Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Week 15

Howdy, howdy!

I'm freshly showered after a good kickboxing workout =)  Yes!

I have two weigh ins to report.  The challenge I'm participating in on fatsecret recommends weighing daily, which normally I wouldn't do, but I thought I'd give it a shot to see if it would be motivating or discouraging.

Monday's weight:  263  - Down 1 lb!  Go me!
Today's weight:  261.5 - Down another 1.5! 

I anticipate to see some fluctuation the next couple of days, so I will do my best not to get discouraged by it.

Friday, July 6, 2012

I figured out it's Week 14

I'm very proud of myself.  I have worked out 4 1/2 times this week!  The half was tonight.  I tried really hard to keep up with Denise Austin, but it was just too dancey and I was afraid I'd trip over myself, hit my head on a chair, and my husband would come home to find me unconscious in a sports bra.  I know he's my husband and all, but I really don't care for ANYONE to see me in a sports bra. 

I can't do workouts that have a lot of dance-type moves, or if they change moves too quickly.  I spent the rest of my workout time searching for videos for next time.  Youtube is awesome, I just have to say.

I got on the fatsecret.com bandwagon... my sister talked it up pretty well enough to convince me to give it a try.  I joined a challenge that starts Sunday.  Nothing tricky about the challenge, just your basic "log your calories, workout, drink water" kind of thing.  If I remember correctly, it's a 4 week challenge and the goal is to lose 5%, but that's 13lbs for me and that's a bit lofty for 4 weeks for me (I normally wouldn't aim for more than 8 in that time frame).  It would be nice, but I won't kick myself if I don't make it.

I'm really hoping that Weeks 15-18 finally show some improvement!

No yoga tomorrow.  Vacation for the instructors.  Bummer. =P

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I don't even know what week it is anymore...

I'm alive!

I hope I'm not jinxing myself, but I think I've finally punched a hole in my mental block.  I started going to a yoga class with my sister on Saturdays and it's just blown me away.  I LOVE it.  And it's made me really want to be in better shape so I can do better in my practices.  The past 2 weeks, I've gotten in at least 2 workouts during the week.  Sometimes yoga, sometimes other stuff.  I found a ton of workout videos on youtube, so I won't be bored any time soon. 

I haven't really lost any weight, but it's changing - if that makes sense.  The scale isn't budging, but I've been wearing shirts that were too tight on me not too long ago.  My husband has told me I look like I've lost some weight.  I feel A LOT better.

I'm going to hit that 37 lbs.  Watch out!

Weigh in for this week:  264 (down 1 lb from last weigh in on here)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Week 8

Weigh in:  265.  Boo.  Hopefully it's just my monthly weight gain. 

I didn't make it to yoga this weekend.  I'm going to try to go tonight and then pack my gym bag for the AM.  Assuming I can move ;)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Week 7

I didn't forget to weigh in!  I just was off work on Monday and I weigh in on the scale there.  Just to be consistent. 

So.... this week's weight is 263.5!  Down 1.5 lbs for a total of 3.5 lbs.  Still below the 1lb/wk I'm shooting for, but I'm getting in the groove, I think.

I've been trying to get the girls out to walk the neighborhood with me in the afternoon/evening.  It's a fairly slow pace and not very far, but it's movement.  If frustration burns calories, it would be a great workout, because I swear it's like walking cats without leashes. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Something new: Yoga

Earlier this week, my sister convinced me to buy one of those discount deals for a local yoga studio.  It was 5 classes for $20.  I've never taken a yoga class before.  I've done some yoga with various home workouts and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give it a try.  I was a little apprehensive about the whole class-setting thing.  I was afraid I'd be really self-conscious and uncomfortable.  Curiosity won out in the end, though.

When we were on our way this morning, my sister mentioned that she hoped it wasn't really busy because of the discount deal.  She said the website showed they had sold over 100 packages!  We were the first ones there and the instructor was very nice and we got signed in and picked a spot.  There were about 12 mats out.

By the time class started, there were 21 students and we had to keep scooting closer together.  But the vibe of the place was so calming that it didn't bother me.  Normally 21 people in a room that small would make me want to run for the door.

I wasn't self-conscious at all.  I think I did fairly well for a newbie... an out-of-shape, overweight newbie at that.  After going through the poses, we laid on the floor and meditated for a while and the instructor would come by to "love on you and make you more comfortable".  I wasn't sure what that meant.  She did say if we'd rather she not touch us, to put our hands on our stomach, but I was curious enough to get over my usual "don't touch me" policy.  She came by and stood over me and gently pushed my shoulders down a bit.  I carry all my stress in my shoulders, so it's hard for me to relax them completely.  In fact, when she pushed, I almost burst into tears.  Not because she hurt me.. it was just kind of like she released something.

I had a blast.  I woke up in a really foul mood this morning and by the time I left there, I was just on Cloud 9.  I've had so much energy that for the better part of the day, I couldn't sit still.  Now, I'm exhausted, though.  And pretty sure I'll be super stiff and sore tomorrow.  Totally worth it.  I'm excited for next week.  I wish I could go more than once a week, but there's the kid thing ;)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Week 6

Weigh in:  265 lbs.

Down .5 lbs... I'll take it after this past week.  I couldn't chew half of the week due to an abscessed tooth, so I indulged in mashed potatoes and pudding.  And basically just wallowed in my own misery for exercise.  It was pretty pathetic. 

I want to take some walks with the girls.  I just need to get past the heat factor.  We're already in the 90s and I really have to force myself to get used to being hot.  I hate it.  I've been told that I'll be more likely to be cold when I lose weight, which would be just awesome.