watching TV or when I get bored. Since coming home I've managed without the bike, but I had to make lots of adjustments first. Without something simple to rev up my heart rate for Cardio, I've had to the rely on workout DVDs. Today was Jillian Michael's "Burn Fat and Boost Metabolism" routine, though I only made it through the first two and a half circuits. All told that is fifteen minutes and my heart was pounding, so I turned off the DVD and did a little cool down before launching in to my usual floor routine. I am so tired right now, I can barely type.

My eating has also required some adjustments since I've returned home. Fiance and I are covering all our own groceries again, which means that I am very careful about what I buy. An example would be a shopping trip we made to the grocer's today. Instead of picking up premade pizzas we opted to make something from scratch. Not only was the second option healthier but it was less expensive as well.  I've also got my chart (which I did not have while on vacation) so I can keep a closer eye on how many servings of fruit, veggies, and water I consume.

I think I am doing quite well, all things considered. Fiance and I have chosen Sunday as our rest day, so that we can prepare and freeze meals for the upcoming week without worrying about fitting a workout in. I've also gotten some great exercise in while wandering around during the shopping trips we've taken lately. The Holidays are only five days away and I've still got one person left to shop for. I can say with certainty that wandering around Wal-Mart for an hour will wear you out!

I'm off to relax, which I think is well deserved after how hard I just worked! I would do a happy dance, but I am way too tired.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's Been a While...

I haven't knit in a very long time and it's making me sad! I only have another four months until the wedding and I haven't even finished the second Mother of the Bride Handkerchief. I'm hoping to get the rest of the them done before the Spring Semester starts. I'm not sure how well that is going to work out, but one can always hope! I even bought more yarn, though I ended up ordering from a company in England. I thought ordering from another country would be more expensive, but it saved me almost two dollars a skein off Debbie Bliss Bamboo yarn.

That's all I have to report for now, though I hope to have more soon.

New Pomanders

So, quick note, because I am eager to workout: The pomanders for the wedding may actually be made out of paper! My mom found a great How-To for paper pomanders so we're going to give it a try.

Yep, that's it for now lol.

Second Try-On Went Well...

I count it as well when the two attendants swore up and down that I almost fit, I just needed to lose a few inches off my waistline. Normally I wouldn't like being told that I needed to lose weight, but when I already know it's true, the assurance that it was doable sounded nice. The woman who laced me into my dress today was able to get it zipped up a little more than the attendant from Tuesday, and knowing that the dress didn't fit took the sting out of seeing the gap on the back. It still hurt, but not nearly as much as it did a few days ago.

In other news: I still haven't worked out today! We ate dinner a little while ago, so I'm letting my food digest before I throw myself into a cardio set, but I will be working out tonight. Being in my dress made me want to hit the gyms HARD and that translates to a great deal of pushups, bicycle crunches, cardio, and Pilates.

I've ordered a bunch of CDs and DVDs from the library, which will make working out even easier. The CDs will increase my workout playlist by at least half and the DVDs will give me a variety of workouts to try. Fiance and I got a new computer recently and I lost a great deal of my music in the data transfer. Replacing more than 500 songs is not easy! The Internet has also given me a ton of new workouts, especially when I Google "Wedding Dress Workouts". I can't wait to give them all a try and start dropping those pounds.

And now for our headline: It has been four days since my last drink of soda and I've managed to fight off some pretty intense temptation! Now if I can only keep this up for another sixty years or so...

In addition to avoiding soda, I've also found a great new way to make sure I eat enough vegetables and avoid eating too many empty carbs and starches. Before serving up a plate of dinner tonight, I made a decent sized salad and chowed down. I started out with about two cups of bagged salad mix then added a whole carrot (sliced), a bunch of broccoli left over from last night, and five grape tomatoes. Total it was a whopping five servings of vegetables. I dressed it with Balsamic Vinaigrette (I know it's not the best dressing, but it's better than a cream!) and enjoyed. A before-dinner salad might be a very good habit to get in to. The salad didn't fill me up but it decreased the appetite I had left, which made me think about what else I was eating. Dinner was pork chops, corn, and a flavored rice. I was served a plate containing all three, but after the salad I was most attracted to the pork chop and the corn. I did eat a little rice, but most of it was left on my plate before I was full.

At the moment I am battling a sweet tooth craving, the third in as many days. I don't normally crave candy, so I think it's a psychological thing. Between dieting and the friend that insists I eat like crap, candy has a definite Forbidden Fruit appeal. I may still indulge, but only in a bite sized treat. And then I have to do an extra five pushups. The pushups alone might prevent me from eating the candy!

Friday, December 17, 2010

This Might Count as a Minor Obsession

I worked out a third time today, mostly because I made Fiance a deal. After supper with the family I still felt hungry, despite two big helpings of broccoli and two servings of squash as well as two fish fillets and two chicken patties. I know that sounds like a lot of food, but with everything I've done today it wasn't enough. Fiance made me a deal: I could have a Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Bar, but I had to do ten pushups before we went to bed. That would bring my pushup total to twenty in one day, which is a lot more than I have ever done before.

I tried to resist, really I did! But I gave in around 9:30, and let me tell you it was one tasty snack bar! And not only did I do the ten pushups, but I hit the stationary bicycle for ten minutes and burned another 45 calories, according to the readout on the machine.

I don't know what we're going to do when we get home and don't have a stationary bicycle to ramp up our cardio. We'll figure something out though, because I can already see a slight difference in my leg muscles. If I keep up this level of activity for the next five months, I will be in great shape and my dress will fit perfectly!

I Like Posting Twice

Apparently I love posting twice a day, because this is the second day in a row that I have done it. Hey, that is a lot of two's!

Anyways, on to the topic I started this blog for: My weight loss!

I did fifteen minutes of really intense cardio, which really pumped up my heart rate. Unfortunately, Fiance and I are exercising in the same small space, so I ended up waiting until he was done on the stationary bicycle before I could do any pushups or crunches. That's not the say that I did a whole lot of work after the cardio, mainly because I don't want to push myself too hard and end up hurting my arms. My workout yesterday was quite intense and I can still feel the effects in my upper arms. Every resource I've found says that you shouldn't strain too hard, so I decided to skip a day between weight-intense workouts. I made do with a set of bicycle crunches and standard pushups. All in all, I feel I should do more, but it won't do me any good if I hurt myself.

I plan on doing a lot more tomorrow before I try on my dress for the second time this week. I don't need to go for an actual fitting until February, but I want to get a picture of what I look like in the dress right now, as a form of encouragement.

Kind of off topic, but I am excited about this: Wedding hair and makeup! I've been watching Wedding Makeover and it's got me thinking about whether or not I should rely on family and friends for makeup and hair or go to a professional. I'll be asking my moms about it tonight, because I know absolutely nothing about hair or makeup lol.

And back to the weight loss: We'll be heading home soon, which means I will have access to the school's Rec center again, as well as our slightly more spacious living room that I can use my DVDs in. Yay!

Change in Plans

So much has changed dearest blog. The terrarium design, the floral curtain, my sewing skills... everything!

The terrariums will only have spirals on every other jar, which will cut their time in half. Thankfully mu MIL had roughly 20 Ivy Bowls stored in her closet, which saves us about $20, because we decided to go with a uniform kind of bowl instead of recycled jars.

 We've also decided to order two beaded curtains from the Internet, which will make the floral curtain unnecessary. In the end it will be cheaper and prettier, which is why we abandoned the original idea. That doesn't mean that I have fewer crafts to do though, because new ideas have popped up!

We nixed the wedding quilt because of cost to my Bridesmaids, who were thinking of doing it as their wedding gifts. The woman my Maid of Honor was using for advice quoted her a cost of $2000, which is ridiculous. Unless they're contracting a professional Amish quilt maker, it should not cost that much. G and I have some great fabric stored in our closet that we used as a ceiling dressing in our old apartment, so we're opting to weave that with fake ivy for the altar cover. My MIL had quite a bit of ivy stored in her garage, so we've got that covered.

In addition to a wonderfully woven altar canopy, I've taken on the project of making pomanders for all of my bridesmaids. At the moment I am thinking of making them red, though I may change them to white. I know it is not orthodox for anybody but the bride to carry white flowers, but there is very little tradition in our wedding. =P

We're still planning on doing the memorial charms for my late SIL, as well as a seating chart and a few other crafts that I can't remember at the moment. This is why I have a big binder, because I can't seem to keep everything straight!

Unfortunate Allergies

I woke up this morning feeling completely miserable. My allergies decided they hadn't made me miserable for a while and that today would be a good day to start again. Needless to say, I haven't felt like working out.

My eating hasn't been too bad, which is the one reason I don't feel guilty for avoiding the stationary bike so far. I treated myself with two of the taquitos I mentioned last night, and they were a nice beef-cheesy beginning for my day. A few hours later I made a turkey sandwich with lettuce, American cheese, and a little bit of Miracle Whip on white bread. Normally I would have used cheddar cheese and wheat bread, but we're at my grandparents' today and I am not going to complain about free food! We brought along a few packets of Miso, so I made a bowl to go with my sandwich. I rounded the meal out with a glass of V8 and a large class of water. A few hours later I made myself a peanut butter sandwich and ate it with about six ounces of 2% milk.

I have a friend who keeps telling me that I am eating too much, and that my eating habits are awful. I must say, that is one of the most discouraging things you can hear when you've changed your eating habits as much as I have.

I gave up soda, again.
I haven't had a piece of candy, a cookie, ice cream, or brownies in four days.
I don't eat red meat any more.
The only thing I have had to drink in the last four days, besides water and V8 Juice, was half a serving of spiced Chai tea and the six ounces of milk today.
I don't eat anything after 10, I don't eat bread or rice products after 6, and I'm eating smaller meals throughout the day. If you add that to the fact that I am getting picky about eating right, including avoiding red meat and eating a lot more fruits and vegetables, I don't think anyone can say that I eat poorly.

But when someone is just trying to help, how can you get mad at them? I'm usually not in the same house as them, so things will get better in a few days after we go home.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Double Dose

I got restless after dinner, which was a heavier meal that I originally planned, and worked out again.

  • 15 minutes cardio on a stationary bicycle and I really pushed myself. By the time I was done my legs were shaking.
  • Several kinds of crunches mixed in with Pilates moves. I spent another thirty minutes on these, and by the time I was done my arms felt ridiculously heavy.
I ate again after this workout, though it was a light meal of a peanut butter sandwich and a huge salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Two fruit leathers rounded out the meal because I had a huge sweet tooth after all the veggies, and I figured I would get another serving of fruit in.

At the moment we don't have the groceries necessary to eat really well, due to a strange set of circumstances, so we're having to make do. I think we're doing pretty well so far, and I'm hoping we can keep it up for another three days, which is when we can go grocery shopping. Until then I will be improvising and relying on my V8, exercise, water, and self-control to help me lose weight. I even got a chance to use my self control today, when my loving fiance made some taquitos for his late supper. They smelled so good!!! But I decided that I would not eat any tonight, saving them for tomorrow instead. Go me!

There are only fifteen more days until I weigh myself, and I have a lot of work to do!

Day the Second...

Today marks the second day of this blog, as well as the second day of my weight loss resolution. I know I'm a few weeks too early to make resolutions, but I think it'll be okay.

It may be early, but I am doing well. I woke up earlier than usual this morning and my fiance wasn't feeling well at all. I managed to rummage up a bacon and eggs breakfast for him, which settled his stomach quite a bit, and made me hungry in the process. I bit the bullet and worked out first, which turned out to be a good choice.

Fifteen minutes of cycling cardio followed with twenty minutes of pushups, crunches, and weight exercises. After working out I made us lunch, which was not as unhealthy as it sounds. We shared a box of macaroni and cheese, though I ate two servings of green beans before chowing down on cheesy-noodly goodness. A glass of V8 rounded out the meal, which I followed with a dessert of grapes. All said, I had five servings of fruit and vegetables for lunch which was also my heaviest meal of the day.

So far so good! If I keep this up, I may actually drop a pound or two before I try on my dress again on Saturday. If I do it won't make a huge difference, but it will help.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My "Oh Shit" Moment...

I am getting married in a little under five months and I have finally had my "Oh Shit" moment. My wedding dress is kept at a store three hours from where I live and I finally found time to drive out and try it on. As a bit of background, I just completed my junior year in college and work part time at a local library. The past three months have been absolutely crazy and trying to eat right was a huge challenge. My fiance and I ended up at fast food drive-through's more often than I would like to admit, but I have to say that I did not eat very bad. Salads and chicken made up most of what I ate, but fast food is still fast food and my scale hasn't let me forget. Exercise was another hug problem, mainly because of time but also because of my energy levels. Research papers and split shifts can take a lot out of a person, which means all I wanted to do was relax once I got home.

Unfortunately, the result of all that caught up with me yesterday afternoon. My grandmother took me to try on my dress, and I burst in to tears when the attendant couldn't zip up the dress. I had thought my waistline was shrinking because my pant size was going down and my face was getting a little thinner.

I was wrong.

The shop attendant told me there were things they could do to the dress so it would fit, as long as I did not gain any more weight. I have other plans, however. I intend to lose at least thirty pounds by our wedding. My approach is broad and will change most of my habits, which is why I started this blog. A lot of it is focused on a chart I printed from, which allows me to keep track of the number of water and fruit or vegetable servings I consume each day, as well as my vitamin intake and whether or not I exercise.

  1. I will be eating at least eight servings of fruit and vegetables every day.
    Every morning I drink 8 ounces of V8, which amounts to two servings (a serving is a 1/2 cup of fruit or veggies) and every night I have a bowl of miso soup with dinner, which is considered a servings of veggies.
  2. My heavier meals will be eaten at lunch instead of dinner.
    I once read that heavier meals at night don't make sense because most people become inactive after supper and burn most of their daily calories between lunch and dinner. After thinking about it, I decided that the logic was sound. After working out a proper schedule, my fiance and I decided to start eating heavier meals earlier in the day and lighter ones at night. This means we can not skip breakfast, but that is sound advice in any case.
  3. No more soda!
  4. No eating after 10pm. Unless something big comes up, this should be easy to follow
  5. Exercise at least three times a week, preferably once a day. This one will depend on my schedule, but I have to start making more time for workouts.
That is all I've got at the moment. I've only been working on this for two days, so I am hoping that I can keep it up. So far I have worked out two days in a row, eaten lots of fruits and veggies, avoided soda, and drank lots of water. I also haven't stepped on a scale in almost a week, and I don't plan on weighing myself until after New Years, because I need to give myself time to actually see results.

Thankfully I signed up for a karate class next semester, my fiance and I are planning on taking dance lessons, and I have a workout buddy that is more than happy to drag me to a gym. I've also started varying how I work out, which is helping with my interest level. Unfortunately, the most affective workouts are the least interesting so I will have to find a way to make it more interesting. I've read that watching movies or listening to music helps, so I have started looking into more music because my library is way too small at the moment.

I'm hoping to meet my goal early, because I've set my goal weight a little higher than I actually want it. But I don't intend to make myself sick losing weight for the wedding, so small steps are best. Wish me luck!
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